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Stag's Leap
Poems
Written by Sharon Olds


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 4, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71225-8 (0-375-71225-9)


Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
Winner of the T. S. Eliot Prize


In this wise and intimate new book, Sharon Olds tells the story of a divorce, embracing strands of love, sex, sorrow, memory, and new freedom.

As she carries us through the seasons when her marriage was ending, Olds opens her heart... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Strike Sparks
Selected Poems, 1980-2002
Written by Sharon Olds


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 28, 2004
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71076-6 (0-375-71076-0)

A powerful collection from one of our most gifted and widely read poets–117 of her finest poems drawn from her seven published volumes.

Michael Ondaatje has called Sharon Olds’s poetry “pure fire in the hands” and cheered the “roughness and humor and brag and tenderness and completion in her work as she... Read more >
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The Unswept Room

Written by Sharon Olds


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 24, 2002
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70998-2 (0-375-70998-3)


Nominated for the National Book Award
National Book Critics Circle Award Nominee, Poetry


From Sharon Olds—a stunning new collection of poems that project a fresh spirit, a startling energy of language and counterpoint, and a moving, elegiac tone shot through with humor.

From poems that erupt out of history and childhood to those that... Read more >
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The Wellspring
Poems
Written by Sharon Olds


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: January 30, 1996
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76560-8 (0-679-76560-3)

Sharon Olds's dazzling collection is a sequence of poems that reaches into the very wellspring of life. The poems take us back to the womb, and from there on to childhood, to a searing sexual awakening, to the shock of childbirth, to the wonder and humor of parenthood--and, finally, to the... Read more >
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Blue Iris
Poems and Essays
Written by Mary Oliver


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 15, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6883-0 (0-8070-6883-7)

A rich collection of ten poems, two essays, and two dozen of Mary Oliver’s classic works on flowers, trees, and plants of all sorts, elegantly illustrated, Blue Iris is the essential companion to Owls and Other Fantasies, one of the best-selling volumes of poetry of 2003.

Blue Iris fortuitously offers an extended... Read more >
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Evidence
Poems
Written by Mary Oliver


Format: Trade Paperback, 88 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 14, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6905-9 (0-8070-6905-1)

Never afraid to shed the pretense of academic poetry, never shy of letting the power of an image lie in unadorned language, Mary Oliver offers us poems that reflect on the power of love and the great gifts of the natural world. Inspired by the familiar lines from William Wordsworth, “To... Read more >
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House of Light

Written by Mary Oliver


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 8, 1992
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6811-3 (0-8070-6811-X)

Winner of a 1991 Christopher Award

Winner of the 1991 Boston Globe Lawrence L. Winship Book Award

This collection of poems by Mary Oliver once again invites the reader to step across the threshold of ordinary life into a world of natural and spiritual luminosity.

“Oliver’s poems are thoroughly convincing--as genuine, moving, and implausible... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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New and Selected Poems, Volume One

Written by Mary Oliver


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 15, 2004
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6877-9 (0-8070-6877-2)

When New and Selected Poems, Volume One was originally published in 1992, Mary Oliver was awarded the National Book Award. In the fourteen years since its initial appearance it has become one of the best-selling volumes of poetry in the country. This collection features thirty poems published only in this volume... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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New and Selected Poems, Volume Two

Written by Mary Oliver


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 15, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6887-8 (0-8070-6887-X)

Mary Oliver has been writing poetry for nearly five decades, and in that time she has become America’s foremost poetic voice on our experience of the physical world. This collection presents forty-two new poems-an entire volume in itself-along with works chosen by Oliver from six of the books she has published... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Owls and Other Fantasies
Poems and Essays
Written by Mary Oliver


Format: Trade Paperback, 88 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 1, 2006
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6875-5 (0-8070-6875-6)

Within these pages Mary Oliver collects twenty-six of her poems about the birds that have been such an important part of her life-hawks, hummingbirds, and herons; kingfishers, catbirds, and crows; swans, swallows, and, of course, the snowy owl; among a dozen others-including ten poems original to this volume. She adds two... Read more >
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Red Bird
Poems
Written by Mary Oliver


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 1, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6893-9 (0-8070-6893-4)

Mary Oliver’s twelfth book of poetry, Red Bird comprises sixty-one poems, the most ever in a single volume of her work. Overflowing with her keen observation of the natural world and her gratitude for its gifts, for the many people she has loved in her seventy years, as well as for... Read more >
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Swan
Poems and Prose Poems
Written by Mary Oliver


Format: Trade Paperback, 80 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 27, 2012
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6914-1 (0-8070-6914-0)

Widely regarded as the “rock star” of American poetry, Mary Oliver is a writer whose words have long had the power to move countless readers. Regularly topping the national poetry best-seller list and drawing thousands to her sold-out readings across the country, Oliver is unparalleled in her impact. As noted in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Swan
Poems and Prose Poems
Written by Mary Oliver


Format: Hardcover, 96 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 14, 2010
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6899-1 (0-8070-6899-3)

“Joy is not made to be a crumb,” writes Mary Oliver, and certainly joy abounds in her new book of poetry and prose poems. Swan, her twentieth volume, shows us that, though we may be “made out of the dust of stars,” we are of the world she vividly captures here... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Thirst
Poems
Written by Mary Oliver


Format: Trade Paperback, 88 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 1, 2007
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6897-7 (0-8070-6897-7)

Thirst, a collection of 43 new poems from Pulitzer Prize-winner Mary Oliver, introduces two new directions in the poet’s work. Grappling with grief at the death of her beloved partner of over forty years, she strives to experience sorrow as a path to spiritual progress, grief as part of loving and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Truro Bear and Other Adventures
Poems and Essays
Written by Mary Oliver


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 1, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6885-4 (0-8070-6885-3)

The Truro Bear and Other Adventures, a companion volume to Owls and Other Fantasies and Blue Iris, brings together ten new poems, thirty-five of Oliver’s classic poems, and two essays all about mammals, insects, and reptiles. The award-winning poet considers beasts of all kinds: bears, snakes, spiders, porcupines, humpback whales, hermit... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Why I Wake Early
New Poems
Written by Mary Oliver


Format: Trade Paperback, 88 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 15, 2005
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6879-3 (0-8070-6879-9)

The forty-seven new works in this volume include poems on crickets, toads, trout lilies, black snakes, goldenrod, bears, greeting the morning, watching the deer, and, finally, lingering in happiness. Each poem is imbued with the extraordinary perceptions of a poet who considers the everyday in our lives and the natural world... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Colors Passing Through Us

Written by Marge Piercy


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 21, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71005-6 (0-375-71005-1)

In Colors Passing Through Us, Marge Piercy is at the height of her powers, writing about what matters to her most: the lives of women, nature, Jewish ritual, love between men and women, and politics, sexual and otherwise. Feisty and funny as always, she turns a sharp eye on the world... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Crooked Inheritance
Poems
Written by Marge Piercy


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: June 2, 2009
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71140-4 (0-375-71140-6)

An “exquisite . . . spot on” (The Hudson Review) collection of poems from one of our best-loved and best-selling poets that is both personal, with poetry about love, nature and reflections on the stages of life, and political, ranging from the war in Iraq and Katrina to concerns such as... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Hunger Moon
New and Selected Poems, 1980-2010
Written by Marge Piercy


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 20, 2012
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71202-9 (0-375-71202-X)

Now in paperback: the superb selection from Marge Piercy's nine most recent books, the heart of her mature poems.

This gathering of Piercy's poems is the first selected since Circles on the Water in 1982. These poems chart the milestone events and fierce passions of the poet's middle years: her Judaism, her... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Mars and Her Children
Poems
Written by Marge Piercy


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 7, 1992
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73877-0 (0-679-73877-0)

A major new collection of poems about women's lives and the closing circle of nature, from a bestselling poet. These poems celebrate the beauties of nature and the eternal cycle of love, death and birth that is being interrupted by the assault on the environment. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Moon Is Always Female

Written by Marge Piercy


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 12, 1980
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-73859-8 (0-394-73859-4)

Her seventh and most wide ranging collection. In the 1st of 2 sections, the poems move from the amusingly elegiac to the erotic, the classical to the funny. The 2nd section is a series of 15 poems for a calendar based on lunar rather than solar divisions Read more >
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My Mother's Body

Written by Marge Piercy


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 12, 1985
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-72945-9 (0-394-72945-5)

My Mother's Body, Marge Piercy's tenth book of poetry, takes its title from one of her strongest and most moving poems, the climax of a powerful sequence of Poems to her mother. Rooted in an honest, harrowing, but ally ecstatic confrontation of the mother / daughter relationship in all its complexity... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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What Are Big Girls Made Of?
Poems
Written by Marge Piercy


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 4, 1997
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76594-3 (0-679-76594-8)

Opening with a powerful cycle of elegies for her long-distant, half-brother, this major new collection by one of our bestselling poets then goes on to include both serious and funny poems about women and poems about the precarious balance of nature, ending with the beautiful, life-affirming "The Art of Blessing the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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