They Knew What They Wanted: Poems and Collages

John Ashbery, ed. Mark Polizzotti

Rizzoli Electa ($35.00)

 

Ashbery made poems and collages from bits and pieces of other bodies.  Wait a minute.  Isn’t that how Frankenstein was made?

 

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Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse

  1. Grace Bauer and Julie Kane

Lost Horse Press ($24.00)

 

Who will be the first to publicly admit it?  That Donald J. Trump has actually been—say it; it’s quite cathartic—good for American poetry.

 

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Contemporary Italian Women Poets: A Bilingual Anthology

  1. Cinzia Sartini Blum and Lara Trubowitz

Italica Press ($19.98)

 

Something to keep you constructively distracted from the rise of neo-fascists in Italy.

 

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My Poems Won’t Change the World

Patrizia Cavalli

Farrar, Straus and Giroux ($18.00)

 

But will the world, Patrizia Cavalli, change your poems?

 

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Love Haiku: Japanese Poems of Yearning, Passion, and Remembrance

Ed. Patricia Donegan and tr. by Donegan and Yoshie Ishibashi

Shambhala ($16.00)

 

Japanese haiku / for some strange reason always / makes me horny.  Sigh.

 

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The Ecopoetry Anthology

  1. Ann Fisher-Worth and Laura-Gray Street

Trinity Univ. Press ($24.95)

 

If you’re truly an ecopoet—and aren’t we all—when you cease and desist you’ll be buried without a casket, without embalming fluid (no cremating allowed, carbon-haters), just you dropped into the earth as you were and are, as you are and were.  With your Ecopoetry Anthology at your side, of course.

 

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Cat Poems

Ed. Tynan Kogane

New Directions ($11.80)

 

Says my cat Buzzkill: “No doubt a crass attempt to capitalize on those who have a thing for cats, but did I mention that all the poems are about cats?”

 

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Anima

Jose Kozer, tr. Peter Boyle

Shearsman ($23.00)

 

“Anima,” a book of sixty-four poems all bearing the title “Anima,” not to be confused with anime, or animal, or animusic, or anabaptist, or anagram, or Ana de Armas.

 

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Interrogation Room

Jennifer Kwon Dobbs

White Pine Press ($16.00)

 

“Teach me,” John Bolton tells his staff, “how to weaponize these damn poems and unleash them on North Korea.  Then I’ll win the Nobel Peace Prize faster than you can say ‘Henry Kissinger.’”

 

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Fresco: Selected Poetry

Leuljeta Lleshanaku

  1. Henry Israeli, Joanna Goodman, et al

New Directions ($12.95)

 

Cento review: “Like an amphora full of serpents / I had only one eye / Waterloo, Ithaca, Cairo, Berlin / and later on / white chalk lines / somersault in the wind / mother’s voice drowning with desire / I had only one eye / like a gardener’s palm / the history of the featherhearted.”

 

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The Book of Fables

  1. S. Merwin

Copper Canyon Press ($20.00)

 

Reading this book, you’ll discover that each of us is a bundle of dry fables, waiting for someone to toss a match our way.

 

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The Trees: Selected Poems 1967-2004

Eugenio Montejo, tr. Peter Boyle

Salt ($17.95)

 

Poetry “is a certain type of prayer,” Montejo writes, “at least the only one we can place against the omnipresent religion of money.”  No wonder no one has ever heard of this Venezuelan poet.

 

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Extracting the Stone of Madness: Poems 1962-1972

Alejandra Pizarnik, tr. Yvette Siegert

New Directions ($18.95)

 

Any poet who uses “Somebody Killed Something” for a title deserves to be read in every  blessed language of the world.  Yes, Mr. Putin, even in Russia.

 

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Sobbing Superpower: Selected Poems

Tadeusz Rozewicz, tr. Joanna Trzeciak

Norton ($19.95)

 

Cento review: “I think about death, the concentration camp on the moon.  Where does evil come from?  The European Union?  The United States?  The poetry of the Dadaists?  If I were King Solomon in a pink bikini, a sieve of rain, death mask.  Dear Cannibals, we need to put this poem to sleep.”