Editor's Picks New Book Arrivals (359)
Joshua McKinney's fourth collection, Small Sillion, enacts a lyric struggle to perceive the numinous in a world marked by violence. The term sillion, as used by Hopkins in his famous poem, "The Windhover," refers to a furrow turned over by a plough. For McKinney it is both prelude to fertility, and wound, a scarring of the land. Maintaining a tension between the visionary and the mundane, these poems posit a border between language and the living world; they constitute a personal eco-poetics of skepticism, one that respects language's utility and radiance, while acknowledging that the world's complexity lies beyond the grasp of language.
In his much-anticipated second poetry collection, David Ebenbach addresses the full scope of the human condition—past, present, and future. Exploring the vast sweep of history, from our ancient evolutionary origins to our future archaeological remains, Ebenbach’s deceptively light-handed poems penetrate to the core of what it means to be human, a brief but exquisite being, full of appetites both healthy and harmful.
Volcanoes, Palm Trees And Privilege: Essays on Hawai‘i by Liz Prato explores what it means to be a white tourist in a seemingly paradisiacal land that has been formed, and largely destroyed, by white outsiders. Hawaiian history, pop culture, and contemporary affairs are woven with personal narrative in fifteen essays that examine how the touristic ideal of Hawai‘i came to be, and what it “is,” at its core. The book is a highly readable hybrid of the in-depth exploration of narrative journalism combined with the through-line of memoir.
THE BLACK CONDITION FT. NARCISSUS is preemptive memoir, documenting the beginning of the author’s gender transition and paralleling the inauguration of our latest Administration. These poems speak to and from fears holed up inside while contextualizing the cosmic impacts of our political landscape. Ranging from autobiographic melancholy to rigorously meditative, here is a necessary voice to process the world, predicated on unknowable desire and blossoming tragedy.
“There are many ways I might describe Jehanne Dubrow’s riveting new project, throughsmoke: ‘a capacious lyric essay that distills many voices into one’ (true!), or ‘a stirring meditation on the olfactory sensibility’ (yes!), or even ‘a remarkable compendium of facts about perfume’ (indeed!). But THROUGHSMOKE is also an elegantly braided exploration of what fragrance opens up in us—a haunting and ephemeral guide, as the finest fragrances are, to memory, obsession, grief, and desire.”—Julie Marie Wade
This collection gathers fiction and poetry from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer authors from Appalachia. Like much Appalachian literature, these works are pervaded with an attachment to family and the mountain landscape, yet balancing queer and Appalachian identities is an undertaking fraught with conflict. This collection confronts the problematic and complex intersections of place, family, sexuality, gender, and religion with which LGBTQ Appalachians often grapple. Contributors include Dorothy Allison, Silas House, Ann Pancake, Fenton Johnson, and Nickole Brown, as well as emerging writers like Savannah Sipple, Rahul Mehta, Mesha Maren, and Jonathan Corcoran.
Sacred Ground: The Chicago Streets of Timuel Black chronicles the life and times of the Chicago legend. He recounts in vivid detail his childhood and education in the Black Metropolis of Bronzeville and South Side neighborhoods that make up his "sacred ground." A labor organizer, educator, and activist, Black captures fascinating anecdotes and vignettes of meeting with famous figures of the times, ending on Black’s reflection on the legacy of his friend and mentee, Barack Obama, as well as on his public works and enduring relationships with students, community workers, and some very influential figures in Chicago and the world.
In 1959, two teenage brothers in rural Alabama are swimming in a pond when a fireball falls from the sky and lands in the water near them. When they come out, they are fused together, but nobody can figure out the cause. A doctor in New Orleans claims he can help them. To raise money for the surgery, they travel throughout the Southeast playing music. A wily reporter from Tupelo named Munford Coldwater follows their story as they meet snake oil salesmen and carnival barkers who try to take advantage of them. Filled with atmospheric music and setting, this novel mixes love, family, race, and political intrigue.
Transversing the territory between the pastoral and the elegiac, F. Daniel Rzicznek's Settlers inhabits the hidden, wild places of the American Midwestern landscape. The idea of "settling"--that a landscape can be tamed, that a human consciousness can fall back into immobility--is one these poems grapple with and resist. Within the "settled" landscape, it becomes clear that nothing, in fact, can be settled. Love, compassion, forgiveness, and transcendence all turn out to be moving targets and Settlers offers glimpse after glimpse of an unstable world in whirling, mesmerizing motion.
“Rendered with ‘the brushstroke of memory’ Key West Nights and Other Aftershocks is a haunting, intimate journey through a landscape of loss and redemption. These poems are of abundance and mercy, shaped by the exile’s singular history, and guarded by the better angles of compassion and truth. It’s an elegant and impressive collection.” —Sylvia Curbelo
Bicycling as a sport, a means of transportation, and a passionate pursuit is explored here by transgender, nonbinary, and intersex authors and artists. This groundbreaking volume includes a diverse range of experiences: a woman sets off on a long-distance tour across the desert, where she finds the courage she needs to continue back at home; a young person survives school to find solace and identity in nature; a contemplation of the parallels of building a bicycle and crafting one's own body. True Trans Bike Rebel is the fifteenth issue of "Taking the Lane" feminist bike zine and is guest-edited by Lydia Rogue.
As children, many of us were asked by our mother to do the dishes. Koe Creation would get asked by three different mothers. Crowded parent teacher conferences, queer youth summer camp, and parental adoptions over potluck dinners were typical of Koe’s upbringing in a queer polyamorous family. While in the spotlight as a “poster child” for the alternative Seattle community, Koe yearned for a realization of themself, leading them to leave the scene—first for the beaches of Hawai’i, and later for the couches of San Francisco. This Heart Holds Many is a testament of transformative, communal love, as told by an educator and lifelong learner.
When Richie Thorpe and his ragtag religious band of ex-thieves arrive in the High Plains town of Suborney, Colorado, Tommy Sandor is captivated. As Tommy is increasingly drawn to the group, his mother, Connie, grows frantic. She has been hiding the truth from her son, telling him that his father was a saxophonist from New York who is lying low in Suborney to hide from Tommy’s actual father—Richie Thorpe. Connie knows Richie has come for his son, and the desperation to protect her lie, her son, and their life begets a venom with an elemental power that threatens the whole town.
Not into the Blossoms and Not into the Air is a collection of poems wealthy with the speaker’s intimacy with nature and with the philosophical and spiritual insights that emerge from a deep practice of close observation. In a manner that is wonderfully relaxed and conversational, Jacobson’s poems enter into the most venerable and perennial of our human questions.