Happy National Poetry Month

To celebrate this most eloquent of months, I've picked out three poetry collections that we think will get you thinking.

All the Whiskey in Heaven
Charles Bernstein

"This gathering of 30 years worth of work by the prominent L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poet and essayist offers a rigorous critique of the art of poetry itself, which means, among other things, a thorough investigation of language and the mind. [...] These exhilarating, challenging poems raise countless essential questions about the form and function of poetry." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

The FSG Book of Twentieth-Century Latin American Poetry
Edited by Ilan Stavans

"Beginning with the Cuban poet and patriot Jose Martí, Stavans's selection runs from the lushly formal nationalisms of a century ago, through the world-renowned intellect of Jorge Luis Borges, the expansive passions of Pablo Neruda, and the tender bleakness of the great Brazilian Carlos Drummond de Andrade, to a wealth of less famous, more recent poets." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 

Life on Mars: Poems
Tracy K. Smith

"Laughlin Award–winner Smith's third collection blends pop culture, history, elegy, anecdote, and sociopolitical commentary to illustrate the weirdness of contemporary living. The book's title, borrowed from a David Bowie song, hints at the recurrent use of science fiction and alternate realities (which turn out to mirror this one all too well) throughout the book." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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