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As the great poet once said.... Here are our latest selection in poetry. 


Kwame Alexander, Mary Rand Hess, Deanna Nikaido, Joel Sartore
Description: A howling wolf, a stalking tiger, a playful panda, a dancing bird--pairing photography and poetry this picture book celebrates the beauty, diversity, and fragility of the animal world. Featuring more than 40 unique animal portraits, the pages invite kids to explore each creature's markings, textures, and attributes, while calling on all of us to help protect each and every one. Three picture-packed gatefolds inside showcase even more familiar and exotic species. These images are part of Sartore's lifelong project to photograph every animal in the world, with special attention given to disappearing and endangered species-- Statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Ale
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 18, 2017
Margarita Engle, Rafael López
Description: "Bold, graphic portraits and beautiful poems present famous and lesser-known Latinos from varied backgrounds who have faced life's challenges in creative ways."--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: J 811.6 Eng
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 18, 2017
Nikki Grimes
Description: While studying the Harlem Renaissance, students at a Bronx high school read aloud poems they've written, revealing their innermost thoughts and fears to their formerly clueless classmates.
Call Number: YA FIC Gri
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 18, 2017
Kaveh Akbar
Description: ""The struggle from late youth on, with and without God, agony, narcotics and love is a torment rarely recorded with such sustained eloquence and passion as you will find in this collection." -Fanny Howe. This highly-anticipated debut boldly confronts addiction and courses the strenuous path of recovery, beginning in the wilds of the mind. Poems confront craving, control, the constant battle of alcoholism and sobriety, and the questioning of the self and its instincts within the context of this never-ending fight. From "Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before": Sometimes you just have to leave whatever's real to you, you have to clomp through fields and kick the caps off all the toadstools. Sometimes you have to march all the way to Galilee or the literal foot of God himself before you realize you've already passed the place where you were supposed to die. I can no longer remember the being afraid, only that it came to an end. Kaveh Akbar is the founding editor of Divedapper. His poems appear recentlyor soon in The New Yorker, Poetry, APR, Tin House, PBS NewsHour, and elsewhere. He is the author of the chapbook Portrait of the Alcoholic (Sibling Rivalry). The recipient of a 2016 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, Akbar was born in Tehran, Iran, and currently lives and teaches in Florida"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: ordered 071317
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 18, 2017
Rita Dove
Description: Rita Dove's Collected poems, 1974-2004 showcases the wide-ranging diversity in her thirty years and seven books of poetry.
Call Number: 811 Dov
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 18, 2017
Jorie Graham
Description: In her first new collection in five years--her most exhilarating, personal, and formally inventive to date--Graham explores the limits of the human and the uneasy seductions of the post-human. Conjuring an array of voices and perspectives--from bots, to the holy shroud, to the ocean floor, to a medium transmitting from beyond the grave--these poems give urgent form to the ever-increasing pace of transformation of our planet and ourselves. As it navigates cyber life, 3D-printed "life," life after death, biologically, chemically, and electronically modified life, Fast lights up the border of our new condition as individuals and as a species on the brink -- Book jacket.
Call Number: ordered 081017
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 18, 2017
Tim McGraw
Description: Illustrated verse reminds readers of the simple power of being grateful, honest, polite, humble, and kind.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Aug 18, 2017
J. Patrick Lewis, Johanna Wright
Description: Collects thirteen classic poems by such masters as Robert Frost, Langston Hughes and Emily Dickinson that are paired with lighthearted parodies.
Call Number: J 811.54 Lew
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 18, 2017
Solmaz Sharif
Call Number: 811 Sha
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 18, 2017
Laura L. Hansen, publisher National Federation of State Poetry Societies (U.S.)
Call Number: 811 Han
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 18, 2017
Hope Anita Smith
Description: A picture book of poems that celebrate fathers.
Call Number: J 811.6 Smi
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 18, 2017
Nikki Grimes, Cozbi A. Cabrera
Description: In this collection of poetry, Nikki Grimes looks afresh at the poets of the Harlem Renaissance -- including voices like Langston Hughes, Georgia Douglas Johnson, and many more writers of importance and resonance from this era -- by combining their work with her own original poetry. Featuring art by: Cozbi Cabrera, R. Gregory Christie, Pat Cummings, Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Nikki Grimes, E. B. Lewis, Frank Morrison, Brian Pinkney, Sean Qualls, James Ransome, Javaka Steptoe, Shadra Strickland, and Elizabeth Zunon. -- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: J 811.54 Gri
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 18, 2017
Simon Armitage
Call Number: 821 Pea
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 18, 2017
Jill Bialosky
Description: "An unconventional and inventive coming-of-age memoir organized around forty-three remarkable poems by poets such as Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Wallace Stevens and Sylvia Plath, from a critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author and poet. For Jill Bialosky, certain poems stand out like signposts at pivotal moments in a life: the death of a father, adolescence, first love, leaving home, the suicide of a sister, marriage, the birth of a child, the day in New York City the Twin Towers fell. As Bialosky narrates these moments, she illuminates the ways in which particular poems offered insight, compassion, and connection, and shows how poetry can be a blueprint for living. In Poetry Will Save Your Life, Bialosky recalls when she encountered each formative poem, and how its importance and meaning evolved over time, allowing new insights and perceptions to emerge. While Bialosky's personal stories animate each poem, they touch on many universal experiences, from the awkwardness of girlhood, to crises of faith and identity, from braving a new life in a foreign city to enduring the loss of a loved one, from becoming a parent to growing creatively as a poet and artist. In Poetry Will Save Your Life, Bialosky has crafted an engaging and entirely original examination of a life while celebrating the enduring value of poetry, not as a purely cerebral activity, but as a means of conveying personal experience and as a source of comfort and intimacy. In doing so she brilliantly illustrates the ways in which poetry can be an integral part of life itself and can, in fact, save your life"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: ordered 060117
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 18, 2017
Willis Barnstone
Description: "The world's greatest poetry resides in the Bible, yet these major poets are traditionally rendered into prose. In this pioneering volume of biblical poets translated in English, Willis Barnstone restores the lyricism and power of the poets' voices in both the New and Old Testaments. In the Hebrew Bible we hear Solomon rhapsodize in Song of Songs, David chant in Psalms, God and Job debate in grand rhetoric, and prophet poet Isaiah plead for peace. Jesus speaks in wisdom verse in the Gospel, Paul is a philosopher of love, and John of Patmos roars majestically in Revelation, the Bible's epic poem. This groundbreaking volume includes every major biblical poem from Genesis and Adam and Eve in the Garden to the last pages of Alpha and Omega in Paradise."--Dust jacket.
Call Number: ordered 072717
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 18, 2017
Charles Simic
Description: A diverse collection of Simic's poetry.
Call Number: 811 Sim
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 18, 2017
Billy Collins
Description: "Billy Collin's first new book in three years contains more than forty new poems that showcase the generosity, playfulness, and wisdom that have made him one of our most beloved poets"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 811 Col
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 18, 2017
Athena Kildegaard
Call Number: 811 Kil
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 18, 2017
Sharon Flake
Description: Tow-Kaye just learned that the love of his life is pregnant--and though he knows what the right thing to do is, he's scared to death to do it. Jeffrey hates having a mom who dresses like a teenager, but when another sexy mom moves in next door--well, that's a different kind of problem. In these and twenty-two other short stories and poems, readers plumb the inner lives of African American teenage boys and the issues they must deal with, including HIV, teen pregnancy, and homelessness.
Call Number: YA FIC Fla
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 18, 2017
Mai Der Vang
Description: Afterland is a collection of poetry that recounts with detail the Hmong exodus from Laos and the fate of thousands of refugees seeking asylum. Mai Der Vang is telling the story of her own family, and by doing so, she also provides a history of the Hmong culture's ongoing resilience in exile. Many of these poems are written in the voices of those fleeing unbearable violence after U.S. forces recruited Hmong fighters in Laos in the Secret War against communism, only to abandon them after that war went awry. That history is little known or understood, but the three hundred thousand Hmong now living in the United States are living proof of its aftermath. With poems of force and grace, Afterland holds an original place in American poetry and lands with a sense of humanity saved, of outrage, of a deep tradition broken by war and ocean but still intact, remembered, and lived.--From statement at Amazon.com.
Call Number: 811 Van
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 18, 2017
Danez Smith
Description: Smith's poetry addresses race, class, sexuality, faith, social justice, mortality, and the challenges of living HIV positive at the intersection of black and queer identity. The collection opens with a sequence that imagines an afterlife for black men shot by police, a place where suspicion, violence, and grief are forgotten and replaced with the safety, love, and longevity they deserved on earth. "Dear White America," which Smith performed at the 2014 Rustbelt Midwest Region Poetry Slam, has as strong an impact on the page as it did on the spoken word stage. Smith's courage and hope amidst the struggle for unity in America will humble and uplift you.
Call Number: 811 Smi
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2017
Marie Howe
Description: Magdalene imagines the biblical figure of Mary Magdalene as a woman who embodies the spiritual and sensual, alive in a contemporary landscape
Call Number: 811 How
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2017
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Animal Ark : Celebrating Our Wild World In Poetry And Pictures
Kwame Alexander, Mary Rand Hess, Deanna Nikaido, Joel Sartore
E Ale
One Last Word : Wisdom From The Harlem Renaissance
Nikki Grimes, Cozbi A. Cabrera
J 811.54 Gri
Bravo! : Poems About Amazing Hispanics
Margarita Engle, Rafael López
J 811.6 Eng
Pearl : A New Verse Translation
Simon Armitage
821 Pea
Bronx Masquerade
Nikki Grimes
YA FIC Gri
Poetry Will Save Your Life : A Memoir
Jill Bialosky
ordered 060117
Calling A Wolf A Wolf
Kaveh Akbar
ordered 071317
Poets Of The Bible : From Solomon's Song Of Songs To John's Book Of Revelation
Willis Barnstone
ordered 072717
Collected Poems : 1974--2004
Rita Dove
811 Dov
Scribbled In The Dark : Poems
Charles Simic
811 Sim
Fast
Jorie Graham
ordered 081017
The Rain In Portugal : Poems
Billy Collins
811 Col
Humble & Kind [Electronic Resource]
Tim McGraw
Ventriloquy
Athena Kildegaard
811 Kil
Keep A Pocket In Your Poem : Classic Poems And Playful Parodies
J. Patrick Lewis, Johanna Wright
J 811.54 Lew
You Don't Even Know Me
Sharon Flake
YA FIC Fla
Look : Poems
Solmaz Sharif
811 Sha
Afterland : Poems
Mai Der Vang
811 Van
Midnight River
Laura L. Hansen, publisher National Federation of State Poetry Societies (U.S.)
811 Han
Don't Call Us Dead : Poems
Danez Smith
811 Smi
My Daddy Rules The World : Poems About Dads
Hope Anita Smith
J 811.6 Smi
Magdalene : Poems
Marie Howe
811 How