April is Poetry Month! What a perfect time to clear our heads of the pandemic pandemonium, and reflect by reading some poetry. Wichita has a deep community of poets, and we at Watermark support them by carrying their books on our shelves, and making local poetry available to everyone. Here are some new books by Wichitans you can check out to celebrate Poetry Month, while shopping and reading local. Order online 24/7, or give us a call between nine and three o’clock–we’re still here, ready to get great books into great readers’ hands!

Seasons by Ashton Pacholski–Ashton is a high school English teacher, and his debut poetry collection spans a year, through spring, summer, fall, and winter. Check out Seasons, and then let’s watch Ashton’s poetry career blossom in the years to come.

The Greatest Trick  by Madeline Speer –Madeline is a recent transplant to Wichita from the Pacific Northwest, and her new collection of poetry reveals episodes of pain, endurance, and survival in the aftermath of abuse and divorce. We are proud to welcome her to town and carry her books on our shelves.

The Aerialist Will Not Be Performing by Robert L. Dean, Jr.–Bob has long been a fixture in the Wichita poetry community, and his newest book is an ekphrastic collection: 42 pieces written to the art of one painter who lives in Chicago and who he knows personally. We miss seeing him in the store for his regular poetry group, but we’re pleased to see the release of his ever-innovative works.

An Incident That Might Lead to Something by Michael Poage–Poage is among the most seasoned poets writing in Wichita today. This newest poetry collection, his ninth book that we have on hand at Watermark, begins with the death of his father, and then journeys to many distant locations. Michael has always been a friend of Watermark, and we are always happy to see his new work keep coming.