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Of Poetry and Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin by Phil Cushway & Michael Warr

Of Poetry and Protest is a testament to the power of the written word to heal and connect. Some of America’s most treasured poets write candidly, sometimes with sadness, about anti-blackness in their lives. This is a really solid collection of poetry that makes an important addition to the Black Lives Matter movement, one that celebrates art as a medium for change and healing.  —Louise

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By Phil Cushway (Compiled by), Victoria Smith (Photographs by), Michael Warr (Editor)
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 21st, 2016

Stranger by Adam Clay

Amply praised by respected peers like Ada Limón, Adam Clay’s writing is euphoric yet accessible; direct yet powerful. Stranger, his third collection, has such an incredible forward motion that forget where I am while reading. Clay explores the disorientations of transition but rejects a good existential wallow, with each poem instead insisting that “the space/ a body holds in any moment/is a marker of something greater/ than ourselves.”   —a.c.

 

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ISBN: 9781571314635
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Published: Milkweed Editions - March 15th, 2016

Then Come Back: The Lost Neruda by Pablo Neruda

Pablo Neruda’s work is famous for its beauty and sensuality, and this translation of Then Come Back is all the more enjoyable because of the amount of detail it offers. I haven’t seen a translation done with such care and forgiveness since Anne Carson’s Fragments of Sappho.  —Louise

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By Pablo Neruda, Forrest Gander (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781556594946
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - May 3rd, 2016

How to Be Drawn by Terrance Hayes

This much-awarded poet presents a fresh but familiarly electrifying collection that shines with wise humor and hard-hitting commentary—and beauty of syntax that unfailing turns a key in my heart. He is my poetry hero not only because he got his MFA and teaches at my alma mater, but because he is as brilliant as they come.

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ISBN: 9780143126881
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Published: Penguin Books - March 31st, 2015

Erratic Facts by Kay Ryan

Ryan’s finesse in Erratic Facts floored me. Using short, simple language, she upends the entire world to better view just one small piece of life with startling clarity. Extraordinary wisdom; no artifice. Ryan leaps effortlessly between joyful and sad, creating something ethereal that spans the human condition. The resulting poetry is both profound and fleeting—“as though constellations/ fretted something/ to existence” to “produce brief real things/ in real places.” I was stricken.  —a.c.

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Published: Grove Press - October 6th, 2015

Felicity by Mary Oliver

Oliver’s poetry repudiates cynicism—hers is too clearly a willing heart, which shines in this collection about love. Felicity pulses with playful mischief and the ringing joy of true abandon. In new romance, Oliver writes, you can take it slow, “But bless us,/ we didn’t.” Life may bruise us before we meet, yet in love, “Everything that was broken has/ forgotten its brokenness. I live/ now in a sky-house, through every/ window the sun.”  —a.c.

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Published: Penguin Press - October 13th, 2015

Later Poems: Selected and New by Adrienne Rich

This collection of Adrienne Rich’s poetry highlights some of the poems that Rich wrote during the 1970s—a time of political turmoil and cultural shifts that marked Rich not only as a poet of huge talent, but also a poet whose voice extended into the realms of politics and activism, filling in some of the void around silence and truth. The later and last poems that Rich wrote focus on the intimate—the poetics of relation, the importance of the craft—and provide a mirror for the nuances of the world in which we live. This is a splendid collection from one of the most important poets of our time.  --S.M.C.

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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 23rd, 2015

Bright Dead Things by Ada Limon

"The lyrical genius of these poems sing to us of the perennial theme of home and our primordial ache of belonging. Ada Limón captures all the nuances that these colossal words call to mind with the gorgeous voice of her diction, and the timbre of her images. Both soft and tender, enormous and resounding, her poetic gestures entrance and transfix."  --Richard Blanco

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Published: Milkweed Editions - September 15th, 2015

If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho by Sappho

Sappho is the only extant female poet of classical Greece. However, most of her poems only remain in fragmentary form, with translators often filling the holes with their own words. Which is what makes this translation so important, having left Sappho's fragments as fragments, and we finally have access to the powerful beauty of this singular poet.
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By Sappho, Anne Carson (Translated by)
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Published: Vintage - August 12th, 2003

The Beauty & Ten Windows

Two new books by celebrated poet Jane Hirshfield have been published this season, and both are wonderful.
The Beauty, her eighth collection of poems, has been hailed by Booklist as “gracefully evocative…a beautifully agile and sage volume.” (Starred review)
Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World is Hirshfield’s collection of essays about how poetry has the ability to enlarge and alter our lives.

“Good art is a truing of vision, in the way a saw is trued in the saw shop, to cut more cleanly. It is also a changing of vision. Entering a good poem, a person feels, tastes, hears, thinks, and sees in altered ways. Why ask art into a life at all, if not to be transformed and enlarged by its presence and mysterious means?” —Jane Hirshfield

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ISBN: 9780385351072
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Published: Knopf - March 17th, 2015

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