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Bestsellers in PoetryMarch 6, 2014
Congratulations to Natasha Trethewey, our 19th U.S. poet laureate!
Trethewey is the nation's first laureate to hail from the South since 1986, when Robert Penn Warren was named the first U.S. poet laureate by the Library of Congress. She is also Mississippi's top poet and will be the first person to serve simultaneously as poet laureate for a state and for the nation at large. Natasha's collection of poems Native Guard won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2007.
Basho (1644–1694)—the most revered poet of Japanese literature—is best known in the West as the author of Narrow Road to the Interior, a travel diary of his journey through northern Japan. Basho elevated the haiku to an art form of... (read more)
To read David Ferry’s Bewilderment is to be reminded that poetry of the highest order can be made by the subtlest of means. The passionate nature and originality of Ferry’s prosodic daring works astonishing transformations that take your... (read more)
You don't have to be a connoisseur of poetry to enjoy Three Steps Forward. Written in everyday language about topics that affect people in everyday life, Three Steps Forward expresses moods from serious to sensitive to silly. With a mixture of rhyme and... (read more)
Encompassing a wide range of voices-from weary sailors to forlorn wives, from heroic saints to drunken louts, from farmers hoping to improve their fields to sermonizers looking to save your soul—the 123 poems collected in The Word Exchange... (read more)
A groundbreaking translation of the epic work of one of the great minds of the nineteenth century Giacomo Leopardi was the greatest Italian poet of the nineteenth century and was recognized by readers from Nietzsche to Beckett as one of... (read more)
A self-proclaimed “vessel in which stories are told from time immemorial,” poet dg nanouk okpik seamlessly melds both traditional and contemporary narrative, setting her apart from her peers. The result is a collection of poems that are... (read more)
War, glory, despair, and mourning: for 2,700 years, the Iliad has gripped listeners and readers with the story of Achilles' anger and Hector's death. It is a tale of many truths, speaking of powerful emotions, the failures of leadership, the destructive... (read more)
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