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Two Favorite Therapeutic Poets: Rupi Kaur and Cleo Wade

9 Mar

My name is Vanetta Rivera, I am a new librarian assistant at the Grand street branch. I enjoy reading poetry because I feel like it’s very therapeutic and there is always a poem that can help me relate to how I am feeling. With poetry it is like any complicated topic is put beautifully into words. Rupi Kaur and Cleo Wade are currently two of my favorite poets. Both poets have helped me to understand the world around me in a clearer perspective.

Rupi Kaur’s latest book Home Body has only four chapters and is a very short, yet interesting read. The chapters are Mind, Heart, Rest, and Awake. After reading the first chapter I could not put the book down to stop reading. My favorite chapter was Mind, there are so many poems in this chapter that are relative to everyday life. The poems in this chapter also inspire those going through difficult times to not give up. For example the poem on page 19,” you are lonely but you are not alone -there is a difference.” You can read a post about Milk and Honey, a previous book of poetry by Kaur, here.

Cleo Wade’s 2018 book, Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom For a Better Life has also been a page turner. Cleo Wade is most popularly known for her poetic affirmations that she posts on social media daily. Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom For a Better Life, jumps right into self care poetry. As stated in the book the poems consist of loving, being and healing. One of my favorite poems in this book can be found on page 37. ( included below )

Clean Out Your Thoughts –
They Have The Power to Cover
Your Entire Life In Dirt

If you’re interested in reading books written by these two awesome poets, their books are available in the BCCLS library system.

Written by :
Vanetta Rivera 
Librarian Assistant at the Grand Street Branch

Writing Inspiration: A Love Song to the Lonely

10 Apr

I had written about one of New York Times bestsellers “Milk and Honey” by Rupi Kaur, as poetry that is an outstanding understatement. Now, for National Poetry Month, I second that opinion with this next poem from that same chapter “the loving”.

“i do not want to have you night / to fill the empty parts of me / i want to be full on my own / i want to be so complete / i could light a whole city / and then / i want to have you / cause the two of us combined / could set it on fire”

As I’ve said before, “Milk and Honey” is not only a collection of poetry and prose about survival, it’s also a love song. This book calls to everyone, with its four chapters labeled, “the hurting”, “the loving”, “the breaking”, and “the healing”. During these times I find myself in the chapter “the loving”, specifically this poem.

Just as the poems have no titles, we have no name for this time we are all experiencing. This can be seen as an editing choice or a purposeful choice that is supposed to signify unity. Alluding to my idea, we see this from the chapter “the loving”. The last two lines of said poem can be found on page 59 and it reads:

cause the two of us combined / could set it on fire”

We are all in a time that we are all in. Everyone is experiencing suffering, pain, hurt, loss, and depravity, but we are all experiencing it together. In a time where some of us may be feeling lonely during isolation, let this poem remind you that you are not alone. This is a time for everyone, for you, to become great and to love yourself, so when we finally get together once again, we will light up the whole world.

Of course this is just my own emotional connection to this particular prose, as there are other particular depths within me that it reaches also. But as a whole this speaks to a deeper and somewhat neglected part of myself that calls to light how I see, treat, and care for myself emotionally, physically and spiritually.

Now is the time to love ourselves, to love one another, and feed into our neglected souls so when the isolation is lifted and we are ready to come back out, we set the world glowing with unity.

For more on poetry, please feel free to visit our Facebook and YouTube for some cool videos and our website for ways on how you can read online through our apps.  You can try writing some of your own with our Friday Writing Prompt featured below.

Written by
Sherissa Salas
Adult Programming Assistant/Media Liaison

Friday Writing Prompt:
Poetry can be intimidating since we do not encounter it as frequently on a daily basis as many types of writing, however, April being Poetry Month, it is the perfect time to dive in and give it a try, even if you never have before.  The best way to get a feel for poetry is by reading other poet’s works.  You can check out a variety of poetry collections including Kaur’s Milk and Honey on Hoopla.

Take inspiration from the beautiful lines of Kaur’s poem that Sherissa shared and think of how your own loneliness makes you feel.  What about it do you enjoy and what do you dislike?  What imagery or objects do you associate with it, that you could use in your poem?  What person have you not been able to see in the last few days, whom you miss, is the first you would like to see again?  How will you feel when you see them?  What will the experience be like?  Is there a specific imagery or object you associate with being together with them you could use in your poem?  Now get writing!  And if you like your poem consider sharing it with the person you were inspired by.

Have a favorite poet?  Share in our comment section!

Written by:
Aimee Harris
Head of Reference


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