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Collected Poems
Edna St Vincent Millay
0060908890
Nov 1988
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Book Description
Compiled by her sister after the poet's death and originally published in 1956, this is the definitive edition of Millay, right up through her last poem, Mine the Harvest.

About the Author
Edna St. Vincent Millay was born in 1892 in Rockland, Maine, the eldest of three daughters, and was encouraged by her mother to develop her talents for music and poetry. Her long poem "Renascence" won critical attention in an anthology contest in 1912 and secured for her a patron who enabled her to go to Vassar College. After graduating in 1917 she lived in Greenwich Village in New York for a few years, acting, writing satirical pieces for journals (usually under a pseudonym), and continuing to work at her poetry. She traveled in Europe throughout 1921-22 as a "foreign correspondent" for...


The Complete Poems, 1927-1979
Elizabeth Bishop
0374518173
April 1, 1984
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Book Review
Elizabeth Bishop was vehement about her art--a perfectionist who didn't want to be seen as a "woman poet." In 1977, two years before her death she wrote, "art is art and to separate writings, paintings, musical compositions, etc., into two sexes is to emphasize values in them that are not art." She also deeply distrusted the dominant mode of modern poetry, one practiced with such detached passion by her friend Robert Lowell, the confessional.

Bishop was unforgiving of fashion and limited ways of seeing and feeling, but cast an even more trenchant eye on her own work. One wishes this volume were thicker, though the perfections within mark the rightness of her approach. The poems are sublimely controlled, fraught with word play, fierce moral vision (see her caustic ballad on Ezra Pound,...



Paradise Lost (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
John Milton
1593080956
September 2004
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At Blackwater Pond : Mary Oliver Reads Mary Oliver
Mary Oliver (Narrator)
0807007005
April 15, 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
For decades, Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Oliver has written in praise of the natural world, searching nature for answers to questions about belonging, faith, love, life and death. She is a poet of empathy, but she lets no one off easy—her love is sometimes tough. Still, there is powerful consolation everywhere in her work, as in her well-known poem, "Wild Geese: You do not have to be good./ You do not have to walk on your knees/ for a hundred miles through the/ desert repenting./ You only have to let the soft animal of your body/ love what it loves." In Oliver's world, a heron becomes "an old Chinese poet," and a worker bee's three-week life is long enough "to know that life is a blessing." Now, in her first CD of recorded readings, Oliver reads poems from several books spanning her entire career,...


American Noise
Campbell McGrath
0880013745
Aug 1994
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From Publishers Weekly
In his second book of poetry, McGrath ( Capitalism ) writes about "America, the thing itself" and about coming of age in a world where there are "versions of Armageddon / cast up like driftwood on the shallow bar of my youth." His style draws on the Beat energy of the '50s; Jack Kerouac's spirit, in particular, hovers over the book. In "Wheel of Fire, The Mojave," McGrath drives across America "to find myself." And in "Blue Tulips and Night Train for Jack Kerouac's Grave," he travels on a bus, glimpses a blue light, "a manifestation of something deeper, a greater spirit," and wishes Kerouac "could have been there to take courage from it." His best writing bursts with ambition, as in "Nagasaki, Uncle Walt, the Eschatology of America's Century," with its "millennial hootenanny of ludic glee" and the links suggested...


The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Emily Dickinson
1593083270
November 2004
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Quartet
Angela Ball
0887481892
Feb 1995
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The Poems, Short Fiction, and Criticism of Samuel Beckett : Volume IV of The Grove Centenary Editions
Samuel Beckett, et al
0802118208
March 28, 2006
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Book Description
Edited by Paul Auster, this four–volume hardcover set of Beckett's canon has been designed by award-winner Laura Lindgren. Available individually, as well as in a boxed set, these books are specially bound with covers featuring images central to Beckett's works. Typographical errors that remained uncorrected in the various prior editions have now been corrected in consultation with Beckett scholars C. J. Ackerley and S. E. Gontarski.

"[Beckett] settled on philosophical comedy as the medium for his uniquely anguished, arrogant, self-doubting, scrupulous temperament. In the popular mind his name is associated with the mysterious Godot who may or may not come but for whom we wait anyhow. In this he seemed to define the mood of an age. But his range is wider than that, and his achievement far greater. Beckett...


Essays and Poems by Ralph Waldo Emerson (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Peter Norberg (Introduction)
159308076X
March 2004
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Cole Porter: Selected Lyrics (American Poets Project)
Cole Porter, Robert Kimball (Editor)
1931082944
April 6, 2006
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Book Description
Cole Porter possessed to a singular degree the art of expressing depth through apparent frivolity. The effervescent wit and technical bravura of his songs are matched by their unguarded revelations of feeling. In the words of editor Robert Kimball, "Porter wrote tellingly of the pain and evanescence of emotional relationships. He gentle mocked propriety and said that few things were simple or lasting or free from ambiguity." Of the masters of twentieth-century American songwriting, Porter was one of the few who wrote both music and lyrics, and, even in the absence of his melodies, his words distill an unmistakable mixture of poignancy and wit that marks him as a genius of light verse.

Selected from over eight hundred songs, here are Porter's finest flights of invention, lyrics that are an indelible part of...


The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Emily Dickinson
1593080506
October 2003
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Book Description
Born in Amherst, Massachusetts in 1830, Dickinson began life as an energetic, outgoing young woman who excelled as a student. However, in her mid-twenties she began to grow reclusive, and eventually she rarely descended from her room in her father’s house. She spent most of her time working on her poetry, largely without encouragement or real interest from her family and peers, and died at age fifty-five. Only a handful of her 1,775 poems had been published during her lifetime. When her poems finally appeared after her death, readers immediately recognized an artist whose immense depth and stylistic complexities would one day make her the most widely recognized female poet to write in the English language. Dickinson’s poetry is remarkable for its tightly controlled emotional and intellectual energy....


Songs for Discharming
Denise Sweet
091267895X
July 1997
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Kim Blaeser, author of 'Trailing You'
"These pages take us on a rich and fascinating journey, transporting us through history on memory's voices, singing a new vision of the familiar. Though her subjects vary from a visit to the mission at White Earth to parking a car, Denise Sweet brings freshness to each. The poems leave markers where they have touched us, places we will return to to remember the startling beauty of a phrase, the quiet wisdom of a story, the good humor of our poet companion. She carries us to the brink of discovery; her words push us over."


Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
James Winny
0921149921
Aug 1992
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Book Description
Original text along with facing-page translation. The fourteenth-century poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is one of the greatest classics of English literature, but one of the least accessible to most twentieth-century readers. This new edition of the poem offers the original text together with a facing-page translation; editor James Winny provides a non-alliterative and sensitively literal rendering in modern English, as well as explanatory and textual notes, a further note on some words that present particular difficulties, and two contemporary stories, The Feast of Bricriu and the Knight of the Sword, which provide insight on the poem. "This is the best translation of Sir Gawain. It... makes the remote world of Arthurian romance immediate to the reader." --Gordon Teskey, Cornell University

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Paradise Lost (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
John Milton
1593083645
September 2005
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Sailing Alone Around the Room : New and Selected Poems
Billy Collins
0375755195
September 17, 2002
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From Publishers Weekly
This collection hit the front page of the New York Times its first time out of the blocks in 1999, as the University of Pittsburgh Press, Collins's longtime publisher, denied Random the rights to the poems as the poet tried to jump ship. The two houses and Collins's agent, Chris Calhoun (Dan Menaker is Collins's editor at Random), later worked out a deal that gave Pitt a few more months to ride Picnic, Lightning (1998) and Collins's other books without this culling treading on its sales. As it now appears, the book includes 23 poems from Picnic, more than from any of Collins's previous three books included here. (Work from the early Video Poems and Pokerface is absent.) Collins's poems are generally conveyed by a speaker whose genial, highly literate analogue of earnestness perfectly produces...


Essays and Poems by Ralph Waldo Emerson (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Ralph Waldo Emerson
1593083548
August 2005
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Mystic Fire
James Kavanaugh
1878995197
Dec 1994
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Book Description
All the passion and romance and pain of love unfold in this exquisite work. "Love grew like some mystic fire mound my heart." Perhaps the greatest beauty of this book is its balance in the power of physical, motional, and unconditional spiritual love. Hundreds have asked permission to use these poems for their weddings. "Perhaps," says Kavanaugh, "life’s only tragedy is never to know a pure and unconditional love. To give such is finally to be alive, to receive such is to be as gods ... Erotic love is a much ignored sacrament and a unique contact with god."

About the Author
James Kavanaugh was ordained and actively ministered for ten years as a Catholic Priest before attending Catholic University in Washington D.C. Working on his second doctoral degree, he wrote an article...


Complete Poems and Plays,: 1909-1950
T. S. Eliot
015121185X
November 20, 1952
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Amazon.com
Eliot's poetry ranges from the massively magisterial ( The Waste Land), to the playfully pleasant ( Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats). This volume of Eliot's poetry and plays offers the complete text of these and most all of Eliot's poetry, including the full text of Four Quartets. Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, Eliot exerted a profound influence on his contemporaries in the arts generally and this collection makes his genius clear.

Book Description
This omnibus collection includes all of the author’s early poetry as well as the Four Quartets, Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, and the plays Murder in the Cathedral, The Family Reunion, and The Cocktail Party.


And on the Sixth Day God Created Man...Honest!
James Kavanaugh
1878995227
July 1993
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Book Description
A collection of the very best humorous poetry by James Kavanaugh.

About the Author
James Kavanaugh is a former Catholic priest, clinical psychologist, novelist, poet and philosopher.


The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe
1566196035
October 1994
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The Dead Emcee Scrolls : The Lost Teachings of Hip-Hop
Saul Williams
1416516328
January 31, 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Williams is not the first to take hip-hop diction and rhyme to the page and make beautiful stanzaic poetry (see everyone from Gil Scott-Heron to Thomas Sayers Ellis), but he creates, in this third book, a kind of "In Memorium" for hip-hop's redemptive promise, trying, as Tennyson did, to find light shining through the wreckage of hope. If this effort falls short of that great poem, the ambition behind it is not the less for it. Skip the self-mythologizing intro and launch right into the long opening serial poem, "NGH WHT": "BCH NGH. Gun trigga. Dick's bigga. Why/ fuck? Killer. Blood spiller. Mack/ truck. Bad luck, fuckin with this black buck./ Bigger Thomas, I promise. Leave a corpse in/ the furnace." The sly way in which the speaker simultaneously inhabits and repudiates male rap...


Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe (Collector's Library)
Edgar Allan Poe
0760753660
March 2004
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Book Description
This companion volume to the Tales of Mystery and Imagination contains Edgar Allan Poe's best-known poetry, a selection of his very best stories (many of which originate in 1840s Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque) along with his finest tales from the last decade of his tragically short life. Many of these stories and poems tell of familiar Poe themes of murder, obsession and love but this volume also contains many overlooked tales of the fantastic, black comedies, parodies and hoaxes such as "The Unparalleled Adventure of Hans Pfaall," "Mesmeric Revelation," "Hop-Frog" and "The Imp of the Perverse."


The Poetry of Robert Frost : The Collected Poems, Complete and Unabridged
Robert Frost, Edward Connery Lathem (Editor)
0805005021
November 15, 1969
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Book Review Audiobook Review
Listening to these time-honored poems, it's difficult to imagine the young Frost struggling to find a publisher for his work. In fact, he was nearly 40 (and living in England, of all places) when A Boy's Will, his first collection, appeared. Over the next 50 years he would become the quintessential American poet, securing a well-cushioned catbird seat in the literary canon.

Performers Susan Anspach, Roscoe Lee Browne, and Elliott Gould, among others, heighten the conversational cadences of a writer who seldom strayed from his beloved iambs. Included are "Mending Wall," "The Road Not Taken," "The Death of the Hired Man," "The Fear," and much more, all complete and unabridged. (Running time: 1 hour, 1 cassette) --Martha Silano --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.



Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass
Walt Whitman, David S. Reynolds
0195183428
April 15, 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
As scholarship has made its importance to American letters more manifest, editions of the 1855 version of Whitman's masterpiece have multiplied. This one, prepared in honor of the poem's 150th anniversary, will be hard to beat. Edited by major Americanist Reynolds (Walt Whitman's America, etc.), it comes as close as possible, without being a facsimile, to reproducing Whitman's original text, which he famously self-published. The familiar litho of the young rough with open collar opens the book, and Reynold's terrific and informative afterword closes it, along with contemporary reviews (some written by Whitman himself) and Emerson's famous letter ("I greet you at the beginning of a great career..."). Those who know Whitman only through the beautiful but bloated 1892 "deathbed" edition of Leaves of Grass will find...


Phenomenal Woman: Four Poems Celebrating Women
Maya Angelou
0679439242
January 1994
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From Library Journal
Angelou is riding high. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is back on the best sellers lists after 20 years, and her inaugural poem, On the Pulse of Morning, has sold 40,000 copies in hardcover and 350,000 in paperback. This work collects four poems on women that are much in demand at Angelou's packed readings.Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Book Description
Maya Angelou, the bestselling author of On the Pulse of Morning, Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now, and other lavishly praised works, is considered one of America's finest poets. Here, four of her most highly acclaimed poems are assembled in a beautiful gift edition that provides a feast for the eyes as well as the heart. (Poetry)

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The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy : and Other Stories
Tim Burton
0688156819
November 5, 1997
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Book Review
This unassuming hardcover in black buckram with a dark lavender title plate is the door into a world of twisted pleasures. Filmmaker Tim Burton (Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas) tells 23 winsomely macabre stories about boys and girls who don't fit in. Their bodies are misshapen, their habits are odd, and their parents are appalled by them. But they do try hard to be human, like poor unwanted Mummy Boy, who's "a bundle of gauze": he goes for a walk in the park with his mummy dog. Some kids are having "a birthday party for a Mexican girl." They think Mummy Boy is a piñata: "They took a baseball bat and whacked open his head. Mummy Boy fell to the ground; he finally was dead. Inside of his head were no candy or prizes, just a few stray...


The Poetry of Pablo Neruda
Pablo Neruda
0374529604
April 2005
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From Booklist
*Starred Review* The great Chilean poet Neruda, who received the Nobel Prize in 1971, two years before his death at age 69, acknowledged the twofold path of his poetry when he wrote, "I have a pact of love with beauty: / I have a pact of blood with my people." The earth's glory was the portal to truth for Neruda, and his nature poems are as ravishing in the splendor of their brilliant metaphors and the eroticism of their luscious detail as his renowned love poems. The poet's deep compassion for humankind, ardor for history, and attention to politics also inspired him to write incisively of conquistadors and tyrants, war and corporate imperialism. Passionate and prolific, Neruda himself was a force of nature, filling 35 books with poetry remarkable for its "simplicity, honesty, and conviction." Critic Ilan Stavans has...

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