In her Graduation Gift Guide, blogger Kelly Reci has included two poetry books by Janet Ruth Heller, Exodus (WordTech Editions, 2014) and Folk Concert: Changing Times (Anaphora Literary Press, 2012).
Folk Concert concerns the journey of becoming a woman during difficult times. Themes include feminism, love relationships, college teaching, nature, psychotherapy, travel, the anti-Vietnam War movement, family, the life of an artist/entertainer/writer, and music. You can order Folk Concert at the following link: http://www.amazon.com/Folk-Concert-Janet-Ruth-Heller/dp/1937536262/
The poems in Exodus by Janet Ruth Heller are modern re-interpretations and psychological explorations of the people and events in the Bible. A central metaphor is the exodus from Egypt, which represents the journeys that people make: trying new experiences, leaving a bad relationship, finding a new job, taking risks. Many of the poems are dramatic monologues from the perspective of a character in the Scriptures.
You can order Exodus from Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Exodus-Janet-Ruth-Heller/dp/1625490615 or from Barnes & Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/exodus-janet-ruth-heller/1117495115?ean=9781625490612
The link to Kelly Reci’s Graduation Gift Guide is http://kellysthoughtsonthings.com/graduation-gift-guide-2017/ Both poetry books make excellent gifts for graduates.