Poetry and Essay Recommendations

Punks: New & Selected Poems Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781737277521
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Published: Song Cave - December 1st, 2021

A landmark collection of poetry by acclaimed fiction writer, translator, and MacArthur Fellow John Keene, PUNKS: NEW & SELECTED POEMS is a generous treasury in seven sections that spans decades and includes previously unpublished and brand new work. With depth and breadth, PUNKS weaves together historic narratives of loss, lust, and love.


Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color Cover Image
By Christopher Soto (Editor)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781937658786
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Published: Nightboat Books - April 1st, 2018

The first major literary anthology for queer poets of color in the United States In 2014, Christopher Soto and Lambda Literary Foundation founded the online journal Nepantla, with the mission to nurture, celebrate, and preserve diversity within the queer poetry community, including contributions as diverse in style and form, as the experiences of QPOC in the United States.


100 Poets: A Little Anthology Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780300258011
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Published: Yale University Press - October 26th, 2021

A wonderfully readable anthology of our greatest poetry, chosen by the author of A Little History of Poetry

"Does anyone know more about poetry than John Carey? Almost certainly not."—The Times

A poem seems a fragile thing. Change a word and it is broken. But poems outlive empires and survive the devastation of conquests.


Such Color: New and Selected Poems Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781644450673
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 5th, 2021

“Tracy K. Smith’s poetry is an awakening itself.” —Vogue


Blood on the Fog: Pocket Poets Series No. 62 (City Lights Pocket Poets #62) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780872868755
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Published: City Lights Books - September 21st, 2021

Politically astute, filled with wisdom and great humanity, this is poetry meant to conjure a healing and provoke a confrontation, an invitation to a journey through Black America.


The Best American Poetry 2021 (The Best American Poetry series) Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781982106638
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Published: Scribner - September 28th, 2021

The 2021 edition of the leading collection of contemporary American poetry is guest edited by the former US Poet Laureate Tracy K.


Fog and Light: San Francisco through the Eyes of the Poets Who Live Here Cover Image
By Diane Frank (Editor)
$20.00
ISBN: 9781421836898
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Published: Blue Light Press - March 17th, 2021

n this collection of poems, we show you the city that most tourists miss - dancing the samba at Carnaval in the Mission District, the Golden Gate Bridge at dawn with the perfect angle of light, the timpani of Pacific waves in the Outer Sunset, a cappuccino before work on Minna Alley, Bird & Beckett Bookstore in Glen Park, the dog path at Fort Funston, walking home through the Civic Center i


Other People's Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night Cover Image
By Morgan Parker, Danez Smith (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781951142568
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Published: Tin House Books - July 13th, 2021

ABA Indie Poetry Bestseller

From the author of Magical Negro, Winner of the National Book Critic's Circle Award

Named a Best Book of the Month by Oprah Daily, BuzzFeed, Ms. Magazine, Nylon, ALTA and a Best Book of the Summer by Glamour and Publishers Weekly


On the Mesa: An Anthology of Bolinas Writing 50th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
By Benjamin Estes (Editor), Joel Weishaus (Editor)
$20.00
ISBN: 9781734035179
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Published: Song Cave - April 1st, 2021

Poetry. California Interest. Afterword by Lytle Shaw. The Song Cave presents an expanded edition of the long out of print City Lights Books classic ON THE MESA: AN ANTHOLOGY OF BOLINAS WRITING in celebration of its 50th anniversary. This is a gathering of poets, writers and artists living on or around the mesa in Bolinas, California.


The Craft of Poetry: A Primer in Verse Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780300251913
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Published: Yale University Press - April 20th, 2021

A wonderfully accessible handbook to the art of writing and reading poetry—itself written entirely in verse

“Reading this book, you get to know poetry from the inside, without the alienating or distracting effect of abstract definition.


What Kind of Woman: Poems Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780063008427
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Published: Harper Perennial - November 10th, 2020

An Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller

A Goop Book Club Pick

"If you want your breath to catch and your heart to stop, turn to Kate Baer."--Joanna Goddard, Cup of Jo


Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780399563263
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Published: Penguin Books - November 10th, 2020

A New York Times Bestseller, chosen as Oprah's "Books That Help Me Through" for Oprah's Book Club


The Carrying: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781571315137
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Published: Milkweed Editions - April 13th, 2021

Available for the first time in paperback, The Carrying--winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and a finalist for the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award--is Ada Lim n's most powerful collection yet.


Living Nations, Living Words: An Anthology of First Peoples Poetry Cover Image
By Joy Harjo (Editor), Carla D. Hayden (Foreword by), The Library of Congress (With)
$15.00
ISBN: 9780393867916
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 4th, 2021

A powerful, moving anthology that celebrates the breadth of Native poets writing today.


Unearth [The Flowers] Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780999889510
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Published: Red Light Lit Press - June 20th, 2020

An electrifying letter to family, country, and self, Unearth The Flowers] is an essential collection, relentless in its journey through stages of grief and healing while celebrating life. Each poem is an anthem for resiliency, a testament to survival, a triumph over the stigmatized terror that pervades the everyday.


Homie: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450109
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Published: Graywolf Press - January 21st, 2020

FINALIST FOR THE 2020 NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR POETRY
FINALIST FOR THE 2021 NAACP IMAGE AWARD FOR POETRY

Danez Smith is our president


African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song (LOA #333): A Library of America Anthology Cover Image
By Kevin Young (Editor)
$45.00
ISBN: 9781598536669
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Published: Library of America - October 20th, 2020

A literary landmark: the biggest, most ambitious anthology of Black poetry ever published, gathering 250 poets from the colonial period to the present


Obit Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781556595745
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - April 7th, 2020

Memory—died August 3, 2015.  The

death was not sudden but slowly over a

decade.  I wonder if, when people die,

they  hear  a  bell.   Or  if  they  taste

something sweet, or if they feel a knife

cutting them in half, dragging through

the flesh like sheet cake.  The caretaker

who witnessed my mother’s death quit. 

She holds the memory and images and

now they are gone.  For the rest of her

life, the memories are hers.  She said

my mother couldn’t breathe, then took

her last breath 20 seconds later.  The

way I have imagined a kiss with many

men I have never kissed.  My memory

of  my  mother’s  death  can’t  be  a

memory but is an imagination, each

time the wind blows, leaves unfurl

a little differently.


Bluets Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781940696904
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Published: Wave Books - September 3rd, 2019

Since 2009, when it first published, to today, Bluets has drawn scores of readers with its surprising insights into the emotional depths that make us most human--via 240 short pieces, at once lyrical and philosophical, on the color blue.


Postcolonial Love Poem: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450147
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 3rd, 2020

WINNER OF THE 2021 PULITZER PRIZE IN POETRY

FINALIST FOR THE 2020 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR POETRY

Natalie Diaz’s highly anticipated follow-up to When My Brother Was an Aztec, winner of an American Book Award


DMZ Colony Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781940696959
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Published: Wave Books - April 7th, 2020

WINNER OF THE 2020 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR POETRY