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After-Cave is the narration of “an adolescent female who may or may not be human,” an odyssey feral, feminist, and ecopoetical. More pressing than hunger for this speaker is the need to know what “cruelty” means and how one might live in its absence. In this way, After-Cave is a book about the impossible and how to make it hospitable, and thereby prepare oneself to meet one’s friends: human, animal, the always alive and the already dead. Using language that moves over the speaker like weather systems and migratory birds, troubling notions of linear time and traversing the spaces of human-made and “natural” disaster, Detorie in this first book introduces us to the distinction between a state of being and an act of being.
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Creative Nonfiction is the literary equivalent of jazz; it's a rich mix of flavors, ideas, voices, and techniques -- some newly invented, and others as old as writing itself. This collection of gripping, beautifully written true stories is as diverse as the genre Creative Nonfiction magazine helped popularize.
Paper, Cotton, Leather is the first full-length collection of Jenny Sadre-Orafai, who has previously published four chapbooks. The short ephemeral poems inside this gorgeous book belie a powerful and passionate voice, one that evokes imagery in new and inventive ways of a marriage slowly broken down.
"This book will pull you right in with the heartbreak of its opening pages and not let go until its characters have revealed to you the terrible secrets of lust and loneliness that rip a family apart. Luminously written, layered with complexity across generations, and set in the rich unknown corners of a family circus, Failing the Trapeze is, quite simply, an exquisite novel." - Sonora Jha, author of Foreign
Based on sources as diverse as Heian period female Japanese writers and the world of science fiction, and drawing on her own experience as a second-generation Japanese American, acclaimed poet Lee Ann Roripaugh’s fourth collection explores a series of “word betrayals”—English words misunderstood in transmission from her Japanese mother that came to take on symbolic ramifications in her early years. Co-opting and repurposing the language of knowledge and of misunderstanding, and dialoguing in original ways with notions of diaspora and hybrid identities, these poems demonstrate the many ways we attempt to be understood, culminating in an experience of aural awe.
With a theme of “It’s a Dangerous World,” this exciting new anthology, edited by award-winning author Clifford Garstang, takes readers on a journey to all seven continents: to a portentous soccer game in the Congo, to a mysterious disappearance in Argentina, to post-Katrina New Orleans, to a murder in the Italian countryside, to a quarreling couple in Kazakhstan, to a visit with Chairman Mao in China, to a sketchy dentist in New Zealand, and to many more countries around the world.
Using text from 44 presidential speeches, lines from Emily Dickinson's books, and Sarah Palin's Going Rogue, Tax-Dollar Super Sonnet is a slim opus of American rhetoric re-structured into a delightfully absurd poetic.
Set in the new American West, the stories in Repairable Men look at the small towns and rural farms where families stay for generations, newcomers never quite feel at home, and expectation and judgment are country neighbors. Trapped by dead-end work, hostile relatives, and the troubling legacies of their forebears, John Carr Walker's characters are caught in the turmoil of seeking escape, forgiveness, and redemption.
1996. "Cold type," aka computerized typesetting, is wreaking havoc among newspaper workers. Jamie is a reporter for the NYC Trib. Union workers go on strike. Jamie's father, a hardcore shop steward (unusual for a Jew in Irish-dominated unions) expects Jamie not to cross the picket line. But Jamie's unhappy wife leaves him, taking their son. He needs a job.
In the eleven kaleidoscopic stories that make up Bright Shards of Someplace Else, Monica McFawn traces the combustive, hilarious, and profound effects that occur when people misread the minds of others. The characters—an array of artists, scientists, songwriters, nannies, horse trainers, and poets—often try to pin down another's point of view, only to find that their own worldview is far from fixed.
In this unprecedented anthology, acclaimed poets from around the world select poems from their countries of origin to share with new readers, who will find idiosyncrasy, eloquence, and urgency. Here are poems that are all in English but spring from widely varied voices, histories, and geographies.
Justin Hocking lands in New York hopeful but adrift—he’s jobless, unexpectedly disoriented by the city, and attempting to maintain a faltering long-distance relationship. As a man whose brand of therapy has always been motion, Hocking needs an outlet for his restlessness. Then he spies his first New York surfer hauling a board to the subway, and it’s not long before he’s a member of the vibrant and passionate surfing community at Far Rockaway. But in the wake of a traumatic robbery incident, the dark undercurrents of his ocean-obsession pull him further and further out on his own night sea journey.
The Keys to the Jail continues Elizabeth Bishop’s tradition of the art of losing, but delves deeper, asking the question of who is to blame for all we’ve lost. Keetje Kuipers’ new collection calls us to reexamine the harsh words of failed love, the aging of a once-beautiful body, and our own voracious desires. Kuipers is a poet of daring leaps and unflinching observations, whose richly textured lyrics travel from Montana’s great wildernesses to the ocean-fogged streets of San Francisco as they search out the heart that’s lost its way.
In Control Bird Alt Delete, the reader is invited to explore strange landscapes: some based on the ruins of New England and others following the architectural prints of the unconscious. The reader walks through woods filled with cellar holes, rock walls, and lilac bushes, and is made to think of people gone missing. Robert Frost meets Times Square. Nature intrudes in unexpected ways on domestic settings, and vice versa. All the while, the unconscious threatens to intrude, with its underlined places, its trap doors inside ordinary conversations, the mazes it hangs up like “welcome home” banners next to people’s mouths while they speak. The reader follows the first-person I through mazes, office spaces, and coils of highway traffic, hoping for some redemption, some sort of answer to all the deletion.