View your shopping cart.

Banner Message

SEARCH OUR INVENTORY OF THOUSANDS OF NEW & USED BOOKS
ALL USED BOOKS IN VERY GOOD TO EXCELLENT CONDITION -- MANY LIKE NEW!

Poetry

Becoming Joe DiMaggio (USED)

Becoming Joe DiMaggio (USED)

$3.99
More Info
Spare, simple poems tell a boy's moving story in this short novel about baseball, family, and the American dream.
It's 1936, and the Yankees have just hired a star center fielder whose name sounds like music. What could be a better time for Papa-Angelo's grandson to be born? Christened after the legendary ballplayer, young Joseph Paul learns much at his Italian grandfather's knee - about holding your breath in front of the radio during a 3-2 count with the bases loaded and having the audacity to dream big dreams. After all, the boy's ne'er-do-well father is out of the picture, and it is Papa-Angelo's job to teach his grandson what it means to be a hero.
In a poignant novel told in verse, Maria Testa paints a picture of a timeless bond between a grandson and his immigrant grandfather - and of finding his own place in a brave new world.
Bent Not Broken

Bent Not Broken

$13.00
More Info
Every person has a story This we know is true When listening to other's issues You think, OMG, me too! My story isn't my own It's a journey many share We've all suffered heartache of some kind Leaving us alone in our despair. My reason for sharing my pages In a mere chapter in the book of me Is to convey there is hope beyond the darkness You just have to have faith in order to see. Bent Not Broken took seven years to write Though a book wasn't my intention I needed to share my thoughts For my own intervention. I would love to watch as you read See the expression on your face That you too have encountered the same feelings In another time and place. I'm hoping you connect Realize it is OK to feel down But don't dwell on the past Or in the negativity, you'll surely drown. Try to find a positive In each and every day Or fake it till you make it And believe if there's a will there's a way.
Blood Dazzler (USED)

Blood Dazzler (USED)

$5.99
More Info

In minute-by-minute detail, Patricia Smith tracks Hurricane Katrina as it transforms into a full-blown mistress of destruction. From August 23, 2005, the day Tropical Depression Twelve developed, through August 28 when it became a Category Five storm with its "scarlet glare fixed on the trembling crescent," to the heartbreaking aftermath, these poems evoke the horror that unfolded in New Orleans as America watched it on television.

Assuming the voices of flailing politicians, the dying, their survivors, and the voice of the hurricane itself, Smith follows the woefully inadequate relief effort and stands witness to families held captive on rooftops and in the Superdome. She gives voice to the thirty-four nursing home residents who drowned in St. Bernard Parish and recalls the day after their deaths when George W. Bush accompanied country singer Mark Willis on guitar:

The cowboy grins through the terrible din,
***
And in the Ninth, a choking woman wails
Look like this country done left us for dead.

An unforgettable reminder that poetry can still be "news that stays news," Blood Dazzler is a necessary step toward national healing.

Patricia Smith is the author of four previous collections of poetry, including Teahouse of the Almighty, winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and the Paterson Poetry Prize. A record-setting, national poetry slam champion, she was featured in the film Slamnation, on the HBO series Def Poetry Jam, and is a frequent contributor to Harriet, the Poetry Foundation's blog. Visit her website at www.wordwoman.ws.

Cage of Lit Glass

Cage of Lit Glass

$14.95
More Info
The debut poetry collection of Charles Kell, Cage of Lit Glass engages themes of death, incarceration, and family through a range of physical, emotional, and philosophical spaces. In startling images of beauty and violence, Kell creates a haunting world that mirrors our individual and cultural fears. Boldly engaging with the absurdity, strain, and horrors of life, Kell's poems expand upon the lineage of writers such as Kafka, Beckett, and Rimbaud.

Cage of Lit Glass follows multiple individuals and points of view, all haunted by various states of unease and struggle that follow them like specters as they navigate their world. Kell's poems form blurred narratives and playful experiments from our attempts to build lives from despair. A tense and insightful collection, these works will follow the reader long after the book is finished.

Call Us What We Carry

Call Us What We Carry

$24.99
More Info
The breakout poetry collection by #1 New York Times bestselling author and presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman

Formerly titled The Hill We Climb and Other Poems, the luminous poetry collection by #1 New York Times bestselling author and presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman captures a shipwrecked moment in time and transforms it into a lyric of hope and healing. In Call Us What We Carry, Gorman explores history, language, identity, and erasure through an imaginative and intimate collage. Harnessing the collective grief of a global pandemic, these poems shine a light on a moment of reckoning and reveal that Gorman has become our messenger from the past, our voice for the future.

Chain Saw Dance (USED)

$12.00
More Info

Chief Joseph of the Nez Prince (USED)

$2.99
More Info

Christina Rossetti (The Great English Poets); Collection edited by Peter Porter (USED)

$3.99
More Info
From the Great Poets series--exquisite small-format collections of classic poetry enhanced by full-color reproductions of period art, and readable, scholarly introductions. 12 full-color illustrations.

Complete Poetry and Selected Pros of John Donne (USED)

$4.99
More Info

Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe (USED)

$15.00
More Info