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In the Salt Marsh

Written by Nancy Willard


Format: Trade Paperback, 72 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 14, 2006
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71053-7 (0-375-71053-1)

In this strong, appealing collection, Nancy Willard shares her passion for observing the mysteries of the natural world, particularly the flora and fauna of Cape Cod and the Hudson Valley, where many of these poems are set. We see, through her eyes, the coming of darkness to an empty orchard, the... Read more >
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The Sea at Truro

Written by Nancy Willard


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71224-1 (0-375-71224-0)

From the acclaimed poet of In the Salt Marsh comes a dazzling collection about the magic hiding in the ordinary days of our past and present. Willard turns a keen eye on the natural world that witnesses these revelations, and the myriad, often surprising ways in which it intersects with our... Read more >
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White Heat
The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Written by Brenda Wineapple


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 1, 2009
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-45630-4 (0-307-45630-7)

Brenda Wineapple tells an extraordinary story about poetry, politics, and love, and sheds new light not only on the famously elusive poet, but on the roiling America of the nineteenth century.
As the Civil War raged in 1862, an unusual relationship was born between the reclusive poet Emily Dickinson and Thomas... Read more >
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Poemcrazy
Freeing Your Life with Words
Written by Susan G. Wooldridge


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: April 1, 1997
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-609-80098-0 (0-609-80098-1)

**BookSense 76 Pick
**New York Library Outstanding Book for Teens, 1997


In Poemcrazy, Susan Wooldridge invites us into a realm where poetry is accessible, where poems are moments of discovery that often arrive unexpectedly--in parking lots, at the grocery store, on walks--and make our ordinary lives extraordinary.

A poetteacher in the California Poets... Read more >
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The Beforelife

Written by Franz Wright


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 2, 2002
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70943-2 (0-375-70943-6)

In this stunning collection, Franz Wright chronicles the journey back from a place of isolation and wordlessness. After a period when it seemed certain he would never write poetry again, he speaks with bracing clarity about the twilit world that lies between madness and sanity, addiction and recovery. Wright negotiates the... Read more >
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Earlier Poems

Written by Franz Wright


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: July 14, 2009
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71146-6 (0-375-71146-5)

The haunting collection of poems that gathers the first four books of Pulitzer winner Franz Wright under one cover, where “fans old and new will find a feast amid famine” (Publishers Weekly), and discover how large this poet’s gift was from the start.

“[Wright’s] hard-won revelations seem subtle but are potently rousing... Read more >
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F
Poems
Written by Franz Wright


Format: Hardcover, 96 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 27, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-70158-9 (0-307-70158-1)

In these riveting poems, Wright declares, “I’ve said all that / I had to say. / In writing. / I signed my name. / It’s death’s move.” As he considers his mortality, the poet finds a new elation and clarity on the page, handing over for our examination the flawed yet... Read more >
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God's Silence

Written by Franz Wright


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 25, 2008
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71081-0 (0-375-71081-7)

In this luminous new collection of poems, Franz Wright expands on the spiritual joy he found in his Pulitzer Prize-winning Walking to Martha’s Vineyard. Wright, whom we know as a poet of exquisite miniatures, opens God’s Silence with “East Boston, 1996,” a powerful long poem that looks back at the darker... Read more >
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Kindertotenwald

Written by Franz Wright


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 19, 2013
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71195-4 (0-375-71195-3)

A genre-bending collection of prose poems from Pulitzer Prize–winner Franz Wright brings us surreal tales of childhood, adolescence, and adult awareness, moving from the gorgeous to the shocking to a sense of peace. Wright’s most intimate thoughts and images appear before us in dramatic and spectral short narratives: mesmerizing poems whose... Read more >
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Kindertotenwald
Prose Poems
Written by Franz Wright


Format: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 6, 2011
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27280-5 (0-307-27280-X)

A genre-bending collection of prose poems from Pulitzer Prize–winner Franz Wright brings us surreal tales of childhood, adolescence, and adult awareness, moving from the gorgeous to the shocking to a sense of peace. Wright’s most intimate thoughts and images appear before us in dramatic and spectral short narratives: mesmerizing poems whose... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Walking to Martha's Vineyard

Written by Franz Wright


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 5, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71001-8 (0-375-71001-9)

In this radiant new collection, Franz Wright shares his regard for life in all its forms and his belief in the promise of blessing and renewal. As he watches the “Resurrection of the little apple tree outside / my window,” he shakes off his fear of mortality, concluding “what death ... Read more >
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Black Lab

Written by David Young


Format: Trade Paperback, 80 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 11, 2007
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71129-9 (0-375-71129-5)

David Young, the distinguished poet and translator, offers us a gorgeous cycle of poems attuned to the Midwestern seasons—to weather both emotional and actual. A writer of thrilling invention and humanity, Young beckons the reader into an effortless proximity with the fox at the field’s edge, with the chattering crow and... Read more >
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Field of Light and Shadow
Selected and New Poems
Written by David Young


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 7, 2010
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-59339-9 (0-307-59339-8)

A career-spanning volume from one of our most valuable living American poets, offering poems that display an exquisite ear tuned to the natural world, to love and friendship, and to the continually renewable possibilities of language. David Young’s settings are at once local and universal—an adolescence in Omaha, late summer on... Read more >
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Ardency
A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels
Written by Kevin Young


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 18, 2012
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71161-9 (0-375-71161-9)

Now in paperback, a haunting chorus of voices that tells the story of the captivity, education, language, hopes, dreams, and fight for freedom, of the African Americans abducted in the Amistad rebellion.

Based on the 1840 mutiny on board the slave ship Amistad, Ardency begins with "Buzzard," a sequence of poems told... Read more >

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Black Maria

Written by Kevin Young


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 20, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71050-6 (0-375-71050-7)

Kevin Young follows his acclaimed exploration of the blues in Jelly Roll with another playful riff on a vital art form, giving us a film noir in verse. Black Maria–the title is a slang term for a police van as well as a hearse–is a twisting tale of suspicion, passion, mystery... Read more >

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Blues Poems

Edited by Kevin Young


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: September 2, 2003
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-41458-9 (0-375-41458-4)

Born in African American work songs, field hollers, and the powerful legacy of the spirituals, the blues traveled the country from the Mississippi delta to “Sweet Home Chicago,” forming the backbone of American music. In this anthology—the first devoted exclusively to blues poems—a wide array of poets pay tribute to the... Read more >

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Book of Hours
Poems
Written by Kevin Young


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27224-9 (0-307-27224-9)

A decade after the sudden and tragic loss of his father, we witness the unfolding of grief. “In the night I brush / my teeth with a razor,” he tells us, in one of the collection’s piercing two-line poems. Capturing the strange silence of bereavement (“Not the storm / but the... Read more >

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Dear Darkness
Poems
Written by Kevin Young


Format: Trade Paperback, 216 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26442-8 (0-307-26442-4)

Las Vegas, Nashville, despair, the Midwest, “Bar-B-Q Heaven” and his family’s Louisiana home: these are the American places that Kevin Young visits in his powerful, heartfelt sixth book of poetry. Begun as a reflection on family and memory, Dear Darkness became a book of elegies after the sudden death of the... Read more >

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For the Confederate Dead

Written by Kevin Young


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 9, 2008
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71141-1 (0-375-71141-4)

In this passionate new collection, Kevin Young takes up a range of African American griefs and passages. He opens with the beautiful “Elegy for Miss Brooks,” invoking Gwendolyn Brooks, who died in 2000, and who makes a perfect muse for the volume: “What the devil / are we without you?” he... Read more >

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Jelly Roll

Written by Kevin Young


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: February 1, 2005
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70989-0 (0-375-70989-4)

In this jaunty and intimate collection, Kevin Young invents a language as shimmying and comic, as low-down and high-hearted, as the music from which he draws inspiration. With titles such as “Stride Piano,” “Gutbucket,” and “Can-Can,” these poems have the sharp completeness of vocalized songs and follow a classic blues trajectory... Read more >

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The Ada Poems

Written by Cynthia Zarin


Format: Hardcover, 80 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 21, 2010
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27247-8 (0-307-27247-8)

A dazzling story of obsessive love emerges in Cynthia Zarin’s luminous new book inspired and inhabited by the title character of Nabokov’s novel Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle, who was the lifelong love of her half brother, Van.

These electric poems are set in a Nabokovian landscape of memory in which... Read more >
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