THE THRESHOLD: Poems, by Iman Mersal. Translated by Robyn Creswell. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $26.) Since her debut collection in 1995, Mersal has established herself as one of Egypt’s top poets; this selection, drawn from her first four books and nimbly translated from the Arabic, showcases the sweet, tough verve of her voice.
THE SYMMETRY OF FISH, by Su Cho. (Penguin Books, paperback, $18.) This book, Cho’s first, draws on her immigrant experience, with nods to folklore and Korean calligraphy sprinkled throughout. But the presiding spirit is impish, as in “Ode to Wanting to Run Over Other People’s Children in the Church Parking Lot.”
DRAW ME AFTER: Poems, by Peter Cole. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $26.) Cole, who won a MacArthur grant in 2007 in part for his translations of Middle Eastern poets, here delves into the nuances of the Hebrew alphabet and the link between art and language, often with giddy wordplay: “Rhyme’s a rhizome.”
THE WORLD KEEPS ENDING, AND THE WORLD GOES ON, by Franny Choi. (Ecco, $25.99.) As its title suggests, Choi’s third book is concerned simultaneously with apocalypse and survival. “I know I should want to be torn open/by the failures of hope,” she writes in one poem, “but here’s what I want:/a tight circle around everyone I love.”
A QUIET LIFE, by Ethan Joella. (Scribner, $27.) Community and grief are at the center of this tender novel in which three residents of a tightly knit Pennsylvania suburb are each grappling with losing loved ones when their lives begin to converge in unexpected ways.
COMPLICIT: How We Enable the Unethical and How to Stop, by Max H. Bazerman. (Princeton University, $27.95.) A Harvard Business School professor outlines seven behavioral profiles that can lead to complicity in harm and offers strategies to avoid enabling wrongdoing.
JERSEY BREAKS: Becoming an American Poet, by Robert Pinsky. (Norton, $26.95.) This evocative memoir traces Pinsky’s formative experiences and relationships, from growing up in a run-down town on the Jersey Shore to becoming the poet laureate of the United States.
ROAR: American Master: The Oral Biography of Roger Orr, by Bruce Wagner. (Arcade, $26.99.) The fictional life of Roger Orr, a prolific writer, director, doctor, philosopher and lover, is told through the voices of those he has influenced — from Andy Warhol to Amanda Gorman — over the course of 78 years.