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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

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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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A Primer for Poets & Readers of Poetry
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A Primer for Poets & Readers of Poetry

By Gregory Orr

316 pages, Advance Readers' Copy. "An innovative and accessible guide to poetry writing by an award-winning poet and beloved professor. A Primer for Poets and Readers of Poetry guides young poets toward a deeper understanding of how poetry can function in their lives, while also introducing the art in an exciting new way. Structuring the presentation from life toward art, Orr urges poets to "turn worlds into words" and then give those words a dramatic structure. Using such poems as Theodore Roethke's "My Papa's Waltz" and Robert Hayden's "Those Winter Sundays," the Primer encourages young writers to approach their "thresholds"―those places where disorder meets order, where shaping imagination can turn language into urgent and persuasive poems. It provides poets with a dozen focused writing exercises and explains essential topics such as the personal and cultural threshold, the four forces that animate poetic language (naming, singing, saying, imagining), tactics of revision, ecstasy and engagement as motives for poetry, and how to locate and learn from our personal poetic forebears." (jc10-17)

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Saudade
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Saudade

By Traci Brimhall

Poetry Collection, 110 pages, marked as a review copy. "[Brimhall] allows us brief visions, glimpses, of experiences more lush and raw than our own."―The Rumpus "With a stunning mastery of metaphor, linguistic precision, and a soulful determined vision, Brimhall's work reveals an artist tuned to the significance of everyday experience."―Dorianne Laux "Saudade" is a Portuguese word referring to a quality of longing that has no direct translation into English. Inspired by stories from her Brazilian-born mother, Traci Brimhall's third collection―a lush and startling "autobiomythography"―is reminiscent of the rich imaginative worlds of Latin American magical realists. Set in the Brazilian Amazon, Saudade is one part ghost story, one part revival, and is populated by a colorful cast of characters and a recurring chorus of irreverent Marias. From "Incomplete Address to the Lord": When I found that mass of scales and muscle, saw one anaconda twist around another, watched a split tongue flick the air, choosing me, black as the devil's own and twice as thick, males coiled around the female tickling her back with their spurs, I knew I'd give anything to be her. I felt the pulse in my eyelid, tasted the ants that paraded over my plantains at night, drank all the darkness out of my wife's breast. Lord, I'd rather be crazy than broken . . . Traci Brimhall is the author of two previous poetry collections. She earned her PhD from Western Michigan University and is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Kansas State University. She lives in Manhattan, Kansas.

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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)

$12.99

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

Directed by Desire The Collected Poems of June Jordan
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Directed by Desire The Collected Poems of June Jordan

By June Jordan

650 pages, Advance Reader's Copy, trade paperback format poetry collection (HL41513)

$6.99

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

Home More or Less

By Paul Casey

80 pages, Advance Reader's Copy, trade paperback collection of short stories, marked as a review copy (jc110512

$2.99

The Black Letter Omnibus

By D. W. Stojek

148 pages, Advance Reader's Copy, trade paperback format poetry collection (jc62512)

$4.99

O Bon
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O Bon

By Brandon Shimoda

92 pages; trade paperback format collection of poetry, marked as a review copy (jc121211)

$3.99

already it is dusk

By Joe Fletcher

52 pages; Advance Reading Copy, poetry chapbook (jc81911)

$2.95

Paper Covers Rock / Triplicity

By Chella Courington & Kristen McHenry

74 pages; Advance Reader's Copy, trade paperback format poetry collections: an 'indigo ink press flip edition' (two titles bound back to back)  (jc72311)

$3.95

Lifer

By Annette Basalyga

78 pages, trade paperback format collection of poetry, marked as a review copy (jc61711)

$2.95

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