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This much-awarded poet presents a fresh but familiarly electrifying collection that shines with wise humor and hard-hitting commentary—and beauty of syntax that unfailing turns a key in my heart. He is my poetry hero not only because he got his MFA and teaches at my alma mater, but because he is as brilliant as they come.

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Julia
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How to Be Drawn Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143126881
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Published: Penguin Books - March 31st, 2015

Ryan’s finesse in Erratic Facts floored me. Using short, simple language, she upends the entire world to better view just one small piece of life with startling clarity. Extraordinary wisdom; no artifice. Ryan leaps effortlessly between joyful and sad, creating something ethereal that spans the human condition. The resulting poetry is both profound and fleeting—“as though constellations/ fretted something/ to existence” to “produce brief real things/ in real places.” I was stricken.  --Amber

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ISBN: 9780802124050
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Published: Grove Press - October 6th, 2015

Oliver’s poetry repudiates cynicism—hers is too clearly a willing heart, which shines in this collection about love. Felicity pulses with playful mischief and the ringing joy of true abandon. In new romance, Oliver writes, you can take it slow, “But bless us,/ we didn’t.” Life may bruise us before we meet, yet in love, “Everything that was broken has/ forgotten its brokenness. I live/ now in a sky-house, through every/ window the sun.”  --Amber

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ISBN: 9781594206764
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Published: Penguin Press - October 13th, 2015

This collection of Adrienne Rich’s poetry highlights some of the poems that Rich wrote during the 1970s—a time of political turmoil and cultural shifts that marked Rich not only as a poet of huge talent, but also a poet whose voice extended into the realms of politics and activism, filling in some of the void around silence and truth. The later and last poems that Rich wrote focus on the intimate—the poetics of relation, the importance of the craft—and provide a mirror for the nuances of the world in which we live. This is a splendid collection from one of the most important poets of our time.  --S.M.C.

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Later Poems: Selected and New: 1971-2012 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393351835
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 23rd, 2015

"The lyrical genius of these poems sing to us of the perennial theme of home and our primordial ache of belonging. Ada Limón captures all the nuances that these colossal words call to mind with the gorgeous voice of her diction, and the timbre of her images. Both soft and tender, enormous and resounding, her poetic gestures entrance and transfix."  --Richard Blanco

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Published: Milkweed Editions - September 15th, 2015

Sappho is the only extant female poet of classical Greece. However, most of her poems only remain in fragmentary form, with translators often filling the holes with their own words. Which is what makes this translation so important, having left Sappho's fragments as fragments, and we finally have access to the powerful beauty of this singular poet.
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Jocelyn
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If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho Cover Image
By Sappho, Anne Carson (Translator), Anne Carson (Introduction by)
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Published: Vintage - August 12th, 2003

Two new books by celebrated poet Jane Hirshfield have been published this season, and both are wonderful.
The Beauty, her eighth collection of poems, has been hailed by Booklist as “gracefully evocative…a beautifully agile and sage volume.” (Starred review)
Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World is Hirshfield’s collection of essays about how poetry has the ability to enlarge and alter our lives.

“Good art is a truing of vision, in the way a saw is trued in the saw shop, to cut more cleanly. It is also a changing of vision. Entering a good poem, a person feels, tastes, hears, thinks, and sees in altered ways. Why ask art into a life at all, if not to be transformed and enlarged by its presence and mysterious means?” —Jane Hirshfield

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ISBN: 9780385351072
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 17th, 2015

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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 17th, 2015

This much-awarded poet presents a fresh but familiarly electrifying collection that shines with wise humor and hard-hitting commentary—and beauty of syntax that unfailing turns a key in my heart. He is my poetry hero not only because he got his MFA and teaches at my alma mater, but because he is as brilliant as they come, gracefully weaving themes of identity and race; illusion and memory; pop culture, desire, and fear.

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Julia
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How to Be Drawn Cover Image
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Published: Penguin Books - March 31st, 2015

Pushkin Press has republished a translation of Machi Tawar’s first collection of tanka poems in this small, delightful book and I could not be more pleased. Reaching celebrity status in Japan for reinvigorating the ancient form of tanka, a cousin to haiku, Tawar deserves a bigger international audience for her whimsical poems about young love, its loss, and the small things in everyday life. Treat yourself to an experience entirely new and refreshing.

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Melinda
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Salad Anniversary Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781782271062
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Published: Pushkin Collection - June 9th, 2015

Mary Jo Bang’s much anticipated collection of poems is smart and dark, sharp medicine we could all use in these times of geopolitical strife and environmental damage. As she writes in her poem “Worn,” “The form of the dream I just had / is a fact. A serious talk. An inner / outward.” This is how I read her poetry, chastened, hardened, amazed. With tense, evocative imagery, she pulls no punches, but alas we need to be punched.

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Melinda
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The Last Two Seconds: Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555977047
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 3rd, 2015

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