Radial Symmetry

Radial Symmetry Author Katherine Larson
ISBN-10 9780300171792
Year 2011
Pages 87
Language en
Publisher Yale University Press

Katherine Larson is the winner of the 2010 Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition. With "Radial Symmetry," she has created a transcendent body of poems that flourish in the liminal spaces that separate scientific inquiry from empathic knowledge, astute observation from sublime witness. Larson's inventive lyrics lead the reader through vertiginous landscapes - geographical, phenomenological, psychological - while always remaining attendant to the speaker's own fragile, creaturely self. An experienced research scientist and field ecologist, Larson dazzles with these sensuous and sophisticated poems, grappling with the powers of poetic imagination as well as the frightful realization of the human capacity for ecological destruction. The result is a profoundly moving collection: eloquent in its lament and celebration. Metamorphosis [an excerpt]: We dredge the stream with soup strainers and separate dragonfly and damselfly nymphs - their eyes like inky bulbs, jaws snapping at the light as if the world was full of tiny traps, each hairpin mechanism tripped for transformation. Such a ricochet of appetites insisting life, life, life against the watery dark, the tuberous reeds.


Crush Author Richard Siken
ISBN-10 0300107897
Year 2005
Pages 62
Language en

A powerful collection of poems driven by obsession reveals a poetry that is at once confessional, gay, savage, and charged with a violent eroticism. Simultaneous.

War of the Foxes

War of the Foxes Author Richard Siken
ISBN-10 9781619321311
Year 2015-09-01
Pages 96
Language en
Publisher Copper Canyon Press

Best-selling poet and painter Richard Siken uses strong, bold strokes to reveal a world abstract, concrete, and exquisitely complex.


Eruv Author Eryn Green
ISBN-10 9780300201253
Year 2014-04-08
Pages 96
Language en
Publisher Yale University Press

Winner of the 2013 Yale Series of Younger Poets prize

Blue Yodel

Blue Yodel Author Ansel Elkins
ISBN-10 9780300210026
Year 2015-01-05
Pages 88
Language en
Publisher Yale University Press

Winner of the 2014 Yale Series of Younger Poets prize

Slow Lightning

Slow Lightning Author Eduardo C. Corral
ISBN-10 9780300178920
Year 2012-04-03
Pages 76
Language en
Publisher Yale University Press

Showcases the poems, which, seamlessly braiding English and Spanish, bring his experiences as a Chicano and gay man to life, of the first Latino poet to win the Yale Series of Younger Poets.

Green Squall

Green Squall Author Jay Hopler
ISBN-10 0300114540
Year 2006
Pages 71
Language en
Publisher Yale University Press

A collection of poems by Jay Hopler, winner of the 2005 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition.


Dandarians Author Lee Ann Roripaugh
ISBN-10 9781571318961
Year 2014-08-18
Pages 112
Language en
Publisher Milkweed Editions

Based on sources as diverse as Heian period female Japanese writers and the world of science fiction, and drawing on her own experience as a second-generation Japanese American, acclaimed poet Lee Ann Roripaugh’s fourth collection explores a series of “word betrayals”—English words misunderstood in transmission from her Japanese mother that came to take on symbolic ramifications in her early years. Co-opting and repurposing the language of knowledge and of misunderstanding, and dialoguing in original ways with notions of diaspora and hybrid identities, these poems demonstrate the many ways we attempt to be understood, culminating in an experience of aural awe. At once wonderfully lyrical and strikingly acute, Dandarians will further establish Lee Ann Roripaugh as one of the most important and original voices in contemporary Asian American literature.

The Collected Poems of Ai

The Collected Poems of Ai Author Ai
ISBN-10 9780393089202
Year 2013-02-04
Pages 448
Language en
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company

“Ai is a truthteller picking her way through the burning rocks of racial and sexual lies.”—Joy Harjo Before her untimely death in 2010, Ai, known for her searing dramatic monologues, was hailed as “one of the most singular voices of her generation” (New York Times Book Review). Now for the first time, all eight books by this essential and uniquely American poet have been gathered in one volume. from “The Cockfighter’s Daughter” I found my father, face down, in his homemade chili and had to hit the bowl with a hammer to get it off, then scrape the pinto beans and chunks of ground beef off his face with a knife.

Cotton Tenants

Cotton Tenants Author James Agee
ISBN-10 9781612192130
Year 2013-06-04
Pages 224
Language en
Publisher Melville House

A re-discovered masterpiece of reporting by a literary icon and a celebrated photographer In 1941, James Agee and Walker Evans published Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, a 400-page prose symphony about three tenant farming families in Hale County, Alabama, at the height of the Great Depression. The book shattered journalistic and literary conventions. Critic Lionel Trilling called it the “most realistic and most important moral effort of our American generation.” The origins of Agee and Evans’s famous collaboration date back to an assignment for Fortune magazine, which sent them to Alabama in the summer of 1936 to report a story that was never published. Some have assumed that Fortune’s editors shelved the story because of the unconventional style that marked Famous Men, and for years the original report was presumed lost. But fifty years after Agee’s death, a trove of his manuscripts turned out to include a typescript labeled “Cotton Tenants.” Once examined, the pages made it clear that Agee had in fact written a masterly, 30,000-word report for Fortune. Published here for the first time, and accompanied by thirty of Walker Evans’s historic photos, Cotton Tenants is an eloquent report of three families struggling through desperate times. Indeed, Agee’s dispatch remains relevant as one of the most honest explorations of poverty in America ever attempted and as a foundational document of long-form reporting. As the novelist Adam Haslett writes in an introduction, it is “a poet’s brief for the prosecution of economic and social injustice.”

Bar Book Poems and Otherwise

Bar Book  Poems and Otherwise Author Julie Sheehan
ISBN-10 9780393072174
Year 2010-06-07
Pages 105
Language en
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company

A hybrid of genres, Bar Book uses cocktails as a jumping off point in a collage of voices that collectively explore the ethics, economics, craft and consequences of service. The narrator, a barmaid, grapples with irreconcilable differences in her work and personal life. At work, she's torn between taking orders and keeping order. The bar business demands she be eager to please while it holds her responsible for maintaining control of a potentially chaotic, even dangerous environment. She must be both master and servant to earn her living, yet the two roles are wary bedfellows. In addition to poems, Bar Book multi-tasks its way through a range of means by which we organize information: a balance sheet, a Cosmo-style quiz, forms, an FAQ and bullet points - everything and the kitchen sink! - make appearances here in this archeology of modern love, this sozzled scrap book.

Night Sky with Exit Wounds

Night Sky with Exit Wounds Author Ocean Vuong
ISBN-10 9781473548022
Year 2017-04-04
Pages 80
Language en
Publisher Random House

An extraordinary debut from a young Vietnamese American, Night Sky with Exit Wounds is a book of poetry unlike any other. Steeped in war and cultural upheaval and wielding a fresh new language, Vuong writes about the most profound subjects – love and loss, conflict, grief, memory and desire – and attends to them all with lines that feel newly-minted, graceful in their cadences, passionate and hungry in their tender, close attention: ‘...the chief of police/facedown in a pool of Coca-Cola./A palm-sized photo of his father soaking/beside his left ear.’ This is an unusual, important book: both gentle and visceral, vulnerable and assured, and its blend of humanity and power make it one of the best first collections of poetry to come out of America in years. ‘These are poems of exquisite beauty, unashamed of romance, and undaunted by looking directly into the horrors of war, the silences of history. One of the most important debut collections for a generation.’ Andrew McMillan

Ill lit

Ill lit Author Franz Wright
ISBN-10 UOM:39015046483213
Year 1998-12
Pages 185
Language en
Publisher Field Translations Series

Franz Wright's Ill Lit brings together a substantial selection of poems from earlier volumes, some of them significantly revised, and a group of twenty-one new poems, along with a selection of translations.