For Your April Reading List and Beyond
Our 2014 National Poetry Month sponsors and partners present their new poetry titles:

Alfred A. Knopf
(March 2014, Hardcover $26.95)


"[Kevin] Young has captured true adulthood between the covers of a book" (NPR 2014 Poetry Preview). A decade after the sudden and tragic loss of his father, we witness the unfolding of grief. Capturing the strange silence of bereavement, Young acknowledges, even celebrates, life's passages, his loss transformed and tempered in a sequence about the birth of his son. 



BOA Editions, Ltd.
(April 2014, Paper $16
E-book $9.99)
The Keys to the Jail 
by Keetje Kuipers

The Keys to the Jail calls us to reexamine harsh words of failed love, the aging of a once-beautiful body, our own voracious desires. Keetje Kuipers's richly-textured lyrics travel from Montana's great wildernesses to the ocean-fogged streets of San Francisco as they search out the heart that's lost its way.

CavanKerry Press  
(March 2014, Paper $16)
Same Old Story
by Dawn Potter

Even as she reminds us that writing "doesn't solve anything," Potter is driven to chronicle "years murmur[ing] their old tune" in this compilation of sonnets, extended narratives, and shifting invented forms. Her rushing lyric voice binds together the personal, cultural, and imaginative histories that create the inevitable of human character.


Coffee House Press
(April 2014, 
Paper $20
Hardcover $35
E-book $15.99)
Selected Poems
by Mark Ford

Selected Poems charts Mark Ford's growing complexity as a writer and his mastery and use of form. John Ashbery calls Ford's work "refreshing" and it's that exuberance and goodwill that animates the poems. Myth, history, and the everyday are all at play in this wonderfully diverse collection.


Copper Canyon Press 
(April 2014, Hardcover $24)
The Moon before Morning
by W. S. Merwin

In a stunning rush of memory, W. S. Merwin's The Moon before Morning extends the emotional and intellectual reach of his Pulitzer Prize-winning The Shadow of Sirius with passionate reverence for the natural world, bittersweet recollection on time's ravages, and equanimity informed by a lifetime of writing and practiced contemplation.


Graywolf Press 
(May 2014, Paper $16) 
by Saskia Hamilton

Corridor, Hamilton's third collection, is a study of motion and time. Its glanced landscapes, its lives seen in passing, render the immeasurable in broken narratives. These poems are dauntless and alert in their apprehension of the natural kingdom and inhabit the realm of contemplation which, for Hamilton, is charged with Eros. 


(February 2014, Hardcover $19.99)

Where the Sidewalk Ends, 40th Anniversary Edition
by Shel Silverstein

Come in...for where the sidewalk ends, Shel Silverstein's world begins. It is a place where you wash your shadow and plant diamond gardens, a place where shoes fly, sisters are auctioned off, and crocodiles go to the dentist. Shel Silverstein's masterful collection of poems and drawings is at once outrageously funny and profound.


Louisiana State University Press (February 2014, Paper $17.95
E-book $17.95) 

Venera: Poems
by Jay Rogoff

"Jay Rogoff's new collection deftly interweaves Eros, ekphrasis, revelatory description, and an unobtrusive formal mastery that brings to mind the work of Bishop and Justice. Venera is the work of a wryly compassionate writer, working at the height of his considerable powers." -- David Wojahn


New Directions 
(May 2014, Paper $15.95)
The Iraqi Nights
by Dunya Mikhail

The Iraqi Nights is the third collection by the acclaimed Iraqi poet Dunya Mikhail. Taking The One Thousand and One Nights as her central theme, Mikhail personifies the role of Scheherazade the storyteller, saving herself through her tales. Her vivid illustrations--inspired by Sumerian tablets--are threaded throughout.


Persea Books
(April 2014, Paper $17.95)

Heart of the Order: Baseball Poems
Edited by Gabriel Fried
Forward by Daniel Okrent

Nearly one hundred poems about baseball, that most literary sport, in a beautifully designed, portable edition. Contributors include B. H. Fairchild, Linda Gregerson, Donald Hall, Edward Hirsch, Richard Hugo, Yusef Komunyakaa, Thomas Lux, William Matthews, Gail Mazur, Marianne Moore, Robert Pinsky, Bruce Smith, May Swenson, Brian Turner, and many others.

Simon & Schuster 
(April, 2014, Hardcover $25.00
E-book $12.99) 

Poems That Make Grown Men Cry: 100 Men on the Words That Move Them
Edited by Anthony and Ben Holden

A unique collection of poetry so powerful that one hundred grown men--best-selling authors, poets laureate, and other eminent figures from the arts, sciences, and politics--have been moved to tears. Here they deliver touching and insightful personal introductions to a range of beloved poems.

University of California Press 
(January 2014, Hardcover $49.95)

Robert Duncan: The Collected Later Poems and Plays
by Robert Duncan
Edited by Peter Quartermain

Profoundly original yet insistent on the derivative quality of his work, transgressive yet affirmative of tradition, Duncan was a generative force among American poets. This second volume of collected poetry and plays presents authoritative annotated texts of both collected and uncollected work from his middle and late writing years (1958-88). 

Wake Forest University Press 
(February 2014, Paper $16.95) 

The Holding Centre: Selected Poems, 1974-2004
by Harry Clifton

This selection presents the thirty-year trajectory of an Irish poet who has lived and worked between Ireland and elsewhere--including Southeast Asia after the Khmer Rouge and Europe after the collapse of the Berlin Wall. This extraordinary work has redefined what it means to be Irish in the twenty-first century. 



W. W. Norton & Company 
(January 2014, Paper $29.95) 

Poetry of Witness: The Tradition in English, 1500-2001
by Carolyn Forch´┐Ż

The three hundred poems collected here were composed at an extreme of human endurance--while their authors awaited execution, endured imprisonment, fought on the battlefield, or labored on the brink of breakdown or death. All bear witness to the irresistible impact of historical events.



Ashland Poetry Press
(March 2014, Paper $22.95)

American Psalm, World Psalm takes the original rhythms of the Biblical Psalms and reimagines them through the scope of contemporary American music--blues, jazz, folk, hip-hop, world music. Samaras has written 150 contemporary psalms, to mirror the Old Testament, that evoke the spiritual hunger of our modern world.



Bright Hill Press (May 2014, Paper $16)

Tonight's Quiet
by Constance Norgren

In Tonight's Quiet, worries go hand in hand with good luck, every day amazement with misfortune, shadows and the encroaching darkness with next day's sunlight. Here we are, "the carriers of things/ with gravity pushing or pulling,. . . ." humans engaged in the small, important activities that become our lives.

City Lights Publishers
(April 2014, Paper $9.95)

Tender Buttons: The Corrected Centennial Edition
by Gertrude Stein
Edited by Seth Perlow

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the original publication of Gertrude Stein's groundbreaking modernist classic. This new edition is the first and only version to incorporate Stein's handwritten corrections, and it has just been awarded its seal designating it an MLA Approved Edition.   


Columbia University Press 
(April 2014, Hardcover $35) 

Guilty Knowledge, Guilty Pleasure: The Dirty Art of Poetry
by William Logan

The notorious critic dives deep into the makings and misunderstandings of great poetry.


Farrar, Straus and Giroux 
(April 2014, Hardcover $24)
I Am the Beggar of the World: Landays from Contemporary Afghanistan
Translated by Eliza Griswold
Photographs by Seamus Murphy

An eye-opening collection of clandestine poems by Afghan women.



Hanging Loose Press 
(February 2014, Paper $19
Hardcover $29)

What I've Stolen, What I've Earned
by Sherman Alexie

Prose and poetry from a past winner of the National Book Award. "Mr. Alexie's is one of the major lyric voices of our time." -- The New York Times Book Review




Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 
(April 2014, Hardcover $30)
A Poet's Glossary
by Edward Hirsch

A joyful, elegant glossary of poetic terms spanning centuries and continents, from the famed poet and author of the best-selling How to Read a Poem (And Fall in Love with Poetry).


Milkweed Editions
(March 2014, Paper $16) 
Day Unto Day
by Martha Collins

"Here, Martha Collins delves into the shiftiness of gender, the power of romantic love, the nature of the divine, the troubles of American national identity, and the certainty of mortality. Musically brilliant, psychologically intricate, movingly humane--Martha Collins is one of our most vital poets." -- Kevin Prufer

Penguin Books 
(March 2014, Paper $18)


The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon
by Willie Perdomo

Through dream song and elegy, alternate takes and tempos, prizewinning poet Willie Perdomo's third collection crackles with vitality and dynamism as it imagines the life of a percussionist, rebuilding the landscape of his apprenticeship, love, diaspora, and death.




Sarabande Books, Inc.
(May 2014, Paper $14.95
E-book $9.99)

by David Tomas Martinez

Stealing cars and fathering a child before seventeen, David Tomas Martinez documents his youth as a Latino in San Diego as an inferno of El Caminos and Fords, silent sex, and murdered high school valedictorians. Hustle moves from gang activity through his discovery of pornography to a failed suicide attempt on a crooked path toward self-understanding.



T. S. Poetry Press  
(January 2014, Paper $13.95
E-book $9.99)

How to Read a Poem (Based on the Billy Collins Poem, "Introduction to Poetry")
by Tania Runyan

Delightful advice on how to explore poetry for enjoyment and meaning. Uses images like the mouse, the hive, the switch (from the Billy Collins poem)--to guide readers into new ways of understanding poems. Excellent teaching tool. Anthology included.


University of Pittsburgh Press
(February 2014, Paper $15.95) 
The Old Woman, the Tulip, and the Dog
by Alicia Suskin Ostriker 

A unique collection by a major American poet for poetry readers at all levels. Blending whimsy and wisdom, Ostriker gives us a sequence of poems that will surprise and delight readers--in the voices of an old woman full of memories, a glamorous tulip, and an earthy dog who always has the last word.


Wesleyan University Press
(March 2014, Hardcover $26.95
E-book $20.99) 
In Defense of Nothing: Selected Poems, 1987-2011
by Peter Gizzi 


Gathered from over five collections, the poems in this selection strike a dynamic balance of honesty, emotion, intellectual depth, and otherworldly resonance--in Gizzi's work, poetry itself becomes a primary ground of human experience. Haunted, vibrant, and saturated with luminous detail, Gizzi's poetry enlists the American vernacular in a magical and complex music.  

Yale University Press
(April 2014, Paper $18) 
by Eryn Green 


The 2013 recipient of the Yale Series of Younger Poets prize, Eryn Green's masterful collection Eruv features poems of love and pathos--celebrating the power of ritual and the untamed wilderness-and joins the works of previous winners Adrienne Rich, John Ashbery, W. S. Merwin, and others.






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