The Shadow of Sirius - W. S. Merwin

W.S. Merwin has earned his distinguished place in American letters.  A prodigious poet, translator, and essayist, he has both a phenomenal output to his credit and an instantly recognizable lyric voice, one with rhythms so assured that Merwin can write poems without using punctuation. The Shadow Of Sirius (Copper Canyon, $22), his latest poetry collection, focuses on late-life themes like memory and time; in Merwin’s hands, each moment is both singular and rich with archetypal resonance. In a Proustian spirit, Merwin draws beautiful lyrics from a remembered patch of sunlight, a reflection in a tile, the sound of a trolley. While these moments inevitably pass, they also linger in a timeless transcendent state, and Merwin evokes this paradox in his many nature poems, celebrating the endless cyclical recurrence which, like the sky overseeing all, is “never unknown and never known.”

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ISBN: 9781556593109
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - October 1st, 2009

Voices - Lucille Clifton

Lucille Clifton is one of America’s most celebrated poets. She has been a National Book Award winner, a nominee for the Pulitzer Prize, and most recently the first African American woman to win the prestigious Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. In Voices (BOA Editions, $16), her tenth collection, she continues to draw on her experiences as a woman and as an African American. Her understanding of history, her voicing of the concerns of the less fortunate, and her humor all inform her work. In “Cream of Wheat,” she introduces the unnamed black man on the box, following him as he prowls the supermarket aisles with Uncle Ben and Aunt Jemima, wondering why he has no name.

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ISBN: 9781934414125
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Published: BOA Editions - November 1st, 2008

Ballistics - Billy Collins

Billy Collins is one of America’s most popular poets. The former Poet Laureate took his job seriously and attempted to get poetry to as many people as possible. Through his work, his anthologies Poetry 180 and More Poetry 180, and through his appearances, he has spread the message that poetry is for everyone. In his new collection, Ballistics (Random House, $24), he takes us along on his poetic journeys from the Charles to the Seine. And while the title poem could well have been an exploration of the bullet-riddled streets of Baghdad or Baltimore, it is a meditation on a photograph in which a bullet tears through a book—a collection of poetry by someone Collins does not admire—at 2,800 feet per second.

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ISBN: 9780812975611
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - February 16th, 2010