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Poetry Picks

April is National Poetry Month. It is a strange and surreal month of weather and springtime struggle making the perfect background to the bursts of rhythm and words that give poetry its undefinable presence and occasional allure.Here you will find the poetry that inspires and engages the staff of Left Bank Books. There are selections for the poetry-phobic, lovers of poets and lovers of poetry (not always the same thing, yes?)We hope you enjoy these as much as we do! 

Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats Cover Image
By T. S. Eliot, Axel Scheffler (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780547248271
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Harcourt Children's Books - October 19th, 2009

Recommended by Spike.

Reflections on a Gift of Watermelon Pickle Cover Image
By Stephen Dunning, Edward Lueders (Illustrator), Hugh Smith (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780688412319
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Published: Harper Teen -

An excellent first selection of modern poetry specifically chosen for reluctant readers or anyone who thinks they don't like poetry.Recommended by David

Eva-Mary Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780810150089
Availability: Special Order
Published: Triquarterly Books - March 2nd, 1991

Recommended by Erin.

Collected Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374529208
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - April 1st, 2004

Recommended by Rob.

Where Water Comes Together with Other Water (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780394743271
Availability: Special Order
Published: Vintage - March 12th, 1986

Recommended by Rob.

The Selected Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780811213233
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - May 17th, 1996

at Dawn

fields are chill, the sparse rain has stopped;The colours of
Spring teem on every side.With leaping fish the blue pond is
full;With singing thrushes the green boughs droop.The flowers
of the field have dabbled their powdered cheeks;The mountain
grasses are bent level at the waist.By the bamboo stream the last
fragment of cloudBlown by the wind slowly scatters away."Recommended by Jonesey

Meditations in an Emergency Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802134523
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Published: Grove Press - April 1st, 1996

Recommended by Lauren.

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Richard Brautigan's Trout Fishing in America, the Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster, and in Watermelon Sugar Cover Image
ISBN: 9780395500767
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Published: Mariner Books - March 1st, 1989

Simple and unnervingly charming. Some of it's even about love--yet none of it makes me want to throw up, and most of it makes me smile.

Recommended by April.

Leaves of Grass: (1855) (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By Walt Whitman, Harold Bloom (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780143039273
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - June 28th, 2005

There are people who have such exuberance for living that they carry the whole universe in them. When these universe bearers also have a sublime mastery of language, they become poets. Whitman is the ultimate poet in this sense, and in spite excessive exclamation marks and almost maddening cocksuredness (or perhaps because of them) his written universe is one of the only that unfailingly brings me to tears.

Recommended by April.

A Map to the Next World: Poems and Tales Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393320961
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 1st, 2001

Recommended by Jonesey

Rose (New Poets of America) Cover Image
By Li-Young Lee, Gerald Stern (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780918526533
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Published: BOA Editions - March 1st, 1993

Recommended by Shane.

Selected Poems of Wendell Berry Cover Image
ISBN: 9781582430379
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - August 6th, 1999

Recommended by Elizabeth.

Selected Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060882969
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Published: Harper Perennial - July 3rd, 2006

Recommended by Elizabeth.

After the Fire Cover Image
ISBN: 9781931583046
Availability: Special Order
Published: University of Arizona Libraries - July 1st, 2004

Recommended by Ben.

Twentieth-Century German Poetry Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374530938
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Published: Farrar, Strauss & Giroux-3pl - March 18th, 2008

Recommended by Daniel.

The Book of What Stays (Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780803236356
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Published: Bison Books - September 1st, 2011

My adoration falling mainly to the second of three parts, "One Hundred Small Yellow Envelopes," exploring the life, love, and art of Felix Gonzalez-Torres. Restless and beautiful.Recommended by Daniel.

An Atlas of the Difficult World: Poems 1988-1991 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393308310
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - December 1st, 1991

I don't read much poetry, but when I first read this book in college, it was the first time I felt connected to poetry, and it is to this day, one of the only poetry collections I own.Recommended by Danielle.

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening Cover Image
By Robert Frost, Susan Jeffers (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780525467342
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - September 24th, 2001

This is an excellent introduction for youngsters to one of the most well-known American poems. The lines are divided up, one or two on a page, to make the whole easy to digest. The great detail and realism of the illustrations recall the New England winters of Currier and Ives. They also serve to further explain the lines, making the book a lovely lesson in poetry interpretation. A particularly nice extra is the multi-layered vellum-coated cover.Recommended by Sarah.