New Arrivals · Poetry

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


January 22, 2019
Armantrout, Rae, 1947- author.
Middletown, Connecticut : Wesleyan University Press, [2018]
128 pages; 24 cm.
Making -- Asymmetries -- Speech acts -- The craft talk -- Conflation -- Overtake -- Audience -- Background information -- Wobble -- Reception -- My pleasure -- My bad self -- You know -- Object permanence -- Arch -- Feeling today -- Boreal -- Say -- Regime change -- Credible -- Return -- Openings -- Conjunctions -- Incoming -- Accomplices -- Hoard -- Hell -- Silos -- Trellis -- The emotional life of plants -- Those -- Alone -- Echoes -- Thorned -- Revisions -- What's coming -- Tunnel vision -- Incorporation -- The third person -- Flicker -- My erasures -- Rankings -- Chronos -- Old woman's lament in autumn -- Sparks -- To -- Practicing -- Are -- Shapes -- Object -- Design elements -- Some body -- I and I -- Household -- Mother -- Chord -- Chimera -- Near -- Life history -- A few questions -- The difference -- Instruction -- In the future -- The trick -- Accordingly -- Moment to moment -- Fusion -- Seams -- Nothing -- Distinguish -- Presents -- Spun -- Traffic -- Negotiations -- Refresh -- Translations -- Signaling -- Bees -- The show -- Vessels -- The act -- Inner -- Object lessons -- Normal -- Hate -- Ahead -- Give pause -- Hence -- Somewhere -- Judgment -- Logistics -- Flux -- Cottage industry -- Practice -- Trance -- It is -- So.
"Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Rae Armantrout is at once a most intimate and coolly calculating poet... Her language is unexpected yet exact, playing off the collective sense that the shifting ground of daily reality may be a warning of imminent systemic collapse. While there are glimmers here of what remains of the "natural world," the poet confesses the human failings, personal and societal, that have led to its devastation. No one's senses are more acutely attuned than Armantrout's, which makes her an exceptional observer and reporter of our faults. She leaves us wondering if the American Dream may be a nightmare from which we can't awaken. Sometimes funny, sometimes alarming, the poems in Wobble play peek-a-boo with doom"-- Provided by publisher.

The bell and the blackbird : poems

January 22, 2019
Whyte, David, 1955- author.
Langley, Washington : Many Rivers Press, 2018.
135 pages ; 22 cm
I. Come with me now. Lough Inagh -- II. Just beyond yourself. Just beyond yourself ; The bell and the blackbird ; Twice blessed ; Cleave ; Much has been said ; A mind shaped by Moorland -- III. Blessings & prayers. Easter blessing ; Blessing for the light ; Blessing for sound ; Blessing for different sounds ; Prayer for an invitation ; Blessing for unrequited love ; Prayer for James Monahan ; Blessing for one who has taken their own life -- IV. Winter griefs. Winter grief ; Goodbye for now ; Maam Cross ; Avignon elegy ; Orphan lamb ; Wound ; The act of leaving -- V. Muse. An almost ; Close companion ; Homage -- VI. Seeing you. A gift of time ; Bow ; Seeing you ; Everlasting ; Dream ; Newly married -- VII. Travels. Australia ; Tracking -- VIII. Nakasendo. River fall ; Forest path ; After walking ; Shoji ; One ear ; Sleep ; Eclipse ; Footsteps ; Mist ; Old friends ; The bag on my back ; The pass -- IX. Ireland. Ogham ; Ruan ; Stone ; Fintan ; Wraiths ; The coming of Amergin ; The miracle island ; Leaving the island.

Oculus : poems

January 16, 2019
Mao, Sally Wen, author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, [2019]
119 pages ; 23 cm
Ghost story -- Oculus -- Occidentalism -- Teledildonics -- Mutant odalisque -- Live feed -- No resolution -- Provenance: a vivisection -- The toll of the sea -- Anna May Wong on silent films -- Anna May Wong fans her time machine -- Anna May Wong goes home with Bruce Lee -- Anna May Wong has breakfast at Tiffany's -- Anna May Wong blows out sixteen candles -- Antipode essay -- Close encounters of the liminal kind -- Electronic motherland -- The Mongolian cow sour yogurt super voice girl -- Electronic necropolis -- Riding along for thousands of miles -- The diary of Afong Moy -- Anna May Wong meets Josephine Baker -- Anna May Wong makes cameos -- Anna May Wong rates the runway -- Anna May Wong dreams of the Wong Kar-Wai -- Anna May Wong goes viral -- Ghost in the shell -- Dirge with cutlery and furs -- Yume Miru Kikai [The dreaming machine] -- The five faces of Faye Valentine -- Lavender town -- The death of Ruan Lingyu -- After Naim June Paik -- Oculus.
"In Oculus, Sally Wen Mao explores exile not just as a matter of distance and displacement, but as a migration through time and a reckoning with technology. The title poem follows a girl in Shanghai who uploaded her suicide onto Instagram. Other poems cross into animated worlds, examine robot culture, and haunt a necropolis for electronic waste. A fascinating sequence speaks in the voice of international icon and first Chinese American movie star Anna May Wong, who travels through the history of cinema with a time machine, even past her death and into the future of film, where she finds she has no progeny. With a speculative imagination and a sharpened wit, Mao powerfully confronts the paradoxes of seeing and being seen, the intimacies made possible and ruined by the screen, and the many roles and representations that women of color are made to endure in order to survive a culture that seeks to consume them."--Publisher's website.

Child of the moon

January 10, 2019
Semaan, Jessica, author.
Kansas City, Missouri : Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2019.
xviii, 181 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Set against the backdrop of the Lebanese Civil War and the author's turbulent family life, this is an illustrated poetry collection about finding light in the darkness.

All of it is you : poetry

January 10, 2019
Tortorella, Nico, author.
New York : Crown Archetype, [2018]
241 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Introduction -- Body -- Earth -- Universe.
"A debut poetry collection from actor Nico Tortorella exploring "all of it," from the smallest cells in our bodies to the outer limits of our universe. Nico Tortorella's debut poetry collection presents a singular voice honed through years as an actor, podcaster, and advocate, one colored with love, wonder, and endless curiosity. But it is also more than just words on a page - it is a sensuous journey into who we are and how we relate to the world around us, showing how the connections we make are vital to understanding why we are here. Provocative, enlightening, and emotionally charged, all of it is you, is a poetry experience like no other"-- Provided by publisher.

Only as the day is long : new and selected poems

January 9, 2019
Laux, Dorianne, author.
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2019]
x, 166 pages ; 25 cm
Includes index.

The forgetting tree : a rememory

December 28, 2018
Paris, Rae, author.
Detroit : Wayne State University Press, [2017]
154 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Poems and prose.
"Rae Paris began writing The forgetting tree : a rememory in 2010, while traveling the United States, visiting sites of racial trauma, horror, and resistance. ... A perfect blending of prose, poetry, and images, The forgetting tree is a necessary collection that argues for a deeper understanding of past and present so that we might imagine a more hopeful, sustaining, and loving future for Black lives."--Back cover.

Collected poems

December 27, 2018
Bly, Robert, author.
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2018]
xxxi, 533 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.
An extraordinary culmination for Robert Bly's lifelong intellectual adventure, Collected Poems presents the full magnitude of his body of work for the first time. Bly has long been the voice of transcendentalism and meditative mysticism for his generation; every stage of his work is warmed by his devotion to the art of poetry and his affection for the varied worlds that inspire him. Influenced by Emerson and Thoreau alongside spiritual traditions from Sufism to Gnosticism, he is a poet moved by mysteries, speaking the language of images. Collected Poems gathers the fourteen volumes of his impressive oeuvre into one place, including his imagistic debut, Silence in the Snowy Fields (1962); the clear-eyed truth-telling of his National Book Award-winning collection, The Light Around the Body (1967); the masterful prose poems of The Morning Glory (1975); and the fiercely introspective, uniquely American ghazals of his latest collection, Talking into the Ear of a Donkey (2011). A monumental poetic achievement, Collected Poems makes clear why poets and lovers of poetry have long looked to Robert Bly for emotional authenticity, moral authority, and artistic inspiration.-- Publisher's description.


December 19, 2018
Nelson, Maggie, 1973- author.
99 pages ; 21 cm
"A lyrical, philosophical, and often explicit exploration of personal suffering and the limitations of vision and love, as refracted through the color blue, while folding in, and responding to, the divergent voices and preoccupations of such generative figures as Wittgenstein, Sei Shonagon, William Gass and Joan Mitchell. Bluets further confirms Maggie Nelson's place within the pantheon of brilliant lyric essayists." -- Publisher's description

The poems of T. S. Eliot. Volume I, Collected and uncollected poems

December 14, 2018
Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965, author.
xxv, 1311 pages ; 24 cm
Originally published: London: Faber & Faber, 2015.
"This critical edition of T. S. Eliot's poems establishes a new text of the Collected Poems, 1909-1962, rectifying accidental omissions and errors that have crept in during the century since Eliot's astonishing debut, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock." As well as the masterpieces, The Poems of T. S. Eliot: Volume I contains the poems of his youth, which were rediscovered only decades later; others that circulated privately during his lifetime; and love poems from his final years, written for his wife, Valerie. Christopher Ricks and Jim McCue have provided a commentary that illuminates the imaginative life of each poem. Calling upon Eliot's critical writings as well as his drafts, letters, and other original materials, Ricks and McCue illustrate not only the breadth of Eliot's interests and the range of his writings but how it was that the author of "Gerontion" came to write "Triumphal March" and then Four Quartets. Thanks to the family and friends who recognized Eliot's genius and preserved his writings from an early age, the archival record is exceptionally complete, enabling us to follow in unique detail the progress of a mind that never ceased exploring."

The poems of T.S. Eliot. Volume II, Practical cats and further verses

December 14, 2018
Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965, author.
xix, 667 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Originally published: London: Faber & Faber, 2015.
An autobiographical sketch -- Table of dates -- Glossary -- Abbreviations and symbols -- Old Possum's book of practical cats -- Anabasis -- Other verses -- Noctes binanianæ -- Improper rhymes -- Textual history -- Index to the editorial material in Volume II -- index of titles and first lines.
"To accompany Eliot's poems, Ricks and McCue have provided a commentary that illuminates the creative activity that came to constitute each poem, calling upon drafts, correspondence and other original materials to provide a vivid account of the poet's working processes, his reading, his influences and his revisions. This second volume opens with two books of verse: the children's verse of Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats and his translation of St. John Perse's Anabase. This volume then gathers the verses Eliot contributed to the learnedly lighthearted exchanges of Noctes Binanianæ and others for intimate friends or written off the cuff. Each of these sections is accompanied by its own commentary. Finally, there is a comprehensive textual history that contains not only variants from all known drafts and the many printings but also extended passages amounting to hundreds of lines of compelling verse."

Winter of summers

December 12, 2018
Faudet, Michael.
Kansas City, MO : Andrews McMeel Publishing, [2018].
ix, 227 pages ; 20 cm
Includes index.
Michael Faudet's latest book explores the fine line between love and loss, the fragility of relationships, self-empowerment, and social commentary. Every page taking the reader to a world of conflicting emotions, where nothing is what it seems and beautiful dreams come to life. All exquisitely captured in a thought-provoking collection of poetry, prose, and short stories.

Cool salsa : bilingual poems on growing up Latino in the United States

December 12, 2018
xx, 123 pages ; 21 cm
Niggerlips ; Negro bembon / Martin Espada ; translated from the English by Camilo Perez-Bustillo with Martin Espada -- Excerpts from "Smokey": La novia ; Smokey / Ricardo Means Ybarra ; translated from the English by Eugenio Alberto Cano Correa -- Time to party. Nothing but drums ; Solo oye tambores / Oscar Hujuelos ; translated from the English by Alejandro Garcia Reyes -- Mango juice ; Jugo de mango / Pat Mora ; translated from the English by Maria Rosa Fort -- Nothing more ; Nada mas / Alfredo Chacon ; translated from the Spanish by Lori M. Carlson -- Brown girl, blonde okie ; Chica morena, campesina rubia / Gary Soto ; translated from the English Luis Alberto Ambroggio -- Why do men wear earrings on one ear? / Trinidad Sanchez, Jr. -- For Ray ; Para Ray / Ana Castillo ; translated from the English by Maria Rosa Fort -- Aquatic show ; Espectaculo acuatico / Daniel Jacome Roca ; translated from the Spanish by Lori M. Carlson -- A promising future. Why am I so brown? / Trinidad Sanchez, Jr. -- Solidarity ; Solidaridad / Amado Nervo ; translated from the Spanish by Lori M. Carlson -- We would like you to know ; Nos gustaria que sepan / Ana Castillo ; translated from the English by Johanna Vega -- Return ; Volver / Berta G. Montalvo ; translated from the Spanish by Lori M. Carlson -- Love poem for my people ; Poema de amor para mi gente / Pedro Pietri ; translated from the English by Alexandra Lopez -- The calling ; El llamado / Luis Rodreiguez ; translated from the English by Patricio Navia.
Poems celebrating Hispanic culture are the focus of this collection. Liberal sprinkling of Spanish words and phrases with some poems translated from one language to another make this an ideal anthology for both the English class and the bilingual ESL classroom. Topics for poems extend from hot dogs to learning English to the revolution in Nicaragua. What all of the selections have in common is the adolescent experience at the core of the poem.

Amber ashes : a collection of poems and photography

December 6, 2018
Reece, C. L., author.
© 2018
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations ; 22 cm
The witching hour -- Counterfeit -- My brick road -- It's all in the game -- Amber eyes -- Flatline -- The storyteller -- My savior -- In case you didn't know -- Used -- My nosebleed -- The best of me -- The land of enchantment -- Childhood innocence -- Heart attack -- The aftermath -- P.S. I... -- The city streets -- Queen of the world -- Love's rage -- Ragdoll -- Life's hardest lesson -- Zuni Drive -- Trash day -- I always hated winter -- Unspoken pauses -- The Queen City -- Pieces of me -- The hunter -- My moon -- Porcelain -- The actress -- The assassin -- Twenty-seven minutes -- Dear stranger -- The living dead -- Ammunition -- First-degree manslaughter -- The good old days -- The world went numb -- I miss you -- Home -- A strong foundation -- Survivor -- Magic -- Closure -- Prized possession -- The battle for myself -- Your prison cell -- Ghost -- Amour -- Lakeshore limited -- Choices -- New furniture -- Tilt to the sum -- Coward -- The commute -- Default -- The winds -- Until then -- When bravery fails -- The Windy City -- Paper cuts -- Tourniquet -- Amber ashes -- Unrequited love -- Secrets -- Little one -- The maze -- Abandoned -- A messy masterpiece -- Only wounds -- Final curtain call -- I sent you a draft -- Recovery -- Your amusement -- Tomboy -- Monster -- The car accident -- Inner light -- Request -- Ti amerò per sempre -- Rest in piece -- Infection -- The sly one -- Awoke -- The seeker -- The changing of seasons -- Amnesia -- Hindsight is 20/20 -- Let bygones be bygones.
"Amber Ashes is a collection of poems and photography that transcribes the inner turmoil we all fight--the never-ending battle between head and heart. In her debut, Reece narrates her observations of the human condition, the rawness of her words filling the pages, illustrating the complexity of love and the beauty and cruelty one experiences in its presence and absence. Its gains and losses will lead readers to understand their own journeys of wondering what a soul truly looks like from the outside looking in"--Back cover.

Twenty love poems and a song of despair

November 29, 2018
Neruda, Pablo, 1904-1973, author.
New York : Penguin Books, 2004.
xviii, 94 pages : illustrations ; 16 cm
Originally published: Great Britain : Jonathan Cape Ltd., 1969. With new introduction.
I. Body of a woman -- II. The light wraps you -- III. Ah vastness of pines -- IV. The morning is full -- V. So that you will hear me -- VI. I remember you as you were -- VII. Leaning into the afternoons -- VIII. White bee -- IX. Drunk with pines -- X. We have lost even -- XI. Almost out of the sky -- XII. Your breast is enough -- XIII. I have gone marking -- XIV. Every day you play -- XV. I like for you to be still -- XVI. In my sky at twilight -- XVII. Thinking, tangling shadows -- XVIII. Here I love you -- XIX. Girl lithe and tawny -- XX. Tonight I can write -- The song of despair.
"Drawn from the most intimate and personal of associations. Pablo Neruda's most beloved collection of poetry juxtaposes the exuberance of youthful passion with the desolation of grief, the sensuality of the body with the metaphorical nuances of nature." "Interspersed with illustrations by Pablo Picasso, W.S. Merwin's masterly translation faces the original Spanish text. This edition also features a wonderful new Introduction by Cristina Garcia."--Jacket.

In Byron's wake : the turbulent lives of Byron's wife and daughter: Annabella Milbanke and Ada Lovelace

November 21, 2018
Seymour, Miranda, author.
547 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits, genealogical table ; 24 cm
George Gordon Byron Byron -- Anne Isabella Milbanke Byron Byron -- Ada King Lovelace -- Byron family.
"A masterful portrait of two remarkable women, revealing how two turbulent lives were always haunted by the dangerously enchanting, quicksilver spirit of that extraordinary father whom Ada never knew: Lord Byron."--Amazon.

The letters of Sylvia Plath. Volume II, 1956-1963

November 15, 2018
Plath, Sylvia, author.
li, 1025 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
"The second volume in the definitive, complete collection of the letters of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Sylvia Plath, from the early years of her marriage to Ted Hughes to the final days leading to her suicide in 1963, many never before seen. One of the most talented and beloved poets, Sylvia Plath continues to fascinate and inspire the modern literary imagination. The tragedy of her untimely death at age thirty, almost fifty-five years ago, has left much unknown about her creative and personal life. In this remarkable second volume of the iconic poet and writer's collected letters, the full range of Plath's ambitions, talents, fears, and perspective is made visible through her own powerful words. As engaging as they are revealing, these remarkable letters cover the years from 1957 to 1963. They detail the last six tumultuous and prolific years of her life, covering her marriage to Ted Hughes, the births of her children Frieda and Nicholas, her early success, including the publication of the classic The Bell Jar, and her ongoing struggle with depression. The first compendium of its kind to include all of Plath's letters from this period, The Letters of Sylvia Plath Volume 2 offers an intimate portrait of the writing life and mind of one of the most celebrated poets in literary history" --

Monument : poems : new and selected

November 15, 2018
Trethewey, Natasha D., 1966- author.
189 pages ; 24 cm
"Layering joy and urgent defiance -- against physical and cultural erasure, against white supremacy whether intangible or graven in stone -- Natasha Trethewey's work gives pedestal and witness to unsung icons. Monument, her first retrospective volume, draws together verses that delineate the stories of working-class African American women, a mixed-race prostitute, one of the first black Civil War regiments, mestizo and mulatto figures in casta paintings, Gulf Coast victims of Hurricane Katrina. Through the collection, inlaid and inextricable, winds the poet's own family history of upheaval and loss, resilience and love... As a whole, Monument casts new light on the trauma of our national wounds, our shared history. This is a poet's remarkable labor to source evidence, persistence, and strength from the past in order to change the very vocabulary we use to speak about race, gender, and our collective future"-- Provided by publisher.

Shakespeare and the resistance : the Earl of Southampton, the Essex Rebellion, and the poems that challenged Tudor tyranny

November 12, 2018
Asquith, Clare, author.
xvi, 256 pages ; 25 cm
The prisoner -- Suicide or murder? -- A problem poem -- Rape -- The poetry war -- Lucrece: the act -- Lucrece: the aftermath -- The guardian -- Rallying the opposition: Venus and Adonis --The destruction of the Earl of Essex.
"A brilliant and provocative reinterpretation of Shakespeare's largely forgotten epic poems, and the political controversy they incited. In her engaging new book, leading Shakespearean scholar Clare Asquith reveals the provocative political message that would have been obvious and compelling to Shakespeare's contemporaneous readers. At the heart of this cultural upheaval, Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece gave England's restless and disenfranchised populous exactly what it was looking for: an authoritative historical analysis that justified--and even urged--direct action against the Tudors. A fascinating narrative history rooted in original scholarship and groundbreaking interpretations, Shakespeare and the Resistance is the definitive account of Shakespeare's political poems and the dramatic reactions they incited"--Provided by publisher.

The Oresteia : Agamemnon, Women at the graveside, Orestes at Athens

November 8, 2018
Aeschylus, author.
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, A Division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2018]
xxxiii, 172 pages : map ; 22 cm
" this translation they have been retitled as Agamemnon, Women at the Graveside, and Orestes at Athens."--page xiv.
Agamemnon -- Women at the graveside -- Orestes at Athens.

Gmorning, gnight! : little pep talks for me & you

November 7, 2018
Miranda, Lin-Manuel, 1980- author.
New York : Random House, [2018]
xi, 201 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Good morning. Do NOT get stuck in the comments section of life today. Make, do, create the things. Let others tussle it out. Vamos! Before he inspired the world with Hamilton and was catapulted to international fame, Lin-Manuel Miranda was inspiring his Twitter followers with words of encouragement at the beginning and end of each day. He wrote these original sayings, aphorisms, and poetry for himself as much as for others. But as Miranda's audience grew, these messages took on a life on their own. Now Miranda has gathered the best of his daily greetings into a beautiful collection illustrated by acclaimed artist (and fellow Twitter favorite) Jonny Sun. Full of comfort and motivation, Gmorning, Gnight! is a touchstone for anyone who needs a quick lift.

Shame is an ocean I swim across : poems

November 7, 2018
Lambert, Mary, 1989- author.
170 pages ; 21 cm
"Beautiful and brutally honest, Mary Lambert's poetry is a beacon to anyone who's ever been knocked down--and picked themselves up again. In verse that deals with sexual assault, mental illness, and body acceptance, Ms. Lambert emerges as an important new voice in poetry, providing strength and resilience even in the darkest of times." -- Dust jacket.

Robert Graves : from Great War poet to Good-bye to all that (1895-1929)

November 5, 2018
Wilson, Jean Moorcroft, author.
xiv, 461 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, genealogical table ; 24 cm

Ghost of

October 24, 2018
Nguyen, Diana Khoi, 1985- author.
83 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

American journal : fifty poems for our time

October 24, 2018
120 pages ; 19 cm
American Journal presents fifty contemporary poems that explore and celebrate our country and our lives. Poet Laureate of the United States and Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy K. Smith has gathered a remarkable chorus of voices that ring up and down the registers of American poetry. In the elegant arrangement of this anthology, we hear stories from rural communities and urban centers, laments of loss in war and in grief, experiences of immigrants, outcries at injustices, and poems that honor elders, evoke history, and praise our efforts to see and understand one another. Taking its title from a poem by Robert Hayden, the first African American appointed as Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, American Journal investigates our time with curiosity, wonder, and compassion. Among the fifty poets included are: Jericho Brown, Eduardo C. Corral, Natalie Diaz, Matthew Dickman, Mark Doty, Ross Gay, Aracelis Girmay, Joy Harjo, Terrance Hayes, Cathy Park Hong, Marie Howe, Major Jackson, Ilya Kaminsky, Robin Coste Lewis, Ada Limón, Layli Long Soldier, Erika L. Sánchez, Solmaz Sharif, Danez Smith, Susan Stewart, Mary Szybist, Natasha Trethewey, Brian Turner, Charles Wright, and Kevin Young.

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