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  • COLLECTED POEMS 1950-2012
    COLLECTED POEMS 1950-2012
    RICH ADRIENNE
    ISBN: 9780393285116
    Title: COLLECTED POEMS 1950-2012
    Author: RICH ADRIENNE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Adrienne Rich was the singular voice of her generation and one of our most important American poets. She brought discussions of gender, race, and class to the forefront of poetical discourse, pushing formal boundaries and consistently examining both self and society.

    This collected volume traces the evolution of her poetry, from her earliest work, which was formally exact and decorous, to her later work, which became increasingly radical in both its free-verse form and feminist and political content. The entire body of her poetry is on display in this vast volume, including the National Book Award–winning Diving Into the Wreck and her prize-winning Atlas of the Difficult World.

    The Collected Poems of Adrienne Rich gathers and memorializes all of her boldly political, formally ambitious, thoughtful, and lucid work, the whole of which makes her one of the most prolific and influential poets of our time.

    Imprint: WILEY
    RRP: $78.99

    Price: $78.99
  • COLLECTED POEMS AND DRAWINGS OF STEVIE SMITH
    COLLECTED POEMS AND DRAWINGS OF STEVIE SMITH
    SMITH STEVIE
    ISBN: 9780571311316
    Title: COLLECTED POEMS AND DRAWINGS OF STEVIE SMITH
    Author: SMITH STEVIE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Collected Poems and Drawings of Stevie Smith is the essential edition of modern poetry's most distinctive voice.

    When Stevie Smith died in 1971 she was one of the twentieth-century's most popular poets; many of her poems have been widely anthologised, and 'Not Waving but Drowning' remains one of the nation's favourite poems to this day.

    Satirical, mischievous, teasing, disarming, her characteristically lightning-fast changes in tone take readers from comedy to tragedy and back again, while her line drawings are by turns unsettling and beguiling. In this edition of her work, Smith scholar Will May collects together the illustrations and poems from her original published volumes for the first time, recording fascinating details about their provenance, and describing the various versions Smith presented both on stage and page. Including over 500 works from Smith's 35-year career, The Collected Poems and Drawings of Stevie Smith is the essential edition of modern poetry's most distinctive voice.

    Nobody heard him, the dead man,
    But still he lay moaning:
    I was much further out than you thought
    And not waving but drowning.


    - 'Not Waving but Drowning'

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • COLLECTED POEMS OF BERTOLT BRECHT
    COLLECTED POEMS OF BERTOLT BRECHT
    BRECHT BERTOLT
    ISBN: 9780871407672
    Title: COLLECTED POEMS OF BERTOLT BRECHT
    Author: BRECHT BERTOLT
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A landmark literary event, The Collected Poems of Bertolt Brecht is the most extensive English translation of Brecht’s poetry to date. Widely celebrated as the greatest German playwright of the twentieth century, Bertolt Brecht was also, as George Steiner observed, “that very rare phenomenon, a great poet, for whom poetry is an almost everyday visitation and drawing of breath.” Hugely prolific, Brecht also wrote more than two thousand poems¯though fewer than half were published in his lifetime, and early translations were heavily censored. Now, award-winning translators David Constantine and Tom Kuhn have heroically translated more than 1,200 poems in the most comprehensive English collection of Brecht’s poetry to date. Written between 1913 and 1956, these poems celebrate Brecht’s unquenchable “love of life, the desire for better and more of it,” and reflect the technical virtuosity of an artist driven by bitter and violent politics, as well as by the untrammeled forces of love and erotic desire.

    A monumental achievement and a reclamation, The Collected Poems of Bertolt Brecht is a must-have for any lover of twentieth-century poetry.

    Imprint: LIVERIGHT
    RRP: $78.99

    Price: $78.99
  • COLLECTED POEMS OF DYLAN THOMAS
    COLLECTED POEMS OF DYLAN THOMAS
    THOMAS DYLAN
    ISBN: 9781780227238
    Title: COLLECTED POEMS OF DYLAN THOMAS
    Author: THOMAS DYLAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A groundbreaking new edition of Dylan Thomas's collected poetry, published to commemorate the centenary of the poet's birth.

    Like Shakespeare and Joyce before him, Dylan Thomas expanded our sense of what the English language can do.

    Rhythmically forceful yet subtly musical and full of memorable lines, his poems are anthology favourites; his 'play for voices' Under Milk Wood a modern classic. Much-loved by The Beatles and Bob Dylan, he is a cultural icon and continues to inspire artists today.

    This new edition, released to commemorate the centenary of Thomas's birth, collects all of his poems together for the first time in a single volume. With recently discovered material and accessible critique from Dylan Thomas expert John Goodby, it looks at Thomas's body of work in a fresh light, taking us to the beating heart of his poetry.

    Imprint: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • COLLECTED SHORTER POEMS 1927-1957
    COLLECTED SHORTER POEMS 1927-1957
    AUDEN W H
    ISBN: 9780571087358
    Title: COLLECTED SHORTER POEMS 1927-1957
    Author: AUDEN W H
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    W. H. Auden was once described as the Picasso of modern poetry - a tribute to his ceaseless experimentation with form and subject matter. Beginning with Anglo-Saxon poetry and ending with an Horatian expansiveness and conversational sweep, this volume is essential reading for anyone seriously interested in modern poetry after T. S. Eliot.In his lifetime a controversial, outspoken, yet enigmatic, writer, Auden has gradually come to seem an intimate poet, as we have learned to read him correctly. This volume is the best possible introduction to his consummate craftsmanship and his unparalleled originality, an originality which made him the master-poet of his generation.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • COLOSSUS
    COLOSSUS
    PLATH SYLVIA
    ISBN: 9780571240081
    Title: COLOSSUS
    Author: PLATH SYLVIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A new edition of Sylvia Plath's first published volume of poetry.

    The Colossus was Sylvia Plath's first published volume of poetry. 'She steers clear of feminine charm, deliciousness, gentility, super sensitivity and the act of being poetess. She simply writes good poetry. And she does so with a seriousness that demands only that she be judged equally seriously . . . There is an admirable no-nonsense air about this; the language is bare but vivid and precise, with a concentration that implies a good deal of disturbance with proportionately little fuss.' A. Alvarez in the Observer

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • COME CLOSER AND LISTEN : New Poems
    COME CLOSER AND LISTEN : New Poems
    SIMIC CHARLES
    ISBN: 9780062908469
    Title: COME CLOSER AND LISTEN : New Poems
    Author: SIMIC CHARLES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An insightful and haunting new collection from Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Simic

    Irreverent and sly, observant and keenly imagined, Come Closer and Listen is the latest work from one of our most beloved poets. With his trademark sense of humor, open-hearted empathy, and perceptive vision, Charles Simic roots his poetry in the ordinary world while still taking in the wide sweep of the human experience.

    From poems pithy, wry, and cutting-“Time-that murderer/that no has caught yet”-to his layered reflections on everything from love to grief to the wonders of nature, from the story of St. Sebastian to that of a couple weeding side by side, Simic's work continues to reveal to us an unmistakable voice in modern poetry. An innovator in form and a chronicler of both our interior lives and the people we are in the world, Simic remains one of our most important and lasting voices on the page.

    Imprint: ECCO
    RRP: $47.99

    Price: $47.99
  • COME ON IN : NEW POEMS
    COME ON IN : NEW POEMS
    BUKOWSKI CHARLES
    ISBN: 9781847670403
    Title: COME ON IN : NEW POEMS
    Author: BUKOWSKI CHARLES
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A sequence of poems you'll want to read from beginning to end, Come On In! is Charles Bukowski at his sad, hilarious, renegade best Bukowski's unmistakable charisma - an ex-down-and-outer who wrote of booze and loneliness in maverick, confident free verse - made him one of the world's most popular poets long before he died in 1994. More than a decade later, death has not slowed his production. This collection is selected from an archive of verse that the author left to be published after his death. It includes poems of love and sex, advice to so-called losers (as he once was) to have confidence in themselves (as he did), gambling laments and humbling poems accepting his own imminent ultimate full stop.

    Imprint: Canongate Books
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • COMMUNISTS LIKE US
    COMMUNISTS LIKE US
    FALZON JOHN
    ISBN: 9781742589411
    Title: COMMUNISTS LIKE US
    Author: FALZON JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Communists like us is simple love story, a little fiction told in a hundred poems, a hundred little places to live large, fragments of a story of love in a time of struggle. But then, when isn’t it a time of struggle? And when is a story not about love? And when isn’t love a fragmented but tender dialectic of the personal as political?

    This volume celebrates and explores the possibilities of political engagement in the midst of the very simple, the very human; an attempt at a confluence of dust and desire.

    Imprint: University of WA Publishing
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • COMPARED TO WHAT : Selected Poems 1971-2003
    COMPARED TO WHAT : Selected Poems 1971-2003
    DUGGAN LAURIE
    ISBN: 9780907562610
    Title: COMPARED TO WHAT : Selected Poems 1971-2003
    Author: DUGGAN LAURIE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: SHEARSMAN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • COMPLETE NONSENSE AND OTHER VERSE
    COMPLETE NONSENSE AND OTHER VERSE
    LEAR EDWARD
    ISBN: 9780140424652
    Title: COMPLETE NONSENSE AND OTHER VERSE
    Author: LEAR EDWARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Nonsense is the breath of my nostrils', wrote Edward Lear (1812-88), and this collection demonstrates the varied ways in which he pursued his philosophy of life. Gently pointing out human follies and the absurdities of the conventional Victorian society in which he lived, Lear's nonsense has enchanted children and adults alike for generations.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • COMPLETE POEMS
    COMPLETE POEMS
    DICKINSON EMILY
    ISBN: 9780571336173
    Title: COMPLETE POEMS
    Author: DICKINSON EMILY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A landmark edition of Emily Dickinson's verse.

    The startling originality of Emily Dickinson's style condemned her poetry to obscurity during her lifetime, but her bold experiments in prosody, her tragic vision, and the range of her intellectual and emotional explorations have since won her international recognition as a poet of the highest order.

    The Complete Poems is the only one-volume edition containing all of Emily Dickinson's verse. In this landmark edition, the editor, Thomas H. Johnson, has presented the poems in their original contexts; and where alternate readings were suggested, he has chosen only those which the poet evidently preferred. His introduction includes a brief explanation of his selection of texts as well as an outline of Emily Dickinson's career.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • COMPLETE POEMS - CHRISTINA ROSSETTI
    COMPLETE POEMS - CHRISTINA ROSSETTI
    ROSSETTI CHRISTINA
    ISBN: 9780140423662
    Title: COMPLETE POEMS - CHRISTINA ROSSETTI
    Author: ROSSETTI CHRISTINA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Rossetti is unique among Victorian poets for the sheer range of her subject matter and the variety of her verse form. This collection brings together fantasy poems, such as Goblin Market, and terrifyingly vivid verses for children, love lyrics and sonnets, and the vast body of her devotional poetry. Rossetti's poems weave connections between love and death, triumph and loss, heavenly joys and earthly pleasures. The directness and clarity of her lyrics still have the power to startle us with their truth and beauty.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • COMPLETE POEMS - DOROTHY PARKER
    COMPLETE POEMS - DOROTHY PARKER
    PARKER DOROTHY
    ISBN: 9780143106081
    Title: COMPLETE POEMS - DOROTHY PARKER
    Author: PARKER DOROTHY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The firecracker verse of a true American original Best remembered as a member of the Algonquin Round Table, the fabled Jazz Age literary coterie, Dorothy Parker built a reputation as one of the era's most beloved poets. Parker's satirical wit and sharp-edged humor earned her a reputation as the wittiest woman in America.
    This Penguin Classics edition of her poetry-the companion to Parker's Complete Stories and introduced by her noted biographer, Marion Meade-is the only complete collection available, showcasing the dry quips and piercingly introspective verse of a writer whose legend continues to fascinate.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • COMPLETE POEMS - JOHN KEATS
    COMPLETE POEMS - JOHN KEATS
    KEATS JOHN
    ISBN: 9780140422108
    Title: COMPLETE POEMS - JOHN KEATS
    Author: KEATS JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    'I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the Heart's affections and the truth of Imagination' Keat's first volume of poems, published in 1817, demonstrated both his belief in the consummate power of poetry and his liberal views. While he was criticized by many for his politics, his immediate circle of friends and family immediately recognized his genius. In his short life he proved to be one of the greatest and most original thinkers of the second generation of Romantic poets, with such poems as 'Ode to a Nightingale', 'On First Looking into Chapman's Homer', 'La Belle Dame sans Merci' and 'The Fall of Hyperion'. While his writing is illuminated by exaltation of the imagination and abounds with sensuous descriptions of nature's beauty, it also explores profound philosophical questions. John Barnard's acclaimed volume contaiins all the poems known to have been written by Keats, arranged by date of composition. The texts are lightly modernized and are complemented by extensive notes, a textual introduction, an index of classical names, selected extracts from Keat's letters and a number of pieces not widely available, including his annotations to Milton's Paradise Lost.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • COMPLETE POEMS AND PLAYS OF T S ELIOT
    COMPLETE POEMS AND PLAYS OF T S ELIOT
    ELIOT T S
    ISBN: 9780571225163
    Title: COMPLETE POEMS AND PLAYS OF T S ELIOT
    Author: ELIOT T S
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Poet, dramatist, critic and editor, T. S. Eliot (1888-1965) was one of the defining figures of twentieth-century poetry. This edition of The Complete Poems and Plays, published for the first time in paperback, includes all of his verse and work for stage, from Prufrock and Other Observations (1917) to Four Quartets (1943), and includes such literary landmarks as The Waste Land, Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats and Murder in the Cathedral.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
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