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The Season is Upon Us…

Yes, this is the month for celebrations of all sorts. To make it easier for you to do your holiday poetry shopping (Bukowski for Uncle Leo? Olena Kalytiak Davis for Cousin Lisa?), we'll be open every Sunday in December from noon until 4 PM. Also,… Read More

A Great Saturday with Great Assistants!

November 29th, Small Business Saturday (or what we're calling Plaid Saturday), was an utter delight here at the Poem Emporium. We were so fortunate to be able to benefit from the brains and charm of our four guest booksellers -- Elizabeth Austen, Don Mee Choi, Ed Skoog, and Maged Zaher… Read More

Remembering Judith Kitchen

The poet, essayist, critic, and educator Judith Kitchen died November 6, after years of complicating health issues challenged her body but left her terrific spirit undented. She and her husband, the poet and educator Stan Rubin, were friends of Open Books and we note her… Read More

Some of the Goods

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Essays After Eighty by Donald Hall

($22 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Pull up a chair and settle in at Donald Hall’s old farmhouse. He makes a fine companion — wry, humble, intelligent, interesting. His essays wander fearlessly through the past and present of his life, sharing details comic, touching, and illuminating. Poetry, of course, is one …

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My Poems Won’t Change the World: Selected Poems by Patrizia Cavalli

($18 FSG)

If you can, imagine Sappho strumming her lyre from the center of a modern-day piazza…

Such is the appeal of Patrizia Cavalli. She knows how to chum-up to an audience as a head-over-heels romantic–tempered yet untrammeled by love and its loss. You’re brought into her living room, behind plush curtains, onto her balcony to …

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Faithful and Virtuous Night by Louise Glück

($23 FSG)

… I was constantly
face-to-face with blankness, that
stepchild of the sublime,

which, it turns out,
has been both my subject and my medium.
(from “Afterword”)

Louise Glück’s latest book is a masterful meditation on existence and death, on the passage of all things — topics as old as any in …

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