New Arrivals · Poetry

October 19, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

At the foundling hospital

October 18, 2016
Pinsky, Robert, author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
63 pages ; 22 cm
""Since the death of Robert Lowell in 1977, no single figure has dominated American poetry the way that Lowell, or before him Eliot, once did. But among the many writers who have come of age in our fin de siècle, none have succeeded more completely as poet, critic, and translator than Robert Pinsky."--James Longenbach, The Nation The poems in Robert Pinsky's At the Foundling Hospital consider personality and culture as improvised from loss: a creative effort so pervasive it is invisible. An extreme example is the abandoned newborn. At the Foundling Hospital of eighteenth-century London, in a benign and oddly bureaucratic process, each new infant was identified by a duly recorded token. A minimal, charged particle of meaning, the token might be a coin or brooch or thimble--or sometimes a poem, such as the one quoted in full in Pinsky's poem "The Foundling Tokens." A foundling may inherit less of a past than an orphan, but with a wider set of meanings. The foundling soul needs to be adopted, and it needs to be adaptive. In one poem, French and German appear as originally Creole tongues, invented by the rough needs of conquered peoples and their Roman masters. In another, creators from scorned or excluded groups--among them Irving Berlin, Quintus Horatius Flaccus, and W.E.B. Du Bois--speak, as does the Greek tragic chorus, in the first-person singular. In these poems, a sometimes desperate, perpetual reimagining of identity, on the scale of one life or of human history, is deeply related to music: The quest is lyrical, whether the subject is as specific as "the emanation of a dead star still alive" or as personal as the "pinhole iris of your mortal eye." "-- Provided by publisher.

The rain in Portugal : poems

October 17, 2016
Collins, Billy, author.
New York : Random House, [2016]
xiii, 108 pages ; 22 cm
"Billy Collin's first new book in three years contains more than forty new poems that showcase the generosity, playfulness, and wisdom that have made him one of our most beloved poets"-- Provided by publisher.

The laughter of the sphinx

October 17, 2016
Palmer, Michael, 1943- author.
85 pages ; 23 cm
"Michael Palmer's new book--a collection in two parts, "The Laughter of the Sphinx" and "Still"--contains 52 poems.The title poem begins "The laughter of the Sphinx / caused my eyes to bleed" and brings home to us the ruin we are making of our world, even as Palmer revels in its incredible beauty. Such central tensions in The Laughter of the Sphinx--between beauty and loss, love and death, motion and rest, knowledge and ignorance--glow in Palmer's lyrical play of light and entirely hypnotize the reader"--Back cover.

Violet energy ingots

October 17, 2016
Nguyen, Hoa, 1967- author.
Seattle ; New York : Wave Books, [2016]
85 pages ; 23 cm

You must change your life : the story of Rainer Maria Rilke and Auguste Rodin

September 20, 2016
Corbett, Rachel, 1984- author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2016]
x, 310 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Introduction -- Part One: Poet and sculptor -- Part Two: Master and disciple -- Part Three: Art and empathy.
"The extraordinary story of one of the most fruitful friendships in modern arts and letters. Paris, 1902: Renowned sculptor Auguste Rodin has just completed The Thinker. Rainer Maria Rilke is a delicate young visitor from Prague, broke and suffering from a case of writer's block. When Rilke is commissioned to write a book about Rodin, everything changes. ... You Must Change Your Life reveals one of the great stories of modern art and literature: Rodin and Rilke's years together as master and disciple, their heartbreaking rift, and ultimately their moving reconciliation. In her vibrant debut, Rachel Corbett reveals how Rodin's influence led Rilke to write his most celebrated poems and inspired his beloved Letters to a Young Poet. She captures the dawn of modernism with appearances by Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Lou Andreas-Salomé, George Bernard Shaw, and Jean Cocteau. And she recounts the remarkable friendship of two extraordinary artists whose work continues to reverberate a century later."-- Provided by publisher.

The poem is you : 60 contemporary American poems and how to read them

September 15, 2016
Burt, Stephen, 1971- author.
Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2016.
vii, 419 pages ; 25 cm
John Ashbery, Paradoxes and Oxymorons (1981) -- Tato Laviera, tito madera smith (1981) -- Richard Wilbur, The Ride (1982) -- Lucille Clifton, my dream about the second coming (1982 / 1987) -- Carla Harryman, Possession (1982) -- John Hollander, Songs & Sonnets (1983) -- Carl Dennis, More Music (1984 / 1985) -- Liam Rector, Saxophone (1984) -- Czesław Miłosz, trans. Robert Pinsky and Czesław Miłosz, Incantation (1984) -- Robert Grenier, Shoe from the Waves (1984) -- Rita Dove, Lightnin’ Blues (1986) -- A. R. Ammons, Target (1987) -- Yusef Komunyakaa, Facing It (1987 / 1988) -- Diane Glancy, Hamatawk (1988 / 1991) -- Lucie Brock-Broido, Domestic Mysticism (1988) -- Killarney Clary, Above the Inland Empire today (1989) -- John Yau, Modern Love (1989) -- Robert Creeley, Oh (1990) -- Charles Wright, December Journal (1990) -- Allen Grossman, The Piano Player Explains Himself (1991) --Adrienne Rich, An Atlas of the Difficult World XIII (Dedications) (1991) -- Louise Glück, Lamium (1992) -- James Merrill, Self-Portrait in TyvekTM Windbreaker (1992 / 1995) -- Linda Gregerson, Salt (1993 / 1996) -- Kay Ryan, Emptiness (1993) -- Albert Goldbarth, “A Wooden Eye. An 1884 Silver Dollar. A Homemade Explosive. A Set of False Teeth. And a 14-Karat Gold Ashtray” (1995 / 1998) -- Harryette Mullen, honey jars of hair (1995) -- Stanley Kunitz, Halley’s Comet (1995) -- Michael Palmer, Letters to Zanzotto: Letter 3 (1995) -- Robert Hass, Our Lady of the Snows (1996) -- C. D. Wright, Key Episodes from an Earthly Life (1996) -- Juan Felipe Herrera, Blood on the Wheel (1999) --
"The Poem Is You: Sixty Contemporary American Poems and How to Read Them is a guide to the diverse magnificences of American poetry today. It presents a wide range of poems selected by Stephen Burt for this volume, each accompanied by an original essay explaining how a given poem works, why it matters, and how the poem speaks to other parts of art and culture." -- Provided by publisher

The day's last light reddens the leaves of the copper beech : poems

September 14, 2016
Dobyns, Stephen, 1941- author.
Rochester, NY : BOA Editions Ltd., 2016.
116 pages ; 23 cm
"This new collection from best-selling poet and novelist Stephen Dobyns focuses on the hard, ephemeral truth of mortality, including the section "Sixteen Sonnets for Isabel" about the recent death of his wife; the poem "Laugh," a portrait of the late poet Hayden Carruth; and the poignant parable of a horse in a bar. In true Dobyns fashion, these poems grip and guide readers into a state of empathy, ultimately raising the question of how one lives and endures in the world. Recognitions The awful imbalance that occurs with age when you suddenly see that more friends have died, than remain alive. And at times the memory seems so real that the latest realization of a death can become a second, smaller death. All those talks cut off in mid- sentence. All those plans tossed in the trash. What can you do but sit out on the porch when evening comes? The day's last light reddens the leaves of the copper beach. Stephen Dobyns is the best-selling author of twenty-three novels, fourteen books of poetry, two collections of essays, and one book of short stories. Among his many honors and awards are fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. Dobyns has worked as a reporter for Detroit News, and has written reviews for such publications as the New York Times, the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Times Literary Supplement. He has taught at various academic institutions, including Sarah Lawrence College, the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers, the University of Iowa, Syracuse University, and Boston University. He currently lives in Westerly, Rhode Island"-- Provided by publisher.

Look : poems

September 9, 2016
Sharif, Solmaz, author.
98 pages ; 23 cm

Valéry's graveyard : le cimetière marin, translated, described, and peopled

September 8, 2016
McGrath, Hugh P., 1914-1995.
New York, NY : Peter Lang, 2013.
200 pages ; 23 cm

The Greek plays : sixteen plays by Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides

August 24, 2016
New York : The Modern Library, 2016.
xxvii, 826 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Plays include: Aeschylus: the Persians, Oresteia, Prometheus bound; Sophocles: Oedipus the king, Antigone, Electra, Oedipus at Colonus; Euripides: Alcestis, Medea, Hippolytus, Electra, Trojan women, Helen, Bacchae.
Persians ; The Oresteia: Agamemnon ; The Oresteia: Libation bearers ; The Oresteia: Eumenides ; Prometheus bound / Aeschylus -- Oedipus the king ; Antigone ; Electra ; Oedipus at Colonus / Sophocles -- Alcestis ; Medea ; Hippolytus ; Electra ; Trojan women ; Helen ; Bacchae / Euripides.

My sisters keeper : a collection of poems

August 10, 2016
Davidson, Patricia R., author.
[North Charleston, SC] : [CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform], [2013]
56 unnumbered pages ; 25 cm
Title from cover.
Some poems written by Michael Ann Davidson.

Through the storm: : a book of poems

August 10, 2016
Davidson, Patricia R., author.
[North Charleston, SC] : [CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform], [2013]
42 unnumbered pages ; 25 cm
Title from cover.

The after party : poems

August 5, 2016
Prikryl, Jana, author.
112 pages ; 21 cm
"A debut collection from a major new voice in contemporary poetry"-- Provided by publisher.

Eventually one dreams the real thing

July 27, 2016
Boruch, Marianne, 1950- author.
Port Townsend, Washington : Copper Canyon Press, [2016]
xi, 127 pages ; 23 cm

Certain magical acts

July 25, 2016
Notley, Alice, 1945- author.
147 pages ; 23 cm.
"An important new work of poetry from Alice Notley, winner of the 2015 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize Alice Notley has become one of the most highly regarded figures in American poetry, a master of the visionary mode acclaimed for genre-bending book-length poems of great ambition and adventurousness. Her newest work sets out to explore the world and its difficulties, from the recent economic crisis and climate change to the sorrow of violence and the disappointment of democracy or any other political system. Notley channels these themes in a mix of several longer poems - one is a kind of spy novella in which the author is discovered to be a secret agent of the dead, another an extended message found in a manuscript in a future defunct world - with some unique shorter pieces. Varying formally between long expansive lines, a mysteriously cohering sequence in meters reminiscent of ancient Latin, a narration with a postmodern broken surface, and the occasional sonnet, these are grand poems, inviting the reader to be grand enough to survive, spiritually, a planet's ruin"-- Provided by publisher.

Leave this song behind : teen poetry at its best

July 25, 2016
xiv, 177 pages ; 22 cm
Includes index.
"A Teen Ink book."
This anthology of poems written by teens was selected and assembled from the 27 years of submissions to Teen Ink magazine.

Troubling the line : trans and genderqueer poetry and poetics

July 22, 2016
Callicoon, NewYork : Nightboat Books ; Lebandon, NH : Distributed by the University Press of New England, [2013]
538 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Introductions -- Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán -- Aimee Herman -- Amir Rabiyah -- Ari Banias -- Ariel Goldberg -- Bo Luengsuraswat -- CAConrad -- Ching-In Chen -- Cole Krawitz -- D'Lo -- David Wolach -- Dawn Lundy Martin -- Drew Krewer -- Duriel E. Harris -- EC Crandall -- Eileen Myles -- Eli Clare -- Ely Shipley -- Emerson Whitney -- Eric Karin -- Fabian Romero -- Gr Keer -- HR Hegnauer -- J Rice -- j/j hastain -- Jaime Shearn Coan -- Jake Pam Dick -- Jen (Jay) Besemer -- Jenny Johnson -- John Wieners -- Joy Ladin -- Julian Talamantez Brolaski -- kari edwards -- Kit Yan -- Laura Neuman -- Lilith Latini -- Lizz Bronson -- Lori Selke -- Max Wolf Valerio -- Meg Day -- Micha Cárdenas -- Monica / Nico Peck -- Natro -- Oliver Bendorf -- Reba Overkill -- Samuel Ace -- Stacey Waite -- Stephen Burt -- TC Tolbert -- Tim Trace Peterson -- Trish Salah -- TT Jax -- Y. Madrone -- Yosmay del Mazo -- Zoe Tuck.
"Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, gathers together a diverse range of 55 poets with varying aesthetics and backgrounds. In addition to generous samples of poetry by each trans writer, the book also includes "poetics statements"--reflections by each poet that provide context for their work covering a range of issues from identification and embodiment to language and activism." -- Publisher's description

Complete poems, 1904-1962

July 18, 2016
Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962.
New York : Liverright Publishing Corporation, 2015.
xxxix, 1168 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.

For a better world : poems and drawings on peace and justice by Greater Cincinnati artists.

July 11, 2016
[Cincinnati, Ohio] : Ghosn Publishing, 2004-
v. : ill. ; 28 cm.
Editor and organizer: Saad Ghosn.

The incredible sestina anthology : a collection of poetry

July 11, 2016
Austin, Tex. : Write Bloody Publishing, ©2013.
337 pages : black and white illustrations ; 22 cm.

Milk and honey

July 11, 2016
Kaur, Rupi, author.
Kansas City, Missouri : Andrews McMeel Publishing, [2015]
204 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
The hurting -- The loving -- The breaking -- The healing.
Milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. Milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to

A child's first book of Trump

June 29, 2016
Black, Michael Ian, 1971- author.
New York : Simon & Schuster BFYR, [2016]
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
"A humorous satirical field guide for identifying and defeating a Trump when discovered in the wilds of a presidential election"-- Provided by publisher.

Of poetry & protest : from Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin

June 28, 2016
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, 2016.
219 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Elizabeth Alexander -- Amiri Baraka -- Wanda Coleman -- Kwame Dawes -- Toi Derricotte -- Rita Dove -- Camille T. Dungy -- Cornelius Eady -- Kelly Norman Ellis -- Thomas Sayers Ellis -- Nikky Finney -- Nikki Giovanni -- C. S. Giscombe -- Duriel E. Harris -- Reginald Harris -- Terrance Hayes -- Angela Jackson -- Major Jackson -- Tyehimba Jess -- Patricia Spears Jone -- Douglas Kearney -- Yusef Komunyakaa -- Quraysh Ali Lansana -- Haki Madhubuti -- Devorah Major -- E. Ethelbert Miller -- Harryette Mullen -- Marilyn Nelson -- Sterling Plumpp -- Eugene B. Redmond -- Ishmael Reed -- Ed Roberson -- Sonia Sanchez -- Evie Shockley -- Tim Seibles -- Patricia Smith -- Tracy K. Smith -- Lamont B. Steptoe -- Natasha Trethewey -- Quincy Troupe -- Frank X Walker -- Afaa N. Weaver -- Ronaldo V. Wilson -- Al Young.

Collected poems, 1950-2012

June 28, 2016
Rich, Adrienne, 1929-2012, author.
li, 1164 pages ; 24 cm

My father before me : a memoir

June 27, 2016
Forhan, Chris, 1959-
New York : Scribner, 2016.
310 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"The fifth of eight children, Chris Forhan was born into a family of silence. His mother and father often sat in the same room but exchanged no words. He and his siblings learned, without being told, that certain thoughts and feelings were not to be shared. On the evenings his father didn't come home, the rest of the family would eat dinner without him, his whereabouts unknown, his absence pronounced but unspoken. And on a cold night just before Christmas 1973, long after dinner, the rest of the family asleep, Forhan's father killed himself in the garage--a new silence. Forty years later, Chris speaks into the quiet his father left behind, digging into his family's past and finding within each generation the same abandonment, loss, and silence in which he was raised. Like Ian Frazier in Family or Philip Roth in American Pastoral, Forhan shows his family as both a part and a product of its time. My Father Before Me is a family history, an investigation into a death, and a stirring portrait of an Irish Catholic childhood, all set against a backdrop of America from the Great Depression to Elvis Costello. Lucidly and unflinchingly, Forhan attempts to understand his father and ultimately himself in order to avoid passing his family's silence on to his children. To separate this silence from the introversion that inspires him as a writer, he courageously confronts it, telling the story that his family will not tell, and piecing together the fragments of the life that his father chose to leave"--Provided by publisher.

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