Poetry

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
$24.95
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
$24.99
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
$16.00
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)
$40.00
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

In her late experimental works, Emily Dickinson parceled out her poetry one word at a time on envelope fragments and discarded paper. The Gorgeous Nothings, a facsimile of her “envelope-poems,” offers insight into Dickinson’s later years and creative process, and is a celebration of the poet’s famous economy: The title comes from Dickinson’s manuscript A 821: “the gorgeous | nothings | which | compose | the | sunset | keep.” But it also “offers a reminder to the rest of us non-Dickinsons in the world. It’s not your materials that matter or even your scope. We all have envelopes, and pens, and scattered (and non-grocery-list-related) thoughts. We all have tiny moments we can transform into gorgeous nothings.” —O Magazine

By Emily Dickinson, Jen Bervin (Editor), Marta Werner (Editor)
$39.95
ISBN: 9780811221757
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - October 29th, 2013

In this outstanding anthology, poet Rita Dove, former U.S. poet laureate and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, introduces readers to the most significant and compelling poems of the past hundred years. From Robert Frost to Wallace Stevens, Natasha Tretheway to Terrance Hayes, Dove’s selections paint a dynamic and cohesive portrait of modern American poetry.

By Rita Dove (Editor)
$25.00
ISBN: 9780143121480
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Published: Penguin Books - September 24th, 2013

For nearly thirty-five years, Wendell Berry has been at work on a series of poems occasioned by his solitary Sunday walks around his farm in Kentucky. From riverfront and meadows, to grass fields and woodlots, every inch of this hillside farm lives in these poems, as do the poet’s constant companions in memory and occasion, family and animals, who have with Berry created his Home Place with love and gratitude.

$30.00
ISBN: 9781619021983
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - October 15th, 2013

A 25 year collection of annual anthologies promises to offer the finest poetry from the last quarter of a century. A gem of a book for both poetry enthusiasts and those new to the genre, Best of the Best American Poetry: 25th Anniversary Edition is the perfect collection to keep handy in your bag, ready to melodicize waiting room doldrums, or transform that gloomy day into wonder with imaginative, vivid rhyme.
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Rochelle
By Robert Pinsky (Editor)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781451658880
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Published: Scribner Book Company - April 9th, 2013

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