Editor's Picks New Book Arrivals (251)
Poetry of Resistance offers a selection of the works shared on the Facebook page called “Poets Responding to SB 1070,” started after nine Latino students chained themselves to the main doors of the Arizona State Capitol to protest Arizona’s SB 1070 in 2010. The works in this anthology address a wide variety of themes including racial profiling, xenophobia, cultural misunderstanding, violence against refugees, shared identity, and more. Contributors include poets such as Francisco Aragón, Devreaux Baker, Sarah Browning, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Susan Deer Cloud, among others, in a poetic call for tolerance, reflection, reconciliation, and healing.
There are one hundred kinds of Chinese silences: the silence of the unknown grandfathers; the silence of borrowed Buddha and rebranded Confucius; the silence of alluring stereotypes and exotic reticence. These poems make those silences heard. These 100 Chinese silences unmask the imagined Asias of American literature, rewriting poets from Ezra Pound and Marianne Moore to Gary Snyder and Billy Collins. In a sharply critical and wickedly humorous travesty of the modern canon, Timothy Yu excavates the Asian (American) bones buried in our poetic language.
Amanda thinks about Duncan, her dead twin brother, every day. A traffic accident brings her face to face with deeper childhood memories, forcing her to wonder not just about Duncan’s death but also about the death of her college mentor and lover, Sarah Moore. Can her exploration of family secrets set her free from her traumatic past? Set against the background of therapy and the theater, Lynn C. Miller’s The Day after Death is filled with the stuff readers live for—identity, intimacy, and treachery.
The second entry in Graywolf Press’s “Art of” series is a wide-angled look at how writers use historical events and figures in their prose. In The Art of History: Unlocking the Past in Fiction & Nonfiction, Bram delivers incisive chapters on research, period details, and more as a way of investigating the ongoing popularity of historical narratives. Refreshing comparisons of books by writers of fiction and nonfiction, such as Gabriel García Márquez and David McCullough, along with Bram’s incisive commentary, make this a timeless addition to the series.
Strolling like a possum through neighborhood yards, Sherrie Flick takes it all in: the paperboy seduced over a glass of milk; the dinner prepared for a dead man; the boy on the foyer floor considering a spray of yellow paint. In Whiskey, Etc., it’s the particulars that draw you closer—the stained coffee cups, curled-up dogs, wood–burning stoves and canoes snug in their sheds—to a muddled loneliness housed behind crystalline windows. To follow Flick’s cowboy–possum saunter across these dazzling short (short) stories is to visit life, desperate and languid and dolefully funny, where it happens.
A follow-up to Patrick Madden’s award-winning debut, this introspective and exuberant collection of twelve essays is wide-ranging and wild, following bifurcating paths of thought to surprising connections. In Sublime Physick, Madden seeks what is common and ennobling among seemingly disparate, even divisive, subjects, ruminating on midlife, time, family, forgiveness, loss, originality, a Canadian rock band, and much more, discerning the ways in which the natural world (fisica) transcends and joins the realm of ideas (sublime) through the application of a meditative mind.
Greetings from My Girlie Leisure Place is Sharon Mesmer's fifth collection of "tough and lush" poetry. Unwaveringly energetic and relentlessly wry, Mesmer fashions poems from the flashiest trash of the American sensibility and the Internet's muckiest dumping grounds, with a swagger and intelligence all her own. Hers is a generous spirit: "I want to expose myself," confesses one piece, "for love of the people."
The haunting, haunted world revealed in Khadijah Queen’s Fearful Beloved stays with the reader in an uncomfortably pleasurable way, and heightens awareness of our own world’s deep horrors and ordinary brilliance. Anyone who has been unable to shake the erotic brutality of, say, Sylvia Plath’s Ariel will savor the “bruisable monuments” that Queen offers. Here Queen crafts a language that unfolds along multiple axes (spatial, temporal, emotional, spiritual) and is experimental with form while remaining seamless, precise, and vivid as “The song she sang as a little girl feeding ants.”
Legacies of violence and tragedy haunt these thirteen stunning stories from Tara Laskowski. A woman who becomes obsessed with her co-worker’s murderer; an investigative reporter with a nose for scandal finds his own life suddenly unraveling; eerie sights in a video baby monitor haunt a new mother. When the unexpected happens, these bystanders—who are not always innocent—come face to face with their own choices and fates. Bound together by danger, fear, paranoia, and the bumps we all hear in the night, these potent stories illuminate the darker side of the human condition.