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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.
Read more... Published July 22, 2015
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.
“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
"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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"Combine Apollinaire with Pam Grier and you might come close to Montana Ray’s ferocious debut, (guns & butter). Each concrete poem is shaped like a gun and its poetic interiors are bracingly brutal and gorgeous. Capsuled in parentheticals, each magnetic phrase is locked and loaded as Ray burns holes into subjects ranging from interracial love, single motherhood, to America’s unrelenting addiction to gun violence." — Cathy Park Hong
Lo Kwa Mei-en's Yearling explores adolescence through a deeply moving and poignantly raw lens. As the speaker ages, so does the poetry, creating laments for the loss of friendship, the loss of species, and sometimes the loss of humanity itself. Harsh, forlorn, and yet effervescent, Mei-en's lyricism perfectly captures the ethos of youth in an unsure world.
Curious about her love for the 1960s counterculture author and poet Richard Brautigan and his work, Allison Green and her partner take a road trip tracing the route of his most famous work, Trout Fishing in America. Along the way, in The Ghosts Who Travel with Me, she examines how we relate to the influences in our lives—the ancestors who created us, the past the shaped us, the writers who changed the way we saw the world—and how these elements make us who we are.
As a young girl growing up in an affluent suburb near Detroit, Alice Townley witnesses a tragic accident at her parents' lavish party that will change the course of her life. The stories in Garden for the Blind follow Alice and a cast of diverse but interconnected characters over several decades, as they progress from folly to criminal behavior. Visiting suburban mansions, working-class homes, dangerous neighborhoods, and hidden sanctuaries, Fordon's stories brilliantly illustrate the role privilege plays in determining outcome and the price society pays for that.