Category: Poetry

  • Complete Poems

    Here is the 1st trustworthy version of Keats's whole poems designed expressly for normal readers and students.

    Upon its book in 1978, Stillinger's The Poems of John Keats received awfully excessive compliment: "The definitive Keats," proclaimed The New Republic--"An authoritative variation embodying the readings the poet himself most likely meant, ready by way of the top pupil in Keats textual studies."

    Now this scholarship is eventually to be had in a swish, transparent structure designed to introduce scholars and normal readers to the "real" Keats. instead of the textual equipment that was once necessary to students, Stillinger right here presents important explanatory notes. those notes supply dates of composition, establish quotations and allusions, gloss names and phrases now not incorporated within the usual table dictionary, and refer the reader to the simplest severe interpretations of the poems. the hot creation offers crucial proof approximately Keats's existence and occupation, describes the topics of his most sensible paintings, and speculates at the motives of his greatness.

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  • Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems

    By Billy Collins


    “America’s favourite poet.”—The Wall road Journal

    From the two-term Poet Laureate of the us Billy Collins comes his first quantity of latest and chosen poems in twelve years. Aimless Love combines fifty new poems with beneficiant choices from his 4 latest books—Nine Horses, the difficulty with Poetry, Ballistics, and Horoscopes for the lifeless. Collins’s unmistakable voice, which brings jointly simple speech with inventive shock, is obviously heard on each web page, reminding us how he has controlled to complement the tapestry of up to date poetry and tremendously extend its viewers. His paintings is featured in best literary magazines comparable to The New Yorker, Poetry, and The Atlantic, and he sells out analyzing venues all around the state. showing on a regular basis in The top American Poetry sequence, his poems entice readers and dwell audiences in every single place and feature been translated into greater than a dozen languages. via turns playful, ironic, and critical, Collins’s poetry captures the nuances of daily life whereas major the reader into zones of encouraged ask yourself. within the poet’s personal phrases, he hopes that his poems “begin in Kansas and lead to oz” pertaining to the topics of affection, loss, pleasure, and poetry itself, those poems show off the simplest paintings of this “poet of plenitude, irony, and Augustan grace” (The New Yorker).

    pass, little book,
    out of this condo and into the world,
    carriage made up of paper rolling towards town
    bearing a unmarried passenger
    past the achieve of this jittery pen
    and much from the table and the nosy gooseneck lamp.
    it's time to decamp,
    wear a jacket and enterprise outside,
    time to be looked via different eyes,
    absolute to be held in international hands.
    So off you move, babies of the brain,
    with a wave and a few bits of fatherly advice:
    remain out as overdue as you like,
    don’t trouble to name or write,
    and check with as many strangers as you can.

    Praise for Aimless Love
    “[Billy Collins] is in a position, with priceless few phrases, to make me cry. Or chortle out loud. he's a outstanding artist. To have such energy in such an abbreviated shape is deeply inspiring.”—J. J. Abrams, The manhattan occasions booklet Review
    “His paintings is poignant, straight forward, often humorous and imaginitive, additionally nuanced and dazzling. It bears repeated interpreting and interpreting aloud.”The undeniable Dealer
    “Collins has earned virtually rock-star prestige. . . . He understands the right way to write layered, subtly witty poems that any one can comprehend and appreciate—even those that don’t as a rule like poetry. . . . The Collins in those pages is specific, evocative, and understands find out how to make the style clean and relevant.”—The Christian technological know-how Monitor
    “Collins’s new poems comprise every little thing you will have come to count on from a Billy Collins poem. They stand solidly on even flooring, chiseled and unbreakable. Their phraseology is classy, the humor is alive, and the speaker maintains to walk at his personal speed throughout the plainness of yank life.”The day-by-day Beast
    “[Collins’s] poetry offers uncomplicated observations, which create a shared adventure among Collins and his readers, whereas extra revealing how he is taking life’s daily humdrum reviews and makes them vibrant.”—The occasions Leader

    From the Hardcover edition.
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  • Poems 1959-2009

    By Frederick Seidel

    These are the accrued poems of a grasp whose paintings comprises a few of the such a lot compelling, savage, and smooth poems within the language. Frederick Seidel is, within the phrases of the critic Adam Kirsch, "the most sensible American poet writing today."

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  • The Iraqi Nights (New Directions Paperbook)

    A gorgeous new assortment via one in all Iraq’s brightest poetic voices

    The Iraqi Nights is the 3rd assortment by means of the acclaimed Iraqi poet Dunya Mikhail. Taking The 1000 and One Nights as her critical subject matter, Mikhail personifies the position of Scheherazade the storyteller, saving herself via her stories. The nights are unending, likely as darkish as warfare during this haunting assortment, likely as unending as conflict. but the poet can't cease dreaming of a destiny past the violence of a spot the place “every second / anything usual / will take place less than the sun.” in contrast to Scheherazade, in spite of the fact that, Mikhail is writing, to not break out demise, yet to summon the power to undergo. Inhabiting the emotive areas among Iraq and the united states, Mikhail infuses these harsh geographical regions with a deep poetic intimacy. The author’s vibrant illustrations ― encouraged through Sumerian capsules ― are threaded all through this robust booklet.
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  • Stranger Music: Selected Poems and Songs

    By Leonard Cohen

    For the 1st time in paperback--the chosen paintings of the mythical singer, poet, and performer. Stranger song provides an impressive cross-section of Cohen's work--including eleven formerly unpublished poems--and demonstrates definitively that Cohen is a author of excellent intelligence and a strength that transcends genres.
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  • Kindertotenwald

    By Franz Wright

    A genre-bending number of prose poems from Pulitzer Prize–winner Franz Wright brings us surreal stories of early life, formative years, and grownup know-how, relocating from the beautiful to the stunning to a feeling of peace. Wright’s such a lot intimate options and pictures seem prior to us in dramatic and spectral brief narratives: spell binding poems whose colloquial sound and rhythms announce a brand new course for this luminous and masterful poet.

    In those trips, we pay attention the consistent murmured “yes” of creation—“it might be packing its small suitcase quickly; it is going to depart the keys dangling from the lock and set out at last,” Wright tells us. He introduces us to the strong presences in his international (the haiku grasp Basho, Nietzsche, St. Teresa of Avila, and particularly his father, James Wright) as he explores the always unfolding lack of adolescence and the combined benefits that stick to it. Taken jointly, the items bring the diary of a poet—“a particularly stable egg in scorching water,” as he describes himself—who seeks to relate his means in the course of the darkish wooden of his name, following the crumbs of language. “Take everything,” Wright indicates, “you could have all of it again, yet go away for a bit the phrases, of all you gave the main mysteriously lasting.” With a robust presence of the dramatic in each line, Kindertotenwald pulls us deep into this trip, the place we too are misplaced after which chanced on back with him.
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  • Telephone Ringing in the Labyrinth: Poems 2004-2006

    By Adrienne Rich

    "Rich's lyrics are strong and mournful, sopping wet in memory." —San Francisco Chronicle

    From Bookslut
    "Adrienne wealthy is hard, as a poet and as a philosopher. The poems in mobile Ringing within the Labyrinth are packed with traps and snares and difficulties that stream in circles. She’s so deft, in a few enigmatic manner, that she manages to drag off references and turns of word that will sink the other poet’s paintings, that will look pretentious or overwrought in different palms. within the nine-part “Draft #2006,” that can be my favourite piece during this quantity, she fees Karl Marx’s Theses on Feuerbach partially 4, visits a farmer swallowing pesticide in Andhra Pradesh partly six, and talks concerning the “thereness” of a specific thing partly 9 -- and but someway, via whatever edgier and brainier than magic, the poem is rarely heavy-handedly political or philosophical. It’s simply thought-provoking. And round. And tough. you'll sit down stewing over the 1st line -- “Suppose we got here again as ghosts asking the unasked questions” -- for hours, after which there are principles and pictures that offer natural excitement with their secret. The “border of poetry” is “dreamfaces blurring horrorlands.” In “rooms of mahogany and leather,/ conversations open in overseas code. Thighs and buttocks to open later by way of/ arrangement.” there's something undying approximately this poem, even supposing it’s approximately timeliness:

    They requested me, is that this time worse than another.

    I stated, for whom?

    Wanted to teach them anything. whereas I wrote at the
    chalkboard they drifted out. I grew to become again to an empty room.

    Maybe I couldn’t write speedy sufficient. might be it was once too soon.

    “Draft #2006” made me take into consideration what it should suggest to catch this second in heritage with a poem. There are poets who've succeeded in grabbing a second, epically and forever -- T.S. Eliot’s “Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock” does it, and Ginsburg’s “Howl,” and several other of Auden’s poems and, might be so much completely, Dan Pagis’s “Written in Pencil within the Sealed Railway Car.” As I begin to give it some thought, such a lot of powerful poems do trap the instant, rigidly and obviously. “Draft #2006,” as I reread it, is the sort of -- it captures a time on this planet, within the human global, that's slippery, lovely and perhaps inevitable.

    There are puzzles and their attainable suggestions all through this quantity, and the lifeless -- skeletons, ghosts, casualties of conflict and famine, composers via their song, well-known philosophers via their phrases, William Blake -- emerge many times to invite questions. They locate solutions in mystery codes -- “ghost limbs move into spasm within the night,” “history as wallpaper/urgently chosen clipped and pasted/but the room itself nowhere,” “the exits are slick with people/going someplace quickly, ” “And underneath the outside of boredom/ indecipherable fear.” There are strangely apt convergences, unforeseen rules and subject matters that make experience jointly, as in “Hubble pictures: After Sappho”:

    These impersonae, despite the fact that we name them
    won’t invade us as on motion picture screens

    they are so previous, so new, we aren't to them
    we examine them or don’t from in the milky gauze

    of our tilted gazing
    but they don’t glance again and we can't harm them

    These are the works of a mature poet, an individual who speaks many metaphorical languages -- math, technology, politics, song, grief -- and smoothes all of them into one historic, new language. it truly is infrequent that somebody within the twenty first Century, somebody with a posh schooling and an intensive bent and laurels to leisure on, doesn’t lose it as a poet, turning predictable, writing approximately trivia with no exposing greater than what’s at the web page. yet by some means, Adrienne wealthy is trickily coping with it, needling on the dermis, writing real, actual poems. there are such a lot of dreadful instructions wealthy could’ve long past, following on flawed turns taken by means of such a lot of different once-great 20th century poets -- maudlin speeches, off-putting, phony sagas of gooey Californian intercourse, predictable memoirs. in its place, in her seventies, Adrienne wealthy has written a magnetic, attention-grabbing masterwork."
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  • Dancing with Joy: 99 Poems

    By Roger Housden

    In his assortment Risking Everything, Housden addressed love’s many points. Now, in Dancing with Joy, he assembles ninety nine poems from sixty nine poets that remember the various shades of pleasure. something could be a catalyst for pleasure, those poems exhibit.

    For Wislawa Szymborska, the catalyst is a dream; for Robert Bly, being within the corporation of his ten-year-old son; for Gerald Stern, it's a grapefruit at breakfast; for Billy Collins, a cigarette. Dancing with Joy comprises English and Italian classical and romantic works; early chinese language and Persian verse; and poets from Chile, France, Sweden, Poland, Russia, Turkey, and India, plus a variety of modern American and English poets.

    Whether proposal is what you would like, or an confirmation of what's already cheerful in existence, Dancing with Joy is a welcome deal with for Housden’s quite a few enthusiasts, in addition to someone trying to find sheer happiness, marvelously expressed.
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  • The Whitsun Weddings

    By Philip Larkin

    Philip Larkin (1922-1985) is still England's best-loved poet - a author matchlessly able to evoking his homeland and of touching all readers from the main subtle highbrow to the proverbial universal reader. The past due John Betjeman saw that 'this tenderly observant poet writes sincerely, rhythmically, and thoughtfully approximately what we all can understand'. in the back of this modest description lies a poet who made greatness glance, in Milton's prescription, 'simple, sensuous and passionate'.
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  • The Collected Poems of Odysseus Elytis

    In awarding Odysseus Elytis the 1979 Nobel Prize in literature, the Swedish Academy praised him "for his poetry, which, opposed to the historical past of Greek culture, depicts with sensuous energy and highbrow clearsightedness smooth man's fight for freedom and creativeness." all through his lengthy occupation as a poet, Elytis (1911–1996) remained precise to his imaginative and prescient of a poetry that addresses the facility of language and connects the background and mythology of Greece to the actual international and to the realities of the trendy age. popular for his or her amazing lyricism and profound optimism, Elytis's poems trap the normal wonders of Greece and provides voice to the modern Greek―and to a extra universally human―consciousness.

    Originally released in 1997, The amassed Poems of Odysseus Elytis, translated into English through Jeffrey Carson and Nikos Sarris, used to be the 1st whole number of Elytis's poems in any language. integrated during this landmark quantity have been Elytis's early poems, encouraged in equivalent elements via surrealism and the wildlife; Song Heroic and Mourning for the misplaced moment Lieutenant of the Albanian Campaign, his epic poem connecting Greece's―and his own―Second international conflict adventure to the parable of the everlasting Greek hero; his such a lot bold paintings, The Axion Esti; and his mature poetry, from Maria Nephele to West of Sorrow.

    For this multiplied re-creation, Carson and Sarris have extra sixty loose verse and prose poems first released in Greek within the posthumous 1998 quantity From shut By, in addition to a collection of track lyrics, The Rhos of Eros, and a cantata, The Sovereign Sun, formerly passed over. All were translated with an identical care and magnificence because the remainder of Elytis's oeuvre, brilliantly rendering into English the Greek poet's lyrical voice and the richness of his diction.

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