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Book Objects


A box of paper gems. A printed silk scarf. A deck of cards. A felted sphere filled with paper seeds. Can these objects be books? The poets, book artists, and publishers represented in this virtual exhibition offer a resounding yes, asking viewers to interact with books in ways that break from the expected. Dive into the works presented here for a detailed look at items from the Poetry Center’s collection that will lead you to rethink just what the word “book” can mean.


60 Books for 60 Years


The Poetry Center celebrates its 60th anniversary in November 2020. In recognition of this milestone, the Library staff have worked for a year to acquire 60 new and new-to-us rare books for the collection with funding from our newly completed Rare Books Endowment. The books we have collected for our 60th anniversary strengthen our holdings in several key areas, including artist’s books, rare books by celebrated poets, and books by poets working in the American Southwest. From Robert Frost’s Christmas cards to DIY broadsides to monumental artist’s books, these new acquisitions represent the exciting breadth and range of American poetry in the past 60 years. We are delighted to showcase these works here: we'll present this exhibition on a rolling basis, with 20 new works added to this website each month. Thank you for joining us online to celebrate our 60th anniversary!

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