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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! 

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9780547248271
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Published: Harcourt Children's Books, 10/2009
Recommended by Spike.

$19.99
ISBN-13: 9780688412319
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Published: HarperTeen, 4/1967

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 (Paperback)


ISBN-13: 9780810150089
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Published: Triquarterly Books, 3/1991
Recommended by Erin.

Collected Poems (Paperback)

$17.00
ISBN-13: 9780374529208
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 4/2004
Recommended by Rob.

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780394743271
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Vintage, 3/1986
Recommended by Rob.

The Selected Poems (Paperback)

$15.95
ISBN-13: 9780811213233
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation, 5/1996

"Clearing at Dawn

The 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 cloud
Blown by the wind slowly scatters away."

Recommended by Jonesey


$14.00
ISBN-13: 9780802134523
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Published: Grove Press, 4/1996
Recommended by Lauren.

$15.95
ISBN-13: 9780395500767
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Published: Mariner Books, 3/1989

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.


$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780143039273
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Published: Penguin Classics, 7/2005

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.


$13.95
ISBN-13: 9780393320961
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 3/2001
Recommended by Jonesey


Rose (Paperback)

$15.50
ISBN-13: 9780918526533
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Published: BOA Editions Ltd., 3/1993
Recommended by Shane.

$14.95
ISBN-13: 9781582430379
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Published: Counterpoint, 8/1999
Recommended by Elizabeth.

Selected Poems (Paperback)

$12.99
ISBN-13: 9780060882969
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 7/2006
Recommended by Elizabeth.

After the Fire (Hardcover)

$19.95
ISBN-13: 9781931583046
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Published: University of Arizona Libraries, 7/2004
Recommended by Ben.

$25.00
ISBN-13: 9780374530938
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 3/2008
Recommended by Daniel.

$17.95
ISBN-13: 9780803236356
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Published: Bison Books, 7/2011
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.


$15.95
ISBN-13: 9780393308310
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 12/1991
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.


$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780525467342
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dutton Juvenile, 9/2001
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.




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