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


Forrest Gander, Michael Flomen
Description: Drawing from his experience as a translator, Forrest Gander includes a version of a poem by the Spanish mystical poet St. John of the Cross. He continues with a long poem examining the syncretic geological and cultural history of the U.S. border with Mexico. The poems of the third section--a moving transcription of Gander's efforts to address his mother dying of Alzheimer's--rise from the page like hymns, transforming slowly from reverence to revelation. Gander's new poems express a characteristically tensile energy.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 811 Gan
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 5, 2019
Robert Bly
Description: A culmination for Robert Bly's lifelong intellectual adventure, Collected Poems presents the full magnitude of his body of work. Bly has long been the voice of transcendentalism and meditative mysticism for his generation; every stage of his work is warmed by his devotion to the art of poetry and his affection for the varied worlds that inspire him. Collected Poems gathers the fourteen volumes of his works into one place. A monumental poetic achievement, Collected Poems makes clear why poets and lovers of poetry have long looked to Robert Bly for emotional authenticity, moral authority, and artistic inspiration.-- From publisher's description.
Call Number: 811 Bly
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 5, 2019
Sherwin Bitsui
Description: Bitsui's poetry returns things to their basic elements and voice in a flowing language rife with illuminating images. A great reading experience for those who like serious and innovative poetry." --Library Journal Drawing upon Navajo history and enduring tradition, Sherwin Bitsui leads us on a treacherous, otherworldly passage through the American Southwest. Fluidly shape-shifting and captured by language that functions like a moving camera, Dissolve is urban and rural, past and present in the haze of the reservation. Bitsui proves himself to be one of this century's most haunting, raw, and uncompromising voices.
Call Number: 811.6 Bit
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 5, 2019
Jenny Xie
Description: "Jenny Xie's award-winning debut, Eye Level, takes us far and near, to Phnom Penh, Corfu, Hanoi, New York, and elsewhere, as we travel closer and closer to the acutely felt solitude that centers this searching, moving collection. Animated by a restless inner questioning, these poems meditate on the forces that moor the self and set it in motion, from immigration to travel to estranging losses and departures. The sensual worlds here--colors, smells, tastes, and changing landscapes--bring to life questions about the self as seer and the self as seen. As Xie writes, "Me? I'm just here in my traveler's clothes, trying on each passing town for size." Her taut, elusive poems exult in a life simultaneously crowded and quiet, caught in between things and places, and never quite entirely at home. Xie is a poet of extraordinary perception--both to the tangible world and to "all that is untouchable as far as the eye can reach.""--Amazon.com.
Call Number: 811.6 Xie
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 5, 2019
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jonny Sun
Description: Good morning. Do NOT get stuck in the comments section of life today. Make, do, create the things. Let others tussle it out. Before he inspired the world with Hamilton and was catapulted to international fame, Lin-Manuel Miranda was inspiring his Twitter followers with words of encouragement at the beginning and end of each day. He wrote these original sayings, aphorisms, and poetry for himself as much as for others. Miranda has gathered the best of his daily greetings into a collection illustrated by artist Jonny Sun.
Call Number: 811 Mir
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 5, 2019
Kristen Tracy
Description: Half-Hazard is a collection of poems that follows Kristen Tracy's wide curiosity, from growing up in a small Mormon farming community to her exodus into the forbidden world, where she finds snakes, car accidents, adulterers, meteors, and death-marked mice. These wry, observant narratives are accompanied by a ringing lyricism, and Tracy's knack for noticing what's so funny about trouble and her natural impulse to want to put all the broken things back together.--From statement at Amazon.com.
Call Number: 811 Tra
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 5, 2019
Jeffrey Yang, Rackstraw Downes
Description: Situated in the outreaches of southwest Texas, the town of Marfa has long been an oasis for artists, immigrants looking for work, and ranchers, while the ghosts of the indigenous and the borders between languages and nations are apparent everywhere. The poet and translator Jeffrey Yang experienced the vastness of desert, township, sky, and time itself as a profound clash of dislocation and familiarity. What does it mean to survive in a physical and metaphorical desert? How does a habitat long associated with wilderness and death become a center for nourishment and art? Out of those experiences and questions, Yang has fashioned a fascinating, multifaceted work--an anti-travel guide, an anti-Western, a book of last words--that is a lyrical, anthropological investigation into history, culture, and extremity of place. Paintings and drawings of Marfa's landscapes and substations by the artist Rackstraw Downes intertwine with Yang's texts as mutual nodes and lines of energy. Hey, Marfa is a desert diary scaled to music that aspires to emit particles of light.
Call Number: 811 Yan
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 5, 2019
Erika Meitner
Description: "An unflinching, open-hearted inquiry that encompasses religion, disaster, resilience, infertility, adoption, parenthood, and what it means to love one's neighbor"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 811 Mei
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 5, 2019
Catherine Barnett
Description: "Catherine Barnett's tragicomic third collection, Human Hours, shuttles between a Whitmanian embrace of others and a kind of rapacious solitude. Barnett speaks from the middle of hope and confusion, carrying philosophy into the everyday. Watching a son become a young man, a father become a restless beloved shell, and a country betray its democratic ideals, the speakers try to make sense of such departures. Four lyric essays investigate the essential urge and appeal of questions that are "accursed," that are limited--and unanswered--by answers. What are we to do with the endangered human hours that remain to us? Across the leaps and swerves of this collection, the fevered mind tries to slow--or at least measure--time with quiet bravura: by counting a lover's breaths; by remembering a father's space-age watch; by envisioning the apocalyptic future while bedding down on a hard, cold floor, head resting on a dictionary. Human Hours pulses with the absurd, with humor that accompanies the precariousness of the human condition."--Amazon.com.
Call Number: 811 Bar
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 5, 2019
Fatimah Asghar
Description: "This imaginative, soulful debut poetry collection captures the experiences of being a young Pakistani Muslim woman in contemporary America. Orphaned as a child, Fatimah Asghar grapples with coming of age and navigating questions of sexuality and race without the guidance of a mother or father. These poems at once bear anguish, joy, vulnerability, and compassion, while also exploring the many facets of violence: how it persists within us, how it is inherited across generations, and how it manifests itself in our relationships. In experimental forms and language both lyrical and raw, Asghar seamlessly braids together marginalized people's histories with her own understanding of identity, place, and belonging." -- From publisher's description.
Call Number: 811 Asg
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 5, 2019
Justin Phillip Reed
Description: "Indecency is boldly and carefully executed and perfectly ragged. In these poems, Justin Phillip Reed experiments with language to explore inequity and injustice and to critique and lament the culture of white supremacy and the dominant social order. Political and personal, tender, daring, and insightful--the author unpacks his intimacies, weaponizing poetry to take on masculinity, sexuality, exploitation, and the prison industrial complex and unmask all the failures of the structures into which society sorts us."--Amazon.com.
Call Number: 811 Ree
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 5, 2019
A. E. (Alicia Elsbeth) Stallings
Description: "A new collection of poems on Classic and family themes" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 811 Sta
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 5, 2019
Heid E. (Heid Ellen) Erdrich
Description: "New Poets of Native Nations gathers poets of diverse ages, styles, languages, and tribal affiliations to present the extraordinary range and power of new Native poetry. Heid E. Erdrich has selected twenty-one poets whose first books were published after the year 2000 to highlight the exciting works coming up after Joy Harjo and Sherman Alexie. Collected here are poems of great breadth--long narratives, political outcries, experimental works, and traditional lyrics--and the result is an essential anthology of some of the best poets writing now."--Back cover.
Call Number: 811.08 New
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 5, 2019
Kelly Forsythe
Call Number: 811 For
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 5, 2019
Tony Hoagland
Description: Tony Hoagland's poems interrogate human nature and contemporary culture with an intimate and wild urgency, located somewhere between outrage, stand-up comedy, and grief. His new poems are no less observant of the human and the worldly, no less skeptical, and no less amusing, but they have drifted toward the greater depths of open emotion. Over six collections, Hoagland's poetry has gotten bigger, more tender, and more encompassing. The poems in Priest Turned Therapist Treats Fear of God turn his clear-eyed vision toward the hidden spaces--and spaciousness--in the human predicament.
Call Number: 811 Hoa
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 5, 2019
Ursula K. Le Guin
Description: Author Ursula K. Le Guin was lauded for her groundbreaking science fiction and fantasy novels, though she began her career as a poet. In this clarifying and sublime collection--written shortly before her death in 2018--Le Guin immerses herself in the natural world, ruminating on the mysteries of dying, and considering the simple, redemptive lessons of the earth. -- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 811 Le G
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 5, 2019
Alice Walker, Manuel García Verdecia
Description: Alice Walker crafts a bilingual collection that is both playfully imaginative and intensely moving. Presented in both English and Spanish, Walker shares a collection of nearly seventy works of passionate and powerful poetry that bears witness to our troubled times, while also chronicling a life well-lived. From poems of painful self-inquiry, to celebrating the simple beauty of baking frittatas, Walker offers us a window into her magical, at times difficult, and liberating world of activism, love, hope and, above all, gratitude.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 811 Wal Spanish
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 5, 2019
Dana Gioia, David Lehman
Call Number: 811.08 Bes 2018
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 5, 2019
Ada Limón
Description: "Vulnerable, tender, acute, these are serious poems, brave poems, exploring with honesty the ambiguous moment between the rapture of youth and the grace of acceptance. A daughter tends to aging parents. A woman struggles with infertility--"What if, instead of carrying / a child, I am supposed to carry grief?"--and a body seized by pain and vertigo as well as ecstasy. A nation convulses: "Every song of this country / has an unsung third stanza, something brutal." And still Limón shows us, as ever, the persistence of hunger, love, and joy, the dizzying fullness of our too-short lives. "Fine then, / I'll take it," she writes. "I'll take it all." In Bright Dead Things, Limón showed us a heart "giant with power, heavy with blood"--"the huge beating genius machine / that thinks, no, it knows, / it's going to come in first." In her follow-up collection, that heart is on full display--even as The Carrying continues further and deeper into the bloodstream, following the hard-won truth of what it means to live in an imperfect world."--Publisher's website.
Call Number: 811 Lim
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 5, 2019
Max Ritvo, Louise Glück
Call Number: 811 Rit
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 5, 2019
Robert Macfarlane, Jackie Morris
Description: All over the country, there are words disappearing from children's lives. These are the words of the natural world--dandelion, otter, bramble and acorn, all gone. The rich landscape of wild imagination and wild play is rapidly fading from our children's minds. The Lost Words stands against the disappearance of wild childhood. It is a joyful celebration of nature words and the natural world they invoke. With acrostic spell-poems by Robert Macfarlane and hand-painted illustration by Jackie Morris, this book captures the magic of language and nature for all ages.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 821 Mac
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 5, 2019
Amanda Lovelace
Description: The mermaid is known for her siren song, luring sailors to their demise. However, beneath these misguided myths are tales of escapism and healing, which Lovelace weaves throughout this collection of poetry, taking you on a journey from the sea to the stars. They tried to silence her once and for all, but the mermaid's voice returns in this one.
Call Number: 811 Lov
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 5, 2019
Brenda Shaughnessy
Description: "This collection of bold and scathingly beautiful feminist poems imagines what comes after our current age of environmental destruction, racism, sexism, and divisive politics. Informed by Brenda Shaughnessy's craft as a poet and her worst fears as a mother, the poems in The Octopus Museum blaze forth from her pen: in these pages, we see that what was once a generalized fear for our children (car accidents, falling from a tree) is now hyper-reasonable, specific, and multiple: school shootings, nuclear attack, loss of health care, a polluted planet. As Shaughnessy conjures our potential future, she movingly (and often with humor) envisions an age where cephalopods might rule over humankind, a fate she suggests we may just deserve after destroying their oceans. These heartbreaking, terrified poems are the battle cry of a woman who is fighting for the survival of the world she loves, and a stirring exhibition of who we are as a civilization"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: ordered 040419
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 5, 2019
Naomi Shihab Nye
Description: "Internationally beloved poet Naomi Shihab Nye places her Palestinian American identity center stage in her latest full-length poetry collection for adults. The collection is inspired by the story of Janna Jihad Ayyad, the 'Youngest Journalist in Palestine,' who at age 7 began capturing videos of anti-occupation protests using her mother's smartphone. Nye draws upon her own family's roots in a West Bank village near Janna's hometown to offer empathy and insight to the young girl's reporting. Long an advocate for peaceful communication across all boundaries, Nye's poems in The Tiny Journalist put a human face on war and the violence that divides us from each other"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: ordered 022819
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 5, 2019
Mary Karr
Call Number: 811 Kar
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 5, 2019
Rae Armantrout
Description: "Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Rae Armantrout is at once a most intimate and coolly calculating poet... Her language is unexpected yet exact, playing off the collective sense that the shifting ground of daily reality may be a warning of imminent systemic collapse. While there are glimmers here of what remains of the "natural world," the poet confesses the human failings, personal and societal, that have led to its devastation. No one's senses are more acutely attuned than Armantrout's, which makes her an exceptional observer and reporter of our faults. She leaves us wondering if the American Dream may be a nightmare from which we can't awaken. Sometimes funny, sometimes alarming, the poems in Wobble play peek-a-boo with doom"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 811 Arm
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 5, 2019
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Be With
Forrest Gander, Michael Flomen
811 Gan
Perennial
Kelly Forsythe
811 For
Collected Poems
Robert Bly
811 Bly
Priest Turned Therapist Treats Fear Of God: Poems
Tony Hoagland
811 Hoa
Dissolve
Sherwin Bitsui
811.6 Bit
So Far So Good : Final Poems, 2014-2018
Ursula K. Le Guin
811 Le G
Eye Level: Poems
Jenny Xie
811.6 Xie
Taking The Arrow Out Of The Heart: Poems
Alice Walker, Manuel García Verdecia
811 Wal Spanish
Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks For You And Me
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jonny Sun
811 Mir
The Best American Poetry: 2018
Dana Gioia, David Lehman
811.08 Bes 2018
Half-Hazard: Poems
Kristen Tracy
811 Tra
The Carrying: Poems
Ada Limón
811 Lim
Hey, Marfa: Poems
Jeffrey Yang, Rackstraw Downes
811 Yan
The Final Voicemails
Max Ritvo, Louise Glück
811 Rit
Holy Moly Carry Me: Poems
Erika Meitner
811 Mei
The Lost Words: A Spell Book
Robert Macfarlane, Jackie Morris
821 Mac
Human Hours: Poems
Catherine Barnett
811 Bar
The Mermaid's Voice Returns In This One
Amanda Lovelace
811 Lov
If They Come For Us: Poems
Fatimah Asghar
811 Asg
The Octopus Museum: Poems
Brenda Shaughnessy
ordered 040419
Indecency
Justin Phillip Reed
811 Ree
The Tiny Journalist: Poems
Naomi Shihab Nye
ordered 022819
Like
A. E. (Alicia Elsbeth) Stallings
811 Sta
Tropic Of Squalor: Poems
Mary Karr
811 Kar
New Poets Of Native Nations
Heid E. (Heid Ellen) Erdrich
811.08 New
Wobble
Rae Armantrout
811 Arm