Talented poets with a stellar cast, in some cases literally. From top to bottom, Condoleezza's workouts, Captain Ahab's Writing Advice, the Universe's Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Zeus' goth club jaunt and the most surreal yet pragmatic fatherly advice you'd ever get.
Head Off & Split by Nikky Finney (Northwestern University Press, $15.95)
The Republic of Poetry by Martin Espada (W.W. Norton, $13.95)
Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith (Graywolf, $15)
T-Bone Series by Quincy Scott Jones (Whirlwind Press, $12)
Father Said by Hal Sirowitz (Soft Skull Press, $23)