New Arrivals · Poetry

November 21, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

On the old plaza : poems

November 20, 2014
Brosman, Catharine Savage, 1934-
Macon, Georgia : Mercer University Press, [2014]
124 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

Chaucer's tale : 1386 and the road to Canterbury

November 13, 2014
Strohm, Paul, 1938- author.
New York, New York : Viking, 2014.
xv, 284 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, maps (some color) ; 22 cm
Chaucer's crisis -- A married man -- Aldgate -- The wool men -- In Parliament -- The other Chaucer -- The problem of fame -- Kent and Canterbury -- Laureate Chaucer.
A "microbiography of Chaucer that tells the story of the tumultuous year that led to the creation of The Canterbury Tales"-- Provided by publisher.

The heart is strange : new selected poems

November 13, 2014
Berryman, John, 1914-1972.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
xxxv, 179 pages ; 24 cm
"A lively sampling from the work of one of the most celebrated and daring poets of the twentieth century John Berryman was perhaps the most idiosyncratic American poet of the twentieth century. Best known for the painfully sad and raucously funny cycle of Dream Songs, he wrote passionately: of love and despair, of grief and laughter, of longing for a better world and coming to terms with this one. The Heart Is Strange, a new selection of his poems, along with reissues of Berryman's Sonnets, 77 Dream Songs, and the complete Dream Songs, marks the centenary of his birth. The Heart Is Strange includes a generous selection from across Berryman's varied career: from his earliest poems, which show him learning the craft, to his breakthrough masterpiece, "Homage to Mistress Bradstreet," then to his mature verses, which find the poet looking back upon his lovers and youthful passions, and finally, to his late poems, in which he battles with sobriety and an increasingly religious sensibility. The defiant joy and wild genius of Berryman's work has been obscured by his struggles with mental illness and alcohol, his tempestuous relationships with women, and his suicide. This volume, which includes three previously uncollected poems and an insightful introduction by the editor Daniel Swift, celebrates the whole Berryman: tortured poet and teasing father, passionate lover and melancholy scholar. It is a perfect introduction to one of the finest bodies of work yet produced by an American poet"-- Provided by publisher.

Rome : poems

November 13, 2014
Lasky, Dorothea, 1978- author.
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, [2014]
141 pages ; 22 cm

Slant Six

November 11, 2014
Belieu, Erin, 1965-
Port Townsend, Washington : Copper Canyon Press, [2014]
x, 68 pages ; 19 cm
""Erin Belieu. is always ready to surprise, to astonish, and, ultimately, to defy comparison."-Boston Book Review"[One] of America's finest poets."-Robert Olen ButlerErin Belieu's fourth collection, Slant Six, is an inundation of the humor and horror in contemporary American life-from the last saltine cracked in the sleeve, to the kitty-cat calendar in an office cubicle. With its prophecies of impending destruction, and a simultaneous flood of respect for Americans, Erin Belieu's poems close like Ziploc bags around a human heart.From "12-Step":I am considering lighthousesin a completely new light-their butch neutrality, their grand but modest surfaces.A lighthouse could appear here at any moment.I have been making this effort, placing myself in uncomfortable positions,only for the documented health benefits. Erin Belieu is the author of three books, and her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, the New York Times, and the Atlantic. Belieu co-founded VIDA: Women in Literary Arts and currently directs the creative writing program at Florida State University. She lives in Tallahassee, Florida. "-- Provided by publisher.

Bone Map : poems

November 10, 2014
Johnson, Sara Eliza.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Milkweed Editions, 2014.
60 pages ; 22 cm.

Instant winner

November 6, 2014
Fountain, Carrie, author.
New York, New York : Penguin Books, 2014.
74 pages ; 24 cm.
"A moving, authentic exploration of spirituality and the domestic from a prize-winning poet The wry, supple poems in Carrie Fountain's second collection take the form of prayers and meditations chronicling the existential shifts brought on by parenthood, spiritual searching, and the profound, often beguiling experience of being a self, inside a body, with a soul. Fountain's voice is at once deep and loose, enacting the dawning of spiritual insight, but without leaving the daily world, matching the feeling of the "pure holiness in motherhood" with the "thuds the giant dumpsters make behind the strip mall when they're tossed back to the pavement by the trash truck." In these wise, accessible, deeply emotional poems, she captures a contemporary longing for spiritual meaning that's wary of prepackaged wisdom-a longing answered most fully by attending to the hustle and bustle of everyday life"-- Provided by publisher.

Philip Larkin : life, art and love

November 4, 2014
Booth, James, 1945-
532 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
In one of the most comprehensive pictures of the poet yet published, James Booth examines the people, the places and the chance encounters that influenced Larkin and shaped his poetry. From Larkin's early life, his academic studies and his aspirations as a novelist, an image emerges of a reserved and gentle man greatly affected by those close to him. Delving into his fluctuating relationships with Maeve Brennan and Monica Jones, two of the many women in Larkin's life, and analysing their varied effect on his work, Booth sheds fresh light on one of Britain's best loved poets.

A woman without a country : poems

November 4, 2014
Boland, Eavan.
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, 2014.
xii, 81 pages ; 22 cm

Contraband of hoopoe

November 3, 2014
Chruściel, Ewa.
Richmond, California : Omnidawn Publishing, 2014.
88 pages ; 23 cm

Love, of a kind

November 3, 2014
Dennis, Felix, 1947-2014, author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2014.
xi, 173 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

Blue horses : poems

October 29, 2014
Oliver, Mary, 1935-
New York : The Penguin Press, 2014.
79 pages ; 22 cm
Subtitle from jacket.
After reading Lucretius, I go to the pond -- What I can do -- Rumi -- First yoga lesson -- I don't want to be demure or respectable -- Stebbin's gulch -- No matter what -- Angels -- What we want -- If I wanted a boat -- Good morning -- The wasp -- Blueberries -- Little lord love -- Little crazy love song -- I woke -- The mangroves -- The hummingbirds -- Such silence -- Watering the stones -- Franz Marc's blue horses -- The vulture's wings -- On meditating, sort of -- To be human is to sing your own song -- Loneliness -- Drifting -- Forgive me -- I'm feeling fabulous, possibly too much so but I love it -- On not mowing the lawn -- The fourth sign of the Zodiac -- To Shiva -- Owl poem -- A little ado about this and that -- Do stones feel? -- I'm not the river -- The oak tree loves patience -- The country of the trees -- What gorgeous thing.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Primitive presents a new collection of poems that reflects her signature imagery-based language and her observations of the unaffected beauty of nature. --Publisher's description.

Unexpectedly eighty : and other adaptations

October 28, 2014
Viorst, Judith.
New York : Free Press, 2010.
xii, 63 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
"What does it mean to be eighty? In her wise and playful poems, Judith Viorst discusses marriage, friendship, grandparenthood, and all the particular marvels--and otherwise--of this extraordinary decade. She describes the wonder of seeing the world with new eyes--not because of revelation but because of a successful cataract operation. She promises not to gently fade way, and not to drive after daylight's faded away either. She explains how she's gotten to be a 'three-desserts' grandmother ('Just don't tell your mom!'), shares how memory failures can keep you married, and enumerates her hopes for the afterlife (which she doesn't believe in, but if it does exist, her sister-in-law better not be there with her)"--Cover, p. 2.

A progressive education : [poems]

October 28, 2014
Howard, Richard, 1929-
New York : Turtle Point Press, 2014.
107 pages ; 19 cm
Subtitle from cover.

Prelude to bruise : poetry

October 27, 2014
Jones, Saeed, author.
Minneapolis : Coffee House Press, 2014.
xii, 103 pages ; 21 cm

The Feel Trio

October 27, 2014
Moten, Fred, author.
93 pages ; 20 x 26 cm.
Block chapel -- Come on, get it! -- I ran from it and was still in it.

Revenance : poems

October 24, 2014
Hogue, Cynthia, author.
Pasadena, CA : Red Hen Press, [2014]
101 pages ; 24 cm
"By turns elegiac, ecopoetic, and impolitic, Cynthia Hogue's eighth collection, Revenance, is a condensery of empathic encounters with others and otherness. Hogue coins a word--from revenant, French for 'ghost'--to consider questions of life and afterlife, and to characterize the ways in which the people and places we love return to us, and return us to ourselves, holding us to account. The poems of Revenance contain telling touchstone figures, like a guide named Blake who, noting signs of global warming, will speak of spirits but not angels; a man who dies and is brought back to life by the imaginative power of love; and a woman who can speak the language of endangered trees. While writing these poems, Hogue journeyed often across country to her familial roots in upstate New York in order to help care for her dying father. At last she began to record some of the many stories she heard of mysterious encounters and visitations, such as she herself was soon to witness, over several intensive years. Although grief silvers the threads of these poems, Hogue pares away the personal in order to be present to others in a fiercely engaged and innovative poetry"-- Provided by publisher.

And your bird can sing

October 23, 2014
Miltner, Robert, 1949- author.
119 pages : portrait ; 22 cm
Prose poems.
Biographical notes: p. 119.

Iphigenia among the Taurians

October 21, 2014
Euripides, author.
74 pages ; 22 cm

Chapel of inadvertent joy

October 21, 2014
McDaniel, Jeffrey, 1967-
Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press, c2013.
x, 74 p. ; 23 cm.

Splitting an order

October 17, 2014
Kooser, Ted, author.
xi, 87 pages ; 24 cm

The wheeling year : a poet's field book

October 17, 2014
Kooser, Ted.
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2014]
vii, 83 pages ; 21 cm
"Ted Kooser sees a writer's workbooks as the stepping-stones on which a poet makes his way across the stream of experience toward a poem. Because those wobbly stones are only inches above the quotidian rush, what's jotted there has an immediacy that is intimate and close to life. Kooser, winner of the Pultizer Prize and a former U.S. poet laureate, has filled scores of workbooks. The Wheeling Year offers a sequence of contemplative prose observations about nature, place, and time arranged according to the calendar year. Written by one of America's most beloved poets, this book is published in the year in which Kooser turns seventy-five, with sixty years of workbooks stretching behind him"-- Provided by publisher.

Once in the West

October 16, 2014
Wiman, Christian, 1966-
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
xii, 105 pages ; 22 cm

The second sex

October 16, 2014
Robbins, Michael, 1972- author.
New York, New York : Penguin Books, 2014.
50 pages ; 22 cm.
"A second collection from a poet of "sheer joy and dizzy command" (The New York Times) Upon its publication in 2012, Alien vs. Predator, the debut collection by Michael Robbins, became one of the hottest and most celebrated works of poetry in the country, winning acclaim for its startling freshness and originality, and leading critics to say that it was the most likely book in years to open up poetry to a new readership. Robbins's poems are strange, wonderful, wild, and irrationally exuberant, mashing up high and low culture with "a sky-blue originality of utterance" (The New York Times). The thirty-six new poems in The Second Sex carry over the music, attitude, hilarity, and vulgarity of Alien vs. Predator, while also working deeper autobiographical and political veins"-- Provided by publisher.

The bouquet of a woman

October 13, 2014
Owens, Wanda Lynn, author.
[Charleston, SC] : [Createspace] [2014]
1 volume (unpaged) ; 23 cm
A collection of inspirational poetry.

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