New Arrivals · Poetry

January 16, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Martin rising : requiem for a King

January 15, 2018
Pinkney, Andrea Davis, author.
127 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
In a rich embroidery of visions, musical cadence, and deep emotion, Andrea and Brian Pinkney convey the final months of Martin Luther King's life -- and of his assassination -- through metaphor, spirituality, and multilayers of meaning.

Wild beauty = Belleza salvaje : new and selected poems

January 12, 2018
Shange, Ntozake, author.
New York : 37 Ink/Atria, 2017.
xxx, 255 pages ; 22 cm
Wild beauty / Ntozake Shange -- Wild beauty / Ntozake Shange.
Collects more than sixty original and selected poems that frequently deal with such difficult subjects as rape, abortion, suicide, and domestic violence, with Spanish translations on facing pages.

The best American poetry.

January 11, 2018
New York, N.Y. : Collier Books,
v. ; 22 cm.
Imprint varies: 1999-<2017> published by Scribner Poetry.


January 11, 2018
Hanna, Gabbie, author.
New York, NY : Keywords Press, [2017]
248 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"From Teen Choice Award-nominated comedian and vlogger Gabbie Hanna, known on YouTube as The Gabbie Show, an astounding debut poetry collection that captures the essence of what it means to come of age in today's world. Gabbie Hanna disarms the sacred and elevates the mundane in this exhilarating debut collection of illustrated poems. Ranging from the sing-song rhythms of children's verses and a sophisticated confessional style, Gabbie explores the emotionally charged space between childhood and womanhood, revealing her own longings, obsessions, and insecurities along the way. Adultolescence heralds the arrival of an artist with a magical ability to connect through alienation, bury truth bombs within observations about pizza cravings and social media, and detonate wickedly funny jokes between moments of existential dread. You'll turn to the last page because you get her, and you'll return to the first page because she gets you"-- Provided by publisher.

The complete poems of A. R. Ammons

January 9, 2018
Ammons, A. R., 1926-2001.
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2017]
2 volumes ; 24 cm
Volume 1. 1955 -- 1977 -- Volume 2. 1978-2005
"So I said I am Ezra / and the wind whipped my throat / gaming for the sounds of my voice. . . ." So begins one of the most remarkable oeuvres in the history of American poetry. The Complete Poems of A. R. Ammons, Volume I presents the first half of Archie Randolph Ammons's long career, including the complete texts of his three book-length poems from that period: the verse diary Tape for the Turn of the Year, the Bollingen Prize-winning Sphere: The Form of a Motion, and the daring kaleidoscope of The Snow Poems, which late in life Ammons said of all his long poems was his favorite.

I love my love

December 19, 2017
Biddy, Reyna, author.
xii, 106 pages ; 23 cm
Autobiographical poems.
"A compilation of spoken word poems"--Title page verso.
"In short, poignant verses, Reyna Biddy's poems explore pain, emotional reckoning, and the power of self-love. The debut collection from 22-year-old poet Reyna Biddy, I Love My Love tells the story of Reyna's childhood, her parents' toxic relationship, and how, against all odds, she learned to love herself."-- Amazon.

In the still of the night

December 19, 2017
Wier, Dara, 1949- author.
Seattle : Wave Books, [2017]
121 pages ; 20 cm
"Wave Books."
""Wier is a poet concerned with capturing the fluidity of thought and experience-and not diminishing its forward charge in doing so. Wier's lines have always had a wild whitewater crash to them, overwhelming any vessel she pours them into." -Boston Globe "That's how one human leaves us" ends the first poem of Dara Wier's direct and powerful new collection, a raw and fluid exploration of grief. Wier records her thoughts with intelligence, clarity, honesty, and immediacy, showing us the unraveling of her world and her new consciousness after a great loss. it would not be sufficient to stop the bleeding grief absence is for these words would have such life in and so of them they would burn in ways so present we would begin to smell smoke and think fire Dara Wier is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including You Good Thing, Selected Poems, Remnants of Hannah, Reverse Rapture, Hat On a Pond, and Voyages in English. Also among her works are the limited editions (X In Fix) in Rain Taxi's Brainstorm Series, Fly on the Wall, and The Lost Epic, co-written with James Tate. She teaches workshops and form and theory seminars and directs the MFA program for poets and writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and co-directs the University of Massachusetts' Juniper Initiative for Literary Arts and Action. She is the co-founder of Factory Hollow Press in North Amherst, Massachusetts"-- Provided by publisher.

The happy end / all are welcome

December 14, 2017
Torre, Mónica de la, author.
114 pages ; 21 cm
Positions available -- Career track -- Available positions -- Table 20 -- View from an Aeron chair -- Table 17 -- Sources sought notice -- Table 21 -- Sales letters -- Ad copy -- View from a dodo chair -- Questionnaire -- Table 25 -- View from a womb chair -- Table 45 -- Case study -- Case study -- Case study -- Case study -- Case study -- Human intelligence tasks -- View from an Utrecht chair -- [untitled] -- Furniture tester -- Yes or no -- Yes or no -- Yes or no -- Yes or no -- Yes or no -- Yes or no -- Yes or no -- Yes or no -- Ad copy -- View from a folding chair -- Table 7 -- Limitations and constraint -- Darkening of the light brightness hiding -- The wanderer -- Progress -- Table 41 -- View from a management chair -- Rapid reading test -- Ad copy -- Table 12 -- Questionnaire for a prospective chain smoker -- More available positions -- View from a lounge chair -- La gran señora -- Guerrilla advertiser position -- Cultivation strategy -- Table 22 -- The following brief -- Table 35 -- Add a missing place to Google maps -- Seeking -- View from a monobloc chair -- Table 28 -- Partial inventory -- OK, this is it.
"The Happy End/ All Welcome is set in a job fair inspired by the Nature Theater of Oklahoma from Kafka's unfinished novel Amerika: the largest theater company in the world is recruiting all kinds of employees. De la Torre builds, fastens, cuts, pastes, performs, and extrudes a variety of poems to suit this most serious situation comedy: poems as job interviews, poems as postings, poems as questionnaires, reports, speeches, lyrical rants... At its heart, this playful bricolage explores the norms of the workplace and its notions of competence, while tackling office design, performativity, and skilled vs. deskilled creative labor."--Publisher's website (viewed 01/30/2017).

The bughouse : the poetry, politics, and madness of Ezra Pound

December 13, 2017
Swift, Daniel, 1977- author.
302 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Includes index.
Prologue / Liz Bish -- 1946. Hell-hole -- Kafferty -- 1947-53. Amurika -- The bughouse -- 1954-8. The same cellar -- CasaPound -- Ezuversity -- Epilogue: trying to write Paradise.
"In 1945, the American poet Ezra Pound was due to stand trial for treason for his broadcasts in Fascist Italy during the Second World War. Before the trial could take place, however, he was pronounced insane. Escaping a possible death sentence, he was sent to St. Elizabeths Hospital near Washington, D.C., where he was held for more than a decade. At the hospital, Pound was at his most infamous, and most contradictory. He was a genius and a traitor, a great poet and a madman. He was also an irresistible figure and, in his cell on Chestnut Ward and on the elegant hospital grounds, he was visited by the major poets and writers of his time. T. S. Eliot, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Lowell, John Berryman, Charles Olson, and Frederick Seidel all went to sit with him. They listened to him speak and wrote of what they had seen. This was perhaps the world's most unorthodox literary salon: convened by a fascist, held in a lunatic asylum, with chocolate brownies and mayonnaise sandwiches served for tea. Pound continues to divide all who read and think of him. At the hospital, the doctors who studied him and the poets who learned from him each had a different understanding of this wild and most difficult man. Tracing Pound through the eyes of his visitors, Daniel Swift's The Bughouse tells a story of politics, madness, and modern art in the twentieth century." -- Publisher's description.

Storm for the living and the dead : uncollected and unpublished poems

December 11, 2017
Bukowski, Charles, author.
264 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Charles Bukowski was a prolific writer who produced countless short stories, novels, and poems that have reached beyond their time and place to speak to generations of readers all over the world. Many of his poems remain little known, material that appeared in small magazines but was never collected, and a large number of them have yet to be published. In Storm for the Living and the Dead, Abel Debritto has curated the very finest of this material?poems from obscure, hard-to-find magazines, as well as from libraries and private collections all over the country?most of which will be new to Bukowski?s readers and some of which has never been seen before. In doing so, Debritto has captured the essence of Bukowski?s inimitable poetic style?tough and hilarious but ringing with humanity. Storm for the Living and the Dead is a gift for any devotee of the Dirty Old Man of American letters"


December 6, 2017
Daley-Ward, Yrsa.
New York : Penguin Books, 2017.
xvi, 141 pages ; 20 cm
"From the celebrated poet Yrsa Daley-Ward, a poignant collection of autobiographical poems about the heart, life, and the inner self. Bone. Visceral. Close to. Stark. The poems in Yrsa Daley-Ward's collection bone are exactly that: reflections on a particular life honed to their essence--so clear and pared-down, they become universal. From navigating the oft competing worlds of religion and desire, to balancing society's expectations with the raw experience of being a woman in the world; from detailing the experiences of growing up as a first generation black British woman, to working through situations of dependence and abuse; from finding solace in the echoing caverns of depression and loss, to exploring the vulnerability and redemption in falling in love, each of the raw and immediate poems in Daley-Ward's bone resonate to the core of what it means to be human."-- Provided by publisher.

The Ripley Ridge storyteller

December 6, 2017
Pinger, Dan, author.
160 pages ; 23 cm
"Meet Dan Pinger: an 87-year-old writer who lives alone on an 84-acre ridge-top farm near the banks of the Ohio River... In what he calls his 'stories in rhyme', Mr. Pinter reveals his triumphs and his regrets, his suffering and his bliss... The honesty and depth of his writing draws readers into his universe where everyone finds something familiar and learns to accept as well as to appreciate their own pasts"--Back cover.

Enraged : why violent times need ancient Greek myths

December 4, 2017
Anhalt, Emily Katz, author.
xiv, 268 pages ; 22 cm
Introduction: The power of stories -- Passions and priorities (Iliad 1) -- Them and us (Iliad 6) -- Cultivating rational thought (Iliad 9) -- Violence, vengeance, and a glimpse of victory (Iliad 10-24) -- The dangers of democratic decision making (Sophocles' Ajax) -- The abuse of power and its consequences (Euripides' Hecuba) -- Conclusion: the ends of self-government.
"Millennia ago, Greek myths exposed the dangers of violent rage and the need for empathy and self-restraint. Homer's Iliad, Euripides' Hecuba, and Sophocles' Ajax show that anger and vengeance destroy perpetrators and victims alike. Composed before and during the ancient Greeks' groundbreaking movement away from autocracy toward more inclusive political participation, these stories offer guidelines for modern efforts to create and maintain civil societies. Emily Katz Anhalt reveals how these three masterworks of classical Greek literature can teach us, as they taught the ancient Greeks, to recognize violent revenge as a marker of illogical thinking and poor leadership. These time-honored texts emphasize the costs of our dangerous penchant for glorifying violent rage and those who would indulge in it. By promoting compassion, rational thought, and debate, Greek myths help to arm us against the tyrants we might serve and the tyrants we might become."--Amazon.

The poems of Dylan Thomas

November 30, 2017
Thomas, Dylan, 1914-1953, author.
New York : New Directions, 2017.
lxiii, 440 pages ; 24 cm

The letters of Sylvia Plath. Volume I, 1940-1956

November 22, 2017
Plath, Sylvia, author.
New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2017.
xxxv, 1388 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
In The Letters of Sylvia Plath Volume 1, 1940-1956, we discover the art of Plath's correspondence. Most of these materials have never before been published, and are presented here unabridged and without revision--so that she can speak directly in her own words. Refreshingly candid and offering intimate details of her personal life, Plath's letters entertain a wide ranges of addressees, including family, friends, and professional contacts, with inimitable wit and verve. This selection of early correspondence marks the key moments of Plath's adolescence, including her childhood hobbies and high school boyfriends; her successful but turbulent undergraduate years at Smith College; her move to England and Cambridge University; and her meeting and marrying Ted Hughes, including previously unseen post-honeymoon letters that reveal the beginnings of their extraordinary creative partnership. The letters document Plath's literary development and show the genesis of many poems, short and long fiction, and works of journalism. While her endeavors to publish in a variety of genres received mixed reception, she was never dissuaded. Well-read and curious, Plath simultaneously offers a fascinating commentary on contemporary culture as well as a rare look at her writing ambitions through her correspondence. Peter K. Steinberg, leading Plath scholar, and Karen V. Kukil, editor of The Journals of Sylvia Plath, 1950-1962, provide comprehensive footnotes and an extensive index informed by their meticulous research that masterfully contextualize what these pages disclose. The letters are adorned by a selection of never-before-published photographs and Plath's own elegant line drawings. This remarkable collection, a work of immense scholarship and care, presents an exclusive look at the interior life of one of the most talented and fascinating poets of the modern age. -- Inside jacket flap.

A good cry : what we learn from tears and laughter

November 22, 2017
Giovanni, Nikki, author.
xi, 111 pages ; 19 cm
Autobiographical poems.
"Poet, firebrand, mother, radical, healer, and sage, Nikki Giovanni has always been celebrated for her inspired and courageous voice. For decades, she has spoken out on the sensitive issues -- race and gender, violence and inequality -- that touch our national consciousness. As energetic and insightful as ever, Nikki Giovanni now offers us an intimate and affecting look at her personal history and the hidden corners of her own heart. In A Good Cry, she takes us into her confidence, describing the joy and peril of aging and recalling the violence that permeated her parents' marriage and her childhood. She pays homage to the people who have given her life meaning and delight: her grandparents, who took her in and saved her life; the poets and thinkers who have influenced her; and the students who have surrounded her. Giovanni also celebrates her good friend, Maya Angelou, and the many years of friendship, poetry, and kitchen-table laughter they shared before Angelou's death in 2014. An essential work for our times and a moving chronicle of an artist's life. A Good Cry is another classic from the prolific and perennially relevant Nikki Giovanni."-- From publisher's description.

¡Manteca! : an anthology of Afro-Latin@ poets

November 22, 2017
Houston, Texas : Arte Público Press, [2017]
lv, 415 pages ; 22 cm
Elizabeth Acevedo -- Gustavo Adolfo Aybar -- Miguel Algarín -- Jane Alberdeston Coralin -- Peggy Robles-Alvarado -- Josefina Báez -- Carmen Bardeguez Brown -- Ariana Brown -- Natalie N. Caro -- Natasha Carrizosa -- Adrián Castro -- Río Cortez -- Sandra María Esteves -- Mariposa -- Shaggy Flores -- Aracelis Girmay -- Modesto Flako Jiménez -- Tato Laviera -- Raina J. León -- Esperanza Malavé Cintrón -- Reynold Martín -- Tony Medina -- Marianela Medrano -- Jesús Papoleto Meléndez -- E. Ethelbert Miller -- Aja Monet -- Anthony Morales -- John Murillo -- Raquel I. Penzo -- Willie Perdomo -- Miguel Piñero -- Noel Quiñones -- Gabriel Ramírez -- Luivette Resto -- Louis Reyes Rivera -- Bonafide Rojas -- Mayra Santos-Febres -- Nicole Sealey -- Lorenzo Thomas -- Joaquín Zihuatanejo.

The Odyssey

November 22, 2017
Homer, author.
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2018]
582 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

What was it for

November 20, 2017
Raphel, Adrienne, author.
105 pages : portrait ; 18 cm

The sun and her flowers

November 17, 2017
Kaur, Rupi, author, illustrator.
248 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
"Illustrations and design by Rupi Kaur"--Title page verso.
Wilting -- Falling -- Rooting -- Rising -- Blooming.
A transcendent journey about growth and healing, ancestry and honoring ones roots and expatriation, and rising up to find a home within yourself.

The book of endings

November 16, 2017
Harrison, Leslie, 1962- author.
Akron, Ohio : The University of Akron Press, [2017]
88 pages ; 23 cm.
[Was it ice]; [Once]; [Parable]; [Epiphany]; Center Panel; [Actias luna]; [Parable]; [Over]; [This I know]; [What I mean]; [Because in all your life you've lived]; [Snowfields]; [Let the blue earth spin]; [Things the realtor will not tell the new owner]; [Salt]; [Dear god I ask]; [Bezoar]; [Wrong]; [Invocation]; [Nest]; Notes; Acknowledgments

While standing in line for death

November 15, 2017
Conrad, C. A., author.
Seattle : Wave Books, [2017]
143 pages ; 25 cm

Where now : new and selected poems

November 14, 2017
Kasischke, Laura, 1961- author.
Port Townsend, Washington : Copper Canyon Press, [2017]
xv, 363 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"Laura Kasischke's long-awaited selected poems presents the breadth of her probing vision that subverts the so-called "normal." A lover of fairy tales, Kasischke showcases her command of the symbolic, with a keen attention to sound in her exploration of the everyday-whether reflections on loss or the complicated realities of childhood and family. As literary critic Stephen Burt wrote in Boston Review, "The future will not see us by one poet alone ... If there is any justice in that future, Kasischke is one of the poets it will choose." This incandescent volume makes the case that Laura Kasischke is one of America's great poets, and her presence is secure. From "Dear Water": I am your lost daughter and, as always, you are listening & fish. Though I sift you for sunlight, it runs from me in glistening pins, vanishes in the wavering map of your ungraspable heart. When I reach in, you swallow my cold hands again, swallow the joy they'd hold. Laura Kasischke is a poet and novelist whose fiction has been made into several feature-length films. Her book of poems, Space, in Chains, won the National Book Critics Circle Award. She currently teaches at the University of Michigan and lives in Chelsea, Michigan"-- Provided by publisher.

For want of water : and other poems

November 13, 2017
Pimentel, Sasha, author.
Boston : Beacon Press, [2017]
xv, 116 pages ; 24 cm.
"Selected and with a foreword by Gregory Pardlo"
"Searing verses set on the Mexican border about war and addiction and sexual violence, grief and loss"--Back cover.

Thrust : poems

November 8, 2017
Derr-Smith, Heather, author.
New York : Persea Books, [2017]
62 pages ; 23 cm
"A Karen & Michael Braziller book."

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