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“The title of Marcela Sulak’s fifth collection of poems, City of Skypapers, feels apt for its deliciously long lines hang suspended between the holy and the home, between the rituals that ‘elevate the loaf’ and those of Shabbat that ‘place roses in their vase, candles in their stick.’ [ . . . ] The brilliant cadence of Sulak’s poems, ‘keeping pace with the current’ of the Yarkon River along which the poet runs, not only enact, but also celebrate what it means to be alive ‘in a place where the flowers are old enough to have stories.’ These poems should be read, perhaps even sung.” —Sarah Wetzel. Buy this book from our affiliate Bookshop.org.
“[ . . . ] The prose poems that make up Laura Costas’ Ariadne Awakens: Instructions for the Labyrinth, rearticulate the myth of following, finding, losing and following again an invisible thread that connects body to body, body to soul, soul to soul—for our time of answering machines, voice mail, screens, clocks, gas stations and parking lots. These poems are in the imperative because they are directions, however openended, so we can join her there.” —Anne Becker, Author of Human Animal
While the novella has existed as a distinct literary form for over four hundred years, Writing the Novella is the first craft book dedicated to creating this intermediate-length fiction. Innovative, integrated journal prompts inspire and sustain the creative process, and classic novellas serve as examples throughout. Part 1 defines the novella form and steers early decision-making on situation, character, plot, and point of view. Part 2 provides detailed directions for writing the scenic plot points that support a strong but flexible narrative arc. By turns instructive and inspirational, Writing the Novella will be a welcome resource for new and experienced writers alike. Buy this book from our affiliate Bookshop.org.
Jean Eustache came of age as a director in the aftermath of the French New Wave and made La maman et la putain (The Mother and the Whore) already disillusioned by the events of May '68. Several years after the film's 1973 release, he committed suicide. Matt Longabucco's book-length essay reckons with Eustache's document of political bitterness and romantic catastrophe from the standpoint of our own vexed present in which the unfulfilled legacies of the Left and the sexual revolution still haunt our hopes and darken our horizons. Buy this book from our affiliate Bookshop.org.
Radicals is a two-volume collection of writings by American women of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, with special attention paid to the voices of Black, Indigenous, and Asian American women. In this volume, selections span from early works like Sarah Mapps Douglass’s anti-slavery appeal “A Mother’s Love” (1832) and Maria W. Stewart’s “Address Delivered at the African Masonic Hall” (1833), to Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s final essay “The Right to Die” (1935). Readers will discover a host of vibrant and challenging lesser-known texts that are rarely collected today. Radicals undoes such silences by collecting powerful writings by American women of genius and audacity who looked toward, and wrote toward, what Charlotte Perkins Gilman called “a lifted world.”
Chris Haven's debut collection of poems, Bone Seeker, celebrates the mystery of what we take into our lives and can't let go. In lyrics, prose poems, and persona poems from voices ranging from Marie Curie to Emma Darwin to Janis Joplin, we journey through parenthood and politics, song and miracle, and life and loss, wondering, "will the cold things inside/ Of you light up, as they should, for no reason?" Buy this book from our affiliate Bookshop.org.
In this book, languages are a means of conjuring an existence, of full expression and of defining who one becomes. Home exists on a spectrum: Botswana, Zambia, Ghana, one’s body, music, mother, mother tongue etc. Akosua Zimba Afiriyie-Hwedie’s book is an exploration of African and female identity; navigating what it means to be in-between identities, languages, and homes; and how those in-between spaces brush up against each other, and are in themselves, a home too. Buy this book from our affiliate Bookshop.org.
In her trademark lusciously erotic writing, Judy Grahn illuminates eight dramatic stories exploring the Mesopotamian goddess Inanna’s power and relevance for contemporary queer feminist audiences. Psychologically rich, morally and ethically exhilarating, passionate and full of life, these stories reimagine central western myths—including the Book of Job and Gilgamesh—with women and queer people as central actors. In every sentence, Grahn proves how revisiting origin stories is a vital world-making activity. Buy this book from our affiliate Bookshop.org.
“The Violence Almanac is full of complex, flawed and wonderfully alive characters, written with empathy and honesty. Jeffra’s love for language and humanity is evident in this book, yet he demands us to face the ugliness of our society, even in the most likeable of characters. I am deeply impressed by this collection and this writer.” –Randall Kenan. Buy this book from our affiliate Bookshop.org.
The publication of Donald Allen’s The New American Poetry, as well as the Vancouver and Berkeley poetry conferences, sparked a poetic renaissance. Simultaneously, American artists began working with the book as a creative medium that rivaled the European tradition of the early twentieth century. This book is the first collection of interviews with some of the pioneers working at the intersection of the artists book and experimental writing that continues to this day. Includes interviews with Keith & Rosmarie Waldrop, Tom Raworth, Lyn Hejinian, Alan Loney, Mary Laird, Jonathan Greene, Alastair Johnston, Johanna Drucker, Philip Gallo, Steve Clay, Charles Alexander, Annabel Lee, and others. Buy this book from our affiliate Bookshop.org.
Winner of the 2020 Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize. A book of poems based on a legendary UFO Encounter. "Near Lancaster, New Hampshire, in the White Mountains, they noticed a bright light in the sky that seemed to be following them. The light grew larger and brighter." Buy this book from our affiliate Bookshop.org.
Spanning ages and species and cultures, Heather Altfeld's Post-Mortem pays tribute to the passing glory of this planet and all that our hands have made. These often long-form, expansive poems take many shapes and modes, including prose poem sequences, sestinas, kaddishes, and obituaries. No matter the form it inhabits, however, Altfeld's voice is unmistakable and one-of-a-kind. Whether considering mythical creatures, historical lives, or contemporary culture, Altfeld's poems are hilarious and deeply moving, somehow, at the same time. Buy this book from our affiliate Bookshop.org.
Winner of the 2020 Richard Snyder Memorial Publication Prize, selected by Indran Amirthanayagam. "Peter Grandbois' Last Night I Aged a Hundred Years takes us on a wingéd journey beyond ourselves to the very lip of being, where identities blend and dissolve in their quest to 'lose the small in me.' [ . . . ] Tinctured with the wisdom of Rumi and the passion of Neruda, Last Night I Aged a Hundred Years is a book to savor—night, day, and always." —Phil Bradybb. Buy this book from our affiliate Bookshop.org.
The poems in I Always Carry My Bones tackle the complex ideation of home for marginalized and migrant peoples. Felicia Zamora explores how familial history echoes inside a person and the ghosts of lineage dwell in a body. Pierced by an estranged relationship to Mexican culture, the ache of an unknown father, the weight of racism and poverty in this country, the indentations of abuse, and a mind/physicality affected by doubt, these poems root in the search for belonging. This powerful collection is a message of longing for a sanctuary of self, the dwelling of initial energy needed for the collective fight for human rights.