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Sarah Kasbeer’s vivid descriptions of growing up in Illinois recall the coming-of-age memoirs of Mary Karr, but are written for the #MeToo era. As an adult living in New York during this clarifying cultural moment, she has no choice but to fully reckon with the aftermath of her own trauma. Artful and entertaining, this debut collection explores sexuality, desire, privilege, shame, and the ways we find to heal. Buy this book from our affiliate Bookshop.org.

The Marathon Poet

November 25, 2020
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Åke Hodell tells the story of his artistic journey through the absurd, satirical, tour-de-force that is The Marathon Poet, originally published in 1981 and now available for the first time in a facsimile-style English translation. Hodell’s tall tales unmask and satirize oppression’s many guises—from disciplinary speed reading in elementary school to the forced repetition of a military command. In one chapter, Hodell relates the history of capitalism by way of a multi-vocal sound-poem featuring the voices of European and American automobiles. Through all the tribulations experienced by the marathon poet, Hodell’s pacifist and anarchist politics are always present, always in solidarity, always in resistance. Buy this book from our affiliate Bookshop.org.

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The poems in The Last Glacier at the End of the World act as glacial bandings marking time and place, imagining a near future in the Anthropocene. Humans, animals, and ice share characteristics, and science and myth animate a symbiotic indigenous worldview. Ultimately, the poet and poems in this collection are witnesses to the effects of climate change on Alaskan communities. Buy this book from our affiliate Bookshop.org.

The Book of Lost Light

November 25, 2020
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Joseph Kylander’s childhood in early 20th century San Francisco has been shaped by his widowed father’s obsessive photographic project and by his headstrong cousin Karelia’s fanciful storytelling and impulsive acts. The 1906 earthquake upends their eccentric routines, and they take refuge with a capricious patron and a group of artists looking to find meaning after the disaster. The Book of Lost Light explores family loyalty and betrayal, Finnish folklore, the nature of time and theater, and what it takes to recover from calamity and build a new life from the ashes. Buy this book from our affiliate Bookshop.org.

The Best of Brevity

November 25, 2020
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Since its founding in 1997, Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction has become one of the longest-running and most popular online literary publications, known for insightful essays from skilled writers at every stage of their careers. The Best of Brevity brings you 84 of the best-loved and most memorable reader favorites, collected in print for the first time. With contributions from Krys Malcolm Belc, Jenny Boully, Brian Doyle, Roxane Gay, Daisy Hernández, Michael Martone, Ander Monson, Patricia Park, Kristen Radtke, Diane Seuss, and so many more, this anthology offers unparalleled diversity of style, form, and perspective for those interested in reading, writing, or teaching flash nonfiction. Buy this book from our affiliate Bookshop.org.

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The Book of Lost Light, Ron Nyren, Black Lawrences Press

Bruno Folner's Last Tango, Mempo Giardinelli, White Pine Press

Inside Our Days, Michele Merens, Muriel Press

The Reincarnations: Stories, Nathan Elias, Montag Press

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

To Zenzi, Robert L. Schuster, New Issues Poetry & Prose

The Unmasking, Lynn C. Miller, University of New Mexico Press

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(Creature Sounds Fade), Shanna Compton, Black Lawrences Press

Bless This Home, Alison Woods, Finshing Line Press

Build Me a Boat: Words for Music 1968, Michael Dennis Browne, Carnegie Mellon University Press

Carnation and Tenebrae Candle, Marosa di Giorgio, Cardboard House Press

Disturbing the Light, Samuel Green, Carnegie Mellon University Press

F Letter: New Russian Feminist Poetry, Ed. Galina Rymbu, Eugene Ostashevsky, and Ainsley Morse, Common Era Inc.

Holy Magic, Priscilla Long, MoonPath Press

Last Glacier at the End of the World, Vivian Faith Prescott, Split Rock Press

Life in Space, Galina Rymbu, Ugly Duckling Presse

Living with Wolves, Anne Have McDonnell, Split Rock Press

Marathon Poet, Åke Hodell, Ugly Duckling Presse

Marksman, Jeff Friedman, Carnegie Mellon University Press

People You May Know, Michael Robins, Saturnalia Books

Petition, Joyce Peseroff, Carnegie Mellon University Press

Piñata Theory, Alan Chazaro, Black Lawrences Press

Provenance, Rick Campbell, Blue Horse Press

Seahorses, Abayomi Animashaun, Black Lawrences Press

Seven + Two: A Mountain Climber's Journal, Luo Ying, White Pine Press

Shellback, Jeanne-Marie Osterman, Paloma Press

Sick, Jody Chan, Black Lawrences Press

Sonnet(s), Ulises Carrión, Ugly Duckling Presse

Theatrix: Poetry Plays, Terese Svoboda, Anhinga Press

Theorem, Elizabeth Bradfield, Poetry Northwest Editions

This Is How the Bone Sings, W. Todd Kaneko, Black Lawrences Press

Xicancuicatl: Collected Poems, Alfred Artega - Ed. David Lloyd, Wesleyan University Press

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