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Poetry

Works and Days

Works and Days

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Part springtime journal ("why are there thorns?"), Works and Days meditates on the first wasps and chipmunks of the season, times' passage, grackle hearts, and dandelions, while also collecting dozens of poems considering the Catholic Church, Sir Thomas Browne, "Go Away" welcome mats, books, floods ("never of dollar money"), the invention of words, local politics, friendships, property development, dogs, and Hesiod. Every page delights. As the poet herself notes: "My name is Bernadette Mayer, sometimes / I am at the head of my class."
World Doesn't End

World Doesn't End

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In this collection, winner of the 1990 Pulitzer Prize, Charles Simic puns, pulls pranks. He can be jazzy and streetwise. Or cloak himself in antiquity. Simic has new eyes, and in these wonderful poems and poems-in-prose he lets the reader see through them.
World is Round

World is Round

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The World Is Round, Nikky Finney's third volume of poetry, collects the wisps of memory we carry with us throughout our earthly lives and weaves them into deft and nuanced poems that emphasize understanding the cycles of life. The settings offer a view into the kaleidoscope of human experience: the sweetness and shock of family life, the omnipresent wash of memory, and the ebullience of warm Southern air. The World Is Round carries with it an implicit challenge--to the author as a poet, and to the reader as a fellow human--to see the characters and details and events of our lives with clarity, fearlessness, and love. The result is poems that range the gamut of human reach and resilience, fury and frailty. The poet's vision of community requires understanding and tolerance from every breathing soul. Finney illuminates the cruelties of the sometimes gawking, narrow-minded world and makes a plea for compassion inspired by our common humanity.

World Is Round

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Poetry. African American Studies. Charged, visionary poems from Nikky Finney, published by InnerLight Publishing out of Atlanta, Georgia. "A poem, when it works, is a rolling realization of ideas and emotion that takes you somewhere you've never been. Nikky Finney does that for me. Every now and then, I find myself in a room with a stage and there she is, reading poems, pulling me out pf myself and bringing me home. THE WORLD IS ROUND opens all of my doors and windows and airs me out with a cold and truthful wind"--Walter Mosley. "It is 1963 and I am a Black girl / in the South. One thing is for certain: / I do not trust white men"-from "The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau.
World Less Perfect For Dying In

World Less Perfect For Dying In

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Poetry. In the opening poem of Ralph Pennel's debut collection, the speaker lists things he looks for in a poem: 'Clear blue light / A single voice, cold, in need of fire' and 'Everything I have ever buried, ' making a concise introduction to A WORLD LESS PERFECT FOR DYING IN--a world which is, after all, the imperfect but beautiful place where we live and die. 'But I believe that we all, at the very least, should have some. Beauty, that is.' That persistent belief in beauty and the simple kindnesses that one human being can offer another suffuses these poems--often filled with pain and loss--with something like light.--Joyce Sutphen, Poet Laureate of MN, author of Naming the Stars

'I'm writing all this down, ' Ralph Pennel says at the end of his frightening and beautiful poem 'Just Off The Hennepin Bridge': and he is writing it all down, a world haunted by both beauty and despair. Again and again Pennel returns to the theme that echoes throughout the book, 'the great immeasurable hole /that only love lost can make.' What a wonderful task to set yourself as a poet, to take the measure of the immeasurable as best you can and to call this impossible task--this ache you feel for the world--by its true name: love.--Jim Moore, author of Invisible Strings

Ralph Pennel's poems situate us front and center in the speaker's intimate company. In a few humble, trust-earning gestures, Pennel can take us great, often dark, distances. 'Confiding in the Prison Guard', written in the voice of John the Baptist on the eve of his execution, risks the one harrowing image after another in service to empathy far transcending them; the poem closes with a devastatingly vernacular plea. Whether he is slipping in and out of personae with the ease of a shape shifter, or serving his subjects as a caring spy, Ralph Pennel has reminded this reader that the single, irrefutable craft of poetry is graceful connection.--Frannie Lindsay, author of Our Vanishing
World That Belongs To Us An Anthology of Queer Poetry from South Asia

World That Belongs To Us An Anthology of Queer Poetry from South Asia

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'A bold and necessary correction to the subcontinent's poetry canon.' - Jeet Thayil This first-of-its-kind anthology brings together the best of contemporary queer poetry from South Asia, both from the subcontinent and its many diasporas.The anthology features well-known voices like Hoshang Merchant, Ruth Vanita, Suniti Namjoshi, Kazim Ali, Rajiv Mohabir as well as a host of new poets. The themes range from desire and loneliness, sexual intimacy and struggles, caste and language, activism both on the streets and in the homes, the role of family both given and chosen, and heartbreaks and heartjoins. Writing from Bangalore, Baroda, Benares, Boston, Chennai, Colombo, Dhaka, Delhi, Dublin, Karachi, Kathmandu, Lahore, London, New York City, and writing in languages including Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Urdu, Manipuri, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi, Tamil, and, of course, English, the result is an urgent, imaginative and beautiful testament to the diversity, politics, aesthetics and ethics of queer life in South Asia today.

World Tree

World Tree

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World Tree is in many respects, David Wojahn's most ambitious collection to date; especially notable is a 25-poem sequence of ekphrastic poems, "Ochre," which is accompanied by a haunting series of drawings and photographs of Neolithic Art and anonymous turn of the last century snapshots.


Wojahn continues to explore the themes and approaches which he is known for, among them the junctures between the personal and political, a giddy mixing of high and pop culture references, and a deep emotional engagement with whatever material he is writing about.

Winner of the 2012 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets

World Will Follow Joy

World Will Follow Joy

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A poetry collection of "playful and crooning lyricism" from the National Book Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color Purple (Booklist).

In this dazzling new collection, Alice Walker offers over sixty new poems to incite and nurture contemporary activists. Hailed as a "lavishly gifted writer," Walker imbues her poetry with evocative images, fresh language, anger, forgiveness, and profound wisdom (The New York Times).

Casting her eye toward history, politics, and nature, as well as to world figures such as Jimmy Carter, Gloria Steinem, and the Dalai Lama, she "distills struggles, crises, and tragedies down to bright, singing lessons in living with awareness and joy" (Booklist).

By attentively chronicling the conditions of human life today, Walker shows, as ever, her deep compassion, profound spirituality, and necessary political commitments. The poems in The World Will Follow Joy remind us of our human capacity to come together and take action, even in our troubled political times. "Her spirituality, concern for human rights, and almost old-fashioned, determined joyousness run deep and her devoted readers will want to follow her as she turns 'madness into flowers'" (Library Journal).

World's End

World's End

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"World's End, like much Neruda, contains bewildering multitudes. Some poems incite, others console, as the poet--maestro of his own response and impresario of ours--Looks inward and out.--Los Angeles Times

"We are faced with the unavoidable task of critical communication within a world which is empty and is not less full of injustices, punishments and sufferings because it is empty."--from Pablo Neruda's Nobel Prize address

This is the first complete English language translation of the late work by Neruda, the greatest of Latin American poets, translated by O'Daly, a specialist in Neruda's late and posthumous work....Highly recommended for poetry and Latin American collections.
--Library Journal

William O. Daly's translation of Pablo Neruda's book-length poem, Fin de mundo, is a veritable poet's companion and guide to the twentieth century. This is Pablo Neruda at his best and most honest....Neruda's poems are a quiet but potent celebration of the resilience of the human spirit.--Sacramento Book Review

In this book-length poem, completely translated for the first time into English and presented in a bilingual format, Nobel Laureate Pablo Neruda composes a "valediction to the Sixties" and confronts a grim disillusionment growing inside him. Terrifying, beautiful, vast, and energized, Neruda's work speaks of oppression and warfare, his own guilt, and the ubiquitous fear that came to haunt the century that promised to end all wars.

World's End also marks the final book in Copper Canyon's dynamic nine-book series of Neruda's late and posthumous work. These best-selling books have become perennial favorites of poetry readers, librarians, and teachers. Through this series, translator William O'Daly has been recognized as one of the world's most insightful caretakers of Neruda's poetry, and Publishers Weekly praised his efforts as "awe-inspiring."

My truest vocation
was to become a mill:
singing in the water, I studied
the motives of transparency
and learned from the abundant wheat
the identity that repeats itself.

Pablo Neruda is one of the world's beloved poets. He served as a Chilean diplomat and won the Nobel Prize in 1971.

William O'Daly has dedicated thirty years to translating the late and posthumous work of Pablo Neruda. He lives in California.

World's Favorite Love Poems

World's Favorite Love Poems

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In this charming anthology, Suheil Bushrui, renowned literature professor, presents an unusually varied collection of the world's favorite love poetry from around the globe and down through the ages.

The first compilation to have such wide international coverage, this unique volume contains nearly 200 works from some of the foremost writers in history, including Goethe, Shakespeare, Ibn Arabi, and Rumi, as well as poetry from the indigenous peoples of Africa, Australasia, and the Americas.

Beautifully packaged in hardback, this delightful collection of English and translated verse is perfect for any lover of poetry, and will make a unique gift for someone special.

Worldly Country

Worldly Country

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Thrill of a Romance

It's different when you have hiccups.
Everything is--so many glad hands competing
for your attention, a scarf, a puff of soot,
or just a blast of silence from a radio.
What is it? That's for you to learn
to your dismay when, at the end of a long queue
in the cafeteria, tray in hand, they tell you the gate closed down
after the Second World War. Syracuse was declared capital
of a nation in malaise, but the directorate
had other, hidden goals. To proclaim logic
a casualty of truth was one.

Everyone's solitude (and resulting promiscuity)
perfumed the byways of villages we had thought civilized.
I saw you waiting for a streetcar and pressed forward.
Alas, you were only a child in armor. Now when ribald toasts
sail round a table too fair laid out, why the consequences
are only dust, disease and old age. Pleasant memories
are just that. So I channel whatever
into my contingency, a vein of mercury
that keeps breaking out, higher up, more on time
every time. Dirndls spotted with obsolete flowers,
worn in the city again, promote open discussion.

Worlds Most Treasured Love Poems

Worlds Most Treasured Love Poems

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The only truly global collection of love poetry, bringing together the most stunning and inspiring poems from all around the world

This beautiful collection of love poems gathers together thousands of years of timeless verse from around the world.

From Shakespeare to Rossetti, traditional English classics sit alongside the works of Eastern writers such as Ibn 'Arabi and Rumi, as well as lesser known gems from the indigenous peoples of Africa, Australasia, and the Americas.

Exploring the many facets of love - desire, devotion, delirium, joy, and sorrow - this uniquely diverse volume offers us wisdom from across the ages and reminds us of the bonds we all share.

Worlds of You

Worlds of You

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Another gorgeous collection of poetry and prose from Australian poet and social media sensation Beau Taplin.

Beautiful, inspiring, and empowering, Worlds of You sweeps readers away on a journey of emotion. Filled with lyric wisdom, Taplin's second book expands on the themes introduced in Bloom--love, grief, and learning from them--offering new insight and comfort.

Worlds Wife

Worlds Wife

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Who? Him. The Husband. Hero. Hunk.
The Boy Next Door. The Paramour. The Je t'adore.

Behind every famous man is a great woman--and from the quick-tongued Mrs. Darwin to the lascivious Frau Freud, from the adoring Queen Kong to the long-suffering wife of the Devil himself, each one steps from her counterpart's shadow to tell her side of the story in this irresistible collection. Original, subversive, full of imagination and quicksilver wit, this is Carol Ann Duffy at her beguiling best.

Worth (Kuhl House Poets )

Worth (Kuhl House Poets )

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Robyn Schiff's poems enquire about making, buying, selling and stealing in the material world, the natural landscape and the human soul. Schiff moves from Cartier and Tiffany to the Shedd Aquarium, from Marie Antoinette to the Civil War and from Mary Pickford to Marilyn Monroe.
Wound from the Mouth of a Wound

Wound from the Mouth of a Wound

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A Bustle Best Book of 2020
A Refinery29 Best New Book of Fall 2020
An NBC Out Best LGTQ Book to Gift This Holiday Season
A Book Marks Most Anticipated Poetry Collection of Fall/Winter 2020
A Lambda Most Anticipated LGBTQ Book of December 2020
A Chicago Review of Books Must-Read Book of December 2020

A versatile missive written from the intersections of gender, disability, trauma, and survival.

"Some girls are not made," torrin a. greathouse writes, "but spring from the dirt." Guided by a devastatingly precise hand, Wound from the Mouth of a Wound--selected by Aimee Nezhukumatathil as the winner of the 2020 Ballard Spahr Prize for Poetry--challenges a canon that decides what shades of beauty deserve to live in a poem. greathouse celebrates "buckteeth & ulcer." She odes the pulp of a bedsore. She argues that the vestigial is not devoid of meaning, and in kinetic and vigorous language, she honors bodies the world too often wants dead.

These poems ache, but they do not surrender. They bleed, but they spit the blood in our eyes. Their imagery pulses on the page, fractal and fluid, blooming in a medley of forms: broken essays, haibun born of erasure, a sonnet meant to be read in the mirror. greathouse's poetry demands more of language and those who wield it. "I'm still learning not to let a stranger speak / me into a funeral."

Concrete and evocative, Wound from the Mouth of a Wound is a testament to persistence, even when the body is not allowed to thrive. greathouse--elegant, vicious, "a one-girl armageddon" draped in crushed velvet--teaches us that fragility is not synonymous with flaw.

Wrestling Li Po For The Remote

Wrestling Li Po For The Remote

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In this fresh poetry collection, Kevin Stein tussles with the current American moment's skewed notions of social and aesthetic value. His gallery of subjects is bracingly contemporary, including Gold Star Mothers who've lost a child to war, nightshift factory workers, estranged veterans, guitarist Les Paul, one couple's yard sale romance, a dog's Valentine poem, and even riffs on toilet paper, Herodotus, congressional discord, and league bowlers. To each, Stein brings both empathy and an astute eye for cultural foibles. He maps his poetic province from this welter, grappling with Li Po's quest for lyrical detachment as well as the counter urge for communal engagement. These poems--formally inventive and refreshingly accessible, at turns darkly humorous and trippingly caustic--pull no punches. They pose fundamental questions of self and art in the modern era.
Write This Second

Write This Second

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Read Kira Lynne Allen's Write This Second: A Poetic Memoir cover-to-cover in order to grasp the arc of her journey. It is not a comprehensive rendering of her life, but a focus on lived experiences highlighting societal tides that must turn. The tides of: racism, incest, poverty, rape, addiction, eating disorders, being silenced, domestic violence, suicide and PTSD that have yet to be addressed by #MeToo or Time's Up. Their deep impact demonstrates how generations of women and children will continue to drown in these tides until we speak to and listen to and believe one another. Staceyann Chin says, it is a baptism in hard truths. Dive in. Read it. Twist and turn your body as you glide though the ocean of Kira's words. Write This Second tells one family's story of generational trauma that sounds an alarm meant to reveal and disrupt the roots of rape culture by proclaiming our authentic selves.