New Arrivals · Poetry

May 17, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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.


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.
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.
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.
x, 53 pages ; 22 cm
Edition of 125 copies.

Malformed confetti

April 16, 2019
Cook, Juliet, author.
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.
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.
204 pages ; 18 cm
Includes index.

The tiny journalist : poems

April 11, 2019
Nye, Naomi Shihab, author.
Rochester, NY : BOA Editions, Ltd., [2019]
124 pages ; 23 cm.
Includes index.
"Internationally beloved poet Naomi Shihab Nye places her Palestinian American identity center stage in her latest full-length poetry collection for adults. The collection is inspired by the story of Janna Jihad Ayyad, the 'Youngest Journalist in Palestine,' who at age 7 began capturing videos of anti-occupation protests using her mother's smartphone. Nye draws upon her own family's roots in a West Bank village near Janna's hometown to offer empathy and insight to the young girl's reporting. Long an advocate for peaceful communication across all boundaries, Nye's poems in The Tiny Journalist put a human face on war and the violence that divides us from each other"-- Provided by publisher.

Falling awake

April 10, 2019
Oswald, Alice, 1966- author.
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, 2018.
81 pages ; 21 cm
"Falling Awake, winner of the Costa Award for Poetry, give[s] us the sensation of living alongside the natural world, of being a spectator to the changes that mark our mortality (Dan Chiasson, The New Yorker). Falling Awake expands on the imagery of fallen soldiers from Homer's Iliad portrayed in her previous volume, Memorial-defining life as a slowly falling weight, where beings fight against their inevitable end. Oswald reimagines classical figures such as Orpheus and Tithonus alive in an English landscape together with shadows, flies, villagers, dew, crickets-all characterized in tension between the weight of death and their own willpower. FROM VERTIGO let me shuffle forward and tell you the two minute life of rain starting right now lips open and lidless cold all-seeing gaze." --Publisher.

Fragile capacities : school poems

April 10, 2019
Feen, Sandra J., author.
Elyria, Ohio : NightBallet Press, 2018.
33 pages ; 22 cm
"2nd print run - 25 copies"--Title page verso.
Before the tardy bell -- Lights out -- My name is Anaemy -- Psalms Monday -- Blows -- In the middle -- Always, but this day -- Feather -- Accessories -- Another narrative -- Cake -- Introducing Dick and Jane -- Some people just miss the mark -- Why I teach creative writing -- The politics of paper -- Three haiku for an Education Secretary -- More effort: A rant -- A day -- Tuning protocol -- Respite -- For those who remain.

Out of blue

April 10, 2019
Roberts, Andy (Poet), author.
Elyria, Ohio : NightBallet Press, 2018.
24 pages ; 22 cm
"1st print run - 70 copies"--Title page verso.
Heaven -- Rosita -- Decoration day -- Brookings -- Oxblood -- Geezers -- Grace -- My Old Obsession -- Utopia -- Clean Down to the Bone -- Nine Mile Hill -- Withdrawal Slip -- Cora -- Solo -- Bright Size Life -- Godwit and I -- On the Chetco -- Photograph of the Author at age three -- Question -- Egg Rolls -- Walking Stick -- For Judy -- Diminuendo -- Out of Blue.

Waiting for the wind to rise

April 10, 2019
Arcangelini, M. J., 1952- author.
Elyria, Ohio : NightBallet Press, 2018.
33 pages ; 22 cm
"2nd print run - 20 copies"--Title page verso.
A grain in the gear -- Ambition -- Different -- A legal buck -- Deer Berries -- Laundromat -- My aging prostate -- Waiting for the wind to rise -- Heart attack over my shoulder -- Broadcast day -- Earth Day morning 2017 -- A song for Sunday afternoon -- A new memory -- Future, like a gift -- Where you hide -- Second day of rain -- The felling -- The burning house -- Watching from the window -- Tree climbing -- The photograph -- The wringer -- Bosch and Bruegel attend the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on assignment for "Artforum" magazine -- Zombie politics (Arcangelini arrangement) -- Zombie politics (Franke arrangement) -- Nothing to say -- Marcus has sold his pick-up truck.

Chapter eleven

April 10, 2019
Schraeder, E. F., author.
36 pages ; 22 cm
Indebted -- Stopwatch Medicine -- For These Reasons -- $20 -- Homeland Security -- The Policy Writer -- ifucked -- Almost Okay: for Humpty -- Social Security (Careless) -- Progression -- Dad's White Sneakers -- Living Will -- Ramona from Assisted Living -- For the Birds -- igive -- How to Retire with a Million Dollars -- One Week Passing -- How Jesus Ruined my Mother -- Government Cheese -- I Came Back After the Stroke -- iteach -- No Child Left -- $2,000 -- A Student Tells Me About Her Abortion -- At the Financial Aid Office -- GI Bill Arrives in Uniform -- Qualitative Methods -- The King's Horses -- Ten Years Since the Last Annual -- In the Waiting Room -- Sick -- Depression as Appropriate Response -- Intake Asks.

Too many questions about strawberries

April 9, 2019
Hirt, Jen, 1975- author.
31 pages ; 21 cm
Too many questions about strawberries -- When your family owns greenhouses in Ohio but you move to Idaho -- Girlfriend -- Out West -- Carry on -- Have two -- He was -- Foxes I'ves seen by now -- Why not malachite for resurrection -- If you don't stop right now -- The last path to me -- Tough stain -- Three bricks thick -- Aster yellows -- Elegy after the jeweler's -- The ABC's of having 1, 2, and 3: an inventory of the overstock.

Beyond the sidewalk

April 9, 2019
McIntire, Jonie, author.
Elyria, Ohio : NightBallet Press, 2018.
25 pages ; 22 cm
"2nd Print Run - 25 copies - February 2018"--Title page verso.

Hard to swallow

April 9, 2019
Hurley, Pat Snyder, author.
30 pages : illustration ; 22 cm

Loss and foundering

April 9, 2019
Burroughs, John, author.
Elyria, Ohio : NightBallet Press, 2018.
29 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm

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