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You Were Never Broken: Poems to Save Your Life
“There was never anything wrong with me, and there is never anything wrong with you.”So writes spiritual teacher Jeff Foster, who has traveled through his share of darkness - but also knows the light that lies on the other side. In You Were Never Broken, he presents a collection of poetry that embraces the full spectrum of human experience, from the seemingly mundane to moments of transcendent realization. Each verse is an invitation to stop and meditate on a different facet of personal transformation.Amid these verses, Foster provides his signature straight talk and accessible teachings on the value of stillness and silence, the pitfalls of the spiritual path, and what it means to surrender completely to the beauty of the present moment. For him, the winding path to self-acceptance started with nonjudgmental observation of his darkest thoughts - and here he shares his world-renowned expertise on how to begin your own journey.For Foster, every moment contains infinite possibilities. With You Were Never Broken, you’ll discover not just raw and inspirational poetry, but also a guide for completely surrendering to the beauty and possibility of the present moment.
You Only Love Me When I'm Suffering: Poems
You Only Love Me When I’m Suffering is a naked and powerful poetic portrait of love, heartbreak, and restoration. In this book of 200 poems from noteworthy Instagram poet Jon Lupin - better known as The Poetry Bandit - you’ll find a poetic trellis with heartfelt words and raw emotion coiling in and around its frame. Immerse yourself in the thoughts, musings, and wisdom that more than 100,000 Instagram followers have already found with The Poetry Bandit’s You Only Love Me When I’m Suffering.
The Yeats Reader
The most comprehensive compendium of Yeats's work is now available in an expanded, revised edition that includes fifty-seven poems not in the earlier edition.One of the premier writers of the twentieth century, Irish writer and William Butler Yeats lyric poet produced important works in every literary genre, works of astonishing range, energy, erudition, beauty, and skill. Since 1997, The Yeats Reader has provided readers with a single, portable volume that encompasses the full range of Yeats's talents, offering a dazzling selection of his poems, plays, autobiographical writings, critical essays, and prose fiction.The 2002 revised edition of The Yeats Reader includes all of the content from the original edition, plus an additional fifty-seven poems (sixty-four pages), maintaining the collection's status as the most comprehensive Yeats compendium available. The Reader's detailed appendix has also been updated to provide "before" and "after" versions -- an early draft and a later draft -- of six different Yeats poems, so readers may compare and study the poet's revisions in detail.A must-have for knowledgeable fans and new Yeats readers alike, The Yeats Reader is a significant achievement in its own right.
XX: Poems for the Twentieth Century
A poetic history of the twentieth century from one of our most beloved, popular, and highly lauded poets - a stirring, strikingly original, intensely imagined recreation of the most potent voices and searing moments that have shaped our collective experience.XX is award-winning poet Campbell McGrath’s astonishing sequence of one hundred poems - per year - written in a vast range of forms, and in the voices of figures as varied as Picasso and Mao, Frida Kahlo and Elvis Presley. Based on years of historical research and cultural investigation, XX turns poetry into an archival inquiry and a choral documentary. Hollywood and Hiroshima, Modernism and propaganda, Bob Dylan and Walter Benjamin - its range of interest encompasses the entire century of art and culture, invention and struggle.Elegiac and celebratory, deeply tragic and wickedly funny, XX is a unique collection from this acknowledged master of historical poetry, and his most ambitious book yet.
The Wug Test: Poems (National Poetry Series)
A collection of language-driven, imaginative poetry from the winner of the 2015 National Poetry Series Open Competition.Jennifer Kronovet’s poetry is inflected by her fraught, ecstatic relationship with language - sentences, words, phonemes, punctuation - and how meaning is both gained and lost in the process of communicating. Having lived all over the world, both using her native tongue and finding it impossible to use, Kronovet approaches poems as tactile, foreign objects, as well as intimate, close utterances.In The Wug Test, named for a method by which a linguist discovered how deeply imprinted the cognitive instinct toward acquiring language is in children, Kronovet questions whether words are objects we should escape from or embrace. Dispatches of text from that researcher, Walt Whitman, Ferdinand de Saussure, and the poet herself, among other voices, are mined for their futility as well as their beauty, in poems that are technically revealing and purely pleasurable. Throughout, a boy learns how to name and ask for those things that makes up his world.
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Word of Mouth
Bowman, Catherine (Edt)
These short segments of poets reading their own work, introduced and discussed by Bowman, allowed listeners to experience poetry as verbal music, recalling its roots as a popular oral art form; collected here, they offer a window into the dynamic contemporary poetry scene.
A Woman of Property (Penguin Poets)
Located in a menacing, gothic landscape, the poems that comprise A Woman of Property draw formal and imaginative boundaries against boundless mortal threat, but as all borders are vulnerable, this ominous collection ultimately stages an urgent and deeply imperiled boundary dispute where haunting, illusion, the presence of the past, and disembodied voices only further unsettle questions of material and spiritual possession. This is a theatrical book of dilapidated houses and overgrown gardens, of passageways and thresholds, edges, prosceniums, unearthings, and root systems. The unstable property lines here rove from heaven to hell, troubling proportion and upsetting propriety in the name of unfathomable propagation. Are all the gates in this book folly? Are the walls too easily scaled to hold anything back or impose self-confinement? What won't a poem do to get to the other side?
Wind in a Box
A new collection from the award winner who has become one of the most compelling new voices in American poetry. Terrance Hayes is an elegant and adventurous writer with disarming humor, grace, tenderness, and brilliant turns of phrase. He is very much interested in what it means to be an artist and a black man. In his first collection, Muscular Music, he took the reader through a living library of cultural icons, from Shaft and Fat Albert to John Coltrane and Miles Davis. His second collection, Hip Logic continued these explorations of popular culture, fatherhood, cultural heritage, and loss. Wind in a Box, Hayes's resonant new collection, continues his interest in how traditions (of poetry and culture alike) can be simultaneously upended and embraced. The struggle for freedom (the wind) within containment (the box) is the unifying motif as Hayes explores how identity is shaped by race, heritage, and spirituality. This new book displays not only what the Los Angeles Times calls the range of a "bold virtuoso," but also the imaginative fervor of a poet in love with poetry.
The Wild Swans at Coole (Yeats Facsimile Edition)
Yeats, William Butler
A stunning facsimile of the 1919 first edition of William Butler Yeats’s The Wild Swans at Coole: an elegant volume showcasing these poems as they would have first been read.Published in 1919 during W.B. Yeats’s “middle stage” and composed of poems written during World War I, The Wild Swans at Coole is contemplative and elegiac. This collection captures Yeats at a time when he was looking back on his life, coming to terms with the realities of modern war, reflecting on lost love, and defining his place in the world as a poet. It features forty poems, among them “The Fisherman,” “In Memory of Major Robert Gregory,” “The Wild Swans at Coole,” and “On Being Asked for a War Poem.”This facsimile of the original 1919 edition presents the reader with the work in its original form, with handsome old fashioned type, how readers and Yeats himself would have seen it in the early twentieth century. A great gift book and collector’s item, The Wild Swans at Coole also includes an Introduction and notes by esteemed Yeats scholar George Bornstein.
Where's the Moon, There's the Moon
With "the easy charm of a natural New England oracle"(The Huffington Post), Dan Chiasson brings us poems of young fatherhood, love, and loss that, in his able hands, become existential examinations.
When I Walk Through That Door, I Am: An Immigrant Mother's Quest
Baca, Jimmy Santiago
Poet-activist Jimmy Baca immerses the reader in an epic narrative poem, imagining the experience of motherhood in the context of immigration, family separation, and ICE raids on the Southern border.
What Work Is: Poems
A collection of poems culled from the poet's twelve earlier books includes such pieces as "Fear and Fame," "Coming Close," "Every Blessed Day," and the title poem.
What Hurts Going Down
Nancy Lee's searing collection of poems confronts how socially ingrained violence and sexual power dynamics distort and dislocate girlhood, womanhood, and relationships. Startling and visceral, the poems in What Hurts Going Down deconstruct a lifetime of survival, hover in the uneasy territory of pre- and post- #MeToo, and scrutinize the changing wagers of being female.
What Are Big Girls Made Of?: Poems
Opening with a powerful cycle of elegies for her long-distant, half-brother, this major new collection by one of our bestselling poets then goes on to include both serious and funny poems about women and poems about the precarious balance of nature, ending with the beautiful, life-affirming "The Art of Blessing the Day."
Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems
Who says words need to be concrete? This collection shapes poems in surprising and delightful ways. Concrete poetry is a perennially popular poetic form because they are fun to look at. But by using the arrangement of the words on the page to convey the meaning of the poem, concrete or shape poems are also easy to write! From the author of the incredibly inventiveLemonade: And Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word comes another clever collection that shows kids how to look at words and poetry in a whole new way.
Wear Gratitude (Like A Sweater)
Susa Talan's hand-drawn lettering and playful illustrations animate the wisdom of beloved writers and thinkers such as Virginia Woolf, Rumi, Lao Tzu, Walt Whitman, Thich Nhat Nanh, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry David Thoreau in Wear Gratitude (Like a Sweater).This gem of a book inspires laughter, contemplation and especially joy in readers of all ages. Susa's own words and insights about the sweetness and challenge of being alive, loving, and finding meaning in the world, contribute a fresh voice, and updated perspective to the tradition of philosophical art.Richly designed and illustrated, these artful meditations will appeal to young and mature audiences alike, and bring a fresh voice to an ongoing conversation about how to live well in a fast-moving world.
We Want Our Bodies Back: Poems
Moore, Jessica Care
A dazzling full-length collection of verse from one of the leading poets of our time.
We Begin in Gladness: How Poets Progress
Teicher, Craig Morgan
“The staggering thing about a life’s work is it takes a lifetime to complete,” Craig Morgan Teicher writes in these luminous essays. We Begin in Gladness considers how poets start out, how they learn to hear themselves, and how some offer us that rare, glittering thing: lasting work. Teicher traces the poetic development of the works of Sylvia Plath, John Ashbery, Louise Glück, and Francine J. Harris, among others, to illuminate the paths they forged - by dramatic breakthroughs or by slow increments, and always by perseverance. We Begin in Gladness is indispensable for readers curious about the artistic life and for writers wondering how they might light out - or even scale the peak of the mountain.
Coocoo is a young immigrant woman in Toronto. Her faith is worn threadbare after years of bargaining with God to end her loneliness and receiving no answer. Then she meets her mirror-image; Muhammad is a professor and father of two. He's also married.Heartbreaking and hilarious, this verse-novel chronicles Coocoo's spiraling descent: the transformation of her love into something at first desperate and obsessive, then finally cringing and animal, utterly without grace. Her best friend, Nouf, remains by her side throughout, and together they face the growing contradictions of Coocoo's life. What does it mean to pray while giving your body to a man who cannot keep it? How long can a homeless love survive on the streets? These are some of the questions this verse-novel swishes around in its mouth.
The War Prayer
To Dan Beard, who dropped in to see him, Clemens read the "War Prayer," stating that he had read it to his daughter Jen, and others, who had told him he must not print it, for it would be regarded as sacrilege. "Still, you are going to publish it, are you not?" Clemens, pacing up and down the room in his dressing-gown and slippers, shook his head. "No," he said, "I have told the whole truth in that, and only dead men can tell the truth in this world. It can be published after I am dead." And it was. (From the back cover) Illust. by John Groth. SC, 70 pgs.
Walking Backwards: Poems 1966-2016
John Koethe’s poems - always dynamic and in process, never static or complete - luxuriate in the questions that punctuate the most humdrum of routines, rendering a robust portrait of an individual: complicated, quotidian, and resounding with truth. Gathering for the first time his impressive and award-winning body of work, published between 1966 and 2016, Walking Backwards introduces this gifted poet to a new, wider readership.
Wade in the Water: Poems
Smith, Tracy K.
In Wade in the Water, Tracy K. Smith boldly ties America’s contemporary moment both to our nation’s fraught founding history and to a sense of the spirit, the everlasting. These are poems of sliding scale: some capture a flicker of song or memory; some collage an array of documents and voices; and some push past the known world into the haunted, the holy. Smith’s signature voice - inquisitive, lyrical, and wry - turns over what it means to be a citizen, a mother, and an artist in a culture arbitrated by wealth, men, and violence. Here, private utterance becomes part of a larger choral arrangement as the collection widens to include erasures of The Declaration of Independence and the correspondence between slave owners, a found poem comprised of evidence of corporate pollution and accounts of near-death experiences, a sequence of letters written by African Americans enlisted in the Civil War, and the survivors’ reports of recent immigrants and refugees. Wade in the Water is a potent and luminous book by one of America’s essential poets.
W.B. Yeats: Selected Poems and Four Plays (Fourth Edition)
Yeats, William Butler
Remaining the definitive selection of W.B. Yeats's finest work, this revised edition of M.L. Rosenthal's classic selection od 211 of Yeats's poems and four of his plays represents the essential achievement of Ireland's greatest lyric poet.
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