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


Su Hwang
Description: Against the backdrop of the war on drugs and the 1992 Los Angeles Riots, a Korean girl comes of age in her parents' bodega in the Queensbridge projects, offering a singular perspective on our nation of immigrants and the tensions pulsing in the margins where they live and work.
Call Number: 811 Hwa
Format: Book
Date Added: May 8, 2020
Camonghne Felix
Description: This is about what grows through the wreckage. This is an anthem of survival and a look at what might come after. A view of what floats and what, ultimately, sustains. Build Yourself a Boat redefines the language of collective and individual trauma through lyric and memory.
Call Number: 811 Fel
Format: Book
Date Added: May 8, 2020
Danez Smith
Description: Homie is Danez Smith's anthem about the saving grace of friendship. Rooted in the loss of one of Smith's close friends, this book comes out of the search for joy and intimacy within a nation where both can seem scarce and getting scarcer. In poems of rare power and generosity, Smith acknowledges that in a country overrun by violence, xenophobia, and disparity, and in a body defined by race, queerness, and diagnosis, it can be hard to survive, even harder to remember reasons for living. Part friendship diary, part elegy, part war cry, Homie is the new book written for Danez and for Danez's friends and for you and for yours.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 811 Smi
Format: Book
Date Added: May 8, 2020
Richard Blanco
Description: The diverse poems in this collection form a mosaic of seemingly varied topics. But despite each poem's unique subject matter or occasion, all are fundamentally asking one overwhelming question: how to love this country? Blanco unravels the very fabric of the American narrative, pursuing a resolution to the inherent contradiction of our nation's psyche and mandate: e pluribus unum (out of many, one), charged with the Utopian idea that no single narrative is more important than another, and that America could and ought someday to be a county where all narratives converge into one.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 811 Bla
Format: Book
Date Added: May 8, 2020
Carolyn Forché
Description: Over four decades, Carolyn Forché's visionary work has reinvigorated poetry's power to awaken the reader. Her poems have been testimonies, inquiries, and wonderments. They map a territory where poetry asserts our inexhaustible responsibility to one another. Her first new collection in seventeen years is a book of crossings, of migrations across oceans and borders, but also between the present and the past, life and death. The poems call to the reader from the end of the world where they are sifting through the aftermath of history. Forché envisions a place where "you could see / everything at once . . . every moment you have lived or place you have been." The world here seems to be steadily vanishing, but in the moments before the uncertain end, an illumination arrives and "there is nothing / that cannot be seen."-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 811 For
Format: Book
Date Added: May 8, 2020
Jane Hirshfield
Description: Jane Hirshfield's poems inscribe a registry, both personal and communal, of our present-day predicaments. They call us to deepened dimensions of thought, feeling, and action. They summon our responsibility to sustain one another and the earth while pondering, acutely and tenderly, the crises of refugees, justice, and climate. They consider "the minimum mass for a whale, for a language, an ice cap," recognize the intimacies of connection, and meditate upon doubt and contentment, a library book with previously dog-eared corners, the hunger for surprise, and the debt we owe this world's continuing beauty. Hirshfield's signature alloy of fact and imagination, clarity and mystery, inquiry, observation, and embodied emotion has created a book of indispensable poems, tuned toward issues of consequence to all who share this world's current and future fate.--From statement at Amazon.com.
Call Number: 811 Hir
Format: Book
Date Added: May 8, 2020
Ed-Bok Lee
Description: Taking mitochondrial DNA as his guide, Lee explores familial and national legacies, and their persistence across shifting boundaries and the erosions of time. In these poems, the trait of an ancestor appears in the face of a newborn, and in her cry generations of women's voices echo. Stories, both benign and traumatic, travel as lore and DNA. Using lush, exact imagery, whether about the corner bar or a hilltop in Korea, Lee is a careful observer, tracking and documenting the way that seemingly small moments can lead to larger insights.
Call Number: 811 Lee
Format: Book
Date Added: May 8, 2020
Billy-Ray Belcourt
Description: Billy-Ray Belcourt aims an anthropological eye at the contours of NDN and queer social worlds to spot that which is left unsaid when we look only to the mainstream media. Belcourt employs poetry, poetics, prose, and textual art to illuminate the rogue possibility bubbling up everywhere NDNs are. Part One examines the rhythms of everyday life, which include the terrible beauty of the reserve, the afterlives of history, and the grammar of anal sex. Part Two experiments with form and practice, putting to use, for example, a mode of documentary poetics that unearths the logics that make and unmake texts like Treaty 8. NDN Coping Mechanisms: Notes from the Field emerges out of a form of auto/ethnographic sensibility that is at turns campy and playful, jarring and candid.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 811 Bel
Format: Book
Date Added: May 8, 2020
Sally Wen Mao
Description: "In Oculus, Sally Wen Mao explores exile not just as a matter of distance and displacement but as a migration through time and a reckoning with technology ... A fascinating sequence spanning the collection speaks in the voice of the international icon and first Chinese American movie star Anna May Wong, who travels through the history of cinema with a time machine, even past her death and into the future of film, where she finds she has no progeny. With a speculative imagination and a sharpened wit, Mao powerfully confronts the paradoxes of seeing and being seen, the intimacies made possible and ruined by the screen, and the many roles and representations that women of color are made to endure in order to survive a culture that seeks to consume them."--Amazon.com.
Call Number: 811 Mao
Format: Book
Date Added: May 8, 2020
Dorianne Laux
Description: A collection drawn from Laux's five expansive volumes, and including new poems that pay homage to her mother. Laux finds expression in earthy and lyrical depictions of working-class America, while exploring experiences of survival and healing, of sexual love and celebration. -- adapted from jacket.
Call Number: 811.54 Lau
Format: Book
Date Added: May 8, 2020
Natalie Diaz
Description: Postcolonial Love Poem is an anthem of desire against erasure. Natalie Diaz's second collection demands that every body carried in its pages--bodies of language, land, rivers, suffering brothers, enemies, and lovers--be touched and held as beloveds. Through these poems, the wounds inflicted by America onto an indigenous people are allowed to bloom pleasure and tenderness.
Call Number: 811 Dia
Format: Book
Date Added: May 8, 2020
Valencia Robin
Call Number: 811.6 Rob
Format: Book
Date Added: May 8, 2020
Steve Healey
Description: "As a child during the height of the Cold War, Steve Healey learns that his father is a spy for the CIA. Beneath the banality of everyday life--the suburbs of Washington, DC; school and play; his parents' deteriorating marriage--assumed names, parallel lives, and myriad Cold War menaces linger. Drawing from CIA training manuals and pop culture references alike, Healey's poetry is both intimate and claustrophobic. In these poems, the natural anxiety of childhood is compounded by the weight of both national and family secrets, and Healey draws deep parallels between the shaky foundations of truth in his past and the paranoia and obfuscation that envelops our nation's present."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 811 Hea
Format: Book
Date Added: May 8, 2020
Arthur Sze
Description: "From the current phenomenon of drawing calligraphy with water in public parks in China to Thomas Jefferson laying out dinosaur bones on the White House floor, from the last sighting of the axolotl to a man who stops building plutonium triggers, Sight Lines moves through space and time and brings the disparate and divergent into stunning and meaningful focus. In this new work, Arthur Sze employs a wide range of voices--from lichen on a ceiling to a man behind on his rent--and his mythic imagination continually evokes how humans are endangering the planet; yet, balancing rigor with passion, he seizes the significant and luminous and transforms these moments into riveting and enduring poetry." -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 811 Sze
Format: Book
Date Added: May 8, 2020
Paige Lewis
Call Number: 811 Lew
Format: Book
Date Added: May 8, 2020
Robert Hass
Description: "A new volume of poetry from Robert Hass is always an event. In Summer Snow, his first collection of poems since 2010, Hass further affirms his position as one of our most highly regarded living poets. Hass's trademark careful attention to the natural world, his subtle humor, and the delicate but wide-ranging eye he casts on the human experience are fully on display in his masterful collection. Touching on subjects including the poignancy of loss, the serene and resonant beauty of nature, and the mutability of desire, Hass exhibits his virtuosic abilities, expansive intellect, and tremendous readability in one of his most ambitious and formally brilliant collections to date."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 811.54 Has
Format: Book
Date Added: May 8, 2020
David Baker
Description: "A sweeping poetic achievement, Swift represents David Baker's evolution as one of American poetry's most significant voices. Gathering poems from eight collections--including the widely acclaimed Changeable Thunder (2001) and his masterful latest, Scavenger Loop (2015)--and adding three suites of new poems, David Baker proves himself once again "the most expansive and moving poet to come out of the American Midwest since James Wright" (Marilyn Hacker). With equal curiosity and candor, he explores the many worlds we all inhabit--from our most intimate relationships to the wider social worlds of neighborhoods, villages, and our complex national identity, to the environmental community we all share. FROM "SWIFT" A voice in awe turns inward; as looking down into a canyon, the self grows small. The smaller swifts are larger for their singing"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 811 Bak
Format: Book
Date Added: May 8, 2020
Hannah Sullivan
Description: "A British poet's debut collection, winner of the 2018 T.S. Eliot Prize for poetry"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 821 Sul
Format: Book
Date Added: May 8, 2020
Adam Clay
Description: "To Make Room for the Sea is a collection of reflective poems about personal and environmental loss, and hope for the future"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 811 Cla
Format: Book
Date Added: May 8, 2020
Christopher Kondrich
Call Number: 811 Kon
Format: Book
Date Added: May 8, 2020
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Bodega : Poems
Su Hwang
811 Hwa
Postcolonial Love Poem
Natalie Diaz
811 Dia
Build Yourself A Boat
Camonghne Felix
811 Fel
Ridiculous Light : Poems
Valencia Robin
811.6 Rob
Homie : Poems
Danez Smith
811 Smi
Safe Houses I Have Known
Steve Healey
811 Hea
How To Love A Country : Poems
Richard Blanco
811 Bla
Sight Lines
Arthur Sze
811 Sze
In The Lateness Of The World
Carolyn Forché
811 For
Space Struck
Paige Lewis
811 Lew
Ledger : Poems
Jane Hirshfield
811 Hir
Summer Snow : New Poems
Robert Hass
811.54 Has
Mitochondrial Night
Ed-Bok Lee
811 Lee
Swift : New And Selected Poems
David Baker
811 Bak
Ndn Coping Mechanisms : Notes From The Field
Billy-Ray Belcourt
811 Bel
Three Poems
Hannah Sullivan
821 Sul
Oculus : Poems
Sally Wen Mao
811 Mao
To Make Room For The Sea : Poems
Adam Clay
811 Cla
Only As The Day Is Long : New And Selected Poems
Dorianne Laux
811.54 Lau
Valuing
Christopher Kondrich
811 Kon