Poetry

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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ISBN: 9780385351058
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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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ISBN: 9780143126881
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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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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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ISBN: 9781555977047
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 3rd, 2015

Mary Oliver’s latest collection of poems showcases both old and new perspectives on the experiences that we encounter within the space that surrounds us. At times, Oliver humors us readers, writing of yoga and meditation while noting the highly intelligible lifestyle of a still-standing stone. Mostly though, Oliver does what she does best: shining slight light on the beauty of the natural world. She will leave you breathless and amazed, staring in wonderment at the ancient oak tree outside your window that you had long overlooked.
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Megan
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ISBN: 9781594204791
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Published: Penguin Press - October 14th, 2014

This latest collection of Rumi poems contains simple yet insightful commentary on the beauty of friendship and the art of loving those around us. Coleman Barks provides a wonderful translation of both Rumi and Shams Tabriz. Companions for a brief time, the two poets acted as muses to one another. Their poetry reflects this great friendship and each poet’s distinct personality. I found these poems easily relatable and without any compromise to their intelligence. A great text for both old and young, Rumi: Soul Fury is a lovely addition to anyone’s bookshelf.
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Megan
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ISBN: 9780062350985
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Published: HarperOne - October 14th, 2014

In his first book of poetry, Jones blazes forth, his voice new, potent, lyrical, and deadly beautiful. Enveloping his words in the body, its politics, its genders and colors, the legacy of its trials and abuse, Jones sings truths from the perimeter, the disenfranchised, the ready to be heard. “Listen to my darkness, my half-eclipsed notes,” Jones writes, and there is nothing we want more than to obey.
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Melinda
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ISBN: 9781566893749
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Published: Coffee House Press - September 9th, 2014

Eavan Boland is considered by Poetry Review to be “one of the finest and boldest poets of the last half century.” Her new collection looks at how we construct one another and how nationhood and history can weave through, reflect, and define the life of an individual. Themes of mother, daughter, and generation echo throughout these extraordinary poems, as they examine how—even without country or settled identity—a legacy of love can endure.
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ISBN: 9780393244441
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 10th, 2014

Pablo Neruda was a master of the ode, which he conceived as an homage to just about everything that surrounded him. “Here, appearing in one place for the first time, are all 250 odes (including some 70 previously un-translated) written by Nobel Prize-winner Neruda, possibly the best-selling foreign-language poet of all time in the United States. Readers of poetry can’t afford to miss this.” —Library Journal

By Pablo Neruda, Ilan Stavans (Editor), Firuz Kazemzadeh (Editor)
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ISBN: 9780374115289
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - October 22nd, 2013

Aimless Love is the first compilation to come from the two-term U.S. poet laureate in 12 years. Combining more than 50 new poems with poems from four previous books, this collection is a wonderful addition for any Billy Collins fan, and is sure to win him new fans as well. Touching on the themes of time passing, love, loss, and the importance (and paradoxes that come with) language itself, this collection does a marvelous job of being both accessible and imaginative. There is an almost guiding quality to the poems in this book—as if the reader is receiving advice to questions that arise as life progresses—and yet Collins’ playfulness dances with depth. (Don't miss our special offsite event with Billy Collins on November 8th - details here.)

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S.M.C.
$26.00
ISBN: 9780679644057
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Published: Random House - October 22nd, 2013

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