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Fifty Years of American Poetry
Over 200 Important Works by America's Modern Masters
Written by Academy Of American Poets


Format: Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Laurel
On Sale: August 1, 1995
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-440-21877-7 (0-440-21877-2)

Introduction by Robert Penn Warren. This commemorative volume celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Academy of American Poets contains over two hundred works from the most notable American poets of the twentieth century. Each of the chancellors, fellows, and award winners of the Academy since its founding in 1934 is represented... Read more >

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I Shall Not Be Moved

Written by Maya Angelou


Format: Trade Paperback, 64 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: October 1, 1991
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-35458-4 (0-553-35458-2)

The best selling author presents a new collection of poems. This volume of poetry captures the pain and triumph of being black and speaks out about history, heartbreak and love. Here are three volumes of classic Maya Angelou -- including her first poetry collection, Just Give Me a Cool Drink of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Poems
Maya Angelou
Written by Maya Angelou


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: May 12, 1997
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37985-3 (0-553-37985-2)

Tenderly, joyously, sometimes in sadness, sometimes in pain, Maya Angelou writes from the heart and celebrates life as only she has discovered it. In this moving volume of poetry, we hear the multi-faceted voice of one of the most powerful and vibrant writers of our time. Includes the full texts of... Read more >
Also available as a paperback.

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Poems
Maya Angelou
Written by Maya Angelou


Format: Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: January 1, 1996
Price: $6.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-25576-8 (0-553-25576-2)

In this moving volume of poetry, Angelou writes from the heart and celebrates life as she has discovered it in poems such as “Just Give a Cool Drink of Water ’Fore I Diiie,” “Oh Pray My Wings Are Gonna Fit Me Well,” “Still I Rise, Shaker,” and “Why Don’t You Sing.”... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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Collected Poems

Written by W. H. Auden
Edited by Edward Mendelson


Format: Hardcover, 976 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 13, 2007
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-64350-0 (0-679-64350-8)

Selected by the Contemporary Poetry Review as one of the Best Books of 2007, winning in the category of Book of the Year

To commemorate the centennial of W. H. Auden’s birth, the Modern Library offers this elegant edition of the collected poems of one of the greatest poets of the twentieth... Read more >

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Dante
Poet of the Secular World
Written by Erich Auerbach
Translated by Ralph Manheim
Introduction by Michael Dirda


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: January 16, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-219-3 (1-59017-219-1)

A precursor and companion to Erich Auerbach’s majestic Mimesis, DANTE: POET OF THE SECULAR WORLD is both a comprehensive introduction to the work of one of the greatest poets and a brilliantly provocative and stimulating essay in the history of ideas. Here Auerbach, acclaimed by writers and scholars as various as... Read more >

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The Age of the Poets
And Other Writings on Twentieth-Century Poetry and Prose
Written by Alain Badiou
Translated by Emily Apter and Bruno Bosteels
Introduction by Bruno Bosteels


Format: Trade Paperback, 252 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: November 4, 2014
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-569-3 (1-78168-569-X)

The Age of the Poets revisits the age-old problem of the relation between literature and philosophy, arguing against both Plato and Heidegger’s famous arguments. Philosophy neither has to ban the poets from the republic nor abdicate its own powers to the sole benefit of poetry or art. Instead, it must declare... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Jimmy's Blues and Other Poems

Written by James Baldwin
Introduction by Nikky Finney


Format: Trade Paperback, 120 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 1, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8486-1 (0-8070-8486-7)

During his lifetime, James Baldwin authored seven novels, as well as several plays and essay collections, many of which were published to widespread praise. Baldwin’s novels and essays brought him respect as a public intellectual and admiration as a writer.  However, Baldwin’s earliest writing was in poetic form, and some argue... Read more >
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For All of Us, One Today
An Inaugural Poet's Journey
Written by Richard Blanco


Format: Trade Paperback, 120 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 19, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3380-7 (0-8070-3380-4)

In this brief and evocative memoir, Richard Blanco shares his life as a Latino immigrant and openly gay man discovering a new, emotional understanding of what it means to be an American. He tells the story of the call from the White House committee and all the exhilaration and upheaval of... Read more >
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The Song of Songs
The World's First Great Love Poem
Afterword by Robert Alter
Translated by Ariel Bloch and Chana Bloch
Foreword by Stephen Mitchell


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7620-5 (0-8129-7620-7)

“Next to Genesis, no book in the Hebrew Bible has had a stronger influence on Western literature than the Song of Songs.”
The New York Review of Books

One of the greatest love poems ever written, The Song of Songs celebrates the sexual awakening of a young woman and her lover and the... Read more >

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Mirabai
Ecstatic Poems
Translated by Robert Bly and Jane Hirshfield


Format: Trade Paperback, 120 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 1, 2009
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6387-3 (0-8070-6387-8)

Mirabai is a literary and spiritual figure of legendary proportions. Born a princess in the region of Rajasthan in 1498, Mira (as she is more commonly known) eschewed the marriage her royal family had arranged for her, celebrating instead her right to independence and intense devotion to Krishna in both her... Read more >
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Men in the Off Hours

Written by Anne Carson


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 13, 2001
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70756-8 (0-375-70756-5)

Reinventing figures as diverse as Oedipus, Emily Dickinson and Audubon, Anne Carson sets up startling juxtapositions in the poems and prose of Men in the Off Hours: Lazarus among video paraphernalia, Virgina Woolf and Thueydides discussing war, Edward Hopper paintings illuminated by St. Augustine. Revealing in unexpectedness and aware that "the... Read more >

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I Ask the Impossible
Poems
Written by Ana Castillo


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 20, 2001
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72073-1 (0-385-72073-4)

Cherished for her passionate fiction and exuberant essays, the author hailed by Julia Alvarez as “una storyteller de primera,” and by Barbara Kingsolver in the Los Angeles Times as “impossible to resist,” returns to her first love—poetry—to reveal an unwavering commitment to social justice, and a fervent embrace of the sensual... Read more >
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Return to my Native Land

Written by Aime Cesaire
Illustrated by Peter de Francia
Translated by John Berger and Anya Bostock


Format: Trade Paperback, 88 pages
Publisher: Archipelago
On Sale: June 3, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-935744-94-8 (1-935744-94-1)

A work of immense cultural significance and beauty, this long poem became an anthem for the African diaspora and the birth of the Negritude movement. With unusual juxtapositions of object and metaphor, a bouquet of language-play, and deeply resonant rhythms, Césaire considered this work a "break into the forbidden," at once... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Everytime a Knot is Undone, a God is Released
Collected and New Poems 1974-2011
Written by Barbara Chase-Riboud


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 4, 2014
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60980-594-4 (1-60980-594-1)

The long breath of Barbara Chase-Riboud's poems recalls poets of the antique world we know only from fragments, like Sappho. And yet here is a disquieting and sumptuous contemporary voice that seems to gather up antiquity and modernity with equal fervor and scorn. These poems are sexually charged, possessed of a... Read more >
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My Wicked Wicked Ways

Written by Sandra Cisneros


Format: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 17, 1992
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-41821-4 (0-679-41821-0)

Here is a collection of poetry by the author of the acclaimed books The House on Mango Street and Woman Hollering Creek.  Here are verses comic and sad, radiantly pure and plainspoken.

"All poets would do well to follow the example of Sandra Cisneros, who takes no prisoners and has not made... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Ballistics
Poems
Written by Billy Collins


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 16, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7561-1 (0-8129-7561-8)

A Billy Collins poem is instantly recognizable. “Using simple, understandable language,” notes USA TODAY, the two-term U.S. Poet Laureate “captures ordinary life—its pleasure, its discontents, its moments of sadness and of joy.” His everyman approach to writing resonates with readers everywhere and generates fans who would otherwise never give a poem... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Horoscopes for the Dead
Poems
Written by Billy Collins


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 20, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7562-8 (0-8129-7562-6)

WINNER—BEST POETRY—GOODREADS CHOICE AWARDS

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
NEWSWEEK/THE DAILY BEAST

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

Billy Collins is widely acknowledged as a prominent player at the table of modern American poetry. And in this smart, lyrical, and mischievous collection of poetry, which covers the everlasting themes of love and loss... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Trouble with Poetry
And Other Poems
Written by Billy Collins


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 13, 2007
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75521-7 (0-375-75521-7)

Playfulness, spare elegance, and wit epitomize the poetry of Billy Collins. With his distinct voice and accessible language, America’s two-term Poet Laureate has opened the door to poetry for countless people for whom it might otherwise remain closed.

Like the present book’s title, Collins’s poems are filled with mischief, humor, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Trouble with Poetry
And Other Poems
Written by Billy Collins


Format: Hardcover, 112 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: October 18, 2005
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-50382-5 (0-375-50382-X)

Playfulness, spare elegance, and wit epitomize the poetry of Billy Collins. With his distinct voice and accessible language, America’s two-term Poet Laureate has opened the door to poetry for countless people for whom it might otherwise remain closed.

Like the present book’s title, Collins’s poems are filled with mischief, humor, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Inferno

Written by Dante
Translated by Robert Hollander and Jean Hollander


Format: Trade Paperback, 736 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 8, 2002
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49698-8 (0-385-49698-2)

Robert Hollander, a renowned scholar and master teacher of Dante, and Jean Hollander, an accomplished poet, have written a beautifully accurate and clear verse translation of the first part of Dante’s epic poem, The Divine Comedy. Featuring the original Italian opposite the translation, this edition also offers an extensive and accessible... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Poetry for the Earth

Written by Sara Dunn


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Fawcett
On Sale: March 17, 1992
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-90599-9 (0-449-90599-3)

The poetic concern for nature has been, in the words of Anna Akhmatova, "wild in our breast for centuries." Poetry for the Earth collects an astonishing diversity of poetic response to the environment, from eras and places as diverse as classical Greece, Elizabethan England, 17th century Japan, contemporary Africa, and modern... Read more >

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Cat Town

Written by Sakutaro Hagiwara
Edited by Hiroaki Sato
Translated by Hiroaki Sato


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: NYRB Poets
On Sale: November 11, 2014
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-59017-775-4 (1-59017-775-4)

Modernist poet Sakutarō Hagiwara’s first published book, Howling at the Moon, shattered conventional verse forms and transformed the poetic landscape of Japan. Two of its poems were removed on order of the Ministry of the Interior for “disturbing social customs.” Along with the entirety of Howling, this volume includes all of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Poetry of Zen

Translated by Sam Hamill and J.P. Seaton


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: February 13, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-425-9 (1-59030-425-X)

A Zen poem is nothing other than an expression of the enlightened mind, a handful of simple words that disappear beneath the moment of insight to which it bears witness. Poetry has been an essential aid to Zen Buddhist practice from the dawn of Zen—and Zen has also had a profound... Read more >

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Cold Mountain Poems
Zen Poems of Han Shan, Shih Te, and Wang Fan-chih
Written by Han Shan
Translated by J. P. Seaton


Format: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: July 21, 2009
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-646-8 (1-59030-646-5)

The incomparable poetry of Han Shan and his sidekick Shih-Te, the rebel poets who became icons of Chinese poetry and Zen, newly translated and annotated by premier translator J. P. Seaton.

Popularized in the West by Beat Generation writers Gary Snyder and Jack Kerouac, China’s “outsider” poets Han Shan (known as Cold... Read more >
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