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Our favorite Poetry Collections!

 

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.


The Red Years: Forbidden Poems from Inside North Korea Cover Image
By Bandi, Heinz Insu Fenkl (Translated by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781786996602
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Published: Zed Books - September 15th, 2019

Though North Korea holds the attention of the world, it is still rare for us to hear North Korean voices, beyond those few who have escaped.


Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color Cover Image
By Christopher Soto (Editor)
$16.95
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.


Near, at Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781733038409
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Published: Futurepoem - October 1st, 2019

Poetry. Asian & Asian American Studies. Women's Studies. Art. NEAR, AT follows the inherent strangeness of one's consciousness as it observes and comes into contact with the physical world. A sustained exploration of language, capitalism, gender, and nature, NEAR, AT traverses and measures the movement of silence against the movement of thought and its pauses.


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.


Dunce Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781940696850
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Published: Wave Books - September 10th, 2019

FINALIST FOR THE 2020 PULITZER PRIZE IN POETRY

A finalist for both the 2019 National Book Critics Circle Award and a the LA Times Book Award, and longlisted for the National Book Award.


Keeping / The Window Open: Interviews, Statements, Alarms, Excursions Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781940696690
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Published: Wave Books - May 7th, 2019

A rich array of materials coalesce here into a vibrant portrait, in text and image, of two extraordinary artists and collaborators.


Love Unknown: The Life and Worlds of Elizabeth Bishop Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780525428817
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Published: Viking - November 5th, 2019

An illuminating new biography of one of the greatest American poets of the twentieth century, Elizabeth Bishop

"Love Unknown points movingly to the many relationships that moored Bishop, keeping her together even as life—and her own self-destructive tendencies—threatened to split her apart.” —The Wall Street Journal


Firsts: 100 Years of Yale Younger Poets (Yale Series of Younger Poets) Cover Image
By Carl Phillips (Editor)
$35.00
ISBN: 9780300243161
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Published: Yale University Press - October 22nd, 2019

A masterfully curated collection, drawn from a century of works in the acclaimed Yale Series of Younger Poets
 
The Yale Younger Poets prize is the oldest annual literary award in the United States.


A Frank O'Hara Notebook Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9781949484014
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Published: No Place Press - April 30th, 2019

A fascinating account of Frank O'Hara in the prime of his creative life in New York, told through notes, images, and poems by his friend Bill Berkson.

Poet and art critic Bill Berkson (1939-2016) had planned for many years to write a lengthy study on his friend and mentor Frank O'Hara (1926-1966) but died with the project still incomplete.


Actual Air Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780965618366
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Published: Drag City - June 7th, 2019

Released in paperback in 1999 by the now-defunct Open City and praised everywhere in the then-ascendant print press industry (including names that still make waves today like The New Yorker and GQ), David Berman’s first (and only) book of poetry was and is a journey though shared and unreliable memory.


Look: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977443
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Published: Graywolf Press - July 5th, 2016

*Finalist for the 2017 PEN Open Book Award*
*Finalist for the 2016 National Book Award*


WHEREAS: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977672
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 7th, 2017

Finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry


Magical Negro Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781947793187
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Published: Tin House Books - February 5th, 2019

A National Book Critics Circle Poetry Award Winner!


Crush (Yale Series of Younger Poets) Cover Image
By Richard Siken, Louise Glück (Foreword by)
Not available to order
ISBN: 9780300107890
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Published: Yale University Press - April 11th, 2005

Announcing the 2004 winner of the Yale Younger Poets competition, North America's oldest annual literary prize.

Richard Siken’s Crush, selected as the 2004 winner of the Yale Younger Poets prize, is a powerful collection of poems driven by obsession and love. Siken writes with ferocity, and his reader hurtles unstoppably with him.


They Are Sleeping (Contemporary Poetry) Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780820322759
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Published: University of Georgia Press - December 4th, 2000

In They Are Sleeping, Joanna Klink tests the limits of solitude, setting her poems in places where our grip on "self" is loosened and blurred--caves, coastlines, rooms in cities.


Museum of Accidents Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9781933517421
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Published: Wave Books - October 1st, 2009

"Rachel Zucker may be Generation X's likeliest heir to the confessional legacy of Sylvia Plath, Louise Gl ck, and Sharon Olds."--The Believer

Rending the terrorizing forces of modern existence from abstraction and placing them directly in our laps, Museum of Accidents is a brutally honest epic of domestic proportions.


Poems 1962-2012 Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780374534097
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 5th, 2013

WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE

The collected works of the inimitable Pulitzer Prize–winning poet


Selected Poems, 1968-1996 Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780374600365
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 12th, 2020

Joseph Brodsky spent his life advocating for the place of the poet in society. As Derek Walcott said of him, “Joseph was somebody who lived poetry . . . He saw being a poet as being a sacred calling.” The poems in this volume span Brodsky’s career, which was marked by his expulsion from the Soviet Union in 1972.


A Treatise on Stars Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780811229388
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Published: New Directions - February 25th, 2020

An ethereal new collection that is “visceral with intellection” (David Lau)

Finalist for the National Book Award


Invasive Species Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781937658939
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Published: Nightboat Books - January 8th, 2019

In Invasive species, Marwa Helal's searing politically charged poems touch on our collective humanity and build new pathways for empathy, etching themselves into memory. This work centers on urgent themes in our cultural landscape, creating space for unseen victims of discriminatory foreign (read: immigration) policy: migrants, refugees--the displaced.


Surrounded by Friends Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781940696034
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Published: Wave Books - April 7th, 2015

"Rohrer's frequently beautiful, brief poems are rooted in specific images that initially seem unrelated--but which ultimately form a unity as meditations on how the ordinary distractions of everyday life can be seen as the source for almost everything important in life."--Ken Tucker, Entertainment Weekly


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

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


Trophic Cascade Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780819578563
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Published: Wesleyan University Press - November 1st, 2018

Winner of the Colorado Book Award in Poetry (2018)


While Standing in Line for Death Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781940696553
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Published: Wave Books - September 5th, 2017

Winner of the 30th Annual Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry

"From these rituals come notes; from those notes come poems; and from those poems comes not just a view into his process, but an entrance into another present." --Boston Globe


What about This: Collected Poems of Frank Stanford Cover Image
By Frank Stanford, Dean Young (Introduction by)
$40.00
ISBN: 9781556594687
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - April 14th, 2015

"The big event in poetry for 2015 will likely be the long-awaited resurrection of Frank Stanford."--NPR.org

National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist


Time Cover Image
By Etel Adnan, Sarah Riggs (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781643620046
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Published: Nightboat Books - June 18th, 2019

WINNER of the INTERNATIONAL GRIFFIN POETRY PRIZE

WINNER of the BEST TRANSLATED BOOK AWARD

FINALIST for the 2020 LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD


Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers: Poems (National Poetry) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781571315205
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Published: Milkweed Editions - September 10th, 2019

Named a "Best Poetry Book of 2019" by Electric Literature, Entropy Mag, and Auburn Avenue
Named a "Favorite Book of 2019" by Lit Hub
Named a "Best Queer Book of 2019" by BuzzFeed and Book Marks


A Nail the Evening Hangs on Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781556595608
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - February 25th, 2020

In her debut collection, Monica Sok uses poetry to reshape a family's memory about the Khmer Rouge regime--memory that is both real and imagined--according to a child of refugees. Driven by myth-making and fables, the poems examine the inheritance of the genocide and the profound struggles of searing grief and PTSD.


Cenzontle (A. Poulin #40) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781942683537
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Published: BOA Editions - April 10th, 2018

Winner of the 2019 GLCA New Writers Award
An NPR Best Book of 2018


Bright Dead Things: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781571314710
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Published: Milkweed Editions - September 15th, 2015

Finalist for the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award
A Best Poetry Book of 2015: New York Times and Buzzfeed