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Does Your House Have Lions?

Written by Sonia Sanchez


Format: Trade Paperback, 80 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 28, 1998
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6831-1 (0-8070-6831-4)

Nominated for the 1998 National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry

Recommended Reading from Emerge

An epic poem on kin estranged, the death of a brother from AIDS, and the possibility of reconciliation and love in the face of loss.

“One of our more overlooked older poets, Sanchez writes concise, wounded poems that work... Read more >

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Morning Haiku

Written by Sonia Sanchez


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 25, 2011
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0131-8 (0-8070-0131-7)

From a leading writer of the Black Arts Movement, poems of commemoration and loss for readers of all ages

A collection of haiku that celebrates the gifts of life and mourns the deaths of revered African American figures in the worlds of music, literature, art, and activism.

“Sonia Sanchez is a... Read more >
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Shake Loose My Skin
New and Selected Poems
Written by Sonia Sanchez


Format: Trade Paperback, 168 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 7, 2000
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6853-3 (0-8070-6853-5)

An extraordinary retrospective covering over thirty years of work, Shake Loose My Skin is a stunning testament to the literary, sensual, and political powers of the award-winning Sonia Sanchez.

“This world is a better place because of Sonia Sanchez: more livable, more laughable, more manageable. I wish millions of people knew that... Read more >
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Poems of New York

Edited by Elizabeth Schmidt


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: August 13, 2002
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-41504-3 (0-375-41504-1)

New York City has always been a larger-than-life, half-mythical place, and this collection offers an appropriately stunning mosaic of its many incarnations in poetry–ranging from Walt Whitman's exuberant celebrations to contemporary poets' moving responses to the September 11th attack on the city.

All the icons of this greatest of cities swirl... Read more >

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Lives of the Poets

Written by Michael Schmidt


Format: Trade Paperback, 992 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 31, 2000
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70604-2 (0-375-70604-6)

National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

In this stunning volume of epic breadth, Michael Schmidt connects the lives and works of more than 300 poets over the last 700 years—spanning distant shores from Scotland to Australia to the Caribbean, all sharing the English language.

Schmidt reveals how each poet has transformed “a... Read more >
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Emma Lazarus

Written by Esther Schor


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: September 5, 2006
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4216-4 (0-8052-4216-3)

Emma Lazarus’s most famous poem gave a voice to the Statue of Liberty, but her remarkable life has remained a mystery until now. She was a woman so far ahead of her time that we are still scrambling to catch up with her–a feminist, a Zionist, and an internationally famous Jewish... Read more >
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Black Series
Poems
Written by Laurie Sheck


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 4, 2003
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70965-4 (0-375-70965-7)

In her remarkable Black Series, Laurie Sheck turns the ordinary world inside out and shows us its glittering seams. Her long, elegantly quizzical lines convey a haunted vision of human striving which is in part an elaboration on our daily reality, and in part a fantastic departure from it. “I can... Read more >
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Captivity
Poems
Written by Laurie Sheck


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: June 2, 2009
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71144-2 (0-375-71144-9)

The “exquisite and haunting” (Booklist) collection of poems built around the language and mystique of American captivity narratives in which Sheck enters the vivid life we live inside our own minds and selves, and takes us into the mysterious underside of consciousness and selfhood.

“Sheck [is] one of the most accomplished lyric... Read more >
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Dime-Store Alchemy
The Art of Joseph Cornell
Written by Charles Simic


Format: Trade Paperback, 88 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: September 20, 2011
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-486-9 (1-59017-486-0)

In Dime-Store Alchemy, poet Charles Simic reflects on the life and work of Joseph Cornell, the maverick surrealist who is one of America’s great artists. Simic’s spare prose is as enchanting and luminous as the mysterious boxes of found objects for which Cornell is justly renowned.

Dime-Store Alchemy...is the most sustained literary... Read more >

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No Nature
New and Selected Poems
Written by Gary Snyder


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: September 7, 1993
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74252-4 (0-679-74252-2)

“The greatest of living nature poets. . . . It helps us to go on, having Gary Snyder in our midst.”—Los Angeles Times.

Snyder is the author of many volumes of poetry and prose, including The Practice of the Wild and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Turtle Island. Read more >

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Dispatch from the Future
Poems
Written by Leigh Stein


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: July 24, 2012
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-134-8 (1-61219-134-7)

Funny, surprising and lyrical, these poems range from the deserts of the Southwest to the abysses of Facebook. From online dating to beauty pageants, Greek mythology to road trips, Leigh Stein gives us resilient young women in longing and in love.

Post-confessional–like Sylvia Plath raised on MTV, or Anne Sexton on... Read more >
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The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens

Written by Wallace Stevens


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 19, 1990
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72669-2 (0-679-72669-1)

This definitive poetry collection, originally published in 1954 to honor Stevens on his 75th birthday, contains:


Harmonium
Ideas of Order
The Man With the Blue Guitar
Parts of the World
Transport Summer
The Auroras of Autumn
The Rock Read more >
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The Necessary Angel
Essays on Reality and the Imagination
Written by Wallace Stevens


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 1965
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-70278-0 (0-394-70278-6)

"...the first collection of his prose works, he accounts in scintillating language for the peculiarly modern and sometimes delisquescent fervor that has prompted his poems. Few poets have written so characteristically about their own craft."--Perspective--USA

"It is a rare pleasure to breathe the atmosphere of confidence and wholeness which distinguishes the world... Read more >
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The Palm at the End of the Mind
Selected Poems and a Play
Written by Wallace Stevens
Edited by Holly Stevens


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 19, 1990
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72445-2 (0-679-72445-1)

"The Palm at the End of the Mind superbly edited by Holly Stevens, will be the definitive text for students and readers of Wallace Stevens for several decades. Unlike earlier selected volumes, it gives all the major long poems and sequences, and every shorter poem of lasting value. Its arrangement in... Read more >
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Selected Poems

Written by Wallace Stevens
Edited by John N. Serio


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: February 8, 2011
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71173-2 (0-375-71173-2)

The first new selection of this acclaimed poet’s work in nearly twenty years—now in paperback—is a rich reminder to poetry readers of his lasting contribution and his unending ability to puzzle, fascinate, and delight us.

“This new book makes a real contribution. It is wonderful to see the poems printed one to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Selected Poems

Written by Wallace Stevens
Edited by John N. Serio


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 25, 2009
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-28047-3 (0-307-28047-0)

A beautiful new edition—the first in nearly twenty years—of the work of Wallace Stevens, a founding father of contemporary American poetry, with a dazzling range of work that is at once emotional and intellectual. As John N. Serio reminds us in his elegant introduction, Stevens has written more persuasively than any... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Stevens: Poems

Written by Wallace Stevens


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: November 2, 1993
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-42911-1 (0-679-42911-5)

This Everyman's Library Pocket Poets edition contains a selection, chosen by Helen Vendler, of over sixty of Stevens's poems, revealing with renewed force his status as our supreme acrobat of the imagination. Read more >

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Collected Poems

Written by Mark Strand


Format: Hardcover, 544 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 30, 2014
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-35251-2 (0-385-35251-4)

Gathered here is a half century’s magnificent work by the former poet laureate of the United States and Pulitzer Prize winner whose haunting and exemplary style has influenced an entire generation of American poets.

Beginning with the limited-edition volume Sleeping with One Eye Open, published in 1964, Mark Strand was hailed as a... Read more >
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The Continuous Life,
Poems
Written by Mark Strand


Format: Trade Paperback, 80 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: May 30, 1992
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73844-2 (0-679-73844-4)

The Continuous Life includes an unusual variety of Strand's verse and prose poems. Considered his best and liveliest book, it adds a new dimension to his work: a wonderful deepening tone and feeling.



"Strand's new book shows him writing at his absolute peak. It offers so many different kinds of work that... Read more >

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Dark Harbor
A Poem
Written by Mark Strand


Format: Trade Paperback, 64 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: June 28, 1994
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75279-0 (0-679-75279-X)

Mark Strand was awarded the Bollingen Prize in Poetry in 1993.

"Mark Strand remains committed to the task of negotiating, in verse, between desire and despair, possibility and fulfillment... What is new is the confidence of his speech, the extraordinary clarity with which he addresses any poet's biggest themes: love and death... Read more >

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New Selected Poems

Written by Mark Strand


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: January 13, 2009
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71127-5 (0-375-71127-9)

More than twenty-five years after the appearance of his first Selected Poems, we at last have a magnificent new gathering of Mark Strand’s work, one that spans and celebrates his entire remarkable career to date. From Sleeping with One Eye Open (1964) through the wonderful middle work that includes The Continuous... Read more >

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Selected Poems

Written by Mark Strand


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 26, 1990
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73301-0 (0-679-73301-9)

This substantial volume of eighty-three poems represents over two decades of solid work on which his reputation is based. This is the landmark collection of a major figure in the poetry world. Read more >

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The Story of Our Lives
with The Monument and The Late Hour
Written by Mark Strand


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: February 26, 2002
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70975-3 (0-375-70975-4)

This book brings together for the first time three out-of-print works written in the 1970's by the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet—-an essential for long-time and first-time readers alike.

It opens with the haunting "Elegy for My Father" from The Story of Our Lives (1973)—-a powerful evocation of the emptiness, abandonment, and questioning that... Read more >

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The Weather of Words
Poetic Inventions
Written by Mark Strand


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 13, 2001
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70970-8 (0-375-70970-3)

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, a brilliant and witty collection of writings on the art and nature of poetry—a master class both entertaining and provocative.

The pieces have a broad range and many levels. In one, we sit with the teenage Mark Strand while he reads for the first time a poem... Read more >

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Selected Poems

Written by Mona Van Duyn


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 18, 2003
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70980-7 (0-375-70980-0)

This generous selection of Mona Van Duyn’s distinguished, award-winning work spans four decades. Beginning with her classic Valentines to the Wide World (1959), encompassing the intimate voice of Bedtime Stories (1972) and the moving Letters from a Father (1982), crowned by the life-spanning Firefall (1993), Selected Poems reacquaints us with a... Read more >
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