The New Nudity

Hadara Bar-Nadav

Saturnalia Books ($16.00)

Poem as riddle as object as truthiness: “Who holds a pen and lies.”  A poet?

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The Milk Bowl of Feathers: Essential Surrealist Writings

Ed. Mary Ann Caws

New Directions ($13.95)

Test to see if you truly are a surrealist: Hearing a voice calling from this book, you obey, pouring milk over the surreal pages so that they might take wing.

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Fire & Rain: Ecopoetry of California

Ed. Lucille Lang Day and Ruth Nolan

Scarlet Tanager Books ($25.00)

Further proof that James Taylor is prophet and demigod.

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Perennial

Kelly Forsythe

Coffee House Press ($16.95)

Plot summary: Mary Queen of Scots as a teenager at Columbine during the massacre, “which is / to say many things” to quote Queen Mary.

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After Ikkyu and Other Poems

Jim Harrison

Shambhala ($12.95)

American Zen: “We are more than dying flies in a shithouse, though we are that, too.”  And: “You’re just a tree/that grows shit, not fruit.”  Hard to disagree, Mr. Harrison.

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Priest Turned Therapist Treats Fear of God

Tony Hoagland

Graywolf Press ($16.00)

Poems that speak “slowly, and firmly, and with a kind of charity; / pronouncing the simple words / in such a way / that even an idiot can understand.”  In other words, American poetry.

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SKY WRI TEI NGS [Sky Writings]

Nasser Hussain

Coach House Books ($17.95)

An entire book of poems written in the three-letter, all capped, airport code.  HEL PUS JES US!

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Autobiography of Death

Kim Hyesoon

New Directions ($16.95)

Death as narcissist: Death writes 49 poems about—you guessed it!—Death.

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The Penguin Book of the Prose Poem

Ed. Jeremy Noel-Tod

Penguin ($24.99—Kindle & Nook)

Allen Ginsberg’s “A Supermarket in California” graces the front and back cover.  Sorry to poop in the punch bowl, fellow partiers, but is “Supermarket” really a prose poem?

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Ghost Of

Diana Khoi Nguyen

Omnidawn ($17.95)

Nguyen should contact the Poetry Foundation for their Ghost Off®, which guarantees poems free of ghosts, spirits, haunts, or other such cumbersome entities.

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Druid

Tomaz Salamun

  1. Sonja Kravanja

Black Ocean ($25.00)

To stock your poetic magic pantry with fresh druid spells.

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American Journal: Fifty Poems for Our Time

Ed. Tracy K. Smith

Graywolf Press and the Library of Congress ($14.00)

Plot summary: Yet another Poet Laureate of the U.S. tries to convince Americans that poetry is good for you (that is, it will not immediately kill you).

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Cathedrals & Parking Lots: Collected Poems

Clemens Starck

Empty Bowl ($20.00)

Someone should write a song: “A working-class poet is something to be.”

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Trickster Feminism

Anne Waldman

Penguin ($20.00)

Best read while listening to Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ “I Put a Spell on You.”