National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month

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  • Blue Yodel (Yale Series of Younger Poets)

    By Ansel Elkins

    Our Price: $8.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780300210026
    • Publisher: Yale University Press
    • Published: March 2015
    Originated in 1919 to showcase the works of exceptional American poets under the age of forty, the Yale Series of Younger Poets prize is the oldest annual literary award presented in the United States. Ansel Elkins’s poetry collection, Blue Yodel, is the 109th volume to be so honored. Esteemed poet and competition judge Carl Phillips praises Elkins for her “arresting use of persona,” calling her poems “razor-edged in their intelligence, Southern Gothic in their sensibility.” In her imaginative and haunting debut collection, Elkins introduces readers to a multitude of characters whose “otherness” has condemned them to live on the margins of society. She weaves blues, ballads, folklore, and storytelling into an intricate tapestry that depicts the violence, poverty, and loneliness of the Deep South, as well as the compassion, generosity, and hope that brings light to people in their darkest times. The blue yodel heard throughout this diverse compilation is a raw, primal, deeply felt expression of the human experience, calling on us to reach out to the isolated and disenfranchised and to find the humanity in every person.
  • Brand New Ancients: A Poem

    By Kate Tempest

    Our Price: $13.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781632862075
    • Publisher: Bloomsbury
    • Published: March 2015
    Yes, the gods are on the park bench, the gods are on the bus, / The gods are all here, the gods are in us. /The gods are timeless, fearless, fighting to be bold, / conviction is a heavy hand to hold, /grip it, winged sandals tearing up the pavement -- / you, me, everyone: Brand New Ancients.Kate Tempest's words in Brand New Ancients are written to be read aloud; the book combines poem, rap, and humanist sermon, by turns tender and fierce. Set in Southeast London,Brand New Ancients finds the mythic in the mundane. It is the story of two half-brothers, Thomas and Clive, unknown to each other -- Thomas the result of an affair between his mother and Clive's father. Tempest, with wide-ranging empathy, takes us inside the passionless marriage of Jane and Kevin -- the man who suspects Thomas is not his son, but loves him just the same -- and the neighboring home of Mary and Brian, where betrayal has not been so placidly accepted. The sons of these two households -- quiet, creative Thomas and angry, destructive Clive -- will cross paths in adolescence, their fates converging with mortal fury.These characters' loves, their infidelities, their disappointments and their small comforts -- these, Tempest argues, are timeless. Our lives and our choices are no less important than those of history and myth. Awarded the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry, Brand New Ancients insists on our importance as individuals -- and asserts Kate Tempest's importance as a talent impossible to ignore.
  • Citizen: An American Lyric

    By Claudia Rankine

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781555976903
    • Publisher: Graywolf Press
    • Published: October 2014
    A provocative meditation on race, Claudia Rankine’s long-awaited follow up to her groundbreaking book Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American LyricClaudia Rankine’s bold new book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media. Some of these encounters are slights, seeming slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, at home, on the tennis court with Serena Williams and the soccer field with Zinedine Zidane, online, on TV—everywhere, all the time. The accumulative stresses come to bear on a person’s ability to speak, perform, and stay alive. Our addressability is tied to the state of our belonging, Rankine argues, as are our assumptions and expectations of citizenship. In essay, image, and poetry, Citizen is a powerful testament to the individual and collective effects of racism in our contemporary, often named “post-race” society.
  • Erotic Poems

    By E. E. Cummings

    Our Price: $13.45
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780871406590
    • Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
    • Published: February 2010
    Here, collected for the first time in a single volume, are the erotic poems and sketches, culled from the poet's original manuscripts. Illus., 12 drawings by the poet. 96p.
  • How to Be Drawn

    By Terrance Hayes

    Our Price: $17.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780143126881
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: March 2015
    A dazzling new collection of poetry by Terrance Hayes, the National Book Awardwinning author ofLightheadIn How to Be Drawn, his daring fifth collection, Terrance Hayes explores how we see and are seen. While many of these poems bear the clearest imprint yet of Hayes’s background as a visual artist, they do not strive to describe art so much as inhabit it. Thus, one poem contemplates theprinciple of blind contour drawing while others are inspired by maps, graphs, and assorted artists. The formal and emotional versatilities that distinguish Hayes’s award-winning poetry are unified by existential focus. Simultaneously complex and transparent, urgent and composed, How to Be Drawn is a mesmerizing achievement.
  • Life on Mars

    By Tracy K. Smith

    Our Price: $16.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781555975845
    • Publisher: Graywolf Press
    • Published: May 2011
    Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize New poetry by the award-winning poet Tracy K. Smith, whose “lyric brilliance and political impulses never falter” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)You lie there kicking like a baby, waiting for God himself To lift you past the rungs of your crib. What Would your life say if it could talk?                                                            —from “No Fly Zone”With allusions to David Bowie and interplanetary travel, Life on Mars imagines a soundtrack for the universe to accompany the discoveries, failures, and oddities of human existence. In these brilliant new poems, Tracy K. Smith envisions a sci-fi future sucked clean of any real dangers, contemplates the dark matter that keeps people both close and distant, and revisits the kitschy concepts like “love” and “illness” now relegated to the Museum of Obsolescence. These poems reveal the realities of life lived here, on the ground, where a daughter is imprisoned in the basement by her own father, where celebrities and pop stars walk among us, and where the poet herself loses her father, one of the engineers who worked on the Hubble Space Telescope. With this remarkable third collection, Smith establishes herself among the best poets of her generation.
  • Pansy

    By Andrea Gibson

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781938912986
    • Publisher: Write Bloody Publishing
    • Published: March 2015
  • Poet in New York : Revised and Expanded Bilingual Edition

    By Federico Garcia Lorca

    Our Price: $17.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780374533762
    • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    • Published: April 2013
    A newly revised edition of the insightful poetic cycle by one of the key figures of modern literatureWritten while Federico García Lorca was a student at Columbia University in 1929–30, Poet in New York is one of the most important books he produced, and certainly one of the most important books ever published about New York City. Indeed, it is a book that changed the direction of poetry in both Spain and the Americas, a pathbreaking and defining work of modern literature. Timed to coincide with the citywide celebration of García Lorca in New York planned for 2013, this edition, which has been revised once again by the renowned García Lorca scholar Christopher Maurer, includes thrilling material—new photographs, new and emended letters—that has only recently come to light. Complementing these additions are García Lorca’s witty and insightful letters to his family describing his feelings about America and his temporary home there (a dorm room in Columbia’s John Jay Hall), the annotated photographs that accompany those letters, a prose poem, extensive notes, and an interpretive lecture by García Lorca himself. An excellent introduction to the work of a key figure of modern poetry, this bilingual edition of Poet in New York, a strange, timeless, vital book of verse, is also an exposition of the American city in the twentieth century.
  • Rome: Poems

    By Dorothea Lasky

    Our Price: $11.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780871409393
    • Publisher: Liveright
    • Published: September 2014
    A heartbreaking collection from oneof the most recognized and influentialnew voices in American poetry.
  • Selected Poems 1954-1986

    By Tomas Transtromer

    Our Price: $15.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780880014038
    • Publisher: The Ecco Press
    • Published: July 1999
    Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer is the 2011 recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature. His articulation of the sense of what it is like to be a private citizen in the second half of the twentieth century, and beyond, conveys a sublime illumination, in a language of poetry that attunes the undistractible clarity and intensity of his vision of our implausibly existential world. Each poem in this ‘selected’ volume vies to pertain to its own world with an unbending clarity. Its contents are drawn from several published volumes: 17 Poems (1954); Secrets on the Way (1958); The half-Finished Heaven (1962); Bells and Tracks (1966); Seeing In The Dark (1970); Paths (1973); Baltics (1974); Truth-Barriers (1978); The Wild Market Square (1983); and new poems. 190p.
  • The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop

    By Kevin Coval

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781608463954
    • Publisher: Haymarket Books
    • Published: April 2015
    Hip-Hop is the largest youth culture in the history of the planet rock. This is the first poetry anthology by and for the Hip-Hop generation.It has produced generations of artists who have revolutionized their genre(s) by applying the aesthetic innovations of the culture.The BreakBeat Poets features 78 poets, born somewhere between 1961-1999, All-City and Coast-to-Coast, who are creating the next and now movement(s) in American letters.The BreakBeat Poets is for people who love Hip-Hop, for fans of the culture, for people who've never read a poem, for people who thought poems were only something done by dead white dudes who got lost in a forest, and for poetry heads. This anthology is meant to expand the idea of who a poet is and what a poem is for.The BreakBeat Poets are the scribes recording and remixing a fuller spectrum of experience of what it means to be alive in this moment. The BreakBeat Poets are a break with the past and an honoring of the tradition(s), an undeniable body expanding the canon for the fresher.
  • The Essential Rumi

    By Jalal al-Din Rumi

    Our Price: $15.29
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780062509598
    • Publisher: HarperOne
    • Published: May 2004
    This new, expanded edition features an addition of over eighty never-before-published poems and a new Introduction. Notes, Indexs of Titles and First Lines. 388p.

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