• 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...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...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...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’...more

  • Poems, first series

    Emily Dickinson

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

  • Ariel

    Sylvia Plath

    while reading Wintering, i tried to read along with this at the same time, as the chapter titles in Wintering are the titles of these poems, but in the sequence that Sylvia Plath had decided upon. she killed herself before the book was published and Ted Hughes reordered the poems into chronological order...more