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Versifying | Collection Development: Poetry

The Death of Sitting Bear: New and Selected Poems

An admirable capstone to a distinguished literary career, this splendid selection should be a treasure for Momaday’s readers and an excellent introduction for those new to Native American writing.
PREMIUM

If Men, Then

Palpable and provocative poems that can be appreciated by broad audience.

PREMIUM

The Absurd Man

Jackson has said that he wants his poems to change language into feeling. Alas, in this collection, they seldom do.

PREMIUM

Survival Is a Style

Essential for Wiman’s readers, this new collection will also speak to any poet or reader alienated by the hard cynicism of much contemporary verse.

PREMIUM

Kaufman, Bob. Collected Poems of Bob Kaufman

Acutely aware of the contradictions between American ideals and its practices, Kaufman’s imaginative and jaggedly passionate poetry seems ripe for rediscovery. “When I die,” he wrote, “I won’t stay/ Dead.” This volume persuasively argues for his resurrection.

Best Poetry 2019

Nervous System: Poems

The story is built around Moffett’s standing outside her mother’s hospital room thinking about her before and after dementia through “these images,” which she wistfully describes as “Filling in/ what isn’t there.” Highly recommended for all libraries.

Carrying Water to the Field: New and Selected Poems

Gorgeous and deeply gratifying work recommended for all heartlands readers and anyone who appreciates the rural life Sutphen describes; with an introduction by former poet laureate Ted Kooser.
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