Poetry

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In his 1980 Nobel Lecture, Polish poet Czeslaw Milosz said that the poet’s true vocation is to contemplate Being.

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The cover of Goat Songs is a goat, a giant goat staring at you with hypnotic eyes and a bulbous nose. It immediately evokes memories of the film the Men Who Stare at Goats.

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Naomi Shihab Nye’s new collection of poetry offers inspiration and solace.

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As one cannot truly categorize poet Clyde Sanborn (1948-1996), neither can one neatly classify this text about his life and writing.

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“an exciting collection . . .”

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At first glance, the author and the subject of this book seem mismatched. Singer, songwriter, bard, and Nobel Prize winner, Bob Dylan, is the subject.

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“Each poem is an invitation to join the songs still playing in his head where reflection, nostalgia, and love are bound.”

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“Thousands is an experimental confession that discards pedestrian forms to challenge the reader with unique, creative points of view to discover the writer within.

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“Lynn Powell transforms experience and language itself into a revelation . . .”

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“Never mind that his art is almost always sexually themed, frequently violent, and often flawed. It is nonetheless art.”

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“Images coagulate and dissolve in a kaleidoscope of language.”

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“we readers can be thankful for these beautiful poems of pain and healing by a writer who shares his life with great care . . .”

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In the afterword of Benjamin Alire Sáenz’s new collection of poems The Last Cigarette on Earth the poet intimates “I wrote these poems not so much out of a need to create but out of a need

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“Sealey’s passions radiate and radiate through these poems.”

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“one of the most astounding poets of our age. . . . This kind of illumination . . . is what the work of poetry is truly about.”

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“unforgettable . . .”

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“These poems breathe an uneasy luminescence into the language of poetry.”

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The poems in Ange Mlinko’s Distant Mandate take us through varying landscapes, weather, cultures; a child’s haircut, stage performances, museum exhibits, walks, drives and throughout, the

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In his collection of poems, In Memory of an Angel, poet David Shapiro is something like a tour guide.

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Contemporary Greece stands at the precipice as it recovers from the 2008 currency crisis. The Syrian Civil War has placed Greece as an entry point into Europe.

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Wallace Stevens Award, and many other honors, Charles Simic was chosen poet laureate of the United States in 2007.

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Though it could ring echoes of “These Are My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music, author Jill Bialosky is too personal and wise to waste our time or her intention.

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Somewhere after every NFL Super Bowl one will find many die-hard fans weeping for the team that lost, so it is with presidential elections.

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Angela Jackson’s biography A Surprised Queenhood in the New Black Sun: The Life and Legacy of Gwendolyn Brooks comes on the eve of the 100th anniversary of Brooks’ birth.

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“These poems represent Jorie Graham at her unfettered best.”

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