For Your April Reading List and Beyond
Our 2013 National Poetry Month sponsors present their new poetry titles:

Alfred A. Knopf
(March 2013, $24.95)

red doc >, a new work by Anne Carson, is in conversation with her internationally acclaimed poetry bestseller, 
Autobiography of Red
red doc > takes its mythic boy-hero into the twenty-first century to tell a story all its own of love, loss,
and the power of memory.
Bright Hill Press Inc. (May 2013, $16.00)
What I Can Tell You 
by Ruth Moon Kempher
"What I Can Tell You is a felicitous and seamless blend of the everyday and the exquisite, of matter and mind. The poet's cadences are so surefooted, her caesuras and enjambments so fresh and surprising, her assonances and rhymes so subtle that the flow of her verse seems effortless." 
--Philip Mosley, Awards Judge, Bright Hill Press Poetry Book Competition

Copper Canyon Press  
(March 2013, $22.00)
Elegy Owed by Bob Hicok
When asked in an interview "What would Bob Hicok launch from a giant sling shot?" he answered, "Bob Hicok." Elegy Owed, Hicok's eighth book, is an existential game of Twister in which the rules of mourning are broken and salvaged, and "you can never step into the same not going home again twice."
Four Way Books (March 2013, $15.95)
Begging for It
by Alex Dimitrov
"Alex Dimitrov's passionate, headlong poems seem to want to carve beneath the surface of gestures, beneath the skin, to the warm and dangerous blood beneath -- until sex, and the poem itself, are 'a nerve brightly turning in a closed room of the mind -- .'...Begging for It is a fierce and memorable debut." 
--Mark Doty
Hanging Loose Press 
(March 2013, $18.00)
Goldfish and Rose
by Robert Hershon
This is Robert Hershon's 13th poetry collection. Of earlier books, it has been said: "Hershon is one of the funniest, wittiest poets I know, and he's also one of those rare ones who can hit you right in the heart" 
--Bill Zavatsky, Poetry 
"It doesn't get any better." 
--Robert Creeley
Library of America 
(April 2013, $40.00) 
May Swenson: 
edited by Langdon Hammer
Celebrating May Swenson's centennial, The Library of America presents the first collected edition of her published works -- from her first book Another Animal (1954) to the innovative shaped poems of Iconographs (1970) to her final book In Other Words (1987) -- as well as a generous selection of previously uncollected poems.
(April 2013, Paper $16.00 / Cloth $28.00)
Series Editor: Ilya Kaminsky

The Strangest of Theatres: Poets Writing Across Borders
edited by Jared Hawkley, Susan Rich, and Brian Turner

The Strangest of Theatres
explores how poets who are willing to venture beyond our borders can serve as envoys to the wider world and revitalize American poetry in the process. Original and reprinted essays -- from Kazim Ali, Naomi Shihab Nye, Nick Flynn, Yusef Komunyakaa, Claudia Rankine, Alissa Valles, and many others -- address questions of estrangement, identity, and home.
New Directions (February 2013, $15.95) 

Time of Grief: 
Mourning Poems
edited by Jeffrey Yang

Time of Grief features a wide-ranging selection of classical and modern poetry exploring themes of grief, loss, death and mourning, unfolding as a series of forty-nine points of reflection and meditation. Each station investigates and engages with the suspended, in-between state of bereavement. What the poets in this volume seek is a solace paradoxically within and beyond words. 
Penguin Books 
(May 2013, $18.00)
The Narrow Circle
by Nathan Hoks

The Narrow Circle was selected as a winner of the National Poetry Series by Dean Young. John Ashbery called Reveilles, Nathan Hoks's debut book, a "dazzling" collection and Hoks, a poet whose "fine gradations of observation turn the reader into a barometer of strong subtleties like those of the weather, that can be minute even as they effect us powerfully."
Princeton University Press
(April 2013, Paper $14.95 / Cloth $29.95)

A Glossary of Chickens
by Gary J. Whitehead
With skillful rhetoric and tempered lyricism, the poems in A Glossary of Chickens explore, in part, the struggle to understand the world through the symbolism of words. Like the hens of the title poem, Gary J. Whitehead's lyrics root around in the earth searching for sustenance, cluck rather than crow, and possess a humble majesty.

Sarabande Books 
(August, 2013, $14.95) 

Hymn for the Black Terrific
Kiki Petrosino
The poems in Kiki Petrosino's second collection fulfill the promise of her debut effort, Fort Red Border, and further extend the terms of our expectations for this extraordinary young poet.

Wake Forest University Press 
(April 2013, $23.95)

Louis MacNeice: 
edited by Peter MacDonald  
MacNeice is a major poet who strongly influenced both Irish and English poetry. His Collected, now with a new preface by Editor Peter MacDonald, is a must for all poetry lovers. "MacNeice's best work is beautifully onomatopoeic, littered with glottals and fricatives, distinguished by a gorgeous clacking vocabulary." --Conor O'Callaghan, Poetry
W.W. Norton 
(April 2013, $26.95) 

The Cineaste
by A. Van Jordan
A. Van Jordan, an acclaimed American poet, "demonstrates poetry's power to be at once intimate and wide-ranging" --Robert Pinsky, Washington Post Book WorldThe Cineaste is an extended riff on Jordan's life as a moviegoer and a brilliant exploration of film, poetry, race, and the elusiveness of reverie.  

BOA Editions
(April 2013, Paper $16.00 / E-book $9.99)
This reissuing of Li-Young Lee's American Book Award-winning memoir tells the harrowing story of the poet's early years, containing a new foreword and never-before-seen photographs of his childhood. In threads of poetic prose, Lee carries us through experiences that helped shape the vision of one of America's most celebrated poets.

City Lights Books (May 2013, $18.95)
Poems Retrieved
by Frank O'Hara
Originally published under Donald Allen's classic Grey Fox Press imprint, Frank O'Hara's Poems Retrieved is now completely reformatted, featuring a new introduction by art critic Bill Berkson. The collection contains over 200 pages of previously unpublished poetry discovered after the release of O'Hara's posthumous Collected Poems in 1971.
Farrar, Straus & Giroux (April 2013, $17.00)

Poet in New York
Revised Bilingual Edition
by Federico García Lorca
Written while Federico García Lorca was a student at Columbia University in 1929-30, Poet in New York is one of the most important books he produced, and certainly one of the most important books ever published about New York City. 

Graywolf Press 
(February 2013, $15.00) 

by Mary Szybist
Incarnadine is a lyrically brilliant and formally daring new collection from National Book Critics Circle Award winning poet Mary Szybist. "Szybist is a humble and compassionate observer of the complicated glory of the world and humanity's ambivalent role in it, as inheritors and interlopers." 
--Craig Morgan Teicher,

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 
(March 2013, $30.00)
New and Selected Poems
1962-2012 by Charles Simic
New and Selected is the first ever volume of new and selected poetry from one of our most celebrated and acclaimed poets, Charles Simic. "It takes just one glimpse of Charles Simic's work to establish that he is a master, ruler of his own eccentric kingdom of jittery syntax and signature insight." --Los Angeles Times
Louisiana State University Press 
(March 2013, $17.95)

Earth, Mercy
by Mary Rose O'Reilley
"The poems in Earth, Mercy are unsettlingly right: our lives play out in them as tangibly as her angels and dogs play on the earth near our feet. O'Reilley has sculpted these brilliant and unpretentious poems into a book the exact size and shape of the hole I felt inside myself before I read it. What better mercy than such beauty and relevance? What better balm?" --Renée Ashley
Milkweed Editions 
(August 2013, $16.00)
Visiting Hours at the Color Line
by Ed Pavlić

A 2012 National Poetry Series winner, Visiting Hours at the Color Line by Ed Pavlić explores the private dimensions of public life in modern America, returning nuance to this black-and-white, straight-line feature of our collective imagination. It's a daring poetic tour de force by a highly acclaimed African American poet.
New Issues Poetry & Prose (March 2013, $15.00) 
by Marni Ludwig
"Marni Ludwig has a vast and original mind and spirit, which along with her quiet, sometimes sharp humor, and her tenderness, implicate everyone. Her skill is like a good horse, who becomes one with the rider and with her wild, unheard of travels. Here is the real thing." --Jean Valentine
Persea Books 
(March 2013, $15.95)

Straits & Narrows
by Sidney Wade
In Straits & Narrows, Sidney Wade continues to showcase her talents as a poet of potent play. These buoyant new poems -- rustic, reflective, and typically set lakeside -- are limber and unbelievably lean, quick as bubbling brooks, and packed with whimsy and wisdom in equal measure.
Red Hen Press 
(March 2013, $19.95)

A Wild Surmise
by Eloise Klein Healy
"Eloise Klein Healy's straightforward and wry wit underscores her wisdom and the peacefulness that comes from a deeply humane emotional and intellectual knowledge. A Wild Surmise touches on so many things with such clarity and precision it's like having a handbook to guide us through the world." 
--Natasha Tretheway
University of Pittsburgh  
(March 2013, $15.95)
Women's Poetry: 
Advice and Poems
by Daisy Fried
Daisy Fried's third poetry collection is a book of unsettling, unsettled Americans. Fried finds her Americans everywhere, whether watching Henry Kissinger leave the Louvre, or trapped on a Tiber bridge by a crowd of neo-fascist thugs, or yearning outside a car detailing garage for a car lit underneath by neon lavender. She tells their stories with savage energy, wit, humor and political engagement.

Wesleyan University Press 
(January 2013, Cloth $35.00 / E-book $16.99) 
Collected Poems 
by Joseph Ceravolo
edited by Rosemary Ceravolo and Parker Smathers 
Like an underground river, the astonishing poems of Joseph Ceravolo have nurtured American poetry for fifty years -- a presence deeply felt but largely invisible. This first full portrait of Ceravolo's work includes many new pieces, including the masterful long poem "The Hellgate" and the epic work "Mad Angels."

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