Pablo Neruda was a master of the ode, which he conceived as an homage to just about everything that surrounded him. “Here, appearing in one place for the first time, are all 250 odes (including some 70 previously un-translated) written by Nobel Prize-winner Neruda, possibly the best-selling foreign-language poet of all time in the United States. Readers of poetry can’t afford to miss this.” —Library Journal
Aimless Love is the first compilation to come from the two-term U.S. poet laureate in 12 years. Combining more than 50 new poems with poems from four previous books, this collection is a wonderful addition for any Billy Collins fan, and is sure to win him new fans as well. Touching on the themes of time passing, love, loss, and the importance (and paradoxes that come with) language itself, this collection does a marvelous job of being both accessible and imaginative. There is an almost guiding quality to the poems in this book—as if the reader is receiving advice to questions that arise as life progresses—and yet Collins’ playfulness dances with depth. (Don't miss our special offsite event with Billy Collins on November 8th - details here.)
In her late experimental works, Emily Dickinson parceled out her poetry one word at a time on envelope fragments and discarded paper. The Gorgeous Nothings, a facsimile of her “envelope-poems,” offers insight into Dickinson’s later years and creative process, and is a celebration of the poet’s famous economy: The title comes from Dickinson’s manuscript A 821: “the gorgeous | nothings | which | compose | the | sunset | keep.” But it also “offers a reminder to the rest of us non-Dickinsons in the world. It’s not your materials that matter or even your scope. We all have envelopes, and pens, and scattered (and non-grocery-list-related) thoughts. We all have tiny moments we can transform into gorgeous nothings.” —O Magazine
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.
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.
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.