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Tamerlane

by Edgar Allan Poe

This epic poem gives an account of a Turkic ruler named Tamerlane, who conquered kingdoms to win power, while giving up that which his heart desired most.

Despite the fact that his first published works were...


Lenore

by Edgar Allan Poe

After the death of his fiancée, the beautiful Lenore, a young man considers her ascension into the afterlife, and the purpose of mourning for those who the dead leave behind.

Despite the fact that his first...


The Odyssey

by Homer

Odysseus has been away from Ithaca, the Greek city-state under his rule, for ten years while fighting in the Trojan War. After the fall of Troy, Odysseus begins the long journey home to his wife and son; however,...


The Iliad

by Homer

It is the tenth year of the Trojan War. The Greek allies have laid siege to the city of Troy, but the leaders of the Greek factions are beginning to turn on one another. When Agamemnon, the king of Mycenae,...


Paradise Lost

by John Milton

Beginning with the story of Satan after he was expelled from Heaven along with his followers, Paradise Lost details Satan’s journey to the Garden of Eden and his intent to destroy God’s new creation. The...


Paradise Regained

by John Milton

Focusing on the temptation of Christ, John Milton’s epic poem, Paradise Regained, suggests that everything lost to man in Paradise Lost is recaptured by Christ’s sacrifices.

Published four years after Milton’s...


Gabriel: A Poem

by Edward Hirsch

Never has there been a book of poems quite like Gabriel, in which a short life, a bewildering death, and the unanswerable sorrow of a father come together in such a sustained elegy. This unabashed sequence speaks...


Rebel Souls: Walt Whitman and America's First Bohemians

by Justin Martin

Brilliant portrait of a time and place that launched American Bohemia and liberated the genius of Walt Whitman


Here, Bullet

by Brian Turner

A first-person account of the Iraq War by a solider-poet, winner of the 2005 Beatrice Hawley Award.


About Little Charlie Lindbergh and Other Poems

by Margaret Randall

About Little Charlie Lindbergh, like earlier Margaret Randall poetry collections, presents a unique poetic voice by a revered elder in the genre. These poems are all about making connections, many of them unexpected....


Speak Low

by Carl Phillips

Speak Low is the tenth book from one of America’s most distinctive—and one of poetry’s most essential—contemporary voices. Phillips has long been hailed for work provocative in its candor, uncompromising...


Riding Westward

by Carl Phillips

The singer turning thisand that way, as if watching the song itself

--the words to the song--leave him, as he

lets each go, the wind carrying most of it,

some of the words, falling, settling into

instead that larger...


The Rest of Love

by Carl Phillips

The light, for as far as

I can see, is that of any number of late

afternoons I remember still: how the light

seemed a bell; how it seemed I'd been living

insider it, waiting - I'd heard all about

that one clear...


Double Shadow

by Carl Phillips

A stunning new collection of poems from the author of Speak Low

Comparing any human life to “a restless choir” of impulses variously in conflict and at peace with one another, Carl Phillips, in his eleventh...


The King

by Kader Abdolah & Nancy Forest-Flier

A hypnotic page-turner about the grinding gears of historical change and ruthless palace intrigue in Persia, c. 1848. The King, young Shah Naser, takes to the throne of Persia at a turning point of history:...


Turning to Fiction: Poems

by Donna Masini

Daring and witty, erotic and searching, these poems explore the ways we suffer and are changed by our losses. "Think about sex," this book begins, then moves through the places into which our longings lead us....


Word Comix: Poems

by Charlie Smith

“Smith writes with a scalding aortal brilliance that leaves the reader drunk on dream.”—New York Times Book Review Taking as his starting point such wide-ranging subjects as comic books, politics, romantic...


The New Arcadia: Poems

by John Kinsella

One of Australia's best poets conjures the Australian countryside in this brilliant epic, inspired by Philip Sidney's classic pastoral "Arcadia." “Astonishingly fecund and inventive. The New Arcadia revitalizes...


Let Inspiration Be Your Motivation

by Sarah Pfennig

I want people to be inspired; I am beyond thankful for everything that God has done for me along the way, I know what it feels like to be tired. Tired of the way things are, that's how I used to be. But God...


The Tale of Kathleen Laoghaire

by P. F Kosak

The Tale of Kathleen Laoghaire is an epic fantasy poem, with a beautiful Princess, an evil Queen a valiant hero and a ferocious dragon