• The Wisdom of Omar Khayyam by Philosophical Library

      The Wisdom of Omar Khayyam

      Philosophical Library

      A Persian poet’s masterpiece While better known in his time for his mathematical and astronomical works, eleventh-century Persian philosopher and poet Omar Khayyam is best known today for his romantic poetry collected in the Rubaiyat. This selection presents 365 of the approximately 1,000 quatrains, translated from the original Persian. Khayyam’s poetry draws readers in with its lush imagery and timeless observations on the human experience and the metaphysical mysteries of our world. As wise and intriguing as they are beautifully crafted, Khayyam’s verse has inspired much Western art and literature.

    • Once by Alice Walker
      Alice Walker’s first published book collects poems written as a student and on her first visit to Africa

      For readers seeking the origins of Alice Walker’s potent, distinctive voice, this collection will provide ample insight. Composed while she was still a student at Sarah Lawrence College in the late 1960s, these poems are already engaged with some of the moral dilemmas that have defined Walker’s entire career. Luminous vignettes from her first trip to Africa give way to reflections on the flourishing civil rights movement, while an eye for the transformative power of love and beauty run through all twenty-seven entries. Walker’s talents are prodigious, yet it’s her pure moral and aesthetic clarity that impress most in this debut work.

      This ebook features an illustrated biography of Alice Walker including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.
    • Revolutionary Petunias by Alice Walker

      Revolutionary Petunias

      Alice Walker

      National Book Award Finalist: The love poems of an author caught up in a hopeful and sometimes violent upheaval.
      When Alice Walker published her second collection of poems in 1976, she had spent the previous decade deeply immersed in the civil rights movement. In these verses are her most visceral reactions to a moment in history that would shape the country, and that she herself influenced through words and advocacy. In hymns to ancestors, passionate polemics, and laments for lost possibilities, Walker addresses the problems of the past while keeping an eye on the possibilities of the future. Even in the midst of the call for change, these poems reveal a deep yearning for individual connection to others, as well as a deeply personal connection to nature.
      This ebook features an illustrated biography of Alice Walker including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.
    • Horses Make a Landscape Look More Beautiful by Alice Walker

      Horses Make a Landscape Look More Beautiful

      Alice Walker

      Poems from the author of The Color Purple: “This book has two fine strengths—a music that comes along sometimes [and] Walker’s own tragicomic gifts” (The New York Times Book Review).
      The title of this collection comes from a Native American shaman who, reflecting on the terrible problems brought by white colonizers, nearly forgave them all because with the settlers came horses to the North American Plains. And, indeed, in these poems we find Alice Walker seeking a saving grace even in the most difficult circumstances, and in the hearts of the most brutal oppressors. Here Walker’s attention turns toward the small moments and subliminal exchanges between lovers and enemies, even as her verse addresses concerns as vast as the choking of the planet by war and pollution.
      This ebook features an illustrated biography of Alice Walker including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.
    • The Concrete River by Luis J. Rodríguez

      The Concrete River

      Luis J. Rodríguez

      A mesmerizing collection of poems of urban pain and immigrant alienation, humming with a current of genuine beauty and the pulse of lifeThe Concrete River’s poems are dispatches from city corners that CNN viewers never see, that few dare visit, and that fewer still manage to escape. Rodríguez sings corridos of barrios and busted Chicanos trying to make it in L.A. and Chicago, from ballads of Watts’s broken glass to blues played alongside a tequila bottle under an elevated train. But the music also captures moments of true beauty amid the hard urban surfaces, where the cries of the ’hood “deliver sacrifices / of sound and flesh, / as a mother’s milk flows,” while love and community offer renewed hope. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Luis J. Rodríguez including rare images from the author’s personal collection.
    • My Nature Is Hunger by Luis J. Rodríguez

      My Nature Is Hunger

      Luis J. Rodríguez

      The collected poems of one of America’s foremost balladeers of urban struggle and immigrant dreams Over his three-decade career as a poet, novelist, and memoirist, Luis J. Rodríguez has earned acclaim for his remarkable ear for the voices of the city. My Nature Is Hunger represents the best of his lyrical work during his most prolific period as a poet, a time when he carefully documented the rarely heard voices of immigrants and the poor living on society’s margins. For Rodríguez’s subjects, the city is all-consuming, devouring lives, hopes, and the dreams of its citizens even as it flourishes with possibility. “Out of my severed body / the world has bloomed,” and out of Rodríguez’s stirring vision, so has beauty. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Luis J. Rodríguez including rare images from the author’s personal collection.
    • Trochemoche by Luis J. Rodríguez


      Luis J. Rodríguez

      Poems of the barrio and of the Americas beyond Spanish for “helter-skelter,” Trochemoche begins by conjuring life in the barrio, whether in a slum in a Texas border town or in L.A., the vast, hectic, desperate California metropolis where Luis J. Rodríguez grew up. For Rodríguez, only art offered deliverance from the despair of gang violence and poverty, and these poems stand as prayers for transcendence, recorded long after Rodríguez escaped his violent past and began to explore the wider world. Here Rodríguez offers not only songs of the American dream, but a dream of the Americas, a place that invites a pell-mell, sometimes violent, collision of cultures, human impulses, and natural forces. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Luis J. Rodríguez including rare images from the author’s personal collection.
    • The 20th Century in Poetry by Michael Hulse

      The 20th Century in Poetry

      Michael Hulse

      The history of the twentieth century as seen through the eyes of the greatest poets of our time This groundbreaking anthology presents in chronological order over four hundred poems written during the twentieth century. The authors, both published poets themselves, give an overview of each period of history, while notes to the poems place each one in its historical context and trace the century’s poetic development. Concise biographies for each poet complete the anthology. By organizing the poems in chronological order, readers will see poets in a new light. Here A. E. Houseman, for example, rubs shoulders with T. S. Eliot, showing that traditional forms can hold their own against the modernist orthodoxy. All the major events of the twentieth century are reflected in the choice of poems within these pages. Including poems by Noël Coward, Rudyard Kipling, James Joyce, D. H. Lawrence, Robert Frost, G. K. Chesterton, Ezra Pound, Philip Larkin, T. S. Eliot, Wallace Stevens, Langston Hughes, William Carlos Williams, W. H. Auden, e. e. cummings, Dylan Thomas, Kingsley Amis, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Frank O’Hara, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, John Updike, Robert Penn Warren, among a host of others, this richly rewarding collection captures the history of the twentieth century within one monumental volume.
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    • Becoming Light by Erica Jong

      Becoming Light

      Erica Jong

      A courageous and enthralling collection of poems by Fear of Flying author Erica Jong celebrating life, art, sex, and womanhood
      seven lives,then webecome light . . .
      Erica Jong’s novels are fearless and passionate. So, too, is her poetry. Though renowned—and sometimes vilified—for her unabashedly sensual fiction, the author considers herself a poet first and foremost. “It was my poetry,” Jong writes, “that kept me sane, that kept me whole, that kept me alive.”
      Becoming Light contains poems personally selected by Jong from her complete oeuvre of acclaimed published works—poems of love, sex, witches, gods, and demons; word-songs brimming with wit, heart, bitterness, sorrow, and truth. From the earliest poetic musings of a brilliant young artist first trying out her wings to later works born of experience and maturity, unpublished before appearing in this collection, Jong’s pure artistry shines like a beacon as she writes, fearlessly and passionately, about being a woman, about being alive.
      This ebook features an illustrated biography of Erica Jong including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.

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    • War Dances by Sherman Alexie

      War Dances

      Sherman Alexie

      A bestselling collection of stories and poems from literary icon Sherman Alexie
      Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, War Dances blends short stories, poems, call-and-response, and more into something that only Sherman Alexie could have written. Ordinary men stand at the threshold of profound change, from a story about a famous writer caring for a dying but still willful father, to the tale of a young Indian boy who learns to value his own life by appreciating the deaths of others. Perceptions change, too, as “Another Proclamation” casts a shadow over Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, and “Invisible Dog on a Leash” limns the heartbreak of shattered childhood illusions. And nostalgia for antiquated technology is tenderly rendered in “Ode to Mix Tapes” and “Ode for Pay Phones.”
      With his versatile voice, Alexie explores love, betrayal, fatherhood, alcoholism, and art in this spirited, soulful, and endlessly entertaining collection, transcending genre boundaries to create something truly unique.

      This ebook features an illustrated biography including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.

    • A Durable Fire by May Sarton

      A Durable Fire

      May Sarton

      Poetic meditations on solitude by acclaimed author May Sarton
      This collection borrows its title from Sir Walter Raleigh, who wrote, “Love is a durable fire / In the mind ever burning.” It is a fitting sentiment for a collection on solitude, wherein the author finds herself full of emotion even in seclusion. The first poem, “Gestalt at Sixty,” finds the author reflecting on the joy and loneliness of being solitary. A Durable Fire is a transformative work by a masterful poet.

    • A Grain of Mustard Seed by May Sarton

      A Grain of Mustard Seed

      May Sarton

      May Sarton presents a collection of socially charged yet universal poems
      One of the many gems of this volume is “The Invocation to Kali,” which explores a dark and destructive femininity. Sarton writes of “Crude power that forges a balance / Between hate and love,” finding an amalgam of dark and light within a single act. This graceful and nuanced work forges powerful connections between timeless ideas and specific moments in history.

    • A Private Mythology by May Sarton

      A Private Mythology

      May Sarton

      Stunning reflections chronicling a journey both spiritual and physical by May Sarton, one of America’s most beloved poets
      In celebration of her fiftieth birthday, May Sarton embarked on a pilgrimage around the world. Traveling through Japan, India, and Greece, she captured her spiritual discoveries in this vivid collection of poetry. Arresting images and meditations on the differences between East and West are rendered with the exceptional clarity of an accomplished artist.
      Winner of the Emily Clark Balch Prize.

    • Collected Poems by May Sarton

      Collected Poems

      May Sarton

      A comprehensive volume collecting May Sarton’s poetry from over sixty years of work
      This collection spanning six decades exposes the charm and clarity of Sarton’s poetry to the fullest. Arranged in chronological order, it follows the transformation of her writing through a wide range of poetic forms and styles. Her poetry meditates on topics including the American landscape, aging, nature, the act of creating art, and self-study. This compendium from one of America’s most beloved poets will enthrall readers.

    • Coming into Eighty by May Sarton

      Coming into Eighty

      May Sarton

      In May Sarton’s seventeenth and final collection of poetry, the writer reflects on life, aging, and mortality
      Coming into Eighty presents a poet’s look at age. Herein, Sarton gives readers a glimpse into her quotidian tasks, her memories, her losses, and her triumphs. The volume explores topics ranging from the war in Iraq to the struggle of taking a cat to the vet. Dark and immediate, this work catalogues both the tedium and the splendor of life with equal wit and beauty. Winner of the Levinson Prize.

    • Halfway to Silence by May Sarton

      Halfway to Silence

      May Sarton

      A striking collection of short poems from acclaimed writer May Sarton
      After decades of writing flowing lyric verse, May Sarton’s style turned to short bursts of poetry. Likening poetry to gardening, she writes, “Muse, pour strength into my pruning wrist / That I may cut the way toward open space.” These condensed poems are rife with exuberant impressions of nature and of love. Included are two of Sarton’s most acclaimed poems, “Old Lovers at the Ballet” and “Of the Muse.”

    • In Time Like Air by May Sarton

      In Time Like Air

      May Sarton

      Finalist for the National Book Award: May Sarton at her evocative and contemplative best
      The title poem of this entrancing collection compares love to salt for its ability both to dissolve and to crystallize “into a presence.” At once philosophical and fiercely corporeal, this work presents emotion as a sensory experience. Written with Sarton’s characteristic concision, these deeply felt poems will delight readers.
    • The Lion and the Rose by May Sarton

      The Lion and the Rose

      May Sarton

      May Sarton’s poetic celebrations of the American landscape
      Written in Santa Fe, New Mexico, May Sarton’s third collection of poems takes inspiration from the land, the light, and the palette of the American Southwest. With archaeological precision, Sarton uncovers American history and heredity. “Plain grandeur escapes definition,” begins one poem. But Sarton’s America is alive with history and is continually redefined by its own settings and mythology.

    • Love Alone by Paul Monette

      Love Alone

      Paul Monette

      Paul Monette’s fierce and arresting collection of poems on the death of his partner from AIDS

      Following his partner Roger Horwitz’s death from AIDS in 1986, Paul Monette threw himself into these elegies. Writing them, he says, “quite literally kept me alive.” Both beautifully written and deeply affecting, every poem is full of anger, sorrow, tenderness, and a palpable sense of grief. With graceful language and emotional acuity, Paul Monette captures the enormity of a loss that ravaged a generation. But even more than they are about tragedy, these poems are about love. Each moving line is full of love for one who is no longer there, but whose presence is still achingly felt at every turn. Love Alone is remarkable for its honesty, its passion, and its depth.

      This ebook features an illustrated biography of Paul Monette including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the Paul Monette papers of the UCLA Library Special Collections.
    • No Witnesses by Paul Monette

      No Witnesses

      Paul Monette

      An enthralling collection of poetry from National Book Award winner Paul Monette

      “Come, / what can the body do but go on, when / the best of us are eaten from within?” writes Paul Monette in the titular poem. This mixture of doom and determinedness is played out with humor and warmth in Monette’s poetry. In this quicksilver collection, his words are in perpetual motion, traveling from the Parthenon to Ohio and everywhere in between. Meditating frequently on sex, nostalgia, and love, these poems are serious without ever becoming humorless. They include charming and funny monologues from Isadora Duncan and Noël Coward. Accompanied by original artwork by David Schorr, No Witnesses is an absorbing book of poetry from an acclaimed author.

      This ebook features an illustrated biography of Paul Monette including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the Paul Monette papers of the UCLA Library Special Collections.
    • The Carpenter at the Asylum by Paul Monette

      The Carpenter at the Asylum

      Paul Monette

      National Book Award winner Paul Monette’s acclaimed first book of poetry

      Originally published in 1975, The Carpenter at the Asylum was Monette’s first literary success. In this collection of poems, he writes with playfulness and candor of everything from fairy tales to the change of seasons. “All things glitter like fresh milk,” he writes in one poem. And indeed, these works pull a sparklingly strange beauty from everyday objects and experiences.

      This ebook features an illustrated biography of Paul Monette including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the Paul Monette papers of the UCLA Library Special Collections.
    • West of Yesterday, East of Summer by Paul Monette

      West of Yesterday, East of Summer

      Paul Monette

      A poetry collection spanning the career of award-winning writer Paul Monette

      Paul Monette got his start writing poetry, and it was to this form that he returned following the death of his partner Roger Horwitz from AIDS-related complications. This stunning collection includes Monette’s early work as well as the beautiful and wrenching poems borne out of this immense loss. Written with characteristic wit, these poems deftly traverse humor, rage, love, and sorrow.

      West of Yesterday, East of Summer captures the range of an important writer.

      This ebook features an illustrated biography of Paul Monette including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the Paul Monette papers of the UCLA Library Special Collections.
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    • Dust of Eden by Mariko Nagai

      Dust of Eden

      Mariko Nagai

      An Arnold Adoff Poetry Award for New Voices Honor Book

      We lived under a sky so blue in Idaho right near the towns of Hunt and Eden but we were not welcomed there.
      In early 1942, thirteen-year-old Mina Masako Tagawa and her Japanese American family are sent from their home in Seattle to an internment camp in Idaho. What do you do when your home country treats you like an enemy? This memorable and powerful novel in verse, written by award-winning author Mariko Nagai, explores the nature of fear, the value of acceptance, and the beauty of life. As thought-provoking as it is uplifting, Dust of Eden is told with an honesty that is both heart-wrenching and inspirational.

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