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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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With the Latin Text
Written by Horace
Translated by James Michie
Introduction by Gregson Davis

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 12, 2002
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75902-4 (0-375-75902-6)

Timeless meditations on the subjects of wine, parties, birthdays, love, and friendship, Horace’s Odes, in the words of classicist Donald Carne-Ross, make the “commonplace notable, even luminous.” This edition reproduces the highly lauded translation by James Michie. “For almost forty years,” poet and literary critic John Hollander notes, “James Michie’s brilliant... Read more >
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Songs of Spiritual Experience
Tibetan Buddhist Poems of Insight and Awakening
Translated by Thupten Jinpa and Jas Elsner
Foreword by H.H. the Dalai Lama

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: February 10, 2014
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-57062-911-2 (1-57062-911-0)

     The first major anthology of Tibetan spiritual poetry available in the West, Songs of Spiritual Experience offers original translations of fifty-two poems from all the traditions and schools of Tibetan Buddhism, spanning the eleventh to the twentieth centuries. These poems communicate spiritual insight with grace and precision, addressing the themes of... Read more >

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Complete Poems and Selected Letters of John Keats

Written by John Keats
Introduction by Edward Hirsch

Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 13, 2001
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75669-6 (0-375-75669-8)

“I think I shall be among the English Poets after my death,” John Keats soberly prophesied in 1818 as he started writing the blankverse epic Hyperion. Today he endures as the archetypal Romantic genius who explored the limits of the imagination and celebrated the pleasures of the senses but suffered a... Read more >
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I Love a Broad Margin to My Life

Written by Maxine Hong Kingston

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 14, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-45459-1 (0-307-45459-2)

In her singular voice—both humble and brave, touching and humorous—Maxine Hong Kingston gives us a poignant and beautiful memoir-in-verse that captures the wisdom that comes with age. As she reflects on her sixty-five years, she circles from present to past and back, from lunch with a writer friend to the funeral... Read more >
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Heavenly Tree, Northern Earth

Written by Gerrit Lansing

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: July 28, 2009
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-55643-754-0 (1-55643-754-4)

This is the inaugural volume of a new series of literary hardcovers from North Atlantic Books. This series will collect the important work of writers who have served as major influences upon and contributors to the cultural and psychic milieu from which North Atlantic evolved.

A distinguished figure of American letters, whose... Read more >

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Incredible Good Fortune
New Poems
Written by Ursula K. Le Guin

Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: February 13, 2007
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-422-8 (1-59030-422-5)

Incredible Good Fortune is Ursula K. Le Guin's sixth collection of poems, spanning the years 2000 to 2005. These poems by the celebrated author of Always Coming Home and The Language of the Night showcase Le Guin's many facets as a writer. Passionate, humanitarian, and sensuously aware of the world's vitality... Read more >

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Sister Outsider
Essays and Speeches
Written by Audre Lorde
Foreword by Cheryl Clarke

Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Crossing Press
On Sale: August 1, 2007
Price: $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-58091-186-3 (1-58091-186-2)

Presenting the essential writings of black lesbian poet and feminist writer Audre Lorde, SISTER OUTSIDER celebrates an influential voice in twentieth-century literature. In this charged collection of fifteen essays and speeches, Lorde takes on sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and class, and propounds social difference as a vehicle for action and change... Read more >
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Zami: A New Spelling of My Name
A Biomythography
Written by Geraldine Audre Lorde

Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Crossing Press
On Sale: January 1, 1982
Price: $16.99
ISBN: 978-0-89594-122-0 (0-89594-122-8)

“ZAMI is a fast-moving chronicle. From the author’s vivid childhood memories in Harlem to her coming of age in the late 1950s, the nature of Audre Lorde’s work is cyclical. It especially relates the linkage of women who have shaped her . . . Lorde brings into play her craft of... Read more >
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Catching Light
Collected Poems of Joanna McClure
Written by Joanna McClure
Foreword by Michael McClure
Introduction by Christopher Wagstaff

Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: June 11, 2013
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-58394-613-8 (1-58394-613-6)

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Paradise Regained, Samson Agonistes, and the Complete Shorter Poems

Written by John Milton
Edited by William Kerrigan, John Rumrich and Stephen M. Fallon

Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: December 4, 2012
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8371-5 (0-8129-8371-8)

Derived from the Modern Library’s esteemed The Complete Poetry and Essential Prose of John Milton, this new volume, extensively revised and updated by its editors, contains Milton’s two late masterpieces, the brief epic Paradise Regained and the tragic drama Samson Agonistes. Age after age, these works have inspired new controversy and... Read more >
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Written by Carol Muske-Dukes

Format: Trade Paperback, 80 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 12, 2004
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6748-7 (0-8129-6748-8)

Sparrow, a luminous new volume of poetry by acclaimed poet, novelist, and critic Carol Muske-Dukes, draws the reader into a mesmerizing world of love and loss. In the wake of personal tragedy, the death of her husband, Muske-Dukes asks herself the questions that undergird all of art, all of elegy. “What... Read more >
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New and Selected Poems, Volume One

Written by Mary Oliver

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 15, 2004
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6877-9 (0-8070-6877-2)

When New and Selected Poems, Volume One was originally published in 1992, Mary Oliver was awarded the National Book Award. In the fourteen years since its initial appearance it has become one of the best-selling volumes of poetry in the country. This collection features thirty poems published only in this volume... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Poems and Prose Poems
Written by Mary Oliver

Format: Trade Paperback, 80 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 27, 2012
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6914-1 (0-8070-6914-0)

Widely regarded as the “rock star” of American poetry, Mary Oliver is a writer whose words have long had the power to move countless readers. Regularly topping the national poetry best-seller list and drawing thousands to her sold-out readings across the country, Oliver is unparalleled in her impact. As noted in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Cinnamon Peeler
Selected Poems
Written by Michael Ondaatje

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 28, 1997
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77913-1 (0-679-77913-2)

The poems that have been brought together in this electrifying volume are stylish, yet endlessly surprising explorations of friendship and passion, family history and personal mythology. Spanning twenty-seven years and representing the best poems from Ondaatje's hard-to-find earlier collections, The Cinnamon Peeler is a masterpiece of intelligence and ardor, informed by... Read more >
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Zoland Poetry
An Annual of Poems, Translations and Interviews-No. 4
Edited by Roland Pease

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Steerforth
On Sale: March 23, 2010
Price: $17.99
ISBN: 978-1-58195-233-9 (1-58195-233-3)

Zoland Poetry's fourth edition includes new poems and translations from 2009 Zoland Fellowship winners Roxanne Beth Johnson and Joshua Edwards. It also features new work by such authors as Jean Day, Jordan Davis, Ronaldo Wilson, Marcella Durand, Tom Raworth, Tracy Smith, Ye Mimi, and writing from noted translators Steve Bradbury, Carol... Read more >

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The Annotated Milton
Complete English Poems
Edited by Burton Raffel

Format: Paperback, 864 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: September 7, 1999
Price: $6.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-58110-2 (0-553-58110-4)

Milton’s English poetry–complete and fully annotated–including “Paradise Lost,” “Paradise Regained,” and “Samson Agonistes.” Read more >
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The Black Poets

Written by Dudley Randall

Format: Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: April 1, 1985
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-27563-6 (0-553-27563-1)

The Black Poets is a definitive anthology of Black American poetry from the slave songs through the poems of the 1960s. Editor Dudley Randall presents the full range of Black poetry-early folk verses and the full sweep of the rich literary poetic tradition that arose from it. It is a comprehensive... Read more >

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Letters to a Young Poet

Written by Rainer Maria Rilke
Translated by Stephen Mitchell

Format: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: December 4, 2001
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-64232-9 (0-679-64232-3)

Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet are arguably the most famous and beloved letters of the twentieth century. Written when the poet was himself still a young man, with most of his greatest work before him, they were addressed to a student who had sent Rilke some of his own writing... Read more >
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A Season in Hell & Illuminations

Written by Arthur Rimbaud
Translated by Wyatt Mason

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 9, 2005
Price: $11.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-64327-2 (0-679-64327-3)

Translated, edited and with an Introduction by Wyatt Mason

“The definitive translation for our time.”
—Edward Hirsch

From Dante’s Inferno to Sartre’s No Exit, writers have long been fascinated by visions of damnation. Within that rich literature of suffering, Arthur Rimbaud’s A Season in Hell--written when the poet was nineteen--provides an astonishing example of... Read more >
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The Stray Dog Cabaret
A Book of Russian Poems
Afterword by Honor Moore
Translated by Paul Schmidt
Introduction by Catherine Ciepiela

Format: Trade Paperback, 168 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: December 5, 2006
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-191-2 (1-59017-191-8)

A New York Review Books Original

A master anthology of Russia’s most important poetry, newly collected and never before published in English

In the years before the 1917 Russian Revolution, the Stray Dog cabaret in St. Petersburg was the haunt of poets, artists, and musicians, a place to meet, drink, read, brawl, celebrate... Read more >

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After Nature

Written by W.G. Sebald

Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 1, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75658-0 (0-375-75658-2)

After Nature, W. G. Sebald’s first literary work, now translated into English by Michael Hamburger, explores the lives of three men connected by their restless questioning of humankind’s place in the natural world. From the efforts of each, “an order arises, in places beautiful and comforting, though more cruel, too, than... Read more >
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The Golden Gate

Written by Vikram Seth

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 18, 1991
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73457-4 (0-679-73457-0)

"At once a bittersweet love story, a wickedly funny novel of manners and an unsentimental meditation on mortality and the nuclear abyss. Always witty--and still profound--the book paints a truthful picture of our dreadful, comic times."--Vanity Fair

"A splendid achievement, equally convincing in its exhilaration and its sadness."--The New York Times

"The great... Read more >

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Dewdrops on a Lotus Leaf
Zen Poems of Ryokan
Translated by John Stevens

Format: Trade Paperback, 120 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: April 13, 2004
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-108-1 (1-59030-108-0)

The Japanese poet-recluse Ryokan (1758–1831) is one of the most beloved figures of Asian literature, renowned for his beautiful verse, exquisite calligraphy, and eccentric character.

Deceptively simple, Ryokan's poems transcend artifice, presenting spontaneous expressions of pure Zen spirit. Like his contemporary Thoreau, Ryokan celebrates nature and the natural life, but his poems... Read more >
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