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Glossolalia: New & Selected Stories
Glossolalia: New & Selected Stories celebrates more than 30 years of writing, awards, and honors by David Jauss, whose short stories have been reprinted in such anthologies as Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Awards: Prize Stories, and twice in The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses.
“Scissored Moon is as bold and astonishing as it is tender. Its poems are drenched in tactility—in the blood and bones of our lives, and they are informed by a fierce intelligence. The language is lush, rich, and exquisite in its details.”—Jay Neugeboren, author of The American Sun & Wind Moving Picture Company
Bones of an Inland Sea
Evocative and brimming with redemption, Mary Akers' newest collection BONES OF AN INLAND SEA takes the reader on a journey of exploration and transformation that begins with a 19th century shipwreck, passes through Bikini Atoll's atomic testing, sinks into the heart of a devastating tsunami, and slides forward into a futurist island utopia floating in the Sargasso Sea.
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
A Fingerprint Repeated
“In these stories, Jeffrey Condran deliberately addresses the tensions and promise of our post-9/11 world with courage, intelligence, and empathy....Condran writes in a voice that radiates self-assurance and knowledge of the hopes and regrets that unite us all."—Caitlin Horrocks, author of This is Not Your City
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 Girl in the Midst of the Harvest
"This is one of those rare books of poetry—earthy, sensuous, brave-spirited—that gives us the feeling of a full human life as vividly as a novel aspires to do." —John Frederick Nims, judge for the 1985 Associated Writers Award Series for Poetry
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. Each of these poems is a light."—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, In a Country None of Us Called Home. 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. This collection indeed is a gallery of the extraordinary and small planted in time..."—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. Set sometimes in the past, other times in the present or future, and told with verve in a fresh and memorable voice, 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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