• For Now

    For Now

    Richardson, James

    "Classic meets contemporary in James Richardson's ninth collection. Writers from Bashu014d to Hardy, from Merwin to Porchia, inspire meditations on everything from artichokes to cosmology that somehow morph into fables of limitation and desire. This "new poetry made the old way" takes seriously the task of lightening and illuminating our experience, and especially, of distilling it. As Richardson writes, "The road not taken also would have gotten me home." More than sixty poems of ten lines or fewer, and two sequences of Richardson's trademark aphorisms and "ten-second essays," are set alongside surging lyric meditations and odes. Celebrates nows of every length, from the sweep of cosmic evolution, to the span of a life, to the glint of dew on a cold shovel"--

    Format: Book - 2020

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  • Here Is the Sweet Hand

    Here Is the Sweet Hand

    Harris, Francine J.

    "A new collection of poems from the author of Allegiance"--

    Format: Book - 2020

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  • The Art of Losing: Poems of Grief and Healing

    The Art of Losing: Poems of Grief and Healing

    Poems about the various stages of grief, with 150 selections from a variety of 20th-21st century poets.

    Format: Book - 2010

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  • Head Off & Split: Poems

    Head Off & Split: Poems

    Finney, Nikky

    Winner, 2011 National Book Award for Poetry Winner, 2012 GCLS Award for Poetry Winner, 2012 SIBA Book Award for Poetry Nominee, 2012 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry The poems in Nikky Finney's breathtaking new collection Head Off & Split sustain a sensitive and intense dialogue with emblematic figures and events in African American life: from civil rights matriarch Rosa Parks to former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, from a brazen girl strung out on lightning to a terrified woman abandoned on a rooftop during Hurricane Katrina. Finney's poetic voice is defined by an intimacy that holds a soft yet exacting eye on the erotic, on uncanny political and family events, like her mother's wedding waltz with South Carolina senator Strom Thurmond, and then again on the heartbreaking hilarity of an American president's final State of the Union address. Artful and intense, Finney's poems ask us to be mindful of what we fraction, fragment, cut off, dice, dishonor, or throw away, powerfully evoking both the lawless and the sublime. (syndetics)

    Format: Book - 2011

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  • The Collected Poems

    The Collected Poems

    Kunitz, Stanley

    In 1995, Stanley Kunitz received the National Book Award in Poetry for Passing Through: The Later Poems, New and Selected. The citation for the award read in part: "In his genius, great clarity is joined to great generosity. His work shines with humanity, humor, precision, and passion." Now, combining both early and later poems, including Selected Poems (which won the Pulitzer Prize), Kunitz presents us with the gift of his life's work in poetry. The early poems, long unavailable in any edition, sound themes that have always engaged Kunitz: life's meaning, the relation of time to eternity, kinship with nature, and loss, most poignantly that of his father. Despite the power of his poems about loss, Kunitz ardently celebrates life. Perpetually curious, eager for fresh revelations, he fully lives up to his own advice to younger poets "to persevere, then explore. Be explorers all your life." (syndetics)

    Format: Book - 2000

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  • On Earth: Last Poems and An Essay

    On Earth: Last Poems and An Essay

    Creeley, Robert

    Robert Creeley, one of the most significant American poets of the twentieth century, helped define an emerging counter-tradition to the prevailing literary establishment--a postwar poetry originating with Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, and Louis Zukofsky and expanding through the lives and works of Charles Olson, Robert Duncan, Allen Ginsberg, Denise Levertov, and others. When Robert Creeley died in March 2005, he was working on what was to be his final book of poetry. In addition to more than thirty new poems, many touching on the twin themes of memory and presence, this moving collection includes the text of the last paper Creeley gave--an essay exploring the late verse of Walt Whitman. Together, the essay and the poems are a retrospective on aging and the resilience of memory that includes tender elegies to old friends, the settling of old scores, and reflective poems on mortality and its influence on his craft. On Earth reminds us what has made Robert Creeley one of the most important and affectionately regarded poets of our time. (syndetics)

    Format: Book - 2006

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  • Splay Anthem

    Splay Anthem

    Mackey, Nathaniel

    Part antiphonal rant, part rhythmic whisper, Nathaniel Mackey's new collection of poems,Splay Anthem, takes the reader to uncharted poetic spaces. Divided into three sections--"Braid," "Fray," and "Nub" (one referent Mackey notes in his stellar Introduction: "the imperial, flailing republic of Nub the United States has become, the shrunken place the earth has become, planet Nub")--Splay Anthem weaves together two ongoing serial poems Mackey has been writing for over twenty years, "Song of the Andoumboulou" and "Mu" (though "Mu no more itself / than Andoumboulou"). In the cosmology of the Dogon of West Africa, the Andoumboulou are progenitor spirits, and the song of the Andoumboulou is a song addressed to the spirits, a funeral song, a song of rebirth."Mu," too, splays with meaning:muni bird, Greekmuthos, a Sun Ra tune, a continent once thought to have existed in the Pacific. With the vibrancy of a Mira painting, Mackey's poems trace the lost tribe of "we" through waking and dreamtime, through a multitude of geographies, cultures, histories, and musical traditions, as poetry here serves as the intersection of everything, myth's music, spirit lift. (syndetics)

    Format: Book - 2006

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  • The Long Goodbye: [a Memoir]

    The Long Goodbye: [a Memoir]

    O'Rourke, Meghan

    In this eloquent, somber memoir about the death of her mother and grieving aftermath, poet and journalist O'Rourke (Halflife) ponders the eternal human question: how do we live with the knowledge that we will one day die?

    Format: Book - 2011

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  • The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-century American Poetry

    The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-century American Poetry

    Penguin proudly presents an unparalleled survey of the best poems of the past century. Rita Dove, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and former U .S. Poet Laureate, introduces readers to the most significant and compelling poems of the past hundred years. Selecting from the canon of American poetry throughout the twentieth century, Dove has created an anthology that represents the full spectrum of aesthetic sensibilities-from styles and voices to themes and cultures-while balancing important poems with significant periods of each poet. Featuring poems both classic and contemporary, this collection reflects both a dynamic and cohesive portrait of modern American poetry and outlines its trajectory over the past century. (syndetics)

    Format: Book - 2011

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  • What the Living Do: Poems

    What the Living Do: Poems

    Howe, Marie

    Informed by the death of a beloved brother, here are the stories of childhood, its thicket of sex and sorrow and joy, boys and girls growing into men and women, stories of a brother who in his dying could teach how to be most alive. What the Living Do reflects "a new form of confessional poetry, one shared to some degree by other women poets such as Sharon Olds and Jane Kenyon. Unlike the earlier confessional poetry of Plath, Lowell, Sexton et al., Howe's writing is not so much a moan or a shriek as a song. It is a genuinely feminine form . . . a poetry of intimacy, witness, honesty, and relation" (Boston Globe). (syndetics)

    Format: Book - 1999

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