Mailbox Monday #755

Mailbox Monday has become a tradition in the blogging world, and many of us thank Marcia of The Printed Page for creating it.

It now has its own blog where book bloggers can link up their own mailbox posts and share which books they bought or which they received for review from publishers, authors, and more.

Emma, Martha, and I also will share our picks from everyone’s links in the new feature Books that Caught Our Eye. We hope you’ll join us.

Here’s what I received:

Corona/Crown poems by Kim Roberts, Photography by Robert Revere for Gaithersburg Book Festival consideration.

“Corona” is Italian for crown. This series of prose poems and photographs borrows from the formal tradition of heroic crowns of sonnets, in which each section is connected to the last by a repeated line or phrase. The coronavirus was named for its the series of spikes radiating outward from a sphere-like core resemble the sun’s rays, or the crowns worn by royalty.

Of Love and Angels: Poems for My Fiancee by Christian Alexander Barkman for review.

Of Love and Poems for My Fiancée is a love-gift made by the author to celebrate his engagement. It is a collection of thirty love poems that melds romantic, earthly love with the love of God and the divine. The poetry attests to the sacredness of romantic love as a spiritual venture in our increasingly disenchanted world. The use of verse forms such as the heroic couplet and ballad and the application of traditional methods of rhyme and meter is a deliberate attempt to reconnect with the musicality of past poetics—to the lyric traditions of poetry and hymn in which Christianity is so abundantly rich. Free-verse compositions also feature throughout the collection and present an opportunity for contemplation on how both old and new forms alike can express romantic and spiritual sentiment in a way that resonates powerfully with our contemporary ways of life.

What did you receive?


  1. Good looking poetry for you. Enjoy!

  2. Happy Reading!!

    Thanks for being the host.

  3. Happy reading!

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