"The history of poetry and of Poetry in America are almost interchangeable, certainly inseparable," wrote A. R. Ammons. Founded by Harriet Monroe in 1912, Poetry magazine established its reputation immediately by printing T. S. Eliot's "Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," Carl Sandburg's "Chicago Poems," Wallace Stevens's "Sunday Morning," and the first important poems of Ezra Pound, Marianne Moore, William Carlos Williams, Robert Frost, and many other then unknown, now classic authors. Publishing monthly without interruption, Poetry has become America's most distinguished magazine of verse, presenting, often for the very first time, virtually every notable poet of the last nine decades--an unprecedented record. Decade by decade, this bountiful ninetieth-anniversary anthology from Poetry includes the poems of the major talents--along with several lesser known--in all their variety: William Butler Yeats, Edgar Lee Masters, Sara Teasdale, D. H. Lawrence, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Vachel Lindsay, Robert Graves, May Sarton, Langston Hughes, W. H. Auden, Stephen Spender, Hart Crane, Robert Penn Warren, Dylan Thomas, e. e. cummings, Gwendolyn Brooks, James Merrill, John Ashbery, Frank O'Hara, Randall Jarrell, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Lowell, Robinson Jeffers, Theodore Roethke, Karl Shapiro, Anne Sexton, Thom Gunn, John Berryman, Sylvia Plath, Maxine Kumin, Ted Hughes, Adrienne Rich, and Galway Kinnell. In recent decades, Poetry has presented Seamus Heaney, Rita Dove, Billy Collins, Kay Ryan, Eavan Boland, Stephen Dunn, Mary Oliver, Yusef Komunyakaa, Jane Kenyon, James Tate, Sharon Olds, Louise Gl ck, Marilyn Hacker, and many, many others. T. S. Eliot called Poetry "an American institution." The Poetry Anthology is sure to be an American keepsake.
These poems, selected from most of the cultures and histories of world literature, provide magnificent witness to the fact that love is as much an act of the imagination as it is of the body. From fourth-century Li Ch'ung's -Parody of a Lover- to John Betmeman's -Late-Flowering Lust,- they re-create, through the revelations of language, that experience of the erotic. Other poets include Theodore Roethke, Robert Graves, Octavio Paz, Joseph Brodsky, Sylvia Plath, Frederico Garcia Lorca, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and many others.
Started in 1997 by poets David Lehman and Star Black, the KGB Bar poetry series is widely recognized as the hottest and perhaps the best reading series in New York. Located in the hip East Village KGB Bar, these Monday-night readings boast a fantastic variety and quality of internationally known poets from Charles Simic, Molly Peacock, and Katha Pollit to Marie Howe, Mark Strand, and Yusef Komunyakaa.
Now Lehman and Black have gathered work from the first three seasons into a wonderful anthology. Together with a generous supply of photographs and anecdotes from contributors on the most memorable thing ever to happen to them at a poetry reading, this unique book of poems reflects the amazing variety and energy of poetry today.
The poems range in style from Douglas. Crase's "Astropastoral" ("I have seen you on every horizon, how you are stored/And encouraged and brought to the brim/Until the round bounds of one planet could not hold you in") to Anne Porter's "Five Wishes." Offering a wide window into contemporary poetry, The KGB Bar Book of Poems debunks the myth of poetry's ivory tower to reveal the kind of raw, candid reading experience that truly brings poetry to life.""The pre-Russian revolutionary locale gives the gathering a committed, not to say conspiratorial air, and it somehow manages to foster a true sense of camaraderie, experimentation, and open exchange between readers and audience. I've seldom enjoyed an evening of poetry and friendship more."--Jonathan Galassi (President of The Academy of American Poets), the KGB Bar poetry series"
Every Monday night, the KGB Bar's poetry readings are packed to overflowing. Pulitzer Prize winners bum cigarettes from grad studentsand martini glasses are refilled between readings, while the best poets in the country share their latest work with a rapt audience.
The KGB Bar is the sexiest and arguably the best venue for poetry in New York City, and now "The KGB Bar Book of Poems" brings this hot literary series to the page. Icons like John Ashbery and Charles Wright appear here with other favorites such as Molly Peacock and Katha Pollitt. Many of the poets have also written anecdotes about their own most memorable poetry readings.
With dynamic black-and-white photographs throughout, "The KGB Bar Book of Poems "reflects the dazzling variety and tremendous energy of poetry today.
We all need a bit of poetry in our lives to inspire and to elevate. But what happens when poetry goes wrong, and how bad can it get? Stephen Robins has scoured the anthologies of the world to amass the most astonishing examples of really awful verse. Each featured poet is introduced with a light-hearted discussion of his or her life, exploring published works, fame, and reputation. The result is a treasure trove of poetic disasters that should hold the attention of even the most jaded reader.
From Chaucer to Billy Collins and from basset hounds to brindle bull terriers, Doggerel presents a robust brood of the most charming verse tributes ever offered to our beloved canine companions.The rich and assorted cadences of some of the most distinguished poets across the centuries ring out from these pages-from Spenser, Shakespeare, and Pope to Merrill, Merwin, and Muldoon-celebrating pooches of every pedigree and persuasion. Here is Margaret Cavendish's barking chorus of beagles on the hunt; Elizabeth Bishop's "Pink Dog" alongside Robyn Selman's "My Dog is Named for Elizabeth Bishop"; Charles Baxter's villanelle "Dog Kibble," whose dog-narrator decides that "Life isn't meaningless because there's food"; and the desultory charms of Jane Kenyon's unleashed dog, nuzzling about on a drizzly afternoon. From lazy dogs curled up by the fireplace to audacious hounds howling at the moon, from mutts to purebreds, puppies to old dogs, Doggerel is an irresistible gathering of fast and faithful friends.
This formidable anthology includes writing from 36 Native American poets: Frank Prewett, Louis (Little Coon) Oliver, George Clutesi, Mary Tallmountain, Nora Dauenhauer, Maurice Kenny, Carter Revard, Jim Barnes, James Welch, Ray A. Young Bear, N. Scott Momaday, Louise Erdrich, Linda Hogan, Paula Gunn Allen, Steve Crow, Joy Harjo, Gladys Cardiff, Gerald Vizenor, Peter Blue Cloud, Duane Niatum, Jimmie Durham, Simon J. Ortiz, Emma Lee Warrior, Lance Henson, Barney Bush, Gail Tremblay, William Oandasan, Roberta Hill Whiteman, Wendy Rose, Earle Thompson, Daniel David Moses, Anita Endrezze, Nia Francisco, Robert H. Davis, A. Sadongei, and Elizabeth Cook-Lynn. Biographical information is provided on each of the poets.
A revised and expanded edition of the classic groundbreaking anthology of 20th-century American women's poetry, representing more than 100 poets from Amy Lowell to Anne Sexton to Rita Dove.
Winner of the 1999 Paterson Poetry PrizeOver the past decade, Billy Collins has emerged as the most beloved American poet since Robert Frost, garnering critical acclaim and broad popular appeal. Annie Proulx admits, I have never before felt possessive about a poet, but I am fiercely glad that Billy Collins is ours. John Updike proclaims his poems consistently startling, more serious than they seem, they describe all the worlds that are and were and some others besides. This special, limited edition celebrates Billy Collins's years as U.S. Poet Laureate. Picnic, Lightning--one of the books that helped establish and secure his reputation and popularity during the 1990s--combines humor and seriousness, wit and sublimity. His poems touch on a wide range of subjects, from jazz to death, from weather to sex, but share common ground where the mind and heart can meet. Whether reading him for the first time or the fiftieth, this collector's edition is a must-have for anyone interested in the poet the New York Times calls simply the real thing.
Robert Bly, James Hillman, and Michael Meade challenge the assumptions of our poetry-deprived society in this powerful collection of more than 400 deeply moving poems from renowned artists including Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, Theodore Roethke, Rainer Maria Rilke, Marianne Moore, Thomas Wolfe, Czeslaw Milosz, and Henry David Thoreau.
In this carefully chosen collection, encompassing traditional songs and contemporary Native American poetry, readers will find a treasury of lyrics verse composed by Seminole, Hopi, Navajo, Pima, Havasupai, Arapaho, Paiute, Nootka, and other Indian writers and poets.
Selections range from the beautiful, traditional Seminole "Song for Bringing a Child into the World" to the cynical, knowing "How to Write the Great American Indian Novel." Permeated by the Indian's deep awareness and appreciation of nature's beauty and rhythms, these poems deal with themes of tradition and continuity, the Indians' place in contemporary society, love, loss, memory, alienation, and many other topics.
Taken together, these poems offer an intimate, revealing record of the Native American response to the world, from time-honored chants and songs to the musings of urban Indian poets coming to grips with twentieth-century America.