Poetry books: some favorites of Portlanders
'A Dream of Portland'
by Tom Bremer
Rain from the west.
Hands of rain lifting from
a green breast of ocean
to lay down their silver burden
of angels on the heads of fir
trees and houses, on the quick
chests of rivers, and on your
teeming head, my friend.
Amid the rain are bridges.
Everywhere. More bridges than rivers,
more rivers than friends to tell
the exquisite riddle words bring
our flowering skulls.
Top 15 new hardcover poetry titles at Powell's City of Books
1. 'Sailing Alone Around the Room,' Billy Collins
2. 'Nine Horses Poems,' Billy Collins
3. 'Letters to a Young Poet,' Rainer Maria Rilke (2001, translated by Stephen Mitchell, Random House)
4. 'What Do We Know,' Mary Oliver
5. 'Learning to Live in the World,' William Stafford
6. 'Letters to a Young Poet,' Rainer Maria Rilke (2000, translated by Joan Burnham, New World Library)
7. 'In the Next Galaxy,' Ruth Stone
8. 'Poems of Emily Dickinson'
9. 'Sifting Through the Madness for the Word,' Charles Bukowski
10. 'Plath: Poems,' Everyman's Library, Sylvia Plath
11. 'Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou'
12. 'Selected Poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay'
13. 'Poets on the Peaks: Gary Snyder, John Suiter'
14. 'Journey Through Heartsongs,' Mattie JT Stepanek
15. 'Selected Poetry of Ogden Nash'
Top 15 used paperback poetry titles at Powell's City of Books
1. 'Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson'
2. 'Collected Poems, Dylan Thomas'
3. 'Collected Poems,' Sylvia Plath
4. 'Selection of Poems,' e.e. cummings
5. 'Love Is a Dog From Hell, Poems 1974-1977,' Charles Bukowski
6. 'Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke'
7. 'Selected Poems,' e.e. cummings
8. 'Captain's Verses,' Pablo Neruda
9. 'Dead & the Living,' Sharon Olds
10. '100 Selected Poems,' e.e. cummings
11. 'Zami: A New Spelling of My Name,' Audre Lorde
12. 'Final Harvest,' Emily Dickinson
13. 'Play the Piano Drunk Like a Percussion,' Charles Bukowski
14. 'Oregon Message,' William Stafford
15. 'You Get So Alone at Times That It Just Makes Sense,' Charles Bukowski