POETRY - U.S. POET LAUREATES
Recent U.S. Poet Laureates include:
- Joy Harjo (2019-present)
- Tracy K. Smith (2017-2019)
- Juan Felipe Herrera (2015-2017)
- Charles Wright (2014-2015)
- Natasha Trethewey (2012-2014)
- Philip Levine (2011-2012)
- W.S. Merwin (2010-2011)
- Kay Ryan (2008-2010)
- Charles Simic (2007-2008)
- Donald Hall (2006-2007)
- Ted Kooser (2004-2006)
- Louise Glück (2003-2004)
- Billy Collins (2001-2003)
- Stanley Kunitz (2000-2001)
Read more about the US Poet Laureate position at this link: https://www.loc.gov/programs/poetry-and-literature/poet-laureate/
A nationally best-selling volume of wise, powerful poetry from the first Native American Poet Laureate of the United States.
Over a quarter-century's work from the 2003 winner of the Arrell Gibson Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize
* Poet Laureate of the United States *
* A New York Times Notable Book of 2011 and New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice *
* A New Yorker, Library Journal and Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year *
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
Voted a Best Poetry Book of the Year by Library Journal
Included in Publishers Weekly's Top 10 Poetry Books of the Year
One of LitHub's most Anticipated Books of the Year
The Books We Love in 2016 - The New Yorker
Best Poetry Collections of 2015 - The Washington Post
Best Books 2015: Poetry - Library Journal
Best Books of 2015 - NPR Books
16 Best Poetry Books of 2015 - BuzzFeed Books
Over the course of nineteen collections of poems, Charles Wright has built "one of the truly distinctive bodies of poetry created in the second half of the twentieth century" (David Young, Contemporary Poets).
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This important book--shot through with reflections on, explorations of, and hymns to both our natural and spiritual realms--features the three poetry collections Charles Wright published during the 1980s: The Southern Cross (1981), The Other Side of the River (1984), and Zone Journals (1988).
“[Trethewey’s poems] dig beneath the surface of history—personal or communal, from childhood or from a century ago—to explore the human struggles that we all face.” —James H.
19th Poet Laureate of the United States
“A powerful, beautifully crafted book.”—The Washington Post
“Ripe with the perfidies and paradoxes of thralldom both personal and public, it is utterly elegant.”—Elle
Charting the intersections of public and personal history, Thrall
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A compelling second collection of poetry.
"The Essential W.S. Merwin beautifully demonstrates why Merwin has been one of America's most decorated and important poets for more than 60 years."--The Washington Post
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
Featured on NPR's Fresh Air and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS.
Honored as one of the Best Books of the Year from Publishers Weekly.
A collection of luminous, often tender poems that focus on the profound power of memory. --Pulitzer Prize Committee
Kay Ryan's recently concluded two-year term as the Library of Congress's sixteenth poet laureate is just the latest in an amazing array of accolades for this wonderfully accessible, widely loved poet--her awards include the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize from the Poetry Foundation, four Pushcart Prizes, and a Guggenheim fellowship.
Erratic Facts, Kay Ryan's first collection since the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Best of It, offers sixty-plus new examples of her swift, lucid style. Ryan examines enormous subjects with compact poems in which sly rhymes and syncopation lend an off-foot musicality to unnerving wisdom.
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.
Charles Simic has been widely celebrated for his brilliant poetic imagery; his social, political, and moral alertness; his uncanny ability to make the ordinary extraordinary; and not least, the sardonic humor all his own.
“The hard-won achievement of a lifetime.” — Wall Street Journal
“When I was twelve I wrote my first poem, and by fourteen I decided that’s what I’d do my whole life. I don’t regret it.” — from the afterword by Donald Hall
Donald Hall was an American master, one of the nation’s most beloved and ac
Donald Hall's poignant and courageous poetry speaks of the death of the magnificent, humorous, and gifted Jane Kenyon. Hall speaks to us all of grief, as a poet lamenting the death of a poet, as a husband mourning the loss of a wife. Without is Hall's greatest and most honorable achievement-his gift and testimony, his lament and his celebration of loss and of love.
"Kooser . . . must be the most accessible and enjoyable major poet in America. His lines are so clear and simple." --Michael Dirda, The Washington Post
"Nothing escapes him; everything is illuminated." --Library Journal
"Will one day rank alongside of Edgar Lee Masters, Robert Frost, and William Carlos Williams." --Minneapolis Tribune
Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature
From Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Louise Glück, a stunningly beautiful collection of poems that encompasses the natural, human, and spiritual realms
WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE
The collected works of the inimitable Pulitzer Prize–winning poet
A wondrous collection from Billy Collins, former U.S. Poet Laureate and New York Times bestselling author of The Rain in Portugal
“The poems are marked by [Collins’s] characteristic humor and arise out of small, banal moments, unearthing the extraordinary or uncanny in the everyday.”—The Wall Street Journal
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.
Witness to the international and domestic chaos of the first half of the twentieth century, Anna Akhmatova (1888-1966) chronicled Russia's troubled times in poems of sharp beauty and intensity. Her genius is now universally acknowledged, and recent biographies attest to a remarkable resurgence of interest in her poetry in this country.