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Winner of the 2014 Sawtooth Poetry Prize, selected by Mei-mei Berssenbrugge. A book- length epistolary collection of hybrid-, trans-, and inter-genre prose, Dear Herculine is an intertextual project that recalls portions of the 19th-century French intersex Herculine Barbin's memoirs, discovered and re-published by Michel Foucault. The medical reassignment of Herculine's gender eventually led to their death in February of 1868. Herculine's experiences are set against and interwoven into the author's experiences as an intersexed body through the epistolary form.
In this sobering and deeply moving first collection, Nathan Poole depicts men, women, and children at odds with themselves and one another, often reeling in the aftermath of loss. A father grapples with his young son's proclivity to run naked through their orchard at night and what such behavior portends for the boy's future. A teenager discovers a so-called kennel in a neighbor's field where dogs are caged in modified barrels and grossly neglected. Father Brother Keeper displays an array of astonishing gifts rare to find in an author's first book: intense lyricism, remarkable emotional generosity, and an eye for the compelling event.
Stephanie Dickinson has written a riveting page-turner of a novel based on the headline-grabbing 2006 murder of 18-year-old Jennifer Moore, abducted on New York City's West Side Highway after a night of clubbing. Dickinson recreates the night of the murder from the points of view of the murdered girl, and that of the murderer’s girlfriend, a damaged young woman and former foster child not much older than the victim, who observed the rape and murder and did not call for help. Using elegant, lyrical language, the book explores the difficult themes of female desirability, vulnerability and dependence, substance abuse, and domestic violence in a nuanced, compassionate tone.
A book-length elegy in four sections, C Dylan Bassett's debut collection is an unflinching examination of grief and its effects on memory, on the body, and on the experience of physical space in the aftermath of loss.
Three generations of women confront family secrets in this exquisitely wrought debut novel that examines the experience of religious community, the perilous emotional path to adulthood, and the power of sacred Jewish rituals to repair damaged bonds between mothers and daughters.
From the fall of Troy recorded at the beginning of Western poetry to the ongoing mass extinction of species, Twelve Clocks meditates on the temporality of loss across the many scales of our experience and knowledge. Through formal innovations derived from the second, the minute, the hour, etc., and the methods of their measure, these poems move from the stark violence of Homer's tale to the terrible precision and power of the atomic age.
Sand Opera emerges from the dizzying position of being named but unheard as an Arab American, and out of the parallel sense of seeing Arabs named and silenced since 9/11. Polyvocal poems, arias, and redacted text speak for the unheard. Metres exposes our common humanity while investigating the dehumanizing perils of war and its lasting effect on our culture.
Centered around a young high school teacher, The King of the Sea Monkeys is a novel in two parts. Because the protagonist suffers from a traumatic brain injury, the first part is fragmented, finding its way in the narrative in disorderly pieces. The protagonist's "normal" life disintegrates when he is involved in an altercation at a convenience store which ends in a shooting. He survives a terrible injury but his world is undone.
Two men, each unaware of the other, share a common family secret: they were sold for adoption by their American father shortly after their births in the Philippines. Their alternating stories interweave with his, as the two separately attempt to piece together the puzzle of their past. Named after the region of the moon where Apollo 16 landed in the same year the two boys were born of separate mothers, The Descartes Highlands demonstrates that for lives marked by unrelieved loneliness, the only hope lies in the redemptive power of love.
From the wood-paneled basements of Ohio to the end of the world, Dina Guidubaldi's characters have gone wandering, searching for a way home. In How Gone We Got, their efforts to befriend the unfamiliar result in confusion, frustration and violence, but their awkward interactions—with everything from robots to sea creatures to fallen celebrities—send the reader into unexpected and unapologetic territory.
“In Good Night Brother, the tension between saying and not-saying is palpable, intense, and deeply moving; similarly, the gestures of innocent ease and alert vigilance are unnervingly close. Kimberly Burwick deftly inhabits divided realms—the lushness of the giving, natural world and the violence of the human-made one, and as every poet of witness must, she accepts the weighty task of naming exactly what she sees before her. In these spare and yet richly sensuous poems, every human experience touched is indeed ‘blessed with utterance.’” —Lia Purpura
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In the title story, the Latino community in East L.A. suffers horrible gang-related violence, and the rape and murder of a 15-year-opld girl is the last straw for Micaela Clemencia, a local teacher. With the help of other women in the neighborhood, Micaela keeps her promise to punish the murderer. And much to the dismay of the police and other city officials, the women take control of the barrio, their "little nation." Morales returns to his native Southern California community of Montebello in this compelling collection that examines identity and injustice. Translated from the original Spanish by Adam Spires, these stories explore the Chicano community’s marginalization and search for a space to call its own.
“When Mary Ann McFadden lures us into her fertile and earthy-pungent poems, we become lost in her world of 'jellied forms,' in 'clouds of milk in water' and we feel as the speaker of these poems feels when she says 'The things of this world fill me up.' These poems are sly and full of generous humor and wisdom. To read McFadden is to be surprised, in poem after poem, by the ecstatic.” —Anne Marie Macari
“W.C. Williams said, ‘Write what’s in front of your nose.’ Iceland’s poets take to heart this literal truth in a surreal landscape. The results are poems that gaze at nature yet are heated from within by the subterranean currents boiling up through the pastoral and the mythic. For all of us that have wondered or rather fantasied, about the inhabited far north, this brilliant collection Beneath the Ice presents a contemporary and invaluable portrait of the state of the art of Icelandic poetry.” —Brenda Coultas.