Poetry

Calling a Wolf a Wolf (Staff Pick)

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Calling a Wolf a Wolf By Kaveh Akbar Cover Image
$13.56
ISBN: 9781938584671
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Published: Alice James Books - September 12th, 2017

In this moving work, Kaveh Akbar examines his struggle with addiction, explores his complex relationship to identity as an Iranian-American, and shows a stunning command of poetic form. Always powerful and poignant, Akbar is one of our best living poets

- Lee


Arrow (Staff Pick)

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Arrow By Sumita Chakraborty Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781948579117
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Published: Alice James Books - September 8th, 2020

Fans of lyric poetry, this book is for you. When I was in a recent poetry reading rut, this is the book that got me out of it. These poems are complex (in terms of content and also at the craft level) and full of loss, but because of that Chakraborty is now one of those poets whose work I return to.

- Katie H


Modern Poetry (Staff Pick)

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Modern Poetry: Poems By Diane Seuss Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781644452752
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 5th, 2024

The audacity to title your collection of poetry Modern Poetry. Audacity that Seuss earned, with her Pulitzer Prize winning collection frank: sonnets of course, but also with this new collection. Some poems & lines will leave you cross-eyed.

- Josh


Faust I & II (Staff Pick)

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Faust I & II, Volume 2: Goethe's Collected Works - Updated Edition (Princeton Classics #5) By Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, Stuart Atkins (Editor), Stuart Atkins (Translator) Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780691162294
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Published: Princeton University Press - April 6th, 2014

Little different than reading Shakespeare for the strength of its poetry.

- James


The Warped Side of Our Universe (Staff Pick)

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The Warped Side of Our Universe: An Odyssey through Black Holes, Wormholes, Time Travel, and Gravitational Waves By Kip Thorne, Lia Halloran (By (artist)) Cover Image
By Kip Thorne, Lia Halloran (By (artist))
$50.00
ISBN: 9781631498541
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Published: Liveright - October 31st, 2023

Science and space intimidate the heck out of me, but this gorgeous book makes me want to know more about both.

- Jane


Inferno (Staff Pick)

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The Inferno By Dante, Robert Hollander (Translated by), Jean Hollander (Translated by) Cover Image
By Dante, Robert Hollander (Translated by), Jean Hollander (Translated by)
$19.00
ISBN: 9780385496988
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Published: Vintage - January 8th, 2002

When it comes to Halloween reading, it doesn’t get much better than the Inferno. The notes and commentary by Robert Hollander illuminate the history and composition of the poem, and I love that his wife Jean (a poet) did the translation, which she renders skillfully into verse. Dante's Italian is also presented on the facing page for those who would like to explore the original text.

- James


The Flowers of Evil (Staff Pick)

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The Flowers of Evil: (Les Fleurs du Mal) By Charles Baudelaire, Aaron Poochigian (Translated by), Dana Gioia (Introduction by), Daniel Handler (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Charles Baudelaire, Aaron Poochigian (Translated by), Dana Gioia (Introduction by), Daniel Handler (Afterword by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781324092919
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Published: Liveright - April 18th, 2023

Beaudelaire is one of those poets whose works I love and love to hate. Stylistically, his poetry straddles the transition of highly structured and metered poetry to the fluidity of modern poetry. Thematically, his works are flooded with mythology and spirituality. In his own time, he was considered either raunchy or brilliant. In my time I'd say: Edgar Allan Poe is to horror as Beaudelaire is to emo. And you can read it all in French for full affect.

- Stacey


The Prophet (Staff Pick)

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The Prophet By Kahlil Gibran Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780394404288
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Published: Knopf -

First published in 1923, it is one of the most translated books in history, being translated into over 100 languages. It tells the story of Almustafa, the Chosen One. After spending years in the city of Orphalese he must bid farewell to those he has come to know over his time spent among them. Knowing he must leave, the people ask him to speak of life, in all its shades, before he bids them farewell. In a series of moving poems he speaks to them before departing into the sea. This is an absolutely amazing, timeless work perfect for all seasons that has something to offer for all of us.

- Evan, Café Zing


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