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The Active-Enzyme Lemon-Freshened Junior High School Witch by E.W. Hildick
Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Rift Part 2 by Gene Luen Yang
Bad Luck Girl by Sarah Zettel
Blandings' Way by Eric Hodgins
Blue Moon by James Ponti
Bones Never Lie by Elizabeth MacLeod
The Candymakers by Wendy Mass
Cleopatra in Space: Target Practice by Mike Maihack
Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
The Elevator Family by Douglas Evans
Ghostbusters, Volume 5: The New Ghostbusters by Erik Burnham
Good Harbor by Anita Diamant
The Grannyman by Judy Schachner
Hilda and the Midnight Giant by Luke Pearson
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
I Am Pusheen the Cat by Claire Belton
I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett
Lucky by Gabrielle Bell
Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems
Neighborhood Watch by Cammie McGovern
New American Poetry edited by Richard Monaco
The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger
The Pigeon Needs a Bath! by Mo Willems
Sign of Foul Play by Penny Warner
Simon's Cat vs. the World by Simon Tofield
Sufficient Ransom by Sylvia Sarno
Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist by Tim Federle
xxxHolic 14 by CLAMP
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Zorgamazoo by Robert Paul Weston

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Comments for New American Poetry

New American Poetry: 09/12/14

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For two and half years I worked as a cataloger (copy cataloger mostly) at a local university. The library was overhauling its collection — withdrawing items that are either out of date or no longer circulating, and purchasing new items that better meet the needs of the students and faculty. Those books that weren't weeded also need to copy-cataloged, or their record in the catalog improved.

One of the books we kept was a collection of poetry called New American Poetry edited by Richard Monaco. I decided to check it out (after working on it, of course) for two reasons: the few sample poems I read were really good and the book is as old as I am.

Forty-one years ago when the book went to publication, it represented the best of the up and coming American poets. These were poets who at the oldest were Depression era babies, and at the youngest were among the first wave of Baby Boomers. The themes covered include a distrust of authority, life in the big city, thoughts on sexism and racism.

Two stars

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