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The Changing Light at Sandover

Written by James Merrill
Edited by J.D. McClatchy and Stephen Yenser


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 2, 2011
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71174-9 (0-375-71174-0)

A welcome return to paperback: James Merrill’s most famous and celebrated work.

“An astonishing performance . . . As near to [a masterpiece] as anything that American poetry has produced in the last two or three decades.” —The New York Review of Books

“James Merrill has created a poem as central to our... Read more >

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Collected Novels and Plays

Written by James Merrill


Format: Trade Paperback, 688 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 18, 2005
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71083-4 (0-375-71083-3)

Following the widely celebrated Collected Poems, this second volume in the series of James Merrill’s works brings us Merrill as novelist and playwright. Just as in his poems we come upon prose pieces, dramatic dialogue, and even a short play in verse, in his novels and plays we find the rhythms... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Collected Poems

Written by James Merrill


Format: Trade Paperback, 912 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 5, 2002
Price: $27.50
ISBN: 978-0-375-70941-8 (0-375-70941-X)

The publication of James Merrill's Collected Poems is a landmark in the history of modern American literature. His First Poems—its sophistication and virtuosity were recognized at once—appeared half a century ago. Over the next five decades, Merrill's range broadened and his voice took on its characteristic richness. In book after book... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

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Collected Poems

Written by James Merrill


Format: Hardcover, 912 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: February 27, 2001
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-41139-7 (0-375-41139-9)

The publication of James Merrill's Collected Poems is a landmark in the history of modern American literature. His First Poems—its sophistication and virtuosity were recognized at once—appeared half a century ago. Over the next five decades, Merrill's range broadened and his voice took on its characteristic richness. In book after book... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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Collected Prose

Written by James Merrill


Format: Hardcover, 752 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 26, 2004
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-41136-6 (0-375-41136-4)

Following James Merrill’s widely celebrated Collected Poems and Collected Novels and Plays, this volume gives us, most intimately, the man himself and his charmingly straightforward exploration of how he became himself. As much as any poet of our time, Merrill conceived of his work and his life as warp and woof... Read more >

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Selected Poems

Written by James Merrill
Edited by J. D. McClatchy and Stephen Yenser


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 28, 2008
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71166-4 (0-375-71166-X)

James Merrill himself once called his body of work “chronicles of love and loss,” and in twenty books written over four decades he used the details of his own life—comic and haunting, exotic and domestic—to shape a portrait that in turn mirrored the image of our world and our moment. This... Read more >

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The Pupil
Poems
Written by W.S. Merwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 15, 2002
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70964-7 (0-375-70964-9)

Hailed by Peter Davison in the Boston Sunday Globe as a poet who “engages the underground stream of our lives at depths that only two or three living poets can match,” W. S. Merwin now gives us The Pupil, a volume of astonishing range and extraordinary beauty: a major literary event.

These... Read more >

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Rain in the Trees

Written by W.S. Merwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 12, 1988
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-75858-9 (0-394-75858-7)

Almost no other poet of our time has been able to voice in so subtle a fashion such a profound series of comments on the passing of history over the contemporary scene. To do this, he seems to have reinvented the poem—so that the experience of reading Merwin is unlike the... Read more >

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The River Sound
Poems
Written by W.S. Merwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 15, 2000
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70435-2 (0-375-70435-3)

A strikingly beautiful book of poems from one of our finest poets, exhibiting his artistry in the style he has made his own. Peter Davison has written of Merwin that "he conveys in the sweet simplicity of grounded language a sense of the self where it belongs, floating between heaven, earth... Read more >

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Travels

Written by W.S. Merwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: June 21, 1994
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75277-6 (0-679-75277-3)

"In Travels, one of the most beautiful and moving collections of poetry of his career, W.S. Merwin displays his narrative gifts to provide us with a book of deep historical resonance and luminous poetic grace...With each new book we have been reminded why, for forty years, he has remained a pivotal... Read more >

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Poems of the American West

Edited by Robert Mezey


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: September 10, 2002
Price: $12.50
ISBN: 978-0-375-41459-6 (0-375-41459-2)

In this provocative and insightful anthology, many voices join in celebrating the remarkably vast and varied American West. The verse collected here ranges from Indian tribal lyrics to nineteenth-century folksongs like "The Streets of Laredo," from country-western lyrics to the poems of such non-American observers as Apollinaire and Borges. Here is... Read more >

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Poems

Written by Anne Michaels


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 4, 2001
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70225-9 (0-375-70225-3)

Prior to her stunning first novel, Fugitive Pieces, Anne Michaels had already won awards and critical acclaim for two books of poetry: The Weight of Oranges (1986), which won the Commonwealth Prize for the Americas, and Miner's Pond (1991), which received the Canadian Authors Association Award and was short-listed for the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Poems

Written by Edna St. Vincent Millay


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: March 2, 2010
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-59266-8 (0-307-59266-9)

One of America’s most beloved poets, Edna St. Vincent Millay burst onto the literary scene at a very young age and won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1923. Her passionate lyrics and superbly crafted sonnets have thrilled generations of readers long after the notoriously bohemian lifestyle she led in Greenwich... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Selected Poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay

Written by Edna St. Vincent Millay
Edited by Nancy Milford


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 10, 2002
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-76123-2 (0-375-76123-3)

One of America’s most celebrated poets—and winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1923—Edna St. Vincent Millay defined a generation with her passionate lyrics and intoxicating voice of liberation. Edited by Millay biographer Nancy Milford, this Modern Library Paperback Classics collection captures the poet’s unique spirit in works like Renascence and Other... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The American Night
The Writings of Jim Morrison
Written by Jim Morrison


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 30, 1991
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73462-8 (0-679-73462-7)

The American Night presents Morrison’s previously unpublished work in its truest form. The book includes the complete text of the legendary performance pieces “An American Prayer,” “Celebration of the Lizard,” and “Soft Parade”; the lyrics so such songs as “Moonlight Drive,“ ”Soul Kitchen,” and “The End”; a tantalizing excerpt from an... Read more >

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Wilderness
The Lost Writings of Jim Morrison
Written by Jim Morrison


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 17, 1989
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72622-7 (0-679-72622-5)

Compiled from the literary estate of the singer who brought a wildly lyrical poetry of the damned to the world of rock 'n' roll. Includes unpublished poems, drawings, photos, and a candid self-interview. Read more >

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God Breaketh Not All Men's Hearts Alike
New & Later Collected Poems
Written by Stanley Moss


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 29, 2011
Price: $32.00
ISBN: 978-1-60980-345-2 (1-60980-345-0)

With nearly seventy-five new poems and over two hundred selected from his previous books, God Breaketh Not All Men’s Hearts Alike is the book of a lifetime in poetry, one that will lead to the author being recognized as among American’s best living poets. A work of intense illumination, these poems... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Language of Life

Written by Bill Moyers


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 1, 1996
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-48410-7 (0-385-48410-0)

"Poets live the lives all of us live," says Bill Moyers, "with one big difference. They have the power-the power of the word-to create a world of thoughts and emotions others can share. We only have to learn to listen." In The Language of Life, Moyers celebrates the genre with a... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download.

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Selected Poems

Written by Vladimir Nabokov
Introduction by Thomas Karshan


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: May 29, 2012
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-59335-1 (0-307-59335-5)

Though we know Vladimir Nabokov as a brilliant novelist, his first love was poetry. This landmark collection brings together the best of his verse, including many pieces that have never before appeared in English.

These poems span the whole of Nabokov’s career, from the newly discovered “Music,” written in 1914, to the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Poetry in Person
Twenty-five Years of Conversation with America's Poets
Written by Alexander Neubauer


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 6, 2011
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71175-6 (0-375-71175-9)

“In the fall of 1970, at the New School in Greenwich Village, a new teacher posted a flyer on the wall,” begins Alexander Neubauer’s introduction to this remarkable book. “It read ‘Meet Poets and Poetry, with Pearl London and Guests.’” Few students responded. No one knew Pearl London, the daughter of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Border Kingdom

Written by D. Nurkse


Format: Hardcover, 112 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 5, 2008
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26802-0 (0-307-26802-0)

In a collection of urgent and intimate poems, D. Nurkse explores the biblical past and the terrifying politics of the present with which it resonates, the legacy of fathers and the flawed kingdoms they leave their sons.

In “Ben Adan,” a stunning poem in the opening sequence of the collection, we witness... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Burnt Island

Written by D. Nurkse


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: May 16, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71080-3 (0-375-71080-9)

D. Nurkse’s Burnt Island explores tragedy both grand and intimate, in city and country, in our own troubled moment and across the greater scope of geological time. Arranged in three “suites” of lucid, often heart-wrenching verse, the book begins with a city under siege, in a group of poems that becomes... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Fall

Written by D. Nurkse


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 6, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70976-0 (0-375-70976-2)

In this elegant collection, D. Nurkse elegizes a lost father, a foreshortened childhood, and a young marriage. From the drenched lawns of suburbia to the streets of Brooklyn, he delivers up the small but crucial epiphanies that propel an American coming-of-age and chronicles the development of a tender yet exacting consciousness... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Night in Brooklyn
Poems
Written by D. Nurkse


Format: Hardcover, 96 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: July 10, 2012
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-95932-4 (0-307-95932-5)

D. Nurkse’s deeply satisfying new collection is a haunted love letter to the far corners of his hometown, Brooklyn, New York, and a meditation on the selves that were left behind in those indelible places.

Here Nurkse brings alive the particular details that shape a life, in this case unique to the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Selected Poems

Written by Frank O'Hara
Edited by Mark Ford


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 8, 2009
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71148-0 (0-375-71148-1)

The first new selection of O’Hara’s work to come along in several decades. In this “marvellous compilation” (The New Yorker), editor Mark Ford reacquaints us with one of the most joyous and innovative poets of the postwar period.

“Sensitively chosen and intelligently introduced . . . Ford’s selection makes it possible to... Read more >
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