Our partners, sponsors, and advertisers present some of their fall-winter 2019 poetry titles.
Akashic Books, December 2019
Introducing the winner of the Paz Prize for Poetry given by the National Poetry Series, featuring an introduction by Rigoberto González, and presented in both Spanish and English.
Birds, LLC, July 2019
A Jazz Funeral for Uncle Tom is exactly what it announces it is: a book as ritual event wherein a feminine voice leads her band of improvisers in a procession of joyous interrogation and forgiveness.
Birds, LLC, June 2019
Salas Rivera refuses to sweep up the shards of Hurricane María’s aftermath. Written in dialogic fragments and prose poems reflecting on the lasting impact of colonial trauma, this book is a tool for survival.
BkMk Press, November 2019
Burch imagines Eve's life after Eden, in a world both ancient and contemporary, dystopian and redeemed. Winner of the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, selected by Patricia Spears Jones.
BOA Editions, Ltd., October 2019
With an eye for mindfulness, Bruce Weigl's Isabella Gardner Award-winning poetry collection reveals the long scars left by the Vietnam War and the graceful sense of departure one encounters in life's second act.
Coffee House Press, September 2019
A father revealed as a spy, a child unmoored from normalcy—in Safe Houses I Have Known, poems ripple with the secrets that we keep from ourselves and each other.
Copper Canyon Press, April 2019
The Tradition details the normalization of evil at the intersection of the past and the personal—poems of fatherhood, blackness, queerness, worship, and trauma by one of today’s preeminent poets.
Copper Canyon Press, May 2019
Scenters-Zapico sets her unflinching gaze on the liminal spaces between cultures, countries, and gender norms, naming the many faces of violence while lifting up the resilience required to survive it.
Copper Canyon Press, September 2019
Zapruder's newest poems weave a deeply generous sense of humor with love and moral urgency, exploring what it means to be a good father, partner, and citizen in uncertain times.
Ecco, January 2020
In Summer Snow, his first collection of poems since 2010, Robert Hass focuses on subjects including the poignancy of loss, the serene and resonant beauty of nature, and the mutability of desire.
Graywolf Press, September 2019
The newest collection from Nick Flynn delves into the deepest, most defeating parts of the self. It is an honest accounting of all that love must transcend and what we must risk for its truth.
Graywolf Press, October 2019
Set in transit even as they investigate the transitory, the cinematic poems in Love and I move like a handheld camera through the eternal, the minds of passengers, and landscapes of Ireland and America.
Graywolf Press, November 2019
The winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize explores the concept of “the bottom” across blackness, sexuality, and the American South. The voices in these poems reclaim their histories from a language that evolved to exclude them.
Grove Atlantic, September 2019
Part writing guide, part study of the mechanics of the genre, Elements of Fiction is an eloquent treatise on the craft of fiction. Award-winning author Walter Mosley’s monograph will intrigue and encourage writers and readers alike.
Haymarket Books, June 2019
O Magazine Best Books by Women of Summer 2019
Chicago Tribune 25 hot books of summer 2019
Reflections on race, class, violence, segregation, and the hidden histories that shape our divided urban landscapes.
Jamii Publishing, November 2019
In this striking anthology 40 poets from the Soul Sister Revue reading series, including Hanif Abdurraqib and Patricia Smith, commemorate culture, Motown, and community while responding to the question What does Soul mean to you?
Johns Hopkins University Press, April 2019
A poetry collection that grapples with the tragicomic nature of language, memory, love, work, and the performative self.
Lost Horse Press, September 2018
Yuri Andrukhovych emerged as a prominent voice in Ukrainian literature with the publication of his first book of poems in 1985. This book traces the evolution of Andrukhovych's poetics from the 1980s onward.
Lost Horse Press, April 2019
Smokes explodes with existential contemplations regarding love, identity, nature, society, and the divine. These poems teem with energy.
Lost Horse Press, September 2019
Though the wells are empty, Shuvalova’s language overflows with rich images, corporeality, and a metaphoric sensibility that reaches across place and time and reverberates as a prayer against ancient stone.
Lost Horse Press, September 2017
Drawing on the paradoxes of mythology, technology, and tradition, Starovoyt brings the traces of undesirable histories and the minefields of memory into unexpected constellations that interrogate assertions of knowledge and meaning-making in our world today.
Milkweed Editions, October 2019
An incisive poetic debut that gives shape to anguish as much as it cherishes human life, Bodega offers a singular perspective on immigration, race, identity, and domesticity through the lens of a coming-of-age narrative.
Milkweed Editions, October 2019
Owl of Minerva turns astonishingly precise attention to the physical world, scouring it for evidence of the spiritual as Pankey travels through Appalachia, New England, Venice, Spain, the Caribbean, and the American Midwest.
Milkweed Editions, September 2019
Called "a new, essential voice in poetry" by Tommy Orange, Skeets is a sculptural poet of reverence and reclamation. This National Poetry Series-winning collection examines the landscape of the west, alcoholism, masculinity, and desire.
Norton, May 2019
Both an enhanced digital edition and a handsome print volume, The Norton Chaucer provides the complete poetry and prose, meticulously glossed and annotated.
Notre Dame University Press, September 2019
Leia Penina Wilson has carved an epic, avant-garde, feminist spell. She calls forth the wildness of language to dispel the violence against––and to evoke the power of––'gurls' and women." —Craig Santos Perez
Omnidawn, October 2019
Myung Mi Kim investigates ecological-corporal aggressions inherent in the will of capital, the militant machinery of colonization, and the logics of supremacy, while examining how suffering is inflicted, perpetuated, nullified and subsumed by “civilization.”
Penguin Books, September 2019
A poet acclaimed for "uncompromising, honest poems that sound like no one else" (The Rumpus) offers considerations of the natural world and humans' place within it in ecopoetry of both ambitious reach and elegant refinement.
Penn State University Press, October 2019
Called “a witty American retelling, in word and in image, of Heinrich Heine’s inside-out, topsy-turvy satiric art” by Cynthia Ozick, this volume presents a new translation of the third cycle of poems in Heine’s late masterwork, Romanzero.
Penn State University Press, November 2019
Crowned “Prince of Poets” in his later years, Paul Verlaine stands out among the iconoclastic founders of French modernist verse. This diglot anthology offers the most comprehensive selection of Verlaine’s poetry available in English translation.
Sarabande Books, January 2020
Selected by Ocean Vuong as the winner of the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry, Chad Bennett’s debut offers a deeply personal account of loss and the dismantling of America’s history of queerness.
Sarabande Books, October 2019
This astonishing, self-assured debut leads us on an exploration to the stars and back, begging us to reconsider our boundaries of self, time, space, and knowledge. The poems of Space Struck pulse like starlight.
Sarabande Books, November 2019
In gorgeous, scrutinizing, and ever-hopeful poetry, Romanian-American poet Maya C. Popa offers a hymnic study of American violence.
Slapering Hol Press, March 2019
Leading with a Naked Body, an artisanal chapbook, is the sixth in Slapering Hol Press' Conversation Series wherein master poets mentor emerging poets and exchange interviews on craft.
Tin House, September 2019
Poet, essayist, biographer, and music critic Hanif Abdurraqib has written a book of poems about rebuilding oneself after a heartbreak, the kind that renders them a different version of themselves than the one they knew.
Ugly Duckling Presse, September 2019
Through a series of prayers, invocations, and hymns, Syncope eulogizes those who have perished making Central Mediterranean crossings as well as collects first-hand accounts of those who have survived these perilous journeys.
University of Nevada Press, September 2019
Winner of the Test Site Poetry Series Prize, this stunning debut ponders what it means to inhabit a particular place at a time of enormous disruption. Vivid poems touch upon history, inheritance, drought, and nature.
University of Pittsburgh Press, September 2019
The 2018 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize winner is about the history of Queens. Black's poems explore how and why the plurality of a place like Queens is viewed as a threat to national security.
University of Pittsburgh Press, September 2019
Winner of the 2018 Donald Hall Prize, Ringer approaches womanhood from two directions: an examination of how women’s identities are tied to domestic spaces, and a consideration of physical, sexual, and political violence against women.
University of Pittsburgh Press, October 2019
Part pop-thriller, part queer rage, and part mourning, the poems in Smith's fourth collection depict not only the complications of representation in the age of social media but a critique of identity.
University of Washington, October 2019
Howell’s twelfth collection of poems, The Grief of a Happy Life, explores the interplay between memory and imagination, celebrating the ways that happiness and grief inform one another and give our lives fullness and vitality.
University Press of Florida, October 2019
Born in Granada, Spain, in 1980, Fernando Valverde is widely considered one of the top young poets writing in Spanish today. This bilingual edition introduces English-language readers to some of his latest, most exciting work.
Wake Forest University Press, October 2019
From the explosive long lines of his earliest poems to the concentrated stanzas and intellectual intensities of his latest work, Ciaran Carson’s shape-changing genius shines across the volumes included in this extraordinary new selection.
Wayne State University Press, September 2019
This collection is gilmore’s answer to life’s perplexing issues, with Marvin Gaye as the perfect vehicle to explore these ideals. Readers of poetry and Motown lovers will embrace this love letter to a local legend.
Wayne State University Press, August 2019
This unapologetically political collection of autobiographical poems explores the emotional and physical labor necessary to work nights as a pizza delivery driver and days as a high school English teacher.
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