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


Randall Mann
Description: "In this poetry collection, a gay, multiracial ("they called me yellow in Lexington") speaker exists in the rift between the "fluorescent rot" of childhood and the "action; / transaction" of a sex-app midlife"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 811 Man
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 8, 2021
Hoa Nguyen
Description: "A new collection of poetry by Hoa Nguyen"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 811 Ngu
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 8, 2021
Jasmine Mans
Description: "A literary coming-of-age poetry collection, an ode to the places we call home, and a piercingly intimate deconstruction of daughterhood, Black Girl, Call Home is a love letter to the wandering black girl and a vital companion to any woman on a journey to find truth, belonging, and healing. Jasmine Mans's collection is divided into six sections, each with a corresponding active telephone number where she has recorded excerpts of her poems. You can listen now, just dial! Using poetry to bring change to the world with positive agitation and hoping to prompt dialogue where there is normally fear, poet Jasmine Mans explores the intersection of race, feminism, and queer identity in her latest collection Black Girl, Call Home..."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 811 Man
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 8, 2021
Yusef Komunyakaa
Description: "A selection of new and previously published poems from the celebrated poet"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 811 Kom
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 8, 2021
Martain Espada
Description: "From the winner of the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize come masterfully crafted narratives of protest, grief, and love. In this collection, Martain Espada bears witness to confrontation with anti-immigrant bigotry as a tenant lawyer years ago, and now sings the praises of Central American adolescents playing soccer in an internment camp founded on that same bigotry. He knows that times of hate also call for poems of love--even in the voice of a Galaapagos tortoise. Whether celebrating the visions of fallen dreamers and poets or condemning the devastation of Hurricane Maria and official negligence in his father's Puerto Rico, Espada invokes ferocious, incandescent spirits"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 811 Esp
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 8, 2021
Baba Badji
Description: "Ghost Letters creates a ghost mother who becomes a presiding presence in Baba Badji's first collection of poems. His poetry explores what it means to be Senegalese, American, and Black, as well as the bonds of Black people across the Black diaspora"--
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 8, 2021
Joy Harjo, Carla Diane Hayden, issuing body Library of Congress
Description: An anthology that celebrates the breadth of Native poets writing today. Joy Harjo, the first Native poet to serve as U.S. Poet Laureate, has championed the voices of Native peoples past and present. Her signature laureate project gathers the work of contemporary Native poets into a national, fully digital map of story, sound, and space, celebrating their vital and unequivocal contributions to American poetry. This companion anthology features each poem and poet from the project to offer readers a chance to hold the wealth of poems in their hands. With work from Natalie Diaz, Ray Young Bear, Craig Santos Perez, Sherwin Bitsui, Layli Long Soldier, among others, this book showcases "poetry [that] emerges from the soul of a community, the heart and lands of the people."-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 811.08 Liv
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 8, 2021
CM Burroughs
Description: The bodies of this book are supplicant yet seething-they want nothing more than to survive... but illness is one of the masters of this book.... The female bodies of Master Suffering want power; power to control and to correct the suffering they both witness and withstand.
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 8, 2021
Destiny O. Birdsong
Description: Negotiations is about what it means to live in this America, about Cardi B and top-tier journal publications, about autoimmune disease and the speaker's intense hunger for her own body--a surprise of self-love in the aftermath of both assault and diagnosis. It's a series of love letters to black women, who are often singled out for abuse and assault, silencing and tokenism, fetishization and cultural appropriation in ways that throw the rock, then hide the hand. It is a book about tenderness and an indictment of people and systems that attempt to narrow black women's lives, their power. But it is also an examination of complicity--both a narrative and a black box warning for a particular kind of self-healing that requires recognizing culpability when and where it exists.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 811 Bir
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 8, 2021
Kim Addonizio
Description: A collection from a prize-winning poet, veering between the poles of self and world. This book charts a hazardous course through heartache, climate change, dental work, Dorothy Parker, John Keats, Outlander, semiotics, and more. The poems are sometimes confessional, sometimes philosophical, weaving from desolation to drollery. Kim Addonizio reminds her reader, "If you think nothing and no one can / listen I love you joy is coming."-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 811 Add
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 8, 2021
Kaveh Akbar
Description: Kaveh Akbar's second collection takes its readers on a spiritual journey of disavowal, fiercely attendant to the presence of divinity where artifacts of self and belonging have been shed. How does one recover from addiction without destroying the self-as-addict? And if living justly in a nation that would see them erased is, too, a kind of self-destruction, what does one do with the body's question, "what now shall I repair?" Here, Akbar responds with prayer as an act of devotion to dissonance--the infinite void of a loved one's absence, the indulgence of austerity, making a life as a Muslim in an Islamophobic nation--teasing the sacred out of silence and stillness.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 811 Akb
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 8, 2021
Rita Dove
Description: A new volume of poems by Rita Dove offers necessary music for our tumultuous present. Dove investigates the vacillating moral compass guiding America's, and the world's, experiments in democracy. Whether depicting the first Jewish ghetto in sixteenth-century Venice or Black Lives Matter, this poet never fails to connect history's grand exploits to the triumphs and tragedies of individual lives--the simmering resentment of an elevator operator, an octogenarian's exuberant mambo, the mordant humor of a philosophizing cricket. Alternating meditations on mortality and acerbic observations of injustice, Playlist for the Apocalypse takes us from the smallest moments of redemption to apocalyptic failures of the human soul.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 811 Dov
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 8, 2021
Vincent Toro
Description: "Puerto Rican poet Vincent Toro's collection takes the Latin American idea of an artistic social gathering (the "tertulia") and revises it for the Latinx context in the United States. In verses dense with juxtaposition, the collection examines immigration, economics, colonialism, and race via the sublime imagery of music, visual art, and history"-- Provided by publisher.
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 8, 2021
Fady Joudah
Description: From Fady Joudah, a collection of poems that shifts deftly between the microscope, the telescope, and the horoscope.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 811 Jou
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 8, 2021
June Jordan, Jan Heller Levi, Christoph Keller, Jericho Brown
Description: "A collection drawn from June Jordan's previous books"-- Provided by publisher.
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 8, 2021
Jackie Wang, Kalan Sherrard
Description: These poems read like dispatches from the dream world, with Jackie Wang acting as our trusted comrade reporting across time and space. By sharing her personal index of dreams with its scenes of solidarity and resilience, interpersonal conflict and outlaw jouissance, Wang embodies historical trauma and communal memory. Here, the all-too-familiar interplay between crisis and resistance becomes first distorted, then clarified and refreshed. With a light touch and invigorating sense of humor, Wang illustrates the social dimension of dreams and their ability to inform and reshape the dreamer's waking world with renewed energy and insight.--From publisher's description.
Call Number: 811 Wan
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 8, 2021
Andrés Cerpa
Description: "The Vault is a quiet and vulnerable sequence of ethereal fragments, letters, and poems that trace a narrative of love and healing in the afterlife of a parent's death. Seasons turn and a life is built despite the ruin. Each poem is a music box of prayer, of the decisions made and yet to be made. In these soul-searching poems, we see a speaker whittled down to the core of fear, attempting to love"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 811 Cer
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 8, 2021
Threa Almontaser
Description: "By turns aggressively reckless and fiercely protective, always guided by faith and ancestry, Threa Almontaser's incendiary debut asks how mistranslation can be a form of self-knowledge and survival. A love letter to the country and people of Yemen, a portrait of young Muslim womanhood in New York after 9/11, and an extraordinarily composed examination of what it means to carry in the body the echoes of what came before, Almontaser's polyvocal collection sneaks artifacts to and from worlds, repurposing language and adapting to the space between cultures"-- Provided by publisher.
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 8, 2021
Forrest Gander
Description: An exciting new book about renewal by the winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 8, 2021
Desiree C., Phillips Bailey
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 8, 2021
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A Better Life : Poems
Randall Mann
811 Man
Pilgrim Bell : Poems
Kaveh Akbar
811 Akb
A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure
Hoa Nguyen
811 Ngu
Playlist For The Apocalypse : Poems
Rita Dove
811 Dov
Black Girl, Call Home : Poems
Jasmine Mans
811 Man
Tertulia
Vincent Toro
Everyday Mojo Songs Of Earth : New And Selected Poems, 2001-2021
Yusef Komunyakaa
811 Kom
Tethered To Stars : Poems
Fady Joudah
811 Jou
Floaters : Poems
Martain Espada
811 Esp
The Essential June Jordan
June Jordan, Jan Heller Levi, Christoph Keller, Jericho Brown
Ghost Letters
Baba Badji
The Sunflower Cast A Spell To Save Us From The Void
Jackie Wang, Kalan Sherrard
811 Wan
Living Nations, Living Words : An Anthology Of First Peoples Poetry
Joy Harjo, Carla Diane Hayden, issuing body Library of Congress
811.08 Liv
The Vault
Andrés Cerpa
811 Cer
Master Suffering: Poems
CM Burroughs
The Wild Fox Of Yemen : Poems
Threa Almontaser
Negotiations : Poems
Destiny O. Birdsong
811 Bir
Twice Alive
Forrest Gander
Now We're Getting Somewhere : Poems
Kim Addonizio
811 Add
What Noise Against The Cane
Desiree C., Phillips Bailey