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The Penguin Anthology of 20th-Century American Poetry

Rita Dove, Pulitzer Prize–winning poet and former U.S. poet laureate, introduces readers to the most significant and compelling poems of the past hundred years. Selecting from the canon of American poetry throughout the twentieth century, Dove has created an anthology that represents the full spectrum of aesthetic sensibilities—from styles and voices to themes and cultures—while balancing important poems with significant periods of each poet. Featuring poems both classic and contemporary, this collection reflects a dynamic and cohesive portrait of modern American poetry and outlines its trajectory over the past century.

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By Rita Dove (Editor)
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ISBN: 9780143106432
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Published: Penguin Books - October 25th, 2011

The Conference of the Birds by Peter Sis

This epic text was originally penned by Farid ud-Din Attar in the 12th century as a parable for the soul’s search for the divine. Adapted by Peter Sis and illuminated with his own magical illustrations, it has the reader join a vast migration of the worlds bird’s as they set out on a quest to seek their king. Sis, winner of numerous children’s book awards, is no stranger to conjuring wonder, and this, his first book for adults, soars.

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ISBN: 9781594203060
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Published: Penguin Press - October 27th, 2011

Nod House by Nathaniel Mackey

UCSC professor Nathaniel Mackey follows up his National Book Award–winning book, Splay Anthem, with a new collection. Picking up where Splay Anthem left off, Mackey’s Nod House marches a group of travelers through a mythic Africa while showing us how deeply poetry is identified with music. “Mackey’s poetry consistently performs a willful slipperiness that’s also hauntingly beautiful…its lush wash of sound carrying sense through disorientation.” —The Believer

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ISBN: 9780811219464
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Published: New Directions - November 21st, 2011

Tres by Roberto Bolaño

“Poetry is braver than anyone,” Chilean writer Roberto Bolaño believed, and the proof is here in Tres, his most inventive and bracing poetry collection. Tres is a showcase of the author’s willingness to freely cross genres, with poems in prose, stories in verse, and flashes of writing that can hardly be categorized. “In verse, as in prose, Bolaño leads us on journeys through a surreal landscape of exile, longing, and nostalgia.” ––The Independent

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By Roberto Bolaño, Laura Healy (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780811219273
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Published: New Directions - September 30th, 2011

Come, Thief by Jane Hirshfield

Jane Hirshfield’s new poetry collection is a masterful blend of concise language and poignant questioning. Hirshfield pairs together emotions and images that take single moments and open them to realms that are infinite and lingering. I was struck by the way Hirshfield’s words again and again danced the duel of invitation and letting go:

      Love in August

      White moths against the screen in August darkness.

      Some clamor in envy.

      Some spread large as two hands of a thief

      Who wants to put back in your cupboard the long-taken silver.

Like Mary Oliver, this poetry collection is one you’ll want to have on hand for reading and rereading, always finding something anew.

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ISBN: 9780307595423
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Published: Knopf - August 23rd, 2011


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