In reading Poetry, it's important to be generous and open hearted. One person can say the poem doesn't appeal because it does not address an elevated topic. Another might say it's great because it addresses something outside their experience, like making hamburgers. And two central Illinois authors say there's no reason to argue because both takes on the poem are valid. Interpreting poetry, Laura Kennedy's interview, plus more of the books of 2017 including works on Greenbelt communities, a Holy Roman Emperor of eight centuries ago, and a look at criminals in the American imagination.