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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
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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


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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


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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


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Tribute, Anne Germanacos, Rescue Press


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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


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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


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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.


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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


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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


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


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


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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


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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


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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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