“The Collected Poems of C.P. Cavafy,” translated by Daniel Mendelsohn, renders the poet’s exquisite Greek ruminations in analogous English.
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Lucia Perillo echoes Sylvia Plath in “Inseminating the Elephant,” a collection of poems that blend tragedy with wit and humor.
“Never-Ending Birds” by David Baker covers all the topics that make great poetry with sweeping Midwestern landscapes and stories of childhood, loss, and new loves.
“Scary, No Scary,” a delightfully bizarre poetry collection by Zachary Schomburg, draws readers into a post-apocalyptic dreamscape.
In “News of the World,” Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Philip Levine shifts effortlessly between verse and prose.
The vibrant wit and clever twists of Amy Gerstler’s poems make “Dearest Creature” a must-read.