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Solving the World's Problems
"Rather than solving the world’s problems, this collection turns them to the sun like a prism—casting bright and spare images of humanity in flux...Compassionate, challenging, and filled with slinky swerves of phrase, these poems refresh how we look at our daily lives." —Sandra Beasley, author of I Was the Jukebox
Blood a Cold Blue
“Claffey is a collector of moments that throb to life, shapes appear out of the mist of memory as irreducible as the mystery of existence itself. Blood a Cold Blue is fueled by a masterful writer; powerful, unforgettable and mesmerizing.”
—Meg Tuite, author of Bound By Blue
The Collected Poems of Cathy Smith Bowers
Four books in one impressive volume!
"Hardship, cruelty, heartbreak, bleak sorrow—these sad themes are plentiful in the pages of Cathy Smith Bowers. But in its smoldering heart, her poetry holds, like the piñata in 'The Party,' a 'sweet, dark center.'”
—Fred Chappell, former Poet Laureate of North Carolina
The Clock Flower
Born in Belfast and now teaching in the U.S., "Adrian Rice has a nice sense of what he is up to as a poet: I like and admire the way his district and his diction are so artfully tongue-in-cheek and hand-in-glove." —Seamus Heaney, recipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature
What Happened Here
"In clear, lucid prose, What Happened Here evokes a haunting sense of place—calling up a California you don't often read about, with Californians you don't often meet."
—Lionel Shriver, author of Big Brother: A Novel and We Need to Talk About Kevin, winner of the Orange Prize
“It’s the small miracles that bear the most light, allow dignity. Each of these poems is like a friend you can kick back with and talk religion, politics, sex, anything you are not supposed to speak of in polite company, and it will be all right."—Joy Harjo, author of She Had Some Horses, 2013 American Book Award winner for Crazy Brave: A Memoir
In a Country None of Us Called Home
“What a true gift we have in Peg Bresnahan’s dazzling new collection. The narrative voice in these poems has a focus that is honest, steady, and absolutely clear.... This poet’s gift is to offer the ordinary a moment of uniqueness that each life deserves."—Katherine Soniat, author of The Swing Girl
In the Season of Blood and Gold
"Almost all Taylor Brown’s stories are family dramas, stories of blood and kinship, betrayal, and conflicted loyalties. These stories reward the reader with surprise, authenticity, and the mystery of human connection."—Robert Morgan, author of The Road from Gap Creek
A Lake of Light and Clouds
"T.S. Eliot would call what she does mastering the objective correlative. I call it incarnating light. As Erickson shares images and experiences in her richly textured poems, she invites her readers into her own psyche, a place where we are all likely to feel accepted and warm." —Felicia Mitchell, author of The Cleft of the Rock
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"Morgan remains one of our keenest poets of lucidity and attention and makes sacred the peripheral, the often unsung. He stares deeply into that which we rarely consider, as all good poets do." —Oxford American
Time of Drums
Time of Drums is the third book in John Ehle's seven-book Appalachian series, and follows the Wright and King families as the Civil War wreaks havoc on the South, both in the camps and at home.
The Seven Stages of Anger and Other Stories
"Wendy J. Fox's prose is strong and fragile at the same time. As she explores in these stories the hairline fractures in our relationships with life, ourselves and each other, you can't help but hold your breath for the big break you know is coming. The eggshells of everything? Fox owns the category."
—Anastasia Ashman, editor of Tales from the Expat Harem
Waltzing with Horses
“This beautiful, magnificent book touched me almost beyond words. Felicia Mitchell is a poet whose voice matters, and here she enters a rare and healing place of art and grace. This volume, with its spare, moving words, will be with me for the rest of my days.”
—Philip Lee Williams, author of Elegies for the Water
Paper, Cotton, Leather
"Eloquent, wistful, and inventive, Jenny Sadre-Orafai's first book proves 'everywhere is an atlas.' She enlarges moments of wonderment and sadness into poems that map radiant intimacies and flickering bonds."
—Eduardo C. Corral, author of Slow Lightning