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The Big Smoke

The Big Smoke

by Adrian Matejka

Paperback, 109 pages, Penguin Group USA, $18, published May 28 2013 | purchase
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Jack Johnson, the first African-American world heavyweight champion, is a figure of mythological proportions; in this new collection, poet Adrian Matejka gives the boxer a voice that's wholly human. The poet examines race and racism from Johnson's singular perspective: the son of slave-born Southerners, the opera-loving international celebrity, the abusive playboy arrested for dating white women, the wealthy world champion who couldn't get served at restaurants. Matejka's unflinching verse conveys Johnson's bravura and his bravery, and both the power and the vulnerability of a bleeding, breakable body in the ring.

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The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon

The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon

by Willie Perdomo

Paperback, 64 pages, Penguin Group USA, $18, published March 25 2014 | purchase
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Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting

Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting

Poems

by Kevin Powers

Hardcover, 96 pages, Little Brown & Co, $23, published April 1 2014 | purchase
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An Iraq war veteran, National Book Award finalist and author of The Yellow Birds offers poems capturing the life of a soldier, including waiting in the dusty Middle Eastern heat and writing a love letter back home.

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How to Dance As the Roof Caves in

How to Dance As the Roof Caves In

Poems

by Nick Lantz

Paperback, 81 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $15, published March 4 2014 | purchase
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Nick Lantz's third collection of poetry includes two sequences focusing on a recently-divorced man, and one set in an empty, post-recession housing complex.

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The Canterbury Tales

The Canterbury Tales

by Geoffrey Chaucer

Paperback, 517 pages, Oxford Univ Pr, $8.95, published September 5 2011 | purchase
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A group of pilgrims pass the time during their journey to Canterbury by telling each other stories. Translated by David Wright.

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Book of Hours

Book Of Hours

Poems

by Kevin Young

Hardcover, 192 pages, Random House Inc, $26.95, published March 4 2014 | purchase
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Kevin Young's poems reflect on the loss of his father and the birth of his son.

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Time Is a Toy

Time Is a Toy

The Selected Poems of Michael Benedikt

by Michael Benedikt

Paperback, 225 pages, Atlasbooks Dist Serv, $19.95, published January 19 2014 | purchase
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This collection brings together work from Michael Benedikt's five out-of-print volumes, along with work from his five unpublished manuscripts. Edited by John Gallaher and Laura Boss.

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Tennyson Poems

Tennyson Poems

by Alfred Tennyson, Baron Tennyson

Hardcover, 255 pages, Random House Inc, $14.95, published January 1 2004 | purchase
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  • Alfred Tennyson, Baron Tennyson

A collection of narrative and short lyrical works by the poet favored by Queen Victoria includes "The Lady of Shalott," extracts from "Idylls of the King," and the complete text of "Ulysses."

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The Letters of Robert Frost

The Letters of Robert Frost

1886-1921

by Robert Frost, Donald Sheehy, Mark Richardson and Robert Faggen

Hardcover, 600 pages, Harvard Univ Pr, $45, published February 25 2014 | purchase
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The Poetry of Derek Walcott 1948-2013

The Poetry of Derek Walcott 1948-2013

by Derek Walcott and Glyn Maxwell

Hardcover, 617 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $40, published January 21 2014 | purchase
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A collection spanning the range of the Nobel Prize-winning writer's career includes his first published poem, "In My Eighteenth Year"; his first widely celebrated verses on the violence in Africa; his mature work from The Star-Apple Kingdom; and his late masterpieces from White Egrets.

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Lines of Defense

Lines of Defense

Poems

by Stephen Dunn

Hardcover, 95 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $24.95, published January 6 2014 | purchase
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The 17th book from the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet of Different Hours looks at the ridiculousness and absurdities of daily life, as compared to the life we imagined.

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If the Tabloids Are True What Are You?

If the Tabloids Are True What Are You?

Poems and Artwork

by Matthea Harvey

Paperback, 160 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $25, published August 19 2014 | purchase
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Matthea Harvey's new book combines poetry with visual art.

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The Pedestrians

The Pedestrians

by Rachel Zucker

Hardcover, 128 pages, Consortium Book Sales & Dist, $25, published April 15 2014 | purchase
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  • Rachel Zucker

The Pedestrians combines prose poems from a variety of settings with lyrics about life in New York City.

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They Don't Kill You Because They're Hungry, They Kill You Because They're Full

They Don't Kill You Because They're Hungry, They Kill You Because They're Full

by Mark Bibbins

Paperback, 96 pages, Copper Canyon Press, $16, published April 1 2014 | purchase
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This collection counters dread with wit and reminds us that suffering is "small//compared to what?"

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In Defense Of Nothing

In Defense of Nothing

Selected Poems, 1987-2011

by Peter Gizzi

Hardcover, 248 pages, Univ Pr of New England, $26.95, published March 3 2014 | purchase
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This collection gathers poems from over five earlier books, representing close to twenty-five years of work by Peter Gizzi.

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The Road to Emmaus

The Road to Emmaus

Poems

by Spencer Reece

Hardcover, 144 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $24, published April 1 2014 | purchase
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These poems follow a middle-aged man who decides to become a priest in the Episcopal Church.

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The New Testament

The New Testament

by Jericho Brown

Hardcover, , Copper Canyon Press, , published August 1 2014 | purchase
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The New Testament is Jericho Brown's second collection of poetry.

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The Old Woman, the Tulip, and the Dog

The Old Woman, the Tulip, and the Dog

by Alicia Suskin Ostriker

Paperback, 80 pages, Univ of Pittsburgh Pr, $15.95, published January 15 2014 | purchase
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Each three-stanza poem in this collection contains the voices of an old woman full of memories, a glamorous tulip and an earthy dog who always has the last word.

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Singing at the Gates

Singing at the Gates

Selected Poems

by Jimmy Santiago Baca

Hardcover, 251 pages, Pgw, $24, published January 7 2014 | purchase
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A collection of the award-winning writer's definitive poems spans more than four decades of his writing life and explores such themes as family, the bonds of friendship and the environment, in a volume that includes letters written during his work with prisoners in Chino State penitentiary and his meditations on the significance of freedom.

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Selected Poems

Selected Poems

by Federico Garcia Lorca

Paperback, 192 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $15.95, published June 12 2013 | purchase
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This new edition of the poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca includes translations by W. S. Merwin, Stephen Spender and Langston Hughes.

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Turn Me Loose

Turn Me Loose

The Unghosting of Medgar Evers

by Frank X. Walker

Paperback, 71 pages, Univ of Georgia Pr, $16.95, published May 1 2013 | purchase
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Chasing Utopia

Chasing Utopia

A Hybrid

by Nikki Giovanni

Hardcover, 143 pages, HarperCollins, $19.99, published October 29 2013 | purchase
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Nikki Giovanni pays homage to gatherings of friends, family and lovers where, at the center, is food as sustenance, as aphrodisiac and as memory.

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New and Selected Poems

New and Selected Poems

1962-2012

by Charles Simic

Hardcover, 355 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $30, published March 26 2013 | purchase
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This first-ever volume of new and selected poetry from Charles Simic collects close to 400 poems that draw inspiration from a vast array of topics including folktales, marriage, war, ordinary life and American blues.

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Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire

Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire

by Brenda Hillman

Hardcover, 108 pages, Univ Pr of New England, $22.95, published August 22 2013 | purchase
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Fire — its physical, symbolic, political, and spiritual forms — is the fourth and final subject in Brenda Hillman's series on the elements. Here, Hillman evokes fire as metaphor and as event to chart subtle changes of seasons during financial breakdown, environmental crisis and street movements for social justice. She gathers factual data, earthly rhythms, chants to the dead, journal entries and lyric fragments in the service of a radical animism.

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The Gorgeous Nothings

The Gorgeous Nothings

by Emily Dickinson, Marta Werner and Jen Bervin

Hardcover, 255 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $39.95, published October 29 2013 | purchase
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This deluxe, large-scale edition features full-color reproductions of the reclusive Amherst poet's writings on scraps of envelopes exactly as she wrote them and accompanying transcriptions of 52 of these works.

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The Essential Rumi

The Essential Rumi

by Coleman Barks and Maulana Jalal Al-Din Rumi

Paperback, 302 pages, HarperCollins, $15.99, published February 1 1997 | purchase
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The Sufi master's work is translated here in a comprehensive volume designed to bring all the magic, mysticism and wisdom of the great Persian poet to an English-speaking audience.

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Metaphysical Dog

Metaphysical Dog

Poems

by Frank Bidart

Hardcover, 112 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $24, published April 30 2013 | purchase
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Many of Frank Bidart's most famous poems have been long dramatic monologues in the voices of the doomed and disturbed — the anorexic Ellen West, the pedophilic murderer Herbert White, the brilliant dancer Vaslav Nijinsky. But in the shorter poems in Metaphysical Dog, the poet takes on his own persona: an aging, accomplished poet, perennially fascinated by humanity's uneasy blend of philosophical minds and animal bodies.

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Black Aperture

Black Aperture

by Matt Rasmussen

Paperback, 64 pages, Louisiana State Univ Pr, $17.95, published May 13 2013 | purchase
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Black Aperture is an elegy writ large, a book mourning the suicide of the poet's brother. The collection is not born out of the rawness of fresh loss: "You have been dead / half of my life," Matt Rasmussen writes in "Burial." Instead, Rasmussen focuses on the strange complexities of building a life after tragedy. One of several poems entitled "After Suicide" opens, "A hole is nothing / but what remains around it." What is left around the vacancy of a brother's violent death? Burned letters, parties warped by absence, ghostly answering-machine voices to be erased.

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Incarnadine

Incarnadine

Poems

by Mary Szybist

Paperback, 72 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $15, published February 5 2013 | purchase
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Ten years after her debut collection, Mary Szybist returns with this long-awaited second book, a skeptic's consideration of the spiritual. Mixing the profane and the divine, she presents several unusual Annunciations; blurring the lines between herself and the Virgin, she provides an "Update on Mary." The poems are experimental in form — lines radiating out from an empty center, a poem consisting of a diagrammed sentence — and meditative in tone, finding beauty, sorrow and the divine in unexpected corners of modern life.

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Stay, Illusion

Stay, Illusion

by Lucie Brock-Broido

Hardcover, 100 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published October 15 2013 | purchase
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Lucie Brock-Broido's new collection is, in many ways, about the noncorporeal: Death, mourning, the tangled intangibles of language and the power of poetic imagination, like the "illusions" of the title, haunt this book. But Brock-Broido's work is simultaneously lush, tactile and physical — full of fabrics, flavors and colors, building up layers of objects and perceptions.

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