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Editor's Picks New Book Arrivals (251)

Published December 19, 2016

Safe Space

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Safe Space takes back its title from the term’s intentional misuse within the neo-liberal/conservative imaginary, but this action can offer a reader only the slightest indication of the nervy energy pulsing within this first full-length collection by Jos Charles. Throughout the poems in Safe Space, Charles defiantly articulates the terms of a radicalized vulnerability––unashamed to feel and never feeling ashamed, reclaiming agency over both poetry and politics, refusing to placate any authority attempting to control bodies with violence. The collection dazzles and devastates, confronting a world whose ruin is long overdue with equal parts glee and sadness, compassion and power.

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Published November 29, 2016

A Field Guide to Murder & Fly Fishing

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A high mountain lake in the Colorado Rockies is the point of departure for these stories of dark adventure, in which vividly drawn landscapes provide an immersive setting for narratives about coming of age, altered states, moral slippage, romantic love, sexual jealousy, and impenetrable loneliness. Fishing guides, amateur sportsmen, teenage misfits, scientists, mountaineers, and expatriates embark on disquieting journeys of self-discovery in far-flung places: the hazardous tidal waters of Nantucket, the granite quarries and ski slopes of New Hampshire, Venezuela's Orinoco basin, the ancient squares and alleyways of Rome and Granada, the summit of an Andean volcano, and the tension-filled streets of eastern Cuba.

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Published November 29, 2016

Ghost Town Odes

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"[Ghost Town Odes] renders forgotten towns un-forgotten. With vivid imagery and music, [Matt Schumacher] re-members, he re-embodies them onto pages of a poetic atlas. Here, a grateful reader also discovers tales about saloons and cemeteries, Great Plains buffalo and a pot-bellied pig, wild huckleberries and the bits of wedding cake fed to a deer. In one of the book's four sections, Schumacher offers epistolary persona poems that give a panoply of candid and often wrenching histories, laments, confessions, and revelations. The chronological and geographical scope of this collection is impressive." -- Paulann Petersen, Oregon Poet Laureate Emerita

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Published November 29, 2016

Inside the Walls of My Own House

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Inside the Walls of My Own House is the second book of a multi-volume experiment in autobiography. It's a diary poem and an ode to lost television artifacts. Trigilio is watching all 1,225 episodes of Dark Shadows, the 1966-1971 gothic soap opera. He's compsing on sentence for each episode and shaping the sentences into couplets. Book 2 covers 181 episodes.

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Published November 29, 2016

Inside Job

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The poems in Inside Job range from intensely autobiographical lyrics to brief historical portraits of literary figures like Grace Paley and Jorge Luis Borges, to obituaries of idiosyncratic characters such as heavyweight boxing contenders and inventors of candy bars. The tone is often wry, sometimes wistful, and always compassionate.

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Published November 29, 2016

Roam

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Roam marks a migration: back, forward, and round again. Who stays? Who is allowed to roam? What is fixed? And who is with us? How do we make sense of loss, silence? Disoriented, relating to a past that is unclear, we cannot be sure both where we are and which direction we're moving. The question becomes where is the future? Roam proceeds toward it—making something integral come alive.

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Published October 27, 2016

Let It Die Hungry

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Contrary to the book's title, Let It Die Hungry is a collection of poems bursting with life. Recklessly sensual, provocative and profoundly curious, Meissner's coming-of-age poems seek to anchor their place in a messy world, blurring the edges of hard borders and disparate identities. Sprinkled with the author's illustrations, the book's multidisciplinary approach also includes lesson plans, originally utilized in a women's prison, that invite the reader to write their own way out of polarizing dichotomies—and into the vast grey space of what it means to be alive.

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Published October 27, 2016

In the City of Falling Stars

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Dead birds are falling out of the sky and Maurice Delahoussaye suspects the air in New Orleans may be unsafe. Maurice becomes increasingly fearful that the government is hiding an ominous secret, and when he begins having premonitions suggesting that his wife is pregnant with Jesus Christ, he becomes convinced that the dead birds are a sign from God. In the City of Falling Stars is a tragicomedy that examines paranoia following the September 11th attacks, as well as a commentary on the devastating psychological scars that the storm left on New Orleans.

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Published October 27, 2016

The Great American Songbook

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For the characters in these stories, love and music are almost indistinguishable. A famous songwriting duo is destroyed by their creative differences, a jazz musician is consumed by his inability to speak or play, a man takes a pop song literally and charts his love onto buildings. These stories cover songs and riff on melodies. They unearth chords that bridge the gap between past and present. A playful, elegant debut collection, The Great American Songbook explores the profound hold that music has on our lives.

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Published October 27, 2016

Coming of Age at the End of Nature

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Coming of Age at the End of Nature explores a new kind of environmental writing. Twenty-two essays by passionate, young writers cover wide-ranging themes that are paramount to young generations but that resonate with everyone, including redefining materialism and environmental justice, assessing the risk and promise of technology, and celebrating place anywhere from a wild Atlantic island to the Arizona desert, from Baltimore to Bangkok. The contributors speak with authority on problems facing us all, whether railing against the errors of past generations, reveling in their own adaptability, or insisting on a collective responsibility to do better.

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