Celebrate National Poetry Month With Me

Some of you may know that I'm late to the poetry lovefest. But hanging out with friends from Diesel Bookstore in California and Talking Leaves in Buffalo (add those two to your travel list) has educated me in understanding and appreciating this lovely art form. I try to read a poem every morning as dawn approaches. I try to understand what the poet is thinking and how I react. What does this mean to us—this approach to our lives—all messy and beautiful? Thankfully, I can subscribe to this wonderful resource from Poets.org. And you can be sure I'll be carrying a poem in my pocket on April 26.

We have plenty of verse in stock at the shop this month (and every month). A few of my staff's very favorites—from picture books to novels in verse to conventional books of poems—are listed below.

Happy reading,


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Sometimes You Fly Cover Image
ISBN: 9780547633909
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Published: Clarion Books - April 3rd, 2018

From Newbery Medalist and bestselling author Katherine Applegate, a sweet book of encouragement, filled with humor and insight into the effort behind any meaningful accomplishment in life.

Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets Cover Image
ISBN: 9780763680947
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Published: Candlewick - March 14th, 2017

The 2018 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Winner

A Newbery Medalist and a Caldecott Honoree’s New York Times best-selling ode to poets who have sparked a sense of wonder.

Rebound (The Crossover Series) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544868137
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Published: Clarion Books - April 2nd, 2018

From the New York Times best-selling author Kwame Alexander comes Rebound, the dynamic prequel to his Newbery Award–winning novel in verse, The Crossover.

Before Josh and Jordan Bell were streaking up and down the court, their father was learning his own moves.

Black Girl Magic: A Poem Cover Image
By Mahogany L. Browne, Jess X. Snow (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250173720
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - January 2nd, 2018

Black Girl, they say you ain't 'posed to be here

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For Every One Cover Image
ISBN: 9781481486248
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - April 10th, 2018

“A lyrical masterpiece.” —School Library Journal (starred review)

Originally performed at the Kennedy Center for the unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr.

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By Emily Dickinson, Jen Bervin (Editor), Marta Werner (Editor)
ISBN: 9780811225823
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Published: New Directions - October 4th, 2016

Another gorgeous copublication with the Christine Burgin Gallery, Emily Dickinson's Envelope Poems is a compact clothbound gift book, a full-color selection from The Gorgeous Nothings. 

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By Pablo Neruda, Donald D. Walsh (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780811217293
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Published: New Directions - January 17th, 2008

Sensual, earthy love poems that formed the basis for the popular movie Il Postino, now in a beautiful gift book perfect for weddings, Valentine's Day, anniversaries, or just to say "I love you!"

Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375755194
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - September 17th, 2002

Sailing Alone Around the Room, by America’s Poet Laureate, Billy Collins, contains both new poems and a generous gathering from his earlier collections The Apple That Astonished Paris, Questions About Angels, The Art of Drowning, and Picnic, Lightning.

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ISBN: 9781449474256
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - October 6th, 2015

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“Rupi Kaur is the Writer of the Decade.” – The New Republic

#1 New York Times bestseller milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival.

Felicity: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143128762
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Published: Penguin Books - October 3rd, 2017

Mary Oliver, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, celebrates love in her new collection of poems

Wade in the Water: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555978136
Availability: Special Order
Published: Graywolf Press - April 3rd, 2018

Shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize
Finalist for the Forward Prize for Best Collection

The extraordinary new poetry collection by Tracy K. Smith, the Poet Laureate of the United States

Even the men in black armor, the ones
Jangling handcuffs and keys, what else

Are they so buffered against, if not love’s blade