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              Twister
               

              Twister (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Walsh, Genanne

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              Fiction. By turns terrifying and humorous, clear-eyed and deep- hearted, TWISTER (Black Lawrence Press, 2015) brings us into the center of a storm as a small Midwestern town mourns the death of a young soldier. The novel opens with Rose, the soldier's fiercely independent mother,... whose flame-red hair turns white overnight from grief. Chapter by chapter, her community is revealed and transformed, creating a web of secrets, betrayals, and hopes that ratchet up tension as the tornado approaches. As the storm drives into the heart of town, pasts are revealed and lives are shaken to the core. An unforgettable debut from a keen observer of people, nature, and the ineffable.
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              Others Will Enter the Gates: Immigrant Poets on Poetry, Influences, and Writing in America
               

              Others Will Enter the Gates: Immigrant Poets on Poetry, Influences, and Writing in America (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              Edited by Animashaun, Abayomi

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              Literary Nonfiction. Essays. Poetry. No two immigrant poets are the same. Even those from the same country don't necessarily answer to the same poetics or, for that matter, speak to the same concerns. How, then, do immigrant poets in America define themselves? How do they see and... position themselves within the landscape of American poetry or the poetic traditions of their own country? Who might they consider their influences? Answers to these questions are complex, individual, and varied, as seen with the essays included in this anthology. Nerval once said that you ought to travel so much that even your home becomes strange to you, but I have no hope other than the opposite--that is to say: once you cross borders often enough you find really that every place must be somehow home. The poets collected here testify, both in these statements and in their own work, that such a home is possible. --Kazim Ali, from the Introduction The range of voices and the experiences those voices represent in OTHERS WILL ENTER THE GATES: IMMIGRANT POETS ON POETRY, INFLUENCES, AND WRITING IN AMERICA provide the reader with an entrance into other worlds and other ways of seeing and walking in those worlds. Our notions of identity, of transition and transformation, of the translation of language and culture, of the very idea of documenting who or what a person fundamentally is, are called into question by these probing and provocative essays. This is a striking and essential collection, one in which the reader vicariously becomes an immigrant of sorts, allowed to pass over personal and national borders, ferried along by the beautiful and vital prose of some of the finest poets working in the U.S. today. --Todd Davis OTHERS WILL ENTER THE GATES is a timely and necessary collection and to say that it is thought- provoking and versatile is an understatement. I urge everyone who cares about and loves the exiled and immigrant voices that constantly provide the new blood that keeps contemporary
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              The Lineup: 20 Provocative Women Writers
               

              The Lineup: 20 Provocative Women Writers (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              Edited by Thomas, Information Commissioner Richard; Introduction by Nutting, Alissa

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              Fiction. (T)he thing I love most about a great story of provocative fiction is that despite being drawn to it, despite feeling enriched by it, it's impossible to feel completely good about. It contains at least one thing that is chilling and repellant that the power of the text f...orces us to move through despite our reservations. We cannot escape the piece without confronting fear or abjection. I need provocative fiction because it helps me remember I cannot ever fully protect myself. It centers my attention in all the very places I try to avoid. My former professor Dave Hickey once said, 'Art is what tells you things are not going to be okay.' I hope you find in this collection a story that does indeed affirm for you this agonizing truth how things are not alright in a way that is profoundly unsettling, yes, but also helps this actuality feel a bit less lonely. I know I found many. from the foreword by Alissa Nutting Contributors include: Laura Benedict, Paula Bomer, Karen Brown, Shannon Cain, Kim Chinquee, Monica Drake, Kathy Fish, Amina Gautier, Tina May Hall, Nancy Hightower, Jessica Hollander, Holly Goddard Jones, Stacey Levine, Kelly Luce, Nina McConigley, Janet Mitchell, Ethel Rohan, Karin Tidbeck, Damien Angelica Walters, Claire Vaye Watkins
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              ISBN 9781625579157
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              Into the Blue Reach
               

              Into the Blue Reach (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Rilke, Rainer Maria; Translated by Kolodinsky, Alison; Herbert, Ingrid Amalia

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              This collaborative translation offers new and original translations of Rilke poems and was inspired by The Rilke Projekt performances.

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              Breaking Points
               

              Breaking Points (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Stickle, Chelsea

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              Fiction. LGBTQIA Studies. Women's Studies. In thirteen slick, innovative, and gut-wrenching flashes, the young women and girls in BREAKING POINTS, the debut chapbook from Chelsea Stickle, hit the walls around them--walls constructed by family, friends, significant others, and ins...idious cultural perils. Stranger danger doesn't disappear when you start wearing a push-up bra, notes one of Stickle's pre-teen narrators when confronted by a leering threat that will forever sever her path from that of her best friend. In How to Make Stock with Thanksgiving Leftovers, a queer young woman takes us through a wry recipe for boiling turkey stock and raging against small-minded relatives and the traumas they inflict.Written in the style of a classic glossy magazine personality quiz, How Mature Are You?: A Quiz provides whip-smart A, B, C responses to situations such as: When that bitch in your book club calls you a space cadet then furnishes the reader with irreverent, pull-no-punches results. This is a collection as darkly humorous as it is heartbreaking and disquieting. Within Stickle's thirteen walled worlds, some will break, some adapt, and others soar. Pushed to the breaking point, none escape unscathed.
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              Look Look Look
               

              Look Look Look (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Buchen, Callista

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              Poetry. Women's Studies. Motherhood is bound both to life's joy and death's ether, which complicates a woman's relationship to her own body's emotional and physical permeablity. In LOOK LOOK LOOK Callista Buchen writes beautiful prose fragments about and the tendrils that bind he...r to motherhood and that intersection with mortality. This moving collection situates motherhood as a climate, a destination and reminds us that many of the connections bodies make are often as ephemeral as 'clouds made of mouths.' --Carmen Gimenez Smith Drawing from surrealism, the grotesque, and even horror, Callista Buchen's LOOK LOOK LOOK explores how alien one's own body--one's own self--becomes through pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood. In these prose poems, Buchen's mother-speaker 'build[s] and dissolve[s], ' is both 'double and half.' The line between self and other, the line between construction and deconstruction, and '[t]he line between making and being made' have never felt so thin, so permeable. This is a profound book of poems. --Maggie Smith In this ravishingly honest collection of prose poems, Callista Buchen look look looks at every facet of mothering, from child loss to childbirth, from loss of self and alienation from the body to a hard-won and completely unsentimental empowerment--mother as process; 'mother as birthplace, where woman becomes location.' The poems are often dimly lit as a diorama or a womb. They embrace pregnancy's darkness, the monstrous cleaving of the birthing body, the milky flood of nursing, and the complex grief of the self that is estranged in the making of another human being. The poems have the rhythm and image-centeredness of ritual; even the book's title is a trinity, suggesting the multifocality of women's experience and functioning as an entreaty for the reader to look, please. When the speaker comes into her authority it arrives less with triumph than with danger: 'There isn't a dam you can build that I can't break. Charisma, chiasma, powe
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              tether
               

              tether (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Coutley, Lisa Fay

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              Poetry. Women's Studies. In TETHER, a spacecraft of a book superbly conceived and assembled, Lisa Fay Coutley engineers both recovery and healing in poems that swerve emotionally between the landing bays of grief, longing, and wonder. A bright hunger constellates around these poe...ms, but so too the immensities of love. TETHER is a burning inquiry into the miracle of being here on earth and what keeps us fastened to each other, for better or worse. --Major Jackson Lisa Fay Coutley's TETHER is characterized by a compressed tension, each line, each word, hitched to the next, quivering with the effort to remain connected and with the opposing desire to be released. The image of the tether accrues intensity in the course of the book: astronaut tethered to the ship, poet to the poem, mother to the homeless, addict child and child to the mother, and in the space between 'the two / great opposing poles' is God, who learns, in that chasm, 'wonder & suffering.' Indeed, oppositional forces reign in these poems; there are no conventional false resolutions to be had. 'Every event / that's saved my life has nearly killed me, ' the speaker declares, and 'I would rather live / with my burning than sleep with my dead.' This is a far-reaching book, a political book, a deeply personal and heroic book. Its thesis is reflected in its enviably honed diction. 'Mystery is her / bitch, ' the speaker writes of the eclipsing sun. The same is true of Lisa Fay Coutley and the ravishing poems of tether. --Diane Seuss TETHER is a book of distances and intimacies, of letters never sent and dream talks and delayed communiques. It is a study of distance between us, between an astronaut and a poet, between lovers, between ourselves and eachother, ourselves and ourselves. 'We are the beached boat / with a hole inits hull, ' admits the poet. Each of us, even as 'baby in a womb is a cloud.' And yet there is so much love. And yet, everything that happens tous, happens for a purpose. And when one turns wor
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              Hollywood Buckaroo
               

              Hollywood Buckaroo (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Debrincat, Tracy

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              A director deals with love, death and family secrets while filming a hamburger commercial in a western town.

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              Your Life Idyllic
               

              Your Life Idyllic (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Bernier, Craig

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              In this collection, our inner underdog cheers these Detroiters as they grapple with conflict while edging ever closer to enlightenment.

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              Trace
                

              Trace (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Muench, Simone

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              Sutured fragments of other poems that elucidate the interconnected howl and hum of cultures, eras, and the poet as reader.

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