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A collection of poetry from the 2019 winner of the National Poetry Series, selected by Rosanna Warren In her remarkable and assured debut, Alexandria Hall explores the boundaries and limits of language, place, and the self, as well as the complicated space between safety and danger, intimacy and isolation, playfulness and seriousness, home and away. With a keen eye for the importance of place, Hall shows us daily life in rural Vermont, illuminating the beauty and difficulty inherent in the dichotomies of human language and experience. Incisive and tender, Field Music is a thoughtful and alert collection from a major emerging voice.
With both pen and camera lens, Orion Carloto captures the dreamlike beauty of memory. Film for Her is a story book of people, places, and memories captured on film. Through photographs, poetry, prose, and a short story, Orion Carloto invites readers to remember the forgotten and reach into the past, find comfort in the present, and make sense of the intangible future. Film photography isn't just eye candy; it's timeless and romantic-the ideal complement to Carloto's writing. In Film for Her, much like a visual diary, word and image are intertwined in a book perfect for both gift and self-purchase.
Sorry I haven't texted you back, I've been so anxious and depressed I haven't had time to catch my breath! Returning to the form of Stuff I've Been Feeling Lately, Sorry I Haven't Texted You Back is a beacon of light for all who struggle or have struggled with their mental health. Structured similar to her first book, Side A is the poetry and Side B (the second half of the book) is remixes, blackout versions of the poetry. The focus on mental health doesn't sacrifice universal appeal; the book includes the evergreen issues of love, loss, and heartbreak. Based on her viral Instagram poem, Sorry I Haven't Texted You Back, this collection lands in the crossroads of self-help and poetry.
Dante, now guided by Beatrice, faces the final third of his epic journey through the wheels of divine justice. Yet as he passes through the spheres of Heaven, he struggles with his faith, striving to understand the scales of good and evil that determine the fate of a human soul. The final book from Alasdair Gray, Paradise is a fitting conclusion to his own irreplaceable body of work, as well as to his masterful retelling of Dante's trilogy.
The mystery that Abughattas composes is always moving toward an impossible freeing of the self from its numerous frames. Yet frame by frame . . . she suspends our disbelief, catalogs those potentialities in an America always ready to shoot, direct, and produce the film of itself. Strip is 'in love with possibility,' 'in praise of here I am, here I've been,' USA style. Strip celebrates the body-its rise and fall, ebb and flow, in a carnival of parties-restlessly, shamelessly, searching for a way out. Even as Abughattas claims that 'I can't believe sometimes I have a body,' her poems teem with an awareness of the body's unavoidable centrality in our lives-in how we view our lives, and how others view them; in how they progress, and how they end; in how they become meaningful, and how they are stripped of meaning. And no stripping escapes memory. Whether in terms of dispossession or sexuality, admiration or pity, Abughattas renders her treatment of the body with candor and poignancy. . . . The most startling moments in Abughattas's poems, however, depend not on shocking or intimate details-but on the I' pulling away from the self, abandoning the ego, and gazing outward. She tries to see something else, to escape the body's restraints.' -Fady Joudah and Hayan Charara, from the Preface
mahikan ka-onot collects the finest work of accomplished Indigenous poet Duncan Mercredi, from his first book in 1991 to recent unpublished poems. These are poems of life on the land as well as life in the city, vibrant with the rhythms of traditional Cree and Metis storytelling but also with the clamour and the music of the streets. This book brings the work of Duncan Mercredi (Cree/Metis) back into the public eye, providing a new generation of readers with the opportunity to experience his unique artistry. Mercredi brings to these poems the sensibility of a Cree speaker and a renowned oral storyteller, revealing a deep attachment to the land and a nuanced understanding of the complexities of contemporary Indigenous life. In startlingly direct, plainspoken language, the poet explores themes of cultural resurgence and steadfast connections among the generations, even amid the unfolding tragedies wrought by colonialism. Some of these poems are memories of traditional life on the land, especially in the time before Manitoba Hydro radically altered Mercredi's home community of Grand Rapids, Manitoba. Others focus on the urban Indigenous experience, based upon Mercredi's longstanding and intimate knowledge of Winnipeg. Like mahikan, the wolf, Mercredi's characters are often outsiders in certain contexts, but the poems reveal other perspectives that allow us to understand their loyalty and their love of community. The volume includes an afterword by Duncan Mercredi and an introduction by Metis scholar Warren Cariou, both of which provide resources for deeper study of the poems.
You Are My Joy and Pain is Naomi Long Madgett's latest and possibly most endearing poetry collection. Bill Harris, a 2011 Kresge Foundation Eminent Artist, said of the book, Even with the evidence of over a half-century or more of first-rate poetic artistry by Madgett, this collection is a breath-arresting surprise and delight. Poem-by-poem and section-by-section amaze. Each poem in the collection is a master class in technique and in her ability to transpose an idea into a tightly composed example of the craft of poetry . You Are My Joy and Pain receives its name from the Billie Holiday song Don't Explain and is divided into three parts. The first part, A Promise of Sun , contains fourteen poems relating to the hopeful and joyful beginning of a new relationship. The second part, Trinity: A Dream Sequence , consists of twenty poems with religious imagery and encompasses both the beginning and the end of a relationship. The third part, Stormy Weather , includes thirty-two poems that relate to the heartbreaking experience of a love gone wrong. These are not love poems in the abstract-the richness with which Madgett writes hints at the firsthand experience of a lifetime of loving. While several anthologies of love poems exist in the world, it is rare to find a single-author collection that so closely examines love in all of its messy and beautiful layers. Readers will identify with the hope and disappointment that Madgett presents in these poems.
In No More Time, Greg Delanty offers a celebration of the natural environment that also bemoans its mistreatment at the hands of humans. The collection's long sequence, A Field Guide to People, is an alpha-bestiary of twenty-six sonnets, each a meditation on a species of flora or fauna that is thriving, endangered, or extinct. Evoking an earthly heaven, purgatory, and hell for plants and animals, these poems function also as love letters to the biosphere as they connect the past with the present in both form and content. In the middle of this sonnet sequence, a section labeled Breaking News gives voice in poetry to the political state of our planet with a balance of pathos, wit, and hope. By stressing the deep, underlying bonds that humans share with the natural world, No More Time witnesses the effects of climate change and presents a vital and truthful view of what remains at stake for engaged global citizens in the twenty-first century.
Winner of the 2019 Interim Test Site Poetry Series Prize The beautifully crafted poems in Riddle Field explore two parallel themes, the impact of the impending destruction of a dam on a small town and the trauma of sexual abuse and eventual recovery from it. This work focuses on the environment, human and physical, in which the loss of nature and innocence is born and calls attention to the many ways we create both intimacy and distance when trauma is hidden or denied. Derek Thomas Dew's language is harsh, honest, and sometimes heartbreaking. His poems capture the confusion and fatigue that must be navigated for a victim of abuse to piece himself back together and the internal strife that comes with carry-ing a traumatic secret that can no longer be ignored. Rich with unforgettable images and the quiet strength of hard-won survival, Riddle Field tackles the complex process of achieving self-awareness and recovery in the wake of profound trauma.
Sara Lupita Olivares's Migratory Sound, winner of the 2020 CantoMundo Poetry Prize, looks back to generational narratives of Mexican American migration, examining linguistic and geographic boundaries as it journeys north along routes of seasonal fieldwork and factory labor. Whether enacting a bird migration, or the uprooting of people relocating north, or the private movement from sleep to alert vigilance, series editors Carolina Ebeid and Carmen GimEnez Smith observe, Olivares's stark poetry concerns the precarious idea of place and its underlying 'unplace.' She makes evident how every place bears a relationship with an elsewhere, an over there sometimes situated underneath.