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Wesleyan Poetry Series

Commonwealth of Wings
An Ornithological Biography Based on the Life of John James Audubon
A Portrait of the Last Days of the American Wilderness
Alexander, Pamela

Ravishing DisUnities
Real Ghazals in English
A star-studded anthology infuses English poetry with the rigor and wit of a foreign form.
Ali, Agha Shahid, ed. Sarah Suleri Goodyear, afterword.

Bright Felon
Autobiography and Cities
Eloquent intercultural coming-of-age story
Ali, Kazim

Sky Ward

New poems from this poet of “precision and ardor”
Ali, Kazim

The Self-Dismembered Man
Selected Later Poems of Guillaume Apollinaire
First substantial translation of Apollinaire’s later works by an award-winning poet.
Apollinaire, Guillaume; Revell, Donald, trans.

A new translation of this complex and beautiful poetry.
Apollinaire, Guillaume. Donald Revell, trans.

New and Selected Poems
First book of selected poems by this core member of the Language writing group.
Armantrout, Rae

Up to Speed

Corrosive new poems from a poet whose work challenges expectations.
Armantrout, Rae

Next Life

Forward-looking poetry that pushes the limits of knowledge
Armantrout, Rae


Winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
Armantrout, Rae

Money Shot

Pulitzer Prize–winning poet searches for new ways to understand the world in the wake of the Great Recession
Armantrout, Rae

Just Saying

Deft and deeply intelligent poems on the nature of language
Armantrout, Rae


Deft and audacious new poems from the Pulitzer Prize–winning poet
Armantrout, Rae

The Flowers of Evil

A modernist classic translated for the twenty-first century.
Baudelaire, Charles; Waldrop, Keith, trans.

Paris Spleen
little poems in prose
A modernist classic translated for the twenty-first century
Baudelaire, Charles, Waldrop, Keith, trans.

Signs and Abominations

Poems search for signs of the divine amid the abominations of the profane and the materials of language itself.
Beasley, Bruce

Candy Necklace

The brutality of both public and private experience finds reckoning in these intricate and majestic new poems.
Bedient, Cal

Mr. West

Identities are formed and broken in this unauthorized lyric biography
Blake, Sarah

Live from the Homesick Jamboree

Molten and musical poetry from an acclaimed Southern writer
Blevins, Adrian

Silence in the Snowy Fields
Striking and moving poems that are rooted deep in the earth
Bly, Robert

Silence in the Snowy Fields, a minibook edition
Limited edition of this beloved collection
Bly, Robert


Vivid exploration of what the world of objects reveals about our lives.
Bogen, Don

The Known World

Stunning poetry that explores the complex relationship between past and present.
Bogen, Don


An inmate on Florida’s death row writes piercingly of incarceration, racism and growing up.
Booker, Stephen Todd

Grace, Fallen from

Illuminating poetry that quiets and startles and troubles
Boruch, Marianne

Born to Slow Horses

New work by the co-founder of the Caribbean Artists Movement.
Brathwaite, Kamau


Deeply felt requiems from an internationally celebrated poet

Brathwaite, Kamau

The Real Enough World

Lyrical, philosophical, and inventive poems.
Brennan, Karen

The Sleep That Changed Everything

Playful, sexy poems illuminate a rich multiplicity of experiences.
Brown, Lee Ann

Selected Poetry, 1937–1990

Brings together a representative selection of the work of one of Brazil’s most respected poets, including many poems published in English for the first time.
Cabral de Melo Neto, João. Djelal Kadir, ed.

British and Irish Poetry since 1970
The most significant US anthology of innovative poetries from the UK and Ireland in over 25 years.
Caddel, Richard, and Peter Quartermain, eds.

Glottal Stop
101 Poems by Paul Celan
Rich new translations of one of the most important poets of our time.
Celan, Paul. Nikolai Popov and Heather McHugh, trans.

Collected Poems

Long awaited collection of a singular American poet
Ceravolo, Joseph, edited by Rosemary Ceravolo and Parker Smathers, introduction by David Lehman

Notebook of a Return to the Native Land

Césaire's masterpiece that reaches the powerful and overlooked aspects of black culture.
Césaire, Aimé. Clayton Eshleman and Annette Smith, trans.

Solar Throat Slashed
The Unexpurgated 1948 Edition
The only bilingual edition of this radically original collection
Césaire, Aimé, A. James Arnold and Clayton Eshleman, eds. & trans.

The Original 1939 Notebook of a Return to the Native Land
Bilingual Edition
The first bilingual edition of this radically original work
Césaire, Aimé. Edited and translated by A. James Arnold and Clayton Eshleman

What Is Amazing

Poems stunned by the world and their presence in it
Christle, Heather


Beauty and peril abound in new poems from this spirited poet
Christle, Heather

Crazy Melon and Chinese Apple
The Poems of Frances Chung
Two previously unpublished collections by an important Chinese American poet depict daily life inside New York's Chinatown and across the Chinese diaspora during the 1960s and 70s
Chung, Frances. comp. and afterword by Walter Lew

The Folded Heart

Poems with a lyrical compression of language—precise, and intensely felt
Collier, Michael

The Wesleyan Tradition
Four Decades of American Poetry
A compelling anthology of the best poetry of a unique press.
Collier, Michael, ed.

The Tatters

An elegy for the end of a pristine natural world
Coultas, Brenda


A widely acclaimed collection by one of France’s leading poets and thinkers. Bilingual—first English translation.
Deguy, Michel; Baldridge, Wilson, trans.

The Eagle’s Mile

Poems that marked a new direction for a master poet
Dickey, James

The Whole Motion
Collected Poems, 1945–1992
Documentation of the development of a major literary figure.
Dickey, James

James Dickey
The Selected Poems
Gathers the very best lyrics from the career of one of America's best known poets.
Dickey, James. Robert Kirschten, ed. and introd.

Poems, 1957–1967

Classic poems from a famous American poet
Dickey, James

Tickets for a Prayer Wheel

Celebrate re-publication of this Pulitzer Prize-winning author's first book.
Dillard, Annie; Collier, Michael, foreword


A sonic boom at the root of language and dissent
Doller, Ben

Selected Poems
Major collection by a contemporary Russian avant-garde master
Dragomoshchenko, Arkadii, edited by Eugene Ostashevsky

Drafts 1–38, Toll

This book is one long poem in many sections. It is the "masterwork" of this avante garde poet, who has been working on this composition for a decade.
DuPlessis, Rachel Blau

Honest Water

Meditative and musical poetry.
Farnsworth, Robert

New and Selected Poems
A spellbinding collection from one of America’s most original and magical poets
Finch, Annie

Sea Room

A poetic exploration of love, fear and god.
Flook, Maria

il cuore – the heart
Selected Poems, 1970-1995
Rich and detailed poems by one of America’s preeminent experimental writers.
Fraser, Kathleen. Peter Quartermain, introd.

Deeds of Utmost Kindness

A travelogue that employs diverse settings and styles of poetry.
Gander, Forrest

Some Values of Landscape and Weather

A visionary new work from an award-winning poet.
Gizzi, Peter

The Outernationale

A luminous new work for the 21st century
Gizzi, Peter

Threshold Songs

A series of private and ecstatic meditations on living and dying
Gizzi, Peter

In Defense of Nothing
Selected Poems, 1987–2011
A new lyricism for the twenty-first century
Gizzi, Peter


A book-length narrative poem exploring one man’s experience of crime and imprisonment.
Graham, Loren

The Collected Poems of Barbara Guest

The lifework of a preeminent New York School poet
Guest, Barbara, Hadley Guest, ed.; Peter Gizzi, intro.


Indelible is Rachel Hadas's first book since her critically acclaimed Halfway Down the Hall: New and Selected Poems (1998).
Hadas, Rachel

Halfway Down the Hall
New and Selected Poems
A generous gathering of the best poems, both previously published and uncollected, from Rachel Hadas's career.
Hadas, Rachel

The Measure of Islands

Poetry of forgotten moments and bygone people.
Halperin, Mark

In Mad Love and War

Sacred and secular poems of the Creek Tribe.
Harjo, Joy

Things Come On
An amneoir
National and family disasters converge in this radically new kind of memoir
Harrington, Joseph

Virtual Muse
Experiments in Computer Poetry
A poet-programmer explores the intersection of reading, writing, and computing.
Hartman, Charles O.

My Life and My Life in the Nineties

New edition of one of the founding works of Language writing
Hejinian, Lyn


These poems use the geography of California as metaphor for exploring fundamental pressures and issues of everyday life.
Hillman, Brenda

Pieces of Air in the Epic

Innovative lyric poetry breathes new life into 21st century nature and culture.
Hillman, Brenda


Lyrical approaches to the relationships between solitude, beauty and the world.
Hillman, Brenda

Death Tractates

A celebrated poet asks anguished questions about separation and loss.
Hillman, Brenda

Bright Existence

A celebrated poet’s vision of our dynamic universe.
Hillman, Brenda

Loose Sugar

An elaborate collection of poems that culminate in a meditation on the possibility of a native and feminine language,
Hillman, Brenda

Practical Water

The latest volume in Hillman’s acclaimed meditations on the elements
Hillman, Brenda

Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire

The final volume in the poet’s extraordinary tetralogy on earth, air, water, and fire
Hillman, Brenda

The White Fire of Time

A stunning new work by a profound poetic talent.
Hinsey, Ellen

Of Gravity & Angels

A precise and passionate collection by a brave new voice in poetry.
Hirshfield, Jane

Odes and Elegies

Powerful new translations of this seminal figure in modern poetry
Hölderlin, Friedrich, and Nick Hoff, trans.


A celebration of language by a gifted poet.
Howe, Susan


Revised edition of a Latin American classic in a tour-de-force translation.
Huidobro, Vicente. Eliot Weinberger, trans.

Against the Evidence
Selected Poems, 1934–1994
Rare poetry concerning human mortality and alienation.
Ignatow, David

I Have a Name

I have a Name is a vital engagement with life and an unflinching stare at death, concluding that love transcendent is a reality,
Ignatow, David

Against the Meanwhile
3 Elegies
Three elegies exploring the nature of remembered time and space.
Irwin, Mark

The Black Riviera

Bold narrative poems that recreate the past.
Jarman, Mark

Outlandish Blues

Root-wise, soulful poems reinvent the domestic and spiritual spheres.
Jeffers, Honoreé Fanonne

The Glory Gets

A deft, lyrical meditation on blues, womanhood, and beyond
Jeffers, Honorée Fanonne

Selected Poems 1986-1999
Poasis, Joris's first major publication in the United States, highlights his work since the mid-1980s.
Joris, Pierre

Mixed Plate
New and Selected Poems
Irreverent and edgy renderings of the American scene.
Kicknosway, Faye

Pleasure Dome
New and Collected Poems
Yusef Komunyakaa has become one of America's most compelling poets. Pleasure Dome gathers over twenty-five years of work, including early uncollected poems and a rich selection of new poems.
Komunyakaa, Yusef

A Verse Play
The first dramatic adaptation of Gilgamesh
Komunyakaa, Yusef and Chad Garcia

Dien Cai Dau

Poetry that precisely conjures images of the war in Vietnam by an award-winning author.
Komunyakaa, Yusef

Magic City

An award-winning poet evokes his childhood in Louisiana.
Komunyakaa, Yusef

Neon Vernacular
New and Selected Poems
An award-winning poet’s testimony of the war in Vietnam.
Komunyakaa, Yusef

Thieves of Paradise

Pulitzer Prize winner Yusef Komunyakaa delivers a powerful meditation on American, and particularly African American, life in the wake of Vietnam.
Komunyakaa, Yusef

Testimony, A Tribute to Charlie Parker
With New and Selected Jazz Poems
A collaborative tribute of words and music reflecting the tension and beauty of jazz, including the Australian Broadcasting Corporation audio recording with music by Sandy Evans
Komunyakaa, Yusef

Testimony, A Tribute to Charlie Parker
With New and Selected Jazz Poems
A collaborative tribute of words and music reflecting the tension and beauty of jazz
Komunyakaa, Yusef

Toward the Open Field
Poets on the Art of Poetry 1800-1950
The historical writings that helped shape our current understandings of poetry.
Kwasny, Melissa, ed.

Poems and Intermedia Works
The long-awaited first collection of Lew’s poems and intermedia pieces.
Lew, Walter K.

Seven Controlled Vocabularies and Obituary 2004. The Joy of Cooking
A modular, easy-to-read relaxation device
Lin, Tan


Intimate, intense poems forge a language for life when life is at stake
López Colomé, Pura; Forrest Gander, Trans.

Poems and Selections from the "Livre"
A vibrant new translation of a modernist poet
Mallarmé, Stéphane

Echoes of Memory
Selected Poems of Lucio Mariani
Timeless lyric poetry by a contemporary European master.
Mariani, Lucio. Anthony Molino, trans.; afterword by Thomas Harrison.

What Madness Brought Me Here
New and Selected Poems, 1968–1988
A collection of new and old poems that explore the relationship between language and the self.
McElroy, Colleen J.


Scintillating new work from a celebrated contemporary poet.
McHugh, Heather

Hinge & Sign
Poems, 1968–1993
A renowned poet’s artful collection is a striking body of work
McHugh, Heather

The Father of the Predicaments

Whether sorrowful or sassy, the poems in this new collection bear McHugh's signature: a lively love for the very language she bewares.
McHugh, Heather


An exquisite series of poems that explore living and dying.
McHugh, Heather

A Visit to Civilization

A meditation on brokenness and wholeness, history and forgetting.
McPherson, Sandra

Edge Effect
Trails and Portrayals
Constructed in two parts, this collection embraces secretly related worlds: the poetics of natural history and artistic discoveries of self-taught folk artists.
McPherson, Sandra

The Spaces Between Birds
Mother/Daughter Poems, 1967–1995
In 1967, Sandra McPherson’s daughter Phoebe was born with Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism. Representing 28 years of work, these poems descripe the voyage on which mother and daughter embarked. Interspersed are poems by Phoebe.
McPherson, Sandra

The Little Edges

Poems that play in the sonic texture of discourses
Moten, Fred


A single word holds a narrative of the human condition.
Newman, Amy

Grave of Light
New and Selected Poems, 1970–2005
Selected poems from a visionary feminist poet.
Notley, Alice

Songs and Stories of the Ghouls

An epic poem of genocide, designed to create power for the dead
Notley, Alice

Public Figures

An investigation of the gap between sight and site
Osman, Jena

Ten to One
Selected Poems
The first selected poems from one of the most inventive poets writing today.
Perelman, Bob


A haunting lifeline between archive and memory, law and poetry
Philip, M. NourbeSe, as told to the author by Setaey Adamu Boateng

She Tries Her Tongue, Her Silence Softly Breaks

The groundbreaking seminal collection by the author of Zong!
Philip, M. NourbeSe

Apples from Shinar

A special centenary edition of this American poet’s critically acclaimed collection
Plutzik, Hyam with David Scott Kastan, afterword.


A direct and moving account of a young man's life in a time of plague.
Powell, D. A.

Poems and Letters
Rediscovery of a stunning achievement in modern Italian poetry.
Pozzi, Antonia; Venuti, Lawrence, ed. & trans.

American Poets in the 21st Century
The New Poetics
The ideal introduction to the current generation of American poets
Rankine, Claudia and Lisa Sewell, eds.

Sam’s Book

Eloquent and accessible poems commemorating the “stunning blast” of loss

Ray, David


The first poetic exploration of transgender issues by the mother of a transgendered child.
Raz, Hilda

Divine Honors

A transcendent account of the effects of breast cancer.
Raz, Hilda

All Odd and Splendid

Intimate new poems from an important contemporary voice
Raz, Hilda


Retallack’s book draws readers into a meditative experience of time, space and language.
Retallack, Joan


A musical desert elegy on life born from loss.
Revell, Donald

New Dark Ages

Evocative poems about the most simple and complicated ideas.
Revell, Donald


A celebrated poet struggles with the century’s events
Revell, Donald

Beautiful Shirt

The world that Revell ponders in these poems is replete with contrarieties, as he searches for the true nature of the self through language unfettered by narrative constraints and conventional conceptual identities.
Revell, Donald

There Are Three
Poems from the indestructible wilderness of American words and silences.
Revell, Donald

Sonnets to Orpheus

An accomplished poet’s first and only sonnet sequence.
Rilke, Rainer Maria. David Young, trans. and introd.

To See the Earth Before the End of the World

Generous, visionary new work by this major American poet
Roberson, Ed

Writing Through
Translations and Variations
Wide-ranging poetry anthology by one of America’s most distinguished literary translators.
Rothenberg, Jerome

Provoked in Venice
The Rider Quintet, vol. 3
The remarkable third volume in a trilogy that includes the award-winning Rider and Millennium Hotel.
Rudman, Mark

The Couple
The Rider Quintet, vol. 4
Rudman’s unique exploration of relationships.
Rudman, Mark

Sundays on the Phone
The Rider Quintet, vol. 5
Intimate account of the fierce, unsettling connection between son and mother.
Rudman, Mark

The Rider Quintet, vol. 1
Rudman skillfully explores his own life and past.
Rudman, Mark

The Millennium Hotel
The Rider Quintet, vol. 2
A captivating sequel to Rider.
Rudman, Mark

The Rider Quintet

Rudman’s unique exploration of relationships
Rudman, Mark

New Time

The latest collection of poetry from one of the foremost American avant-garde poets.
Scalapino, Leslie

Zither & Autobiography

A reflective, eclectic mixture of poetry and prose.
Scalapino, Leslie

The Front Matter, Dead Souls

This extraordinary new book is essay-fiction-poetry, an experiment in form, “a serial novel for publication in the newspaper” that collapses the distinction between documentary and fiction.
Scalapino, Leslie


First English critical edition of a bilingual masterpiece with facsimile and facing-page translation
Segalen, Victor, Timothy Billings & Christopher Bush, trans., Haun Saussy, fwd.

Once Again, La Fontaine
Sixty More Fables
New translations of classic French fables.
La Fontaine, Jean de. Norman R. Shapiro, trans. David Schorr, illus. John Hollander, fwd.

How Charlie Shavers Died and Other Poems

With its passion, humor, and rich detail, this exquisite volume marks Harvey Shapiro's finest work to date.
Shapiro, Harvey

The Sights Along the Harbor
New and Collected Poems
The comprehensive collection of a master of the American modern form
Shapiro, Harvey

The Light Holds
A celebrated poet writes on the hidden beauty of American cities.
Shapiro, Harvey

Selected Poems

Collection of poems of great emotional investment.
Shapiro, Harvey. James Atlas, introd

A Momentary Glory
Last Poems
The passionate testament of a brilliant poet in the face of age, illness, and mortality
Shapiro, Harvey; edited by Norman Finkelstein

the new black

A profound and uplifting meditation on the meanings of race and belonging in America
Shockley, Evie


Spontaneous, colloquial, and anti-conventional verse from a celebrated Polish writer .
Sommer, Piotr, August Kleinzahler, fwd.

Fuck You-Aloha-I Love You

This book of "documentary poetics" is by an important up and coming female experimentalist.
Spahr, Juliana

My Vocabulary Did This to Me
The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer
An essential collection of a highly original American poet
Spicer, Jack; edited by Peter Gizzi and Kevin Killian

Alphabet Theater

Intelligent, emotionally engaging multi-media performance poetry.
Stricker, Meredith

Rococo and Other Worlds
Selected Poems
First English language publication of Urdu’s greatest modern poet
Syed, Afzal Ahmed; Musharraf Ali Farooqi, trans.

Selected Poems
Linguistically and formally audacious, Tarn is a true innovator.
Tarn, Nathaniel

Selected Poems

An award-winning gathering of exquisite poems by a celebrated poet.
Tate, James

Distance from Loved Ones

Clear and insightful poetry on our relationship to the given world.
Tate, James

Exposition Park

A midway of poetic styles and syllabic tableaux
Tejada, Roberto

The Cradle of the Real Life

A poet speaks of the deaths and births that come within a life: alcoholism, womanhood, depression, marriage, motherhood, psychotherapy, sex, poetry.
Valentine, Jean

Door in the Mountain
New and Collected Poems, 1965-2003
The collected works of one of America’s most innovative poets.
Valentine, Jean


A highly-praised translation of a seminal work of Spanish literature is once again available.
Vallejo, César. Clayton Eshleman, trans.; Spanish text established by Julio Ortega; Américo Ferrari, introd.

Selected Writings of César Vallejo

Essential writings from the catalyst of the Latin American experimental tradition
Vallejo, César, edited by Joseph Mulligan

The Rehearsal of Misunderstanding
Three Collections by Contemporary Greek Women Poets—The Cake by Rhea Galanaki, Tales of the Deep by Jenny Mastoraki, Hers by Maria Laina
Fills a serious gap in contemporary poetry in translation, in general, and in Greek poetry, in particular.
Van Dyck, Karen, trans. and introd.

Favor of Crows
New and Collected Haiku
A collection of original haiku from a preeminent Native American poet and novelist
Vizenor, Gerald

It Is If I Speak

New poems from the most iconoclastic poet of his generation.
Wenderoth, Joe

Wenderoth’s poetry features Terse and haunting lyrics that mark a new intimacy with the world
Wenderoth, Joe

Lullaby for One Fist

A first collection of poems that explores the anatomy of destructive relationships.
Werblin, Andrea

The Collected Poems of Philip Whalen

The collected work of a legendary San Francisco Renaissance and Beat poet
Whalen, Philip. Michael Rothenberg, ed.; Gary Snyder, fwd.; Leslie Scalapino, intro.

Meteoric Flowers

A bold poetic intervention into the pastoral tradition.
Willis, Elizabeth


New poems from an original and challenging American voice
Willis, Elizabeth

Country Music
Selected Early Poems
A compilation of powerful and moving poems from early in the poet’s career.
Wright, Charles. David St. John, fwd. Charles Wright, preface.

Collected Poems

A collection of authentic, profound and beautiful poems.
Wright, James. Anne Wright and Robert Bly, eds.

The Clouds Float North
The Complete Poems of Yu Xuanji
Yu Xuanji. David Young and Jiann I. Lin, trans.


Emotionally charged poetry offers an uncanny poetics of intimacy.
Zawacki, Andrew

Eating in the Underworld

Poems using the Persephone myth to explore the life of a contemporary woman.
Zucker, Rachel

The Last Clear Narrative

Radical, intimate poems about marriage and motherhood.
Zucker, Rachel

The Bad Wife Handbook

A courageous and innovative ode to monogamy and its challenges
Zucker, Rachel

What Kind

When the human family frightens us, we try to join the animals.
Zweig, Martha