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Unique selections of books from our book buyer Paul Ingram. He compiles great lists of books on varying topics.

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  • Paul's Corner: Poetry Month

    Collected Poems Mark Strand

    THE DEAD

    The graves grow deeper.
    The dead are more dead each night.

    Under the elms and the rain of leaves,
    The graves grow deeper.

    The dark folds of the wind
    Cover the ground. The night is cold.

    The leaves are swept against the stones.
    The dead are more dead each night.

    A starless dark embraces them.
    Their faces dim.

    We cannot remember them
    Clearly enough.  We never will.

    — Mark Strand

  • Paul's Corner: Poetry Month

    Poems 1918-1975: The Complete Poems of Charles Reznikoff Charles Reznikoff

    I WILL WRITE SONGS AGAINST YOU

    I will write songs against,
    enemies of my people; I will pelt you
    with the winged seeds of the dandelion;
    I will marshal against you
    the fireflies of the dusk.

                                     --   Charles Reznikoff

     

  • Paul's Corner: Denise Levertov

    The Collected Poems of Denise Levertov Denise Levertov

    ILLUSTRIOUS ANCESTORS

    The Rav
    of Northern White Russia declined,
    In his youth, to learn the
    language of the birds, because
    the extraneous did not interest him; nevertheless
    when he grew old it was found
    he understood them anyway, having
    listened well, and as it is said, 'prayed
              with the bench and the floor.'  He used
    what was at hand--as did
    Angel Jones of Mold, whose meditations
    were sewn into coats and britches.
              Well, I would like to make,
    thinking some line still taut between me and them,
    poems direct as what the birds said,
    hard as a floor, sound as a bench,
    mysterious as the silence when the tailor
    would pause with his needle in the air.

    — DENISE LEVERTOV