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When the Pipirite Sings

When the Pipirite Sings

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When the Pipirite Sings gathers poems by the noted Haitian poet, novelist, and neurologist Jean Métellus, who died in January 2014. Along with other signature works, this volume includes the first English translation of Métellus's visionary epic poem, "Au pipirite chantant" ("When the Pipirite Sings"), widely regarded as his masterpiece.

Translated by formidable comparative literature scholar Haun Saussy, When the Pipirite Sings expresses an acute historical consciousness and engages recurrent Haitian themes--the wrenching impact of colonialism and underdevelopment, the purposes of education, and the merging of spiritual and temporal power. And, as always with Métellus's poetry, the range of voices and points of view evokes other genres, including fiction and cinema. This eminently readable book has formal and thematic ties to Aimé Césaire's Notebook of a Return to the Native Land, central to the canon of French-language postcolonial writings.

In addition to many books of poetry, Métellus published novels, chiefly about the remembered Haiti of his youth, and plays about the conquest of the Caribbean. His nonfiction included reflections on Haitian history and politics, on the iconography of slave emancipation, and studies of aphasia and dyslexia.

When the Tides Roll In: A Collection of Poetry by Aj Peters

When the Tides Roll In: A Collection of Poetry by Aj Peters

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these poems describe the bittersweet feelings of losing the innocence of childhood, the heartbreak and frustration that is involved as one comes of age, societal struggles, and more. this collection highlights that there are some good days and some bad. a read for people of all ages, especially those going through a personal struggle.
When We Leave Each Other

When We Leave Each Other

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Henrik Nordbrandt's poems pour out as cold, clear, and mineral-tanged as spring water. . . . Nordbrandt is a master, masterfully reborn in English. This is a book of signal beauty and mystery.--Rosanna Warren

Although most of his life has been spent abroad in countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, Henrik Nordbrandt has simultaneously and undeniably emerged, next to Inger Christensen, as one of Denmark's very best contemporary poets. If it was Paul Celan who first claimed that poetry was a message in a bottle, sent out in the--not always greatly hopeful--belief that somewhere and sometime it could wash up on land, on heartland perhaps, it is nevertheless Nordbrandt's unusually intimate poems that enact this unforgettably, as well as his persistent subjects: the joys and strangeness of travel, the tragicomic absurdity of our attempts to make sense of the world, and above all, the sweetness and ache of human love. Highlighting his entire career, the poems in When We Leave Each Other include a generous selection of recent and never-before-translated work into English that is certain to establish Nordbrandt as an essential contemporary lyric poet for American readers.

Henrik Nordbrandt, one of Denmark's foremost poets, has published over 30 books, including poetry, essays, translations, a novel, and a cookbook. In 2000, he was awarded the Nordic Council Literature Prize. Living alternately in Turkey, Italy, and Greece, his writing has gained a unique perspective.

Patrick Phillips is a poet, professor, and translator. He was a Guggenheim Fellow and has received the Sjöberg Prize and the Translation Prize of the American-Scandinavian Foundation. He teaches writing at Drew University.

When We Were Birds

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When We Were Birds: Poems

When We Were Birds: Poems

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Finalist, 2016 Miller Williams Poetry Prize, edited by Billy Collins

In When We Were Birds, Joe Wilkins wrests his attention away from the griefs, deprivations, and high prairies of his Montana childhood and turns toward "the bean-rusted fields & gutted factories of the Midwest," toward ordinary injustice and everyday sadness, toward the imminent birth of his son and his own confusions in taking up the mantle of fatherhood, toward faith and grace, legacy and luck.

A panoply of voices are at play--the escaped convict, the late-night convenience store clerk, and the drowned child all have their say--and as this motley chorus rises and crests, we begin to understand something of what binds us and makes us human: while the world invariably breaks all our hearts, Wilkins insists that is the very "place / hope lives, in the breaking."

Within a notable range of form, concern, and voice, the poems here never fail to sing. Whether praiseful or interrogating, When We Were Birds is a book of flight, light, and song. "When we were birds," Wilkins begins, "we veered & wheeled, we flapped & looped-- / it's true, we flew."

Winner, 2017 Stafford/Hall Award for Poetry, Oregon Book Awards

When You Are Old ( Penguin Classics )

When You Are Old ( Penguin Classics )

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Beautiful early writings by one of the 20th century's greatest poets on the 150th anniversary of his birth

A Penguin Classic

The poems, prose, and drama gathered in When You Are Old present a fresh portrait of the Nobel Prize-winning writer as a younger man: the 1890s aesthete who dressed as a dandy, collected Irish folklore, dabbled in magic, and wrote heartrending poems for his beloved, the beautiful, elusive Irish revolutionary Maud Gonne. Included here are such celebrated, lyrical poems as "The Lake Isle of Innisfree" and "He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven," as well as Yeats's imaginative retellings of Irish fairytales--including his first major poem, "The Wanderings of Oisin," based on a Celtic fable--and his critical writings, which offer a fascinating window onto his artistic theories. Through these enchanting works, readers will encounter Yeats as the mystical, lovelorn bard and Irish nationalist popular during his own lifetime.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Where Are the Snows: Poems

Where Are the Snows: Poems

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Where Are the Snows takes its title from the famous refrain of François Villon's 15th Century poem "Ballad of the Ladies of Times Past." Like that poem, the book functions, among other things, as an ubi sunt, Latin for "Where are they?" as in "Where are the ones who came before us?"--the beautiful, the strong, the virtuous, all of them? In keeping with that long tradition, these poems offer a way to think about life's transience--its beauty, its absurdity, and of course its mortality. Allusive and associative, anti-capitalist and unapologetically political, aligned somewhere between comedy and anger, this poetry juxtaposes the triumphs and tragedies (mostly tragedies) of our current age with those of history, and--by wondering "Where are they?"--explores the questions of where we are now and where we might be going.

Where Are the Trees Going?

Where Are the Trees Going?

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Longlist finalist, 2015 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation

Where Are the Trees Going? brings together some of the latest work of the poet and novelist Venus Khoury-Ghata in a manner that showcases her central concerns in a wholly novel and provocative format. Renowned translator Marilyn Hacker interleaves a full translation of Khoury-Ghata's volume of poetry Où vont les arbres.with prose from La maison aux orties. The resulting interplay illuminates the poet's contrasting and complementary drives toward surreal lyricism and stark narrative exposition.

Khoury-Ghata takes on perennial themes of womanhood, immigration, and cultural conflict. Characters take root in her memory as weathered trees and garden plants, lending grit and body to the imaginative collection. As bracing as the turn of seasons, Where Are the Trees Going? highlights a writer who has approached her most recent work with renewed urgency and maturity.

Where Hope Comes from: Poems of Resilience, Healing, and Light

Where Hope Comes from: Poems of Resilience, Healing, and Light

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**The Sunday Times Bestseller**

Instagram superstar and poet Nikita Gill returns to her roots with her most personal collection yet, including more than twenty poems exclusive to the US edition.

I took my worries out
and laid them carefully on the kitchen table.
Then began the slow but rewarding task
of fixing everything that needed more love.

Nikita Gill shares a collection of poems crafted as the world went into lockdown, tackles themes such as mental health and loneliness, and the precarity of hope. Through the life cycle of a star, she invites the reader to feel connected to the universe, taking us on a journey through the five stages of grief to the five stages of hope.

This collection includes the phenomenal "Love in the Time of Coronavirus," which was shared across social media over 20,000 times, as well as Gill's poems of strength and hope, "How to Be Strong" and "Silver Linings." Where Hope Comes From is fully illustrated with beautiful line drawings by the author.

All because everything is forbidden now,
I want to go up to the top of the Eiffel Tower
and sing at the top of my lungs.

Where Images Become Imbued With Time

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Where Now New and Selected Poems

Where Now New and Selected Poems

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"Kasischke astonishes with her lyricism and metaphorical power." --Publishers Weekly

"Every poem is exquisitely crafted, with crisp, clean lines and imagery that dazzles."--The Washington Post

"For Kasischke... poetry is a kind of revenge on the existential limits that it describes"--Los Angeles Review of Books

Laura Kasischke's long-awaited selected poems presents the breadth of her probing vision that subverts the so-called "normal." A lover of fairy tales, Kasischke showcases her command of the symbolic, with a keen attention to sound in her exploration of the everyday--whether reflections on loss or the complicated realities of childhood and family. As literary critic Stephen Burt wrote in Boston Review, "The future will not see us by one poet alone....If there is any justice in that future, Kasischke is one of the poets it will choose."

This incandescent volume makes the case that Laura Kasischke is one of America's great poets, and her presence is secure.

From Dear Water:

I am your lost daughter and, as always, you
are listening & fish. Though
I sift you for sunlight, it
runs from me in glistening pins, vanishes
in the wavering map
of your ungraspable heart. When I
reach in, you
swallow my cold hands again, swallow
the joy they'd hold. . .

Laura Kasischke is a poet and novelist whose fiction has been made into several feature-length films. Her book of poems, Space, in Chains, won the National Book Critics Circle Award. She currently teaches at the University of Michigan and lives in Chelsea, Michigan.

Where Shall I Wander

Where Shall I Wander

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A masterful collection from "the grand old man of American poetry" (New York Times)

You meant more than life to me. I lived through

you not knowing, not knowing I was living.

I learned that you called for me. I came to where

you were living, up a stair. There was no one there.

No one to appreciate me. The legality of it

upset a chair. Many times to celebrate

we were called together and where

we had been there was nothing there,

nothing that is anywhere. We passed obliquely,

leaving no stare. When the sun was done muttering,

in an optimistic way, it was time to leave that there.

--from "The New Higher"

Where the Time Goes

Where the Time Goes

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It's been 20 years since the publication of Gale Renee Walden's first book of poetry, Same Blue Chevy. Walden's second book of poems, Where the Time Goes, is richly autobiographical as her poetry travels from desert to prairie, childhood to aging and back. Her poems paint a middle America that is familiar and mundane but raised to a mythic plane steeped in the poetic cadences of nostalgia and a life saturated in literature, travel, and family.
Where to Begin

Where to Begin

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER

Cleo Wade's second anthology of heartfelt poetry and prose builds on the wisdom of her bestselling book Heart Talk, encouraging you to remain hopeful and harness your personal power to bring positive change into our world.

Where to Begin is perfect for those who are ready to be a part of building a society rooted in love, acceptance, justice, and equality.

From Cleo Wade:

Where to Begin is a collection of the ideas, mantras, and poems I turn to when I feel like I am losing it. I wrote this so that I could put them all in one place when I felt overwhelmed by worry, fear, anxiety, or helplessness.

The words in this book are what stop me from walking away from the problems of the world during tough times. They also help me stay connected to hope during difficult moments and remind me that even on the days that feel the most daunting, I still have the power to show up and do something, somewhere, in some way.

Change-making comes in all sizes. It doesn't always have to be one big gesture or nothing. As my friend Jenna often says, "The big stuff is the small stuff." Your big life is made up of a collection of all of your small moments. Our big world is a made up of a collection of all of our small actions. This book is about where to begin.

Where to Begin: A Small Book about Your Power to Create Big Change

Where to Begin: A Small Book about Your Power to Create Big Change

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"Author and poet Cleo Wade will make your day with her inspiring and uplifting outlook on life" (People) and she returns with another moving collection of poems, mantras, and illustrations encouraging you to remain hopeful and harness your inner power and create change through self-care and social justice.

If you are ready to be a part of building a society rooted in love, acceptance, justice, and equality, Where to Begin is the ultimate inspirational guide. Building on the wisdom of Cleo Wade's national bestseller Heart Talk, this heartfelt collection will help you stay connected to hope during difficult moments and remind you that no matter what, you still have the power to show up and effect positive change.

Remember, your big life is made up of a collection of all of your small moments. Our big world is a made up of a collection of all of our small actions. This book is about where to begin.

Where Water Comes Together With Other Water

Where Water Comes Together With Other Water

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Winner of Poetry Magazine's Levinson Prize, an illuminating collection from the middle of his career, Raymond Carver's poems "function as distilled, heightened versions of his stories, offering us fugitive glimpses of ordinary lives on the edge" (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times).

Whereas

Whereas

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Incisively capturing the oddities of our logic and the whimsies of our reason, the poems in Whereas show there is always another side to a story. With graceful rhythm and equal parts humor and seriousness, Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Dunn examines the difficulties of telling the truth, and the fictions with which we choose to live. Finding beauty in the ordinary, this collection considers the superstition and sophistry embedded in everyday life, allowing room for more rethinking, reflection, revision, prayer, and magic in the world.

Whereas : Poems

Whereas : Poems

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Finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry

WHEREAS her birth signaled the responsibility as mother to teach what it is to be Lakota therein the question: What did I know about being Lakota? Signaled panic, blood rush my embarrassment. What did I know of our language but pieces? Would I teach her to be pieces? Until a friend comforted, Don't worry, you and your daughter will learn together. Today she stood sunlight on her shoulders lean and straight to share a song in Diné, her father's language. To sing she motions simultaneously with her hands; I watch her be in multiple musics.

--from "WHEREAS Statements"

WHEREAS confronts the coercive language of the United States government in its responses, treaties, and apologies to Native American peoples and tribes, and reflects that language in its officiousness and duplicity back on its perpetrators. Through a virtuosic array of short lyrics, prose poems, longer narrative sequences, resolutions, and disclaimers, Layli Long Soldier has created a brilliantly innovative text to examine histories, landscapes, her own writing, and her predicament inside national affiliations. "I am," she writes, "a citizen of the United States and an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, meaning I am a citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation--and in this dual citizenship I must work, I must eat, I must art, I must mother, I must friend, I must listen, I must observe, constantly I must live." This strident, plaintive book introduces a major new voice in contemporary literature.