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Learning to Swim (USED)

Learning to Swim (USED)

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Six-year-old Annie's world is shattered when she is forced to carry a horrible secret: Under the pretense of reading to her, an older boy molests her, threatening her if she ever tells. Only when her mother pries out the secret is Annie released from her horror and isolation. Slowly she begins to heal, and before the summer is over, she even learns to swim.

Letters to Taranta-babu

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Poetry. Translated from the Turkish by Randy Blasing and Mutlu Konuk. This is the first complete English translation of Hikmet's 1935 book that denounced the imminent Italian invasion of Ethiopia. It is this book that let the Turkish military to begin persecuting Hikmet for his anti-Fascist views. Three years later, the military would sentence him to 28 years in prison for his politics.

Life Spirals

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Love Poems of Robert Herrick and John Donne (USED)

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Loving Through Heartsongs (USED)

Loving Through Heartsongs (USED)

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Mattie J. T. Stepanek has won the hearts of millions with his inspiring poems from his first two New York Times bestsellers. Now he's ready to spread a little love with Loving Through Heartsongs, a beautiful collection of poems written about innocence and trusting love from a child's perspective. Mattie's struggle with muscular dystrophy has never kept him from feeling deep love for his family, friends, country, and faith--heartfelt emotions that are reflected throughout these pages.

Mary Shiminski I Love You! and Other Poems (USED)

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Melodies of the Heart

Melodies of the Heart

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In this collection of poetry crafted by writer, author and poet Ana Arelys Cruz Cabrera, the reader will first be struck by her profound sense of place. In fact, throughout this work, it is often impossible to distinguish the profound love of her native Dominican Republic from the love of her adopted country, the United States. Perhaps it is a needless undertaking to even attempt to define this distinction. In a tangible sense, her work reflects the raw patriotism she demonstrates in her daily life - a life faithful to active community involvement, volunteerism and leadership in every community she serves. Throughout this work, the heart and soul of Ana Arelys's voice and ear shine through plainly, planted firmly in the traditional and shared American and Dominican values of family, legacy and spirit. These themes weave all through this work, binding it together, offering the reader a richness of message that only her unique voice could intend. Ana Arelys selects each word with great care, much like a composer might choose each note of a sonata, and whether consumed in silence or spoken aloud in either English or Spanish, her poems speak to a spectrum of human conditions. Friendship, justice, love, sorrow and even death, appear and perform as lively supporting actors on a stage, built from more universal messages. It has been said that the aim of poetry is to teach and delight. If so, then in Melodies of the Heart, we propose that Ana Arelys has achieved both.
Most Way Home (USED)

Most Way Home (USED)

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Museum of Clear Ideas; New Poems (USED)

Museum of Clear Ideas; New Poems (USED)

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This is Donald Hall's most advanced works extending his poetic reach even beyond his recent volumes, The One Day and Old and New Poems. Conflict dominates this book, and conflict unites it. Hall takes poetry as an instrument for revelation and discovery, whether in "Another Elegy, " a comic, pathetic portrait of a (fictional) contemporary poet, or in "Baseball, " in which a narrator called K.C. (swinging his bat from the Mudville of the poet's desk) fantastically attempts to explain the all-American game to a long-dead German artist. "Baseball" occupies nine innings, each inning composed of nine stanzas, each stanza composed of nine lines, each line composed of nine syllables. The title series of poems, "The Museum of Clear Ideas, " imitates, but does not translate, the first book of the Odes of Horace. A cool, witty voice identifies itself as Horace Horsecollar, an old Walt Disney character; yet no sooner does one voice establish itself than another voice contradicts it. By such means are ideas exhibited and clarified. The book's final section, "Extra Innings, " moves with terrible poignancy to questions about the end of the game, each inning adding another stanza, each stanza another line, each line another syllable, until the game is over. The Museum of Clear Ideas, exalting artifice, breaks beyond artifice to the heart of reality. As Thom Gunn wrote of Hall's The One Day, "It is one of those books, like Elizabeth Bishop's last collection, which alters the way we look at the jumbled contents of the poetic career preceding it, giving it retrospectively a shape, a pattern, a consistency it didn't seem to have at the time."
My Last Duchess and Other Poems (USED)

My Last Duchess and Other Poems (USED)

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The Victorian poet Robert Browning (1812 -1889) is perhaps most admired today for his inspired development of the dramatic monologue. In this compelling poetic form, he sought to reveal his subjects' true natures in their own, often self-justifying, accounts of their lives and affairs. A number of these vivid monologues, including the famed Fra Lippo Lippi, How It Strikes a Contemporary, and The Bishop Orders His Tomb at Saint Praxed's Church, are included in this selection of forty-two poems.
Here, too, are the famous My Last Duchess, dramatic lyrics such as Memorabilia and Love among the Ruins, and well-known shorter works: The Pied Piper of Hamelin, Home-Thoughts, from Abroad, Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister, and more. Together these poems reveal Browning's rare gifts as both a lyric poet and a monologist of rare psychological insight and dramatic flair.