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Staff Selections: April 2000
Booklists for Adults

Addiss, Stephen, ed. A HAIKU GARDEN: THE FOUR SEASONS IN POEMS AND PRINTS. PL782.E3 H25 1996

Adunis. THE PAGES OF DAY AND NIGHT. Adonis &endash; the poet of beyond, restlessness, and questioning. PJ7862.A519 A24 1994

Akhmatova, Anna A. TWENTY POEMS. Akhmatova, one of Russia’s greatest poets, was denounced as a "fine little lady &endash; half nun, half harlot, flitting between the boudoir and the chapel." PG3476.A324 A235 1985

Barks, Coleman. THE JUICE. PS3552.A6717 J8

Baudelaire, Charles. LES FLEURS DU MAL: THE COMPLETE TEXT OF THE FLOWERS OF EVIL. French police seized this book as an offense to public decency. PQ2191.F6 E4 1982

Donne, John. THE LOVE POEMS OF JOHN DONNE. Musings on love from one of England's most important 17th century poets. PR2246 .F65 1982

Dove, Rita. ON THE BUS WITH ROSA PARKS. Poems about Rosa Parks and other civil rights activists. PR3554.O884 O52 1999

Ferlinghetti, Lawrence. A CONEY ISLAND OF THE MIND, POEMS. A circus for the soul. PS3511.E557 C6

Forche, Carolyn, ed. AGAINST FORGETTING: TWENTIETH CENTURY POETRY OF WITNESS. This anthology documents social and political repression around the globe. PN6101.A32 1993

Gluck, Louise. THE WILD IRIS. PS3557.L8 W5 1992

Graves, Robert. LOVE RESPELT. PR6013.R35L6 1966

Han-shan. COLD MOUNTAIN: 100 POEMS. PL2677.H3 A27 1970

Hirsch, Edward. HOW TO READ A POEM: AND FALL IN LOVE WITH POETRY. PN1042 .H48 1999

Hoagland, Kathleen. 1000 YEARS OF IRISH POETRY; THE GAELIC AND ANGLO-IRISH POETS FROM PAGAN TIMES TO THE PRESENT. PB1424 .H6

Hopkins, Gerard M. POEMS. PR4803.H44 A17 1967

Hughes, Langston. THE PANTHER & THE LASH: POEMS OF OUR TIMES. Hughes grapples with the racial politics of the sixties. PS3515.U274 P3 1992

Hugo, Richard. THE REAL WEST MARGINAL WAY: A POET'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY. Hugo weaves selections from his poetry with accounts of important moments in his life. PS3515.U3 Z476 1986

Kenyon, Jane. OTHERWISE: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS. PS3561.E554 O85 1996

Lindbergh, Anne M. THE UNICORN, AND OTHER POEMS, 1935-1955. PS3523.I516 U5

Matsuo, Basho. ON LOVE AND BARLEY: HAIKU OF BASHO. PL794.4 .A28 1985

Maxwell, Glyn. THE BREAKAGE: POEMS. This young poet blends the introspection of Frost and Lowell with light-hearted language reminiscent of Auden. PR6063.A869 B74 1999

McClatchy, J.D., ed. THE VINTAGE BOOK OF CONTEMPORARY WORLD POETRY. Features selections of eighty modern poets from Chile to China and Poland to Palestine. PN6101 .V56 1996

McQuade, Molly. STEALING GLIMPSES: OF POETRY, POETS, AND THINGS IN BETWEEN. Biocritical reflections on such poets as William Matthews and Adrienne Rich, and musings on what makes a good poetry reading. PS323.5 .M4 1999

Merwin, W.S. THE VIXEN: POEMS. PS3563.E75 V58 1996

Millay, Edna St.Vincent. COLLECTED POEMS. PS3525.I495 A17 1956

Milton, John. PARADISE LOST: AN AUTHORITATIVE TEXT, BACKGROUNDS AND SOURCES, CRITICISM. Milton's epic poem of heavenly revolt and the fall of man. PR3560.A2 E45 1993

Nabokov, Vladimir V. POEMS AND PROBLEMS. PG3476.N3 A17 1970

Peacock, Molly. HOW TO READ A POEM AND START A POETRY CIRCLE. PN1031 .P358 1999

Pinsky, Robert. HISTORY OF MY HEART. Early poems from the Poet Laureate of the United States, Robert Pinsky, who is on the faculty of Boston University. PS3566.I54 H5 1984

Pinsky, Robert. THE SOUNDS OF POETRY. Pinsky believes that much of a poem’s power comes from our recognition of sound patterns, and he shows how this vocal aspect of poetry works in specific works from such masters as Ben Jonson and William Carlos Williams. PN4151 .P55 1998

Rich, Adrienne C. A CHANGE OF WORLD. Early poems from a well-recognized poet. W.H. Auden writes a foreword to this book of beautiful poems. PS3535.I233 C5 1971

Rich, Adrienne C. THE DREAM OF A COMMON LANGUAGE: POEMS, 1974-1977. PS3535.I233 D7 1978

Rimbaud, Arthur. COLLECTED POEMS. A recent collection by this French "enfant terrible." PQ2387.R5 A6 1997

Roethke, Theodore. THE COLLECTED POEMS OF THEODORE ROETHKE. The greenhouse poems are a wonderful evocation of how a child perceives the world. PS3535.O39 A17 1991

Schuyler, James. COLLECTED POEMS. PS3569.C56 A17 1993

Sexton, Anne. THE AWFUL ROWING TOWARD GOD. PS3537.E915 A95

Sirowitz, Hal. MY THERAPIST SAID: POEMS. PS3569.I725 M9 1998

Snodgrass, W.D. AFTER IMAGES: AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. Autobiography of the poet. PS3537.N32 Z462 1999

Snodgrass, W.D. HEART'S NEEDLE. Beautiful and touching poems about the human condition. PS3537.N55 H4 1960

Stern, Gerald. LUCKY LIFE: POEMS. PS3569.T3888 L8

Van Doren, Mark. COLLECTED AND NEW POEMS, 1924-1963. PS3543.A557 A17 1963

Vendler, Helen, ed. THE HARVARD BOOK OF CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN POETRY. A book of contemporary poets and poetry (from Wallace Stevens to John Ashbery) chosen by a distinguished critic/writer, Helen Vendler. PS615 .H37 1985

Visscher, William L. BLUE GRASS BALLADS, AND OTHER VERSE. PS3543.I87 B5 1969

Wagoner, David. IN BROKEN COUNTRY: POEMS. PS3545.A345 I5

Williams, William C. ASPHODEL, THAT GREENY FLOWER & OTHER LOVE POEMS. PS3545.I544 A9 1994

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