Poems of Gratitude - (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets) by Emily Fragos (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 256Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: Subjects & ThemesSeries Title: Everyman's Library Pocket PoetsFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Everyman's LibraryAge Range: AdultBook theme: Inspirational & ReligiousAuthor: Emily FragosLanguage: English Book Synopsis Poems of Gratitude is a unique anthology of poetry from around the world and through the ages celebrating thanksgiving in its many secular and spiritual forms. For centuries, poets in all cultures have offered eloquent thanks and praise for the people and things of this world. The voices collected here range from Sappho, Horace, and Rumi to Shakespeare and Milton, from Wordsworth, Rilke, Yeats, Rossetti, and Dickinson to Czeslaw Milosz, Langston Hughes, Yehuda Amichai, Anne Sexton, W. S. Merwin, Maya Angelou, and many more. Such beloved favorites as Gerard Manley Hopkins's "Pied Beauty," Robert Frost's "Nothing Gold Can Stay," Constantine Cavafy's "Ithaka," and Adam Zagajewski's "Try to Praise the Mutilated World," mingle with classics from China and Japan, and with traditional Navajo, Aztec, Inuit, and Iroquois poems. Devotional lyrics drawn from the major religious traditions of the world find a place here alongside poetic tributes to autumn and the harvest season that draw attention to nature's bounty and poignant beauty as winter approaches. The result is a splendidly varied literary feast that honors and affirms the joy in our lives while acknowledging the sorrows and losses that give that joy its keenness. About the Author Emily Fragos is an award-winning poet and editor of the Everyman's Library Pocket Poets anthologies The Great Cat, The Dance, Music's Spell, Art and Artists, and Letters by Emily Dickinson. She lives in New York City.
Down The Anxiety Hole and Back Again - by Keishon Reyes-Hale (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 100Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: LGBTFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Draft2digitalAge Range: AdultAuthor: Keishon Reyes-HaleLanguage: English Book Synopsis Down The Anxiety Hole and Back Again is a collection of poetry about the day to day struggles of dealing with anxiety, depression, and self-doubt. It can get too raw for some, too real for some; and for some, give them the strength to realize that they are not alone.
The Iliad - (Everyman's Library Classics) (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 616Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: EuropeanSeries Title: Everyman's Library ClassicsFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Everyman's LibraryAge Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralLanguage: English Book Synopsis In every century since the renaissance, English speakers have felt compelled to possess a translation written especially for their own time of this great epic poem, the earliest and most central literary text of Western culture. That need has been thoroughly met in our century by the distinguished poet and classicist Robert Fitzgerald, whose version of The Iliad does justice in every way to the fluent vigor and gravity of the Homeric original. From the Back Cover 'In Robert Fagles' beautifully rendered text, the Iliad overwhelms us afresh. The huge themes--godlike, yet utterly human--of savagery and calculation, of destiny defied, of triumph and grief compel our own humanity. Time after time, one pauses and re-reads before continuing. Fagles' voice is always that of a poet and scholar of our own age as he conveys the power of Homer. Robert Fagles and Bernard Knox are to be congratulated and praised on this admirable work. Review Quotes "Fitzgerald has solved virtually every problem that has plagued translators of Homer. The narrative runs, the dialogue speaks, the military action is clear, and the repetitive epithets become useful text rather than exotic relics." -Atlantic Monthly "Fitzgerald's swift rhythms, bright images, and superb English make Homer live as never before...This is for every reader in our time and possibly for all time."-Library Journal "[Fitzgerald's Odyssey and Iliad] open up once more the unique greatness of Homer's art at the level above the formula; yet at the same time they do not neglect the brilliant texture of Homeric verse at the level of the line and the phrase." -The Yale Review"What an age can read in Homer, what its translators can manage to say in his presence, is one gauge of its morale, one index to its system of exultations and reticences. The supple, the iridescent, the ironic, these modes are among our strengths, and among Mr. Fitzgerald's." -National Review With an Introduction by Gregory Nagy About the Author Homer was a Greek poet, recognized as the author of the great epics, The Iliad, the story of the siege of Troy, and The Odyssey, the tale of Ulysses's wanderings.
The Odyssey - by Simon Armitage (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 266Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: Ancient & ClassicalFormat: PaperbackPublisher: W. W. Norton & CompanyAge Range: AdultAuthor: Simon ArmitageLanguage: English About the Book In this new verse adaptation, Armitage has recast Homer's epic as a series of bristling dramatic dialogues: between gods and men; between no-nonsense Captain Odysseus and his unruly companions; and between subtle Odysseus and a range of shape-shifting adversaries. Book Synopsis In this new verse adaptation, originally commissioned for BBC radio, Simon Armitage has recast Homer's epic as a series of bristling dramatic dialogues: between gods and men; between no-nonsense Captain Odysseus and his unruly, lotus-eating, homesick companions; and between subtle Odysseus (wiliest hero of antiquity) and a range of shape-shifting adversaries--Calypso, Circe, the Sirens, the Cyclops--as he and his men are pinballed between islands of adversity. One of the most individual voices of his generation, Armitage revitalizes our sense of the Odyssey as oral poetry, as indeed one of the greatest of tall tales.
A Good Cry - by Nikki Giovanni (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 128Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: AmericanFormat: PaperbackPublisher: William Morrow & CompanyAge Range: AdultBook theme: African AmericanAuthor: Nikki GiovanniLanguage: English About the Book Published in hardback by William Morrow, 2017. Book Synopsis The poetry of Nikki Giovanni has spurred movements, turned hearts and informed generations. She's been hailed as a firebrand, a radical, a courageous activist who has spoken out on the sensitive issues that touch our national consciousness, including race and gender, social justice, protest, violence in the home and in the streets, and why black lives matter. One of America's most celebrated poets looks inward in this powerful collection, a rumination on her life and the people who have shaped her.As energetic and relevant as ever, Nikki now offers us an intimate, affecting, and illuminating look at her personal history and the mysteries of her own heart. In A Good Cry, she takes us into her confidence, describing the joy and peril of aging and recalling the violence that permeated her parents' marriage and her early life. She pays homage to the people who have given her life meaning and joy: her grandparents, who took her in and saved her life; the poets and thinkers who have influenced her; and the students who have surrounded her. Nikki also celebrates her good friend, Maya Angelou, and the many years of friendship, poetry, and kitchen-table laughter they shared before Angelou's death in 2014. From the Back Cover Poet, firebrand, mother, radical, healer, and sage, Nikki Giovanni has always been celebrated for her inspired and courageous voice. For decades, she has spoken out on the sensitive issues--race and gender, violence and inequality--that touch our national consciousness.As energetic and insightful as ever, Nikki Giovanni now offers us an intimate and affecting look at her personal history and the hidden corners of her own heart. In A Good Cry, she takes us into her confidence, describing the joy and peril of aging and recalling the violence that permeated her parents' marriage and her childhood. She pays homage to the people who have given her life meaning and delight: her grandparents, who took her in and saved her life; the poets and thinkers who have influenced her; and the students who have surrounded her. Giovanni also celebrates her good friend, Maya Angelou, and the many years of friendship, poetry, and kitchen-table laughter they shared before Angelou's death in 2014.
The Truro Bear and Other Adventures - by Mary Oliver (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 80Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: AmericanFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Beacon PressAge Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralAuthor: Mary OliverLanguage: English About the Book A companion volume to "Owls and Other Fantasies" and "Blue Iris," this collection of new poems and beloved classics about creatures of all sorts completes the three-volume series of Oliver's works. Book Synopsis The Truro Bear and Other Adventures, a companion volume to Owls and Other Fantasies and Blue Iris, brings together ten new poems, thirty-five of Oliver's classic poems, and two essays all about mammals, insects, and reptiles. The award-winning poet considers beasts of all kinds: bears, snakes, spiders, porcupines, humpback whales, hermit crabs, and, of course, her beloved but disobedient little dog, Percy. Review Quotes The pleasures that await the reader just discovering the work of the Pulitzer-prize-winning poet are those delivered by her previous 18 volumes: her keen eye for telling detail, the surprise of the unexpected and, most important, the authoritative voice that portrays our world as both ordinary and enchanted, full of natural beauty and supernatural holiness.--Angela O'Donnell, America magazine From the small, the curious, and the commonly overlooked--grasshoppers, snow crickets, and whelks, for example--to the wild and intimidating, like coyotes, and, of course, the possibly mythical bear that haunts the Truro woods, the natural world is made more real and dangerous and, yet, inexplicably inviting in these poems. . . . There is even a baker's dozen of poems about Percy, her dog, a lovable recurring character in her work. In all, this book is an affirmation.--Library Journal, starred review Mary Oliver ranks among the finest poets the English language has ever produced. . . . Her poetry is rigorous, beautiful, well written, and offers genuine insights into the natural world.--Eli Lehrer, The Weekly Standard Mary Oliver's poetry is fine and deep; it reads like a blessing. Her special gift is to connect us with our sources in the natural world, its beauties and terrors and mysteries and consolations.--Stanley Kunitz Like Henry David Thoreau of Transcendentalist fame she is a naturalist whose attention to what used to be called the Book of Nature borders on both devotion and experimentation. Her poems . . . speak about the mysteries of mortality in a language that feels like home. . . . Mindfulness seems to be Oliver's métier, looking and listening her scientific method and contemplative practice.--Stephen Prothero, Search magazine About the Author A private person by nature, Mary Oliver (1935-2019) gave very few interviews over the years. Instead, she preferred to let her work speak for itself. And speak it has, for the past five decades, to countless readers. The New York Times recently acknowledged Mary Oliver as "far and away, this country's best-selling poet." Born in a small town in Ohio, Oliver published her first book of poetry in 1963 at the age of 28; No Voyage and Other Poems, originally printed in the UK by Dent Press, was reissued in the United States in 1965 by Houghton Mifflin. Oliver has since published twenty books of poetry and six books of prose. As a young woman, Oliver studied at Ohio State University and Vassar College, but took no degree. She lived for several years at the home of Edna St. Vincent Millay in upper New York state, companion to the poet's sister Norma Millay. It was there, in the late '50s, that she met photographer Molly Malone Cook. For more than forty years, Cook and Oliver made their home together, largely in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where they lived until Cook's death in 2005. Over the course of her long and illustrious career, Oliver has received numerous awards. Her fourth book, American Primitive, won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1984. She has also received the Shelley Memorial Award; a Guggenheim Fellowship; an American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Achievement Award; the Christopher Award and the L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award for House of Light; the National Book Award for New and Selected Poems; a Lannan Foundation Literary Award; and the New England Booksellers Association Award for Literary Excellence. Oliver's essays have appeared in Best American Essays 1996, 1998, 2001; the Anchor Essay Annual 1998, as well as Orion, Onearth and other periodicals. Oliver was editor of Best American Essays 2009. Oliver's books on the craft of poetry, A Poetry Handbook and Rules for the Dance, are used widely in writing programs. She is an acclaimed reader and has read in practically every state as well as other countries. She has led workshops at various colleges and universities, and held residencies at Case Western Reserve University, Bucknell University, University of Cincinnati, and Sweet Briar College. From 1995, for five years, she held the Catharine Osgood Foster Chair for Distinguished Teaching at Bennington College. She has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from The Art Institute of Boston (1998), Dartmouth College (2007) and Tufts University (2008).
Freedom Revisited - by Pam Halbert (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 166Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: GeneralFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Pam Halbert PublishingAge Range: AdultAuthor: Pam HalbertLanguage: English About the Book This book is the abundance of what I have been given, and believe it is part of my responsibility to pass on my learning and experience, of the sustaining MYSTERY and outpouring LOVE OF GOD for all Creation. As you read this book, may you also find love, peace, joy, happiness and freedom that God has created for you. Book Synopsis This book is the abundance of what I have been given, and believe it is part of my responsibility to pass on my learning and experience, of the sustaining MYSTERY and outpouring LOVE OF GOD for all Creation. As you read this book, may you also find love, peace, joy, happiness and freedom that God has created for you. One of the main reasons for writing this book is to help women, both young and mature, and mothers who do not have good male or family support, to avoid violence. Parents of all ages need to be aware of HOW our boys are not being taught.
Without End - by Zagajewski Adam (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 304Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: EuropeanFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Farrar, Strauss & Giroux-3plAge Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralAuthor: Zagajewski AdamLanguage: English Book Synopsis I love to swim in the sea, which keepstalking to itselfin the monotone of a vagabondwho no longer recalls exactly how long he's been on the road. Swimming is like prayer: palms join and part, join and part, almost without end.--from "On Swimming"Without End draws from each of Adam Zagajewski's English-language collections, both in and out of print--Tremor, Canvas, and Mysticism for Beginners--and features new work that is among his most refreshing and rewarding. These poems, lucidly translated, share the vocation that allows us, in Zagajewski's words, "to experience astonishment and to stop still in that astonishment for a long moment or two." Review Quotes "[Zagajewski's poems] transport us into a realm that is majestic, boundless and unknown." --Edward Hirsch, The Washington Post Book World"Poems [that] celebrate those rare moments when we catch a glimpse of a world from which all labels have been unpeeled." --Charles Simic, The New York Review of Books About the Author Adam Zagajewski was born in Lvov, Poland, in 1945. He lives in Kraków and spends part of the year in Houston, where he teaches at the University of Houston.
witch doesnt burn in this one (Paperback) - by Amanda Lovelace
Dimensions (Overall): 9 Inches (H) x 6 Inch (W) x .63 Inch (D)Weight: .6 PoundsNumber of Pages: 208Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: AmericanFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Andrews McMeel PublishingAuthor: Amanda LovelaceAge Range: AdultLanguage: English About the Book "The witch: supernaturally powerful, inscrutably independent, and now--indestructible. These ... poems encourage resilience and embolden women to take control of their own stories"--Amazon.com. Book Synopsis 2016 Goodreads Choice Award-winning poet Amanda Lovelace returns in the witch doesn't burn in this one -- the bold second book in her "women are some kind of magic" series. The witch: supernaturally powerful, inscrutably independent, and now--indestructible. These moving, relatable poems encourage resilience and embolden women to take control of their own stories. Enemies try to judge, oppress, and marginalize her, but the witch doesn't burn in this one. Review Quotes "To everyone in range of this tweet: go and buy THE WITCH DOESN'T BURN IN THIS ONE by the immensely gifted Amanda Lovelace (@ladybookmad). I don't care if you don't usually read poetry. You will after you read this. You're welcome. #TeamWitch" (Deborah Harkness, author of All Souls Trilogy) "This book spoke to my seething soul. Full of powerful feminist rage and wisdom, The Witch Doesn't Burn In This One made me want to set fire to the world and dance in its ashes. I'm buying a copy for all my female friends!" (Sandhya Menon, New York Times bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi) "What's the most dangerous thing women can do? Love themselves enough to fight back. Amanda Lovelace's new poetry collection is a fiery, accessible call-to-arms in a time where young women need every rebellious spark." (Nicole Brinkley, bookseller at Oblong Books & Music) "Amanda Lovelace's new book is a flammable clarion call, a prophetic and ominous text depicting the day fast approaching (or already here?) that the women of the world reclaim all the fire in it as their own. Frantic and powerful, clear and accessible, Amanda has given the world a good reason to read her poetry again. Beware of matches." (Iain S. Thomas, author of I Wrote This for You) "A feminist celebration of the magic of womanhood. Fans of The Princess Saves Herself in this One will be thrilled with The Witch Doesn't Burn in this One! The poet spreads her wings in her second book, moving from an intimate portrait of girlhood into a complex portrayal of feminism. Mixing mysticism and lore, the poems follow a natural progression from the themes explored in Lovelace's debut. With connections to current events and real life, The Witch Doesn't Burn in this One, expands on Lovelace's woman-as-magic motif and moves beyond the personal narrative to a heartbreaking and uplifting portrayal of womanhood through the ages." (Danika Stone, author of All the Feels) "Filled with glorious imagery and incredible fire, this beautiful book is exactly what every woman and every survivor needs to read right now. Amanda Lovelace takes poetry to a whole new level with The Witch Doesn't Burn In This One, revealing her impressive skills with language and art once again as well as her breathtaking evolution as a writer. With a heart-wrenching yet empowering take on the very real and prevalent issues in society today whilst weaving magic with her pen, The Witch Doesn't Burn In This One is Amanda Lovelace's triumphant return as a poet, and what a splendid return it is!" (Nikita Gill, author of Your Soul Is a River) "In this liberating collection of poetry and prose, Amanda Lovelace taps into the suffering of our mothers and spares us none of the gory details. Writing from a place of anger and tenderness, she expertly crafts a coven you'll want to be a part of. Lovelace's The Witch Doesn't Burn In This One is a self-love potion for the women in your life." (Trista Mateer, author of Honeybee) About The Author amanda lovelace is the author of several bestselling poetry titles, including her celebrated "women are some kind of magic" trilogy as well as her new "you are your own fairy tale" series. she is also the co-creator of the believe in your own magic oracle deck. when she isn't reading, writing, or drinking a much-needed cup of coffee, you can find her casting spells from her home in a (very) small town on the jersey shore, where she resides with her poet-spouse & their three cats.
Headstone in the Headlights - by Rick Taylor (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 146Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: AmericanFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Rick TaylorAge Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralAuthor: Rick TaylorLanguage: English About the Book Headstone in the Headlights is the second book of poetry authored by Rick Taylor. His first entitled Never Alone in a Cemetery was highly praised by members of the public in general and by residents of Shepherdstown, West Virginia, where he now resides with his wife and dog, a red lab that makes an appearance in several of his poems. Book Synopsis Headstone in the Headlights is the second book of poetry authored by Rick Taylor. His first entitled Never Alone in a Cemetery was highly praised by members of the public in general and by residents of Shepherdstown, West Virginia, where he now resides with his wife and dog, a red lab that makes an appearance in several of his poems. Whereas the poetry of the first book made no mention of his bipolar condition, many of the poems in Headstone deal with this difficult subject directly. Rick became convinced while writing the second book, that his bipolar experiences should be dealt with openly on the oft chance that his descriptions might be helpful to others so afflicted. Rick is a published poet who discovered a yen for writing poetry after retirement. He has said that that at the age of seventy-seven, his decision to publish a volume of poetry has come just in time. His objective is to publish while he is still "on the right side of the grass." His sense of humor has been cherished by many.
Twelve Moons - by Mary Oliver (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 77Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: AmericanFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Back Bay BooksAge Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralAuthor: Mary OliverLanguage: English Book Synopsis In her fourth volume of poetry, Twelve Moons, Pulitzer Prize-winning Mary Oliver continues to explore the alluring, yet well-nigh inaccessible kingdoms of nature and human relationships, and man's profound, persistent desire for a joyous union with them. These vibrant, magical poems pulse with an aching awareness of nature's unaffected beauty. Her absorbing intimate vision leads us into the natural and human kingdoms we only fleetingly grasp. From the Back Cover In her fourth volume of poetry, Twelve Moons, Mary Oliver continues to explore the alluring, yet well-nigh inaccessible kingdoms of nature and human relationships, and man's profound, persistent desire for a joyous union with them. these vibrant, magical poems pulse with an aching awareness of nature's unaffected beauty. Her absorbing intimate vision leads us into the natural and human kingdoms we only fleetingly grasp.
Every Word You Cannot Say - by Iain S. Thomas (Paperback)
Dimensions (Overall): 8.9 Inches (H) x 6 Inch (W) x .7 Inch (D)Weight: 1.1 PoundsNumber of Pages: 229Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: Subjects & ThemesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Andrews McMeel PubAuthor: Iain S. ThomasAge Range: AdultBook theme: Death, Grief, LossLanguage: English About the Book I know you don't want to talk sometimes. Sometimes because it hurts and sometimes because you're just not supposed to talk about what you want to talk about. Sometimes it can be hard to say, "this is beautiful," when no one else can see what you see. Or, "Here, this is where the pain is." But some part of you knows, the truth about the words you cannot say is that they only hurt until you say them. They only hurt until the person who needs to hear them, hears them. Because we are human, and the closest we've ever come to showing each other who we really are, and how we love, is with words. So I'm going to try to say to you here, what I wish you'd say to me too. Please. Listen. We can change things. Book Synopsis *May this book find the person it needs to. May they find every word they were looking for.* **I know you don't want to talk sometimes. Sometimes because it hurts and sometimes because you're just not supposed to talk about what you want to talk about. Sometimes it can be hard to say, "this is beautiful," when no one else can see what you see. Or, "Here, this is where the pain is." But some part of you knows, the truth about the words you cannot say is that they only hurt until you say them. They only hurt until the person who needs to hear them, hears them. Because we are human, and the closest we've ever come to showing each other who we really are, and how we love, is with words. So I'm going to try to say to you here, what I wish you'd say to me too. Please.Listen. We can change things. Here. About The Author Iain S. Thomas is a writer and new media artist. He is the author of several books, the most popular of which is I Wrote This For You. Originally an online verse and photography project widely considered to be at the forefront of popular contemporary poetry, it has gone on to became a worldwide phenomenon. When he's not writing, drawing or working, he spends time with his family in the outdoors in Cape Town, South Africa.
The Coral Sea - by Patti Smith (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 93Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: AmericanFormat: PaperbackPublisher: W. W. Norton & CompanyAge Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralAuthor: Patti SmithLanguage: English About the Book In linked pieces, singer/songwriter Patti Smith tells the story of a man on a journey to see the Southern Cross, who is reflecting upon his life and fighting the illness that is consuming him. Through this collection of metaphoric and dreamy poems, "a singular, glowing vision of Robert Mapplethorpe develops and emerges" (William S. Burroughs). Photos. Book Synopsis Through the linked pieces of The Coral Sea, Patti Smith honors her comrade-in-arms Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989). She tells the story of a man on an ocean journey to see the Southern Cross, who is reflecting on his life and fighting the illness that is consuming him. Metaphoric and dreamy, this tale of transformation arises from Smith's knowledge of Mapplethorpe from a young man to a mature artist; his close relationship with patron and friend, Sam Wagstaff; his years surviving AIDS; and his ascent into death. The Coral Sea is Smith's lyrically compelling recasting of her grief to recapture Mapplethorpe's life in the past and his future in his art. Rich in evocative details, it shows the man beneath the persona. This edition features a new introduction and new material by Smith. Review Quotes Patti Smith (in the words of Tennessee Williams) 'rings the bell of pure poetry. --William S. Burroughs"
The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion - by Kei Miller (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 80Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: Caribbean & Latin AmericanFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Carcanet PressAge Range: AdultAuthor: Kei MillerLanguage: English Book Synopsis In this collection, acclaimed Jamaican poet Kei Miller dramatizes what happens when one system of knowledge, one method of understanding place and territory, comes up against another. We watch as the cartographer, used to the scientific methods of assuming control over a place by mapping it, is gradually compelled to recognize--even to envy--a wholly different understanding of place, as he tries to map his way to the rastaman's eternal city of Zion. As the book unfolds the cartographer learns that, on this island of roads that "constrict like throats," every place-name comes freighted with history, and not every place that can be named can be found. Review Quotes "Raise high the roofbeams, here comes a strong new presence in poetry. . . . Kei Miller's voice speaks and sings with rare confidence and authority." --Lorna Goodison, Jamaican poet and professor, University of Michigan About the Author Kei Miller is a creative writing instructor and an author. His work has appeared in Caribbean Beat, Caribbean Writer, Obsydian III, and Snow Monkey. He is the author of the award-winning The Fear of Stones and Kingdom of Empty Bellies, A Light Song of Light, The Same Earth, and There Is an Anger That Moves. He is the editor of New Caribbean Poetry: An Anthology and has been a visiting writer at York University in Toronto, Ontario; a Vera Ruben Fellow at Yaddo; and currently teaches creative writing at the University of Glasgow.
Song of Myself - (Shambhala Pocket Library) by Walt Whitman (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 128Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: AmericanSeries Title: Shambhala Pocket LibraryFormat: PaperbackPublisher: ShambhalaAge Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralAuthor: Walt WhitmanLanguage: English Book Synopsis One of the best-known and most stirring American poems, brilliantly edited by Stephen Mitchell, now available in the Shambhala Pocket Library series. An undeniable and beloved classic of American poetry, "Song of Myself" was originally published as part of Leaves of Grass, with Whitman expanding, revising, and editing it in subsequent editions for much of his life. Here, Stephen Mitchell has gone back to the first edition, only substituting revisions from later editions that express the original vision and clarity of the piece. Tangling with themes of the self, nature, and one's place in the universe, Whitman's labor of language comes again and again to a simple yet astonishing conclusion--"I contain multitudes"--that everything, even the smallest, most seemingly insignificant blade of grass and tiny ant have inside them the infinite universe. This is Whitman at his most wild and raw, as large and lusty as life, fulfilling his promise to all future generations: I too am not a bit tamed . . . . I too am untranslatable, I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world. This book is part of the Shambhala Pocket Library series. The Shambhala Pocket Library is a collection of short, portable teachings from notable figures across religious traditions and classic texts. The covers in this series are rendered by Colorado artist Robert Spellman. The books in this collection distill the wisdom and heart of the work Shambhala Publications has published over 50 years into a compact format that is collectible, reader-friendly, and applicable to everyday life. About the Author WALT WHITMAN (1819-1892) is considered by many to be the greatest of all American poets. His collection of poems, Leaves of Grass, in which Song of Myself appears, is probably the most influential volume of American literature. Whitman's work was radically unconventional in both content and technique, with a poetic style that was free and organic in structure.STEPHEN MITCHELL is a poet, translator, scholar, and anthologist. He is married to Byron Katie, founder of The Work.
Born to Love, Cursed to Feel (Paperback) (Samantha King)
Dimensions (Overall): 8.2 Inches (H) x 5.3 Inches (W) x .6 Inches (D)Weight: .35 PoundsNumber of Pages: 157Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: AmericanFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Andrews McMeel PubAuthor: Samantha KingAge Range: AdultLanguage: English Book Synopsis For fans of r.h. Sin comes a new voice, Samantha King's raw, relatable poetry both celebrates love and mourns the human "curse to feel." Her verse transports readers to the most private reaches of love and longing. Born to Love, Cursed to Feel is about love--the good, the bad, and the confusing. It touches on morals and how when emotions are involved it's not as black and white. The poetry is frequently written in a narrative manner that evocatively pulls you in and makes you feel. This book is about falling in love, bad decisions, and ultimately growth. The essence of it all is to show that no matter how far one falls all the mistakes don't have to be what defines them. About The Author Samantha King Holmes has been writing since the age of 11. She took up the pen during a tough time in her life, and it evolved from songwriting into poetry. Not always able to articulate how she felt, poetry became her therapy. The compilation of poems over the years takes you through the various stages of her life, almost like a diary. The essence of who she was and is becoming can be found in her words. She currently resides in New York with r.h. Sin.
Favorite Christmas Poems - (Dover Books on Literature & Drama) by James Daley (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 104Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: EuropeanSeries Title: Dover Books on Literature & DramaFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Dover PublicationsAge Range: AdultBook theme: English, Irish, Scottish, WelshAuthor: James DaleyLanguage: English About the Book A rich and varied compilation of Yuletide verse, this collection will enchant readers of all ages. Featured poets include Kipling, Poe, Longfellow, Dickinson, Hardy, Donne, and many others. 25 illustrations. Book Synopsis What would Christmas be without such charming and heartwarming poems as A Visit from St. Nicholas? That famous poem, also known as The Night Before Christmas, is only one of the many sparkling highlights of this festive collection, a rich and varied compilation of yuletide verse that will enchant readers of all ages.These poems range from serious seasonal reflections by Martin Luther (From Heaven Above to Earth I Come) and John Milton (On the Morning of Christ's Nativity) to flights of fancy such as Lewis Carroll's Christmas Greeting from a Fairy to a Child and Kenneth Grahame's Carol of the Field Mice from The Wind in the Willows. Other contributors include Christina Rossetti, Rudyard Kipling, Edgar Allan Poe, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Emily Dickinson, Thomas Hardy, John Donne, Ben Jonson, and Sir Walter Scott. Twenty-five timeless black-and-white etchings, engravings, and drawings enhance this treasury of verse.
How Far You Have Come - by Morgan Harper Nichols (Hardcover)
Dimensions (Overall): 9 Inches (H) x 1 Inches (W) x 6 Inches (D)Weight: 1 PoundsNumber of Pages: 224Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: Subjects & ThemesFormat: HardcoverPublisher: ZondervanAuthor: Morgan Harper NicholsAge Range: AdultBook theme: Inspirational & ReligiousLanguage: English About the Book As popular Instagram poet and artist Morgan Harper Nichols shares glimpses of her story in How Far You Have Come, she inspires us to reframe the stories we tell ourselves so we can see through our own brokenness to the beauty inside. Book Synopsis How Far You Have Come is an exquisitely illustrated collection of poetry and essays from bestselling artist and writer Morgan Harper Nichols. In the midst of the hurt and the mundane, the questions and the not yets, we can forget just how far we have come. Morgan weaves together personal reflections with her signature poems to share her journey to reclaim moments of brokenness, division, and pain and re-envision them as experiences of reconciliation, unity, and hope.The stories and illustrations in How Far You Have Come are organized around a familiar path Morgan has traveled all her life, along the southern border of the United States. As Morgan reflects on the moments that shaped her, she invites us to: Awaken our hearts and recognize how our own histories have made us who we are todayHave a deeper understanding of pressing on and pressing in, of transformation and surrender, of meaning in the losses and wild anticipation for the splendor ahead Reclaim moments of brokenness, division, and pain and re-envision them as experiences of reconciliation, unity, and hopeBecome who we are in the moment you hold right nowA Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly bestselling author, Morgan has cultivated a loyal online community, over a million Instagram followers, and an in-person following as she shares her unique message around the country. How Far You Have Come is an excellent gift for college and high school graduations, faith celebrations and anniversaries, life transitions, and birthdays.
Summer Snow - by Robert Hass (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 192Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: AmericanFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Ecco PressAge Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralAuthor: Robert HassLanguage: English About the Book "A major collection of entirely new poems from the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author of Time and Materials and The Apple Trees at Olema. A new volume of poetry from Robert Hass is always an event. In Summer Snow, his first collection of poems since 2010, Hass further affirms his position as one of our most highly regarded living poets. Hass's trademark careful attention to the natural world, his subtle humor, and the delicate but wide-ranging eye he casts on the human experience are fully on display in his masterful collection. Touching on subjects including the poignancy of loss, the serene and resonant beauty of nature, and the mutability of desire, Hass exhibits his virtuosic abilities, expansive intellect, and tremendous readability in one of his most ambitious and formally brilliant collections to date."--Provided by publisher. Book Synopsis A major collection of entirely new poems from the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author of Time and Materials and The Apple Trees at OlemaA new volume of poetry from Robert Hass is always an event. In Summer Snow, his first collection of poems since 2010, Hass further affirms his position as one of our most highly regarded living poets. Hass's trademark careful attention to the natural world, his subtle humor, and the delicate but wide-ranging eye he casts on the human experience are fully on display in his masterful collection. Touching on subjects including the poignancy of loss, the serene and resonant beauty of nature, and the mutability of desire, Hass exhibits his virtuosic abilities, expansive intellect, and tremendous readability in one of his most ambitious and formally brilliant collections to date. Review Quotes Hass personalizes everything, warms everything up. He's an open book; but he's also someone whom readers should, in every sense of the phrase, keep their eye on.--New Yorker"It all sounds like mastery, like singular virtuosity attained on a very popular instrument -- common American speech."--New York Times Book Review
Doe - by Susan Baller-Shepard (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 102Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: GeneralFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Finishing Line PressAge Range: AdultAuthor: Susan Baller-ShepardLanguage: English About the Book From the title, Doe, Susan Baller-Shepard's female deer moves in and out of this collection, with a step-step, pause as these poems explore interior and exterior landscapes, the terrain of being a woman, a mother, a world citizen. Book Synopsis From the title, Doe, Susan Baller-Shepard's metaphor of a female deer moves in and out of this collection, appearing in the periphery, then moving on as Baller-Shepard mines memories of life on the prairie. From a variety of voices, Doe presents interior and exterior landscapes, from caged zebra finches or a sick child, to a family farm sale, or the sound of owls at night. With the step-step, pause, step-step cadence of a deer's approach, Baller-Shepard's poetry collection advances from the personal to the mystical. Her poems advance with that step-step, pause, step-step noting other creatures in the woods (women, men, children, bees, mayflies, pheasants) and bigger concerns beyond the woods (the Last Holocaust Act of WWII, religion, wars, citizenship, God), moving deftly between the natural and spiritual world like a deer moves along the borders where the natural world and the manicured world meet. Review Quotes "From the title, Doe, by Susan Baller-Shepard, anticipates a thicket of feminine myth and symbol: motherhood, martyrdom, victimhood; defenselessness, passivity; naked beauty hunted, stalked, violated, enshrined perhaps but never trophied, not like their antlered fathers and sons. The trick and magic of and through these poems is the metamorphosis of the metaphor, suggested, argued, developed through a sleight of forms, often repeating forms that advance argument passively through repetition, tricksterish word play, re-castings of memory and narrative. Reading them becomes a kind of active listening, hearing a kind of speaking; and backtracking, sliding off, getting lost, staying still, retracing steps--all a kind of advance. All those female survival skills of defense--the withdraw, hide, step out of the way, disappear tactics--unfold an offense, and change the world. Hear, hear, hear! And rejoice!" --Lucia Cordell Getsi, PhD, Former Spoon River Poetry Review Editor, Author of Intensive Care "Don't let the idea of a tender-eyed doe lull you into a place of comfort. Take a deep breath. Susan Baller-Shepard is about to take you on a ride through the emotional rapids of the female experience and, indeed, the vulnerabilities, perplexities and revelations of anyone who has ever loved fiercely, worried deeply and observed life, in all its beauty and despair, with an unflinching eye." --Charmaine Wilkerson, winner of the 2018 Best Novella by Saboteur Awards for her novella-in-flash How to Make a Window Snake "To read the poems in this fine first collection is to stroll through the lives of many females--human and animal alike--with a most companionable guide. Baller-Shepard is a remarkable new poetic voice equally at ease with observing farm women at work, discussing Einstein's Grand Unified Theory, or contemplating the life span of a mayfly. Through Baller-Shepard's careful excavation of the embers of memory--a high-backed wooden bench, a grandmother's starched dress, the red linoleum of a farmhouse kitchen--you will find yourself mining the narrative of your own life. That is this poet's gift to her readers." --Judith Valente, author of poetry collections Discovering Moons and Inventing An Alphabet, and nonfiction books Atchison Blue and How to Live "In a few lines, Susan Baller-Shepard's poems tell stories so personal we will recognize them as our own. Stories of love and longing, of unfinished adolescence, of wrestling with death. In a world intent on selling us ways to plaster over our vulnerability, Baller-Shepard's poems do the opposite. By stripping away the pretense, she does nothing less than help us find our soul." --Ruth Everhart, author of Ruined and Chasing the Divine in the Holy Land
The Nameless and the Faceless of the Civil War - by Lisa G Samia (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 128Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: AmericanFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Destiny Whispers Publishing, L.L.C.Age Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralAuthor: Lisa G SamiaLanguage: English About the Book 28 poems & 28 essays with historical photos by award winning author, Lisa G Samia. The freestyle narrative poems encompass the human toll of suffering, giving instances of compassion and empathy. We hear the lost and forgotten souls who witnessed and suffered during the Civil War, voices now being heard, no longer silenced by the finality of death. Book Synopsis A collection of 28 poems and 28 essays along with a selection of historical photos, sketches, and quotes that are dedicated to the lost and forgotten of the Civil War, by award winning author, Lisa G. Samia. Selections within this work earned her the award of FINALIST for the Artist in Residence Program for the National Parks Arts Foundation Gettysburg Poetry 2018. Each poem is a narrative, a story told from an imagined person who is witnessing and experiencing some event during the Civil War. Includes original sketch artwork "Bundle of Twigs" and "Unknown Confederate Soldier" drawn exclusively for this collection by artist, Shannon A. Reedy. The "Bundle of Twigs" icon is used to symbolize the hardships and suffering of the Civil War. The sketch "The Unknown Confederate Soldier" is of the headstones amassed at the Springwood Cemetery in Greenville, S.C. The inspiration of the collection comes from the very first poem and essay on Michael Dougherty of the 13th Pennsylvania Calvary. Michael was captured and imprisoned in several Confederate prisons such as Pemberton, Barrett's, Libby, Belle Island and finally served the duration of his sentence at Andersonville Prison in Andersonville, Georgia.Over the course of the 23 months and 17 days he was confined to prison, Michael kept a diary. It was only after I read the diary, especially regarding his confinement at Andersonville that the horror of this death camp came to life. Overcrowding, starvation, madness and sickness were prevalent throughout the prison. And it was Michael's daily written count of men who were dead or dying, stating them as numbers without names or faces, that the inspiration for this collection was brought forth.What of all of those thousands of soldiers, who were they? History tells us that after the Civil War many of these soldiers were eventually identified, yet what became of the ones who were not? And what about the civilians of the Civil War, those who starved to death, fell to disease or simply died of a broken heart? What became of them?Most of the poems and essays in this collection are based upon actual historical facts about a person or an event of the war. The narrator in each poem is an imagined civilian or soldier who was lost to history, yet through this creative venue is telling their story of what is was like to be at Shiloh, or be tended to by Louisa May Alcott, or watch John Wilkes Booth die on the front porch of the Garrett farm on April 26, 1865.The corresponding essays are the factual representation as provided by history, along with my thoughts and feelings. The result of the combination of the narration with rhyme of the poem and the historical reference of the essay brings forth these voices and gives those lost and forgotten souls a chance to be heard, to tell their story and live again.Lisa G. Samia is an award winner poet, author and speaker who loves American History. She was honored with the award of FINALIST for the Artist in Residence Program from the National Parks Arts Foundation Gettysburg Poetry 2018. She is the author of the historical fiction, "My Name is John Singer," an imagined account of John Wilkes Booth. Her contemporary romantic poetry collection, "The Man with the Ice Blue Eyes" debuted #1 in Women's Poetry on Amazon. She has also appeared as a guest speaker at the Poe House and Museum in Baltimore, MD and the Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in English and has appeared on local television multiple times for her writing. A Boston native, she is happily married and lives in Avon, CT.www.LisaSamia.comwww.DestinyNovels.com Review Quotes 5-Stars! -- This is a unique book in that there are historical facts presented of soldiers and others from the Civil War, their actual writings, with the author's emotional poetry along side their story. You can feel the author's emotion come through on each poem. The history of each story is presented thoughtfully and carefully so as not to assume anything. While some of the historical figures she writes about have faces, the soldiers who wrote home about their horrific experiences most likely will never have a face in history. But through their writings, we get to know them. The author then shares her feelings as if she were talking to them directly. It's historic, it's emotional, it's thoughtful. It's a wonderful read for anyone who loves history and appreciates poetry. Well done. -- FROM TERRI, CT -- Verified Amazon Buyer Professional Literary Review from Eric Swanson, Librettist for EDWIN, The Story of Edwin Booth, and co-author of the New York Times bestseller, The Joy of Living. -- In "The Nameless & The Faceless of the Civil War," Lisa Samia deftly weaves poetry and essays into a deeply moving portrait of lives lived and lost during the most violent eruption of the conflict that has defined the United States since its foundation, and continues to rage in our time. A truly touching, thoughtful, and insightful work." 5 Stars! Imaginative Tribute! This is my favorite book yet by Lisa G. Samia. I have enjoyed reading all of this author's work, but I found this one especially engrossing. It's a creative way of weaving Civil War history with poetry. Following each poem is the history that inspired her to write the poetry. I appreciated learning details about the war, such as Andersonville Prison. Throughout the book, Samia takes you on the journey with her of what she discovered in her research and zooms in on compelling aspects of the people involved in the war. I love the tribute to the "nameless and faceless" -- the idea of never forgetting those that contributed to or gave their lives for this country, in any war. It's an interesting read. Don't hesitate! -- from C. Aug / verified Amazon Buyer
Wild Embers by Nikita Gill (Paperback)
Dimensions (Overall): 8.1 Inches (H) x 5.4 Inch (W) x .6 Inch (D)Weight: .3 PoundsNumber of Pages: 160Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: Women AuthorsFormat: PaperbackPublisher: HachetteAuthor: Nikita GillAge Range: AdultLanguage: English About the Book A poetry collection that "explores the fire that lies within every soul, weaving words around ideas of feeling at home in your own skin, allowing yourself to heal, and learning to embrace your uniqueness with love from the universe. Featuring rewritten fairytale heroines, goddess wisdom, and poetry that burns with revolution, this collection is an explosion of femininity, empowerment, and personal growth"--Back cover. Book Synopsis Discover a powerful and relatable poetry collection of love, loss, and healing -- perfect for fans of Rupi Kaur and Amanda Lovelace. In this magical poetry collection, Nikita Gill unflinchingly explores the fire in every woman and the emotions that lie deep in one's soul. Featuring rewritten fairytale heroines, goddess wisdom, and verse that burns with magnificent beauty, this raw and powerful collection is an explosion of femininity, empowerment, and personal growth. In these words, readers will find the magnificent energy to spark resistance and revolution. Review Quotes A set of short poems that explore femininity, transcendence of love, wild revolution, and self-empowerment. From tales of heroines of lore, goddesses of wisdom, and larger than life figures, the core of most stories deals with our oneness in the universe.--BuzzFeed Fans of Rupi Kaur will almost definitely love Nikita Gill's empowering poems. Gill is especially interested in exploring emotions, and the beautiful but sometimes painful marks that important people leave on your life.--Refinery29 The fiery feminist poet...is back with another moving collection. Wild Embers: Poems of Rebellion, Fire, and Beauty will evoke love, loss, doubt, sorrow, and, ultimately, make you question the meaning of life.--HelloGiggles About The Author Nikita Gill is a British-Indian writer and poet living in the south of England. With a huge online following, her words have entranced hearts and minds all over the world. Instagram: @nikita_gill Tumblr: meanwhilepoetry.tumblr.com Facebook: @nikitagillwrites Twitter: @nktgill
The Complete Poems and Translations - (Penguin Classics) by Christopher Marlowe & Stephen Orgel (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 287Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: EuropeanSeries Title: Penguin ClassicsFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Penguin GroupAge Range: AdultBook theme: English, Irish, Scottish, WelshAuthor: Christopher Marlowe & Stephen OrgelLanguage: English Book Synopsis The essential lyric works of the great Elizabethan playwright--newly revised and updated Though best known for his plays--and for courting danger as a homosexual, a spy, and an outspoken atheist--Christopher Marlowe was also an accomplished and celebrated poet. This long-awaited updated and revised edition of his poems and translations contains his complete lyric works--from his translations of Ovidian elegies to his most famous poem, The Passionate Shepherd to His Love, to the impressive epic mythological poem Hero and Leander. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. About the Author Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593) was born in Canterbury the year of Shakespeare's birth. Like Shakespeare, he was of a prosperous middle-class family, but unlike Shakespeare he went to a university, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he received the bachelor's degree in 1584 and the master's degree in 1587. The terms of his scholarship implied that he was preparing for the clergy but he did not become a clergyman. Shortly before he received his M.A. the University seems to have wished to withhold it, apparently suspecting him of conversion to Roman Catholicism, but the Queen's Privy Council intervened on his behalf, stating that he "had done her majesty good service" and had been employed "in matters touching the benefit of the country." His precise service is unknown. After Cambridge, Marlowe went to London, where he apparently lived a turbulent life (he had two brushes with the law and was said to be disreputable) while pursuing a career as a dramatist. He wrote seven plays--the dates of which are uncertain--before he was yet again in legal difficulties: he was arrested in 1593, accused of atheism. He was not imprisoned, and before his case could be decided he was dead, having been stabbed in a tavern while quarreling over the bill.
Hotel Zymoglyphic - by Jason Squamata (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 110Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: GeneralFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Zymoglyphic Museum PressAge Range: AdultAuthor: Jason SquamataLanguage: English About the Book Illustrated poem cycle inspired by a visit to the Zymoglyphic region by the Orakuloid himself, Jason Squamata Book Synopsis Illustrated poem cycle inspired by the exhibits of the Zymoglyphic Museum, the world's only repository of art and artifacts of the Zymoglyphic region. From the author: "The book as cabinet of curiosa...The driving emotional force is surrealist fear and desire, erotic pursuit as grail quest in an omniversal macromuseum where the zymoglyphic concept cluster and its exhibits are fetishized and poetically photographed from every angle."
Works and Days, Theogony and the Shield of Heracles - (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 71Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: Ancient & ClassicalFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Dover PublicationsAge Range: AdultLanguage: English Book Synopsis These three classics of Greek literature -- often called extended poems -- helped bridge the oral and written traditions of Greek civilization. Like his contemporary, Homer, Hesiod artfully relates the struggles and triumphs of the gods as he offers moral and practical advice for earthbound mortals.A poetic treatise on agriculture and farming, Works and Days also presents instructions for daily life and social behavior. Theogony, on the other hand, concerns the origins of the gods, from the battle between the Titans to the ultimate triumph of Zeus. The Shield of Heracles holds further adventure, recounting one of the legendary hero's epic battles.This scrupulously accurate and readable translation is essential for students of Greek mythology and literature.
Still Life - by Ciaran Carson (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 88Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: EuropeanFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Wake Forest University PressAge Range: AdultBook theme: English, Irish, Scottish, WelshAuthor: Ciaran CarsonLanguage: English Book Synopsis In Still Life, Ciaran Carson guides us through centuries of art and around the Belfast Waterworks where he walks with his wife, Deirdre; into the chemo ward; into memory and the allusive quicksilver of his mind, always bidding us to look carefully at the details of a painter's canvas, as well as the sunlight of day. This master translator chooses here to translate the painter's brush with the poet's pen, finding resemblances, echoes, and parallels. A thorn becomes the nib of a writer's pencil and the pointed pipette of a chemo drip entering the poet's vein. Yet, Deirdre stands as much in the center of these poems as do the paintings. At times, the two seem to escape into the paintings themselves: "Standing by the high farmstead in the upper left of the picture--there!--in a patch of / sunlight. ... They could be us, out for a walk." Balancing the desire to escape into the stillness and permanence of art with the insistent yearning to be fully present in each moment, Carson reminds us--"Look! ... There!"--that in the midst of illness, even in the face of death, there is, still, life. Review Quotes "This beautiful collection offers a lasting, life-affirming tribute to human relationships, memory, and the shared experience of art." --Publishers Weekly About the Author Ciaran Carson was born in Belfast in 1948 and lived there his entire life. Educated at Queen's University Belfast, he was appointed Chair of Poetry at its Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry in 2003 and oversaw the Belfast Writers' Group. He was a poet, traditional musician, scholar of the Irish oral tradition, prose-writer, and translator. His awards include the first-ever T.S. Eliot Prize for First Language (1994), the Forward Prize for Best Collection for Breaking News (2003), and the Oxford Weidenfeld Translation Prize for his version of Dante's Inferno. He is the author of sixteen books of poetry, including his most recent, From There to Here: Selected Poems and Translations (2019). He died in October 2019 at the age of 70.
Sonnets to Orpheus - by Rainer Maria Rilke (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 160Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: EuropeanFormat: PaperbackPublisher: W. W. Norton & CompanyAge Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralAuthor: Rainer Maria RilkeLanguage: German About the Book One of the literary masterpieces of the century, this translation is now presented with facing-page German. Book Synopsis To Rilke himself the Sonnets to Orpheus were perhaps the most mysterious in the way they came up and entrusted themselves to me, the most enigmatic dictation I have ever held through and achieved; the whole first part was written down in a single breathless act of obedience, between the 2nd and 5th of February, without one word being doubtful or having to be changed. With facing-page German. Review Quotes "[Edward Snow] has emerged as Rilke's outstanding English-language interpreter . . . [He] is doing important work. Robert Lowell once wrote that it was hard to imagine Rilke first written in English, that the poems were sealed in German. Snow is unsealing them." -- Robert Phillips, "Houston Chronicle
Currents - by Bojan Louis (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 66Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: Native AmericanFormat: PaperbackPublisher: BkMk Press of the University of Missouri-Kansas CityAge Range: AdultAuthor: Bojan LouisLanguage: English About the Book These poems explore contemporary America especially in the Southwest, Navajo/Diné identity, and the powers of myth, faith, doubt, and the environment, with hints of the Spanish and Diné (Navajo) languages in its English text. Book Synopsis Poetry. Native American Studies. Winner of a 2018 American Book Award. These poems explore American identity and the powers of myth, faith, doubt, and the environment, and the music of these poems resonate with strains of the English, Spanish, and Diné languages. Louis, who has worked as a construction worker and electrician, moves fluently between the literal and symbolic dimensions of work, as he writes in the poem Electricity: Any laborer gathered for a tear-out / agrees the pleasure of opening walls/is the view of what's no longer behind. It takes only the ring of the opening poems in CURRENTS to realize this book does exactly what one hopes a first book will do, bring alive a new, original voice. It's a voice Bojan Lewis not only sustains, but builds, the way, say, a young Sonny Rollins, might shape and vary a singular solo that flows through song after song: raw, kinetic, authentic, a poetry in which language has in common with music the visceral feel of the breathing body behind it.--Stuart Dybek Bojan Louis' CURRENTS is piercing and polyglot. From the first stark poem, spoken in the voice of a hard-living construction worker in Alaska who regards the sea and thinks of Jonah ('bowel-held / and undigested'), to the last in the voice of Xipe Totec (Nahuatl for Our Lord The Flayed One, as Louis' useful notes tell us), we are swept into a fierce and sublime poetry, part incantatory vision, part caustic critique of government cruelty and injustice toward indigenous peoples. By turns a protest of the earth's poisoning, and as in the title poem, a prayer offered in the Diné 'tradition and knowing, ' what CURRENTS crystallizes in these taut poetic concentrates goes straight to our souls: 'The prayer, the prayed to, the offering / and the offered; / the bent back and the harvest.'--Cynthia Hogue CURRENTS is charged and luminous under 'butane flame dawn.' Bojan Louis 'stickframesnightmares' into song -- in attempt to heal and jolt awake stories in blisteringholler above his homelands of pot-holed desert highways andreservation borders. An electrician by trade, Diné poet Bojan Louis'debut is a multilingual ceremony of electricity, earth and memory, where brokenness is the ground from which our stories continuereaching for Hózhó.--Sherwin Bitsui
Poetry of R.H. Sin 2020 Deluxe Day-To-Day Calendar - by R H Sin
Dimensions (Overall): 7 Inches (H) x 4.2 Inch (W) x 1.1 Inch (D)Weight: 1.15 PoundsNumber of Pages: 640Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: Subjects & ThemesFormat: CalendarPublisher: Andrews McMeel PublishingAuthor: R H SinAge Range: AdultBook theme: Love & EroticaLanguage: English Book Synopsis The poetry of New York Times best-selling author r.h. Sin celebrates connection, mourns heartbreak, and above all, rouses readers to seek the love they deserve. The Poetry of r.h. Sin 2020 Deluxe Day-to-Day Calendar presents some of his most powerful poems of resilience and strength that will resonate with the soul. Each page of this deluxe daily calendar, with its distinctive cloth-bound wraparound cover that forms an easel, features a poem from the poet's best-selling Whiskey Words & a Shovel series of books or from his newest trilogy, Planting Gardens in Graves.
The Maine Poets - by Wesley McNair (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 244Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: Anthologies (multiple authors)Format: PaperbackPublisher: Down East BooksAge Range: AdultAuthor: Wesley McNairLanguage: English About the Book In The Maine Poets, editor Wesley McNair has selected work by poets of the state from Longfellow to the present. Chosen for their appeal to the general reader, these poems honor the full vision and diversity of Maine's poets as they address life in Maine and in all human places.
Almost Home - by Madisen Kuhn (Paperback)
Dimensions (Overall): 9 Inches (H) x 1 Inches (W) x 6 Inches (D)Weight: 1 PoundsNumber of Pages: 224Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: Women AuthorsFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Gallery BooksAuthor: Madisen KuhnAge Range: AdultLanguage: English About the Book From the Instagram poet and author of Please Don't Go Before I Get Better comes a gorgeous poetry and prose collection that explores the meaning of "home" and the profound discovery of finding it within oneself--perfect for fans of Rupi Kaur and Amanda Lovelace.lace. Book Synopsis From the Instagram poet and author of the exquisite Please Don't Go Before I Get Better comes a gorgeous poetry and prose collection that explores the meaning of "home" and the profound discovery of finding it within oneself--perfect for fans of Rupi Kaur and Amanda Lovelace. In this stunning third collection from Madisen Kuhn, Madisen eloquently analyzes some of life's universal themes within the framework of a house. Whether it's the garden, the bedroom, or the front porch, Madisen takes you into her own "home," sharing some of the most intimate parts of her life so that you might also, someday, feel free to share some of yours. Filled with beautiful hand-drawn illustrations from Melody Hansen, this boldly intimate, preternaturally wise, and emotionally candid collection encourages you to consider what home means to you--whether it's in the lush, green-lawned suburbs or a city apartment--and, more importantly, explores how you can find it even when home feels like it's on the far-off horizon. Review Quotes "Madisen's is a story of finding self-acceptance in the darkest of moments. Her work is refreshingly illustrative, surreal and still accessible, a wonderful mix of light and shade, honest, intimate, dramatic and ultimately moving. Home is a place that Madisen is constantly trying to get to but can never quite reach. And maybe, that's ok." --Iain S. Thomas, author of international bestseller I Wrote This For You and Every Word You Cannot Say "Almost Home dives into a life of seeking and yearning: for home, and the true meaning of it. Written with honesty -- an act of bravery for those who are struggling to find the words for their longing and hurt."--Dawn Lanuza, author of The Last Time I'll Write About You "Almost Home is carved and curated with the utmost honesty, bravery, and resilience. Madisen invites you into her world with open arms, and does not shy away from the realities and messiness that are so tethered to growing up and young adulthood, but are often swept under the rug. This collection is and will truly be a home for so many."--Alison Malee, author of This is the Journey "In Almost Home, Madisen Kuhn is reminiscent of a young Mary Oliver: stunningly lyrical, brutally honest, and deliciously atmospheric."--Amanda Lovelace, bestselling author of the princess saves herself in this one "In Almost Home, Madisen Kuhn's poetry is like the warm glow of a porch light left on to welcome you home--both illuminating in its truth, and reassuring in its message."--Cyrus Parker, author of masquerade
New and Selected Poems, Volume Two - by Mary Oliver (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 177Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: AmericanFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Beacon PressAge Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralAuthor: Mary OliverLanguage: English Book Synopsis Understand, I am always trying to figure outwhat the soul is, and where hidden, and what shape- New and Selected Poems, Volume Two, an anthology of forty-two new poems-an entire volume in itself-and sixty-nine poems hand-picked by Mary Oliver from six of her last eight books, is a major addition to a career in poetry that has spanned nearly five decades. Now recognized as an unparalleled poet of the natural world, Mary Oliver writes with unmatched dexterity and a profound appreciation for the divergence and convergence of all living things. Mary Oliver is always searching for the soul of things. In poem after poem, her investigations go from the humble green bean that nourishes her and makes her wonder if something/-I can't name it-watches as I walk the/rows, accepting the gift of their lives/to assist mine to the vast, untouchable bliss of things you can't reach./But you can reach out to them, and all day long./The wind, the bird flying away./The idea of God. Oliver's search grows and is informed by experience, meditation, perception, and discernment. And all the while, during her quest, she is constantly surprised and fortified by joy. This graceful volume, designed to be paired with New and Selected Poems, Volume One, includes new poems on birds, toads, flowers, insects, bodies of water, and the extraordinary experience of the everyday in our lives. In the words of Alicia Ostriker, 'Mary Oliver moves by instinct, faith, and determination. She is among our finest poets, and still growing.' In both the older and new poems, Mary Oliver is a poet at the height of her control of image and language. Review Quotes Praise for the poetry of Mary Oliver: Far beneath the surface-flash of linguistic effect, Mary Oliver works her quiet and mysterious spell. It is a true spell, unlike any other poet's, the enchantment of the true maker.--James Dickey Oliver's often quiet persona almost always rides a storm of discovery . . . She continues to earn applause and admiration for continuing to provide redemptive mediation and supple praises for nature in a time when so much is under threat.--R. T. Smith, Shenandoah These are life enhancing and redemptive poems that coax the sublime from the subliminal.--Sally Connolly, Poetry Mary Oliver's poetry is fine and deep; it reads like a blessing. Her special gift is to connect us with our sources in the natural world, its beauties and terrors and mysteries and consolations.--Stanley Kunitz Oliver's poems are thoroughly convincing-as genuine, moving, and implausible as the first caressing breeze of spring.--New York Times Book Review The gift of Oliver's poetry is that she communicates the beauty she finds in the world and makes it unforgettable.--Miami Herald About the Author A private person by nature, Mary Oliver (1935-2019) gave very few interviews over the years. Instead, she preferred to let her work speak for itself. And speak it has, for the past five decades, to countless readers. The New York Times recently acknowledged Mary Oliver as "far and away, this country's best-selling poet." Born in a small town in Ohio, Oliver published her first book of poetry in 1963 at the age of 28; No Voyage and Other Poems, originally printed in the UK by Dent Press, was reissued in the United States in 1965 by Houghton Mifflin. Oliver has since published twenty books of poetry and six books of prose. As a young woman, Oliver studied at Ohio State University and Vassar College, but took no degree. She lived for several years at the home of Edna St. Vincent Millay in upper New York state, companion to the poet's sister Norma Millay. It was there, in the late '50s, that she met photographer Molly Malone Cook. For more than forty years, Cook and Oliver made their home together, largely in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where they lived until Cook's death in 2005. Over the course of her long and illustrious career, Oliver has received numerous awards. Her fourth book, American Primitive, won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1984. She has also received the Shelley Memorial Award; a Guggenheim Fellowship; an American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Achievement Award; the Christopher Award and the L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award for House of Light; the National Book Award for New and Selected Poems; a Lannan Foundation Literary Award; and the New England Booksellers Association Award for Literary Excellence. Oliver's essays have appeared in Best American Essays 1996, 1998, 2001; the Anchor Essay Annual 1998, as well as Orion, Onearth and other periodicals. Oliver was editor of Best American Essays 2009. Oliver's books on the craft of poetry, A Poetry Handbook and Rules for the Dance, are used widely in writing programs. She is an acclaimed reader and has read in practically every state as well as other countries. She has led workshops at various colleges and universities, and held residencies at Case Western Reserve University, Bucknell University, University of Cincinnati, and Sweet Briar College. From 1995, for five years, she held the Catharine Osgood Foster Chair for Distinguished Teaching at Bennington College. She has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from The Art Institute of Boston (1998), Dartmouth College (2007) and Tufts University (2008).
The Triumph of Love - by Geoffrey Hill (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 96Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: EuropeanFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Mariner BooksAge Range: AdultBook theme: English, Irish, Scottish, WelshAuthor: Geoffrey HillLanguage: English About the Book In Geoffrey Hill's words, The poet's job is to define and yet again define. If the poet doesn't make certain horrors appear horrible, who will? This astonishing book is a protest against evil and a tribute to those who have had the courage to resist it. Review Quotes Art of the highest lyric intensity . . . it stands with the work of Mandelstam and Montale. Boston Globe Geoffrey Hill may be the strongest and most original English poet of the second half of our fading century . . . The range of variation and diction, rhetorical level, degree and function of wordplay and, along that great spectrum from solemn to funny that true seriousness inhabits, provides in itself a kind of dramaturgy. The Los Angeles Times Hill's poems serve exalted artistic ends . . . They display such burnish, such sensuality and coiled force, that by comparison most other verse looks pale, undernourished and unimportant. The Washington Post Hill, always the heir of William Blake and D. H. Lawrence, more than confirms his calling as poet-prophet in The Triumph of Love. The poem is a great and difficult moral, cognitive, and aesthetic achievement -- 'a sad and angry consolation' almost beyond measure. -- Harold Bloom Hill's poems demand and reward reading upon reading: the ascent is steep, the view austerely sublime. The Wall Street Journal
Poems from the Women's Movement - (American Poets Project) by Honor Moore (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 238Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: Anthologies (multiple authors)Series Title: American Poets ProjectFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Library of AmericaAge Range: AdultAuthor: Honor MooreLanguage: English Book Synopsis "In 1965, Sylvia Plath's posthumous Ariel took the literary world by storm with its fierce and undeniably female voice. For the next 15 years, America saw a historic outpouring of women's poetry supported by and supporting the women's movement. As editor Moore points out, poetry was vital to the movement, articulating previously unexpressed lives, empowering others as the poets found their own power. . . . And all who missed these missiles and epistles then will find them still demanding and invigorating."--Booklist (starred review) "What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? / The world would split open." These lines by Muriel Rukeyser epitomize the spirit that animated a whole generation of women poets, from the 1960s to the 1980s, who in exploring the unspoken truths of their lives sparked a literary revolution. Honor Moore's anthology presents fifty-eight poets whose work defines an era, among them Sylvia Plath, Adrienne Rich, Anne Sexton, Sonia Sanchez, May Swenson, Alice Walker, Audre Lorde, Anne Waldman, Sharon Olds, Diane Di Prima, Lucille Clifton, Judy Grahn, Alice Notley, and Eileen Myles. Here is a fresh and revelatory look at a crucial time in American poetry that presents the full range of its themes and approaches and a generous sampling of its most compelling voices. About the American Poets ProjectElegantly designed in compact editions, printed on acid-free paper, and textually authoritative, the American Poets Project makes available the full range of the American poetic accomplishment, selected and introduced by today's most discerning poets and critics. Review Quotes "In 1965, Sylvia Plath's posthumous Ariel took the literary world by storm with its fierce and undeniably female voice. For the next 15 years, America saw a historic outpouring of women's poetry supported by and supporting the women's movement. As editor Moore points out, poetry was vital to the movement, articulating previously unexpressed lives, empowering others as the poets found their own power. . . . And all who missed these missiles and epistles then will find them still demanding and invigorating." --Booklist (starred review) About the Author Honor Moore is the author of the poetry collections Darling, Red Shoes, and Memoir, and she edited Amy Lowell: Selected Poems for the American Poets Project. She is the author most recently of the critically acclaimed memoir The Bishop's Daughter: A Memoir.
Black Butterfly - by Yvette Douglas (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 142Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: GeneralFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Xlibris UsAge Range: AdultAuthor: Yvette DouglasLanguage: English Book Synopsis "Black Butterfly: Chained" is a collection of poetry meant to give an insight on internal struggles, pain, anguish, distress and doubt of people suffering from a mental illness may experience. These poems intimately explores the emotional impact of Major Depression, PTSD, and Anxiety. "Black Butterfly: Chained" is a unique journey based on the author's personal experiences, and feelings, and shows how she was led from the darkness and into light. It tells a story about how depression is an extremely difficult state of mind, and how it can have someone feeling so low to the point where they begin to consider suicide believing it's the only way out.
Most Beautiful - by Elizabeth S E McBride (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 48Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: Subjects & ThemesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Poetry BoxAge Range: AdultBook theme: NatureAuthor: Elizabeth S E McBrideLanguage: English About the Book A gorgeous collection of poems, prose, and paintings inspired by the village of Glen Arbor, Michigan and the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore, voted "Most Beautiful Place in America" in 2011. Book Synopsis It's not always easy to unplug, taking notice of the gifts that nature offers. Elizabeth McBride's poetry and prose invites you to bear witness to the non-events, by simply noticing a boulder or the worn remains of a dock, stretching toward the horizon. There is much to be discovered in this region of Michigan! Experience what is here, what has been, and what is changing right beneath your feet and over your head. Let the artwork and lyrical verse on these pages whet your appetite for the great outdoors, as you venture out into this place Most Beautiful.Advance Praise: "McBride takes us on a glorious tour of the area: to the farms of Port Oneida, to the little town of Empire, to the vistas of Pierce Stocking Drive and the thrill of Pyramid Point and its shipwrecks." --Betsy Wagner, Glen Arbor Arts Center, Artist-in-Residence Program"In her luminous work, Elizabeth McBride's elegant and earthbound writing creates that uncommon experience only a fine artist can give us." --Jack Ridl, author of Practicing to Walk Like a Heron and Saint Peter and the Goldfinch Review Quotes In her luminous work Most Beautiful, Elizabeth McBride's elegant and earthbound writing creates that uncommon experience only a fine artist can give us: She makes permanent what we experience for but a moment. Her vigilance honors an area honored, but her work goes beyond affirming what we already know: that this area is "beautiful." Revealing what that deeply means, that is the job of the real writer. And McBride is that real writer. Elizabeth McBride gently calls our attention to and gives us the only way we can "be there" when we aren't. "Lake, breezes, / scents of cedar and evergreens, / and the sounds of seas remain--" because Elizabeth McBride has made it so.--Jack Ridl, author of Practicing to Walk Like a Heron and Saint Peter and the Goldfinch From Lake Street in Glen Arbor, to the footprints along the shoreline at Sleeping Bear Dunes, on the wings of the endangered Plover, or "in the wild silence of the woods" Elizabeth McBride's poems allow us to live more fully involved with what transcends our daily lives. For every question of endangerment, including the human spirit, the land answers. For every wearing away, McBride show us a becoming of newness. The way "The commonplace, when given our attention, never lacks for miracles"--and, indeed, McBride shows us those miracles in every poem. Glacier history, evidence of the harvesting and re-growth of timber, "the cathedral of the barn," the massive dunes, deer prints, bird song, all are here to honor the awe of what was, still is, will always be--miraculous. What a pleasure, a relief, to experience the stillness of connection these poems and paintings offer.--Joy Gaines-Friedler, author of Capture Theory Elizabeth McBride's book of poems is truly a sensory pleasure to read, whether one is experiencing the Glen Arbor area for the first time or for a lifetime. Glen Arbor in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore has been identified in a Good Morning America fake news contest as "The Most Beautiful Place in America." It is a well-deserved title, however earned, as one can see in this evocative poetry. From the Prologue to the final poem, McBride takes us on a glorious tour of the area: to the farms of Port Oneida, to the little town of Empire, to the vistas of Pierce Stocking Drive and the thrill of Pyramid Point and its shipwrecks. In gale winds or calm there is beauty to behold at the lakeshore. The Manitou Islands hold the secret for the ages. We remember the Indian tale of the Sleeping Mother Bear and her two cubs, lost to the storm, but who give us the powerful message of motherly love. Through McBride's heartfelt and warm observations of nature and "found objects" at the lakeshore, we sense her profound love for all things natural from the tiniest pebble, to the piles of shells on the beach, to the helpless piping plovers born on the beach whose feathers she carefully collects.All of our senses are brought into play in these poems as the author strolls the beaches, writing, looking, listening in wonderment. May you too, bring home a feather.--Betsy Wagner, Glen Arbor Arts Center Artist-in-Residence Program
#nofilter - by Autumn Siders (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 138Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: GeneralFormat: PaperbackPublisher: E.M. Sanchez PressAge Range: AdultAuthor: Autumn SidersLanguage: English About the Book Life should be lived with no filter. Autumn Siders' collection of poetry and short stories exemplifies that idea and more. Book Synopsis Life should be lived with no filter. Autumn Siders' collection of poetry and short stories exemplifies that idea and more. #nofilter touches on love, nature, cats, and diversity. Featuring work both old and new, Siders writes with no-holds-barred and isn't afraid to speak the truth even if others are.
While I Yet Live - by Gboyega Odubanjo (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 34Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: EuropeanFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Bad Betty PressAge Range: AdultBook theme: English, Irish, Scottish, WelshAuthor: Gboyega OdubanjoLanguage: English About the Book While I Yet Live is the debut pamphlet from Gboyega Odubanjo. With an enviable lightness of touch, he explores themes such as race, mortality and the fallibility of faith. Intrinsically contemporary, grounded in something timeless, these poems beat to a luxurious musicality; prayers and confessions, these are poems to read to yourself aloud. Book Synopsis Gboyega Odubanjo's debut marks the start of an exciting career. His is a voice that draws you in, intrinsically contemporary, grounded in something timeless. With an enviable lightness of touch, he explores themes such as race, mortality and the fallibility of faith--'i believing foolish in the heat of it / assumed sweat was communion / fever god given'. The poems in While I Yet Live beat to a luxurious musicality; prayers and confessions, these are poems to read to yourself aloud. Review Quotes "Who is Gboyega Odubanjo? That's the question this sharp, lyrical pamphlet keeps asking, but don't expect to get a straight answer. Begin with 'OBIT.'--an instant classic--and keep looking. Like O'Hara, Odubanjo goes on his nerve: looking really cool when he lets his arm hang out the passenger side, erasing Enoch Powell to 'all but come', hearing drums and more drums, compiling playlists for uncommitted crimes, going to bed 'with all the strangers who got my name right'. Reader, there has never been a better time to become a Gboyega Odubanjo fan." --Jeremy Noel-Tod"I've had the pleasure of working with Gboyega through COAT Sessions for six months. I read Gboyega's work and I am taken back by his storytelling and rawness in his use of language. In Gboyega I see a writer that is fully aware of his surroundings. A writer that details his poems vividly and unapologetically." --Yomi Sode
Origin Like Water - by Eavan Boland (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 206Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: EuropeanFormat: PaperbackPublisher: W. W. Norton & CompanyAge Range: AdultBook theme: English, Irish, Scottish, WelshAuthor: Eavan BolandLanguage: English About the Book Here, from one of our major poets, is the collected early work that has been long unavailable in this country. This collection demonstrates how Eavan Boland's mature voice developed from the poetics of inner exile into a subtle, flexible idiom uniquely her own. Boland received a Lannan Foundation Award in Poetry in 1994. Book Synopsis Here, from one of our major poets, is the collected early work that has been long unavailable in this country. Included in this volume is the work from Eaven Boland's five early volumes of poetry: New Territory, The War Horse, In Her Own Image, Night Feed, and The Journey. With the publication of this volume, all of Boland's poetry will now be available.
#postcardsfromtheroad - by Joules Evans (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 80Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: Subjects & ThemesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Julie EvansAge Range: AdultBook theme: Inspirational & ReligiousAuthor: Joules EvansLanguage: English About the Book A series of postcards from the road from the literal intersection of a life, a conversation between a 53-year-old woman and her 7-year-old wild-child self, rendered in poetry (mostly haiku) and snapshots. Book Synopsis #postcardsfromtheroad is a poetry book & ... It's a series of literal postcards from the road from the literal intersection of a life, a conversation between a 53-year-old grown-ass woman and her 7-year-old wild-child self, rendered in poetry (mostly haiku) & snapshots. Which pairs as well as wine & cheese, as a both are snapshots of a moment in time. #postcardsfromtheroad strings together this collection of moments, like souvenirs from a journey, into a narrative of how we got from there to here, told to a little girl from her older self, sealed with a kiss. Though she be a small collection of very small poems, #postcardsfromtheroad is also an intersection of all the things we're not supposed to talk about, including politics, religion, cancer, and grief. Readers of author/cancer activist Joules Evans's "Shaken Not Stirred... A Chemo Cocktail (A comedy about my tragedy)" will recognize her familiar voice and playful style, full of wit, wordplay, & wild-eyed wonder, with a healthy dash of irreverence thrown into the mix, and shaken not stirred, of course. It's a marriage of her poetry, prose, & photographs.
The Drum That Beats Within Us - by Mike Bond (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 128Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: AmericanFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Big City PressAge Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralAuthor: Mike BondLanguage: English About the Book Based on his own experiences in many dangerous, war-torn regions of the world and its last wild places, Bond's poems portray the innate hunger of the human heart for good, the intense joys of love, the terror and fury of battle, the sinister conspiracies of dictators, corporations and politicians, and the beauty of the vanishing natural world. Book Synopsis The tradition of the poet warrior endures throughout human history, finding expression in the Bible's King David, the Vikings of Iceland, Japan's Samurai, the Shambhala teachings of Tibet, the ancient Greeks and medieval knights. Mike Bond, an award-winning poet, critically acclaimed novelist, ecologist, and war and human rights journalist, is in the same tradition.Initially published by Lawrence Ferlinghetti in City Lights Books, Bond has won multiple prizes for his poetry and prose, and now brings the multitude of his diverse life to his remarkable new book of poetry. His poetry dances between reflections on the majesty of wilderness, the joys and sorrows of love, and passionate expressions of life's greatest existential questions. Prefacing the book is Bond's insightful essay on why poetry is an essential part of cognitive awareness, "how we find meaning in the incomprehensible, beautiful, tragic and sacred mystery of life."Poetry, Bond notes, has existed since our Paleolithic days, found not just in humans but also in the songs of wolves and whales, and an imperative for everyone to enjoy. "Reading poems enlarges our personal awareness of life's exuberance, its terrible destiny," he says. "To learn in our own lives from the visions of others."
The Tornado Is the World - by Catherine Pierce (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 80Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: AmericanFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Saturnalia BooksAge Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralAuthor: Catherine PierceLanguage: English About the Book The newest offering by Catherine Pierce is a whirlwind of poetic brilliance! Book Synopsis At the heart of acclaimed poet Catherine Pierce's much-anticipated third book, a powerful tornado churns, spinning out poems of disaster and love, of sirens and wrecked landscapes, of warnings heeded and not. These poems stare down fear from the inside, and ask what it means to walk straight into a splintering world both profane and sacred. Review Quotes "Pierce's collection, much like her strangely sensitive and sprawling tornado, is a profound persistent force."-- "Booklist" About the Author CATHERINE PIERCE is the author of The Girls of Peculiar (Saturnalia 2012) and Famous Last Words (Saturnalia 2008). Her poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry (2015 and 2011), Boston Review, Ploughshares, FIELD, and elsewhere. She lives in Starkville, Mississippi, where she is associate professor at Mississippi State University.
The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry - by Alan Kaufman (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 736Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: Anthologies (multiple authors)Format: PaperbackPublisher: Basic Books (AZ)Age Range: AdultAuthor: Alan KaufmanLanguage: English About the Book Serving as a primer for generational revolt and poetic expression, this collection brings readers the words, visions, and extravagant lives of bohemians, beatniks, hippies, punks, and slackers. 50 photos & illustrations. Readings. Book Synopsis The definitive collection of anti-establishment American poetry, from Bob Dylan and Jack Kerouac to Sapphire and Tupac ShakurWelcome to the Wild West of American Poetry, the Hole-In-The-Wall of Blakean vision, a two-fisted saloon of New World dreams where you'll meet the greatest Outlaw voices from the post-war era to the present day. Here are the inventors of the Beat generation and the heroes of today's Spoken Word movement, poets who don't get taught in American poetry 101, yet hold the literary future in their tattooed hands. So begins The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, a primer for generational revolt and poetic expression, and an enduring document of the visionary tradition of authenticity and nonconformity in literature. From the Beat poetry of the '50s to the spoken word of the 1990s, The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry brings readers the words, visions, and extravagant lives of bohemians, beatniks, hippies, punks, and slackers. This exuberant manifesto includes lives of the poets, on-the-scene testimony, seminal underground articles never before collected, photographs of clubs and cafes, interviews, and, above all, the poems. About the Author Alan Kaufman's books include the novel Matches and the memoirs Jew Boy and Drunken Angel. He is the editor of five anthologies, including The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, The Outlaw Bible of American Literature and The Outlaw Bible of American Art. His books have also appeared in the UK, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Kaufman has written for numerous publications including The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Huffington Post, Salon, Evergreen Review, Partisan Review and The Jerusalem Post.
Essential Dickinson - by Emily Dickinson (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 83Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: AmericanFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Ecco PressAge Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralAuthor: Emily DickinsonLanguage: English About the Book In this distinguished new volume in The Essential Poets series, Joyce Carol Oates presents a "personal--yet not private" collection of Dickinson favorites, selecting from the poet's much-loved anthologized poems as well as her more obscure works to illuminate her depth, complexity, and unorthodox genius. The Essential Dickinson is an extraordinary tribute to one remarkable writer and woman from another. Book Synopsis From the introduction by Joyce Carol Oates: Between them, our great visionary poets of the American nineteenth century, Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman, have come to represent the extreme, idiosyncratic poles of the American psyche....Dickinson never shied away from the great subjects of human suffering, loss, death, even madness, but her perspective was intensely private; like Rainer Maria Rilke and Gerard Manley Hopkins, she is the great poet of inwardness, of the indefinable region of the soul in which we are, in a sense, all alone. From the Back Cover Emily Dickinson saw fewer than twenty of her 1,775 poems published during her lifetime: when she died in 1886, her obscurity as a poet was nearly total. Now widely recognized as one of the great American poets of the nineteenth century, she is one of a handful from any period whose enduring stature in the world of letters is matched by the loyal affection of generation after generation of readers. In this distinguished addition to The Essential Poets series, Joyce Carol Oates presents a "personal - yet not private" collection of Dickinson favorites, selecting from relatively obscure works as well as better-known poems to illuminate Dickinson's often unacknowledged range. Oates takes care to introduce us to the poet's subversive playfulness; to her rebellious nature and radical aesthetic; to her gender-bending personae and surprisingly wicked humor. At the heart of this collection, of course, stands the work that made Dickinson's reputation as one of America's great visionary poets: an artist who has written with stoic control and astonishing lucidity about the soul's darkest, most terrifying hours.
Allegria - by Giuseppe Ungaretti (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 204Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: EuropeanFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Archipelago BooksAge Range: AdultBook theme: ItalianAuthor: Giuseppe UngarettiLanguage: Italian About the Book "Famed for his brevity, Giuseppe Ungaretti's early poems swing nimbly from the coarse matter of tram wires, alleyways, quails in bushes, and hotel landladies to the mystic shiver of pure abstraction. These are the kinds of poems that, through their numinous clarity and shifting intimations, can make a poetry-lover of the most stone-faced non-believer. Ungaretti won multiple prizes for his poetry, including the 1970 Neustadt International Prize for Literature. He was a major proponent of the Hermetic style, which proposed a poetry in which the sounds of words were of equal import to their meanings. This auditory awareness echoes through Brock's hair-raising translations, where a man holding vigil with his dead, open-mouthed comrade, says, "I have never felt / so fastened / to life.""-- Book Synopsis Geoffrey Brock, whose translations have won him Poetry magazine's John Frederick Nims Memorial Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship, finally does justice to these slim, concentrated verses in his English translation, alongside Ungaretti's Italian originals. Famed for his brevity, Giuseppe Ungaretti's early poems swing nimbly from the coarse matter of tram wires, alleyways, quails in bushes, and hotel landladies to the mystic shiver of pure abstraction. These are the kinds of poems that, through their numinous clarity and shifting intimations, can make a poetry-lover of the most stone-faced non-believer. Ungaretti won multiple prizes for his poetry, including the 1970 Neustadt International Prize for Literature. He was a major proponent of the Hermetic style, which proposed a poetry in which the sounds of words were of equal import to their meanings. This auditory awareness echoes through Brock's hair-raising translations, where a man holding vigil with his dead, open-mouthed comrade, says, I have never felt / so fastened / to life. Review Quotes . . . These poems burn like sparks of emotion, flashes of understanding, splinters of insight. However, despite their diaristic form, intensified by the horrors of war in the trenches, there is nothing fragmentary or unfinished about them; on the contrary, they aim to represent the totality of experience in the infinite and fathomless details of its unfolding . . . -- Graziano Krätli, World Literature Today If a poet's first book represents a rebirth into language and the announcement of an arrival, then Allegria di naufragi introduces Ungaretti as a newly christened European and still spiritually loyal to the "bottomless" mystery of his and our origins. -- Ron Slate, On the SeawallWhat a joy to have this new translation of Ungaretti, a great lyric poet so masterly translated by Geoffrey Brock. I will buy any book of poetry that Brock has translated. He is simply that good. But it is especially clear here, in the pages of Allegria, where the shortish lines test the translator's ability to deliver nuance with light touch, precision, and almost Mozartian grace. The poems themselves praise the fleeting moment in the middle of crisis, praise the spark of tenderness in the time of misfortune, praise the breadcrumbs of rememberings in the hungriest of times, when no one remembers and everyone zigzags around the room, around the street, around one's heart. This book will give you 'a momentary stay against confusion.' It is a beautiful gift. -- Ilya Kaminsky, author of Deaf Republic and Dancing in Odessa In their comparative abstraction, melancholy timbre and interest in the passing of time, Ungaretti's early poems are in the tradition of Leopardi ... his decisive novelty in Italian - the tiny lines, the absence of punctuation, the consequent focus on each individual word - owes more to the stimulus of Mallarmé and Apollinaire ... His crystalline poems often emerged from a process of cutting; in his work ... the placing of words has an almost pictorial suggestiveness. -Matthew Reynolds, London Review of Books The poems of L'Allegria do not just present, distilled and remade concrete in language, an impression, a moment, an insight. They do all this and they bear witness; they bear witness both to an objective, external reality, and to this reality as it is experienced, felt, lived . . . Geoffrey Brock's new translation . . . is as faithful and rewarding as any English rendition of Ungaretti's work could be. -- Nicola Vulpe, Manhattan Review With his latest translation, Brock does justice to one of the masterpieces in Italian poetry, one which had a long-lasting influence on subsequent generations of poets . . . Brock then once again offers to the English-speaking readership a collection of poems which in their brevity and crystalline clarity resonate with our modern taste. -- Elena Borelli, Reading in Translation Ungaretti's poetry, born in the ordeal of World War I and its trenches ... marked a turning point in modern Italian literature. -Glauco Cambon Ungaretti purged the language of all that was but ornament, of all that was too approximate for the precise tension of his line. Through force of tone and sentiment, and a syntax stripped to its essential sinews, he compelled words to their primal power. -Allen Mandelbaum One of the most authentic poets of Western Europe. -T. S. Eliot About the Author Giuseppe Ungaretti (1888-1970) was born in Alexandria to Italian settlers--his father was a laborer working on the Suez Canal and his mother ran a bakery. Ungaretti left for Paris to study at the Sorbonne, where he befriended Guillaume Apollinaire, Paul Valéry, Picasso, Braque, and Léger. Ungaretti wrote his first book of poetry while serving in the Italian Army in World War I. From 1936 until 1942, he taught Italian literature at the University of São Paulo in Brazil. After the death of his nine-year-old son, Ungaretti published a collection of poems, Il dalore, which expressed both tragic personal loss and horror at the atrocities of Nazi Germany. Ungaretti translated Shakespeare, William Blake, and Racine into Italian, among others. He died in Milan in 1970. About the translator: Geoffrey Brock was born in Atlanta and holds an MFA from the University of Florida and a PhD from UPenn. He has won multiple prizes for his original poetry, including the New Criterion Poetry Prize. For his translations, which include work by Cesare Pavese and Umberto Eco, Brock has won Poetry magazine's John Frederick Nims Memorial Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the MLA's Lois Roth Translation Award, and the PEN Center USA award for translation.
Sun Under Wood - by Robert Hass (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 96Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: AmericanFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Ecco PressAge Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralAuthor: Robert HassLanguage: English About the Book A finalist for the 1996 National Book Award, "Sun Under Wood" is full of wit and energy, sadness and humor, and a passion for language and experiences, words and ideas. Now in paperback, this collection explores family life, nature, history, and literature in Hass' singular intelligence and unmistakable voice. Book Synopsis Robert Hass demonstrates once again the unmistakable intelligence and original voice that have won him both literary acclaim and the affection of a broad general readership. Here Hass extends and deepens his ongoing explorations of nature and human history, solitude, and the bonds of children, parents, and lovers. Here his passion for apprehending experience with language--for creating experience with language--finds supple form in poems that embrace all that is alive and full of joy. Sun Under Wood is the most impressive collection yet from one of our most accomplished poets. Review Quotes "No practicing poet has more talent than Robert Hass."-- "The Atlantic Monthly""Sun Under Wood is Hass at his best. It is a book to reread, always with the lucky sense of walking through a meadow with a friend, deep in the best kind of exchange."-- "Los Angeles Times"The poems in Hass's fourth collection -artfully assembled from prose, epigram, conversation, and free verse--prove both meditative and emotional. Hass is able to aestheticize loss without succumbing to either nostalgia or self-consciousness.... His new poems are plangent and ecstatic." -- "The New Yorker"
The Leaf and the Cloud - by Mary Oliver (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 72Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: AmericanFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Da Capo PressAge Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralAuthor: Mary OliverLanguage: English About the Book Now in paperback: From the winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National BookAward comes the bestselling book-length poem, selected for the "Best AmericanPoetry" annual in both 1999 and 2000. Book Synopsis With piercing clarity and craftsmanship, Mary Oliver has fashioned an unforgettable poem of questioning and discovery, about what is observable and what is not, about what passes and what persists. As Stanley Kunitz has said: Mary Oliver's poetry is fine and deep; it reads like a blessing. Her special gift is to connect us with our sources in the natural world, its beauties and terrors and mysteries and consolations. About the Author Mary Oliver is the author of twenty books, including The Leaf and the Cloud and What Do We Know. Her many accolades include the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. She lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
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Mermaid's Voice Returns in This One - by Amanda Lovelace (Paperback)
Dimensions (Overall): 8.9 Inches (H) x 5.9 Inch (W) x .6 Inch (D)Weight: .65 PoundsNumber of Pages: 191Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: American, Subjects & ThemesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Andrews McMeel PubAuthor: Amanda LovelaceAge Range: AdultBook theme: Love & Erotica, GeneralLanguage: English Book Synopsis Goodreads Choice Award-winning poet and USA TODAY bestselling author Amanda Lovelace presents the mermaid's voice returns in this one -- the third and final installment in her "women are some kind of magic" series, featuring a foreword from Lang Leav and 13 guest poems from leading voices in poetry such as Nikita Gill, KY Robinson, and Orion Carloto. The mermaid is known for her siren song, luring bedroom-eyed sailors to their demise. However, beneath these misguided myths are tales of escapism and healing, which Lovelace weaves throughout this empowering collection of poetry, taking you on a journey from the sea to the stars. They tried to silence her once and for all, but the mermaid's voice returns in this one. Review Quotes "This is a collection that lives and breathes #MeToo. Each poem isn't necessarily about sexual assault, but rather surviving sexual assault. The final in Lovelace's trilogy of poetry books "Women Are Some Kind of Magic," Lovelace poured herself into every single word of this collection." (Marie Claire) About The Author amanda lovelace is the author of several bestselling poetry titles, including her celebrated "women are some kind of magic" trilogy as well as her new "you are your own fairy tale" series. she is also the co-creator of the believe in your own magic oracle deck. when she isn't reading, writing, or drinking a much-needed cup of coffee, you can find her casting spells from her home in a (very) small town on the jersey shore, where she resides with her poet-spouse & their three cats.
Poems by Robert Frost - (Signet Classics) (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 160Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: AmericanSeries Title: Signet ClassicsFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Signet BookAge Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralAuthor: Robert FrostLanguage: English About the Book Poet Robert Frost's first two collections of poetry are together in this one volume. "A Boy's Will" (1913) is the book that introduced readers to Frost's unmistakable poetic voice, and "North of Boston" (1914) includes two of his most famous poems, "Mending Wall" and "Death of a Hired Man". Includes a newly updated bibliography. Book Synopsis A collection of two of Robert Frost's most celebrated poems in their original form: A Boy's Will and North of Boston. The publication of A Boy's Will (1913) and North of Boston (1914) marked the debut of Robert Frost as a major talent and established him as the true poetic voice of New England. Four of his volumes would win the Pulitzer Prize before his death in 1963, and his body of work has since become an integral part of the American national heritage. This is the only edition to present these two classics in their original form. A Boy's Will introduced readers to Frost's unmistakable poetic voice, and in North of Boston, we find two of his most famous poems, "Mending Wall" and "The Death of the Hired Man." With an introduction by distinguished critic and Amherst professor William H. Pritchard and an afterword by poet and critic Peter Davison, this centennial edition stands as a complete and vital introduction to the work of the quintessential modern American poet. About the Author Robert Lee Frost was born in San Francisco in 1874. When he was ten, his father died and he and his mother moved to New England. He attended school at Dartmouth and Harvard, worked in a mill, taught, and took up farming before he moved to England, where his first books of poetry, A Boy's Will (1913) and North of Boston (1914), were published. In 1915 he returned to the United States and settled on a farm in New Hampshire. Four volumes of his poetry--New Hampshire (1923), Collected Poems (1930), A Further Range (1936), and A Witness Tree (1942)--were awarded the Pulitzer Prize. He died in 1963. William H. Pritchard is a distinguished critic and Henry Clay Folger Professor of English at Amherst College. Among his works are On Poets and Poetry and Frost: A Literary Life Reconsidered. Peter Davison was an esteemed critic, poetry editor for The Atlantic Monthly, and author of ten books of verse, including The Breaking of the Day, winner of the Yale Younger Poets Award, and such works of nonfiction as One of the Dangerous Trades: Essays on the Work and Working of Poetry.
Black Book of Poems - by Vincent Hunanyan (Paperback)
Dimensions (Overall): 7.5 Inches (H) x 4.8 Inch (W) x .4 Inch (D)Weight: .3 PoundsNumber of Pages: 128Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: Subjects & ThemesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Andrews McMeel PublishingAuthor: Vincent HunanyanAge Range: AdultBook theme: FamilyLanguage: English Book Synopsis Titled from lyrics of the song "Nobody Home" by Pink Floyd, this well-thought poetry collection touches on the subjects of loss, love, pain, happiness, depression, abandonment, war, good vs. evil, alcoholism, religion, and complicated family relationships. Written mostly in metered, rhyming stanzas, Black Book of Poems provides a non-threatening platform for reflection and meditation on life's most difficult challenges. This collection offers a refreshingly honest approach to life and love that feels realistic and relatable to everyone.
Letters to My City - by Mike Sonksen (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 206Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: Subjects & ThemesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Civil Coping MechanismsAge Range: AdultBook theme: PlacesAuthor: Mike SonksenLanguage: English Book Synopsis Together we are alive in a city of destiny. I am still alive in Los Angeles!The poems and essays in Letters to My City combine two decades of field experience, research, personal observations, and stories told to the author, a third-generation Los Angeles native, by his grandfather and other family members, to interrogate all sides of Los Angeles, its streets, its people, its neighborhoods, as a means to examine the postmodern metropolis.
Porous Land - by Agnes Vojta (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 74Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: GeneralFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Spartan PressAge Range: AdultAuthor: Agnes VojtaLanguage: English Book Synopsis Agnes Vojta grew up in Germany, spent a few years in California, Oregon, and England, and now lives in Rolla, Missouri where she teaches physics at Missouri S & T. Her work has been published in The Gasconade Review, Poetry Quarterly, Southwinds, and elsewhere.
Smoke from This Altar - by Louis L'Amour (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 96Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: AmericanFormat: HardcoverPublisher: BantamAge Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralAuthor: Louis L'AmourLanguage: English About the Book Published regionally more than 50 years ago, Smoke From This Altar has becomethe most sought-after L'Amour title ever. The poetry in this book is inspiredby the author's experiences and memories of his wanderings--from China to theWest Indies. Book Synopsis Smoke From This Altar, a book that has become legendary among Louis L'Amour readers, is the very first book L'Amour ever published. It appeared, to great critical praise, for sale only in Oklahoma bookstores more than fifty years ago. Since then it has become the most sought-after L'Amour title of all, with the few circulating copies from the small print run commanding top dollar from rare book collectors. Now, at last, it is being published nationally in this beautiful keepsake Bantam edition. It was in Smoke From This Altar that L'Amour first gave public voice to his now-celebrated spirit of wanderlust. Like the short stories in his classic, million-copy-selling Yondering, and his best-selling memoir Education of a Wandering Man, the poems in this book are inspired by his experiences and memories of his journeys across oceans and continents. It is vintage L'Amour storytelling--in verse--about nature, the land, and the people who loved and braved it. Smoke From This Altar begins with a newly written introduction by his wife Kathy in which she discusses the special place this work has held in the L'Amours' lives. In concludes with twenty previously uncollected L'Amour poems selected by his family. Impassioned, adventurous, heroic, and humorous, Smoke From This Altar is unique L'Amour writing, to be read and enjoyed again and again. About the Author Our foremost storyteller of the American West, Louis L'Amour has thrilled a nation by chronicling the adventures of the brave men and woman who settled the frontier. There are more than three hundred million copies of his books in print around the world.
Dandelion Child - by Frances White (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 88Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: GeneralFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Palewell Press - AntecedentsAge Range: AdultAuthor: Frances WhiteLanguage: English About the Book Second and posthumous collection of poems by Frances White Book Synopsis Frances White's many interests are revealed in this fine collection: the natural world, childhood, music, poetry, family and friends, religious faith, the wider world. Her achingly moving late poems underline her ability to be bracingly honest. Readers will be drawn to her evocations of childhood in Mountain Mist, 'We thought clouds were soft shape-shifters' and of adolescence in Dandelion Child, 'a lull/before hot summers/the rush of freedom/music in the air/wild flowers in our hair/and then the longing/for red roses' Review Quotes Frances was a regular performer at Dodo Modern Poets. She was also a wonderful friend - warm, witty and passionate. Her many interests are revealed in this fine collection: the natural world, childhood, music, poetry, family and friends, religious faith, the wider world. Her achingly moving late poems underline her ability to be bracingly honest.Readers will be drawn to her evocations of childhood in Mountain Mist, 'We thought clouds were soft shape-shifters' and of adolescence in Dandelion Child, 'a lull/before hot summers/the rush of freedom/music in the air/wild flowers in our hair/and then the longing/for red roses' Frances' lovely poetry deserves to be remembered for such humanity and optimism. - Patric Cunnane, poet and co-organiser of Dodo Modern PoetsPalewell Press chose well when they selected 'Dandelion Child' as the title of the late Frances White's Anthology. Dandelions are known for the brilliance of their yellow blossoms and for their tenacity, thriving stubbornly in all conditions. Very much the same may be said of Frances. In this collection we appreciate the full extent of Frances' brilliance and wanderings, whether walking through mountain mists in Wales, observing landscapes in their different seasons, wondering the ways of nature, celebrating her son's first wedding anniversary, travelling the Underground, expressing grief and sorrow, contemplating life and death in Teddington Churchyard, courageously embracing the cruelty of a disease robbing her of the ability to speak her poems. Throughout this collection, as in her Angel poems, we feel Frances's very special touch, and like the dandelion's puff ball of airborne seeds travelling miles and reseeding so it is with these poems. As she pens in Coincidence: "so we meet again." - Anne Warrington, Poetry Performance
Mindfield - 2nd Edition by Gregory Corso (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 288Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: AmericanFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Da Capo PressAge Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralAuthor: Gregory CorsoLanguage: English About the Book Republished with a new cover and a new introduction by David Amram, this publication includes forewords by two legendary Beat writers, William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg. Book Synopsis Republished with a new cover and a new introduction by David Amram, this publication includes forewords by two legendary Beat writers, William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg.New rare sketches and notes from the author's personal journal, forewords from two of the world's leading poets of the Beat Generation, and an introduction by David Amram, the man who collaborated with Jack Kerouac in the first-ever live poetry reading in 1957, are collected here for the first time in this revised and unique edition of Mindfield. This poetry is an affront to all that limits, restrains, or frightens. Death I unsalute you, Gregory declares. Beyond energy and sheer brilliance, these poems offer the wisdom of a man unstuck and a mind content with the freedom of knowing truth without being afraid of it. About the Author Gregory Corso was born in New York City in 1930. In 1956, he moved to the West Coast where he contributed to the extraordinary artistic ferment of the era, becoming a central figure in the emerging Beat Generation literary movement. Since 1961, he has alternated travel and residence in Europe and New York with teaching residencies. He has published seven previous book sin the U.S. since 1955.David Amram is a pioneer of World Music, virtuoso, performer, conductor, and composer of uncompromising originality. Since the 1950s, Amram's compositions and his unique approach to music have found a worldwide audience. He lives in New York City.
Fire to Fire - by Mark Doty (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 336Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: AmericanFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Harper PerennialAge Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralAuthor: Mark DotyLanguage: English About the Book Mark Doty's Fire to Fire collects the best of his seven books of poetry, along with a generous selection of new work. Book Synopsis "Fire to Fire should solidify Doty's position as a star of contemporary American poetry. . . . The poems combine close attention to the fragile, contingent things of the world with the constant, almost unavoidable chance of transcendence." -- Publishers WeeklyA landmark collection of new and published works by one of our finest poets that is a testament to the clarity and thoughtful lyricism of his poems Fire to Fire collects the best works from seven books of poetry by Mark Doty, acclaimed poet and New York Times bestselling author of two memoirs, Firebird and Dog Years.Doty's subjects--our mortal situation, the evanescent beauty of the world, desire's transformative power, and art's ability to give shape to human lives--echo and develop across twenty years of poems. His signature style encompasses both the plainspoken and the artfully wrought; here one of contemporary American poetry's most lauded, recognizable voices speaks to the crises and possibilities of our times. From the Back Cover Mark Doty's Fire to Fire collects the best of his seven books of poetry, along with a generous selection of new work. His signature style encompasses both the plainspoken and the artfully wrought, as one of contemporary American poetry's most lauded, recognizable voices speaks to the crises and possibilities of our time. Review Quotes "[Doty] uses language as a way to highlight a moment, elevate it, and unearth hidden depth and meaning. . . . Striking imagery and a powerful imagination are two of his best tools."--Christian Science Monitor"Doty is always searching for beauty in a world that can be tragic or simply mundane."--Newsday"Doty is terrifically precise as he inspects time's wreckage. . . . The rhythm of his lines, its syntactical genius, propels us down the page, stopping time when necessary, making the familiar. . . exotic."--Dallas Morning News"Doty's facility with his chosen form...is so natural that the craft in his work is all but invisible; he makes the damnably difficult look deceptively simple."--Booklist"FIRE TO FIRE should solidify Doty's position as a star of contemporary American poetry...The poems combine close attention to the fragile, contingent things of the world with the constant, almost unavoidable chance of transcendence."--Publishers Weekly "If words this moving do not constitute great poetry, I'd like to know what does."--Pittsburgh Post-Gazette"Mark Doty still finds wonder in a world of confusion and hardships. Beauty is the object of worship in FIRE TO FIRE, this much needed book of new and selected older poems...The new poems speak from a passionate middle age...Doty takes us with him on his journeys from the everyday to the ecstatic."--Craig Morgan Teicher, Time Out New York"Showcases Doty's abiding fondness for examining the human condition"--Washington Post Book World"Doty displays a gift for interweaving arresting image with tender narrative."--Slate
The Odyssey - (Everyman's Library Classics) (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 552Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: Ancient & ClassicalSeries Title: Everyman's Library ClassicsFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Everyman's LibraryAge Range: AdultLanguage: English Book Synopsis One of the supreme masterpieces of world literature, the Homeric saga of the shipwrecks, wanderings, and homecoming of the master tactician Odysseus encompasses a virtual inventory of the themes and attitudes that have shaped Western culture. The tale of Odysseus's encounters with such obstacles as Calypso, Circe, Scylla and Charybdis, the Sirens, and the lotus-eaters, and his dramatic return to Ithaca and his patient wife, Penelope, forms a prototype for all subsequent Western epics. Robert Fitzgerald's much-acclaimed translation, fully possessing as it does the body and spirit of the original, has helped to assure the continuing vitality of Europe's most influential work of poetry. This edition includes twenty-five new line drawings by Barnaby Fitzgerald. From the Back Cover This is the companion to the epic poem 'The Iliad'. Review Quotes "[Robert Fitzgerald's translation is] a masterpiece . . . An Odyssey worthy of the original." -The Nation "[Fitzgerald's Odyssey and Iliad] open up once more the unique greatness of Homer's art at the level above the formula; yet at the same time they do not neglect the brilliant texture of Homeric verse at the level of the line and the phrase." -The Yale Review "[In] Robert Fitzgerald's translation . . . there is no anxious straining after mighty effects, but rather a constant readiness for what the occasion demands, a kind of Odyssean adequacy to the task in hand, and this line-by-line vigilance builds up into a completely credible imagined world." -from the Introduction by Seamus Heaney About the Author Homer was a Greek poet, recognized as the author of the great epics, the Iliad, the story of the siege of Troy, and the Odyssey, the tale of Ulysses's wanderings.
Pale Colors in a Tall Field - by Carl Phillips (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 80Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: AmericanFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Farrar, Straus and GirouxAge Range: AdultBook theme: African AmericanAuthor: Carl PhillipsLanguage: English Book Synopsis A powerful, inventive collection from one of America's most critically acclaimed poets. Carl Phillips's new poetry collection, Pale Colors in a Tall Field, is a meditation on the intimacies of thought and body as forms of resistance. The poems are both timeless and timely, asking how we can ever truly know ourselves in the face of our own remembering and inevitable forgetting. Here, the poems metaphorically argue that memory is made up of various colors, with those most prominent moments in a life seeming more vivid, though the paler colors are never truly forgotten. The poems in Pale Colors in a Tall Field approach their points of view kaleidoscopically, enacting the self's multiplicity and the difficult shifts required as our lives, in turn, shift. This is one of Phillips's most tender, dynamic, and startling books yet. Review Quotes Named a Best Poetry Collection of 2020 by The Washington Post Almost no one, to my ear, charts the perpetually shifting moods and meanings of the interior psychic landscape as sensitively, or as beautifully, as he does. This book is one of his finest, an intoxicating cocktail of passion mixed with tentativeness, precision mixed with ambiguity, that trains our attention on the intimations of the divine that are frequently hidden in everyday landscapes and encounters. --Troy Jollimore, The Washington Post These poems, which are filled with longing and a sense of the poet wrestling with himself, are made up of reflections . . . While Phillips is enigmatic in these poems, he is never coy, conjuring a rich intellectual and felt life on the page for the reader. --Publishers Weekly (starred review) I have never heard a bad word about poet Carl Phillips, whose next collection considers the intersections of memory, colors, and forgetfulness. If we imagined our recollections as colors, what hues would they have? Which parts of ourselves would appear vividly, and which parts dim? Phillips has the ability to be both enigmatic and reassuring in his work, always going past where you think the poem aims to go, and achieving something greater . . . --Aaron Robertson, Lit Hub Few poets can deliver such weight with such precision as Phillips, who again marvels in this new collection . . . Phillips is the type of writer to make us believe that, perhaps, poetry truly is the form in which story and song best breathe together. --Nick Ripatrazone, The Millions I read each of Carl Phillips's books for the deepest pleasures poetry can provide -- intelligence, linguistic chops, mystery. I also read them as primers, field guides, breviaries: as translations of personhood, in all our flawed and searching complexity. --Lisa Russ Spaar, On the Seawall The vitality in Carl Phillips's latest collection of verse, Pale Colors in a Tall Field, springs from the tension found in the poet's impulse toward philosophical reflection, on the one hand, and associative boldness, on the other. The push and pull between these two impulses is central to Phillips's creative work, and it's a feature that keeps us returning to his poetry again and again. --Jason Barry, The Adroit Journal Carl Phillips's new poetry collection, Pale Colors in a Tall Field, is a meditation on the intimacies of thought and body as forms of resistance. The poems are both timeless and timely, asking how we can ever truly know ourselves in the face of our own remembering and inevitable forgetting. Here, the poems metaphorically argue that memory is made up of various colors, with those most prominent moments in a life seeming more vivid, though the paler colors are never truly forgotten. --The Rumpus About the Author Carl Phillips teaches at Washington University in St. Louis. His recent books include Wild Is the Wind and the prose collection The Art of Daring: Risk, Restlessness, Imagination.
Our Bruises Kept Singing Purple - by Malcolm Friend (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 126Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: AmericanFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Inlandia InstituteAge Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralAuthor: Malcolm FriendLanguage: English About the Book Afro-Jamaican-Boricua poet Malcolm Friend, has gifted us with a collection that is politically charged and culturally woke. Crafted in rhythm seasoned Latinx dialect, emerging from ancestral roots, replanted in the urban spectrum of hip-hop and rap, Friend's voice is heart-inspired, soul-empowered, new-wave griot. Book Synopsis In Our Bruises Keep Singing Purple, Afro-Jamaican-Boricua poet, Malcolm Friend, has gifted us with a collection that is politically charged and culturally woke. Crafted in rhythmseasoned Latinx dialect, emerging from ancestral roots, replanted in the urban spectrum of hip-hop and rap, Friend's voice is heart-inspired, soul-empowered, new-wave griot, a fearless weapon forged from South End Seattle, Puerto Rico, and Pittsburgh. Friend creates personal and family stories that connect communal tragedies and national consciousness in expressions of rage, affirmation and self-determination, confronting the brutal realities of being Black and young while caught in the colonial grip of America, enlisting the vibrations of sound masters like Ismael Rivera, Cheo Feliciano, Tato Laviera and Bob Marley. Friend chases ghosts that emerge from living scars and painful realizations experienced by people of color happening in the barbershop, the bar, the dining table, college, on the 7, in between a mofongo of jazz, blues, calypso, rumba, bomba, plena and dembow celebrations, where his heart is. --Sandra Marï¿½a EstevesIn Our Bruises Kept Singing Purple, Malcolm Friend coasts the curvature of the blue note, revealing in his brooding, songful, and formally masterful verse heritages that pull from the ancestral into the vibrancy and violence of this moment. He guides us carefully through the intricacies of his landscape and identity as Afro-Latino, all while flexing his linguistic and literary dexterity. The balance of beauty and punch is maintained in English and Spanish with meaning and metaphorical integrity upheld. From the haunting resonance of Orpheus' lament to the allure of the sultry bolero, from the soul that soothes a man when his mother fears the robbing of his blood far from home to the tension of bomba and blues in the bones, here are the poems that bring us back to the purity of sound in their careful and studied composition. Friend shows us the terrible, delicate, beloved, ever-shifting truths; he guides us to hear beyond the stopping of our own ears.--Raina J. Leï¿½n, PhD author of sombra: (dis)locate and founding editor of The Acentos Review Blues and Bomba bless the pages of this unique collection. They embody those nagging voices of doubt, of "no" and defiance, and of the dozens. They're born of English and Spanish, of Seattle, of transiency, of trash-talking and singing, and betweenness. And--do I have to say it? Yesterday's hurts and today's bruises. Li-Young Lee once described poetry as a kind of homesickness. Malcolm's poems--nostalgic and tender--evoke this feeling. These poems are startling and affirming. They hold their own. They know where they come from. --Yona Harvey author of Hemming the Water
She Just Wants to Forget - by R. H. Sin (Paperback)
Dimensions (Overall): 7 Inches (H) x 5 Inch (W) x .63 Inch (D)Weight: .4 PoundsNumber of Pages: 112Genre: PoetrySub-Genre: American, Subjects & ThemesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Andrews McMeel PubAuthor: R. H. SinAge Range: AdultBook theme: Love & Erotica, Death, Grief, Loss, African AmericanLanguage: English About the Book A poetry collection comprising a "dedication to powerful women who are tired of wasting their thoughts on people who were never worth thinking about"--Publisher marketing. Book Synopsis A beautiful dedication to powerful women who are tired of wasting their thoughts on people who were never worth thinking about. She Just Wants to Forget is the second title in the "What She Felt" series. She Just Wants to Forget is the follow up to the New York Times bestselling poetry collection She Felt Like Feeling Nothing by r.h. Sin. About The Author Born in New Brunswick, N.J., and later moving to Florida, r.h. Sin comes from a place where a life of pain is the norm and destruction is a constant. Through an early love for reading and writing, r.h. Sin was able to pull away from some of the social distractions that plagued so many of his peers. After returning to the Northeast and moving to New York in pursuit of love, the young modern poet found that and much more.