New Arrivals · Poetry

March 23, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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

March 22, 2019
[Cincinnati, Ohio] : Ghosn Publishing, 2004-
v. : ill. ; 28 cm.
Vol. for 2004/15 is a cumulative volume that includes select poems by 100 poets from the 2004 to 2015 volumes.
Editor and organizer: Saad Ghosn.


March 19, 2019
Trautman, Kerry, author.
Elyria, Ohio : NightBallet Press, 2018, 2017.
25 pages ; 22 cm
"2nd Print Run - February 2018 - 25 copies"--Title page verso.

A beautiful day in the neighborhood : the poetry of Mister Rogers

March 19, 2019
Rogers, Fred, author.
Philadelphia, PA : Quirk Books, 2019.
141 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes indexes.
"Lyrics to seventy-five songs from the children's television programs Mister Rogers' Neighborhood and The Children's Corner, collected and presented as an illustrated treasury of poems. Lyrics explore topics such as feelings, new siblings, everyday life, and imagination"-- Provided by publisher.

Where never was already is

March 18, 2019
Smith, Steven B., author.
xx, 323 pages ; 22 cm.
125 copies printed.
"Smith: poet 55 years, artist 54 years. His books include Zen Over Zero - Selected Poems 1964-2008 on City Poetry Press; Unruly on Crisis Chronicles Press; Hip Cat Femur Whack Give a Doc a Bone on NightBallet Press; and his memoir Stations of the Lost & Found, a True Tale of Armed Robbery, Stolen Cars, Outsider Art, Mutant Poetry, Underground Publishing, Robbing the Cradle, and Leaving the Country by Smith & Lady on City Poetry Press. See his art and poetry on, Smith & Lady's blogs on, and his songs on where he sort of sings his words with music by Peter Ball and Billy Clarksville. Smith says his greatest achievement is finding and marrying Lady K. 13 years ago and their selling his place to live for 31 months in 10 countries on 3 continents."--Back cover.

Hell : Dante's Divine trilogy, part 1

March 14, 2019
Dante Alighieri, 1265-1321, author.
136 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
One of the masterpieces of world literature, completed in 1320, Dante's Divina Commedia describes Dante's journey through Hell, Purgatory and his eventual arrival in Heaven. In this new, fully illustrated version of Dante's masterpiece, Alasdair Gray offers an original translation in prosaic English rhyme.0Accessible, modern and sublimely illustrated, this remarkable edition yokes two great literary minds, seven hundred years apart, and brings the classic text alive for the twenty-first century.

The proper way to meet a hedgehog and other how-to poems

March 13, 2019
44 pages : color illustrations ; 30
How to build a poem / by Charles Ghigna -- How to tell a camel / J. Patrick Lewis -- How to be a mole / by Elaine Magliaro -- The proper way to be a hedgehog / by Allan Wolf -- Toasting marshmallows / by Marilyn Sinter -- Mix a pancake / by Christina Rosetti -- To make a meal / by Calef Brown -- How to tell goblins for elves / by Monica Shannon -- How to scare monsters / by Rebecca Kai Dotlich -- Rules / by Karla Kuskin -- Rules of speaking / by Douglas Florian -- Walking on Mars / by Irene Latham -- Table tennis triolet / by Marjorie Maddox -- Basketball rule #2 / by Kwame Alexander -- How to ride a new bike / by April Halprin Wayland -- Playin'' jacks / by Anna E. Jordan -- The swing / by Robert Louis Stevenson -- How to bird-watch / by Margarita Engle -- How to be a tree in winter / by Irene Latham -- How to take care of your tree / by Allan Wolf -- How to make a snow angel / by Ralph Fletcher -- How to be a snowflake / by Elaine Magliaro -- Snowflake catcher / by Charles Waters -- On the fourth of July / by Marilyn Singer -- Fireworks / by Anna E. Jordan -- Tired hair / by Douglas Florian -- Barbershop / by Martin Gardner -- A lesson from the deaf / by Nikki Grimes -- How to read braille / by Steve Withrow -- Best friends / by Helen Frost -- How to say a little prayer / by Pat Mora -- How to catch a poem / by Irene Latham -- How to pay attention / by April Halprin Wayland.

Shout : a poetry memoir

March 8, 2019
Anderson, Laurie Halse, author.
291 pages ; 21 cm
Bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson is known for the unflinching way she writes about, and advocates for, survivors of sexual assault. Now, inspired by her fans and enraged by how little in our culture has changed since her groundbreaking novel Speak was first published twenty years ago, she has written a poetry memoir that is as vulnerable as it is rallying, as timely as it is timeless. In free verse, Anderson shares reflections, rants, and calls to action woven between deeply personal stories from her life that she's never written about before. Searing and soul-searching, this important memoir is a denouncement of our society's failures and a love letter to all the people with the courage to say #MeToo and #TimesUp, whether aloud, online, or only in their own hearts. Shout speaks truth to power in a loud, clear voice-- and once you hear it, it is impossible to ignore.

Ink knows no borders : poems of the immigrant and refugee experience

March 8, 2019
New York : Seven Stories Press, [2019]
xviii, 183 pages ; 21 cm
"A Triangle Square Book for young readers."
Departure: July 30, 1984 / Joseph O. Legaspi -- Immigrant / Lena Khalaf Tuffaha -- First light / Chen Chen -- Origin/Adoption / Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello -- Dear America / Sholeh Wolpé -- Second attempt crossing / Javier Zamora -- Bent to the earth / Blas Manuel de Luna -- A hymn to childhood / Li-Young Lee -- Immigrant aria / Rajiv Mohabir -- On being American / Samira Ahmed -- Oklahoma / Hala Alyan -- On listening to your teacher take attendance / Aimee Nezhukumatathil -- The break-in / Hafizah Geter -- #Sanctuary / JoAnn Balingit -- Extended stay America / Janine Joseph -- Choi Jeong Min / Franny Choi -- Muslim girlhood / Leila Chatti -- Fluency / Michelle Brittan Rosado -- Master film / Solmaz Sharif -- The key / Ladan Osman -- Ode to the heart / Ellen Bass -- The sign in my father's hands / Martín Espada -- History lesson / Jeff Coomer -- My father takes to the road / Jeff Tagami -- My grandmother washes her feet in the sink of the bathroom at Sears / Mohja Kahf -- Frank's nursery and crafts / Bao Phi -- In colorado my father scoured and stacked dishes / Eduardo C. Corral -- Learning to pray / Kaveh Akbar -- Naturalization / Jenny Xie -- East mountain view / Paul Tran -- Acolyte / Tarfia Faizullah -- Tater tot hot-dish / Hieu Minh Nguyen -- Pronounced / Carlos Andrés Gómez -- Off-Island Chamorros / Craig Santos Perez -- A new national anthem / Ada Limón -- Portrait of Isako in wartime / Mia Ayumi Malhotra -- Domesticity / Kristin Chang -- The poet at fifteen / Erika L. Sánchez -- Someday I'll love ocean Vuong / Ocean Vuong -- Ode to the first white girl I ever loved / José Olivarez -- Talks about race / Mahtem Shiferraw -- Mama / Emtithal Mahmoud -- Split / Cathy Linh Che -- When the man at the party said he wanted to own a Filipino / Marianne Chan -- Ode to enclaves / Chrysanthemum Tran -- Ethnic studies / Terisa Siagatonu -- The day I realized we were black / Yesenia Montilla -- Quaking conversation / Lenelle Moïse -- Atlantis / Elizabeth Acevedo -- The border: a double sonnet / Alberto Ríos -- Las casas across nations / Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs -- Mexicans begin jogging / Gary Soto -- Field guide ending in a deportation / Marcelo Hernandez Castillo -- I used to be much much darker / Francisco X. Alarcón -- A habitable grief / Eavan Boland -- Return / Gala Mukomolova -- Adrift / Alice Tao -- Author's prayer / Ilya Kaminsky -- Game of Thrones / Fatimah Asghar -- Oh, daughter / Monica Sok -- Refugees / Brian Bilston -- Home / Safiya Sinclair -- Undocumented joy / Yosimar Reyes -- Self-portrait with no flag / Safia Elhillo.
"With authenticity, integrity, and insight, this collection of poems addresses the many issues confronting first- and second- generation young adult immigrants and refugees, such as cultural and language differences, homesickness, social exclusion, human rights, racism, stereotyping, and questions of identity. Poems by Elizabeth Acevedo, Erika L. Sánchez, Samira Ahmed, Chen Chen, Ocean Vuong, Fatimah Asghar, Carlos Andrés Gómez, Bao Phi, Kaveh Akbar, Hala Alyan, and Ada Limón, among others, encourage readers to honor their roots as well as explore new paths, offering empathy and hope for those who are struggling to overcome discrimination. Many of the struggles immigrant and refugee teens face head-on are also experienced by young people everywhere as they contend with isolation, self-doubt, confusion, and emotional dislocation. Ink Knows No Borders is the first book of its kind and features 65 poems and a foreword by poet Javier Zamora, who crossed the border, unaccompanied, at the age of nine, and an afterword by Emtithal Mahmoud, World Poetry Slam Champion and Honorary Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Brief biographies of the poets are included, as well. It's a hopeful, beautiful, and meaningful book for any reader"-- Provided by publisher.

Tap out : poems

March 5, 2019
Kunz, Edgar, author.
Boston : Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019.
95 pages ; 20 cm
"A Mariner Original."

Prison terms: poems

March 5, 2019
Kendig, Diane, author.
40 pages ; 21 cm

L. E. L. : the lost life and scandalous death of Letitia Elizabeth Landon, the celebrated "female Byron"

March 4, 2019
Miller, Lucasta, author.
xii, 401 pages, 12 pages of plates: illustrations ; 25 cm
Lucasta Miller tells the full story and re-creates the literary London of her time. She was born in 1802 and was shaped by the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars, a time of conservatism when values were in flux. She began publishing poetry in her teens and came to be known as a daring poet of thwarted romantic love.

Brazen creature

March 4, 2019
Barngrover, Anne, author.
Akron, Ohio : University of Akron Press, [2018]
80 pages ; 23 cm.

Nothing is okay

March 4, 2019
Wiley, Rachel, author.
84 pages ; 22 cm
But they say I will not make it -- Rejection #1 -- Mixed girl -- My whiteness hits on me in a bar -- The art of riding a tandem bike alone -- In the event the wind is knocked out of you -- Cooking with tears -- Femme visibility -- Notes on depression -- A plague of doubts -- How to eat your feelings: anger -- Glory in two parts -- Halloween shopping with my niece -- Grief --An incomplete Pinterest board of uses for the abundance of condoms that expired after he left -- Horoscope for the premature Scorpio: March 2013 -- Incantation for autonomy -- Fat joke -- Potential slogans for okCupid -- Rejection #2 -- Joy buzzer -- Prime cuts -- My sugar, my sweet -- A green book for my niece -- Promissory -- First impressions -- How to eat your feelings: self doubt -- Something after borrowed -- Peace offerings for the girl with her back pressed against the door -- Big women -- The opposite of up -- Horoscope for the premature Scorpio: July 2014 -- Havisham -- I spent years not wearing red ... -- Letter to my cat exploring my impending spinsterhood -- What is left? -- A litany on breathing -- For my Grandpa on his 76th birthday -- The body song -- No one's -- When we were kings, one day -- How to eat your feelings: loneliness -- Form letter to my exes ... -- Expect-cum patronus -- Dry cake wishes and tap water dreams -- Rejection #3 -- Joyce Carol Vincent: illusionist -- Sleeping giants -- Spoilage -- How to eat your feelings: anxiety -- Solidarity with Miss Colombia 2015 -- Settle -- They bolt the headboards to the walls these days -- A response to the men of OkCupid adamant about showing me their cocks -- Paradise -- Ode to all the mothers I borrowed -- Waiting for the end of the world -- For fat girls who considered starvation when bulimia wasn't enough -- The leaving -- How my feminism learned to talk -- Belly kisses -- Burying my husband.
Nothing is Okay is the second full-length poetry collection by Rachel Wiley, whose work simultaneously deconstructs the lies that we were taught about our bodies and our beings, and builds new ways of viewing ourselves. As she delves into queerness, feminism, fatness, dating, and race, Wiley molds these topics into a punching critique of culture and a celebration of self. A fat positive activist, Wiley's work soars and challenges the bounds of bodies and hearts, and the ways we carry them.


March 4, 2019
Bohinc, Katy, 1983- author.
Oxford, OH : Miami University Press, [2018]
73 pages ; 22 cm

Walking with Eve in the loved city

March 4, 2019
Bentley, Roy, 1954- author.
xvi, 114 pages ; 22 cm
"Walking with Eve in the Loved City is an ambitious collection. Using a variety of male figures—Jeff Goldblum, Ringo Starr, the poet’s uncle Billy, to name a few—these poems skillfully interrogate masculinity and its cultural artifacts, searching for a way to reconcile reverence for the father figure with a crisis of faith about the world as run by men. And yet, despite the gravity of the subjects these poems engage, this is a hopeful, frequently funny book that encourages the reader to look deeply at the world, and then to laugh if she can. Roy Bentley often accomplishes this work through a careful balancing of honesty and misdirection, as when in the poem “Can’t Help Falling in Love” the real drama of the narrative—the appearance of an affair between the speaker’s father and a drive-in restaurant carhop—operates as a backdrop for the eight-year-old speaker’s puerile attraction to the woman; or when the vampire Nosferatu (a frequent figure in the poems) materializes in a trailer park, his immortality becoming a lens through which to process the speaker’s righteous anger about wealth and poverty. God too features prominently—as does doubt. Drawing from the vernacular of his childhood, Bentley accesses the simultaneous austerity and lyrical opulence of the King James Bible to invent stories in which the last note struck is often a call to pay kinder attention. More than anything, these poems serve as humanistic advocates, using the power of narrative—film, interview, imagination, memoir—to highlight how people matter. Walking with Eve in the Loved City invites the reader to join in this watching and witnessing, to take part in renewing how we see."--Inside cover.

Bombing the thinker

March 4, 2019
Demaree, Darren C., author.
Gardena, CA : Backlash Press, 2018.
"Bombing the Thinker is the eighth book of poetry by the well known and award winning Darren C. Demaree. It is a rumination on Middle America as told through the thought of the sculpture The Thinker, originally named The Poet, by Auguste Rodin. The Thinker Demaree is speaking from is one of the 27 Rodin supervised casts that sits outside of the Museum of Modern Art in Cleveland, Ohio. He documents all that he has seen and experienced around him, such as war, protest, anguish, love and ordinary life. It is a book that archives time as seen through a fixed art form, as well as a man"--Provided by publisher.

Breathing spaces : poems

March 4, 2019
Soter, Anna O., 1946- author.
71 pages ; 23 cm

Tuwyn: poems

March 4, 2019
Sproat, Kezia, author.
127 pages ; 26 cm

Two towns over : poems

March 4, 2019
Demarre, Darren C., author.
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL : Trio House Press, Inc., [2017]
67 pages ; 23 cm

Invisible fish : poems

March 4, 2019
Glassmeyer, Susan F., author.
xiii, 79 pages : portrait ; 23 cm
Don't be afraid -- Past geometry -- Uninitiated -- Crowning the injury.

A bear approaches from the sky : poems

March 4, 2019
Chew, Abby, author.
81 pages ; 23 cm

Deaf republic : poems

February 28, 2019
Kaminsky, Ilya, 1977- author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, [2019]
76 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Deaf Republic opens in an occupied country in a time of political unrest. When soldiers breaking up a protest kill a deaf boy, Petya, the gunshot becomes the last thing the citizens hear--they all have gone deaf, and their dissent becomes coordinated by sign language. The story follows the private lives of townspeople encircled by public violence. At once a love story, an elegy, and an urgent plea, these poems confronts our time's vicious atrocities and our collective silence in the face of them.

Taking a walk in my animal hat

February 28, 2019
Fix, Charlene, author.
87 pages ; 23 cm.

The mermaid's voice returns in this one

February 27, 2019
Lovelace, Amanda, author.
xiii, 191 pages ; 23 cm.

Soaring earth : a companion memoir to Enchanted air

February 19, 2019
Engle, Margarita, author.
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2019]
157 pages ; 22 cm
"In this follow-up to her award-winning memoir Enchanted Air, Margarita Engle details her teenage years in Los Angeles against the turbulent backdrop of the Vietnam War. In vulnerable verse, she addresses the notions of peace, civil rights, freedom of expression, and environmental protection that are once again under threat. Despite these circumstances, young Margarita was able to find solace and empowerment through her education"-- Provided by publisher.

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