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Poetry
  Cover Art: The Singing Williams, C. K. (Charles Kenneth), 1936-
The Singing
2003
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Transcendental Studies : a Trilogy Waldrop, Keith.
Transcendental Studies : a Trilogy
Shipwreck in Haven -- Falling in love through a description -- The plummet of vitruvius -- Epilogue : stone angels.
2009
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Door in the Mountain : New and Collected Poems 1965-2003 Valentine, Jean.
Door in the Mountain : New and Collected Poems 1965-2003
2004
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Incarnadine : Poems Szybist, Mary, 1970-
Incarnadine : Poems
2013
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: In the Next Galaxy Stone, Ruth.
In the Next Galaxy
2002
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Migration : New & Selected Poems Merwin, W. S. (William Stanley), 1927-
Migration : New & Selected Poems
A mask for Janus (1952) -- The dancing bears (1954) -- Green with beasts (1956) -- The drunk in the furnace (1960) -- The moving target (1963) -- The lice (1967) -- The carrier of ladders (1970) -- Writings to an unfinished accompaniment (1973) -- The compass flower (1977) -- Opening the hand (1983) -- The rain in the trees (1988) -- Travels (1993) -- The vixen (1996) -- The river sound (1999) -- The pupil (2001) -- New poems (2004).
2005
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Splay Anthem Mackey, Nathaniel, 1947-
Splay Anthem
Braid -- Fray -- Nub.
2006
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Lighthead Hayes, Terrance.
Lighthead
"Terrance Hayes's fourth collection portrays the light-headedness of a mind trying to pull against gravity and time."--P. [4] of cover.
2010
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Time and Materials : Poems 1997-2005 Hass, Robert.
Time and Materials : Poems 1997-2005
2007
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Head Off & Split : Poems Finney, Nikky.
Head Off & Split : Poems
Resurrection of the errand girl: an introduction -- The hard-headed: Red velvet -- Left -- My time up with you -- Plunder -- The Condoleezza suite: Concerto no. 5: Condoleezza & intransigence -- Concerto no. 7: Condoleezza (working out) at the Watergate -- Concerto no. 11: Condoleezza and the Chickering -- Concerto no. 12: Condoleezza visits NYC (during hurricane season) -- The head-over-heels: Thunderbolt of Jove -- The aureole -- Shaker: Wilma Rudolph appears while riding the Althea Gibson Highway home -- Cattails -- Heirloom -- Orangerie -- The clitoris -- Brown girl levitation, 1962-1989 -- The head-waters: Dancing with Strom -- Segregation, forever -- Negroes with guns -- Hash marks -- Men who give milk I -- Alice Butler -- Penguin, mullet, bread -- Liberty Street seafood -- Head off & split -- Instruction, final: to brown poets from black girl with silver Leica.
2011
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Bewilderment : New Poems and Translations Ferry, David, 1924-
Bewilderment : New Poems and Translations
"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 take your breath away. In poem after poem, his diction modulates beautifully between plainspoken high eloquence and colloquial vigor, making his distinctive speech one of the most interesting and ravishing achievements of the past half century. Ferry has fully realized both the potential for vocal expressiveness in his phrasing and the way his phrasing plays against--and with--his genius for metrical variation. His vocal phrasing thus becomes an amazingly flexible instrument of psychological and spiritual inquiry. Most poets write inside a very narrow range of experience and feeling, whether in free or metered verse. But Ferry's use of meter tends to enhance the colloquial nature of his writing, while giving him access to an immense variety of feeling. Sometimes that feeling is so powerful it's like witnessing a volcanologist taking measurements in the midst of an eruption. Ferry's translations, meanwhile, are amazingly acclimated English poems. Once his voice takes hold of them they are as bred in the bone as all his other work. And the translations in this book are vitally related to the original poems around them"--Provided by publisher.
2012
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Poems Seven : New and Complete Poetry Dugan, Alan.
Poems Seven : New and Complete Poetry
2001
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Fire to Fire : New and Selected Poems Doty, Mark.
Fire to Fire : New and Selected Poems
New poems: Theories and apparitions -- From the Turtle, swan (1987) -- From Bethlehem in broad daylight (1991) -- From My Alexandria (1993) -- From altantis (1995) -- From Sweet machine (1995) -- From Source (2001) -- From School of the arts (2005).
2008
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Blessing the Boats : New and Selected Poems 1988-2000 Clifton, Lucille, 1936-2010
Blessing the Boats : New and Selected Poems 1988-2000
new poems (2000) -- from next (1988) -- from quilting (1991) -- from the book of light (1993) -- from The Terrible Stories (1996).
2000
Adult Nonfiction Book
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