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Essential Poetry

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To celebrate National Poetry Month this year, Interabang Books curated a list of what we deem essential collections of poems our customers should have in their home libraries. The genre of poetry is often overlooked yet offers diverse styles and aesthetics. You may be unsure where to start or even intimidated by the vast choices; rest assured this list comprises classic and contemporary titles that have and will have staying power. You’ll return to these again and again, eager to share them with other booklovers. Enjoy browsing this list below or come in and flip through these in person. We encourage you to obtain the entire set. Poetry is just another reading experience. We hope this helps further yours. 

Native Guard Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780618872657
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mariner Books - April 3rd, 2007

Life on Mars: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555975845
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Published: Graywolf Press - May 10th, 2011

Walking to Martha's Vineyard: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780375710018
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Published: Knopf - April 5th, 2005

Time and Materials: Poems 1997-2005 Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9780061350283
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Published: Ecco - October 7th, 2008

American Primitive Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780316650045
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 30th, 1983

Lighthead: Poems (Penguin Poets) Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780143116967
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Published: Penguin Books - March 30th, 2010

Ariel: Poems Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9780060931728
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - March 6th, 2018

Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror: Poems (Penguin Poets) Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780140586688
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Published: Penguin Books - January 1st, 1990

Delights & Shadows Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781556592010
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - May 1st, 2004

Head Off & Split: Poems Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780810152168
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Published: TriQuarterly - January 27th, 2011

The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes (Vintage Classics) Cover Image
$21.00
ISBN: 9780679764083
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Published: Vintage - October 31st, 1995

The Wild Iris Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780880013345
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Ecco - November 1st, 1993

The Tradition Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781556594861
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - April 2nd, 2019

Versed (Wesleyan Poetry) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780819570918
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Published: Wesleyan University Press - August 1st, 2010

Black Zodiac: Poems Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780374525361
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(Non-returnable)
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 4th, 1998

Late Wife: Poems (Southern Messenger Poets) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780807130841
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Published: LSU Press - September 1st, 2005

Essential Ruth Stone Cover Image
By Ruth Stone, Bianca Stone (Editor)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781556596087
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - September 29th, 2020

Spring and All Cover Image
By William Carlos Williams, C. D. Wright (Introduction by)
$12.95
ISBN: 9780811218917
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Published: New Directions - July 13th, 2011

The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780316184137
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 30th, 1976

Selected Poems Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780060882969
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - July 3rd, 2006

One with Others: [a Little Book of Her Days] Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781556593888
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - April 12th, 2011

Space, in Chains (Lannan Literary Selections) Cover Image
Currently Unavailable
ISBN: 9781556593338
Availability: Special Order
Published: Copper Canyon Press - March 15th, 2011

Walking the Black Cat Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780156004817
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Published: Mariner Books - October 17th, 1996

Night Sky with Exit Wounds Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781556594953
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - April 5th, 2016

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Crush (Yale Series of Younger Poets) Cover Image
By Richard Siken, Louise Glück (Foreword by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780300107890
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Published: Yale University Press - April 11th, 2005