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Where Water Comes Together with Other Water
Poems
Written by Raymond Carver


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 12, 1986
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-74327-1 (0-394-74327-X)

Awarded Poetry Magazine's Levinson Prize

"Over the years, Raymond Carver has been writing poetry alongside his fiction...and the most vigorous poems in this new collection function as distilled, heightened versions of his stories, offering us fugitive glimpses of ordinary lives on the edge."--Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"There is a severity... Read more >

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My Father Was a Toltec
and Selected Poems
Written by Ana Castillo


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 13, 2004
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3499-4 (1-4000-3499-X)

Ana Castillo has a deserved reputation as one of the country's most powerful and entrancing novelists, but she began her literary career as a poet of passion and uncompromising commitment. This collection brings back into print the best of her early work, including selected poems from The Invitation and Women Are... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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April Twilights and Other Poems

Written by Willa Cather


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: March 26, 2013
Price: $13.50
ISBN: 978-0-307-96146-4 (0-307-96146-X)

Before Willa Cather went on to write the novels that would make her famous, she was known as a poet, the most popular of her poems reprinted many times in national magazines and anthologies. Her first book of poetry, April Twilights, was published in 1903, but Cather significantly revised and expanded... Read more >

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E. E. Cummings
A Life
Written by Susan Cheever


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: February 11, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-37997-9 (0-307-37997-3)

From the author of American Bloomsbury (“Beguiling” —Publishers Weekly), Louisa May Alcott (“Fascinating . . . Another splendid piece of work with hidden depths by Susan Cheever”—Michael Korda), and Home Before Dark (“Moving and brilliantly restrained”—The New York Times Book Review), a major reassessment of the life and work of the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Bicentennial
Poems
Written by Dan Chiasson


Format: Hardcover, 96 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-34981-9 (0-385-34981-5)

From the acclaimed poet—a refreshing, singular collection of poems about boys and boyhood, historical cycles and personal history, memory and meaning.
 
Bicentennial summons the world of Chiasson’s seventies childhood in Vermont: early VCRs, snow, erections, pizza, snowmobiles, high-school cliques, and the Bicentennial celebration,  but his book is also an elegy for his... Read more >
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Natural History

Written by Dan Chiasson


Format: Trade Paperback, 84 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 25, 2007
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71115-2 (0-375-71115-5)

Dan Chiasson, hailed as “one of the most gifted poets of his generation” upon the appearance of his first book, takes inspiration for his stunning new collection from the Historia Naturalis of Pliny the Elder.

“What happens next, you won’t believe,” Chiasson writes in “From the Life of Gorky,” and it... Read more >
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Where's the Moon, There's the Moon
Poems
Written by Dan Chiasson


Format: Trade Paperback, 88 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 20, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71186-2 (0-375-71186-4)

With “the easy charm of a natural New England oracle” (The Huffington Post), Dan Chiasson brings us poems of young fatherhood, love, and loss that, in his able hands, become existential examinations.

“These poems refract the sober realities of middle age, in particular the joys and anxieties of fatherhood and grief at... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Where's the Moon, There's the Moon
Poems
Written by Dan Chiasson


Format: Hardcover, 88 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: February 2, 2010
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27217-1 (0-307-27217-6)

These are powerfully original poems about the sweetness and pain of adulthood and fatherhood by the critically acclaimed poet Dan Chiasson.

A child’s improvised game of “Where’s the moon, There’s the moon” is the shaping metaphor for this collection, but adult matters of seeking and finding, loss and recovery, anticipation and desire’s... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Loose Woman
Poems
Written by Sandra Cisneros


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 14, 1995
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75527-2 (0-679-75527-6)

Celebrating the cataclysms of love and mapping the faultlines in the Mexican-American psyche, Loose Woman is by turns bawdy, introspective, lyrical, and funny. These poems offer narratives as formally elegant as they are emotional and accessible. They are bound together by the voice of one woman, whose language spans culture and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Beat Poets

Edited by Carmela Ciuraru


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: July 9, 2002
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-41332-2 (0-375-41332-4)

An impassioned audacity distinguishes the thirty writers represented in the rousing anthology of poetry from the great 20th-century countercultural literary movement. In combining art with an unapologetic antiestablishment zeal, the Beats gave birth to a literature of previously unimaginable expressive range, fomenting an artistic revolution.

The defining work of Allen Ginsberg and... Read more >

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Selected Poems

Written by Amy Clampitt
Edited by Mary Jo Salter


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 12, 2010
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71193-0 (0-375-71193-7)

When Amy Clampitt’s first collection, The Kingfisher, was published, it was hailed as that rare first book that “signals a major poet in full bloom” (Los Angeles Times). Its author was sixty-three years old. Over the next eleven years, Clampitt produced four additional, major collections. Now, the most essential poems from... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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180 More
Extraordinary Poems for Every Day
Edited by Billy Collins


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 29, 2005
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7296-2 (0-8129-7296-1)

Inspired by Billy Collins’s poem-a-day program for American high schools that he began through the Library of Congress, the original Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry was a gathering of clear, contemporary poems aimed at a wide audience. In 180 More, Collins continues his ambitious mission of exposing readers of... Read more >

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Ballistics
Poems
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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Horoscopes for the Dead
Poems
Written by Billy Collins


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 20, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7562-8 (0-8129-7562-6)

WINNER—BEST POETRY—GOODREADS CHOICE AWARDS

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
NEWSWEEK/THE DAILY BEAST

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

Billy Collins is widely acknowledged as a prominent player at the table of modern American poetry. And in this smart, lyrical, and mischievous collection of poetry, which covers the everlasting themes of love and loss... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Sailing Alone Around the Room
New and Selected Poems
Written by Billy Collins


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 17, 2002
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75519-4 (0-375-75519-5)

Selected for Freshman Reading at Roger Williams University

Sailing Alone Around the Room
, by America’s Poet Laureate, Billy Collins, contains both new poems and a generous gathering from his earlier collections The Apple That Astonished Paris, Questions About Angels, The Art of Drowning, and Picnic, Lightning. These poems show Collins at his... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Trouble with Poetry
And Other Poems
Written by Billy Collins


Format: Hardcover, 112 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: October 18, 2005
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-50382-5 (0-375-50382-X)

Playfulness, spare elegance, and wit epitomize the poetry of Billy Collins. With his distinct voice and accessible language, America’s two-term Poet Laureate has opened the door to poetry for countless people for whom it might otherwise remain closed.

Like the present book’s title, Collins’s poems are filled with mischief, humor, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Eight American Poets
An Anthology
Edited by Joel Conarroe


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 25, 1997
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-77643-7 (0-679-77643-5)

In this generous anthology, Joel Conarroe has assembled the work of eight poets who have shaped--and to some extent defined--American verse since 1940: Elizabeth Bishop, James Merrill, Sylvia Plath, Allen Ginsberg, Theodore Roethke, John Berryman, Anne Sexton, and Robert Lowell. The 164 selections in Eight American Poets include widely anthologized works... Read more >

The Poems of Peter Davison
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Written by Peter Davison


Format: eBook, 336 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 11, 2013
Price: $22.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-83301-3 (0-307-83301-1)

The poetry of Peter Davison, of which this is the ninth volume, covers a broad range of subject matter. Musical and supple, with rewards for the eye, the ear, and the mind, concerned as much with country as with city matters, Davison's poems move past personality. They open questions of identity... Read more >

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Brother Fire

Written by W.S. Di Piero


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: January 17, 2006
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71049-0 (0-375-71049-3)

In this rich collection, W. S. Di Piero seeks the spirit and substance of illumination in all its forms. He finds meaning, or shows us how we attempt to do so, in the rituals and events that mark our year—the Fourth of July, Halloween, New Year’s Eve—and in the ordinary activities... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Chinese Apples
New and Selected Poems
Written by W.S. Di Piero


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: July 14, 2009
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71143-5 (0-375-71143-0)

Now in paperback: the “lovely and evocative book” (San Francisco Chronicle) of poems both new and old that celebrates a quarter century of passionate engagement with real life and its transformation into poetic form: the pull of faith and the poet’s suspicion of transcendence, urban worlds and the mysterious jazz of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Dickinson: Poems

Written by Emily Dickinson


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: November 2, 1993
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-42907-4 (0-679-42907-7)

This Everyman's Library Pocket Poets edition contains poems from The Poet's Art, The Works of Love, and Death and Resurrection, as well as an index of first lines. Read more >

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The Pocket Emily Dickinson

Written by Emily Dickinson
Edited by Brenda Hillman


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: June 30, 2009
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-700-7 (1-59030-700-3)

A selection of authentic versions of the best poems of America’s most popular poet–in a beautiful miniature edition.

Emily Dickinson is widely considered to be one of the greatest of American poets. The aphoristic style and wit of much of her verse, its irregular rhymes, directness of expression, and startling imagery, have... Read more >

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Selected Poems & Letters of Emily Dickinson

Written by Emily Dickinson


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 3, 1959
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-09423-8 (0-385-09423-X)

This Anchor edition includes both poems and letters, as well as the only contemporary description of Emily Dickinson, and is designed for readers who want the best poems and most interesting letters in convenient form. An excellent introduction to the work of a poet whose originality of thought remains unsurpassed in... Read more >

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Trapeze

Written by Deborah Digges


Format: Trade Paperback, 72 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 13, 2005
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71021-6 (0-375-71021-3)

These lush, rewarding reflections on a woman’s passage into midlife are grounded in our intimacy with nature and mortality. Deborah Digges, now in her fifties, looks back in such poems as “Boat” to see younger mothers and their children, and ponders her own “brilliant, trivial unmooring.” As she wanders from the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Wind Blows Through the Doors of My Heart
Poems
Written by Deborah Digges


Format: Trade Paperback, 72 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 3, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71170-1 (0-375-71170-8)

Now in paperback, the final, posthumous collection of poems by Deborah Digges: rich stories of family life, nature's bounty, love, and loss—he overflowing of a heart burdened by grief and moved by beauty.

When Deborah Digges died in the spring of 2009, at the age of fifty-nine, she left this gathering of... Read more >
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