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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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No Nature
New and Selected Poems
Written by Gary Snyder


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: September 7, 1993
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74252-4 (0-679-74252-2)

“The greatest of living nature poets. . . . It helps us to go on, having Gary Snyder in our midst.”—Los Angeles Times.

Snyder is the author of many volumes of poetry and prose, including The Practice of the Wild and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Turtle Island. Read more >

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Dispatch from the Future
Poems
Written by Leigh Stein


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: July 24, 2012
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-134-8 (1-61219-134-7)

Funny, surprising and lyrical, these poems range from the deserts of the Southwest to the abysses of Facebook. From online dating to beauty pageants, Greek mythology to road trips, Leigh Stein gives us resilient young women in longing and in love.

Post-confessional–like Sylvia Plath raised on MTV, or Anne Sexton on... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens

Written by Wallace Stevens


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 19, 1990
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72669-2 (0-679-72669-1)

This definitive poetry collection, originally published in 1954 to honor Stevens on his 75th birthday, contains:


Harmonium
Ideas of Order
The Man With the Blue Guitar
Parts of the World
Transport Summer
The Auroras of Autumn
The Rock Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Necessary Angel
Essays on Reality and the Imagination
Written by Wallace Stevens


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 1965
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-70278-0 (0-394-70278-6)

"...the first collection of his prose works, he accounts in scintillating language for the peculiarly modern and sometimes delisquescent fervor that has prompted his poems. Few poets have written so characteristically about their own craft."--Perspective--USA

"It is a rare pleasure to breathe the atmosphere of confidence and wholeness which distinguishes the world... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Palm at the End of the Mind
Selected Poems and a Play
Written by Wallace Stevens
Edited by Holly Stevens


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 19, 1990
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72445-2 (0-679-72445-1)

"The Palm at the End of the Mind superbly edited by Holly Stevens, will be the definitive text for students and readers of Wallace Stevens for several decades. Unlike earlier selected volumes, it gives all the major long poems and sequences, and every shorter poem of lasting value. Its arrangement in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Selected Poems

Written by Wallace Stevens
Edited by John N. Serio


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: February 8, 2011
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71173-2 (0-375-71173-2)

The first new selection of this acclaimed poet’s work in nearly twenty years—now in paperback—is a rich reminder to poetry readers of his lasting contribution and his unending ability to puzzle, fascinate, and delight us.

“This new book makes a real contribution. It is wonderful to see the poems printed one to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Selected Poems

Written by Wallace Stevens
Edited by John N. Serio


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 25, 2009
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-28047-3 (0-307-28047-0)

A beautiful new edition—the first in nearly twenty years—of the work of Wallace Stevens, a founding father of contemporary American poetry, with a dazzling range of work that is at once emotional and intellectual. As John N. Serio reminds us in his elegant introduction, Stevens has written more persuasively than any... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Stevens: Poems

Written by Wallace Stevens


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: November 2, 1993
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-42911-1 (0-679-42911-5)

This Everyman's Library Pocket Poets edition contains a selection, chosen by Helen Vendler, of over sixty of Stevens's poems, revealing with renewed force his status as our supreme acrobat of the imagination. Read more >

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Collected Poems

Written by Mark Strand


Format: Hardcover, 544 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 30, 2014
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-35251-2 (0-385-35251-4)

Gathered here is a half century’s magnificent work by the former poet laureate of the United States and Pulitzer Prize winner whose haunting and exemplary style has influenced an entire generation of American poets.

Beginning with the limited-edition volume Sleeping with One Eye Open, published in 1964, Mark Strand was hailed as a... Read more >
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The Continuous Life,
Poems
Written by Mark Strand


Format: Trade Paperback, 80 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: May 30, 1992
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73844-2 (0-679-73844-4)

The Continuous Life includes an unusual variety of Strand's verse and prose poems. Considered his best and liveliest book, it adds a new dimension to his work: a wonderful deepening tone and feeling.



"Strand's new book shows him writing at his absolute peak. It offers so many different kinds of work that... Read more >

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Dark Harbor
A Poem
Written by Mark Strand


Format: Trade Paperback, 64 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: June 28, 1994
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75279-0 (0-679-75279-X)

Mark Strand was awarded the Bollingen Prize in Poetry in 1993.

"Mark Strand remains committed to the task of negotiating, in verse, between desire and despair, possibility and fulfillment... What is new is the confidence of his speech, the extraordinary clarity with which he addresses any poet's biggest themes: love and death... Read more >

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New Selected Poems

Written by Mark Strand


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: January 13, 2009
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71127-5 (0-375-71127-9)

More than twenty-five years after the appearance of his first Selected Poems, we at last have a magnificent new gathering of Mark Strand’s work, one that spans and celebrates his entire remarkable career to date. From Sleeping with One Eye Open (1964) through the wonderful middle work that includes The Continuous... Read more >

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Selected Poems

Written by Mark Strand


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 26, 1990
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73301-0 (0-679-73301-9)

This substantial volume of eighty-three poems represents over two decades of solid work on which his reputation is based. This is the landmark collection of a major figure in the poetry world. Read more >

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The Story of Our Lives
with The Monument and The Late Hour
Written by Mark Strand


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: February 26, 2002
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70975-3 (0-375-70975-4)

This book brings together for the first time three out-of-print works written in the 1970's by the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet—-an essential for long-time and first-time readers alike.

It opens with the haunting "Elegy for My Father" from The Story of Our Lives (1973)—-a powerful evocation of the emptiness, abandonment, and questioning that... Read more >

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The Weather of Words
Poetic Inventions
Written by Mark Strand


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 13, 2001
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70970-8 (0-375-70970-3)

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, a brilliant and witty collection of writings on the art and nature of poetry—a master class both entertaining and provocative.

The pieces have a broad range and many levels. In one, we sit with the teenage Mark Strand while he reads for the first time a poem... Read more >

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Selected Poems

Written by Mona Van Duyn


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 18, 2003
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70980-7 (0-375-70980-0)

This generous selection of Mona Van Duyn’s distinguished, award-winning work spans four decades. Beginning with her classic Valentines to the Wide World (1959), encompassing the intimate voice of Bedtime Stories (1972) and the moving Letters from a Father (1982), crowned by the life-spanning Firefall (1993), Selected Poems reacquaints us with a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Poet's Mind
Collected Interviews with Robert Duncan, 1960-1985
Edited by Christopher Wagstaff
Contribution by Robert Duncan
Foreword by Gerrit Lansing


Format: Hardcover, 488 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: August 7, 2012
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-454-7 (1-58394-454-0)

Robert Duncan (1919-1988), one of the major postwar American poets, was an adulated figure among his contemporaries, including Robert Creeley, Charles Olson, and Denise Levertov. Lawrence Ferlinghetti remarked that Duncan “had the best ear this side of Dante.” His stature is increasingly recognized as comparable to that of Ezra Pound, William... Read more >

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The Beat Book
Writings from the Beat Generation
Edited by Anne Waldman
Foreword by Allen Ginsberg


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: July 10, 2007
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-455-6 (1-59030-455-1)

REVISED AND UPDATED

The Beat movement exploded into American culture in the early 1950s with the force of prophecy. Not just another literary school, it was an artistic and social revolution. William S. Burroughs proclaimed that the Beat writers were “real architects of change. There is no doubt that we’re living in... Read more >

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Absolute Trust in the Goodness of the Earth
New Poems
Written by Alice Walker


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 9, 2004
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7105-7 (0-8129-7105-1)

The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Color Purple gives us her first new collection of poetry in more than a decade, poems that reaffirm her as “one of the best American writers of today” (The Washington Post).

The forces of nature and the strength of the human spirit inspire the poems in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Comic Poems

Edited by Peter Washington


Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: November 27, 2001
Price: $13.50
ISBN: 978-0-375-41354-4 (0-375-41354-5)

This treasury of humorous poems brings together a sparkling constellation of witty poets–from Lord Rochester to Lewis Carroll, from Edward Lear to Ogden Nash, from Dorothy Parker to W. H. Auden–and embraces a wide range of forms, including limericks, clerihews, ballads, sonnets, and nonsense verse.

Comic Poems is studded with unforgettable classics... Read more >

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Earth, My Likeness
Nature Poetry of Walt Whitman
Written by Walt Whitman
Edited by Howard Nelson
Introduction by Howard Nelson


Format: Trade Paperback, 200 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: July 20, 2010
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-910-0 (1-55643-910-5)

While Walt Whitman is best known as America’s first great urban poet, he was also a gifted nature poet, as the selections in this book show. Here his celebration of the “body electric” from Leaves of Grass expands into a celebration of an equally electrifying nature as he memorializes the seashore... Read more >

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Leaves of Grass
The "Death-Bed" Edition
Written by Walt Whitman
Introduction by William Carlos Williams


Format: Trade Paperback, 800 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 28, 2000
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-78342-8 (0-679-78342-3)

Abraham Lincoln read it with approval, but Emily Dickinson described its bold language and themes as "disgraceful." Ralph Waldo Emerson found it "the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America has yet produced." Published at the author's expense on July 4, 1855, Leaves of Grass inaugurated a new voice... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, eBook, hardcover, paperback and a trade paperback.

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Leaves of Grass

Written by Walt Whitman


Format: Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: June 1, 1983
Price: $5.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21116-0 (0-553-21116-1)

One of the great innovative figures in American letters, Walt Whitman created a daringly new kind of poetry that became a major force in world literature. Leaves Of Grass is his one book. First published in 1855 with only twelve poems, it was greeted by Ralph Waldo Emerson as "the wonderful... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, eBook, hardcover, trade paperback and a trade paperback.

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Song of Myself

Written by Walt Whitman


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: June 23, 1998
Price: $10.00
ISBN: 978-1-57062-369-1 (1-57062-369-4)

Song of Myself may be the greatest poem ever written by an American. First published in 1855 as part of Leaves of Grass, it was revised and expanded by Whitman in subsequent editions in ways that sometimes undermined its original freshness and vitality. Stephen Mitchell has gone back to the first... Read more >
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