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April is National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month! Come in and shop the Poetry Section, which is comprised of North Carolina Poets, General Poetry, and Poetry Anthologies. Currently we have a special display of nature poetry.

We're thrilled for local poet Tyree Daye who recently added a Whiting Award in Poetry to the list of his awards. He is the author of two collections: River Hymns, the 2017 APR/Honickman First Book Prize winner, and Cardinal, forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in 2020.

In January, we lost one of the nation's greatest poets, Mary Oliver, who was a winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. We have a wide selection of her volumes, including the recent Devotions, her personal selection of her best work, spanning an esteemed literary career.

Birds LLC Press - During 2019 we're celebrating an independent press each month, and naturally for April, we've chosen a poetry press. Birds, LLC is a small press based out of Austin, Minneapolis, New York, and Raleigh, that supports readings, events, and podcasts for their authors. They believe that poetry demands a human voice to read it and an audience to hear it. You'll find some of their titles in-store on our Indie Press of the Month display, and on the book list below.




Poetry Readings at QRB
On Sunday June 2nd at 2:00 p.m. we'll welcome Beth Copeland, Tina Barr, and Iris Tillman Hill reading from their volumes.

Check out some of our favorite poetry books below.

Be with Cover Image
ISBN: 9780811226059
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - August 28th, 2018

The 2019 Pulitzer Prize winner. Drawing from his experience as a translator, Gander includes in the first, powerfully elegiac section a version of a poem by the Spanish mystical poet St. John of the Cross. He continues with a long multilingual poem examining the syncretic geological and cultural history of the U.S. border with Mexico. The poems of the third section — a moving transcription of Gander's efforts to address his mother dying of Alzheimer's — rise from the page like hymns, transforming slowly from reverence to revelation. Gander has been called one of our most formally restless poets, and these new poems express a characteristically tensile energy and, as one critic noted, "the most eclectic diction since Hart Crane."

River Hymns (Apr Honickman 1st Book Prize) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780983300854
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: American Poetry Review - September 12th, 2017

"Tyree Daye is a poet of extraordinary ability and surprise. I find new music to delight in every time I come back to this book. I encounter new ways to think about family and community, new ways to wrestle with my own landscape and legacy."--Gabrielle Calvocoressi

R E D Cover Image
ISBN: 9780991429882
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Birds, LLC - May 8th, 2018

Human Achievements Cover Image
ISBN: 9780991429851
Availability: Backordered
Published: Birds - May 5th, 2017

Poetry. African & African American Studies. Women's Studies. Art. "HUMAN ACHIEVEMENTS is full of friends, aching, bleeding, feeling fine, the city, and listening. You know the right song can change everything, and can be a conduit for energy or rage? 'I look the day right in the eye and tell it to go fuck itself.' The right song can also turn you into a ghost." -- Amy Lawless

Irl Cover Image
ISBN: 9780991429868
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Birds - September 1st, 2016

Poetry. Native American Studies. LGBT Studies. IRL is a sweaty, summertime poem composed like a long text message, rooted in the epic tradition of A.R. Ammons, ancient Kumeyaay Bird Songs, and Beyonce's visual albums.

The Carrying: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9781571315120
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Milkweed Editions - August 14th, 2018


From National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist Ada Lim n comes The Carrying--her most powerful collection yet.

Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399563249
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Penguin Press - October 10th, 2017

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver presents a personal selection of her best work in this definitive collection spanning more than five decades of her esteemed literary career.

Brute: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555978358
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Graywolf Press - April 2nd, 2019

Selected by Joy Harjo as the winner of the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets

Wade in the Water: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555978365
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Graywolf Press - March 26th, 2019

Shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize
Finalist for the Forward Prize for Best Collection

The extraordinary new poetry collection by Tracy K. Smith, the Poet Laureate of the United States

Even the men in black armor, the ones
Jangling handcuffs and keys, what else

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The Madness Vase: By Andrea Gibson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781935904373
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Write Bloody Publishing - July 29th, 2011

From Amber:

“All these words are stories to the staircase
to the top of my lungs where I sing what hurts.”
I truly believe that Andrea Gibson is one of the greatest poets of this generation. A spoken-word poet, Gibson pulls no punches, going straight for the kill with imagery that hits you in the gut and purpose that moves your soul. She's a champion for the LGBTQ+ community, unafraid to tackle tough subjects. If you ever have the chance to hear Gibson perform, do not hesitate to attend. In the meantime, read this book.
“I started wishing on the stars in the sky.
I said to the sun, tell me about the Big Bang
The sun said, 'It hurts to become.'
I carry that hurt on the tip of my tongue.”

The Octopus Museum: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525655657
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Knopf - March 19th, 2019

This collection of bold and scathingly beautiful feminist poems imagines what comes after our current age of environmental destruction, racism, sexism, and divisive politics.

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Useless Magic: Lyrics and Poetry Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525577157
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Published: Crown Archetype - July 10th, 2018

From Amber: This is a collection of lyrics, as well as sketches, poems, and various ephemera, from the face, voice, and pen of the band Florence + the Machine. This beautiful edition would make a great gift for any fan, and even for those who have never heard the music before but have a love of poetry and an artist’s process.

The Lost Words Cover Image
By Robert MacFarlane, Jackie Morris (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781487005382
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Published: Anansi International - October 2nd, 2018

In 2007, when a new edition of the Oxford Junior Dictionary -- widely used in schools around the world -- was published, a sharp-eyed reader soon noticed that around forty common words concerning nature had been dropped. Apparently they were no longer being used enough by children to merit their place in the dictionary.

Dog Songs: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143125839
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Penguin Books - September 29th, 2015

“The popularity of [Dog Songs] feels as inevitable and welcome as a wagging tail upon homecoming.” —The Boston Globe