Staff Picks: Poetry

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The Scarecrow Alibis By Denver Butson Cover Image
$13.60
ISBN: 9780984999125
Availability: Special Order - Usually Ships in 3 - 9 weeks.
Published: Cloudbank Books - October 11th, 2022

Recommended by Alison Meyers, Executive Director


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The World That the Shooter Left Us By Cyrus Cassells Cover Image
$14.41
ISBN: 9781954245099
Availability: Usually Ships in 3-7 Days
Published: Four Way Books - February 15th, 2022

Recommended by Alison Meyers, Executive Director


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I Can Wonder Anything By Terence Degnan Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9798888381236
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Published: Finishing Line Press - February 17th, 2023

Recommended by Alison Meyers, Executive Director


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Balladz By Sharon Olds Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781524711610
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Published: Knopf - October 4th, 2022

Recommended by Alison Meyers, Executive Director


The Lost Brother Alphabet By Kathy Engel Cover Image
$13.60
ISBN: 9781734580211
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Published: Get Fresh Books Publishing, a Nonprofit Corp - April 1st, 2020

Recommended by Alison Meyers, Executive Director


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Forest Primeval: Poems By Vievee Francis Cover Image
$14.41
ISBN: 9780810132436
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Published: TriQuarterly - November 30th, 2015

The voice propelling the poems between the covers of this book is a force, every line a reckoning. Forest Primeval is not an emotionally easy collection. Its truths are hard won. In these pages, we face how close intimacy can be to violence, love to power, endurance and transcendence to suffering. And we also find great tenderness and redemption of deeply beautiful language.

-Alison Meyers, Executive Director


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Pleasure Dome: New and Collected Poems (Wesleyan Poetry) By Yusef Komunyakaa Cover Image
$25.46
ISBN: 9780819567390
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Published: Wesleyan University Press - September 20th, 2004

Essential reading. Peerless.

-Alison Meyers, Executive Director


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Line Break: Poetry as Social Practice By James Scully Cover Image
$14.41
ISBN: 9781931896184
Availability: Special Order - Usually Ships in 3 - 9 weeks.
Published: Curbstone Books - August 1st, 2005

Recommended by Alison Meyers, Executive Director


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Don't Call Us Dead: Poems By Danez Smith Cover Image
$13.60
ISBN: 9781555977856
Availability: Usually Ships in 3-7 Days
Published: Graywolf Press - September 5th, 2017

Recommended by Chris Fanning, Deputy Director


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Lord of the Butterflies By Andrea Gibson Cover Image
$13.60
ISBN: 9781943735426
Availability: Usually Ships in 3-7 Days
Published: Button Poetry - November 27th, 2018

I typically find it very difficult to connect to poetry, but this collection was so beautiful. Andrea writes about some of the most difficult topics using the most lyrical language, making their words come alive on the pages. If you want poetry that will tear you to shreds and put you back together – this is it.

-Lily Brunner, Bookstore & Visitor Services Coordinator


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Fuel By Naomi Shihab Nye Cover Image
$14.45
ISBN: 9781880238639
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Published: BOA Editions - June 1st, 1998

This is a book I return to again and again. It is rich with imagery, and filled with deep meaning that is easily accessible. It is a book I also often turn to for teaching, as there are poems that are great for a range of ages. One of my favorites is "One Boy Told Me," a collection of remarkable quotes from Naomi Shihab Nye's son from when he was little, all strung together to make a poem. This feels poignant right now, when so many parents are spending 24/7 with their kids. Listen carefully, there might be some poetry flying through the rooms of your home without your even knowing it.

-Sally Bittner Bonn, Director of Youth Education


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Nerve Chorus By Willa Carroll Cover Image
$14.45
ISBN: 9781944585242
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Published: Word Works - September 1st, 2018

Recommended by Sakshi Kumar, Adult Programs Coordinator


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Demolition Suite By Willa Carroll Cover Image
$10.20
ISBN: 9781735483979
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Published: Split Rock Press - September 13th, 2023

Recommended by Sakshi Kumar, Adult Programs Coordinator


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Time Is a Mother By Ocean Vuong Cover Image
$14.45
ISBN: 9780593300251
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Published: Penguin Books - June 6th, 2023

Recommended by Sakshi Kumar, Adult Programs Coordinator


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Teahouse of the Almighty By Patricia Smith Cover Image
$15.26
ISBN: 9781566891936
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Published: Coffee House Press - September 1st, 2006

Recommended by Sakshi Kumar, Adult Programs Coordinator


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Bluets By Maggie Nelson Cover Image
$13.60
ISBN: 9781933517407
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Published: Wave Books - October 1st, 2009

Recommended by Sakshi Kumar, Adult Programs Coordinator


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let the dead in By Saida Agostini Cover Image
$13.59
ISBN: 9781942892281
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Published: Alan Squire Publishing - March 26th, 2022

Recommended by Sakshi Kumar, Adult Programs Coordinator


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Felon: Poems By Reginald Dwayne Betts Cover Image
$13.56
ISBN: 9780393542035
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 30th, 2021

Recommended by Sakshi Kumar, Adult Programs Coordinator