New Arrivals · Poetry

March 13, 2020
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Postcolonial love poem

March 12, 2020
Diaz, Natalie, author.
105 pages ; 23 cm
Postcolonial love poem -- Blood-light -- These hands, if not Gods -- Catching copper -- From the desire field -- Manhattan is a lenape word -- American arithmetic -- They don't love you like I love you -- Skin-light -- Run'n'gun -- Asterion's lament -- Like church -- Wolf OR-7 -- Ink-light -- The mustangs -- Ode to the beloved's hips -- Top ten reasons why Indians are good at basketball -- That which cannot be stilled -- The first water is the body -- I, minotaur -- It was the animals -- How the milky way was made -- Exhibits from The American water museum -- Isn't the air also a body, moving? -- Cranes, mafiosos, and a polaroid camera -- The cure for melancholy is to take the horn -- Waist and sway -- If I should come upon your house lonely in the west Texas desert -- Snake-light -- My brother, my wound -- Grief work.
Postcolonial Love Poem is an anthem of desire against erasure. Natalie Diaz's brilliant second collection demands that every body carried in its pages--bodies of language, land, rivers, suffering brothers, enemies, and lovers--be touched and held as beloveds. Through these poems, the wounds inflicted by America onto an indigenous people are allowed to bloom pleasure and tenderness.

Emily as sometimes the forest wants the fire : Emily poems 2006-2018

March 12, 2020
Demaree, Darren C., author.
Columbus, OH : Harpoon Books, 2019.
110 pages ; 22 cm

A boat that can carry two

March 11, 2020
Cariello, Matthew M.
New York : Bordighera Press, 2011.
119 pages ; 23 cm.
English and Italian on facing pages.

The natural history of a blade

March 11, 2020
Arnold, Philip (Poet), author.
Loveland, Ohio : Dos Madres Press, Inc., 2019.
ix, 61 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Poetry. Observations of the land and environment, and its relationship internal and external to the observer"--Provided by publisher.

Partial genius : prose poems

March 11, 2020
Biddinger, Mary. author.
[New York, New York] : Black Lawrence Press, 2019.
84 pages : 22 cm

Blackbird : poems

March 11, 2020
Weldon, Laura Grace, author.
West Hartford, CT : Grayson Books, [2019]
63 pages ; 23 cm

Bully love

March 11, 2020
Murphy, Patricia Colleen, 1970- author.
Winston-Salem, NC : Press 53, 2019.
71 pages ; 23 cm

Dirt eaters

March 11, 2020
Rotterman, Eliza, author.
vii, 33 pages ; 21 cm

A double life : in poetry & translation

March 11, 2020
Friebert, Stuart, 1931- author.
Montrose, CO : Pinyon Publishing, 2019.
151 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

Forest bathing : shinrin-yoku

March 11, 2020
Hughes, Betsy (Betsy M.), author.
Bloomfield, Connecticut : Antrim House, 2019.
x, 90 pages ; 22 cm
"The poems depict scenes of natural history, inhumanity, and familial history. They are highly literate, resonant, and accessible."--Provided by publisher.

Rattle & numb : Selected and new poems, 1992-2019

March 11, 2020
Burroughs, John.
[Sterling, VA] : Venetian Spider Press, 2019.
167 pages ; 24 cm
Rattle & Numb is the poetry of John Burroughs, State of Ohio Beat Poet Laureate 2019-2021.

Rocking in the cradle of the moment : haiku, senryu, & small poems

March 11, 2020
Andrle, Fred, author.
Gambier, OH : XOXOXpress, 2019.
152 pages : llustrations ; 18 cm
"A collection of haiku from radio poet Fred Andrle"--Provided by publisher.

Raga for what comes next

March 11, 2020
Borsenik, Dianne, 1955- author.
Devil's Elbow, MO : Stubborn Mule Press, 2019.
69 pages ; 22 cm

Speak a powerful magic : ten years of the Traveling Stanzas Poetry Project

March 9, 2020
xii, 124 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
"Published in association with Chautaugua Institution."
"This beautiful and moving book, featuring a representative collection of Traveling Stanzas poetry illustrations, celebrates the tenth anniversary of this award-winning community arts project. Launched in 2009 as a collaboration between Kent State University's Wick Poetry Center and Professor Valora Renicker's visual communication design students, Traveling Stanzas pairs poems with striking graphic designs. The resulting images, in both print and digital forms, have been featured in galleries, in community spaces, in interactive media, and on regional and national mass transit. Speak a Powerful Magic features poems by schoolchildren, immigrants and refugees, patients and caregivers, and veterans, alongside the work of well-known contemporary American poets, and it demonstrates that poetry is truly of the people. We turn to poetry to give voice to what is troubling us, to honor what we love, to make sense of our lives, to remember our past, and to commemorate what we've lost. Here, it becomes clear that poetry, especially when coupled with the visual arts, has the potential to broaden our understanding and bring people together in ways that more traditional communications simply cannot. While the eye is drawn to the colors, lines, and images of these graphic representations, we are rewarded with far deeper meanings by reading the poetry gathered in this book. Speak a Powerful Magic demonstrates that there is a place for poetry even among those who think they have no interest in it, that there is space for conversation beyond our normal divisions, and that our human responses are more common than not"-- Provided by publisher.

Your new feeling is the artifact of a bygone era.

March 5, 2020
Bennett, Chad, 1976- author.
Louisville, Kentucky : Sarabande, 2020.
viii, 100 pages ; 22 cm

Graffiti : (and other poems)

March 2, 2020
Brown, Savannah, 1996-
[Monee, IL] : Savannah Brown, [2017]
103 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Cover title.
"Goodreads Choice awards finalist."
"These are poems about growing up budding & grappling & shedding; about how wonderful it feels & how deeply it aches"--Back cover.

Stranger by night : poems

February 28, 2020
Hirsch, Edward, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2020.
62 pages ; 24 cm
"This is a Borzoi book published by Alfred A. Knopf"
"In his 70th birthday year, the award-winning poet looks back on what was and accepts what is, in a beautiful sequence about what sustains him. Beginning with "My Friends Don't Get Buried," the lament of a delinquent mourner as his friends have begun to die, and ending with the plaintive note to self "don't write elegies/anymore," Hirsch takes us backward through the decades in these memory poems of startling immediacy. He recalls the black dress a lover wore when he couldn't yet know the tragedy of her burning spirit; the radiance of an autumn day in Detroit when his students smoked outside, passionately discussing Shelley; the day he got off late from a railyard shift and missed an anti-war demonstration. There are direct and indirect elegies to lost contemporaries like Mark Strand, William Meredith, and, most especially, his longtime compatriot Philip Levine, whom he honors in several poems about daily work in the late midcentury Midwest. As the poet ages and begins to lose his peripheral vision, the world is "stranger by night," but these elegant, heart-stirring poems shed light on a lifetime that inevitably contains both sorrow and its opposite"-- Provided by publisher.

Survival is a style

February 28, 2020
Wiman, Christian, 1966- author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020.
ix, 89 pages ; 22 cm
"A new collection of verse on religious and personal themes from the award-winning poet Christian Wiman"-- Provided by publisher.

If men, then

February 27, 2020
Griswold, Eliza, 1973- author.
84 pages ; 22 cm
"If Men, Then, Eliza Griswold's second poetry collection, charts a radical spiritual journey through catastrophe. Griswold's language is forthright and intimate as she steers between the chaos of a tumultuous inner world and an external landscape littered with SUVs, CBD oil, and go bags, talismans of our time. Alternately searing and hopeful, funny and fraught, the poems explore the world's fracturing through the collapse of the ego, embodied in a character named "I"--a soul attempting to wrestle with itself in the face of an unfolding tragedy."--Provided by publisher.

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.

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