Support
provided by:
close
 

archive

The Big Smoke

The Big Smoke

by Adrian Matejka

Paperback, 109 pages, Penguin Group USA, $18, published May 28 2013 | purchase
close

Purchase Featured Books

  • The Big Smoke
  • Adrian Matejka

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.

News and Reviews
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
close

Purchase Featured Books

  • The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon
  • Willie Perdomo
News and Reviews
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
close

Purchase Featured Books

  • Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting
  • Poems
  • Kevin Powers

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.

News and Reviews
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
close

Purchase Featured Books

  • How to Dance As the Roof Caves In
  • Poems
  • Nick Lantz

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.

News and Reviews
The Canterbury Tales

The Canterbury Tales

by Geoffrey Chaucer

Paperback, 517 pages, Oxford Univ Pr, $8.95, published September 5 2011 | purchase
close

Purchase Featured Books

  • The Canterbury Tales
  • Geoffrey Chaucer

A group of pilgrims pass the time during their journey to Canterbury by telling each other stories. Translated by David Wright.

News and Reviews
Book of Hours

Book Of Hours

Poems

by Kevin Young

Hardcover, 192 pages, Random House Inc, $26.95, published March 4 2014 | purchase
close

Purchase Featured Books

  • Book Of Hours
  • Poems
  • Kevin Young

Kevin Young's poems reflect on the loss of his father and the birth of his son.

News and Reviews
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
close

Purchase Featured Books

  • Time Is a Toy
  • The Selected Poems of Michael Benedikt
  • Michael Benedikt

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.

News and Reviews
Tennyson Poems

Tennyson Poems

by Alfred Tennyson, Baron Tennyson

Hardcover, 255 pages, Random House Inc, $14.95, published January 1 2004 | purchase
close

Purchase Featured Books

  • Tennyson Poems
  • 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."

News and Reviews
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
close

Purchase Featured Books

  • The Letters of Robert Frost
  • 1886-1921
  • Robert Frost, Donald Sheehy, et al
News and Reviews
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
close

Purchase Featured Books

  • The Poetry of Derek Walcott 1948-2013
  • Derek Walcott and Glyn Maxwell

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.

News and Reviews
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
close

Purchase Featured Books

  • Lines of Defense
  • Poems
  • Stephen Dunn

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.

News and Reviews
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
close

Purchase Featured Books

  • If the Tabloids Are True What Are You?
  • Poems and Artwork
  • Matthea Harvey

Matthea Harvey's new book combines poetry with visual art.

News and Reviews
The Pedestrians

The Pedestrians

by Rachel Zucker

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

Purchase Featured Books

  • The Pedestrians
  • Rachel Zucker

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

News and Reviews
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
close

Purchase Featured Books

  • They Don't Kill You Because They're Hungry, They Kill You Because They're Full
  • Mark Bibbins

This collection counters dread with wit and reminds us that suffering is "small//compared to what?"

News and Reviews
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
close

Purchase Featured Books

  • In Defense of Nothing
  • Selected Poems, 1987-2011
  • Peter Gizzi

This collection gathers poems from over five earlier books, representing close to twenty-five years of work by Peter Gizzi.

News and Reviews
The Road to Emmaus

The Road to Emmaus

Poems

by Spencer Reece

Hardcover, 144 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $24, published April 1 2014 | purchase
close

Purchase Featured Books

  • The Road to Emmaus
  • Poems
  • Spencer Reece

These poems follow a middle-aged man who decides to become a priest in the Episcopal Church.

News and Reviews
The New Testament

The New Testament

by Jericho Brown

Hardcover, , Copper Canyon Press, , published August 1 2014 | purchase
close

Purchase Featured Books

  • The New Testament
  • Jericho Brown

The New Testament is Jericho Brown's second collection of poetry.

News and Reviews
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
close

Purchase Featured Books

  • The Old Woman, the Tulip, and the Dog
  • Alicia Suskin Ostriker

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.

News and Reviews

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor

Podcast + RSS Feeds

Podcast RSS

  • Books
     
 
Support for NPR comes from the Poetry Foundation