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CARYN MIRRIAM-GOLDBERG is the poet laureate of Kansas; the author of the novel "The Divorce Girl", the memoir "The Sky Begins at Your Feet: A Memoir on Cancer, Community, Coming Home to the Body", and four collections of poetry; and the editor of numerous anthologies. On the faculty of Goddard College (she founded its Transformative Language Arts master s program in social and personal transformation through the written, spoken, and sung word) Mirriam-Goldberg also leads community writing workshops. She makes her home with her family near Lawrence, Kansas. For more information, visit www.CarynMirriamGoldberg.com.
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  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Woodley Press (October 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982875258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982875254
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,802,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First off: Before opening this book, just hold it in your hands for a few moments. Take a look at the wrap-around photo cover. You may have been on rain-drenched dirt roads under clouds like these before, but rarely have you ever seen the view captured on film.

Open the book slowly and give up all intentions of speed-reading. This is a book to be leisurely enjoyed, take time to let each page seep into your thoughts, retrace your steps to go back and re-read a poem you particularly liked the first time. Many of the sensory images will seem to echo your own experiences, exquisitely expressed in words by skilled poets.
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What makes this book amazing is that you will never have such a collection of varied and talented poets. Some poets in this book have been publishing for years and have many books of their own - you would even recognize their names. Others in this book are new and upcoming names - names you will definitely see out there within a few years. The poems are about the Midwest, it seems and the region is very much an important part of each setting in these poems. There is no pretentiousness, just poetry that will either make you feel good inside, or poems that will make you say, YES or poems that will let you ponder over bigger life meanings. A poem for anyone in here. Plus, the cover is beautiful. Definitely a display book!
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For those who would like a collection of the best of Kansas poets and poetry, Begin Again is a good place to start. Former Kansas poet laureate edited the web project and the book that grew of that project. Poets in the book participated in readings around the state. It's a collection to read at one's leisure for enjoyment and enlightenment.
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Begin Again is a collection of 150 poems from corn-fed, born and raised (or current resident) Kansan poets and edited by Kansas' current Poet Laureate, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg. This collection searches the souls of Midwesterners for the heartache, turmoil, and splendor that came from living in Kansas: everything from the sorrows and danger of tornadoes and temperamental meteorological fluctuations to the beauty of a Whippoorwill's song reverberating across undulating, emerald hills of Flint. 150 poems glittered with beauty, grace, unspoken dignity, and even a little bit of humor spackled in the latticework of Begin Again's construction.

The reminiscent "shadows on the prairie" manifest themselves in memories long but forgotten of "Cowboys [gasping] in dust behind cattle," and the "brilliant orange sun resting at the end of the prairie," and even making the humble drive to the "Olpe Chicken House." The poetry takes on forms and styles of all sorts from confessional plights about driving cattle as in H.C. Palmer's "After Driving Cattle in the Flint Hills," to narratives about the thrilling joy and suspense of one's first "encounter" in a field as in Kevin Rabas' "Kissing Bea on the Prairie." Kansas even seems to hilariously poke fun at itself and its mistaken identity and annoyingly famous portrayal by L. Frank Baum's Wizard of Oz in Gary Lechliter's "Oz Revisited." Kansas' Poet Laureate herself even makes a splendid appearance in the collection as well the grand culmination and climax by Kansas' coveted poetry juggernaut, William Stafford.
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