National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month

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  • 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

    Our Price: $17.95
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Poet in New York : Revised and Expanded Bilingual Edition

    By Federico Garcia Lorca

    Our Price: $18.00
    • 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.
  • 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.

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