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1 - Then the War: and Selected Poems, 2007-2020

Carl Phillips - Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A new collection of poems from one of America's most essential, celebrated, and enduring poets, Carl Phillips's Then the WarI'm a song, changing. I'm a light rain falling through a vast darkness toward a different darkness. Carl Phillips has aptly described his work as an "ongoing...
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2 - frank: sonnets

Diane Seuss - Graywolf Press

"The sonnet, like poverty, teaches you what you can do / without," Diane Seuss writes in this brilliant, candid work, her most personal collection to date. These poems tell the story of a life at risk of spilling over the edge of the page, from Seuss's working-class childhood...
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3 - Postcolonial Love Poem: Poems

Diaz, Natalie - GRAY WOLF PR

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4 - The Tradition

Jericho Brown - Copper Canyon Press

Jericho Brown's daring new book The Tradition details the normalization of evil and its history at the intersection of the past and the personal. Brown's poetic concerns are both broad and intimate, and at their very core a distillation of the incredibly human: What is safety? Who is this...
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5 - Be With

Forrest Gander - New Directions

Forrest Gander's first book of poems since his Pulitzer finalist Core Samples from the World: a startling look through loss, grief, and regret into the exquisite nature of intimacy Drawing from his experience as a translator, Forrest Gander includes in the first, powerfully elegiac...
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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 - Olio

Tyehimba Jess - Wave Books

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8 - Ozone Journal

Peter Balakian - The University of Chicago Press

from "Ozone Journal" Bach's cantata in B-flat minor in the cassette, we lounged under the greenhouse-sky, the UVBs hacking at the acids and oxides and then I could hear the difference between an oboe and a bassoon at the river's edge under cover - trees breathed in our respiration;...
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9 - Digest

Gregory Pardlo - Four Way; First Edition /First Printing edition

Rich in intertextuality, 'Digest' improvises form and contemplates the canon while pushing us to question the identities we create.
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10 - 3 Sections: Poems

Vijay Seshadri - Graywolf Press; 1ST edition

* Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry *The long-awaited third poetry book by Vijay Seshadri, “one of the most respected poets working in America today” (Time Out New York)Vijay Seshadri’s new poetry is assured and expert, his line as canny as ever. In an array...
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11 - Stag's Leap: Poems

Sharon Olds - Alfred A. Knopf

In this wise and intimate new book, Sharon Olds tells the story of a divorce, embracing strands of love, sex, sorrow, memory, and new freedom. As she carries us through the seasons when her marriage was ending, Olds opens her heart to the reader, sharing the feeling of invisibility that...
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12 - Life on Mars: Poems

Tracy K. Smith - Graywolf Press

Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize. * Poet Laureate of the United States ** A New York Times Notable Book of 2011 and New York Times Book Review Editors Choice ** A New Yorker, Library Journal and Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year *. New poetry by the award-winning poet Tracy K. Smith,...
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13 - The Best of It: New and Selected Poems

Kay Ryan - Grove Press

Kay Ryan, named the Pulitzer Prize Winner for Poetry 2010, is just the latest in an amazing array of accolades for this wonderfully accessible, widely loved poet. She was appointed the Library of Congress's sixteenth poet laureate from 2008 to 2010. Salon has compared her poems to "Faberg...
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14 - Versed

Rae Armantrout - Wesleyan

Rae Armantrout has always organized her collections of poetry as though they were works in themselves. Versed brings two of these sequences together, offering readers an expanded view of the arc of her writing. The poems in the first section, Versed, play with vice and versa, the perversity...
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15 - The Shadow of Sirius

W.S. Merwin - Copper Canyon Press

Winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for PoetryFeatured on NPR's "Fresh Air" and "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" on PBS.Honored as one of the "Best Books of the Year" from Publishers Weekly."In his personal anonymity, his strict individuated manner, his defense...
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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 - Failure

Philip Schultz - Harcourt; 1 edition

A driven immigrant father, an old poet, Isaac Babel in the author’s dreams—Philip Schultz gives voice to failures in poems that are direct and wry. He evokes other lives, too—family, beaches, dogs, the pleasures of marriage, New York City in the 1970s, "when nobody...
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18 - Native Guard: Poems

Natasha Trethewey - Houghton Mifflin Company; 1st edition

Growing up in the Deep South, Natasha Trethewey was never told that in her hometown of Gulfport, Mississippi, black soldiers had played a pivotal role in the Civil War. Off the coast, on Ship Island, stood a fort that had once been a Union prison housing Confederate captives. Protecting...
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19 - Late Wife: Poems (Southern Messenger Poets)

Claudia Emerson - Louisiana State University Press

Winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. In Late Wife, a woman explores her disappearance from one life and reappearance in another as she addresses her former husband, herself, and her new husband in a series of epistolary poems. Though not satisfied in her first marriage,...
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20 - Delights & Shadows

Ted Kooser - Copper Canyon Press; 1st edition

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in PoetryTed Kooser, who served as United States Poet Laureate , is a poet who works toward clarity and accessibility, so that each distinctive poem appears to be as fresh and bright and spontaneous as a good watercolor painting. He is a haiku-like imagist who imbues...
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21 - Walking to Marthas Vineyard: Poems

Franz Wright - Knopf

In this radiant new collection, Franz Wright shares his regard for life in all its forms and his belief in the promise of blessing and renewal. As he watches the "Resurrection of the little apple tree outside / my window," he shakes off his fear of mortality, concluding "what...
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22 - Moy Sand and Gravel: Poems

Paul Muldoon - Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Paul Muldoon's ninth collection of poems, his first since Hay (1998) , finds him working a rich vein that extends from the rivery, apple-heavy County Armagh of the 1950s, in which he was brought up, to suburban New Jersey, on the banks of a canal dug by Irish navvies, where he now lives....
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23 - Practical Gods

Carl Dennis - Penguin Poets

Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.Practical Gods is the eighth collection by Carl Dennis, a critically acclaimed poet and recent winner of one of the most prestigious poetry awards, the Ruth Lilly Prize. Carl Dennis has won acclaim for "wise, original, and often deeply moving"...
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