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 selected titles from our Spring catalogue
 

Collected Poems: 1946-2016
(Sand Paper Press, 2020)
By Harry Mathews

"Harry Mathews (1930–2017) was among the most inventive and unorthodox writers of his generation. His novels earned comparisons to Vladimir Nabokov and Thomas Pynchon and bear the mark of one who learned "never to settle for results that are merely reassuring." But Mathews was a poet first, and he prized poetry for its transformational and redemptive power. COLLECTED POEMS: 1946-2016 gathers seven prior collections, together with poems never before published in book form. For Mathews, it was "much more interesting to be curious about a riddle than to find its solution." His ability to fuse the world of facts with invented wildernesses of his imagining will give readers much to untangle, while his sensuality, wit, and affection for life's beauties, sorrows, and absurdities are their own rewards. COLLECTED POEMS: 1946–2016 augments and clarifies the extraordinary achievement of a singular American writer."



Ensō
(Entre Rios Books, 2020)
By Shin Yu Pai

"It is fitting that we'd present a hybrid book and digital experience for Shin Yu Pai, a poet known for her wide-ranging collaborations and creative practice engaged as much in physical space as a moment on the page. With its blend of personal essays reflecting on the development of her poetics, ENSŌ places new work next to old, to create not only a mid-career retrospective, but a guidebook for poets interested in moving their practice off the page and into the community. From her early work in place-based and ekphrastic poetry and her explorations of bookmaking, to her current experimentation with installation and projection, this book highlights the creative process to her poetry."



Orange
(Entre Rios Books, 2020)
By E. Briskin

 "My dog died today." So begins ORANGE, the first book by Seattle poet E. Briskin. With playful digressions into anecdote, the philosophy of consciousness, literature, and animal behavioral science, ORANGE approaches grief at once tangentially and directly. Its narrator—disconnected, mournful, comic, angry, irreverent, overwrought, and seemingly always in a coffee shop—wants to understand the lost dog and to memorialize it, or maybe, in grieving, to regain what is lost. ORANGE is a book that resists genre, gendering, and chronology. Written in a furrowed numbering scheme that can be read vertically or horizontally, its form reflects the way our psyche is fragmented and unified by loss. Like all book from Entre Ríos Books, ORANGE includes a generous selection of easy-to-download audio of the author reading."



I Can't Get You Out of My Mind
(Book*hug, 2020)
By Marianne Apostolides

"Ariadne is a single, forty-something writer and mother embroiled in an affair with a married man. At the core of her current work, a manuscript about the declaration of love, is the need to understand why: why her lover has returned to his wife, why their relationship still lingers in her mind, why she's unable to conquer her longing. Lacking answers and struggling financially, she joins a research study in which she's paid to live with an AI device called Dirk. But the study quickly enters unchartered territory. Capable of mapping Ariadne's brain—and to some extent reading her mind—the AI calls into question issues of both privacy and consciousness: how we communicate our thoughts to others, what it means to embody our desires, and whether we ought to act on them. I CAN'T GET OUT OF MY MIND asks what it means to be human—to be physical creatures endowed with a conscious mind, aware of our finitude—and to love."



OO: Typewriter Poems
(Invisible Publishing, 2020)
By Dani Spinosa

"WTF does Dani Spinosa think she is doing copying all these (mostly) male poets? Lock up your typewriters! Hide your anthologies of classic visual poetry! Protect yourself and the literary tradition from the stealth interventions of Spinosa, who is (mis)appropriating works by every conceivable author of graphically scored verse in the name of some kind of femmeship that involves conversations with the dead as well as the living. The former are silent on the matter and the former? We shall see. Rarely has mimicry been used to such high-level hermeneutic ends."—Johanna Drucker



Fugitive Assemblage
(The 3rd Thing, 2020)
By Jennifer Calkins

"It's California in 1983. A woman pulls an IV out of her arm, walks out of the hospital and starts driving north. She is bleeding and nauseous. There is something in the trunk of her Datsun and it's rotting. FUGITIVE ASSEMBLAGE is lyric noir pieced together from remnant words and the blind turns of Highway 1. This haunted and haunting novel renders sensation through images and evokes grief in a dis/harmony of ghostly voices conjured from geology texts, poetry, family history, personal trauma and from women's diaries of the "westward journey.""



Labor Day
(Golias Books, 2020)
By Rebecca Kosick

"In LABOR DAY—a long serial poem in fifty-six parts—Rebecca Kosick pursues a series of movements in and out of the natural and economic landscapes of the postindustrial Midwest at the turn of the twenty-first century, attempting to incarnate a language adequate to memory, a memory adequate to place. Kosick's verse modulates from auratic to frank, stately to aching, its presiding recollective mood accumulating like a mist over a warming landscape: scattered homophones peer up through layers of sediment, once-familiar terrain is eroded by diluvial, counterintuitive etymologies. The rhetorical layering of LABOR DAY is memory's residue, a "paused emptiness of season" that freezes an instant only to watch it dissolve under charged scrutiny."



Survivor's Guilt: Essays on Race and American Identity
(New Rivers Press, 2020)
By Artress Bethany White

"Artress Bethany White has written a beautiful book that shimmers with bravery on every page. In tackling race, she interrogates and informs, startles and prods, and implicates us all—forcing us to see ourselves through multi-faceted prisms of American identity. Using personal and familial narratives from her own 'tangled racial threads' as our intimate guide, White helps us understand this traumatized cultural moment by weaving together harsh truths with poetic language and fierce insight. We need this book right now. White shares an astute pedagogy here, one that acknowledges our collective mourning and provides a prescriptive for our collective healing. I want everyone to read this brilliant collection."—Bridgett M. Davis

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