National Book Award Poetry

By: Ferry, David, 1924-
Winner of the 2012 National Book Award for Poetry. To read David Ferry’s Bewilderment is to be reminded that poetry of the highest order can be made by the subtlest of means. The passionate nature and originality of Ferry’s prosodic daring works astonishing transformations that take your breath away. In poem after poem, his diction modulates beautifully between plainspoken high eloquence and colloquial vigor, making his distinctive speech one of the most interesting and ravishing achievements of the past half century.
By: Doty, Mark.
A collection of top-selected works and new poems by the author of Dog Years features pieces that meditate on such topics as mortality, the instructive presence of animals, and art's ability to give shape to human life.
By: Hass, Robert.
A first new collection in ten years by the former U.S. poet laureate and author of Sun Under Wood reflects on the beauty and energy of the physical world as well as life in contemporary America, in a stylistically varied compendium that includes the piece, "Envy of Other People's Poems." 25,000 first printing.
By: Merwin, W. S. (William Stanley), 1927-
Presents a collection of the author's best poems along with new works.
By: Valentine, Jean.
Presents a collection of the author's established works in addition to new poems, which deal with such topics as death, aging, and the passage of time.
By: Stone, Ruth.
A collection of sardonic, crafty poems questions the role of convention in everyday life.
By: Clifton, Lucille, 1936-2010.
Nineteen new poems as well as selections from the author's earlier collections explore human suffering, the tragedy of violence, and theological mysteries.
By: Stern, Gerald, 1925-
Offers a selection of the author's poems from his persons collections, including verses from "Rejoicings," "Lucky Life," "Stepping Out of Poetry," "The Red Coal," "Lovesick," "Bread Without Sugar," and "Odd Mercy," as well as newer works