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


Yrsa Daley-Ward
Description: "From the celebrated poet Yrsa Daley-Ward, a poignant collection of autobiographical poems about the heart, life, and the inner self. Bone. Visceral. Close to. Stark. The poems in Yrsa Daley-Ward's collection bone are exactly that: reflections on a particular life honed to their essence--so clear and pared-down, they become universal. From navigating the oft competing worlds of religion and desire, to balancing society's expectations with the raw experience of being a woman in the world; from detailing the experiences of growing up as a first generation black British woman, to working through situations of dependence and abuse; from finding solace in the echoing caverns of depression and loss, to exploring the vulnerability and redemption in falling in love, each of the raw and immediate poems in Daley-Ward's bone resonate to the core of what it means to be human."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: ordered 020818
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 16, 2018
Galway Kinnell
Description: "The definitive collection of poems from Pulitzer Prize winner, MacArthur Fellow, and National Book Award winner Galway Kinnell. "It's the poet's job to figure out what's happening within oneself, to figure out the connection between the self and the world, and to get it down in words that have a certain shape, that have a chance of lasting." --Galway Kinnell. This long-awaited volume brings together for the first time the life's work of a major American voice. In a remarkable generation of poets, Galway Kinnell was an acknowledged, true master. From the book-length poem memorializing the grit, beauty, and swarming assertion of immigrant life along a lower Manhattan avenue, to searing poems of human conflict and war, to incandescent reflections on love, family, and the natural world--including "Blackberry Eating," "St. Francis and the Sow," and "After Making Love We Hear Footsteps"--to the unflinchingly introspective poems of his later life, Kinnell's work lastingly shaped the consciousness of his age. Spanning 65 years of intense, inspired creativity, this volume, with its inclusion of previously uncollected poems, is the essential collection for old and new devotees of a "poet of the rarest ability, who can flesh out music, raise the spirits, and break the heart." (Boston Globe)"-- Provided by publisher."The first complete showcase of "one of the true master poets of his generation," Galway Kinnell (1927-2014): a lifetime's work and a deeply lived life reflected in over two hundred poems"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: ordered 012518
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2018
John Ashbery
Call Number: 811 Ash
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2018
Laura L. Hansen
Call Number: 811 Han
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2018
Mary Oliver
Description: "Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver presents a personal selection of her best work in this definitive collection spanning more than five decades of her esteemed literary career. Throughout her celebrated career, Mary Oliver has touched countless readers with her brilliantly crafted verse, expounding on her love for the physical world and the powerful bonds between all living things. Identified as "far and away, this country's best selling poet" by Dwight Garner, she now returns with a stunning and definitive collection of her writing from the last fifty years. Carefully curated, these 200 plus poems feature Oliver's work from her very first book of poetry, No Voyage and Other Poems, published in 1963 at the age of 28, through her most recent collection, Felicity, published in 2015. This timeless volume, arranged by Oliver herself, showcases the beloved poet at her edifying best. Within these pages, she provides us with an extraordinary and invaluable collection of her passionate, perceptive, and much-treasured observations of the natural world"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 811.54 Oli
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2018
Maggie Smith
Description: "Poems written out of the experience of motherhood, inspired by the poet watching her own children trying to read the world like a book they've just opened, knowing nothing of the characters or plot."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 811 Smi
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2018
Frank Bidart
Description: "The collected poems of the award winning American poet Frank Bidart"-- Provided by publisher.Gathered together, the poems of Frank Bidart perform one of the most remarkable transmutations of the body into language in contemporary literature. His pages represent the human voice in all its extreme registers, whether it's that of the child-murderer Herbert White, the obsessive anorexic Ellen West, the tormented genius Vaslav Nijinsky, or the poet's own. And in that embodiment is a transgressive empathy, one that recognizes our wild appetites, the monsters, the misfits, the misunderstood among us and inside us. Few writers have so willingly ventured to the dark places of the human psyche and allowed themselves to be stripped bare on the page with such candor and vulnerability. Over the past half century, Bidart has done nothing less than invent a poetics commensurate with the chaos and appetites of our experience. Half-light encompasses all of Bidart's previous books, and also includes a new collection, Thirst, in which the poet austerely surveys his life, laying it plain for us before venturing into something new and unknown. Here Bidart finds himself a "Creature coterminous with thirst," still longing, still searching in himself, one of the "queers of the universe." Visionary and revelatory, intimate and unguarded, Bidart's Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2017 are a radical confrontation with human nature, a conflict eternally renewed and reframed, restless line by restless line.
Call Number: 811 Bid
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 1, 2017
Description: "In times of personal hardship or collective anxiety, words have the power to provide comfort, meaning, and hope. The past year has seen a resurgence of poetry and inspiring quotes-- posted on social media, appearing on bestseller lists, shared from friend to friend. Honoring this communal spirit, [this book] is a timeless collection of both classic and contemporary poetry and short prose that can be of help in difficult times-- selections that offer wisdom and purpose, and that allow us to step out of our current moment to gain a new perspective on the world around us as well as the world within."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 808.80353 How
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2018
Chris Harris, Lane Smith
Description: "An illustrated collection of comically irreverent rhyming poems for readers of all ages, ranging in topic from avocados and anacondas to zombies and zebras (dressed like ghosts)"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: J 811.6 Har
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2018
Erika L. Sánchez
Description: Poet, novelist, and essayist Erika L. Sánchez and her poetry collection explore what it means to live on both sides of the border--the border between countries, languages, despair and possibility, and the living and the dead. She tells her own story as the daughter of undocumented Mexican immigrants and as part of a family steeped in faith, work, grief, and expectations. The poems confront sex, shame, race, and an America roiling with xenophobia, violence, and laws of suspicion and suppression. What emerges is a multifaceted portrait of survival.
Call Number: 811 San
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2018
Sam Sax
Description: "In this powerful debut collection, Sam Sax explores and explodes the linkages between desire, addiction, and the history of mental health. These brave, formally dexterous poems examine antiquated diagnoses and procedures from hysteria to lobotomy; offer meditations on risky sex; and take up the poet's personal and family histories as mental health patients and practitioners. Ultimately, madness attempts to build a queer lineage out of inherited language and cultural artifacts; these poems trouble the static categories of sanity, heterosexuality, masculinity, normality, and health. Sax's innovative collection embodies the strange and disjunctive workings of the mind as it grapples to make sense of the world around it"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 811.6 Sax
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2018
Emily Fragos
Call Number: 808.81 Poe
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2018
Description: "Over 125 poetic companions for all life's ups and downs. The Buddha once told a disciple that good spiritual friends are the whole of holy life. The poems expertly gathered here offer all that one might hope for in such spiritual friendship: wisdom, compassion, peacefulness, good humor, and the ability to both absorb and express the deepest human emotions of grief and joy. The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy offers a wide-ranging collection of 129 ancient and modern poems unlike any other anthology on bookshelves today. It uniquely places Buddhist poets like Han Shan, Tu Fu, Saigyo, Ryokan, Basho, Issa, and others alongside modern Western poets one would not expect to find in such a collection--poets like Wallace Stevens, Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, William Stafford, Denise Levertov, Jack Gilbert, Ellen Bass, Billy Collins, and more. What these poems have in common, no matter whether they are explicitly Buddhist, is that all reflect the essential truths the Buddha articulated 2,500 years ago. The book provides an important poetic complement to the many prose books on mindfulness practice--the poems here both reflect and embody the dharma in ways that can't be matched by other modes of writing. Its unique features include an introduction that discusses the themes of impermanence, mindfulness, and joy and explores the relationship between them. Biographical notes place the poets in historical context and offer quotes and anecdotes to help readers learn about the poets' lives. A short essay at the back of the book on "Mindful Reading" helps readers approach the poems from an experiential, non-analytical perspective and illustrates the similarities between meditation and the mindful reading of poetry. Brehm also includes a guided meditation on sound that helps readers appreciate the sonic qualities of poetry and shows how the anthology might be used in ongoing spiritual practice"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 808.81938 Poe
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2018
Charles Rafferty
Description: In this new collection by poet Charles Rafferty, prose poems insert strange and mysterious twists into otherwise mundane middle-class scenarios. These compact, revelatory poems show us what is possible when we jettison accepted devices of thought for methods that are stranger, and much truer.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 811 Raf
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2018
Rupi Kaur
Description: A transcendent journey about growth and healing, ancestry and honoring ones roots and expatriation, and rising up to find a home within yourself. This collection of poetry is about "grief, self-abandonment, honoring one's roots, love, and empowering oneself."
Call Number: 811 Kau
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2018
Bao Phi
Description: "Thousand Star Hotel confronts the silence around racism, police brutality, and the invisibility of the Asian American urban poor, writing into that void. It is both a poetic resistance to being erased and a loving history meant for a daughter."-- Back cover.
Call Number: 811 Phi
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 30, 2018
Lightsey Darst
Call Number: 811 Dar
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2018
C. A. Conrad
Call Number: 811.6 Con
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2018
Kiki Petrosino
Description: With wit, startling diction, and audacious manipulation of syntax and form, Witch Wife's incantatory poems bring forth wild, singular music.
Call Number: 811 Pet
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2018
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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Bone
Yrsa Daley-Ward
ordered 020818
Poems of Gratitude
Emily Fragos
808.81 Poe
Collected Poems
Galway Kinnell
ordered 012518
The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy
808.81938 Poe
Collected Poems, 1991-2000
John Ashbery
811 Ash
The Smoke of Horses : Poems
Charles Rafferty
811 Raf
Déjà Vu
Laura L. Hansen
811 Han
The Sun and Her Flowers
Rupi Kaur
811 Kau
Devotions : The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver
Mary Oliver
811.54 Oli
Thousand Star Hotel
Bao Phi
811 Phi
Good Bones
Maggie Smith
811 Smi
Thousands : Poems
Lightsey Darst
811 Dar
Half-Light: Collected Poems 1965-2016
Frank Bidart
811 Bid
While Standing in Line for Death
C. A. Conrad
811.6 Con
How Lovely The Ruins : Inspirational Poems and Words for Difficult Times
808.80353 How
Witch Wife : Poems
Kiki Petrosino
811 Pet
I'm Just No Good at Rhyming and Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-ups
Chris Harris, Lane Smith
J 811.6 Har
Don't Call Us Dead: Poems
Danez Smith
811 Smi
Lessons on Expulsion : Poems
Erika L. Sánchez
811 San
Magdalene: Poems
Marie Howe
811 How
Madness
Sam Sax
811.6 Sax