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Gossip & Metaphysics: Russian Modernist Poems & Prose

Publication Date: November 2014
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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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Living Wages

Publication Date: October 2014
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Living Wages
by Michael Chitwood

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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Poverty Creek Journal: Lyric Essays

Publication Date: November 2014
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Poverty Creek Journal: Lyric Essays
by Thomas Gardner

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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Entwined: Three Lyric Sequences

Publication Date: September 2014
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ISBN: 978-1-936797-49-3
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Entwined: Three Lyric Sequences
by Carol Frost

Carol Frost’s poems have a classical grace and elegance, but there is molten emotion beneath their fluid surfaces. The poetic sequences in Entwined give a reader three perspectives on human awareness: as a lexicon of abstractions (Time, Beauty, Adultery, Scorn, and so on) and what the poet calls “moral dreaming”; as a voyage from the soul’s dark night into a new experience of light among the bays and shoals of Florida’s fecund gulf coast; and as a meditation on memory and mortality, through an encounter with a mind in decline — a parent succumbing to dementia.

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Carol Frost

Carol Frost

Carol Frost was born in 1948 in Lowell, Massachusetts, and as a child spent a year in her mother’s hometown of Vienna, so German was the first language she spoke. She studied at the Sorbonne and earned degrees from SUNY Oneonta and Syracuse University. The author of eleven previous books of poetry, most recently The Queen’s Desertion and Honeycomb (both Northwestern University Press, 2006 and 2010), she holds an endowed chair of English at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.

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The Faulkes Chronicle

Publication Date: September 2014
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The Faulkes Chronicle
a novel by David Huddle

A work of uncanny originality, David Huddle’s nineteenth book is the account of an extraordinary death trip taken by a charismatic and beloved woman, her husband, and an astonishing number of offspring, from infants to young adults. The Faulkes Chronicle explores how children grieve, and shows how the wit and courage of even the littlest brothers and sisters can be a source of resiliance.

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David Huddle

David Huddle

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Originally from Ivanhoe, Virginia, David Huddle taught for thirty-eight years at the University of Vermont, then served three years as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at Hollins University. He now teaches at the Bread Loaf School of English, the Ranier Writing Workshop, and the Sewanee School of Letters. Huddle’s writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The American Scholar, Esquire, Harper’s, The Georgia Review, and in many other publications. His novel Nothing Can Make Me Do This won the 2012 Library of Virginia Award for Fictiopn, and his collection Black Snake at the Family Reunion won the 2013 PEN New England Award for Poetry.

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We Practice For It

Publication Date: August, 2014
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We Practice For It
poems by Ted Lardner

Winner of the Sunken Garden Poetry Prize, selected by Mark Doty

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Ted Lardner

Ted Lardner

Ted Lardner is the author of two previous chapbooks, Tornado (Wick Poetry Series, 2008) and Passing by a Home Place (Leaping Mountain Press, 1987). His chapbook We Practice for It was chosen by poet and essayist Mark Doty as winner of the Sunken Garden Poetry Prize, sponsored by Hill-Stead Museum and Tupelo Press. A yoga teacher at Cleveland Yoga and a professor of English at Cleveland State University, Ted lives with his family in Gates Mills, Ohio.

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Another English: Anglophone Poems from Around the World

Publication Date: March 2014
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ISBN: 978-1-936797-40-0
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Another English: Anglophone Poems from Around the World
Edited by Catherine Barnett and Tiphanie Yanique

In this unprecedented anthology, acclaimed poets from around the world select poems from their countries of origin to share with a wider audience. Readers will find eloquence, urgency, and idiosyncrasy, poems all in English but springing from drastically varied voices, geographies, and histories.

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Catherine Barnett

Catherine Barnett is author of two books of poems: The Game of Boxes (Graywolf, 2012), winner of the James Laughlin Award, and Into Perfect Spheres Such Holes Are Pierced (Alice James, 2004). Her honors include a Whiting Writer’s Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She teaches at Barnard College, the New School, and New York University, and is currently visiting professor in the Hunter College MFA Program.

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Tiphanie Yanique

Tiphanie Yanique is author of How to Escape from a Leper Colony (Graywolf, 2010). Her writing won the 2011 BOCAS Prize for Caribbean Fiction, a Boston Review Prize in Fiction, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, a Fulbright, and an Academy of American Poets Prize. Her novel Land of Drowning will be published by Riverhead/Penguin in 2014. She is from the Virgin Islands and is a professor in the MFA program at the New School.

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Into Daylight

Publication Date: April 2014
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ISBN: 978-1-936797-43-1
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Into Daylight
by Jeffrey Harrison

Winner of the Dorset Prize, selected by Tom Sleigh

In his new book, Jeffrey Harrison reflects on the daily familiarities and fragilities experienced in a long marriage and as a parent of teenagers, refracted through the shock of a brother’s suicide. Limpid and direct on the surface but eloquent in resonance, Into Daylight asks what comes after: How to live, how to continue writing, and how to find one’s proper relationship with the world and restore some semblance of delight, while giving voice to sadness and pain.

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Jeffrey Harrison

Jeffrey Harrison

Jeffrey Harrison is author of five books of poetry, including The Singing Underneath, chosen by James Merrill for the National Poetry Series in 1987, and Incomplete Knowledge, runner-up for the Poets’ Prize in 2008. A volume of selected poems, The Names of Things, was published in 2006 in the United Kingdom. A recipient of Guggenheim and NEA Fellowships, he has published poems in The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Nation, The Yale Review, and many other magazines and anthologies, and has taught at a number of colleges and universities, and at Phillips Academy, where he was Writer-in-Residence. He lives in Dover, Massachusetts.

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Moonbook and Sunbook

Publication Date: May 2014
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ISBN: 978-1-936797-42-4
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Moonbook and Sunbook
by Willis Barnstone

Willis Barnstone’s new volume of poetry offers two sequences paired, pivoting on lunar and solar consciousness and comprised mostly of multiplying sonnets, two per page and mirrored typographically across the page-spreads. Elegant in erudition but always fluently conversational, this book is an homage to the poet’s father and moving proof of an astonishingly productive life in letters.

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Willis Barnstone

Willis Barnstone

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Willis Barnstone, born in Lewiston, Maine, and educated at Bowdoin, the Sorbonne, Columbia and Yale, taught in Greece at the end of the civil war (1949-51), in Buenos Aires during the Dirty War, and in China during Cultural Revolution, where he was later a Fulbright Professor in Beijing (1984-85) Former O’Connor Professor of Greek at Colgate University, he is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature at Indiana University.

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Vivarium

Publication Date: May 2014
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Vivarium
by Natasha Sajé

A vivarium is an enclosure for living things — plants or animals — which might likewise be said of a poem. With a vivacious sensibility and unruly leaps from elegiac to ironic, Sajé’s new book is an abecedarium, fully using the page, and challenging all manner of received wisdom. Employing lyrics, lists, arguments, narratives, and meditations, and including prose poems devoted to particular letters as well as invented visual or conceptual pieces, in Vivarium the alphabet is endowed with power far beyond usefulness. Form breathes life in this book, and the lived emotion of these poems defies death.

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Natasha Sajé

Natasha Sajé

Natasha Sajé’s first book of poems, Red Under the Skin (Pittsburgh, 1994), won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, and her second collection, Bend (Tupelo, 2004), was given the Utah Book Award in Poetry. Her book of essays Windows and Doors: A Poet Reads Literary Theory will be published by the University of Michigan Press in 2014. She teaches at Westminster College in Salt Lake City and in the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program.

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Ay

Publication Date: February 2014
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Ay
by Joan Houlihan

A powerful sequel to The Us, which ended with the son Ay wounded, rendered silent and immobile by a head injury. In Ay, the boy is propped up and worshiped, as others project a kind of divinity onto his stillness. While Ay recovers, in a series of lyrical monologues he discovers an individual self-awareness, separate from family and tribe.

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Joan Houlihan

Joan Houlihan

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In addition to Ay, Joan Houlihan’s previous books are The Us, named a must-read of 2009 by Massachusetts Center for the Book, The Mending Worm, winner of the Green Rose Award from New Issues Press, and Hand-Held Executions: Poems & Essays. Her work has been anthologized in The Iowa Anthology of New American Poetries (University of Iowa Press) and The Book of Irish-American Poetry—Eighteenth Century to Present (University of Notre Dame Press). She is a contributing critic for the Contemporary Poetry Review and author of Boston Comment, a series of essays on contemporary American poetry archived at bostoncomment.com. She is founder and director of the Concord Poetry Center and the Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference and she has taught at Columbia University and Emerson College. Currently on the faculty of Lesley University’s Low-Residency MFA Program in Cambridge, Massachusetts, she also teaches part-time at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.

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Darktown Follies

Publication Date: November 2013
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Darktown Follies
by Amaud Jamaul Johnson

Darktown Follies, Amaud Jamaul Johnson’s daring and surprising new collection of poems, responds to Black Vaudeville, specifically the personal and professional challenges African American variety performers faced in the early twentieth century. Johnson is fascinated by jokes that aren’t funny — particularly, what it means when humor fails or reveals something unintended about our national character. Darktown Follies is an act of self-sabotage, a poet’s willful attempt at recklessness, abandoning the “good sense” God gave him, as an effort to explore the boundaries and intersections of race and humor.

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Amaud Jamaul Johnson

Amaud Jamaul Johnson

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Born and raised in Compton, California, Amaud Jamaul Johnson was educated at Howard University and Cornell University. His first book, Red Summer (Tupelo, 2006), was winner of the Dorset Prize. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University, his honors include fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Hurston/Wright Foundation, and Cave Canem. He teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin—Madison.

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Engraved

Publication Date: November 2013
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ISBN: 978-1-936797-37-0
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Engraved
by Anna George Meek

Inspired by nineteenth-century engravings for the Webster’s Dictionary, Engraved explores a fantastic land at the edge of obsolescence and loss. The poems teem with whaling schooners, passenger pigeons, a bayonet, cupola furnace, clavichord—words and objects at the brink of extinction, placed in and around the death of the poet’s father. But these poems also create, or recreate; through illustration, music, and myth, the imagination here allows the dead to reappear, mostly, and sometimes also lets them go. Located at the intersection of art and grief, these poems honor anyone who has set down lines and vanished from the earth.

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Anna George Meek

Anna George Meek

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Anna George Meek has published in Poetry, The Kenyon Review, The Yale Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Massachusetts Review, The Seneca Review, The Missouri Review (where she was awarded the Tom McAfee Discovery Prize), Water~Stone, Crazyhorse, and dozens of other national journals. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant, two Minnesota State Arts Board fellowships, and an Academy of American Poetry Prize. She has also been a finalist for the National Poetry Series (three times), the Minnesota Book Award, and the Yale Series of Younger Poets. Her first book, Acts of Contortion, won the Brittingham Prize in Poetry; her chapbook Engraved won the 2011 Snowbound Chapbook Competition from Tupelo Press. Meek lives with her husband and daughter in Minneapolis, where she sings professionally with the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers and is a professor of English.

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Boat

Publication Date: November 2013
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Boat
by Christopher Merrill

Like Neruda and Paz, Perse and Milosz, Christopher Merrill is both a writer and a cultural envoy, crisscrossing the globe as chronicler and courier.
Boat records a series of passages over a decade, employing varied formal strategies: meditations and fantasias, prose poems and versets, lyric sequences and narratives, translations and ghazals. Composed in war zones and embassies, refugee camps and monasteries, Boat is a logbook tracking questions of memory, the body and body politic, faith, mortality, and the ways of knowledge moves through generations.
Reflecting ten years of life on the wing and forty years of writing, including extensive translation from other languages, Boat bears witness to what Merrill has heard and seen in places most Americans will never visit.

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Christopher Merrill

Christopher Merrill

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Christopher Merrill has published five previous collections of poetry, including Watch Fire, winner of the Academy of American Poets’s Lavan Award; seven books of translations; seven edited volumes; and seven books of nonfiction, including The Tree of the Doves: Ceremony, Expedition, War (Milkweed, 2011), which chronicles travels in Malaysia, China, Mongolia, and the Middle East. His writings have been translated into twenty-five languages. A member of the National Council on the Humanities and the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, he directs the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa.

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The Perfect Life

Publication Date: December 2013
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ISBN: 978-1-936797-36-3
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The Perfect Life
Lyric essays by Peter Stitt

Life in Art Series

Poet and essayist Peter Stitt describes not a perfect life achieved, but his search for that ideal, writing of books he has loved and of the often difficult lives of writers, including his teachers John Berryman and James Wright. Generous and alert in his fascinations, Stitt explores the quest for freedom in thought and action among the Amish, the French partisans, and the “heretical” Cathars, and he offers a fresh perspective on parenting, meditating on the life of an adopted stepdaughter.

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Peter Stitt

Peter Stitt

Peter Stitt is the founding and ongoing editor of The Gettysburg Review and the author of two books on American poetry, The World’s Hieroglyphic Beauty (Georgia, 1987), cited by The New York Times Book Review as a notable book of the year; and Uncertainty and Plenitude (Iowa, 1997). He is a professor of English at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania.

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