National Poetry Month 2021

April is National Poetry Month! We'll be celebrating all month long by sharing videos of us reading some of our favorite poems.

As Emily Dickinson says, "If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can warm me, I know that is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry." So stay tuned for videos of us reading poetry that blows our heads off!

You can also watch all of our poetry videos on our Instagram (@dieselbookstore & @dieseldelmar).


John reads “Under a Soprano Sky” from Collected Poems by Sonia Sanchez.


Debra reads “A Supermarket in California” by Allen Ginsberg from Howl and Other Poems.


Thatcher reads “White Sands” from Sight Lines by Arthur Sze.


Alex reads from Anodyne by Khadijah Queen.


Thatcher reads “Warning on the Island” from In the Lateness of the World by Carolyn Forché.


Freddy reads “Brueghel’s Two Monkeys” from View with a Grain of Sand by Wislawa Szymborska.


Debra reads "Poetry" by Marianne Moore, available in Marianne Moore's Complete Poems.


John reads “Seven Woodland Crows” by Gerald Vizenor and “Where Mountain Lion Lay Down with Deer” by Leslie Marmon Silko from When the Light of the World was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through, edited by Joy Harjo.


Caleb reads Life Doesn’t Frighten Me by Maya Angelou, illustrated by Jean-Michel Basquiat.


Teva reads “A Nauseas Nocturne” from The Essential Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson.


Mia reads "Saint Francis and the Sow" by Galway Kinnell, available in Collected Poems.


Thatcher reads “Nonce Words” from Selected Poems 1988-2013 by Seamus Heaney​​​​​​​.


Thatcher reads "Had I Been Asleep I Would Have Missed It" from Selected Poems 1988-2013 by Seamus Heaney​​​​​​​.


Caleb reads two poems from Years, Months, and Days by Amanda Jernigan​​​​​​​.


Lynn reads “Illiterate Progenitor” from Tropic of Squalor by Mary Karr​​​​​​​.


Austin reads Sonnet 30 ("When to the sessions of sweet silent thought") by William Shakespeare, available in Shakespeare's Sonnets.


Alex reads “Lead” by Mary Oliver from 100 Poems to Break Your Heart by Edward Hirsch​​​​​​​.


Mia reads “I Chop Some Parsley While Listening to Art Blakey’s Version of ‘Three Blind Mice’” from Sailing Alone Around the Room by Billy Collins​​​​​​​.