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Editor's Picks New Book Arrivals (275)

Published April 11, 2018

Betwixt-and-Between

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Jenny Boully’s essays are ripe with romance and sensual pleasures, drawing connections between the digression, reflection, imagination, and experience that characterize falling in love as well as the art of arranging words on a page. Literary theory, philosophy, and linguistics rub up against memory, dreamscapes, and fancy, making the practice of writing a metaphor for the illusory nature of experience.

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Published April 11, 2018

Carry You

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Carry You is an intense read, a linked collection of finely intertwined stories expertly dealing with the intricate nature of blame, complicity, duty and war. These stories are masterful without being heavy-handed. Each story in this collection is a satisfaction.” —Amina Gautier

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Published April 11, 2018

GeNtry!fication

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Chaun Webster draws from an interest in the work of sign in graffiti, the layering of collage, and the visuality of text. These methods are used in Webster’s work to investigate race—specifically the instability of blackness and black subjectivities, geography, memory, and the body. Much of these investigations engage the question of absence, how to archive what is missing from the landscape particularly as a number of communities watch in real time, neighborhoods once populated with familiar presences, dissolve in the vernacular of redevelopment and its attendant colonial logic.

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Published April 11, 2018

How to Live, What to Do

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How to Live, What to Do is an indispensable introduction to Wallace Stevens. Keeping abreast of the latest discoveries of Einstein, Max Planck, Niels Bohr, Louis de Broglie, and others, Stevens pushed the boundaries of language into the exotic territories of relativity and quantum mechanics while at the same time honoring the continuing human need for belief in some larger order. His work records how to live, what to do in this strange new world of experience, seeing what was always seen but never seen before.

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Published April 11, 2018

The Lake Michigan Mermaid

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The Lake Michigan Mermaid is a gripping tale in poems of a young girl’s desperate search for guidance. Raised in a ramshackle cottage on the shores of Lake Michigan, Lykretia takes refuge in the lake. One day Lykretia spots a creature in the water. Is it the mythical Lake Michigan mermaid, or an embodiment of the stories her grandmother told as dementia ravaged her mind? Thus begins a telepathic conversation between a lost young girl and Phyliadellacia, the mermaid. Accompanied by haunting illustrations, The Lake Michigan Mermaid offers a tale of friendship, redemption, and the life-giving power of water as it explores family relationships and generational bonds.

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Published April 11, 2018

The Poem's Country

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In twenty-nine innovative essays, The Poem’s Country: Place & Poetic Practice considers how the question of place shapes contemporary poetry. Responding from cities and rural communities across the United States, the contributors of The Poem’s Country thoughtfully and passionately explore issues of politics, personal identity, ecology, the Internet, war, sexuality, faith, and the imagination. Essential reading for students of poetry at every level, The Poem’s Country examines the connection between lyric and geographical constraint, as well as how place challenges, enchants, and helps clarify the intersections between language and the world.

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Published April 11, 2018

Red Mother

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Sometimes we all feel as if our relationships consume us. In Red Mother Laurel Radzieski weaves a love story told from the perspective of a parasite. This series of short poems explores the intimacy, desire and devotion we all experience by following the sometimes tender, often distressing relationship that emerges between a parasite and its host. Far from romanticizing either role, Red Mother takes readers on a tour of their own innards. Following the parasite’s life cycle, the book blurs the line between science and poetic license to create a fantastical romp not for the squeamish.

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Published April 11, 2018

Teaching Hemingway and the Natural World

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This latest volume in the Teaching Hemingway series explores how his writing sheds light on broader questions of the human relationship to the nonhuman world. Organized geographically, the 16 essays by leading scholars are divided into five sections about Hemingway’s favorite places. Each essay includes specific classroom advice as well as theoretically sophisticated close readings.

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Published March 07, 2018

Bearing the Cast

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"The word metanoia (typically translated as 'repentance') actually means 'Go into the larger mind.' In that sense, Skip Renker's new collection is a profound act of metanoia; it bears witness to a human being 'caught in the act' of waking up, learning to pay attention from the heart. Clearly detectible beneath the sparse, Zenlike surface of these poems are those deeper shafts of light emerging from a growing compassion, gentleness, and a wry, self- deprecating humor that somehow manages to 'hold all things in unity.’” —Cynthia Bourgeault 

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Published March 07, 2018

The End of Chiraq

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The End of Chiraq: A Literary Mixtape is a collection of poems, rap lyrics, short stories, essays, interviews, and artwork about Chicago, the city that came to be known as "Chiraq" ("Chicago" + "Iraq"), and the people who live in its vibrant and occasionally violent neighborhoods. Tuned to the work of Chicago’s youth, especially the emerging artists and activists surrounding Young Chicago Authors, this literary mixtape unpacks the meanings of “Chiraq” as both a vexed term and a space of possibility.

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