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The Pleasure of Poetry

Selected volumes designed to captivate your soul and senses.


No Water
PS3601.L33495 N6 2009x

Local poet Alberts takes no prisoners. Her numinous sensibility, scintillatingly coupled with intoxicating language, results in a fine, engaged collection, with promise of great things to come.

Black nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry edited by Camille T. Dungy
PS591.N4 B49 2009

The subtitle says it all: "Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry," with work by the late Lucille Clifton, Nikki Giovanni, Yusef Komunyakaa, Rita Dove, Robert Hayden, Richard Wright, Langston Hughes, Wanda Coleman, Jean Toomer and many, many more.


The Trouble With Poetry and Other Poems
PS3553.O47478 T76 2005

A witty collection of warm and colorful word-pictures.

Essential Pleasures: A New Anthology of Poems to Read Aloud edited by Robert Pinsky
PN6101.E87 2009

An anthology of classic to contemporary poems, specifically chosen to be read aloud, selected roughly by subject, size, and approach.


The Dance Most of All: Poems
PS3557.I34217 D36 2009

Though hardly prolific, each new Gilbert volume is a welcome oasis amid the seemingly ceaseless dross of American verse. This is the one dance we all must do.


Blues: For all the Changes: New Poems
PS3557.I55 B68 1999

Fearless, passionate work from an established talent.


A Village Life
PS3557.L8 V55 2009

Gluck is a modern master. A riveting chronicle of the American life and psyche.


District and Circle
PR6058.E2 D57 2006

A collection from a poet often compared to Yeats.


The selected poems of Li Po edited by David Hinton
PL2671.A25 1996

David Hinton's beautiful renderings of Li Po's classic poems are at once a glimpse into a long gone world and a relevant take on what it is to be human today.


The Shadow of Sirius
PS3563.E75 S48 2008

The finest book of poems from 2009, and possibly Merwin's very best. We should all hit stride like this at age 82.


Evidence: Poems
PS3565.L5 E95 2009

With each new book, Oliver further explores the natural world and her own quest for meaning. Her fans are legion; the reasons are obvious.


Owls and Other Fantasies: Poems and Essays
PS3565.L5 O95 2003

Explorations of fact and fancy, with birds.


Concerning the Book That is the Body of the Beloved
PS3565.R7 C66 2005

A series of poems linked by a luminous, extended metaphor.

Songs of Love, Moon, and Wind: Poems from the Chinese edited by Kenneth Rexroth
PL2658.E3 S6646 2009

Selected by Eliot Weinberger, from Rexroth's groundbreaking collections of Chinese translations. A must read for any fan of Chinese verse.


Mountain Tasting: Zen Haiku and Journals
PL817.A62 A282 2009x

An important new volume of translations by a modern haiku master, Mountain Tasting ventures outside the bounds of 17 syllables and seasonal words to explore a formidable frontier: human experience.


Autumn Sonata: Selected Poems of Georg Trakl
PT2642.R22 A26 1998

A beautiful volume of sometimes dark, always resonant poems, which captivate the reader with their alluring ambiance.


Wheeling Motel: Poems
PS3573.R5327 W54 2009

One of 2009's very best, with this new book Franz Wright continues his superlative rise to the heights of contemporary American poetry.

Written on the Sky: Poems from the Japanese edited by Kenneth Rexroth
PL782.E3 W73 2009

Also selected by Weinberger, this companion volume to Songs of Love, Moon, & Wind is, if anything, even better. A superlative introduction to Japanese poetry.