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An American Lyric
Claudia Rankine - Oct 07, 2014
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A provocative meditation on race, Claudia Rankine's long-awaited follow up to her groundbreaking book Don't Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric.Claudia Rankine's bold new book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media. Some of these encounters are slights, seeming slips of the ton...
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Cheryl Strayed
The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde - Feb 17, 2000 (first published in 1997)
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Collected here for the first time are more than three hundred poems from one of this country's major and most influential poets, representing the complete oeuvre of Audre Lorde's poetry. Lorde published nine volumes of poetry which, in her words, detail "a linguistic and emotional tour through the conflicts, fears, and hopes of the world I have inh...
Don't Call Us Dead
Poems
Danez Smith - Sep 05, 2017
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Award-winning poet Danez Smith is a groundbreaking force, celebrated for deft lyrics, urgent subjects, and performative power. Don't Call Us Dead opens with a heartrending sequence that imagines an afterlife for black men shot by police, a place where suspicion, violence, and grief are forgotten and replaced with the safety, love, and longevity the...
Devotions
The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver
Mary Oliver - Oct 10, 2017
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Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver presents a personal selection of her best work in this definitive collection spanning more than five decades of her esteemed literary career. Throughout her celebrated career, Mary Oliver has touched countless readers with her brilliantly crafted verse, expounding on her love for the physical world and the po...
When My Brother Was an Aztec
Natalie Diaz - May 08, 2012
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"I write hungry sentences," Natalie Diaz once explained in an interview, "because they want more and more lyricism and imagery to satisfy them." This debut collection is a fast-paced tour of Mojave life and family narrative: A sister fights for or against a brother on meth, and everyone from Antigone, Houdini, Huitzilopochtli, and Jesus is invoked ...
Wet Cement
A Mix of Concrete Poems
Bob Raczka - Mar 08, 2016
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Who says words need to be concrete? This collection shapes poems in surprising and delightful ways.Concrete poetry is a perennially popular poetic form because they are fun to look at. But by using the arrangement of the words on the page to convey the meaning of the poem, concrete or shape poems are also easy to write! From the author of the incre...
There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce
Morgan Parker - Feb 14, 2017
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There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé uses political and pop-cultural references as a framework to explore 21st century black American womanhood and its complexities: performance, depression, isolation, exoticism, racism, femininity, and politics. The poems weave between personal narrative and pop-cultural criticism, examining and confrontin...
The Essential Rumi
Jalal al-Din Rumi - May 28, 2004 (first published in 1273)
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This revised and expanded edition of The Essential Rumi includes a new introduction by Coleman Barks and more than 80 never-before-published poems.Through his lyrical translations, Coleman Barks has been instrumental in bringing this exquisite literature to a remarkably wide range of readers, making the ecstatic, spiritual poetry of thirteenth-cent...
The Complete Poetry
Maya Angelou - Mar 31, 2015 (first published in 1994)
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From her reflections on African American life and hardship in Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Diiie to her revolutionary celebrations of womanhood in Phenomenal Woman and Still I Rise, and her elegant tributes to dignitaries Bill Clinton and Nelson Mandela (On the Pulse of Morning and His Day Is Done, respectively), every inspiring word ...
Night Sky with Exit Wounds
Ocean Vuong - Apr 05, 2016
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Ocean Vuong's first full-length collection aims straight for the perennial "big"and very humansubjects of romance, family, memory, grief, war, and melancholia. None of these he allows to overwhelm his spirit or his poems, which demonstrate, through breath and cadence and unrepentant enthrallment, that a gentle palm on a chest can calm the fiercest ...
Falling Up
Shel Silverstein - Jan 24, 2006 (first published in 1996)
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Millie McDeevit screamed a screamSo loud it made her eyebrows steam.She screamed so loudHer jawbone broke,Her tongue caught fire,Her nostrils smoked......
If Not, Winter by Sappho
Complete Sonnets and Poems by William Shakespeare
100 Selected Poems by e. e. cummings
Love Poems by Pablo Neruda
Dog Songs by Mary Oliver
What the Living Do by Marie Howe
Diving into the Wreck by Adrienne Rich
Selected Poems by Anna Akhmatova
Selected Poems by William Carlos Williams
Dream Songs by John Berryman
Oceanic by Aimee Nezhukumatathil
Magical Negro by Morgan Parker
Wild Embers by Nikita Gill
I'm Just No Good at Rhyming by Chris Harris
When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities by Chen Chen
When Green Becomes Tomatoes by Julie Fogliano
Selected Poems by Gwendolyn Brooks
Gerard Manley Hopkins by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Hip Hop Speaks to Children by Nikki Giovanni
Neon Vernacular by Yusef Komunyakaa
On Love and Barley by Matsuo Basho
Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith
The Selected Poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Edna St. Vincent Millay
Stag's Leap by Sharon Olds
Here's A Little Poem by Jane Yolen
John Donne's Poetry by John Donne
Wade in the Water by Tracy K. Smith
Poetry for Kids by Emily Dickinson
Four Reincarnations by Max Ritvo
Echo Echo by Marilyn Singer
It's Raining Pigs & Noodles by Jack Prelutsky
Eye Level by Jenny Xie
Read-Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young by Jack Prelutsky
Oculus by Sally Wen Mao
Poetry Speaks to Children by Elise Paschen
Firefly July by Paul B. Janeczko
A Kick in the Head by Paul B. Janeczko
Seeing the Blue Between by Paul B. Janeczko
Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror by John Ashbery
Feel the Beat by Marilyn Singer
A Poke in the I by Paul B. Janeczko
The Rose That Grew From Concrete by Tupac Shakur
Every Thing On It by Shel Silverstein
The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter
The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke by Rainer Maria Rilke
Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
salt. by Nayyirah Waheed
The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes by Langston Hughes
A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova by Anna Akhmatova
Crush by Richard Siken
Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson
Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae
Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth by Warsan Shire
The Complete Poetical Works Of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe
The Essential Neruda by Pablo Neruda
A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson
Bluets by Maggie Nelson
The Selected Poems of Federico García Lorca by Federico García Lorca
Selected Poems by Federico Garcia Lorca
No Matter the Wreckage by Sarah Kay
The Complete Poetry and Prose of William Blake by William Blake
Selected Poems of Langston Hughes by Langston Hughes
The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane
Felicity by Mary Oliver
The Last Night of the Earth Poems by Charles Bukowski
New and Selected Poems, Volume One by Mary Oliver
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare by William Shakespeare
The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa
The Poetry of Pablo Neruda by Pablo Neruda
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga
The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou by Maya Angelou
The Gift by Hafiz
100 Love Sonnets by Pablo Neruda
The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe
Complete Tales & Poems Of Edgar Allan Po by Edgar Allan Poe
Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe
Arthur Rimbaud by Arthur Rimbaud
The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore
The Night Before Christmas Hardcover by Clement Moore
Four Quartets by T. S. Eliot
Illuminations by Arthur Rimbaud
Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander
e. e. cummings by E. E. Cummings
The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta
Gmorning, Gnight! by Lin-Manuel Miranda