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Immediate Song

Milkweed Editions, 2019

A book about time, from the immediacy of a moment to the long view of earlier civilizations, Immediate Song includes elegies, studies of objects, a long expository poem on hospitals, and brief songs that anchor the collection in what is both universal and fleeting.



An Algebra

The University of Chicago Press, 2009
An interwoven collection of eight sequences and sixteen individual poems, An Algebra is a work of changing equivalents, a search for balance in a world of transformation and loss.


Wesleyan University Press, 2003
From racehorses to waterwheels to great cities, Luster traces the sheen of human activity that clings to the world around us.

The Known World

Wesleyan University Press, 1997
The Known World looks at the relation between past and present, creating energetic juxtapositions between different historical periods and our own.

After the Splendid Display

Wesleyan University Press, 1986
After the Splendid Display is about the gleam of surfaces--a Victorian tennis party, a renovated town square--and what lies hidden beneath them.

Europa: Selected Poems of Julio Martínez Mesanza

Dialogos / Lavender Ink, 2016
A translation of work since the mid-1980s from the Spanish poet Julio Martínez Mesanza.

Musical Works

A selection of work set by composers, with audio links

A Necessary Order: Theodore Roethke and the Writing Process

Ohio University Press, 1991
Looking closely at Roethke's drafts and manuscripts, this critical study illuminates the poet's distinctive writing methods over the course of his career.