Poetry

Recalculating

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ISBN: 9780226925288
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Published: University of Chicago Press - March 13th, 2013

Charles Bernstein is on a mission to tear down and build back up everything we know, believe and love about poetry. His first collection in seven years uses translations, homages, and manifestoes to write a new poetry future. Witty and daring. Playful and brilliant. Recalculating will be in the discussion for all the major poetry awards this year.

Josh


The Cineaste

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ISBN: 9780393239157
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 1st, 2013

Jordan's book lives in that ephemeral residual dreaminess left over from a just-seen movie, with unlikely mind-scenes, extrapolation and fantasy inspired by specific films and, in a wondrous central section, a poetic exploration of pioneer filmmaker Oscar Micheaux. Movies and poetics: a perfect symmetry.

Gary


The Iliad

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By Homer, Robert Fagles (Translated by), Bernard Knox (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780140445923
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Published: Penguin Classics - July 1st, 1991

The Odyssey is full of tales and adventures; the Iliad is one vast combat narrative centering on the psychopathic super-warrior Achilles and warfare jacked up by direct intervention of the gods. Fagles' translation vividly captures the gore, insanity and stark beauty of that most intense of human experiences.  2700 years old and still one of the greats.

Gary


Gone Fishing

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ISBN: 9780547820118
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - March 5th, 2013

As in the style of Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky, this book of verse is both fun and funny. With every chapter told in a different poetic form, accompanied by Matthew Cordell’s charming illustrations, this is a wonderful introduction to poetry.

Robin



The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

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ISBN: 9780316184137
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 30th, 1976

Let's call it poetry for the bitter single girl. Because sometimes you're not in the mood for more declarations of love -- you'd rather ask someone, "Are you--Nobody--Too?" Sure, Emily writes about beauty and nature and religion and bumblebees too. But when your inner spinster is ready to curl up with a good poem, Emily Dickinson's got your back.

Sarah



Talking into the Ear of a Donkey

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ISBN: 9780393343649
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 5th, 2012

Robert Bly’s most recent book Talking Into the Ear of a Donkey contains poems that range from insight fully humorous to wildly precious observations of what being human entails.  He is this year’s recipient of the Poetry Society of America’s most prestigious award the “Frost Medal” for “ distinguished lifetime achievement in poetry.”


The Emily Dickinson Reader

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ISBN: 9781936365982
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Published: McSweeney's - August 14th, 2012

More than just a clever joke, The Emily Dickinson Reader is an insightful look at Emily Dickinson’s work and a wise work of poetry its own right. Through his “translations,” Legault reveals a darker and funnier Dickinson than we might have assumed, while creating a strange synthesis work shining with its own kind of brilliance. This is how he translates poem 432 ““I cannot write people back to life. As hard as I might try. And I do. Furiously. Like a wizard. Or a grammarian.”

Josh


The Broken Word

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ISBN: 9780143118091
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Published: Penguin Books - March 29th, 2011

Breathtaking. Precise. Beautiful. Gruesome. This is a powerful narrative poem about a young British man coming of age in the midst of the Mau-Mau revolution. The de-humanizing effect of war, disparities of culture, the power and hypocrisy of colonial occupation, and enduring trauma of combat and inflicted cruelty. This is one of the best books in any genre of the year.

Josh


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