Popular Poetry Books for Adults
Hundreds of books are added to the Library's collection each month. Here are the most popular Poetry books for adults.
This significantly expanded edition of W. H. Auden's Selected Poems adds twenty poems to the hundred in the original edition, broadening its focus to better reflect the enormous wealth of form, rhetoric, tone, and content in Auden's work. Newly included are such favorites as "Funeral Blues" and other works that represent Auden's lighter, comic side, giving a fuller picture of the range of his genius. Also new are brief notes explaining references that may have become obscure to younger generations of readers and a revised introduction that draws on recent additions to knowledge about Auden. As in the original edition, the new Selected Poems makes available the preferred original versions of some thirty poems that Auden revised later in life, making it the best source for enjoying the many facets of Auden's art in one volume. (syndetics)
Format: Book - 2007View Selected Poems
Good Poems for Hard Times
Presents a collection of inspirational poems by such authors as Emily Dickinson, Billy Collins, Robert Frost, and Raymond Carver.
Format: Book - 2006View Good Poems for Hard Times
"A serial prose poem by Srikanth Reddy, the author of Voyager and Facts for Visitors"--
Format: Book - 2020View Underworld Lit
"Guillotine traverses desert landscapes cut through by migrants, the grief of loss, betrayal's lingering scars, the border itself--great distances in which violence and yearning find roots. Through the voices of undocumented immigrants, border patrol agents, and scorned lovers, award-winning poet Eduardo C. Corral writes dramatic portraits of contradiction, survival, and a deeply human, relentless interiority. With extraordinary lyric imagination, these poems wonder about being unwanted or renounced. What do we do with unrequited love? Is it with or without it that we would waste away?" --
Format: Book - 2020View Guillotine: Poems
Dictee is the best-known work of the versatile and important artist Theresa Hak Kyung Cha (1951-1982). A classic work of autobiography that transcends the self, Dictee is the story of several women: the Korean revolutionary Yu Guan Soon, Joan of Arc, Demeter and Persephone, Cha's mother Hyung Soon Huo (a Korean born in Manchuria to first-generation Korean exiles), and Cha herself. The element that unites these women is suffering and the transcendence of suffering. The book is divided into nine parts structured around the Greek Muses. Cha deploys a variety of texts, documents, images, and forms of address and inquiry to explore issues of dislocation and the fragmentation of memory. The result is a work of power, complexity, and enduring beauty. (syndetics)
Format: Book - 2001View Dictee
In the Presence of the Sun: Stories and Poems, 1961-1991
Format: Book - 1992View In the Presence of the Sun: Stories and Poems, 1961-1991
Deaf Republic: Poems
Deaf Republic opens in an occupied country in a time of political unrest. When soldiers breaking up a protest kill a deaf boy, Petya, the gunshot becomes the last thing the citizens hear--they all have gone deaf, and their dissent becomes coordinated by sign language. The story follows the private lives of townspeople encircled by public violence. At once a love story, an elegy, and an urgent plea, these poems confronts our time's vicious atrocities and our collective silence in the face of them.
Format: Book - 2019View Deaf Republic: Poems
How to Cure A Ghost: Poems
"Fearlessly illuminates her experiences as a young, queer, Muslim femme navigating the vibrant, intimate joys and paralyzing obstacles of her intersectionality. She writes fearlessly about the pain and strength required to reach the ever-elusive idea of self-acceptance." -- Back cover.
Format: Book - 2019View How to Cure A Ghost: Poems
The Dolphin Letters, 1970-1979: Elizabeth Hardwick, Robert Lowell, and Their Circle
"The letters of Elizabeth Hardwick and Robert Lowell offer an unprecedented portrait of two of the biggest names in twentieth-century literature"--
Format: Book - 2019View The Dolphin Letters, 1970-1979: Elizabeth Hardwick, Robert Lowell, and Their Circle
Like Falling Through A Cloud: A Lyrical Memoir of Coping With Forgetfulness, Confusion, and A Dreaded Diagnosis
Recounts the author's discovery, consultations, and diagnosis, all while navigating the death of her 103-year-old mother, a performance at the Kenedy Center, and the consolidation of her life via a full-time move to upstate New York.
Format: Book - 2019View Like Falling Through A Cloud: A Lyrical Memoir of Coping With Forgetfulness, Confusion, and A Dreaded Diagnosis