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David Budbill (1940-2016) was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to a streetcar driver and a minister's daughter.  He was the author of nine books of poems, nine plays, a novel, a collection...

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Heather McHugh, recipient of a 2009 MacArthur Fellowship, is the author of thirteen books of poetry, translation, and literary essays. Her prize-winning translations include a Griffin International Poetry Prize and her volumes have...

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Craig Arnold was born November 16, 1967 was an American poet and professor. His first book of poems, Shells (1999), was selected by WS

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Mahmoud Darwish was the most acclaimed poet in the Arab world, and is widely considered to be on the short list for the Nobel Prize. His poetry is an indisputable testimony to the catastrophe of the Palestinian people. Over the last twenty...

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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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Rainer Maria

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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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Thomas McGrath was born on a North Dakota farm in 1916. He attended the University of North Dakota, Louisiana State University, New College, and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. During World War II he served in the Air Force and was...

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Collected Songs of Cold Mountain, The

by Bill Porter (aka Red Pine)

The book was very inspirational. I enjoyed the Kanji characters especially; it would be a great addition to any poetry lovers' collection.

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