Poetry for the soul

Paul has pulled together ten books that he would highly recommend for anyone who needs a poetry fix to this pandemic ennui.

Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780399563249
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Published: Penguin Press - October 10th, 2017

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver presents a personal selection of her best work in this definitive collection spanning more than five decades of her esteemed literary career.


Taking Measures: Selected Serial Poems Cover Image
$49.95
ISBN: 9781772012378
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Published: Talonbooks - December 24th, 2019

The first-ever collection of the major serial poems by Canada's inaugural Parliamentory Poet Laureate, George Bowering, Taking Measures includes work from each of the last six decades, beginning with Bowering's engagement with process-based long poems in the 1960s and 1970s and moving through his continued exploration of the form in recent decades.


The Poems of Octavio Paz Cover Image
By Octavio Paz, Eliot Weinberger (Translated by), Elizabeth Bishop (Translated by), Paul Blackburn (Translated by), Denise Levertov (Translated by), Muriel Rukeyser (Translated by), Charles Tomlinson (Translated by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780811227568
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Published: New Directions - February 27th, 2018

Now in paperback, the definitive, life-spanning, bilingual edition of the poems by the Nobel Prize laureate


Cinema of the Present Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781552452974
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Published: Coach House Books - October 7th, 2014

"Robertson proves hard to explain but easy to enjoy. . . . Dauntlessly and resourcefully intellectual, Robertson can also be playful or blunt. . . . She wields language expertly, even beautifully."--The New York Times


Foreign Bodies: Poems Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781324005216
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 3rd, 2020

A striking, shapeshifting volume from "one of the most fascinating female poets of our time (BOMB)."


New Selected Poems Cover Image
By Thom Gunn, Clive Wilmer (Editor)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780374538699
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - December 3rd, 2019

A new selection of poems by the celebrated gay poet


Bluets Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781933517407
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Published: Wave Books - October 1st, 2009

Suppose I were to begin by saying that I had fallen in love with a color . . .

A lyrical, philosophical, and often explicit exploration of personal suffering and the limitations of vision and love, as refracted through the color blue. With Bluets, Maggie Nelson has entered the pantheon of brilliant lyric essayists.


Dwellers in the House of the Lord Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781567926637
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Published: David R. Godine Publisher - April 7th, 2020

"There's so much life in this beautiful book that it feels like a living thing. Wesley McNair is a kind of Chekhov of American poetry."
--Ted Kooser, Pulitzer Prize winner and Poet Laureate


Classic Haiku: The Greatest Japanese Poetry from Basho, Buson, Issa, Shiki, and Their Followers Cover Image
By Tom Lowenstein (Editor), John Cleare (Photographer)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781627950480
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Published: Shelter Harbor Press - October 1st, 2018

This essential collection of Japanese poetry contains nearly two hundred haiku by the four most celebrated haiku masters of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, as well as a delightful seasonal interlude by several other leading haiku poets.


Citizen: An American Lyric Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781555976903
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 7th, 2014

* Finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry *
* Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry * Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism * Winner of the NAACP Image Award * Winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize * Winner of the PEN Open Book Award *

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