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Poetry

Unfinished Poems

Unfinished Poems

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A remarkable discovery, an extraordinary literary event: the never-before translated Unfinished Poems of the great Alexandrian Greek poet Constantine Cavafy, published for the first time in English alongside a revelatory new rendering of the Collected Poems--translated and annotated by the renowned critic, classicist, and award-winning author of The Lost.

When he died in 1933 at the age of seventy, C. P. Cavafy left the drafts of thirty poems among his papers--some of them masterly, nearly completed verses, others less finished texts, all accompanied by notes and variants that offer tantalizing glimpses of the poet's sometimes years-long method of rewriting and revision. These remarkable poems, each meticulously filed in its own dossier by the poet, remained in the Cavafy Archive in Athens for decades before being published in a definitive scholarly edition in Greek in 1994. Now, with the cooperation and support of the Archive, Daniel Mendelsohn brings this hitherto unknown creative outpouring to English readers for the first time.

Beautiful works in their own right--from a six-line verse on the "birth of a poem" to a longer work that brilliantly paints the autumn of Byzantium in unexpectedly erotic colors--these unfinished poems provide a thrilling window into Cavafy's writing process during the last decade of his life, the years of his greatest production. They brilliantly explore, often in new ways, the poet's well-established themes: identity and time, the agonies of desire and the ironies of history, cultural decline and reappropriation of the past. And, like the Collected Poems, the Unfinished Poems offers a substantial introduction and notes that provide helpful historical, textual, and literary background for each poem.

This splendid translation, together with the Collected Poems, is a cause for celebration--the definitive presentation of Cavafy in English.

Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda

Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda

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The new poetry collection by Tony Hoagland, the award-winning author of What Narcissim Means To Me and Donkey Gospel

In Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda Dynasty, Tony Hoagland is deep inside a republic that no longer offers reliable signage, in which comfort and suffering are intimately entwined, and whose citizens gasp for oxygen without knowing why. With Hoagland's trademark humor and social commentary, these poems are exhilarating for their fierce moral curiosity, their desire to name the truth, and their celebration of the resilience of human nature.

Unknown University

Unknown University

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Perhaps surprisingly to some of his fiction fans, Roberto Bolano touted poetry as the superior art form, able to approach an infinity in which "you become infinitely small without disappearing." When asked, "What makes you believe you're a better poet than a novelist?" Bolano replied, "The poetry makes me blush less." The sum of his life's work in his preferred medium, The Unknown University is a showcase of Bolano's gift for freely crossing genres, with poems written in prose, stories in verse, and flashes of writing that can hardly be categorized. "Poetry," he believed, "is braver than anyone."
Unleashed: Poems By Writers' Dogs

Unleashed: Poems By Writers' Dogs

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Filled with canine inspiration, 64 of our most respected literary lights have looked at the world from their dogs' points of view and discovered an enlightened range of emotions. In styles as diverse as Arthur Miller's "Lola's Lament, " Cynthia Heimel's "Sally, " and Stephen Dunn's "Buster's Visitation, " the results are by turns hilarious, silly, and deeply moving - as individual as the dogs themselves. The dogs hold forth formally (sonnets! villanelles! haiku!) and in free verse about the things that most concern them: food, play, food, and their masters. Masters?? Photographs and drawings of the dog poets accompany the verses.
Unlikely Designs

Unlikely Designs

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A collection intent on worrying the boundaries between natural and unnatural, human and not, Unlikely Designs draws far-ranging source material from the back channels of knowledge making: the talk pages of Wikipedia, the personal writings of Charles Darwin, the love advice doled out by chatbots, and the eclectic inclusions on the Golden Record time capsule. It is here we discover the allure of the index, what pleasure there is in bending it to our own devices. At the same time, these poems also remind us that logic is often reckless, held together by nothing more than syntactical short circuits--well, I mean, sorry, yes--prone to cracking under closer scrutiny. Returning us again and again to these gaps, Katie Willingham reveals how any act of preservation is inevitably an act of curation, an outcry against the arbitrary, by attempting to make what is precious also what survives.
unlock your storybook heart

unlock your storybook heart

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"life is not something that can be experienced on a deadline."

amanda lovelace, the bestselling & award-winning author of the "women are some kind of magic" poetry series, presents unlock your storybook heart, the third & final installment in her feminist poetry series, "you are your own fairy tale." this is a collection about being so caught up in the fable that is perfectionism that you miss out on your own life. be honest: when was the last time you stopped to take in the everyday enchantment all around you?

Unmentionables

Unmentionables

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With elegant word play and her usual subversive wit, Beth Ann Fennelly questions our everyday human foibles.
Unreconciled

Unreconciled

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Selected poems from the critically acclaimed author of Submission and The Elementary Particles

A shimmering selection of poems chosen from four collections of one of France's most exciting authors, Unreconciled shines a fresh light on Michel Houellebecq and reveals the radical singularity of his work. Drawing on themes that are similar to the ones in his novels, these poems are a journey into the depths of individual experience and universal passions.

Divided into five parts, Unreconciled forms a narrative of love, hopelessness, catastrophe, dedication, and--ultimately--redemption. In a world of supermarkets and public transportation, indifferent landscapes and lonely nights, Houellebecq manages to find traces of divine grace even as he exposes our inexorable decline into chaos.

Told through forms and rhythms that are both ancient and new, with language steeped in the everyday, Unreconciled stands in the tradition of Baudelaire while making a bold new claim on contemporary verse. It reveals that in addition to his work as an incisive novelist, Houellebecq is one of our most perceptive poets with a vision of our era that brims with tensions that cannot--and will not--be reconciled.

Unsalted Blue Sunrise: Poems of Lake Michigan

Unsalted Blue Sunrise: Poems of Lake Michigan

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Kathryn Haydon's poems in Unsalted Blue Sunrise are a refreshing dip in the cool lake. They awaken your deep soul thinking and prompt you to look at the nature around you in new ways. Unsalted Blue Sunrise explores Lake Michigan's richness as art, relationship, metaphor, and an outspoken personality. Written over the four seasons of a year on regular walks to the lake, Haydon's poems probe topics both personal and universal. They will surprise you with fresh images and bold perspectives.


This book is the gift you share with everyone who has ever watched in awe as the sun rises and sets over lake, ocean, or river.


"I love Kathryn Haydon's poems. They're both playful and profound, transporting us to Lake Michigan's shores. Let this book inspire you to paint your own word pictures of a place you love." -Susan G. Wooldridge, author of poemcrazy


"These deceptively simple poems delight the senses. Lake Michigan becomes a witty mirror to human longings in Kathryn Haydon's brief, luminous lyrics." -Joshua Corey, author of Hannah and the Master


Unseen Hand

Unseen Hand

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A brilliant new collection from a master world poet

One of the most gifted poets of our time, Adam Zagajewski is a contemporary classic. Few writers in poetry or prose have attained the lucid intelligence and limpid economy of style that are the trademarks of his work. His wry humor, gentle skepticism, and perpetual sense of history's dark possibilities have earned him a devoted international following. This collection, gracefully translated by Clare Cavanagh, finds the poet returning to the themes that have defined his career--moving meditations on place, language, and history. Unseen Hand is a luminous meeting of art and everyday life.

Unsettling America: An Anthology of Comtemporary Multicultural Poetry

Unsettling America: An Anthology of Comtemporary Multicultural Poetry

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This powerful and moving collection of poems stretches across the boundaries of skin color, language, ethnicity, and religion to give voice to the lives and experiences of ethnic Americans. With extraordinary honesty, dignity, and insight, these poems address common themes of assimilation, communication, and self-perception. In recording everyday life in our many American cultures, they displace the myths and stereotypes that pervade our culture.
Until the Lions

Until the Lions

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A dazzling and eloquent reworking of the Mahabharata, one of South Asia's best-loved epics, through nineteen peripheral voices. With daring poetic forms, Karthika Naïr breathes new life into this ancient epic.

Karthika Naïr refracts the epic Mahabharata through the voices of nameless soldiers, outcast warriors and handmaidens as well as abducted princesses, tribal queens, and a gender-shifting god. As peripheral figures and silent catalysts take center stage, we get a glimpse of lives and stories buried beneath the dramas of god and nation, heroics and victory - of the lives obscured by myth and history, all too often interchangeable. Until the Lions is a kaleidoscopic, poetic tour de force. It reveals the most intimate threads of desire, greed, and sacrifice in this foundational epic.

Untitled Poetry Collection

Untitled Poetry Collection

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Grammy Award-nominated, platinum-selling musician Halsey is heralded as one of the most compelling voices of her generation. In I Would Leave Me If I Could, she reveals never-before-seen poetry of longing, love, and the nuances of bipolar disorder.

In this debut collection, Halsey bares her soul. Bringing the same artistry found in her lyrics, Halsey's poems delve into the highs and lows of doomed relationships, family ties, sexuality, and mental illness. More hand grenades than confessions, these autobiographical poems explore and dismantle conventional notions of what it means to be a feminist in search of power.

Masterful as it is raw, passionate, and profound, I Would Leave Me If I Could signals the arrival of an essential voice.

Book cover painting, American Woman, by the author.

Up Jump the Boogie

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Poetry. African American Studies. Latino/Latina Studies. "Up jumps the boogie. That's almost all one needs to say. Murillo is headbreakingly brilliant. I didn't have a favorite poet for this year: Now I do. But with this kind of verve and intelligence and ferocity Murillo just might be a favorite for many years to come."--Junot Díaz

"The feel of now lives in John Murillo's UP JUMP THE BOOGIE, but it's tempered by bows to the tradition of soulful music and oral poetry. The lived dimensions embodied in this collection say that here's an earned street knowledge and a measured intellectual inquiry that dare to live side by side, in one unique voice. The pages of UP JUMP THE BOOGIE breathe and sing; the tributes and cultural nods are heartfelt, and in these honest poems no one gets off the hook."--Yusef Komunyakaa

Upon Arrival

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The first full-length collection from Cisewski showcases the best work from this Minneapolis-based poet who has graced the pages of literary journals across the country for the past decade. These poems, full of charm and wit, demonstrate an airy playfulness even as they confront isolation and loss. We were lucky enough to lure her from the bright lights of more prominent poetry contests and prizes, and it is with great enthusiasm that we present her work to you.

Upon the Stars

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Upper Peninsula Misses You

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Urban Poems

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