Poetry

Marrow of Summer

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These poems come to us like crusts of blessed bread, small moments of communion with the world. I love this book. Andrea Potos brings whimsy, wonder, and a willingness to be wrestled by life's challenges. And in every poem, she shows us how to be resilient, how to lean into essential gratitude, how to converse with color, with art, with other poets, with our heritage, with our self. Marrow of Summer leaves in us a wake of goodness, a certainty that we are deeply connected.

-Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, Author of Hush and Naked for Tea

In this fleeting world of joy and sorrow, these startlingly lovely poems by Andrea Potos are salutary, like taking a quick, deep, clarifying breath. If only one could ever have by one's side such a poet-a wise poet who, despite the darkest odds, reminds us to never even consider choosing anything other than hope. This is a summer book to keep in one's proverbial winter coat.

-Richard Jones, Editor of Poetry East

Reading the poems in Andrea Potos' new collection, Marrow of Summer, I was reminded of kotodama, the Japanese belief that deep mystical powers can dwell in words. How else to explain the draw of Potos' compact, prayerful, and fresh-sighted poems? With her trademark optimism and hope, she invites us in this new collection to create the place from where your beloveds may soar, so that we too might soar right along with her, into the heart of everyday life made more miraculous by the force of these carefully chosen words.

-James Crews, Editor of How to Love the World: Poems of Gratitude and Hope

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Milk and Honey

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"Rupi Kaur is the Writer of the Decade." - The New Republic

#1 New York Times bestseller milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity.

The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.

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Monster Poems

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Mothershell

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Think of a mother cupping a child's face in her hands, and you have the shell of Mothershell, Andrea Potos' tender and luminous new collection. Yes, these are poems of loss: her mother's cancer and treatments, her death and the grief that follows, but these are also poems that celebrate the chord, "the unseen thread" that binds mothers and daughters forever. Potos imagines heaven as an eternal breakfast, mother and daughter drinking our coffee/black and filled to the top. Coffee without bitterness or sweet / but somewhere in the perfection / of the middle. Here are poems that celebrate the power of presence, poems of travel: Ireland, France, Italy, ekphrastic poems that illuminate paintings. In "What the Poem Did," Potos writes It became a spine/walked me upright/ into the day, and this is what this book does, walks with each of us and sustains us in the long journey of all of our ordinary days.

Barbara Crooker, author of Some Glad Morning, and others

In this stunning, new collection by Andrea Potos, we find beautiful windows into the life of abiding love-each poem steeped in elegant imagery and story. A simple moment of sharing eggs over-easy with her mother, or witnessing her daughter's essence igniting in the Italian light, is all we need, to know the deep connection this poet has to others. Potos offers up these poems as prayer and healing. This collection is a love letter to memory, hope, and presence. She brings memories to life so vividly, that we, too, can hear her mother's voice through glittering veins of stone. Gentle in their touch, these beautifully sculpted poems pay tribute to the quiet strength needed for the loss you know is coming and the spaces left behind.

Cristina M. R. Norcross, editor of Blue Heron Review; author of Beauty in the Broken Places, Amnesia and Awakenings, and others

In Mothershell, Andrea Potos uses light and color and sound as expertly as she did in her recent chapbook, Arrows of Light. In this new collection, visual and tactile arts expand metaphors even further, weaving rich phrases such as all of them spun and still spinning / with filaments of unstoppable light into a glorious, whole cloth that not only honors memories but recreates tangible moments with her mother and other loved ones. Potos explores relationships in deftly conveyed, universal allegories that touch our innermost understanding. As so aptly expressed in "Writing My Mother," Potos does her writing on the top of light, her hands passing / across brightness and slanting shadows. Every bit of light and shadow in Mothershell reflects a gifted writer's heart and mind.

C. Ann Kodra, author of Under an Adirondack Moon

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New-Generation African Poets: A chapbook box set (Nane)

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This fourteen-piece, limited-edition box set--an African Poetry Book Fund (APBF) project--features the work of thirteen new African poets.

The African Poetry Book Fund's New-Generation African Poets: A Chapbook Box Set is one of the most important annual literary projects, presenting to a wide audience the work of fresh and promising poets in the continent and its diaspora.
--Open Country Magazine

Included in Publishers Weekly's Adult 2021 Announcements (Poetry)

Dawes and Abani have taken on the vital project of publishing short collections by contemporary poets from Africa, packaged together in beautiful boxed sets.
--New York Times Magazine

An ambitious, vital project that delivers exactly what it promises...As a group, the chapbooks dispel stereotypes about African writing. They also illustrate what editors Dawes and Abani note about the many ways poets can understand or redefine their ties to Africa. These insights are poignant and valuable, especially at a time when millions around the globe find themselves somewhere between new countries and ancestral lands they've left behind.
--Washington Post

A collection pulsing with fresh talent in a series that poetry lovers worldwide should be grateful for.
--Shelf Awareness

The limited-edition box set is a project started in 2014 to ensure the publication of up to a dozen chapbooks every year by African poets through Akashic Books. The series seeks to identify the best poetry written by African poets working today, and it is especially interested in featuring poets who have not yet published their first full-length book of poetry.

The thirteen poets included in this box set are: Selina Nwulu, Ayan M. Omar, Jeremy Teddy Karn, Ajibola Tolase, Hauwa Shaffii Nuhu, Sara Elkamel, Precious Arinze, Lameese Badr, Qutouf Yahia, Edil Hassan, Kolawole Adebayo, Cynthia Amoah, and Saradha Soobrayen.

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News From The North

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On Seamus Heaney

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A vivid and original account of one of Ireland's greatest poets by an acclaimed Irish historian and literary biographer

The most important Irish poet of the postwar era, Seamus Heaney rose to prominence as his native Northern Ireland descended into sectarian violence. A national figure at a time when nationality was deeply contested, Heaney also won international acclaim, culminating in the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995. In On Seamus Heaney, leading Irish historian and literary critic R. F. Foster gives an incisive and eloquent account of the poet and his work against the background of a changing Ireland.

Drawing on unpublished drafts and correspondence, Foster provides illuminating and personal interpretations of Heaney's work. Though a deeply charismatic figure, Heaney refused to don the mantle of public spokesperson, and Foster identifies a deliberate evasiveness and creative ambiguity in his poetry. In this, and in Heaney's evocation of a disappearing rural Ireland haunted by political violence, Foster finds parallels with the other towering figure of Irish poetry, W. B. Yeats. Foster also discusses Heaney's cosmopolitanism, his support for dissident poets abroad, and his increasing focus in his later work on death and spiritual transcendence. Above all, Foster examines how Heaney created an extraordinary connection with an exceptionally wide readership, giving him an authority and power unique among contemporary writers.

Combining a vivid account of Heaney's life and a compelling reading of his entire oeuvre, On Seamus Heaney extends our understanding of the man as it enriches our appreciation of his poetry.

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One Hundred Breaths

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One Hundred Breaths is a refreshing collection of poetry reflecting upon the love, loss, and spirituality experienced in our everyday lives.
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Only Home We Know

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Poetry. In language luminous and true, with grace, good humor, generosity, and affectionate attention, Robin Chapman unflinchingly faces the local and global, even galactic disasters, that daily assail us. Casting a sober eye on the ills of our society, most of our own making--climate change, environmental degradation, inequality, bigotry, militarism--she refuses 'the beautiful poetry of grief' and instead affirms 'what heals, what carries us, through.' This inimitable book is ultimately a book of wonder and consolation, lovingly invoking the connectivity of the natural world--the only home we know--to reveal a wholeness at the heart of things. With, as she insists, 'the earth in its journey turning us again / toward the light. The text of good will arriving, ' what can we do but embrace her joyful invitation to 'now, love, put on your clown nose / and dance with me under the wandering planets.'--Ronald Wallace

THE ONLY HOME WE KNOW is a book where memory functions as a spirit guide through the various details, wonders and terrors of our world. It is a book that takes a private hurt and makes it into a lyrical space where beauty is possible, is necessary. There is a tenderness and exuberance here that win me over, 'I'd mandate that every child at birth would be issued a drum, ' the author says. Indeed. Bravo.--Ilya Kaminsky

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Outside the Frame: New and Selected Poems

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THREE BLURBS FOR OUTSIDE THE FRAME
BY MARILYN L. TAYLOR

Like favorite wines, the poems of Marilyn Taylor keep revealing new depths. First we delight in their freshness-the surprise of their wit and storytelling, the zest of their earthy humor. Then we notice how finely and patiently crafted they are, with little miracles of diction to fire the brain and charm the senses of her thankful reader. At last we come to the deeper mystery of Taylor's achievement: how an intelligence so lively, supple, and wise can be wholly concentrated in the written word. At which point we scratch our heads wondering, How does she do that? And we drink again.


-David Southward, author of Bachelor's Buttons and Apocrypha


Outside the Frame, a new and selected collection of Marilyn Taylor's
accomplished, witty, and poignant poems, offers readers a wild ride through life in Aunt Eudora's Harlequin romances, crickets' chorales, Shostakovich's 5th Symphony, the demands of aging, and even a notice from the Sweet Chariot Funeral Parlor. Her voice is so upbeat that we almost forget she's talking about how short our time is here, and her verbal high jinks are so much fun we nearly fail to notice the formidable formal skill at play in her villanelles, sestinas, rondeaus, and signature crowns of sonnets. Read it twice-once for her company through life, once just to marvel at her maker's skill!


-Robin Chapman, author of The Only Home We Know

William Carlos Williams said, "If it ain't a pleasure, it ain't a poem." I say if it ain't a Marilyn L. Taylor poem, it ain't the absolute pleasure it ought to be. New and Selected Poems from Marilyn Taylor. What a gift. What a way to discover a poet without whom contemporary American poetry would be a poorer place, indeed. What a pleasure to read poems that are like tasting the nuanced notes of a fine merlot, that are like experiencing the subtle harmony and counterpoint of a Chopin nocturne. What a pleasure to read poems that leave you refreshed and energized and smiling rather than beat up and exhausted and cursing under your breath. Marilyn Taylor's poetry. What a pleasure.


-J.R. Solanche, author most recently of Selected Poems 2002-2021

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Owl on Every Post

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Sanora Babb experienced pioneer life in a one-room dugout, eye-level with the land that supported, tormented and beguiled her; where her family fought for their lives against drought, crop-failure, starvation, and almost unfathomless loneliness. Learning to read from newspapers that lined the dugout's dirt walls, she grew up to be a journalist, then a writer of unforgettable books about the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl, most notably Whose Names Are Unknown.

The author was seven when her parents began to homestead an isolated 320-acre farm on the western plains. She tells the story through her eyes as a sensitive, fearless young girl who came to love the wind, the vastness, the mystery and magic in the ordinary.

This evocative memoir of a pioneer childhood on the Great Plains is written with the lyricism and sensitivity that distinguishes all of Sanora Babb's writing. An Owl on Every Post, with its environmental disasters, extreme weather, mortgage foreclosures, and harsh living conditions, resonates as much today as when it first appeared. What this true story of Sanora's prairie childhood reveals best are the values--courage, pride, determination, and love--that allowed her family to prevail over total despair.

This long, out-of-print memoir is reissued with new acclaim:

"On a par stylistically and thematically with Willa Cather's My Antonia, this is a classic that deserves to be rediscovered and cherished for years to come."--Linda Miller, English Professor at Penn State and chairman of the Editorial Advisory Board for The Cambridge Edition of the Letters of Ernest Hemingway.

"An unsung masterpiece in the field of American autobiography--I was completely blown away. This memoir offers an unforgettable picture of pioneer life. Her ageless story deserves a permanent place in our nation's literature.--Arnold Rampersad, author of Ralph Ellison: A Biography.

About the Author

Sanora Babb is the author of five books, as well as numerous essays, short stories, and poems that were published in literary magazines alongside the work of William Saroyan, Ralph Ellison, Katherine Anne Porter, and William Carlos Williams. Her Dust Bowl novel, Whose Names Are Unknown, was recently featured in the Ken Burns documentary on The Dust Bowl.

Editorial Reviews
"A wry, affectionate but unsentimental recall of frontiering struggles in Colorado just prior to WWI." - Kirkus

"Masterly. Hers is a small song, and not grand opera. But hearing it is a significant and salutary experience."--London Times

"The author has achieved a small miracle with this book for she has turned hunger, poverty, loneliness and depression into incomparable beauty by the magic of her writing." - The Pretoria News

"Babb's engaging memoir recalls a childhood spent on the harsh and wild Colorado frontier during the early 1900s."--Publishers Weekly

Owl is novelist Babb's memories of her childhood in eastern Colorado and Kansas before World War I. LJ's reviewer found that Babb wrote well, "relating vividly and with fine and fond recollection" Library Journal 12/1/70.

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Pocket Universe: Poems

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Nancy Reddy's Pocket Universe explores how the world becomes more wondrous and more perilous in the permanent after of parenthood. The collection begins in the public hospitals in sixteenth-century Paris--where women giving birth were as likely to die of fever as go home with healthy newborns--travels through the dizzying world of Instamommies and celebrities who effortlessly got their body "back" after baby, and ends with children singing at a bounce-house birthday party. Poems set those intimate, ostensibly domestic matters against weighty questions about human origins, our place in the universe, and the pervasive historical and present-day violence against mothers and children.

Pocket Universe traces an arc from the challenges and bodily horror of the first weeks home with a new baby, through the wonder of watching that child discover the world, and finally to the hard-won joy of motherhood.

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POetryfighters / Antologador

$27.00
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9788412514704
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Pointed Sentences

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Poetry. "Many poets could write other poets' poems, but there's no one anywhere who could write a Bill Yarrow poem except Bill Yarrow. With a bizarre grace that suggests a truly individual aesthetic, his poems navigate the razor's edge between the polished and the raw. Like a Dadaist version of John Donne, Yarrow takes an axe to common poetic assumptions, yet delivers all the pleasures of poetry at its best."--Stephen-Paul Martin
"Bill Yarrow is the Sun Tzu of verbal warfare, the Machiavelli of mental strategy. 'Look left, ' he says, and when you look right, anticipating his move, the whiplash hits you from behind. This is a book stolen from the library of the unexpected before it burned. What is it, what is it? A bit of Nicanor Parra's antipoetry, a bit of Vasko Popa's thought experimentation, a bit of Celan's surrealism, a bit of this, a bit of that. As it shifts from allegory to narrative to lyric, you come to understand that this book is not a wonderful beast (part hippopotamus, part threshing machine) but a creature whose parts and attributes are constantly shifting--wings when it needs to be an angel, webbed hands for catching baseballs. How wonderful, how fun, and how different from so many volumes of genial, accomplished, and innocuous poetry."--Tony Barnstone
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Prologue

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Raid on the Inarticulate

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A book of poems by bestselling author Deepak Chopra that are deeply spiritual, heartfelt, and touch on topics like God, love, surrender, shadow, and peace.

Poetry is the language of the soul, according to Deepak Chopra, and in RAID ON THE INARTICULATE, he shares a collection of poems that, in his words, can very elegantly show us the truth of paradox and ambiguity. Poetry can be a source of awakening and revelation, and the poems in this book focus on conundrums, existential dilemmas, and consciousness; they're about love, peace, the timelessness of the mind, freedom, surrender, God, and the journey to the self.

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Reborn in Ink

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Poetry. Latinx Studies. Jewish Studies. Women's Studies. Translated by Jesse Lee Kercheval and Catherine Jagoe. Bilingual Edition. The Word Works International Editions. In lyric poems of startling directness, Laura Cesarco Eglin explores the death of her father, the beauty of her country, her Jewish ancestry, and the invisible connections between the living and what's beyond. Translated collaboratively by Jesse Lee Kercheval and Catherine Jagoe, accompanied by the original Spanish, each poem retains the delicacy as well as the power of Eglin's explorations of that which we cannot always see but must always feel. Says Aviya Kushner, These poems excel in the art of astonishing transformation. Lipstick becomes a remembrance of the selection line of life versus death in the Holocaust. An eyelash becomes the site of all hope, glued to the chest, and brushing hair turns into a chance to learn 'eccentricity in community.' These beautiful translations seem to know their own irresistibility, as they capture the poet's understanding.
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9781944585310
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Small Towns Along the Coast

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98528028
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Soledad Encendida/Die Entfachte Einsamkeit

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9788412224368
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Star Things

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In her contest-winning poetry collection, Star Things, Jess Parker pulls down the cosmos as if a blanket, hangs the firmament itself as if a string of festive lights to illuminate the magic in the worldly mundane. These sixty-one brief yet powerful poems work in a broad array of forms, at once playful and serious, taking risks, toying with readers' expectations and delivering seemingly effortless coups de grâce with a sly wink. Said Josh Norman (Telescopes and Other People), one of our final judges: "Every love, every scraped knee, every abandonment, every moon is at once familiar yet alien." Cynthia Marie Hoffman (Call Me When You Want to Talk About the Tombstones) reckoned that "if the stars' reflection in a pond creates a 'morse code' that communications with the constellations, so do these poems transmit the intricacies of being human in orbit among the stars...holding close to the knowledge that 'we were moondust and will be again.'"

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Stone to Carry Home

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This collection exults in images of luminous earthly beauty - a blue scarf lake, Greek bread that tastes of heaven and salt, cobbled streets shining like jet in the rain - that also hint at the inevitability of loss. In these poems, Potos prepares to watch her daughter leave home and then takes us with her and the daughter on her journey to Greece and into the mountains of her ancestors, where eventually they arrive to the ruin that was once the home of her beloved grandfather. There is a sense of resilience in the talismans she evokes - cut fresh lemons and olive oil, stars in the sky that light up the stones at night, and of course, the stones themselves - that image by image bring past and the present together to offer a deep sense of home. Andrea Potos lives in Wisconsin.
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There are Girls like Lions: Poems about Being a Woman

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An anthology of poems about the experience of being a woman

With 30 rousing and empowering poems: For mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, partners, and friends, There Are Girls Like Lions is a celebration of womanhood in all its dimensions, including love, beauty, friendship, motherhood, work, aging, and much more. This powerful collection of poems will resonate with any modern woman.

- Foreword by award-winning American poet Cole Swensen who has authored more than ten books of poetry
- Striking illustrations in metallic ink throughout
- With poems from a variety of women poets including Margaret Atwood, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Kimiko Hahn, Elisabeth Hewer, Rachel Zucker, Emily Dickinson, Naomi Shihab Nye, and more

Fans of the novel An American Marriage, The Future is Feminist, and Women of Resistance will be inspired and empowered by There are Girls Like Lions.

Discover 30 poems that honor and celebrate the experience of being a woman.

- Packaged in an attractive case with foil stamping ready to give or receive
- Great Mother's Day, birthday, or anytime gift for the strong women in your life

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9781452173450
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There Are Trans People Here

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There are trans people here in the past, the present, and the future. H. Melt's writing centers the deep care, love, and joy within trans communities. This poetry collection describes moments of resistance in queer and trans history as catalysts for movements today. It honors trans ancestors and contemporary activists, artists, and writers fighting for trans liberation. There Are Trans People Here is a testament to the healing power of community and the beauty of trans people, history, and culture.

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These Trees, Those Leaves, This Flower, That Fruit: Poems: Poems

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A thoughtful new collection of poems, one that deconstructs the deceptively simple question of what it means to be good--a good person, a good citizen, a good teacher, a good poet, a good father.

With These Trees, Those Leaves, This Flower, That Fruit, Hayan Charara presents readers with a medley of ambitious analyses, written in characteristically wry verse. He takes philosophers to task, jousts with academics, and scrutinizes hollow gestures of empathy, exposing the dangers of thinking ourselves "separate / from [our] thoughts and experiences." After all, "No work of love / will flourish out of guilt, fear, or hollowness of heart." But how do we act on fullness of heart? How, knowing as we do that "genocide is inscribed in our earliest and holiest texts"?

Thoughtful but never preachy, Charara sits beside us, granting us access to life's countless unglamorous dilemmas: crushing a spider when we promised we wouldn't, nearing madness from a newborn's weeping, resenting our lovers for what happened in a dream. "Good poems demand to be written from inside the poet," we are reminded. And that is where we find ourselves here: inside a lively and ethical mind, entertained by Charara's good company even as goodness challenges us to do more.

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Through This Door - Wisconsin in Poems

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Among these pages you will find Wisconsin poets past and present who represent the entire state in all of its poetic glory. There are many voices within these pages. Poems to lift you and to sit with you when you need to be quiet and still, when you need to sing with joy, laugh out loud, and weep with all we the people have been through. There is not one poet who tells the whole story. You need a multitude of voices to even begin to get to the truth. There are poets here with skin in the game. Their allies and accomplices appear in these pages too.
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