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God of Nothingness: Poems

Rising from wells of loss and loneliness (“My future is the only future”), Wunderlich’s poems may seem harsh, even bitter, but their authentic, wounded humanity is no less compelling for that.
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Everyday Mojo Songs of Earth: New and Selected Poems, 2001–2021

For those unfamiliar with Komunyakaa, this volume offers a rich sampling of his postmillennial work. For his fans, it further enforces his reputation as an important and necessary American poet.
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Index of Women

As her impressions flow together, they add a surreal atmosphere, suggestive of art by Toulouse-Lautrec

The Glass Constellation: New and Collected Poems

A monumental collection from a poet whose lasting importance should now be recognized; essential for dedicated readers of contemporary American poetry.
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The Complete Stories

Despite the poet’s tendency to overstuff some poems, he has a distinctive voice adept at capturing the moment: about a tattoo session, he says, “I watched the needle in the mirror stitch / my mirrored skin like softly oozing silk.” The best poems change and evolve, working that synergy between brain and heart and a loved other (“I am sorry. And the child // we declined /// shivers on the long black lawn”). A worthy addition to most collections.

Books and Authors To Know: Poetry Titles To Watch 2021

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American Melancholy: Poems

Oates’s high profile as a novelist should not discourage avid poetry readers from seeking out this volume, which aptly demonstrates the writer’s gifts in the genre and includes several poems of the highest quality.

The Wild Fox of Yemen: Poems

Captivating and beautifully written, this collection will appeal to a wide variety of audiences, and those not as familiar with Yemeni history or the Arabic language will assuredly be inspired to learn more. Recommended for all collections.

Tethered to Stars: Poems

Like the stars its title invokes, Joudah’s latest is mysterious and ruminative, a challenging work perhaps ill suited for poetry novices but offering plenty of dark beauty for those willing to probe its cryptic depths.
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