Underbrush Book Club (Subscription)

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Pádraig Ó Tuama’s poetry anthology is a readily accessible collection that muses on a variety of topics. His selections and writings are not only enlightening, but a joy to read. Each poem offers us the opportunity to pause and meditate, even if it's just for a little bit. – Dom

In the tumult of our contemporary moment, poetry has emerged as an inviting, consoling outlet with a unique power to move and connect us, to inspire fury, tears, joy, laughter, and surprise.

This generous anthology pairs fifty illuminating poems with poet and podcast host Pádraig Ó Tuama's appealing, unhurried reflections. With keen insight and warm personal anecdotes, Ó Tuama considers each poem's artistry and explores how its meaning can reach into our own lives.

Focusing mainly on poets writing today, Ó Tuama engages with a diverse array of voices that includes Ada Limón, Ilya Kaminsky, Margaret Atwood, Ocean Vuong, Layli Long Soldier, and Reginald Dwayne Betts. Natasha Trethewey meditates on miscegenation and Mississippi; Raymond Antrobus makes poetry out of the questions shot at him by an immigration officer; Martín Espada mourns his father; Marie Howe remembers and blesses her mother's body; Aimee Nezhukumatathil offers comfort to her child-self. Through these wide-ranging poems, Ó Tuama guides us on an inspiring journey to reckon with self-acceptance, history, independence, parenthood, identity, joy, and resilience.

For anyone who has wanted to try their hand at a conversation with poetry but doesn't know where to start, Poetry Unbound presents a window through which to celebrate the art of being alive.

  • February book pick
  • Book club questions
  • Access to our monthly meetings
  • Underbrush tote-bag (First time members only)

    Boxes will begin shipping on 2/5. The in-person meeting will take place on Monday, March 13th at 6:45 CST at Iron Horse Coffee in Rogers and the virtual meeting will take place remotely Tuesday, March 14th at 7:30 CST via Zoom.

    Want to try out Underbrush for a month? You can purchase a one-time subscription here.