Scrutinizing myth, culture, identity, and sexuality, J. Michael Martinez, in his brave new collection, weds the innovative with the narrative tradition, cultivating a collection that is unlike any other, simultaneously drawing together and pulling apart the familiar and the foreign, the self and the other, the known and the unknowable, the recoverable and irrecoverable past, the historical record and all that is given up for lost. Martinez interrogates the restrictions chosen to constrain imagination's boundlessness.
A breathtaking new collection from one of today's boldest and most adventurous poets.
These visceral, mystical poems give voice to the phantom and the embryonic (homunculi, ectopic twins, fleeced lambskin) and to those who create them, biologically or otherwise. Part spell-book, part anatomical primer, Paper Doll Fetus surveys the landscape of the womb and offers us a haunting chorus of its denizens.
Allan Peterson refuses the easy path of a consoling clarity, opting instead for a difficulty that more accurately reveals the blurred perspective of one human being's singular fixity from his place in Nature. What there is to see or know shifts, hardens into focus, then flies away into the collapsing moment when the eye misperceives or the mind suddenly remembers or misremembers... or comes to rest on a centering image or idea.
Rag - Julie Carr
At once civil lyric and lament crying beyond civility, spiraling with kinetic intensity, a 21st century feminist book-length aria.
By turns elegiac, ecopoetic, and impolitic, Cynthia Hogue's eighth collection, Revenance, is a condensery of empathic encounters with others and otherness. Hogue coins a word -- from revenant, French for 'ghost' -- to consider questions of life and afterlife, and to characterize the ways in which the people and places we love return to us, and return us to ourselves, holding us to account.
This debut collection by Cave Canem fellow Geffrey Davis burrows under the surface of gender, addiction, recovery, clumsy love, bitterness, and faith. Revising the Storm
also speaks to the sons and daughters affected by the drug/crack epidemic of the '80s and addresses issues of masculinity and its importance in family.
This haunting collection of poems, centering around a middle-aged man who becomes a priest in the Episcopal Church, creates compelling dramas out of small moments.
Nguyen Phan Que Mai is among the most exciting writers to emerge from post-war Vietnam. Bruce Weigl, driven by his personal experiences as a soldier during the war in Vietnam, has spent the past 20 years translating contemporary Vietnamese poetry. These penetrating poems, published in bilingual English and Vietnamese, build new bridges between two cultures bound together by war and destruction. The Secret of Hoa Sen
, Que Mai's first full-length U.S. publication, shines with craft, art, and deeply felt humanity.
This Blue - Maureen N. McLane
The National Book Critics Circle nominee presents her third poetry collection that contains songs for and of a new century, poems both archaic and wholly now.
In distilled, acutely observed poems, Massey builds the world out of light and shadow; he helps us see pattern and grid, and the thinning sunlight. Remarkably, and important to his poetry, he also helps us hear sound and even its absence. Here, exterior and interior are continuous; the physical world touches us.
veers quickly from meditation and narrative to song, plunging the reader into a liminal world of dreams, archaic lyrics, and fables, populated with figures ranging from the Hawk and Worm, the Cat and Dove, to Cold and Death. It is a wilderness in which all things are alive, yet it is also a place of menace. Whether or not the Trickster reaches utopia, he reckons with the world that is achievable on earth and in words.
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Zion - T.J. Jarrett
, the latest collection of poems by T.J. Jarrett, is the poignant study of the resonating effects of the Civil Rights Movement on one family. Jarrett lovingly explores the minutiae of mortality and race across three generations who have come together one summer to grieve and to remember as one of them passes to the farther shore, a place beyond retribution, where there is only forgiveness.