This last book by poet, playwright, fiction writer, musician, David Budbill has all the deserved resonance of one’s "last words." One senses here the author’s deep awareness of aging and death, as
“a potent cocktail of political anger and radical formal experimentation.”
If anyone would question why musician Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016, the answer is easily found by cracking the covers of The Lyrics: 1961–2012.
Few poets have been as honored as W. S. Merwin, author of 20 books of poetry and translation, twice U.S.
“Andrew Motion’s imagination takes him and readers on a journey to many places and times, but always with a sense of the inner self.”
“Scriptorium is a rare and beautiful collection of poetry.”
“If you buy only one book of poetry this year, let this be the one.“
Last books by any writer are always a mixed blessing.
“This stunning final collection is one more reminder that Philip Levine is irreplaceable.”
“If you’ve enjoyed McClure’s writings in the past, this volume ought to recapture your poetic heart and rekindle your imagination.”
Here is a book almost as rare as its author, Emily Dickinson (1830–1886).
“poems of longing, of grieving and wanting, poems of a recovered past and its once lost values. . . . an abundant volume to read.”
Ezra Loomis Pound cemented his literary career as one of the chief architects of Modernism. He edited T. S.
Dick Allen, former poet laureate of Connecticut and the author of eight books of poetry in a wide range of forms, gives us a quietly stunning collection of poems here in a tradition of American Zen
For many years W. W. Norton employed one of the best poetry editors in the country. Carol Houck Smith who died in 2008 worked at Norton for sixty years.
“his work is fresh but finished, intuitive as well as sophisticated, hallmarks of a mature poetic sensibility.”
“Waldman has always been a writer of the ‘outriders,’ the visionary rebels who make art new and engaged.”
“This is a volume rich with the wisdom of one of our finest poets, a book laced with darkness and saturated with light.”
Megan Grumbling won the 2015 Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry for her book about Bernard A. Booker, the unofficial mayor of Ell Pond in rural Maine.
“McGrath’s book is filled with quixotic twists and turns within the framework of the 20th century . . .”
Kevin Young has a new collection called Blue Laws, culled from 10 ten previously published books of poetry, with new “bonus tracks” as he calls them.
"poems that are truly memorable, full of sorrow yet open to redemption and beauty."
“We go to Thoreau for Nature. We come to Davis for the whole essence of being alive.”
Chava Nissimov was born into wartime Poland in 1939.
There is a certain sense of streaming consciousness carrying the pages of Anna Moschovakis’ new collection of poetry They and We Will Get into Trouble for This.