Poetry

Stone to Carry Home

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$22.00
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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9781642595727
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Through This Door - Wisconsin in Poems

$20.00
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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9780979400469
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Time Is a Mother

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$24.00
The highly anticipated collection of poems from the award-winning writer Ocean Vuong

How else do we return to ourselves but to fold
The page so it points to the good part

In this deeply intimate second poetry collection, Ocean Vuong searches for life among the aftershocks of his mother's death, embodying the paradox of sitting within grief while being determined to survive beyond it. Shifting through memory, and in concert with the themes of his novel On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, Vuong contends with personal loss, the meaning of family, and the cost of being the product of an American war in America. At once vivid, brave, and propulsive, Vuong's poems circle fragmented lives to find both restoration as well as the epicenter of the break.

The author of the critically acclaimed poetry collection Night Sky With Exit Wounds, winner of the 2016 Whiting Award, the 2017 T. S. Eliot Prize, and a 2019 MacArthur fellow, Vuong writes directly to our humanity without losing sight of the current moment. These poems represent a more innovative and daring experimentation with language and form, illuminating how the themes we perennially live in and question are truly inexhaustible. Bold and prescient, and a testament to tenderness in the face of violence, Time Is a Mother is a return and a forging forth all at once.

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9780593300237
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Time Passes

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Blair Mathews has written four books of poetry: "Remembering" with illustrations by Truman Lowe, "Seasoned" (with poet Donna Carnes), illustrated by Laura Bouffiou Jacobson, Steve Landfried, and Kent Mathews, "Whispers" and "Time Passes" with Zen Ink illustrations by calligrapher Kimmy Tran. Mathews revels in finding connections and oppositions in the natural world. A teacher of tai chi chuan, Blair is fascinated by the concepts of yin and yang: the interdependence of seemingly opposite forces.

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to make monsters out of girls

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"What happens when the man of your dreams turns out to be a nightmare with sharp teeth and claws?"

Winner of the 2016 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Poetry, amanda lovelace presents her new illustrated duology, "things that h(a)unt." In this first installment, to make monsters out of girls, lovelace explores the memory of being in an abusive relationship. She poses the eternal question: Can you heal once you've been marked by a monster, or will the sun always sting?

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9781449494261
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To Make Room for the Sea

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That's the magic of this book--the way Adam Clay, line after line, enacts the mind on the page. --MAGGIE SMITH

To Make Room for the Sea reckons with the notion that nothing in this world is permanent. Led by an introspective speaker, these poems examine a landscape that resists full focus, and conclude that "it's easier to love what we don't know."

"I hold this leaf I think / you should see, but I can't quite / say why," Adam Clay writes, as he navigates a variety of both personal and ecological fixations: disembodied bullfrog croaks, the growth of his child, a computer's dreaded blue screen of death. The observations in To Make Room for the Sea convey both grief for the Anthropocene and hope for the future. The poems read like field notes from someone who knows the world and hopes to know it differently.

On the precipice of great change and restructured perspective, Clay's poems linger in "the second between taking in a vision and processing it," in the moment when the world is less a familiar system and more a palette of colors and potential.

To Make Room for the Sea delights as much as it mourns. It looks forward as much as it reflects. Deft and hopeful, the poems in this collection gently encourage us to take another look at a world "only some strange god might have thought up / in a drunken stumble."

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Uncertainty Principle

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Poetry. Winner of the 2010 Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize. In his splendid new collection, Mark Kraushaar addresses a tentative and awkward, sometimes funny though frequently heart-breaking struggle to find a path to meaning in the world, a task made more difficult still by the struggle itself. In Cake a man arriving too late for his own small birthday party, unable to cajole his exasperated and saddened wife and daughter into staying, watches them exit the diner in which the three have met, then finally opens a book. As the waitress approaches, the narrator asks, "And what in Hell is he reading?" Towards the end of Chiropractor Claims to Travel Through Time (a poem inspired by an AP story), the central character observes of his father, "He tried, I know, / but every evening / watching him watch the tv / I wondered what clues had eluded him. / Constricted, uncontent, incomplete, / what secret had he missed?"

"Once a student told me her father said that when older people cry, they're weeping because the world is beautiful--they already know it's sad. Mark Kraushaar's poems, too, look beyond the sorrow and find instead a world that's almost unbearably lovely. I fell hard for Falling Brick Kills Local Man, Kraushaar's first book; I have an even bigger crush on this one."--David Kirby

"A bell goes tolling over the landscape of Mark Kraushaar's THE UNCERTAINTY PRINCIPLE and its burden is Moment, moment... The word keeps recurring in this engrossing collection. Kraushaar sometimes seems temperamentally as much short story writer as poet (something to be regretted only by those who would keep poetry pure of life's muddy complexities), and many of his poems offer rich, beguiling, abbreviated narratives. The book abounds in character revelations perhaps too modest to be called epiphanies--but moments, even so, whose unlikely glimmerings are welcome and illuminating."--Brad Leithauser

"Mark Kraushaar's THE UNCERTAINTY PRINCIPLE is the best counterargument to the specious claim that narrative poetry is either old fashioned, 'linear' or predictably 'conventional.' These poems have all the excitement and complexity of life as we live it now, together with a depth of speculation that is positively stunning in the light it casts on the intimate nooks and crannies of social experience that all of us encounter but either fail to notice or find words for. The sensation of time is Kraushaar's ultimate subject, but he approaches time so imaginatively, so freshly, through such a detailed range of voices and occasions, in poems that unfold in such surprising yet inevitable ways that one feels as if every other possible subject for a poem--love, death, the struggles of dailiness, the fear of loss, friendship and work, childhood, contingency, and lack of faith--has been woven into the netting of this one obsession. This is a book to be enjoyed and savored, to be read with pleasure and gratitude, to be learned by heart."--Alan Shapiro
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unlock your storybook heart

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"life is not something that can be experienced on a deadline."

amanda lovelace, the bestselling & award-winning author of the "women are some kind of magic" poetry series, presents unlock your storybook heart, the third & final installment in her feminist poetry series, "you are your own fairy tale." this is a collection about being so caught up in the fable that is perfectionism that you miss out on your own life. be honest: when was the last time you stopped to take in the everyday enchantment all around you?

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9781524851958
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Unquiet Stars

$14.95
Poetry book
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9781888993073
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Velroy and the Madischie Mafia: Poems

$18.95

From the Comanche Tribal Housing of Madischie in southwestern Oklahoma comes a crew of young Comanche, Arapahoe, and Kiowa toughs hell-bent on gaining power within a subculture of organized crime. Led by a Comanche named Velroy, they find themselves caught in the century-long transformation from the old Comanche Nation to a modern-day casino-owning tribe. Hoahwah relays their story with a distinctive narrative flair, honed syntax, wild imagery, and a splash of lyricism.

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9780826362292
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Viaje/Voyage

$20.00
"This book is based on Andrei Tarkovsky's 1979 film Stalker." -- page [9].
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9788412224313
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Vinegar Hill: Poems

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From the New York Times best-selling author of Brooklyn, Colm Tóibín's first collection of poetry explores sexuality, religion, and belonging through a modern lens.

Fans of Colm Tóibín's novels, including The Magician, The Master, and Nora Webster, will relish the opportunity to re-encounter Tóibín in verse. Vinegar Hill explores the liminal space between private experiences and public events as Tóibín examines a wide range of subjects--politics, queer love, reflections on literary and artistic greats, living through COVID, and facing mortality. The poems reflect a life well-traveled and well-lived; from growing up in the town of Enniscorthy, wandering the streets of Dublin, and crossing the bridges of Venice to visiting the White House, readers will travel through familiar locations and new destinations through Tóibín's unique lens.

Within this rich collection of poems written over the course of several decades, shot through with keen observation, emotion, and humor, Tóibín offers us lines and verses to provoke, ponder, and cherish.

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9780807006535
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Violet Hours

$13.00
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54112775
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Voces de la Resistencia / Voices of Resistance

$27.00
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9788412409987
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Walkman

$20.00
A new collection from an audacious, humorous poet celebrated for his sky-blue originality of utterance (Dwight Garner, The New York Times)

Michael Robbins's first two books of poetry were raucous protests lodged from the frontage roads and big-box stores of off-ramp America. With Walkman, he turns a corner. These new poems confront self-pity and nostalgia in witty-miserable defiance of our political and ecological moment. It's the end of the world, and Robbins has listened to all the tapes in his backpack. So he's making music from whatever junk he finds lying around.

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9780143134909
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Waste Land and Other Poems

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A Vintage Classics edition of T. S. Eliot's most groundbreaking poems

This is the way the world ends, not with a bang, but a whimper. Those famous concluding lines of T. S. Eliot's The Hollow Men have resonated with readers for nearly a century. As with April is the cruelest month, from The Waste Land and Do I dare disturb the universe?, from The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, Eliot's words have permanently entered our cultural bloodstream. Through the poems in this volume, representing his first four published collections, Eliot reshaped modern literature with a daring and overpowering vision of a decaying civilization and the urgent need for spiritual renewal.

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Water Puppets

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Winner of the 2010 Donald Hall Prize in Poetry

In her third poetry collection, Quan Barry explores the universal image of war as evidenced in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as Vietnam, the country of her birth. In the long poem "meditations" Barry examines her own guilt in initially supporting the invasion of Iraq. Throughout the manuscript she investigates war and its aftermath by negotiating between geographically disparate landscapes--from the genocide in the Congo--to a series of pros poem "snapshots" of modern day Vietnam. Despite the gravity of war, Barry also turns her signature lyricism to other topics such as the beauty of Peru or the paintings of Ana Fernandez.

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9780822961604
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Whispers

$11.95

Blair Mathews has written three books of poetry: "Remembering" with illustrations by Truman Lowe, "Seasoned" (with poet Donna Carnes), illustrated by Laura Bouffiou Jacobson, Steve Landfried, and Kent Mathews, and "Whipsers" with Zen Ink illustrations by calligrapher Kimmy Tran. Mathews revels in finding connections and oppositions in the natural world. A teacher of tai chi chuan, Blair is fascinated by the concepts of yin and yang: the interdependence of seemingly opposite forces.

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9780996445481
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Wild Imperfections: A Womanist Anthology of Poems

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Featuring the work of Black women poets from Botswana to Brazil, in this collection, we encounter ancestors who made love, just for the sake of love, and women who die with each orgasm while attempting to mark the extent of their own humanities.

This is for the nuns, the singers, the clowns, the diviners and the conjurers who reject the constant attempt to clean up history. The wildly imperfect women of slick braids, shiny skin and succulent lips, building new homes from clouds for future legions.

Here congregate the women, womxn and womyn who do not believe in tough love that disguises hurt just to prove a point. They dance with the dead with exquisite feet, cheekbones high, reflecting their mothers' smiles.

Because no one claps for martyrs, these dirty/pretty women learn to walk cities like they own them, choosing the battles of their hearts.

If this collection teaches anything, it is that love is always messy, that our sacrament requires wet wipes and that we are just flesh and bone honing practice.

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9781913175252
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Witness

$10.00
A collection of uniquely-voiced poems by an experienced performance poet, ranging from the poignant and lyrical to the mysterious. Created to stay with you for life.
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9781508448341
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Words for War: New Poems from Ukraine

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The armed conflict in the east of Ukraine brought about an emergence of a distinctive trend in contemporary Ukrainian poetry: the poetry of war. Directly and indirectly, the poems collected in this volume engage with the events and experiences of war, reflecting on the themes of alienation, loss, dislocation, and disability; as well as justice, heroism, courage, resilience, generosity, and forgiveness. In addressing these themes, the poems also raise questions about art, politics, citizenship, and moral responsibility. The anthology brings together some of the most compelling poetic voices from different regions of Ukraine. Young and old, female and male, somber and ironic, tragic and playful, filled with extraordinary terror and ordinary human delights, the voices recreate the human sounds of war in its tragic complexity.
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9781618118615
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Yaya's Cloth

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Like a Mona Lisa smile, the lives of preceding generations are only partially revealed to us, tantalizing in their slim facts and shadowy contours. In Yaya's Cloth, Andrea Potos searches and deepens the narrative of her Greek heritage as embodied by her beloved grandparents, Yaya and Papouli. Fleshing out fragments of family chronicles, Potos unfolds classic elements of drama- sacrifice, tragedy, endurance, renewal, all rendered somewhat exotic by the interplay of Greek culture. The story is the richer for being sifted through the heightened impressions of Potos' girlhood, when Greek names for favorite foods and unknown faces in family photographs enticed her to delve deeper and deeper into a world she could only half know, even as it wholly engaged her. Yaya in particular anchors these poems, emerging as a compelling figure of almost archetypal stature. "I speak it-grand mother-as if recalling an empress or Demeter herself." "She glows like a pilot light beneath the days."
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9780916078669
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You Took the Last Bus Home: The Poems of Brian Bilston

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You Took the Last Bus Home is the first and long-awaited collection of ingeniously hilarious and surprisingly touching poems from Brian Bilston, the UK's mysterious "Poet Laureate of Twitter." With endless wit, imaginative wordplay, and underlying heartache, he offers profound insights into modern life. There is love and death, the inestimable value of a mobile phone charger, the unbearable torment of forgetting to take the rubbish out, and the improbable nuances of the English language. Constantly experimenting with literary form, Bilston's words have been known to float off the page, take the shape of the subjects they explore, and reflect our contemporary world in the form of Excel spreadsheets, Venn diagrams, and Scrabble tiles. This irresistibly charming collection of his best-loved poems will make you laugh out loud while making you question the very essence of the human condition in the twenty-first century.
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