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


Edward Hirsch
Description: One hundred of the most moving and inspiring poems of the last 200 years from around the world, a collection that will comfort and enthrall anyone trapped by grief or loneliness.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 808.81 One
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 9, 2021
Cleopatra Mathis
Description: "From her first book, Aerial View of Louisiana, published in 1979, Cleopatra Mathis has given us poems that somehow manage to be elegant and visceral at once. What has changed in the progression of the six collections since then-in poetry addressing marriage, the mystery of animals, the delicate and indelible bonds of family, illness, and mortality-is that the visceral quotient has steadily increased, though the elegance remains undiminished. For Mathis, the navigation of a darkened hallway at night is aperilous expedition. After the Body charts the depredations of an illness that seems intent on removing the body, piece by piece. Through close and relentless observation of her own physical being, Mathis shows us how miniscule ambition, planning, and a sense of control over our own bodies are-things we so blithely take as real and solid when healthy. Her many publications, awards, and praise from peers testify that she is a lyric poet of the highest order. This expansive new book is the culmination of abrilliant career, and a necessary addition to any collection"-- Provided by publisher.
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 9, 2021
Joyce Carol Oates
Description: The first poetry collection in twenty-five years by the National Book Award-winning author, Joyce Carol Oates, observes the human heart and mind while exploring subjects ranging from politics and racism to poverty and loss.
Call Number: 811 Oat
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 9, 2021
Michael Torres, Raquel Salas Rivera
Description: "This collection of poems is an act of remembrance of a speaker looking back on a community of Mexican-American boys who are grappling with the impulse to assimilate while at the same time trying to create something new for themselves through graffiti."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 811 Tor
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 9, 2021
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Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 9, 2021
Roy G. Guzmán
Description: The debut collection from one of America's most inventive new poets. A name for the people of Honduras, Catrachos is a term of solidarity and resilience. In these unflinching, riveting poems, Roy G. Guzmán reaches across borders--between life and death and between countries--invoking the voices of the lost. Part immigration narrative, part elegy, and part queer coming-of-age story, Catrachos finds its own religion in fantastic figures such as the X-Men, pop singers, and the "Queerodactyl," which is imagined in a series of poems as a dinosaur sashaying in the shadow of an oncoming comet, insistent on surviving extinction. Guzmán's debut is a display of lyrical and moral complexity--an introduction to an immediately captivating, urgently needed voice.
Call Number: 811 Guz
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 9, 2021
Mahogany L. Browne
Description: Picked on at home, criticized for talking trash while beating boys at basketball, and always seen as less than her best friend, a girl struggles to like and accept herself.
Call Number: YA FIC Bro
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 9, 2021
Sarah M Sala
Description:
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 9, 2021
Don Mee Choi
Description: "A new book by Don Mee Choi that includes poems, prose, and images"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 818 Cho
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 9, 2021
Ray González
Description: "In Feel Puma, Gonzalez traces his love of reading, philosophy, and learning with poems constantly in conversation--with each other, with texts by other writers and the writers themselves, with world history and his personal history and people he has encountered. Woven over five sections, Feel Puma is a complex and gorgeous dive into creativity and the inner life of a poet at the height of his craft"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 811 Gon
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 9, 2021
Pamela Sneed, Amy Scholder
Description: "In this collection of personal essays and poetry, acclaimed poet and performer Pamela Sneed details her coming of age in New York City during the late 1980s. Funeral Diva captures the impact of AIDS on black queer life, and highlights the enduring bondsbetween the living, the dying, and the dead. Sneed's poems not only converse with lovers past and present, but also with her literary forebears- like James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Audre Lorde-whose aesthetic and thematic investments she renews for a contemporary American landscape. Offering critical focus on matters from police brutality to LGBTQ+ rights, Funeral Diva confronts the most pressing issues of our time with acerbic wit and audacity"-- Provided by publisher.
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 9, 2021
Safia Elhillo
Description: "Nima doesn't feel understood. By her mother, who grew up far away in a different land. By her suburban town, which makes her feel too much like an outsider to fit in and not enough like an outsider to feel like that she belongs somewhere else. At least she has her childhood friend Haitham, with whom she can let her guard down and be herself. Until she doesn't. As the ground is pulled out from under her, Nima must grapple with the phantom of a life not chosen, the name her parents didn't give her at birth: Yasmeen. But that other name, that other girl, might just be more real than Nima knows. And more hungry. And the life Nima has, the one she keeps wishing were someone else's...she might have to fight for it with a fierceness she never knew she had" -- Publisher's description.
Call Number: YA FIC Elh
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 9, 2021
Adam Mansbach
Description: "Adam Mansbach--a young and mostly unknown jazz musician, rapper, poet, screenwriter, and novelist - had just had his first brush with fame from a most unlikely source: a book of rhyming couplets about putting his young daughter to sleep that had improbably sold millions of copies and shot to the top of bestseller lists. Just as his dreams of writing success were coming true - interviews on late-night and morning shows, standing-room only events, an audiobook read by Samuel L. Jackson and Werner Herzog (not all dreams make sense) - he received a call from his father, with news about his older brother, David. 'my father said david has taken his own life & i answered as if i didn't understand or hadn't heard. my reply was what? & he repeated it. there is plenty to regret & perhaps this is insignificant but i wish i had not made him say it to me twice.' This epic poem tells the story of a young man grappling with the death of his beloved and troubled older brother - but more than that, trying to understand the nature of love, family, and mortality itself. In his Go the Fuck to Sleep, Mansbach deftly captured for millions of readers the comic tension betweeen the love we have for our newborn children and the ways they drive us crazy; here, he uses that same sensitivity and ability to find a fresh language for common human experience to illuminate the search for meaning within grief at the other end of life. Mansbach finds himself facing a sudden void where once he brother stood without any way to make sense of the loss. This poem turns into his ritual of grief, his way of redeeming and understanding loss - and moving on"-- Provided by publisher.
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 9, 2021
Kwame Alexander
Description: From Kwame Alexander comes a powerful and provocative collection of poems that cut to the heart of the entrenched racism and oppression in America and eloquently explores ongoing events. This is a rap session on race. A lyrical response to the struggles of Black lives in our world . . . to America's crisis of conscience . . . to the centuries of loss, endless resilience, and unstoppable hope. Includes an introduction by the author and a bold, graphically designed interior.--From statement at Amazon.
Call Number: 811 Ale
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 9, 2021
Jorie Graham
Description: In her new collection, Jorie Graham deepens her vision of our futurity. What of us will survive? Identity may be precarious, but perhaps love is not? Keeping pace with the desperate runaway of climate change, social disruption, our new mass migrations, she struggles to reimagine a habitable present-- a now-- in which we might endure, wary, undaunted, ever-inventive, counting silently towards infinity.
Call Number: 811 Gra
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 9, 2021
Amanda Lovelace
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 9, 2021
Amanda Gorman
Description: "On January 20, 2021, Amanda Gorman became the sixth and youngest poet, at age twenty-two, to deliver a poetry reading at a presidential inauguration. Her inaugural poem, "The Hill We Climb," is now available to cherish in this special edition." -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA 811 Gor
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 9, 2021
Robert Macfarlane, Jackie Morris
Description: The Lost Spells evokes the wonder of everyday nature, conjuring up red foxes, birch trees, jackdaws, and more in poems and illustrations that flow between the pages and into readers' minds. Robert Macfarlane's spell-poems and Jackie Morris's watercolor illustrations are musical and magical: these are summoning spells, words of recollection, charms of protection. See anew the natural world within our grasp and to be reminded of what happens when we allow it to slip away.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 821 Mac
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 9, 2021
Torrin A. Greathouse
Description: "Wound from the Mouth of the Wound was selected by Aimee Nezhukumatathil as the winner of the 2020 Ballard Spahr Prize for Poetry"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 811 Gre
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 9, 2021
Diana Whitney, Cristina (Illustrator) González, Kate Mockford, Stephanie (Illustrator) Singleton
Description: "A contemporary poetry anthology that offers girls and young women wisdom and compassion for a vital, formative time in their lives."-- Publisher's description.Poetry awakens your inner world and makes all your feelings come alive. The poems in this collection-- chosen with girls in mind-- sing of diversity, self-discovery, and self-acceptance. Grouped by emotional experience, the poems give the reader permission to let go of shame and perfectionism. By accepting your own contradictions, you can embrace the fullness of who you are-- and of who you are becoming. -- adapted from flaps
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 9, 2021
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100 Poems To Break Your Heart
Edward Hirsch
808.81 One
Funeral Diva
Pamela Sneed, Amy Scholder
After The Body : Poems New And Selected
Cleopatra Mathis
Home Is Not A Country
Safia Elhillo
YA FIC Elh
American Melancholy : Poems
Joyce Carol Oates
811 Oat
I Had A Brother Once : A Poem
Adam Mansbach
An Incomplete List Of Names : Poems
Michael Torres, Raquel Salas Rivera
811 Tor
Light For The World To See : A Thousand Words On Race And Hope
Kwame Alexander
811 Ale
Carry On : Poetry By Young Immigrants
Runaway : New Poems
Jorie Graham
811 Gra
Catrachos : Poems
Roy G. Guzmán
811 Guz
Shine Your Icy Crown
Amanda Lovelace
Chlorine Sky
Mahogany L. Browne
YA FIC Bro
The Hill We Climb : An Inaugural Poem For The Country
Amanda Gorman
YA 811 Gor
Devil's Lake
Sarah M Sala
The Lost Spells
Robert Macfarlane, Jackie Morris
821 Mac
Dmz Colony
Don Mee Choi
818 Cho
Wound From The Mouth Of A Wound : Poems
Torrin A. Greathouse
811 Gre
Feel Puma : Poems
Ray González
811 Gon
You Don't Have To Be Everything : Poems For Girls Becoming Themselves
Diana Whitney, Cristina (Illustrator) González, Kate Mockford, Stephanie (Illustrator) Singleton