In his 1918 autobiographical essay, "A Negro Poet Writes," Claude McKay (1889 1948), reveals much about the wellspring of his poetry."I am a black man, born in Jamaica, B.W.I, and have been living in America for the last years. It was the first ti
Rich selection of 73 works from the Songs and Sonnets, Elegies, Holy Sonnets and other verse forms by foremost English "metaphysical" poet. Included are "The Good Morrow," "The Canonization," "The Relic," "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning," "To His Mist
In his bestselling picture book Dirt on My Shirt, Jeff Foxworthy warmed the hearts of kids both big and little. Now, in this I Can Read edition, poems have been hand selected for beginning readers to enjoy. From meeting Auntie Brooke and Uncle Keith to searching for tadpoles and snakes, young readers will love discovering Jeff's vibrant neighborhood all for themselves.
In recent years the stirring, unforgettable poetry of Jal lu l-D n R m (1207 1273), the great S fi teacher and the greatest mystical poet of Iran, has gained tremendous popularity in the western world. Although he died over 700 years ago, his poetry is
The dream police
This new collection of poetry follows in the tradition of Luci Shaw's greatest books, such as" Listen to the Green, The Secret Trees, and The Sighting."
Tomas Transtromer's poems are thick with the feel of life lived in a specific place: the dark, overpowering Swedish winters, the long thaws and brief paradisal summers in the Stockholm archipelago. He conveys a sense of what it is like to be a private citizen in the second half of the twentieth century.
The Apple Trees at Olema includes work from Robert Hass's first five books-Field Guide, Praise, Human Wishes, Sun Under Wood, and Time and Materials-as well as a substantial gathering of new poems, including a suite of elegies, a series of poems in the form of notebook musings on the nature of storytelling, a suite of summer lyrics, and two experiments in pure narrative that meditate on personal relations in a violent world and read like small, luminous novellas.
A new selection and translation of the work of Osip Mandelstam, perhaps the most important Russian poet of the twentieth centuryPolitical nonconformist Osip Mandelstam's opposition to Stalin's totalitarian government made him a target of the communist state. The public recitation of his 1933 poem known in English as "The Stalin Epigram" led to his arrest, exile, and eventual imprisonment in a Siberian transit camp, where he died, presumably in 1938.
"If readers are to come to Shakespeare and to Chekhov, to Henry James and to Jane Austen, then they are best prepared if they have read Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear, Robert Louis Stevenson and Rudyard Kipling," writes Harold Bloom in his introduction to this enchanting and much-needed anthology of exceptional stories and poems selected to inspire a lifelong love of reading.
;Lorca brought an understanding of the paradox that was Spain - sensuality chafing under a rigid moral code, individual desire at war with tradition.; Manuel Duran Federico Garcia Lorca is perhaps the most celebrated of all twentieth-century Spanish writers, known not only for his plays but also for several collections of poems published both in his short lifetime and after.
This selection of more than forty poems from a leading figure of the Harlem Renaissance includes both uncompromising indictments of racial injustice and celebrations of the triumphs of African-Americans. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines.
The work of Russia's best-known post-Stalin poet YEVGENY YEVTUSHENKO blazed a trail for a generation of Soviet poets, leading Russia to new heights of artistic achievement in the twentieth century. With a confident poetic voice that moves effortlessly between social and personal themes, he describes his idyllic childhood in Serbia, his impressions of home after a long absence in Moscow, his joy upon discovering the unexpected in a lover, his chance meeting with Hemingway in Copenhagen, and his impressions of war, rendered with immediacy and vigor in these pages.
The Roominghouse Madrigals is a selection of poetry from Charles Bukowski's early work. It shows a slightly softer side to the beloved barfly.
Writer and religious rebel, William Blake sowed the seeds of Romanticism in his innovative poems concerning faith and the vision that inspired him throughout his remarkable life. Whether describing his own spirituality, the innocence of youth, or the corruption caused by mankind, his writings depict a world in which spirits dominate and the mind is the gateway to Heaven.
Award winning poetry critic Ange Mlinko wrote of Parsons and his work, The Renaissance man was once a courtly ideal; Parsons shows that it is a democratic ideal too warm-blooded, muscular, as companionable on the page as in the flesh. Both tangible and cerebral, Parsons s poetry lifts its readers into a new, transformational reality with a depth of insight that is truly exceptional.
The winner of the 1971 Nobel Prize for Literature, Pablo Neruda is regarded as the greatest Latin American poet of the twentieth century. This bilingual edition makes available a major selection of his poems, both in the original Spanish and impressively
A magnificent anthology of the finest works of Edna St. Vincent Millay, perhaps the premier American lyricist of the twentieth century.
New and Selected Poems
"A splendid addition to an already extraordinary oeuvre."-Teju Cole, "The New Yorker" German-born W.G. Sebald is best known as the innovative author of "Austerlitz, "the prose classic of World War II culpability and conscience that put its author i
Rilke is one of the leading poets of European Modernism, and one of the great twentieth-century lyric poets in German. From The Book of Hours in 1905 to the Sonnets of Orpheus written in 1922, he constantly probed the relationship between his art and the world around him, moving from the neo-romantic and the mystic towards the precise craft of expressing the everyday in poetry.
The poems of Rabindranath Tagore are among the most haunting and tender in Indian and world literature, expressing a profound and passionate human yearning. His ceaselessly inventive works deal with such subjects as the interplay between God and mortals, the eternal and the transient, and the paradox of an endlessly changing universe that is in tune with unchanging harmonies.
Song of the departed
Eating the honey of words
A unique guide designed to help the readers of Eliot s personally chosen collection, Selected Poems. Specific information about the poems and their development is included, as is a chronology of the poet s life and work."
"He is one of our finest poets, " Anthony Hecht has said of Donald Justice. Winner most recently of a 1996 Lannan Literary Award, Justice has been the recipient of almost every contemporary grant and prize for poetry, from the Lamont to the Bollingen and
Now in paperback, the powerful selected work of Simon Armitage, the most distinctive poetic voice of contemporary Britain. Simon Armitage is arguably the leading British poet of the past twenty years. His knowledge of the English just as they are ("a gentleman farmer / living on reduced means, a cricketer's widow, / sowing a kitchen garden with sweet peas"), his colloquial Yorkshire wit and eye for situational ironies, his ability to steal up on us with the surreal while capturing the ordinary speech of everyday life: these qualities place him at the forefront of British poetry today.
United States poet laureate & Pulitzer Prize winner, Charles Simic adds a new introduction to the most comprehensive collection of his early poetry from 1963-1983.
This book contains English translations of the Urdu poems of Faiz Ahmad Faiz, MBE (1911-1984) by Naomi Lazard (b.1936). No Urdu poet has won so much international renown as Faiz Ahmad Faiz and he appeals to an audience found world-wide. He was a founder o
Edwin Arlington Robinson's finely crafted, formal rhythms mirror the tension the poet sees between life's immutable circumstances and humanity's often tragic attempts to exert control. At once dramatic and witty, his poems lay bare the loneliness and despair of life in genteel small towns ("Tilbury Down" and "The Mill"), the tyranny of love ("Eros Turrannos" and "The Unforgiven"), and unspoken, unnoticed suffering ("The Wandering Jew", and "Isaac and Archibald").
The dream of the unified field
Imagine making poems the way an architect designs buildings or an engineer builds bridges. Such was the ambition of Joao Cabral de Melo Neto. Though a great admirer of the thing-rich poetries of Francis Ponge and of Marianne Moore, what interested him eve
Chia Tao (779-843), an erstwhile Zen monk who became a poet during China's T'ang Dynasty, recorded the lives of the sages, masters, immortals, and hermits who helped establish the great spiritual tradition of Zen Buddhism in China. Presented in both the original Chinese and Mike O'Connor's beautifully crafted English translation, "When I Find You Again, It Will Be in Mountains" brings to life this preeminent poet and his glorious religious tradition, offering the fullest translation of Chia Tao's poems to date.
The Snow Child is a book of love and tears. The motherless child is a feeling we all have from time to time. These poems, by a mother, for her son, reveal true feelings towards love and harmony. As the song goes, "God Bless the Child."
Dialect poems by one of the nineteenth century's most talented African American lyricists Paul Laurence Dunbar was the most promising young colored man in nineteenth-century America, according to Frederick Douglass, and subsequently one of the most controversial. His plantation lyrics, written while he was an elevator boy in Ohio, established Dunbar as the premier writer of dialect poetry and garnered him international recognition.
Far more than in his famous novels, it was in verse that Robert Louis Stevenson felt able to give direct expression to his deepest feelings about friendship, love, and nostalgia. Fascinated by a wide variety of verse techniques, Stevenson produced superb work in styles ranging from folk ballads to witty conversational offerings for his friends. Pieces using the stanza form and dialect of Robert Burns rank among the most attractive poetry in the Scots tradition.
Guarding the air
Houghton Mifflin now proudly publishes Selected Poems II, a volume of selections from Atwood's poetry of the last ten years. Underlying oppression and injustice, we hear the music of compassion and fellowship.
Kate Clanchy;s poems are much broadcast, translated and anthologised. This Selected Poems draws together her three prize-winning collections, Slattern, Samarkand, and Newborn, published between 1996 and 2004. These are poems about men and boys, school and home, the foreign and the familiar, and the grand adventure of parenthood, but above all about love in all its forms, gathered together in a single volume.
A collection of poems that conjure the quiet wisdom and spirit of the Midwest and the everyday
This volume brings together new work along with poems gathered from nine previous collections. When Linda Pastan's first book was published in 1971, the Jerusalem Post wrote, she "in large measure fulfilled Emerson's dream the revelation of the miraculous
Louis Zukofsky: Selected Poems: Selected Poems (American Poets Project)
Gathers some of the author's best work from his seven previous books and includes twenty new poems.
In their variety, the memoir, poetry, and fiction included in this exciting new anthology show the transitory nature of the literature of southern women who lived through a violent and defining crossroads in their lives. In rare and rediscovered excerpts
Overtime: Selected Poems
Selected poems 1947-1995
Breathing underwater 
Drawing from a wealth of material produced over the course of more than forty years, David Lehman's "New and Selected Poems" displays the remarkable range of his poetic genius. A gathering of stunning new poems, prose poems, and translations from modern French masters ushers in the book. Selections from each of Lehman's seven full-length books of poetry follow and are capped off by a coda of important early and previously uncollected works.
A cigar-smoking proponent of free-verse modernism in open rebellion against her distinguished Boston lineage, Amy Lowell cut an indelible public figure in her lifetime. But in the words of editor Honor Moore, what strikes the contemporary reader is not th
Hardcover, Penguin Group USA, 2007, ISBN13 9781598530063, ISBN10 1598530062
Almost the equinox
If in Time: Selected Poems, 1975-2000 (Penguin Poets)
A unique gathering of poems by two great twentieth-century poets, with the original Spanish versions and powerful English translations on facing pages. In a new preface, editor and translator Robert Bly explores what the poems reveal today about politics,
At last, a definitive selection of the elegant work by a poet at the forefront of American poetry for more than three decades. With his first several books, J.D. McClatchy established himself as a poet of urbanity, intellect, and prismatic emotion, in the tradition of James Merrill, W.H. Auden, and Elizabeth Bishopâ â one who balances an exploration of the underworld of desire with a mastery of poetic form, and whose artistry reveals the riches and ruins of our â plundered hearts.
In this compilation of older and newer poems, Strand demonstrates his mastery of cadence and narrative style.
A comprehensive selection of one of our most beloved poet's rich and signifi cant body of work alongside a gathering of "brilliant, deeply pleasurable" new poems ("Booklist)."
Paperback, Utp Distribution, 2002, ISBN13 9780889842526, ISBN10 0889842523
As critic and teacher, Yvor Winters was one of the most controversial and influential figures of his time. He criticized the likes of Eliot and Henry James, was called by the chair of his English department "a disgrace," and taught such major poets as Rob
Very Good A bright, unmarked, square book with slightly worn covers.
Selected Poems: 1931-2004celebrates Czeslaw Milosz's lifetime of poetry. Widely regarded as one of the greatest poets of our time, Milosz is a master of expression and probing inquiry. Life opened for Czeslaw Milosz at a crossroads of civilizations in northeastern Europe. This was less a melting pot than a torrent of languages and ideas, where old folk traditions met Catholic, Protestant, Judaic, and Orthodox rites.
Brocade River Poems
New Selected Poems
Darkened Rooms of Summer
A selection of the finest poems from the preeminent Brazilian poet of the twentieth century
Ana Enriqueta Teran is arguably Venezuela's finest poet. Celebrated throughout the Spanish-speaking world, she is almost unknown among anglophones. Until now only a handful of her poems have been translated into English, giving at best a diluted im
The Lion Bridge: Selected Poems 1972-1995
Formula for night (9781781722688)
Elizabeth barrett browning 
Ko Un, the preeminent Korean poet of the twentieth century, embraces Buddhism with the versatility of a master Taoist sage. A beloved cultural figure who has helped shape contemporary Korean literature, Ko Un is also a novelist, literary critic, ex-monk,
Hardcover, Random House Inc, 2008, ISBN13 9780307267207, ISBN10 0307267202
Selected poems 
Later Poems: Selected and New, 1971-2012
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa is well known for his jazz poetry, and this book is the first to bring together the verve and vitality of his oeuvre. The centerpiece of this volume is the libretto "Testimony." Paying homage to Charlie Parker, "Testimony" was commissioned for a radio drama with original music by eminent Australian composer and saxophonist Sandy Evans.
Although best known as the author of "Notre Dame de Paris" and "Les Miserables," Victor Hugo was primarily a poet-one of the most important and prolific in French history. Despite his renown, however, there are few comprehensive collections of his verse a
When Emerson died in 1882 he was the most famous public intellectual in America. Yet his most remarkable literary creation-his journals- remained unpublished. Begun when he was a precocious Harvard junior of 16 and continued without significant lapse for almost 60 years, Emerson's journals were his life's work. They were the starting point for virtually everything in his celebrated essays, lectures, and poems; a "Savings Bank," in which his occasional insights began to cohere and yield interest; a commonplace book, in which he gathered the choicest anecdotes, ideas, and phrases from his voracious and wide-ranging reading; and a fascinating diary in the ordinary sense of the term.
Poet, short story writer, critic and novelist, Conrad Aiken (1889-1973) has been called the most metaphysical, the most learned, and the most modern of poets. With writing that reflects an intense interest in psychological, philosophical, and scientific issues, Aiken remains a unique influence upon modern writers and critics today. In his lifetime, Aiken received many awards including the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1930 and the National Book Award for Poetry in 1954.
Complete Poems and Selected Letters of Michelangelo
The Selected Poems of Ted Berrigan
The well-educated daughter of a minister, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps (1844 1911) was introduced to writing at a young age, as both her mother and father were published writers. In 1868 she published her first major novel, "The Gates Ajar." An internationa
Novelist, poet, manager of farm property, convert to Roman Catholicism, Jacobite in exile in France, and woman unmarried by choice, Jane Barker (1652-1732) wrote on a remarkable variety of subjects and displayed an equally remarkable variety of genres. He