West Slope Library Booklist April 2015


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April is National Poetry Month!

Remember: When you pick up a book of poems, you don’t have to read the whole thing. Poetry books are wonderful because you can pick through them, sort of like rooting around in a candy dish. Keep flipping through the pages and you’ll find the poem that speaks to you. 

Understanding Poetry

A Poetry Handbook

A Poetry Handbook

By Oliver, Mary
1994-08 – Mariner Books
0156724006



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With passion, wit, and good common sense, the celebrated poet Mary Oliver tells of the basic ways a poem is built–meter and rhyme, form and diction, sound and sense. Drawing on poems from Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, and others, the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner imparts an extraordinary amount of information in a short space.

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The Poet's Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry

The Poet’s Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry

By Addonizio, Kim
Joint Author Laux, Dorianne
1997-09 – W. W. Norton & Company
0393316548



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A "teaching" guide for individuals or for groups, in or out of the classroom, to share the weekly assignments. Numerous examples of contemporary poetry, chosen for relevance and freshness, illustrate salient points and stimulate the imagination. From the nuts and bolts of craft to sources of inspiration, this book is for anyone who wants to write poetry and do it well.

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The Spoken Word Revolution: Slam, Hip-Hop & the Poetry of a New Generation with CD (Audio)

The Spoken Word Revolution: Slam, Hip-Hop & the Poetry of a New Generation with CD (Audio)

By Eleveld, Mark
Narrated by Smith, Marc Kelly
2003-04 – Sourcebooks Mediafusion
1402200374



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The definitive collection from the most significant poetry movement in the world today–narrated by the man who started it all, Marc Kelly Smith. One audio CD highlights performances by some of the best spoken word poets of today with narration by Marc Kelly Smith, featuring:

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The Spoken Word Revolution Redux [With CD]

The Spoken Word Revolution Redux [With CD]

By Eleveld, Mark
2007-04 – Sourcebooks Mediafusion
9781402208690



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From its earliest days to today, poetry has always been a spoken art. On the page and out loud, poetry is the home for the brilliant, the rebellious, the artists and performers who are changing the world. Todays spoken word revolution is the literary equivalent to grabbing a culture by the collar and shaking ithard. In the tradition of The Spoken Word Revolution, Redux brings more of the gripping,

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Anthologies

The Best of the Best American Poetry

The Best of the Best American Poetry

By Pinsky, Robert
Contribution by Alexie, Sherman
Contribution by Ammons, A. R.
2013-04 – Scribner Book Company
9781451658873



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Pinsky, distinguished poet and man of letters, selects the top 100 poems from 25 years of "The Best American Poetry," the most prestigious poetry publication in the United States.

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Body Eclectic

Body Eclectic

By Vecchione, Patrice Redd
2002-05 – Henry Holt & Company
9780805069358



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CCBC Choices – 2003
An experienced anthologist and teacher has put together an immensely powerful group of poems, all of which address a unifying theme of major interest to teens–the body.


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The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry

The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry

By Kaminsky, Ilya
Editor Harris, Susan
2010-03 – Ecco Press
9780061583247



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In this remarkable anthology, introduced and edited by Ilya Kaminsky and Susan Harris, poetic visions from the twentieth century will be reinforced and in many ways revised. Here, alongside renowned masters, are internationally celebrated poets who have rarely, if ever, been translated into English.

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Poems in Time & Place

From Both Sides Now: The Poetry of the Vietnam War and Its Aftermath

From Both Sides Now: The Poetry of the Vietnam War and Its Aftermath

By Mahony, Philip
1998-11 – Scribner Book Company
0684849461



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This first-ever collection of the extraordinary poetry to emerge from the Vietnam War is a milestone of both literature and history–a stunningly varied and vivid meditation on one of the most shattering events in America’s recent past.

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June Fourth Elegies

June Fourth Elegies

By Xiaobo, Liu
Translator Yang, Jeffrey
Foreword by Dalai Lama
2012-04 – Graywolf Press
9781555976101



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The first publication of the poetry of 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Xiaobo, who has become the foremost symbol of the struggle for human rights in China.

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Words for the Hour: A New Anthology of American Civil War Poetry

Words for the Hour: A New Anthology of American Civil War Poetry

By Barrett, Faith
Editor Miller, Cristanne
2006-02 – University of Massachusetts Press
1558495096



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"Words for the Hour" presents a readable and illuminating account of the Civil War, told through the words of poets North and South. From bathos to profound philosophical meditation and sorrow, the range of these poems illuminates the complexity of their era while also revealing the continuing power of this turning point in American history to speak to readers in the present day. The volume is

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Poems to Light the Dark

Hard Times Require Furious Dancing: New Poems

Hard Times Require Furious Dancing: New Poems

By Walker, Alice
Illustrator McCloud, Shiloh
Foreword by McCloud, Shiloh
2010-10 – New World Library
9781577319306



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Alice Walker is beloved for her ability to speak her own truth in ways that speak for and about countless others. Here she confronts personal and collective challenges in words that dance, sing, and heal. As Shiloh McCloud describes in her foreword, Walker’s poems contain "the death of loved ones and the birth of new ideas, the sorrow of rejection and the deliciousness of love, the sweetness of

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The Art of Losing: Poems of Grief and Healing

The Art of Losing: Poems of Grief and Healing

By Young, Kevin
2010-03 – Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
9781608190331



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Poetry serves a unique role in our lives, distilling human experience and emotion down to truths as potent as they are brief. There are two times most people turn to it: for love and loss. Although collections of love poetry abound, there are very few anthologies for the grieving. In "The Art of Losing," editor Kevin Young Kevin Young has introduced and selected 150 devastatingly beautiful poems

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The Desiderata of Love: A Collection of Poems for the Beloved

The Desiderata of Love: A Collection of Poems for the Beloved

By Ehrmann, Max
1995-04 – Crown Publishing Group (NY)
0517700786



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This collection of inspirational poems by the famous poet Max Ehrmann brings together twenty-four poems of love between men and women. They beautifully express his eternal optimism and undying love of human beings and their joyful relationship with each other.

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Formal Poetry

Beowulf: A New Verse Translation

Beowulf: A New Verse Translation

By Heaney, Seamus
2001-02 – W. W. Norton & Company
0393320979



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Composed toward the end of the first millennium, "Beowulf" is the classic Northern epic of a hero’s triumphs as a young warrior and his fated death as a defender of his people. In his new translation–a national bestseller that is the winner of the Whitbread Award–Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney has produced a work that is both true, line by line, to the original poem and a fundamental expression of

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The Aeneid

The Aeneid

By Virgil
Translator Fagles, Robert
Introduction by Knox, Bernard
2006-11 – Viking Books
9780670038039



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BookPage Notable Title
Fagles’s translations of The Iliad and The Odyssey have sold hundreds of thousands of copies. Now, the much-anticipated new translation of Virgil’s epic poem from the award-winning translator reintroduces The Aeneid to a whole new generation, and completes the classical triptych at the heart of Western civilization.


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Sonnets from the Portuguese

Sonnets from the Portuguese

By Browning, Elizabeth Barrett
Author Dover Thrift Editions
1992-02 – Dover Publications
0486270521



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Famed series of 44 love poems written to the poet’s husband, Robert Browning, plus a selection of poems dealing with religion, art, social problems, and political events. Alphabetical lists of titles and first lines.

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Sonnets to Orpheus

Sonnets to Orpheus

By Rilke, Rainer Maria
Translator Crucefix, Martyn
2012-10 – Enitharmon Press
9781907587221



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One of the literary masterpieces of the century, this translation is now presented with facing-page German.
To Rilke himself the "Sonnets to Orpheus" were "perhaps the most mysterious…in the way they came up and entrusted themselves to me, the most enigmatic dictation I have ever held through and achieved; the whole first part was written down in a single breathless act of obedience, between


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The Complete Sonnets and Poems

The Complete Sonnets and Poems

By Shakespeare, William
Editor Burrow, Colin
2008-05 – Oxford University Press, USA
9780199535798



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This is the only fully annotated and modernized edition to bring together Shakespeare’s sonnets as well as all his poems (including those attributed to him after his death) in one volume. A full introduction discusses his development as a poet, and how the poems relate to the plays, and detailed notes explain the language and allusions. While accessibly written, the edition takes account of the

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Popular Poets

Ballistics: Poems

Ballistics: Poems

By Collins, Billy
2008-09 – Random House (NY)
9781400064915



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From the former United States Poet Laureate and bestselling author of "Nine Horses" and "Sailing Alone Around the Room" comes a dazzling new collection of poems.

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A Thousand Mornings

A Thousand Mornings

By Oliver, Mary
2012-10 – Penguin Press
9781594204777



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Awards:
Midwest Booksellers’ Choice Award (2013)

Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Oliver returns to the imagery that has come to define her life’s work, transporting readers to the marshland and coastline of her beloved home, Provincetown, Massachusetts. With startling clarity, humor, and kindness, this collection explores the mysteries of our daily experience.

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Terrapin: Poems by Wendell Berry

Terrapin: Poems by Wendell Berry

By Berry, Wendell
2014-11 – Counterpoint LLC
9781619024250



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Tom Pohrt spent years gathering those poems of Wendell Berry’s he imagined children might read and appreciate, making sketches to accompany his selection. Over the past several years a dialogue has evolved in which the poet has come to advise the illustrator on the natural history of the animals and plants seen so intimately in the poems. Then came the august book designer Dave Bullen, who has

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Headwaters

Headwaters

By Voigt, Ellen Bryant
2013-10 – W. W. Norton & Company
9780393083200



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Rash yet tender, chastened yet lush, Headwaters is a book of opposites, a book of wild abandon by one of the most formally exacting poets of our time. Animals populate its pages owl, groundhog, fox, each with its own inimitable survival skills and the poet who so meticulously observes their behaviors has accumulated a lifetime s worth of skills herself: she too has survived. The power of these

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Thrall: Poems

Thrall: Poems

By Trethewey, Natasha
2012-09 – Houghton Mifflin
9780547571607



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Awards:
SIBA Book Award (2013)

The Pulitzer Prize-winning "Native Guard" explored Natasha Trethewey’s relationship with her black mother. Now, her new collection, "Thrall," takes on the uneasy relationship between her and her white father. It charts the intersections of public and personal history that determine the roles to which a mixed-race daughter and her white father are consigned.

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Prelude to Bruise

Prelude to Bruise

By Jones, Saeed
2014-09 – Coffee House Press
9781566893749



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Awards:
Lambda Literary Awards (2015), National Book Critics Circle Award (2014), Triangle Awards (2015)

Praise for Saeed Jones:
"Jones is the kind of writer who’s more than wanted: he’s desperately needed."–"FlavorWire"
"I get shout-happy when I read these poems; they are the gospel; they are the good news of the sustaining power of imagination, tenderness, and outright joy."–D. A. Powell
"Prelude to Bruise works its tempestuous mojo just under the skin, wreaking a sweet havoc and


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Mother Love: Poems

Mother Love: Poems

By Dove, Rita
1995-05 – W. W. Norton & Company
0393038084



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Marking the end of Pulitzer Prize winner Rita Dove’s two-year term as Poet Laureate of the United States, this new collection again confirms her extraordinary power and grace as a poet. Mother Love calls upon the ancient Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone to examine the tenacity of love between mother and daughter, two tumblers locked in an eternal somersault: each mother a daughter; each

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The Book of Questions

The Book of Questions

By Neruda, Pablo
Translator O’Daly, William
2001-04 – Copper Canyon Press
1556591608



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Pablo Neruda is one of the world’s most popular poets, and "The Book of Questions" is Copper Canyon’s all-time best-seller. This updated bilingual edition is entirely re-designed and features a new cover, new interior, and an introduction by translator.

In "The Book of Questions", Neruda refuses to be corralled by the rational mind. Composed of 316 unanswerable questions, these poems

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The Bees: Poems

The Bees: Poems

By Duffy, Carol Ann
2013-03 – Faber & Faber
9780865478855



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This is Carol Ann’s new collection – her first since "Rapture" – and since she was made Poet Laureate. "Carol Ann Duffy is the most humane and accessible poet of our time." ("Guardian"). "Part of Duffy’s talent – besides her ear for ordinary eloquence, her gorgeous, powerful, throwaway lines, her subtlety – is her ventriloquism …From verbal nuances to mind-expanding imaginative leaps, her words

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Lighthead

Lighthead

By Hayes, Terrance
2010-03 – Penguin Books
9780143116967



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Awards:
Hurston/Wright LEGACY Award (2011), National Book Awards (2010), National Book Critics Circle Award (2010)

From an award-winning poet, a new collection in which the political and the personal converge in innovative and beautiful ways
In his fourth collection, Terrance Hayes investigates how we construct experience. With one foot firmly grounded in the everyday and the other hovering in the air, his poems braid dream and reality into a poetry that is both dark and buoyant. Cultural icons as diverse


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Life on Mars

Life on Mars

By Smith, Tracy K.
2011-05 – Graywolf Press
9781555975845



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Awards:
Hurston/Wright LEGACY Award (2012), Pulitzer Prize (2012)

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,


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White Egrets

White Egrets

By Walcott, Derek
2010-03 – Farrar Straus Giroux
9780374289294



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This moving new collection from one of the most important poets of the twentieth century celebrates the life and language of the West Indies. It is also a triumphant paean to beauty, love, art, and–perhaps most surprisingly–getting older.

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Incarnadine

Incarnadine

By Szybist, Mary
2013-02 – Graywolf Press
9781555976354



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Awards:
National Book Awards (2013), Oregon Book Awards (2014)

In Incarnadine, Mary Szybist restlessly seeks out places where meaning might take on new color. One poem is presented as a diagrammed sentence. Another is an abecedarium made of lines of dialogue spoken by girls overheard while assembling a puzzle. Several poems arrive as a series of Annunciations, while others purport to give an update on Mary, who must finish the dishes before she will open

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