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An Unkindness of Ravens

by Anne-Marie Oomen

In this smart new selection for the A. Poulin, Jr. New Poets series, readers will discover a worldly but tender female persona. Here is a modern Magdalene: complicated, tired, self-aware. Though she’s still young enough to fall in... Read More

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Only Bread Only Light

by Anne-Marie Oomen

In one of his poems, Kuusisto calls himself a “fool of the night seasons,” referring to the blindness that affected him during his youth. This poet, however, is no fool about poetry or the construction of beautiful and haunting... Read More

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Pale Bird Spouting Fire

by Anne-Marie Oomen

Yuzna’s poems create quirky cultural connections and historical meanderings that will please readers with their literary depth. Her poems are peppered with references to the famous voices of civilization. The Saints—Jerome, Francis,... Read More

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Carolina Ghost Woods

by Anne-Marie Oomen

Carolina Ghost Woods, Jordan’s winning manuscript for the prestigious Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets is a walloping, gritty and fearless short collection. In a mere two dozen poems, some of them long, she presents... Read More

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Farewell, My Lovelies

by Anne-Marie Oomen

Braided narratives, subtle shifts from mythical to modern times, complex allusions to both film noir and pop culture and social consciousness characterize this collection of poems. Braiding narratives is a stylistic device brought to... Read More

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Nostos

by Anne-Marie Oomen

In a literary world often inundated with the banal, readers will cherish these poems for their fine sophistication. Pellizon, who won the prestigious Hollis Summers Poetry Prize for this collection, writes with a striking sense of... Read More

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Trying to Catch the Horses

by Anne-Marie Oomen

Gerber has been called one of the great “sitters” of the literary world in that his poems, always uncompromisingly direct, also come from the kind of reflection that is associated with quiet meditation and the clear thought that... Read More

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Summer Lake

by Anne-Marie Oomen

Summer Lake is a wonderful overview of twenty years of Huddle’s writing, from his first book in 1979 to the final new poems. What will delight readers is how this collection not only exhibits some of his best and most ambitious work,... Read More

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