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National Poetry Month

Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, National Poetry Month brings together publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools, and poets around the country to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture.

Bookshop Santa Cruz celebrates National Poetry Month with special displays, events, and a Poem of the Day (posted on social media).

Below are some of our favorite recent and forthcoming books of poetry:

The Orange and Other Poems By Wendy Cope Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780571389513
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Published: Faber & Faber - April 9th, 2024

Poetry Unbound: 50 Poems to Open Your World By Pádraig Ó. Tuama Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781324074809
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 9th, 2024

Robert Frost: Sixteen Poems to Learn by Heart By Robert Frost, Jay Parini Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781598537703
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Published: Library of America - March 12th, 2024

Ward Toward (Yale Series of Younger Poets #118) By Cindy Juyoung Ok, Rae Armantrout (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Cindy Juyoung Ok, Rae Armantrout (Foreword by)
$20.00
ISBN: 9780300273922
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Published: Yale University Press - March 5th, 2024

Poems for Love: A New Anthology By Joanna Trollope (Introduction by), Gaby Morgan (Editor) Cover Image
By Joanna Trollope (Introduction by), Gaby Morgan (Editor)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781035026722
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Published: Macmillan Collector's Library - February 6th, 2024

A Nature Poem for Every Spring Evening By Jane McMorland Hunter Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781849948173
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Published: Batsford - February 6th, 2024

This Is the Honey: An Anthology of Contemporary Black Poets By Kwame Alexander Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780316417525
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - January 30th, 2024

Raised by Wolves: Fifty Poets on Fifty Poems, A Graywolf Anthology By Graywolf Press (Editor) Cover Image
By Graywolf Press (Editor)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781644452660
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Published: Graywolf Press - January 23rd, 2024

100 Poems To Break Your Heart By Edward Hirsch Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780358699354
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Published: Ecco - January 31st, 2023

Promises of Gold By José Olivarez, David Ruano (Translated by) Cover Image
By José Olivarez, David Ruano (Translated by)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250878472
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - February 20th, 2024

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From From: Poems By Monica Youn Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781644452219
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Graywolf Press - March 7th, 2023

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Meltwater: Poems By Claire Wahmanholm Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781639551019
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Published: Milkweed Editions - March 14th, 2023

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Rose Quartz: Poems By Sasha Taqwsəblu Lapointe Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781571315434
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Milkweed Editions - March 14th, 2023

Sunrise: Poems to Kick-Start Your Day By Susie Gibbs (Editor) Cover Image
By Susie Gibbs (Editor)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781529091335
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Published: Macmillan Collector's Library - February 14th, 2023

The Wonder Paradox: Awe, Poetry, and the Meaningful Life By Jennifer Michael Hecht Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781250321855
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(Please note: This book cannot be returned.)
Published: Picador - March 5th, 2024

A Beginner's Guide to Japanese Haiku: Major Works by Japan's Best-Loved Poets - From Basho and Issa to Ryokan and Santoka, with Works by Six Women Poe By William Scott Wilson, Steven Heine (Foreword by) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9784805316870
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Published: Tuttle Publishing - March 28th, 2023

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Time Is a Mother By Ocean Vuong Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593300251
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Published: Penguin Books - June 6th, 2023

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The Path to Kindness: Poems of Connection and Joy By James Crews (Editor), Danusha Laméris (Foreword by) Cover Image
By James Crews (Editor), Danusha Laméris (Foreword by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781635865332
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Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - April 12th, 2022

Bonfire Opera: Poems (Pitt Poetry Series) By Danusha Lameris Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780822966050
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Published: University of Pittsburgh Press - February 25th, 2020

Call Us What We Carry: Poems By Amanda Gorman Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593465080
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Published: Viking Books - January 23rd, 2024

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The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country By Amanda Gorman, Oprah Winfrey (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Amanda Gorman, Oprah Winfrey (Foreword by)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780593465271
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Published: Viking Books - March 30th, 2021

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Pilgrim Bell: Poems By Kaveh Akbar Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450598
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Published: Graywolf Press - August 3rd, 2021

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Playlist for the Apocalypse: Poems By Rita Dove Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781324050438
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 28th, 2023

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The Hurting Kind By Ada Limón Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781639550494
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Published: Milkweed Editions - May 10th, 2022

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Lives By Cj Evans, Victoria Chang (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Cj Evans, Victoria Chang (Introduction by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781946448965
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Sarabande Books - June 14th, 2022

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All This Time By Cedar Sigo Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781950268467
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Published: Wave Books - October 5th, 2021

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Be Holding: A Poem (Pitt Poetry Series) By Ross Gay Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780822966234
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Published: University of Pittsburgh Press - September 8th, 2020

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Wicked Enchantment: Selected Poems By Wanda Coleman, Terrance Hayes (Editor) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781574232462
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Published: Black Sparrow Press - March 23rd, 2021

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The Selected Works of Audre Lorde By Audre Lorde, Roxane Gay (Editor), Roxane Gay (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Audre Lorde, Roxane Gay (Editor), Roxane Gay (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781324004615
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(Please note: This book cannot be returned.)
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 8th, 2020

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When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry By Joy Harjo (Editor), LeAnne Howe (With), Jennifer Elise Foerster (With) Cover Image
By Joy Harjo (Editor), LeAnne Howe (With), Jennifer Elise Foerster (With)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780393356809
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 25th, 2020

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Postcolonial Love Poem: Poems By Natalie Diaz Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781644450147
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 3rd, 2020

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The Malevolent Volume By Justin Phillip Reed Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566895767
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Published: Coffee House Press - April 7th, 2020

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An American Sunrise: Poems By Joy Harjo Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393358483
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 18th, 2020

How to Write a Poem By Kwame Alexander, Melissa Sweet (Illustrator), Deanna Nikaido Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063060906
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Published: Quill Tree Books - April 4th, 2023

Call Us What We Carry: Poems By Amanda Gorman Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593465080
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Published: Viking Books - January 23rd, 2024

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The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country By Amanda Gorman, Oprah Winfrey (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Amanda Gorman, Oprah Winfrey (Foreword by)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780593465271
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Published: Viking Books - March 30th, 2021

Poetry Comics By Grant Snider Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781797219653
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 26th, 2024

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening By Robert Frost, Susan Jeffers (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Robert Frost, Susan Jeffers (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525467342
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - September 24th, 2001

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Poems from When We Were Very Young By A. A. Milne, Rosemary Wells (Compiled by) Cover Image
By A. A. Milne, Rosemary Wells (Compiled by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781324016533
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Published: Norton Young Readers - October 26th, 2021