Sharon Olds brings the age-old form of the ode to new life in this powerful, charming collection of poems. Always provocative, intelligent, searing, and playful, full of direct and sidelong truths, Olds addresses the woman, the body, its politics and relationships, its triumphs and changes over time. Inspired by Neruda’s odes to common things, her new book begins delightfully with “Ode to the Hymen” and delivers equally on the illumination of this wonderful, complicated life. —Melinda


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ISBN: 9780451493620
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 20th, 2016

This is the sort of poetry that leans on prose—is direct, is conversational—but that is so imagistic, brazen, and obsessed with meaning that each word imprints itself on your very bones. I love this collection. Ruefle looks at the world with a wry, mature gaze, resulting in a work definitional and sometimes dark but also too beautiful to be entirely jaded. I had the uncomfortable impression that she was staring into my eyes and advising me, woman to woman, on how to live. —a.c.


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ISBN: 9781940696386
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Published: Wave Books - October 4th, 2016

In 2013, New Directions published The Gorgeous Nothings, an exquisite collector’s edition of Emily Dickinson’s envelope poems in rich facsimile. These handwritten poems and musings, scribbled on the backs of envelopes, are now available in a curated gift format, still beautifully reproduced with facing-page text translation but now irresistibly affordable. With pieces like “But are not all Facts Dreams as soon as we put them behind us” captured, this is a surefire way to appreciate and inspire.  —Melinda

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By Emily Dickinson, Jen Bervin (Editor), Marta Werner (Editor)
ISBN: 9780811225823
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - October 4th, 2016

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, Stanislaw Baranczak (Translator), Clare Cavanagh (Translator)
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.  —a.c.

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By Adrienne Rich, Claudia Rankine (Introduction by)
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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By Phil Cushway (Compiled by), Victoria Smith (Photographer), Michael Warr (Editor)
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.”   —a.c.


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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)
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



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