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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.
“Find here: poetry's virtues/pleasures. Gorgeous witness. Silence muscled with qualities. [ . . . ] The strength of purpose and hearkening needed to walk in beauty's strangeness. Its sensuousness; its intimacy (especially with necessity) that supples its language. Patience of soul spun into physical brilliance. Time present and antique, interior and exterior, ‘feather of hair in one hand, / scissors in another, not the heart / beating but what might return over the heart.’ These are the most beautiful poems I know.”—Liz Waldner
In this collection of portraits, the eye is the vital “lamp of the body,” a spiritual organ Jessie van Eerden uses to craft essays that are as much encounters as they are likenesses, as much being seen as seeing. The author’s religious tradition and the rural landscape of Terra Alta, West Virginia are two backgrounds that are neither chosen nor fully understood, but van Eerden’s attention to these matters becomes its own form of devotion, a longing to see and to believe—the longing itself taking on the robustness of faith.
Now Available: The Authenticity Experiment by Kate Carroll de Gutes. Kate Carroll de Gutes decided to spend a while doing what most of us don't do: tell the truth. Tell the truth to herself and then to everyone else, and the truth turns out to be funny, hard, sad, sweet, tough, confusing, tender and sharp. It's your truth, too.
Christian Anton Gerard’s Holdfast, his second poetry collection, is a story of dissolution and resolution, of a world made round by spokeshaves and brute imagining. The poet’s willow-hearted son sleeps in iambs; the bucket-truck mechanic plays Night Moves on a blue guitar; Spenser’s Calidore is perhaps the alcoholic riding ragged in an F-150. Gerard shows us the pasture of weedy, human understanding in all its lushness and courtesy.
Aaron Poochigian's prizewinning second collection of poetry, Manhattanite, is by turns frenzied and focused. It examines New York's juxtaposed symbols of towering achievement and monumental desolation, and then traverses the country to California's Central Valley, where the poet reclaims his grandparents' home. Poochigian consistently entertains, whether his theme is lamentation or celebration. Manhattanite is, deservedly, the winner of the 2016 Able Muse Book Award.
Joel Allegretti's Platypus presents the reader with, among other treats, a cento meant to be in the voice of Victor Frankenstein, a ghazal composed of the generic names of psychotropic drugs, and a tribute to the thirty-three villains from the 1960s Batman TV series. Featuring poems, short stories, Fluxus-inspired instruction pieces, and even text art, Platypus is a hybrid work named after the ultimate hybrid animal.