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Korea continues to grapple with the shared memory of its Japanese and US occupations. The poems in Ordinary Misfortunes incorporate actual testimony about cruelty against vulnerable bodies—including the wianbu, euphemistically known as “comfort women”—as the poet seeks to find places where brutality is overcome through true human connections. Emily Jungmin Yoon asks Why do we write poems amid such violence? What can I, and what can poetry, do? Her response to those tough questions is a sequence of reverberating poems that blend documentary precision with impassioned witness, bringing to bear both scholarship and artistry.
In this debut collection from prizewinning short story writer Malinda McCollum, people adrift in the American Midwest struggle to find their way in the world, with few signposts for guidance. Set largely in Des Moines, Iowa, over the expanse of several decades, these twelve stories explore the surprising places where our outsized longings may lead us. In prose as lean and unflinching as an Iowa winter, these stories offer confrontation and consolation in equal measure.
12 Rounds in Lo’s Gym is the story of the author’s father, Mike “Lo” Snyder, a fifth generation West Virginia coal miner who opened a series of makeshift boxing gyms with the goal of providing local at-risk youth with the opportunities that eluded his adolescence. Taking these hardscrabble stories as his starting point, Snyder interweaves a history of the region, offering a smart analysis of the costs—both financial and cultural—of an economy built around extractive industries.
"Ceaselessly honest and uncannily self-aware, the poems in The Drowning Boy’s Guide to Water dance between grace, music, and truth. With a voice that’s leaning in instead of away, this collection is a lively and necessary debut that cracks open the complications of skin color, love, and the natural world." —Ada Limón, Prize Judge
Chocolatology gives the casual cook dozens of ways to incorporate this stellar ingredient into everyday dishes, and takes intrepid food scientists a step farther, into the art of sourcing beans, making chocolate from scratch, and enjoying 17th Century chocolate concoctions. Unlike many books about chocolate, this one offers a balanced, evidence-based overview of cacao’s health and nutritional value. Chocolatology takes a close look at the chocolate industry and its history, and introduces readers to a variety of trade initiatives and suppliers that are working to improve the lives of cacao growers and their employers.
“Federico moves across virtually the entire range of Stevenson’s oeuvre to make her case for his importance not just as a writer but as a dedicated and self-conscious student of his craft, without losing sight of his commitment to the pleasures—the enchantments—of art. The result is an account that reveals quite clearly the range and subtlety of Stevenson’s thinking on the practice of literary writing.”—Stephen Arata, general coeditor, The New Edinburgh Edition of the Collected Works of Robert Louis Stevenson
In this unique collection of connected poems, the narrator assists people who have chosen to die. A suicide tech at a Florida clinic that provides euthanasia to willing adults, she introduces readers to her Days' End coworkers, the patients, and the protestors outside. These riveting, frightening, sometimes funny poems are interspersed with news clips about mercy killings. The engaging narrative embedded in the poetry of Day's End transforms this difficult subject into crucial and necessary art.
Fifty years after the Vietnam War, this anthology by descendants of Vietnam veterans and refugee confronts war and its aftermath. What emerges is an affecting portrait of the effects of war and family—an intercultural, generational dialogue on silence, memory, landscape, imagination, Agent Orange, displacement, postwar trauma, and the severe realities that are carried home. Including such acclaimed voices as Viet Thanh Nguyen, Karen Russell, Terrance Hayes, Suzan-Lori Parks, Nick Flynn, and Ocean Vuong, Inheriting the War enriches the discourse of the Vietnam War and provides a collective conversation that attempts to transcend the recursion of history.
A landscape of pine forests, palmettos, gopher tortoises and armadillos contains the clues that guide Terry Ann Thaxton’s search for herself. As a sixth-generation Floridian, she knows the natural world is never more than a stone’s throw away from destruction. The path she follows takes her to the edge of the past’s sinkholes and the daily chaos of roads forever under construction. These poems make sharp turns. Trauma is never far from beauty, desire never far from fear, and images are often as surprising as they are stunning. Winner of the 2017 T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry.
The Book of Donuts includes 54 poems by 51 poets about that favorite pastry, the donut. The poems cover a wide variety of donuts—traditional ones such as jelly, glazed, powdered, sugar—and less well-known ones such as beignet, choux à la crème, and sufganiyot. Poets include: Denise Duhamel, Nicky Beer, Patricia Clark, Jim Daniels, David Hernandez, Marilyn Taylor, Charles Harper Webb, and more.
"Writing sometimes in rhyme, sometimes in free verse, Lavant employed directness in her language. I have chosen more of the free verse poems to translate and when there is rhyme I find it preferable to hold on to tone and meaning than attempting to replicate the echoing sounds. The use of sun and moon and stars would easily become a cliché were it not for the unusual slant in the work. So strong was Lavant's connection to the commonplace elements that moon and stars become symbols illuminating her particular, troubled road to Heaven."—David Chorlton
Like Lesser Gods explores themes of loss in a way that deals with the mortality of personal relationships, the realization and search for deeper meaning. The poems are traditional and contemporary, but a strong reminder of what’s important in a quickly changing world.
“Half magpie and all poet, Jack Anderson takes wing and lights everywhere, showing us things we've never seen before as well as ones we've seen every blessed day of our lives, though we'll never look at them the same way again. Cops, sex, dinosaurs, grandmas, the Bach family, Chairman Mao, bad puns (and a few good ones): it's all here, our whole lives and everyone else's, too. [ . . . ] Sheer delight awaits you, reader, and total pleasure.”—David Kirby
Nothing says America louder than a gun. As the short stories assembled here demonstrate, firearms loom as large in our imaginations as in the news. These striking stories, from such famous authors as Annie Proulx, Bonnie Jo Campbell, and John Edgar Wideman, plus a talented group of newcomers, range widely—from tender to violent, from chilling to hilarious. Tales of love, war, coming of age, and revenge, they occur in landscapes familiar or ordinary, distant or dystopian, and reflect Americans’ particular obsession with, and paranoia about, guns.