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Poems to Live By in Uncertain Times (USED)

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The week after the attack on the World Trade Center, Joan Murray read her poem about it, "Survivors--Found," on National Public Radio.

Thousands heard her poem and were so moved that they contacted her to ask for copies. In the wake of our nation's tragedy, poetry has taken on a new relevance in people's lives. As Dinitia Smith noted in The New York Times, "In the weeks since the terrorist attacks, people have been consoling themselves-and one another-with poetry in an almost unprecedented way."

Poems to Live By features sixty of the finest poems by an international group of distinguished writers, including W. H. Auden, Czeslaw Milosz, Bertolt Brecht, Yehuda Amichai, Mary Oliver, Miguel de Unamuno, Gwendolyn Brooks, Billy Collins, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Sharon Olds. Agreeing with Kenneth Burke that literature is equipment for living, Murray has arranged the anthology in six sections that address our most urgent concerns: death and remembrance, fear and suffering, affirmations and rejoicings, warnings and instructions, war and rumors of war, meditations and conversations.

Beginning with Faiz Ahmed Faiz's somber remembrance ('This is the way that autumn came to the trees: / it stripped them down to the skin') and concluding with D. H. Lawrence's simple and deep-felt "Pax," Poems to Live By addresses our need for wisdom in dark times, whether those times are personal or the ones we live through together.

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Poetic Ramblings of a Hopeful Heart

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In this second edition of Poetic Ramblings, Ms. Griffin shows us the brighter, more positive side of her bipolar magnification. She leads you down path after path of exploration in search of love and acceptance.

Poetic Ramblings of a Hopeful Heart allows us to be part of the poet's adventure with an often naive, optimistic perception. She floods your senses with hope and faith as she shares her laughter and tears with you.

The poet continues to bare her soul, her pain, and her triumphs in order to enlighten others to not feel so alone. She holds you close as she reveals her personal sanguine journey through the labyrinth called love.

Take a moment to investigate what will surely be an exciting odyssey of emotions.

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Post-Catholic Midrashim

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Midrashim are Judaic interpretations of scriptures, which often elaborate the stories found only in skeleton form there. In this spirit, contrary to the ways of Roman Catholic dogma, Lutz examines the social-spiritual effects of historic Catholic interpretations, including a child's mind's understanding. She turns the biblical stories on their head, with then pierces them with a deeper, more authentic meaning of the gospels'--including Mary Magdalene's and the Yoga Sutras' and Buddha's--message of nonviolence. At the same time, the poems expose the Church's patriarchal and punitive thought systems and contradictions.

The scriptural dissections alternate with poems of a fraught relationship between a rebel daughter and a pious mother, ranging from the pathos of the mother's loss of faith when her parish priests' pedophilia is revealed to the sweetness of the daughter's joy when her mother gives up self-punishment for Lent. Lutz spins tragicomedy from imagined fills in the gaps of the gospels and from the increasing absurdity of the mother and daughter's debates about birth control and abortion as the mother sinks into dementia.

Careening between sass and earnestness, the poems rail against religion, while struggling to recover an authentic spirituality. Lutz doesn't argue with God as much as she argues against religions' big lies.

It's kind of like Oscar Wilde and Richard Rohr walk into a bar/monastery, which is something like a bookstore/café, and find God's glass is more than half empty(ness).

Renga for Obama

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Roll Deep

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In his fourth collection, a breakthrough volume, Major Jackson appropriates the vernacular notion of "rolling deep" to capture the spirit of aesthetic travel that defines these forceful new poems and brazenly announces his steady accretion of literary and artistic influences, both formal and experimental--his "crew." The confident and radiant poems in Roll Deep address a range of topics, most prominently human intimacy and war. And like his best work to date, these poems create new experiences with language owed to Jackson's willingness to once again seek a rhythmic sound that expresses the unique realities of the twenty-first century with humor and understanding. Whether set in Nairobi, Madrid, or Greece, the poems are sensuously evocative and unapologetically with-it, in their effort to build community across borders of language and style.

From Urban Renewal, "The Dadaab Suite"

I have come to Dadaab like an actor
on a press release, unprepared for the drained faces
of famine-fleeing refugees, my craft's glamour
dimmed by hundreds of infant graves, children
whose lolling heads' final drop landed on their mothers'
backs like soft stones. What beauty can I spell in
this swelter of dust?

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Romeo and Juliet (USED)

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Read Shakespeare's plays in all their brilliance--and understand what every word means!

Don't be intimidated by Shakespeare! These popular guides make the Bard's plays accessible and enjoyable.

Each No Fear guide contains:

  • The complete text of the original play
  • A line-by-line translation that puts the words into everyday language
  • A complete list of characters, with descriptions
  • Plenty of helpful commentary
  • Rubaiyat

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    Rumors and Ghosts

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    Seaside villages, oft peopled by fishermen and Captains, have held sway of many a thought. Shrouded by dense fog in the dead of night, these landscapes lend themelves to Mystery and tales of old. Ethereal mirages, adamantly and assuredly seen by the believer, lay the groundwork for others' enjoyment. But even the most unsuspecting soul may wonder: Do they exist? Or are they the flames of the tortured guilt-ridden psyche within each of us?

    Rumors. Who of you, have never bent your ear to one? Or begun one? Or helped one along the continuum of tale telling in which gossip becomes knotted; entangled; metamorphosizing into its own ne'er-do-well, not breathing, but existing, hurting, spewing flagitious, maleficent thoughts? And in the end, who has won? But several have lost; and over time, these threads fade, shred, wither... only for a new one to begin.

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    Selected Poems (USED)

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    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award
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    Selected Poems of Ezra Pound (USED)

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    This book offers a compact yet representative selection of Ezra Pound's poems and translations. The span covered is Pound's entire writing career, from his early lyrics and the translations of Provençal songs to his English version of Sophocles' Trachiniae. Included are parts of his best known works--the Chinese translations, the sequence called Hugh Selwyn Mauberly, the Homage to Sextus Propertius. The Cantos, Pound's major epic, are presented in generous selections, chosen to emphasize the main themes of the whole poem.
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    Selected Poetry (USED)

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    In spirit, Percy Shelley was perhaps the most essentially romantic poet of his age. Intense, idealistic, personal, his is the poetry of youth. His brief, impetuous life aroused great controversy, and, like Byron, he lives on outside his verse.

    Shelley's work has been criticized for its undisciplined emotionalism. But essentially he was a poet of ideas, and in his search for truth and original human perfection, Shelley was inspired as much by the Greek poets and philosophers, particularly Plato, as by the radicalism of his own age. Above all, his great gift was his lyricism, and his verse comes as near to music as poetry can. As the poet Kathleen Raine said, "In his art if not in his life, Shelley was able to soar, to give expression to those dreams and visions which, continually broken by reality, are inextinguishable in the human spirit."

    Selections from Leaves of Grass (USED)

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    Sifting Through the Ashes of Me

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    Take a stroll outside the lines with Providence actor and poet Jason "Jay" Walker, as he zigzags and crisscrosses down Memory Lane, "sifting through" and arranging his early poems, which chronicle his life over twenty years, through high school, college and his involvement with and departure from the local Slam(TM) and poetry scene, in order to recapture the creative spark that drives him. It's two decades of growth, as a poet and a person, marked in meter (and sometimes in rhymes) to show the world and, hopefully, the author that they're not alone.

    Spirit Spirit: Shaman Songs (USED)

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    Standing in the Shadows of Giants

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    This is the second book of poetry by Matt Frati and continues his exploration of everyday phenomena begun in "Nightingale Blues" with a deeper, sharper poetic insight. The poems contained within run the gamut from expressions of the drudgery of work to the pleasures and pains of drink, women, writing and life in general.

    Stanyan Street & Other Sorrows (USED)

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    Tartuffe (USED)

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    The translation into English verse of one of Moliere's most masterful and most popular plays. "A continuous delight from beginning to end" (Richard Eberhart). Introduction by Richard Wilbur.
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    Telephone Man

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    Mary Ann (Maitland) Mayer grew up in Lincoln, Rhode Island. She practiced occupational therapy in and around Boston, New Bedford, and Providence for twenty-five years, and is the author of several clinical articles and textbook chapters. She holds degrees from Boston University and Tufts University. Mary Ann has been writing poetry for ten years. She is a member of the writers' community at the William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. Her poems have appeared in journals including Mediphors, Poesy, and Crone's Nest, and in anthologies published by 1st Books, Feminist Writers Guild, and Outriders Press. She is a past recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council award. Mary Ann is proud that Telephone Man is her first book of poetry. She considers the opportunity to collaborate with her father and to render his experiences into poems, a gift. About Telephone Man, she says: Although the diction and images of this book are unique and mark a departure from my usual poetry, I always enjoy imaginatively rendering real experiences, and the grittier the better. I feel that poetry is an ideal way to evoke meaning from the commonplace, and to shine a light into the hidden corners of daily life. With her loving and creative husband Carl Peter (Pete) Mayer and their gifted bird dog Emma (pen-named Ezra Hound), she divides her time between Sharon, Massachusetts and Franconia, New Hampshire.

    The Ache of Appetite

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    Poetry. The always elegant, often heart-wrenching poems in Rachel Hadas's eleventh collection are no-holds-barred dispatches from the front lines of a loved one's surrender to dementia. "Stunning" Molly Peacock. "Harrowing" A.E. Stallings."
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    The Great Poems of the Bible (USED)

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    In The Great Poems of the Bible, James Kugel, acclaimed Harvard scholar and former poetry editor of Harpers Magazine, selects eighteen essential poems from the Hebrew Bible and offers his own original and articulate translations of these core pieces of religious literature. His eloquent renditions are paired with deeply informed discussions about the conditions surrounding each poem, including its history and whatÊthe best religious scholarship and literary criticism tell us about how the poem should be understood. Kugel explains traditions, clarifies often-misunderstood language, and offers readers wonderfully insightful explanations that are indispensable to understanding the poems and, ultimately, the fundamental teachings of the Old Testament.

    The Inferno (USED)

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    The Lost Village of Rockland

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    The New Life

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    Poetry. "Tillinghast keeps re-blooming, reinventing, re-imagining, born and born again. At the heart of THE NEW LIFE is a fire that warms and brightens and burns beyond 'the cold miles of the galaxies.' It is a gift that will not go out. And we are grateful for it"-Thomas Lynch. Richard Tillinghast has published seven other collections of poetry, a critical memoir of Robert Lowell, and two books of essays. A former professor of English at the University of Michigan, Tillinghast has been a Fellow of the American Research Institute in Turkey and currently lives in rural Ireland.

    The Past (USED)

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    The Solitary Sentinel

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    the Ultimate American Pit Bull Terrier (USED)

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    Congratulations! You own or are about to own one of the most distinguished breeds of the twentieth century, the American Pit Bull Terrier. Your dog is automatically feared and respected by other people, and it's up to you to be his caretaker and ambassador.

    This book will help you do both-and more. In the caretaking department, ""The Ultimate American Pit Bull Terrier"" will tell you everything you need to know about feeding your dog from puppyhood to old age. It will explain grooming essentials, like trimming toenails, cleaning ears, checking teeth, brushing and bathing. It will describe basic health concerns, from vaccination schedules to flea control to what to do in an emergency.

    As for being an ambassador for your breed, ""The Ultimate American Pit Bull Terrier"" will tell you all sorts of fun facts about the Pit Bull's history so you can boast about your dog and help people understand him for who he really is. Did you know The Little Rascals' devoted companion, Petey, was a Pit Bull? Or that the Pit Bull was the symbol of American strength and courage during World War I? It's true; the Pit Bull was once the all-American dog, a companion cherished for his excellent way with children, his playfulness and his doggy demeanor. In most homes, he still is. But it's also true that today Pit Bulls are associated more with crime than with companionship.

    ""The Ultimate American Pit Bull Terrier"" celebrates the breed for the kind of dog it is with the right owners. A dog with physical and mental stature whose intelligence, charm and energy make him a superb friend, fellow athlete and playmate.
    A Howell Dog Book of Distiction

    The Works of Sir Walter Scott (USED)

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    Thoughts of You, My Friend: A Collection o Poems on Friendship (USED)

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    Titus Andronicus

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    The acclaimed Pelican Shakespeare series edited by A. R. Braunmuller and Stephen Orgel
    The legendary Pelican Shakespeare series features authoritative and meticulously researched texts paired with scholarship by renowned Shakespeareans. Each book includes an essay on the theatrical world of Shakespeare's time, an introduction to the individual play, and a detailed note on the text used. Updated by general editors Stephen Orgel and A. R. Braunmuller, these easy-to-read editions incorporate over thirty years of Shakespeare scholarship undertaken since the original series, edited by Alfred Harbage, appeared between 1956 and 1967. With definitive texts and illuminating essays, the Pelican Shakespeare will remain a valued resource for students, teachers, and theater professionals for many years to come.
    For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
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    To Make a Thing of Air

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    To the One Person I Consider to Be My Soul Mate (USED)

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    This beautiful collection embraces the meaning of true and perfectly expresses the miracle that comes with finding a soul mate.
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    Too Numerous (USED)

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    What does it really mean when people are viewed as bytes of data? And is there beauty or an imaginative potential to information culture and the databases cataloging it? As Too Numerous reveals, the raw material of bytes and data points can be reshaped and repurposed for ridiculous, melancholic, and even aesthetic purposes. Grappling with an information culture that is both intimidating and daunting, Kent Shaw considers the impersonality represented by the continuing accumulation of personal information and the felicities--and barriers--that result: "The us that was inside us was magnificent structures. And they weren't going to grow any larger."

    Touch of Orange

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    Treasury of Wedding Poems, Quotations & Short Stories (USED)

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    This is a collection of over 100 classic poems, quotations and short stories from many lands, all on the subject of weddings. From bridal preparations and the wedding day itself, there is advice for newlyweds about married life from writers such as Edgar Allan Poe, John Donne, Goethe, Judah Halevi, e.e. cummings, Anne Bradstreet, W.S. Rendra, Ovid, George Bernard Shaw, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Stephen Crane and A.A. Milne.

    Twin Towers Anthology; The Pentagon and Flight 93 (USED)

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    Voices of the Earth: People Helping People

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    Voices of the Earth: The Future of Our Planet

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    Warm from the Thicket

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    Upon the death of her mother in October, 2013, Elisabeth King began relieving her journey through grief with writing. Each expression represents a day in the life of the healing process; some are joyful while others still weigh heavy on a weary soul. This book is a representation of raw emotion, reflection, motherhood, childhood and the belief that through darkness comes light. Through sadness comes solace. Through life comes all things and the process should be acknowledged and honored.
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    Waste Land and other Poems

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    This volume includes the title poem as well as "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," "Gerontion," "Ash Wednesday," "Sweeney Among the Nightingales," and other poems from Eliot's early and middle work. "Eliot has left upon English poetry a mark more unmistakable than that of any other poet writing in English" (Edmund Wilson).

    Where I'm Coming From

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    Jay Walker is reaching out to the world through his poetry, speaking on world issues & reflecting on all the aspects & events of his life & his art. Where I'm Comin' From is not a love letter to Rhode Island; it's a declaration of the status of his emotional journey to the ultimate destination of peace, love & nakedness for all.

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    Whirling Top; A Black Toymaker's Journey Through a Maze of Racism in America

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    Timely, inventive and insightful, The Whirling Top is an eloquently written maze of poetry from the perspective of childhood innocence to manhood amid a world of subtle and overt racism. Morris captures his passion for children's playthings against the inescapable contrasts and foils of a long history of injustice, scripted from the heart, soul and journey as a black toymaker living in America. Morris is an award winning industrial Designer / Inventor featured in Black Enterprise Magazine as one of "America's Top Black Designers." He is credited for numerous awards in the toy industry including the patented Toy Oven, the Easy-Bake, Real Meal Oven, which won the 2003 Best Toy Parenting magazine Toy of the Year Award. Morris is also listed as inventor on patents of major classic brands such as Play-Doh, Lite-Brite, Tonka, Fisher-Price toys and more. His toy design efforts helped to achieve Best Licensed "Toy of the Year" for the most successful marriage between a property and a toy for the Hasbro, Inc. 2001 "Bob the Builder Electronic Talking Scoop" as derived from the Bob the Builder children's television series. Aside from his daily work as a toy designer, Morris is a skilled paper sculpture artist and in 1994 he was commissioned by the Hasbro Children's Foundation to create works of art as awards to honor the late American journalist and television news Anchor Peter Jennings and the staff at ABC news for their contributions to children's news coverage around the world.
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    Whispers From The Tree of Life (USED)

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    Frances L. O'Donnell received one of the first annual "Dorry Awards" for her Poetry book "Whispers from The Tree of Life," honoring the very best in local literature, book of the year award on September 27, 2016. Whispers from The Tree of Life also received an Honorable Mention from The Paris Book Festival Competition on May 17, 2016. In Whispers from the tree of life, Fran O'Donnell's poetry sparkles with the deeply hued jewels of her mind and heart. Her poetry reflects myriad colors and feelings combined with keen observations. Fran's poetry beguiles in its playful simplicity and surprises with its transcendent meaning. Fran celebrates the beauty of the natural world and a hunger to connect with it. The poet invites us not to be afraid of life but to embrace it tenderly with love and gratitude. Most importantly, she encourages us to discover our own bright star. Eileen M. Stefani MA. English --- Phi Beta Kappa Connecticut College Artist ---Natural Science illustration Society

    Will I Think of You? (USED)

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    World War II

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