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Don't Let Me Be Lonely
Don't Let Me Be Lonely
by Claudia Rankine
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There are little televisions throughout Don't Let Me Be Lonely. Really. Little photographs of televisions, sometimes depicting widely broadcast images from the news, sometimes only static, are interspersed throughout this long prose poem. The images come... (read more)

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Outlaw: The Collected Works of Miguel Pinero
Outlaw: The Collected Works of Miguel Pinero
by Miguel Pinero
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Twenty-two years after his death, the collected writings of the great Miguel Piñero are finally back in print. Best known for his award-winning play Short Eyes, the influential Nuyorican poet, playwright, and actor had a short yet remarkable life... (read more)

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The Oxford Book of American Poetry
The Oxford Book of American Poetry
by David Lehman
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The Oxford Book of American Poetry is a landmark event in publishing — it's been thirty years since the last edition, and David Lehman has shown Oxford's customary care in selecting poets of the highest caliber. Going back as far as Anne Bradstreet and... (read more)

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A Book of Luminous Things: An International Anthology of Poetry /
A Book of Luminous Things: An International Anthology of Poetry /
by Czeslaw Milosz
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A fine collection of Milosz's favorite poems, A Book of Luminous Things casts a wide net over time and place. It's at once an excellent book for novice readers of poetry and long-time admirers.... (read more)

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Lit: A Memoir
Lit: A Memoir
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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Poetry Slam: The Competitive Art of Performance Poetry
Poetry Slam: The Competitive Art of Performance Poetry
by Gary Glazner
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One of the really cool elements about this thorough collection of slam celebrities are the many sidebar articles about the logistics and history of the slam. These articles include tips on how to memorize your work, how to do your own spoken word tour... (read more)

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Ghost Soldiers (08 Edition)
Ghost Soldiers (08 Edition)
by James Tate
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Tate, the master of the contemporary prose poem, cranks up the tension in his newest bunch of poems simply by letting his odd array of characters go back and forth with their skewed and hilarious conversations. These dialogue-heavy wonders are dense with... (read more)

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Sad Little Breathing Machine
Sad Little Breathing Machine
by Matthea Harvey
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Matthea Harvey's second of three books, Sad Little Breathing Machine, is aurally dazzling. These are smart poems for readers with ears for eyes. Unapologetically, playfully, Harvey saws down the rope bridge between poet and reader. Then from the other... (read more)

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Horoscopes for the Dead: Poems
Horoscopes for the Dead: Poems
by Billy Collins
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Billy Collins is America's poet. Funny, evocative, and subtly wise, he etches a new word in our hearts. Former Poet Laureate of the United States and frequent guest on National Public Radio, he may be our most prolific and energetic champion of poetry... (read more)

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Man Suit
Man Suit
by Zachary Schomburg
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I think Schomburg may be my new favorite Portland poet. While reading The Man Suit, I felt both an eerie sadness and joyful wonder. These little poems, with their odd recurring themes and sober delivery, are full of untraceable magic and humor. After... (read more)

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The Collected Poems
The Collected Poems
by Wallace Stevens
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Inscrutable poet-of-ideas Wallace Stevens is a deepening favorite of mine, and the reasons are here in his Collected Poems. Stevens's poems are timeless — his imagery is vivid and beautifully precise; his ideas are endlessly strange. A vital volume for... (read more)

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Robinson Jeffers: Selected Poems
Robinson Jeffers: Selected Poems
by Robinson Jeffers
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I foist this little book on folks every chance I get. Anyone who is concerned with the fate of both the natural world and of a humanity hell-bent on destroying it needs an introduction to Jeffers.... (read more)

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Poemland
Poemland
by Chelsey Minnis
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Minnis, a former Portlander (she used to read at the Café Lena open mic!), has been known to communicate through angsty verbiage and sullen silences (illustrated by her love of ellipses). Poemland, her third book, displays a fresh new confidence in her... (read more)

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The Dream of a Common Language: Poems 1974-1977
The Dream of a Common Language: Poems 1974-1977
by Adrienne Rich
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How often, among literature lovers, are poems from Adrienne Rich's The Dream of a Common Language quoted? ("I choose not to suffer uselessly // ...I choose to love this time for once / with all my intelligence," from "Splittings.") This collection... (read more)

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The Captain Asks for a Show of Hands
The Captain Asks for a Show of Hands
by Nick Flynn
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After spending time in Turkey interviewing former Abu Ghraib detainees, it is clear the experiences there had a profound and lasting effect not only on Nick Flynn himself but also upon his writing. As was the case in his memoir, The Ticking Is the Bomb,... (read more)

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Louise in Love
Louise in Love
by Mary Jo Bang
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"Mary Jo Bang (her name, perfect for a poet, must be envied) won the prestigious 1996 Bread Loaf Bakeless Literary prize for Apology for Want, her previous book of poems. Louise in Love employs the same elegant, intelligent language and extends it... (read more)

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To Anacreon in Heaven and Other Poems
To Anacreon in Heaven and Other Poems
by Graham Foust
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With a Top 5 list of poetry books like this one, the expectation may be a bow to the romantic and lyric nature of verse. Do not be fooled! Graham Foust, one of my favorite contemporary poets, has written a coming-of-age of aging, all composed in a... (read more)

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Beginning With O (77 Edition)
Beginning With O (77 Edition)
by Olga Broumas
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Winner of the 72nd Yale Younger Award, this is a lyrical collection bursting with eroticism. In it Broumas recasts figures of Greek myth (Artemis, Demeter, Calypso, Circe, others) and rewrites modern fairy tales (Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast... (read more)

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The Art of the Sonnet
The Art of the Sonnet
by Stephen Burt and David Mikics
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You can read this book for its remarkable selection from 450 years of English-language sonnets, or delve into the accompanying essays through which Burt and Mikics shed light on why — and how — the sonnet has remained one of the longest-lived verse... (read more)

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Behind My Eyes: Poems with CD (Audio)
Behind My Eyes: Poems with CD (Audio)
by Li-Young Lee
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Li-Young Lee has the rare gift of being able to write about the personal and the communal in a humble and truthful voice that lends his poems great authority and reach. Behind My Eyes, his fourth book, demonstrates again his ability to allow the sublime... (read more)

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