New Arrivals · Poetry

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

Father's day

September 16, 2019
Zapruder, Matthew, 1967- author.
ix, 135 pages ; 23 cm
The poems in Matthew Zapruder's fifth collection ask, how can one be a good father, partner, and citizen in the early twenty-first century?

The best American poetry.

September 12, 2019
New York, N.Y. : Collier Books,
v. ; 22 cm.
Imprint varies: 1999-<2019> published by Scribner Poetry.

A sand book

September 5, 2019
Reines, Ariana, author.
402 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
A Sand Book is a poetry collection in nine parts, a travel guide that migrates from wildfires to hurricanes, tweety bird to the president, lust to aridity, desertification to prophecy, and mother to daughter. It explores the negative space of what is happening to language and to consciousness in our strange and desperate times. From Hurricane Sandy to the murder of Sandra Bland to the massacre at Sandy Hook, from the sand in the gizzards of birds to the desertified mountains of Haiti, from Attar's "Conference of the Birds" to Chaucer's "Parliament of Fowls" to Twitter, A Sand Book is about change and quantification, the relationship between catastrophe and cultural transmission. It moves among houses of worship and grocery stores, flitters between geological upheaval and the weird weather of the Internet. In her long-awaited follow-up to Mercury, Reines has written her most ambitious work to date, but also her most visceral and satisfying.

Equals greatness

August 21, 2019
Phillips, MoPoetry, author.
[Cincinnati, Ohio?] : [MoPoetry Phillips], [2019]
189 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Date and publisher information from amazon website.

After Altamira : poems

August 21, 2019
Moody, Neli, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : Xlibris Corp, 2006.
79 pages ; 23 cm
Age of grass -- Age of flint -- Age of clay.

A fortune for your disaster : poems

August 21, 2019
Willis-Abdurraqib, Hanif, author.
Portland, Oregon : Tin House Books, 2019.
iv, 98 pages ; 23 cm
In his much-anticipated follow-up to "The Crown Ain't Worth Much," poet, essayist, biographer, and music critic Abdurraqib has written a book of poems about how one rebuilds oneself after a heartbreak, the kind that renders them a different version of themselves than the one they knew.

100 poems

August 19, 2019
Heaney, Seamus, author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019.
x, 174 pages ; 22 cm
Includes index.
"Originally published in 2018 by Faber & Faber Ltd, Great Britain."--Title page verso.
"Seamus Heaney had the idea to make a personal selction of poems from across the entire arc of his writing life, a collection small yet comprehensive enough to serve as an introduction for all comers. He never managed to do this himself, but now, finally, the project has been returned to, resulting in an intimate gathering of poems chosen and introduced by the Heaney family."--Inside dust jacket.

An American sunrise : poems

August 19, 2019
Harjo, Joy, author.
xiii, 116 pages : map ; 22 cm
Prologue -- Map of the Trail of Tears -- Break My Heart -- My grandfather Monahwee -- Exile of Memory -- Granddaughters -- The Fight -- Directions to You -- Seven Generations -- In 1990 a congress -- Weapons, -- The Story Wheel -- Once I looked at the moon -- Washing My Mother's Body -- There is a map -- Rising and Falling -- The Road to Disappearance -- Mama and Papa Have the Going Home Shiprock Blues -- My great-grandfather Monahwee -- How to Write a Poem in a Time of War -- Mvskoke Mourning Song -- First Morning -- Singing Everything -- Falling from the Night Sky -- Our knowledge is based -- For Earth's Grandsons -- Running -- A Refuge in the Smallest of Places -- I'm Nobody! Who Are You? -- Bourbon and Blues -- My Great-Aunt Ella Monahwee Jacobs's Testimony -- Road -- The Southeast was covered -- Desire's Dog -- Dawning -- Honoring -- My Man's Feet -- "I Wonder What You Are Thinking" -- Fot Those Who Would Govern -- Rabbit Invents the Saxophone -- When Adolfe Sax patented -- Let There Be No Regrets -- Advice for Countries, Advanced, Developing and Falling -- Tobacco Origin Story -- My aunt Lois Harjo told me -- Redbird Love -- We follow the DNA spiral of stories -- Becoming Seventy -- Beyond -- Ren-Toh-Pvrv -- Memory Sack -- Every night -- Cehotosakvtes -- One March -- By the Way -- When we made it down last year -- Welcoming Song -- An American Sunrise -- Bless This Land -- Acknowledgements
A stunning new volume from the first Native American Poet Laureate of the United States, informed by her tribal history and connection to the land.

To the wren : collected & new poems 1991-2019

August 15, 2019
Mead, Jane, 1958- author.
583 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.
A truck marked flammable (1991) -- The Lord and the general din of the world (1996) -- House of poured-out waters (2001) -- The usable field (2008) -- Money money money ; Water water water (2014) -- World of made and unmade (2016) -- New poems (2019).
"This collection houses Mead's life's work: seven books spanning twenty-seven years. Follow chronologically through decades and become captivated by heartfelt feelings of loss, madness, danger, grief, isolation, and self-identity."--Provided by publisher.

Beastgirl & other origin myths

August 15, 2019
Acevedo, Elizabeth, author.
Portland, OR : YesYes Books, 2016.
35 pages : portrait ; 19 cm
"A Vinyl 45 Blue Note edition"--Page 4 of cover.
La ciguapa -- Brother myth -- Conversations -- Salt -- Pressing -- Stranger tells me my body be a temple -- First job -- It almost curdles my womb dry -- The true story of La Negra, a bio-myth -- Mami came to this country as a nanny -- Liminalities -- Beloved -- Pareja -- Dominican superstitions -- The dictator's brujas, or, Why I didn't grow up with Disney -- Regularization plan for foreigners, 1922 -- February 10th, 2015 -- Juan Dolio Beach -- La Santa Maria -- For the poet who told me rats aren't noble enough creatures for a poem -- La Ùltima Cacique.
A collection of folkloric poems centered on the historical, mythological, gendered, and geographic experiences of a first generation American woman.

Black Medea : adaptations for modern plays

August 15, 2019
Amherst, NY : Cambria Press, [2013]
x, 343 pages ; 24 cm.
"Euripides' Medea is one of the most popular Greek tragedies in the contemporary theatre. Numerous modern adaptations see the play as painting a picture of the struggle of the powerless under the powerful, of women against men, of foreigners versus natives. The play has been adapted into colonial and historical contexts to lend its powerful resonances to issues of current import. Black Medea is an anthology of six adaptations of the Euripidean tragedy by contemporary American playwrights that present Medea as a woman of color, combined with interviews, analytical essays and introductions which frame the original and adaptations. Placing six adaptations side by side and interviewing the playwrights in order to gain their insights into their work allows the reader to see how an ancient Greek tragedy has been used by contemporary American artists to frame and understand African American history. Of the six plays present in the volume, three have never before been published and one of the others has been out of print for almost thirty years. Thus the volume makes available to students, scholars and artists a significant body of dramatic work not currently available. Black Medea is an important book for scholars, students, artists and libraries in African American studies, classics, theatre and performance studies, women and gender Studies, adaptation theory and literature. Theatre companies, universities, community theatres, and other producing organizations will also be interested in the volume."

Coral castles

August 15, 2019
Bialock, Carol, author
Newberg, Oregon : Fernwood Press, 2019.
134 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.


August 14, 2019
Ewing, Eve L., author.
74 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

Goethe : the history of a man, 1749-1832

August 5, 2019
Ludwig, Emil, 1881-1948.
London : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1928.
x, 647 p., [20] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Includes index.

Sämmtliche Poetische Werke / Theil II.

July 31, 2019
Uz, Johann Peter, 1720-1796.
Wien : Gedruckt für Franz Anton Schrämbl bey Ignaz Alberti, 1790.
268 pages : illustration ; 16 cm
Nolan Room Collection.

A rational guide to verse : scansion made simple

July 26, 2019
Aruffo, Christopher, author.
Gainesville, FL : Acoustic Learning, [2018] ©2012, ©2013, ©2015, ©2018
71 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
A guide to help you interpret Shakespeare and classical poetry. In this book, you will find simple step-by-step instructions that show you how to analyze metered verse. A guide to help students learn scansion. It's approach is adapted from principles of verse set forth by Edgar Allan Poe and is supported by evidence from psycholinguistics and phonetic science.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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