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Reviews of Poetry

Poetry: hard to define, easy to enjoy. It's been around for a few thousand years now and it's not going away soon. Read it, breathe it.

The Unknown University by Roberto Bolano
The Unknown University, an 800-page omnibus of Roberto Bolano's poetry, is the latest in a string of posthumously translated works from the Chilean author.

The Collected Writings of Joe Brainard
A painter and collagist of quietly prodigious talent, Joe Brainard was an associate of both the New York School's poetry circle and the Pop Art movement. The Collected Writings of Joe Brainard compiles over 500 pages of the artist's writing, including his seminal spin on the memoir, I Remember.

Edgar Allan Poe & the Juke-Box
From the mid-1930s to 1978 Elizabeth Bishop published some eighty poems and thirty translations. Yet her notebooks reveal that she embarked upon many more compositions.

The Collected Poems of Muriel Rukeyser
Known mainly for her political protest poems of the 1930s, Muriel Rukeyser was attacked throughout her career: by the Left for not being Left enough, and by the Right for being too leftist, by New Critics for writing poems that referred to the social contex...

The Poetry Home Repair Manual by Ted Kooser
U.S. Poet Laureate, Ted Kooser lays plain the tools and insights, the instructions (and warnings against instructions) that poets—aspiring or practicing—can use to hone their craft.

Delights and Shadows by Ted Kooser
59 poems breathing life into the ordinary as only 2005 U.S. Poet Laureate, Ted Kooser, can.

Ariel: The Restored Edition by Sylvia Plath
Sylvia Plath's last book, Ariel, now re-published in its original format with a forward by Plath's daughter, Frieda Hughes.

In the Dark by Ruth Stone
In the follow-up to her National Book Award winning In the Next Galaxy, Ruth Stone returns to issues of memory, aging, and loss.

Old Glory, American War Poems, edited by Robert Hedin
American experience of war—narratives, meditations, elegies, lamentations, odes, tributes, and battle hymns—many of them classics.

Why I Wake Early by Mary Oliver
Mary Oliver has been writing poetry for nearly five decades, and in that time she has become America's foremost poetic voice on our experience of the physical world.

The Clerk's Tale by Spencer Reece
Recently, The New Yorker devoted the entire back page to a single poem, "The Clerk's Tale," by Spencer Reece. Reece has a surprising background: for many years he has worked for Brooks Brothers, a fact that lends particular nuance to the title of his collection.

It Was Today: New Poems by Andrei Codrescu
National Public Radio essayist, award winning film-maker, travel writer, poet and professor, Andrei Codrescu comes forth with his first new poetry collection in nearly a decade.

Before, During & After by Hal Sirowitz
In Before, During, and After, Hal Sirowitz explores his tumultuous (and sometimes nonexistent) sex life.

What is Poetry?
Isn't it about time someone wrestled poetry to the ground and slapped a sign on it's back reading, "I'm poetry. Kick me here."

About.com's Poetry Site
Poets, Bob Holman and Margory Snyder serve up the latest in poetry news, awards, contests, criticism, and more.

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