Poetry, Poetry Criticism & Poetry Biography

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The Book of Training by Colonel Hap Thompson of Roanoake, VA, 1843
Percival Everett
Percival Everett's The Book of Training by Colonel Hap Thompson of Roanoke, VA, 1843, Annotated From the Library of John C. Calhoun, is poetry within the harsh confines of a mock historical document―a guidebook for the American slave owner.
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Nepantla
An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color
Christopher Soto
Here are reasons to sing, to shiver, to cry, to snap, to bark, to love, to feel-- in resonance. Words to keep near your pillow, and to read on the train, and to keep on your tongue. EVERY POEM HERE IS GOOD. --Recommended by Jared, City Lights Booksellers
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Selected Poems
1950-2012
Adrienne Rich
Adrienne Rich was the singular voice of her generation, bringing discussions of gender, race, and class to the forefront of poetical discourse.
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100 Selected Poems
e. e. cummings
e. e. cummings is without question one of the major poems of this century, and this volume, first published in 1959, is indispensable for every lover of modern lyrical verse. It contains one hundred of Cummings's wittiest and most profound poems...
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Advice for Lovers
City Lights Spotlight Series No. 7
Julian Talamantez Brolaski
Inspired by Ovid and renaissance sonnet cycles, Advice for Lovers is a queer re-imaginging of the art of courtly love.
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After
Poems
Jane Hirshfield
"Words are not the end of thought, they are where it begins," ends the first poem in After, Jane Hirshfield’s extended investigation into incarnation, transience, and our intimate connection with others and with all existence.
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All That's Left
San Francisco Poet Laureate Series No. 4
Jack Hirschman
Poems for social justice by San Francisco's Poet Laureate
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and then we became
devorah major
Reaching from the kitchen table to the stars, ruminations on who we are, and how we became who we are.
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An Aquarium
Poems
Jeffrey Yang
From “Abalone” to “Zooxanthellae,” Jeffrey Yang’s debut poetry collection is full of the exhilarating colors and ominous forms of aquatic life. But deeper under the surface are his observations on war, environmental degradation, language, and history...
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Arcana
A Stephen Jonas Reader
Stephen Jonas, Garrett Caples, Derek Fenner, David Rich, Joseph Torra
Stephen Jonas is a crucial missing piece of the postwar American poetry puzzle.
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Ariel
The Restored Edition: A Facsimile of Plath's Manuscript, Reinstating Her Original Selection and Arrangement
Sylvia Plath
When Sylvia Plath died, she not only left behind a prolific life but also her unpublished literary masterpiece, Ariel. When her husband, Ted Hughes, first brought this collection to life, it garnered worldwide acclaim, though it wasn't the draft Sylvia...
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Arthur Rimbaud
Complete Works
Arthur Rimbaud
American poets are still trying to catch up to what the French were doing well over a century ago. Read the works of this poet-prodigy to see just how far ahead they were...
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As Ever
Selected Poems
Joanne Kyger
This collection of Joanne Kyger's work reveals her as one of the major experimenters, hybridizers, and visionaries of poetry. Kyger is a poet of place, with a strong voice-delicate, graceful, and never wasteful; her poems explore themes of friendship...
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Auguries of Innocence
Poems
Patti Smith
Auguries of Innocence is the first book of poetry from Patti Smith in more than a decade. It marks a major accomplishment from a poet and performer who has inscribed her vision of our world in powerful anthems, ballads, and lyrics. In this intimate...

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