• Bringing the Shovel Down

    Bringing the Shovel Down

    Gay, Ross

    Bringing the Shovel Down maps the long and arduous process of being inculcated with the mythologies of state and power, the ramifications of that inculcation (largely, the loss of our humanity in the service of maintaining those mythologies), and finally, what it might mean, what it might provide us, if we were to transform those myths. The book, finally, has one underlying question: How might we better love one another? (syndetics)

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  • Dance Dance Revolution: Poems

    Dance Dance Revolution: Poems

    Hong, Cathy Park

    'The Guide' is a former South Korean dissident and tour guidewho speaks a fluid fabricated language; 'the Historian' interviewsthe Guide and annotates the commentaries. Cathy Park Hong'spassionate and artful poem sequence weaves an ultimatelyrevitalizing dialogue on shared experience in a globalized world,using language as subversion and disguise. (syndetics)

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  • No Thanks

    No Thanks

    Cummings, E. E.

    Reissued in an edition newly offset from the authoritative Complete Poems 1904-1962, edited by George James Firmage. (syndetics)

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  • Ariel: The Restored Edition : A Fascimile of Plath's Manuscript, Reinstating Her Original Selection and Arrangement

    Ariel: The Restored Edition : A Fascimile of Plath's Manuscript, Reinstating Her Original Selection and Arrangement

    Plath, Sylvia

    Sylvia Plath's famous collection, as she intended it. When Sylvia Plath died, she not only left behind a prolific life but also her unpublished literary masterpiece, Ariel. When her husband, Ted Hughes, first brought this collection to life, it garnered worldwide acclaim, though it wasn't the draft Sylvia had wanted her readers to see. This facsimile edition restores, for the first time, Plath's original manuscript--including handwritten notes--and her own selection and arrangement of poems. This edition also includes in facsimile the complete working drafts of her poem "Ariel," which provide a rare glimpse into the creative process of a beloved writer. This publication introduces a truer version of Plath's works, and will no doubt alter her legacy forever. (syndetics)

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  • Splay Anthem

    Splay Anthem

    Mackey, Nathaniel

    Part antiphonal rant, part rhythmic whisper, Nathaniel Mackey's new collection of poems,Splay Anthem, takes the reader to uncharted poetic spaces. Divided into three sections--"Braid," "Fray," and "Nub" (one referent Mackey notes in his stellar Introduction: "the imperial, flailing republic of Nub the United States has become, the shrunken place the earth has become, planet Nub")--Splay Anthem weaves together two ongoing serial poems Mackey has been writing for over twenty years, "Song of the Andoumboulou" and "Mu" (though "Mu no more itself / than Andoumboulou"). In the cosmology of the Dogon of West Africa, the Andoumboulou are progenitor spirits, and the song of the Andoumboulou is a song addressed to the spirits, a funeral song, a song of rebirth."Mu," too, splays with meaning:muni bird, Greekmuthos, a Sun Ra tune, a continent once thought to have existed in the Pacific. With the vibrancy of a Mira painting, Mackey's poems trace the lost tribe of "we" through waking and dreamtime, through a multitude of geographies, cultures, histories, and musical traditions, as poetry here serves as the intersection of everything, myth's music, spirit lift. (syndetics)

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  • Otherwise: New and Selected Poems

    Otherwise: New and Selected Poems

    Kenyon, Jane

    Otherwise collects a lifetime's work of poetry by one of our most cherished poets. Opening with twenty poems and including generous selections from Jane Kenyon's four previous books-- From Room to Room , The Boat of Quiet Hours , Let Evening Come , and Constance -- this collection was selected and arranged by Kenyon shortly before her death in April 1995. This extensive collection reveals a scrupulously crafted body of work in which poem after poem achieves a rare and somber grace. Light and shade are never far apart in these telling narratives of life at the poet's New Hampshire home. The shadow of depression in Jane Kenyon's verse has the force of a spiritual presence-- a god, demon, angel. Yet her work emphasizes the constant effort of her imagination to redeem her suffering. As her husband Donald Hall writes in the afterword to Otherwise , we share "her joy in the body and the creation, in flowers, music, and paintings, in hayfields and a dog." (syndetics)

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  • And Still I Rise

    And Still I Rise

    Angelou, Maya

    Maya Angelou's unforgettable collection of poetry lends its name to the documentary film about her life, And Still I Rise, as seen on PBS's American Masters . Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size But when I start to tell them, They think I'm telling lies. I say, It's in the reach of my arms, The span of my hips, The stride of my step, The curl of my lips. I'm a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That's me. Thus begins "Phenomenal Woman," just one of the beloved poems collected here in Maya Angelou's third book of verse. These poems are powerful, distinctive, and fresh--and, as always, full of the lifting rhythms of love and remembering. And Still I Rise is written from the heart, a celebration of life as only Maya Angelou has discovered it. "It is true poetry she is writing," M.F.K. Fisher has observed, "not just rhythm, the beat, rhymes. I find it very moving and at times beautiful. It has an innate purity about it, unquenchable dignity. . . . It is astounding, flabbergasting, to recognize it, in all the words I read every day and night . . . it gives me heart, to hear so clearly the caged bird singing and to understand her notes." (syndetics)

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  • Crazy Brave: A Memoir

    Crazy Brave: A Memoir

    Harjo, Joy

    A memoir from the Native American poet describes her youth with an abusive stepfather, becoming a single teen mom, and how she struggled to finally find inner peace and her creative voice.

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  • When My Brother Was An Aztec

    When My Brother Was An Aztec

    Diaz, Natalie

    "I write hungry sentences," Natalie Diaz once explained in an interview, "because they want more and more lyricism and imagery to satisfy them." This debut collection is a fast-paced tour of Mojave life and family narrative: A sister fights for or against a brother on meth, and everyone from Antigone, Houdini, Huitzilopochtli, and Jesus is invoked and invited to hash it out. These darkly humorous poems illuminate far corners of the heart, revealing teeth, tails, and more than a few dreams. I watched a lion eat a man like a piece of fruit, peel tendons from fascia like pith from rind, then lick the sweet meat from its hard core of bones. The man had earned this feast and his own deliciousness by ringing a stick against the lion's cage, calling out Here, Kitty Kitty, Meow! W ith one swipe of a paw much like a catcher's mitt with fangs, the lion pulled the man into the cage, rattling his skeleton against the metal bars. The lion didn't want to do it-- He didn't want to eat the man like a piece of fruit and he told the crowd this: I only wanted some goddamn sleep . . . Natalie Diaz was born and raised on the Fort Mojave Indian Reservation in Needles, California. After playing professional basketball for four years in Europe and Asia, Diaz returned to the states to complete her MFA at Old Dominion University. She lives in Surprise, Arizona, and is working to preserve the Mojave language. (syndetics)

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  • Envelope Poems

    Envelope Poems

    Dickinson, Emily

    "The Envelope Poems is a small gift-book selection of Emily Dickinson's writings on envelope scraps. A full-color edition, The Envelope Poems presents a selection in facsimile publication of her crucially important, most experimental late work. The Envelope Poems is a selection from a larger collection, previously co-published by New Directions and Christine Burgin: Emily Dickinson's The Gorgeous Nothings, a project created by the visual artist Jen Bervin and the noted Dickinson scholar Marta L. Werner, which presented all of Emily Dickinson's late compositions on envelopes. The Envelope Poems collects color facsimiles of 30 of her envelope writings with visual transcriptions by Bervin and Werner. This selection of these facsimiles of Dickinson's late work on envelopes makes this poetry available in a small, affordable gift-size cloth edition"--

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