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In These States is a partial road atlas of the contemporary U.S. soul. The poems in this book are haunted by precise and troubling questions: what, exactly is the condition of the body politic, and how does that condition affect us, both in large and small ways, in abstract and concrete symptoms, in dailiness and in eras? What is the relationship, exactly, between the individual citizen—a unique body in its own right, but also a cell, so to speak, in a greater body? The questions TR Hummer raises in these poems have no answers, but they have existential manifestations.
A flow of pieces that carry story and emotion via reflections on an immigrant family history, metaphysical musings, and earthly perplexities—with occasional outbursts of ecstatic appreciation of nature. The unsegmented order of pieces is intended to create a loose narrative "swirl" that ushers the reader through layers of reflection and memory into a moving experience of language, discovery, and insight. Buy this book from our affiliate Bookshop.org.
Poetry manuals, at their most essential, are aimed at demystifying aspects of poetry, in order to make poetry less daunting—especially for beginner poets. Such manuals are also reminders that poetry itself is a discipline with a landscape and a history. Far Villages builds on the body of work in this tradition by bringing a number of established and emerging poets together in a single volume to welcome new and beginner poets to the art of poetry, its craft, and the long journey within it. Buy this book from our affiliate Bookshop.org.
Nineteen-year-old Cowney Sequoyah yearns to escape his hometown of Cherokee, North Carolina, in the heart of the Smoky Mountains. When a summer job at Asheville's luxurious Grove Park Inn and Resort brings him one step closer to escaping the hills that both cradle and suffocate him, he sees it as an opportunity. Even As We Breathe invokes the elements of bone, blood, and flesh as Cowney navigates difficult social, cultural, and ethnic divides. This richly written debut novel explores the immutable nature of the human spirit and the idea that physical existence, with all its strife and injustice, will not be humanity's lasting legacy. Buy this book from our affiliate Bookshop.org.
How does one live a good life? If you’re Pat Graves, you change your name to Cecile Collette, move to Cleveland, and join three churches and the Rotary Club. In the title story, Mackenzie, a girl without looks or potential, builds a full life in Paris, based on the sketchy belief that she had an ancestor renowned for being dauntless. Whether set in Scandinavia, America, France, England, Australia, or Nepal, these stories champion those who are tenacious in the face of life’s surprises. Buy this book from our affiliate Bookshop.org.
In a time of inflated posturing and relentless self-promotion, Kari Gunter-Seymour's poems offer quiet intensity. Her work provides a refuge where one's curiosity, intelligence, and awareness of the complexities of contemporary Appalachian female culture and the struggle to hold on to "old ways" while embracing the new, take shape. The work is firmly and unapologetically attached to the poet's home soil. Each poem is earthy and rich, filled with imagery, exploring beyond the boundaries of feminism, science, and spirituality. There is specific cultural musicality of language and line, a strong sense of observation, giving readers a renewed sense of understanding and discovery of today's Appalachian woman. Buy this book from our affiliate Bookshop.org.
"Demon Barber wonderfully explores ‘this consolation prize, all of it,’ by which Ruth Bardon means life, all of it, the grace notes we celebrate, the absences that make those celebrations ache. And in this extended elegy, Bardon captures—skillfully—the voices of a party still going strong as well as the plaintive calls of those who’ve left early. Here is a poet, versed in loss, who gives us vivid scenes of complex consolation, prizes to cherish." —David Wanczyk, editor New Ohio Review
Alias is Eric Pankey’s second collection of prose poems from Free Verse Editions. In this collection, Pankey continues to investigate the flexibility and possibility of this literary genre, the prose poem, which Hermaine Riffaterre says has “an oxymoron for a name.” H. L. Hix has praised Pankey’s prose poems for their “elusive and luminous sentences” and how they “take the shape of fire.” Kevin Prufer has celebrated their meditations “on mystery, human sympathy, and the divine.” Cynthia Marie Hoffman says of these new poems, “One has the sense that Pankey sees beyond the visible, or sees both the visible and the invisible at once.” Buy this book from our affiliate Bookshop.org.
Across all borders, Johnny Cash fans show the appeal of an American performer who simultaneously inspires people worldwide. A Norwegian shows off his Johnny Cash tattoo. A Canadian vlogger sings “I Walk the Line” to camel herders in Egypt. A shopkeeper in Northern Ireland plays Cash as his soundtrack. A Dutchwoman coordinates the activities of Cash fans worldwide and is offered the privilege of sleeping in Johnny’s bedroom. And millions of people watch Cash’s videos online. In Johnny Cash International, Hinds and Silverman examine fan communities and the individuals who comprise them, profiling their relationships to Cash and each other, revealing new insights about music, fandom, and the United States. Buy this book from our affiliate Bookshop.org.
Set in the hardscrabble western Pennsylvania mill town of Ganaego, the interconnected stories in I’ll Be Here for You: Diary of a Town present an ethnic and generational stew of lives and passions.
This novel is about a down-and-outer and his small daughter and his attempt to provide more for her than she has been given either by him or her mother. Trucks, an aging boxer, breaks his daughter, Claudia out of a children’s home in Wisconsin one night in the dead of winter, and they begin hitchhiking to Nevada. Trucks is unable to find work, except for boxing. He is trapped in an activity for which he is no longer suited. Depressed and confused, his mind is no longer reliable. Trucks steals a car he drives east with Claudia, delusional and drifting in and out of consciousness, to try to connect with June, a woman abandoned by her husband. Buy this book through our affiliate Bookshop.org.
“Anyone in the mood to be enchanted by a collection of prose poems that celebrate the quotidian, the commonplace, the ordinary things of this world [ . . . ] then you best pick up a copy of Gerry LaFemina’s book Baby Steps in Doomsday Prepping. [ . . . ]The poems in Gerry Lafemina’s new book enchant the senses and succeed in stopping time—or at least pausing time—so that we might examine the things of this world with love and intelligence, so that we might hear them speak to us again. [ . . . ]”—Janet Lowery. Buy this book through our affiliate Bookshop.org.
In his long-anticipated third poetry collection, Frank Paino sheds his singular light on the most obscure corners of history and human nature, assembling a hagiography of unorthodox saints. Paino’s poems teach us to look deeply at the unsettling realities from which we instinctually look away—and they show us the rich rewards of beauty and wisdom we can gain by doing so. Buy this book through our affiliate Bookshop.org.
Dateline: Hades, the Underworld, where things go bad. But things are going even worse up top with red/blue states, Brexit, the Middle East, Hong Kong, and college football. Diogenes, still toting his lantern in search of one honest (wo)man, is appointed by Lord Hades himself to teleport up to lovely Birmingham, Alabama, and mollify mundial matters, accompanied by his Doberman Pluto and Victoria Woodhull, the suffragette and 1872 presidential candidate. The trio is on the case to right the world's confusion. But, Lord H. being a consomméed plot-thickener, they find themselves followed in the transporter by commie-hating troublemaker J. Edgar Hoover . . . .