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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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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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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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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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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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The Ticking Is the Bomb: A Memoir
The Ticking Is the Bomb: A Memoir
by Nick Flynn
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Nick Flynn's newest work, The Ticking Is the Bomb, is a memoir much in the same vein as its predecessor, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, although much grander in scope and insight. Whereas the earlier book was mainly concerned with the personal, in... (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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Poems of Nazim Hikmet (Karen and Michael Braziller Books)
Poems of Nazim Hikmet (Karen and Michael Braziller Books)
by Nazim Hikmet
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Nazim Hikmet is one of the truly great individual voices of the 20th century. His eminently readable poems speak of the tragedies of his life — political repression, prison, the loss of love, poor health, and exile — in the voices of the people... (read more)

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New European Poets
New European Poets
by Wayne Miller and Kevin Prufer
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New European Poets is a collection whose publication is long overdue. Where else can you read contemporary poetry from Malta, Hungary, Iceland, and Belarus, not to mention Ireland, Italy, and Poland, all between the same two covers? The editors have done... (read more)

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Facts about the Moon: Poems
Facts about the Moon: Poems
by Dorianne Laux
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Philip Levine aptly characterizes Dorianne Laux's writing as "gritty, tough, lyrical poems." In her newest book, Facts about the Moon, Laux writes of young women learning to be alive in the world. In the wonderful short poem "Moon in the Window," the... (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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The Winter Sun: Notes on a Vocation
The Winter Sun: Notes on a Vocation
by Fanny Howe
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Contemporary American poet Fanny Howe has written over 25 books of poetry and prose. Her spare style of poetry is lauded for its bold experimentalism and the incisive intellect behind it. The Winter Sun, her third book of essays, is a deeply personal... (read more)

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Chronic: Poems
Chronic: Poems
by D A Powell
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I had the good fortune of hearing D. A. Powell read from his latest book, Chronic, and it was one of the better poetry readings I've ever been to. He was intelligent, witty, funny and sincere — and luckily his poems are, too. Powell shies away from... (read more)

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The Ghost Soldiers: Poems
The Ghost Soldiers: Poems
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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Alfred and Guinevere
Alfred and Guinevere
by James Schuyler
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James Schuyler — one of my favorite poets — is also an amazing fiction writer, skilled in the use of tone and understatement. In Alfred and Guinevere, he portrays the confusing and reluctant entry into the adult world with compassion and humor... (read more)

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Selected Poems
Selected Poems
by William Carlos Williams
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An inspiration to the Beats, Williams was, and still is, one of the most important American poets. This collection is a perfect introduction to his work.... (read more)

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Poker
Poker
by Tomaz Salamun
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Originally published in 1966 in Slovenia, Joshua Beckman's translations have brought Poker back to life and available to the masses. This is a serious book. Its importance is vast. Released in war-torn Slovenia, Salamun was arrested, his work banned. He... (read more)

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Homegirls and Handgrenades
Homegirls and Handgrenades
by Sonia Sanchez
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Winner of the American Book Award, Homegirls and Handgrenades is strong, heroic, and deeply moving. The poems, ranging from haiku to fairly traditional free verse to longish story-like poems, are devastating. They speak of drugs and loyalty, politics and... (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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It Is Daylight
It Is Daylight
by Arda Collins
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Part of Louise Gluck's power squad of the Yale Younger Poets Series, Arda Collins dominated my poetry world this year. Both lonely and comical, Collins plays with God much like, dare I say, Berryman does in The Dream Songs. Collins shows me a place that... (read more)

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