HOW WE BECAME HUMAN, by Harjo

Poetry
Tuesday, October 22, 7:30 pm

The Poetry Book Group is led by Rhonda Williford and meets 4th Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems 1975-2002 By Joy Harjo Cover Image

How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems 1975-2002 (Paperback)

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Over a quarter-century's work from the 2003 winner of the Arrell Gibson Award for Lifetime Achievement.


This collection gathers poems from throughout Joy Harjo's twenty-eight-year career, beginning in 1973 in the age marked by the takeover at Wounded Knee and the rejuvenation of indigenous cultures in the world through poetry and music. How We Became Human explores its title question in poems of sustaining grace.
Joy Harjo is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. She is the author of nine poetry collections and two memoirs, most recently Poet Warrior. The recipient of the 2017 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, she lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Product Details ISBN: 9780393325348
ISBN-10: 0393325342
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: January 17th, 2004
Pages: 272
Language: English
Show[s] the remarkable progression of a writer determined to reconnect with her past and make sense of her present, drawing together the brutalities of contemporary reservation life with the beauty and sensibility of Native American culture and mythology....Alive with compassion, pain and love, this book is unquestionably an act of kindness.
— Publishers Weekly

I turn and return to Harjo's poetry for her breathtaking complex witness and for her world-remaking language.
— Adrienne Rich

COLLECTED POEMS OF CP CAVAFY, by Cavafy

Poetry
Tuesday, September 24, 7:30 pm

The Poetry Book Group is led by Rhonda Williford and meets 4th Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

The Collected Poems of C. P. Cavafy: A New Translation By C. P. Cavafy, Aliki Barnstone (Translated by) Cover Image

The Collected Poems of C. P. Cavafy: A New Translation (Paperback)

By C. P. Cavafy, Aliki Barnstone (Translated by)

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A new translation of a poet widely considered one of the most important of the twentieth century.


C. P. Cavafy (1863-1933) has written some of the most powerful poems in history. His work uncannily translates history, the record of the many, into an individual personal document. Though Cavafy is wickedly satirical, many of his poems are located in a landscape of intimacy. Drawing on the spectrum of ancient Greek poetic tradition, his poetry is still internal, whether his speaker is a spoiled rich boy who plans to enter politics or a poor, ostracized, pure and beautiful young man destroyed by poverty and priggish social mores.



In these glimmering and lyrical translations, with an introduction and scholarly endnotes cowritten with Willis Barnstone, Aliki Barnstone has been faithful to the original Greek, capturing both Cavafy's song and his vernacular in ways neglected in previous translations. Paying close attention to tone and diction, she has employed her well-tuned poet's ear, making Cavafy's verse breathe new music in English.
Aliki Barnstone’s translations have appeared in American Poetry Review, TriQuarterly, Virginia Quarterly Review, and other journals. An editor and critic, she lives in Las Vegas and teaches at UNLV.
Product Details ISBN: 9780393328998
ISBN-10: 0393328996
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: March 17th, 2007
Pages: 306
Language: English
Cavafy’s simplicity, learning, pleasure in sex, tranquility in exile, have healed our anguish for over a century. . . . Cavafy’s deeply cultured melancholy and praise of learning and the body flow unimpeded in Barnstone’s translations.
— Andrei Codrescu

How to capture a mind that roams both the Alexandrian streets outside his door and the god-haunted alleys of the Panhellenic past? I would venture to say that only a gifted poet could accomplish that task, and in Aliki Barnstone we have found that poet.
— Sherod Santos

LEAVES OF GRASS, by Whitman

Poetry
Tuesday, August 27, 7:30 pm

The Poetry Book Group is led by Rhonda Williford and meets 4th Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

Leaves of Grass (Vintage Classics) By Walt Whitman, John Hollander (Introduction by) Cover Image

Leaves of Grass (Vintage Classics) (Paperback)

By Walt Whitman, John Hollander (Introduction by)

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In 1855, an unknown but wildly ambitious young poet self-published the first edition of Leaves of Grass, consisting of twelve untitled poems and an explanatory preface. Walt Whitman spent the rest of his life engaged in expanding and revising this work, through six editions and nearly four decades, establishing Leaves of Grass as one of the central works in the history of world poetry. This edition reproduces the magnificent "death-bed edition," published in 1892 a mere two months before Whitman's death at the age of seventy-two.
WALT WHITMAN (1819-1892), an American poet, essayist, and journalist, was born on Long Island and educated in Brooklyn, New York. He worked as a teacher, government clerk, and journalist and volunteered as a nurse caring for wounded soldiers during the Civil War. 

JOHN HOLLANDER was the author of more than a dozen books of poetry and eight books of criticism, including the award-winning Rhyme's Reason: A Guide to English Verse. He taught at Connecticut College and Yale and was a professor of English at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. In 1990 he received a MacArthur Fellowship. He died in August 2013.
Product Details ISBN: 9781984897558
ISBN-10: 1984897551
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: May 28th, 2019
Pages: 576
Language: English
Series: Vintage Classics
"Whitman's best poems have that permanent quality of being freshly painted, of not being dulled by the varnish of the years." --Malcolm Cowley

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