Poetry

Kate Tempest writes not with the beat of the heart, but with the force of the tide, the world’s pulse, pulling you inexorably in and out as the dirt and breath and sex of the everyday is revealed to also be the mythic. Starting from the Greek story of Tiresias, the blind prophet once woman, now man, Tempest’s poetry is beautiful, rude, legendary, and immediate, exploring what it means to be human in this world. —Jocelyn
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ISBN: 9781632862051
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - March 10th, 2015

“Nobel laureate Szymborska’s gorgeous posthumous collection, translated and edited by her confidant, Cavanagh, with Baranczak, includes more than 250 poems, selected from 13 books, dating back to 1952, as well as previously unreleased poems from as far back as 1944. This is a brilliant and important collection.” —Booklist, starred review

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By Wislawa Szymborska, Clare Cavanagh (Translator), Stanislaw Baranczak (Translator)
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ISBN: 9780544705159
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Published: Mariner Books - April 12th, 2016

To me, Adrienne Rich is the beautiful, brazen, contemplative, powerful, deeply complex feminist heroine of all modern poetry. I pass on her poems to struggling friends like a missionary trying to woo converts—give them as gifts to embolden and uplift—and carry her collections for courage during long travel. I wish this complete edition of her poetry, beautifully bound, could be passed out to young women everywhere.  —Amber

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Collected Poems: 1950-2012 Cover Image
By Adrienne Rich, Claudia Rankine (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780393285116
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 21st, 2016

Of Poetry and Protest is a testament to the power of the written word to heal and connect. Some of America’s most treasured poets write candidly, sometimes with sadness, about anti-blackness in their lives. This is a really solid collection of poetry that makes an important addition to the Black Lives Matter movement, one that celebrates art as a medium for change and healing.  —Louise

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Of Poetry and Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin Cover Image
By Michael Warr (Editor), Victoria Smith (Photographer), Phil Cushway (Compiled by)
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ISBN: 9780393352733
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 21st, 2016

Amply praised by respected peers like Ada Limón, Adam Clay’s writing is euphoric yet accessible; direct yet powerful. Stranger, his third collection, has such an incredible forward motion that forget where I am while reading. Clay explores the disorientations of transition but rejects a good existential wallow, with each poem instead insisting that “the space/ a body holds in any moment/is a marker of something greater/ than ourselves.”   —Amber

 

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ISBN: 9781571314635
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Published: Milkweed Editions - March 15th, 2016

Pablo Neruda’s work is famous for its beauty and sensuality, and this translation of Then Come Back is all the more enjoyable because of the amount of detail it offers. I haven’t seen a translation done with such care and forgiveness since Anne Carson’s Fragments of Sappho.  —Louise

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By Pablo Neruda, Forrest Gander (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781556594946
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - May 3rd, 2016

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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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

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