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  Cover Art: The Dream Songs Berryman, John
The Dream Songs
This edition combines 77 Dream Songs, awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1965, and His Toy, His Dream, His Rest, which won the National Book Award for Poetry in 1969. It contains all 385 songs with a new introduction W.S. Merwin.
2007
Adult Nonfiction Book 811.54 B459
  Cover Art: My Sentence Was a Thousand Years of Joy Bly, Robert
My Sentence Was a Thousand Years of Joy
This is Robert Bly's second book of poems written as ghazals. The ghazal form is well known in Islamic culture but is only now making its way into the literary culture of the West. Each stanza of three lines amounts to a finished poem. The collection includes the already famous poem against the Iraq War "Call and Answer
2005
Adult Nonfiction Book 811.54 B6295
  Cover Art: Things I Can't Tell You Browne, Michael Dennis
Things I Can't Tell You
Longtime University of Minnesota English professor Michael Dennis Brown was born and raised in England, but came of age as a poet in the American Midwest -- Iowa and Minnesota. His poety is both lyric and romantic and reflects his musical heritage as the son of a choir director.
2005
Adult Nonfiction Book 811.54 B814
  Cover Art: Iron Woman Glancy, Diane
Iron Woman
This collection was selected by Nicholas Christopher as the 1988 Capricorn Poetry prize winner. Glancy, who is also a novelist, teaches in the English Department at Macalester College in St. Paul.
1990
Adult Nonfiction Book 811.54 G458
  Cover Art: The Hawk Temple at Tierra Grande Gonzalez, Ray
The Hawk Temple at Tierra Grande
Known for his superrealism and magical images born of the imagery of the Chicano/South Western culture, Ray Gonzalez gives new imagery and intensity to the mystery and common miracles of that culture, the passionate reclamation of identity. Ray Gonzalez is a poet, essayist, and editor born in El Paso, Texas. He is a member of the English Department faculty at the University of Minnesota.
2002
Adult Nonfiction Book 811.54 G589
  Cover Art: Why Still Dance Hanson, Phebe
Why Still Dance
Bill Holmes wrote: This collection of poems is the refined distillates of the journals Hanson has been writing for more than 63 years. She brings the texture of daily life, the sound of real voices and "a sense of wry amazement that foolish humans can still sometimes make beauty, do good and love one another, almost in spite of themselves.
2003
Adult Nonfiction Book 811.54 H198
  Cover Art: Willow Room, Green Door Keenan, Deborah
Willow Room, Green Door
In her highly anticipated new collection, Deborah Keenan sifts through inanimate objects and forgotten memories in search of personal validation. Her journal-like confessions create an instant bond with the reader, yet these seemingly simple poems daringly redefine common language. Keenan skillfully twists words to suit her ends, creating a colorful, dream-like world filled with lions, paintings, wars, and mummies. Throughout, she constantly reorganizes this world in an effort to realize her place in it.
2007
Adult Nonfiction Book 811.54 K25
  Cover Art: Real Karaoke People Lee, Ed-Bok
Real Karaoke People
A dramatic debut, "Real Karaoke People" juxtaposes tradition and pop culture to bridge generations and continents in a way both heart-rending and real. Ed Bok Lee is an award-winning spoken word artist, author, playwright, and teacher. He attended kindergarten in Seoul, grew up in North Dakota and Minnesota, and has since lived in a half-dozen cities around the world.
2005
Adult Nonfiction Book 811.6 L512
  Cover Art: Lightning at Dinner Moore, James
Lightning at Dinner
Jim Moore writes of history, of love, of pain, of the intimate revelations of a consciousness alive to itself. These poems explore the places where the self meets the world, whether in the guise of a dying mother, another country, or a war fought against one's wishes, in one's own name.
2005
Adult Nonfiction Book 811.54 M784
  Cover Art: The Curator of Silence Nutter, Jude
The Curator of Silence
This collection won the University of Notre Dame Press Ernest Sandeen in Poetry and the 2007 Minnesota Book Award for poetry. An English native, Jude Nutter spent a part of her childhood in Germany. For twenty years she has lived in the United States. She has lived in Minnesota since 1998, teaching at the Loft and in high schools around the Twin Cities.
2007
Adult Nonfiction Book 811.6 N964
  Cover Art: Naming the Stars Sutphen, Joyce
Naming the Stars
Sutphen's third book of poems is a change, in style and subject matter. The poems are more immediate and revealing emotionally, and the language, lean and complex, matches this intensity. Many of the poems are about the difficulty of balancing one's desires with those of another and the problem of solving the arguments between the body and the soul.
2004
Adult Nonfiction Book 811.54 Su84
  Cover Art: Selected Poems Wright, James Arlington
Selected Poems
Born in Martins Ferry, Ohio, James Wright spent nearly a decade of his teaching and writing career in Minnesota, first at the University of Minnesota and later at Macalester College. Like John Berryman his life and poetry will always be connected to Minnesota.
2005
Adult Nonfiction Book 811.54 W933
   
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