Busboys and Poets Poetry Picks

By Busboys and Poets Books

By Busboys and Poets Books
The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes

The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes

$22.00 $20.46

Busboys favorite! The name Busboys and Poets refers to American poet Langston Hughes, who worked as a busboy at the Wardman Park Hotel in the 1920s, prior to gaining recognition as a poet. The event space at our 14th & V location is also named The Langston Room in his honor.

Antes Que Isla Es Volcán / Before Island Is Volcano

Antes Que Isla Es Volcán / Before Island Is Volcano

Raquel Salas Rivera

$17.00 $15.81

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There Are Trans People Here

There Are Trans People Here

H. Melt

$16.00 $14.88

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The Crown Ain't Worth Much

The Crown Ain't Worth Much

Hanif Abdurraqib

$16.00 $14.88

Bookseller Pick: Abdurraqib writes and we hold our breath. This book is a boy becoming, and unbecoming. Of death and what lingers after. It seems like forever ago that I first read this book, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t still want to scream-read some of my favorite poems into the night sometimes. - Kenny

Such Color: New and Selected Poems

Such Color: New and Selected Poems

Tracy K. Smith

$26.00 $24.18

Bookseller Pick: Tracey Smith's new book, a collection of previously published and new work, uses words to remind us to look, and to see when looking. - Kurt

How to Carry Water: Selected Poems of Lucille Clifton

How to Carry Water: Selected Poems of Lucille Clifton

Lucille Clifton

$20.00 $18.60

Busboys favorite! One of the event spaces at our Columbia location, The Clifton Room, is named in her honor.

If They Come for Us: Poems

If They Come for Us: Poems

Fatimah Asghar

$16.00 $14.88

Bookseller Pick: One of my favorite collections, If They Come For Us will make you laugh and cry. A blend of different styles and forms that challenge, but more importantly a story that will hold you till its end. - Kenny

The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni: 1968-1998

The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni: 1968-1998

Nikki Giovanni

$15.99 $14.87

Busboys favorite! One of the event spaces at our 450K location, The Giovanni Reading Room, is named in her honor.

January Children

January Children

Safia Elhillo

$15.95 $14.83

Bookseller Pick: This is a book I can still read from cover to cover. A story that spears two countries and finds a language that will hold them both. Elhillo is a writer familiar with sound. Her work reads like music sounds and you can’t help but sing along. - Kenny

Electric Arches

Electric Arches

Eve L. Ewing

$16.00 $14.88

Bookseller Pick: Electric Arches blends poetry and science fiction to create work that flies. Work that not only honors what is, but what could be. The poems in this book are stories you continue to dream of long after you’ve set it down. - Kenny

Revolutionary Letters: Expanded 50th Anniversary Edition: Pocket Poets Series No. 27

Revolutionary Letters: Expanded 50th Anniversary Edition: Pocket Poets Series No. 27

Diane Di Prima

$18.95 $17.62

Bookseller Pick: Diana DiPrima was one of the few women poets amongst the Beats, and one of the most overtly political. Revolutionary Letters gives the feel of that brief moment when it seemed possible to remake the world to be not only better, but also different (both needs remain). I still have by my desk at home the copy I bought 50 years ago at my first bookshop job. - Kurt

The Trouble with Poetry: And Other Poems

The Trouble with Poetry: And Other Poems

Billy Collins

$16.00 $14.88

Bookseller Pick: All of Billy Collins' poetry is lovely, especially in its simplicity, but this collection demonstrates his irony and pokes fun at the very idea of poetry. - Nathan

Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude

Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude

Ross Gay

$18.00 $16.74

Bookseller Pick: This book is my current love. It is a reminder to say thank you. Not only for the roses, but also the cracks in the wall. For the manure that will spite your nose. The beauty in Gays words is the beauty of people. A chance to see one another. - Kenny

Man-Making Words: Selected Poems of Nicolas Guillen

Man-Making Words: Selected Poems of Nicolas Guillen

Nicolas Guillen

$33.54

Busboys favorite! The event space at our Takoma location, The Guillen Room, is named in her honor.

Winter Recipes from the Collective: Poems

Winter Recipes from the Collective: Poems

Louise Glück

$25.00 $23.25

Bookseller Pick: Poetry written in a different key is how best describe Louise Gluck's newest work. It is a poem, written as an exchange between a narrator and a chorus to recapture a sense of change, confusion and movement through time as an exploration of small details of life. - Kurt

When Your Wife Has Tommy John Surgery and Other Baseball Stories: Poems

When Your Wife Has Tommy John Surgery and Other Baseball Stories: Poems

E. Ethelbert Miller

$15.99 $14.87

Bookseller Pick: E. Ethelbert Miller's latest work continues his exploration of appreciating life in its pain and loss, in its joys and hopes even while aging -- using the game of baseball as a lens. - Kurt

My Name Will Grow Wide Like a Tree: Selected Poems

My Name Will Grow Wide Like a Tree: Selected Poems

Yi Lei

$18.00 $16.74

Bookseller Pick: Yi Lei's work expresses intimacy and longing, made meaningful by a self-questioning that is always aware of the wider world. - Kurt

Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes

Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes and Benny Andrews

$18.99 $17.66

Busboys favorite! The name Busboys and Poets refers to American poet Langston Hughes, who worked as a busboy at the Wardman Park Hotel in the 1920s, prior to gaining recognition as a poet. The event space at our 14th & V location is also named The Langston Room in his honor.

Make Me Rain: Poems & Prose

Make Me Rain: Poems & Prose

Nikki Giovanni

$16.99 $15.80

Busboys favorite! One of the event spaces at our 450K location, The Giovanni Reading Room, is named in her honor.

Content Warning: Everything

Content Warning: Everything

Akwaeke Emezi

$16.00 $14.88

Deaf Republic: Poems

Deaf Republic: Poems

Ilya Kaminsky

$17.00 $15.81

Beast at Every Threshold

Beast at Every Threshold

Natalie Wee

$14.95 $13.90

The Poetry Witch Little Book of Spells

The Poetry Witch Little Book of Spells

Annie Finch

$6.95 $6.46

I Remember Death by Its Proximity to What I Love

I Remember Death by Its Proximity to What I Love

Mahogany L. Browne

$16.00 $14.88