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New Books Received for September 2023

Small, Independent, and University Press, and Author-published Books

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An Abundance of Caution by George Witte, Unbound Edition Press
Distinguished by expert attention to image and phrase, line and sentence, rhythm and tone, George Witte’s An Abundance of Caution proves much more than a showcase of virtuoso technique. See sponsored blog post here.

Floriography Child by Lisa C. Krueger, Red Hen Press
This book of poems examines a daughter’s chronic illness in order to consider the vastness of human connection. See blog post here.

Frida Kahlo in Fort Lauderdale by Stephen Gibson, Able Muse Press
An ekphrastic epic inspired by the paintings, photos, and personal effects on display in a 2015 Fort Lauderdale exhibition. See blog post here.

Let Our Bodies Change the Subject by Jared Harél, University of Nebraska Press
Hoping against hope, Harél works to reconcile feelings of luck and loss, of living for joy while fearing the worst. See blog post here.

No One Is on the Line: The Poetry of Mohsen Mohamed, trans. Sherine Elbanhawy, Laertes Books
These poems arose from the depths of incarceration, from the voice and intellect of Mohsen Mohamed (sentenced to five years of imprisonment after a campus protest in 2014), and went on to win Egypt’s two most significant literary prizes. See sponsored blog post here.

Ropes: 10th Anniversary Edition by Derrick Harriell, Aquarius Press
This collection of poems is considered a leading commentary on African American life and culture in the past 100 years. See blog post here.

The Way Land Breaks by Rebecca Brock, Sheila-Na-Gig Editions
These poems are revelation and love song to a faltering world. See blog post here.

What to Count by Alise Alousi, Wayne State University Press
A remarkable collection of contemporary poetry—both a lyrical splendor and a contemplative account of lineage, silenced history, and identity. See blog post here.

Forget I Told You This by Hilary Zaid, University of Nebraska Press
Amy’s curiosity becomes her salvation, as she’s drawn closer to those that haunt the city’s abandoned warehouses and defunct train depots. See blog post here.

Notes from the Trauma Party by Michael Keen, Tailwinds Press
A string of harrowingly awkward encounters each causing and reflecting one man’s pathological confusion about the workings of his inner world. See blog post here.

More Books Received


Ascent of the Mothers, Noelle Kocot, Wave Books
The Book, Mary Ruefle, Wave Books
The Book of Merlin, trans. Larry Beckett, Livingston Press
Dancing Room Only, Jim Reese, New York Quarterly Books
The Devil’s Workshop, Xavier Cavazos, Cleveland State University Poetry Center
Discordant, Richard Hamilton, Autumn House Press
The Eglantine, J. R. Solonche, Shanti Arts Publishing
Fierce Elegy, Peter Gizzi, Wesleyan University Press
Furniture Music, Gail Scott, Wave Books
Hated for the Gods, Sean Patrick Mulroy, Button Poetry
I Am the Dead, Who, You Take Care of Me, Anthony McCann, Wave Books
Impersonal Rainbow & the Bisexual Purge, Paul Killebrew, Canarium Books
Lexicartographies, Nicholas Alexander Hayes, BlazeVOX Books
Lifelines, Robin Magowan, Story Line Press
mahogany, erica lewis, Wesleyan University Press
Mechanical Bull, Rennie Ament, Cleveland State University Poetry Center
Only Yesterday, Mutsuo Takahashi (trans. Jeffrey Angles), Canarium Books
Ordinary Entanglement, Melissa Dickey, Cleveland State University Poetry Center
Permission to Relax, Sheila E. Murphy, BlazeVOX Books
The Shining, Dorothea Lasky, Wave Books
Uncollected Later Poems (1968-1979), Ernst Meister, Wave Books


Apli’kmuj’s Journey, Braelyn Cyr, Monster House Publishing
A Case is Still a Case, Rene Saldana, Jr., Pinata Books
Enough to Lose, RS Deeren, Wayne State University Press
I See Color, Barine Ngbor and Erica Metta, Monster House Publishing
Nadia, Christine Evans, University of Iowa Press
No Use Pretending, Thomas A. Dodson, University of Iowa Press
Vincent Ventura, Xavier Garza, Pinata Books


Behold the Walls, Ed. Karlos K. Hill and Bob L. Blackburn, The University of Oklahoma Press
Bjarki, Not Bjarki, Matthew J. C. Clark, University of Iowa Press
The Medieval Worlds of Neil Gaiman, Shiloh Carroll, University of Iowa Press


Simultaneous Times, Volume 3, Space Cowboy Books