Poetry

Like all great poets, Lucille Clifton made what is intensely personal universal, and what is widely felt a visceral experience. Her poems do not shy away from that which is painful, but move into it and illuminate it with humor, intelligence, and the wonder of language. To finally have a full collection of her work is an opportunity not to be missed. We can proudly call her a local poet: She taught at UCSC!
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Erin
The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010 Cover Image
By Lucille Clifton, Toni Morrison (Foreword by), Kevin Young (Editor)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781934414903
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Published: BOA Editions - August 28th, 2012

“I am a man: little do I last / and the night is enormous” begins my favorite Paz poem. I think his work has lasted far longer than he could have envisioned. He has the ability to move seamlessly from the political to the personal, the familiar to the fantastical; and here is the full of span of his career as a poet, from his first published poem to his last. A must have!
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Erin
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By Octavio Paz, Eliot Weinberger (Translator)
$39.95
ISBN: 9780811220439
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - October 23rd, 2012

According to Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Mary Oliver, it is every poet’s duty to “cultivate their sense of wonder in life.” That is, after all, what her work always does. From a blade of grass to the wide cycle of life, her keen eye on the world ever leaves a reader uplifted, curious, and gazing with wider eyes.
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Erin
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ISBN: 9781594204777
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Published: Penguin Press - October 11th, 2012

The only female classic poet whose work we have any part of, Sappho distinguishes herself beyond gender, time, and space for the extreme beauty and passion of her work. presents Sappho in the pieces and gaps we’ve discovered, the Greek parallel to English translation- the best way to discover Sappho’s haunting words.

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Jocelyn
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By Sappho, Anne Carson (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780375724510
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Published: Vintage - August 12th, 2003

To really talk about Sandra Cisneros in a way that does her justice I have to use lines from her own poems. Her words are “beautiful as money and as brutal”, “backflips snapping open like/ A carpenters hinged ruler,” “parrot tulips and papayas”, a “helix of desire and vanity”, a “fleshy undertongue of sorrows”, a “mariachi howl”.

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Erin
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$14.95
ISBN: 9780679755272
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Published: Vintage - March 14th, 1995

Rita Dove, Pulitzer Prize–winning poet and former U.S. poet laureate, introduces readers to the most significant and compelling poems of the past hundred years. Selecting from the canon of American poetry throughout the twentieth century, Dove has created an anthology that represents the full spectrum of aesthetic sensibilities—from styles and voices to themes and cultures—while balancing important poems with significant periods of each poet. Featuring poems both classic and contemporary, this collection reflects a dynamic and cohesive portrait of modern American poetry and outlines its trajectory over the past century.

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By Rita Dove (Editor)
$40.00
ISBN: 9780143106432
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Published: Penguin Books - October 25th, 2011

This epic text was originally penned by Farid ud-Din Attar in the 12th century as a parable for the soul’s search for the divine. Adapted by Peter Sis and illuminated with his own magical illustrations, it has the reader join a vast migration of the worlds bird’s as they set out on a quest to seek their king. Sis, winner of numerous children’s book awards, is no stranger to conjuring wonder, and this, his first book for adults, soars.

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Erin
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ISBN: 9781594203060
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Published: Penguin Press - October 27th, 2011

UCSC professor Nathaniel Mackey follows up his National Book Award–winning book, Splay Anthem, with a new collection. Picking up where Splay Anthem left off, Mackey’s Nod House marches a group of travelers through a mythic Africa while showing us how deeply poetry is identified with music. “Mackey’s poetry consistently performs a willful slipperiness that’s also hauntingly beautiful…its lush wash of sound carrying sense through disorientation.” —The Believer

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$15.95
ISBN: 9780811219464
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - November 21st, 2011

“Poetry is braver than anyone,” Chilean writer Roberto Bolaño believed, and the proof is here in Tres, his most inventive and bracing poetry collection. Tres is a showcase of the author’s willingness to freely cross genres, with poems in prose, stories in verse, and flashes of writing that can hardly be categorized. “In verse, as in prose, Bolaño leads us on journeys through a surreal landscape of exile, longing, and nostalgia.” ––The Independent

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By Roberto Bolano, Laura Healy (Translator)
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ISBN: 9780811219273
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - September 30th, 2011

Jane Hirshfield’s new poetry collection is a masterful blend of concise language and poignant questioning. Hirshfield pairs together emotions and images that take single moments and open them to realms that are infinite and lingering. I was struck by the way Hirshfield’s words again and again danced the duel of invitation and letting go:

      Love in August

      White moths against the screen in August darkness.

      Some clamor in envy.

      Some spread large as two hands of a thief

      Who wants to put back in your cupboard the long-taken silver.

Like Mary Oliver, this poetry collection is one you’ll want to have on hand for reading and rereading, always finding something anew.

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S.M.C.
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$25.00
ISBN: 9780307595423
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - August 23rd, 2011

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