Peter Sis reimagines the 12th-century Persian poem The Conference of the Birds, fitting out an English translation with lavish illustrations. It's the harrowing story of thousands of birds on a perilous journey in search of a king. While Sis is best known for his many children's books, this book is his first intended for adults.
Fire — its physical, symbolic, political, and spiritual forms — is the fourth and final subject in Brenda Hillman's series on the elements. Here, Hillman evokes fire as metaphor and as event to chart subtle changes of seasons during financial breakdown, environmental crisis and street movements for social justice. She gathers factual data, earthly rhythms, chants to the dead, journal entries and lyric fragments in the service of a radical animism.
Mary Oliver returns to the imagery that has come to define her life's work, transporting us to the marshland and coastline of her beloved home, Provincetown, Mass. She shares the wonder of dawn, the grace of animals and the transformative power of attention. Whether studying the leaves of a tree or mourning her adored dog Percy, she patiently observes the teachings contained in the smallest of moments.
A former poet laureate provides informative introductions and sidebar notes for more than 80 poems by greats including William Butler Yeats, Emily Dickinson and George Herbert, in an effort to spark pleasure in reading and writing poems.
A poignant sequence of poems traces the evolution of a divorce while exploring themes of love, sex, sorrow, memory and freedom as reflected by everyday familiarities and the poignancy of former lovers parting, in a collection by the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of The Dead and the Living.
A tribute to the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet's career features the writer's theme of classic American melancholy and includes such pieces as "Bus Stop," "Men at Forty," "Crossing Kansas by Train," and "The Small White Churches of the Small White Towns." Reprint. 10,000 first printing.
An anthology of 100 top-selected poems culled from the prestigious poetry publication's first quarter century offers insight into the art form's flourishing status and is complicated by introductory essays and current poet biographies. Robert Pinsky, former poet laureate, serves as guest editor for this volume.
Edited by Frederick Glaysher, this volume collects the work of one of the most important African-American poets of the twentieth century. Robert Hayden's poems which contemplate the black experience and deal with such themes as dreams, mortality, nature, travel, and memory.
Critic and poet Clive James' new translation of Dante's epic Divine Comedy leaves behind Dante's original terza rima rhyme scheme for quatrains, which James says avoids the strains of "rhyme-poor" English and creates a "nice, easily flowing rhythmic grid on which to mount the individual moments."