April Book Horoscopes!

Book logoHi there, readers!  We promised you a special horoscope surprise this month, and the time has come to unveil it.

As you may know, April is National Poetry Month.  So, in honor of this event, our teen astrologers have carefully selected a phenomenal collection of poetry as your suggested reading material this month. It’s time for you to find out which poetry is best suited for YOUR Zodiac sign. 🙂

AriesAries  Pushing Through Solid Rock” by Rainer Maria Rilke.

Rainer Maria Rilke was a poet from Austria who wrote hundreds of beautiful, lyrical poems in different languages like German and French. To read more, check out Poems of Rainer Maria Rilke, an eBook compilation of his work.

It’s possible I am pushing through solid rock
in flintlike layers, as the ore lies, alone;
I am such a long way in I see no way through,
and no space: everything is close to my face,
and everything close to my face is stone.

I don’t have much knowledge yet in grief
so this massive darkness makes me small.
You be the master: make yourself fierce, break in:
then your great transforming will happen to me,
and my great grief cry will happen to you.

 

TaurusTaurus  “A Suggested Campaign Song” by Alice Duer Miller

Alice Duer Miller was a feminist writer and poet who wrote satirical poems for the women’s suffrage movement in the early 1900s. You can find more of her work by following this link or by checking out one of her books, such as Women Are People!, from the library.

We are waging-can you doubt it?
A campaign so calm and still
No one knows a thing about it,
And we hope they never will.
No one knows
What we oppose,
And we hope they never will.

We are ladylike and quiet,
Here a whisper-there a hint;
Never speeches, bands or riot,
Nothing suitable for print.
No one knows
What we oppose,
For we never speak for print.

Sometimes in profound seclusion,
In some far (but homelike) spot,
We will make a dark allusion:
“We’re opposed to you-know-what.”
No one knows
What we oppose,
For we call it “You-Know-What.”

Gemini  In Memoriam A. H. H.  by Tennyson.Gemini

Alfred Tennyson, also known as the First Baron of Tennyson, was a poet during the Victorian era in Great Britain, who wrote lots of poetry and was especially good at writing short lyrics. To read more of his poetry, check out this book. “In Memoriam A.A.H.” is very beautiful and quite long – you can read it here.

 

CancerCancer  The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan

This collection of short stories uses poetry to explore one of the topics it knows best – love and romantic relationships. Each chapter features a different form of verse and describes one of twenty relationships within one high school, artfully using the powerful variability of poetry to express the countless different shapes and sizes love can take. This book is offered by the library as an eBook.

 

Leo  100 selected poems by e. e. cummingsLeo

This collection by e.e.cummings is full of beautiful, creative, and strange poems which defy convention. These are great poems for somebody who is looking to read something that pushes boundaries a bit, and will definitely win over any poetry skeptics. The poems are full of beautiful sounds. Be warned, however, their strangeness might make them difficult to read at first.

 

VirgoVirgo  Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” by Dylan Thomas

Dylan Thomas was a Welsh poet whose work grew famous in the 1930s, when he was a teenager. This is one of his famous poems – you have probably heard of it before! You can listen to more of his work with this audio book from the library.

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

 

Libra  The Odyssey by HomerLibra

You might be wondering what The Odyssey is doing on a blog post about poetry. Homer’s classic is written in verse and is therefore just as qualified to appear on this issue as any other traditional poetry. This book is a timeless example of the brilliant versatility of language, poetry, and song as storytelling mediums and art forms.

 

ScorpioScorpio  Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll

This is a famous, somewhat gruesome children’s poem by Lewis Carroll, the author of Alice in Wonderland. Carroll actually wrote lots of other poetry in addition to a large collection of artwork, short stories, and essays. All of this can be explored with this compilation book from the library.

‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!”

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought –
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

“And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!’
He chortled in his joy.

‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

 

Sagittarius I Could Pee On This: And Other Poems by Cats by FrancesSagittariusco Marciuliano

Ever wondered what your cat would write about if it could write poetry? Well, now you can find out! This is cute compilation of poems and reminds us all of the things we love most about our feline companions. It is also completely ridiculous and you would be silly not to give it a read (unless you have an aversion to laughter and/or kittens, in which case we can’t help you).

 

CCapricornapricorn  “This Is Just To Say” by William Carlos Williams

William Carlos Williams was an American poet (and pediatrician) who published most of his work in throughout his life in the first half of the 20th century. You can read more of his poems in this compilation from the library.

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably 
saving
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

 

AquariAquariusus  Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe

This is a super cool graphic novel adaptation of many of Edgar Allan Poe’s great poems, including “The Raven,”  “The Imp of the Perverse,” and “King Pest.” These poems are great for anyone who likes their poetry to tell a clear story, and this edition brings their vivid, dark imagery to life according to the illustrator’s interpretations.

 

Pisces  The Giving Tree by Shel SilversteinPisces

The poetry of Shel Silverstein has touched the life of many a young child, and yet books like this one don’t lose their appeal as we grow older. Take some time in the spirit of Poetry Month to look back at this story about a boy and his relationship with an apple tree as he journeys through life. You may be surprised at some of the insights it will give you now that you’re a little older!

Happy Reading, and enjoy celebrating Poetry Month!!

–Greenwood Teen Advisers

GWD

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