Apropos of nothing, here are some books to read when your country is invaded by Russians.
The recently (and controversially) appointed poet laureate of North Carolina has resigned from the post, but the upset generated by her short-lived laureateship can be interpreted as a sign of just how important poet laureates are. If you're unconvinced, or simply confused about what exactly poet laureates do, we have just the links for you.
Here's a novel idea: using literature to map out the emotions of a time period. (1940s? Sad. 1920s? Happy. 2010s? ...Don't ask.)