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Ukraine Poems
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Ukraine Poems

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David Jaffin is the world's busiest poet. David Jaffin is the world's busiest poet. As the title suggests, this volume was written in the days running up to the Russian invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022, and engages with the author's life, med...

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The Distaff Side
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The Distaff Side

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Needlework, as this brilliant book makes plain, has been trivialized and dismissed as mere "women's work." What a joy it is to inhabit this world in which the needle and the pen share the labors of love. “Needlework, as this brilliant book makes pl...

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On Hysteria
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On Hysteria

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ON HYSTERIA is a lyric engagement of voice, memory, longing, and the fraught ways we speak ourselves. In conversation—and sometimes conflict—with Sigmund Freud’s foundational text of psychoanalysis Studies on Hysteria (1895), Kuhl reframes the disco...

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Snow Dreams
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Snow Dreams

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The world's busiest poet strikes again. David Jaffin offers here his first collection of short lyric poems for 2022.The world's busiest poet strikes again. David Jaffin offers here his first collection of short lyric poems for 2022. Published in ass...

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Vicente Huidobro – in perpetual motion. A Biography
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Vicente Huidobro – in perpetual motion. A Biography

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The only biography of Vicente Huidobro, now in English for the first timeThe Chilean poet Vicente Huidobro (1893–1948) is one of the most important figures in 20th-century Hispanic poetry and one of its pioneering avant-gardists. Originally from an ...

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Neo-bedrooms
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Neo-bedrooms

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"Vivid with specifics, with instances of lived experience, this is a work firmly rooted in an earth that is itself unstable. Meadows explores that instability, explores our own complicity, and yet with a generosity that seeks to embrace rather than ...

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October-Cyprus Poems
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October-Cyprus Poems

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The indefatigable David Jaffin's latest opus see him exceed 1,000 pages for the year‚—and that's only the poems he chides to keep. The world's most prolific poet? Perhaps not, but he has to be close.Poetry.

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Aeneid, Books VII-XII
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Aeneid, Books VII-XII

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The first six books of David Hadbawnik's astonishing modern translation of the AENEID appeared from Shearsman Books in 2015. He now brings the whole project to a spectacular conclusion in a volume accompanied by Omar Al-Nakib's dramatic abstract ill...

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Citizen of Oblivion
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Citizen of Oblivion

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Translated by Tony Frazer. El ciudadano del olvido was published in Santiago in 1941, as one of a pair of volumes that summed up Huidobro's shorter poems from the mid-1920s to the late 1930s. The two books show the author as a quieter figure, more m...

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Spring Shadowings
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Spring Shadowings

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Poetry. Proving once again that he is one of the world's most prolific poets, now that he is retirement, David Jaffin offers here his second collection of short lyric poems for 2021. Terse and staccato as ever, the poems stretch the language's resou...

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Horology
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Horology

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Poetry. "HOROLOGY teeters on the brink; 'faience' and 'plumbago' float to the surface like literary flotsam but the vessel is never quite sunk. Words are strung like trade beads carrying faint signs of meaning along with their chief task of beauty, ...

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The Melancholy of Anatomy
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The Melancholy of Anatomy

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Poetry. In THE MELANCHOLY OF ANATOMY, his ninth collection of poetry, Martin Corless-Smith turns his attention towards ageing and mortality, and in particular to the death of his father. Shifting between formal verse and prose, from the metaphysical...

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Corona Poems
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Corona Poems

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Poetry. Proving once again that he is one of the world's most prolific poets, now that he is retirement, David Jaffin offers here his first collection of short lyric poems for 2021. Lockdown poems, in one sense, they range far afield however, from t...

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Epic Series
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Epic Series

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Poetry. Women's Studies. EPIC SERIES brings together three long poems by Eléna Rivera previously published in small press limited editions. Gathered here are Wale; or The Corse, UNKNOWNE LAND and The Wait; for Homer's Penelope. These poems delve int...

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Motive and Opportunity
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Motive and Opportunity

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Poetry. California Interest. MOTIVE AND OPPORTUNITY is principally located in Los Angeles, where the poet has lived and worked since 1968. The five pieces collected here are various attempts at poetic language trying to settle in this metropolitan s...

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Two-timed
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Two-timed

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Poetry. Proving once again that he is one of the world's most prolific poets, now that he is in retirement, David Jaffin offers here his second collection of short lyric poems for 2020. There are many more to come.

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Paris 1925: Ordinary Autumn & All of a Sudden
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Paris 1925: Ordinary Autumn & All of a Sudden

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Poetry. Latinx Studies. Translated by Tony Frazer. Before attaining his poetic maturity—and this would be through poems written mostly in Spanish—Huidobro wrote these two collections in French and published them in Paris in 1925, the same year that ...

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Florilegium
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Florilegium

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Poetry. Califotnia Interest. Molly Vogel's first collection of poems, FLORILEGIUM, is an exploration of life written in "the language of flowers." The poems regard flowers as both symbols and means of communication; in a broader sense, they deem the...

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Because of Poetry I Have a Really Big House
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Because of Poetry I Have a Really Big House

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Poetry. "Offense given; offense taken. Betrayals remembered and the betrayers unforgiven. Kent Johnson's mordant poems burn away the scrimshaw, the lace-making, the dreck that passes for poetry today, exposing the hypocrisy of our official poetry cu...

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Manifestos
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Manifestos

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Literary Nonfiction. In 1925, Huidobro published this collection of manifestos to consolidate his position in the avant-garde in the face of the burgeoning new Surrealist movement and also as a reaction to attacks from one Spanish critic in particul...

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Snow-touched Imaginings
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Snow-touched Imaginings

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Poetry. Proving once again that he is perhaps the world's busiest poet, now that he is in retirement, David Jaffin offers here his first collection of short lyric poems for 2020. There are many more to come.

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Lilies from America: New & Selected Poems
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Lilies from America: New & Selected Poems

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Poetry. Women's Studies. "This selection of Carmen Bugan's poems offers readers an experience with all the surprise and continuity of a long, complex novel. Childhood, youth, the move from a traditional rural world, dominated by lovingly described g...

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Syncopations
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Syncopations

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Poetry. "Laressa Dickey's SYNCOPATIONS continues the thematic explorations of her earlier work—family, memory, the American South—but displays a depth and richness all its own. In 'Two Holed Mouth,' Dickey challenges readers to 'hold space for your ...

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Kaleidoscope
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Kaleidoscope

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Poetry. Proving once again that he is perhaps the world's busiest poet, now that he is in retirement, David Jaffin offers here his first collection of short lyric poems for 2019. There are many more to come.Published in association with Edition Wort...

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A New Silence
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A New Silence

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Poetry. "Observant, musical, coheres to nature; it's been a pleasure to read Jospeh Massey for some years now. A poetry pared down to the essential inside the world where language interacts with itself and becomes the landscape it emerges from. Musi...

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Death Sentences
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Death Sentences

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Poetry. DEATH SENTENCES is Toby Olson's first major collection since Darklight (Shearsman, 2007), and many of the poems herein are addressed to his wife, Miriam, who died, after suffering for years from Alzheimer's disease, in 2014. Many of the othe...

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A Life in a Poem
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A Life in a Poem

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Literary Nonfiction. Poetry Memoir. Jewish Studies. In 1990, the international bestseller, The Book of J, co-authored by David Rosenberg and Harold Bloom (Grove; Faber in the U.K.) was followed by several books of poetry and prose (A Poet's Bible wa...

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Selected Poems
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Selected Poems

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Poetry. Literary Nonfiction. Latinx Studies. Edited by Tony Frazer. Translated by Michael Smith, Luis Ingelmo, Tony Frazer, Eliot Weinberger. This selected edition presents an overview of all of Huidobro's work, from 1914 until 1948, when his final,...

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Notebook of Last Things
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Notebook of Last Things

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Poetry. Organized around three sequences of numbered tercets, NOTEBOOK OF LAST THINGS maps a city undergoing dynamic, transformative change along with the sense of living that change—its rhythms and patterns, its peculiar commitments, its urgencies ...

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Bomarzo
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Bomarzo

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Poetry. Latinx Studies. Translated by Lawrence Schimel. The open mouth of the Orcus, in the front-cover photograph, represents an entrance to the underworld, according to all the symbolism embedded in the Gardens of Bomarzo, built in the 16th Centur...

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Equatorial and other poems
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Equatorial and other poems

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Poetry. Latinx Studies. Translated by Eliot Weinberger. This volume presents the four chapbooks published by Huidobro in 1917-18 and offers, at first glance, an odd mixture. Chronologically, we have El espejo de agua, written in Spanish in 1914-16, ...

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What Use Is Poetry, the Poet Is Asking
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What Use Is Poetry, the Poet Is Asking

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Poetry. Jewish Studies. Middle Eastern Studies. "Rachel Tzvia Back transmutes the hard and sharp facts of the world into green and gold in these poems that bristle with desperate hope. She's always biblical to me, not just because the Galilean lands...

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Your Relationship to Motion Has Changed
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Your Relationship to Motion Has Changed

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Poetry. YOUR RELATIONSHIP TO MOTION HAS CHANGED, Amish Trivedi's second book, is an exploration through a wandering mind in the middle of external chaos. The poems trace private and public histories, from Lincoln mythos to serial killers, tied toget...

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Arctic Poems / Poemas Árticos
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Arctic Poems / Poemas Árticos

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Poetry. Latinx Studies. Translated by Tony Frazer. Huidobro published POEMAS ÁRTICOS in Madrid in 1918, this being the last of a rapid series of publications which established him as a major new talent both in French and in Spanish. POEMAS ÁRTICOS i...

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Skyquake / Temblor de cielo
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Skyquake / Temblor de cielo

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Poetry. Latinx Studies. Translated by Tony Frazer. The prose-poem TEMBLOR DE CIELO is more apparently unified work than its contemporary work, Altazor, although this might owe more to its style of delivery: an ecstatic outpouring of words that large...

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Square Horizon / Horizon carré
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Square Horizon / Horizon carré

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Poetry. Latinx Studies. Translated by Tony Frazer. Huidobro published HORIZON CARRÉ in Paris in 1917 and quickly followed it with Tour Eiffel (in French and Spanish; Madrid, 1918), Hallali (in French; Madrid, 1918); Ecuatorial (in Spanish; Madrid, 1...

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The Fool and The Bee
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The Fool and The Bee

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Poetry. "A masque: it's all a mask, celebrating the 'organic'...British nature (transplants to US), in layers of spring and subsequent decay, within a long cultural history and a (to middle age) lifespan, personal pain, modernization, human war, god...

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From Notebooks and Personal Papers
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From Notebooks and Personal Papers

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Poetry. Translated by David Need. Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) is recognized as one of the great poets of 20th century European modernism. From 1921-1926, he lived in southern Switzerland, in a region called the Valais. Following the completion of...

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Identity Cause
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Identity Cause

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Poetry. Proving once again that he is perhaps the world's busiest poet, now that he is in retirement, David Jaffin offers here his second collection of short lyric poems for 2018. There are many more to come.

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Mea Roma: A Meditative Sampling from M. Valerius Martialis
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Mea Roma: A Meditative Sampling from M. Valerius Martialis

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Poetry. Translated by Art Beck. "My project started with a 'dissenting' translation of Martial's Book of the Spectacles. I use that term, not because I'm adapting or appropriating the text, but because the Spectacles sequence has a history of being ...

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The Desert Mothers
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The Desert Mothers

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Poetry. THE DESERT MOTHERS was first published by a small press in Mississippi in 1984, and contained several important poems from Nathaniel Tarn's early '80s period. This new edition revives the original chapbook, adding to it three other long sequ...

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Opus 40
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Opus 40

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Poetry. Proving once again that he is perhaps the world's busiest poet, now that he is in retirement, David Jaffin offers here his first collection of short lyric poems for 2018. There are many more to come.

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She Lives There Still
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She Lives There Still

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Poetry. SHE LIVES THERE STILL is Mary Leader's second collection with Shearsman Books. In some senses, it is an extension of her previous Shearsman volume, BEYOND THE FIRE, in that it reinforces what John Muckle in PN Review described as, "The overa...

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The House of Leaves
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The House of Leaves

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Poetry. The Nathaniel Tarn emigrated to the USA in the early 1970s, and took up a position teaching at Rutgers in New Jersey. He quickly confirmed his new identity as an American poet by publishing two major volumes: Lyrics for the Bride of God, a b...

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Amorgos Notebook
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Amorgos Notebook

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Poetry. Latinx Studies. Translated from the Spanish by Tony Frazer and Luis Ingelmo. AMORGOS NOTEBOOK (El cuaderno de Amorgós) is a book-length sequence published in Mexico City in 2007, which won for the author Mexico's most prestigious national po...

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Aggregate: retrospective
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Aggregate: retrospective

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Poetry. California Interest. "FURTHER THAN THE BLOOD contains only the briefest excerpts from Cold Mine, Shownman, Travelling Mercies. Perhaps Birchard will be persuaded to put those series back together... His vivid, offbeat, casually learned and m...

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Time Will Show
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Time Will Show

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Poetry. "Poetry is the antagonist of denial. Complicating the familiar world purely with the evidence of eye and insight, it insists upon the Spirit of things, even as life desolates our spirits with coarse familiarity. Pam Rehm, in this magnificent...

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At the Western Gates
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At the Western Gates

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Poetry. AT THE WESTERN GATES was first published by a small press in New Mexico in 1985, and consisted of five powerful long poems that exemplify the best of Nathaniel Tarn's work in the late 1970s and early 1980s. In this new edition, they are join...

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Alashka
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Alashka

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Poetry. ALASHKA is a lost book. It was first published as half of a very large, well-printed volume in 1979, spliced together with Tarn’s Selected Poems up until that point. The publisher was a new outfit in Boulder, Colorado, called Brillig Works a...

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The Healing of a Broken World
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The Healing of a Broken World

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Poetry. Jewish Studies. The world's most prolific poet? Retirement agrees with David Jaffin, as he presents another volume of his trademark short lyrics.Published in association with Edition Wortschatz, Germany.

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Book of the Peony
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Book of the Peony

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Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. Translated from the Spanish by Mark Weiss. "Gaspar Orozco's extraordinary BOOK OF THE PEONY blew me away by a storm of quiet flame and blackness and nothing everythingness. I am writing this from Pont-Aven, where I hav...

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The Soft Land
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The Soft Land

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Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. Translated from the Spanish by Jennifer Clement. LA SUAVE PATRIA is often regarded as the Mexican national poem, anextraordinary tour-de-force that would change forever the way that poetry would develop in Mexico. It w...

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Speaking in Song
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Speaking in Song

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Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. Translated from the Spanish by Dan Bellm. Among the most ambitious and varied work of Pura López Colomé's distinguished career, SPEAKING IN SONG displays the poet's extraordinary range and musicality, conducting philos...

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To an Unknown Shore
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To an Unknown Shore

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Poetry. Theodore Enslin (1925-2011) is widely regarded as one of the most musical of American avant-garde poets. He was born in Chester, Pennsylvania. His father was a biblical scholar and his mother a Latin scholar. He studied musical composition a...

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Moon Flowers
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Moon Flowers

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Poetry. The world's most prolific poet? Retirement agrees with David Jaffin, as he presents another volume of his trademark short lyrics, his first, but probably not his last in 2017. Published in association with Edition Wortschatz, Germany.

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Nightmare Running on a Meadow of Absolute Light
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Nightmare Running on a Meadow of Absolute Light

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Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. Translated by Paul Hoover. María Baranda is one of the leading Mexican poets of the generation born in the 1960s. Her work has received Mexico's distinguished Efraín Huerta and Aguascalientes national poetry prizes, as...

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Selected Poems 1988-2016
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Selected Poems 1988-2016

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Poetry. SELECTED POEMS 1988-2016 focuses on Alan Halsey's longer poems from the period and brings together the previously scattered sequences Ars Poetica, Tracks & Tracts of the Lizopard, A Looking-Glass for Logoclasts and Latin for Today: The Seque...

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Symphony for Human Transport
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Symphony for Human Transport

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Poetry. This book records a sustained plunge into the imaginative elixir of a dream. The dream starts with a waking vision — "the door of the train flew open" — and continues as reverberations in the sensorium, the seat of felt thought. With the son...

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The Markov Chain
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The Markov Chain

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Poetry. "When Basil Bunting declared that 'Pens are too light. / Take a chisel to write,' I imagine he had in mind the kind of exact and exacting poetry Ted Pearson has been steadily producing for decades. In THE MARKOV CHAIN, Pearson presents a ser...

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Aperture
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Aperture

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Poetry. As the title suggests, APERTURE opens gaps through which to see and hear the lives of imagined and actual women. This collection becomes a stage on which these women perform, and the poems play with notions of staging, with how we present ou...

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I'd ask you to join me by the Rio Bravo and weep but you should know neither river nor tears remain
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I'd ask you to join me by the Rio Bravo and weep but you should know neither river nor tears remain

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Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. Translated from the Spanish by Lawrence Schimel. This is a translation of Chávez's Mexican volume from 2013, a book of poems that deals with life on the border, its dangers, its delights and its peculiarities. I'D ASK ...

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Roam
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Roam

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Poetry. ROAM marks a migration: back, forward and round again. Who stays? Who is allowed to roam? Mistakes, reverses—what do we take of our presence and past as we discover the world through our own perceiving? Motion comes first, then form. What is...

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Strange Country
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Strange Country

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Poetry. Fascinated by strangeness that's made in the USA—its beliefs and organization, its affinity for violence and its elusive relationship with the past—STRANGE COUNTRY lyrically addresses itself to defining American landscapes/dreamscapes, and t...

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Tocayo: New and Selected Poems and Songs
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Tocayo: New and Selected Poems and Songs

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Poetry. "By turns erudite and lyrical, esoteric and oracular, profane and ethereal—Joe Doerr's TOCAYO contains multitudes. This vast miscellany, a bravura poetic performance by every measure, signals the aborning of a new, necessary literary idiom f...

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Untouched Silences
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Untouched Silences

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Poetry. "David Jaffin is a scrupulous weigher and weighter of words—by which I mean that a poem is, for him, always a matter of collaboration with the true spirit of the language. Every word is given its value, neither more nor less."—Edward Lucie-S...

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Day for Night
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Day for Night

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Poetry. DAY FOR NIGHT, Richard Deming's searching new collection of poems, takes its title from the cinematic term for shooting night scenes during the day. With a complex lyricism, these poems often explore the ways that art, in whatever form, crea...

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Releasing the Porcelain Birds
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Releasing the Porcelain Birds

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Poetry. Women's Studies. In 1989 the five members of the Bugan family were allowed to leave Ceausescu's Romania with one suitcase each and death-threats in their wake. In 2010 the poet Carmen Bugan took possession of 1,500 pages of Securitate files ...

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Beyond the Sea
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Beyond the Sea

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Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. Translated by Anamar ía Crowe Serrano. BEYOND THE SEA brings together two book-length sequences first published in Mexico in the early years of the century, both taking their origins from Greece, a matter of central i...

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The Country Gambler
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The Country Gambler

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Poetry. In this accomplished first collection, Erica McAlpine draws truths from the everyday, meditating over contingency and luck and the often-vexed relationship we have to these things. The casual register of her verse belies its formal complexit...

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Some Perfect Year
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Some Perfect Year

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Poetry. Cameron Gearen's first full-length collection of poetry, SOME PERFECT YEAR, opens with a poem entitled Invitation, and it's one we should heed. 'Come with stones and a selectively green car. / I've set aside a weekend for crying and sleeping...

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The Bridge
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The Bridge

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Poetry. "Suspended between home and the city, which glows abstractly in the background, THE BRIDGE is a timely book in this age when commutes and device-driven inwardness consumes so much of our days. At times casual and at times earnest, the attent...

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Shadowing Images
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Shadowing Images

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Poetry. The last of David Jaffin's 2015 titles, another almost-400 pages of minimalist lyrics. As Chicago Review said of his recent LIGHT SOURCES and LANDING RIGHTS: "Decidedly prolific, bite-sized, brief, crisply restrained and profoundly philosoph...

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Blood Party
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Blood Party

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Poetry. Jewish Studies. "Merle Bachman's BLOOD PARTY is a remarkable memoir, told in fragments, interruptions—in ways that prohibit any fixed retelling. In it, the impossibility of telling becomes the story: of ancestry, family, and a mother's silen...

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Aeneid: Books I-VI
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Aeneid: Books I-VI

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Poetry. Translated from the Latin by David Hadbawnik. Art by Carrie Kaser. David Hadbawnik's astonishing modern translation of the Aeneid has been appearing in excerpts in a number of US publications, but this is the first time that a sizeable group...

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Floating Lanterns
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Floating Lanterns

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Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. Translated from the Spanish by Anna Deeny. "In FLOATING LANTERNS, her eighth poetry collection, Mercedes Roffé draws from a range of creation myths, sacred texts, philosophy and poetry that meditates upon human nature ...

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Jewel Sensed
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Jewel Sensed

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Poetry. The second of David Jaffin's 2015 titles, another 400 pages-plus of minimalist lyrics. As Chicago Review said of his recent LIGHT SOURCES and LANDING RIGHTS: "Decidedly prolific bite-sized, brief, crisply restrained and profoundly philosophi...

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The Other Woman
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The Other Woman

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Literary Nonfiction. Memoir. In 2014, Toby Olson's wife Miriam died at the age 80, and after nearly 50 years of marriage. She had suffered from Alzheimer's for some years before her death and Toby became her principal carer. This is a memoir of that...

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Meaning to Go to the Origin in Some Way
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Meaning to Go to the Origin in Some Way

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Poetry. Environmental Studies. We draw sustenance and identity from our landscapes. What presences are we in this biome—what are we amidst and among? Seeking an answer, Linda Russo sets her feet down in and around the Palouse, a region known for vas...

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As Luck Would Have It
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As Luck Would Have It

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Poetry. "This is a barefoot poetry, almost in the very oldest Asian sense of that phrase, a poetry of voice & body that recognizes that even body-language has accents, which surely it does. The eye is keen, the humor self-deprecating. Mark Weiss has...

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In a Mist
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In a Mist

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Poetry. IN A MIST is Geoffrey O'Brien's seventh collection of poems. It brings together scenes recovered from dream or experience, transmuted fragments of myth, passages retrieved from lost libraries and recollected conversations, the story lines of...

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Incognitum
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Incognitum

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Poetry. "INCOGNITUM inhabits several worlds at once—from the subterranean past, to the surface of our present condition—and affirms with a dexterous line poetry's ability to synthesize a limitless breadth of information. I'm fascinated by how dispar...

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Snake Train: Poems 1984-2013
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Snake Train: Poems 1984-2013

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Poetry. Kabbalist hymns, a Futurist dragon, Wagnerian vaudeville, Virgil in India, and Pinocchio, in love and at a loss, among the philosophers, are among the mirrors and reflections found in SNAKE TRAIN, a gathering of the poetic sequences and long...

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Pine to Sound
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Pine to Sound

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Poetry. "If an echo is a 'pining into sound,' Kuhl rewrites it in a way that gives pining uncommon agency—this is not a 'pining away' but a pining toward, a pining into. It's vigorous; it's vivid, but nonetheless graceful in its manipulation of the ...

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Taking Leave
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Taking Leave

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Poetry. The first of David Jaffin's 2015 titles, another almost-400 pages of minimalist lyrics. As Chicago Review said of his recent LIGHT SOURCES and LANDING RIGHTS, "Decidedly prolific, bite-sized, brief, crisply restrained and profoundly philosop...

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Selected Poems 1967-2014
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Selected Poems 1967-2014

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Poetry. SELECTED POEMS 1967-2014 offers a major career retrospective, taking texts not only from his earlier Shearsman collected poems, with the first dream of fire they hunt the cold (2001; 2nd edition, 2003) and the subsequent large Canadian volum...

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Tokonoma
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Tokonoma

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Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. Bilingual Edition. Translated from the Spanish by Peter Boyle. A tokonoma is an alcove in a traditional Japanese house, which serves to display a scroll, ikebana or a special painting or print. It is also a kind of cod...

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Landscape with Light
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Landscape with Light

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Poetry. "LANDSCAPE WITH LIGHT, a subtle and gorgeous book of cinematic ekphrasis, asks an important question about the nature of visual culture: 'Do we still worship the old god of beauty, or have we created a new one..." The repurposing of light is...

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Listening to Silence
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Listening to Silence

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Poetry. Another collection of Jaffin's trademark spare lyrics. The style does not change, but the intensity of his vision remains constant.

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My Resignation
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My Resignation

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Poetry. How does one overcome the thought that "past failures dictate future performance"? Maureen Thorson's second book of poetry follows a couple as they put their separate histories behind them and create a new life together. In MY RESIGNATION, f...

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The Dustbowl
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The Dustbowl

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Poetry. THE DUSTBOWL is a collection of serial poems that intertwine Arthurian legend and Dust Bowl Americana with fragmented memories of Arizona and California. The book's polyphonic voices conjoin perpetually questing knights and those journeying ...

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Northern Soul
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Northern Soul

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Poetry. NORTHERN SOUL is the second poem in a major sequence entitled Universe, following on from REVELATOR, published by BookThug in Canada in 2013. Universe is a work that, were Ron Silliman to live long enough, would take him three centuries to c...

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Bottomland
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Bottomland

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Poetry. BOTTOMLAND is a collection of six longer sequences of poems: American Rough-leg; Bottomland; Catalogue of Utilities; A Pictorial History of Wilderness; Route to Cloudless: Day; and Mimesis, Synaptic. In this collection, Laressa Dickey sustai...

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Landing Rights
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Landing Rights

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Poetry. The first of Jaffin's books for 2014: another collection of his trademark spare lyrics.

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Pigeons and Pussy
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Pigeons and Pussy

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Poetry. Two poem-sequences: Pigeons, and Pussy. A short poem on every page, 3 or 4 lines. The sequences presented on facing pages, emphasising the fact that the title word could be subtitled by the other if one wished. At various times, hilarious, s...

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Panic Cure: Poetry from Spain for the 21st Century
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Panic Cure: Poetry from Spain for the 21st Century

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Poetry. Edited and translated from the Spanish by Forrest Gander. The poets featured in this volume are Antonio Gamoneda, Olvido García Valdés, Miguel Casado, Marcos Canteli, Sandra Santana, Benito del Pliego, Julia Piera, Ana Gorría, Pilar Fraile A...

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Departures: Selected Poems
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Departures: Selected Poems

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Poetry. This second edition, issued on the 10th anniversary of its first publication, is presented in a larger format, with a larger typeface, and with a few very minor typographical errors corrected, but is otherwise unchanged. This collection cove...

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Relative Strangeness: Reading Rosmarie Waldrop
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Relative Strangeness: Reading Rosmarie Waldrop

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Literary Nonfiction. Poetry History & Criticism. "A sequence of fragments seems the most appropriate form for a work of this kind, introductory, surveying, essentially personal, marked, as with all things, by my own reading and preoccupations. 'Mayb...

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Translation: the bass accompaniment--Selected Poems
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Translation: the bass accompaniment--Selected Poems

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Poetry. The bass guitar creates patterns that make music into a visceral experience—they are what infect the body. The poems in TRANSLATION: THE BASS ACCOMPANIMENT—SELECTED POEMS are in dialog with other authors, and here, experimental poetry engage...

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Flashes
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Flashes

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Poetry. Reflections on the individual and community flash in this urban web of buildings, technology and news bits, where the "city" looms and the inhabitants submit. Bits and pieces of Abu Ghraib, the Iraq war and 9/11 will be recognized, along wit...

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Out of Ur: New & Selected Poems 1961-2012
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Out of Ur: New & Selected Poems 1961-2012

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Poetry. A survey of the life's work of one of America's most original avant-garde poets and playwrights."Rochelle Owens's writing is sui generis, brilliantly inventive, immensely learned, sophisticated, and witty in its conceits. She is, in many way...

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The Other Side of Self
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The Other Side of Self

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Poetry. "David Jaffin is a scrupulous weigher and weighter of words—by which I mean that a poem is, for him, always a matter of collaboration with the true spirit of the language. Every word is given its value, neither more nor less."—Edward Lucie-S...

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A Neon Tryst
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A Neon Tryst

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Poetry. A NEON TRYST is a collection of ekphrastic poems featuring the films L'Eclisse (director Michelangelo Antonioni); Seconds (John Frankenheimer); and Wild Strawberries (Ingmar Bergman). Though divided in three separate sections by film, the co...

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Hoard
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Hoard

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Poetry. "[H]here is a poet who can turn meaning adroitly with precise syntax. This is an accomplishment beyond mere neatness. Throughout HOARD the commonplace event evokes other worlds and what was lost all those years ago. The truth of it is glimps...

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murmur in the inventory
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murmur in the inventory

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Poetry. "erica lewis's MURMUR IN THE INVENTORY diagrams 'a dislocated cloud.' It immerses the reader in residues, resonances, and echoes. A roving, dispersed consciousness haunts relational spaces. The pronouns infuse and inhabit one another: 'i'm c...

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Two Interviews
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Two Interviews

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Literary Nonfiction. Poetry History & Criticism. Edited by Gavin Selerie and Justin Katko. Edward Dorn's TWO INTERVIEWS brings together two largely unseen interviews from 1971 and 1981, conducted in Vancouver and London, with Tom McGauley, Brian Faw...

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Looms
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Looms

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Poetry. The title of LOOMS signifies the weaving tool as well as the shadowing appearance of something. These "woven tales" were inspired by Barbara Guest's statement that a tale "doesn't tell the truth about itself; it tells us what it dreams about...

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The Lust of Unsentimental Waters
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The Lust of Unsentimental Waters

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Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. "Rosa Alcalá's poems dwell in the liminal space between the personal and the political—poems built on the idea that 'the world exists,' and that work to define the metaphysical and ephemeral architectures of origin, mi...

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Wild Dialectics
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Wild Dialectics

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Poetry. This poetry unhinges the sensible cultural body and activates other oscillations of the sensible, which chime with acts of love and political subjects resuturing what are given to be facts. The poems are verbal machineries of encounter, brai...

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Labyrinthed
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Labyrinthed

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Poetry. "David Jaffin's work is consistently refreshing and innovating, his is a most welcome contemporary poetic voice. And his keen, sensitive observations make for precise, sensuous and elegant poetry. It is thus not surprising that he is also a ...

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I-Formation, Book 2
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I-Formation, Book 2

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Poetry. I-FORMATION in its entirety is comprised of four separate groups of poems, that when ordered in a particular way, tell a Genesis story. The first book (2010) begins in a garden and ends with an incarnation of Eve meeting her coeval. The brea...

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Arc & Sill: Poems 1979-2009
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Arc & Sill: Poems 1979-2009

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Poetry. "David Lloyd's two recent chapbooks, Sill and Vega, have seen his poetic writing develop a constellated elegance, drawing on the European dialectical lyric for the resonance of key terms such as 'sill,', 'lintel,' 'sheet,' 'flock' and 'stone...

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Selected Poems
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Selected Poems

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Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. Bilingual Edition. Translated from Spanish by John Oliver Simon, Patrick Madden, and Steven Stewart. Edited by Antonio Ochoa. Eduardo Milán was born in 1952 in Rivera, Uruguay, a small city that shares a street with th...

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Track
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Track

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Poetry. TRACK is a book-length poem, originally released in in three volumes by Spuyten Duyvil."Norman Finkelstein's TRACK undertakes a voyage beset by recombinatory duress. An excursis through realms where 'the letters / arrive to be destroyed,' th...

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Book of Changes
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Book of Changes

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Poetry. The poems in this book grow out of an extended encounter with the ancient Chinese book of divination, the I Ching or Book of Changes, which is a collection of sixty-four hexagrams comprised of various combinations of broken (yin) and whole (...

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Uncertain Poetries: Selected Essays on Poets, Poetry and Poetics
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Uncertain Poetries: Selected Essays on Poets, Poetry and Poetics

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Literary Nonfiction. Poetry History & Criticism. These essays concern the uncertain nature of twentieth century poetry. Dealing with such major figures as Pound, Stevens, Moore, Oppen, Duncan, Niedecker, Lorca, Rilke and Mallarmé and of poets in mor...

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Noctilucent
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Noctilucent

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Poetry. The poems in NOCTILUCENT begin where light exists or is created in darkness, a paradox. But this is not a "dark / light" of metaphor, but of the real and of relationship, where algae illumines the deep sea, the light of dead stars reach us f...

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Siphon, Harbor
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Siphon, Harbor

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Poetry. The poems in SIPHON, HARBOR are what happen when the element of freshwater is allowed to wash freely over the poet's intense and unabashed observations of new romance and the capricious nature of the American Midwestern summer. Copeland, anc...

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Red Arcadia
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Red Arcadia

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Poetry. The poems of RED ARCADIA present a jittery, spasmodic—often obscured—series of moving x-ray images of contemporary culture in its frenetic contradictions, its self-destructiveness, and sometimes in its moments of fractured sublimity; a wobbl...

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Speaking the Estranged: Essays on the Poetry of George Oppen
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Speaking the Estranged: Essays on the Poetry of George Oppen

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Literary Nonfiction. Poetry History & Criticism. This expanded edition of SPEAKING THE ESTRANGED brings together Michael Heller's writings on the work of George Oppen (1908-1984), one of America's most remarkable and distinguished poets. Heller's es...

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Faust
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Faust

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Drama. Translated from the German by Mike Smith. A new translation of one of the greatest monuments of German literature. This is the famous first part (Faust. Der Tragödie erster Teil), and does not include the extraordinary (and virtually unstagea...

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Always Now
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Always Now

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Poetry. "I was moved, deeply moved by David Jaffin's collections of verse, by their sensitivity, their loveliness, their honesty."—Chaim Potok

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Without
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Without

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Poetry. The series of poems in Maxine Chernoff's WITHOUT are elegiac brushstrokes, each somewhat feathery and brushing in more than one direction, which creates tension and unexpected arrivals as well as departures: someone or something is missing. ...

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Light Paths
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Light Paths

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Poetry. "Jaffin's poetry is as 'modernist' as abstract painting while still poetry in the traditional sense, whose purpose is the verbalization of basic human experience and whose form derives from a serious exploration of language...it is remarkabl...

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Hotel Lautreamont: Contemporary Poetry from Uruguay
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Hotel Lautreamont: Contemporary Poetry from Uruguay

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Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. Bilingual Edition. Named in homage to Isidore Ducasse, the Uruguayan-French poet who wrote Maldoror under the name Comte de Lautréamont, and with a knowing nod to John Ashbery's book of the same title, this is the firs...

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My Father in Water
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My Father in Water

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Literary Nonfiction. Essays. LGBT Studies. This interlinked collection of lyric essays documents Carol Guess's relationship to her father, a brilliant scientist whose intensity and eccentricity shaped family life in humorous and often lonely ways. I...

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Cadastral Map
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Cadastral Map

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Poetry. In CADASTRAL MAP, Jill Magi writes: "I enter as a writer, one kind of mapmaker, needing to ask, is traditional nature writing in English a cadastral map? Abstracting, narrowing, taking an especially strong hold in North America, the New Worl...

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In a Time of Drought: The Balkan Trology, Vol. 2
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In a Time of Drought: The Balkan Trology, Vol. 2

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Poetry. Volume 4 of Berengarten's Selected Writings. Set in the crumbling ruins of Yugoslavia, IN A TIME OF DROUGHT explores the images and realities of war, destruction and dictatorship, and of fertility, nurture and peace. The key figure is the Ba...

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Talking Poetics: Dialogues in Innovative Poetry
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Talking Poetics: Dialogues in Innovative Poetry

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Literary Nonfiction. Poetry. TALKING POETICS is a book of full-length interviews with the poets Karen Mac Cormack, Jennifer Moxley, Caroline Bergvall and Andrea Brady carried out between 2008 and 2009 in the UK and USA by Scott Thurston. During the ...

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Under Balkan Light: The Balkan Trilogy, Vol. 3
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Under Balkan Light: The Balkan Trilogy, Vol. 3

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Poetry. Volume 5 of Berengarten's Selected Writings. Written during and after the disintegration of Yugoslavia, UNDER BALKAN LIGHT presents a complex vision of the Balkans that flinches from neither brutality nor beauty but honors dignity and courag...

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The Blue Butterfly: The Balkan Trilogy, Vol. 1
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The Blue Butterfly: The Balkan Trilogy, Vol. 1

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Poetry. Volume 3 of Berengarten's Selected Writings. THE BLUE BUTTERFLY has two points of departure. The first is a Nazi massacre in former Yugoslavia. On October 21st, 1941, seven thousand men and boys from Kragujevac, a town in central Serbia, wer...

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At the Point
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At the Point

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Poetry. In AT THE POINT, Joseph Massey's second full-length collection of poems, memory gives way to edges and angles, to "Sound heaped / on sound," to spaces that "make the shade / tangible" as words arrange a place for the actual."Massey's poems a...

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Parallel Lines
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Parallel Lines

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Poetry. "Dennis Barone pays attention. His keen eye and ear let the luminousness of the ordinary detail light up even his most abstract ruminations, just as his sly humor lies in wait behind the most earnest of them. In these poems, you will for the...

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The Perforated Map
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The Perforated Map

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Poetry. Who guides us through the unknown? Who offers the keys? In THE PERFORATED MAP, Eléna Rivera's guide is language as she attempts to navigate the distances, the disturbances, the suggestions, the mistakes, the perforations. In these poems, lan...

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bird book
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bird book

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Poetry. BIRD BOOK is written in collaboration with a field guide to North American birds. Each page both borrows and departs from language found in an individual bird entry. The resulting text is an investigation into dissolved and dissolving narrat...

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In the Common Dream of George Oppen
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In the Common Dream of George Oppen

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Poetry. Literary Nonfiction. Comprised of both poetry and essays, Joseph Bradshaw's IN THE COMMON DREAM OF GEORGE OPPEN makes its premise to imagine what bodies of work might exist in Oppen's fabled 25-year silence. By turns, the book forcefully pro...

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Anima
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Anima

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Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. Bilingual Edition. Translated from the Spanish by Peter Boyle. "A sixty-year-old man writes a poem and entitles it 'Anima.' Days later he writes another poem with a tone similar to the first, entitles it 'Anima', then ...

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Sleepwalking with Orpheus
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Sleepwalking with Orpheus

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Poetry. Haunted by Cocteau's version of the Orpheus myth since 1968, Craig Watson collected a palimpsest of renderings, fragments, and images from the Orphic tradition for the next 40 years. In 2008, he returned to these materials in the wake of a n...

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Silk Egg: Collected Novels
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Silk Egg: Collected Novels

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Fiction. Asian American Studies. "The genius of Eileen R. Tabios is as generous as it is manifold. Reading SILK EGG, I suddenly feel myself becoming more perceptive, fantastical, mordant, impassioned, and artful. Just like the book itself. Read it, ...

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black seeds on a white dish
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black seeds on a white dish

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Poetry. The poems in BLACK SEEDS ON A WHITE DISH spring from the search for what is generated and discovered when loss and desire occupy the same space. But lamentation is not the primary focus—by destabilizing everything in its reach, loss disables...

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Did You Hear About the Fighting Cat?
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Did You Hear About the Fighting Cat?

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Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. Bilingual Edition. Translated from the Spanish by Kristin Dykstra. This book takes up the experiment of connecting Buddhist practices to an American landscape. In a 2008 interview Perez states, "If Buddhism is to have ...

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Give Some Word
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Give Some Word

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Poetry. A is for Accessible. GIVE SOME WORD is a somewhat irreverent book of poems. Cralan Kelder believes that people who read poetry should be delighted, not confused. Poems are not riddles. The poetry in GIVE SOME WORD is no exception; equal part...

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I-Formation, Book 1
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I-Formation, Book 1

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Poetry. "In this book, Anne Gorrick writes poems of heft and delicacy. Each is constructed as a musical thinking through of an idea, as she builds a poem through deft and fluid repetition and musical ways of speaking. Even though these poems exist h...

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The Name of This Intersection Is Frost
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The Name of This Intersection Is Frost

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Poetry. "Like all magnificent poets, Maryrose Larkin sheds new light on commonly overlooked particulars: a dictionary, weather reports, 'the tongue flowering.' Between 'theories and waking life' she reveals a vantage beyond duality, where all words ...

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Ficticia
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Ficticia

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Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. Translated from the Spanish by Joshua Edwards. FICTICIA was first published in Mexico in 2006. The book is a trilogy of long poems: an initial sequence bearing the overall title, a series of "Letters to Robinson," and ...

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Mexican Poetry Today: 20/20 Voices
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Mexican Poetry Today: 20/20 Voices

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Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. Bilingual Edition. Translated from the Spanish by many hands. Edited by Brandel France de Bravo. This volume includes work by Luis Miguel Aguilar, María Baranda, Efraín Bartolomé, Marco Antonio Campos, Hector Carreto, ...

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Suspend
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Suspend

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Poetry. "Wide awake and unruly, SUSPEND is saturated with acts of revelation and risk. The body can be 'laid open like a book,' but words also perform their own physiology, and the alphabet keeps time like the calling of stops on a train. Pushed ahe...

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A Meteorologist in the Promised Land
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A Meteorologist in the Promised Land

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Poetry. In these poems, the reader carries her "lone heartbeat" while sifting through the confusion of a psychically, physically rubbled world. There is loss, transcribed literally as spaces in the poems, because in truth there is no "word-/for-word...

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Anime Animus Anima
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Anime Animus Anima

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Poetry. ANIME ANIMUS ANIMA is formed from a mass of influences but most prominently from three classic Japanese anime. Parts One and Three evolved from imagery in Ghost in the Shell (1995, Production I.G.), an adaptation of the manga of the same nam...

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Beckmann Variations & Other Poems
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Beckmann Variations & Other Poems

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Poetry. Ekphrasis, that ancient mode found in Homer's description of Achilles' shield or Keats's Grecian Urn, is here transformed in Michael Heller's meditations in poetry and prose on work by the painter Max Beckmann. Heller navigates, sometimes wi...

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Infinite Difference: Other Poetries by U.K. Women Poets
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Infinite Difference: Other Poetries by U.K. Women Poets

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Poetry. Edited by Carrie Etter. An anthology of radical new women's poetry from the United Kingdom, INFINITE DIFFERENCE features work by Sascha Akhtar, Isobel Armstrong, Caroline Bergvall, Elisabeth Bletsoe, Anne Blonstein, Andrea Brady, Emily Critc...

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Something in the Air
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Something in the Air

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Poetry. The American poet/critic Bill Knott, speaking of Tom Clark's new work, has pointed to "the flow, the melodic momentum, the words in their intricate meaning(s), it's all done with such subtle touches, [the poet] in perfect control of his tech...

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Sonnets
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Sonnets

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Poetry. In her second book of poetry, Camille Martin breathes fresh life into the sonnet in a collection that is at once edgy and lyrical. The word "sonnet" comes from "song," and the musicality of SONNETS is not surprising, given Martin's backgroun...

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Bobcat Country
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Bobcat Country

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Poetry. "Brandi Homan's BOBCAT COUNTRY is the unholy love child of Lynda Barry and Ween. Fabulously honest, surprising, and hilarious, these poems are a TGIFriday's extravaganza of retarded American enthusiasm, deftly rendered. Homan loves the 'Fuck...

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Time Shadows
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Time Shadows

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Poetry. "Jaffin's poetry is as 'modernist' as abstract painting while still poetry in the traditional sense, whose purpose is the verbalization of basic human experience and whose form derives from a serious exploration of language... it is remarkab...

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The Ocean Liner's Wake
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The Ocean Liner's Wake

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Poetry. Lush, languid, enamored with the natural world, THE OCEAN LINER'S WAKE is a book of longing. In these wide-ranging poems the Other takes many forms: lover or God, a bridge, a sprig of forsythia. But always, the poems seem to say, what we hun...

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Areas of Fog

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Areas of Fog

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Poetry. One needs only to watch and listen in gratitude as poems informed by Bronk, Niedecker, Olson (to name a few), and the landscape of Humboldt County, California, take shape in AREAS OF FOG, Joseph Massey's first full-length collection."Joseph ...

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Tomorrowland
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Tomorrowland

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Poetry. TOMORROWLAND is a book-length poem of bodily transit and colonial forgetting. Its names and events perpetually arrive in a new world, whose versions here combine promised lands and historical suicide. Eula moves among these real and imagined...

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Ananios of Kleitor
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Ananios of Kleitor

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Poetry. Translated from the Greek by George Economou. ANANIOS OF KLEITOR introduces to the revolving stage of world literature the work of an ancient Greek poet largely unknown and hitherto unread outside of a small circle of cognoscenti. The poet's...

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Big American Trip
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Big American Trip

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Poetry. Assuming the form of postcards authored by an "alien" of unknown nationality, ethnicity, and gender, addressing a variety of people and organizations (political figures, multinational corporations, people in public toilets, et al), BIG AMERI...

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Diorama with Fleeing Figures
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Diorama with Fleeing Figures

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Poetry. With illustrations by Evan Siegel. "The poems in Merle Bachman's DIORAMA WITH FLEEING FIGURES are intense, visceral and transformative. 'We aren't meant to know so much of the world,' yet the knowing in this poetry is exactly what each of us...

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The ms of m y kin

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The ms of m y kin

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Poetry. Explains Janet Holmes: "If you write out 'The Poems of Emily Dickinson' and erase some of the letters very neatly and precisely, you can get to THE MS OF M Y KIN—the manuscript of my kin, as it were; the manuscript of my family. It might als...

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Homage to the Last Avant-Garde
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Homage to the Last Avant-Garde

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Poetry. HOMAGE TO THE LAST AVANT-GARDE contains a wide variety of poems and prose, representing all strands of Johnson's work: versions from the Greek, traduced to an extraordinary degree; anti-war poems, overflowing with rage; stink-bombs tossed in...

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Kyotologic
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Kyotologic

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Poetry. "In KYOTOLOGIC, Anne Gorrick takes Sei Shonagon's poetic diaries as materials for a new performance of eccentric intimacy. A book of days that is also a 'model of interruptions,' Gorrick's work admits us as voyeurs, offers us mysterious rout...

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Collected Poems
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Collected Poems

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Poetry. Edited by Anthony Barnett. This volume brings back into print the complete poems of Veronica Forrest-Thomson (1947-1975), whose work remains a touchstone for those interested in radical poetry in the 1970s. The book contains all of her publi...

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Hard Reds
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Hard Reds

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Poetry. HARD REDS is the first collection of poems by Chicago-based poet and small-press publisher Brandi Homan. "Like the stream of cut-paper hearts in her Valentine Factory, Brandi Homan's poems are connected 'at the blade's edge,' are all 'hard r...

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Vauxhall
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Vauxhall

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Poetry. VAUXHALL is pitched where voice and experience coincide. The poems sing and dance through heavenly mansions and real bungalows, tourist traps and museums, pharmacies and vending machines. VAUXHALL is a calendar. It's an "all occasion" greeti...

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Sonnets
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Sonnets

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Poetry. Bilingual Edition. Translated from the French by David Scott. A fully bilingual edition of Mallarme's SONNETS, with introduction and notes designed for the undergraduate. An ideal way to find one's way into Mallarme's engagement with this pa...

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The Invention of Culture
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The Invention of Culture

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Poetry. THE INVENTION OF CULTURE is the third full-length collection of poems by Lisa Samuels, whose second volume, Paradise for Everyone, also appeared with Shearsman. The poems in this new collection mix prosodic syncopation with prose syntax and ...

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Holiday
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Holiday

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Poetry. While ostensibly documenting a European vacation, HOLIDAY interrogates historical narratives and artistic representations, examining patriarchal and nepotistic political and religious connections that are repackaged into the souvenir experie...

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Forget Reading
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Forget Reading

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Poetry. FORGET READING is Anthony Hawley's second collection for Shearsman Books. "As in THE CONCERTO FORM, FORGET READING testifies to Anthony Hawley's perfect vocalic pitch, the ability few poets have to find precisely the right 'note'--whether sy...

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Let's Not Call It Consequence
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Let's Not Call It Consequence

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Poetry. In LET'S NOT CALL IT CONSEQUENCE, Richard Deming's first full-length collection of poems, the poet brings together abstraction and precise images to explore the intensities and reversals of lyric thinking, that "infinitely stuttering thing."...

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Torchwood
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Torchwood

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Poetry. While TORCHWOOD documents the loss of a religion and at times, the loss of language, it gathers hope as it goes. The mostly serial works in this collection explore the possibility of faith in humanity—colleagues, classmates, strangers, lover...

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Analfabeto / An Alphabet
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Analfabeto / An Alphabet

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Poetry. "Tender Buttons meets Two Serious Ladies: in this beautiful debut, Ellen Baxt deftly and musically portrays the manifold opportunities for disorientation that obtain only when one is dwelling, for the first time, in a foreign tongue. Tragico...

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On Ruins & Return
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On Ruins & Return

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Poetry. ON RUINS & RETURN is Rachel Tzvia Back's second full-length collection and tracks the cycle of violence marking the lives of Palestinians and Israelis in the last intifadah (uprising)."The past exists in layers of our present and perhaps now...

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SUNSTREAMS
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SUNSTREAMS

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Poetry. "David Jaffin is a prolific American poet whose work uses the minimum possible means of expression in order to reach for the essentials in his subject matter . . . The limpid texture of his work resists quotation or excerption; his deceptive...

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involutia
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involutia

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Poetry. Deborah Meadows' fourth collection is a rigorous and spellbinding series of poems: innovative, experimental, and featuring such unexpected collisions as Luce Irigaray and Gilles Deleuze encountering Zen philosophy. "When rain falls on the la...

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The Wife of the Left Hand
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The Wife of the Left Hand

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Poetry. In her first full-length collection of poems, THE WIFE OF THE LEFT HAND, the poet Nancy Kuhl explores the lyric possibilities found within the sometimes narrow space of the domestic interior, caught between the quotidian and the uncanny. In ...

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Twist of Address
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Twist of Address

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Poetry. Spencer Selby's new collection TWIST OF ADDRESS is his first full-length collection in several years. Poet, artist and film historian, Selby studied political science and psychology at The University of Iowa before starting SINK Press in San...

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Birds and Fancies
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Birds and Fancies

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Poetry. Rhyme and ancestry—literary and otherwise—become contemporary in Elizabeth Treadwell's newest collection, BIRDS AND FANCIES, which traces a deepening initiation into the mysteries and continuities of history and biology brought on by motherh...

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Courts of Air and Earth
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Courts of Air and Earth

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Poetry. Shearsman published Trevor Joyce's collected poems, WITH THE FIRST DREAM OF FIRE THEY HUNT THE COLD, to great acclaim in 2001 (and a second edition of the book in 2003), and this volume extracts his remarkable translation of the epic Sweeny ...

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Anything the Landlord Touches
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Anything the Landlord Touches

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Poetry. 'Anything the landlord touches' was Emma Lew's second collection to be published in Australia, where it was published by Giramondo in 2002. The book won the C.J. Dennis Prize for Poetry (the Victorian State Premier's award for poetry), and t...

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The Concerto Form
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The Concerto Form

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Poetry. Born in 1977, Anthony Hawley grew up in New England and was educated at Columbia University. He is the author of the chapbooks 'Afield' (Ugly Duckling Presse) and 'Vocative' (Phylum Press), and his poems have appeared in various publications...

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There are words: Collected Poems
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There are words: Collected Poems

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Poetry. Gael Turnbull--poet, doctor, performer and morris-dancer--was for many years a transatlantic poetic nexus in the UK, both through his own work, and through his pioneering Migrant Press, founded in 1957, an early outlet for figures such as Ro...

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Intimacies of Sound
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Intimacies of Sound

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Poetry. "David Jaffin is a poet with his own particular manner of sensibility and with a method of construction issuing from his idiosyncratic preferences for manner of expression. This rightly implies that he is serious, inventive, and independent,...

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Miscanthus: Selected and New Poems
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Miscanthus: Selected and New Poems

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Poetry. Edited by Xavier Kalck. This long-overdue survey of British poet Anthony Barnett collects previously published collections, reprinting several in their entirety, but includes new writing as well. Barnett's earlier work was collected in THE R...

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These Time-Shifting Thoughts
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These Time-Shifting Thoughts

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Poetry. Jaffin's new book is his seventh in a remarkable series of annual collections since he returned to writing poetry in the mid-1990s. Of Jaffin and the trademark short-lined lyricism of his previous books such as THROUGH LOST SILENCES, Edward ...

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Collected Poems
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Collected Poems

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Poetry. This COLLECTED POEMS brings between a single set of covers all the work that the author wishes to preserve and also includes some recent unpublished work, which shows that his talent remains undimmed. The book covers 40 years of Lee Harwood'...

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A Voiced Awakening
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A Voiced Awakening

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Poetry. Another collection of delicate, short-lined lyrics by this poet-theologian, his sixth Shearsman book since returning to writing. David Jaffin is American, but lives in Bavaria. This book is co-published with St. Johannis Druckerei, Lahr, Ger...

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Through Lost Silences
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Through Lost Silences

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WITH THE FIRST DREAM OF FIRE THEY HUNT THE COLD
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WITH THE FIRST DREAM OF FIRE THEY HUNT THE COLD

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Poetry. Trevor Joyce is one of those Irish poets, in the line of James Clarence Mangan, Brian Coffey, and Samuel Beckett, whose work explores new fields and modes rather than dwelling in the familiar. "He is a writer of great integrity and originali...

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Into the Timeless Deep
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Into the Timeless Deep

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Poetry. "Poems in a tradition that is not European, not American, not (in many ways) Oriental, but Jaffinesque. There is no especial code to the unravelling of the poems, but that of commonplace, but intricate, human consideration. Jaffin's voice is...

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Switching and Main Exchange
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Switching and Main Exchange

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Poetry. This poetry collection consists of the second half of the author's Threads of Iron manuscript, subject of much discussion since its partial appearance in magazines in the early 1980s. The first half of Threads was collected in 1990 as Cut Me...

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Pauper Estate
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Pauper Estate

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Poetry. Duncan writes a poetry of monotonous power, with its origins in an extreme case of alienation. Despite the bewildering variety of arcane and sophisticated contexts in which his rhetoric is deployed, it is almost embarassingly amenable to rec...

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That Sense for Meaning
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That Sense for Meaning

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Poetry. "David Jaffin is a scrupulous weigher and weigher of words, by which I mean that apoem is, for him, always a matter of collaboration with the true spirit of the language. Every word is given its value, neither more nor less" - Edward Lucie S...

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The Telling of Time. Poems 1989-1997
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The Telling of Time. Poems 1989-1997

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Poetry. David Jaffin is a master of the restrained but purposeful statement. If his poems do not have quite the briefness of the haiku, they have a good deal of its light-dark inflection and rounded perfection of form... -- Library Journal. This col...

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When Suzy Was
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When Suzy Was

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Poetry. Kelvin Corcoran has allied a strikingly individual intelligence to a genuinely musical sensibility -- Don Paterson, The Oberver. Yes: Monday cracks across a grey enamel sky./ No: Monday cracks across etc./ A fragmentation pattern called the ...

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Coming Down to Earth and Spring Is Soon
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Coming Down to Earth and Spring Is Soon

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Five Easy Pieces
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Five Easy Pieces

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Poetry. "FIVE EASY PIECES provides a very accessible opening into Mills' work, with all of his main themes and devices present: the found text, the expressive use of space on the page, the landscape as source and record, the personal lyric..."—Rando...

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Snow Has Settled [...] Bury Me Here
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Snow Has Settled [...] Bury Me Here

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Poetry.

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Delight's Wreckage
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Delight's Wreckage

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Poetry. "It shows that if there is a use for the lyric, it lies neither in the expression of a yearning for transcendence, nor in their expression of pathos in the failure to find it. Rather it lives in the unflinching record of an irredeemably divi...

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