Sometimes paranoid, occasionally manic, often very funny, these poems consult archaeologists, biologists, psychiatrists, encyclopedias and even aliens, trying to understand how so many disparate things can be interrelated.
Difficult, necessary and at times incendiary, Amiri Baraka began his career with the Beats and became a fierce advocate of political art, a voice against oppression and capitalism and a poet unafraid of courting controversy and fury. This is one of the most comprehensive volumes of his work, from his first collection to the unpublished pieces he wrote towards the end of his life.
Poet Cate Marvin (also the co-founder of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts) takes an unsparing look at life and love in Oracle. With lush, aggressive verses, she strips the romance away from subjects like motherhood and romance itself.
In this career-spanning retrospective, Myles' off-the-cuff delivery recalls the work of Frank O'Hara — if he'd been writing in the past few decades, and if he'd loved pop culture as much as high culture.
"Who the hell's heaven is this?" Rowan Ricardo Phillips offers many answers, and none at all, in Heaven, the piercing and revelatory encore to his award-winning debut, The Ground.
The poems in National Book Award winner Mark Doty's new collection dig out the extraordinary in the everyday, mixing philosophical inquiry and awe at people and nature in a voice that's warm but tinged with useful doubt.
Terrance Hayes won the National Book Award for his 2010 collection Lighthead (he was also one of People's Sexiest Men Alive in 2014). His new book mixes pop rhythms and sensibilities with old-fashioned poetry in work that both pays tribute to and argues with his artistic forebears.
Hard-living Arkansas poet Frank Stanford committed suicide in 1978, at the age of 29; this massive edition of his work is the product of decades of dedicated archive-diving and patient editing.