Poetry Books (Adults)

Unless otherwise noted, the books shown here are in print and available from any bookshop or from Amazon.com, BN.com, or any other on-line book dealer.
fits-of-concisionFITS OF CONCISION:
Collected Poems of Six or Fewer Lines
ISBN 978-0-9889352-2-8At turns humorous and profound, this collection of more than 300 brief poems spans Kennedy’s writing career from 1955 to date. A sample, “Ars Poetica” goes:

The goose that laid the golden egg
Died looking up at her crotch
To find out how her sphincter worked.
Would you lay well? Don’t watch.

Paperback edition only, $17.95 postpaid from the Grolier Book Shop, 6 Plympton St., Cambridge, MA 02116,
phone (617) 547-4648.

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THE BESTIARY, OR PROCESSION OF ORPHEUS
Guillaume Apollinaire
Translated, with an essay, by X. J. Kennedy
Woodcuts by Raoul Dufy
Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011
Paperback $19.95
ISBN 978-1-4214-0007-5
Hardcover $45.00
ISBN 978-1-4214-0006-8
Phone 1-800-537-5487
Or visit: www.press.jhu.edu
E-mail hfscustserv@press.jhu.edu.
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IN A PROMINENT BAR IN SECAUCUS:
New & Selected Poems 1955-2007
By X. J. Kennedy
Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011Paperback $18.95 (UK: 12.50 pounds)
ISBN 978-0-8018-8654-6
Hardcover $35.00 (UK: 23.50 pounds)
ISBN 978-0-8018-8653-9
Phone 1-800-537-5487
E-mail hfscustserv@press.jhu.edu.
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peep_toms_cabinPEEPING TOM’S CABIN:
Comic Verse 1928-2008
By X. J. Kennedy
BOA Editions, Ltd., September 2007
Paperback $17.00
ISBN 978-1-929918-96-6
Hardcover $22.00
ISBN 978-1-929918-95-9
(585) 546-3410
https://boaeditions.org/boastore/
Trade or bulk orders: Consortium
1-800-283-3572
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pegasus_descendPEGASUS DESCENDING
A Book of the Best Bad Verse
Compiled by James Camp, X. J. Kennedy, and Keith Waldrop
Reprint edition, Burning Deck, 2003 (originally published by Macmillan, 1971).
ISBN 1-886224-68-4
Paperback, xviii + 238 pp.$10.
Order from Small Press Distribution, 1-800-869-7553 or orders@spdbooks.org. (In the UK, from Spectacular Diseases c/o Paul Green, 83b London Road, Peterborough, Cambs. PE2 9BS.)
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lords_of_misruleTHE LORDS OF MISRULE: Poems, 1992-2001
By X. J. Kennedy
Johns Hopkins University Press,
October 2002
ISBN 0-8018-7168-9
Paperbound edition only, $14.95
Can be ordered by calling 1-800-537-5487
This ample collection includes “A Curse on a Thief,” “The Purpose of Time,” “For Allen Ginsberg,” “The Ballad of Fenimore Woolson and Henry James,” “Sailors with the Clap,” “The Blessing of the Bikes,” and many more, all but one previously printed in The Atlantic, Sewanee Review, Hudson Review, Image, The New Criterion, Poetry, Texas Review, and in other good places and anthologies.
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dark_horsesDARK HORSES: NEW POEMS
By X. J. Kennedy,
Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992
ISBN 0-8018-4485-1
Paperback, 73 pp.
$14.95
Dark Horses reprints poems from The Atlantic, The Nation, Poetry, Sewanee Review, and other magazines. It includes “Emily Dickinson Leaves a Message to the World, Now That Her Homestead in Amherst Has an Answering Machine.”
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NUDE DESCENDING A STAIRCASE
Poems, Songs, A Ballad
By X. J. Kennedy
Reprint edition in Classic Contemporary Series, Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1994
ISBN 0-88748-204-X
Paperback, 71 pp
$12.95
This title is distributed by Cornell University Press Services. To order, phone 800-666-2211.
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ARISTOPHANES’ LYSISTRADA
A new English version by X. J. Kennedy
in ARISTOPHANES, Volume 2 (The Penn Complete Greek Drama Series)
Edited by David R. Slavitt & Palmer Bovie
University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999
ISBN 0-8122-1662-8 (paper)
Paperback $17.95
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CROSS TIES: SELECTED POEMS
By X. J. Kennedy
ISBN 0-8203-0738-6
Paperback, 168 pp.
(This is the original edition published by University of Georgia Press in 1985)
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tygers_of_wrathTYGERS OF WRATH:
Poems of Hate, Anger, and Invective
collected and edited by X. J. Kennedy, wood engravings by Michael McCurdy
ISBN 0-8203-0535-9
Hardcover, 282 pages
(This is the original edition published by University of Georgia Press in 1981)
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