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Poem of the Week: October 15, 2018

Hello readers! Every week, BOA's staff and interns share one of our favorite poems from our over 300 collections of poetry. This week's poem is from The Smoke of Horses by Charles Rafferty, which was recently named as a finalist for the 2018 Connecticut Book Awards. Reflection I followed a creek’s quarter mile of crashing over rocks and algae andthe blurred darting of minnows, until it paused at a pool so well-stoppedit looked more like air than water: a sky of contrails, clod-shaped hunksof cumulus. I stepped in and saw the presence of my body disrupt theheavens at my feet. I couldn’t find the...

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Naomi Shihab Nye wins Lifetime Achievement Award from the Texas Institute of Letters

BOA is thrilled to share the news that Naomi Shihab Nye has won the prestigious Lon Tinkle Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Texas Institute of Letters. This is the highest honor given by the TIL, which was established in 1936 to recognize and celebrate Texas's literary artists.In the Texas Institute of Letters's official press release, TIL President Carmen Tafolla calls Naomi Shihab Nye “a significant world voice, utilizing poetry to tie tightly the bonds of humanity.” Nye's forthcoming BOA collection, The Tiny Journalist (BOA, April 2019), continues to advocate for peaceful communication across all boundaries. Inspired by the story of Janna Tamimi, the “Youngest...

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Poem of the Week: October 8, 2018

Hello readers! Every week, BOA's staff and interns share one of our favorite poems from our over 300 collections of poetry. This week's poem is from Dresses from the Old Country by Laura Read. When You Have Lived a Long Time in One Place things start to vanish. Like the old Newberry’swhere I used to buy earrings that lookedlike tacks, six pairs for a dollar, and thengo sit at the lunch counter with the old peopleeating patty melts and drinking black coffee.They stared in front of them like the womenon the bus with their plastic rain scarvesthat they took from their purses when the...

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Poem of the Week: October 1, 2018

Hello readers! Every week, BOA's staff and interns share one of our favorite poems from our over 300 collections of poetry. This week's poem is from Holy Moly Carry Me by Erika Meitner. I’ll Remember You As You Were, Not As What You’ll Become If you are fearful, America, I can tell you I am too. I worry about my body—the way, lately, it marches itself over curbs and barriers, lingers in the streets as a form of resistance. The streets belong to no one and everyone and are a guide for motion, but we are so numerous there is no pavement left on which...

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Poem of the Week: September 24, 2018

Hello readers! Every week, BOA's staff and interns share one of our favorite poems from our over 300 collections of poetry. This week's poem is from Clues from the Animal Kingdom by Christopher Kennedy. Small Hope Factory We were always the hopeful ones, thrilled to find a cigarette stillburning in the grass. It felt good to have a pocket full of changeand nowhere to go. I found a coupon for get one free of something.It didn’t matter what. Payday was magical and came once a week,like church. The world was a poignant and miraculous place. A job,any job, was good and life-affirming.My family was...

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