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Sunrise Trumpets, Auslander, Joseph
1 Auslander, Joseph Sunrise Trumpets
New York Harper & Brothers 1924 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [moderate external wear, light water-spotting to covers, top corners lightly bumped, attractive vintage bookseller's label on rear pastedown (Jones Book Store, Los Angeles)]. First book by the noted American lyric poet and sometime novelist, who in 1937 became the first person named as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. This slim volume contains 67 poems, most no longer than a single page, with an introduction by Padraic Colum. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Collected Poems, 1954-2004, Feldman, Irving
2 Feldman, Irving Collected Poems, 1954-2004
New York Schocken Books (c.2004) 0-8052-4229-5 / 9780805242294 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj photo) Arvind Garg 
[nice tight clean copy, appears unread, slight bumping to base of spine, NO remainder or other marks; jacket shows only faint handling wear, minor wrinkling at top of front flap]. A half-century of work from "a master chronicler of our collective experience and an overlooked treasure of American poetry. Feldman's rich body of work exhibits his mastery of language from the biblical to the conversational, his Yiddish flair for the comic, his profound social insight and lucidity. He writes about every thing from the Coney Island days of his childhood and his bohemian years in postwar New York to the art of Picasso and George Segal, from the Holocaust to its aftermath -- in narrative and dramatic poems and personal lyrics that are by turns ardent, witty, biting, ecstatic, and heartbreaking." 
Price: 13.50 USD
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Come High Water, Glover, Denis
3 Glover, Denis Come High Water
Palmerston North (NZ) The Dunmore Press Ltd. (c.1977) 0-908564-09-0 / 9780908564095 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
[nice tight copy, minor wear to cloth at spine ends, non-authorial gift inscription on ffep; jacket a bit rubbed, one small closed tear at bottom of rear panel]. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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In England Now: A Latter-Day Sampler, Jackson, Ada
4 Jackson, Ada In England Now: A Latter-Day Sampler
New York The Macmillan Company 1948 NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Charlotte Young 
(price-clipped, with new price stamped on front jacket flap) [nice clean copy, minor wear at corners, previous owner's signature on front pastedown; jacket a bit edgeworn, tiny tears and minor paper loss at a couple of corners, slight scarring from label removal at top of front flap]. A "dramatic poem on the common lot of common men in England's worst hour since the war. [The author] paints with great honesty and insight, and in memorable images, the England of endless queues of patient housewives, of eked-out ration coupons, and of courageous, humorous acceptance of grim necessity. It is an England were mousetraps molder on the wall and even the spider starves, where the 'fretful and egg-laden moth' finds only the empty wardrobe and the empty press." 
Price: 10.00 USD
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The Veil [uncorrected proof], Johnson, Denis
5 Johnson, Denis The Veil [uncorrected proof]
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1987 NO Uncorrected Proof Softcover Near Fine 
[light handling wear only; publisher's blurb stapled to inside of front cover]. The author's fourth collection of poetry, and the first to be issued after he had turned his hand to novel-writing. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Scarlet Anne, Kenyon, Theda
6 Kenyon, Theda Scarlet Anne
New York Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc. 1939 NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[nice copy, light discoloration to endpapers from contact with jacket flaps, light browning/soiling to fore-edge, minor fading to cloth at top of spine due to slight paper loss in jacket at that point; jacket has a few small edge-tears and very shallow chipping here and there, a little paper loss at top of spine (not affecting text)]. Narrative poem about Anne Hutchinson, credited by some observers as the first American woman to lead the public fight for religious diversity and female equality. Eleanor Roosevelt was a particular admirer of Hutchinson, a member of the Massachusetts Bay Colony who got in trouble for holding religious meetings in her home, where many fellow colonists (including women) gathered to discuss the Bible. She was outspoken in expressing her dissent from the religious views of the Puritan leaders, and in 1837 she was tried for heresy and subsequently banished from the Colony and excommunicated from the church. Anne, her family, and about 60 of her followers relocated to Rhode Island, and following her husband's death moved to the Dutch colony at New York; she was killed by Mahican Indians in her home in 1643. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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East Wind, Lowell, Amy
7 Lowell, Amy East Wind
Boston Houghton Mifflin Company 1926 NO 2nd printing Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket; paper labels on spine and front cover) [solid copy, slight bumping/splitting (boards a teensy bit exposed) at corners, one-time owner's name and address at top of ffep, attractive vintage bookplate on ffep]. "At the time of her death Amy Lowell left for publication three volumes of poems. ... The second, [this book], is a group of thirteen poems of New England life and character, dramatic tales and incidents that blaze with flame-like intensity against the quiet country background." [Quoted from text on jacket flap, which is trimmed and laid in 
Price: 13.00 USD
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Weep Not My Children [*SIGNED*], O'Sullivan, Padriec Suemus
8 O'Sullivan, Padriec Suemus Weep Not My Children [*SIGNED*]
[n.p.] (Self-Published) [ca. late 1950s] NO First Edition Stapled wraps Very Good Signed by Author
[mild overall wear, some rubbing to covers, front cover slightly curling at lower corner]. SIGNED by the author (with his full name) on the verso of the preface page; the inside front cover contains a wild scrawl, made with the same instrument as the signature (possibly a paint brush?), which may or may not be a profile of a human face. Beat-era poetry, but with a bit of an anti-Beat attitude: Thomas J. Albright, in his preface, terms it the poet's "answer to the Beat Generation," and further notes that "in form, in sentiment and in style, O'Sullivan's poetry is grounded upon the classical tradition of Pope, the Victorian tradition of Browning, and romantic tradition of Byron." Signed by Author 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Americans' Favorite Poems: The Favorite Poem Project Anthology, Pinsky, Robert, and Maggie Dietz, eds.
9 Pinsky, Robert, and Maggie Dietz, eds. Americans' Favorite Poems: The Favorite Poem Project Anthology
New York W.W. Norton & Company (c.2000) 0-393-04820-9 / 9780393048209 2nd printing Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Lauren Graessle 
[book itself is flawless, as-new with no wear, no marks, no nothin'; jacket would be the same but for a single diagonal crease in the front flap--smoothed out as best I could, but there it is, evidence of a moment's careless handling by some ham-fisted individual (not me)]. Anthology of 200 poems, accompanied with comments by the Americans who chose them -- not critics or writers or (God forbid) celebrities, but regular citizens who responded to co-editor Pinsky's invitation (in his role as Poet Laureate of the U.S.) to write to him about their favorite poems. This book, "in a manner unlike any other anthology, illuminates the rich and vigorous presence of poetry in American life [and] provides a portrait of the United States through the lens of poetry." 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Mind Your Head, Reiner, Annie
10 Reiner, Annie Mind Your Head
Los Angeles Wilshire House (c.1990) 1-55713-103-1 / 9781557131034 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Fine dj 
[book very slightly twisted on its axis (unnoticeable when it's sitting on the shelf), otherwise both book and jacket are clean and flawless]. "In this collection Annie Reiner strikes a balance between popular imagery and the intellect, a sense of time and place written in a unique style, but accessible to all. The poems in [this book] are a synthesis of well-turned imagery and cogent observations on the human condition. They address the fragility of love, the pathos of age, and even the poetry of other writers, like Rilke and Beckett. In all of these poems an unforced cadence bears the reader along, punctuated by striking metaphors. Annie Reiner is a poet and an artist who lives in Los Angeles." 
Price: 12.00 USD
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11 Williams, Tennessee In the Winter of Cities
[Norfolk CT] New Directions (c.1956) First Trade Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dj 
[good solid copy, but some browning/soiling along top edge (including a faint water-stain that unfortunately affects the top of every page), mild shelfwear; jacket browned/soiled and moderately water-stained (on front panel), and has a short but ragged tear at top of front panel, resulting in some paper loss there]. The author's first volume of verse. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Home Thoughts from Abroad: Poems 1966-1971, Williamson, Robin
12 Williamson, Robin Home Thoughts from Abroad: Poems 1966-1971
London Deepdown Books 1972 First Edition Softcover Near Fine Illustrated by Janet Williamson 
[light surface wear to covers, a couple of short horizontal scratches on front cover, short horizontal stress crease extending about one inch into front cover from mid-spine]. Trade PB (pen and ink drawings; sepia-tone frontis. photo) Includes a glossary of about twenty invented words used in these poems on the inside rear cover ("cocadwarf," "crokondeal," etc.). Apart from those, you will be relieved to know (per a note on the copyright page) that "all words in this book are used as per the ordinary dictionary definition." So there, ya gorfoon. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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