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Sun within a SunClaire Chi-ah LyuA sustained reflection on the enterprise of poetry, on what poetry is and might be, that sees poetry as way of life at it most genuine.

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90 Miles Virgil SuárezIn creating this collection Suárez creatively combines poems from six previous collections with unpublished ones to give compelling expression of what it means to live in exile.
After the FallEdward FieldAfter the Fall refers to the twin towers, and is Field’s ode to the events that transpired thereafter--the war in Iraq andthe attack on civil rights in America--as well as his own personal struggles over the indignities of aging.

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All-American GirlRobin BeckerWinner of the 1996 Lambda Book Award for Lesbian Poetry.

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All-Night Lingo TangoBarbara HambyThis collection is a love letter to language with poems that are drunk and filled with references to the hyperkinetic world of the twenty-first century. Yet Zeus and Hera tangle with Leda on the interstate; Ava Gardner becomes a Hindu princess; and Shiva, the Destroyer, reigns over all. English is the primary god here, with its huge vocabulary and omnivorous gluttony for new words, yet the mystery of the alphabet is behind everything, a funky puppet master who can make a new world out of nothing.

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American FanaticsDorothy BarresiA book of contemporary poetry exploring the fine, shifting line between faith—secular and spiritual faith—and fanaticism in an insecure age, American Fanatics is a lyrical, pop-culture inflected meditation on democracy, morality, beauty, commerce, and the cost of falling dreams.

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American Poetry NowEd OchesterAmerican Poetry Now is a comprehensive collection of the best work from the renowned Pitt Poetry Series. Since its inception in 1967, the series has been a vehicle for America's finest contemporary poets. The series list includes Poet Laureate Billy Collins, Toi Derricotte, Denise Duhamel, Lynn Emanuel, Bob Hicok, Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Ted Kooser, Larry Levis, Sharon Olds, Alicia Suskin Ostriker, Virgil Suárez, Afaa Michael Weaver, David Wojahn, Dean Young, and many others.

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Angel, InterruptedReginald ShepherdAngel, Interupted is Reginald Shepherd’s second poetry collection. The poems are lyrical, streetwise and contemporary, yet timeless, classically referential, and introspective.
Animal EyePaisley RekdalAnimal Eye employs pastoral motifs to engage a discourse on life and love, as Coal Hill Review states "It is as if a scientist is at work in the basement of the museum of natural history, building a diorama of an entire ecosystem via words. She seem snot only interested in using the natural world as a metaphoric lens in her poems but is set on building them item by item into natural worlds themselves."

Winner of the 2013 Rilke Prize from the University of North Texas

Voted one of the five best poetry collections for 2012 by Publishers Weekly View the article online

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Animals All Are GatheringBradley PaulWinner of the 2009 Donald Hall Prize in Poetry

A collection of lyric poems that address issues of death and personal crisis by filtering them through an obsession with monsters and animals.

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AppetiteAaron SmithAppetite is a book of poetry that explores identity, particularly masculinity, through the lenses of popular culture, relationships, and place.

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ApplauseCarol MuskeApplause is a collection of poems about joy and dread -- mirroring the extremes of the contemporary American experience.
Art of DrowningBilly CollinsTo celebrate Billy Collins’s years as U.S. Poet Laureate, we are pleased to announce this special hardcover edition of one of the books that helped establish and secure his reputation in the 1990s.
AstoriaMalena MörlingA book of poetry about the transitory physical world of the body, trains, and highways that reflects on the seamless quality of the present moment.

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AsylumQuan BarryWinner of the 2000 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, a stunning debut collection revealing a mature complexity of craft and an original sophisticated vision.

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Axion EstiOdysseus ElytisThe Axion Esti is probably the most widely read volume of verse to have appeared in Greece since World War II and remains a classic today. Those who follow the music of Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis have been especially drawn to Odysseus Elytis's work, his prose is widely considered a mirror to the revolutionary music of Theodorakis. The "autobiographical" elements are constantly colored by allusion to the history of Greece, thus, the poems express a contemporary consciousness fully resonant with those echoes of the past that have served most to shape the modern Greek experience.
BabelBarbara HambyWinner of the Donald Hall Prize in Poetry Barbara Hamby's poems drift across histories and continents, from early writing and culture in Mesopotamia through the motion-picture heaven that seems so much like Paris, to odes on such thoroughly American subjects as hardware stores, bubblegum, barbecue, and sharp-tongued cocktail waitresses giving mandatory pre-date quizzes to lawyers.

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Black SwanLyrae Van Clief-StefanonA powerful new voice on the poetry scene, Van Clief-Stefanon writes of pain, loss, hope, and the promise of salvation.
Blessing the HouseJim DanielsJim Daniels’ Blessing the House visits the sites of domestic faith - Catholic schools, sex and marriage, childbirth - in an attempt to witness a world worth believing in. In their search for hope, grace, and decency in the small dramas of an individual life, these poems become larger, more overtly political and express a genuine interest in human emotion.
Bloom in ReverseTeresa LeoBloom in Reverse moves from death to life as it chronicles the aftermath of a friend's suicide and the end of a turbulent relationship, working through devastation and loss while on a search for solace that spans from local bars to online dating and beyond to ultimately find true connection and sustaining love.

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BlowoutDenise DuhamelBlowout is both a celebration and mourning of romantic love—the blowout of a party, as well as the sudden rupture of a front tire.

Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award

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Blue Like the HeavensGary Gildner“Aliveness is Gary Gildner’s striking quality,” Crystal McLean writes in the magazine New Letters, and thise selection of Gary Gildner’s previously published poems, plus eighteen new poems, demonstrates the aptness of that perception. Accessible and eminently readable, the poems in Blue Like the Heavens also possess great emotional depth. Readers who complain about the obscurity of contemporary American poetry will delight in this book.
Blue on Blue GroundAaron SmithWinner of 2004 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. These artful, yet accessible poems are concerned with the body, desire, anxiety, and obsession—how what we want redeems and isolates us. They urge complete exploration of one’s physical and mental selves as a means to remain alive in the material world.

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BoneshakerJan BeattyHard-hitting, sophisticated, lyrical exploration of the meaning of the body. Questions icons and invokes taboos.
Book of LifeAlicia Suskin Ostriker“A Song of Songs, which is not Solomon’s but Alicia Ostriker’s. A great age-old hymn to life, to flesh, to memory, is revised again on these pages, with gusto, with passion, with clarity, with eros, with grief. If there is God, it is the mourner’s or the mystic’s God; if there is faith, it is the faith in our future. This is gorgeous poetry, as Jewish as it is universal.” —Ilya Kaminsky

Winner of the 2013 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement.

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Book of SeventyAlicia Suskin OstrikerPoems that explore the territory of advancing age—its tragicomedies, its passions, its engagement with the world.

Winner of the National Jewish Book Award

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Book of Ten Susan Wood“Sometimes your car breaks down in front of a gas station, and sometimes it doesn’t. Susan Wood works the lonely stretch of road that connects these two possibilities. It seems as though it’s always night in these beautiful, haunting poems, but Wood lights the landscape with her vision, her intelligence, and the fierceness of her love for everything human.”
—David Kirby

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Boston StrongRichard BlancoBoston Strong is a commemorative chapbook that beautifully reproduces Richard Blanco’s poignant poem presented during the May 30, 2013 benefit for many of the victims of the tragic events during the 2013 Boston Marathon.

The net proceeds from the sale of this book benefit The One Fund Boston

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Brave Disguises
Gray JacobikGray Jacobik creates poems out of the mundane and extraordinary moments of our lives. Mature, elegant, and crackling with energy, this volume won the 2001 Associated Writing Programs’ Award in Poetry.
Bringing the Shovel DownRoss GayBringing the Shovel Down is a re-imagination of the violent mythologies of state and power.

“These poems speak out of a global consciousness as well as an individual wisdom that is bright with pity, terror, and rage, and which asks the reader to realize that she is not alone—that the grief he carries is not just his own. Gay is a poet of conscience, who echoes Tomas Tranströmer's ‘We do not surrender. But want peace.’”
—Jean Valentine

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Brother SalvageRick HillesWinner of the 2005 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize.

Winner of the 2008 Whiting Writer’s Award.

Winner of the 2007 Poetry Book of the Year Award from ForeWord Magazine.

The poems are heartrending and incisive. Through the poet’s eloquent craft, painful histories and images (such as the Holocaust) are beautifully and luminously preserved.

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Burn and DodgeSharon DolinWinner of the 2007 Donald Hall Prize in Poetry
Selected by Bob Hicok

Burn and Dodge is a collection of poems that “burns” with contemporary vices such as: Guilt, Envy, Regret, and Indecision while also “dodging” such concerns with formal playfulness.

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CaptivityToi DerricotteWhat are the forces that cause us to strike out and harm each other? Captivity explores the way in which the individual is held hostage by society; how the forces of racism, sexism, and classism frequently express themselves as violence within the family. The book also explores a deeper captivity, like the Jews in Egypt yearning for the Promised Land, the soul trapped in exile from God.

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Cathedral of the NorthConnie VoisineWinner of the 1999 Associated Writing Programs' Award Series in Poetry. Set against a fantastic backdrop of religious imagery, myth and dreams, science fiction, and the stark realities of a northern factory town, Voisine's poems carefully detail the life of a common hero and his family.
Cave C. G. HanzlicekThis collection spans twenty-five years in the career of this highly regarded poet. It features poems from the books Stars, Calling the Dead, When There Are No Secrets, and Against Dreaming, along with seventeen new poems.
Ceremonies of Longing Sandra KohlerWhether cataloging her flower garden or worrying about her son, admiring a trio of aged aunts or recovering from an argument with her husband, the narrator in these beautifully lyric poems deftly explores imagination, relationships, and the unlived possibilities in our own lives. Like the currents of time that pull us inexorably into the future, Sandra Kohler leads us through The Ceremonies of Longing, illuminating the magic that inhabits daily life and ordinary dreams.
Chapel of Inadvertent JoyJeffrey McDaniel“Reading Jeffrey McDaniel’s gorgeously dark and utterly compelling Chapel of Inadvertent Joy reminds me that he is probably the most important poet in America. The book in your hands was written by a master of metaphor and a poet of huge imagination and fierce ingenuity, a fine antidote to realism. Get this voice in your head.”—Major Jackson

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Children of ParadiseLiz RosenbergA book of poems about “children” in the widest sense--from children of the Nazi-torn Warsaw ghettos to the American poor, as well as poems of domesticity, love and daily life.
City of a Hundred FiresRichard BlancoCity of a Hundred Fires presents us with a journey through the cultural coming of age experiences of the hyphenated Cuban-American.

Richard Blanco was selected as the 2013 inaugural poet by President Barack Obama.

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City of SaltGregory OrrCity of Salt, Gregory Orr’s sixth book of poems, is largely autobiographical and presents moments of intense emotion which are anchored in clearly dramatized events. These are poems of elegy and celebration, and of occasions where the two modes fuse in acts of redemptive imagination.
Cloud Moving HandsCathy SongThese poems, threaded by the teachings of Buddha, examine loss—the death of a loved one, the longing for a child, the yearning for another place and time—and the suffering such attempts transpire, but ultimately the poems are an affirmation that to be born into human life is our greatest opportunity to transform loss and sorrow into awakening joy.

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Collected Poems of Muriel RukeyserJanet KaufmanMuriel Rukeyser earned an international reputation as a powerful voice against enforced silences of all kind, against the violence of war, poverty, and racism. In addition to the complete texts of her twelve previously published books, this volume also features new poems discovered by the editors; Rukeyser's translations, including the first English translations of Octavio Paz's work; early work by Rukeyser not previously published in book form; and the controversial book-length poem ‘Wake Island.’
Contracted WorldPeter MeinkePassionate and compassionate, these poems are both deeply imagined and accessible to the general reader, focusing on personal and political life in American society.

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ControvertiblesQuan BarrySecond book by an acclaimed young poet. This volume features more of Barry’s refined brilliance and delicate lyricism, cast in a more meditative mode.

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Crack in EverythingAlicia Suskin OstrikerThis volume of poetry from Alicia Suskin Ostriker is one of her most ambitious, ranging from laments and celebrations for a flawed world to meditations on art and artists, to a powerful exploration of illness and healing.

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Defense of PoetryGabriel GuddingDangerous, edgy, and dark, Gudding offers a defense not only against the pretense and vanity of war, violence, and religion, but also against the vanity of poetry itself.
Dirt She AteMinnie Bruce PrattA powerful collection that doesn’t shirk from showing pain that includes thirteen new poems along with selections from her four previous volumes of poetry.

Winner of the 2003 Lambda Literary Award in Poetry
Dismantling the HillsMichael McGriffWINNER OF THE 2007 AGNES LYNCH STARRETT POETRY PRIZE


A book of poems that explore working-class, rural American life, in all its complication and contradiction.

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Dog AngelJesse KerchevalFull of wit, vivid language, and devastating honesty, these poems trace the timelines of Kercheval’s life forward and backward, offering a moving examination of the connections that bind us together into families and communities.
Domain of Perfect AffectionRobin BeckerRobin Becker explores the conditions under which we experience and resist pleasure: in beauty salon, summer camp, beach, backyard or museum; New York, or New Mexico. These poems offer sharp pleasures as they argue, elegize, mourn, praise, and sing.

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Domestic InteriorStephanie BrownThese poems describe the private and sometimes secret spaces of marriage, parenthood, and knowledge.

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Double TruthChard deNiordThe Double Truth is a collection of poems that arc from myth to history, knowledge to mystery, Eros to natural love, animals to human beings, then back in an alternating poetic current that betrays a speaker who is at once a privileged witness of her time and a diachronic amalgam of voices that are as imagined as they are real in their anonymous legacy.

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ElegyLarry LevisA few days before his death in 1996, Larry Levis mentioned to his friend and former instructor Philip Levine that he had "an all-but-completed manuscript" of poems. After Levis's death, Levine edited the poems Levis had left behind. What emerged is this haunting collection, Elegy.

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Elegy on Toy Piano Dean YoungIn this book Young presents poems of varying tones and styles, emphasizing the nature of simultaneity and the power of wordplay.

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EmplumadaLorna Dee CervantesEmplumada is Lorna Dee Cervantes’s first book, a collection of poems remarkable for their surface clarity, precision of image, and emotional urgency. Rooted in her Chicana heritage, these poems illuminate the American experience of the last quarter century and, at a time when much of what is merely fashionable in American poetry is recondite and exclusive, Cervantes has the ability to speak to and for a large audience.
EndarkenmentJeffrey McDanielThe poet employs colloquial diction, references pop and classical culture, and travels at 1000 miles per hour in his fourth collection. For those who think contemporary poetry is about abject confessions, vacation in Provence and opaque ‘academicisms,’ McDaniel is an intro to a new world.

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Essential Etheridge KnightEtheridge KnightThe Essential Etheridge Knight is a selection of the best work by one of the country’s most prominent and liveliest poets. It brings together poems from Knight’s previously published books and a section of new poems.

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Eve’s StripteaseJulia Spicher KasdorfConstruing all of life as a journey that takes us from innocence to knowledge, Eve’s Striptease suggests that the maps that we need for this journey may be found written on our own bodies. Julia Kasdorf writes of a life’s migrations, tracing paths that joyfully enlarge our definitions of love and longing - sometimes embracing conventional values and sometimes subverting them.

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Eye of WaterAmber Flora ThomasWinner of 2004 Cave Canem Poetry Prize Drawing her inspiration from she calls her “waking”, Amber Flora Thomas presents poems that depict humanity’s struggle to overcome its own flaws.

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Falling HourDavid WojahnThe fifth collection of poetry by David Wojahn. The Falling Hour is a book in which the workings of personal history collide with the forces of public history, examining loss and cultural legacies. Marks a significant advance from Wojahn’s previous works, as he employs both strict forms and free verse.

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Fata MorganaReginald ShepherdFata Morgana mingles personal experience, history, mythology, politics, and natural science to explore the relationships of conception and perception, the self finding its way through a physical and social world not of its own making, but changing the world by its presence.

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First Course in TurbulenceDean YoungWith rapid shifts between subject and tone, sometimes within single poems, Dean Young’s latest book explores the kaleidoscopic welter of art and life. Here parody does not exclude the cri de coeur any more than seriousness excludes the joke. With surrealist volatility, these poems are the result of experiments that continue for the reader during each reading. Young moves from reworkings of creation myths, the index of the Norton Anthology of Poetry, pseudo reports and memos, collaged biographies, talking clouds, and worms, to memory, mourning, sexual playfulness, and deep sadness in the course of this turbulent book.
Floating BridgeDavid ShumateThe Floating Bridge, David Shumate’s second collection of prose poems, transports its readers over the chasm between the mundane and the enchanted. We traverse one bridge and find ourselves eavesdropping on Gertrude Stein and her gardener. We take the night bus to Gomorrah to have a look around. Halfway across, each bridge vanishes beneath our feet. Our world shifts. The commonplace begins to glow. We turn the page. Another bridge awaits.

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Flying at NightTed KooserIn this work the 2004-2005 U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Ted Kooser has selected poems from Sure Signs, winner of the Society of Midland Authors Prize, and the acclaimed One World at a Time.

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For a Limited Time OnlyRonald WallaceFor a Limited Time Only explores issues of aging, illness, and mortality, and the philosophical and theological speculations that arise from personal tragedy, and invokes humor, hope, and consolation in the face of death and loss.

Winner of the 2008 Posner Book-Length Poetry Award.

Winner of the 2009 Wisconsin Library Association Outstanding Achievement in Poetry Award.

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From the MeadowPeter EverwinePeter Everwine has been a dominant force in American poetry for more than five decades. This volume features a group of new works, as well as selections from four previous collections, which capture the quiet intensity of his calmly dazzling work.

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Giacometti’s DogRobin BeckerCelebratory or eligiac, these poems record the author’s “two-headed journey” to root herself - geographically and emotionally - in the world. Becker’s poems are from remote and familiar outposts: the watery evanescence of Venice contrasts with the desert of the American Southwest; we lean with her over the rim of a canyon or stand back to study a Giacometti sculpture. From such settings arise poems on the death of a sibling, the consoling power of painting and sculpture; others celebrate the erotic and the capacity of the female body for pleasure and pain.
Government of NatureAfaa Michael WeaverThis is the second volume of a trilogy (the first was The Plum Flower Dance) in which Weaver analyzes his life, striving to become the ideal poet. In The Government of Nature, Afaa Michael Weaver explores the trauma of his childhood—including sexual abuse—using a "cartography and thematic structure drawn from Chinese spiritualism." Weaver is a practitioner of Daoism, and this collection deals directly with the abuse in the context of Daoist renderings of nature as metaphor for the human body.

Winner of the 2014 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award

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GraceJohn Hodgen Winner of the 2005 Donald Hall Prize in Poetry.

Winner of the 2009 Chad Walsh Prize

Hodgen’s third book of poetry. The poems roam through history, religion, man-made disasters, baseball, pop culture, and Wal-Marts, with remarkable completeness, maturity, and dexterity.

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Green AgeAlicia Suskin OstrikerThe variety of subjects in Green Age is characteristic of Alicia Suskin Ostriker’s writing: from the opening poem, “Fifty,” funny, courageous, and defiant, to a set of birthday poems for a grown daughter; from emulations of the Persian mystic Rumi, to the provactive “Meditation in Seven Days,” whose central assumption is that we may find in the Bible traces of a Canaanite goddess whose worship was forbidden with the advent of patriarchal monotheism.
Heaven & Earth Holding CompanyJohn Hodgen “Heaven & Earth Holding Company contains a plentitude of delights. Like little stories told in the night, these poems are clear narratives crossed by mysterious shadows. And Hodgen’s tone occupies a singular place at the intersection of funky wit and true feeling.” —Billy Collins

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Here I Throw Down My Heart Colleen McElroyHere I Throw Down My Heart offers a view of twenty-first century boundaries where home can be as transitory as the weather, and continuously alters our perceptions of our bodies, the planet, and the spaces we inhabit.

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High Water MarkDavid ShumateWinner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. These fresh and unpredictable prose poems annouce the arrival of an exciting new voice. Every page is filled with unexpected delights.

Winner, 2004 Best Books of Indiana (poetry category)
Hill DaughterLouise McNeillMusically complex and intellectually sophisticated, Louise McNeill’s imagery and rhythms have their deepest sources in the West Virginia mountains where she was born in 1911 on a farm that has been in her family for nine generations. These are rooted poems, passionately concerned with stewardship of the land and with the various destructions of land and people that often come masked as “progress.”
Horse FairRobin BeckerBecker investigates how marginalized individuals negotiate public and private spheres, while inventing sustainable communities. She also explores anti-Semitism, cross-dressing, and painter Rosa Bonheur's lifelong relationships with women.
HyperborealJoan Naviyuk KaneWinner of the 2012 Donald Hall Prize in Poetry

Selected by Arthur Sze

Hyperboreal leverages the power of language and lyric as its poems contend with issues of Inuit cultural and biological extinction.

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If One of Us Should FallNicole DuttonWinner of the 2011 Cave Canem Poetry Prize

“Nicole Terez Dutton’s fierce and formidable debut throbs with restless beauty and a lyrical undercurrent that is both empowered and unpredictable. Every poem is unsettling in that delicious way that changes and challenges the reader. There is nothing here that does not hurtle forward.”
—Patricia Smith

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Chosen by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association as a 2013 Honor Book Winner for poetry.

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Imaginary LoverAlicia Suskin OstrikerWith The Imaginary Lover, Alicia Ostriker takes her place among the most striking and original poets whose work is informed by feminist consciousness. Her characterization of the best poetry by women, in the New York Times Book Review, aptly describes this book: “intimate rather than remote, passionate rather than distant, defying divisions between emotion and intellect, private and public, life and art, writer and reader.” To read her poems is to “discover not only more of what it means to be a woman but more of what it means to be human.”
ImperialGeorge BilgereImperial is a collection of poems, both serious and hilarious, ranging in subject matter from marriage, divorce, popular culture, to the pitfalls, perils, and predicaments of middle-aged, middle-class, mid-American suburban life.

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Improbable Swervings of AtomsChristopher BurskThis collection follows the physical and emotional struggles of a young boy growing up in 1950s America as he attempts to understand himself and the world around him.

Winner of 2004 Donald Hall Prize in Poetry, and the 2006 Milton Kessler Poetry Book Award.

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In Every SeamAllison JosephThe third poetry collection from Allison Joseph. In Every Seam documents the passage from girlhood to womanhood in an urban environment fraught with brutality, yet seething with energy and vitality.
In Praise of Falling Cheryl DumesnilWinner of the 2008 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize

Enacting the Zen proverb “fall down seven times, get up eight,” this collection explores the ways we fall—through disillusionment, disappointment, and plain, old-fashioned mistakes, and the ways we rise up—out of personal debacles, unfortunate circumstances, family legacies, and collective struggles.

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In the Illuminated DarkTuvia RuebnerThe poetry of Tuvia Ruebner offers us an exquisite and indispensable voice of the twentieth century. Personal loss and the historical devastation of the Holocaust inform all of his work. Rachel Tzvia Back’s translations are beautifully attuned to the Hebrew originals. This first-ever bilingual edition gives readers in both Hebrew and English access to stunning poetry that insists on shared humanity across all border lines and divides.

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Insomnia DiaryBob HicokBob Hicok’s fluid ability to shift moods, the richness of his visual palette, and his idiosyncratic use of language fill these pages. His fourth book, Insomnia Diary is filled with Hicok’s characteristic edgy, brazen, provocative, and meditative poems.

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Instructions for My Mother’s FuneralLaura ReadWinner of the 2011 Donald Hall Prize in Poetry

Selected by Dorianne Laux

This collection examines how the loss of a parent at a young age can color the way that child looks at the world even when the child is no longer a child.

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Interrogation Palace David WojahnA career-spanning selection of work by a widely respected American poet, including a generous gathering of new poems. David Wojahn was awarded the 2007 O. B. Hardison Poetry Prize for this collection >> Read the press release
Invention of the KaleidoscopePaisley RekdalThe Invention of the Kaleidoscope is a book of poetic elegies that discuss failures: failures of love, both sexual and spiritual; failures of the body; failures of science, art and technology; failures of nature, imagination, memory and, most importantly, the failures inherent to elegiac narratives and our formal attempt to memoralize the lost. But the book also explores the necessity of such narratives, as well as the creative possibilities implicit within the “failed elegy,” all while examining the various ways that self-destruction can turn into self-preservation.

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JourneyKathleen NorrisJourney includes poems from three previous books spanning thirty years, along with a generous selection of new work that continues her radically individual celebration of the sacredness of life.
Ka-Ching!Denise DuhamelKa-Ching! is a book of poems that explores America’s obsession with money. It also includes a crown of sonnets about e-bay, sestinas on the subjects of Sean Penn and the main characters of fairytales, a pantoum that riffs on a childhood riddle, and a villanelle inspired by bathroom grafitti.

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KeeperKasey JuedsWinner of the 2012 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize

Keeper is a book of lyric poems concerned with relationships of different sorts—with the natural world, with people and animals, and with the unseen and unknown.

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Kimonos in the ClosetDavid Shumate“These are enormously arresting, odd, wryly humorous, gripping poems. And the variety of subject matter is astounding. I don’t know when I’ve enjoyed reading a book so much.”—David Budbill

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Land of BlissCathy SongThe fourth collection from an award-winning poet that examines our ability to create our own misery and our own happiness.
Last Person to Hear Your VoiceRichard SheltonWhile Richard Shelton has been known primarily for his poems dealing with the landscape of the Southwest and the destruction of that landscape, the poems in this book are much more far-ranging, including many poems dealing with soocial issues (the issue of illegal immigration on our southern border, homelessness), historical events (the war in Iraq, the events of 9/11) and attitudes concerning politics and the environment. The poems are filled with sensory images, engaged in the real world, often ironic or simply off-the-wall, and their tone ranges from deeply sad, as in a requiem for Glen Canyon on the Colorado River, to the wildly funny, as in Brief Communications from My widowed Mother.

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Late EmpireDavid WojahnLate Empire, David Wojahn’s most wide-ranging collection of poetry, affirms his status as one of the most compelling and original voices of his generation. In these poems, private history and public history mingle and merge in a way that is by turns deeply personal and elegiac. Centered around tow masterful elegies for the writers parents, the poems also treat an array of subjects familiar to us from news events but rarely examined by contemporary poetry.
Leaping PoetryRobert BlyLeaping Poetry is Robert Bly's testament to the importance of the artistic leap that bridges the gap between conscious and unconscious thought in any great work of art. Part anthology and part commentary, Bly seeks to rejuvenate modern Western poetry through his revelations of “leaping” as found in the works of poets from around the world, while also outlining the basic principles that shape his own poetry.
Liquid PaperPeter MeinkePeter Meinke was a master of traditional poetic forms long before the current interest in “the new formalism.” His work is, in turn, witty, comic, sane, deeply moving, and always readable. Liquid Paper collects the best of his previously published poems from the late 1960s on with a generous selection of new work.
Listening Long and LatePeter Everwine“What a rich array of music lies within Listening Long and Late. With refreshing authenticity, Everwine weds playfulness to practice, lyricism to narrative, pathos to the ordinary. Indeed, he has listened ‘long and late’ to the music of such venerable masters as Tu Fu, the hidden genius on the street, and the anonymous Aztec poets of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Everwine writes with the same ‘deified heart’ that divines the mystery of his quotidian subjects in a language that is at once plain and poetic. His own work seamlessly segues into his translations from the Hebrew and Nahuatl, as if all the poems belonged to the same poet, which they in fact do, as the glorious multitudes of Peter Everwine, one of the masters of our age.”—Chard deNiord

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Little Girls in ChurchKathleen Norris Although Kathleen Norris’s best-selling Dakota: A Spiritual Geography has brought her to the attention of many thousands of readers, she is first and last a poet. Like Robert Frost, another poet identified with a particular landscape, she can reveal the miraculous in the ordinary, and she writes with clarity, humor, and deep sympathy for her subjects.
Little SpaceAlicia Suskin OstrikerIn this selection of poems from thirty years of a distinguished writing career, we see the growth of a poet’s mind, heart, and spirit as Alicia Suskin Ostriker struggles with the meaning of family, politics, and faith.

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Long for This WorldRonald WallaceLong for This World includes twenty-six new poems from this master of the sonnet and other traditional forms, along with selections from his six previous collections. This book exemplifies the comic sense, the synthesis of technical skill and strong emotion, and the sensory immediacy that have become Ronald Wallace’s hallmarks.
Looking for The Gulf MotelRichard BlancoLooking for The Gulf Motel offers a genealogy of the heart: how Blanco’s family’s emotional legacy has shaped—and continues shaping—his Latino identity, sexual identity, and understanding of the big questions of life and death.

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Richard Blanco was selected as the 2013 inaugural poet by President Barack Obama.

Winner of the 2013 Paterson Poetry Prize.

Winner of the 2013 Thom Gunn Award from The Publishing Triangle.

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Love and Strange HorsesNathalie Handal“Sometimes we have questions that seem to defy answers or even suppositions but then we find Love and Strange Horses to help us map out a course to continue loving life. A really wonderful, thoughtful read by an intriguing new voice.”

—Nikki Giovanni

Winner of the 2011 Independent Publisher Book Award (Poetry)

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Love on the StreetsSharon DoubiagoLove on the Streets is a selection of poems from four of Doubiago’s books of poetry, two of which are book-length poems, plus new poetry. It is the culmination of thirty years of writing “on the road.”

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M-80Jim DanielsIn M-80, his third book of poems, Jim Daniels explores the sharp edges of urban life. His characters struggle for survival in the face of rising urban violence, racial tension, and a crumbling economy. The collection is named for one of the most dangerous fireworks found on city streets - an apt metaphor for an urban world where the fuse is always lit.
Mad RiverJan BeattyWinner of the 1994 Agnes Starrett Poetry Prize and the 2000 Creative Achievement Award from the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
Map of the Lost WorldRick HillesIf it’s largely true that all poets are love poets, then the poems of Rick Hilles’s A Map of the Lost World find their unifying power in the love of friendship, testing the bonds by which the family “we get to choose” may keep us whole, even beyond death.

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Mother/Child PapersAlicia Suskin OstrikerIn 1970, as the war in Vietnam was heating up, Ostriker was awaiting the birth of her son. On April 30, President Nixon announced the bombing of Cambodia. On May 14, four students were shot and killed by National Guardsmen at Kent State University. The poems in this collection confront Ostriker’s personal tumult as she considered the world she had brought her son into.
My Brother is Getting Arrested Again Daisy FriedA new more mature Daisy Fried, writing about grown-up problems with the same insouciance and even more range and skill.

Finalist, 2006 National Book Critics Circle Award

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My Father’s GeographyAfaa Michael Weaver"Weaver's life studies and lyrics are imbued with a vivid sense of language, a vivid sense of the world, a vivid sense of their inseparability. And his tonal range--fron unabashed passion to teh subtlest velleity--is impressive indeed. This is a singular talent."—Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Mystery TrainDavid WojahnDavid Wojahn deftly mixes personal history and recollections with a wide range of character studies and monologues, but the center of this book is a sequence of thirty-five poems, mainly sonnets, in which rock and roll music is a strange, kaleidoscopic mirror of recent American history. Combining rhapsodic homage, grim humor, human folly, and tragedy, these poems are like nothing else in contemporary poetry.

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Narrative of the Life of the Brown Boy and the White ManRonaldo WilsonProse poems that profile the interrelationship of the two central characters, looking deeply into their psyches and thoughts of race, class, and identity.

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Natural CausesMark CoxIn Natural Causes, a collection haunted by death, compassion, and love, the penchants for metaphor and resonant turn of phrase that informed Cox’s earlier work remain as vibrant as ever.
New WorldSuzanne GardinierWinner of the 1992 Associated Writing Programs' Award Series in Poetry
Night Clerk at the Hotel of Both WorldsAngela BallWinner of the 2006 Donald Hall Prize in Poetry. Angela Ball’s lyrical, wry, and rueful poems float on a river of incongruities on which we may find Ron Popeil, Lord Byron, and Rudyard Kipling sharing the same raft; they create a fascinating commerce between the sublime and the ridiculous.

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Night MowingChard deNiordInfluenced by the natural, the classical, and the biblical, these poems wrestle with the universal and the sacred, revealing an urge to move toward purity and deep feeling even in dark times.

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Night Watch on the ChesapeakePeter MeinkeNight Watch on the Chesapeake is Peter Meinke’s third collection of poetry. The poems traverse a wide landscape of topics from playing baseball, the death of a friend, divorce, and even poetry itself.
Niobe PoemsKate DanielsNow back in print, this heralded second collection by the award-winning poet centers around the Greek myth of Niobe and the theme of endurance.
No HeavenAlicia Suskin OstrikerA commentary on America, this book delves into major aspects of contemporary society and expounds upon the country’s qualities, both positive and negative.

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Noose and HookLynn Emanuel“I have long believed that Lynn Emanuel is one of the most innovative and subversive poets now writing in America. Her aesthetic and artistic choices consistently invoke a complex hybrid poetics that radically reimagines the shape of our poetic discourse. The brilliant, shattering, and disturbing poems of Noose and Hook are not only wry critiques of recent poetic and cultural activity in this country but also compelling signposts to what yet might be possible in our future. This is Lynn Emanuel's most exquisite and powerful book yet.”

—David St. John

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Now, NowJennifer MaierNow, Now is concerned with questions of time and memory: how our perceptions are shaped, moment by moment, within the continuous meeting of past and future—of what happened, and what has not yet happened, but will.

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Ocean Inside Kenji TakezoRick NoguchiFor the young Kenji Takezo, the innocent surfer who inhabits this collection of poems, balance becomes more than just trying to stand on a wave. It is a way of surviving in a world as precarious as the ocean, a world constantly turning on itself.
Old Woman, the Tulip, and the Dog Alicia Suskin OstrikerThis book by a major American poet is for poetry readers at all levels, academic and non-academic. It is a sequence of poems that will surprise and delight readers—in the voices of an old woman full of memories, a glamorous tulip, and an earthy dog who always has the last word.

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On the Street of Divine LoveBarbara HambyOn the Street of Divine Love is a collection of twenty-five years of Barbara Hamby's poems—word drunk excursions into the American female consciousness with stops in Italy, Paris, and London.

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One TodayRichard BlancoOne Today is a commemorative chapbook of Richard Blanco’s inaugural poem, presented January 21, 2013 during President Barack Obama’s inaugural ceremony.
Open IntervalLyrae Van Clief-StefanonDrawing upon intersections of astronomy and mathematics, history, literature, and lived experience, the poems in ]Open Interval[ locate the self in the interval between body and name.

Finalist, National Book Award

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Ostinato VampsWanda ColemanPast winner of the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, this long-time author from Black Sparrow Press is known for her fierce adherence to the truth and a language so musical one can almost hear the blues line underneath her stanzas.
OtherhoodReginald ShepherdThe fourth collection from this much-praised poet combines lyricism with experimentation, creating a unique synthesis of passion and linguistic exploration.
Paper AnniversaryBobby RogersWinner of the 2009 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize

“There is something in American poetry that might be called the book of the small town or, equally, the tale of the good family; or, if you like, the American Grafitti Suite. Poems that discover life’s bonuses in new love, wise parents, old books, venerable nature, and the mysteries of all that endures in the face of the viciousness no life escapes—are, well, worth the wait. That’s how I feel about Paper Anniversary. His poems are full of the best news, the kind the soul, as W. C. Williams attested, can get nowhere better than in the life of the lively mind. I think any reader will find this an auspicious, welcome arrival.” —Dave Smith

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Picnic, LightningBilly CollinsTo celebrate Billy Collins’s years as U.S. Poet Laureate, we are pleased to announce this special hardcover edition of one of the books that helped establish and secure his reputation in the 1990s.

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Plum Flower DanceAfaa Michael Weaver Winner of the 2008 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence

The Plum Flower Dance includes new poems and poems from Weaver’s earlier works My Fathers Geography, and Timber and Prayer, among others.

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Poems of the River SpiritMaurice Kilwein GuevaraThe locales of these poems range from the mountains of western Pennsylvania to the Andes, the subjects from memories of Kilwein Guevara’s native Colombia to a New York street scene. What characterizes all of them is precise and surprising language, a brilliance of effect, that establishes him as one of the most original young American poets.
Poet in AndalucíaNathalie HandalFrederico García lived in Manhattan from 1929 to 1930, and the poetry he wrote about the city, Poet in New York, was posthumously published in 1940. Eighty years after Lorca’s sojourn to America, Nathalie Handal, a poet from New York, went to Spain to write Poet in Andalucía. Handal recreated Lorca’s journey in reverse.

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Poetry in AmericaJulia Spicher KasdorfPoetry in America offers lyric and narrative poems that function like works of social realism for our times: hard times, wartime, divorce, times of downturn and dissipated resources.

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Post-Rapture DinerDorothy BarresiWinner of the 1997 American Book Award for Poetry and Nominated for the 1997 Poet’s Prize, The Post-Rapture Dinner is about finding hope, about confronting and overcoming cynicism by discovering a spiritually grounded in the things of this world.
PredatoryGlenn ShaheenWinner of the 2010 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize

“Glenn Shaheen is claiming new ground for American poetry. His poems are about the nightmares of information overload, collapsing infrastructure, ubiquitous violence, and other ills of late empire. The subjects are not happy, but Shaheen's clear vision and crisp—often witty—language offer the pleasures of surprise, discovery, and recognition.” —Ed Ochester

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Primitive MentorDean YoungThe ninth collection for this Pulitzer Prize finalist, who remains as entertaining, imaginative and inventive as ever.

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Pulling a Dragon’s TeethShao WeiThe debut collection of Agnes Lynch Starrett winner Shao Wei, a Chinese-American poet, blends fairy tales, New York images, family stories, and the universal rites of passage associated with growing up to paint a vibrant canvas of passion and imagination. She captures the struggle of many immigrants as she describes her efforts to balance the influences of her childhood along the Yangtze river and her adulthood in New York City.
Queen for a DayDenise DuhamelThere’s no predicting a Denise Duhamel poem, except that it might be about something you’ve never seen in a poem before: Mr. Donut, Rodney King, or nude beaches; Gertrude Stein, phone sex, or the Girl Scouts. This book showcases poems from her five previous collections, along with new work.

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Questions About AngelsBilly CollinsTo celebrate Billy Collins’s years as U.S. Poet Laureate, we are pleased to announce this special hardcover edition of one of the books that helped establish and secure his reputation in the 1990s.

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Red Clay WeatherReginald ShepherdEdited and with a foreword by Robert Philen

“Clay, red clay in particular, recurs several times throughout the collection as a motif of earth. It is the substance of creation, but always of impermanent things, whether heroes or Babylonian statues with feet of clay, or of things durable but fragile, such as the cuneiform tablets of ‘A Parking Lot Just Outside the Ruins of Babylon.’”
—Robert Philen, from the Foreword

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Red LineBetsy ShollWinner of the 1991 Associated Writing Programs' Award Series in Poetry
Red SugarJan BeattyIn her third collection, Beatty travels inside the body to the blood that codes us, moving beyond the language of post-confessionialism into fourth-wave feminism, challenging notions of the “romantic” “and the “brutal” and how they exist within us and between us.

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Red Under the SkinNatasha SajéWinner of the 1995 Towson State University Prize for Literature and the 1993 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize.
RefugeBelle WaringWinner of the 1989 Associated Writing Programs' Award Series in Poetry
Rouge PulpDorothy BarresiBarresi’s poems take the world’s brutal vitality as their music, and they refuse to despair.
Salt PierDore KiesselbachWinner of the 2011 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize

Salt Pier is a hypothesis about the capacity of language to gain traction on experience in such a way that memory blossoms and judgment is made whole.

Winner of the Poetry Society of America's Robert H. Winner Memorial Award

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Satan SaysSharon OldsFirst published in 1980, the classic poetry of Sharon Olds’ Satan Says was introduced into college courses twenty years ago, and still maintains a wide usage today. Few first books have the power or vigor of design of Satan Says. Marilyn Hacker described it as “a daring and elegant first book. This is a poetry which affirms and redeems the art.”
ScarsPeter MeinkePeter Meinke is one of the most readable poets. The surface clarity of his lines and his aptness for metaphor make these poems accessible and mysterious. They have real subjects - Dessert Storm and acorns, coffee and Tolstoy - but at the same time give entry to that interior world where all feelings and moralities grow.
School FiguresCathy SongIn this, Song’s third book, the poems are like the school figures an ice skater etches onto the ice - the pen moving silently and deliberately across a white expanse of paper and experience, bringing maximum pressure to bear upon the blade of language to unlock “the invisible fire beneath the ice.”

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See JackRussell EdsonEdson began publishing poetry in the 1960s. He has been called “the godfather of prose poems in America” by Booklist’s Ray Olson. Edson has been quoted as saying “Prose comes so naturally that one doesn’t really have to choose it, it’s already in one’s mouth”.

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Selected LevisLarry LevisThe revised collection of Larry Levis poems selected by David St. John. Each of Levis’s books was published to wide critical acclaim, and David St. John has collected together the best of his work from his first five books.

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Selected Poems of Thomas Hood, Winthrop Mackworth Susan WolfsonThis anthology brings together three powerfully original figures who vividly capture the spirit and anxieties of nineteenth century England––Thomas Hood, Winthrop Mackworth Praed and Thomas Lovell Beddoes. The editors’ introductions to each poet are lively and accessible to the non-specialist, while their editorial work, both in establishing the texts and in their annotation and apparatus, makes this an ideal text for specialist study as well.
Shadow BallCharles Harper WebbShadow Ball gathers together in one collection the best of Charles Harper Webb’s prize-winning books, as well as a selection of his newest poems.

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She Didn’t Mean to Do ItDaisy FriedWinner of the 1999 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, this collection presents 33 narrative, linguistically-adventurous poems on love, sex, relationships, work, and news of twenty-somethings in the 21st century.
Sin puertas visiblesJen HoferA fully bilingual anthology featuring the work of eleven women poets not yet fully established—by choice or because of youth—within Mexican literary hierarchies.

Awarded the 2004 Eugene M. Kayden National Translation Award from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
SkidDean YoungIn Dean Young’s fifth book of poems, social outrage vies with comic excess. He embraces the autobiographical urge with fury and musically lush exclamations.

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Sleeping PreacherJulia Spicher KasdorfThe poems in this book deal with life in a Pennsylvania Mennonite community and the tensions and conflicts that exist for the speaker as she tries to be true to two worlds, the other being New York City.
Some Are DrowningReginald ShepherdThis first collection of poems enacts the struggle of a young black gay man in his search for identity. Many voices haunt these poems: black and white, male and female, the oppressor’s voice as well as the oppressed. The poet’s aim, finally, is to rescue some portion of the drowned and the drowning.
Song of ThievesShara McCallumShara McCallum is on of the most compelling voices in American poetry. In her second collection Song of Thieves she artfully draws from the language and imagery of her Caribbean background to play a haunting and soulful tune.
Sound of the AxVincent WixonSound of the Ax is a collection of over 400 wise and witty sayings and 26 aphoristic poems by one of the essential poets of the twentieth century, William Stafford.
South America Mi HijaSharon DoubiagoSet amidst the mysteries and tragedies of South American culture, this book-length narrative poem is both an account of their journey and a feminist exploration of the struggle between the sexes.
Spirit CabinetDavid WojahnSpirit Cabinet is an ambitious work, seamlessly mixing autobiography with subjects ranging from pop music to ancient Egypt, from Stalin’s reading habits to Shackleton’s ill-fated Antarctic expedition. Formally inventive, elegiac and redemptive, aesthetically and emotionally risky, this is Wojahn’s most ingenious and compelling collection.
Starry MessengerGeorge KeithleyA unique sequence of narrative poems focusing on Galileo’s life, relationships, and work. George Keithley provides one of the most personal portraits of the astronomer ever written.
Sure SignsTed KooserThe publication of Ted Kooser’s Sure Signs: New and Selected Poems is a literary event of major importance. Long admired and praised by other poets, Kooser is also accessible to the reader not familiar with contemporary poetry.

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Switching/YardJan BeattyThe Switching/Yard deals with the horizontal worlds of the birth table, the continuum of gender roles, and the head-on landscape of power and home as seen through the train yards of the West.

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TemperBeth BachmannWinner of the 2008 Donald Hall Prize in Poetry
Selected by Lynn Emanuel

Winner of the 2010 Kate Tufts Discovery Award

The elegies in Temper interrogate the way grief leaves us confrontational, in a state of fracture.

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TenderToi DerricotteToi Derricotte’s fourth collection of poetry. Tender probes sexuality, spirituality, emotion, child abuse, mother hatred, and the physical and psychological ravages of violence. These poems are raw and upsetting in subject matter, yet extremely readable.

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Then, Suddenly—Lynn EmanuelA portrayal in verse of the argument between the work of the text and the world of the body, between the identity and persona of both the author and the reader.

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Thirty-Seven Years from the StoneMark CoxMark Cox delivers a powerful exploration of the vagaries, ironies, and responsibilities of familial and romantic relationships. With humor, tenderness, a dose of terror, and an occasional swerve into the surreal, these poems probe the evolution of self, self-consciousness, and the interior psychological landscape - the effects of our past patterns and influences on the world of the present. By turns humorous and dark, straightforward and oblique, these poems are inventive and intelligent without forsaking accessibility.
This Clumsy LivingBob HicokWinner of the 2008 Bobbit National Poetry Prize

“Few others in contemporary poetry are so brilliantly able to combine wit and weight, to charge the language so it virtually glows in the dark. Hicok's poems just plain rock. They rock because they are gorgeous. They rock because they are sad and turn on the radio. They dance our 'clumsy living' with our shadows and our isolations to a music that always, always remembers the original delight in which 'the feel of things, if [we] cherish, helps [us] live / more like a minute than a clock.'” --Beckian Fritz Goldberg

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Tiger HeronRobin BeckerThe poems in Tiger Heron examine intimate lesbian friendships over a lifespan, while also reaching into core human experiences, such as the deaths of parents. Becker similarly explores relationships between humans and other creatures. Her villanelles and other shaped stanzas showcase contemporary formalism.

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Timber and PrayerAfaa Michael Weaver"Weaver's life studies and lyrics are imbued with a vivid sense of language, a vivid sense of the world, a vivid sense of their inseparability. And his tonal range--fron unabashed passion to teh subtlest velleity--is impressive indeed. This is a singular talent."—Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Time’s FancyRonald WallaceWinner of the 1995 Banta Book Prize for a Wisconsin Author Ronald Wallace is best known for his wit and good humor, his synthesis of technical skill and strong emotion, his sensory immediacy, his accessibility, and charm. Now in Time's Fancy, his fifth collection, Wallace explores the tragic aspects of life more fully, fashioning a declarative poetry that is darker and deeper, more meditative and complex.
Tormented MirrorRussell EdsonThis is the first book in the Pitt Poetry Series by this popular and enigmatic poet, considered the foremost writer of prose poetry in America. In eleven collections over thirty years, Edson has created his own poetic genre, a surreal philosophical fable, easy to enter, but difficult to leave behind. In The Tormented Mirror, Edson continues and refines his form in seventy-three new poems.
Translations from the FleshElton GlaserIn Translations from the Flesh, Elton Glaser's poems are driven by the powerful engines of love and desire, giving voice to those deep pressures that most move us, body and soul: "I put my native tongue / To work, open to / The dark instincts of ecstasy."

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Two and TwoDenise DuhamelWinner of the 2007 Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award

Ranging in subject matter from traditional literary matter to Hong Kong action films, the poems in this collection provide unusual perspectives on American society.

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Undertaker’s DaughterToi Derricotte“Poems that stick with you like a song that won’t stop repeating itself in your brain, poems whose cadences burrow into your bloodstream, orchestrating your breathing long before their sense attaches its hooks to your heart.” —Washington Post on Captivity

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Uses of AdversityRonald WallaceIn this collection of one hundred sonnets, by turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Ronald Wallace once again proves himself to be one of our most versatile and affirmative poets.
VelocityNancy KrygowskiWinner of the 2006 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize Krygowski's poems--often sad, sometimes humorous, always generous--are lovingly grounded in the ordinary. They are thinking poems--tightly crafted, accessible inquiries more interested in exploring stark and complicated knowledge than in proclaiming it.

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View from a Temporary Window Joanie Mackowski“Joanie Mackowski's hypnotizing View from a Temporary Window is filled with Kafka-like transformations and metamorphoses and haunted by a sense of the body's strangeness. She writes in a relaxed and lucid manner that pays scrupulous attention to both the imaginary and the real, and to what is uncanny in each.”

—John L. Koethe

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volcano sequenceAlicia Suskin OstrikerBold, erotic, spiritual collection of poetry from a well-respected poet and critic, whose previous two books were both National Book Award finalists.
Walking Back Up Depot StreetMinnie Bruce PrattIn Pratt's fourth volume of poems, Walking Back Up Depot Street , we are led by powerful images into what is both a story of the segregated rural South and the story of a white woman named Beatrice who is leaving that home for the postindustrial North. Beatrice searches for the truth behind the public story-the official history-of the land of her childhood. She struggles to free herself from the lies she was taught while growing up-and she finds the other people who are also on this journey.
Water Between UsShara McCallumIn the winner of the 1999 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, Shara McCallum presents a poetic examination of cultural fragmentation, and the struggle of those in exile to reconcile the disparate and often conflicting influences of the homeland and the adopted country.
Water PuppetsQuan BarryWinner of the 2010 Donald Hall Prize in Poetry

Quan Barry explores the universal image of war as evidenced in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as Vietnam, the country of her birth. She also turns her signature lyricism to other topics such as the beauty of Peru or the paintings of Ana Fernandez.

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Weather CentralTed KooserTed Kooser’s third book in the Pitt Poetry Series is a selection of poems published in literary journals over a ten year period by a writer whose work has been praised for its clarity and accessiblity, its mastery of figurative language, and its warmth and charm.

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What Things Are Made Of Charles Harper WebbPowerful immersions in what it means to be human, these poems explore the spectrum of emotions from love to hate, tenderness to brutality. They can be withering and vulnerable in the same breath. Models of clarity and vividness, they are mysterious when they need to be, ranging from lyric to narrative, from realism to wild surreal flights, powered by a fierce, compassionate intelligence.

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WhirlwindSharon DolinWhirlwind is one woman’s heartfelt, yet mordantly witty, sexy exploration of the breakup of a marriage in poems that keep their linguistic edge while seething with a story they must tell.

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White PapersMartha CollinsWhite Papers is a series of untitled poems that explore race from a variety of personal, historical, and cultural perspectives, questioning what it means to be “white” in a multi-racial society.

Winner of the 2013 Ohioana Book Award for Poetry

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Widening Spell of the LeavesLarry LevisThe result is a book of discursive meditations that will amply reward the reader. Part travelogue, part pilgrimage in which the shrines remain hidden until they are recognized later, Larry Levis’s startling and complex fifth book of poems is about the enslavement to desire for personal freedom, and the awareness of its price.

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WindfallMaggie AndersonA selection of poems from three previous books as well as new work, Anderson writes out of deep grief for the political losses of work and money. A counterpoint to the sorrows in these poems is a wry, self-deprecating humor which saves the work from solemnity.
Windows and StonesTomas TranstromerAn International Poetry Forum Selection, translated from the Swedish by May Swenson with Leif Sjöberg.

Tomas Tranströmer 2011 Nobel Laureate in Literature

“Tomas Tranströmer, who is today one of Sweden’s most distinguished poets . . . can compare Lake Malar at dawn with a blue lamp, the islands creeping over the grass like nocturnal butterflies.”—New York Times

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Winter StarsLarry LevisSince the appearance of his first book in 1972, Larry Levis has been one of the most original and most highly praised of contemporary American poets. In Winter Stars, a book of love poems and elegies, Levis engages in a process of relentless self-interrogation about his life, about losses and acceptances. What emerges is not merely autobiography, but a biography of the reader, a “representative life” of our time.

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Woman of the RiverClaribel AlegríaOne of the major voices in Latin American poetry confronts the political realities of contemporary Central America. The poems are richly human documents rooted in Alegria’s knowledge of and love for her subjects.
Women's PoetryDaisy FriedDaisy Fried’s third poetry collection is a book of unsettling, unsettled Americans. Fried finds her Americans everywhere, whether watching Henry Kissinger leave the Louvre, or trapped on a Tiber bridge by a crowd of neo-fascist thugs, or yearning outside a car detailing garage for a car lit underneath by neon lavender . . . She tells their stories with savage energy, wit, humor and political engagement.

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The poem “This Need Not Be a Comment on Death” was selected for the anthology The Best American Poetry 2013

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Words for Empty and Words for FullBob Hicok“As always with a Bob Hicok book, fascinating and a book you sort of can’t help but pick up and suddenly, two hours later, find yourself having read straight through. I can think of just about no contemporary poets who publish such consistently great work.”—Corduroy Books

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World Falls AwayWanda ColemanWanda Coleman creates the kind of poetry that excites and ignites those who hate poetry, refreshes it for those who are bored by it, and inspires those who want to write it.

“In The World Falls Away, Wanda Coleman’s poems glow with an almost radioactive edginess. Yet, there is also range and substance giving her intense American voice staying power. To use, Whitman's word, her work has ‘amplitude.’” —Diane Wakoski

Winner of the 2012 annual Book Award presented by The Poetry Center, San Francisco State University.

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World TreeDavid WojahnWorld Tree is in many respects, David Wojahn’s most ambitious collection to date; especially notable is a 25-poem sequence of ekphrastic poems, “Ochre,” which is accompanied by a haunting series of drawings and photographs of Neolithic Art and anonymous turn of the last century snapshot.

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Winner, 2012 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets

Co-winner of the 2013 Nicholas Roerich Museum Poets' Prize
WrongReginald ShepherdThe poems of Shepherd’s third book seek to redefine the meaning of mythology, from the ruined representatives of Greek divinity to the dazzling extravagances of predecessors like Hart Crane and Wallace Stevens.
WyndmereCarol MuskeWyndmere is a town in North Dakota where Carol Muske’s mother was born, and where she visited as a child. Muske’s grandparents are buried there, and it is where her mother met and married her father. Now almost a ghost town, Wyndmere is the source of imagery in many of these poems, as well as the idea of Wynd-mere, wind-mother, both inspiration and principle of separation.
Zinc FingersPeter MeinkeIn Peter Meinke’s eleventh collection, he writes poems of humor and sadness. His poems speak truth with the self-assurance of a man willing to laugh at himself and, by extension, he invites us to laugh at ourselves as well.
ZooJoanie MackowskiSelected by Li-Young Lee as the Winner of the 2000 Associated Writing Programs’ Award Series in Poetry, this debut collection of poems illuminates details that make the familiar seem strange.

Winner of the 2002 Kate Tufts Discovery Award from Claremont Graduate University.

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