New Arrivals · Poetry

July 16, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

2 am thoughts

July 15, 2019
Campbell, Makenzie, author.
[Delta, British Columbia, Canada] : Central Avenue Publishing, 2018.
139 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"I met you at dusk. We loved till midnight. / Then, you left me. 2am found me at my lowest. / When the sun came up, I dried my tears, found my strength, and went on with my day." The poetry of 2am Thoughts condenses an entire relationship with its untamed emotions and experiences to a single day. As the long hours of the night drag on, so does the love, heartache, and loss. When the dawn breaks, the morning sun brings acceptance, healing, and recovery.

Nearing ninety : and other comedies of late life

July 15, 2019
Viorst, Judith, author.
©2019
xiii, 73 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Some of the Things That Are Not on My Bucket ListMy Stuff; Lunch With Shirley; My Father, the Age I Am Now; The Remains of the Day; Not Especially Spiritual; Answers; A Warning (or Maybe a Love Song) for My Husband; Attitude; Another Way of Looking at Things; Lasts; My Legacy; About the Author; Copyright
"The newest illustrated poetry collection in beloved author Judith Viorst's "decade" series (from It's Hard to Be Hip Over Thirty to Unexpectedly Eighty), exploring, with her signature savvy and humor, what it means to be an impending nonagenarian"-- Provided by publisher.

The government lake : last poems

July 10, 2019
Tate, James, 1943-2015, author.
©2019
vii, 82 pages ; 24 cm
"A rat climbs onto the desk of a bored office worker. A family dog never stops coming back to life. Every prisoner on earth is freed. A man becomes friends with a bank robber who abducts him. A baby is born transparent. James Tate's work, filled with unexpected turns and deadpan exaggeration, 'fanciful and grave, mundane and transcendent' (New York Times), has been among the most defining and significant of our time. In his last collection, written before his death in 2015, Tate's dark humor, his emotional acuity, and his keen ear are on full display in prose poems that are finely constructed, lyrical, and provocative. With The Government Lake, James Tate reminds us why he is one of the great poets of our age and a true master."--Page [2] of cover.

Come closer and listen : new poems

July 3, 2019
Simic, Charles, 1938- author.
New York : HarperCollins Publishers 2019.
xiii, 75 pages ; 24 cm
Some birds chirp-- Hide-and-seek -- Blind fate -- O spring -- Come closer and listen -- The old orphan -- Skywalking -- The fall -- Summmer night -- Metaphysics anonymous -- Mad people -- Soap bubbles -- Open late -- Psst -- Astronomy lesson -- Something evil is out there -- Terror -- After the bombing -- Arso -- Greek story -- Strolling players -- You'll be pleased with our product -- Light sleeper -- Monsters -- In my church -- Among my late visitors -- O great starry sky -- At Giubbe Rosse in Florence -- Tugboat -- The last lesson -- Meditation in the gutter -- Strange sweetness -- My little heaven -- Imponderabilia -- Bed music -- The henhouse is on fire -- The many Lauras -- The American dream -- Among the ruins -- the judgement -- Birds of a feather -- Truck stop -- That young fellow -- Hey, loudmouth -- It's a day like any other -- The hand that rocks the cradle -- Sunday service -- Charmed circle -- Haystack -- Birds at dusk -- Sit tight -- late night quiz -- Dice -- Is that you? -- Suck at least is the story -- Taking a breather -- The joke -- After saying your prayer -- Ghost ship -- Last picnic.

Hold sway

June 17, 2019
Ball, Sally, author.
©2019
96 pages : portrait ; 23 cm

Swift : new and selected poems

June 11, 2019
Baker, David, 1954- author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2019]
xvi, 179 pages ; 25 cm
Pastoral -- Why not say -- Early may -- Stolen sonnet -- Why not say -- Tree frogs -- The sea -- After -- The osprey -- Waiting for news -- The wren -- Gather -- Checkpoint -- Elegy, in words -- Peril sonnet -- Swift -- Simile -- What is a weed? -- Magnolia -- Odes on absence -- Belong to -- Scavenger loop -- Trillium -- Posthumous man -- The rumor -- Horse madness -- Never- ending birds -- Bay -- Too many -- Monarchs landing and flying -- Hyper- -- The spring ephemerals -- Winged -- Midwest eclogue -- The blue -- Late pastoral -- Benton's clouds -- Pulp fiction -- Trees beside water -- After rain -- The city of god -- Unconditional election -- Ohio fields after rain -- Still-Hildreth Sanitorium, 1936 -- Yellow lilies and cypress swamp -- Holiday bunting -- The truth about small towns -- Tract -- The affair -- Treatise on touch -- Snow figure -- Along the storm front -- Red shift -- Faith -- Murder -- Mercy -- After the reunion -- November: the end of myth -- Starlight -- Patriotics -- Running the river lines -- The wrecker driver foresees your death -- The anniversary of silence -- Haunts.
"A sweeping poetic achievement, Swift represents David Baker's evolution as one of American poetry's most significant voices. Gathering poems from eight collections--including the widely acclaimed Changeable Thunder (2001) and his masterful latest, Scavenger Loop (2015)--and adding three suites of new poems, David Baker proves himself once again "the most expansive and moving poet to come out of the American Midwest since James Wright" (Marilyn Hacker). With equal curiosity and candor, he explores the many worlds we all inhabit--from our most intimate relationships to the wider social worlds of neighborhoods, villages, and our complex national identity, to the environmental community we all share. FROM "SWIFT" A voice in awe turns inward; as looking down into a canyon, the self grows small. The smaller swifts are larger for their singing"-- Provided by publisher.

Doomstead days

June 3, 2019
Teare, Brian, author.
©2019
158 pages ; 21 cm
Clear water renga -- Headlands quadrats -- Toxics release inventory -- Sitting river mediation -- Convince me you have a seed there -- Olivine, quartz, granite, carnelian -- Sitting isohydric meditation -- Doomstead days.
"Doomstead Days is a lyrical series of experiments in embodied ecological consciousness. Drafted on foot, these site-specific poems document rivers, cities, forests, oil spills, mountains, and apocalyptic visions. They encounter refineries and urban watersheds, megafauna and industrial toxins, each encounter intertwining ordinary life and ongoing environmental crisis. Days pass: wartime days, days of love and sex, sixth extinction days, days of chronic illness, all of them doomstead days. Through these poems, we experience the pleasure and pain of being a body during global climate change" -- Publisher.

Dangerous household items

May 21, 2019
Orr, David, 1974- author.
Port Townsend, Washington : Copper Canyon Press, [2018]
vi, 79 pages ; 23 cm
Renovation -- Dangerous Household Items -- Snares -- Daniel -- Inflatable Pool -- Unexpected Meeting -- Sea Nettle -- Malison -- The Chameleon -- Tea -- The Heroine -- Quarters -- Recycling -- Kindness -- Sorrow -- Beach Reading -- The Frog -- Fable -- Sandbox -- The Source -- Graphology -- Homestretch -- Backmasking -- Fata Morgana -- Appetites -- Swamp Fox -- The Train -- The Abduction -- Against Strange Maladies a Sovereign Cure -- Water -- The King -- Invasive -- The Big Bad -- Cheney in Italy -- South Tower -- Found Poem -- Victory -- Time's Arrow -- Cardenio -- Edinburgh -- Songbook -- "In a Big Country" -- "Just Like Heaven" -- "Don't You (Forget About Me)" -- "The Song Remains the Same" -- Folly -- Winter.
Drawing from strikingly disparate material, David Orr's debut collection concerns itself with the mysteries and incongruities of recognizably contemporary life.

Loves you : poems

May 21, 2019
Gambito, Sarah Verdes, author.
©2019
79 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"A Karen & Michael Braziller Book"--Title page.
"In Loves You, Sarah Gambito explores the recipe as poetic form and a mode of resistance. Through the inclusion of real recipes that she and her family cook from, she brings readers to the table, not only to enjoy the bounty of her poems but, slyly, to consider the ways in which Filipino Americans, and people of color in general, are assailed and fetishized. In addition, the book explores the manifold ways that poetry can nourish and provide for us"-- Provided by publisher.

Walking backwards : poems, 1966-2016

May 21, 2019
Koethe, John, 1945- author.
©2018
366 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Collected poems from Americas searching and thoughtful philosopher-poet . . . There s something Comforting about rituals renewed, even adolescents pipe dreams: They ll find out soon enough, and meanwhile find their places In the eternal scenery, less auguries or cautionary tales Than parts of an unchanging whole, as ripe for contemplation As a planisphere or the clouds: the vexed destinies, the shared life, The sempiternal spectacle of someone preaching to the choir While walking backwards in the moment on a warm spring afternoon. John Koethes poemsalways dynamic and in process, never static or completeluxuriate in the questions that punctuate the most humdrum of routines, rendering a robust portrait of an individual: complicated, quotidian, and resounding with truth. Gathering for the first time his impressive and award-winning body of work, published between 1966 and 2016, Walking Backwards introduces this gifted poet to a new, wider readership.

Sight lines

May 16, 2019
Sze, Arthur, author.
Port Townsend, Washington : Copper Canyon Press, [2019]
viii, 69 pages ; 25 cm
"From the current phenomenon of drawing calligraphy with water in public parks in China to Thomas Jefferson laying out dinosaur bones on the White House floor, from the last sighting of the axolotl to a man who stops building plutonium triggers, Sight Lines moves through space and time and brings the disparate and divergent into stunning and meaningful focus. In this new work, Arthur Sze employs a wide range of voices--from lichen on a ceiling to a man behind on his rent--and his mythic imagination continually evokes how humans are endangering the planet; yet, balancing rigor with passion, he seizes the significant and luminous and transforms these moments into riveting and enduring poetry.

Don't read poetry : a book about how to read poems

May 14, 2019
Burt, Stephanie, author.
New York : Basic Books, 2019.
306 pages ; 22 cm.
Introduction: Reading poems -- Feelings -- Characters -- Technique -- Difficulty -- Wisdom -- Community.
"Award-winning poet and literary critic Stephanie Burt offers an accessible introduction to the seemingly daunting task of reading, understanding, and appreciating poetry. Burt dispels preconceptions about poetry and explains how poems speak to one another--and how they can speak to our lives. She shows readers how to find more poems once they have some poems they like, and how to connect the poetry of the past to the poetry of the present."--Provided by publisher.

Nightingale

May 9, 2019
Rekdal, Paisley, author.
Port Townsend, Washington : Copper Canyon Press, [2019]
xi, 97 pages ; 23 cm

Hybrida : poems

May 3, 2019
Chang, Tina, author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2019]
x, 133 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
He, pronoun -- Creation myth -- Patience -- She, as painter -- Mankind is so fallible -- Milk -- Revolutionary kiss -- Fury -- Hybrida: a zuihitsu -- Long shadow -- Every Grimm -- Storm -- Astroturf -- Obedience, authority -- Boy with pavement, a painting -- 4 portraits -- Diversity -- Timeline for a body: 4 hours, 6 bullets -- War cloud -- Bitch -- At the end of the road was a sun -- Theory of war -- A poem called politics -- Freedom ghazal -- Vivid isolation -- The shifting kingdom -- 276 -- Devil -- Fever ghazal -- Burial, a lullaby -- Prophecy -- Color -- Roman's epilogue.
"A timely, stirring, and confident examination of mixed- race identity, violence, and history skillfully rendered through the lens of motherhood. In Hybrida, Tina Chang confronts the complexities of raising a mixed-race child during an era of political upheaval in the United States. She ruminates on the relationship between her son's blackness and his safety, exploring the dangers of childhood in a post-Trayvon Martin era by invoking racialized roles in fairy tales. Meditating on the lives of Michael Brown, Leiby Kletzky, and Noemi Álvarez Quillay--lost at the hands of individuals entrusted to protect them--Chang creates hybrid poetic forms that mirror her investigation of racial tensions. Hybrida is a twenty-first-century tale that is equal parts a mother's love and her fury, an ambitious and revelatory exploration of identity"-- Provided by publisher.

The treasured box : a loving collection of Estelle Beasley Turner ; Climb into your Father's lap : poems to encourage your heart

April 25, 2019
Joiner, Kathleen Estelle, compiler, author.
West Union, Ohio : "I AM" Publications, [2019]
94 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Book presented in two parts with two title pages.
"Generational Literary Gems"--Cover.
"The Treasured Box" is a compilation of poetry written by Estelle Beasley Turner, and compiled by Kathleen Estelle Joiner. "Climb Into Your Father's Lap" was written by Kathleen Estelle Joiner and reveals the power of the pen to unlock the stories within; to release, and receive the power of God in our lives.

Soul picked clean

April 22, 2019
Russell, Cat, author.
©2019
x, 89 pages ; 22 cm
Edition of 125 copies.

Walt Whitman speaks: his final thoughts on life, writing, spirituality, and the promise of America, as told to Horace Traubel ; edited and with an introduction by Brenda Wineapple.

April 18, 2019
Traubel, Horace, 1858-1919.
©2019
xxv, 196 pages ; 19 cm
"Here is Whitman the sage, champion of expansiveness and human freedom. Here too, is the poet's more personal side--his vivid memories of Thoreau, Emerson, and Lincoln, his literary judgments of writers such as Shakespeare, Goethe, and Tolstoy, and his expressions of hope in the democratic promise of the nation he loved. The result is a keepsake edition to touch the soul, capturing the distilled wisdom of America's greatest poet"--from Jacket.

Casting deep shade : an amble inscribed to beech trees & co.

April 18, 2019
Wright, C. D., 1949-2016, author.
Port Townsend, Washington : Copper Canyon Press, [2019]
xi, 259 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
"In her final work, C.D. Wright turns her keen documentarian gaze onto a subject native to her adopted Rhode Island: beech trees. Woven, in her typical fashion, with diaristic personal details and incisive yet lyrical voice, this collection transcends its individual subjects and voices to present a message of continuity and preservation"-- Provided by publisher.

Dear mother : poems on the hot mess of motherhood

April 17, 2019
Laditan, Bunmi, author.
Toronto, ON : Mira Books ; [2019]
207 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
"In her first collection of poetry, Bunmi Laditan capturing the honesty, rawness, sheer joy and total madness of motherhood. With the compassion and wit that have made her a social media sensation among mothers around the world, Bunmi Laditan puts into evocative and relatable words what so many of us feel but can't quite express. For mothers who love their children with a fiery fierceness but know what it is to feel crushed at the end of those long days, Dear Mother is like a warm hug that says, "I get it.""--Page 2 of cover.

Dodge tuck roll

April 16, 2019
Santer, Rikki, author.
©2018
x, 53 pages ; 22 cm
Edition of 125 copies.

Malformed confetti

April 16, 2019
Cook, Juliet, author.
©2018
x, 103 pages ; 22 cm
Edition of 125 copies.
"All hail the Queen of Grotesque, Juliet Cook! Her imagery is monstrous, distorted and unnatural - an unmistakably unstable mixture of estranged dollcanos and blood."--Back cover.

The world began with yes : new poems

April 15, 2019
Jong, Erica, author.
Pasadena, CA : Red Hen Press, [2019]
90 pages ; 23 cm
The world began with yes -- The breathing of the world -- Child on the beach -- Oracle of light -- Unicorns -- Acupuncturist -- News -- Blue bird, red bird -- Child's play -- "Be careful darkness" -- Day of atonement -- Brief Valentine -- Connoisseur of longing -- Hats -- Inside out -- One -- Love to his soul -- New theory of love -- Where the poem comes from -- Emily's birthday -- Emily Dickinson: a new Daguerreotype -- Poetry is better than Xanax -- Spanking -- Visible/Invisible -- Why I hate the news -- Your eggs -- Writing poetry again -- The mental traveler -- The Danish poet -- What is love? -- Facebook friend -- Not a bot -- On hearing that Alice Munro is now a stamp -- The wish not heard -- Breasts -- Dying is not black -- Almost dying -- Not with a bang but a whimper -- The world -- Her death -- Taking the train -- Prophet's storm -- Speaking with the dead -- Breath's end.

How to love a country : poems

April 15, 2019
Blanco, Richard, 1968- author.
Boston : Beacon Press, [2019]
80 pages ; 23 cm
Election year -- Dreaming a wall -- Complaint of El Rio Grande -- Como tu/Like you/Like me -- Staring at Aspens: a history lesson -- Letter from Yi Cheung -- Leaving in the rain: Limerick, Ireland -- Island body -- What we didn't know about Cuba -- Matters of the sea -- Mother country -- My father in English, indeed -- El americano in the mirror -- Using country in a sentence -- American wandersong -- Imaginary exile -- November eyes -- Let's remake America great -- Easy lynching on Herndon Avenue -- Poetry assignment #4: what do you miss most? -- St. Louis: prayer before dawn -- Until we could -- Between [another door] -- Pulse-one poem -- Funerals -- Remembering Boston strong -- America the beautiful again -- What I know of country -- St. Louis: prayer at dawn -- Now without me -- And so we all fall down -- Cloud anthem.
"The diverse poems in this collection form a mosaic of seemingly varied topics: the Pulse Nightclub massacre; an unexpected encounter on a visit to Cuba; the forced exile of 8,500 Navajos in 1868; the arrival of a young Chinese woman at Angel Island in 1938; the incarceration of a gifted writer; and the poet's abiding love for his partner, who he is finally allowed to wed. But despite each poem's unique subject matter or occasion, all are fundamentally asking one overwhelming question: how to love this country? Seeking answers, Blanco digs deep into the very marrow of our nation--our cities and towns--with poems that interrogate our past and present, grieve our injustices and note our flaws, yet remember to celebrate our ideals and cling to our hopes. Blanco unravels the very fabric of the American narrative, pursuing a resolution to the inherent contradiction of our nation's psyche and mandate: e pluribus unum (out of many, one), charged with the utopian idea that no single narrative is more important than another, and that America could and ought someday to be a county where all narratives converge into one. A country in which we can all truly thrive and truly love"-- Provided by publisher.

The octopus museum : poems

April 15, 2019
Shaughnessy, Brenda, 1970- author.
©2019
68 pages ; 24 cm
"This collection of bold and scathingly beautiful feminist poems imagines what comes after our current age of environmental destruction, racism, sexism, and divisive politics."--Provided by publisher.

She just wants to forget

April 15, 2019
Sin, R. H., author.
©2019
204 pages ; 18 cm
Includes index.

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