Barn's burnt down— now I can see the moon.
Noticing a renewed interest in poetry from friends and family (and themselves) during this past politically divisive and culturally tumultuous year, editors Annie Chagnot and Emi Ikkanda compiled this heartening collection of both contemporary and classic verses and quotations intended to provide hope, solace, and inspiration during times of personal turmoil and/or collective anxiety. Divided into thematic sections such as “Against Tyranny,” “The Aching,” and “To Summon Hope,” the powerful selections come from a diverse group of authors including Maya Angelou, Emily Dickinson, Rumi, Edgar Allan Poe, Naomi Shihab Nye, Emma Lazarus, Saadi Youssef, and more. Some will be familiar words of comfort; others may offer a revelatory new perspective—what a thoughtful gift for anyone who could use a literary pick-me-up! (AG)