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The Discarded Image: An Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature (Canto)
C.S. Lewis
Boys and Girls Learn Differently!: A Guide for Teachers and Parents
Michael Gurian, Terry Trueman, Patricia Henley
Ambition and Survival: Becoming a Poet
Christian Wiman
Deep River: The Life and Music of Robert Shaw
Keith C. Burris
Daring, Trusting Spirit
John De Gruchy
The Vatican Diaries: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities, and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church
John Thavis
The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia
Orlando Figes

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Daily Horoscope: Poems - Dana Gioia This book contains a collection of poems by Dana Gioia. (see http://www.danagioia.net/about/ ) I have not read much 20th century poetry of late, what little I have read has been of the line of T.S. Eliot.I recently listened to a lecture given by Dr.Gioia (joy-uh), and was convicted that I need to be seeking out good poetry in the here and now. So the first place I started was with a set of poems by Dr. Gioia himself. After hearing him read his own poetry in the lecture (see http://pcpcartsfestival.org/dana-gioia/index.php ), and now reading these poems in this collection, I will seek out more of his poetry and also read some of the recommendations he makes. These poems are written in traditional forms, and as such are more interesting to me than the blank verse of some modern poetry. The freedom and creativity within the traditional forms is fascinating and exciting. I am encouraged to read more!My favorite poems include "God Only Knows", "Lives of the Great Composers", and "Beware of Things in Duplicate".Dr. Gioia is the past president of the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA). He is the son of an Italian immigrant father and a Mexican mother. Born in California, he is the only one in his family to attend college. He is a committed Christian who writes poetry and loves literature.An interesting article to read is the commencement address Dr. Gioia made to the 2007 graduating class of Stanford University. In it, he encourages graduates to "Trade easy pleasures for more complex and challenging ones". See the address at http://news-service.stanford.edu/news/2007/june20/gradtrans-062007.html