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."
"A compilation of archival materials accompanies this collection of 40 years of poetry from Alice James Books. Nearly 150 authors are represented in chronological order, including Beatrice Hawley, Fanny Howe, Jane Kenyon, Betsy Sholl, Celia Gilbert, JeanValentine, Donald Revell, B.H. Fairchild, Brian Turner, and many more. "—
Ten years after her debut collection, Mary Szybist returns with this long-awaited second book, a skeptic's consideration of the spiritual. Mixing the profane and the divine, she presents several unusual Annunciations; blurring the lines between herself and the Virgin, she provides an "Update on Mary." The poems are experimental in form — lines radiating out from an empty center, a poem consisting of a diagrammed sentence — and meditative in tone, finding beauty, sorrow and the divine in unexpected corners of modern life.
Many of Frank Bidart's most famous poems have been long dramatic monologues in the voices of the doomed and disturbed — the anorexic Ellen West, the pedophilic murderer Herbert White, the brilliant dancer Vaslav Nijinsky. But in the shorter poems in Metaphysical Dog, the poet takes on his own persona: an aging, accomplished poet, perennially fascinated by humanity's uneasy blend of philosophical minds and animal bodies.