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1 Ames, Mary Clemmer A Memorial of Alice and Phoebe Cary
NY Hurd and Houghton 1877 Reprint Cloth Very Good No Jacket 8vo -- 7.75 In Tall 
351 pp. Small rip in green cloth in upper part of spine, light edge rubbing and fraying, especially on spine, and corners bumped, but overall, surprisingly fresh appearance to green cloth. Frontispiece portrait of Alice Cary protected by onion skin. Diagonal darkening of corners of first few pages, but main text very clean. One or two pencil marks in the poetry section. Gilt logo of Hurd and Houghton still bright on front cover. First half of the book is an admiring biography of the Cary sisters, poets who were popular in the mid 19th century. Raised on a farm in Ohio, they showed unusual feminine independence for their era by moving to New York in their 20ths and supporting themselves by their writing. Their home was a literary salon that drew in Horace Greeley and others; they also supported Elizabeth Stanton's suffrage movement. The second half of the book is a sampling of their poetry, mostly on religious and nature themes. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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2 Anonymous Editor Favorite Poems Selected from English and American Authors
New York Thomas W Crowell & Co. 1894 Later Printing Leather Fair No Jacket Anthology 12mo -- 6.5 in Tall 
336 pp. Textblock detached from flexible brown leather cover with chipping at spine's bottom. Front cover embossed with a floral design. Thin leather end papers torn. Textblock itself is still fairly sturdy. Mostly clean, a few underlinings. Endpaper dated 1926 in ink. Many popular poems from the 19th century by poets such as Thomas Gray, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Edgar Allen Poe and Lord Byron. 
Price: 9.00 USD
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3 Baldwin, Mary Newton Time's Winged Chariot
Francestown, New Hampshire Golden Quill Press 1974 0823302180 / 9780823302185 First Edition Leatherette Very Good + Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
80 pp. Slight tear in rear panel of dust jacket, otherwise fine. A collection of 66 poems by the founder of the Poetry Society of Vermont. Baldwin now makes her home in Ormond Beach, Florida. 
Price: 3.00 USD
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4 Berryman, John The Dream Songs
NY Farrar Straus & Giroux 1969 0374629250 / 9780374629250 Later Printing Trade Paperback Very Good 8vo -- 8.25 in 
423 pp. Includes index of first line. Moderate wear, bumped corners. Comprises 77 Dream Songs and His Toy, His Dream, His Rest. Author's note includes information on the imaginary character Henry, who is addressed in many of the poems. Binding firm. Light soil and a bit of darkening of white wrappers, thumbed corners. Text is clean, no markings. Part of the Sunburst series. 
Price: 6.00 USD
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5 Bowden, Jesse Earle and Hildreth, Margret T., Eds Emerald Coast Review -- Volume IX
Pensacola, Florida West Florida Literary Federation 1999 Trade Paperback Very Good 8vo -- 9 in. Tall 
232 pp. Slight crease on rear cover, light thumbing. No spine creasing, no markings, still close to new. A collection of poetry, short stories and essays from about 40 West Florida authors, most of them published. Includes a few photographs also. 
Price: 7.00 USD
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6 Bregnard, Edythe E. I Am Not An Old Lady (Just a Little Girl with Wrinkles)
Sun City, Arizona Pisces Press 1981 2nd Printing Cloth Good+ Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Bregnard, Edythe E. Signed by Author
96 pp. Bottom edge bumped, damp stain on dj near top of spine. Large signature by author on front endpaper, two other gift inscriptions, one crossed out. . A collection of about 100 inspirational and humorous poems by an Arizona senior citizen reflecting lightly on everyday aspects of life. With numerous b&w drawings. 
Price: 3.00 USD
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7 Brinnin, John Malcolm Dylan Thomas in America
NY Avon 1966 First Paperback Edition Mass Market Paperback Very Good 12mo - 7 in Tall 
295 pp., index, cover shows side profile of a stern Dylan Thomas with cigarette in mouth, pencil in hand, making a point. No spine creases, lightly used, light vertical crease in front cover. No markings. A fascinating chronicle of Thomas' tumultuous, booze-soaked tours of America in the 1950-53, ending with his early death. Brinnin was Thomas' agent and personal aide. 
Price: 3.00 USD
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8 Canby, Henry Seidel Walt Whitman: An American
Boston Houghton Mifflin 1943 Book Club (BCE/BOMC) Cloth Good + Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
381 pp., with bibliography, index. Photo of Whitman in frontispiece Some fading of red boards, endpapers darkened. Previous owner's name in ink on front endpaper. No markings in text. A personal biography of the poet and his inner life, with analysis of his auto-eroticism, his zest for life, and the impact of the Civil War on his writing. 
Price: 8.00 USD
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9 Castillo, Ana My Father Was a Toltec: And Selected Poems : 1973 1988
NY W W Norton & Co Inc 1995 0393037185 / 9780393037180 First Edition Stated Cloth Fine Very Good 8vo -- 8.5 In Tall 
158 pp. Nearly new, tight, clean, slight wear on jacket. Collection of Castillo poems with an autobiographical introduction that relates her childhood in Chicago's inner city and her struggles to write poetry. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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10 Corbin, Richard, Ed. Currents in Poetry
NY MacMillan Co. 1968 Trade Paperback Very Good  8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
175 pp., Clean, firm, no markings. With glossary. A poetry appreciation textbook for secondary students with scores of well-known American and English poems.  
Price: 2.70 USD
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11 Cummings, E.e. Him: A Play
NY Liveright Publishing Corp. 1955 Later Printing Cloth Good + Very Good Ex Library 8vo -- 8.25 in. 
145 pp. Former library book with stampings and book plate. Mylar protector over jacket. Text clean, binding still fairly strong and square. Modernistic art squiggles in gilt on front cover. Subtitled: An imaginary dialogue between an author and a public as imagined by e.e. cummings. Critic Edmund Wilson wrote: "He reveals an astonishing faculty for reproducing and caricaturing the way different sorts of people talk; his soap-box orator, his barker and his American ladies in Paris all speak with the trule lifelike relief of comic genius." 
Price: 15.00 USD
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12 Eliot, Charles W., Ed English Poetry in Three Volumes -- Volume III From Tennyson to Whitman
Danbury, Connecticut Grolier Enterprises 1985 Reprint Leatherette Like Cloth Very Good + No Jacket Anthology 8vo --8.25 in. 
464 pp. Text bright and clean. Spine gilt intact, dent on upper spine. No markings. "Collector's Edition." Poetry selections include more than 10 poems each Tennyson, Bryant, Browning, Longfellow, Walt Whitman, et al. Part of the Harvard Classics series. 
Price: 9.50 USD
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13 Escribano, Humilde The Scriptures of America
Mount Vernon, NY Baileson, Peter 1953 Limited First Edition, One of 250 Copies Cloth Very Good + No Jacket Privately Printed 4to - -11 in Tall 
42 pp. on textured cream paper. Spine darkened. slight scuffing and faint dampness ripples on blue-gray boards. Gift inscription to Tippen Davidson, former publisher of the Daytona Beach News-Journal and music philanthropist. In several music-themed poems, an immigrant sings praises to his adopted homeland in America. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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14 Field, Edward; Locklin, Gerald and Stetlin, Charles, Eds. A New Geography of Poets
Fayetteville, Arkansas Univ of Arkansas Pr 1992 1557282412 / 9781557282415 2nd Printing Trade Paperback Very Good No Jacket 8vo -- 8.25 in Tall 
324 pp. Light spine crease, front cover corners curled. Text clean and bright, binding firm. No markings. A sampling of contemporary poets grouped by region of the United States, with selections of their work that define the spirit or essence of their location. A sequel to the 1979, A Geography of Poets. Among poets represented are Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Carlos Reyes, Greg Kuzma, Howard Nemerov, Alan Ginsberg, James Purdy, Barbara Soretsky, Lyn Lifshin, Kathleen Norris, Charles Bukowski and Jana Harris. 
Price: 7.00 USD
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15 Gray, Thomas Elegy and Other Poems
New York H.M. Caldwell Co. 1901 Suede Very Good 6.12 in High By 4.12 in Wide. 
70 pp. on heavy stock in sewn textblock in brown suede covers, with gilt titling and embossed "Aldus" coat of arms decoration. No markings. Half title page detached, laid in. Oval frontispiece, with tissue protector, shows a rural lakeside landscape with a church steeple and child in foreground. Deteriorated red ribbon marking laid in. Text still somewhat bright, only a few foxing marks. Suede is attached to satin-covered cardboard. Besides the title piece, the collection includes about 10 other poems, including "The Bard," "On a Distant Prospect of Eton College," and "On the Death of a Favourite Cat." 
Price: 50.00 USD
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16 Gunn, Thom The Man With Night Sweats
New York Noonday Press (Farrar Straus Giroux) 1993 0374523819 / 9780374523817 1st Paperback Edition Trade Paperback Fine 8vo -- 8.5 In Tall 
87 pp. Close to new, spine uncreased. Text clean. Bright and tight. An anthology of poems inspired by Gunn's friends who dealt with AIDS in San Francisco. Gray-green cover shows a Grim Reaper details from an old tombstone. A John Updike blurb: "Gunn moveds with a colloquial ease and a kind of epigrammatic grace through a variety of quatrains, coupleted monologues, Skeltonic variations and occasional free verse. The emotion is level in tone, imbued with a courtly sorrow or a doleful nonchalance as Gunn unflinchingly acknowledges, amid the "pills, shot, X-ray," the end of the "arden life" of lovers no longer innocently "falling asleep to the small talk of the rain." 
Price: 5.00 USD
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17 Hazel, Robert Who Touches This: Selected Poems 1951-1979
Taftsville, Vermont The Countryman Press 1980 0914378562 / 9780914378563 First Paperback Edition Trade Paperback Very Good +  8vo - 9 In Tall 
131 pp. Very slight rubbing at corners. No markings, spine uncreased. Photo cover shows Hazel standing in a crop field. The author is a former poetry editior of The Nation.  
Price: 7.20 USD
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18 Lowell, Amy Legends
Boston Houghton Mifflin 1921 First Edition Boards Very Good 12mo -- 7 in Tall 
259 pp. Very clean gray boards except for horizontal black lines just above title and near bottom edge. Red strip on spine, with sun fading. Pastedown titles in paper on front cover and spine. Endpapers tanned. Text still moderately bright. No markings in text. Binding firm. No additional printings listed. An anthology of 11 poems previously published in magazines and journals such as the North American Review. With preface by Lowell describing her sources for her "Tales of Peoples." 
Price: 25.00 USD
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19 Michaels, Ian The Season of Our Minds
Jericho, New York Exposition Press 1972 0682474894 / 9780682474894 First Edition Boards Very Good  Fair 8vo-- 8.5 In. Tall Signed by Author
112 pp. DJ chipped and heavily water-stained along spine, missing large corner of rear panel. Tan boards have a one-inch dent in mid-section of spine, otherwise OK. Light foxing of endpapers. Auhor's signature in large legible writing on endpaper. A commercial artist, presenting his first book of poetry, offers a sort of poetic daily journal, exploring various romantic themes. Oddly, the book contains no illustrations.  
Price: 7.20 USD
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20 Milton, John The Masque of Comus and the Airs By Henry Lawes
Cambridge, UK Heritage Press 1960 Reprint Coth & Decorative Boards Good + No Jacket 4to -- 10.25 in Tall Dulac, Edmund 
Moderate rubbing on lower half of spine and corners. Blue and orange swirl pattern on boards. Frontispiece of Dian the huntress, plus several other full page color illustrations. 57 pp. Includes 5-pp preface by Mark Van Doren providing history and context for young Milton's brief poetic play of 1634, first presented at Ludlow Castle in Wales. About 20 unpaginated pages in rear gives the music score rendered by collaborator Henry Lawes. This edition uses the final authorized text of 1673. Endpapers lightly foxed, text clean. 
Price: 6.00 USD
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