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As the year wraps up we're celebrating the Winter Solstice with 20% off all titles with code SOLSTICE22. Below are a selection of recent titles we think you'll enjoy, but don't limit your purchase to the titles on this page. Let your imagination run wild by exploring our selections in Art, Translation, Memoir and more. We've got tons of hidden gems in the categories on our site, so be sure to check them out!

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LittlePuss Press

A rich and moving epistolary memoir about transgender childhood, sexual trauma, motherhood, and a young queer life in 1970s Argentina
 
In these hilarious and heartbreaking letters, Cecilia Gentili reinvents the trans memoir, putting the confession squarely between the writer and her enemies, paramours and friends. Writing to childhood figures such as her rapist’s daughter, her father’s mistress, her best friend, and her mother, Gentili probes deeply into the bitter cruelty, buried secrets, and delicious gossip of a small town. Is she here for revenge, or forgiveness? Both! And more! A story of sex, theft, murder, motherhood, and outrageous fashion choices, Faltas is a beautiful, messy meditation on what it takes to heal, and even grow.
 
“One of the best memoirs I’ve ever read.“ —Autostraddle


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Rose Metal Press

The long-anticipated full-length debut collection from award-winning flash fiction writer Jasmine Sawers.
 
A goat begins to grow inside a human heart. The rightful king is born a hard, smooth seashell. Supernovas burst across skin like ink in water. Heartbreak transforms maidens into witches, girls into goblins, mothers into monsters. Hunger drives lovers and daughters, soldiers and ghosts, to unhinge their jaws and swallow the world. Drawing inspiration from a mixed heritage and from history—from the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen to the ancient legends of Thailand, from the suburbs of Buffalo, New York to the endless horizon of the American Midwest—Jasmine Sawers invents a hybrid folklore for liminal characters who live between the lines and within the creases of race and language, culture and gender, sexuality and ability. THE ANCHORED WORLD: FLASH FAIRY TALES AND FOLKLORE is equal parts love letter to the old tales and indictment of their shortcomings, offering a new mythology to reflect the many faces and voices of the twenty-first century.
 
“In this slender book you'll find stories small as pills—and in each pill a stimulant, a hallucinogen, a vitamin. Jasmine Sawers is a practitioner of fine narrative pharmacology.” —Rebecca Makkai, author of The Great Believers


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Jacob Kahn
Roof Books

Discover an exciting literary talent in Jacob Kahn, the Californian poet whose debut full-length collection engages with classical antiquity as a way to grasp our present moment. Kahn reconsiders the themes, characters, settings, problems, and structures of Virgil's Eclogues, insisting that the pastoral is political. How may an ancient court poet's musing about shepherds and dispossession sing to us relevantly? Kahn provokes, "lyric continuity is the provision of militaries." Don't worry, this book doesn't require you to brush up on your Virgil to enjoy it, although you'll probably feel afterward compelled in that direction. Smart yet chill, the poet forges intertextual connections with improvisational ease. Readers will find this an accessible conversation with a friendly guy at the bar who "can list the names of birds and trees." (And really, "what else would a true love want??") In poems with broad frames of reference, Kahn sharply confronts the technocratic blight of contemporary San Francisco, where "the processes of exploitation, in effect, dissolve into the landscape." Our fragile and mediated relationship to the land might prove the searing truth, "You can't hold what was never your ground." Like Virgil, when in doubt Kahn looks to his friends, whom he duly celebrates. The poems in Mine Eclogue attend to the idyllic panorama and lyric minutiae of life in the modern heart of empire. Engaged with a loose lineage of Bay Area pastoralism, these are poems of vantage and habitude, town and city, ownership and eviction, labor and liability, routine and pleasure, ditty and bickering. Roof Books is excited to be supporting the emergence of this important new voice.


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Jennifer Soong
Black Sun Lit

Swaying between command and curiosity, acquiescence and destruction, distance and proximity, Jennifer Soong’s SUEDE MANTIS / SOFT RAGE proffers tenderness that teeters on the precipice of loss. Premised on this peril is not a paralyzing grief but a generative poiesis of “cruel desperation,” in which poetry pronounces itself in contrasts and conditionals, had beens and renunciations. Like a tongue that tans flesh, like passion that’s made pliable by the pulsing and glistening of language, SUEDE MANTIS / SOFT RAGE is the negotiated labor of a process rather than a product, raising interior operations to the surface while presenting an antithesis to mimetic construction. Neo-romantic and post-pastoral, the poems in Soong’s second collection reinvigorate lyric possibility.
“As I try to make way through, but ultimately fall—or slide—down the ruins of empire toward what feels like a fast-approaching yet ever more uncertain end, I am finding myself in increasing, practical need of books like Jennifer Soong’s SUEDE MANTIS / SOFT RAGE. With its acid love balladry, affirmational pessimism, and percipient, angular grief, it slows, it is slowing me, down, sharpening my faculties, reintegrating my mind into and, even better, out of itself.” —Brandon Shimoda, author of The Desert


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Kazim Ali
Spout Press

A new collection of essays, poems, and plays by award winning poet Kazim Ali.
 
In SWEET NOTHING Kazim Ali finds, just beneath the details of daily life, the presence of spiritual reality. A corner of the street, a gesture of the hand, the pattern on a rug, all act as evidence of a generative emptiness. Sweet Nothing documents those details in a language of charmed engagement, and claims language, whether prayer, monologue, or poem, as our most prized of veils over the abyss, as the beauty that grows from sweet nothing and the technique of linking one life with another. Ali’s passionate attention explores the lyric truth of being alive, moment by moment.


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Hilary Plum
Fonograf Editions

HOLE STUDIES is a book about care and the forms it may take. An essay collection on writing and labor, art and activism, attention as a transformative practice, difference and collaboration, adjuncting and the margins of the academy, whiteness and its weapons, professionalization and its discontents, the radical importance of surprise, friendship at work, the self and its public and private modes: HOLE STUDIES keeps listening. What is it we need from each other? What could we still make happen? This book looks for forms of responsiveness and moments that matter. It honors everyday acts of thinking and trying. Essays explore the music of the Swet Shop Boys, the literature of the US’s brutal war in Iraq, the career of Sinéad O’Connor, the aesthetics of the Dirtbag Left, the legacies of the “war on terror,” feminism on the job, and illness in America. HOLE STUDIES is an intimate document and a critical guide. HOLE STUDIES would like to work for you.

"When Sinéad O’Connor ripped up the pope on SNL, in 1992, I think I was more changed, more moved, as a human, woman, and artist, than I’ve ever been able to articulate even to myself. Courtney Love, in 2005, warned other women about Harvey Weinstein on TV, 12 years before it was at all ok to do so. HOLE STUDIES is a space to watch and describe and repeat these kinds of utterances—these miracles—and to shine that unflinching, flexible, responsive and feeling kind of light (that light of dignified presence) into all these dustbins and hollows and holy hell holes full of maggots and molesters, colonizers, CEOs, all our bloated most belligerent ogres. Hilary Plum articulates to me what these real utterances have meant and I leave this book only thinking of the ways, one way, I might say something of value—off-script—before I’m dead."
—Caren Beilin


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Wong May
The Song Cave

2022 Windham-Campbell Prize Winner Wong May's Landmark Anthology of Tang Dynasty Poetry
 
Chinese poetry is unique in world literature in that it was written for the best part of 3,000 years by exiles and refugees. In this anthology we meet Du Fu, Li Bai, Wang Wei, and others less familiar to readers in English. Known as the Golden Age of Poetry, the Tang Dynasty was a time when poems were bartered in the marketplace for wine and tea; and posted in temples and taverns, the words of poets unmissable as street art and signage. Monks, courtiers, courtesans, woodsmen, and farmhands were fluent in poetry. More than reading matter, it was a common currency—whether as a necessity or luxury in times of rampant warfare, droughts, famine, plague, man-made and natural disasters. "Chinese history can be read in the words of the poets. It was left for poetry to teach the least & the most," says the translator Wong May, "a literacy of the heart in a barbarous world." True to the spirit of classics, these poems from 1,200 years ago read like they were still being written somewhere in the world — to be read today, and tomorrow: “In dark times we read by the light of letters.”
 
"A bird translates silence,” the incredibly thorough and utterly unique Afterword begins. In 70 sections that span the millennia, the translator traverses continents and civilizations to retrieve these texts of Tang Poetry for our century, prompted by the voice of another guide, the Rhino, a magical being and original spirit who held a special place in Tang China. A historical study of ancient literature has never felt so alive and timeless.


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