New Arrivals · Poetry

November 20, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

I will destroy you : poems

November 19, 2019
Flynn, Nick, 1960- author.
79 pages ; 23 cm
One. Confessional -- Pied Piper -- Balcony -- Poem to be whispered by the bedside of a sleeping child -- Tattoo -- The unclaimed -- Horse thief -- What you can't hear -- Alphabet Street -- Now -- The ethics of the third person -- Cemetery Saint Louis -- I will destroy you -- Two. See through -- Sleeping Beauty -- Haecceity -- Rock 'n' roll suicide -- The child -- Prince performing "Motherless child" (live) -- Unghosted -- Amanuensis -- Parrot -- Kurt Cobain wallpaper -- Unknown -- Dharma -- Uncloudy day -- Life is sweet -- Popsicles -- Sky burial Three. Killdeer -- Icarus -- Acceptance -- God's will -- If only they could bottle this feeling -- Saltmarsh -- As I lay dying -- Shipwreck -- The box -- The angel of forgetting -- On the anniversary of my mother's suicide my daughter & I take the C Train to the Museum of Natural History -- The king of fire -- Daughter -- If I speak for the dead I must leave -- Saint Augustine.
"I will destroy you interrogates the potential of art to be redemptive, to remake and reform. But first the maker of art must claim responsibility for his past, his actions, his propensity to destroy others and himself. These poems delve into the deepest, most defeating parts of the self: addiction, temptation, infidelity, and repressed memory."--Back cover.

To make monsters out of girls

November 14, 2019
Lovelace, Amanda, author.
xix, 147 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm.
Includes index.
"Trigger warning. intimate partner abuse, eating disorders, self-harm, cheating, alcohol, religion, death, gore, fire, blood & possibly more. remember to practice self-care before, during, & after reading."--Page xi.
monster-boy -- monster-girl -- sun-heart.
Lovelace explores the memory of being in an abusive relationship. She poses the eternal question: Can you heal once you've been marked by a monster, or will the sun always sting?--provided by publisher..


November 13, 2019
Pico, Tommy, author.
Portland, Oregon : Tin House Books, [2019]
78 pages ; 23 cm
"Feed is the fourth book in the Teebs tetralogy. It's an epistolary recipe for the main character, a poem of nourishment, and a jaunty walk through New York's High Line park, with the lines, stanzas, paragraphs, dialogue, and registers approximating the park's cultivated gardens of wildness. Among its questions, Feed asks what's the difference between being alone and being lonely? Can you ever really be friends with an ex? How do you make perfect mac & cheese? Feed is an ode of reconciliation to the wild inconsistencies of a northeast spring, a frustrating season of back-and-forth, of thaw and blizzard, but with a faith that even amidst the mess, it knows where it's going."-- Provided by publisher.


November 12, 2019
Ruefle, Mary, 1952- author.
99 pages ; 22 cm.
"A new collection of poems by Mary Ruefle, the author of My Private Property, Trances of the Blast, Madness, Rack, and Honey, Selected Poems, The Most of It, and A Little White Shadow"-- Provided by publisher.

Love unknown : the life and worlds of Elizabeth Bishop

November 7, 2019
Travisano, Thomas J., 1951- author.
[New York, New York] : Viking, [2019]
422 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Between two worlds -- The country mouse -- Were we all touched by Midas? -- Wading in the mud of the celestial gardens -- Walnut Hill -- Con spirito -- This strange world of travel -- The state with the prettiest name -- As our kisses are changing -- The prodigal -- Too many waterfalls -- Samambaia -- "O Prêmio Pulitzer!" -- Apartment in Leme -- No coffee can wake you -- Breakfast song -- The rainbow-bird -- Coda : all the untidy activity continues.
"Poets of the twentieth century Elizabeth Bishop's friend James Merrill once observed that 'Elizabeth had more talent for life--and for poetry--than anyone else I've known.' This new biography reveals just how she learned to marry her talent for life with her talent for writing in order to create a brilliant array of poems, prose, and letters--a remarkable body of work that would make her one of America's most beloved and celebrated poets. In Love Unknown, Thomas Travisano, founding president of the Elizabeth Bishop Society, tells the story of the famous poet and traveler's life. Bishop moved through extraordinary mid-twentieth century worlds with relationships among an extensive international array of literati, visual artists, musicians, scholars, and politicians--along with a cosmopolitan gay underground that was then nearly invisible to the dominant culture. Drawing on fresh interviews and newly discovered manuscript materials, Travisano illuminates that the 'art of losing' that Bishop celebrated with such poignant irony in her poem 'One Art'--perhaps her most famous--was linked in equal part to an 'art of finding,' Bishop's art and life having been devoted to the sort of encounters and epiphanies that so often appear in her work"-- Provided by publisher.

Variations on dawn and dusk

November 4, 2019
Beachy-Quick, Dan, 1973- author.
44 pages ; 18 cm
"The poems that comprise Variations on Dawn and Dusk are best considered as a single inquiry broken into discrete parts--they don't build exactly one upon another, they aren't a progressive series, but each is a meditation gathered around fundamental points of concern: light, dark, sky, cloud, faith, doubt, thought, care, memory, dust, and more. The project as a whole is meant as an imitation of so deep it becomes a participation in Robert Irwin's untitled (dawn to dusk) (2016), a permanent installation at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, TX."-- Provided by publisher.

How we fight for our lives : a memoir

November 1, 2019
Jones, Saeed, author.
xii, 192 pages ; 22 cm
Haunted and haunting, Jones's memoir tells the story of a young, black, gay man from the South as he fights to carve out a place for himself, within his family, within his country, within his own hopes, desires, and fears. Through a series of vignettes that chart a course across the American landscape, Jones draws readers into his boyhood and adolescence--into tumultuous relationships with his mother and grandmother, into passing flings with lovers, friends and strangers. Each piece builds into a larger examination of race and queerness, power and vulnerability, love and grief: a portrait of what we all do for one another--and to one another--as we fight to become ourselves.

Emily Dickinson's gardening life : the plants & places that inspired the iconic poet

November 1, 2019
McDowell, Marta, author.
Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, 2019.
267 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 24 cm
Originally published by McGraw-Hill in 2005 as Emily Dickinson's Gardens : A Celebration of a Poet and Gardener.
Preface to the revised edition -- Introduction -- The turning of the year -- Early spring : A gardener's home and family -- Late spring : The education of a gardener -- Early summer : A gardener's travels -- Midsummer : A gardener's ground -- Late summer : A hedge away -- Autumn : A gardener's town -- Winter : Requiem for a gardener -- A poet's gardens -- Planting a poet's garden -- Visiting a poet's garden -- An annotated list of Emily Dickinson's plants -- Afterword -- Sources and citations -- A note on the botanical artists -- Acknowledgements -- Photo and illustration credits -- Index.
Emily Dickinson was a keen observer of the natural world, but less well known is the fact that she was also an avid gardener--sending fresh bouquets to friends, including pressed flowers in her letters, and studying botany at Amherst Academy and Mount Holyoke. At her family home, she tended both a small glass conservatory and a flower garden. In Emily Dickinson's Gardening Life, award-winning author Marta McDowell explores Dickinson's deep passion for plants and how it inspired and informed her writing. Tracing a year in the garden, the book reveals details few know about Dickinson and adds to our collective understanding of who she was as a person. By weaving together Dickinson's poems, excerpts from letters, contemporary and historical photography, and botanical art, McDowell offers an enchanting new perspective on one of America's most celebrated but enigmatic literary figures.

To drink coffee with a ghost

November 1, 2019
Lovelace, Amanda, author.
xiv, 143 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Includes index
"Trigger warning. intimate partner abuse, eating disorders, self-harm, cheating, alcohol, religion, death, gore, fire, blood & possibly more. remember to practice self-care before, during, & after reading"--Page xi.
ghost-mother -- ghost-daughter -- sun-showers.
"You cannot have a funeral for your mother without also having a funeral for yourself." This book poses the ever-lingering question: What happens when someone dies before they're able to redeem themselves? From the bestselling & award-winning poetess, Amanda Lovelace, comes the finale of her illustrated duology, "things that h(a)unt." In the first installment, to make monsters out of girls, Lovelace explored the memory of being in a toxic romantic relationship. In to drink coffee with a ghost, Lovelace unravels the memory of the complicated relationship she had with her now-deceased mother.

Have you seen this man? : the Castro poems of Karl Tierney

October 31, 2019
Tierney, Karl, 1956- author.
Little Rock, Arkansas : Sibling Rivalry Press, 2019.
120 pages ; 22 cm

Ordinary hazards : a memoir

October 29, 2019
Grimes, Nikki, author.
325 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Growing up with a mother suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and a mostly absent father, Nikki Grimes found herself terrorized by babysitters, shunted from foster family to foster family, and preyed upon by those she trusted. At the age of six, she poured her pain onto a piece of paper late one night - and discovered the magic and impact of writing. For many years, Nikki's notebooks were her most enduing companions. In this accessible and inspiring memoir that will resonate with young readers and adults alike, Nikki shows how the power of those words helped her conquer the hazards - ordinary and extraordinary - of her life"--Provided by publisher.

Be recorder : poems

October 24, 2019
Giménez Smith, Carmen, 1971- author.
84 pages ; 23 cm.
One: Creation myth. Origins -- Watch what happens -- Boy crazy -- Play therapy -- Self as deep as coma -- Southern cone -- Current affairs -- Interview follow-up -- No apology: a poemifesto -- Flat Earth dream soliloquy -- Two: Be recorder. Be recorder -- Three: Birthright. In remembrance of their labors -- As body II -- I will be my mother's apprentice -- Beasts -- Entanglement -- American mythos -- On teaching -- Terminal hair -- Only a shadow -- Ars poetica.
Be Recorder offers readers a blazing way forward into an as yet unmade world. The many times and tongues in these poems investigate the precariousness of personhood in lines that excoriate and sanctify. Carmen Giménez Smith turns the increasingly pressing urge to cry out into a dream of rebellion--against compromise, against inertia, against self-delusion, and against the ways the media dream up our complacency in an America that depends on it. This reckoning with self and nation demonstrates that who and where we are is as conditional as the fact of our compliance: "Miss America from sea to shining sea / the huddled masses have a question / there is one of you and all of us." Be Recorder is unrepentant and unstoppable, and affirms Giménez Smith as one of the most vital and vivacious poets of our time.

Build yourself a boat

October 24, 2019
Felix, Camonghne, author.
Chicago, Illinois : Haymarket Books, 2019.
64 pages ; 22 cm.
Lost poem 4: Rx -- Contouring the Flattening -- Cutting w/ JB -- Imagine??? My sister an astronaut??? -- Google search keywords: -- Things the block taught me -- White house -- Statement from Camonghne Felix on the murders of Jesse Washington, Stephon Clark and her attempt to understand the psychology of lynching: -- Thank God I can't drive -- Zimmerman testimonies: Day 1 -- Zimmerman testimonies: Day 2 -- Cutting w/ JB -- Google search keywords: -- Cutting w/ JB -- Trap queen -- On entropy -- Statement of being lonely vs. alone -- Lost poem #5: I won't even ask why -- Or, it's all in my head -- Google search keywords: -- Lesson, unmitigated -- No relief -- DISCLAIMER -- Mirror talk -- Police -- Grocery -- Sleeping on Adderall -- Zimmerman testimonies: Day 4 -- Tonya Harding's fur fox -- No shade, though -- "But in what way does the blending of two slightly different cells bring about such a renewal of life?" -- Freud -- Cutting w/ JB -- After the abortion, an older white Planned Parenthood volunteer asks if my husband is here & squeezes my thigh and says, "You made the right decision," and then "Look what could happen if Trump were president, I mean, you might not even be here." -- Beer pong -- Zimmerman testimonies: Day 5 -- When I say the hood made me, I mean: -- Willing in the Orisha -- "But there were times when you offered your consent with older men. You chose them & you were not afraid. Why not?" -- Freud -- Yes, it is possible.
This is about what grows through the wreckage. This is an anthem of survival and a look at what might come after. A view of what floats and what, ultimately, sustains. Build Yourself a Boat redefines the language of collective and individual trauma through lyric and memory.

The hundredfold : songs for the lord

October 24, 2019
Esolen, Anthony, author.
San Francisco : Ignatius, 2019.
224 pages ; 20 cm
The Hundredfold is a tapestry of hymns, monologues, and short lyrics knit together as one book-length poem in praise of Christ in his startling humanity. Using all the riches of the English poetic tradition―meter, rhyme, music―the poet ponders the mysterious man from Nazareth and the world he came to set on fire with splendor.

Living in the candy store : and other poems

October 17, 2019
Kress, Leonard, 1950-
81 pages : portrait ; 23 cm
"Several of these poems were published originally in Living in the Candy Store, a limited-edition chapbook from Finishing Line Press, 2011"--Acknowledgements.
pt. I. Kwakiutl verb tenses -- Living in the candy store -- Letter from Bernard Malamud -- Polka dancing to Eddie Blazonczyk and the Versatones in Coaldale, Pennsylvania -- Jazz chops -- Fan belts -- A night at the opera -- Surplus Jeep -- Elmo -- pt. II. Baroque metaphors from Clement of Alexandria -- Law of resemblances -- Fire, fire -- pt. III. Roger Caillois' 4 types of games -- Odysseus attends his first poetry reading -- Andromache & Hector -- Beach volleyball (Odysseus and Nausicaa) -- The end of the anti-war movement -- The assassination of John Africa -- Meeting Milosz -- Beginning with lines from Zbigniew Herbert -- May Day, Krakow, 1986 -- pt. IV. -- Definitions of philosophy in late antiquity -- Overalls -- The wild rose -- Synchronicity -- Elijah -- Indian Takeout -- Killing the Buddah -- pt. V. Sin--Punishment in Hell/Animal/Color -- Revolution in the revolution -- Gryzantyny -- Student carmen -- Backstage Nutcracker -- I meant what I said in the garden -- After a line by Charles Wright -- pt. VI. No sooner is something said... -- Notes for a poem: the liquidation of history -- Charles Aznavour's got soul like a motherfucker -- Ginsburg's harmonium -- About the author.

The history of English poetry : from the close of the eleventh to the commencement of the eighteenth century : to which are prefixed, three dissertations: 1. Of the origin of romantic fiction in Europe; 2. On the introduction of learning into England; 3. On the Gesta Romanorum

October 15, 2019
Warton, Thomas, 1728-1790, author.
London : Printed for Thomas Tegg, 73, Cheapside, 1824.
4 volumes (123, cclxix, 203; 520; 470; 482 pages) : portrait ; 22 cm
Volumes located in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Room has marble board with brown three-quarter leather binder with gilt lettering on spine.
"In four volumes."

La Pharsale de Lucain

October 8, 2019
Marmontel, Jean-François, 1723-1799.
[Paris] : Chez Née de la Rochelle, 1788.
volumes ; 18 cm.
Nolan Room collection.
Copy located in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Room has leather binding with gilt lettering and floral motif on spine.

The works of Anna Lætitia Barbauld. With a memoir

October 8, 2019
Barbauld, Mrs. (Anna Letitia), 1743-1825.
London, Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, 1825.
2 volumes frontispiece (portrait) 22 cm
Volumes located in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Room has brown boards with gilt border on cover and gilt lettering and floral motif on spine. Marbled end papers.
Nolan Room collection.
v. 1. Memoir. Poems -- v. 2. Correspondence. Miscellaneous pieces.

Eyes bottle dark with a mouthful of flowers : poems

October 7, 2019
Skeets, Jake, author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Milkweed Editions, 2019.
83 pages ; 23 cm
Drunktown -- Afterparty -- In the fields -- Truck effigy -- Tácheeh -- Let there be coal -- Siphoning -- Gasoline ceremony -- Virginity -- Maar -- Swallowing kept secrets -- Dust storm -- DL N8V 4 3SOME -- Dear brother -- Child born of water -- Thieving ceremony -- Buffalograss -- How to become the moon -- Love poem -- In the fields -- Naked -- Comma -- Drift(er) -- In the fields -- The body a bottle -- Eyes bottle dark with a mouthful of flowers -- Glory -- Sleepers -- A list of celebrities who've stayed at the El Rancho Hotel -- The Indian Capital of the world -- American bar -- Red running into water -- Love letter to a dead body -- In the fields.

"I" : new and selected poems

October 2, 2019
Derricotte, Toi, 1941- author.
xxi, 298 pages ; 24 cm.


September 27, 2019
Zucker, Rachel, author.
256 pages ; 19 cm
"A new book by Rachel Zucker, the author of The Pedestrians, Museum of Accidents, The Last Clear Narrative, and Eating in the Underworld. Through heartbreaking, often comic, genre-non-conforming pieces spanning the past 10 years, Rachel Zucker trains her relentless attention on marriage, motherhood, grief, the need to speak, depression, sex, and many other topics. Part poetry, part memoir, part lyric essay--and not limited by any of these categories--SoundMachine is a book written out of the persistent feeling that the human voice is both a meaningless sound and the only way we know we exist."-- Provided by publisher.


September 24, 2019
Frazier, Patricia, 1998, author.
33 pages ; 22 cm.
Graphite Made It! -- Audtioning for the Role of Child with Teen Parent -- Theme Song About Blk Love in the Time of My Grandparents -- Dorothy Goes Low-End Crazy -- Cousin Clarence Says Amen -- Twinkie Sold Tacos -- My Uncle Was Born -- God is a Cosmetologist -- A Poem for Englewood -- Englewood Teaches a Lesson in Pronunciation -- Graphite Receives Her Eviction -- Assata -- Scott, in the Seat Behind Me, Compliments My Hair After Taking Pictures and Complaining About Its Capacity -- FUBU -- I Am Windy City -- What to Do When the Wells Is Turned into a Facebook Group -- On Foe Nem Grave -- Funeral Scene Where It Isn't Raining (a retelling) -- Post-Demolition Manifesto -- My Gay-Ass Poem -- I Do This For.

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.

feed —Subscribe to the Poetry feed .


For Teens

For Kids


Electronic Resources



Large Print