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My Sister, My Bride

by Allan Wargon

Inspired by the world's supreme love poem, this account of loneliness and love, passion, joy, gratitude, illusion, despair, disagreement, quarrel, parting and concord expresses all the shades of feeling between...


Whitman's Self: Mysticism In the Life and Writings of Walt Whitman

by Paul Hourihan & Anna Hourihan

OPEN THE HEART of Self-Discovery through the Life and Amazing Works of Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman was known as the "Good Gray Poet" who paved the way for modern American poetry. The epithets "good" and "gray"...


Wounded in the House of a Friend

by Sonia Sanchez

Renowned African-American poet Sonia Sanchez explores the pain, self-doubt, and anger that emerge in women's lives: an unfaithful life partner, a brutal rape, the murder of a woman by her granddaughter, the...


Open Closed Open: Poems

by Yehuda Amichai

In poems marked by tenderness and mischief, humanity and humor, Yehuda Amichai breaks open the grand diction of revered Jewish verses and casts the light of his own experi­ence upon them. Here he tells of history,...


Swallow: Poems

by Miranda Field

From the microcosmic wilderness of an overgrown back yard to the cool, glassed-in exhibits in a natural history museum, Swallow swoops and darts, tangling the lines we draw between the wild and the cultivated....


Ninety-five Nights of Listening: Poems

by Malinda Markham

Malinda Markham's peoms are inspired in part by her fascination with Japanese language, art, and literature. Her reactions to and interpretations of that country's history, culture, and people are in these verses,...


Failure

by Philip Schultz

This superb Pulitzer Prize–winning collection gives voice to failure with a wry, deft touch from one of this country’s most engaging and uncompromising poets. In Failure, Philip Schultz evokes the pleasures...


T4

by Ann Clare LeZotte

It is 1939. Paula Becker, thirteen years old and deaf, lives with her family in a rural German town. As rumors swirl of disabled children quietly disappearing, a priest comes to her family’s door with an offer...


Strong Is Your Hold: Poems

by Galway Kinnell

Here in paperback for the first time is the celebrated eleventh book of poems by Galway Kinnell. The book’s title derives from Walt Whitman’s “Last Invocation”: “Strong is your hold O mortal flesh, /...


Silence Fell

by Josephine Dickinson

Silence Fell marks the American debut of an extraordinary poet from the remote north of England. The poems are set on a sheep farm in the northern mountains and tell the story -- in the form of a modern shepherd’s...


The Boys at Twilight: Poems 1990 - 1995

by Glyn Maxwell

The poems in this volume were selected by Glyn Maxwell from TALE OF THE MAYOR'S SON (published in 1990, when he was twenty-eight), OUT OF THE RAIN (shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize), and REST FOR THE WICKED....


The Painted Bed: Poems

by Donald Hall

Affirmation

To grow old is to lose everything.

Aging, everybody knows it.

Even when we are young, we glimpse it sometimes, and nod our heads when a grandfather dies.

Then we row for years on the midsummer pond,...


Cusp: Poems

by Jennifer Grotz

Entre chien et loup — between dog and wolf. This French colloquialism for twilight informs Jennifer Grotz’s debut poetry collection, Cusp. A winner of this year’s Bakeless Prize for poetry, Grotz explores...


Breaking Bread

by David Nicholson

Poetry and prose are as much about observation as they are about the romance or the travails of life. In this volume, the poems range over a number of topics, mostly concerned with the human condition, the world...


The Museum of Clear Ideas

by Donald Hall

This is Donald Hall's most advanced work, extending his poetic reach even beyond his recent volumes. Conflict dominates this book, and conflict unites it. Hall takes poetry as an instrument for revelation, whether...


The Common Man

by Maurice Manning

The Common Man, Maurice Manning’s fourth collection, is a series of ballad-like narratives, set down in loose, unrhymed iambic tetrameter.


Bucolics

by Maurice Manning

Untitled and unpunctuated, the seventy poems in this acclaimed collection seem to cascade from one page to another. Maurice Manning extolls the virtues of nature and its many gifts, and finds deep gratitude...


Winter Hours: Prose, Prose Poems, and Poems

by Mary Oliver

"What good company Mary Oliver is!" the Los Angeles Times has remarked. And never more so than in this extraordinary and engaging gathering of nine essays, accompanied by a brief selection of new prose poems...


White Apples and the Taste of Stone: Selected Poems 1946-2006

by Donald Hall

Throughout his writing life Donald Hall has garnered numerous accolades and honors, culminating in 2006 with his appointment as poet laureate of the United States. White Apples and the Taste of Stone collects...


Bright Star

by Elido Fazi

On the heels of a renewed global interest in the figure and writing of 19th century British poet John Keats (as attested by Jane Campion’s acclaimed film by the same title), Elido Fazi’s Bright Star retraces...