FATHERS IN VERSE AND MEMORY

My offering of poems this year for Father’s Day explores the contours of fatherhood: Protection, dutiful service, stoicism, silence and sacrifice. These are verses about fathers and sons, and fathers and daughters. They’re about gratitude, tenderness and love. Can you choose a favourite? CARE, by Craig Santos Perez   My 16-month old daughter wakes from her nap and cries. I pick her up, press her against my chest and rub her back until my palm warms like an old family quilt. “Daddy’s here, daddy’s here,” I whisper. Here is the island of Oʻahu, 8,500 miles from Syria. But what if Pacific … Continue reading FATHERS IN VERSE AND MEMORY

POEMS OF THE SOUL AND THE STARS

Your response to the Poetry Corner has been wonderful, and as a result, I’ve found real pleasure in searching out the poets and their works that will bring you back to the Library’s Online Book Club again and again. There seems no reason why the lives of poets Claude McKay and Lola Ridge should have converged, and yet both found their way to early twentieth century New York City. Claude McKay arrived in the Big Apple from Jamaica, where he was born (in 1889) and where he wrote his first book of verse (in Jamaican dialect).  Lola Ridge’s journey began in … Continue reading POEMS OF THE SOUL AND THE STARS