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Published January 22, 2020

Dispatches from the End of Ice

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Dispatches from the End of Ice is part science, part lyric essay, and part research reportage—all structured around a series of found artifacts (a map, a museum, an inventory, a book) in an attempt to understand disappearance. It is a brilliant synthesis of science, storytelling, and research in the spirit of essayists like Robert Macfarlane, John McPhee, and Joni Tevis. Peterson’s work orbits the idea of vanishing and the taxonomies of loss both in an unstable world and in our individual lives.

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Published January 22, 2020

Americans Are trump

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If sensible beings look back at how America stopped being a cohesive and functioning concept, they’ll find trump and his hard-core knockoffs largely to blame. Many American adults, more than 40%, have identified with and single-mindedly supported trump for three years or more, no matter what inane or dangerous behaviors he exhibits. Many Americans are the physical, violent, intellectual, emotional, and moral knockoffs of trump. This can't be good. This essay shows why. At Amazon Books, search Randall G. Nichols. [This is a sponsored post.]

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Published January 22, 2020

HULL

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In this debut collection by African American poet Xandria Phillips, HULL explores emotional impacts of colonialism and racism on the Black queer body and the present-day emotional impacts of enslavement in urban, rural, and international settings. HULL is lyrical, layered, history-ridden, experimental, textured, adorned, ecstatic, and emotionally investigative.

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Published January 22, 2020

What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

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Thirty-six poets and writers spill their worst reading experiences. Featuring: Brett Axel, Mark Baechtel, Abby Bardi, Linda Blaskey, Jim Bourey, Jamie Brown, Nancy Naomi Carlson, Joan Colby, Pete Dantinne, Barbara Esstman, Abby Frucht, Meredith Davies Hadaway, Lola Haskins, Alma Katsu, Randi Gray Kristensen, Gerry LaFemina, Sara Levy, Jo McDougall, Dinty W. Moore, Miles David Moore, Meredith Pond, Charles Rammelkamp, Paisley Rekdal, Melissa Scholes Young, Amber Shockley, Rose Solari, Ed Southern, Amber Sparks, Marilyn Stablein, Sharon Suzuki-Martinez, Susan Tepper, Lee Upton, Michael Waters, Tim Wendel, Katherine E. Young, and Ed Zahniser.

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Published January 22, 2020

The Orison Anthology

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The Orison Anthology is an annual collection of the finest spiritually engaged writing that appeared in periodicals in the preceding year. The anthology aims to not only fill, but expand the space left by the absence of the Best American Spiritual Writing series. In addition to reprinted material, the anthology also includes previously unpublished works of prose and poetry by the winners of The Orison Anthology Awards. This year’s contributors include Lawrence Cady, Leila Chatti, Jari Chevalier, Rodney Gómez, Leslie Harrison, Amanda Hawkins, Blair Hurley, Jessica Jacobs, Siham Karami, Rachel Mennies, A. Muia, Kim Parko, Samuel Seskin, Sean Towey, Kalil Zender, and more.

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Published January 22, 2020

Someone You Love Is Still Alive

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"A beautiful book about love and survival in the in the face of institutions that work to make something as genuine as desire improbable. . . . This is a gorgeous and dangerous book." –Jericho Brown

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Published December 18, 2019

Birthright

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The poems in Birthright embody multiple legacies: genetic, historical, religious, and literary. Through the lens of one person’s experience of inheritance, they suggest ways in which all of us may be influenced in how we perceive and process our lives and times. Here, a poet claims what is hers as a child of her particular parents; as a grandchild of refugees from Nazi Germany; as a Jew, a woman, a Gen Xer, and a New Yorker; as a reader of the Bible, Shakespeare, Flaubert, and Lucille Clifton. This poet’s birthright is as unique as her DNA. But it resonates far beyond herself.

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Published December 18, 2019

My Red Heaven

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Set on a single day in 1927, My Red Heaven imagines a host of characters—some historic, some invented—crossing paths on the streets of Berlin. The subjects include Robert Musil, Otto Dix, Werner Heisenberg, Anita Berber, Vladimir Nabokov, Käthe Kollwitz, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Rosa Luxemburg—as well as others history has forgotten. Drawing inspiration from Otto Freundlich’s painting by the same name, My Red Heaven explores a complex moment in history: the rise of deadly populism at a time when everything seemed possible and the future unimaginable.

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Published December 18, 2019

On Serious Earth

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Daniel Tobin takes on the largest questions of the meaning and durability of language turned to art in his new book. In the aftermath of Postmodernism, is there any lasting reason to believe that the timeless might inform our art? And if so, are we able to make value judgments about what among the productions of time most deserves to endure? Tobin finds guiding lights in a wide range of thinkers and poets. Navigating deftly between relativism and authority, nihilism and positivism, Tobin strikes a wise, informed balance.

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Published December 18, 2019

Time Is Always Now

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Rebecca Starks’s Time Is Always Now unfolds against a backdrop of nature, often permeated in unexpected ways with the human dynamics of family, neighborhood, and nation. Her poems convey the urgency within moments of transformation—whether seasonal, as in wilderness and garden; physical, as in the trajectory of youth, aging, and death; or political, as in the challenges of misgovernance and the environmental exigencies of our time. This finalist in the Able Muse Book Award is a finely wrought, thought-provoking collection.

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