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HOW GREAT POEMS TRANSFORM THE WORLD
Written by JANE HIRSHFIELD

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 02/21/2017

Price: $19.00

ISBN: 978-0-345-80684-0

A dazzling collection of essays on how the best poems work, from the master poet and popular essayist

“Poetry,” Jane Hirshfield has said, “is language that foments revolutions of being.” In ten eloquent and highly original explorations, she unfolds some of the ways this is done—by the inclusion of hiddenness, paradox, and surprise; by a perennial awareness of the place of uncertainty in our lives; by language's own acts of discovery; by the powers of image, statement, music, and feeling to...

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Written by PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY
Edited by JACK DONOVAN, CIAN DUFFY
Introduction by JACK DONOVAN, CIAN DUFFY

Format: Trade Paperback, 944 pages

Publisher: Penguin Classics

On Sale: 01/31/2017

Price: $20.00

ISBN: 978-0-241-25306-9

Percy Bysshe Shelley was one of the leading English Romantics and is critically regarded among the finest lyric poets in the English language. His major works include the long visionary poems “Prometheus Unbound” and “Adonais,” an elegy on the death of John Keats. His shorter, classic verses include “Ozymandias,” “To a Skylark,” “Mont Blanc,” and “Ode to the West Wind.” This comprehensive and informative new edition collects his best poetry and prose, revealing how his writings weave...

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Written by MARIE PONSOT

Format: Hardcover, 496 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 08/02/2016

Price: $35.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-94767-8

Marie Ponsot’s Collected Poems is the stunning lifework of the prizewinning poet, gathered in one volume: the world she has made of life’s fire for sixty years. The present celebratory volume covers nearly all of her published work, from True Minds (1956), which was number five in the famous City Lights Pocket Poets series, through the 2009 Easy, her most recent collection; it also includes some new work, written in the years since. Here is the lyrical joy, the full range of Ponsot’s gift...

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Written by JANA PRIKRYL

Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages

Publisher: Tim Duggan Books

On Sale: 06/21/2016

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-90623-1

"A truly moving book." —John Ashbery

Jana Prikryl’s The After Party journeys across borders and eras, from cold war Central Europe to present-day New York City, from ancient Rome to New World suburbs, constantly testing the lingua francas we negotiate to know ourselves. These poems disclose the tensions in our inherited identities and showcase Prikryl’s ambitious experimentation with style.

“Thirty Thousand Islands,” the second half of the collection, presents some forty linked poems that...

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Written by BENJAMIN FONDANE
Edited by LEONARD SCHWARTZ
Introduction by LEONARD SCHWARTZ

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages

Publisher: NYRB Poets

On Sale: 05/17/2016

Price: $14.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-17900-0

Benjamin Fondane was that rarest of poets: an experimental formalist with a powerful lyric poetic voice; a renegade surrealist who was also a highly original existential philosopher; a self-consciously Jewish poet  of diaspora and loss, whose last manuscripts made it out of Drancy in 1944 just before his deportation to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where he was murdered, yet whose poetry speaks of an overflowing plenitude. This bilingual selection is the first volume of Fondane’s poetry to appear in...

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THE EXTRAORDINARY LIVES OF MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT & MARY SHELLEY
Written by CHARLOTTE GORDON

Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 02/02/2016

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98047-9

NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE SEATTLE TIMES

This groundbreaking dual biography brings to life a pioneering English feminist and the daughter she never knew. Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley have each been the subject of numerous biographies, yet no one has ever examined their lives in one book—until now. In Romantic Outlaws, Charlotte Gordon reunites the trailblazing author who wrote A Vindication of the Rights of Woman and...

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Written by OSIP MANDELSTAM
Translator ANDREW DAVIS

Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages

Publisher: NYRB Poets

On Sale: 01/05/2016

Price: $12.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-17910-9

Osip Mandelstam is one of the greatest of twentieth-century poets and Voronezh Notebooks, a sequence of poems composed between 1935 and 1937 when he was living in internal exile in the Soviet city of Voronezh, is his last and most exploratory work. Meditating on death and survival, on power and poetry, on marriage, madness, friendship, and memory, challenging Stalin between lines that are full of the sights and sounds of the steppes, blue sky and black earth, the roads, winter breath, spring...

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SELECTED POEMS
Written by GUILLAUME APOLLINAIRE
Translator RON PADGETT
Introduction by PETER READ

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: NYRB Poets

On Sale: 11/24/2015

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-1-590-17924-6

Zone is the fruit of poet-translator Ron Padgett’s fifty-year engagement with the work of France’s greatest modern poet. This bilingual edition of Apollinaire’s poetry represents the full range of his achievement from traditional lyric verse to the pathbreaking visual poems he called calligrams, from often-anthologized classics to hitherto-untranslated gems, from poems of cosmic breadth to a poem about his shoes. Including an introduction by the distinguished scholar Peter Read, helpful...

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Written by SAKUTARO HAGIWARA
Edited by HIROAKI SATO
Translator HIROAKI SATO

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages

Publisher: NYRB Poets

On Sale: 11/11/2014

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-1-590-17775-4

Modernist poet Sakutarō Hagiwara’s first published book, Howling at the Moon, shattered conventional verse forms and transformed the poetic landscape of Japan. Two of its poems were removed on order of the Ministry of the Interior for “disturbing social customs.” Along with the entirety of Howling, this volume includes all of Blue Cat, Hagiwara's second major collection, together with Cat Town, a prose-poem novella, and a substantial selection of verse from the rest of his books, giving...

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COLLECTED AND NEW POEMS 1974-2011

Format: Hardcover, 400 pages

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

On Sale: 11/04/2014

Price: $35.00

ISBN: 978-1-609-80594-4

The long breath of Barbara Chase-Riboud's poems recalls poets of the antique world we know only from fragments, like Sappho. And yet here is a disquieting and sumptuous contemporary voice that seems to gather up antiquity and modernity with equal fervor and scorn. These poems are sexually charged, possessed of a courtly disdain and a strange nobility that seems to well up from below to be self-creating and unlike the verse of any other poet writing today.

Certainly one secret to this work is...

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AND OTHER WRITINGS ON TWENTIETH-CENTURY POETRY AND PROSE
Written by ALAIN BADIOU
Translator EMILY APTER, BRUNO BOSTEELS
Introduction by BRUNO BOSTEELS

Format: Trade Paperback, 252 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 11/04/2014

Price: $24.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68569-3

The Age of the Poets revisits the age-old problem of the relation between literature and philosophy, arguing against both Plato and Heidegger’s famous arguments. Philosophy neither has to ban the poets from the republic nor abdicate its own powers to the sole benefit of poetry or art. Instead, it must declare the end of what Badiou names the “age of the poets,” which stretches from Hölderlin to Celan. Drawing on ideas from his first publication on the subject, “The Autonomy of the Aesthetic...

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A POEM
Written by EDWARD HIRSCH

Format: Hardcover, 96 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 09/02/2014

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-35357-1

Never has there been a book of poems quite like Gabriel, in which a short life, a bewildering death, and the unanswerable sorrow of a father come together in such a sustained elegy. This unabashed sequence speaks directly from Hirsch’s heart to our own, without sentimentality. From its opening lines—“The funeral director opened the coffin / And there he was alone / From the waist up”—Hirsch’s account is poignantly direct and open to the strange vicissitudes and tricks of grief. In propulsive...

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