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The poems in Inside Job range from intensely autobiographical lyrics to brief historical portraits of literary figures like Grace Paley and Jorge Luis Borges, to obituaries of idiosyncratic characters such as heavyweight boxing contenders and inventors of candy bars. The tone is often wry, sometimes wistful, and always compassionate.
Roam marks a migration: back, forward, and round again. Who stays? Who is allowed to roam? What is fixed? And who is with us? How do we make sense of loss, silence? Disoriented, relating to a past that is unclear, we cannot be sure both where we are and which direction we're moving. The question becomes where is the future? Roam proceeds toward it—making something integral come alive.
Contrary to the book's title, Let It Die Hungry is a collection of poems bursting with life. Recklessly sensual, provocative and profoundly curious, Meissner's coming-of-age poems seek to anchor their place in a messy world, blurring the edges of hard borders and disparate identities. Sprinkled with the author's illustrations, the book's multidisciplinary approach also includes lesson plans, originally utilized in a women's prison, that invite the reader to write their own way out of polarizing dichotomies—and into the vast grey space of what it means to be alive.
Dead birds are falling out of the sky and Maurice Delahoussaye suspects the air in New Orleans may be unsafe. Maurice becomes increasingly fearful that the government is hiding an ominous secret, and when he begins having premonitions suggesting that his wife is pregnant with Jesus Christ, he becomes convinced that the dead birds are a sign from God. In the City of Falling Stars is a tragicomedy that examines paranoia following the September 11th attacks, as well as a commentary on the devastating psychological scars that the storm left on New Orleans.
For the characters in these stories, love and music are almost indistinguishable. A famous songwriting duo is destroyed by their creative differences, a jazz musician is consumed by his inability to speak or play, a man takes a pop song literally and charts his love onto buildings. These stories cover songs and riff on melodies. They unearth chords that bridge the gap between past and present. A playful, elegant debut collection, The Great American Songbook explores the profound hold that music has on our lives.
Coming of Age at the End of Nature explores a new kind of environmental writing. Twenty-two essays by passionate, young writers cover wide-ranging themes that are paramount to young generations but that resonate with everyone, including redefining materialism and environmental justice, assessing the risk and promise of technology, and celebrating place anywhere from a wild Atlantic island to the Arizona desert, from Baltimore to Bangkok. The contributors speak with authority on problems facing us all, whether railing against the errors of past generations, reveling in their own adaptability, or insisting on a collective responsibility to do better.
Artistic, rebellious, and unapologetically intelligent, Božena Němcová defied every convention for a woman in mid-nineteenth-century Bohemia. The Bitter Life of Božena Němcová is a biographical collage of found texts, footnotes, fragments, and images by and about the Czech writer. Kelcey Parker Ervick questions the concept of biographical “truth” while also revealing a spellbinding portrait of Němcová. The book’s second section is Parker Ervick’s epistolary memoir of her own failing marriage and her quest for a Czech typewriter, as well as a meditation on reading, writing, and happy endings. The two sections combine to create a book as defiant, enchanting, and complex as its namesake.
Set against turbulent backdrops, this chapbook of short stories features children's voices, free of political influence, to remind the reader of the distilled best of human relationships. With no resources and armed with only loyalty, guts, and tenacity, they risk their lives for their friends in the belief that this is the only right thing to do.
2×6 consists of short “stanzories”—stanzas that are also stories, each one relating an encounter between two people. Appearing in English, French, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, and Polish, (by Nick Montfort, Serge Bouchardon, Andrew Campana, Natalia Fedorova, Carlos León, Alexsandra Małecka, and Piotr Marecki) the stanzories are generated by a similar underlying process, even as they do not correspond to one another the way a translation typically does to a source text. These sixfold verses are generated by six short computer programs, the code of which is also presented in full. Reading the output can be much more difficult, as the text that is produced crosses syntax with power relations and gender stereotypes, multiplying those complexities across six languages.
What Weaponry is the story of a man who moves to a small town with his lover after his parents have died. The couple do not fit neatly into their new environment, and experience many social, emotional, and mental trials. Are the neighbors throwing dirty looks? Are they being watched? Is someone stealing mail? As the situation intensifies, feelings of paranoia deepen, mental and physical brutality grows between them, and their connection to the reality of the outside world falls into rapid decline.
After the accidental death of a teenaged friend, the Lansing family has split along fault lines previously hidden under a patina of suburban banality. Every family has secrets, but for the Lansings those secrets end up propelling them in different directions away from their border town to foreign shores and to prison. Told in thirty-three flash fiction narratives, Border Markers is fractured like the psyches of its characters, all keen edges and tough language. Jenny Ferguson’s debut is a compelling collection of commonplace tragedies and surprising insights.
Angular, smart, and fearless, Arisa White’s newest collection takes its titles from words used internationally as hate speech against gays and lesbians, reworking, re-envisioning, and re-embodying language as a conduit for art, love, and understanding. You’re the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened works through intersectional encounters with gender, identity, and human barbarism, landing deftly and defiantly in beauty.
Waiting for the Dead to Speak merges the personal with the political. Fanelli references 1970s punk rock pioneers like The Clash and other cultural references that serve to draw a connection between the poet and his industrial northeastern Pennsylvania hometown, or between him and his father. Often, the references serve as a way to show that despite differences, there are always some commonalities between father and son. At the heart of the book is a questioning of what remains once loved ones depart or relationships dissolve.
A concise and compelling novella-in-flash spanning decades from the1960s to the present, Lex Williford’s Superman on the Roof offers an elegiac coming-of-age tale and a family portrait imbued with tragedy, guilt, grief, and forgiveness. The arguments, injustices, and triumphs of childhood echo into the adult world in unforgettable detail in these short powerful stories.