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The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton

Lucille Clifton (BOA Editions)

One of the most significant books of poetry to come out in years, this is the life's work of a major poet who wrote with powerful anger about the generations of injustice suffered by African-Americans and with equally powerful love for her family.

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Slow Lightning

Eduardo C. Corral (Yale Univ.)

In his stunning debut, Corral, winner of the prestigious Yale Series of Younger Poets Award, craftily mixes English and Spanish to tell old and new stories about cultural roots and romantic desire.

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Place

Jorie Graham (Ecco)

Rage and fear about humanity's destruction of the Earth is only tempered by a mother's tenderness toward a daughter in this thrillingly vivid collection.

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Useless Landscape, or, A Guide for Boys

D.A. Powell (Graywolf)

Powell is one of the most important poets now writing, and this may be his best book since his groundbreaking debut. In it, he looks back at a life—at lives—ravaged by AIDS and offers some slant advice to the coming generations of gay men, and to anyone else who tunes in.

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Animal Eye

Paisley Rekdal (Univ. of Pittsburgh)

Rekdal's longish poems in this fifth book—which ostensibly looks at nature—are brimming with anger and wit, often about where, why, and how love goes wrong.

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