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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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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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Published: Knopf - March 17th, 2015

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Published: Knopf - March 17th, 2015

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, gracefully weaving themes of identity and race; illusion and memory; pop culture, desire, and fear.

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Julia
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Published: Penguin Books - March 31st, 2015

Salad Anniversary by Machi Tawar

Pushkin Press has republished a translation of Machi Tawar’s first collection of tanka poems in this small, delightful book and I could not be more pleased. Reaching celebrity status in Japan for reinvigorating the ancient form of tanka, a cousin to haiku, Tawar deserves a bigger international audience for her whimsical poems about young love, its loss, and the small things in everyday life. Treat yourself to an experience entirely new and refreshing.

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Melinda
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ISBN: 9781782271062
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Published: Pushkin Collection - June 9th, 2015

The Last Two Seconds by Mary Jo Bang

Mary Jo Bang’s much anticipated collection of poems is smart and dark, sharp medicine we could all use in these times of geopolitical strife and environmental damage. As she writes in her poem “Worn,” “The form of the dream I just had / is a fact. A serious talk. An inner / outward.” This is how I read her poetry, chastened, hardened, amazed. With tense, evocative imagery, she pulls no punches, but alas we need to be punched.

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Melinda
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 3rd, 2015

Blue Horses by Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver’s latest collection of poems showcases both old and new perspectives on the experiences that we encounter within the space that surrounds us. At times, Oliver humors us readers, writing of yoga and meditation while noting the highly intelligible lifestyle of a still-standing stone. Mostly though, Oliver does what she does best: shining slight light on the beauty of the natural world. She will leave you breathless and amazed, staring in wonderment at the ancient oak tree outside your window that you had long overlooked.

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Megan
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Published: Penguin Press - October 14th, 2014

Rumi: Soul Fury by Coleman Barks

This latest collection of Rumi poems contains simple yet insightful commentary on the beauty of friendship and the art of loving those around us. Coleman Barks provides a wonderful translation of both Rumi and Shams Tabriz. Companions for a brief time, the two poets acted as muses to one another. Their poetry reflects this great friendship and each poet’s distinct personality. I found these poems easily relatable and without any compromise to their intelligence. A great text for both old and young, Rumi: Soul Fury is a lovely addition to anyone’s bookshelf.

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Megan
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ISBN: 9780062350985
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Published: HarperOne - October 14th, 2014

Prelude to Bruise by Saeed Jones

In his first book of poetry, Jones blazes forth, his voice new, potent, lyrical, and deadly beautiful. Enveloping his words in the body, its politics, its genders and colors, the legacy of its trials and abuse, Jones sings truths from the perimeter, the disenfranchised, the ready to be heard. “Listen to my darkness, my half-eclipsed notes,” Jones writes, and there is nothing we want more than to obey.
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Melinda
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ISBN: 9781566893749
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Published: Coffee House Press - September 9th, 2014

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