Book Series

Crab Orchard Award Series in Poetry

Twenty First Century Blues

Twenty First Century Blues

Author: Richard Cecil Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/08/2004

Twenty First Century Blues by Richard Cecil

Beautiful Trouble

Beautiful Trouble

Author: Amy Fleury Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/08/2004

Beautiful Trouble by Amy Fleury

American Flamingo

American Flamingo

Author: Greg Pape Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/03/2005

Taking its title from an Audubon painting, American Flamingo shares with the artist an exquisite attention to detail and the suggestion of a larger sense of time and place through depictions of the intimate interactions between creatures and their habitats. In his fifth collection of poetry, Greg Pape melds memorable images from the natural world with the drama of ordinary experience to capture small transformations of human character in American settings from Arizona's Sonora Desert to the icy streets of Washington, D.C. Through elegies, character sketches, and lyric and narrative evocations of family and place, Pape offers lucid and startling poems that bridge the spaces between the past and the present, men and women, and urban and rural landscapes.

For Dust Thou Art

For Dust Thou Art

Author: Timothy Liu Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/09/2005

Seeking spiritual consolation within the material world. Running the gamut from traditional to radical forms, Timothy Liu's sixth collection of poems, For Dust Thou Art, continues the trajectory of his previous books but extends his lyrical range. The centerpiece of the volume's tripartite structure is a meditation on the events surrounding 9/11 and its aftermath. In his poems, Liu explores what a twenty-first century American poetry of witness might look like and protests the charge that the poetic generation to which Liu belongs is stymied by a kind of jaded amorality. Whether taking on public spectacle or contemplating the fallout of a private life, these meditations move forward and backward through time, seeking spiritual consolation within a material world.

Roam

Roam

Author: Susan B. A. Somers-Willett Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/02/2006

Roam explores the loss of a parent to cancer and the resulting uprootedness that loss can create. In searching for a sense of home and belonging, this collection of free verse looks both inward and outward, to landscapes rural and urban, and speaks in haunting and musical lyrics. Unexpected voices emerge from history and myth - those of Joan of Arc, Ophelia, Circe, Daedalus and Icarus, and Achilles' mother, Thetis - and mingle with the author's own voice. From the naming of the first woman, Eve, to the naming of the first European child born in the Americas, Virginia Dare, these characters seek full houses and, instead, discover empty ones. In a voice that is southern, feminist, and unflinching in its assessments of the self, Susan B. A. Somers-Willett treats personal loss without ceremony or nostalgia. The poems of Roam look homeward while acknowledging that one can never return to such elusive comforts. Her lyrics reveal the dangers and delights of an ever-changing, ever-traveling sense of self.

Lizzie Borden in Love

Lizzie Borden in Love

Author: Julianna Baggott Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/08/2006

Lizzie Borden in Love, a collection of poems by national bestselling author, Julianna Baggott, offers poignant commentary in the voices of women as varied as Mary Todd Lincoln and Monica Lewinsky. The poems often focus on a particular moment in life: Katherine Hepburn discovers the dead body of her brother in an attic, or painter, Mary Cassatt mourns the failure of her eyesight. Sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes ecstatic, the poems in this collection never fail the trust of the subjects of their intimate portrayals.

Dark Alphabet

Dark Alphabet

Author: Jennifer Maier Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/08/2006

In works whose subjects range from the religious to the carnal, the whimsical to the foreboding, Jennifer Maier's debut collection of poems, Dark Alphabet , explores the everyday mysteries of our common experience with humor, lucidity, and an unblinking yet compassionate eye. Whether occasioned by a song overheard on the car radio, a packet of risque postcards from the 1920's, a conversation with a dead parent, or the behavior of ducks in mating season, each poem sets off on a journey that ranges far from its origins, arriving with the reader in a clearing at dusk, in a place of wise good humor and somber grace.

If No Moon

If No Moon

Author: Moira Linehan Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/03/2007

If No Moon by award-winning author Moira Linehan documents the effects of profound loss and the dark withdrawal into grief. Wherever the author turns - the landscape of her backyard in Massachusetts, a Trappist monastery in Kentucky, the museums of Florence, or the cliffs of Inishmor in Ireland - she sees only the geography of emptiness. Crossovers between craft and art, form and voice, knitting and memory, recur throughout the poems. Lying within the traditions of narrative poetry, elegy, and the lyric, the collection reveals the mysterious journey of return. Coming full circle to find again the lyrical and the transcendent within the everyday, beauty eventually wins out. If No Moon , accessible to all who have or will experience loss, is the voice of one who has come to understand that there is no other work but starting over.

Red Clay Suite

Red Clay Suite

Author: Honoree Fanonne Jeffers Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/05/2022

In her third book of poems, Honoree Fanonne Jeffers expresses her familiarity with the actual and imaginary spaces that the American South occupies in our cultural lexicon. Her two earlier books of poetry, The Gospel of Barbecue and Outlandish Blues , use the blues poetic to explore notions of history and trauma. Now, in Red Clay Suite , Jeffers approaches the southern landscape as utopia and dystopia - a crossroads of race, gender, and blood. These poems signal the ending movement of her crossroads blues and complete the last four bars of a blues song, resting on the final, and essential, note of resolution and reconciliation.

Always Danger

Always Danger

Author: David Hernandez Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/05/2022

Always Danger offers a lyrical and highly imaginative exploration into the hazards that surround people's lives - whether it's violence, war, mental illness, car accidents, or the fury of Mother Nature. In his second collection of poems, David Hernandez embraces the element of surprise: a soldier takes refuge inside a hollowed-out horse, a man bullies a mountain, and a giant pink donut sponsors age-old questions about beliefs. Hernandez typically eschews the politics that often surround the inner circle of contemporary literature, but in this volume, he quietly sings a few bars with a political tone: one poem shadows the conflict in Iraq, another reflects our own nation's economic and cultural divide. Always Danger parallels Hernandez's joy of writing: unmapped, spontaneous, and imbued with nuanced revelation.

Circle

Circle

Author: Victoria Chang, Jon Tribble Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/05/2022

Taking its concept of concentricity from the eponymous Ralph Waldo Emerson essay, Circle, the first collection from Victoria Chang, adopts the shape as a trope for gender, family, and history. These lyrical, narrative, and hybrid poems trace the spiral trajectory of womanhood and growth and plot the progression of self as it ebbs away from and returns to its roots in an Asian American family and context. Locating human desire within the helixes of politics, society, and war, Chang skillfully draws arcs between T'ang Dynasty suicides and Alfred Hitchcock leading ladies, between the Hong Kong Flower Lounge and an all-you-can-eat Sunday brunch, the Rape of Nanking and civilian casualties in Iraq.