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i shimmer sometimes, too
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i shimmer sometimes, too

By Porsha Olayiwola

76 page poetry collection, marked as a review copy. Porsha Olayiwola's debut poetry collection soars with the power and presence of live performance. These poems dip their hands deep into the fabric of black womanhood, pulling out all of its threads. This book establishes Porsha Olayiwola firmly in the lineage of black queer poetics, pulling equally from Audre Lorde and Danez Smith. This is a book of gentle breaking and inventive reconstruction. This is a book of self-care, and community-care―the pursuit of building a world that will keep you alive. JC1019

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A Bouquet of Daisies
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A Bouquet of Daisies

By Megan Alice

34 page poetry collection. "A Bouquet of Daisies is a collection of poetry and prose exploring the heartbreak and healing found in relationships of all kinds. Centered around the theme of human connection, she additionally touches on the battle against mental illness, the stigma that follows the diagnosis, emotional abuse, sexual assault, and misogyny. Alice puts the spotlight on dark topics to bring forth an awareness around pain rather than shy away from it. A Bouquet of Daisies concludes with reassuring messages of plucking the dark moments out of your past to bask in your future and inner power." (jc919)

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What If?
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What If?

By Anna Russell

192 page poetry collection. "Josh Baker isn't sure why his brain tells him to do things that other people don't need to do: checking his locker again and again, counting cracks in ceilings, and always needing to finish a song, for starters. He is a talented drummer, a math genius, and he knows everything about rock and roll. Yet, he knows his problems have the power to hurt his family and make him fail at school. When Josh is diagnosed with OCD, it's a blessing and a curse. Can he overcome his thoughts, or will they break him?" (jc919)

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Empires
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Empires

By John Balaban

54 page poetry collection. 'John Balaban's sixth collection of poetry considers America in its innate beauty and complex ugliness, in its powerfully healing landscapes and its destructive misadventures. With a compelling lyricism and cinematic imagery, Empires showcases the pervasiveness of the human spirit across a diverse cast of characters, both modern and ancient. From the rubble of the World Trade Center to Washington's troops crossing the Potomac to powerful insights into the Vietnam War, Balaban's genius is in connecting the dots of history. Despite the destruction and persecution associated with empires, Balaban illuminates the often overlooked transcendent hope available through poetry, music, and an unwavering connection to the land. Through heart warming elegies, gripping narratives and new translations from several Romanian poets, Balaban's poems shine a redemptive light amidst the darkness and chaos of changing empires. "In a way that few poets do, John Balaban truly roams the globe―and the centuries. He has his eye on empires, yes, but also on moments when different slices of history collide... His capacious poems enlarge our eyes on the world." ―Adam Hochschild "In these poems, John Balaban plumbs the recent and ancient past. His generous spirit and technical brilliance cast a very bright light. Empires is luminous work." ―Elizabeth Farnsworth' Regular price $17.00. (jc919)

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Broke Baroque
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Broke Baroque

By Tony Medina

166 page poetry collection. "BROKE BAROQUE is the third in a series of Broke Books by the poet, Tony Medina. The poetry is centered on Medina's iconic "Everyman's" character "Broke," a character that bears witness to his plight of homelessness in a humorous yet profound way. The poetry is peppered with subtle images that talks about Broke's existence and life experiences on the streets of "Any City" through tall tales, anecdotes, episodes, rants and jokes that eloquently convey his marginalization in an unaccommodating society. With razor-sharp scatological whimsy, Medina's iconic ironic existential every man ― Broke ― bears witness to the plight of homelessness from his curbside porch, torching the capitalist system and its myriad societal contradictions. Using his trademark sardonic wit, Medina portrays Broke's anger, fear, humility and resolve with humor, but at the same time manages to bring moments of levity and hopefulness to Broke's plight. BROKE BAROQUE also gets people to acknowledge the growing number of homeless men, women and children that are multiplying in communities around the country and encourage action. Funny and perversely sharp, whimsical and impassioned, BROKE BAROQUE is compulsively readable and will connect with any book and poetry lover alike." JC122218-34-102

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After Houses: Poetry for the Homeless
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After Houses: Poetry for the Homeless

By Claire Millikin

144 page poetry collection. "AFTER HOUSES is an extended meditation on homelessness. In unflinching, raw poetry, poet Claire Millikin explores states of homelessness, and a longing for, even a devotion to, houses―houses as spaces where one could be safe and at ease. The poems move through an American landscape, between the South and the North, between childhood and adulthood, reaching toward a home that's never reached, but always at one's fingertips. Throughout this collection, Millikin draws from personal and family history, from classical mythology and architectural theory, to shape a poetry of empathy, in which some of the places where people get lost in America are faced and given place. AFTER HOUSES echo the voices of girls who have not quite survived, but who persist, intact in the way that Rimbaud insists on intactness, in words" (jc122218-38-101).

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A Country Without Borders: Poems and Stories of Kashmir
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A Country Without Borders: Poems and Stories of Kashmir

By Lalita Pandit Hogan

146 page poetry collection. "A COUNTRY WITHOUT BORDERS, POEMS AND STORIES OF KASHMIR is the debut collection of Lalita Pandit Hogan, an expatriate Kashmiri scholar and poet who shares with readers the loss of identity and home, culture, migration, womanhood, otherness and exile. Blooming with intense lyricism and fertile imagery, these full-blooded poems are elegant, mythic, and intricately woven, evoking a home no longer accessible. A COUNTRY WITHOUT BORDERS is an invaluable collection for all who are interested in cultural remembrance and meditations that reflect postcolonial poetry, and for students reading South Asian literature and culture." (jc122218-27-100)

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All That Wasted Fruit
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All That Wasted Fruit

By Arminé Iknadossian

50 page trade paperback poetry collection (jc819)

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Caravan to the North: Misael’s Long Walk
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Caravan to the North: Misael’s Long Walk

By Jorge Argueta

Advance Readers' Copy. 112 pages, regular price $16.95. "This novel in verse is a powerful first-person account of Misael Martínez, a Salvadoran boy whose family joins the caravan heading north to the United States. We learn all the different reasons why people feel the need to leave ― the hope that lies behind their decision, but also the terrible sadness of leaving home. We learn about how far and hard the trip is, but also about the kindness of those along the way. Finally, once the caravan arrives in Tijuana, Misael and those around him are relieved. They think they have arrived at the goal of the trip ― to enter the United States. But then tear gas, hateful demonstrations, force and fear descend on these vulnerable people. The border is closed. The book ends with Misael dreaming of El Salvador. This beautiful and timely story is written in simple but poetic verse by Jorge Argueta, the award-winning author of Somos como las nubes / We Are Like the Clouds. Award-winning Mexican illustrator Manuel Monroy illuminates Misael's journey. An author's note is included, along with a map showing the caravan's route." (jc81219)

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Every Present Thing a Ghost
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Every Present Thing a Ghost

By Rebecca Doverspike

36 pages plus covers poetry chapbook "SHP chapbook winner 2018" (jc619)

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The Temple of Warm Harmony
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The Temple of Warm Harmony

By Frank LaRue Owen

100 pages, trade paperback. Advance Readers' Copy, trade paperback format Regular price $16.95 "The Temple of Warm Harmony is a book of poems, but it is also something of a map. Some of the poems are about the author, some are about the reader, while other poems are about the times we're all living through. A blend of mini-exorcisms, healing incantations, dreams, and invitations to numinous ways of observing and experiencing life, the book is divided into three parts: In the World of Red Dust, Heartbreak and Armoring, and Entering The Temple of Warm Harmony. On the heels of his award-winning first book of poetry, The School of Soft-Attention, poet Frank LaRue Owen invites "fellow travelers" to consider ways we can regain a sense of harmony even while navigating challenging terrain, personally and collectively." (jc5-19)

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Soft Target
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Soft Target

By Deborah Landau

72 pages, trade paperback. Marked as a review copy on the first page (half title). Regular price $16 "Starred Review in Publishers Weekly: "Through the cadence of these poems, which sometimes resemble lullabies in their dreaminess and gorgeous lyricism, Landau captures the ways humans persist, despite our collective anxiety, in our longing for 'something tender, something that might bloom.'" Deborah Landau's fourth book of poetry, Soft Targets, draws a bullseye on humanity's vulnerable flesh and corrupted world. In this ambitious lyric sequence, the speaker's fear of annihilation expands beyond the self to an imperiled planet on which all inhabitants are "soft targets." Her melancholic examinations recall life's uncanny ability to transform ordinary places―subways, cafes, street corners―into sites of intense significance that weigh heavily on the modern mind. "O you who want to slaughter us, we'll be dead soon/enough what's the rush," Landau writes, contemplating a world beset by political tumult, random violence, terror attacks, and climate change. Still there are the ordinary and abundant pleasures of day-to-day living, though the tender exchanges of friendship and love play out against a backdrop of 21st century threats with historical echoes, as neo-Nazis marching in the United States recall her grandmother's flight from Nazi Germany." (jc5-19)

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ticket stubs & liner notes
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ticket stubs & liner notes

By Tim Hunt

80 page paperback poetry collection (jc32419)

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Fruit of the Earth
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Fruit of the Earth

By Jamie Wendt

92 pages paperback poetry collection."In this powerful and exquisite collection of poems, Jamie Wendt, a graduate of the University of Nebraska MFA program whose poetry has been published in various literary journals including Lilith, Raleigh Review and Minerva Rising, locates the interplay between the material and spiritual inheritance of land and people through themes of place, and displacement. . ." (jc1118)

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A Calendar Reckoning
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A Calendar Reckoning

By Dave Margoshes

104 pages, poetry collection. "With careful attention to detail, and evocative turns of phrase, Dave Margoshes introspectively looks back on youth. Intriguing metaphors, reminiscent of pastoral imagery, create a sharp contrast between the heavy subject matter of one's own mortality, and the beautiful, evocative comparisons between humanity and the rest of the animal kingdom, particularly birds and trees. Darwin's Theory of Evolution, is juxtaposed with the desire to give in to temptation, and become one with the world, as Margoshes makes most evident in his final poem, "Wisdom", a fitting end to a collection that would have the reader struggling between reconciling their past and present." (jc1128)

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Dissolve
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Dissolve

By Sherwin Bitshi

trade paperback poetry collection, 68 pages, marked as a review copy. "Bitsui's poetry returns things to their basic elements and voice in a flowing language rife with illuminating images. A great reading experience for those who like serious and innovative poetry." ―Library Journal Drawing upon Navajo history and enduring tradition, Sherwin Bitsui leads us on a treacherous, otherworldly passage through the American Southwest. Fluidly shape-shifting and captured by language that functions like a moving camera, Dissolve is urban and rural, past and present in the haze of the reservation. Bitsui proves himself to be one of this century's most haunting, raw, and uncompromising voices. From "(Untitled)": . . . Jeweled with houseflies, leather rattles, foil-wrapped, ferment in beaked masks on the shores of evaporating lakes. This plot, now a hotel garden, its fountain gushing forth― the slashed wrists of the Colorado River. Sherwin Bitsui was raised in White Cone, Arizona, on the Navajo Reservation. He is the author of two other books of poetry, among them Flood Song, which won an American Book Award. He currently lives in Arizona where he has serves on the faculty of the Institute of American Indian Arts.(jc100518)

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Dangerous Household Items
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Dangerous Household Items

By David Orr

Trade paperback poetry collection, 80 pages, marked as a review copy. "David Orr is an authentic iconoclast. His criticism is exuberant and original. Dr. Johnson, my critical hero, urged us to clear our mind of cant. Orr has cleared his. He will enhance the perception of his readers." ―Harold Bloom "A poetry critic and poet himself, David Orr's work often explores a gray area of literary professionalism and process. A columnist for the New York Times Book Review. . . . Orr shows himself to be a reader interested in cutting through noise, particularly with the realities of writing and publishing in a popular culture." ―Ploughshares In his wry debut collection of poetry, celebrated critic David Orr ponders the dark underworld of the ordinary, as he traverses the suburban gothic landscape of modern America. Orr finds and names what's at the core of being human: sorrow, kindness, familial love, and memory. The poems are playful, fashioned of fables, familiar objects, and the supernatural, inviting every reader to enter in. From "The Abduction": . . . Later, he would wake each night screaming In helpless confusion, but at the time There was just the sun, the beach, the sun, the saltwater And dark forms being kind. Only a month After the incident, having lost the skill Of knowing what was real, he walked Into headlights he had thought were his wife. David Orr teaches at Cornell University in addition to serving as the poetry columnist for the New York Times Book Review. A native of South Carolina, he lives in Ithaca, New York.(jc100518)

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The School of Soft Attention
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The School of Soft Attention

By Frank LaRue Owen

90 pages, trade paperback format Advance Readers' Copy. "It has been said that poetry can be a marker of where a poet has been, or a way for a poet to point to places where we, the reader, can go. Both types of poems appear in The School of Soft-Attention. Not corralled to any one poetic style, the heart-mind-river that forms this flowing collection has been shaped by the author's diverse cross-cultural experiences, spiritual tutelage with a New Mexican wisewoman and wilderness guide, and fueled by such practices as meditation in the Zen tradition, mountain pilgrimages, fasting in the deserts of New Mexico, and intensive dreamwork. At every point along the way, the poems in The School of Soft-Attention invite the reader to turn to a new way of seeing, a new way of paying attention to the life within and around us." jc70218

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Field Recordings
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Field Recordings

By Russell Brakefield

94 pages, trade paperback, marked as a review copy. "Firmly rooted in the dramatic landscapes and histories of Michigan, Field Recordings uses American folk music as a lens to investigate themes of personal origin, family, art, and masculinity. The speakers of these poems navigate Michigan's folklore and folkways while exploring more personal connections to those landscapes and examining the timeless questions that occupy those songs and stories. With rich musicality and lyric precision, the poems in Field Recordings look squarely at what it means to be a son, a brother, an artist, a person. Inspired by the life and writings of famous ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax, Field Recordings is divided into three sections. It is anchored by a long poem that tracks Alan Lomax on his 1938 journey through Michigan collecting music for the Library of Congress. This poem speaks to the complex process of recording the voices and stories of working-class musicians in Michigan in the early part of the twentieth century. It is rich with the pleasures of music and storytelling and is steeped in history. Like the rest of the collection, it also speaks to the questions and anxieties that, like music, transcend time and technology. In poems alternately elegiac and rhapsodic, Field Recordings explores the way art is produced and translated, the line between innovation and appropriation, and the complex, beautiful stories that are passed between us. From poetry readers to poets, music fans to musicians, this collection will undoubtedly appeal to a wide audience." JC70218

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Celadon
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Celadon

By Ian Haight

Advance Readers' Copy, 92 pages "Celadon reflects on hard work in an era of depersonalization. Ian Haight's poems portray Midwestern factory workers, Korean farmers, Chinese migrants miners, and exploited child laborers. Through a contemplation of globalization and the refuge from it that art could offer, Celadon searches for a place where one can live with peace and dignity. These poems draw specific inspiration from the valleys of Kaya—an ancient kingdom situated in present-day Korea—where celadon potters have lived for over 1,500 years. The valleys are an enclave for artists of all kinds, many of them ceramicists creating their works of art according to practices and traditions hundreds of years old. The community is a place where people have come together to live, ultimately, for art—and it has endured, regardless of the exertions of war, political gamesmanship, and power, for at least eighteen centuries." (jc53118)

$3.99

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