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1 - Punks: New & Selected Poems (Song Cave)

John Keene - The Song Cave

A landmark collection of poetry by acclaimed fiction writer, translator, and MacArthur Fellow John Keene, PUNKS: NEW & SELECTED POEMS is a generous treasury in seven sections that spans decades and includes previously unpublished and brand new work. With depth and breadth, PUNKS weaves...
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2 - Floaters: Poems

Martín Espada

From the winner of the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize come masterfully crafted narratives of protest, grief and love.Martn Espada is a poet who "stirs in us an undeniable social consciousness," says Richard Blanco. Floaters offers exuberant odes and defiant elegies, songs of protest...
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3 - DMZ Colony

Don Mee Choi

Woven from poems, prose, photographs, and drawings, Don Mee Choi's DMZ Colony is a tour de force of personal and political reckoning set over eight acts. Evincing the power of translation as a poetic device to navigate historical and linguistic borders, it explores Edward Said's...
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4 - Sight Lines

Arthur Sze - Copper Canyon Press

Winner of the 2019 National Book Award "The sight lines in Szes 10th collection are just that -- imagistic lines strung together by jump-cuts, creating a filmic collage that itself seems to be a portrait of simultaneity." -- The New York Times From the current phenomenon of drawing...
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5 - Indecency

Justin Phillip Reed - Coffee House Press

Winner of the 2018 National Book Award in PoetryIndecency is boldly and carefully executed and perfectly ragged. In these poems, Justin Phillip Reed experiments with language to explore inequity and injustice and to critique and lament the culture of white supremacy and the dominant social...
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6 - Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016

Frank Bidart - Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The collected works of one of contemporary poetry's most original voicesGathered together, the poems of Frank Bidart perform one of the most remarkable transmutations of the body into language in contemporary literature. His pages represent the human voice in all its extreme registers,...
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7 - The Performance of Becoming Human

Daniel Borzutzky - Brooklyn Arts Press

Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. Following in the path of his acclaimed collections THE BOOK OF INTERFERING BODIES (Nightboat, 2011) and IN THE MURMURS OF THE ROTTEN CARCASS ECONOMY (Nightboat, 2015) , Daniel Borzutzky returns to confront the various ways nation-states and their bureaucracies...
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8 - Voyage of the Sable Venus: and Other Poems

Robin Coste Lewis - Knopf Publishing Group

A stunning poetry debut: this meditation on the black female figure throughout time introduces us to a brave and penetrating new voice. Robin Coste Lewis's electrifying collection is a triptych that begins and ends with lyric poems considering the roles desire and race play in the construction...
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9 - Faithful and Virtuous Night: Poems

Louise Glück - Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 1St Edition edition

Winner of the 2014 National Book Award for PoetryA luminous, seductive new collection from the "fearless" (The New York Times) Pulitzer Prize-winning poetLouise Glück is one of the finest American poets at work today. Her Poems 1962-2012 was hailed as "a major event...
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10 - Incarnadine: Poems

Mary Szybist - Graywolf Press; First Edition edition

Winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Poetry An NPR, Slate, Oregonian, Kansas City Star, Willamette Week, and Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year Amazons Best Book of the Year in Poetry 2013 In Incarnadine, Mary Szybist restlessly seeks out places where meaning might take on new color....
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11 - Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations (Phoenix Poets)

David Ferry - The University of Chicago Press

Winner of the 2012 National Book Award for Poetry. To read David Ferry s "Bewilderment" is to be reminded that poetry of the highest order can be made by the subtlest of means. The passionate nature and originality of Ferry s prosodic daring works astonishing transformations that...
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12 - Head Off & Split: Poems

Nikky Finney - TriQuarterly

. Winner, 2011 National Book Award for Poetry Winner, 2012 GCLS Award for Poetry Winner, 2012 SIBA Book Award for Poetry Nominee, 2012 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry. The poems in Nikky Finneys breathtaking new collection Head Off & Split sustain a sensitive and intense...
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13 - Lighthead

Terrance Hayes - Penguin Books

Winner of the 2010 National Book Award for PoetryIn his fourth collection, Terrance Hayes investigates how we construct experience. With one foot firmly grounded in the everyday and the other hovering in the air, his poems braid dream and reality into a poetry that is both dark and buoyant....
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14 - Transcendental Studies: A Trilogy

Keith Waldrop - University of California Press

This compelling selection of recent work by internationally celebrated poet Keith Waldrop presents three related poem sequences—"Shipwreck in Haven," "Falling in Love through a Description," and "The Plummet of Vitruvius"—in a virtuosic poetic triptych....
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15 - Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems

Mark Doty - Harper

Mark Doty's Fire to Fire collects the best of Mark Doty's seven books of poetry, along with a generous selection of new work. Doty's subjects - our mortal situation, the evanescent beauty of the world, desire's transformative power, and art's ability to give shape to human...
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16 - Time and Materials: Poems 1997-2005

Robert Hass - Ecco

The poems in Robert Hass's new collection—his first to appear in a decade—are grounded in the beauty and energy of the physical world, and in the bafflement of the present moment in American culture. This work is breathtakingly immediate, stylistically varied, redemptive,...
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17 - Splay Anthem

Nathaniel Ernest Mackey - New directions

In a stunning new collection of poems of transport and transcendence, African-American poet Nathaniel Mackey's "asthmatic song of aspiration" scuttles across cultures and histories - from America to Andaluca, from Ethiopia to Vienna - in a sexy, beautiful adaptive dance.Part...
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18 - Migration: New and Selected Poems

W.S. Merwin - Copper Canyon Press; 1st edition

The definitive volume from “one of America’s greatest living poets.”—The Washington Post Book WorldA powerful case can be made for declaring W.S. Merwin the most influential American poet of the last half-century. Migration: New & Selected Poems is that case.As an undergraduate...
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19 - Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems, 1965-2003 (Wesleyan Poetry Series)

Jean Valentine - Wesleyan

Since the 1965 publication of her first book, Dream Barker, selected for the Yale Younger Poets Award, Jean Valentine has published eight collections of poetry to critical acclaim. Spare and intensely-felt, Valentine's poems present experience as only imperfectly graspable. This volume...
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20 - The Singing: Poems

Charles Kenneth Williams - Farrar, Straus and Giroux

New work from the Pulitzer-Prize winning author of Repair. . . Reality has put itself so solidly before methere's little need for mystery . . . Except for us, for how we take the worldto us, and make it more, more than we are, more even than itself.--from "The World"In his first...
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21 - In the Next Galaxy

Ruth Stone - Copper Canyon Press

Ruth Stone has rightly been called America's Akhmatova, and she is considered "Mother Poet" to many contemporary writers. In this, her eighth volume, she writes with crackling intelligence, interrogating history from the vantage point of an aging and impoverished woman. Wise,...
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22 - Poems Seven: New and Complete Poetry

Alan Dugan - Seven Stories Press

Poems Seven: New and Complete Poetry, the winner of the National Book Award, presents the life work of a giant of American letters, tracks a forty-year career of honest, tough artistry, and shows a man at nearly 80 years of age and still at the height of his poetic power. Dugan's new poems...
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23 - Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems 1988-2000

Lucille Clifton - BOA Editions

This long-awaited collection by one of the most distinguished poets writing today includes new poems written during the past four years as well as generous selections from Lucille Clifton's award-winning collections Next: New Poems, Quilting, The Book of Light and The Terrible Stories....
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