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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