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The Prodigal

by Derek Walcott

Do not diminish in my memory

villages of absolutely no importance,

... Hoard, cherish

your negligible existence, your unrecorded history

of unambitious syntax, your clean pools

of unpolluted light over close stones....


Once in the West

by Christian Wiman

A searing new collection from one of our country’s most important poets

Memories merciesmostly aren't

but there wereI swear             days

veined with grace

—from “Memorie's Mercies”

Once...


Omeros

by Derek Walcott

A poem in five books, of circular narrative design, titled with the Greek name for Homer, which simultaneously charts two currents of history: the visible history charted in events -- the tribal losses of the...


The Odyssey

by Derek Walcott & Homer

With its inspired counterpointing of Homeric and Caribbean themes, Derek Walcott's new play, commissioned by Britain's Royal Shakespeare Company, springs from the same imaginative sources as his epic poem Omeros...


My Sister's Hand in Mine

by Jane Bowles

Janes Bowles has for many years had an underground reputation as one of the truly original writers of the twentieth century. This collection of expertly crafted short fiction will fully acquaint all students...


Misgivings

by C. K. Williams

An intense, refractory memoir by a major poet

Misgivings is C. K. Williams's searing recollection of his family's extreme dynamics and of his parents' deaths after years of struggle, bitterness, and inner conflict....


Midsummer

by Derek Walcott

The poems in this sequence of fifty-four were written to encompass one year, from summer to summer. Their principal themes are the stasis, both stultifying and provocative, of midsummer in the tropics; the pull...


The Joker of Seville and O Babylon!

by Derek Walcott

Since 1959, Derek Walcott has directed and written for the Trinidad Theatre Workshop. The Joker of Seville, a comedy based on Tirso de Molina's El Burlador de Sevilla,  was commissioned by England's Royal Shakespeare...


I Am the Beggar of the World

by Eliza Griswold & Seamus Murphy

An eye-opening collection of clandestine poems by Afghan women

Because my love’s American,

blisters blossom on my heart.

Afghans revere poetry, particularly the high literary forms that derive from Persian or...


The Haitian Trilogy

by Derek Walcott

Plays by the Nobel-laureate, brought together for the first time

In the history plays that comprise The Haitian Trilogy--Henri Christophe, Drums and Colours and The Haytian Earth--Derek Walcott, recipient of...


Gulf and Other Poems

by Derek Walcott

As his title suggests, Derek Walcott's new poems--while making beautiful use of Caribbean imagery--are concerned with themes of isolation and the achievement of identity through loneliness. When it was published...


The Ground

by Rowan Ricardo Phillips

A masterful debut from a powerfully original poetic voice

A poignant and terse vision of New York City unfolds in Rowan Ricardo Phillips’s debut book of poetry. A work of rare beauty and lyric grace, The Ground...


Green Sees Things in Waves

by August Kleinzahler

1996 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

In this powerful and inventive collection, August Kleinzahler succeeds in creating a new idiom for American lyric poetry that captures...


The Fortunate Traveller

by Derek Walcott

Derek Walcott has for some time been recognized as one of the most accomplished and resourceful poets writing in English. This volume of his work, which contains such poems as "Olde New England" and "Piano Practice"...


Faithful and Virtuous Night

by Louise Gluck

A luminous, seductive new collection from the “fearless” (The New York Times) Pulitzer Prize–winning poet

Louise Glück is one of the finest American poets at work today. Her Poems 1962–2012 was hailed...


Dream on Monkey Mountain and Other Plays

by Derek Walcott

On a Caribbean island, the morning after a full moon, Felix Hobain tears through the market in a drunken rage. Taken away to sober up in jail, all that night he is gripped by hallucinations: the impoverished...


A Dream of Mind

by C. K. Williams

This challenging, exhilirating collection represents an important stage in the evolution of Williams' work. It is dominated by the long title poem, which explores the materials and qualities of states of consciousness...


Collected Poems

by C. K. Williams

Collected Poems brings together nearly four decades of C. K.Williams's work: more than four hundred poems that, though remarkable in their variety, have in common Williams's distinctive outlook--restless, passionate,...


The Bounty

by Derek Walcott

Derek Walcott's book opens with the title poem, a memorable elegy to his mother. It also contains a haunting series of poems evoking the poet's native ground, the island of St. Lucia. The power and beauty of...


The Bacchae of Euripides

by C. K. Williams

From the renowned contemporary American poet C. K. Williams comes this fluent and accessible version of the great tragedy by Euripides.

This book includes an introduction by Martha Nussbaum.