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Poems
Poems
by Elizabeth Bishop
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Elizabeth Bishop's poetry is dearly loved amongst her fans but perhaps not as well-known as it should be; for one of America's towering talents of the 20th century, she is not read nearly as much as Eliot or Whitman, or even cummings. That may be in part... (read more)

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Lit: A Memoir (P.S.)
Lit: A Memoir (P.S.)
by Mary Karr
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The best way I can describe this work is to say that it's absolutely delicious. More than a mere memoir, this fascinating jewel contains universal truths, with delicate and elegant phrasing, and, despite the subject matter, there's no sense of frivolous... (read more)

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Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse
Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse
by Anne Carson
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Autobiography of Red is the story of Geryon, a winged red monster slain by Herakles, as well as a young boy, tormented by his family, who writes his life story at the age of five. It is both an elaborate re-creation of ancient Greek myth and a... (read more)

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Poems New and Collected
Poems New and Collected
by Wislawa Szymborska
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One of only 13 women to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature (out of 111 total laureates), Polish poet Wisława Szymborska (pronounced vees-WAH-vah shim-BOR-ska) was awarded the world's highest literary honor in 1996. A career-spanning work that... (read more)

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The Dream Songs
The Dream Songs
by John Berryman
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I've read the poems in The Dream Songs many, many times over and I can't say I fully understand them. I can say, with full confidence, that in their own strange way they are genius. In his introduction, W. S. Merwin uses the adjectives "intimate, elusive,... (read more)

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Tender Buttons (97 Edition)
Tender Buttons (97 Edition)
by Gertrude Stein
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Stein continues her experiments with a "continuous present" in this classic work written in 1912, emphasizing sounds, rhythms, and repetitions over and against "sense." To live in this state is "to begin again and again," to "use everything." She sums it... (read more)

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A Poetry Handbook
A Poetry Handbook
by Mary Oliver
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I bought A Poetry Handbook when I entered my first poetry-writing class as an undergrad. My professor was a notorious curmudgeon who didn't spare anyone's feelings and expected each progressive class in the term "to separate the sheep from the goats." I... (read more)

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Pocket Poets #04: Howl: And Other Poems
Pocket Poets #04: Howl: And Other Poems
by Allen Ginsberg
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"Do we need to say anything about Howl? This is, more than anything else, the book that launched the Beat movement. By turns wildly praised and bitterly reviled, it still packs a wallop today."... (read more)

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Pole Dancing to Gospel Hymns
Pole Dancing to Gospel Hymns
by Andrea Gibson
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Andrea Gibson writes poetry that will break your heart into tiny little pieces, then glue it all back together again. In Pole Dancing to Gospel Hymns, she tackles what it means to love and lose, human rights, and the reality of depression. She will... (read more)

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Evolution of the Genus Iris: Poems
Evolution of the Genus Iris: Poems
by Robert Michael Pyle
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These poems embody what Thoreau called a "wild and dusky knowledge." They are beautiful and careful and loving and true, proof that a life lived with nature, on better terms with nature, is not only possible but something to strive for. Pulsing with life... (read more)

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The Way It Is: New and Selected Poems
The Way It Is: New and Selected Poems
by William Stafford
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I think of William Stafford as part grandfather/part favorite college professor. Although he was neither to me, his poems have a quiet truth that I both admire and adore. I wish I could have heard him teach at Lewis and Clark College or read as Oregon's... (read more)

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Into the Garden: A Wedding Anthology: Poetry and Prose on Love and Marriage
Into the Garden: A Wedding Anthology: Poetry and Prose on Love and Marriage
by Robert Hass and Stephen Mitchell
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The best collection of wedding-related poetry I found. The editors also include an useful primer on wedding service scripts (in case you're writing your own), presenting standard examples from Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, and Zen traditions.... (read more)

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New and Selected Poems, Volume One
New and Selected Poems, Volume One
by Mary Oliver
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With themes that are deceptively simple yet immense in view, Mary Oliver's poetry is a constant surprise. Time spent immersed in her language is time pleasurably spent.... (read more)

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The Book of Disquiet
The Book of Disquiet
by Fernando Pessoa
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Relatively unknown during his lifetime (having published only a single book of poems), Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935) has since been recognized as a literary genius. A national hero in his native Portugal, he developed a style of writing based on the use of... (read more)

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Meditations in an Emergency
Meditations in an Emergency
by Frank O'Hara
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I simply love Frank O'Hara's writing — it's expansive and enthusiastic, with wonderful insight and humor. Meditations in an Emergency is a modest, but great, introduction to O'Hara's work.... (read more)

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Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals
Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals
by Patricia Lockwood
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Lockwood's twisted, complex prose somehow manages to be both elegiac and uplifting, hilarious and mournful, vapid and yet incredibly thoughtful. She wonders about deer porn on one page and the true meaning of isolation on the next. Her newest collection... (read more)

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The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
by Emily Dickinson
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A luminary of American poetry, Emily Dickinson is canonized for good reason. Her poems are vital, wildly eccentric, and filled with her rich and complex imagination. Absolutely essential.... (read more)

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Beowulf: A New Verse Translation
Beowulf: A New Verse Translation
by Seamus Heaney
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"I resignedly picked it up at last on the tail end of a history binge, telling myself, 'Okay, I'm finally going to slog through it. Just get it over with.' And I discovered all my trepidation had been for naught. This isn't an 'accessible for a scholarly... (read more)

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Factory of Tears
Factory of Tears
by Valzhyna Mort
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Mort is a sledgehammer — sometimes to the heart, sometimes to the toes or kneecaps. She reminds me of a young (she's only in her late 20s!!) Zbigniew Herbert, but perhaps even more cutting, even more drastic in conceptualizing war (with such a powerful... (read more)

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I Remember (01 Edition)
I Remember (01 Edition)
by Joe Brainard
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Both this book and I Remember by Shane Allison use the deceptively simple "I remember" repetition to build the details of these authors' lives — Brainard, a gay man growing up in Oklahoma in the '50s, and Allison, a gay black man growing up in... (read more)

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