Poetry Reading List

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2011

Anthologies

  1. *A Jury of Her Peers: Celebrating American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx by Elaine Showalter
  2. *Anthology of Modern Irish Poetry, edited by Wes Davis
  3. Introduction to Spanish Poetry, edited by Eugenio Florit
  4. *Mentors, Muses & Monsters, edited by Elizabeth Benedict
  5. Oxford Book of Latin American Poetry, edited by Cecilia Vicuña
  6. The Poem I Turn To, edited by Jason Shinder
  7. Queen of the Great Below, edited by Bibliotheca Alexandrina
  8. The Word Exchange: Anglo-Saxon Poems in Translation, edited by Greg Delanty

 

Collections

  1. *Four Quartets by T. S. Eliot
  2. *Head Off & Split by Nikky Finney
  3. Pizza, Pigs, and Poetry by Jack Prelutsky

 

Biographies & Miscellaneous

  1. *The Discovery of Poetry by Frances Mayes
  2. *The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the 19th Literary Imagination by Sandra M. Gilbert
  3. *Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within by Kim Addonizio
  4. Woman in Front of the Sun: On Becoming a Writer by Judith Ortiz Cofer
  5. Writing Poetry from the Inside Out by Sandford Lyne

 

[2011 All: 8 + 3 + 5 = 16; 4-5 stars: 3 + 2 + 3 = 8]

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2012

 

Anthologies

  1. *Best New Poets 2012, edited by Matthew Dickman
  2. Poems from the Women’s Movement, edited by Honor Moore

 

Collections

  1. 73 Poems by E. E. Cummings
  2. A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver
  3. *lost in language & sound by Ntozake Shange

 

Biographies & Miscellaneous

  1. E. Cummings: A Poet’s Life by Catherine Reef
  2. *In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens by Alice Walker
  3. *Writing with Intent: Essays, Reviews, Personal Prose, 1983–2005 by Margaret Atwood

 

[2012 All: 2 + 3 + 3 = 8; 4-5 stars: 1 + 1 + 2 = 4]

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2013

 

Anthologies

  1. 100 Essential Modern Poems, edited by Joseph Parisi
  2. The 20th Century in Poetry, edited by Michael Hulse
  3. *A Story as Sharp as a Knife: The Classical Haida Mythtellers & their World by Robert Bringhurst
  4. American & Canadian Women Poets, 1930–Present, edited by Harold Bloom
  5. *American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau, edited by Bill McKibben
  6. American Hybrid: A Norton Anthology of New Poetry, edited by David St. John
  7. The Best American Poetry 2013, guest edited by Denise Duhamel
  8. The Green Oak: Selected Lithuanian Poetry, edited by Algirdas Landsbergis
  9. Perfection of Exile: 14 Contemporary Lithuanian Writers, edited by Rimvydas Silbajoris
  10. *Poetry in Person: 25 Years of Conversations with America’s Poets, edited by Alexander Neubauer
  11. *The Strangest of Theatres: Poets Writing Across Borders, edited by Jared Hawkley, et al.
  12. *Translations of Lithuanian Poetry, edited by Frank Yakstis

 

Collections

  1. E. E. Cummings: Complete Poems
  2. Elizabeth Bishop: Poems, Prose and Letters
  3. The Poems of Marianne Moore
  4. A Little Bit of Nonsense by Denise Rodgers
  5. *Aimless Love by Billy Collins
  6. The Apple that Astonished Paris by Billy Collins
  7. *All the Odes by Pablo Neruda
  8. The Apple Trees at Olema by Robert Hass
  9. The Big Smoke by Adrian Matejka
  10. Do Not Awaken Them with Hammers by Lidija Dimkovska
  11. *Eavesdropping by Stephen Kuusisto
  12. Letters to Borges by Stephen Kuusisto
  13. The Fact of a Doorframe by Adrienne Rich
  14. The Golden Hour by Sue Ellen Thompson
  15. *The Half-Unfinished Heaven by Tomas Tranströmer
  16. Headwaters by Ellen Bryant Voight
  17. Human Chains: Poems by Seamus Heaney
  18. Incarnadine: Poems by Mary Szybist
  19. The Late Parade by Adam Fitzgerald
  20. *Quick Question: New Poems by John Ashbery
  21. Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire by Brenda Hillman
  22. *Stag’s Leap by Sharon Olds
  23. Stealing Sugar from the Castle by Robert Bly
  24. Swan: Poems & Prose Poems by Mary Oliver
  25. The World Will Follow Joy by Alice Walker

 

Biographies & Miscellaneous

  1. *A Journey with Two Maps: Becoming a Woman Poet by Eavan Boland
  2. *American Isis: The Life & Art of Sylvia Plath by Carl Rollyson
  3. The Art of Attention by Donald Revell
  4. *The Art of Translating Poetry by Burton Raffel
  5. The Cushion in the Road by Alice Walker
  6. We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For by Alice Walker
  7. For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey by Richard Blanco
  8. Hiddenness, Uncertainty, Surprise: Three Generative Energies of Poetry by Jane Hirshfield
  9. Madness, Rack, and Honey: Collected Lectures by Mary Ruefle
  10. *Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry by Evie Shockley
  11. Singing School: Learning to Write (and Read) Poetry by Studying with the Masters by Robert Pinsky
  12. *Stepping Stones: Interviews with Seamus Heaney by Dennis O’Driscoll

 

[2013 All: 12 + 25 + 12 = 49; 4-5 stars: 5 + 6 + 5 = 16]

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2014

 

Anthologies

  1. 3 Pacific Northwest Poets: Stafford, Hugo, Wagoner by Sanford Pinsker
  2. The 100 Best African American Poems, edited by Nikki Giovanni
  3. The Aesthetics of Visual Poetry, 1914–1928, edited by Willard Bohn
  4. Eastern European Poets by Rosemary Canfield Reisman
  5. Surrealist Poets by Rosemary Canfield Reisman
  6. Best American Poetry 2009, edited by David Wagoner
  7. Catching Life by the Throat: Poems from 8 Great Poets by Josephine Hart
  8. *Concrete Poetry: A World by Mary Ellen Solt
  9. Ecco Anthology of International Poetry, edited by Ilya Kaminsky
  10. *Here, We Cross: A Collection of Queer and Genderfluid Poetry from Stone Telling 1–7, edited by Rose Lemberg
  11. *The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of Poetry Magazine, edited by Don Share
  12. The Pushcart Prize #38, edited by Bill Henderson
  13. This Same Sky: A Collection of Poems from Around the World, edited by Naomi Shihab Nye
  14. Speak Fiction & Poetry! [Bomb magazine interviews], edited by Betsy Sussler
  15. Wake Forest Book of Irish Women Poetry 1967–2000, edited by Peggy O’Brien
  16. What is Poetry: Conversations with American Avant-Garde, edited by Daniel Kane

 

Collections

  1. Eavan Boland’s New Collected Poems
  2. Paul Celan: 70 Poems
  3. The Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins
  4. Langston Hughes’s Selected Poems
  5. Sylvia Plath’s Collected Poems
  6. *Theodore Roethke’s Selected Poems
  7. Muriel Rukeyser’s Collected Poems
  8. Anne Sexton: The Complete Poems
  9. William Carlos Williams’s Selected Poems
  10. *A Field Guide to the Heavens by Frank X. Gaspar
  11. A Poke in the I by Paul B. Janeczko
  12. After by Jane Hirshfield
  13. *Come, Thief by Jane Hirshfield
  14. American Amnesiac by Diane Raptosh
  15. Appalachia by Charles Wright
  16. *Caribou by Charles Wright
  17. *Ask Me: 100 Essential Poems of William Stafford, edited by Kim Stafford
  18. The Best of It: New & Selected Poems by Kay Ryan
  19. *Black Aperture by Matt Rasmussen
  20. Blindsight by Rosmarie Waldrop
  21. Blowout by Denise Duhamel
  22. *Blue Chicory by Lorine Niedecker
  23. Blue Lipstick: Concrete Poems by John Grandits
  24. *Body on the Wall by Michelle Wing
  25. Chronic: Poems by D. A. Powell
  26. Come to My Party & Other Shape Poems by Heidi Roemer
  27. The Continual Condition by Charles Bukowski
  28. The Country Between Us by Carolyn Forché
  29. *Crossing Unmarked Snow by William Stafford
  30. *Dancing in Odessa by Ilya Kaminsky
  31. Domestic Work: Poems by Natasha Trethewey
  32. The Door by Margaret Atwood
  33. Door in the Mountain by Jean Valentine
  34. *Dream Work by Mary Oliver
  35. Long Life: Essays & Other Writings by Mary Oliver
  36. *New & Selected Poems by Mary Oliver
  37. Red Bird: Poems by Mary Oliver
  38. Why I Wake Early by Mary Oliver
  39. *Earth Recitals by Melissa Kwasny
  40. *Elegy for the Departure by Zbigniew Herbert
  41. Elegy Owed by Bob Hicok
  42. *Faithful and Virtuous Night by Louise Glück
  43. The Far Field by Theodore Roethke
  44. *Fire to Fire: New & Selected Poems by Mark Doty
  45. Handwriting by Michael Ondaatje
  46. Hot Flash Sonnets by Moira Egan
  47. I Love a Broad Margin to My Life by Maxine H. Kingston
  48. *Iconographs: Poems by May Swenson
  49. In the Dark by Ruth Stone
  50. *Kettle Bottom by Diane Gilliam
  51. Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith
  52. Lovely, Raspberry by Aaron Belz
  53. Master of Disguises by Charles Simic
  54. Milk & Filth by Carmen Gimenez Smith
  55. The Moon Before Morning by W. S. Merwin
  56. The Narrow Circle by Nathan Hoks
  57. Only Bread, Only Light by Stephen Kuusisto
  58. Planisphere by John Ashbery
  59. Quilting: Poems 1987–1990 by Lucille Clifton
  60. Sailing Alone Around the Room by Billy Collins
  61. Slow Lightning by Eduardo C. Corral
  62. Song of the World Becoming by Pattiann Rogers
  63. Space, In Chains by Laura Kasischke
  64. Wayfare by Pattiann Rogers
  65. *Starting at Zero by Jimi Hendrix
  66. *Sweet Confluence by Susan Ludvigson
  67. This Blue by Maureen N. McLane
  68. A Timbered Choir by Wendell Berry
  69. Turtle Island by Gary Snyder
  70. Unthinkable by Irene McKinney
  71. Vilnius Diary by Anna Halberstadt
  72. What the Living Do by Marie Howe
  73. *White Egrets by Derek Walcott

 

Biographies & Miscellaneous

  1. *A Poet’s Craft by Annie Finch
  2. Afro-Blue: Improvisations in African American Poetry and Culture by Tony Bolden
  3. *The Art of Description by Mark Doty
  4. Concrete Poetry by Valerie Bodden
  5. Dreamers of Dreams: Essays on Poets & Poetry by John Simon
  6. *Glitter in the Blood: A Poet’s Manifesto for Better, Braver Writing by Mindy Nettifee
  7. Gwendolyn Brooks by Jill C. Wheeler
  8. *The Poet and Her Book: A Biography of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Jean Gould
  9. The Poetry Home Repair Manual by Ted Kooser
  10. The Real Work: Interviews & Talks, 1964–1979 by Gary Snyder
  11. Relative Strangeness: Reading Rosmarie Waldrop by Nikolai Duffy
  12. A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams by Jen Bryant
  13. The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers by Bhanu Kapil Rider
  14. Why Translation Matters by Edith Grossman
  15. *The Wonderful Pen of May Swenson by R. Rozanne Knudson

 

[2014 All: 16 + 73 + 15 = 104; 4-5 stars: 3 + 21 + 5 = 29]

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2015

 

Anthologies

  1. 3 Women Poets of the Renaissance and Baroque: Louise Labe, Gaspara Stampa, and Sor Juana, by Frank Warnke
  2. A Book of Luminous Things: An International Anthology of Poetry, edited by Czeslaw Milosz
  3. A Formal Feeling Comes: Poems in Form by Contemporary Women, edited by Annie Finch
  4. *Baltic Literature, edited by Aleksis Rubulis
  5. The Best American Poetry, 2004, guest edited by Lyn Hejinian
  6. The Best American Poetry, 2006, guest edited by Billy Collins
  7. The Best American Poetry, 2007, guest edited by Heather McHugh
  8. Best New Poets, 2014, guest edited by Dorianne Laux
  9. Black Nature: 4 Centuries of African American Nature Poetry, edited by Camille Dungy
  10. Distant Neighbors: The Selected Letters of Wendell Berry & Gary Snyder
  11. Earth-Shattering Poems, edited by Liz Rosenberg
  12. Holding Your Eight Hands: An Anthology of SFF Verse, edited by Edward Lucie-Smith
  13. Imagination’s Other Place: Poems of Science and Mathematics, compiled by Helen Plotz
  14. *In Their Own Words: Contemporary Poets on their Poetry, edited by Helen Ivory & George Szirtes
  15. Lit from Inside: 40 Years of Poetry from Alice James Books, edited by Anne Marie Macari
  16. *The Moment of Change: An Anthology of Feminist Speculative Poetry, edited by Rose Lemberg
  17. New European Poets, edited by Wayne Miller and Kevin Prufer
  18. *The Poets Laureate Anthology, edited by Elizabeth Hun Schmidt
  19. Poets of Jewish Culture, edited by Rosemary Canfield Reisman
  20. Shaping Memories: Reflections of African American Women Writers, edited by Joanne V. Gabbin
  21. Songs from Unsung Worlds: Science in Poetry, edited by Bonnie Bilyeu Gordon
  22. Step Lightly: Poems for the Journey, edited by Nancy Willard
  23. *Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World by Jane Hirshfield
  24. *Translations of Lithuanian Poetry, edited by Frank Yakstis [re-read]
  25. The Tree that Time Built: A Celebration of Nature, Science, and Imagination, selected by Mary Ann Hoberman & Linda Winston
  26. Verse & Universe: Poems about Science and Mathematics, edited by Kurt Brown

 

 

Collections

  1. 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East by Naomi Shihab Nye
  2. The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou
  3. *The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton, 1965–2010
  4. The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni, 1968–1998
  5. The Selected Poetry of Vicente Huidobro
  6. *Czesław Miłosz’s Selected & Last Poems: 1931–2004
  7. The Poems of Octavio Paz, edited & translated by Eliot Weinberger
  8. A Several World by Brian Blanchfield
  9. Altazor by Vicente Huidobro
  10. Between Anxiety & Hope: The Poetry & Writing of Czesław Miłosz, edited by Edward Możejko
  11. Birthplace with Buried Stones by Meena Alexander
  12. Blood, Tin, Straw: Poems by Sharon Olds
  13. Gold Cell by Sharon Olds
  14. *One Secret Thing by Sharon Olds
  15. Brain Juice: Science, Fresh Squeezed! by Carol Diggory Shields
  16. *Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  17. Calendars by Annie Finch
  18. Chasers of the Light: Poems from the Typewriter Series by Tyler Knott Gregson
  19. Deep Lane: Poems by Mark Doty
  20. Eel on Reef by Uche Nduka
  21. Everything is a Poem: The Best of J. Patrick Lewis
  22. The Evolution of the Flightless Bird by Richard Kenney
  23. Orrery by Richard Kenney
  24. First Hand by Linda Bierds
  25. Flash Card by Joyce Mansour
  26. The Forest of Anykščiai by Antanas Baranauskas
  27. From the New World: Poems 1976–2014 by Jorie Graham
  28. The Heart is Strange: New and Selected Poems by John Berryman
  29. Hebrew Ballads and Other Poems by Else Lasker-Schüler
  30. It by Inger Christensen
  31. Jaguar of Sweet Laughter: New & Selected Poems by Diane Ackerman
  32. *Jimmy’s Blues and Other Poems by James Baldwin
  33. Kingdom Animalia by Aracelis Girmay
  34. *Lake Superior by Lorine Niedecker
  35. Map: Collected & Last Poems by Wisława Szymborska
  36. *Monologue of a Dog by Wisława Szymborska
  37. *View from a Grain of Sand by Wisława Szymborska
  38. *The New Black: Poems by Evie Shockley
  39. *The Niagara River: Poems by Kay Ryan
  40. Other Suns by Patricia Killelea
  41. Overheard in a Bubble Chamber and Other Sciencepoems by Lillian Morrison
  42. Pan Tadeusz by Adam Mickiewicz
  43. Passwords by William Stafford
  44. Traveling through the Dark by William Stafford
  45. The Poetry Deal by Diane di Prima
  46. Radial Symmetry by Katherine Larson
  47. Report from the Besieged City by Zbigniew Herbert
  48. Rivers to the Sea by Sara Teasdale
  49. Strange Victory by Sara Teasdale
  50. Smith Blue by Camille Dungy
  51. The Star-Apple Kingdom by Derek Walcott
  52. Talking Dirty to the Gods by Yusef Komunyakaa
  53. Teaching My Mother to Give Birth by Warsan Shire
  54. Tonight No Poetry Will Serve by Adrienne Rich
  55. *Winter Dialogue by Tomas Venclova
  56. The World’s Wife: Poems by Carol Ann Duffy

 

Biographies & Miscellaneous

  1. *2 or 3 Things I Know for Sure by Dorothy Allison
  2. The 6.5 Practices of Moderately Successful Poets: A Self-Help Memoir by Jeffrey Skinner
  3. *Blue Notes: Essays, Interviews, and Commentaries by Yusef Komunyakaa
  4. *Bloodroot: Reflections on Place by Appalachian Women Writers, edited by Joyce Dyer
  5. *The Body of Poetry: Essays on Women, Form, and the Poetic Self by Annie Finch
  6. Can Poetry Save the Earth?: A Field Guide to Nature Poems by John Felstiner
  7. The Company They Kept: Writers on Unforgettable Friendships, edited by Robert B. Silvers
  8. Conversations with Czesław Miłosz by Ewa Czarnecka and Aleksandr Fiut
  9. *Conversations with James Baldwin, edited by Fred L. Standley and Louis H. Pratt
  10. Denise Levertov: A Poet’s Life by Dana Greene
  11. *E. E. Cummings: A Life by Susan Cheever
  12. Gil Scott-Heron: Pieces of a Man by Marcus Baram
  13. Gwendolyn Brooks: Poet from Chicago by Martha E. Rhynes
  14. *The Light of the World: A Memoir by Elizabeth Alexander
  15. Lorine Niedecker: A Poet’s Life by Margot Peters
  16. *The Muses Among Us: Eloquent Listening and Other Pleasures of the Writer’s Craft by Kim Stafford
  17. Nonrequired Reading: Prose Pieces by Wisława Szymborska
  18. *Poemcrazy by Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge
  19. The Poet’s Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry by Kim Addonizio
  20. The Poetic Species: A Conversation with Edward O. Wilson and Robert Hass
  21. *What Light Can Do: Essays on Art, Imagination, and the Natural World by Robert Hass
  22. Poetry Notebook: Reflections on the Intensity of Language by Clive James
  23. *Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination by Toni Morrison
  24. Robinson Jeffers: Fragments of an Older Fury by Brother Antoninus
  25. Robinson Jeffers: Myth, Ritual, and Symbol in his Narrative Poems by Robert J. Brophy
  26. Skin: Talking about Sex, Class & Literature by Dorothy Allison
  27. *Stirring the Mud: On Swamps, Bogs, and Human Imagination by Barbara Hurd
  28. *Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler, edited by Rebecca J. Holden and Nisi Shawl
  29. Straw for the Fire: From the Notebooks of Theodore Roethke, selected & arranged by David Wagoner
  30. Tesserae: Memories & Suppositions by Denise Levertov
  31. Theodore Roethke: Poetry of the Earth, Poet of the Spirit by Lynn Ross-Bryant
  32. Twenty Poems that Could Save America and Other Essays by Tony Hoagland
  33. William Carlos Williams: The Knack of Survival in America by Robert Coles

 

[2015 All: 26 + 56 + 33 = 115; 4-5 stars: 6 + 11 + 13 = 30]

 

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2016

 

Anthologies

  1. 1000 Years of Irish Poetry: The Gaelic and Anglo-Irish Poets from Pagan Times to the Present, edited by Kathleen Hoagland
  2. *20th Century Latin American Poetry: A Bilingual Anthology, edited by Stephen Tapscott
  3. The 2015 Rhysling Anthology, edited by Rich Ristow
  4. The 2016 Rhysling Anthology, edited by Charles Christian
  5. *A Different Image: The Legacy of Broadside Press: An Anthology, edited by Gloria House, et al.
  6. *Albanian Literature: An Outline of Prose, Poetry, and Drama by Stuart E. Mann
  7. And the World Stood Silent: Sephardic Poetry of the Holocaust, translated and with commentaries by Isaac Jack Lévy
  8. Anthology of Armenian Poetry, translated and edited by Diana Der Hovanessian and Marzbed Margossian
  9. The Art of the Sonnet by Stephen Burt and David Mikics
  10. Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability, edited by Sheila Black, et al.
  11. The Burning Tree: Poems from the First 1000 Years of Welsh Verse, selected and translated by Gwyn Williams
  12. The Cambridge Companion to British Poetry, 1945–2010, edited by Edward Larrissy
  13. Carrying Over: Poems from the Chinese, Urdu, Macedonian, Yiddish, and French African, edited by Carolyn Kizer
  14. The Citizen Poets of Boston: A Collection of Forgotten Poems, 1789–1820, edited by Paul Lewis
  15. *Contemporary Polish Poetry, 1925–1975, edited by Madeline G. Levine
  16. The Dawning Moon of the Mind: Unlocking the Pyramid Texts by Susan Brind Morrow
  17. *Every Shut Eye Ain’t Asleep: An Anthology of Poetry by African Americans since 1945, edited by Michael S. Harper and Anthony Walton
  18. *FSG Book of 20th Century Latin American Poetry: An Anthology, edited by Ilan Stavans
  19. Green Movement Poets, edited by Rosemary M. Canfield Reisman
  20. Hebridean Folksongs: A Collection of Waulking Songs, by Donald MacCormick and Francis Collinson
  21. *The Helix and the Hard Road by Joan Slonczewski and Jo Walton
  22. Innovative Women Poets: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry & Interviews, edited by Elisabeth A. Frost and Cynthia Hogue
  23. Introduction to [Scottish] Gaelic Poetry, edited by Derick Thomson
  24. *The James Tiptree Award Anthology 2, edited by Karen Joy Fowler
  25. *Looking Out, Looking In: Anthology of Latino Poetry, edited by William Luis
  26. Modern Malay Verse, 1946–1961, selected by Oliver Rice and Abdullah Majid
  27. The Muse in Prison: 11 Sketches of Ukrainian Poets Killed by the Communists and 22 Translations of their Poems, edited by Yar Slavutych
  28. Music of a Distant Drum: Classical Arabic, Persian, Turkish, and Hebrew Poems, translated and introduced by Bernard Lewis
  29. My America: A Poetry Atlas of the United States, edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins
  30. New American Poets of the ‘90s, edited by Jack Myers and Roger Weingarten
  31. *Of Poetry and Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin, edited & compiled by Philip Cushway and Michael Warr
  32. On the History, System, and Varieties of Turkish Poetry by J.W. Redhouse [1st edition: 1879]
  33. *Onions and Cucumbers and Plums: 46 Yiddish Poems in English, edited by Sarah Zweig Betsky
  34. Planet on the Table: Poets on the Reading Life, edited by Sharon Bryan and William Olsen
  35. Poems from Guantánamo: The Detainees Speak, edited by Marc Falkoff
  36. *Poetics in the Poem: Critical Essays on American Self-Reflexive Poetry, edited by Dorothy Z. Baker
  37. The Poetry of Arab Women: A Contemporary Anthology, edited by Nathalie Handal
  38. Poets from the North of Ireland, edited by Frank Ormsby
  39. Proletpen: America’s Rebel Yiddish Poets, edited by Amelia Glaser and David Weintraub
  40. She Speaks to Me: [USA] Western Women’s View of the West through Poetry and Song, edited by Jill Charlotte Stanford
  41. *The Sonoran Desert: A Literary Field Guide, edited by Eric Magrane and Christopher Cokinos
  42. *Soviet Poets and Poetry by Alexander Samuel Kaun [1943]
  43. The Space Between Our Footsteps: Poems and Paintings from the Middle East, selected by Naomi Shihab Nye
  44. Spelling the Hours: Poetry Celebrating the Forgotten Others of Science and Technology, edited by Rose Lemberg
  45. Unpacking My Library: Writers and Their Books, edited by Leah Price
  46. *The Victorious Expression: A Study of 4 Contemporary Spanish Poets: Unamuno, Machado, Jiménez, and Lorca, by Howard T. Young
  47. Walking the Clouds: An Anthology of Indigenous Science Fiction, edited by Grace L. Dillon
  48. What I Say: Innovative Poetry by Black Writers in America, edited by Aldon Lynn Nielsen and Lauri Ramey

 

Collections

  1. 50 Poems ~ Juan Ramón Jiménez, translated by J. B. Trend
  2. Collected Poems by Robert Hayden
  3. Poems ~ Nazim Hikmet, translated by Randy Blasing and Mutlu Konuk
  4. *Selected Poems ~ Diana Der-Hovanessian
  5. Selected Poems ~ Zbigniew Herbert, translated by Czeslaw Milosz and Peter Dale Scott
  6. Selected Poems ~ Gabriela Mistral, translated by Doris Dana
  7. A Potentially Quite Remarkable Thursday by Jeff Coomer
  8. A Woman of Property by Robyn Schiff
  9. Afro-Cuban Poetry de Oshún a Yemayá by José Sánchez-Boudy, translated by Claudio Freixas
  10. And Short the Season by Maxine Kumin
  11. Blood Work by Matthew Siegel
  12. Bone Fires: New & Selected Poems by Mark Jarman
  13. Bright Scythe by Tomas Tranströmer
  14. Cascade Experiment by Alice Fulton
  15. Sensual Math by Alice Fulton
  16. *Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay
  17. Compass Rose by Arthur Sze
  18. The Redshifting Web: Poems, 1970–1998 by Arthur Sze
  19. Dark Elderberry Branch: Poems by Marina Tsvetaeva, A Reading by Ilya Kaminsky and Jean Valentine
  20. Dead Reckoning by Kenneth Fearing
  21. Dear Life by Dennis O’Driscoll
  22. Dying for Beauty by Gail Wronsky
  23. Engine Empire by Cathy Park Hong  
  24. Facts About the Moon by Dorianne Laux
  25. *Felicity by Mary Oliver
  26. Finding My Elegy: New & Selected Poems, 1960–2010 by Ursula K. Le Guin
  27. *Firebreaks by John Kinsella
  28. Flamingo Watching by Kay Ryan
  29. Say Uncle by Kay Ryan
  30. *From the Darkroom by Madeline DeFrees (who was Sr. Mary Gilbert)
  31. *from unincorporated territory [saina] by Craig Santos Perez
  32. Green the Witch-Hazel Wood by Emily Hiestand
  33. *The Haunted Girl by Lisa M. Bradley
  34. Icehouse Lights by David Wojahn  
  35. Like Water on Stone by Dana Walrath
  36. Lunch Poems by Frank O’Hara
  37. Mad Honey Symposium by Sally Wen Mao
  38. Marginalia to Stone Bird by Rose Lemberg
  39. Micrographia by Emily Wilson
  40. The Nesting Ground by David Wagoner
  41. Through the Forest: New and Selected Poems, 1977–1987 by David Wagoner
  42. Who Shall Be the Sun? Poems Based on the Lore, Legends, and Myths of Northwest Coast and Plateau Indians by David Wagoner
  43. *Olio by Tyehimba Jess
  44. Passing Through by Stanley Kunitz
  45. *Pieces of Map, Pieces of Music by Robert Bringhurst
  46. The Poet, the Lion, Talking Pictures, … by C. D. Wright
  47. Shock by Shock by Dean Young
  48. *Songs for Relinquishing the Earth by Jan Zwicky
  49. Swoop by Hailey Leithauser
  50. Talking to My Body by Anna Swirszczynska
  51. These Are My Rivers by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
  52. Time of Useful Consciousness by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
  53. Time and the Tilting Earth by Miller Williams
  54. Trinity by Susan Ludvigson
  55. *Unseen Hand by Adam Zagajewski
  56. The Voronezh Notebooks: Poems, 1935–1937 by Osip Mandelstam, translated by Richard & Elizabeth McKane
  57. Wait Till I’m Dead: Uncollected Poems by Allen Ginsberg

 

Chapbooks

 

  1. A Northern Calendar by Ira Sadoff
  2. After: Poems by Nancy Pagh
  3. Against the Current by Tedi López Mills
  4. Anything Could Happen by Jana Putrle Srdić
  5. *The Bones We Have in Common by Sudasi J. Clement
  6. By Way of Explanation by Anna Rosen Guercio
  7. *Centralia by Sarah Gzemski
  8. Comings / Goings by Jenni B. Baker
  9. *Crazing by Ruth Thompson
  10. Dissection by Care Santos
  11. Earth by Cecilia Woloch
  12. *Elegy/Elk River by Michael Schmeltzer
  13. Housewifery by Carly Anne Ravnikar
  14. Midnight Blue by Vanessa Jimenez Gabb
  15. Night-Sea by Rachel Moritz
  16. *One is None by Kätlin Kaldmaa
  17. *Restored Mural for Orlando / Mural Restaurado para Orlando by Roy Guzmán
  18. *Rivers I Don’t Live By by Kelly Nelson
  19. Skeleton Keys by Laura Garrison
  20. The Verbs of Desiring by Renee Ashley
  21. *ya helu by lyw

 

 Biographies & Miscellaneous

  1. A Book About Chapbooks: The People’s Literature of Bygone Times by Harry B. Weiss
  2. A Loaded Gun: Emily Dickinson for the 21st century by Jerome Charyn
  3. A Long High Whistle: Selected Columns on Poetry by David Biespiel
  4. A Story Larger than My Own: Women Writers Look Back on their Lives and Careers, edited by Janet Burroway
  5. *About Writing: Seven Essays, Four Letters, and Five Interviews by Samuel R. Delany
  6. *The Motion of Light in Water: Sex and Science Fiction Writing in the East Village, 1957–1965, by Samuel R. Delany
  7. “After Mecca”: Women Poets and the Black Arts Movement by Cheryl Clarke
  8. *An Absorbing Errand: How Artists and Craftsmen Make Their Way to Mastery by Janna Malamud Smith
  9. *Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  10. Branwen, Daughter of Llyr: A Study of the Irish Affinities… by Proinsias Mac Cana
  11. The Captive Mind by Czesław Miłosz, translated by Jane Zielonko
  12. *The Cross of Redemption: Uncollected Writings of James Baldwin, edited by Randall Kenan
  13. *Cross-Pollinations: The Marriage of Science and Poetry by Gary Paul Nabhan
  14. *Dancing at the Edge of the World: Thoughts on Words, Women, Places by Ursula K. Le Guin
  15. Steering the Craft: A 21st Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story by Ursula K. Le Guin
  16. The Wave in the Mind: Talks and Essays on the Writer, the Reader, and the Imagination by Ursula K. Le Guin
  17. *Dorothy Thompson and Rose Wilder Lane — 40 Years of Friendship: Letters, 1920­–1960, edited by William Holtz
  18. Effluences from the Sacred Caves: More Selected Essays and Reviews by Hayden Carruth
  19. Emily Dickinson by Bonita Thayer
  20. *Everything Being is Dancing: 20 Pieces of Thinking by Robert Bringhurst
  21. Feeling as a Foreign Language: The Good Strangeness of Poetry by Alice Fulton
  22. *Gary Snyder and the Pacific Rim: Creating Countercultural Community by Timothy Gray
  23. How to Live / What to Do: H.D.’s Cultural Poetics by Adalaide Morris
  24. *In the Palm of Your Hand: The Poet’s Portable Workshop by Steve Kowit
  25. The Japan and India Journals, 1960–1964 by Joanne Kyger
  26. Known and Strange Things: Essays by Teju Cole
  27. Mabon and the Guardians of Celtic Britain: Hero Myths in the Mabinogion by Caitlín Matthews
  28. Make Us Wave Back: Essays on Poetry and Influence by Michael Collier
  29. The Modern Element: Essays on Contemporary Poetry by Adam Kirsch
  30. The Narrow Door: A Memoir of Friendship by Paul Lisicky
  31. The Poet Speaks: Interviews with Contemporary Poets [1960s, mostly English], general editor Peter Orr
  32. *Proxies: Essays Near Knowing by Brian Blanchfield
  33. *The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind, edited by Claudia Rankine, et al.
  34. *Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage, Vol. 3, edited by Ramon A. Gutierrez
  35. Right by Her Roots: Americana Women and Their Songs by Jewly Hight
  36. Sleeping with One Eye Open: Women Writers and the Art of Survival, edited by Marilyn Kallet and Judith Ortiz Cofer
  37. Two Cities: On Exile, History, and the Imagination by Adam Zagajewski
  38. *Unauthorized Voices: Essays on Poets and Poetry, 1987–2009, by Marilyn Hacker
  39. Upstream: Selected Essays by Mary Oliver
  40. The Virtues of Poetry by James Longenbach
  41. The Whole Harmonium: The Life of Wallace Stevens by Paul Mariani
  42. *The Wild Braid: A Poet Reflects on a Century in the Garden by Stanley Kunitz, with Genine Lentine
  43. Women Poets of the Americas: Toward a Pan-American Gathering, edited by Jacqueline Vaught Brogan and Cordelia Chávez Candelaria
  44. Women Poets on Mentorship: Efforts and Affections, edited by Arielle Greenberg

 

[2016 YTD: 48 + 57 + 21 + 44 = 170; 4-5 stars: 15 + 11 + 8 + 16 = 50]

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2011–2016: 30% of 462 total rated 4 stars or above

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2017

 

Anthologies

 

  1. *3 Russian Poets: Margarita Aliger, Yunna Moritz, and Bella Akhmadulina, compiled and translated by Elaine Feinstein
  2. *11 More American Women Poets in the 21st Century, edited by Claudia Rankine and Lisa Sewell
  3. The Best American Poetry 2002, edited by Robert Creeley
  4. The Best American Poetry 2017, edited by Natasha Trethewey
  5. Burning Bright: Passager Celebrates 21 Years, edited by Mary Azrael & Kendra Kopelke
  6. Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices, edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Beth Leatherdale
  7. *The Face of Creation: Contemporary [1988] Hungarian Poetry, translated by Jascha Kessler
  8. *Growing Up Native American: An Anthology, edited by Patricia Riley
  9. *Harper’s Anthology of 20th Century Native American Poetry, edited by Duane Niatum
  10. The Image of Black Women in 20th Century South American Poetry: A Bilingual Anthology, edited and translated by Ann Venture Young
  11. Irish Poems, edited by Matthew McGuire
  12. Letters to Poets: Conversations about Poetics, Politics, and Community, edited by Jennifer Firestone and Dana Teen Lomax
  13. *Milk & Honey: A Celebration of Jewish Lesbian Poetry, edited by Julie R. Enszer
  14. New York City Haiku – from the Readers of the NYT
  15. Other: British and Irish Poetry since 1970, edited by Richard Caddel and Peter Quartermain
  16. The Penguin Anthology of 20th Century American Poets, edited by Rita Dove
  17. *Poetry Speaks Who I Am, edited by Elise Paschen
  18. *The Poets of Prague: Czech Poetry between the Wars by Alfred French
  19. *Polish Poetry of the Last Two Decades of Communist Rule, edited and translated by Stanislaw Barańczak and Clare Cavanagh
  20. The Pushcart Prize #39, edited by Bill Henderson
  21. QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology, edited by Raymond Luczak
  22. River of Words: Young Poets and Artists on the Nature of Things, edited by Pamela Michael
  23. *Waltzing on Water: Poetry by Women, edited by Norma Fox Mazer and Marjorie Lewis
  24. Weavings 2000: The Maryland Millennial Anthology, edited by Michael S. Glaser

 

Collections

  1. *The Selected Poems of Rosario Castellanos, translated by Magda Bogin
  2. Poems by Maurice Maeterlinck, translated by Bernard Miall [1915]
  3. *Collected Works of Lorine Niedecker
  4. *New & Selected Poems by Ron Rash
  5. A Change of World by Adrienne Rich
  6. A Second Space: New Poems by Czesław Miłosz
  7. A Stranger’s Mirror: New and Selected Poems by Marilyn Hacker
  8. *The Abridged History of Rainfall by Jay Hopler
  9. *Appalachian Elegy by bell hooks
  10. Arrivals by David Mason
  11. Before the War: Poems as They Happened by Lawson Fusao Inada
  12. The Big Book of Exit Strategies by Jamaal May
  13. Hum by Jamaal May
  14. A Bird in the Bush by David Mason Heminway
  15. Bone Map by Sara Eliza Johnson
  16. The Captain of the Butterflies by Cees Nooteboom, translated by Leonard Nathan and Herlinde Spahr
  17. *Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings by Joy Harjo
  18. Count the Waves by Sandra Beasley
  19. *Counting Descent by Clint Smith
  20. Dismantling the Silence by Charles Simic
  21. Dreadful Wind & Rain by Diane Gilliam
  22. Early Grrrl by Marge Piercy
  23. Fever & other new poems by Bella Akhmadulina, translated by Geoffrey Dutton and Igor Mezhakoff-Koriakin [1969]
  24. Five Sextillion Atoms by Jayne Benjulian
  25. From the Potomac to the Patapsco: Ingeborg in Baltimore by Ingeborg Carsten-Miller
  26. Here by Wislawa Szymborska, translated by Clare Cavanagh and Stanislaw Barańczak
  27. I Must Be Living Twice: New & Selected Poems 1975–2014 by Eileen Myles
  28. Iep Jaltok: Poems from a Marshallese Daughter by Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner
  29. In Praise of Mortality: Selections from Rainer Maria Rilke’s Duino Elegies and Sonnets to Orpheus, translated and edited by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy
  30. Incorrect Merciful Impulses by Camille Rankine
  31. Indian Giver by John E. Smelcer
  32. Inherited Estate: A Song Cycle by Carol Bindel
  33. Let’s Not Keep Fighting the Trojan War: New & Selected Poems, 1986–2009 by Edward Sanders
  34. The Little Space: Poems Selected & New, 1968–1998 by Alicia Ostriker
  35. Love is the Pain of Feverish Flowers by Kwon Cheonhak, translated by Kim Hana
  36. Masks by Ruthann Robson
  37. Moment to Moment: Poems of a Mountain Recluse by David Budbill
  38. *Movement in Black: Collected Poetry 1961–1978 by Pat Parker
  39. Muse. [sic]: A Collection of Poetry and Prose by T. Danielle Walker
  40. News from the Glacier: Selected Poems 1960–1980 by John Meade Haines
  41. On the Bus with Rosa Parks by Rita Dove
  42. One Thousand Things Worth Knowing by Paul Muldoon
  43. Orphan Hours by Stanley Plumly
  44. Oxygen by Julia Fiedorczuk, translated by Bill Johnston
  45. Parallax and Selected Poems by Sinéad Morrissey
  46. Persistence: Poems of Warren, Maryland by Ann Eichler Kolakowski
  47. The Poet Laureate of a Cracker Town by Randolph Bridgeman
  48. The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace
  49. The Really Short Poems of A. R. Ammons
  50. Reasons for Moving by Mark Strand [1968]
  51. Rise in the Fall by Ana Božićević
  52. *Salt is for Curing by Sonya Vatomsky
  53. Simulacra by Airea D. Matthews
  54. Sleeping with the Dictionary by Harryette Mullen
  55. The Sobbing School by Joshua Bennett
  56. The Speed of Darkness by Muriel Rukeyser
  57. *This Accident of Being Lost by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
  58. Time and Materials: Poems 1997–2005 by Robert Hass
  59. Waterlily Fire: Poems 1935–1962 by Muriel Rukeyser
  60. Turning into Dwelling by Christopher Gilbert
  61. Unthinkable: Selected Poems 1976–2004 by Irene McKinney {re-read}
  62. *Weweni by Margaret Noodin
  63. What If What’s Imagined Were All True by Roz Kaveney
  64. Wheel with a Single Spoke by Nichita Stănescu, translated by Sean Cotter
  65. *Whereas by Layli Long Soldier
  66. *The World Is Round by Nikky Finney
  67. The WUG Test by Jennifer Kronovet

 

 Chapbooks

 

  1. Atlantis: Selected Poems 1953–1982 by Slavko Mihalić, translated by Charles Simic and Peter Kastmiler
  2. The Bird’s Wing: Poems by young Marylanders, edited by Carol Faulkner Peck [1977]
  3. Considerations of Earth and Sky by Temple Cone
  4. *Contents of a Minute: Last Poems by Josephine Jacobsen
  5. *Fire Before the Hands by Michael S. Glaser
  6. How to Cross a Pond: Poems about Water by Marilyn Singer
  7. *Patchen — The Last Interview by Gene Detro
  8. Sobra by Marina Rivera
  9. This is What Happened in Our Other Life by Achy Obejas
  10. The Uppity Blind Girl by Kathi Wolfe

 

 Biographies & Miscellaneous

 

  1. A Fly in the Soup: Memoirs by Charles Simic
  2. *A Human Eye: Essays on Art in Society 1997–2008 by Adrienne Rich
  3. *African American Writers: Portraits and Visions by Lynda Koolish
  4. *Black Women Writers (1950–1980), edited by Mari Evans
  5. *Cairo: A Graphic Novel, written by G. Willow Wilson, art by M. K. Perker
  6. The Colors of Nature: Culture, Identity, and the Natural World, edited by Alison Hawthorne Deming
  7. Conversations with Octavia Butler, edited by Conseula Francis
  8. *Cross Worlds: Transcultural Poetics, edited by Anne Waldman and Laura Wright
  9. Dwellings: A Spiritual History of the Living World by Linda Hogan
  10. Face to Face: Women Writers on Faith, Mysticism, and Awakening, edited by Linda Hogan and Brenda Peterson
  11. Hive-Mind by Gabrielle Myers
  12. *I Tell You Now: Autobiographical Essays by Native American Writers, edited by Brian Swann and Arnold Krupat
  13. Interior Landscapes: Autobiographical Myths and Metaphors by Gerald R. Vizenor
  14. Island of Bones: Essays by Joy Castro
  15. *It’s Not Like It’s a Secret [YA] by Misa Sugiura
  16. The King of the Ants: Mythological Essays by Zbigniew Herbert, translated by John and Bogdana Carpenter
  17. *The Land Has Memory, edited by Duane Blue Spruce and Tanya Thrasher
  18. *Life Work by Donald Hall
  19. Unpacking the Boxes: A Memoir of a Life in Poetry by Donald Hall
  20. Mayakovsky and His Poetry, compiled by Herbert Marshall [1945]
  21. Native Tongue by Suzette Haden Elgin
  22. Native Tongue II: The Judas Rose by Suzette Haden Elgin
  23. Native Tongue III: Earthsong by Suzette Haden Elgin
  24. The Pawnbroker’s Daughter: A Memoir by Maxine Kumin
  25. Performing the Word: African-American Poetry as Vernacular Culture by Fahamisha Patricia Brown
  26. Poetry Will Save Your Life: A Memoir by Jill Bialosky
  27. Poets and Dreamers, Studies & Translations from the Irish, 2nd edition, by Lady Gregory [1903]
  28. *Poets at Work: Contemporary Poets — Lives, Poems, Process, edited by Betty Cohen
  29. *Red-Inked Retablos by Rigoberto González
  30. *Redwood and Wildfire by Andrea Hairston
  31. Will Do Magic for Small Change by Andrea Hairston
  32. Remembering Randall by Mary von Schrader Jarrell
  33. The Sacred Threshold: A Life of Rainer Maria Rilke by J. F. Hendry
  34. *The Secret Life of a Black Aspie: A Memoir by Anand Prahlad
  35. Serbian Poetry and Milutin Bojić by Mihailo Dordević [1977]
  36. So You Want to Write by Marge Piercy and Ira Wood
  37. Soul Talk, Song Language [Interviews] by Joy Harjo and Tanaya Winder
  38. Souvenirs: My Life with Maeterlinck by Georgette LeBlanc, translated by Janet Flanner [1932]
  39. *Spirit, Space & Survival: African American Women in (White) Academe, edited by Joy James and Ruth Farmer
  40. Storyteller [apprentice bard, 6th Wales] by G R Grove
  41. *Summer Doorways: A Memoir by W. S. Merwin
  42. *The Techniques of Strangeness in Symbolist Poetry by James L. Kugel [1971]
  43. The Uses of Literature: Essays by Italo Calvino, translated by Patrick Creagh
  44. *Voices of Women: 3 Critics on 3 Poets on 3 Heroines, edited by Cynthia Navaretta
  45. The Weather of Words: Writings on Poetry and the Imagination by Mark Strand
  46. *Winged Words: American Indian Writers Speak by Laura Coltelli
  47. Women in American Indian Society by Rayna Green
  48. Words are My Matter: Writings about Life and Books 2000–2016 by Ursula K. Le Guin
  49. The Work of Poetry by John Hollander
  50. *Writing Hard Stories: Celebrated Memoirists Who Shaped Art from Trauma by Melanie Brooks
  51. *You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie

 

 

[2017 All: 24 + 67 + 10 + 51 = 152; 4-5 stars: 11 + 13 + 3 + 20 = 47]

 

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