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The River People

December 22, 2020
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The poems in Polly Buckingham’s debut collection, The River People, move through both dream and natural landscapes exploring connection and loss, abundance and degradation, the personal and the political. The speaker in these poems is often in a state of not knowing that can be both terrifying and revelatory. It is a state in which windows and doors connect the living and the dead and the inner and outer worlds. Organized in four sections that move from Florida to the Pacific Northwest, the poems are heavily imagistic and reminiscent of deep image poetry and Spanish surrealism. Buy this book from our affiliate

Women in the Waiting Room

December 22, 2020
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"From crushed bodies and crushed nouns, Kirun Kapur has composed an utterly original book. Unsparing, un-selfpitying, these poems make an imaginative whole from Hindu mythology, confessions from a hotline for sexual abuse, meditations on a friend’s mortal illness, and the poet’s private pain. Kapur makes a masterful style from the edges of experience where ‘the soul, whatever it is, struggles to articulate.’” —Rosanna Warren. Buy this book from our affiliate

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At once a memoir, a reading journal, and a novel, Fragments of a Mortal Mind is a daring, contemporary commonplace book. Donald Anderson shows us how the disparate elements of our lives collect to construct our deepest selves and help us to make sense of it all. Anderson layers personal experiences and reflections with those of others who have wrestled with inner and outer social, cultural, and political memories that are not as accurate as history might suggest but that each of us believe nonetheless. This is a powerful masterpiece that closely resembles our lived experiences and is a vivid reflection of our time. Buy this book from our affiliate

Semiotic Love [Stories]

December 22, 2020
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Semiotic Love [Stories] draws upon symbols and objects to explore the loss of relationships. In these pages, Brian Phillip Whalen reaches deep into the throat of anxiety with a graceful hand and understated humor as he confronts mothers and best friends dying slow or sudden deaths, disappointing vacations, and vanishing sisters. While loss of all kinds permeates these compact stories, it is the tenderness and longing that attaches itself to the reader and propels them to turn the page. This book reminds us that for better or for worse, we're all a little rougher with the people we love the most.

Here Lies a Father

December 22, 2020
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When Ian Daly and his sister arrive for their wayward father’s funeral, a secret that was kept from them their entire lives emerges: their father Thomas abandoned two other families. In the cold, lonely winter landscape of small-town New York, fifteen-year-old Ian sets out alone to learn the truth about his father’s past and the families he left behind. Here Lies a Father examines the long-term effects shameful secrets have on a family, and how difficult it is for a young man to reconstruct his own sense of right and wrong, when every value and moral principle he was ever taught was based on a lie. Buy this book from our affiliate

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Fragments of a Mortal Mind: A Nonfiction Novel, Donald Anderson, University of Nevada Press

Saints, Sinners, and Sovereign Citizens: The Endless War over the West's Public Lands, John L. Smith, University of Nevada Press

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Adjusting to the Lights, Tom C. Hunley, Rattle

The Charmed House, Deborah Diemont, Dos Madres

Count Four., Keith Kopka, University of Tampa Press

Giant Moth Perishes, Geoffrey Nutter, Wave Books

Guard the Mysteries, Cedar Sigo, Wave Books

Hoarders, Kate Durbin, Wave Books

Into Night's Tent, Stephen Frech, River Glass Books

Listen, Steven Cramer, MadHat Press

My Mother's Red Ford: New & Selected Poems 1986 - 2020, Roy Bentley, Lost Horse Press

Now It's Dark, Peter Gizzi, Wesleyan University Press

The River People, Polly Buckingham, Lost Horse Press

Seldom Purely, Linda Haviland Conte, Ibbetson Street Press

Set in Stone, Kevin Carey, CavanKerry Press

Sho, Douglas Kearney, Wave Books

A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure, Hoa Nguyen, Wave Books

Trump Sonnets: Volume 7: His Further Virus Monologues, Ken Waldman, Ridgeway Press

Women in the Waiting Room, Kirun Kapur, Black Lawrence Press

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Answering Liberty's Call, Tracy Lawson, Fidelis Publishing

Here Lies a Father, Mckenzie Cassidy, Kaylie Jones Books

Loving Modigliani: The Afterlife of Jeanne Hebuterne, Linda Lappin, Serving House Books

Preparatory Notes for Future Masterpieces, Maceo Montoya, University of Nevada Press

Semiotic Love [Stories], Brian Phillip Whalen, Awst Press

This Here Is Devil's Work, Curtis Bradley Vickers, University of Nevada Press


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