Authors A - Z
Titles A - Z
Pedro Mir (1913-2000), declared a non-person under the Trujillo dictatorship but widely accepted nowadays as the Dominican Republic's greatest poet, is barely known in the Anglophone world. Jonathan Cohen makes a persuasive case that he is in the same league as his contemporary Pablo Neruda, arguing the claim with undisguised enthusiasm, and supporting it with insightful commentary and exemplary quotation from Mir's work.
“The heart of Matram Rudra was so pierced that he shouted “Ouch!” and out of Matram Rudra’s
utterance sprang the shout of Vajrakilaya, the penetrating dagger.”
Whether Reality is wounded, or a “Pleasure trauma,” Donahue nevertheless gently, nimbly, moves the handprint, within incandescent materials as if holy burning gold.
She juxtaposes this war on language with a tone of an earlier time. We are no longer hiding in our bunkers or practicing duck and cover at our schools, but instead we are bunkering down into our apartments, trying desperately to find meaning from technology.
There’s this historic shift going on right under our eyes and right under our skins because women changed and they made us change with them, and now what are we?
The figures—so many figures. As if a lover could emerge from any facet of the poetics of Earth tones—of a robust ape in flow.
Huxley means something different from what Heraclitus meant when he said: “you can’t step into the same river twice.” McCarthy’s poems respond to Huxley’s affirmation with power and precision.
"My family loved to share jokes and retell stories. As a result, as a teenager I was drawn to both poetry and comedy for their efficiency. It wasn’t until college, once I became a reader, that I came to think of myself as a writer."
I haven’t believed in the flaccid poetry establishment since the late-1950s-1970s, when street people, misfits and hungry voices ruled the roost. If Sharon Doubiago is chosen poet laureate instead of the safe university professors of past decades, I’ll believe again.
This is a maximalist overdrive collection! Like listening to some kind of metal or at least power metal.
The OBU Manifestos offers evidence of a poetic imagination at work, imagining in the best utopian fashion a world of human mutuality the direct obverse of the oligarchical nightmare into which we seem to be descending.
“It’s true—this book could have prevented the Civil War. And could start the next one.”
Imagine a taut silk thread between Samuel R Delany’s The Motion of Light in Water and the glorious rainbow that is New Narrative.
"I am pleased to nominate Alexandria for the role of Poet Laureate," said Governor Chris Sununu. "As the author of six books and countless other works, I am confident Alexandria will do a great job as Poet Laureate of New Hampshire."
Set in New Orleans, the story is narrated by Adam, who after being cheated, robbed, and beaten in a crooked poker game, is kicked out of his French Quarter apartment by his girlfriend
As I have been with past work by Armenteros, I was taken by this novel’s calm, elegant cadences, but also by its willingness to challenge, unsettle and provoke.
Riveting—and outraging—The Boy Who Listened to Paintings is a warmly brilliant memoir of adolescence and mental health to inspire all of us.
Eva Skrande’s wonderful poems arise from a tradition which might be termed transpersonal or subpersonal.
Provocative, haunting, dreamlike, these poems model a suffusion of presences unlike anything else in contemporary poetry.
When is the world going to wake up to the genius of Tom Bradley? … One of the most criminally underrated authors on the planet.
For the impalpable or impossible, he substitutes our language: "There is no such thing as a tangent to still air."
Its forays into memory are like nothing else. Unfinished Child is an extraordinary work of art. It will challenge and delight you. Marvin Bell
Eric Hoffman is not afraid to face full-on the perennial agonies of the human moral state, nor does he fail to observe the creaking of house’s timbers on a frosty night. Mark Scroggins
Slonimsky thinks in green, always. In his poetry he performs what he variously calls “treemath,”“nature-math,”or the “math of flower petals.” Green’s pure source.
Thilleman’s modus operandi is impossible to pin down, a surviving force amid the endless detritus and debris of the past ...
What the orphan finds is not perhaps his own people but a deep history, a telling and re-telling of bodies of water, trees and their shadows, ancestors around tables, earth light; these are the things that make the circling shape of voice.
"Our task, she urgently implies, is to watch and decide. We cannot relinquish our guard in this world, nor banish delight."
Margot Farrington in ABR
“Memory has profound resonance in our time of relative truth, greed and indifference to history. This powerful book is more relevant than ever.”
"The book takes direct aim at the fantasies of some males, making them so extreme that their absurdity becomes crystal clear."
Jefferson Hansen at Rain Taxi
Delivered on the fine line between the ludic and the sublime, Sine Wave is ultimately concerned with a woman whose music ushers her through life and death...
For five decades, Quasha has fearlessly and lucidly in poetry, essays, anthologies and interviews built a poetics of radical utterance, a poetry of the word unleashed from melody, set free from number—into pure saying.
"Notes focuses on those energies in art that enact image spaces and spatiotemporal alterations in which life is never quite what it seems to be."
"...this breath of fresh air, this right to innocence, obtained of course through difficult struggle I have always appreciated in these immense transatlantic poets ... a similar “oxygenation” in the poems of Steve Light."
Mehdi Belhaj Kacem
"Doubiago writes of them, she tells the truth as she sees it, but there is no vindictiveness. There is rarely even anger, just sadness and pity for what could have been or even was..."
Rebecca Cuthbert, in ABR
Roots & Branches Series
Danish Literature in Translation
Roots & Branches Series
Danish Literature in Translation
"In the recurring dream, Merton in mufti doesn’t expect me here, where the red sun is always diving into the Kentucky nob."
Brenna Womer breaks all the rules except the most important one: to tell your own truth unswervingly, in the best way you know how, no matter what.
From one of Italy’s most widely read and deeply treasured poets: an essential collection of verse, selected from all five of his major works, bringing this unique, mesmerizing voice to an English-speaking audience for the first time.
Disoriented by culture shock, preyed upon by ghosts from a haunted past, Marty falsifies his résumé to become manager of a fleabag hotel.
"...not only the complexity of the text made it a daunting task for a skilled translator to undertake but also the challenge of communicating in another language a deeply seeded trauma of Ukraine and its people, masterfully portrayed by Matios."
Natalia Cousineau, World Literature Today
But the need to find a home and something to sustain them is great: “So here we are digging, digging / until we’re wild, find water.”
Michael Quinn in The Gertrude
He is a man in the prime of his life, yet still everything seems to be falling apart. His problems begin when he has intercourse with a Russian student in the Muslim prayer room at the University.
Seley’s extremely stylistic lyricism and command of language will make readers feel as though they are in the hands of someone with immense wisdom.
from the review in Luna Luna
Partly is a wonderland greenhouse that Jack built and then allowed us to enter and it glows like a signal that means human beings can be great observers and creators of beauty and fun, all because of what exists.
Kelly is the best and necessary kind of poetic voice—incandescent, powerful, genuine, and brilliantly funny.
Money stuns and delights in its sampling and juxtaposition. Imagine Yoko Ono’s Grapefruit upgraded to the era of #FakeNews.
"The body politic is sick, and the mad military leader narrating these poems is its demented head of state."
"...but can they not also see my enormous bulk? Butch heart pumping opus dragging tankard legs along the roads on which I walk?"
El Misterio Nadal is weird, funny, thoroughly documented, and ‘gets’ Bolaño perfectly.
It’s about false endings and true beginnings and all the jagged mysteries that attend the human journey.
"Michael Keenan is a reborn troubadour…I always thought his poems silvery and charitable…I admire their lateral drift, their intimate evocation of names, their evanescence."
"Beth Benedix is a professor of religious studies, world literature and community engagement and in her book Ghost Writer (A Story about Telling a Story), she explores the ethics of narrative."
"What appear to be loosely woven pieces of philosophy and bits of untold historical drama have a way of revealing something elemental about human perception and the art of storytelling itself."
It’s rare to be so enmeshed in reading a novel, and rarer still in one whose sentences you covet, whose words are like precious stones.
Jordan Blum speaks with Spryszak about Edju, Thrice Fiction, the debate over paying/non-paying journals, the world of surrealist writing, music, and much more.
Cover to Cover podcast
“...these beautifully constructed stories—profound, humane, dark, and yet illuminated by love and belief in humanity—bring us into the heart of the global catastrophes facing our species and our planet today.”
“...reminded of the haunts of an older world, of a world that is far less abstracted, far less buried, far more present, far more accessible. The elusive image, the Sugar Factory itself, a nothing-place filled with the nothing that is life, experience, and contentment.”
“So rich, so plentiful in terms of its rhythms, emotions, images, transitions, its subtlety. A very giving novel, a lot for the reader, this reader to think on.”
“While many of the situations described here seem familiar — a trip to CVS, a young daughter who explodes when told it's time for dinner — they're presented with an edginess and sharp intelligence that makes the poems pop.”
Washington Post Book World
"I need data, information—but that is not what I want from poetry or any art form. Yes, poetry has its crafty elements. But you shouldn’t see the machinations of craft right off. As for syntax? Syntax is a kind of music, is it not? And some music comes from a far country . . ."
Karen Garthe interviewed in Rain Taxi
"Kuppers transforms prose stories into lyric meditations in ways that are convincing and disarming in their beauty."
"Appendices Pulled from a Study on Light is a testament to how poetry can take us where no other written work dares to tread."
—San Francisco Book Review
"Along with viewing illuminated manuscripts and explorations of dazzling manifestations of light, Babbitt extols the joy of reading with a poet’s enthusiasm."
"Right now, I’m fascinated by the role of poetry in digital culture and contemporary art."
Christine Stoddard interviewed in Ms. Magazine
"The longing for sisterhood becomes a new heartbreak for the speaker as the book progresses."
A selection of forthcoming titles
science fiction fiction
connie mae concepción oliver
what we have
MTC Cronin & Maria Zajkowski
Kristina Marie Darling
A Shelter Poetry
Third Eye Rising
Murzban F. Shroff
The Reconception of Marie
The Three Taos of Tao
To the Attic
The Chicago Window
A Life of Olson
Kelli Stevens Kane
Light & Misery
The Divine Comic
The Accident : An Account
Anne de Marcken
Not Even Rabbits Go Down This Hole