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February 17, 2018

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New Poetry Books for Adults

 

Hundreds of books are added to the Library's collection each month. Here are the most recent Poetry books for adults.

 

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Civil Twilight: Poems

Civil Twilight: Poems
Schultz, Jeffrey, 1979-

""Civil twilight" occurs just before dawn and just after dusk, when there is still light enough to distinguish the shapes and contours of objects but not the richness of their detail. Beginning with the idea that nothing can be seen clearly in the light of the present, the poems in Civil Twilight attempt to resuscitate lyric's revelatory impulse by taking nothing for granted, forming their materials under the light of a critical gaze. If there is any chance left for a humane world, a world in which poetry might become as transparent and evocative as it has always longed to be, these poems desire nothing but to find hints of that chance, and to follow them as far as they might lead. Jeffrey Schultz brings his distinct voice to bear on the stuff of twenty-first-century America--languishing FOIA requests, graffiti-covered city walls, the violent machinery of the state--without abandoning hope that the language of poetry might transport us to some better and as-yet-unimaginable world. Turning a call to be "civil" on its head, this collection nudges the reader toward revolution."--Amazon.com.


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I Wore My Blackest Hair: Poems

I Wore My Blackest Hair: Poems
Duan, Carlina

"In I Wore My Blackest Hair, Fulbright grant and Edna Meudt Memorial Award recipient Carlina Duan delivers an electric debut collection of poetry. With defiance and wild joy, Duan's poems wrestle with and celebrate ancestry and history, racial consciousness, and the growing pains of girlhood. They explore difficult truths with grace and power. I Wore My Blackest Hair is an honest portrait of a woman in-between--identities, places, languages, and desires--and her quest to belong. The speaker is specific in her self-definition, discovering and reinventing what it means to be a bold woman, what it means to be Chinese American, and what it means to grow into adulthood. Duan moves seamlessly from the personal to the imaginative to the universal, heralding a brilliant new voice in contemporary poetry."--Amazon.com.


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Planetary Noise

Planetary Noise
Mouré, Erin, 1955-


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Some Say the Lark: Poems

Some Say the Lark: Poems
Chang, Jennifer, 1976-

""Some Say the Lark is a piercing meditation, rooted in loss and longing, and manifest in dazzling leaps of the imagination-the familiar world rendered strange." -Natasha Trethewey 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. From "The Winter's Wife": I want wild roots to prosper an invention of blooms, each unknown to every wise gardener. If I could be a color. If I could be a question of tender regard. I know crabgrass and thistle. I know one algorithm: it has nothing to do with repetition or rhythm. It is the route from number to number (less to more, more to less), a map drawn by proof not faith. Unlike twilight, I do not conclude with darkness. I conclude. Jennifer Chang is the author of The History of Anonymity, which was a finalist for the Glasgow/Shenandoah Prize for Emerging Writers and listed by Hyphen Magazine as a Top Five Book of Poetry for 2008. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Best American Poetry 2012, The Nation, Poetry, A Public Space, and elsewhere. She is an assistant professor of English and Creative Writing at George Washington University and lives in Washington, DC with her family"--Provided by publisher.


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Self-portrait in A Convex Mirror: Poems

Self-portrait in A Convex Mirror: Poems
Ashbery, John, 1927-2017


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New American Best Friend: Poems

New American Best Friend: Poems
Gatwood, Olivia


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Ota Benga Under My Mother's Roof: Poems

Ota Benga Under My Mother's Roof: Poems
McCray, Carrie Allen, 1913-


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My Other Tongue

My Other Tongue
Alcalá, Rosa


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I Wrote This for You

I Wrote This for You
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"Started 2007, I Wrote This For You is an acclaimed exploration of hauntingly beautiful words, photography and emotion that's unique to each person that reads it. This book gathers together nearly 200 of the most beautiful entries into four distinct chapters; Sun, Moon, Stars, Rain. Together with several new and exclusive entries that don't appear anywhere else, each chapter of I Wrote This For You focuses on a different facet of life, love, loss, beginnings and endings"--Provided by publisher.


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The Trouble With Poetry and Other Poems

The Trouble With Poetry and Other Poems
Collins, Billy

"In this dazzling new collection, his first in three years, Bills Collins explores boyhood, jazz, love, the passage of time, and, of course, writing - themes familiar to Collins's fans but made new here. Gorgeous, funny, and deeply empathetic, Billy Collins's poetry is a window through which we see our lives as if for the first time."--Jacket.


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