• Inside the Yellow Dress

    Mary Ann Samyn

    Wish You Were Here
    Postcard of time, stolen time. And I have such wide need. How can I tell you of all the birds visiting me? First, geese at night — just as you said — flying by the light of the river. No, I mean by the absence of the light of the river. Then, cranes, three: a dream, a painting, a photograph. Also, this paper if you fold it: origami sign of — what? Good fortune against great distances, against exhaustion, or so I’ve read. Remember, you said you wanted birds at parting. OK then, take mine. Let this be the feather in your mailbox.

    The Path from You Back to Me
    Then just as suddenly the poems returned.

  • Perfect Disappearance

    Martha Rhodes

    My body given away, parts
    flown to other parts — a child
    receives my eyes, another
    my heart, the diseased organs
    remain, benign now.

  • Before the War: poems as they happened

    Lawson Fusao Inada

    We are all the loves we ever lost.

    I can’t for the life of me remember how this wound up on my hold list at the library, but there must have been some reason. The poems in this book span ten years, themes of jazz, WWII internment camps, and banalities set in several distinct locales around the US. A bit disappointing that my favorite poem was the first one, “Plucking Out a Rhythm,” but there are moments of finesse throughout.

    This was the first volume of poetry by an Asian-American to be published by a major publisher.more

  • Copia

    Casey Kwang

    It’s been well over a year since I last read a book of poetry in its entirety. There have been a few attempts that went undocumented, since I barely even imposed any stress to the bindings.

    This is one of those books that’s easy to just breeze through without really hearing it, if you aren’t careful. And I kept wondering to myself if I am less prepared to read poetry since I haven’t read a whole lot (and certainly not the “classics”)—can one be better prepared for certain works the less they read?more

  • Shattered Sonnets, Love Cards, and Other Off and Back Handed Importunities

    Olena Kalytiak Davis

    More challenging than And Her Soul Out of Nothing but very alive.

    small quilled poem with no taste for spring
    In spring all the poems that need
    to be written

    Have. You are neither dejected
    nor relieved.

  • In the Next Galaxy

    Ruth Stone

    Albany Bus Station
    The same fat man with the fluorescent vest
    is playing cards for cash
    at the same table by the window;
    the same easy jean-jacketed girl
    slaps the back of the same red-faced man
    whose shirt hangs out below his sweater.

  • 95 Poems

    e.e. cummings


  • Poems of Akhmatova

    Anna Akhmatova

    i lost the comments on this book and a few others around this time. now i can’t remember exactly how i felt about this one.. i do remember liking this edition, which is a good introduction to Akhmatova’s work as it has a good biography as a preface, which puts the poems in context. her subject matter is pretty personal and, while vague enough at time that sometimes the origins and meanings might not be perfectly clear or discernible, some knowledge of her life at the time of the poems is insightful.

    she has a nice simple style, which i tend to like in poems. also it’s an interesting look at how the Russian revolution affected people like Akhmatova, a poet...more

  • Love Poems

    Anne Sexton

    i was inspired to read some Anne Sexton after reading Girl Interrupted and Wintering and some Sylvia Plath. apparently this book is the story of an affair a married woman had, scandalous for its time. but i don’t think i would have known exactly what it was about without having read the preface.more

  • Poems, first series

    Emily Dickinson

    There’s a certain slant of light,
    On winter afternoons,
    That oppresses, like the weight
    Of cathedral tunes.