The most famous work of spiritual fiction of the twentieth century, The Prophet is rooted in Kahlil Gibran's own experience as an immigrant and provides inspiration to anyone feeling adrift in a world in flux. As a prophet named Almustafa is about to board a ship to travel back to his homeland after twelve years in exile, he is stopped by a group of people who ask him to share his wisdom before he leaves. In twenty-eight poetic essays, he does so, offering profound and timeless insights on many aspects of life, including love, pain, friendship, family, beauty, religion, joy, sorrow, and death.
Edited by Frederick Glaysher, this volume collects the work of one of the most important African-American poets of the twentieth century. Robert Hayden's poems which contemplate the black experience and deal with such themes as dreams, mortality, nature, travel, and memory.
The two-term U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Native Guard poetically links the human struggles and resilience of African-American women throughout history to the collective trauma of national wounds.
The award-winning author of The Color Purple returns with a collection of nearly 70 works of poetic free verse, presented in both English and Spanish, that focus on issues of love, hope and gratitude in our troubled times.
James Brown. John Brown's raid. Brown v. the Topeka Board of Ed.: Young meditates on all things "brown" in this powerful new collection. Divided into "Home Recordings" and "Field Recordings," Brown speaks to the way personal experience is shaped by culture, while culture is forever affected by the personal, recalling a black, Kansas boyhood to comment on our times.
Drawing from different sources—including the Old Testament, the Dao De Jing and the music of the Wu Tang Clan—a collection of poems attempts to uncover things hidden since the dawn of the world, investigating human violence and dispossession increasingly prevalent around the world, as well as the horrors the poet grew up with as a child of refugees.
This highly-anticipated debut boldly confronts addiction and courses the strenuous path of recovery, beginning in the wilds of the mind. Poems confront craving, control, the constant battle of alcoholism and sobriety, and the questioning of the self and its instincts within the context of this never-ending fight.
The first great adventure story in the Western canon, The Odyssey is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty, and power; about marriage and family; about travelers, hospitality, and the yearning for home.
In this fresh, authoritative version — the first English translation of The Odyssey by a woman — this stirring tale of shipwrecks, monsters, and magic comes alive in an entirely new way.
From the #1 New York Times best-selling author of milk and honey comes a long-awaited second collection of poetry, a transcendent journey about growth and healing, ancestry and honoring one's roots and expatriation and rising up to find a home within yourself, augmented by the author's own illustrations. Original.
"These poems explore the haunted legacy of the Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded, an medical institution at the heart of the eugenics movement in the first half of the twentieth century in America. The author, who has cerebral palsy, grew up in the shadow of the former Colony in southwestern Virginia, aware that, had she been born fifty years earlier, she would quite possibly been admitted there, and exposed to a variety of inhumane treatments, including forced sterilization. Her poems give voice to the Colony's chorus of residents, reclaiming for them elements of their humanity" —