Poetry The Sleeping Beauty, by Hayden Carruth (Harper & Row, $11.95). A Vermont love poem and much else. The Collected Poems of Robert Creely (1945-1975) (University of California Press, $28.50). The impressive oeuvre of a living master. Children in Exile: Poems, 1968-1984, by James Fenton (Random House, $11.95; paperback, $5.95). The war in Cambodia viewed by one of Britian's most exciting poets. Lining Up, by Richard Howard (Atheneum, $13.95; paperback, $7.95). Photography and Francophilia. A Wave, by John Ashberry (Viking, $14.95). Reflections on love. The Other Side of the River, by Charles Wright (Random House, $11.95). Recollections of times past. Notes From a Child of Paradise, by Alfred Corn (Viking, $14.95; Penguin paperback, $8.95). A young man discovers his vocation as poet. Raw Heaven, by Molly Peacock (Random House, $12.95; paperback, $6.95). The return of rhyme. A Happy Childhood by William Matthews (Atlantic/-Little, Brown, $12.95; paperback, $8.95). Studies in "self-deception and survival." Bylines

Staff members of The Washington Post wrote the following books in 1984. Flight From Sorrow: The Life and Death of Tamara Wall, by Felicity Barringer (Atheneum, $15.95). Triumph and tragedy. Why Time Beings on Opening Day, by Tom Boswell (Doubleday, $14.95). The great American game. The Book Bag Treasury of Literary Quizzes, by the editors of The Washington Post Book World (Scribner's, paperback, $6.95). Literary trivia. Russia and the Russians: Inside the Closed Society, by Kevin Close (Norton, $17.50). Ivan close-up. The New Politics of Inequality, by Thomas B. Edsall (Norton, $15.95). The swing to conversatism. Food Finds: America's Best Local Foods and the People Who Produce Them, by Allison and Margaret Engle (Harper & Row, $12.95). Regional specialities. Herblock Through the Looking Glass, by Herbert Block (Norton, $12.95). Images of the Reagan years. Long Time Passing: Vietnam and the Haunted Generationa, by Myra MacPherson (Doubleday, $19.95). the vets remember. Involvements: One Journalist's Place in the World, by Colman McCarthy (Acropolis, $13.95). Convictions. Testing the Current, by William McPherson (Morrow, $15.95). What Tommy knew. When to Dump Your Date, by Lois Romano (Ballantine paperback, $3.95). There are better reasons than bad breath. Wired: The Short Life and Fast Times of John Belushi, by Bob Woodward (Simon and Schuster, $17.95). Hollywood coke out. Mysteries The Black Seraphim, by Michael Gilbert (Harper & Row, $13.95). The latest from the living master of the classic English mystery. The Danger, by Dick Francis (Putnam, $15.95). As usual, unputdownable. Tip on a Dead Crab, by William Murray (Viking, $13.95). Life at the track. Lightning, by Ed McBain (Arbor House, $14.95). The best dialogue in the business. Corpse in a Gilded Cage, by Robert Barnard (Scribner, $12.95). The Evelyn Waugh of crime fiction. Out of Season, by Michael Z. Lewin, (Morrow, $12.95). Hard-boiled in Indianapolis. Children's Books Bridle the Wind, by Joan Aiken (Delacorte, $14.95; ages 10-14). Romantic adventure in Spain. The High Kings: Arthur's Celtic Ancestors, by Joy Chant (Bantam, $24.95; ages 10-up). Curses, kings, and tragedy. The Snarkout Boys and the Baconburg Horror, by Daniel Pinkwater (Lothrop, Lee and Shepard, $11; ages 10-up). A comic extravaganza, featuring a vampire, a Sherlock Holmes lookalike, and a mad scientist. The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature, by Humphrey Carpenter and Mari Prichard (Oxford University Press, $35; ages 16-up). Nearly everything you ever wanted to know. The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, by Chris Van Allsburg (Houghton Mifflin, $14.95; all ages). The Magritte of children's illustrators. The Speil of the Sorcerer's Skull, by John Bellairs (Dial, $11.95; ages 10-16). Chills and thrills. The World Treasury of Children's Literature, edited by Clifton Fadiman (Little, Brown, $40; ages 3-8). Classics of the genre. The Witches and Boy, by Roald Dahl (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, $10.95 each; ages 10-up). A scary and funny novel and a scary and funny memoir, both by a master storyteller. Science Fiction The Anubis Gates, by Tim Powers (Berkley, $2.95). Time travel romp featuring Coleridge, Egyptian zombies, and a beggar king. The Dragon Waiting, by John M. Ford (Timescape, $15.95). Druids, sorcerers, and alchemists in this World Fantasy Award winner. The Year's Best Stories, edited by Gardner Dozois (Bluejay, $17.95; paperback, $9.95).The title says it all. Startide Rising, by David Brin (Bantam, $3.50). Winner of the Hugo and Nebula award for best novel. Cugel's Saga and Phialto the Marvellous, by Jack Vance (Timescapae, $14.95; Baen Books, $12.95). A master stylist returns to the Dying Earth. Neuromancer, by William Gibson (Ace, $2.95). Cyberpunks in a computerized future. The Zanzibar Cat and Extra(Ordinary) Stories, by Joanna Russ (Arkham, $15.95 and St. Martin's, $10.95). Feminist, ferocious and brilliant.