Trouble the Water

Author: Derrick Austin
Publisher: BOA Editions
ISBN: 1942683049
Release Date: 2016-04-12

Profound, lyric poems interrogate what it means to be fully human as a queer, black body in 21st century America.

Beautiful in the Mouth

Author: Keetje Kuipers
Publisher: BOA Editions
ISBN: 1934414336
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Poetry

Presents a collection of poems on topics that include Memorial Day, springtime, Merle Haggard, love, and women's shoes.

Alternative Medicine

Author: Rafael Campo
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 9780822377139
Release Date: 2013-10-02
Genre: Poetry

In his sixth collection of poetry, the celebrated poet-physician Rafael Campo examines the primal relationship between language, empathy, and healing. As masterfully crafted as they are viscerally powerful, these poems propose voice itself as a kind of therapeutic medium. For all that most ails us, Alternative Medicine offers the balm of song and the salve of the imagination: from the wounds of our stubborn differences of identity, to the pain of alienation in a world of unfeeling technologies, to the shame of the persistent injustices in our society, Campo’s poetry displays a deep understanding of hurt as the possibility for healing. Demonstrating an abiding faith in our survival, this stunning, heartfelt book ultimately embraces the great diversity of our ways of knowing and dreaming, of needing and loving, and of living and dying.


Author: Mary Szybist
ISBN: 1882295374
Release Date: 2003-01-01
Genre: Poetry

This superb first collection is the winner of the 2001 Beatrice Hawley Award.

Girl After Girl After Girl

Author: Nicole Cooley
Publisher: LSU Press
ISBN: 9780807166840
Release Date: 2017-09-13
Genre: Poetry

Girl after Girl after Girl explores mothers, daughters, and objects from frozen charlotte dolls to cocktails to mad money given by a mother to a daughter and hidden in a wallet. Nicole Cooley’s elegant verses explore the ways collection shapes female identity and the ways in which objects function as elegies. Nineteenth century mourning dresses, Shirley Temples, cakes soaked in whiskey, and Baby Tender Love dolls all describe and circumscribe female identity as the speaker's daughters move from infancy into their teen years.


Author: Laura Da'
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
ISBN: 9780816531554
Release Date: 2015-04-09
Genre: Poetry

"This poetry manuscript combines lyrical, historical, personal, and narrative poetry. The narrative scope of the manuscript moves from the period of Indian Removal in the 1830s through the period of Allotment and the Dawes Act of the 1900s and into the present"--Provided by publisher.

The Cataracts

Author: Raymond McDaniel
Publisher: Coffee House Press
ISBN: 9781566895071
Release Date: 2018-01-09
Genre: Poetry

Praise for Raymond McDaniel: "Raymond McDaniel's language trains every particle of your attention on the surface and what stirs beneath." —C.D. Wright From "Projection Box": Light is not light. Light is only one way things radiate, so light is an object falling apart. The light of the moon is the light of the sun which is the sun collapsing. Raymond McDaniel is the author of Special Powers and Abilities, Saltwater Empire, and Murder (a violet), a National Poetry Series selection.

What Work Is

Author: Philip Levine
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 9780307761958
Release Date: 2011-08-31
Genre: Poetry

Winner of the National Book Award in 1991 “This collection amounts to a hymn of praise for all the workers of America. These proletarian heroes, with names like Lonnie, Loo, Sweet Pea, and Packy, work the furnaces, forges, slag heaps, assembly lines, and loading docks at places with unglamorous names like Brass Craft or Feinberg and Breslin’s First-Rate Plumbing and Plating. Only Studs Terkel’s Working approaches the pathos and beauty of this book. But Levine’s characters are also significant for their inner lives, not merely their jobs. They are unusually artistic, living ‘at the borders of dreams.’ One reads The Tempest ‘slowly to himself’; another ponders a diagonal chalk line drawn by his teacher to suggest a triangle, the roof of a barn, or the mysterious separation of ‘the dark from the dark.’ What Work Is ranks as a major work by a major poet . . . very accessible and utterly American in tone and language.” —Daniel L. Guillory, Library Journal

Second Empire

Author: Richie Hofmann
Publisher: Alice James Books
ISBN: 9781938584305
Release Date: 2015-10-12
Genre: Poetry

"The delicate arc of these poems intimates—rather than tells—a love story: celebration, fear of loss, storm, abandonment, an opening forth. Richie Hofmann disciplines his natural elegance into the sterner recognitions that matter: 'I am a little white omnivore,' the speaker of Second Empire discovers. Mastering directness and indirection, Hofmann's poems break through their own beauty."—Rosanna Warren This debut's spare, delicate poems explore ways we experience the afterlife of beauty while ornately examining lust, loss, and identity. Drawing upon traditions of amorous sonnets, these love-elegies desire an artistic and sexual connection to others—other times, other places—in order to understand aesthetic pleasures the speaker craves. Distant and formal, the poems feel both ancient and contemporary. Antique Book The sky was crazed with swallows. We walked in the frozen grass of your new city, I was gauzed with sleep. Trees shook down their gaudy nests. The ceramic pots were caparisoned with snow. I was jealous of the river, how the light broke it, of the skein of windows where we saw ourselves. Where we walked, the ice cracked like an antique book, opening and closing. The leaves beneath it were the marbled pages. Richie Hofmann is the winner of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, and his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the New Yorker, Poetry, the Kenyon Review, and Ploughshares. A graduate of the Johns Hopkins University MFA program, he is currently a Creative Writing Fellow in Poetry at Emory University.

The Ringing Ear

Author: Nikky Finney
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
ISBN: 0820329266
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Poetry

More than one hundred contemporary black poets laugh at and cry about, pray for and curse, flee and return to the South in this collection of poems, which features contributions by Nikki Giovanni, Kevin Young, Cornelius Eady, Sonia Sanchez, and other notables. Simultaneous.

Jazzercise Is a Language

Author: Gabriel Ojeda-Sague
ISBN: 1946031194
Release Date: 2018-04

Poetry. Latinx Studies. LGBTQIA Studies. JAZZERCISE IS A LANGUAGE is a long poem that wants to be a smiling, skinny white woman. Here are the leg warmers, head bands, sweat, chants, and two-steps of the 1980's dance aerobics craze, but decked with the baggage of race, pixelation, rituals, violence, and body horror. The women in a hardwood studio inside your TV are so neon it's blinding. But the voice of Judi Sheppard Missett, the muse of JAZZERCISE IS A LANGUAGE, will carry them along. "JAZZERCISE IS A LANGUAGE is rich with original music and a mysteriously evocative internal movement. It brings us closer to a future magic formed by the tropical energies some of us might keep in our interiors, even if that magic were initially only relatable through the presence of a rooster. Gabriel Ojeda-Sague's poems are 'song[s that] lie sweetly on the wound.' He shape-shifts his interior and exterior selves like the oceans do, and shows us not only that the universe is always speaking to us, but also that it is always speaking to itself in us. I am relieved and renewed as if from a good night of powerful and gentle dreams when I read his poems."--Roberto Harrison "Through the syntax and vocabulary of a dance style proselytized by one, sweaty-sexy, hyper-affirmative Jazzercise camp leader Judi Sheppard Missett, JAZZERCISE IS A LANGUAGE reveals multiple and violent registers of racial and cultural interpellation: 'I determine the circumstance of my own abduction.' Behind the seemingly benign landscape of 'six white women stepping to the left,' I encountered, strangely and briefly, the little Japanese girl in me with the overwhelming aspiration to be a perfectly shaped, beautiful white lady shimmying in a leotard. Gabriel Ojeda-Sague leads us into the complicated discussion of how we got here by pivoting back to the ever contracting-and-releasing dance around the semantic body, all the way back to the secret that 'is in the derrière, the burning secret, the bushel of flowers,' where we burn--and burn--and burn--Do you feel it? I do."--Sawako Nakayasu "The slinky style of Jazzercise founder Judi Sheppard Missett haunts this book of poems by Philadelphia-based wunderkind Gabriel Ojeda-Sague. I had not thought I remembered Judi, but a few pages into the volume she returns to grip me again, her patented blend of syncopation, disco beat, showbiz honey with a drop of vinegar, sex appeal tease. She was commanding the whole world to work it. The demands of the social world on the body are Ojeda-Sague's persistent theme: the shame and fear on which every exercise empire is built, the potential for subverting these tropes by paying attention to the once abjured vehicle of VCR Jazzercise tapes--its grain and pastel and stray pixels--the power and strength and endurance of being gay and of color in the middle of such a disco. I had trouble imagining this book when he was describing it to me, but now that it's in my hands, it reads as one of the absolute essentials of our moment in poetry."--Kevin Killian

From Nothing

Author: Anya Krugovoy Silver
Publisher: LSU Press
ISBN: 9780807163481
Release Date: 2016-09-12
Genre: Poetry

In her third collection, From Nothing, Anya Krugovoy Silver follows a mother, wife, and artist as illness and loss of loved ones disrupt the peaceful flow of life. Grounded in the traditions of meditative and contemplative poetry, From Nothing confronts disease and mortality with the healing possibilities of verse. Whether remembering the sound of whispered secrets on a family vacation or celebrating a favorable PET scan, in Silver’s keen observations of seemingly mundane moments we glimpse the divine. As she addresses profound questions about how to make meaning out of suffering, Silver’s poems attest to the power of art to help us face difficult realities in an often painful world. “I’m ransacked by the pain and love and urgency of this book. These aren’t pretty, redemptive poems about cancer and loss; they're gritty oracles that divide joint from marrow as we stand before coffins, stillbirths, and mastectomy scars. This is one of few poets just brazen enough to be human. In short, Anya Silver doesn’t screw around.”—Tania Runyan, author of Second Sky and A Thousand Vessels


Author: Sam Sax
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780143131700
Release Date: 2017

An "astounding" (Terrance Hayes) debut collection of poems - Winner of the 2016 National Poetry Series Competition In this ---powerful debut collection, sam sax explores and explodes the linkages between desire, addiction, and the history of mental health. These brave, formally dexterous poems examine antiquated diagnoses and procedures from hysteria to lobotomy; offer meditations on risky sex; and take up the poet's personal and family histories as mental health patients and practitioners. Ultimately, Madness attempts to build a queer lineage out of inherited language and cultural artifacts; these poems trouble the static categories of sanity, heterosexuality, masculinity, normality, and health. sax's innovative collection embodies the strange and disjunctive workings of the mind as it grapples to make sense of the world around it.

Duino Elegies

Author: Rainer Maria Rilke
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780307473738
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Poetry

An authoritatively translated, single-volume compendium of two of the early twentieth-century German poet's most beloved sequences offers insight into Rilke's influence, ability to identify with the world, and perspective on life as a spiritual quest. Original.