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By BARBARA HOFFERT  |  January 4, 2010

Something old, something new: this winter, look for "New and Selected" volumes from several established poets. Poet laureate KAY RYAN delivers 200 delicately crafted pieces in The Best of It (Grove, March 3); EDWARD HIRSCH shows off 30 years of visually acute writing in The Living Fire (Knopf, March 10). In The Apple Trees at Olema (Ecco, March 23), Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner ROBERT HASS continues to reckon gracefully with the world. And SHEROD SANTOS pulls from five previous titles to give us the harsh truths of The Intricated Soul (Norton, March 1).

In Morning Haiku (Beacon, February 1), her first new book in more than 10 years, SONIA SANCHEZ celebrates significant African-Americans in spare, pointed lyrics. And among the younger voices worth catching: the steely-eyed JULIE CARR (100 Notes on Violence, Ahsahta Press, January 15); Jamaican-born MARK MCMORRIS (Entrepôt, Coffee House Press, February 1), director of the Lannan Literary Programs at Georgetown; and ALEX LEMON (Fancy Beasts, Milkweed, March 1), who always delivers visceral punches (his preceding title was called Hallelujah Blackout). Note that Lemon has just published the wrenching Happy: A Memoir (Scribner, December 29), which is about his downward spin after a series of brain bleeds.

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