Can’t Find Time to Read? Poetry Might Make the Perfect Gift

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Published Date12/06/2018
Media SourceNPR
DepartmentEnglish
Faculty MemberErika Meitner
External LinkCan't Find Time to Read? Poetry Might Make the Perfect Gift
summaryExcerpt: “Erika Meitner ... is a professor at Virginia Tech. ... This is a book that really is dealing with raising kids in difficult environments and also kind of facing down the epidemic of gun violence in this country — which makes it sound like it might be kind of a depressing book. But what really impressed me about it is how beautiful and tender it is. It’s really just a live wire. She’s a Jew in Appalachia raising an African-American adopted son. She is and isn’t at home. She’s kind of meditating on these things but she does so in this very incantatory, almost prayer-like way.”