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Lucille Clifton was born in Depew, New York in 1936, and educated at the State University of New York at

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Sherwin Bitsui is originally from White Cone, Arizona, on the Navajo...

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Matthew Dickman was born in Portland, Oregon. He is the author of two chapbooks, Amigos and Something about a Black Scarf. He has been the recipient of...

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Taha Muhammad Ali (1931-2011) was born in the village of Saffuriyya, Palestine, and died in Nazareth, Israel.  He authored...

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Gary Copeland Lilley is a native of Sandy Cross, North Carolina. He is a veteran of the United States Navy Submarine Force and a longtime blues denizen of Washington, DC and Chicago. He presently teaches and writes in Port Townsend,...

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Alfonso D'Aquino was raised by his grandmother in an old house attached to a colonial convent in Coyoacán, Mexico. Books...

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Lisa Olstein is the author of Radio Crackling, Radio Gone, Lost Alphabet, and Little Stranger. An album of songs based on her writing, Cold...

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Linton Kwesi Johnson is the most influential black poet in Britain. The author of four previous collections of poetry and numerous record albums, he is known world-wide for his fusion of lyrical verse and reggae. Much of his work is written in...

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At Copper Canyon Press, we believe that poetry is vital to language and living. Contributions to the Press enable us to publish extraordinary works of poetry, discover new voices, and engage the imaginations and intellects of readers around the world. Your gift today will help us publish The Essential W.S. Merwin, a collection of the very best poems by one of our most beloved poets. The Essential W.S. Merwin will distill the poet’s lifework down to a single, approachable paperback volume to be enjoyed by dedicated fans and new readers for generations to come. In addition, your contribution supports many other established and emerging poets whose voices are needed in the world today.

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One Big Self

by C.D. Wright

Wright is the strongest poet I have had the chance of reading. Her poems are challenging and powerful. She challenges your thinking with each word she writes.

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