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Phenomenal Women: Poets at PPL

100 Essential Modern Poems by Women
100 Essential Modern Poems by Women Book - 2008 TEEN 811.0082 ONE HUNDRED Available in some locations

Annotation: This bountiful collection presents memorable poems written in the English language over the past 150 years-masterworks and new classics by great authors from Emily Dickinson to Rita Dove, Marianne Moore and Edna St. Vincent Millay to Maxine Kumin and Mary Oliver, Sylvia Plath and Linda Pastan to Kay Ryan and Marge Piercy-that offer compelling perspectives on timeless topics of love, marriage, family, friendship, nature, faith and hope, courage and endurance, and life as lived intensely and to the full. Brief biographies introduce each poet and her work.

Sappho By Sappho Book - 1958 884.2 S241 Available in some locations

Annotation:Sappho, whom Plato (see Vols. 3 and 4) called "the tenth Muse," was the greatest of the early Greek lyric poets. She was born at Mytilene on Lesbos and was a member---perhaps the head---of a group of women who honored the Muses and Aphrodite. Her family was aristocratic; it is said that she was married and had a daughter. Her brilliant love lyrics, marriage songs, and hymns to the gods are written in Aeolic dialect in many meters, one of which is named for her---the Sapphic. Mostly fragments survive of the nine books she is thought to have authored. Her verse is simple and direct, exquisitely passionate and vivid. Catullus, Ovid, and Swinburne were among the many later poets she influenced.

The Poems of Phillis Wheatley
The Poems of Phillis Wheatley By Wheatley, Phillis Book - 1989 811.1 W557 Available in some locations

Annotation:For nearly thirty-five years Julian Mason's The Poems of Phillis Wheatley (1966) has been the standard edition of the poems and letters of this young black poet of eighteenth-century Boston. This new edition has been extensively revised in light of Wheatley scholarship since its publication.

The Gorgeous Nothings
The Gorgeous Nothings By Dickinson, Emily Book - 2013 811 DICKINSO Available in some locations

Annotation:One of the loveliest books published in 2013. This exquisite reproduction of a collection of envelopes that Dickinson (1830-86) covered with scraps of poems and delightfully enigmatic phrases has not only literary value but also stunning pictorial presence. In a title originally published as an artist book by Steve Clay of Granary Books, editors Werner (The Dickinson Composites) and Bervin (Emily Dickinson's Open Folios: Scenes of Reading, Surfaces of Writing) introduce (on facing pages) scanned images and visual transcriptions of envelopes that Dickinson used to draft poems or to jot down some idiosyncratic phrase that may have haunted her thoughts. Each page presents a single envelope or (in some cases) a scrap of an envelope covered with the poet's sometimes gnomic script against a stark white background. On the facing page is an outline of the same piece of envelope and within it are transcribed the words penciled on the surface.

The Poems of Marianne Moore
The Poems of Marianne Moore By Moore, Marianne Book - 2003 811.5 M819p Available in some locations

Annotation:"Your thorns are the best part of you," notes Marianne Moore. More than thirty years after her death, Marianne Moore continues to be one of America's most beloved poets.This complete collection of Moore's poetry, edited by the prizewinning poet Grace Schulman, for the first time contains all of Moore's poems, including 120 previously uncollected and unpublished ones.

The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova
The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova By Akhmatova, Anna Andreevna, 1889-1966 Book - 1992 891.7 A315co Available in some locations

Annotation:“You will hear thunder and remember me, and think: she wanted storms...” -Anna Akhmatova

Selected Poems
Selected Poems By Millay, Edna St. Vincent Book - 2003 811.5 M64se-m Available in some locations

Annotation:“My candle burns at both ends; It will not last the night; But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends— It gives a lovely light!” Revel in the candid verse of Edna St. Vincent Millay, including such favorites as "The Ballad of the Harp-Weaver" and "Renascence." This lively selection casts Millay's career in a new light.

Miracle Fair
Miracle Fair Selected Poems of Wisława Szymborska By Szymborska, Wisława Book - 2001 891.8517 SZYMBORS Available in some locations

Annotation:“Four billion people on this earth, but my imagination is still the same. It's bad with large numbers." -Wislawa Szymborska. Poems from one of our Nobel Laureates for Literature.

Ain't I A Woman!
Ain't I A Woman! A Book of Women's Poetry From Around the World Book - 1993 808.8193 AIN'T Available in some locations

Annotation:Among the many poets whose work is included are Anna Akhmatova, Maya Angelou, Judith Kazantzis, Gabriela Mistral, Marge Piercy, Irina Ratushinskaya and Alice Walker.

Word Warriors
Word Warriors 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution Book - 2007 TEEN 811.54082 WORD All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:A collection of poems and essays by thirty-five female spoken word artists from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, including Sarah Jones, Leah Harris, Tracie Morris, and others.

The Collected Poems
The Collected Poems By Plath, Sylvia Book - 1992 811.54 PLATH Available in some locations

Annotation:"I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead;/ I lift my lids and all is born again." Containing everything that celebrated poet Sylvia Plath wrote after 1956, this is one of the most comprehensive collections of her work. Edited, annotated, and with an introduction by Ted Hughes.

The Complete Poems
The Complete Poems By Sexton, Anne Book - 1999 TEEN 811.54 SEXTON Available in some locations

Annotation:“Depression is boring, I think/ and I would do better to make/ some soup and light up the cave.” From the joy and anguish of her own experience, Sexton fashioned poems that told truths about the inner lives of men and women. This book comprises Sexton's ten volumes of verse, including the Pulitzer Prize-winner Live or Die, as well as seven poems form her last years.

The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou
The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou By Angelou, Maya Book - 1994 811.54 ANGELOU Available in some locations

Annotation:"I'm a woman/ Phenomenally./ Phenomenal woman,/ That's me.” Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Johnson on April 4, 1928 in Saint Louis, Missouri. She is perhaps best known for her semi-autobiographical work "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" and has written at least 11 best-sellers, including her recent memoir, "Mom and Me."

Selected Poems, 1960-1990
Selected Poems, 1960-1990 By Kumin, Maxine Book - 1997 811.54 KUMIN Available in some locations

Annotation:“Nothing is changed, except/ there was a moment when/ the wolf, the mongering wolf/ who stands outside the self/ lay lightly down, and slept.”

Door in the Mountain
Door in the Mountain New and Collected Poems, 1965-2003 By Valentine, Jean Book - 2004 811.54 VALENTIN Available in some locations

Annotation:“Blessed are those/ who break off from separateness/ theirs is wild/ heaven.”

The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni, 1968-1998
The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni, 1968-1998 By Giovanni, Nikki Book - 2007 TEEN 811.54 GIOVANNI Available in some locations

Annotation:“i hope i die/ warmed/ by the life that i tried/ to live”

My Father Was A Toltec and Selected Poems, 1973-1988
My Father Was A Toltec and Selected Poems, 1973-1988 By Castillo, Ana Book - 2004 811.54 CASTILLO Available in some locations

Annotation:"Women are not/ roses/ they are not oceans/ or stars./ i would like to tell/ her this but/ i think she/ already knows.” - Ana Castillo

The Dream of A Common Language
The Dream of A Common Language Poems, 1974-1977 By Rich, Adrienne Book - 1993 811.5 R498d All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:“I touch you knowing we weren't born tomorrow, and somehow, each of us will help the other live, and somewhere, each of us must help the other die.” -Adrienne Rich

The Dream of the Unified Field
The Dream of the Unified Field Selected Poems, 1974-1994 By Graham, Jorie Book - 1995 811.54 GRAHAM Available in some locations

Annotation:“This is freedom. This is the force of faith. Nobody gets what they want. Never again are you the same. The longing is to be pure. What you get is to be changed.” -Jorie Graham

In Mad Love and War
In Mad Love and War By Harjo, Joy Book - 1990 TEEN 811.54 HARJO Available in some locations

Annotation:“In Isleta the rainbow was a crack in the universe. We saw the barest of all life that is possible. Bright horses rolled over and over the dusking sky.” -Joy Harjo

Autobiography of Red
Autobiography of Red A Novel in Verse By Carson, Anne Book - 1998 811.54 CARSON All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:"Small, red, and upright he waited, gripping his new bookbag tight in one hand and touching a lucky penny inside his coat pocket with the other, while the first snows of winter floated down on his eyelashes and covered the branches around him and silenced all trace of the world.”

Sonata Mulattica
Sonata Mulattica A Life in Five Movements and A Short Play : Poems By Dove, Rita Book - 2009 811.54 DOVE Available in some locations

Annotation:Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. poet laureate Dove (American Smooth) applies her lyrical dexterity to the "lost story" of violin virtuoso George Polgreen Bridgetower (1780-1860), the son of an African father and Polish-German mother whose skills so moved Beethoven that he composed and dedicated to him the Kreutzer Sonata-a tribute retracted after the two quarreled over a woman's affections. As a biracial musician living in London and Vienna, Bridgetower was isolated, and Dove emphasizes the emotional importance of music to his personal identity, articulating the passion ("the world was not as large as the sound/ I sent to it") and physicality ("feel each crescendo/ as a tree feels the spring sap/ surging") he brought to his art.

Poems, Prose, and Letters
Poems, Prose, and Letters By Bishop, Elizabeth Book - 2008 818.5 B622 Available in some locations

Annotation:“I was made at right angles to the world and I see it so. I can only see it so.” -Elizabeth Bishop

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide, When the Rainbow Is Enuf
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide, When the Rainbow Is Enuf A Choreopoem By Shange, Ntozake Audiobook CD - 2010 COMPACT DISC 811.54 SHANGE Available in some locations

Annotation:“i found god in myself/ and i loved her/ i loved her fiercely” -Ntozake Shange. The complete text of a groundbreaking dramatic prose poem written in vivid and powerful language that resonates with unusual beauty in its fierce message to the world.

Swan Poems and Prose Poems By Oliver, Mary Book - 2010 811 OLIVER All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:"If you have ever gone to the woods with me, I must love you very much.” -Mary Oliver

If There Is Something to Desire
If There Is Something to Desire One Hundred Poems By Pavlova, Vera Book - 2010 TEEN 891.715 PAVLOVA Available in some locations

Annotation:“Why is the word yes so brief? it should be the longest, the hardest, so that you could not decide in an instant to say it, so that upon reflection you could stop in the middle of saying it.” -Vera Pavlova

Head Off & Split
Head Off & Split Poems By Finney, Nikky Book - 2011 811.54 FINNEY All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:"The library, to me, is the second most sacred physical space on the planet.” Nikky Finney tells it like it is: winner of the 2011 National Book Award for Poetry.

The Woman I Kept to Myself
The Woman I Kept to Myself Poems By Alvarez, Julia Book - 2011 811.54 ALVAREZ Available in some locations

Annotation:The works of this award-winning poet and novelist are rich with the language and influences of two cultures: those of the Dominican Republic of her childhood and the America of her youth and adulthood. They have shaped her writing just as they have shaped her life. In these seventy-five autobiographical poems, Alvarez's clear voice sings out in every line. Here, in the middle of her life, she looks back as a way of understanding and celebrating the woman she has become.

Life on Mars
Life on Mars Poems By Smith, Tracy K. Book - 2011 TEEN 811.6 SMITH Available in some locations

Annotation:“Time never stops, but does it end? and how many lives before take-off, before we find ourselves beyond ourselves, all glam-glow, all twinkle and gold?” -Tracy K. Smith. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

Dark Elderberry Branch
Dark Elderberry Branch By ëTìSvetaeva, Marina Book - 2012 TEEN 891.7142 TSVETAEV Available in some locations

Annotation:“For the path of comets/ is the path of poets: they burn without warming,/ pick without cultivating. They are: an explosion, a breaking in...” Marina Tsvetaeva was born in Moscow in 1892 and died in 1941. Her poetry stands among the greatest works of twentieth century Russian writers.

Stag's Leap
Stag's Leap By Olds, Sharon Book - 2012 811.54 OLDS All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:In this wise and intimate telling--which carries us through the seasons when her marriage was ending--Sharon Olds opens her heart to the reader, sharing the feeling of invisibility that comes when we are no longer standing in love's sight; the surprising physical bond that still exists between a couple during parting; the loss of everything from her husband's smile to the set of his hip.

The World Will Follow Joy
The World Will Follow Joy Turning Madness Into Flowers (new Poems) By Walker, Alice Book - 2013 811 WALKER Available in some locations

Annotation:“Hard times require furious dancing. Each of us is proof.” -Alice Walker

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A sampling of the rich and compelling voices from women in our poetry collection- including publications from poets in translation, Nobel Laureates, spoken word poets, Pulitzer Prize winners, and Poet Laureates of the United States.

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