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Cross of Snow: A Life of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Essential for biography and literary collections; a sheer joy to read for its portrayal of the amazing life of the first “poet of the people.” [See Prepub Alert, 12/9/19.]

The Beauty of Living: E.E. Cummings in the Great War

Placing Cummings in the context of the “War Poets,” Rosenblitt breathes new life back into poems too often anthologized and too little read. Highly recommended.

What Is the Grass: Walt Whitman in My Life

Despite its flaws, this important and very personal take on Whitman’s lasting influence as “America’s Poet” should be a worthwhile addition to libraries with strong poetry or LGBTQ collections.

Coleridge, the Wordsworths, and Their Year of Marvels: The Making of Poetry

Nicolson’s gifts, both as a writer and a scholar, shine brightly, offering readers a thrilling glimpse into the marvelous work that is the “making of poetry.” Interspersed throughout are beautiful and simple woodcuts by artist Tom Hammick that may inspire readers to take up a pen and do a little making of their own. Highly recommended for all libraries.

Don’t Read Poetry: A Book About How To Read Poems

A wonderful guide to a misunderstood art. Essential for all libraries.

How a Poem Moves: A Field Guide for Readers Afraid of Poetry

Sol deserves to be read widely and freely; his humble witness to the simple art of reading may be this book's most important gift. Libraries should have multiple copies.

The Banished Immortal: A Life of Li Bai

Libraries building Chinese literature collections will love this book. Essential for academic libraries and recommended for large poetry holdings. [See Prepub Alert, 7/30/18.]—Herman Sutter, St. Agnes Acad., Houston

He Held Radical Light: The Art of Faith, the Faith of Art

A worthy companion to Wiman's wonderful My Bright Abyss, this belongs in libraries everywhere.

Dickinson's Nerves, Frost's Woods: Poetry in the Shadow of the Past

Highly recommended for academic and poetry collections.

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