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Citizen: An American Lyric
Citizen: An American Lyric
by Claudia Rankine
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A provocative meditation on race, Claudia Rankine's long-awaited follow up to her groundbreaking book Don't Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric. Claudia Rankine's bold new book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first... (read more)

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The Prophet
The Prophet
by Kahlil Gibran
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[insert] Boy
by Danez Smith
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from Song of The Wreckage I have no time for Red to be beautiful with summer bloodied as it is & normal as it's become, with the rusted, small bones of boys who should be my father's age buried under the beaming bones of boys who should be my age,... (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 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 Battlefield Where the Moon Says I Love You
The Battlefield Where the Moon Says I Love You
by Frank Stanford
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Poetry. Frank Stanford was called by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Alan Dugan a brilliant poet, ample in his work, like Whitman. He was the founder of Lost Roads Publishers and the author of a number of important works, among them the epic THE... (read more)

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Bluets
Bluets
by Maggie Nelson
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"Suppose I were to begin by saying that I had fallen in love with a color." A lyrical, philosophical, and often explicit exploration of personal suffering and the limitations of vision and love, as refracted through the color blue, while folding in, and... (read more)

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Post Subject: A Fable (Akron Series in Poetry)
Post Subject: A Fable (Akron Series in Poetry)
by Oliver De La Paz
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Ecstatic and obsessive, the prose poems that make up Oliver de la Pazs... (read more)

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Distant Neighbors: The Selected Letters of Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder
Distant Neighbors: The Selected Letters of Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder
by Gary Snyder
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In 1969 Gary Snyder returned from a long residence in Japan to northern California, to a homestead in the Sierra foothills where he intended to build a house and settle on the land with his wife and young sons. He had just published his first book of... (read more)

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
by Maya Angelou
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"This testimony from a black sister marks the beginning of a new era in the minds and hearts of all black men and women... I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, liberates the reader into life simply because Maya Angelou confronts her own life with such a... (read more)

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Zami: A New Spelling of My Name
Zami: A New Spelling of My Name
by Audre Lorde
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“ZAMI is a fast-moving chronicle. From the author’s vivid childhood memories in Harlem to her coming of age in the late 1950s, the nature of Audre Lorde’s work is cyclical. It especially relates the linkage of women who have shaped her . .... (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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Bell Jar
Bell Jar
by Sylvia Plath
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Sylvia Plath was born in 1932 in Massachusetts. Her books include the poetry collections The Colossus, Crossing the Water, Winter Trees, Ariel, and The Collected Poems, which won the Pulitzer Prize. She was married to the poet Ted Hughes, with whom she... (read more)

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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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Leaves of Grass: The Original 1855 Edition
Leaves of Grass: The Original 1855 Edition
by Walt Whitman
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In 1855, Walt Whitman published and#8212; at his own expense and#8212; the first edition of Leaves of Grass, a visionary volume ofand#160;twelve poems. Showing the influence of a uniquely American form of mysticism known as Transcendentalism, which... (read more)

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The Light of the World: A Memoir
The Light of the World: A Memoir
by Elizabeth Alexander
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In THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD, Elizabeth Alexander finds herself at an existential crossroads after the sudden death of her husband, who was just 50. Reflecting with gratitude on the exquisite beauty of her married life that was, grappling with the... (read more)

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The Liar's Club
The Liar's Club
by Mary Karr
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"The essential American story...a beauty." Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post Book... (read more)

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My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer
My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer
by Christian Wiman
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Eight years ago, Christian Wiman, a well-known poet and the editor of Poetry magazine, wrote a now-famous essay about having faith in the face of death. My Bright Abyss, composed in the difficult years since and completed in the wake of a bone... (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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Gift : Poems By Hafiz, Great Sufi Master (99 Edition)
Gift : Poems By Hafiz, Great Sufi Master (99 Edition)
by Hafiz
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Chosen by author Elizabeth Gilbert as one of her ten favorite books, Daniel Ladinsky’s extraordinary renderings of 250 unforgettable lyrical poems by Hafiz, one of the greatest Sufi poets of all time More than any other Persian poet—even Rumi&... (read more)

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