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Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame
Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame
Paperback      ISBN: 087685191x

Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame is poetry full of gambling, drinking and women. Charles Bukowski writes realistically about the seedy underbelly of life.

Goethe's Faust
Goethe's Faust
Paperback      ISBN: 0385031149

The best translation of Faust available, this volume provides the original German text and its English counterpart on facing pages. Walter Kaufmann's translation conveys the poetic beauty and rhythm as well as the complex depth of Goethe's language. Includes Part One and selections from Part Two.

The Collected Poems
The Collected Poems
Paperback      ISBN: 0060909005

Containing everything that celebrated poet Sylvia Plath wrote after 1956, this is one of the most comprehensive collections of her work. Edited, annotated, and with an introduction by Ted Hughes.

Where Water Comes Together with Other Water
Where Water Comes Together with Other Water
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 039474327x

Winner of Poetry Magazine's Levinson Prize, an illuminating collection from the middle of his career, Raymond Carver's poems "function as distilled, heightened versions of his stories, offering us fugitive glimpses of ordinary lives on the edge" (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times).

Crossing the Water
Crossing the Water
Paperback      ISBN: 0060907894

Crossing the Water is a 1971 posthumous collection of poetry by Sylvia Plath that was prepared for publication by Ted Hughes. These poems were written at the same time as those that appear in Ariel. Crossing the Water continues to push the envelope between dark and light, between our deep passions and desires that are often in tension with our duty to family and society. Water becomes a metaphor for the surface veneer that many of us carry, but Plath explores how easily this surface can be shaken and disturbed.

Amplitude: New and Selected Poems
Amplitude
New and Selected Poems
Paperback      ISBN: 1555971105

Poems consider women's roles in society, childhood, home, nature, language, communications, the past, and mortality.

Helen in Egypt: Poetry
Helen in Egypt
Poetry
Paperback      ISBN: 0811205444

The fabulous beauty of Helen of Troy is legendary. But some say that Helen was never in Troy, that she had been conveyed by Zeus to Egypt, and that Greeks and Trojans alike fought for an illusion. A fifty-line fragment by the poet Stesichorus of Sicily (c. 640-555 B.C.), what survives of his Pallinode, tells us almost all we know of this other Helen, and from it H. D. wove her book-length poem. Yet Helen in Egypt is not a simple retelling of the Egyptian legend but a recreation of the many myths surrounding Helen, Paris, Achilles, Theseus, and other figures of Greek tradition, fused with the mysteries of Egyptian hermeticism.

Residence on Earth/Residencia En LA Tierra
Residence on Earth/Residencia En LA Tierra
Paperback      ISBN: 0811204677

Poems written by the prolific Chilean poet between the 1920's and 1940's illuminate his views on alienation and political oppression.

Crane: Prose and Poetry
Crane
Prose and Poetry
Hardcover      ISBN: 0940450178

Here in one volume are all of Stephen Crane's best-known works, including the novels The Red Badge of Courage, about a young and confused Union soldier under fire for the first time; Maggie: A Girl of the Streets, a vivid portrait of slum life and a young girl's fall; George's Mother, about New York's Bowery and its effect on a young workingman; The Third Violet, about a bohemian artist's country romance; and The Monster, a novella about sacrifice and rescue. The stories collected here include masterpieces like The Open Boat, The Blue Hotel, and The Bride Comes to the Yellow Sky, as well as tales of childhood in small-town America. In his journalism, the best of which is presented here, Crane covered the Spanish-American and Grego-Turkish wars, traveled through Mexico and the West, and reported on the seamier sides of New York City life. The volume concludes with The Black Riders and War Is Kind, collections of epigrammatic free verse that look back to Emily Dickinson and forward to Imagism.

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Twenty Prose Poems
Twenty Prose Poems
Paperback      ISBN: 087286216x

From the introduction by Michael Hamburger:

"Baudelaire's prose poems were written at long intervals during the last twelve or thirteen years of his life. The prose poem was a medium much suited to his habits and character. Being pre-eminently a moralist, he needed a medium that enabled him to illustrate a moral insight as briefly and vividly as possible. Being an artist and sensualist, he needed a medium that was epigrammatic or aphoristic, but allowed him scope for fantasy and for that element of suggestiveness which he considered essential to beauty. His thinking about society and politics, as about everything else, was experimental; like the thinking of most poets it drew on experience and imagination, rather than on facts and general arguments. That is another reason why the prose poem proved a medium so congenial to Baudelaire."

Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867) was a French poet, essayist, art critic and translator for Edgar Allan Poe. He is credited with coining the term modernity to describe the fleeting, ephemeral experience of life in an urban metropolis and the responsibility art has to capture that experience.