Memorial Hall Library

New Poetry Collections at MHL

April showers bring May flowers but April also brings National Poetry Month! There are many different ways to celebrate this great month and the Academy of American Poets has 30 great suggestions. You could also attend our Teen Poetry Contest reception on Wednesday, April 11 at 7:00 pm to hear incredible Middle and High School poets from Andover and beyond.

Finally, take a look at some of these new releases in poetry that we have in our collection. You're sure to find something you like! If you need more suggestions, please contact the Reference Desk at rdesk@mhl.org


	Wade in the Water : Poems
Wade in the Water : Poems
by Tracy K. Smith

In Wade in the Water, Tracy K. Smith boldly ties America’s contemporary moment both to our nation’s fraught founding history and to a sense of the spirit, the everlasting. These are poems of sliding scale: some capture a flicker of song or memory; some collage an array of documents and voices; and some push past the known world into the haunted, the holy. Smith’s signature voice—inquisitive, lyrical, and wry—turns over what it means to be a citizen, a mother, and an artist in a culture arbitrated by wealth, men, and violence.

	Registers of Illuminated Villages
Registers of Illuminated Villages
by Tarfia Faizullah

Faizullah’s new work extends and transforms her powerful accounts of violence, war, and loss into poems of many forms and voices—elegies, outcries, self-portraits, and larger-scale confrontations with discrimination, family, and memory. 

	In Darwin's room
In Darwin's room
by Debora Greger

In her tenth volume of poetry, Debora Greger looks outward from the broadmindedness of the interior. Whether she finds herself in Venice, in London, or young again in the sagebrush desert of her childhood, the reader may feel Greger is both there and not there--her landscapes are haunted by memory, even in the act of experience. Not shying from the raw or savage in life, not ignoring the small moments of salvation or grace, she finds in every room an entrance to another world. 

	Madwoman
Madwoman
by Shara McCallum

Haunting, alarming, transformative, and elusive, these poems bridge together the gaps between development stages: from girl, to woman, and then mother. With the complexities that intertwine them, can you be all three at once? Who shapes our identity, and who is in control here? How do we recognize, acknowledge, and honor the changing of who we are? 

	Fast
Fast
by Jorie Graham

Offers poems exploring the limits of the human and the uneasy seductions of the post-human through an array of voices.

	2018 Pushcart prize XLII : best of the small presses
2018 Pushcart prize XLII : best of the small presses
by Bill Henderson

Collects the past year's best poems, essays and short stories from more than 50 small presses.

	Said not said : poems
Said not said : poems
by Fred Marchant

In this important and formally inventive new poetry collection, Fred Marchant brings us into realms of the intractable and the unacceptable, those places where words seem to fail us and yet are all we have. In the process he affirms lyric poetry's central role in the contemporary moral imagination.

	Invocation to Daughters
Invocation to Daughters
by Barbara Jane Reyes

Feminist experimental poetry in the tradition of Audre Lorde and Theresa Hak Kyung Cha from a prominent Filipina American poet.

	Merrimac Mic Anthology IV: watershed
Merrimac Mic Anthology IV: watershed
by VanMerlin, Isabell

Local writers from around the Merrimack Valley share works.