Inyo County Free Library - New Acquisitions

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Art matters: because your imagination can change the world

By Gaiman, Neil

Publishing Date: 2018

Classification: 800

Call Number: 808.02 GAI

Be bold. Be rebellious. Choose art. It matters. Neil Gaiman once said that 'the world always seems brighter when you've just made something that wasn't there before'. This little book is the embodiment of that vision. Drawn together from speeches, poems and creative manifestos, Art Matters explores how reading, imagining and creating can change the world, and will be inspirational to young and old.

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Over this soil: an anthology of world farm poems

Publishing Date: [1998]

Classification: 800

Call Number: 808.81

As a natural outgrowth from her anthology of contemporary American farm poems, Handspan of Red Earth, editor Catherine Webster has devoted herself over the past years to gathering this collection of farm poems from writers around the world. Over This Soil urges us to preserve our farmlands, to increase our responsibilities of land stewardship, and to intelligently maintain the agricultural necessities of our lives.

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Don't know much about literature: what you need to know but never learned about great books and authors

By Davis, Kenneth C

Publishing Date: c2009

Classification: 800

Call Number: 809 DAV

A latest addition to the best-selling series that includes Don't Know Much About® Anything Else covers everything from Chaucer and Beowulf to Harry Potter and the Beats while sharing profiles of favorite authors, characters, and stories. Original. - (Baker & Taylor)

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Enchanted hunters: the power of stories in childhood

By Tatar, Maria

Publishing Date: c2009

Classification: 800

Call Number: 809.8928 TAT

Tatar challenges the assumptions we make about childhood reading. By exploring how beauty and horror operate in children's literature, she examines how and what children read, showing how literature transports and transforms children with its intoxicating, captivating and occasionally terrifying energy.

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South toward home: travels in Southern literature

By Eby, Margaret

Publishing Date: [2015]

Classification: 800

Call Number: 810.9975 EBY

"A literary travelogue that ventures deep into the heart of classic Southern literature. As the writer Elif Batuman did for Russian literature in The Possessed, Margaret Eby does for Southern literature in this charming book of literary exploration. From Mississippi (William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Richard Wright, Barry Hannah) to Alabama (Harper Lee, Truman Capote) to Georgia (Flannery O'Connor, Harry Crews) and beyond, Eby--herself a Southerner--travels through the Deep South to the places that famous Southern authors lived in and wrote about. South Toward Home reveals how they took these places and the lives of their inhabitants and transmuted them into lasting literature. Whether meeting the man in charge of feeding Flannery O'Connor's peacocks in Milledgeville, peering into Faulkner's liquor cabinet, or seeking out John Kennedy Toole's iconic hot dog vendors in New Orleans, Eby combines biographical detail with expert criticism to deliver a rich and evocative tribute to the literary South" --

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Cowboy poetry: a gathering

Publishing Date: 1985

Classification: 800

Call Number: 811

This collection of poems was chosen from among 10, 000 gathered from cowboy reciters, ranch poets and from a library of over 200 published works of cowboy verse. One third of the poems are classics that have proven their vitality by having lived in the hearts and minds of cowboys and ranchers for decades. The remaining two-thirds are new, created within the last few years.- (Gibbs-Smith)

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Handspan of red earth: an anthology of American farm poems

Publishing Date: 1991

Classification: 800

Call Number: 811

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The art of losing: poems of grief and healing

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: 800

Call Number: 811.54

Poems about the various stages of grief, with 150 selections from a variety of 20th-21st century poets.

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Romanticism: poems

By Bernard, April

Publishing Date: c2009

Classification: 800

Call Number: 811.54 BER

Romanticism explores and challenges the central ideas of high Romanticism: the tragedy and gallantry of the individual’s life journey, the appeal of revolution and violence, the beckoning forces of Nature, and the estrangement from but constant longing for God. Here is a powerful argument for the primacy of strong emotion.“Ungeliebt”So I offered a bargain:All of it, the books, the papers,and whatever is still brewing in my teapot head—All of this, I said, I will surrenderif only I may havethe home that I have seen in his face.The answer came at once: No.What lies you tell, and call them love. - (Norton Pub)

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Trapeze: poems

By Digges, Deborah

Publishing Date: [2004]

Classification: 800

Call Number: 811.54 DIG

A collection of works by an award-winning poet traces a woman's passage into midlife and her subsequent intimacy with nature and mortality, in a volume that includes her observations of the interactions between younger women and their children, the relationship between a woman's moods and the seasons, and fleeting moments of beauty. Reprint. - (Baker & Taylor)

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The living fire: new and selected poems, 1975-2010

By Hirsch, Edward

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: 800

Call Number: 811.54 HIR

A volume of more than one hundred definitive and original pieces by the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning writer includes poems that critically assess his own works and explore such topics as insomnia, culture and the arts. - (Baker & Taylor)

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Warhorses: poems

By Komunyakaa, Yusef

Publishing Date: c2008

Classification: 800

Call Number: 811.54 KOM

Poems reflecting on love and war.

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The shadow of Sirius

By Merwin, W. S

Publishing Date: c2008

Classification: 800

Call Number: 811.54 MER

W.S. Merwin, author of over fifty books, is America's foremost poet. His last two books were honored with major literary awards: Migration won the National Book Award, and Present Company received the Bobbitt Prize from the Library of Congress.- (Perseus Publishing)

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My Mojave: poems

By Revell, Donald

Publishing Date: c2003

Classification: 800

Call Number: 811.54 REV

This collection of poetry concerns itself with beauty, with the way in which the divine pours through the eye and into the soul.

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The bitter withy

By Revell, Donald

Publishing Date: c2009

Classification: 800

Call Number: 811.54 REV

Acclaimed poet Donald Revell continues to avow devotion to the pastoral tradition in this pilgrimage through the mind's Eden. Joy and mortality instruct these poems, using nature to inform the spirit and assemble the dream of human happiness and unification.

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Erratic facts: poems

By Ryan, Kay

Publishing Date: [2015]

Classification: 800

Call Number: 811.54 RYA

"Ryan examines enormous subjects--existence, consciousness, love, loss--in compact poems that have ... powerful resonance"--Amazon.com.

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The best of it: new and selected poems

By Ryan, Kay

Publishing Date: c2010

Classification: 800

Call Number: 811.54 RYA

Kay Ryan is the sixteenth Poet Laureate of the United States. Here is the poet's own selection of more than two hundred poems.

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Thrall: poems

By Trethewey, Natasha D

Publishing Date: 2012

Classification: 800

Call Number: 811.54 TRE

By unflinchingly charting the intersections of public and personal history, Thrall explores the historical, cultural, and social forces-across time and space-that determine the roles consigned to a mixed-race daughter and her white father. In a vivid series of poems about interracial marriage depicted in the Casta Paintings of Colonial Mexico, Trethewey investigates the philosophical assumptions that underpin Enlightenment notions of taxonomy and classification, exposing the way they encode ideas of race within our collective imagination. While tropes about captivity, bondage, inheritance, and enthrallment permeate the collection, Trethewey, by reflecting on a series of small estrangements from her poet father, comes to an understanding of how, as father and daughter, they are part of the ongoing history of race in America.

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Flood song

By Bitsui, Sherwin

Publishing Date: c2009

Classification: 800

Call Number: 811.6 BIT

"I bite my eyes shut between these songs." So begins Flood Song, a concentrated, interweaving, painterly sequence in which Native tradition scrapes against contemporary urban life. In his second book, Sherwin Bitsui intones landscapes real and imagined, populated with the wrens, winds, and reeds of the high desert and constructed from the bricks and gasoline of the city. Reverent to his family's indigenous traditions while simultaneously indebted to European modernism and surrealism, Bitsui is at the forefront of a younger generation of Native writers. His poems are highly imagistic and constantly in motion, drawing as readily upon Din©? (Navajo) myths, customs, and medicine songs as they do contemporary language and poetics. "I map a shrinking map," Bitsui writes, a map tribal and individual, elemental and modern--and utterly astonishing.

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Permanent address: poems

By Blake, Lorna Knowles

Publishing Date: 2008

Classification: 800

Call Number: 811.6 BLA

Poetry. Winner of the 2006 Richard Snyder Publication Prize. "'Oh, deliver me from the familiar,/from the old maps and their destinations/that are pre-destinations, nothing more.' In this first collection, Blake has found her own way to answer her prayer: she confronts the ordinary in her life and changes its course, its importance, through keen consideration and well-chosen words. Blake's skills rest not only in her blend of colloquial and exacting diction with a sharp ear and enticing music but also in her delightful way of seeing the everyday: 'Love will pitch a tent anywhere--.../Marriage vows to build a home.' The new bride in her new Eden, shopping the aisles and naming the incidentals for house and family, is a lot like Eve, who 'knew the word fruit/but not its implications.' The answer to Blake's prayer is not as simple as it might appear, though. Daughter, wife, mother: this is a web in which it is difficult to move about. Ultimately, this collection celebrates the charm and grace that belong to domestic life, the world in which love has built its house. A smart and thoughtful collection; highly recommended"--Louis McKee, Library Journal. - (SCB Distributors)

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