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/


 

An American Sunrise: Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393358483
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 18th, 2020

A nationally best-selling volume of wise, powerful poetry from the first Native American Poet Laureate of the United States.


How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems 1975-2002 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393325348
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 17th, 2004

Over a quarter-century's work from the 2003 winner of the Arrell Gibson Award for Lifetime Achievement.


Life on Mars: Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555975845
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Published: Graywolf Press - May 10th, 2011

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 *


Wade in the Water: Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555978365
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 26th, 2019

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


Every Day We Get More Illegal Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780872868281
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Published: City Lights Books - September 22nd, 2020

Included in Publishers Weekly's Top 10 Poetry Books of 2020 and LitHub's Most Anticipated Books of the Year

A State of the Union from the nation's first Latino Poet Laureate. Trenchant, compassionate, and filled with hope.


Notes on the Assemblage Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780872866973
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Published: City Lights Books - September 15th, 2015

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


Bye-and-Bye: Selected Late Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374533175
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 27th, 2012

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).


The World of the Ten Thousand Things: Poems 1980-1990 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374523268
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 1st, 1991

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).


Monument: Poems New and Selected Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780358118237
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Published: Mariner Books - November 5th, 2019

“[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.


Thrall: Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544586208
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Published: Mariner Books - September 22nd, 2015

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, <


Not This Pig: Poems (Wesleyan Poetry Program) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780819510389
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Published: Wesleyan University Press - February 1st, 1982

A compelling second collection of poetry. "Not This Pigs shows Levine] to be a poet of growing power and strangeness.


The Essential W.S. Merwin Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781556595134
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - August 29th, 2017

"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


The Shadow of Sirius Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781556593109
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - October 1st, 2009

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


The Best of It: New and Selected Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802145215
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Published: Grove Press - April 2nd, 2011

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 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802125545
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Published: Grove Press - October 11th, 2016

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.


Come Closer and Listen: New Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062908476
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Published: Ecco - April 14th, 2020

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.


The Voice at 3:00 A.M.: Selected Late and New Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780156030731
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Published: Mariner Books - April 3rd, 2006

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 Selected Poems of Donald Hall Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781328745606
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Published: Mariner Books - November 7th, 2017

“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 a


Without: Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780395957653
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Published: Mariner Books - April 14th, 1999

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.


Kindest Regards: New and Selected Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781556595332
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - May 8th, 2018

"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


The Wild Iris Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780880013345
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Published: Ecco - November 1st, 1993

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


Poems 1962-2012 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374534097
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 5th, 2013

WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE

The collected works of the inimitable Pulitzer Prize–winning poet


Whale Day: And Other Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399589751
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Published: Random House - September 29th, 2020

A new collection from Billy Collins, former U.S. Poet Laureate and “America’s favorite poet” (The Wall Street Journal


Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems Cover Image
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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.


Poems of Akhmatova Cover Image
By Stanley Kunitz (Translated by), Max Hayward (Translated by), Anna Akhmatova
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ISBN: 9780395860038
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Published: Mariner Books - May 30th, 1997

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.