• Scrambled Eggs & Whiskey: Poems, 1991-1995

    Scrambled Eggs & Whiskey: Poems, 1991-1995

    Carruth, Hayden

    Powerful new poems by one of North America's premier poets. (syndetics)

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  • Ariel: The Restored Edition : A Fascimile of Plath's Manuscript, Reinstating Her Original Selection and Arrangement

    Ariel: The Restored Edition : A Fascimile of Plath's Manuscript, Reinstating Her Original Selection and Arrangement

    Plath, Sylvia

    Sylvia Plath's famous collection, as she intended it. When Sylvia Plath died, she not only left behind a prolific life but also her unpublished literary masterpiece, Ariel. When her husband, Ted Hughes, first brought this collection to life, it garnered worldwide acclaim, though it wasn't the draft Sylvia had wanted her readers to see. This facsimile edition restores, for the first time, Plath's original manuscript--including handwritten notes--and her own selection and arrangement of poems. This edition also includes in facsimile the complete working drafts of her poem "Ariel," which provide a rare glimpse into the creative process of a beloved writer. This publication introduces a truer version of Plath's works, and will no doubt alter her legacy forever. (syndetics)

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  • Poems From Ish River Country: Collected Poems and Translations

    Poems From Ish River Country: Collected Poems and Translations

    Sund, Robert

    Poems from Ish River Country collects the complete poems of poet, painter and calligrapher Robert Sund. Mr. Sund's few published volumes of poetry and frequent public readings established his reputation as one of the most distinctive poetic voices of the Pacific Northwest, where he enjoyed a tremendous popularity before his death in 2001. His short, imagistic poems, in the tradition of William Carlos Williams and Kenneth Rexroth, distill the essence of the Northwest landscape and in plain speech celebrate themes of family, friendship, work and quiet contemplation. Included here are the poet's award-winning collections, Bunch Grass, which gave literary voice to the rolling wheat country east of the Cascade Mountains in his native Washington State, and Ish River, which celebrated the misty, riverine landscape of the Puget Sound country, a place, in the poet's words, "between two mountain ranges where / many rivers / run down to an inland sea". But the great bulk of this collection contains poems unpublished during the poet's lifetime or published only in very limited editions. There is also a generous selection of his translations, from Issa, Buson, Basho, and most especially from the Swedish poet Rabbe Enckell, with whom Mr. Sund felt a close affinity. (syndetics)

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  • Selected Poems

    Selected Poems

    Roethke, Theodore

    From the recollections of his youth in Michigan to the visionary longings of the poems written just before his death, Theodore Roethke embarked on a quest to restore wholeness to a self that seemed irreparably broken. In the words of editor Edward Hirsch, "He courted the irrational and embraced what is most vulnerable in life." Hirsch's selection and perceptive introduction illuminate the daring and intensity of a poet who, in poems such as "My Papa's Waltz" and "The Lost Son," reached back into the abyss of childhood in an attempt to wrest self-knowledge out of memory. Roethke's true subject was the unfathomable depths of his own being, but his existential investigations were always shaped and disciplined by an exacting formal stringency, as equally at ease with Yeats' vigorous cadence ("Four for Sir John Davies") as with the spacious Whitmanian idiom on display in the virtuoso efforts of The Far Field. This gathering of Roethke's works also includes several of his poems for children, and a generous sampling from his notebook writings, offering a glimpse of the poet at work with the raw materials of language and ideas. About the American Poets Project Elegantly designed in compact editions, printed on acid-free paper, and textually authoritative, the American Poets Project makes available the full range of the American poetic accomplishment, selected and introduced by today's most discerning poets and critics. (syndetics)

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  • Geography

    Geography

    Agodon, Kelli Russell

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  • In the Absent Everyday

    In the Absent Everyday

    Dhompa, Tsering Wangmo

    Poetry. Asian American Studies. "There is an inevitability implicit in the directness of Tsering Wangmo Dhompa's poetry that leaves the reader quite unprepared for the sudden leaps in reality it then proposes. As the first Tibetan-American poet to receive any substantial distribution, Dhompa opens U.S. poetry up to new modes of possibility in almost anything she does. She is a terrific one, on any terms. Dhompa isn't just about bringing some new strands of thread into the American literary tapestry, she's out to reweave the whole thing. We all stand to be far richer for that. But we'll have to pay attention"--Ron Silliman. (syndetics)

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  • Given: New Poems

    Given: New Poems

    Berry, Wendell

    For five decades Wendell Berry has been a poet of great clarity and purpose. He is an award-winning writer whose imagination is grounded by the pastures of his chosen place and the rooms and porches of his family's home. In Given , the work is as rich and varied as ever before. With his unmistakable voice as the constant, he dexterously maneuvers through a variety of forms and themes--political cautions, love poems, a play in verse, and a long series of Sabbath Poems that resulted from Berry's recent Sunday morning walks of meditation and observation. Berry's work is one of devotion to family and community, to the earth and her creatures, to the memories of the past, and the hope of the future. His writing stands alongside the work of William Carlos Williams and Robert Frost as a rigorous American testament. (syndetics)

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  • Dancing in the Kitchen: A Prose Collection

    Dancing in the Kitchen: A Prose Collection

    Lohmann, Jeanne

    Lohmann, an acclaimed poet, turns to prose to celebrate the memory of her marriage in a series of short vignettes. The book centers on her husband's death from brain cancer, but that central event is but one focus. These pieces celebrate courtship and a long closely connected relationship, and the details of this couple's life: roses, stars, birds, beaches, trees, family, and friends. Love does end with death, and the dance goes on. (syndetics)

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  • Splay Anthem

    Splay Anthem

    Mackey, Nathaniel

    Part antiphonal rant, part rhythmic whisper, Nathaniel Mackey's new collection of poems,Splay Anthem, takes the reader to uncharted poetic spaces. Divided into three sections--"Braid," "Fray," and "Nub" (one referent Mackey notes in his stellar Introduction: "the imperial, flailing republic of Nub the United States has become, the shrunken place the earth has become, planet Nub")--Splay Anthem weaves together two ongoing serial poems Mackey has been writing for over twenty years, "Song of the Andoumboulou" and "Mu" (though "Mu no more itself / than Andoumboulou"). In the cosmology of the Dogon of West Africa, the Andoumboulou are progenitor spirits, and the song of the Andoumboulou is a song addressed to the spirits, a funeral song, a song of rebirth."Mu," too, splays with meaning:muni bird, Greekmuthos, a Sun Ra tune, a continent once thought to have existed in the Pacific. With the vibrancy of a Mira painting, Mackey's poems trace the lost tribe of "we" through waking and dreamtime, through a multitude of geographies, cultures, histories, and musical traditions, as poetry here serves as the intersection of everything, myth's music, spirit lift. (syndetics)

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  • We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting for: Inner Light in A Time of Darkness : Meditations

    We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting for: Inner Light in A Time of Darkness : Meditations

    Walker, Alice

    A book of spiritual ruminations with a progressive political edge, from the Pulitzer Prize-winner who has devoted her life to befriending the earth. Walker has long been a force for sanity in a chaotic world. Here she draws on her deep spiritual grounding, her political conviction and experience, and her literary gifts to offer a series of meditations filled with wisdom, hope, encouragement, and, at times, serenity to a world in need of all these things. "Happiness ... comes from the simple belief that what one is feeling and doing is right. That it is right to protect rather than terrorize others; right to feed people rather than withhold food (and medicine); right to want the freedom and joyful existence of all human kind... A deep knowing that we are the earth--our separation from Earth perhaps our greatest illusion--and that we stand, with gratitude and love, by our planetary Self."--From publisher description.

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