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The Albertine Workout

Revered, iconoclastic poet Anne Carson turns in a pamphlet-sized labyrinth on a curious subject (Marcel Proust's long-time love "Albertine"), sprawling in a mere fifty-two pages of rewarding lists and appendixes.

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All at Once

Since his 1969 debut Lies, C. K. Williams has won nearly every major poetry award extant.  Here he assembles vignettes that contour the places, people and dreams of his life in sensitive, deeply personal verse.

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The Promise of Hope

Killed last year in the infamous terror attack at Nairobi's Westgate mall, Kofi Awoonor was a national treasure in his native Ghana.  His career began in 1964 with Rediscovery, and this magnum opus serves as a tribute to his entire long journey charting his beloved nation's course through his accomplished poetry.

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

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The Collected Poems of Denise Levertov

"As you read / the sea is turning its dark pages."  The vivid verse of Levertov (writer, activist, and protege of T.S. Eliot) is collected in this omnibus volume, where passion and surreal wit are found in every turn of phrase.

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Bleed Through: New and Selected Poems

Academic and prosaic themes; language and unvoiced feelings—all blend inextricably and beautifully in the poems of Michael Davidson, which, by deconstructing themselves, make the practice of poetry fresh again.

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Emily Dickinson: The Gorgeous Nothings

These manuscripts handwritten on envelopes by the beloved poet offers intimate insight into the process and personality of a veiled American master.

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My Poems Won't Change the World

Italian poet Patrizia Cavelli's groundbreaking work is newly translated by such American poetic heavyweights as Jorie Graham and David Shapiro.

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Dog Songs

With elegant brevity, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner Mary Oliver celebrates the loyalty and joy of canines, namely her own dog Percy ("not/ thinking, not weighing anything, just running forward").

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Singing School

Former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky's fun guide to analyzing verse strays from rules and theories, instead focusing on "listening" to the rhythms of past greats, from John Keats and Emily Dickinson to Allen Ginsberg and Mina Loy.

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Human Chain

The final poetry collection from Nobel Prize winner Seamus Heaney (1939-2013) is a triumphant swan song, making its way from the dark underworld of Virgil's Aeneid to the kitchen of Heaney's rural Irish childhood.

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The Late Parade

This searing debut poetry collection delivers a sharp exposition on the absurdities and follies of the twenty-first century, with an array of witty, in-your-face quips.

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The Unknown University

Roberto Bolaño is well-known stateside for his massive works of fiction, but he was first and foremost a poet, touting it as the superior art form. This extensive collection of the Chilean writer’s finest verse is worthy evidence of his proclamation.

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The Big Smoke

Adrian Matejka's poetry collection profiles legendary American heavyweight Jack Johnson, the first African-American boxer – outspoken, capricious, and misunderstood – with astounding insight and compassion.

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Darkness Sticks to Everything

A Minnesotan treasure, Tom Hennen has stayed under the national poetic radar until now, with the release of this earthy, exuberant collection of quiet lives, enduring seasons and pastoral humility. 

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Metaphysical Dog

Frank Bidart’s reflections and meditations on sex, art and the writer’s lonely life. The 72-year-old poet's sparse and candid verse takes no prisoners in this ambitious new collection.

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June Fourth Elegies

This, the first English-language publication of the poetry of 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo, commemorates fallen comrades killed during the Tiananmen Square Massacre on June 4, 1989 and looks to the current state of human rights in China, a country "used to memorializing tombs as palaces." With Liu currently serving an eleven-year sentence for "incitement to subvert state power," opportunites to read his work should be cherished and celebrated.

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Horoscopes for the Dead

Disarmingly amiable, former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins hides an intricate intellectual etiquette behind the easy-going surface of his poems. His works are not only enjoyable, but memorable, too, as this characteristically mordant new collection proves.

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Here

This new collection of poems by 1996 Nobel Laureate Wislawa Szymborska illuminates private memory and the wider world with the piercing, reflective light of her seemingly casual glance. She can ponder the cosmos, then add a side of fries, with an ease and artistry that evokes the meaning human beings eternally chase.

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The Poet Laureate Anthology

"It is difficult / to get the news from poems / yet men die miserably every day / for lack / of what is found there," wrote William Carlos Williams. This rich anthology, the first to collect representative works from all of America’s poet laureates, is filled with poetic news from Robert Frost to Rita Dove to Billy Collins to Kay Ryan, which make it life-affirming in a profound way.

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Anterooms

"Richard Wilbur's imagination has regarded life in the bud—the seedling, the fledgling, the sprout, the egg," writes Mary Jo Salter of the nearly 90-year-old poet's latest volume. "His flowering never ceases to unfold." Wilbur's late poems, distilled to simplicity from a lifetime of intricate meters and imagery, are epitomes of lyric inspiration.

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July 28: Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin eloped on this day in 1814.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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