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Van Gogh in Brixton

by Shaun Traynor

An emotional poetic narrative of love lost, love regained.


Always Die Before Your Mother: Poems

by Patrick Woodcock

Deftly moving from the stifling heat and politics of the Arabian Peninsula to the darkest corners of South America's rainforest, this collection of poetry delivers a searing commentary on humanity's many failings....


On a Stair

by Ann Lauterbach

Ann Lauterbach's fifth collection takes its title from Emerson's great essay, Experience: "Where do we find ourselves?" he asks. Lauterbach's stair sits precariously between a quest for spiritual vitality and...


New and Selected Poems, Volume One

by Mary Oliver

When New and Selected Poems, Volume One was originally published in 1992, Mary Oliver was awarded the National Book Award. In the fourteen years since its initial appearance it has become one of the best-selling...


Selected Poems

by Robert Burns & Carol McGuirk

This selection gives equal weight to the two aspects of Robert Burns's reputation, as a lyricist and as a much-loved Scottish poet. Placing works in probable order of composition, it includes lyrics to his most...


Poems and Prose

by Gerard Hopkins & W. Gardner

Closer to Dylan Thomas than Matthew Arnold in his 'creative violence' and insistence on the sound of poetry, Gerard Manley Hopkins was no staid, conventional Victorian. On entering the Society of Jesus at the...


Gathered Light: The Poetry of Joni Mitchell's Songs

by Lisa Sornberger & John Sornberger

"Joni Mitchell is one of the greatest songwriters of the late 20th century. For over forty years her powerful lyrics have compelled listeners to dig deeper. This one of a kind collection finally allows even...


Fasti

by Ovid & Anthony Boyle

Beneath a 'patriotic' façade, Ovid's final poem is deliciously subversive of the values and propaganda of the emperor who sent him into exile. One of the fullest and most enjoyable sources of information on...


Local Visitations: Poems

by Stephen Dunn

Wise and searching new poems from the winner of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. In his twelfth collection, his first since winning the Pulitzer Prize, Stephen Dunn turns his keen gaze on Sisyphus, our contemporary...


The Insistence of Beauty: Poems

by Stephen Dunn

An evocation of beauty's often-surprising manifestations; even in the face of tragedy. "Beauty isn't nice. Beauty isn't fair;" So, in part, states an epigraph for this stunning new collection, his thirteenth,...


The Penguin Book of French Poetry

by Various & William Rees

The period 1820-1950, from Lamartine to Char, is a particularly rich field for students and lovers of poetry. While this anthology contains, of course, generous selections from the established giants - Baudelaire,...


Martín and Meditations on the South Valley: Poems

by Jimmy Santiago Baca

Fiercely moving, the two long narrative poems of Martín & Meditations on the South Valley revolve around the semi-autobiographical figure of Martin, a mestizo or "detribalized Apache." 

Fiercely...


Thievery

by Seth Abramson

A few rare holdouts to the contrary, American culture is loud, unsubtle, insensitive, needy, exhausting, cheaply convenient, unreflective, and above all, distracted. What has been happening behind the scenes...


Selected Poems

by John Keats & John Barnard

Over the course of his short life, John Keats (1795-1821) honed a raw talent into a brilliant poetic maturity. By the end of his brief career, he had written poems of such beauty, imagination and generosity...


Troilus and Criseyde

by Geoffrey Chaucer & Nevill Coghill

The tragedy of Troilus and Criseyde is one of the greatest narrative poems in English literature. Set during the siege of Troy, it tells how the young knight Troilus, son of King Priam, falls in love with Criseyde,...


Memorial: A Version of Homer's Iliad

by Alice Oswald & Eavan Boland

“The most remarkable and affecting book of poetry I encountered this year.”—James Wood, The New Yorker In this daring new work, the poet Alice Oswald strips away the narrative of the Iliad—the anger...


New and Selected Poems

by David Lehman

Drawing from a wealth of material produced over the course of more than forty years, David Lehman’s New and Selected Poems displays the remarkable range of his poetic genius. A gathering of stunning new poems,...


A Phone Call to the Future: New and Selected Poems

by Mary Jo Salter

This “wholly attractive volume” that brings together twenty-five years of “elegantly shaped and voiced creations” (William Pritchard, The Boston Globe) offers a generous sampling of Mary Jo Salter’s...


Red to the Rind

by Stan Rice

“Behold the door / the lock’s alive,” warns Stan Rice in one of the commanding poems that make up this new volume of verse. From the streets of New Orleans during Mardi Gras to the private chambers of...


Lyrical Ballads

by William Wordsworth & Samuel Coleridge

Twenty-three poems that transformed English poetry

Wordsworth and Coleridge composed this powerful selection of poetry during their youthful and intimate friendship. Reproducing the first edition of 1798, this...