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The Altar of Innocence

Ann Bracken, SOE '79

The Altar of Innocence is about a daughter's struggle to untangle the web of her mother's depression, alcoholism, and suicide attempt and her own adult confrontation with depression and a crumbling marriage. These poems explore different approaches to their journeys, offering a vision of hope and courage for the reader.

ISBN: 978-0-9906939-5-6

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No Barking in the Hallways: Poems from the Classroom

Ann Bracken, SOE '79

Ann Bracken's new collection of poems, No Barking in the Hallways: Poems from the Classroom, was recently published by New Academia Publishing of Washington, D.C. Bracken's poems are based on her work as a teacher in inner city and suburban schools. The poems feature the voices and stories of real teachers and students from kindergarten to college. While the voices of students and teachers are frequently absent in today's education debate, No Barking in the Hallways: Poems from the Classroom offers readers a window into their stories as both groups struggle to be successful in our test-obsessed culture.

ISBN: 978-0-9981477-0-3

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Mnemosyne:  The Long Traverse

Carolyn Clark, A&S '98

This collection of lyrical, observant poems bring together the strands of myth, the natural world, family, friendship and collective and personal memory to create a new and illuminating weave.

ISBN: 9781622295142

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Shakespeare's Sonnets Freshly Phrased

Joseph Gallagher A&S '77

The original Sonnet; a modern paraphrase; pertinent essays and notes.

ISBN: 9781435110342

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The Lost Boys

Daniel Groves, A&S '00

A debut collection of poetry, featuring poems previously published in The Paris Review, The Yale Review, Poetry, and elsewhere. 

ISBN: 0820336793

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Missing Persons

Hilary Jacqmin, A&S '04

The opening poems of Missing Persons, Hilary S. Jacqmin's lyrical first collection, explore the streetcar suburbs of Northern Ohio through a series of comic and caustic vignettes. The book's second half intersects with the larger world to consider questions of empire, loss, and autonomy. 

ISBN: 9781904130871

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Chaos Theories

Elizabeth Hazen, A&S '01

In Chaos Theories loss is explored, and survival becomes another form of understanding, a way of seeing ourselves and others not as guilty or innocent, good or bad, but as complex, sometimes thwarted beings who are always striving for more wisdom, more empathy, more light.

ISBN: 9781942892021

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Cracks in the Invisible

Steven Kampa, A&S '08

Stephen Kampa's poems are witty and restless in their pursuit of an intelligent modern faith. They range from a four-line satire of office inspirational posters to a lengthy meditation on the silence of God. Despite the metaphysical seriousness, there is always an undercurrent of stylistic levity a panoply of puns, comic rhymes, and loving misquotations of canonical literature that suggests comedy and tragedy are inextricably bound in human experience.

ISBN: 9780821419526

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Eyes Like Broken Windows

Seth Michelson, A&S '97

"These poems--courageous, world-aware, joyful, terrifying--by Seth Michelson, a young poet who has learned his trade, move me very much. They make me feel like shooting off a cannon, make me feel like grabbing strangers by the lapels, saying: Read these poems, read these poems, he wrote them for you!" - Thomas Lux

ISBN: 9781935708551

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Oldest Mortal Myth

Joanna Pearson, A&S '09

Winner of the 2012 Donald Justice Poetry Prize, selected by Marilyn Nelson.

ISBN: 0978599764

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Dirge for an Imaginary

Mathew Buckley Smith, A&S '08

Winner of the 2011 Able Muse Book Award, selected by Andrew Hudgins. From the publisher: "These are poems of breathtaking craftsmanship that find inspiration in the simplicity of the quotidian, or the perplexity of the grand. Smith is equally at ease musing about Neanderthals or God as he is with a ballet exam or highway medians. These poems of personal and universal introspection are filled with grace, and sparkle with abundant intelligence and wit."

ISBN: 9780987870506

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The Lily and The Aster 

January Wilson, SAIS '08 

Wilson has written a provocative collection of poetry with The Lily & The Aster.  She uses the haiku to communicate her message. Each haiku is a meditation on love, music and politics. To borrow the title from her second chapter, time and again her poetry is "a confession of joy."  

ISBN: 9781469917672

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