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  • An African Elegyby Ben Okri

    Random House 2015; US$ 14.38

    Dreams are the currency of Okri's writing, particularly in this first book of poems, An African Elegy , but also in his books of short stories and prize-winning novel The Famished Road . Okri's dreams are made on the stuff of Africa's colossal economic and political problems, and reading the poems is to experience a constant succession of metaphors... more...

  • Against Oblivionby Ian Hamilton

    Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 15.99

    "Ian Hamilton's last book, published posthumously in 2002, is a typically brilliant revisiting of the concept of Samuel Johnson's classic Lives of the English Poets, wherein Hamilton considers 45 deceased poets of the twentieth century, offering his personal estimation of what claims they will have on posterity and 'against oblivion.' Examples of... more...

  • American Bardsby Edward Whitley

    The University of North Carolina Press 2010; US$ 19.99

    Walt Whitman has long been regarded as the quintessential American bard, the poet who best represents all that is distinctive about life in the United States. Whitman himself encouraged this view, but he was also quick to remind his readers that he was an unlikely candidate for the office of national poet, and that his working-class upbringing and... more...

  • American Poetryby Bradford Morrow

    Conjunctions 2015; US$ 9.99

    With work from the seventy-five poets who are the game-changing, bar-setting voices of our time first published in this volume,  Conjunctions: 35, American Poetry  is the definitive collection for the contemporary poetic landscape. Includes astonishing uncollected work from masters of the form, as well as breathtaking new ventures from risk takers... more...

  • American Poets and Poetry: From the Colonial Era to the Present [2 volumes]by Jeffrey Gray; Mary Balkun; James McCorkle

    ABC-CLIO 2015; US$ 189.00

    American poetry springs up out of all walks of life; its poems are "maternal as well as paternal?stuff'd with the stuff that is coarse and stuff'd with the stuff that is fine," as Walt Whitman wrote, adding "Of every hue and caste am I, of every rank and religion." Written for high school and undergraduate students, this two-volume encyclopedia... more...

  • An Appetite for Poetryby Frank Kermode

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2013; US$ 5.99

    Frank Kermode is one of the pre-eminent practitioners of the art of criticism in the English speaking world. It has been his distinction to make a virtue ? as all the best critics have done ? of the necessarily occasional nature of his profession. That virtue is evident on every page of this collection of essays. In one group of essays he asks... more...

  • The Best American Poetry 2003by Yusef Komunyakaa; David Lehman

    Scribner 2008; US$ 16.00

    "Poetry encourages us to have dialogue through the observed, the felt, and the imaginary," writes editor Yusef Komunyakaa in his thought-provoking introduction to The Best American Poetry 2003. As a black child of the American South and a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, Komunyakaa brings his singular vision to this outstanding volume. Included... more...

  • The Best American Poetry 2013by David Lehman

    Scribner 2013; US$ 16.99

    Over the last twenty-five years, the Best American Poetry series has become an annual rite of autumn, eagerly awaited and hotly debated: ?an essential purchase? ( The Washington Post ). This year, guest editor Denise Duhamel brings her wit and enthusiasm and her commitment to poetry in all its wide variety to bear on her choices for The Best American... more...

  • The Best American Poetry 2015by David Lehman; Sherman Alexie

    Scribner 2015; US$ 18.99

    The premier anthology of contemporary American poetry continues with an exceptional volume edited by award-winning novelist and poet Sherman Alexie, now with a new essay by Alexie on reactions to the 2015 publication. Since its debut in 1988, The Best American Poetry has become a mainstay for the direction and spirit of American poetry. Each volume... more...

  • Beyond the Lyricby Fiona Sampson

    Random House 2012; US$ 27.18

    British poetry is enjoying a period of exceptional richness and variety. This is exciting but it's also confusing, and throws up the need for an enthusiastic guide that can explain and celebrate the many parallel poetry projects now underway. Beyond the Lyric does just that. This is a book of enthusiasms: an intelligent and witty map of contemporary... more...