We’d not slept in days, or else we were/ still sleeping—who could tell?” someone asks in the opening poem of Eternity & Oranges. Christopher Bakken's poems are acts of conjuring. They move from the real political landscapes of Greece, Italy, and Romania, into more surreal spaces where history comes alive and the summoned dead speak.
In the formally diverse long poem, “kouros/kore, ” but also in this book’s terse and harrowing dream songs, Bakken writes with devastating force, at every turn “Guilty of the crime of praise” while “begging for an antidote to beauty. ”. The voices we encounter in this book speak on the verge of disappearance, from places marked by disintegration and terror.
In her fourth collection of poetry, she studies forms of love as diverse and abundant as the ocean itself. Nezhukumatathil’s poems contain elegant twists of a very sharp knife. Aphorisms. From another dimension. The new york times“with unparalleled ease, she’s able to weave each intriguing detail into a nuanced, thought-provoking poem that also reads like a startling modern-day fable.
The poetry foundation“how wonderful to watch a writer who was already among the best young poets get even better!” ―Terrance HayesWith inquisitive flair, Aimee Nezhukumatathil creates a thorough registry of the earth’s wonderful and terrible magic. She writes about the natural world and how we live in it, filling each poem, each page with a true sense of wonder.
Roxane gay“cultural strands are woven into the DNA of her strange, lush. Poems. Recipient of a national endowment for the arts fellowship and the prestigious Eric Hoffer Grand Prize, Nezhukumatathil teaches creative writing and environmental literature in the MFA program at the University of Mississippi.
She brings to life a father penguin, a C-section scar, and the Niagara Falls with a powerful force of reverence for life and living things. With an encyclopedic range of subjects and unmatched sincerity, Oceanic speaks to each reader as a cooperative part of the earth, an extraordinary neighborhood to which we all belong.
Unquiet Things: Poems Goat Island Poetry
Grounded in wonder and fueled by an impulse to praise, the poems in James Davis May's debut collection, Unquiet Things, violence, grapple with skepticism, and death to generate lasting insights into the human experience. These stylistically varied poems are by turns conversational, earnest, whether they're discussing grand themes such as love and beauty, self-deprecating, and often funny, meditative, or more corporeal subjects like fever and food poisoning.
Lyrical and strange, unquiet things traces an experiential journey in the ordinary world, tragic and amusing, uncovering joys that span from the lingering memories of childhood to the losses and triumphs of adulthood. For the poet, no force propels that transcendence more powerfully than love: love for his wife and daughter, love for language, and love for the incomprehensible world that he inhabits.
. With compassion and humor, this second and final volume in Claudia Emerson's Goat Island Poets series exposes the unseen tragedies and rejoices in the small, surprising moments of grace in everyday life. May's poems impart sincere astonishment at the natural world, almost, where experiences of nature serve as "stand-ins, / for grace.
His poems seek to transcend cynicism, as well as to his literary forebears, and eastern Europe, turning often to the landscapes of North Georgia, his native Pittsburgh, for guidance.
A boston globe best poetry book of 2011this is the definitive edition of the work of one of America's greatest poets, increasingly recognized as one of the greatest English-language poets of the twentieth century, loved by readers and poets alike. This new edition offers readers the opportunity to take in, entire, one of the great careers in twentiethcentury poetry.
Bishop's poems combine humor and sadness, pain and acceptance, and observe nature and lives in perfect miniaturist close-up. Farrar Straus Giroux. The themes central to her poetry are geography and landscape―from New England, where she later lived―human connection with the natural world, where she grew up, questions of knowledge and perception, to Brazil and Florida, and the ability or inability of form to control chaos.
The Nerve Of It: Poems New and Selected Pitt Poetry Series
Winner of the 2016 lenore marshall poetry prize from the Academy of American Poets Emanuel’s version of a “new and selected poems” turns convention on its head. Whether writing in the comedic drag of the cartoon strip, or investigating the Mobius strip relationship between reader and writer, or exposing the humor and hurt that accompany visitations from Frank O’Hara and Gertrude Stein, The Nerve of It both stings and pleases with its intelligence, wit and vivacity.
. Open the book. She ignores chronology, placing new poems beside old, and liberating all her poems from the restraints of their particular histories, mixing middle and early poems with recent work, both aesthetic and autobiographical. It breaks through, sexy, sincerity and irony, the die-hard opposition of new and old, personal narrative and linguistic play, haunting and wry, in ways that are bold, misery and hilarity.
Farrar Straus Giroux. Something new is happening here.
Exploded View: Essays on Fatherhood, with Diagrams Crux: The Georgia Series in Literary Nonfiction Ser.
In exploded view “graphic” essays play with the conventions of telling a life story and with how illustration and text work together in print. His shop had countless manuals with “exploded view” parts directories that the young Parsons flipped through constantly. Farrar Straus Giroux. As with a graphic novel, the story is not only in the text but also in how that text interacts with the images that accompany it.
Diagrams were an important part of Dustin Parsons’s childhood. This mixture of the machine-like and the lyrical helps the reader understand the author’s world more fully―a world where art comes in the form of a welding torch, where creativity involves finding new ways to use old machines, and where delineating between right-brain and left-brain thinking isn’t so easy.
Whether rebuilding a transmission, putting together a diesel engine, or assembling a baby cradle, his father had a visual guide to help him. Parsons’s father was an oilfield mechanic, an automotive mechanic, and in his spare time he was also a woodworker, a welder, and an artist. They help guide the reader’s understanding of the piece, giving them a visual anchor for the story, and add a technical aspect to the lyric essays that they hold.
In these essays, parsons uses the same approach to understanding his father as he navigates the world of raising two young biracial boys. This memoir distinguishes itself from others in its “graphic” elements―the appropriated diagrams, instructions, and “exploded view” inventory images―that Parsons has used.
The second part, toulouse-lautrec, is based on the works of Suzanne Valadon, peer and probable lover of Renoir, Love and Work, the bold and unconventional model-turned-artist, and other painters. The first half of the book, olfactorium, is inspired by various fragrances and the olfactory flashbacks―real or imagined―induced by them.
The poetic forms―sonnets, syllabics, a villanelle, a rondeau―reflect the content of the paintings and drawings of this great and under-appreciated artist. Synæsthesium is an unusual exploration of ekphrasis―poetry that takes a real or imagined work of art as its muse. From everyday old spice to exotic Casbah, the poems take the reader on journeys peppered with the luscious language of perfumery.
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Structure & Surprise: Engaging Poetic Turns
Farrar Straus Giroux. Michael theune's breakthrough concept encourages students, teachers, and writers to use structure as a tool to see the fundamental affinities between strikingly different kinds of poetry and radically different literary eras. Notes: brand new from publisher! 100% satisfaction guarantee.
In addition, 14 contemporary poets provide an example of and commentary on their own work. Condition: New. The book includes examination of the mid-course turn and the elegy, emblem, as well as the ironic, concessional, and retrospective-prospective structures, among others. Tracking provided on most orders.
Buy with confidence! Millions of books sold! Structure & surprise: engaging Poetic Turns offers a road map for analyzing poetry through examination of poems structure, rather than their forms or genres. Isbn13: 9780915924271.
Best American Poetry 2016 The Best American Poetry series
Jumpha lahiri said of hirsch, to witness life without flinching, and above all, “The trademarks of his poems are…to be intimate but restrained, to isolate and preserve those details of our existence so often overlooked, so easily forgotten, to be tender without being sentimental, so essential to our souls.
Hirsch’s choices for this collection reflect the soul of poetry in America. Scribner Book Company. Buy with confidence! Millions of books sold! Truly the “best” american poetry has appeared in this venerable collection for over twenty-five years. Farrar Straus Giroux. Isbn13: 9780915924271. Condition: New.
As ever, series editor david lehman opens this year’s edition with an insider’s guide and a thoughtful contemplation of poetry today. Tracking provided on most orders. Notes: brand new from publisher! 100% satisfaction guarantee. The premier anthology of contemporary american poetry continues—guest edited this year by award-winning poet Edward Hirsch, a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and the president of The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
The best american poetry series is “a vivid snapshot of what a distinguished poet finds exciting, fresh and memorable” Robert Pinsky; a guiding light for the mood and shape of modern American poetry. A poet of decided brilliance since his 1981 debut collection, For the Sleepwalkers, Edward Hirsch curates a thoughtful selection of poetry for 2016 and an Introduction to be savored.
Heavy: An American Memoir
In his essays, which conjure conflicted feelings of shame, personal stories combine with piercing intellect to reflect both on the state of American society and on his experiences with abuse, joy, confusion and humiliation. Laymon invites us to consider the consequences of growing up in a nation wholly obsessed with progress yet wholly disinterested in the messy work of reckoning with where we’ve been.
Notes: brand new from publisher! 100% satisfaction guarantee. From his early experiences of sexual violence, obesity, anorexia, sex, to his suspension from college, to his trek to New York as a young college professor, Laymon charts his complex relationship with his mother, grandmother, writing, and ultimately gambling.
Condition: New. In heavy, laymon writes eloquently and honestly about growing up a hard-headed black son to a complicated and brilliant black mother in Jackson, Mississippi. Named a best book of 2018 by the new york times, npr, publishers weekly, the washington post nonfiction, and deception does to a black body, buzzfeed nonfiction, the undefeated, genre-bending essayist and novelist Kiese Laymon explores what the weight of a lifetime of secrets, a black family, lies, and The New York Times Critics* *WINNER of the Andrew Carnegie Medal and FINALIST for the Kirkus Prize * In this powerful and provocative memoir, Southern Living Southern, Broadly, Entertainment Weekly, Library Journal Biography/Memoirs, and a nation teetering on the brink of moral collapse.
Kiese laymon is a fearless writer. By attempting to name secrets and lies he and his mother spent a lifetime avoiding, and us to confront the terrifying possibility that few in this nation actually know how to responsibly love, his nation, Laymon asks himself, his mother, and even fewer want to live under the weight of actually becoming free.
Without End: New and Selected Poems
Buy with confidence! Millions of books sold! Condition: New. Isbn13: 9780915924271. These poems, lucidly translated, share the vocation that allows us, in Zagajewski's words, "to experience astonishment and to stop still in that astonishment for a long moment or two. Farrar Straus Giroux. I love to swim in the sea, which keepstalking to itselfin the monotone of a vagabondwho no longer recalls exactly how long he's been on the road.
Scribner Book Company. Heavy: an american memoir Hardcover - October 16, 2018. Tracking provided on most orders. Swimming is like prayer:palms join and part, join and part, almost without end. From "on swimming"without end draws from each of adam zagajewski's English-language collections, Canvas, both in and out of print--Tremor, and Mysticism for Beginners--and features new work that is among his most refreshing and rewarding.
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