100 New Poets for the Next Generation

Author: Brett F Lauer,Lynn Melnick

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101615389

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 240

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One hundred poems. One hundred voices. One hundred different points of view. Here is a cross-section of American poetry as it is right now—full of grit and love, sparkling with humor, searing the heart, smashing through boundaries on every page. Please Excuse This Poem features one hundred acclaimed younger poets from truly diverse backgrounds and points of view, whose work has appeared everywhere from The New Yorker to Twitter, tackling a startling range of subjects in a startling range of poetic forms. Dealing with the aftermath of war; unpacking the meaning of “the rape joke”; sharing the tender moments at the start of a love affair: these poems tell the world as they see it. Editors Brett Fletcher Lauer and Lynn Melnick have crafted a book that is a must-read for those wanting to know the future of poetry. With an introduction from award-winning poet, editor, and translator Carolyn Forché, Please Excuse This Poem has the power to change the way you look at the world. It is The Best American Nonrequired Reading—in poetry form.
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100 New Poets for the Next Generation

Author: Brett Fletcher Lauer,Lynn Melnick

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 0670014796

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 304

View: 7622

Young readers find their poetic peers as poets in their 20s and 30s present a poetry anthology dedicated to what it means to be a teenager and young adult in today's world. 240pp.
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Author: Lynn Melnick

Publisher: Yesyes Books

ISBN: 9781936919550

Category:

Page: 112

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Poetry. California Interest. Women's Studies. Domestic Abuse. The poems in LANDSCAPE WITH SEX AND VIOLENCE explore what it means to exist within a rape culture so entrenched that it can't be separated from the physical landscapes in which it enacts itself. Lyrically complex and startling--yet forthright and unflinching--these poems address rape, abortion, sex work, and other subjects frequently omitted from male-dominated literary traditions, without forsaking the pleasures of being embodied, or the value of personal freedom, of moonlight, and of hope. Throughout, the topography and mythology of California, as well as the uses and failures of language itself, are players in what it means to be a woman, a sexual being, and a trauma survivor in contemporary America.
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Poems

Author: Lynn Melnick

Publisher: Yesyes Books

ISBN: 9781936919123

Category: Poetry

Page: 91

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Poetry. "The title of Melnick's stunning book is a microcosm of the poems within—the uncertainty of 'if I should say' followed by the defiance of 'I have hope.' Her poems follow moments of unmooredness ('I am best / when I dabble in consciousness and a soundly / spinning room') with blinding insight ('You wouldn't know happy if it kissed you on the mouth')—tiptoeing followed by a kick to the head. On the melancholy-go-round of these poems, there's a swan-seat for sadness but also a tiger called Beauty and a horse called Hope. The unexpected music and syntax of Melnick's work will make you want to ride/read it again and again."—Matthea Harvey "Lynn Melnick's poems are a series of swift kicks knocking over whatever a lot of Boys think it's like to be a Girl. They're also the bruises afterward. IF I SHOULD SAY I HAVE HOPE teems with very small and much larger devastations, crackling throughout with fierceness and stealth and wry intelligence. 'There's some kind of crazy on the way,' she says. Those of us who've seen that crazy coming need this book. Those of us who haven't need it more."—Mark Bibbins "Lynn Melnick's poems in IF I SHOULD SAY I HAVE HOPE recall the raw power of Anne Sexton and read like Lynchian dreams. The voice of these poems proves consistent and potent, steeping the book in weather and worry, in impulse and flesh, sometimes in blood. Most of the poems in IF I SHOULD SAY I HAVE HOPE are formal in structure and tone, built mostly in couplets, sometimes tercets and quatrains, and all demand recognition of truth, of human details we might rather deny. If I should say I have hope, the speaker suggests, I need to say all of these things first. She confesses, 'I'll wreck it if it's good.' Calling attention to our often-destructive tendencies, the poet admits fallibility and imperfection, while quietly offering refuge to a thing with feathers."—Melinda Wilson, Coldfront Magazine's Top 40 Poetry Books of 2012
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Poems of Sadness, Madness, and Joy

Author: Liz Rosenberg,Deena November

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780618564521

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 190

View: 4814

Provides a selection of poems from an array of celebrated authors, such as W.B. Yeats and Jane Kenyon, that capture the diverse drama, insanity, and high emotions of teenage existence.
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100 Love Poems by Teenagers

Author: Betsy Franco

Publisher: Candlewick Press

ISBN: 9780763634377

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 144

View: 8040

A collection of one hundred love poems written by teens.
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Author: Marilyn Nelson

Publisher: Speak

ISBN: 0147510058

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 112

View: 960

Looking back on her childhood in the 1950s, Newbery Honor winner and National Book Award finalist Marilyn Nelson tells the story of her development as an artist and young woman through fifty eye-opening poems.
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Author: Allan Ahlberg

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141928034

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 96

View: 519

Happy 30th birthday, Please Mrs Butler! This witty collection of school poems by Allan Ahlberg, re-jacketed for its 30th anniversary and for a whole new generation of school children to fall in love with, is full of typical classroom events that will be recognized and enjoyed by everyone. From never-ending projects, reading tests, quarreling, making-up, excuses and 'Please, Sir, it isn't fair.' Fritz Wegner's line drawings beautifully complement the hilarious and poignant verses. Please Mrs Butler was voted the most important twentieth-century children's poetry book in a Books for Keeps poll.
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Author: Maureen N. McLane

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 1466875054

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

View: 1704

A thrillingly original exploration of a life lived under poetry's uniquely seductive spell "Oh! there are spirits of the air," wrote Percy Bysshe Shelley. In this stunningly original book Maureen N. McLane channels the spirits and voices that make up the music in one poet's mind. Weaving criticism and memoir, My Poets explores a life reading and a life read. McLane invokes in My Poets not necessarily the best poets, nor the most important poets (whoever these might be), but those writers who, in possessing her, made her. "I am marking here what most marked me," she writes. Ranging from Chaucer to H.D. to William Carlos Williams to Louise Glück to Shelley (among others), McLane tracks the "growth of a poet's mind," as Wordsworth put it in The Prelude. In a poetical prose both probing and incantatory, McLane has written a radical book of experimental criticism. Susan Sontag called for an "erotics of interpretation": this is it. Part Bildung, part dithyramb, part exegesis, My Poets extends an implicit invitation to you, dear reader, to consider who your "my poets," or "my novelists," or "my filmmakers," or "my pop stars," might be.
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Author: Natalie Diaz

Publisher: Copper Canyon Press

ISBN: 1619320339

Category: Poetry

Page: 124

View: 6530

A fast-paced debut that draws upon reservation folklore, pop culture, fractured gospels, and her brother's addiction to methamphetamine
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Poems About Love

Author: Pat Mora

Publisher: Ember

ISBN: 037585536X

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 176

View: 7880

Presents a collection of fifty poems featuring teen narrators who share their thoughts about love and heartbreak, in a volume that also explores a variety of poetic forms.
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Author: Meghan Privitello

Publisher: Yesyes Books

ISBN: 9781936919314

Category:

Page: 80

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Poetry. Through rapid associations and inquisitions with objects of domesticity, A NEW LANGUAGE FOR FALLING OUT OF LOVE attempts to discover why we must suffer in love, loneliness, and loss, as it engages in dialogue with a grand cast of animate and inanimate objects that also seem to ache to know what it takes to be and feel alive. The speaker is determined to discover "the mathematics of the living" in any way she can, never giving up on the seemingly impossible quest of finding happiness among all that seems ruined.
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Author: Joseph Massey

Publisher: Wave Books

ISBN: 1940696151

Category: Poetry

Page: 120

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Joseph Massey composed Illocality in his first year in Western Massachusetts. Massey's austere landscapes channel the quiet shock, euphoria, and introspection that come with reorientation to place. His language fights apathy with grace and sensitivity. Here are poems with their eyes on seasons, plants, sunlight, and animals, all the while looking for stability and the language to describe it.
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Author: Mary Harwell Sayler

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780983585275

Category: Nature

Page: 120

View: 8129

Living in the Nature Poem connects us to ourselves, each other, and the earth. As an important part of our own environments, we're also part of the complexities of nature, including human nature and those odd thoughts and moments that bring humor, wonder, perplexity, and prayer.
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Author: Anushka Ravishankar,Anita Leutwiler

Publisher: Tara Publishing

ISBN: 9788186211564

Category: Children's stories

Page: 24

View: 8184

A roving travelogue through a child's imagination, illustrated with exquisite quilts made from Indian textiles. Drifting off to sleep beneath a picture-quilt made by a globetrotting aunt, the book's young narrator becomes a bright blue mouse, swept away on an unexpected trip to India. Or is it India? The answer to the question is coded in riddling poetry, as the confused traveller navigates her fantastical but all-too-real dream world. Brilliant nonsense verse captures the surreal cacophony of places, people and creatures that make up India.
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Author: Shane Book

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

ISBN: 1609383087

Category: Poetry

Page: 80

View: 6653

At once original, strange, funny, and unnerving, Shane Book’s Congotronic takes the reader into unstable territory, where multiple layers of voice, diction, and music collide. Some of these poems have the sparse directness of a kind of bleak prayer; others mingle the earthbound rhythms of hip-hop with the will-to-transcendence of high Romanticism. Harnessing techniques of the cinematic and audio arts, Book’s poems splice, sample, collage, and jump-cut language from an array of sources, including slave narratives, Western philosophy, hip hop lyrics, and the diaries of plantation owners. In fusing disparate texts, each poem in this collection attempts to create a community in language. Thus, at its core, the project is utopic—or more precisely, to borrow from Duke Ellington—the project is “blutopic.” The book’s anchoring series contains an apocryphal narrative grounded in the journey of the Middle Passage and an older mythic history from the West African epic of Sundiata. Here elements of Afrofuturism coagulate with an R&B grin as social forces challenge a sense of personhood, prompting free-jazz inflected conversations between the pieces of a shattered, polyvocal self. Here is a world poet of the Sonic Global South sheathed in a Northern Hemispheric glow suit, high “on Coltrane, on Zeus” but also on the old and new schools of Descartes, M.I.A., Cecil Taylor, Gilbert Ryle, Freud, and Jay Z, among others—or as one poem puts it, the “aural truths.”
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A Poem's Reach Around the World

Author: Charles C. Finn

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781467829601

Category: Poetry

Page: 152

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Standing at that magical place where sand meets sea, you likely have imagined putting a message in a bottle, consigning it to the waves, hoping it might some day reach another shore, and then not only be read but, incredibly across space and time, make a difference in other lives now connected to your own. It has happened to me, and I must sing of it. In the autumn of 1966 I let the waves carry off a poem—passed around to students, family and friends, no need for even my name on it. Its message was simple: Keep heart, you are not alone; love, stronger than strong walls, will come, helping your heart in hiding grow wings, feeble perhaps at first, but wings! Word astoundingly began to come back in 1969, and has continued since, that “Please Hear What I’m Not Saying” was indeed reaching other shores, across space and time was indeed making a difference in other lives. What follows attests to the power of words from the heart to touch other hearts, sometimes even to change other lives. Read on. You, too, will sing of it.
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New and Selected Poems

Author: Jan Beatty

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press

ISBN: 0822982447

Category: Poetry

Page: 136

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In Jackknife: New and Selected Poems, Beatty travels the turns and collisions of over twenty years of work. She moves from first-person narratives to poems that straddle the page in fragments, to lines that sprawl with long lines of train tracks. Always landing in meaning, we are inside the body—not in a confessional voice, not autobiography—but arriving through the expanded, exploded image of many stories and genders. The new poems leap imagistically from the known world to the purely imagined, as in the voice in "Abortion with Gun Barrel": "I am the counselor,/there are cracks in the barrel of the gun/there is aiming/shots of sorrow—/ shots of light.” Commitment to a rabid feminist voice continues, but arrival has a new ring to it, with beginnings rescripted: “I am a bastard./I walk around in this body of mine." Beatty’s fascination with the highway and the breakout West jackknifes at the crossroads of the brutal and the white plains of loss—the body torn down and resurrected in the twenty first century.
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A Book of Reverso Poems

Author: Marilyn Singer

Publisher: Dial Books

ISBN: 0803737696

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 541

Presents a collection of poems that from top to bottom they mean one thing and then reverse the lines and read from bottom to top they mean something else.
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