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The Colossus
and Other Poems
Written by Sylvia Plath


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 19, 1998
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70446-8 (0-375-70446-9)

With this startling, exhilarating book of poems, which was first published in 1960, Sylvia Plath burst into literature with spectacular force. In such classics as "The Beekeeper's Daughter," "The Disquieting Muses," "I Want, I Want," and "Full Fathom Five," she writes about sows and skeletons, fathers and suicides, about the noisy... Read more >
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Plath: Poems

Written by Sylvia Plath


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 13, 1998
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-40464-1 (0-375-40464-3)

This Everyman's Library Pocket Poems edition contains the best of Plath's work, as selected by Diane Wood Middlebrook. It is organized chronologically, from "Juvenilia" to 1963, and includes an index of first lines. Read more >

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The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

Written by Sylvia Plath
Edited by Karen V. Kukil


Format: Trade Paperback, 768 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 17, 2000
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72025-0 (0-385-72025-4)

Sylvia Plath's journals were originally published in 1982 in a heavily abridged version authorized by Plath's husband, Ted Hughes. This new edition is an exact and complete transcription of the diaries Plath kept during the last twelve years of her life. Sixty percent of the book is material that has never... Read more >
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Complete Tales & Poems

Written by Edgar Allan Poe


Format: Trade Paperback, 1040 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 1975
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-71678-7 (0-394-71678-7)

Edgar Allan Poe was one of the most original writers in the history of American letters, a genius who was tragically misunderstood in his lifetime. He was a seminal figure in the development of science fiction and the detective story, and exerted a great influence on Dostoyevsky, Arthur Conan Doyle, Jules... Read more >
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Poe: Poems

Written by Edgar Allan Poe


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 31, 1995
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-44505-0 (0-679-44505-6)

This Everyman's Library Pocket Poets edition contains both selected poems and prose, including "The Raven," "Tamerlane," "The Sleeper," "The Coliseum," and an index of first lines. Read more >
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The Raven and the Monkey's Paw
Classics of Horror and Suspense from the Modern Library
Written by Edgar Allan Poe, Edith Wharton, Saki, Charles Dickens and O. Henry


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 29, 1998
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75216-2 (0-375-75216-1)

CONTENTS:

Edgar Allen Poe/ Stories
The Murders in the Rue Morgue
The Black Cat
The Fall of the House of Usher
The Pit and the Pendulum
The Premature Burial
The Tell-Tale Heart
Berenice
Ligeia

Edgar Allen Poe/ Poems
The Raven
Lenore
To Helen
Ulalume
Annabel Lee
The Haunted Palace
The Conqueror Worm
Spirits of the Dead

Stories
Afterward/ Edith Wharton
Sredni Vashtar/ Saki
The Signalman/ Charles Dickens
The Furnished Room/ O. Henry
A Terribly Strange... Read more >
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Easy
Poems
Written by Marie Ponsot


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: May 17, 2011
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71187-9 (0-375-71187-2)

A “delightful” (Poetry), celebratory volume of late-life poems from the award-winning octogenarian Marie Ponsot. Read more >
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Springing
New and Selected Poems
Written by Marie Ponsot


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 21, 2003
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70987-6 (0-375-70987-8)

From the award-winning author of The Bird Catcher, this life-spanning volume offers the delight of both discovery and re-discovery, as Ponsot tends the unruly garden of her mind with her customary care and passion. The book opens with a group of new poems, including “What Would You Like to Be When... Read more >
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Living Things
Collected Poems
Written by Anne Porter
Foreword by David Shapiro


Format: Trade Paperback, 200 pages
Publisher: Steerforth
On Sale: January 10, 2006
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-1-58195-216-2 (1-58195-216-3)

Living Things contains all the poems in Porter’s National Book Award Finalist collection, An Altogether Different Language, plus forty-four new works.

David Shapiro writes in his foreword, “Anne Porter’s diction is as modest as that of William Carlos Williams or of a poet she nurtured as a houseguest for many years... Read more >

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Walt Whitman's America
A Cultural Biography
Written by David S. Reynolds


Format: Trade Paperback, 704 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 19, 1996
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76709-1 (0-679-76709-6)

Winner of the Bancroft Prize
Nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award

In his poetry Whitman set out to encompass all of America and in so doing heal its deepening divisions. This magisterial biography demonstrates the epic scale of his achievement, as well as the dreams and anxieties that impelled it, as... Read more >
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False Prophet

Written by Stan Rice


Format: Trade Paperback, 80 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: June 7, 2005
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71033-9 (0-375-71033-7)

Stan Rice, who died in December 2002, was a poet of unique, uncompromising vision. Joy and brutality, faith and faithlessness, the beauty of truth and, at times, of untruth—these opposing forces come together one last time in his final book of poetry, a haunting collection of psalms.

Beginning with his “Psalm... Read more >
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Red to the Rind

Written by Stan Rice


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: June 7, 2005
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70979-1 (0-375-70979-7)

“Behold the door / the lock’s alive,” warns Stan Rice in one of the commanding poems that make up this new volume of verse. From the streets of New Orleans during Mardi Gras to the private chambers of the imagination, Rice’s work is at times sharp and minimalist and at times... Read more >
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Robinson: Poems

Written by Edwin Arlington Robinson
Edited by Scott Donaldson


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: February 6, 2007
Price: $12.50
ISBN: 978-0-307-26576-0 (0-307-26576-5)

Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935) a three-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, was the first of the great American modernist poets.

"No poet ever understood loneliness and separateness better than Robinson," James Dickey has observed. Robinson's lyric poems illuminate the hearts and minds of the most unlikely subjects—the downtrodden, the bereft, and the... Read more >
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The Collected Poems of Theodore Roethke

Written by Theodore Roethke


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 10, 1974
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-08601-1 (0-385-08601-6)

Contains the complete text of Roethke's seven published volumes plus sixteen previously uncollected poems. Included are his Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners The Waking, Words for the Wind, and The Far Field. Read more >
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Nothing by Design

Written by Mary Jo Salter


Format: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 17, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-34979-6 (0-385-34979-3)

A beautiful collection of verse––both light and dark, elegiac and affirmative––from one of our most admired poets.

The title Nothing by Design is taken from Salter’s villanelle “Complaint for Absolute Divorce,” in which we’re asked to entertain the thought of a no-fault universe. The wary search for peace, personal and public, is... Read more >
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Open Shutters

Written by Mary Jo Salter


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: January 25, 2005
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71014-8 (0-375-71014-0)

Mary Jo Salter’s sparkling new collection, Open Shutters, leads us into a world where things are often not what they seem. In the first poem, “Trompe l’Oeil,” the shadow-casting shutters on Genoese houses are made of paint only, an “open lie.” And yet “Who needs to be correct / more often... Read more >
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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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