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by Emily Skaja Graywolf Press (April 02, 2019)

Selected by Joy Harjo as the winner of the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets

Emily Skaja’s debut collection is a fiery, hypnotic book that confronts the dark questions and menacing silences...


by Kristen Tracy Graywolf Press (November 06, 2018)

Half-Hazard is the Winner of the Emily Dickinson First Book Award from the Poetry Foundation for a debut by an American poet over forty.

Half-Hazard is a book of near misses, would-be tragedies, and luck. As...

American Journal

by Tracy K. Smith Graywolf Press (September 04, 2018)

A landmark anthology envisioned by Tracy K. Smith, Poet Laureate of the United States

American Journal presents fifty contemporary poems that explore and celebrate our country and our lives. Poet Laureate of...

Human Hours

by Catherine Barnett Graywolf Press (September 04, 2018)

Winner of the Believer Book Award

The triumphant follow-up collection to The Game of Boxes, winner of the James Laughlin Award

Catherine Barnett’s tragicomic third collection, Human Hours, shuttles between a...

New Poets of Native Nations

by Heid E. Erdrich Graywolf Press (July 10, 2018)

A landmark anthology celebrating twenty-one Native poets first published in the twenty-first century

New Poets of Native Nations gathers poets of diverse ages, styles, languages, and tribal affiliations to present...

Priest Turned Therapist Treats Fear of God

by Tony Hoagland Graywolf Press (June 05, 2018)

“Hoagland’s verse is consistently, and crucially, bloodied by a sense of menace and by straight talk.” —The New York Times

My heroes are the ones who don’t say much.

They don’t hug people they just...

Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl

by Diane Seuss Graywolf Press (May 01, 2018)

Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award

Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize

Diane Seuss’s brilliant follow-up to Four-Legged Girl, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

Still life...

Eye Level

2018 National Book Awards Longlist for Poetry #2

by Jenny Xie Graywolf Press (April 03, 2018)


Winner of the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets, selected by Juan Felipe Herrera

For years now, I’ve been using the wrong palette.

Each year with...

Wade in the Water

by Tracy K. Smith Graywolf Press (April 03, 2018)

Shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize

Finalist for the Forward Prize for Best Collection

The extraordinary new poetry collection by Tracy K. Smith, the Poet Laureate of the United States

Even the men in black armor,...

Registers of Illuminated Villages

by Tarfia Faizullah Graywolf Press (March 06, 2018)

“Tarfia Faizullah is a poet of brave and unflinching vision.” —Natasha Trethewey

Somebody is always singing. Songs

were not allowed. Mother said,

Dance and the bells will sing with you.

I slithered. Glass...

House of Fact, House of Ruin

by Tom Sleigh Graywolf Press (February 06, 2018)

Tom Sleigh’s brilliant new collection is “full of the wonder and eloquence driving profound poetry” (Los Angeles Times)

You’ve got to put your pants on in the house of fact.

And in the house of fact, when...

Advice from the Lights

by Stephen Burt Graywolf Press (October 03, 2017)

Stephen is sometimes Stephanie and sometimes wonders how his past and her past are their own collective memory

Advice from the Lights is a brilliant and candid exploration of gender and identity and a series...

The Body's Question

by Tracy K. Smith & Kevin Young Graywolf Press (September 05, 2017)

The debut collection by the Poet Laureate of the United States

* Winner of the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize *

You are pure appetite. I am pure

Appetite. You are a phantom

In that far-off city where daylight



by Tracy K. Smith Graywolf Press (September 05, 2017)

The award-winning second collection by the Poet Laureate of the United States

Duende, that dark and elusive force described by Federico García Lorca, is the creative and ecstatic power an artist seeks to channel...

Don't Call Us Dead

by Danez Smith Graywolf Press (September 05, 2017)

Finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry

Winner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection

“[Smith's] poems are enriched to the point of volatility, but they pay out, often, in sudden joy.”—The New...

A Doll for Throwing

by Mary Jo Bang Graywolf Press (August 15, 2017)

The exquisite new collection by the award-winning poet Mary Jo Bang, author of The Last Two Seconds and Elegy

We were ridiculous—me, with my high jinks and hat. Him, with his boredom and drink. I look back...

Lessons on Expulsion

by Erika L. Sánchez Graywolf Press (July 11, 2017)

An award-winning and hard-hitting new voice in contemporary American poetry

The first time I ever came the light was weak and carnivorous.

I covered my eyes and the night cleared its dumb throat.

I heard my mother...

The Half-Finished Heaven

by Tomas Transtromer & Robert Bly Graywolf Press (May 09, 2017)

From the Winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature

The contemporary Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer is a recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature and has a prestigious worldwide reputation. Robert Bly, a...

Said Not Said

by Fred Marchant Graywolf Press (May 02, 2017)

“Fred Marchant teaches and awakens the soul.” —Maxine Hong Kingston

someone in Benghazi with a hose in one hand

uses his free one to wipe down the corpse

water flows over the body and down

a tilted steel tray...


by Mai Der Vang Graywolf Press (April 04, 2017)

The 2016 winner of the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets, selected by Carolyn Forché

When I make the crossing, you must not be taken no matter what

the current gives. When we reach the camp,...


National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry 2017

by Layli Long Soldier Graywolf Press (March 07, 2017)

The astonishing, powerful debut by the winner of a 2016 Whiting Writers' Award

WHEREAS her birth signaled the responsibility as mother to teach what it is to be Lakota therein the question: What did I know about...


by Susan Stewart Graywolf Press (February 07, 2017)

“One of the finest poets of the last fifty years.” —Salt

to the Nth, like the truth of an ending

unskeined across the crust of the white field.

Though it happened only once, I

am sending the thought

of the...

Life on Mars

by Tracy K. Smith Graywolf Press (January 10, 2017)

Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize

* Poet Laureate of the United States *

* A New York Times Notable Book of 2011 and New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice *

* A New Yorker, Library Journal and Publishers Weekly...

The Needle's Eye

by Fanny Howe Graywolf Press (November 01, 2016)

A meditation on time, violence, and chance by "one of America's most dazzling poets" (O, The Oprah Magazine)

Fanny Howe's The Needle's Eye: Passing through Youth is a sequence of essays, short tales, and lyrics...


by Donika Kelly Graywolf Press (October 11, 2016)

Donika Kelly's fierce debut collection, longlisted for the 2016 National Book Award and winner of the 2015 Cave Canem Poetry Prize

I thought myself lion and serpent. Thought

myself body enough for two, for we....

There Now

by Eamon Grennan Graywolf Press (October 04, 2016)

"Few poets are as generous as Eamon Grennan in the sheer volume of delight his poems convey." --Billy Collins

. . . there goes the sudden shriek

of the blackbird . . . all alive inside the inhuman



by Monica Youn Graywolf Press (September 06, 2016)

*Winner of the William Carlos Williams Award*

*National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist*

*Included in The New York Times Best Poetry of 2016*

*Named one of The Washington Post's Best Poetry Collections of 2016*...


by David Rivard Graywolf Press (August 02, 2016)

I often feel as though I've entered

a standoff between what

happens around me & what's

going on inside--& this life

that goes on & on inside my head

goes on & on & on it seems

almost without me, as

it has since...


by Solmaz Sharif Graywolf Press (July 05, 2016)

*Finalist for the 2017 PEN Open Book Award*

*Finalist for the 2016 National Book Award*

Solmaz Sharif's astonishing first book, Look, asks us to see the ongoing costs of war as the unbearable loss of human lives...

May Day

by Gretchen Marquette Graywolf Press (May 03, 2016)

You arrive at my altar

with no idea

what it means to worship--to adore.

You haven't even learned it:

ecstasy and suffering

make the same face.

--from "The Offering"

May Day is both a distress call and a celebration...


by Sjohnna McCray Graywolf Press (April 05, 2016)

Because I can never say anything

plainly. Because I always stutter

politely. Because there's always the chatter

before the kiss.

--from "In Need of Subtitles"

In this award-winning debut, Sjohnna McCray movingly...

99 Poems

by Dana Gioia Graywolf Press (March 01, 2016)

So much of what we live goes on inside—

The diaries of grief, the tongue-tied aches

Of unacknowledged love are no less real

For having passed unsaid. What we conceal

Is always more than what we dare confide.


Window Left  Open

by Jennifer Grotz Graywolf Press (February 02, 2016)

The poppies are wild, they are only beautiful and tall

so long as you do not cut them,

they are like the feral cat who purrs and rubs against your leg

but will scratch you if you touch back.

Love is letting the...

The Darkening Trapeze

by Larry Levis & David St. John Graywolf Press (January 05, 2016)

The empty bar that someone was supposed to swing to him

Did not arrive, & so his outstretched flesh itself became

A darkening trapeze. The two other acrobats were thieves.

--from "Elegy with a Darkening Trapeze...

Empty Chairs

by Xia Liu Graywolf Press (November 03, 2015)

The first publication of the poetry of Liu Xia, wife of the imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize recipient Liu Xiaobo

I didn't have a chance

to say a word before you became

a character in the news,

everyone looking up to...

Four-Legged Girl

by Diane Seuss Graywolf Press (October 06, 2015)

"Diane Seuss writes with the intensity of a soothsayer." —Laura Kasischke

For, having imagined your body one way I found it to be another way, it was yielding,

but only as the Destroying Angel mushroom yields,...

Application for Release from the Dream

by Tony Hoagland Graywolf Press (September 01, 2015)

The eagerly awaited, brilliant, and engaging new poems by Tony Hoagland, author of What Narcissism Means to Me

The parade for the slain police officer

goes past the bakery

and the smell of fresh bread

makes the...

Turning into Dwelling

by Christopher Gilbert & Terrance Hayes Graywolf Press (July 07, 2015)

A milestone publication of the late Christopher Gilbert's poetry, with an introduction by the National Book Award winner Terrance Hayes

Lord, the anguish of my Black block rises up in me

like a grief. My only...

Black Cat Bone

by John Burnside Graywolf Press (July 07, 2015)

Winner of both the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Forward Prize, Black Cat Bone is the first American publication of the poetry of John Burnside

Before the songs I sang there were the songs

they came from, patent shreds...

My Feelings

by Nick Flynn Graywolf Press (June 02, 2015)

A daring and intimate new book by the poet and memoirist Nick Flynn, "a champion of contemporary American poetry" (Newpages)

. . . the take from his bank jobs, all of it

will come to me, if I can just get him...

Some Ether

by Nick Flynn Graywolf Press (June 02, 2015)

Winner of a "Discovery"/The Nation Award

Winner of the 1999 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry

Some Ether is one of the more remarkable debut collections of poetry to appear in America in recent memory. As Mark...

The Captain Asks for a Show of Hands

by Nick Flynn Graywolf Press (June 02, 2015)

New poetry by the acclaimed writer Nick Flynn, author of Another Bullshit Night in Suck City and The Ticking Is the Bomb

electrocution, no—the boy stood in the hot-hot room

stammering I did stammering I did...

Blind Huber

by Nick Flynn Graywolf Press (June 02, 2015)

Award-winning poet Nick Flynn takes readers into the dangerous and irresistible center of the hive

I sit in a body & think of a body, I picture

Burnens' hands, my words

make them move. I say, plunge them into the...

The Last Two Seconds

by Mary Jo Bang Graywolf Press (March 03, 2015)

The eagerly awaited new poetry collection by Mary Jo Bang, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award

We were told that the cloud cover was a blanket

about to settle into the shape of the present

which, if...

The Overhaul

by Kathleen Jamie Graywolf Press (February 17, 2015)

Winner of the 2012 Costa Poetry Award, the latest collection by Kathleen Jamie, "the leading Scottish poet of her generation" (The Sunday Times)

See when it all unravels—the entire project

reduced to threads...

Station Zed

by Tom Sleigh Graywolf Press (January 06, 2015)

The AK wants to tell a different truth—

a truth ungarbled that is so obvious

no one could possibly mistake its meaning.

If you look down the cyclops-eye of the barrel

what you'll see is a boy with trousers


Blood Lyrics

by Katie Ford Graywolf Press (November 25, 2014)

"Katie Ford's is a finely-wrought lyrical beauty, a poetry of detail and care, but she has set it within an epic arc." —Poetry

I lie still, play dead, am delivered decree:

our daughter weighs seven hundred dimes,...

Second Childhood

by Fanny Howe Graywolf Press (November 18, 2014)

The new poetry collection by Fanny Howe, whose "body of work seems larger, stranger, and more permanent with each new book she publishes" (Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize citation)

People want to be poets for reasons...

Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys

National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry 2012

by D. A. Powell Graywolf Press (November 18, 2014)

*Winner of the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry*

I have this rearrangement to make:

symbolic death, my backward glance.

The way the past is a kind of future

leaning against the sporty hood....


by D. A. Powell Graywolf Press (November 18, 2014)

D. A. Powell's first three groundbreaking books

Published together for the first time, D. A. Powell's landmark trilogy of Tea, Lunch, and Cocktails make up a three-course Divine Comedy for our day. With a new...