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


Kevin Young
Description: For more that 250 years African Americans have written and recited and published poetry about beauty and injustice, music and muses, Africa and America, freedoms and foodways, Harlem and history, funk and opera, boredom and longing, jazz and joy. This book encompasses many kinds of verse: formal, experimental, vernacular, lyric, and protest.
Call Number: 811.08 Afr
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2020
George Abraham
Description:
Call Number: 811 Abr
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2020
Margaret Eleanor Atwood
Description:
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2020
Juan Felipe Herrera
Description: In this collection of poems, Juan Felipe Herrera reports back on his travels through contemporary America. Poems written in the heat of witness, and later, in quiet moments of reflection, coalesce into an urgent, trenchant, and yet hope-filled portrait. The struggle and pain of those pushed to the edges, the shootings and assaults and injustices of our streets, the lethal border game that separates and divides, and then: a shift of register, a leap for peace and a view onto the possibility of unity. This is a jolt to the conscience--filled with the many voices and many textures of every day in America.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 811 Her
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2020
Tommye Blount
Description: In his debut collection, Tommye Blount orchestrates a chorus of distinct, unforgettable voices that speak to the experience of the black, queer body as a site of desire and violence. In these poems, Blount viscerally captures the experience of the "other" and locates us squarely within these personae.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 811 Blo
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2020
Eduardo C. Corral
Description: Guillotine traverses desert landscapes cut through by migrants, the grief of loss, betrayal's lingering scars, the border itself--great distances in which violence and yearning find roots. Through the voices of undocumented immigrants, border patrol agents, and scorned lovers, Eduardo C. Corral writes dramatic portraits of contradiction, survival, and a deeply human, relentless interiority. With lyric imagination, these poems wonder about being unwanted or renounced. What do we do with unrequited love? Is it with or without it that we would waste away?." -- From statement at Amazon.com.
Call Number: 811 Cor
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2020
Francine J. Harris
Description: "A new collection of poems from the author of allegiance"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 811 Har
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2020
Brooke Matson
Description: Often borrowing voices and perspectives from its scientific subjects, In Accelerated Silence investigates the multidimensional nature of grief and its blurring of boundaries--between what is present and what is absent, between what is real and imagined, between the promises of science and the mysteries of human knowing, and between the pain that never ends and the world that refuses to. The grieving and the seeking go on, Matson suggests, but there comes a day when we emerge, "now strong enough / to venture out of doors, thin // and swathed in a robe," only to find it has continued "full and flourishing and larger than before." This winner of the Jake Adam York Prize creates a portrait of loss full of urgency and heartache and philosophical daring.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 811 Mat
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2020
Edward M. Pavlic
Description: Experiential poems located in an America that is both cross-racial and transracial. The poems by Ed Pavlić here are ignited by sonic memories--from Chaka Khan on the radio to his teenaged daughter singing "Stay" at a local café--that spark a journey into personal and ontological questions. Pavlić's lyric lines are equal parts introspection and inter-spection, a term he coins for the shared rumination that encourages a collective "deep think" about the arbitrary boundaries that perpetuate racial and geographic segregation and the power of words to transcend those differences.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 811 Pav
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2020
Heid E. Erdrich
Description: "Poet, artist, filmmaker, and curator Heid E. Erdrich explores the indigenous experience in multifaceted ways-personal, familial, biological, cultural. These poems, written from the perspective of an Ojibwe woman, reveal what sustained harassment does to people, especially to women, children, and Native and Indigenous people, how it can lead to the oppression of others and even ourselves, and how experiencing misogyny and sexual abuse can make a person vulnerable to future abuse"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 811 Erd
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2020
Nikki Giovanni
Description: Nikki Giovanni unapologetically celebrates her heritage in a deeply personal collection of verse that speaks to the injustices of society and the depths of her own heart.
Call Number: 811 Gio
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2020
Kathryn Cowles
Description: "Maps and Transcripts of the Ordinary World is a collection of poems about memory, place, and distance between reality and its transcriptions"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 811 Cow
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2020
Megan Denton Ray
Description: Megan Denton Ray sifts through the sediment of a girlhood ruled by service. Everything in these poems sweats--the sunflower working hard for its first pair of leaves, the sister feeding her twin like a father, the men and women working in a community ravaged by the opioid crisis. Ray's poems question the infallibility of devoutness while finding solace in the classification of the natural world. What results is a powerhouse voice that chooses preservation above all else. No poppy, wild carrot, or honeycomb is too small a treasure as Ray weaves stories of loss and mercy through both dreamscapes and domestic scenes alike.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 811 Ray
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2020
Victoria Chang
Description: "After her mother died, poet Victoria Chang refused to write elegies. Rather, she distilled her grief during a feverish two weeks by writing scores of poetic obituaries for all she lost in the world. In Obit, Chang writes of "the way memory gets up after someone has died and starts walking." These poems reinvent the form of newspaper obituary to both name what has died ("civility," "language," "the future," "Mother's blue dress") and the cultural impact of death on the living. Whereas elegy attempts to immortalize the dead, an obituary expresses loss, and the love for the dead becomes a conduit for self-expression. In this unflinching and lyrical book, Chang meets her grief and creates a powerful testament for the living"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 811 Cha
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2020
Mark Irwin
Description: This book is a romp through America's troubled paradise--an aria attuned to our fast and slow existence in urban, rural, and digital world.
Call Number: 811 Irw
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2020
Vijay Seshadri
Description: In this collection of poetry, Seshadri takes on the planar paradoxes of time and space, destabilizing highly tuned lyrics and elegies with dizzying turns in poems of unrequitable longing, of longing for longing, of longing to be found, of profound grief. -- adapted from jacket
Call Number: 811 Ses
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2020
Allison Adair
Description: "The Clearing is the debut collection of poems from the winner of the 2019 Max Ritvo Poetry Prize, Allison Adair"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 811 Ada
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2020
N. Scott Momaday
Description: N. Scott Momaday was born into the Kiowa tribe and grew up on Indian reservations in the Southwest. The customs and traditions that influenced his upbringing--most notably the Native American oral tradition--are the centerpiece of his work. This collection demonstrates Momaday's mastery and love of language and the matters closest to his heart. To Momaday, words are sacred; language is power. Spanning nearly fifty years, the poems gathered here illuminate the human condition, Momaday's connection to his Kiowa roots, and his spiritual relationship to the American landscape. The title poem, "The Death of Sitting Bear" is a celebration of heritage and a memorial to the great Kiowa warrior and chief. Here, too, are meditations on mortality, love, and loss, as well as reflections on the holy landscape of the Southwest.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 811 Mom
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2020
Rick Barot
Description: Rick Barot contextualizes the immigrant journey of his Filipino-American parents in the larger history and aftermath of colonialism. Here, Barot's poems are engaged in the work of recovery, making visible what is often intentionally erased: the movement of Brooklyn domestic workers on a weekday morning; a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, fondly sharing photos of his dog; the departure and destination points of dozens of galleons between 1564 and 1815. And so these ships come to represent both the vast movements of history and the individual journeys of those borne along by their tides, explicitly connecting the public and the personal, the epic and the mundane. The Galleons represents an extension and expansion of this poet's work, marrying "reckless" ambition and crafted "composure," in which we repeatedly find the speaker standing and breathing before the world, "incredible and true."-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 811 Bar
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2020
Allison Benis White
Description: A powerful meditation on grief and the radiating effects of violence against women. Allison Benis White writes about five women named Wendy as a way into the complex grief that still lingers after the death of a sixth Wendy, the author's long-absent mother. A series of epistolary poems addressed to Wendy O. Williams becomes an occasion for the speaker to eulogize as well as reflect on the singer's life and eventual suicide. In the section devoted to Wendy Torrance, the fictional wife from The Shining who was bludgeoned to death by her husband, the speaker muses on the inadequacy of language to resolve or even contain grief in the wake of trauma. Ultimately, The Wendys is a book of silences and space in which tenderness and violence exist in exquisite tension.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 811 Whi
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2020
Billy Collins
Description: "Billy Collins's thirteenth collection, and first in four years, contains more than fifty new poems that showcase the playfulness, wit, and wisdom that have made him one of our most celebrated and widely read poets. This collection covers many themes, including Collins's profound insights on aging and mortality"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 811 Col
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2020
Joy Harjo, LeAnne Howe, Jennifer Elise Foerster
Description: United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo gathers the work of more than 160 poets, representing nearly 100 indigenous nations, into the first historically comprehensive Native poetry anthology. This landmark anthology celebrates the indigenous peoples of North America, the first poets of this country, whose literary traditions stretch back centuries. The book contains introductions from contributing editors who represent the five geographically organized sections. Each section begins with a poem from traditional oral literatures and closes with emerging poets.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 811.08 Whe
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2020
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African American Poetry : 250 Years Of Struggle & Song
Kevin Young
811.08 Afr
Maps And Transcripts Of The Ordinary World : Poems
Kathryn Cowles
811 Cow
Birthright : Poems
George Abraham
811 Abr
Mustard, Milk, And Gin
Megan Denton Ray
811 Ray
Dearly : New Poems
Margaret Eleanor Atwood
Obit : Poems
Victoria Chang
811 Cha
Every Day We Get More Illegal
Juan Felipe Herrera
811 Her
Shimmer
Mark Irwin
811 Irw
Fantasia For The Man In Blue
Tommye Blount
811 Blo
That Was Now, This Is Then : Poems
Vijay Seshadri
811 Ses
Guillotine : Poems
Eduardo C. Corral
811 Cor
The Clearing : Poems
Allison Adair
811 Ada
Here Is The Sweet Hand : Poems
Francine J. Harris
811 Har
The Death Of Sitting Bear : New And Selected Poems
N. Scott Momaday
811 Mom
In Accelerated Silence : Poems
Brooke Matson
811 Mat
The Galleons : Poems
Rick Barot
811 Bar
Let It Be Broke
Edward M. Pavlic
811 Pav
The Wendys
Allison Benis White
811 Whi
Little Big Bully
Heid E. Erdrich
811 Erd
Whale Day : And Other Poems
Billy Collins
811 Col
Make Me Rain : Poems & Prose
Nikki Giovanni
811 Gio
When The Light Of The World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through : A Norton Anthology Of Native Nations Poetry
Joy Harjo, LeAnne Howe, Jennifer Elise Foerster
811.08 Whe