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The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth Century American Poetry edited by Rita Dove

In this outstanding anthology, poet Rita Dove, former U.S. poet laureate and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, introduces readers to the most significant and compelling poems of the past hundred years. From Robert Frost to Wallace Stevens, Natasha Tretheway to Terrance Hayes, Dove’s selections paint a dynamic and cohesive portrait of modern American poetry.

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By Rita Dove (Editor)
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ISBN: 9780143121480
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Published: Penguin Books - September 24th, 2013

This Day: New and Collected Sabbath Poems by Wendell Berry

For nearly thirty-five years, Wendell Berry has been at work on a series of poems occasioned by his solitary Sunday walks around his farm in Kentucky. From riverfront and meadows, to grass fields and woodlots, every inch of this hillside farm lives in these poems, as do the poet’s constant companions in memory and occasion, family and animals, who have with Berry created his Home Place with love and gratitude.

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ISBN: 9781619021983
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - October 15th, 2013

Best of the Best American Poetry: 25th Anniversary Edition

A 25 year collection of annual anthologies promises to offer the finest poetry from the last quarter of a century. A gem of a book for both poetry enthusiasts and those new to the genre, Best of the Best American Poetry: 25th Anniversary Edition is the perfect collection to keep handy in your bag, ready to melodicize waiting room doldrums, or transform that gloomy day into wonder with imaginative, vivid rhyme.
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By David Lehman (Editor), Robert Pinsky (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781451658880
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Published: Scribner - April 9th, 2013

The Odyssey by Homer (trans. Robert Fagles)

One thing is certain: love is epic. Sometimes love means traveling for ten years across stormy seas, facing furious gods, ravenous cyclopses, and terrible, magic-wielding witches. On Odysseus' journey to return to his lady-love in the aftermath of the Trojan War, he faces all this and more! If you view love as an adventure, The Odyssey is the book for you.

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By Homer, Robert Fagles (Translated by), Bernard Knox (Introduction by), Bernard Knox (Notes by)
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ISBN: 9780140268867
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Published: Penguin Classics - November 1st, 1997

Later Poems Selected and New: 1971–2012 by Adrienne Rich

Published posthumously, this collection of Adrienne Rich’s poetry reaches back to some of the early poems that marked Rich not only as a poet of undeniable talent, but also a poet who would take her voice into the realms of politics and activism, filling in some of the voids around silence and secrecy. At her death in March 2012, Rich left behind a manuscript of work that speaks for her concern with a poetics of relation, the importance of the craft, and a mirror of the nuances of the world in which we live. With 10 new poems added to her older ones, this collection embodies Rich’s tenacity and her ability to reach toward and examine that which affects our days.
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ISBN: 9780393089561
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 5th, 2012

The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton, 1965–2010

Like all great poets, Lucille Clifton made what is intensely personal universal, and what is widely felt a visceral experience. Her poems do not shy away from that which is painful, but move into it and illuminate it with humor, intelligence, and the wonder of language. To finally have a full collection of her work is an opportunity not to be missed. We can proudly call her a local poet: She taught at UCSC!
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Erin
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By Lucille Clifton, Toni Morrison (Foreword by), Kevin Young (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781934414903
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Published: BOA Editions - August 28th, 2012

The Poems of Octavio Paz edited & translated by Eliot Weinberger

“I am a man: little do I last / and the night is enormous” begins my favorite Paz poem. I think his work has lasted far longer than he could have envisioned. He has the ability to move seamlessly from the political to the personal, the familiar to the fantastical; and here is the full of span of his career as a poet, from his first published poem to his last. A must have!
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Erin
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By Octavio Paz, Eliot Weinberger (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780811220439
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Published: New Directions - October 23rd, 2012

A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver

According to Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Mary Oliver, it is every poet’s duty to “cultivate their sense of wonder in life.” That is, after all, what her work always does. From a blade of grass to the wide cycle of life, her keen eye on the world ever leaves a reader uplifted, curious, and gazing with wider eyes.
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ISBN: 9781594204777
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Published: Penguin Press - October 11th, 2012

If Not, Winter by Sappho

The only female classic poet whose work we have any part of, Sappho distinguishes herself beyond gender, time, and space for the extreme beauty and passion of her work. presents Sappho in the pieces and gaps we’ve discovered, the Greek parallel to English translation- the best way to discover Sappho’s haunting words.

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By Sappho, Anne Carson (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780375724510
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Published: Vintage - August 12th, 2003

Loose Women by Sandra Cisneros

To really talk about Sandra Cisneros in a way that does her justice I have to use lines from her own poems. Her words are “beautiful as money and as brutal”, “backflips snapping open like/ A carpenters hinged ruler,” “parrot tulips and papayas”, a “helix of desire and vanity”, a “fleshy undertongue of sorrows”, a “mariachi howl”.

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Erin
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ISBN: 9780679755272
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Published: Vintage - March 14th, 1995

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