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Hungry Ear

The Hungry Ear

Poems of Food & Drink

by Kevin Young

Hardcover, 319 pages, Bloomsbury USA, $25, published October 16 2012 | purchase
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  • Kevin Young

The National Book Award finalist author of Jelly Roll presents an evocative collection of food poetry that meditates on the role of food in everyday life, identity and culture and includes pieces by such writers as Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Frost and Allen Ginsberg.

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Memorial

Memorial

A Version of Homer's Iliad

by Alice Oswald

Hardcover, 90 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $24.95, published September 10 2012 | purchase
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  • A Version of Homer's Iliad
  • Alice Oswald

Stripping away its narrative and context, adapts Homer's epic poem into a meditation on the loss of human life in combat.

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Poems 1962-2012

Poems 1962-2012

by Louise Gluck

Hardcover, 634 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $40, published November 13 2012 | purchase
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  • Louise Gluck

The collected works of the Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Critics Circle Award-winning writer explores her transfigured landscapes and offers insight into her unique form, created to reflect the human drive to release the past in order to realize the yet-unimagined.

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Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses

Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses

by Ron Koertge and Andrea Dezsö

Hardcover, 96, Candlewick , $17.99, published July 10 2012 | purchase
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  • Ron Koertge and Andrea Dezsö

Writing in free verse honed to a wicked edge, the incomparable Ron Koertge brings dark and contemporary humor to twenty iconic fairy tales.

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Antigonick

Antigonick

by Sophocles, Anne Carson and Bianco Stone

Hardcover, 180 pages, New Directions, $24.95, published May 28 2012 | purchase
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  • Sophocles, Anne Carson, et al

Disaster follows when Creon, King of Thebes, forbids Antigone to bury her brother whom he has declared a traitor.

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Thrall

Thrall

Poems

by Natasha Trethewey

Hardcover, 84 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $23, published August 28 2012 | purchase
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  • Poems
  • Natasha Trethewey

Collects the author's poems as she reflects on her own interracial ancestry, her estrangement from her father, and their place in the history of race in America.

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Useless Landscape, or a Guide for Boys

Useless Landscape, or a Guide for Boys

Poems

by D. A. Powell

Hardcover, 80 pages, Graywolf Press, $22, published February 14 2012 | purchase
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Mayakovsky's Revolver

Mayakovsky's Revolver

by Matthew Dickman

Hardcover, 93 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $25.95, published October 1 2012 | purchase
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  • Matthew Dickman

The author uses his art to come to terms with his older brother's suicide in a collection of poems that explore how to find strength in the face of loss and grief.

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Our Lady of the Ruins

Our Lady of the Ruins

by Traci Brimhall

Paperback, 95 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $15.95, published April 2 2012 | purchase
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  • Traci Brimhall

This award-winning collection of poems from the author of Rookery follows a group of women navigating their way through an apocalyptic world full of war, plague and the search for a new God. Original.

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Bender

Bender

New & Selected Poems

by Dean Young

Hardcover, 279 pages, Consortium Book Sales & Dist, $26, published October 30 2012 | purchase
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  • New & Selected Poems
  • Dean Young

Weaves three decades of the poet's work with selections of his new material, in a collection arranged alphabetically by title.

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Red Doc

Red Doc

by Anne Carson

Paperback, 167 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published March 11 2014 | purchase
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In her follow-up to Autobiography of Red, poet Anne Carson revisits the myth of Geryon and Herakles.

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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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  • Frank Bidart

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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Senegal Taxi

Senegal Taxi

by Juan Felipe Herrera

Paperback, 128 pages, Univ of Arizona Pr, $15.95, published March 21 2013 | purchase
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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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  • Poems
  • Mary Szybist

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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Belmont

Belmont

Poems

by Stephen Burt

Paperback, 88 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $15, published June 11 2013 | purchase
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  • Stephen Burt
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Lit from Inside

Lit from Inside

40 Years of Poetry from Alice James Books

by Anne Marie Macari, Carey Salerno and Maxine Kumin

Paperback, 350 pages, Consortium Book Sales & Dist, $19.95, published February 5 2013 | purchase
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  • 40 Years of Poetry from Alice James Books
  • Anne Marie Macari, Carey Salerno, et al

"A compilation of archival materials accompanies this collection of 40 years of poetry from Alice James Books. Nearly 150 authors are represented in chronological order, including Beatrice Hawley, Fanny Howe, Jane Kenyon, Betsy Sholl, Celia Gilbert, JeanValentine, Donald Revell, B.H. Fairchild, Brian Turner, and many more. "--

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Duppy Conqueror

Duppy Conqueror

New and Selected Poems

by Kwame Dawes and Matthew Shenoda

Paperback, , Consortium Book Sales & Dist, $20, published April 16 2013 | purchase
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  • Kwame Dawes and Matthew Shenoda
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The Collected Poems of Ron Padgett

by Ron Padgett

Hardcover, 800, Coffee House Press, 49.95, published November 1 2013 | purchase
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The Love Poems Of Ahmad Shamlu

The Love Poems Of Ahmad Shamlu

by Ahmad Shamlu, Firoozeh Papan-Matin and Arthur Lane

Hardcover, 187 pages, Ibex Pub, $58, published December 1 2005 | purchase
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The Colossus

The Colossus

& Other Poems

by Sylvia Plath

Paperback, 83 pages, Random House Inc, $14, published January 1 1998 | purchase
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  • Sylvia Plath

Works by the American poet reflect her thoughts on the ephemeral aspects of life

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Taps on the Walls: Poems from the Hanoi Hilton

Taps on the Walls

Poems from the Hanoi Hilton

by John Borling

Hardcover, 168 pages, Greenleaf Book Group Llc, $19.95, published February 12 2013 | purchase
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Looking for the Gulf Motel

Looking for the Gulf Motel

by Richard Blanco

Paperback, 83 pages, University of Pittsburgh Press, $10.85, published February 28 2012 | purchase
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The War Works Hard

The War Works Hard

by Dunya Mikhail, Elizabeth Winslow and Saadi Simawe

Paperback, 80 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $13.95, published April 1 2005 | purchase
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Diary of a Wave Outside the Sea

Diary of a Wave Outside the Sea

by Dunya Mikhail

Paperback, 98 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $16.95, published May 5 2009 | purchase
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This bilingual, lyrical memoir, in the form of a long poem, weaves together the past and present of an Iraqi-American poet. Translated by Elizabeth Winslow.

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The Divine Comedy

The Divine Comedy

by Dante Alighieri and Clive James

Hardcover, 527 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $29.95, published April 15 2013 | purchase
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  • Dante Alighieri and Clive James

Critic and poet Clive James' new translation of Dante's epic Divine Comedy leaves behind Dante's original terza rima rhyme scheme for quatrains, which James says avoids the strains of "rhyme-poor" English and creates a "nice, easily flowing rhythmic grid on which to mount the individual moments."

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