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I Praise My Destroyer
Written by Diane Ackerman

Format: Trade Paperback, 132 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 22, 2000
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77134-0 (0-679-77134-4)

In her first new book of poetry since Jaguar of Sweet Laughter, Diane Ackerman combines her deep understanding of the world with her immense passion for language to craft richly sensual poems that "honor all lifewherever and in whatever formit may deal."

Imbued with ravishing imagery, these exuberant and lyrical explorations... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Collected Poems

Written by W. H. Auden
Edited by Edward Mendelson

Format: Hardcover, 976 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 13, 2007
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-64350-0 (0-679-64350-8)

Selected by the Contemporary Poetry Review as one of the Best Books of 2007, winning in the category of Book of the Year

To commemorate the centennial of W. H. Auden’s birth, the Modern Library offers this elegant edition of the collected poems of one of the greatest poets of the twentieth... Read more >

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Poet of the Secular World
Written by Erich Auerbach
Translated by Ralph Manheim
Introduction by Michael Dirda

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: January 16, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-219-3 (1-59017-219-1)

A precursor and companion to Erich Auerbach’s majestic Mimesis, DANTE: POET OF THE SECULAR WORLD is both a comprehensive introduction to the work of one of the greatest poets and a brilliantly provocative and stimulating essay in the history of ideas. Here Auerbach, acclaimed by writers and scholars as various as... Read more >

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The Poetics of Reverie

Written by Gaston Bachelard

Format: Trade Paperback, 228 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 1, 1971
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6413-9 (0-8070-6413-0)

In this, his last significant work, an admired French philosopher provides extraordinary meditations on the relation between the imagining consciousness and the world, positing the notion of reverie as its most dynamic point of reference. Read more >

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The Age of the Poets
And Other Writings on Twentieth-Century Poetry and Prose
Written by Alain Badiou
Translated by Emily Apter and Bruno Bosteels
Introduction by Bruno Bosteels

Format: Trade Paperback, 252 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: November 4, 2014
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-569-3 (1-78168-569-X)

The Age of the Poets revisits the age-old problem of the relation between literature and philosophy, arguing against both Plato and Heidegger’s famous arguments. Philosophy neither has to ban the poets from the republic nor abdicate its own powers to the sole benefit of poetry or art. Instead, it must declare... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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For All of Us, One Today
An Inaugural Poet's Journey
Written by Richard Blanco

Format: Trade Paperback, 120 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 19, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3380-7 (0-8070-3380-4)

In this brief and evocative memoir, Richard Blanco shares his life as a Latino immigrant and openly gay man discovering a new, emotional understanding of what it means to be an American. He tells the story of the call from the White House committee and all the exhilaration and upheaval of... Read more >
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Ecstatic Poems
Translated by Robert Bly

Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 15, 2007
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6380-4 (0-8070-6380-0)

Originally published in 1976, with more than 75,000 copies in print, this collection of poems by fifteenth-century ecstatic poet Kabir is full of fun and full of thought. Columbia University professor of religion John Stratton Hawley has contributed an introduction that makes clear Kabir’s immense importance to the contemporary reader and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Lorca & Jimenez
Selected Poems
Translated by Robert Bly

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 30, 1997
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6213-5 (0-8070-6213-8)

A unique gathering of poems by two great twentieth-century poets, with the original Spanish versions and powerful English translations on facing pages. In a new preface, editor and translator Robert Bly explores what the poems reveal today about politics, the spirit, and the purpose of art. Read more >

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Rain; road; an open boat

Written by Roo Borson

Format: Trade Paperback, 88 pages
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
On Sale: March 20, 2012
Price: $18.99
ISBN: 978-0-7710-1298-3 (0-7710-1298-5)

The first new collection of poetry from Roo Borson since her highly acclaimed collection Short Journey Upriver Toward Oishida, winner of three major prizes, including the Griffin Poetry Prize.

Roo Borson’s new collection continues the exploration of form, tone, musicality, and content begun in her widely acclaimed previous collection. Here, co-existing... Read more >

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The Voice That Is Great Within Us
American Poetry of the Twentieth Century
Written by Hayden Carruth

Format: Paperback, 768 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: September 1, 1983
Price: $10.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-26263-6 (0-553-26263-7)

This famous anthology includes the works of more than 130 major American poets of the modern period-along with short biographies of each. Read more >

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Written by Anne Carson

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7890-5 (1-4000-7890-3)

In her first collection in five years, Anne Carson contemplates “decreation”—an activity described by Simone Weil as “undoing the creature in us”—an undoing of self. But how can we undo self without moving through self, to the very inside of its definition? Where else can we start?

Anne Carson’s Decreation starts with... Read more >

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Even Now
Poems by Hugo Claus
Written by Hugo Claus
Afterword by Cees Nooteboom
Translated by David Colmer

Format: Trade Paperback, 220 pages
Publisher: Archipelago
On Sale: November 12, 2013
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-1-935744-88-7 (1-935744-88-7)

Beautifully translated from the Dutch by David Colmer, the IMPAC Award-winning translator of Gerbrand Bakker’s The Twin, Hugo Claus’s poems are remarkable for their dexterity, intensity of feeling, and acute intelligence. From the richly associative and referential “Oostakker Poems” to the emotional and erotic outpouring of the “mad dog stanzas” in “Morning... Read more >
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The Difficulty of Being

Written by Jean Cocteau
Translated by Elizabeth Sprigge
Introduction by Geoffrey O'Brien

Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: May 28, 2013
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-290-1 (1-61219-290-4)

By the time he published The Difficulty of Being in 1947, Jean Cocteau had produced some of the most respected films and literature of the twentieth century, and had worked with the foremost artists of his time, including Proust, Gide, Picasso and Stravinsky.

This memoir tells the inside account of those... Read more >
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Poems and Songs

Written by Leonard Cohen

Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: April 5, 2011
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-59583-6 (0-307-59583-8)

A magnificent selection of song lyrics and poems from across the storied career of one of the most daring and affecting poet-ongwriters in the world.

In the more than half century since his first book of poems was published, Leonard Cohen has evolved into an international cult figure who transcends genres and... Read more >

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Written by Billy Collins

Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 16, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7561-1 (0-8129-7561-8)

A Billy Collins poem is instantly recognizable. “Using simple, understandable language,” notes USA TODAY, the two-term U.S. Poet Laureate “captures ordinary life—its pleasure, its discontents, its moments of sadness and of joy.” His everyman approach to writing resonates with readers everywhere and generates fans who would otherwise never give a poem... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Written by Dante
Illustrated by Gustave Dore
Translated by Anthony Esolen

Format: Hardcover, 544 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 2, 2004
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-64269-5 (0-679-64269-2)

The Divine Comedy is a complete scale of the depths and heights of human emotion," wrote T.S. Eliot. "The last canto of the Paradiso is to my thinking the highest point that poetry has ever reached or ever can reach."

The Divine Comedy stands as one of the towering creations of world... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Masks Of Anarchy
The History Of A Radical Poem, From Percy Shelley To The Triangle Factory Fire
Written by Michael Demson
Illustrated by Summer Mcclinton

Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: July 2, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-098-8 (1-78168-098-1)

Masks of Anarchy tells the extraordinary story of Percy Shelley’s poem “The Masque of Anarchy,” from its conception in Italy and suppression in England to the moment it became a catalyst for protest among New York City workers a century later.

Shelley penned the poem in 1819, after hearing of the Peterloo... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Ralph Waldo Emerson
Selected Essays, Lectures and Poems
Written by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Format: Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: September 1, 1990
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-21388-1 (0-553-21388-1)

Edited and with a Foreword by Robert D. Richardson, Jr. This edition contains “Nature” as well as excerpts from Essays, First Series; Essays, Second Series; and Representative Men. A wide selection of Emerson’s poems–and other essays spanning his entire career–is also included. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Imagining Paradise
New and Selected Poems
Written by Barry Gifford

Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: April 24, 2012
Price: $32.00
ISBN: 978-1-60980-374-2 (1-60980-374-4)

At once erudite and plainspoken, imaginative and grounded in the grittily lunatic fundamentals of the human heart, here is the author’s definitive selection of his verse: the writings of an underground poet who lasted.

Published in The New Yorker, La Nouvelle Revue Française, and in nearly a hundred magazines and poetry journals... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Supplying Salt and Light

Written by Lorna Goodison

Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
On Sale: March 26, 2013
Price: $18.99
ISBN: 978-0-7710-3590-6 (0-7710-3590-X)

This new book of poems from internationally renowned poet Lorna Goodison opens in Spain and Portugal, conjuring up a new history of the Caribbean and a new way of setting up its heritage.

The title sets the tone for poems about backgrounds and outlines and shadows and sources of light. This extraordinary... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Poetry of Zen

Translated by Sam Hamill and J.P. Seaton

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: February 13, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-425-9 (1-59030-425-X)

A Zen poem is nothing other than an expression of the enlightened mind, a handful of simple words that disappear beneath the moment of insight to which it bears witness. Poetry has been an essential aid to Zen Buddhist practice from the dawn of Zen—and Zen has also had a profound... Read more >

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Miguel Hernandez

Written by Miguel Hernandez
Translated by Don Share

Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: NYRB Poets
On Sale: April 2, 2013
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-629-0 (1-59017-629-4)

Miguel Hernández is, along with Antonio Machado, Juan Ramón Jiménez, and Federico García Lorca, one of the greatest Spanish poets of the twentieth century. This volume spans the whole of Hernández’s brief writing life, and includes his most celebrated poems, from the early lyrics written in traditional forms, such as the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Writing Begins with the Breath
Embodying Your Authentic Voice
Written by Laraine Herring

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: September 11, 2007
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-473-0 (1-59030-473-X)

Laraine Herring’s distinctive new approach to the writing craft provides a welcome jump-start for new writers—and will open up a whole world of creativity for people who may not have considered themselves writers before—while also providing keen insights into the craft for seasoned writers. Her secret is to move the focus... Read more >

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A Poem
Written by Edward Hirsch

Format: Hardcover, 96 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 2, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-35357-1 (0-385-35357-X)

Never has there been a book of poems quite like Gabriel, in which a short life, a bewildering death, and the unanswerable sorrow of a father come together in such a sustained elegy. This unabashed sequence speaks directly from Hirsch’s heart to our own, without sentimentality. From its opening lines—“The funeral... Read more >
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Rising Voices

Written by Arlene Hirschfelder and Beverly Singer

Format: Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Ivy Books
On Sale: July 5, 1993
Price: $6.99
ISBN: 978-0-8041-1167-6 (0-8041-1167-7)

An astonishing collection of poems and essays written by young contemporary Native Americans. Words of protest against prejudice and oppression, poems of estrangement and pain, cries for lost worlds and lost identities -- but also songs of celebration and joy for the future. Read more >
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