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The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver
Mary Oliver - 2017-10-10
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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...
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Where the Sidewalk Ends
Poems and Drawings
Shel Silverstein - 2002-11-01 (first published in 1974)
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Where the Sidewalk Ends turns forty! Celebrate with this anniversary edition that features an eye-catching commemorative red sticker. This classic poetry collection, which is both outrageously funny and profound, has been the most beloved of Shel Silverstein's poetry books for generations.Where the sidewalk ends, Shel Silverstein's world begins. Th...
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Amy Cuddy
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An American Lyric
Claudia Rankine - 2014-10-07
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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
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Magical Negro
Morgan Parker - 2019-02-05
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Magical Negro is an archive of Black everydayness, a catalog of contemporary folk heroes, an ethnography of ancestral grief, and an inventory of figureheads, idioms, and customs. These American poems are both elegy and jive, joke and declaration, songs of congregation and self-conception. They connect themes of loneliness, displacement, grief, ance...
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The Complete Poetry
Maya Angelou - 2015-03-31 (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 ...
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The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde - 2000-02-17 (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...
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Sally Wen Mao - 2019-01-15
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A brilliant second collection by Sally Wen Mao on the violence of the spectacle—starring the film legend Anna May WongIn Oculus, Sally Wen Mao explores exile not just as a matter of distance and displacement but as a migration through time and a reckoning with technology. The title poem follows a nineteen-year-old girl in Shanghai who uploaded her ...
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The Essential Rumi
Jalal Al-Din Rumi - 2004-05-28 (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...
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Night Sky with Exit Wounds
Ocean Vuong - 2016-04-05
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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 ...
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Don't Call Us Dead
Danez Smith - 2017-09-05
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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...
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Dog Songs
Mary Oliver - 2015-09-29
The Tradition by Jericho Brown
Oceanic by Aimee Nezhukumatathil
Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith
When My Brother Was an Aztec by Natalie Diaz
Invasive species by Marwa Helal
Soft Science by Franny Choi
Heart Like A Window, Mouth Like A Cliff by Sara Borjas
Wet Cement by Bob Raczka
There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce by Morgan Parker
Poetry for Kids by Emily Dickinson
Poetry Speaks Who I Am by Elise Paschen
The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman
The Rose That Grew From Concrete by Tupac Shakur
If Not, Winter by Sappho
And Still I Rise by Maya Angelou
The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes by Langston Hughes
Complete Sonnets and Poems by William Shakespeare
Falling Up by Shel Silverstein
Crush by Richard Siken
Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth by Warsan Shire
The Complete Poetical Works Of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe
100 Selected Poems by E. E. Cummings
Bluets by Maggie Nelson
Selected Poems by Federico Garcia Lorca
Notes by Robert Frost on His Life and Early Writings by Robert Frost
Felicity by Mary Oliver
Les Fleurs Du Mal by Charles Baudelaire
Love Poems by Pablo Neruda
Poems by Elizabeth Bishop
What the Living Do by Marie Howe
Diving into the Wreck by Adrienne Rich
If They Come for Us by Fatimah Asghar
Selected Poems by Anna Akhmatova
The Carrying by Ada Limón
Selected Poems by William Carlos Williams
Dream Songs by John Berryman
If My Body Could Speak by Blythe Baird
American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin by Terrance Hayes
Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay
Inward by Yung Pueblo
When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities by Chen Chen
Selected Poems by Gwendolyn Brooks
blud by Rachel McKibbens
Gerard Manley Hopkins by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Neon Vernacular by Yusef Komunyakaa
On Love and Barley by Matsuo Basho
The Selected Poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Edna St. Vincent Millay
Stag's Leap by Sharon Olds
Junk by Tommy Pico
Wild Embers by Nikita Gill
John Donne's Poetry by John Donne
Wade in the Water by Tracy K. Smith
How to Love a Country by Richard Blanco
Four Reincarnations by Max Ritvo
Eye Level by Jenny Xie
Only As the Day Is Long by Dorianne Laux
Autobiography of Death by Kim Hyesoon
Poetry Speaks to Children by Elise Paschen
Collected Poems by Rita Dove
The Black Condition ft. Narcissus by Jayy Dodd
A Sand Book by Ariana Reines
How to Pull Apart the Earth by Karla Cordero
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When Rap Spoke Straight to God by Erica Dawson
Too Bright to See / Alma by Linda Gregg
Soft Targets by Deborah Landau
Half-light by Frank Bidart
Her Mouth as Souvenir by Heather June Gibbons
Sunbathing on Tyrone Power's Grave by Kim Dower
Without Protection by Gala Mukomolova
Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror by John Ashbery
Feel the Beat by Marilyn Singer
Shame Is an Ocean I Swim Across by Mary Lambert
I'm Just No Good at Rhyming by Chris Harris
The Dark Between Stars by Atticus
When Green Becomes Tomatoes by Julie Fogliano
Hip Hop Speaks to Children by Nikki Giovanni
150 Most Famous Poems by Poetry House
Be My Moon by Alexandra Vasiliu
Firefly July by Paul B. Janeczko
It's Raining Pigs & Noodles by Jack Prelutsky
Here's A Little Poem by Jane Yolen
Echo Echo by Marilyn Singer
A Kick in the Head by Paul B. Janeczko
Read-Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young by Jack Prelutsky
A Poke in the I by Paul B. Janeczko
Seeing the Blue Between by Paul B. Janeczko
Hunger by Alice Derry
One Leaf Rides the Wind by Celeste Mannis