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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

$4.99

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)

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Letters from Max
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Letters from Max

By Sarah Ruhl & Max Ritvo

Advance Readers' Copy, trade paperback format of what will be a hardcover in the regular edition. 316 pages. "In 2012, Sarah Ruhl was a distinguished, two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist. Max Ritvo, a student in her playwriting class at Yale University, was an exuberant, opinionated, intensely curious and intensely gifted poet in remission from pediatric cancer. Over the next four years―in which Ritvo's illness returned and his health began to decline, even as his productivity bloomed―the two traded a series of letters that spark with urgency, humor, and the desire for connection. Reincarnation, the loving playfulness of postmodernism, the afterlife as an Amtrak quiet car, good soup: in Ruhl and Ritvo's exchanges, all ideas are fair, nourishing game, shared and debated in the spirit of generosity and love. "We'll always know one another forever, however long ever is," Ritvo writes. "And that's all I want―is to know you forever." Studded with poems and songs, Letters from Max is a deeply moving portrait of a friendship, and a shimmering exploration of love, art, mortality, and the afterlife." (jc53118)

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Terrible Blooms
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Terrible Blooms

By Melissa Stein

94 pages, marked as a review copy. '"Stein reminds us that there is no honey―rough, or otherwise―without the sting." ―The New York Times In this lush, disturbing second collection from APR/Honickman Prize winner Melissa Stein, exquisite images are salvaged from harm and survival. Set against the natural world's violence―both ordinary and sublime―pain shines jewel-like out of these poems, illuminating what lovers and families conceal. Stein uses her gifts for persona and lyric richness to build worlds that are vivid, intricate, tough, sexy, and raw: "over and over // life slapping you in the face / till you're newly burnished / flat-out gasping and awake." Breathless with risk and redemption, Terrible blooms shows how loss claims us and what we reclaim. "Stein's poems are lit by a restless and flashing verbal intelligence...a nearly invisible, effortless authority." ―Mark Doty "Rough Honey is a miracle of a first collection...Stein is a new poet of the first order." ―Molly Peacock From "How I": Stupidly. Like a dog, like drought flood, like a vole the hawk lifts screaming to its first and last panoramic. Each want sired want and I was drowning in it― Melissa Stein's debut collection Rough Honey won the APR/Honickman First Book Prize. She is a freelance editor in San Francisco.' (jc42118)

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The Dream of Reason
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The Dream of Reason

By Jenny George

64 pages, marked as a review copy. "Jenny George's debut showcases an astonishing poetic talent, a new voice that is intensely focused, patient, and empathic. The Dream of Reason explores the paradoxical relationships between humans and the animals we imagine, keep, fear, and consume. Titled after Goya's grotesque bestiary, George's own dreamscape is populated by purring moths, bats that crawl like goblins, and livestock―especially pigs, whose spirit and slaughter inform a central series of portraits. The poems invite moments of stark realism into a spacious, lucid realm just outside of time―finding revelation in stillness, intimacy in violence, and vision in language that lifts from the dark." (jc42118)

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Otherword, Underworld, Pray Porch
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Otherword, Underworld, Pray Porch

By David Bottoms

66 page poetry collection trade paperback, marked as a review copy (jc30818)

$3.99

Because
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Because

By Joshua Mensch

128 pages, Advance Readers' Copy, Poetry Collection (jc020318)

$3.99

What You Saw and Still Remember
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What You Saw and Still Remember

By Judith Waller Carroll

66 page paperback paperback poetry collection, marked as a review copy (jc012618)

$3.99

Set to Music a Wildfire
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Set to Music a Wildfire

By Ruth Awad

69 pages, trade paperback format Advance Readers' Copy, "Poetry. Middle Eastern Studies. Winner of the 2016 Michael Waters Poetry Prize. In Lebanon during the civil war, a teenage boy and his family witness leveled cities, displaced civilians, the aftermath of massacres. Resources are scarce and uncertainty is everywhere. What does it mean to survive? To leave behind a home torn apart by war? To carry the burden of what you've seen across an ocean? These poems follow a man in search of security as he leaves his country for America, falls in love, and becomes a single father to three daughters. Through the perspective of one man, his family, and even his country, SET TO MUSIC A WILDFIRE explores the violence of living, the guilt of surviving, the loneliness of faith, and the impossible task of belonging." JC11-17

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Maps
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Maps

By John Freeman

76 pages, trade paperback format Advance Readers' Copy '"John [Freeman] delights in and is thoroughly devoted to writing and to books. He is my kind of person."Louise Erdrich In his travels, whenever John Freeman arrives at a new place, the first thing he does is look for a barbershop and gets a haircut. This simple ritual draws him closer to the world and the community he's entering. In his first book of poetry, Freemanbest known as editor ofFreeman's Journalmaps the present by way of the past, drawing upon memories of childhood, family, and former loves. Simultaneously international and intimately domestic,Mapsis nostalgic with a cool head, and able to examine the world with insightful compassion and grace. From "Legend": A soul is not a diamond pressed down into something hard like rock, but rather, the word my father's father said to himself on those too-cold California nights when all he could see was the work ahead of him, the dead behind her name He'd say her name. John Freeman is an American writer and literary critic. A graduate of Swarthmore College, he has served as editor of the literary magazineGranta and president of the National Book Critics Circle. His writing has appeared in nearly 200 English-language publications around the world. He lives in New York City., As a literary advocate, John Freeman is passionate, clear, analytical, and authoritative. In his first book of poetry, he maps the present by way of the past, drawing upon memories of childhood, family, and former loves. Simultaneously world-wide and intimately domestic, Maps is nostalgic with a cool head, and able to examine a younger time with insightful compassion and grace.' jc11-17

$5.99

Luxury
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Luxury

By Philip Schultz

78 pages, poetry collection, Advance Readers' Copy. '"Philip Schultz's poems have long since earned their own place in American poetry. His stylistic trademarks are his great emotional directness and his intelligent haranguing―of god, the reader, and himself. He is one of the least affected of American poets, and one of the fiercest." ―Tony Hoagland In this compassionate new collection, Philip Schultz's wry and incisive poetic voice takes on both the eternal questions of meaning and happiness and essentially modern complexities―the collective power of women's marches, the strangeness of googling oneself, the refugee crisis, the emotions associated with visiting the 9/11 memorial. At once philosophical and droll, Schultz explores life's luxuries and challenges with masterly precision. Luxury takes its name from the center poem, which has an ironic ring next to Schultz's Pulitzer Prize–winning collection Failure. The poem is a beautiful exploration of the pull toward life as Schultz examines the question of suicide, intimately probing a familial pull toward that darkness and weaving in the philosophy of Albert Camus and the voices and legacies of Paul Celan and Ernest Hemingway. Using humor, irony, and celebration as ballast against the book's darker forces, Luxury explores the comfort and sustenance of life, the bittersweet clarity of aging, and the anxiety of existence. From "Greed": Happiness, I used to think, was a necessary illusion. Now I think it's just precious moments of relief'(jc11-17)

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Barbie Chang
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Barbie Chang

By Victoria Chang

Poetry Collection. 100 pages, trade paperback, marked as a review copy. "With astringent understatement and wry economy, with nuance and intelligence and an enviable command of syntax and poetic line, Victoria Chang dissects the venerable practices of cultural piety and self-regard. She is a master of the thumbnail narrative. She can wield a dark eroticism. She is determined to tackle subject matter that is not readily subdued to the proportions of lyric. Her talent is conspicuous."―Linda Gregerson "Chang's voice is equal parts searing, vulnerable, and terrified."―American Poets In Barbie Chang, Victoria Chang explores racial prejudice, sexual privilege, and the disillusionment of love through a reimagining of Barbie―perfect in the cultural imagination yet repeatedly falling short as she pursues the American dream. This energetic string of linked poems is full of wordplay, humor, and biting social commentary involving the quote-unquote speaker, Barbie Chang, a disillusioned Asian-American suburbanite. By turns woeful and passionate, playful and incisive, these poems reveal a voice insisting that "even silence is not silent." From "Barbie Chang Lives": Barbie Chang lives on Facebook has a house on Facebook street so she can erase herself Facebook is a country with no trees it allows her to believe people love her don't want to cover her Barbie Chang . . . Victoria Chang is the author of three previous poetry books. In 2013, she won the PEN Center USA Literary Award and a California Book Award. Chang teaches poetry at Chapman University and lives in Southern California.

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A Small Story About the Sky
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A Small Story About the Sky

By Alberto Rios

124 pages, trade paperback collection of poetry, marked as a review copy (jc90615)

$3.99

T. S. Eliot in Baghdad: A Study in Eliot\'s Influence on the Iraqi and Arab Free Verse Movement
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T. S. Eliot in Baghdad: A Study in Eliot's Influence on the Iraqi and Arab Free Verse Movement

By Abdul Sattar Jawad

308 pages, advance reader's copy, trade paperback format of what is a hardcover in the regular edition (jc61314)

$9.99

Strings Attached
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Strings Attached

By Diane Decillis

94 pages, Advance Reader's Copy, trade paperback format collection of poetry (jc40814)

$3.99

Oddly Beautiful
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Oddly Beautiful

By Madelynne Camrud

72 pages, Advance Reader's Copy, trade paperback format poetry collection (jc90913)

$2.99

Book of Dog
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Book of Dog

By Cleopatra Mathis

68 pages, Advance Reader's Copy, trade paperback format collection of poetry (jc80513)

$2.99

When We Leave Each Other
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When We Leave Each Other

By Henrik Nordbrandtq

166 pages, Advance Reader's Copy, trade paperback format collection of poetry translated from Danish (jc50213)

$2.99

Park Songs
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Park Songs

By David Dudbill

102 pages; Advance Reader's Copy, trade paperback format "play/poetry" (hl41513)

$2.99

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