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Posted March 14, 2014
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Amnesia of the Movement of Clouds & Of Red & Black Verse coverAmnesia of the Movement of Clouds &
Of Red and Black Verse

Poetry by Maria Attanasio

Translated from the Italian by Carla Billitteri

Litmus Press, February 2014

ISBN-13: 978-1-933959-42-9

Paperback: 199pp; $18.00

Amnesia of the Movement of Clouds & Of Red and Black Verse, two books published in a single volume, is the first full-length English translation of work by contemporary Sicilian poet Maria Attanasio. Drawing on her training as a philosopher and deep reader of German Expressionist and French Surrealist poetry, her visionary work dwells on contemporary selfhood in a technologically driven age, reflecting how such selfhood is set against the desolate political and existential void of a new century, one she describes as “the god of … indifference,” “the great amnesia.” Attanasio’s landscapes are as dreamlike as they are realistic, carved by a sculptural language that seeks to uncover the historical and political strata of everyday life.

An Archaelogy of Yearning coverAn Archaeology of Yearning

Nonfiction by Bruce Mills

Etruscan Press, November 2013

ISBN-13: 978-0983934691

Paperback: 146pp; $15.00

An Archaeology of Yearning explores a father’s effort to understand a family landscape altered by autism. Ultimately, however, the book is not about autism; it is about the central role of storytelling in sustaining human connections and the power of shared desires in embracing difference. Bruce Mills has published scholarly books and articles on nineteenth-century American writings and co-edited a collection of essays by siblings of those on the autism spectrum. His creative nonfiction has appeared in The Georgia Review and New England Review, among others.

Invisible Beasts coverInvisible Beasts

Fiction by Sharona Muir

Bellevue Literary Press, July 2014

ISBN-13: 9781934137802

Paperback: 256pp; $14.95

Sophie is an amateur naturalist with a rare genetic gift: the ability to see a marvelous kingdom of invisible, sentient creatures that share a vital relationship with humankind. To record her observations, Sophie creates a personal bestiary and, as she relates the strange abilities of these endangered beings, her tales become extraordinary meditations on love, sex, evolution, extinction, truth, and self-knowledge. In the tradition of E.O. Wilson’s Anthill, Invisible Beasts is inspiring, philosophical, and richly detailed fiction grounded by scientific fact and a profound insight into nature.

Out of Place coverOut of Place

Poetry by Richard Jackson

Ashland Poetry Press, April 2014

ISBN-13: 978-0-912592-77-0

Paperback: 104pp; $15.95

Richard Jackson is the author of eleven books of poetry, two books of criticism, and two translations, one from Slovene and one from Italian. He is a winner of Guggenheim, Fulbright, NEA, NEH and Witter-Bynner Fellowships, five Pushcart appearances, as well as prizes from Prairie Schooner, Rattle and Crazyhorse. Jackson’s poems have been translated into 15 languages. He was a recipient of the Slovene Order of Freedom Award for Humanitarian and Literary work in the Balkans and recipient of the 2009 AWP George Garrett Award. Jackson has taught at the Iowa Summer Festival, Prague Summer Program, Bread Loaf and other venues, and teaches at UT Chattanooga and the Vermont College of Fine Arts low residency program, winning teaching awards at both schools.

Poetry in Michiga/Michigan in Poetry coverPoetry in Michigan/Michigan in Poetry

Anthology Edited by William Olsen, Jack Ridl

New Issues Poetry & Prose, September 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1-936970-16-2

Hardcover: 203pp; $40

This anthology gathers an intriguing range of poets and artists, their visions and voices, exploring the variances in Michigan landscape; shoreline; lives lived in the city, town, and countryside; our uncommon diversity of cultures, points of view, concerns, celebrations, losses, and histories. “I could celebrate every single poem in here—a rare statement to make about any anthology. Leave it to the poets to find the heart of a place. This book will make you fall in love with Michigan all over again, or for the first time.”—Jim Daniels

All New Books Received
Posted March 14, 2014

 

Anthology
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King David and the Spiders from Mars, Ed. Tim Lieder, Dybbuk Press

 

Poetry in Michigan/Michigan in Poetry, Ed. William Olsen, Jack Ridl, New Issues Poetry & Prose

 

Chapbook
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Bullets & Orchids, Rewa Zeinati, Corrupt Press

 

Lux, Ed. Lumina Staff, Lumina

 

Séance, Andrea Rexilius, Coconut Books

 

Sixteen Scenes from a Film I Never Wanted to See, Stephen Policoff, Monkey Puzzle Press

 

Stories after Goya, Pedro Ponce, Tree Light Books

 

Children's/YA
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Protostar: Book 1: The Star-Crossed Saga, Braxton A. Cosby, Winter Goose Publishing

 

Time and the Tapestry: A William Morris Adventure, John Plotz, Bunker Hill Publishing

 

Cross-Genre
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Tribute, Anne Germanacos, Rescue Press

 

Fiction
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Ancient History: A Paraphase, Joseph McElroy, Dzanc Books

 

Between Wrecks, George Singleton, Dzanc Books

 

The Family Cannon, Halina Duraj, Augury Books

 

Famous Baby, Karen Rizzo, Prospect Park Books

 

The Forgotten Roses, Deborah Doucette, Owl Canyon Press

 

Fourth Down and Out: An Andy Hayes Mystery, Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Ohio Univ Press / Swallow Press

 

Invisible Beasts, Sharona Muir, Bellevue Literary Press

 

A Little Something, Richard Haddaway, Harvard Square Editions

 

A Moody Fellow Finds Love and Then Dies, Douglas Watson, Outpost 19

 

Mr. Boardwalk, Louis Greenstein, New Door Books

 

Scouting for the Reaper, Jacob M. Appel, Black Lawrence Press

 

Unaccompanied Minors, Alden Jones, New American Press

 

An Unnecessary Woman, Rabih Alameddine, Grove / Atlantic

 

Nonfiction
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American Sky, Fred Tribuzzo, Koehler Books

 

An Archaeology of Yearning, Bruce Mills, Etruscan Press

 

The Fan Fiction Studies Reader, Ed. Karen Hellekson & Kristina Busse, Univ of Iowa Press

 

Myself and Some Other Being: Wordsworth and the Life Writing, Daniel Robinson, Univ of Iowa Press

 

A Polish Doctor in the Nazi Camps: My mother's memories of imprisonment, immigration, and a life remade, Barbara Rylko-Bauer, Univ of Oklahoma Press

 

Susan Sontag: A Biography, Daniel Schreiber, Northwestern Univ Press

 

Poetry
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Afternoon Masala, Vandana Khanna, Univ of Arkansas Press

 

Albedo, Kathleen Jesme, Ahsahta Press

 

Americana, Rich Murphy, Press Americana

 

Amnesia of the Movement of Clouds & Of Red and Black Verse, Maria Attanasio, Litmus Press

 

The Arrow, Lauren Ireland, Coconut Books

 

ATM, Christopher Salerno, Georgetown Review Press

 

Ay, Joan Houlihan, Tupelo Press

 

Beast, Frances Justine Post, Augury Books

 

Bend to it, Kevin Simmonds, Salmon Poetry

 

Blue Sonoma, Jane Munro, Salmon Poetry

 

Book of Asters, Sally Rosen Kindred, Mayapple Press

 

Day of the Border Guards, Katherine E. Young, Univ of Arkansas Press

 

Dear Stranger, Jenny Browne, Tupelo Press

 

Does She Have a Name?, George Witte, NYQ Books

 

Doris' Red Spaces, Gretchen Primack, Mayapple Press

 

Dork Swagger, Steven Karl, Coconut Books

 

Dust Jacket, Alexis Orgera, Coconut Books

 

The Dustbowl, Jim Goar, Shearsman Books

 

Elise Cowen: Poems and Fragments, Ed. Tony Trigilio, Ahsahta Press

 

Family Feeling, Jean Ross Justice, Univ of Iowa Press

 

Film Poems, Redell Olsen, Les Figues Press

 

The Fleece Era, Joanna Lilley, Brick Books

 

Ghost Gear, Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum, Univ of Arkansas Press

 

The Goldilocks Zone, Kate Gale, Univ of New Mexico Press

 

In a Country None of Us Called Home, Peg Bresnahan, Press 53

 

In Anima: Urgency, Amber Nelson, Coconut Books

 

Incidents of Scattering, Karen Lepri, Noemi Press

 

A Lake of Light and Clouds, Terri Kirby Erickson, Press 53

 

Marked: Poems of the Holocaust, Stephen Herz, NYQ Books

 

Mountain Redemption, Nick McRae, Black Lawrence Press

 

My Resignation, Maureen Thorson, Shearsman Books

 

Necessary Silence, Lisa C. Taylor, Arlen House

 

Out of Place, Richard Jackson, Ashland Poetry Press

 

Reckless Lovely, Martha Silano, Saturnalia Books

 

Relics of Lust: New and Selected Poems, Lynne Savitt, NYQ Books

 

River of Light: A Conversation with Kabir, John Morgan, Univ of Chicago Press

 

The, Rusted City, Rochelle Hurt, White Pine Press

 

School, Jen Currin, Coach House Books

 

Second Line Home: New Orleans Poems, Mona Lisa Saloy, Truman State Univ Press

 

Selected Poems, Mark Fod, Coffee House Press

 

A Shed for Wood, Daniel Thomas Moran, Salmon Poetry

 

still. walk., William Allegrezza, Gradient Books

 

Thieves in the Afterlife, Kendra DeColo, Saturnalia Books

 

To the Bramble and the Briar, Steve Scafidi, Univ of Arkansas Press

 

The Tulip-Flame, Chloe Honum, Cleveland State Univ Poetry Ctr

 

Until the Full Moon Has Its Say, Conrad Hilberry, Wayne State Univ Press

 

Videotape, Andrew Zawacki, Counterpath Press

 

The Widow from Lake Bled, Kriby Wright, Moon Pie Press

 

 

 

Editor's Picks

 

Posted January 31, 2014
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Corporate Relations coverCorporate Relations

Poetry by Jena Osman

Burning Deck Books, April 2014

ISBN-13: 978-1-936194-17-9

Paperback: 80pp; $14.00

Jena Osman’s new book of poetry takes a look at the constitutional history of corporate personhood in the United States. Although only recently been brought into the spotlight, the concept of granting Constitutional rights to corporate entities began soon after the Civil War. Corporate Relations culls language from landmark Supreme Court cases while it investigates a shaky analogy: If corporations are persons, are person machines?

How A Mother Weaned her Girl from Fairy Tales coverHow a Mother Weaned Her Girl
from Fairy Tales

Fiction by Kate Bernheimer

Coffee House Press, August 2014

ISBN-13: 978-1-56689-347-3

Paperback: 167pp; $15.95

No one has done more for the contemporary fairy tale than Kate Bernheimer. In eight new stories, she leads us into a forest of everyday magic and misfits, where dinosaurs wear pajamas and talking dolls ruin your life. Elegant and brutal, Bernheimer’s latest collection locates the existential loveliness of ideas amidst the topsy-turvy logic of things. This collection renews classic stories with intelligent wonder. Like one of Bernheimer’s girls, whose hands of steel turn to flowers, the reader will marvel.

All the Happiness You Deserve coverAll the Happiness You Deserve

Fiction by Michael Piafsky

Prospect Park Books, February 2014

ISBN-13: 978-1-938849-15-2

Paperback: 376pp; $15.00

Michael Piafsky’s debut novel follows its midwestern narrator from childhood to old age as he examines the touchpoints and transitions that define a life. Scotty’s languorous journey takes him through the pivotal experiences common to so many American men: a middle-class childhood, college, marriage, fatherhood, cross-country moves, business success and failure, and aging. Piafsky frames his story with Tarot images that provide a subtly cutting commentary on the disconnectedness of society and the perplexing isolation of the human condition. Engaging and thought-provoking, All the Happiness You Deserve is a novel set to make its mark on the American literary landscape.

Control Bird Alt Delete coverControl Bird Alt Delete

Poetry by Alexandria Peary

University of Iowa Press, April 2014

ISBN-13: 978-1-60938-245-2

Paperback: 90pp; $19.00

In Control Bird Alt Delete, the reader is invited to explore strange landscapes: some based on the ruins of New England and others following the architectural prints of the unconscious. The reader walks through woods filled with cellar holes, rock walls, and lilac bushes, and is made to think of people gone missing. Robert Frost meets Times Square. Nature intrudes in unexpected ways on domestic settings, and vice versa. All the while, the unconscious threatens to intrude, with its underlined places, its trap doors inside ordinary conversations, the mazes it hangs up like “welcome home” banners next to people’s mouths while they speak. The reader follows the first-person I through mazes, office spaces, and coils of highway traffic, hoping for some redemption, some sort of answer to all the deletion.

The Keys to the Jail coverThe Keys to the Jail

Poetry by Keetje Kuipers

BOA Editions, April 2014

ISBN-13: 978-1-938160-26-4

Paperback: 92pp; $16.00

The Keys to the Jail continues Elizabeth Bishop’s tradition of the art of losing, but delves deeper, asking the question of who is to blame for all we’ve lost. Keetje Kuipers’ new collection calls us to reexamine the harsh words of failed love, the aging of a once-beautiful body, and our own voracious desires. Kuipers is a poet of daring leaps and unflinching observations, whose richly textured lyrics travel from Montana’s great wildernesses to the ocean-fogged streets of San Francisco as they search out the heart that’s lost its way.

The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld coverThe Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld

A Memoir

Nonfiction by Justin Hocking

Graywolf Press, February 2014

ISBN-13: 978-1-55597-669-9

Paperback: 200pp; $15.00

Justin Hocking lands in New York hopeful but adrift—he’s jobless, unexpectedly disoriented by the city, and attempting to maintain a faltering long-distance relationship. As a man whose brand of therapy has always been motion, Hocking needs an outlet for his restlessness. Then he spies his first New York surfer hauling a board to the subway, and it’s not long before he’s a member of the vibrant and passionate surfing community at Far Rockaway. But in the wake of a traumatic robbery incident, the dark undercurrents of his ocean-obsession pull him further and further out on his own night sea journey.

 

All New Books Received
Posted January 31, 2014

 

Anthology
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Heart of the Order: Baseball Poems, Ed. Gabriel Fried, Persea Book

 

Southern Sin: True Stories of the sultry south & women behaving badly, Ed. Lee Gutkind & Beth Ann Fennelly, Infact Books

 

Chapbook
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Morning's Spell: Four Twenty-stanza Renku, Russ Kesler & Debra Kang Dean, Finishing Line Press

 

Children's/YA Fiction
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The Missing Chancleta and Other Top-Secret Cases: La chancleta perdida y otros casos secretos, Alidis Vicente, Pinata Books

 

Tommy Stands Tall: The Roosevelt High School Series, Gloria L. Velasquez, Pinata Books

 

Children's/YA Nonfiction
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My Migrant Family Story: La historia de mi familia migrante, Lilia Garcia, Pinata Books

 

Collection
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Cruising at Sixty to Seventy: Poems & Essays, Jim Tilley, Red Hen Press

 

Cross-Genre
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You Animal Machine: (The Golden Greek), Eleni Sikelianos, Coffee House Press

 

Fiction
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All the Happiness You Deserve, Michael Piafsky, Prospect Park Books

 

The Deportation of Wopper Barraza, Maceo Montoya, Univ of New Mexico Press

 

The Following Sea, Marcel Jolley, Black Lawrence Press

 

Glyph, Percival Everett, Graywolf Press

 

How a Mother Weaned Her Girl from Fairy Tales, Kate Bernheimer, Coffee House Press

 

Karate Chop, Dorthe Nors, Graywolf Press

 

Praying Drunk: Stories, Kyle Minor, Sarabande Books

 

The Scent of Pine, Lara Vapnyar, Simon & Schuster

 

The Tao of Humiliation, Lee Upton, BOA Editions

 

The Understory, Pamela Erens, Tin House Books

 

What Happened Here, Bonnie ZoBell, Press 53

 

Nonfiction
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Alive with Vigor!: Surviving Your Adventurous Lifestyle, Robert Earl Sutter III, Microcosm Publishing

 

Are Libraries Obsolete?: An Argument for Relevance in the Digital Age, Mark Y. Herring, McFarland

 

As Long as It's Fun: The Epic Voyages and Extraordinary Times of Lin and Larry Pardey, Herb McCormick, Paradise Cay Publications

 

The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld, Justin Hocking, Graywolf Press

 

Hemingway, Cuba, and the Cuban Works: Ed. Larry, Grimes & Bickford Sylvester , Kent State Univ Press

 

Hemingway, the Red Cross, and the Great War, Steven Florczyk, Kent State Univ Press

 

The Lives of Angels, Emanuel Swedenborg, Swedenborg Foundation Press / Chrysalis Books

 

Sacred Land: Sherwood Anderson, Midwestern Modernism, and the Sacramental Vision of Nature, Mark Buechsel, Kent State Univ Press

 

Something Wrong with Her, Cris Mazza, Jaded Ibis Productions

 

War + Ink: New Perspectives on Ernest Hemingway's Early Life and Writings, Ed. Steve Paul, Gail Sinclair, Steven Trout, Kent State Univ Press

 

Poetry
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All You Ask for is Longing: New & Selected Poems, Sean Thomas Dougherty, BOA Editions

 

Beauty Mark, Suzanne Cleary, BkMk Press

 

Beyond the Chainlink, Rusty Morrison, Ahsahta Press

 

Control Bird Al Delete, Alexandria Peary, Univ of Iowa Press

 

Corporate Relations, Jena Osman, Burning Deck Books

 

Curio, John A. Nieves, Elixir Press

 

Dutiful Heart, Joy Gaines-Friedler, Broadkill River Press

 

I Will Not Give Over, Rebecca Cook, Aldrich Press

 

Idiopaths, Bill Rasmovicz, Brooklyn Arts Press

 

Interrogating Water: and other poems, Philip Fried, Salmon Poetry

 

The Keys to the Jail, Keetje Kuipers, BOA Editions

 

Later the House Stood Empty, Melina Draper, Red Hen Press

 

Mass of the Forgotten, James Tolan, Autumn House Press

 

The Morrow Plots, Matthew Gavin Frank, Black Lawrence Press

 

Natural History Rape Museum, Danielle Pafunda, Bloof Books

 

Once, Then, Andrea Scarpino, Red Hen Press

 

Orphan, Jan Heller Levi, Alice James Books

 

Practice on Mountains, David Bartone, Ahsahta Press

 

Put This On, Please, William Trowbridge, Red Hen Press

 

Rending the Garment, Willa Schneberg, Box Turtle Press

 

The Resonance Around Us, Penny Harter, Mountains and Rivers Press

 

Revising the Storm, Geffrey Davis, BOA Editions

 

Road Film, Ernest Loesser, Emergency Press

 

Scything Grace, Sean Thomas Dougherty, Etruscan Press

 

Sea Salt: Poems of a Decade: 2004 - 2014, David Mason, Red Hen Press

 

Someone Else's Wedding Vows, Bianca Stone, Tin House Books

 

Somewhere Near Defiance, Jeff Gundy, Anhinga Press

 

Talisman, Lisa C. Krueger, Red Hen Press

 

Termination Dust, Susanna J. Mishler, Red Hen Press

 

Things to Do with Your Mouth, Divya Victor, Les Figues Press

 

Under Foot, Stephen Lewandowski, Mayapple Press

 

A Wilderness of Monkeys, David Kirby, Hanging Loose Press

 

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