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Editor's Picks New Book Arrivals (320)

Published July 22, 2015

Empty Chairs

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Selected from thirty years of Liu Xia's poetry, and including some of her haunting photography, this book creates a portrait of a life lived under duress, a voice in danger of being silenced. These poems are felt and insightful, colored through with political constraints even as they seep beyond those constraints and toward love.
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Published June 18, 2015

Slab - Editor's Pick

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On a slab that's all Katrina left of her Mississippi home, Tiger tells a story as American as Horatio Alger, Schwab's Pharmacy, and a tent revival. She was a stripper, but is she now a performance artist and best-selling author? And is it really Barbara Walters she's narrating this tale to? We're too dazzled to know. Slab is how a girl ends up in the backwash of decadence and sin, and how out of the flotsam and jetsam she might construct a story of herself and the South to carry her to salvation.
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Published June 18, 2015

Hybrid Moments

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“Curley’s poetry calls in language’s magic, its errancy, the thing that ‘sounds itself outside itself,’ as he writes, in his moving poem to Robert Duncan. [ . . . ] Almost everything in these beautiful and savvy poems play at elusiveness, the old imprint in the sand replaced by a knotted, spectral presence equal and co-adjunct to an absence, ‘a ghost to its origin.’ Curley ‘sculpts shadows into substance,’ lovingly braiding emotion, humor and pain with independence and a sure authority.” —Michael Heller
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Published June 18, 2015

good beast

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"good beast terrifies, its poems possess[ing] air-like clarity. They are vast and mostly invisible. Roberts turns away from narrative in search of the moment and the emotion, which he has the ability to view through a microscope or telescope, and then the audacity to show us a world gentle but with distance, close and intimate, and at times stuck in an emotional apogee"  Carl Adamshick
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Published June 18, 2015

Garments Against Women

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Garments Against Women is a book of mostly lyric prose about the conditions that make literature almost impossible. It holds a life story without a life, a lie spread across low-rent apartment complexes, dreamscapes, and information networks, tangled in chronology, landing in a heap of the future impossible. It’s a book about seeking to find the forms in which to think the thoughts necessary to survival, then about seeking to find the forms necessary to survive survival and survival’s requisite thoughts.
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Published June 18, 2015

Common Place

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Common Place continues Halpern's sustained inquiry into the relations of body and voice to relentless militarization and economic depredation. Written in enjambed verses and impacted prose, Halpern's language is at once raw and sculpted, passionate and analytic.
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Published May 19, 2015

I Mean

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Kate Colby’s sixth book is a personal ars poetica that looks back on her previous work and asks what she meant to say, what she keeps meaning to, and how to mean more. In a long, cumulative poem and a collection of lyric essays she explores how meaning is made and denied in and by art and language, effecting an urgent movement toward meaning with hope for no hope for arrival.
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Published May 19, 2015

Hurry Please I Want to Know

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Paul Griner’s stories leave the reader leaning forward in urgent curiosity as he spins between quotidian worlds infused with the foreign, and foreign worlds that feel familiar. A man brings his mother back from the dead, only to find her most irritating quirk magnified; a soldier crosses dangerous terrain to milk a cow in an enemy village; a woman, haunted by her multiple miscarriages, follows a stranger at the urgent care clinic who has just suffered her first. Griner mixes together violent, shocking endings and ones that fade away quietly. The result is a meditation on capturing the intangible, and the human fascination with worlds that are not our own.
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Published May 19, 2015

Closing the Book

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Joelle Renstrom's Closing the Book: Travels in Life, Loss, and Literature explores the intersection of literature and life with personal essays about traveling, teaching, reading, writing, living, and dying. Each essay's narrative arc is formed and informed by the act of reading literature and used as a catalyst for grief, as well as a means of pushing past grim realities to begin envisioning life reconstructed.
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Published May 19, 2015

The Blue Girl

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In this small lakeside town, mothers bake their secrets into moon pies they feed to a silent blue girl. Their daughters have secrets too—that they can’t sleep, that they might sleep with a neighbor boy, that they know more than they let on. But when the daughters find the blue girl, everyone’s carefully held silences shake loose.
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