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In 2018, among the 365 poems Poetry Daily presented, 160 came from books published by 80 different presses. Browse all those plus newly featured books here. You may also browse books presented via Editor’s Choice, which spotlights a new poetry collection publicly chosen by an editorial board member, featured books of Poetry in Translation, and by Publisher.

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Jane Wong
Hunger eats through the air like ozone. You ask: what does it mean to be rootless? Roots are good to use as toothpicks. You: how can you wake in the middle of a life? We shut and open our eyes like the sun shining on tossed pennies in a forgotten well.

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The World I Leave You: Asian American Poets on Faith & Spirit

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Orison Books

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Cherene Sherrard

Mouth organ at midnight.
One woman supine, another
quadrilles—all blush crinoline
and caramelized curls—in a swamp:
what slithers and steams, moss.

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Grimoire

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Autumn House Press

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Kathryn Smith
Tell me again of the lepers who learn                   to shed their disastrous skin by eating the meat of vipers: something transmutable in the flesh. The ancients                                       spent lifetimes considering the resurrection of irretrievable parts:

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Self-Portrait with Cephalopod

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Milkweed Editions

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Walt Whitman
I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear, Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong, The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam, The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work...

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The Complete Poems: Whitman

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Penguin Random House LLC

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Charlie Clark
To be serious is to have something unwavering inside you. And, oh, how I waver. I’d write anything so long as it was beautiful. It’s beautiful to touch either of my wife’s hands. My wife’s hands are warm as flagstones set out beneath the sun. When I touch them the ringing in my ears becomes the tuning of viola strings. I think it was something like this that made Andre Breton write “Free Union.”

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The Newest Employee of the Museum of Ruin

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Four Way Books

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Pamela Sneed
I also want to thank Walmart and the trans person who worked behind the register when my mother worked there as a greeter. When eventually she was fired for wearing women's clothes, to my shock, my mother said, "That's unjust and I think it's discrimination."

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Funeral Diva

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City Lights Books

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Jonathan Wells
For Hercules, the thirteenth labor,         is allowing the mortal lovers to go back to their separate beds unreconciled,         to leave well enough alone,                 to let their oaths uncouple         from their stars, to abandon the                             strange planets             to the idiosyncrasies of their orbits.

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Debris

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Four Way Books

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Wisława Szymborska (translated from the Polish by Clare Cavanagh & Stanisław Barańczak)
Commonplace miracle: that so many commonplace miracles take place. The usual miracle: invisible dogs barking in the dead of night. One of many miracles: a small and airy cloud is able to upstage the massive moon.

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Map: Collected and Last Poems

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company

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Shelley Feller
i bade him come & yeah, quoth he, dost thou fall upon thy face? & yeah, quoth i, then lay yr wormwood to my dug & in the sun, under dove-house wall, my lord dug & felt it bitter, pretty fool, with jest & gambol suck’d a big sore tooth ((tut tut tut)) i know the language, i pray thee        come, knock and ENTER, & no sooner in but betook him to his legs & he was done

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Dream Boat

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Cleveland State University Poetry Center

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Abdulla Pashew (translated from the Kurdish by Alana Marie Levinson-LaBrosse)
From time to time, sadness fills my throat and pain reaches its limit. Then, I wish to smash my life like a wine glass against a stone. But suddenly the gleam of the thread of a new idea...

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Dictionary of Midnight

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Deep Vellum

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