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.
How to Be Drawn
A finalist for the 2015 National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award A dazzling new collection of poetry by Terrance Hayes, the National Book Award-winning author of Lighthead In How to Be Drawn , his daring fifth collection, Terrance Hayes explores how we see and are seen. While many of these poems bear the clearest imprint yet of Hayes's background as a visual artist, they do not strive to describe art so much as inhabit it. Thus, one poem contemplates the principle of blind contour drawing while others are inspired by maps, graphs, and assorted artists. The formal and emotional versatilities that distinguish Hayes's award-winning poetry are unified by existential focus. Simultaneously complex and transparent, urgent and composed, How to Be Drawn is a mesmerizing achievement. (syndetics)
Format: Book - 2015View How to Be Drawn
Lit: A Memoir
The author reveals how, shortly after giving birth to a child she adored, she drank herself into the same numbness that nearly devoured her charismatic but troubled mother, reaching the brink of suicide before a spiritual awakening led her to sobriety.
Format: Book - 2015View Lit: A Memoir
How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems
This collection gathers poems from throughout Joy Harjo's twenty-eight-year career, beginning in 1973 in the age marked by the takeover at Wounded Knee and the rejuvenation of indigenous cultures in the world through poetry and music. How We Became Human explores its title question in poems of sustaining grace. (syndetics)
Format: Book - 2004View How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems
The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde
The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde celebrates the undeniable voice of a woman who wrote, in the words of Adrienne Rich, "poems of elemental wildness and healing, nightmare and lucidity ... a poetry which extends beyond white Western politics, beyond the anger and wisdom of Black America ... These are poems which blaze and pulse on the page."
Format: Book - 2000View The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde
My Feelings: Poems
A daring and intimate new book by the poet and memoirist Nick Flynn, "a champion of contemporary American poetry" ( Newpages ) . . . the take from his bank jobs, all of it will come to me, if I can just get him to draw me a map, if I can find the tree, if I can find the shovel. And the house, the mansion he grew up in, soon a lawyer will pass a key across a walnut desk, but even this lawyer will not be able to tell me where this mansion is. --from "Kafka" In My Feelings , Nick Flynn makes no claims on anyone else's. These poems inhabit a continually shifting sense of selfhood, in the attempt to contain quicksilver realms of emotional energy--from grief and panic to gratitude and understanding. (syndetics)
Format: Book - 2015View My Feelings: Poems
This collection of poetry explores the realities of multiple identities, language, diasporic life and pain, the self, community, healing, celebration, and love.
Format: Book - 2013View Salt
"Mary Oliver, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, celebrates love in her new collection of poems,"--Amazon.com.
Format: Book - 2016View Felicity
The Black Unicorn: Poems
Rich continues: "Refusing to be circumscribed by any simple identity, Audre Lorde writes as a Black woman, a mother, a daughter, a Lesbian, a feminist, a visionary; poems of elemental wildness and healing, nightmare and lucidity. Her rhythms and accents have the timelessness of a poetry which extends beyond white Western politics, beyond the anger and wisdom of Black America, beyond the North American earth, to Abomey and the Dahomeyan Amazons. These are poems nourished in an oral tradition, which also blaze and pulse on the page, beneath the reader's eye." (syndetics)
Format: Book - 1995View The Black Unicorn: Poems
Half Sun, Half Sleep: New Poems
Format: Book - 1967View Half Sun, Half Sleep: New Poems
The Song of Hiawatha
A narrative poem of the life and deeds of the legendary Hiawatha, son of the West Wind.
Format: Book - 1968View The Song of Hiawatha