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On the Edge
Collected Long Poems
Written by Kenneth Koch


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: January 6, 2009
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71120-6 (0-375-71120-1)

On the Edge is a collection of the six longer masterpieces by one of the most beloved and accomplished poets of our time.

Full of exclamation and exaggeration but also graced with dry wit and comic sophistication, these poems contain some of Kenneth Koch’s most original work. When the Sun Tries to... Read more >
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A Possible World

Written by Kenneth Koch


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 9, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71000-1 (0-375-71000-0)

"For the last thirty years or more, Kenneth Koch has been writing the most exuberant poems in America. In an arena where such good spirits are rare, he has become a national treasure. In his book of personal addresses to what has mattered most in his seventy-plus years on the planet... Read more >
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Rose, Where Did You Get That Red?
Teaching Great Poetry to Children
Written by Kenneth Koch


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 16, 1990
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72471-1 (0-679-72471-0)

First published to enormous acclaim in 1973, this book became a classic that revolutionized the way children are taught to read and write poetry. The celebrated poet Kenneth Koch conveys the imaginative splendor of great poetry--by Blake, Donne, Stevens, Lorca, and others--and then shows how it maybe taught so as to... Read more >
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Sun Out
Selected Poems 1952-1954
Written by Kenneth Koch


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 9, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70999-9 (0-375-70999-1)

“Mr. Koch’s poems have a natural voice, they are quick, alert, instinctive . . . He has vivacity and go, originality of perception and intoxication with life. Most important of all, he is not dull.” —Frank O’Hara, Poetry, 1955

Gathered together for the first time, the exciting, startling early work of one... 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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Sixty Odd

Written by Ursula K. Le Guin


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: April 27, 1999
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-57062-388-2 (1-57062-388-0)

Sixty Odd is Ursula K. Le Guin's fifth collection of poems. At turns wry, playful, and sharply critical, Le Guin eloquently explores themes ranging from finely observed details of her day-to-day life, to moving philosophical reflections on her childhood and growing older. Taken as a whole, the collection embodies the heart... Read more >

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Curves and Angles

Written by Brad Leithauser


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 23, 2008
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71142-8 (0-375-71142-2)

In his first collection since the widely acclaimed Darlington’s Fall, Brad Leithauser takes the reader on a bracing poetic journey. Curves and Angles begins in a warm, soft, populated world (these are the curves of the human body, as well as the elliptical pathways of human motivation), and it concludes in... Read more >
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The Oldest Word for Dawn
New and Selected Poems
Written by Brad Leithauser


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: February 19, 2013
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-95965-2 (0-307-95965-1)

From one of our most universally admired poets: a generous selection from his five acclaimed books of poetry, and an outstanding group of new poems.

From the outset, Brad Leithauser has displayed a venturesome taste for quirky patterns, innovative designs sprung loose from traditional forms. In The Oldest Word for Dawn, we... Read more >
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Breath
Poems
Written by Philip Levine


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: January 17, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71078-0 (0-375-71078-7)

Always a poet of memory and invention, Philip Levine looks back at his own life as well as the adventures of his ancestors, his relatives, and his friends, and at their rites of passage into an America of victories and betrayals. He transports us back to the street where he was... Read more >
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News of the World

Written by Philip Levine


Format: Trade Paperback, 80 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: February 15, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71190-9 (0-375-71190-2)

In this “characteristically wise” (The New York Times Book Review) collection from one of our most celebrated poets, Philip Levine brings us finely made, powerfully telling imagery from the worlds of hand, heart, and mind.

“All the earmarks of a valedictory testament, what with its autumnal ruminations on personal history and its... Read more >
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News of the World
Poems
Written by Philip Levine


Format: Hardcover, 80 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 6, 2009
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27223-2 (0-307-27223-0)

A superb new collection from “a great American poet . . . still at work on his almost-song of himself” (The New York Times Book Review).

In both lively prose poems and more formal verse, Philip Levine brings us news from everywhere: from Detroit, where exhausted workers try to find a decent... Read more >
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What Work Is

Written by Philip Levine


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 21, 1992
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74058-2 (0-679-74058-9)

Winner of the 1991 National Book Award for Poetry

"It didn't seem possible that Levine could improve on his first working-class portraits, yet I feel these new poems are an improvement: an extra dimension of dignity has been conferred on his characters."--Alfred Corn,The  Washington Post Book World

"What Work Is makes some of its... 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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Poetry After 9/11
An Anthology of New York Poets
Edited by Dennis Loy Johnson and Valerie Merians


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: August 16, 2011
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-000-6 (1-61219-000-6)

This 10th anniversary edition is an important and inspiring document from a defining moment in our nation’s history. There will be great interest as the events of 9/11 are commemorated and analyzed on the 10-year anniversary.

A sweeping collection of poems, written in the year after the 9/11 attacks, by all New... Read more >
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Sleeping Late on Judgment Day
Poems
Written by Jane Mayhall


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 13, 2005
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71048-3 (0-375-71048-5)

“My heart is bursting with homage as I / head off to a hostile eternity,” writes Jane Mayhall, now eighty-five, who wrote most of these poems in an urgent outpouring over the last few years. From the decades-outdated subway token in the bottom of her shoulder bag, which calls forth earlier... Read more >
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Poems of the Sea

Edited by J. D. McClatchy


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 30, 2001
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-41329-2 (0-375-41329-4)

Throughout history, poets have felt the ancient pull of the sea, exploring the full range of mankind's nautical fears, dreams, and longings. The colorful legends of the sea–pirates and mermaids, phantom ships and the sunken city of Atlantis–have inspired as many imaginations as have the realities of lighthouses and shipwrecks, of... Read more >

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Hazmat

Written by J.D. McClatchy


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 6, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70991-3 (0-375-70991-6)

HAZMAT, meaning “hazardous material,” is an abbreviation familiar from signs at the entrances to long dark tunnels or on the sides of suspicious containers. Here, in a series of stunning poems, J. D. McClatchy examines the first hazmat we all encounter: our own bodies. The virtuosic “Tattoos” meditates on why we... Read more >

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Mercury Dressing
Poems
Written by J.D. McClatchy


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: May 17, 2011
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71178-7 (0-375-71178-3)

This beautiful collection from J. D. McClatchy holds up a mirror to the soul, considering heroic and human figures in poems that “balance mandarin wit with enormous learning, a fully twenty-first-century sensibility and a deft use of the demotic” (Bookpage).

“Powerful. . . . Given McClatchy’s formal virtuosity, I wouldn’t be surprised... Read more >

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Plundered Hearts
New and Selected Poems
Written by J.D. McClatchy


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 25, 2014
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-35151-5 (0-385-35151-8)

At last, a definitive selection of the elegant work by a poet at the forefront of American poetry for more than three decades.

With his first several books, J. D. McClatchy established himself as a poet of urbanity, intellect, and prismatic emotion, in the tradition of James Merrill, W. H. Auden, and... Read more >
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Ten Commandments

Written by J.D. McClatchy


Format: Trade Paperback, 120 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: December 21, 1999
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70134-4 (0-375-70134-6)

Ten Commandments is a book-length sequence of poems that plot the rules we were raised on, rules we forget but can't evade. Here is the whole underworld of desire, its tasks and perversions. Here are the iron laws and the way the heart is shaped by them, even as it prefers... Read more >

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The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry

Written by J.D. McClatchy


Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 8, 2003
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3093-4 (1-4000-3093-5)

Now in its second edition, The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry has established itself in the decade since its original publication as an indispensable volume for everyone interested in poetry today, from poets and students and teachers of poetry to the ever-increasing audience for contemporary poets.

From Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Bishop... Read more >

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Broetry

Written by Brian McGackin


Format: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publisher: Quirk Books
On Sale: July 5, 2011
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-59474-517-1 (1-59474-517-X)

As contemporary poets sing the glories of birds, birch trees, and menstruation, regular guys are left scratching their heads. Who can speak for Everyman? Who will articulate his love for Xbox 360, for Mama Celeste’s frozen pizza, for the cinematic oeuvre of Bruce Willis?

Enter Broetry–a stunning debut from a dazzling... Read more >
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Bum Rush the Page
A Def Poetry Jam
Edited by Tony Medina and Louis Reyes Rivera
Foreword by Sonia Sanchez


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: October 23, 2001
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-609-80840-5 (0-609-80840-0)

Bum Rush the Page is a groundbreaking collection, capturing the best new work from the poets who have brought fresh energy, life, and relevance to American poetry.

“Here is a democratic orchestration of voices and visions, poets of all ages, ethnicities, and geographic locations coming together to create a dialogue and to... Read more >
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