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Poetry/Short Stories

Beowulf - (we have several editions including the graphic novel.)

“Declaration of Independence” (1776) & “Preamble to the Constitution of the United States (1787) – Let the discussion about where it all began start at the beginning with our foundational documents which contain essential statements on the first principles of citizenship and the common good.

Red Cavalry – (Isaac Babel, reprinted in 2002) One of the great masterpieces of Russian literature, the Red Cavalry cycle retains today the shocking freshness that made Babel's reputation when the stories were first published in the 1920s. Using his own experiences as a journalist and propagandist with the Red Army during the war against Poland, Babel brings to life an astonishing cast of characters from the exuberant, violent era of early Soviet history.

Selected Poems of Langston Hughes - (Langston Hughes, 1959) The selected poems celebrated the experience of invisible men and women: of slaves who "rushed the boots of Washington"; of musicians on Lenox Ave; of the poor and the lovesick; of losers in "the raffle of night."

The Sky, the Stars, the Wilderness – (Rick Bass, 1998) In three novellas, Rick Bass lets the reader into characters who describe the world and in doing so tell us a great deal about themselves. The last, the title story, describes the world as we would like to see it.