We have purchased several new books at the library to celebrate April as Poetry Month.
One is called “Zoli” by Colum McCann. It is a work of fiction, but closely follows the life of Papusza, aka Bronislawa Wajs, a Polish Romani poet, who was both gifted and beautiful. It was very unusual for a Gypsy girl to be literate, let alone to be a published and famous poet, and as a result her life was doomed both tragic and romantic. If you are interested in Roma and Eastern European History in early 20th century, I highly recommend it. We also have “Bury Me Standing” by Isabel Fonseca, a good non-fiction book on Gypsies.
Another new book is “Anna of all the Russias: a life of Anna Akhmatova”, a biography of the beautiful and celebrated Russian poet, by Elaine Feinstein. We also have “The Poems of Akhmatova”, translated by Stanley Kunitz
For children, we have “A World of Prayers”, “Today at the Blue Bird Cafe” and many others.