From "dear water":i am your lost daughter and, as always, youare listening & fish. When ireach in, youswallow my cold hands again, swallowthe joy they'd hold. Laura kasischke is a poet and novelist whose fiction has been made into several feature-length films. Kasischke astonishes with her lyricism and metaphorical power.
Publishers weeklyevery poem is exquisitely crafted, with crisp, clean lines and imagery that dazzles. The washington postfor kasischke poetry is a kind of revenge on the existential limits that it describes”Los Angeles Review of BooksLaura Kasischke’s long-awaited selected poems presents the breadth of her probing vision that subverts the so-called normal.
Where Now: New and Selected Poems - A lover of fairy tales, kasischke showcases her command of the symbolic, with a keen attention to sound in her exploration of the everydaywhether reflections on loss or the complicated realities of childhood and family. Thoughi sift you for sunlight, itruns from me in glistening pins, vanishesin the wavering mapof your ungraspable heart.
Deaf Republic: PoemsGraywolf Press - At once a love story, and an urgent plea, an elegy, Ilya Kaminsky’s long-awaited Deaf Republic confronts our time’s vicious atrocities and our collective silence in the face of them. The story follows the private lives of townspeople encircled by public violence: a newly married couple, Alfonso and Sonya, instigating the insurgency from her puppet theater; and Galya’s girls, expecting a child; the brash Momma Galya, heroically teaching signing by day and by night luring soldiers one by one to their deaths behind the curtain.
Ilya kaminsky’s astonishing parable in poems asks us, What is silence?Deaf Republic opens in an occupied country in a time of political unrest. When soldiers breaking up a protest kill a deaf boy, Petya, the gunshot becomes the last thing the citizens hear―they all have gone deaf, and their dissent becomes coordinated by sign language.
Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems, 1965-2003 Wesleyan Poetry SeriesWesleyan University Press - Her images—strange, canny visions of the unknown self—clang with the authenticity of real experience. Spare and intensely-felt, Valentine’s poems present experience as only imperfectly graspable. Used book in Good Condition. She is a brave, unshirking poet who speaks with fire on the great subjects—love, and death, and the soul.
Winner of the national book award in poetry 2004since the 1965 publication of her first book, Dream Barker, selected for the Yale Younger Poets Award, Jean Valentine has published eight collections of poetry to critical acclaim. This volume gathers together all of Valentine’s published poems and includes a new collection, “Door in the Mountain.
Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems, 1965-2003 Wesleyan Poetry Series - Valentine's poetry is as recognizable as the slant truth of a dream. This is an urgent art that wants to heal what it touches, a poetry that wants to tell, intimately, the whole life.
American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin Penguin PoetsPenguin Books - Inventive, melancholy, compassionate, hilarious, and bewildered--the wonders of this new collection are irreducible and stunning. Finalist for the national book award and the national book critics circle award in poetryone of the New York Times Critics' Top Books of 2018A powerful, timely, Terrance Hayes, dazzling collection of sonnets from one of America's most acclaimed poets, the National Book Award-winning author of Lighthead"Sonnets that reckon with Donald Trump's America.
The new york timesin seventy poems bearing the same title, of assassin, Terrance Hayes explores the meanings of American, and of love in the sonnet form. Used book in Good Condition. Written during the first two hundred days of the Trump presidency, these poems are haunted by the country's past and future eras and errors, its dreams and nightmares.
The Carrying: PoemsMilkweed Editions - Vulnerable, brave poems, tender, acute, these are serious poems, exploring with honesty the ambiguous moment between the rapture of youth and the grace of acceptance. Used book in Good Condition. A woman struggles with infertility―“what if, instead of carrying / a child, I am supposed to carry grief?”―and a body seized by pain and vertigo as well as ecstasy.
A daughter tends to aging parents. A nation convulses: “Every song of this country / has an unsung third stanza, something brutal. And still limón shows us, the persistence of hunger, as ever, love, and joy, the dizzying fullness of our too-short lives. Winner of the 2018 national book critics circle award ala notable book of 2018 finalist for the 2019 pen/jean stein book award from national book award and national Book Critics Circle Award finalist Ada Limón comes The Carrying―her most powerful collection yet.
The Carrying: Poems - I’ll take it all. In bright dead things, no, it knows, heavy with blood”―“the huge beating genius machine / that thinks, Limón showed us a heart “giant with power, / it’s going to come in first. In her follow-up collection, that heart is on full display―even as The Carrying continues further and deeper into the bloodstream, following the hard-won truth of what it means to live in an imperfect world.
Fine then, / i’ll take it, ” she writes.
WHEREAS: PoemsGraywolf Press - Today she stood sunlight on her shoulders lean and straight to share a song in Diné, her father’s language. What did i know of our language but pieces? Would I teach her to be pieces? Until a friend comforted, Don’t worry, you and your daughter will learn together. Finalist for the national book award for poetrywhereas her birth signaled the responsibility as mother to teach what it is to be Lakota therein the question: What did I know about being Lakota? Signaled panic, blood rush my embarrassment.
Used book in Good Condition. Through a virtuosic array of short lyrics, and disclaimers, resolutions, prose poems, her own writing, Layli Long Soldier has created a brilliantly innovative text to examine histories, longer narrative sequences, landscapes, and her predicament inside national affiliations.
WHEREAS: Poems - To sing she motions simultaneously with her hands; I watch her be in multiple musics. From “whereas statements”whereas confronts the coercive language of the United States government in its responses, treaties, and apologies to Native American peoples and tribes, and reflects that language in its officiousness and duplicity back on its perpetrators.
I am, i must eat, i must art, ” she writes, i must mother, i must observe, meaning i am a citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation―and in this dual citizenship I must work, I must friend, I must listen, “a citizen of the United States and an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, constantly I must live.
This strident, plaintive book introduces a major new voice in contemporary literature. Graywolf Press.
When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities A. Poulin, Jr. New Poets of AmericaBOA Editions Ltd. - Typical son. No one had the time & our solution to itwas to buy shinier watches. Graywolf Press. In this ferocious and tender debut, the cost of necessary goodbyes--all from Asian American, immigrant, Chen Chen investigates inherited forms of love and family--the strained relationship between a mother and son, and queer perspectives.
Typical Tuesday. My mother was in the hospital & no one wanted to be her friend. Everyone wanted to be soft cooing sympathies. Tall latte, bad plot, short tale, great wifi in the atypical café. We were enamored withwhat our wrists could declare. My mother was in the hospital& she didn't want to be her friend.
When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities A. Poulin, Jr. New Poets of America - You always forget something, she said, even whenI do the list for you. She wanted to be the familygrocery list. The recipient of the 2016 A. Poetry prize, he has been awarded fellowships from kundiman, Lambda Literary, and in 2015, the Saltonstall Foundation, he was a finalist for the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships.
Low-fat yogurt, firm tofu. His work has appeared in two chapbooks and in such publications as Poetry, Gulf Coast, Best of the Net, Indiana Review, and The Best American Poetry. Poulin, Jr.
Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016Farrar, Straus and Giroux - Graywolf Press. And in that embodiment is a transgressive empathy, one that recognizes our wild appetites, the misfits, the monsters, the misunderstood among us and inside us. Here bidart finds himself a “creature coterminous with thirst, ” still longing, still searching in himself, one of the “queers of the universe.
Visionary and revelatory, intimate and unguarded, bidart’s Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2017 are a radical confrontation with human nature, a conflict eternally renewed and reframed, restless line by restless line. Used book in Good Condition. Over the past half century, Bidart has done nothing less than invent a poetics commensurate with the chaos and appetites of our experience.
Half-light encompasses all of bidart’s previous books, Thirst, and also includes a new collection, in which the poet austerely surveys his life, laying it plain for us before venturing into something new and unknown. His pages represent the human voice in all its extreme registers, the tormented genius Vaslav Nijinsky, whether it’s that of the child-murderer Herbert White, the obsessive anorexic Ellen West, or the poet’s own.
Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 - . Winner of the 2018 pulitzer prize in poetrywinner of the 2017 national book award for poetrythe collected works of one of contemporary poetry’s most original voicesGathered together, the poems of Frank Bidart perform one of the most remarkable transmutations of the body into language in contemporary literature.
Farrar straus giroux. Few writers have so willingly ventured to the dark places of the human psyche and allowed themselves to be stripped bare on the page with such candor and vulnerability.
Calling a Wolf a WolfAlice James Books - Sometimesyou have to march all the way to Galileeor the literal foot of God himself before you realizeyou've already passed the place whereyou were supposed to die. Graywolf Press. Farrar straus giroux. Used book in Good Condition. The recipient of a 2016 ruth lilly and dorothy sargent rosenberg fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, Akbar was born in Tehran, Iran, and currently lives and teaches in Florida.
Poems confront craving, the constant battle of alcoholism and sobriety, control, and the questioning of the self and its instincts within the context of this never-ending fight. From "stop me if you've heard this one before": Sometimes you just have to leavewhatever's real to you, you have to clompthrough fields and kick the caps offall the toadstools.
Calling a Wolf a Wolf - I can no longer rememberthe being afraid, only that it came to an end. Kaveh akbar is the founding editor of Divedapper. His poems appear recently or soon in the new Yorker, Poetry, PBS NewsHour, Tin House, APR, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. The struggle from late youth on, with and without God, agony, narcotics and love is a torment rarely recorded with such sustained eloquence and passion as you will find in this collection.
Fanny howethis highly-anticipated debut boldly confronts addiction and courses the strenuous path of recovery, beginning in the wilds of the mind.
The Book of Endings Akron series in poetryUniversity of Akron Press - Used book in Good Condition. Finalist for the 2017 national book award for poetrythe poems in the book of endings try to make sense of, the absence of the beloved, or at least come to some kind of reckoning with absence - the death of the author's mother, cicadas, the absence of an accountable god, the dead stars arriving, the dead moon aglow in the night sky.
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Don't Call Us Dead: PoemsGraywolf Press - Used book in Good Condition. Smith turns then to desire, mortality―the dangers experienced in skin and body and blood―and a diagnosis of HIV positive. Finalist for the national book award for poetrywinner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection“Smith's poems are enriched to the point of volatility, but they pay out, often, in sudden joy.
The new yorker award-winning poet Danez Smith is a groundbreaking force, urgent subjects, celebrated for deft lyrics, and performative power. Some of us are killed / in pieces, ” Smith writes, “some of us all at once. Don’t call us dead is an astonishing and ambitious collection, one that confronts, praises, and rebukes America―“Dear White America”―where every day is too often a funeral and not often enough a miracle.
Don't Call Us Dead: Poems - Farrar straus giroux. Graywolf Press. Don’t call us dead opens with a heartrending sequence that imagines an afterlife for black men shot by police, love, and grief are forgotten and replaced with the safety, violence, a place where suspicion, and longevity they deserved here on earth.