New Arrivals · Poetry

June 22, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Somewhere in Cleveland : the Cleveland Fed Scholars story project.

June 21, 2018
80 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 23 cm
This work is an anthology from students who participated in the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland's Fed Scholars Program. The students attended Lincoln-West High School in Cleveland, Ohio.

American sonnets for my past and future assassin

June 20, 2018
Hayes, Terrance, author.
New York, New York : Penguin Books, 2018.
91 pages ; 22 cm.
"In seventy poems bearing the same title, Terrance Hayes explores the meanings of American, of assassin, and of love in the sonnet form. Written during the first two hundred days of the Trump presidency, these poems are haunted by the country's past and future eras and errors, its dreams and nightmares. Inventive, compassionate, hilarious, melancholy, and bewildered--the wonders of this new collection are irreducible and stunning"-- Provided by publisher.

The terrible : a storyteller's memoir

June 14, 2018
Daley-Ward, Yrsa, author.
New York : Penguin Books, [2018]
208 pages; 20 cm
"A lyrical memoir -- part prose, part verse -- about coming-of-age, uncovering the cruelty and the beauty of the wider world, and redemption through self-discovery and the bonds of family"--Provided by publisher.

For a better world : poems and drawings on peace and justice by Greater Cincinnati artists.

June 11, 2018
[Cincinnati, Ohio] : Ghosn Publishing, 2004-
v. : ill. ; 28 cm.
Editor and organizer: Saad Ghosn.

Priest turned therapist treats fear of God : poems

June 7, 2018
Hoagland, Tony, author.
74 pages ; 23 cm

Pochette : a book of poetry

June 1, 2018
Higgins, Jo Fredell, author.
73 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 18 cm

Light filters in : poems

May 25, 2018
Kaufman, Caroline, author.
211 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
The darkness falls -- The night persists -- The dawn breaks -- The sun rises.
In the vein of poetry collections like Milk and Honey and Adultolescence, this compilation of short, powerful poems from teen Instagram sensation @poeticpoison perfectly captures the human experience. In Light Filters In, Caroline Kaufman--known as @poeticpoison--does what she does best: reflects our own experiences back at us and makes us feel less alone, one exquisite and insightful piece at a time. She writes about giving up too much of yourself to someone else, not fitting in, endlessly Googling "how to be happy," and ultimately figuring out who you are. This hardcover collection features completely new material plus some fan favorites from Caroline's account. Filled with haunting, spare pieces of original art, Light Filters In will thrill existing fans and newcomers alike.


May 23, 2018
Shockley, Evie, 1965- author.
Middletown, Connecticut : Wesleyan University Press, [2017]
110 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm.
"Poetry by Evie Shockley, critiquing daily life as well as responding to race- and gender-based violence"-- Provided by publisher.

Meister Eckhart's book of the heart : meditations for the restless soul

May 23, 2018
Sweeney, Jon M., 1967- author.
Charlottesville, VA : Hampton Roads Pub., [2017]
231 pages ; 18 cm
These are poems by Meister Eckhart -- Opening the heart's door -- Our soul-life -- Letting go -- The inner spark -- Radiance -- Without why -- Enough now -- Seeking God on the wayless way.


May 18, 2018
Reed, Justin Phillip, author.
Minneapolis : Coffee House Press, 2018.
70 pages ; 23 cm
"Indecency is boldly and carefully executed and perfectly ragged. In these poems, Justin Phillip Reed experiments with language to explore inequity and injustice and to critique and lament the culture of white supremacy and the dominant social order. Political and personal, tender, daring, and insightful―the author unpacks his intimacies, weaponizing poetry to take on masculinity, sexuality, exploitation, and the prison industrial complex and unmask all the failures of the structures into which society sorts us."

Some say the lark ; poems

May 16, 2018
Chang, Jennifer, 1976- author.
Farmington, ME : Alice James Books, [2017]
88 pages ; 22 cm
"Chang's poems narrate grief and loss, and intertwines them with hope for a fresh start in the midst of new beginnings. With topics such as frustration with our social and natural world, these poems openly question the self and place and how private experiences like motherhood and sorrow necessitate a deeper engagement with public life and history."-- Provided by publisher.

Tropic of squalor : poems

May 11, 2018
Karr, Mary, author.
xiv, 75 pages ; 22 cm
The organ donor's driver's license has a black check -- Loony bin basketball -- The burning girl -- Illiterate progenitor -- Read these -- Discomfort food for the unwhole -- The devil's delusion -- Dear Oklahoma teen smashed on Reservation Road -- The age of criticism -- Exurbia -- Lord, I was faithless -- Suicide's note: An annual -- The awakening (after Milosz) -- How God speaks -- Face down -- The child abuse tour -- The less Holy Bible : I. Genesis: animal planet -- II. Numbers: poison profundis -- III. Leviticus: in dreams begin responsibilities -- IV. Exodus: bolt action -- V. Chronicles: Hell's kitchen -- VI. Wisdom: the voice of God -- VII. Judges: awe and disorder -- VIII. Obadiah: a perfect mess -- IX. Ecclesiastes: amok run -- X. Psalms: Carnegie Hall rush seats -- XI. Hey Jude: prophetic interlude by the ghost of Walt Whitman -- XII. Malachi: truckload of nails -- XIII. Hebrews: the mogul -- XIV. Lamentations: the more deceived -- XV. Kings: the obscenity prayer -- XVI. Marks and Johns: the Blessed Mother complains to the Lord her God about the abundance of brokenness she receives -- XVII. Acts: the Like button -- XVIII. Petering: recuperation from the sunk love under the aegis of Christ and Isaac Babel -- XIX. Philemon: notes from the underground -- XX. Revelation: the messenger -- Coda toward the New New Covenant: Death sentence.
"Long before she earned accolades for her genre-defining memoirs, Mary Karr was winning poetry prizes. Now the beloved author returns with a collection of bracing poems as visceral and deeply felt and hilarious as her memoirs. In Tropic of Squalor, Karr dares to address the numinous--that mystery some of us hope towards in secret, or maybe dare to pray to. The "squalor" of meaninglessness that every thoughtful person wrestles with sits at the core of human suffering, and Karr renders it with power--illness, death, love's agonized disappointments. Her brazen verse calls us out of our psychic swamplands and into that hard-won awareness of the divine hiding in the small moments that make us human. In a single poem she can generate tears, horror, empathy, laughter, and peace. She never preaches. But whether you're an adamant atheist, a pilgrim, or skeptically curious, these poems will urge you to find an inner light in the most baffling hours of darkness."--Inside dust jacket.

Rail : poems

May 10, 2018
Carlson-Wee, Kai, author.
Rochester, NY : BOA Editions, Ltd., 2018.
104 pages ; 23 cm


May 7, 2018
Pico, Tommy, author.
72 pages ; 23 cm
"The third book in Tommy Pico's Teebs trilogy, Junk is a breakup poem in couplets: ice floe and hot lava, a tribute to Janet Jackson and nacho cheese. In the static that follows the loss of a job or an apartment or a boyfriend, what can you grab onto for orientation? The narrator wonders what happens to the sense of self when the illusion of security has been stripped away. And for an indigenous person, how do these lost markers of identity echo larger cultural losses and erasures in a changing political landscape? In part taking its cue from A.R. Ammons's Garbage, Teebs names this liminal space "Junk," in the sense that a junk shop is full of old things waiting for their next use; different items that collectively become indistinct. But can there be a comfort outside the anxiety of utility? An appreciation of "being" for the sake of being? And will there be Chili Cheese Fritos?"-- Provided by publisher.

Many-storied house : poems

May 3, 2018
Lyon, George Ella, 1949-
121 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Includes index.
Interior Design -- Portrait -- Smithereens -- Memory Book -- It Was a Year -- This Is -- Shit -- [Untitled] -- Hall -- By the Laundry Hamper -- Linen Closet -- My Room -- Toy Chest -- Hiding -- Doll Mother -- Night of the Mysteries -- Brother's Room -- Off Limits -- How It Smelled -- Sleepless -- Parents' Room -- Arthritis, 1952 -- The Photo of Granny Buby -- November 21, 1963 -- Half -- With a Song in His Heart -- Bathroom -- Sanctus -- Company -- Cliff -- Yard -- D-Day -- Westward Ho -- At Play -- All of It -- Postgraduate Work -- It Doesn't Matter -- In the ER -- On Her Side -- Final Play -- Labor -- Every Cupboard Bare, Every Head Bowed -- Thanksgiving Night -- The Day After -- I Can't Believe.
Born in the small, eastern Kentucky coal-mining town of Harlan, George Ella Lyon began her career with Mountain, a chapbook of poems. She has since published many more books in multiple genres and for readers of all ages, but poetry remains at the heart of her work. Many-Storied House is her fifth collection. While teaching aspiring writers, Lyon asked her students to write a poem based on memories rooted in a house where they had lived. Working on the assignment herself, Lyon began a personal journey, writing many poems for each room. In this intimate book, she strives to answer lingering questions about herself and her family: "Here I stand, at the beginning," she writes in the opening lines of the volume, "with more questions than / answers."

A dog runs through it : poems

May 1, 2018
Pastan, Linda, 1932- author.
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2018]
xvi, 62 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
"Reflecting on her long and celebrated career in poetry, Linda Pastan was struck by the number of dogs that have appeared in her poems, whether as the primary subject or in the briefest of allusions. Dogs run through these poems, so to speak. The poems span the lighthearted to the serious, from the antics of training a recalcitrant dog to the grief at a beloved dog's death. With warmth, dignity, and quiet power, Pastan explores the many roles of these devoted animals, from household pet to Argos, Pluto, and the Dog Star. ENVOI We're signing up for heartbreak, We know one day we'll rue it. But oh the way our life lights up The years a dog runs through it"-- Provided by publisher.

Power ballads

May 1, 2018
Caples, Garrett T., author.
Seattle ; New York : Wave Books, [2016]
83 pages ; 23 cm


April 25, 2018
Pico, Tommy, author.
98 pages : illustration ; 23 cm
Composed as a long text message, this poem asks what happens to a modern, queer indigenous person a few generations after his ancestors were alienated from their language, their religion, and their history.

Oct tongue -1 : Weems, Swain / Smith, Lady / Chernin, Burroughs / Brightman

April 23, 2018
Parma, Ohio : Crisis Chronicles Press, [2014]
302 pages ; 23 cm

Distant center

April 19, 2018
Jin, Ha, 1956- author.
Port Townsend, Washington : Copper Canyon Press, [2018]
viii, 75 pages ; 24 cm

Brown : poems

April 18, 2018
Young, Kevin, 1970- author.
vii, 161 pages ; 24 cm
Divided into "Home Recordings" and "Field Recordings," Brown speaks to the way personal experience is shaped by culture, while culture is forever affected by the personal, recalling a black, Kansas boyhood to comment on our times."--Provided by publisher.

Blue rose

April 16, 2018
Muske-Dukes, Carol, 1945- author.
New York : Penguin Books, [2018]
x, 66 pages ; 23 cm.
"Carol Muske-Dukes has won acclaim for poetry that marries sophisticated intelligence, emotional resonance, and lyrical intensity. The poems in her new collection, Blue Rose, navigate around the idea of the unattainable--the elusive nature of poetry, of knowledge, of the fact that we know so little of the lives of others, of the world in which we live. Some poems respond to matters of women, birth, and the struggle for reproductive rights, while others draw inspiration from the lives of women who persisted outside of convention, in poetry, art, science: the painter Paula Modersohn-Becker; the pioneering molecular biologist Rosalyn Franklin, best known for her role in the discovery of DNA; and the American poet and writer Ina Coolbrith, California's first poet laureate"-- Provided by publisher.

From the other shore = Desde la otra orilla

April 13, 2018
Moreno, María Paz, 1970-
135 pages ; 22 cm.
Translated from the Spanish ; English text ©2018: Yunsuk Chae.
Copy 1 is signed and dated by the author.

For everyone

April 11, 2018
Reynolds, Jason, author.
New York, NY : Atheneum, [2018]
101 pages ; 22 cm
"A Caitlyn Dlouhy Book".
"An inspirational letter written to the dreamers of the world"-- Provided by publisher.

Air traffic : a memoir of ambition and manhood in America

April 10, 2018
Pardlo, Gregory, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.
x, 253 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
"The Pardlos were an average, middle-class African American family living in a New Jersey Levittown: charismatic Gregory Sr., an air traffic controller, his wife, and their two sons, bookish Greg Jr. and musical-talent Robbie. But when "Big Greg" loses his job after participating in the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Strike of 1981, he becomes a disillusioned, toxic, looming presence in the household--and a powerful rival for young Greg. He grapples with the irresistible yet ruinous legacy of masculinity he inherited from his father. In chronicling his path to adulthood--Gregory Pardlo gives us a compassionate, loving ode to his father, to fatherhood, and to the frustrating-yet-redemptive ties of family, as well as a scrupulous, searing examination of how African American manhood is shaped by contemporary American life"--Provided by publisher.

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