New Arrivals · Poetry

February 25, 2020
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

These fevered days : ten pivotal moments in the making of Emily Dickinson

February 24, 2020
Ackmann, Martha, author.
New York, NY : W. W. Norton & Company, [2020]
xxiii, 278 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
"An engaging, intimate portrait of Emily Dickinson, one of America's greatest and most-mythologized poets, that sheds new light on her groundbreaking poetry. On August 3, 1845, young Emily Dickinson declared, "All things are ready"-and with this resolute statement, her life as a poet began. Despite spending her days almost entirely "at home" (the occupation listed on her death certificate), Dickinson's interior world was extraordinary. She loved passionately, was ambivalent toward publication, embraced seclusion, and created 1,789 poems that she tucked into a dresser drawer. In These Fevered Days, Martha Ackmann unravels the mysteries of Dickinson's life through ten decisive episodes that distill her evolution as a poet. Ackmann follows Dickinson through her religious crisis while a student at Mount Holyoke, her startling decision to ask a famous editor for advice, her anguished letters to an unidentified "Master," her exhilarating frenzy of composition, and her terror in confronting possible blindness. Together, these ten days provide new insights into Dickinson's wildly original poetry and render a concise and vivid portrait of American literature's most enigmatic figure"-- Provided by publisher.

When the world didn't end : poems

February 17, 2020
Kaufman, Caroline, author.
174 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
What was -- What could have been -- What became.
"In her second book of poetry, Instagram sensation Caroline Kaufman explores the shock, wonder, and beauty of an uncertain future. When the World Didn't End is a vivid account of trying to find a path forward while reckoning with the pain of the past, embracing imperfection, and unlearning the language of self-criticism. It's an ode to the awkward silence between goodbye and hanging up, to hearts that continue to beat after they're broken, to the empty spaces that depression leaves behind. With vulnerability and insight, this powerful collection of short poems holds up a mirror to the doubt and longing inside us all."--Page [4] of cover.

Love poems : (for people with children)

February 17, 2020
Kenney, John, 1962- author.
New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, [2019]
99 pages ; 20 cm
"...John Kenney is back with a brand new collection of poems, this time taking on the greatest "joy" in life: children. Kenney covers it all, from newborns, toddlers, and sleep deprivation, to the terrible twos, terrible tweens, and terrible teens. A parent's love is unconditional, but sometimes that button can't help but be pushed. Between back to school shopping, summer vacations that never end, the awkwardness of puberty, the inevitable post-college moving back in, and more, a parent's job is never done, whether they like it or not."

Poetry teatime companion : a Brave Writer sampler of British and American poems

February 11, 2020
West Chester, Ohio : Brave Writer Press, [2016]
133 pages : color Illustrations ; 26 cm
Cover title.
"Poetry Teatime pairs tea and treats with poetry reading--anywhere from the kitchen table to a picnic table, by the seaside or on top of a mountain. Families around the world are indulging in this pleasurable, meaningful shared experience. The Poetry Teatime Companion is an anthology of classic poems that will help your family bring the practice to life. Nancy includes notes to go with each poem that tell a bit about the author and invite deeper reflection and connection."

Chaucer : a European life

February 3, 2020
Turner, Marion, 1976- author.
xvi, 599 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, maps, genealogical tables ; 24 cm
Vintry Ward, London -- Great Household -- Reims and Calais -- Hainault and Navarre -- Lancaster -- Genoa and Florence -- Counting House -- Cage -- Milky Way -- Tower -- Troy -- Parliament -- Empire -- Garden -- South of the Thames -- Inn -- Peripheries -- What Lies Beneath -- Threshold -- Abbey -- Tomb.
"More than any other canonical English writer, Geoffrey Chaucer lived and worked at the centre of political life--yet his poems are anything but conventional. Edgy, complicated, and often dark, they reflect a conflicted world, and their astonishing diversity and innovative language earned Chaucer renown as the father of English literature. Marion Turner, however, reveals him as a great European writer and thinker. To understand his accomplishment, she reconstructs in unprecedented detail the cosmopolitan world of Chaucer's adventurous life, focusing on the places and spaces that fired his imagination. Uncovering important new information about Chaucer's travels, private life, and the early circulation of his writings, this innovative biography documents a series of vivid episodes, moving from the commercial wharves of London to the frescoed chapels of Florence and the kingdom of Navarre, where Christians, Muslims, and Jews lived side by side. The narrative recounts Chaucer's experiences as a prisoner of war in France, as a father visiting his daughter's nunnery, as a member of a chaotic Parliament, and as a diplomat in Milan, where he encountered the writings of Dante and Boccaccio. At the same time, the book offers a comprehensive exploration of Chaucer's writings, taking the reader to the Troy of Troilus and Criseyde, the gardens of the dream visions, and the peripheries and thresholds of The Canterbury Tales. By exploring the places Chaucer visited, the buildings he inhabited, the books he read, and the art and objects he saw, this landmark biography tells the extraordinary story of how a wine merchant's son became the poet of The Canterbury Tales." -- Publisher's description.

Looking glass : a man's reflections within the scope of dating & relationships

February 3, 2020
Jackson, Vernon V., Jr., author.
104 pages ; 22 cm
Poems with text.
Understanding a man's heart story. Men have feelings ; The approach ; Adapt ; Emotional survival ; Love isn't manufactured ; The veil -- Knowing yourself before dating intentionally. Responsible for my space my energy ; Stand or fall ; The value in solitude ; Learn your instrument ; Adapt/Adjust/Grow ; Exposed roots ; Origin is everything -- Dating: the rules have changed. Dating categories ; Boxes/Connection/Checklists ; What's projected isn't always received ; The new independence ; Everyone doesn't past go ; Proposed dating guidelines ; It's only fair -- Know who you're dealing with. Intentional ; Life didn't come with a manual ; If the shoe fits ; What lies beneath ; Who accepts you ; What are you depositing? -- Communicate to understand. Broken ; What do you project? ; Posture ; What you see may not be what they see ; Lessons & capacity ; It's still a process ; Understanding without agreeing -- Final thoughts. Fatherhood ; Search & find ; Conclusion.
"A healthy relationship with self equals healthy relationships with others. A lot of us are broken. Left to figure out what a relationship is and our responsibilities in it. However, we can no longer use what we weren't taught as reasons not to move forward and experience authentic love and healthy relationships. Instead, we must be intentional. Looking Glass is for women looking to experience a rare glimpse of a man's transparency. To get insight into what men think about dating and relationships from a place of deep reflection and love. Not from a place driven by fear, false perceptions, and hyper-masculinity. This book is also for men looking for better ways to relate to their feelings and articulate them in healthy ways within their relationships. The goal of Looking Glass is to develop common empathy and to build a bridge for deeper communication between the sexes"--Provided by publisher.

Forever in my heart : poems of my youth

February 3, 2020
Tallarigo, Joe, author.
69 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Forever in my heart: poems of my youth is Joe's poetric journey through his teen years through his twenties. He writes poems about his time at Oak Hills High School, his friends, and visiting his brother up at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, while chasing his dream of becoming a country music songwriter, but the death of his aunt derails his dreams"--Back cover.

Keep the music playing

February 3, 2020
Tallarigo, Joe, author.
149 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Keep the music playing is the follow-up book to Forever in my heart: poems of my youth and Life goes on. In 2019 Joe will celebrate his love of music, graduating from Saint Lawrence and attending Oak Hill High School. Keep the music playing celebrates the joy of life, chasing dreams, and honoring those who influenced him and his writing for the past twenty years"--Back cover.

Life goes on

February 3, 2020
Tallarigo, Joe, author.
149 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Life goes on has many meanings for Joe Tallarigo. After the deaths of his aunt, uncle, and grandma in 2008 he has to accept that death is a part of life. But in 2009 life handed him some more trouble, and had to face and conquer the new challenges ahead of him. The poems in this book reflect the years from 2009-2015 and his childhood memories of growing up in Price Hill and the places his parents took him and his brother as kids in the 1990s"--Back cover.

Eternity : selected poems

January 29, 2020
Smith, Tracy K., author.
London : Penguin Books, 2019.
vii, 200 pages ; 20 cm

The making of poetry : Coleridge, the Wordsworths, and their year of marvels

January 28, 2020
Nicolson, Adam, 1957- author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020.
390 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm

Summer snow : new poems

January 24, 2020
Hass, Robert, author.
xi, 178 pages ; 24 cm
"A major collection of entirely new poems from the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author of Time and Materials and The Apple Trees at Olema. A new volume of poetry from Robert Hass is always an event. In Summer Snow, his first collection of poems since 2010, Hass further affirms his position as one of our most highly regarded living poets. Hass's trademark careful attention to the natural world, his subtle humor, and the delicate but wide-ranging eye he casts on the human experience are fully on display in his masterful collection. Touching on subjects including the poignancy of loss, the serene and resonant beauty of nature, and the mutability of desire, Hass exhibits his virtuosic abilities, expansive intellect, and tremendous readability in one of his most ambitious and formally brilliant collections to date."--Provided by publisher.


January 23, 2020
Whyte, David, 1955- author.
Langley, Washington : Many Rivers Press, 2020.
119 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm
"It is not a coincidence that this book will slide easily into your jacket pocket; you'll want to keep it close for unexpected moments, those gifts of small, beckoning spaciousness amidst all our obligations and necessities. In addition to works written over a span of many years, plus one new poem and one new essay, the book contains David's personal reflections for many of the pieces, providing deeper context to its meaning. In some ways an artistic representation of a close circle of companionship to the work and to the man : edited by his wife, and designed and typeset by close friends Edward Wates and John Nielson, the book forms an elegant testament to David Whyte's most closely-held understanding - that human life cannot be apportioned out as one thing or another; rather, it is best lived as a living conversation, a way between and beyond, made beautiful by darkness as well as light, at its essence both deeply solitary and profoundly communal."--publisher's description.

Say her name

January 20, 2020
Elliott, Zetta, author.
Los Angeles : Disney, Jump at the Sun, 2020.
83 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
Inspired by the #SayHerName campaign launched by the African American Policy Forum, these poems pay tribute to victims of police brutality as well as the activists insisting that Black Lives Matter. Elliott engages poets from the past two centuries to create a chorus of voices celebrating the creativity, resilience, and courage of Black women and girls. This collection features forty-nine powerful poems, four of which are tribute poems inspired by the works of Lucille Clifton, Audre Lorde, Nikki Giovanni, and Phillis Wheatley.

I am me : teen artists and writers speak out on being yourself

December 17, 2019
95 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
"I Am Me: Teen Artists and Writers Speak Out on Being Yourself pairs award winning art and writing to empower teens to shake off negative influences and realize it is okay to be themselves. Each piece of art is skillfully matched with writing to reflect the attitude of a generation of teens who want to fit in, but feel inadequate due to societal pressures. This is a powerful book that can help young people believe that you don't have to achieve 'perfection' to be 'perfect' "--Provided by publisher.

Aphrodite made me do it : poems, prose, art

December 17, 2019
Mateer, Trista, author, illustrator.
[Canada] : Central Avenue Publishing, 2019.
170 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
"In this empowering and feminist retelling, she uses the mythology of the goddess alongside poetry and art to tackle timeless issues and traumas. If you let her, by the end of this book, Aphrodite will make you believe in the possibility of your own healing."--Back cover.

Felon : poems

December 17, 2019
Betts, Reginald Dwayne, 1980- author.
New York, NY : W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2019.
x, 95 pages ; 22 cm
"Felon tells the story of the effects of incarceration in fierce, dazzling poems-canvassing a wide range of emotions and experiences through homelessness, underemployment, love, drug abuse, domestic violence, fatherhood, and grace-and, in doing so, creates a travelogue for an imagined life. Reginald Dwayne Betts confronts the funk of postincarceration existence and examines prison not as a static space, but as a force that enacts pressure throughout a person's life.Challenging the complexities of language, Betts animates what it means to be a "felon.""--Provided by publisher.

Like falling through a cloud : a lyrical memoir of coping with forgetfulness, confusion, and a dreaded diagnosis

December 17, 2019
Zukerman, Eugenia, author.
178 pages ; 22 cm
Recounts the author's discovery, consultations, and diagnosis, all while navigating the death of her 103-year-old mother, a performance at the Kenedy Center, and the consolidation of her life via a full-time move to upstate New York.

The mountains of Paris : how awe and wonder rewrote my life

December 16, 2019
Oates, David, 1950- author.
xii, 178 pages ; 23 cm
"The Mountains of Paris takes place during the seasons David Oates spends in Paris, sharing an artist's residency. It is a rare opportunity to consider what it means to be human, through time-stopping moments with music, art, and deep includes memories that intrude into the bustle of Paris life: a Billy Graham crusade at age thirteen, a mountain pass, a love, and a loss."--Provided by publisher.

Some glad morning

December 16, 2019
Crooker, Barbara, 1945- author.
Pittsburgh, PA : University of Pittsburgh Press, [2019]
xiii, 96 pages ; 21 cm.

Oblivion banjo : the poetry of Charles Wright

December 12, 2019
Wright, Charles, 1935- author.
754 pages ; 24 cm
from Hard Freight (1973) -- from Bloodlines (1975) -- from China Trace (1977) -- from The Southern Cross (1981) -- from The Other Side of the River (1984) -- from Zone Journals (1988) -- from Xionia (1990) -- from Chickamauga (1995) -- from Black Zodia (1997) -- from Appalachia (1998) -- from North American Bear (1999) -- from A Short History of the Shadow (2002) -- from Buffalo Yoga (2004) -- from Scar Tissue (2006) -- Littlefoot (2007) -- from Sestets (2009) -- from Caribous (2014)
"Over the course of his work -more than twenty books in total- Charles Wright has built zone of the truly distinctive bodies of poetry created in the second half of the twentieth centuryy (David Young, Contemporary Poets). Oblivion Banjo, a capacious new selection spanning his decades-long career, showcases the central themes of Wright's poetry: language, landscape, and the idea of God. No matter the precise subject of each poem, on display here is a vast and rich interior life, a mind wrestling with the tenuous relationship between the ways we describe the world and its reality. The recipient of almost every honor in poetry -the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the Bollingen Prize, to name a few- and a former poet laureate of the United States, Wright is an essential voice in American letters. Oblivion Banjo is the perfect distillation of his inimitable career for devout fans and newcomers alike."--Publisher's website.


December 11, 2019
Moore, Megan Mary, author.
Portland, Oregon : Unsolicited Press, [2019]
70 pages ; 22 cm
Meggie Mae -- A trailer is a tower who got tired -- 1 a.m. listening to the neighbors -- Dwellers -- Mothers and daughters -- It's ok to hate your sister in Aurora, IN -- In case of fire -- Goddamn Meggie -- American girls -- Cardboard coffin -- Sarah had a -- Sisters -- Home water -- Sandusky -- Polaroid of an albino deer -- What Kenny carried -- The Loch Ness Monster was found dead in Kentucky -- The drowned -- In a past life -- I take care -- Postoperative psychosis -- I remember praying to princesses -- How to dance -- Girls bathroom -- Blue doesn't occur in nature -- Trailer trash -- Accelerated readers -- Driving my cousin home from visiting Grandpa in hospice -- Hello, enclosed are the remains of your loved one -- I asked my Dad if he was happy when I was born -- These memories are mine, not my mother's -- Sheet ghost -- Emily nightmares -- Love poem -- Saving time -- The apartments across from St. Aloysius Gonzaga -- In 6th grade -- I wanted to leave home -- My ceiling fell in on me -- Girlhood -- Roadkill -- In the Holy of Holies or the last stall in the basement of St. Elizabeth High School -- I was voted most likely to become a housewife -- Love poem 2 -- I met the devil in the woods -- Long pigs eat long pig -- Loving a man with a dead dad -- St. Elizabeth Seton watched me -- The creek on Stoney Hollow Road -- Mary, Mary, quite contrary -- If body dysmporphia follows me to death -- Marie Antoinette's last words were -- He donated his body to science.
"Dwellers is a love letter to a girlhood that is often overlooked: the girlhood that occurs in poor, rural America, where ghosts are seemingly everywhere and family is fleeting. Dwellers is a collection of poems about finding one's own version of femininity while being reminded that Hell is real"--Back cover.

Live oak, with moss

December 4, 2019
Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892, author.
167 pages, 25 unnumbered pages : illustrations (some color), facsimiles ; 22 cm
As he was turning forty, Walt Whitman wrote twelve poems in a small handmade book he entitled "Live Oak, With Moss." The poems were intensely private reflections on his attraction to and affection for other men. They were also Whitman's most adventurous explorations of the theme of same-sex love, composed decades before the word "homosexual" came into use. Whitman never published the cycle. Instead he cut them up, rearranged them, and hid them in the "Calamus" cluster of poems in the 1860 edition of Leaves of Grass. Selznick has been greatly influenced by Whitman and has created more than 100 pages of original images that form a visual narrative around his work which provide a stirring interpretation.This transporting tour de force presents Whitman like never before and will be beloved by Selznick's myriad fans as well as poetry lovers everywhere. An afterword by Professor Karen Karbiener illuminates the story of Whitman's enigmatic cluster of poems, provides keys for interpreting their meanings, and highlights their contemporary significance"-- adapted from the publisher's description and introduction.

Lord of the butterflies : poems

December 4, 2019
Gibson, Andrea (Poet), author.
95 pages ; 22 cm
Your life -- Ivy -- Photoshopping my sister's mugshot -- Orlando -- Andrea/Andrew -- Good light -- Ode to the public panic attack -- Gender in the key of Lyme disease -- Diagnosis -- Boomerang Valentine -- Thanksgiving -- America wakes me in the middle of the night -- White feminism [noun] -- The day you died because you wanted to -- Tincture -- Awestruck [verb] -- Radio -- "What do you think about this weather?" -- Dear Tinder -- America, reloading -- Black and white angel -- Depression [verb] -- Baby teeth in a landfill -- Bad at love -- Hurt the fly -- First date -- No filter -- All the good in you -- Give her -- Said the wishing well -- Dear Trump voter -- Until we act -- Daytime, somewhere -- Resentment [verb] -- Fight for love -- Letter to the editor -- Living proof -- First love.
"Andrea Gibson's latest collection is a masterful showcase from the poet whose writing and performances have captured the hearts of millions. With artful and nuanced looks at gender, romance, loss, and family, Lord of the Butterflies is a new peak in Gibson's career. Each emotion here is deft and delicate, resting inside of imagery heavy enough to sink the heart, while giving the body wings to soar." -- (Source of summary not specified)

The crying book

December 2, 2019
Christle, Heather, 1980- author.
vi, 200 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Award-winning poet Heather Christle has just lost a dear friend to suicide and must reckon with her own struggles with depression and the birth of her first child. How she faces her joy, grief, anxiety, impending motherhood, and conflicted truce with the world results in a moving meditation on the nature, rapture, and perils of crying--from the history of tear-catching gadgets (including the woman who designed a gun that shoots tears) to the science behind animal tears (including moths who drink them) to the fraught role of white women's tears in racist violence.

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