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The Best Poetry Books to Read in the New Year

We’ve taken a look at some forthcoming poetry volumes in 2019. The state of the world has inspired many of these poets to write about how politics runs their lives, although none of them have lost the appreciation of beauty, the quest for self-knowledge, and the desire to show other lands to readers. Here are some volumes we are looking forward to, and some that have recently been published.
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    New Hampshire Book Cover Picture

    New Hampshire

    by Robert Frost

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    Dolefully, A Rampart Stands Book Cover Picture
    Dolefully, A Rampart Stands Book Cover Picture

    Dolefully, A Rampart Stands

    by Paige Ackerson-Kiely

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    Poems of Paris Book Cover Picture

    Poems of Paris

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    Days & Days

    by Michael Dickman

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    The Octopus Museum Book Cover Picture

    The Octopus Museum

    by Brenda Shaughnessy

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    The Crazy Bunch Book Cover Picture

    The Crazy Bunch

    by Willie Perdomo

    Willie Perdomo, a native of East Harlem, has won praise as a hip, playful, historically engaged poet whose restlessly lyrical language mixes “city life with a sense of the transcendent” (NPR.org). In his fourth collection, The Crazy Bunch, Perdomo returns to his beloved neighborhood to create a vivid, kaleidoscopic portrait of a “crew” coming of age in East Harlem at the beginning of the 1990s. In poems written in couplets, vignettes, sketches, riffs, and dialogue, Perdomo recreates a weekend where surviving members of the crew recall a series of tragic events: “That was the summer we all tried to fly. All but one of us succeeded.”
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