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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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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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My Vocabulary Did This to Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer (Wesleyan Poetry)
My Vocabulary Did This to Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer (Wesleyan Poetry)
by Jack Spicer
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Jack Spicer is a wonderfully bizarre and enigmatic poet, whose work has been out of print for far too long. I particularly love After Lorca, but all of Spicer's work deserves to be read and celebrated.... (read more)

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The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O'Connor
The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O'Connor
by Sally (edt) Fitzgerald
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"I have come to think that the true likeness of Flannery O'Connor will be painted by herself, a self-portrait in words, to be found in her letters," writes Sally Fitzgerald in her introduction to The Habit of Being. This extensive collection of letters... (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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Madeleine Is Sleeping (Harvest Book)
Madeleine Is Sleeping (Harvest Book)
by Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum
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A fat woman sprouts delicate wings and takes flight; a failed photographer stumbles into the role of pornographer; a beautiful young wife grows to resemble her husband's viol: these are all characters in Sarah Shun Li Bynum's marvelous gem of a novel... (read more)

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Palm-Of-The-Hand Stories
Palm-Of-The-Hand Stories
by Yasunari Kawabata
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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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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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Nightwood - With New Preface ((Rev)06 Edition)
Nightwood - With New Preface ((Rev)06 Edition)
by Djuna Barnes
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There's no denying that Nightwood is a demanding text. In her preface, Jeanette Winterson aptly writes of Djuna Barnes's prose: "You can slide into it, because the prose has a narcotic quality, but you can't slide over it." When given the attention it... (read more)

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Pale Fire
Pale Fire
by Vladimir Nabokov
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Pale Fire consists of a long, elegiac poem written by John Shade and a rambling commentary on the poem produced by a Professor Charles Kinbote. Shade's poem is a touching, emotional work portraying the poet's attempt to understand and confront death... (read more)

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Elegy: Poems
Elegy: Poems
by Mary Jo Bang
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To write a single poem about grief and loss without slipping into sentimentality or self-pity is a rare achievement. To write a book of poems that not only avoids these pitfalls but demonstrates a brave loyalty to the truth is Mary Jo Bang's Elegy... (read more)

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Sestets: Poems
Sestets: Poems
by Charles Wright
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Here is another worthy addition to Charles Wright's extensive and impressive body of work. Written in a voice that is at times prophetic, at times desolate, the poems in Sestets carry much more weight than space upon the page.... (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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Twenty Questions
Twenty Questions
by Alison Clement
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June's close connection to a murder in her town becomes an obsession that leads her into an intimate and increasingly deceptive relationship with the dead woman's child and brother, forcing her to confront her own marriage and past. Nominated for the... (read more)

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Facts about the Moon: Poems
Facts about the Moon: Poems
by Dorianne Laux
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In her powerful fourth collection, Dorianne Laux once again strikes fire from neighborhood moments: a quiet street at dusk, a pool hall, a bare tree. Focusing on the grace of working people, she captures the pain and beauty of women in all their variety,... (read more)

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Circadian (Penguin Poets)
Circadian (Penguin Poets)
by Joanna Klink
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Joanna Klink's new book, Circadian, is a wonderful exploration of inner and outer landscapes, speaking to the underlying rhythm that connects us, even in the most solitary moments, to the world around us. Klink's poems always seem to have a meditative... (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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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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Madeleine Is Sleeping
Madeleine Is Sleeping
by Sarah Shun-lien Bynum
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