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Almost Invisible

Almost Invisible

by Mark Strand

Hardcover, 50 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published January 3 2012 | purchase
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  • Mark Strand

A latest collection by the U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Blizzard of One is comprised of whimsical, prose-style dramas that explore the receding vista of life while posing eloquent, riddle-like conundrums about the human condition.

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Collected Poems

Collected Poems

by Jack Gilbert

Hardcover, 320 pages, Random House Inc, $35, published March 13 2012 | purchase
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  • Jack Gilbert

The Pulitzer Prize-nominated author of Monolithos presents a complete collection of his poetry as written over the course of more than 50 years including the periods when he withdrew from the literary world to establish his signature fierce and declarative style, in a volume that also features several previously unpublished works.

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The Complete Poems

The Complete Poems

by Philip Larkin and Archie Burnett

Hardcover, 729 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $40, published March 27 2012 | purchase
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  • Philip Larkin and Archie Burnett

Contains a complete collection of the author's poetry along with commentary on the historical context and linguistic usage.

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The Eternal Ones

The Eternal Ones of the Dream

Selected Poems 1990 - 2010

by James Tate

Paperback, 240 pages, HarperCollins, $19.99, published March 27 2012 | purchase
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  • Selected Poems 1990 - 2010
  • James Tate

While spinning silly yarns about guys who befriend goats and have statues erected in their honor without them knowing, Tate creates a new form — a hybrid of prose and poetry that is neither prose poem nor story. Tate free-associates his way across the American consciousness deep into the human heart.

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The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes

The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes

by Langston Hughes and Arnold Rampersad

Paperback, 717 pages, Random House Inc, $19.95, published November 1 1995 | purchase
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  • Langston Hughes and Arnold Rampersad

Arranged chronologically, a comprehensive collection of the verse of Langston Hughes contains 860 poems, including three hundred that have never appeared in book form and commentary by Hughes's biographer.

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The Kingdom of Ordinary Time

The Kingdom of Ordinary Time

by Marie Howe

Paperback, 68 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $16.95, published September 8 2009 | purchase
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  • Marie Howe

A volume of poetic works explores the intersection between secular and sacred aspects of life, where everyday experiences from caring for an ailing parent to helping a child at the playground have both miraculous and mundane qualities. Reprint. A Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist.

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What the Living Do

What the Living Do

Poems

by Marie Howe

Hardcover, 91 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $21, published November 1 1997 | purchase
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  • Poems
  • Marie Howe

Praised for the luminosity and life of her work, exhibited in her first collection, The Good Thief, the poet continues her reflections on the passages from childhood to adulthood, informed by the death of her beloved brother.

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Head Off & Split

Head Off & Split

Poems

by Nikky Finney

Paperback, 97 pages, Northwestern University Press, $15.95, published February 1 2011 | purchase
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  • Poems
  • Nikky Finney

Nikky Finney's poetry explores people and events in African American life: from Rosa Parks to Condoleezza Rice to a woman waiting for rescue on a rooftop during Hurricane Katrina.Literary Award Winner

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For the Confederate Dead

For the Confederate Dead

by Kevin Young

Hardcover, 156 pages, Random House Inc, $24.95, published January 9 2007 | purchase
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  • Kevin Young

The author of the award-winning poetry collection Jelly Roll explores a variety of African-American themes, passages, and griefs in a selection that includes "Elegy for Miss Brooks," a tribute to the late Gwendolyn Brooks, as well as works on Lionel Hampton, Jim Crow, a lynching, and the legacy of the Confederacy.

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Tonight No Poetry Will Serve

Tonight No Poetry Will Serve

Poems 2007-2010

by Adrienne Cecile Rich

Hardcover, 89 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $24.95, published January 17 2011 | purchase
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  • Poems 2007-2010
  • Adrienne Cecile Rich

Includes a collection of verse by a National Book Award-winning poet, including the intimate address of "Axel Avakar," the dark humor of "Quarto," the underground journey of "Powers of Recuperation" and many more.

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Horoscopes for the Dead

Horoscopes for the Dead

Poems

by Billy Collins

Paperback, 128 pages, Gardners Books, $17, published July 1 2011 | purchase
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  • Poems
  • Billy Collins

A volume of fifty poetic works by the former U.S. Poet Laureate includes poignant and lighthearted pieces on intimate topics ranging from love and death to solitude and aging.

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