Poetry

Still to Mow: Poems

By Maxine Kumin

"Kumin writes ... with the transparent gaze of a journalist and the ire of an activist.... packed with love."―Christian technology Monitor

right here Maxine Kumin's signature nature poems are shaken up and invigorated via the darker, human realities. either "delicate and robust" (Library Journal), she faces with equanimity the disappointments and joys of sixty years of marriage―ending with the unstated query of "Which folks will move down first."

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Paradise Lost (Dover Thrift Editions)

Milton's nice 17th-century epic attracts upon Bible tales and classical mythology to discover the which means of life, as understood through humans of the Western international. Its roots lie within the Genesis account of the world's construction and the 1st people; its concentration is a poetic interpretation "Of Man's first disobedience, and the fruit / Of that forbidden tree whose mortal flavor / introduced loss of life into the area, and all our woe / With lack of Eden."
In elegant poetry of awesome attractiveness, Milton's poem references stories from Ovid's Metamorphoses, the Iliad and Odyssey, and Virgil's Aeneid. yet one don't need to be a classical pupil to understand Paradise Lost. as well as its creative use of language, the poem incorporates a robust and sympathetic portrait of Lucifer, the insurgent angel who often outshines his ethical superiors. With Milton's deft use of irony, the satan makes evil look strong, simply as satanic practices could seem appealing at the start glance.
Paradise Lost has exercised huge, immense impression on generations of artists and their works, starting from the Romantic poets William Blake and Percy Bysshe Shelley to Joseph Haydn's oratorio The Creation and J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.

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The War Works Hard

Mikhail’s poetic imaginative and prescient transcends cultural and linguistic obstacles with freeing compassion.

Revolutionary poetry by way of an exiled Iraqi lady. Winner of a 2004 PEN Translation Fund Award. "Yesterday I misplaced a country," Dunya Mikhail writes in The conflict Works Hard, a progressive paintings by way of an exiled Iraqi poether first to seem in English. Amidst the continued atrocities in Iraq, here's a big new voice that rescues the human spirit from the ruins, unmasking the professional glorification of warfare with telegraphic lexical austerity. Embracing literary traditions from historic Mesopotamian mythology to Biblical and Qur'anic parables to Western modernism, Mikhail's poetic imaginative and prescient transcends cultural and linguistic obstacles with freeing compassion.

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The Shape of the Journey: New & Collected Poems

By Jim Harrison

"This is poetry worthy loving, hating, and battling over."―The big apple occasions publication Review

Here is the definitive choice of poetry from one in every of America’s best-loved writers―now on hand in paperback. With the book of this e-book, 8 volumes of poetry have been introduced again into print, together with the early nature-based lyrics of Plain Song, the explosive Outlyer & Ghazals, and the startling "correspondence" with a useless Russian poet in Letters to Yesenin. additionally integrated is an advent via Harrison, a number of formerly uncollected poems, and "Geo-Bestiary," a 34-part paean to earthly passions. The form of the Journey confirms Jim Harrison’s position one of the so much very good and crucial poets writing today.

"Behind the phrases one regularly feels the presence of a passionate, exuberant guy who's even as possessed of a short, sophisticated intelligence and a deeply wondering angle towards existence. Harrison writes so winningly that one is just content material to be within the presence of a author this very important, this large-spirited."―The manhattan occasions booklet Review

"(An) untrammelled renegade genius… here’s a poet speaking to you rather than round himself, whereas doing completely tremendous and outrageous issues with language."―Publishers Weekly

"Readers can wander the woods of this assortment for a life-time and nonetheless be surprised at what they find."―Booklist (starred review.)

When the material variation of this ebook was once first released, it instantly turned certainly one of Copper Canyon Press’s all-time bestsellers. It was once featured on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac, turned a finalist for the Los Angeles occasions e-book Prize, and was once chosen as one of many "Top-Ten Books of 1998" via Booklist.

Jim Harrison is the writer of dozens of books, together with Legends of the Fall and In seek of Small Gods. He has additionally written quite a few screenplays and served because the nutrients columnist for Esquire journal. He lives in Montana and Arizona.

Dead Deer

Amid faded eco-friendly milkweed, wild clover,
a rotted deer
curled, shaglike,
after a iciness so cold
the bushes break up open.
i believe she could not sustain with
the others (they had no place
to head) and her food,
frozen grass and twigs,

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Poems and Prose (Oxford World's Classics)

'The secret of lifestyles, the mystery
Of dying, I see
Darkly as in a glass...'

Christina Rossetti (1830-94) is likely to be the main contradictory of the nice Victorian poets. She writes of the world's attractiveness, yet fears that it can be misleading, even lethal. She is a non secular poet, yet a lot of her paintings is pushed by way of uncertainty. Her poems are restricted, even secretive, yet they search not anything below the secret of existence and Death.

This variation includes Rossetti's most powerful and so much special paintings: poetry (including 'Goblin Market', 'The Prince's Progress', and the sonnet series 'Monna Innominata'), tales (including the entire textual content of Maude), devotional prose (with approximately fifty entries from the 'reading diary' Times Flies), and private letters. these poems which Rossetti released, and people which she withheld from book, are the following introduced jointly in chronological order, permitting the reader to watch her poetic trajectory. This variation additionally documents the key revisions made by means of Rossetti whilst getting ready her poems for ebook. It brings jointly the fullest diversity of Rossetti's poetry and prose in a single quantity, and is an quintessential creation to this entrancing writer.
in regards to the sequence: For over a hundred years Oxford World's Classics has made on hand the broadest spectrum of literature from all over the world. each one cheap quantity displays Oxford's dedication to scholarship, offering the main actual textual content plus a wealth of different important beneficial properties, together with professional introductions through top specialists, voluminous notes to explain the textual content, up to date bibliographies for extra learn, and lots more and plenty more.

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Cinema of the Present

By Lisa Robertson

"Robertson proves challenging to provide an explanation for yet effortless to get pleasure from. . . . Dauntlessly and resourcefully highbrow, Robertson is also playful or blunt. . . . She wields language expertly, even beautifully."—The big apple Times

What if the cinema of the current have been a Möbius strip of language, a montage of statements and questions sutured jointly and steadily amassing colour? could the seams manage to pay for a brand new sensibility round the pronoun "you"? might the proper phrases of philosophy, style, books, structure, and background animate a brand new imaginative and prescient, gestural and indirect? Is the kinetic pronoun cinema?

These and different questions are replied within the new assortment from acclaimed poet and essayist Lisa Robertson. The e-book is offered with 4 diverse again covers, designed by way of artists Hadley+Maxwell.

A quorum of crows might be your witness.

And when you observe you have been bought?

You be aware the odor of rain, bread, and exhaust combined with tiredness.

And in case you your self are incompatible along with your view of the world?

And what's the topic yet a stitching?

Once back you're the one that promotes artifice.

At 2 am on Friday, you burn with a maudlin premonition.

And scores and ratings and badges and repetitions.

Lisa Robertson's e-book Lisa Robertson's Magenta Soul Whip used to be named one of many New York Times a hundred outstanding Books of 2010 and used to be longlisted for the 2011 Warwick Prize. Her different books contain Debbie: An Epic, The Men, The Weather, and Occasional paintings and 7 Walks from the place of work for smooth Architecture. She is the 2014 Bain Swiggett Professor at Princeton University.

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Collected Earlier Poems

By Anthony Hecht

THE VENETIAN VESPERS (1979)
"In its clear-eyed mercy towards human weak spot, Anthony Hecht's poetry is going from energy to power. The Venetian Vespers is right now an extreme corroboration and an considerable extension of his sophisticated, supple skills. not anything humane is alien to him... there's a handful of brief poems which are fostered alike through attractiveness and worry. however it is the 4 lengthy poems that determine Hecht as a poet of the widest apprehensions and comprehension, and this with out the gigantism that so haunts American poetic ambition."
--Christopher Ricks, the recent York instances publication Review

MILLIONS of odd SHADOWS (1977)
"The excessive artistry of Anthony Hecht has been to nurture his personal present, and to paintings at it with the deliberateness and balance that it deserved from him... Emotional depth and formal strength have been mixed in Hecht from his beginnings... The thirty poems in thousands of odd Shadows are all absolutely written, yet numerous actually are the easiest he has released and are most likely to undergo. some of the best is 'Green: An Epistle,' that's a lesson in profound, managed subjectivity and self-revelation, a precise antithesis to the opaque squalors of 'confessional' poets. nearly both impressive is 'Coming Home,' during which the poet John Clare gets a deeper interpretation than any critic has afforded him..."
--Harold Bloom, the recent Republic

THE challenging HOURS (1968)
"Anthony Hecht's first quantity of poems, A Summoning of Stones, validated him as some of the most finished of his super finished iteration. His paintings used to be striking sufficient for its classical poise and style, however it additionally had a weight which set it aside. considering then his poetry has come transparent in a course not anyone may have predicted...He did the main tough factor of all: this so much fastidious and chic of poets shed each artifice and started to jot down with absolute uncooked simplicity and directness. just a poet with an enormous burden of whatever to claim ever desires of taking this path, and in simple terms an encouraged artist can deliver it off. the end result the following has been one of the most strong and unforgettable poems at this time being written in America,"
--Ted Hughes

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Breakfast with Thom Gunn (Phoenix Poets)

By Randall Mann

Aubade

Those who lack a expertise for romance have come

to stroll the lengthy Pier 7. right here on the end

of the imagined international are 3 low-flying gulls

 

like lies at the floor; the gradual red

of a pilot’s boat; the groan

of a fisherman hacking a small shark—

 

and our speech just like the icy water, a poor

translation that may not hold us across.

What introduced us west, besides? A hunger.

 

But ours isn't any Donner get together, we who feed

only on surroundings, the most secure form

of obfuscation: see how the bay is a gray

 

deepening into grey, the colour of heartbreak.

           

Randall Mann’s Breakfast with Thom Gunn is a piece either direct and unsettling. Haunted through the afterlife of Thom Gunn (1929–2004), some of the most liked homosexual literary icons of the 20th century, the poems are moored in Florida and California, however the backdrop is “pitiless,” the timber “thin and bloodless,” the phrases “like the icy water” of the San Francisco Bay. Mann, fiercely clever, open but elusive, attracts at the “graceful erosion” of either panorama and the physique, at the good looks that lies in unbeauty. With audacity, anxiousness, and unbridled wish, this proficient lyric poet grapples with dilemmas of the homosexual self embroiled in—and aroused by—a glittering, unforgiving tradition. Breakfast with Thom Gunn is instantaneously formal and unfastened, forging a chic integrity within the fireplace of wit, depth, and betrayal.

 

Praise for Complaint within the Garden   

“We have prior to us a skillful, witty, passionate younger poet. . . . Randall Mann is either attuned to and at odds with the wildlife; he articulates the passions and predicaments of a self within an important, arousing, yet occasionally brutal tradition. And he accomplishes these items with buoyant lyric sensibilities and rejuvenating skills.”—Kenyon Review

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Commons (New California Poetry)

By Myung Mi Kim

Myung Mi Kim's Commons weighs at the so much delicate of scales the minute grains of way of life in either peace and struggle, registering as only a few works of literature have performed our universal burden of being topic to heritage. Abstracting colonization, battle, immigration, disorder, and first-language loss until eventually merely sparse words stay, Kim takes at the pain and displacement of these whose lives are embedded in history.

Kim's clean areas are loaded silences: openings wherein readers input the textual content and locate their manner. those silences exhibit gaps in reminiscence and articulate stories that may not translate into language in any respect. Her phrases retrieve the prior in a lot a similar manner the human brain does: a picture sparks one other snapshot, a odor, the sound of bombs, or dialog. those silences and pauses supply the poems their structure.

Commons's fragmented lyric pushes the reader to question the development of the poem. identification surfaces, sinks again, then rises back. in this moving flooring, Kim creates which means via juxtaposed fragments. Her verse, with its stops and begins, its austere but wealthy pictures, bargains splinters of testimony and objection. It negotiates a regularly altering global, scavenging via scraps of expertise, areas round phrases, and remnants of emotion for a language that enfolds the enormity of what we won't express.

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