It might surprise you whoA??s a fan of poetry A?? when it meets them where they are.
Before he became an award-winning writer and poet, Brian Sonia-Wallace set up a typewriter on the street with a sign that said A??Poetry StoreA? and discovered something surprising: all over America, people want poems. An amateur busker at first, Brian asked countless strangers, A??What do you need a poem about?A? To his surprise, passersby opened up to share their deepest yearnings, loves, and heartbreaks. Hundreds of them. Then thousands. Around the nation, BrianA??s poetry crusade drew countless converts from all walks of life.
In The Poetry of Strangers, Brian tells the story of his cross-country journey in a series of heartfelt and insightful essays. From Minnesota to Tennessee, California to North Dakota, Brian discovered that people arenA??t so afraid of poetry when itA??s telling their stories. In A??dyingA? towns flourish vibrant artistic spirits and fascinating American characters who often pass under the radar, from the Mall of AmericaA??s mall walkers to retirees on Amtrak to self-proclaimed witches in Salem.
In a time of unprecedented loneliness and isolation, BrianA??s journey shows how art can be a vital bridge to community in surprising places. Conventional wisdom says Americans donA??t want to talk to each other, but according to this poet-for-hire, everyone is just dying to be heard.
Thought-provoking, moving, and eye-opening, The Poetry of Strangers is an unforgettable portrait of America told through the hidden longings of one person at a time, by one of our most important voices today. The fault lines and conflicts which divide us fall away when we remember to look, in every stranger, for poetry.
Click the Download button to download a copy of the MARC file.
Enter your FTP details below to send the MARC export file via FTP.
by Barbara Brooks Wallace
by Wallace D. Wattles
by Brian Jacques
by Brian Panowich
by Sonia Purnell
by Sonia Contera
by Sonia Nazario
by Sonia Ricotti
by Daniel Wallace
by Wallace Stegner
by Carol Wallace
Sign up for our email newsletter