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Living Wages

Publication Date: October 2014
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ISBN: 978-1-936797-48-6
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Living Wages
by Michael Chitwood

(Available in October 2014)

Stitching a seam. Sweeping a floor. First light after working the all-night shift. These are small moments in everyday jobs, but surprisingly luminous.

In his tenth book, Michael Chitwood describes hard, often dangerous labor, but renders also the quietude of housekeeping and office routines. We call this “making a living,” the way we move through our days, to pay for the roof over our heads. Raking autumn leaves or drilling a dynamite hole to clear rock for a house foundation, we construct our lives. Chitwood knows that what we do today roots us in the past and becomes our future. Here is praise, as Gerard Manley Hopkins said, for all our gear and tackle.

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Michael Chitwood

Michael Chitwood

Michael Chitwood has worked on a construction crew, in a textile mill, and for a highway department; he is also the author of seven volumes of poetry and two books of essays. Having graduated from the only high school in rural Franklin County, Virginia, he earned a BA in English at Emory & Henry College and went on to work for the University of Virginia Medical Center as a science writer and editor for Helix magazine, meanwhile earning an MFA. For a number of years, he was a science writer and editor at Duke University Medical Center and Research Triangle Institute; he is now a professor at the University of North Carolina — Chapel Hill.

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Gossip & Metaphysics: Russian Modernist Poems & Prose

Publication Date: November 2014
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ISBN: 978-1-936797-47-9
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Gossip & Metaphysics: Russian Modernist Poems & Prose
Edited by Katie Farris, Ilya Kaminsky and Valzhyna Mort

(Available in November 2014)

There has been no anthology in English dedicated to the poetics of the great generation of Russian modernists. For a group of poets so widely admired, relatively little seems known about their philosophy of poetry and their poetic influences, and although there is tremendous aesthetic diversity in this group, they have more in common than many readers assume. Russian poetry was a small world, made even smaller by the arrests, disappearances, pogroms, famines, assassinations, and political conflagration of the revolutionary era, and literary differences were often overcome by a mutual sense of historic cataclysm.

This anthology’s structure is like textile, with many common threads intertwining, doubling back, sometimes unraveling—creating a matrix of poetic conversation: Mayakovsky on Khlebnikov, Pasternak on Mayakovsky, Tsvetaeva on Pasternak, Brodsky on Tsvetaeva, Akhmatova on Mandelstam. Shared themes range from expected (the word) to serendipitous (the ocean). Above all these poets are obsessed with proximity—to God, to nature and place, to poetic predecessors, to language (their own and others), and always, forever, to the inexpressible.

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Katie Farris

Katie Farris is the author of boysgirls (Marick, 2011), which combines prose poetry, fairy tale, riddle, myth, and drawings. She has contributed translations to books of Russian, French, and Chinese poetry, including This Lamentable City (Tupelo, 2010) and New Cathay (Tupelo, 2013). She currently teaches in the MFA program at San Diego State University and in New England College’s low-residency MFA program.

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Ilya Kaminsky

Ilya Kaminsky

Ilya Kaminsky is author of Dancing in Odessa (Tupelo, 2004) and co-editor of The Ecco Book of International Poetry (2010) and editor of This Lamentable City: Poems of Polina Barskova (Tupelo, 2010). He teaches at San Diego State University and in the New England College M.F.A. Program. He lives in San Diego, California.

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Valzhyna Mort

Valzhyna Mort, born in Minsk, Belarus, has published two poetry collections in English, Factory of Tears and Collected Body (both Copper Canyon, 2008 and 2012). Awarded a Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship and Poetry magazine’s Bess Hokin Prize, she now teaches at Cornell University.

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Poverty Creek Journal: Lyric Essays

Publication Date: November 2014
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ISBN: 978-1-936797-50-9
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Poverty Creek Journal: Lyric Essays
by Thomas Gardner

(Available in November 2014)

Spiritual improvisations, radiant acts of attention: echoing Thoreau’s Walden, the meditations of Guy Davenport, and Kenny Moore’s groundbreaking articles for Sports Illustrated, Thomas Gardner strides through inner and outer landscapes. Freed by disciplined effort, the runner’s mind here roams and mourns and remembers.

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Thomas Gardner

Thomas Gardner

Thomas Gardner was born in Indiana, raised in New Jersey and Western Maryland, and now lives and teaches in Blacksburg, Virginia, on the edge of the Jefferson National Forest. He attended Bucknell University, where he ran cross country and track, then earned graduate degrees from Syracuse and Wisconsin. His most recent books are A Door Ajar: Contemporary Writers and Emily Dickinson (Oxford, 2006) and John in the Company of Poets: The Gospel in Literary Imagination (Baylor, 2011). His play Eurydice was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2006. He has been a professor of English at Virginia Tech since 1982, and he still regularly competes as a runner.

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