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  Cover Art: Money Shot Armantrout, Rae
Money Shot
The poems in Money Shot are forensic. Just as the money shot in porn is proof of the male orgasm, these poems explore questions of revelation and concealment. What is seen, what is hidden, and how do we know? "Money Shot's investigation of these questions takes on a particular urgency because it occurs in the context of the suddenly revealed market manipulation and subsequent "great recession" of 2008-2009.
2011
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Talking into the Ear of a Donkey Bly, Robert
Talking into the Ear of a Donkey
With poems ranging from the ghazal form to free verse, Talking into the Ear of a Donkey is Robert Bly's richest and most varied collection. In the title poem, Bly addresses the "donkey"-possibly poetry itself-that has carried him through a writing life of more than six decades.
2011
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Poems and Songs Cohen, Leonard
Poems and Songs
A magnificent selection of song lyrics and poems from across the storied career of one of the most daring and affecting poet-songwriters in the world. In the more than half century since his first book of poems was published, Leonard Cohen has evolved into an international cult figure who transcends genres and generations.
2011
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Horoscopes for the Dead Collins, Billy
Horoscopes for the Dead
Billy Collins is widely acknowledged as a prominent player at the table of modern American poetry. And in this new collection, "Horoscopes for the Dead," the verbal gifts that earned him the title of America's most popular poet are on full display.
2011
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Dreaming Man Face Down Conway, Mark
Dreaming Man Face Down
Mark Conway is offering us a long letter to the dead, an appeal for aconnection beyond the grave (“The Romans had a way / to talk to the dead:bring them / a bowl of blood . . .”). In poem after remarkable poem, Conway—at once sublime and profane—conjures, resurrects, cajoles, addresses,pleads with, and finally accepts, a lost (or imagined?) brother; heaven isinvoked, redemption sought and rejected. We are all lost, these poems remind us ...
2010
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Find the Girl Darst, Lightsey
Find the Girl
" Find the Girl is a book of poems as urgent as its title. . . . Here we have an important new poetic voice, one that fully earns Louis Zukofsky's observation that, in poetry, 'The story must exist in each word or it cannot go on.' - Laura Kasischke, author of The Life Before Her Eyes From Snow White to the Yde Girl and Helen of Troy to JonBenet, this lurid and lyrical debut explores the transition from girlhood to womanhood and America's almost pornographic fascination with missing and exploited children.
2010
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Paragon Park Doty, Mark
Paragon Park
Doty's poetry has appeared in Poetry, Ironwood, The Yale Review, Ploughshares, Crazyhorse and other magazines. He has held fellowships from the Vermont Council on the Arts, the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
2011
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Sonata Mulattica Dove, Rita
Sonata Mulattica
This lyric narrative by Pulitzer Prize-winning former United States poet laureate, Rita Dove, was inspired by the life of a nineteenth-century virtuoso violinist. These poems trace the early years of George Polgreen Bridgetower who was the son of a white woman and an "African prince," his acclaimed performances in Vienna, and his break with Beethoven after a dispute over a woman.
2009
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Head Off & Split Finney, Nikky
Head Off & Split
The poems in Nikky Finney's breathtaking new collection Head Off & Split sustain a sensitive and intense dialogue with emblematic figures and events in African American life: from civil rights matriarch Rosa Parks to former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, from a brazen girl strung out on lightning to a terrified woman abandoned on a rooftop during Hurricane Katrina. Finney s poetic voice is defined by an intimacy that holds a soft yet exacting eye on the erotic, on uncanny political and family events, like her mother s wedding waltz with South Carolina senator Strom Thurmond, and then again on the heartbreaking hilarity of an American president s final State of the Union address. Winner of the 2011 National Book Award for poetry.
2011
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: It Becomes You Gibson, Dobby
It Becomes You
The poems in Dobby Gibson's It Becomes You explore the divergent conditions by which we're perpetually defined - the daily weather, the fluctuations of the Dow, the growth of a cancer cell, the politics of the day. What surrounds us becomes us, Gibson suggests, in a book that will ultimately become you.
2013
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Collected Poems Gilbert, Jack,
Collected Poems
Gathered in this volume readers will find more than fifty years of poems by the incomparable Jack Gilbert, from his Yale Younger Poets prize-winning volume to glorious late poems, including a section of previously uncollected work. There is no one quite like Jack Gilbert in postwar American poetry.
2012
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Poems 1962-2012 Glu¨ck, Louise, 1943-
Poems 1962-2012
The collected works of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award-winning writer explores her transfigured landscapes and offers insight into her unique form created to reflect the human drive to release the past in order to realize the yet-unimagined.
2012
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Cool Auditor : Poems Gonza´lez, Ray
Cool Auditor : Poems
Fusing the real with the surreal and the natural world with human relationships, Ray Gonzalez creates his own brand of magical realism. Gonzalez also brings pop humor in such poems as 'The Guitars,' which uses the word 'guitar' in almost every sentence to talk about the true (and not so true) lives of rock stars. David Lazar notes, 'Ray Gonzalez may be our most essential prose poet.'
2009
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Apple Trees at Olema Hass, Robert
The Apple Trees at Olema
This book includes work from the author's first five books -- Field Guide, Praise, Human Wishes, Sun Under Wood, and Time and Materials--as well as a substantial gathering of new poems, including a suite of elegies, a series of poems in the form of notebook musings on the nature of storytelling, a suite of summer lyrics, and two experiments in pure narrative that meditate on personal relations in a violent world and read like small, luminous novellas.--From publisher description.
2010
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Chain Letter of the Soul Holm, Bill
The Chain Letter of the Soul
Throughout his life and in his writing, Bill Holm was a humanist whose obsessions included mortality and eternity. He paid special attention to the notion of cycles, patterns, movements, and processes, and many of his most moving poems are dedicated to the friends and family he helped through the last stages of their lives. Collecting the best and most recent poems from Holm's oeuvre, The Chain Letter of the Soul paints a portrait of a man of great heart, broad vision, and startling prescience.
2009
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Willow Room, Green Door Keenan, Deborah
Willow Room, Green Door
In this Minnesota Book Award winning collection, Deborah Keenan sifts through inanimate objects and forgotten memories in search of personal validation. Her journal-like confessions create an instant bond with the reader, yet these seemingly simple poems daringly redefine common language. Keenan skillfully twists words to suit her ends, creating a colorful, dream-like world filled with lions, paintings, wars, and mummies.
2007
Adult Nonfiction Book 811.54 K25
  Cover Art: Valentines Kooser, Ted
Valentines
For Valentine's Day 1986, Pulitzer Prize winner,Ted Kooser wrote "Pocket Poem" and sent the tender, thoughtful composition to fifty women friends, starting an annual tradition that would persist for the next twenty-one years. Printed on postcards, the poems were mailed to a list of recipients that eventually grew to more than 2,500 women all over the United States
2008
Adult Nonfiction Book 811.54 K8395
  Cover Art: The Wild Braid : a Poet Reflects On a Century in the Garden Kunitz, Stanley
The Wild Braid : a Poet Reflects On a Century in the Garden
Throughout his life (1905-2006) Stanley Kunitz created poetry and tended gardens. This book is the distillation of conversations, none previously published, that took place between 2002 and 2004. Beginning with the garden, that "work of the imagination," the explorations journey through personal recollections, the creative process, and the harmony of the life cycle. A bouquet of poems and a total of 26 full-color photographs accompany the various sections. The Wild Braid received a 2006 American Horticultural Society Book Award.
2005
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Whorled Lee, Ed-Bok
Whorled
What does it mean to be a Global Citizen in an era of constant war, rampant industrialization, and ever-advancing technology? Lee's ever-wandering cultural and spiritual nomads struggle to make sense of what it means to be a citizen of an increasingly homeless world. In a world where "all love is immigrant," Whorled confronts and celebrates the many complications of global politics through meditations on war, migration, and culture.
2011
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Behind My Eyes Lee, Li-Young
Behind My Eyes
Li-Young Lee walks in the footsteps of Stanley Kunitz and Billy Collins as one of the United States’s most beloved poets. Straightforward language and simple narratives become gateways to the most powerful formulations of beauty, wisdom, and divine love.
2008
Adult Nonfiction Book 811.6 L514
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