• Poetry Quiz 

    In a poetry rut? Hungry for fantastic metaphors and scrumptious imagery? Take our quiz and get a recommendation personally selected for you by a poetry-loving librarian at the Provo City Library!

    What’s your favorite color?

    1. Wintergreen
    2. Carmine red and lapis lazuli blue
    3. The color of trees
    4. *Black—like my soul 

    Which best describes your dream vacation?

    1. Somewhere with lots of nature
    2. Somewhere with lots of history
    3. Anywhere outside of America
    4. Somewhere spooky 

    How do you feel about Marie Kondo?

    1. Keeping a house in order is a good thing.
    2. This world is chaos and disorder.Ideally we would clean and purge ourselves of untidiness, but cleaning is complicated and untidiness is intricate.
    3. Magical thinking.
    4. It’s a great way to subvert the capitalist patriarchy! 

    Which superhero would you be?

    1. No thanks. I like the quiet of a normal human life.
    2. (Your Name), Patron Saint of (Your Favorite Food)
    3. Assassin of Assassins: fights those who hurt others
    4. Indigo Girl: can tell the future, talk to ghosts, read minds, cast spells 

    How do you consume music?

    1. One album at a time
    2. Only in vinyl form. The sound quality is better on the older format and it’s fun to watch the needle move down in circles.
    3. Mixes and playlists
    4. I like to play it myself on whatever instrument I can get my hands on! 

    Morning person or night owl?

    1. Morning person. I love silvery early dawns.
    2. I prefer the shrouded dusky skies of evening
    3. I love daylight when everyone’s out and I am a witness to the whole world!
    4. Night owl forever. 

    Describe your style.

    1. Classic and practical
    2. Gucci-ish and dramatic
    3. Eclectic and flashy
    4. Bohemian and edgy 

    If you answered mostly A, you’d love:

    11.11 The Wild IrisTHE WILD IRIS
    By Louise Gluck

    In THE WILD IRIS, spareness meets loveliness, wryness meets praise for the beauty and sorrow of the natural world and of human beings and relationships. THE WILD IRIS is an astounding study in collection-building as it spans both a whole day and a cycle of seasons from spring to fall, with individual poems taking on different species of flowers, and Gluck building wonderful and surprising metaphors for each one that address marriage, grief, and her role as a woman and poet. Call number 811.54 GLU 


    If you answered mostly B, you should read:

    11.11 The InfernoTHE INFERNO
    By Dante
    (2009 translation)

    Time to go back to the oeuvres of the ancients! Well, not exactly ancient—Dante wrote THE INFERNO during the Renaissance and if you haven’t read it yet, consider this your call to action. THE INFERNO is the first part of a three-part epic poem that explores the various circles of Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise through the perspective of a fictional Dante, guided through the experience by Virgil. In THE INFERNO, the two descend to the depths of Hell while Dante narrates the whole thing using meticulous terza rima.

    Call number 851 DAN 2009 


    If you answered mostly C, try:

    11.11 American Sonnets for My Past and Future AssassinAMERICAN SONNETS FOR MY PAST AND FUTURE ASSASSIN
    By Terrance Hayes

    AMERICAN SONNETS is just that—sonnets by an American and about America and its current sociopolitical state, especially concerning race relations and the status of minorities. Influenced by the Gerard Manley Hopkins-like sprung rhythms and internal rhymes of hip-hop and rap, Hayes’ poems are sonically stellar tongue-twisters that inspire reflection on the words themselves and the slippery relationships between their definitions and connotations.

    Call number 811.54 HAY 2018 

    *From line 10 of “American Sonnet for My Past and Future Assassin [Any day now you will have the ability to feed the name]” 


    If you answered mostly D, you’ll enjoy:

    11.11 Witch WifeWITCH WIFE
    By Kiki Petrosino

    With an incantatory sound quality reminiscent of “Sow” by Sylvia Plath, WITCH WIFE is a delightful take on womanhood, femininity, and power in a patriarchal world. Although Petrosino’s collection feels very much a product of a contemporary moment, it hearkens to William Blake, Macbeth, and the subversive ways of women across centuries. It is at once dark, light, spooky, funny, weighty, and whimsical. 

    Call number 811.6 PET 2017 


    Find more poetry books on our second floor in call number section 811!