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Poetry

  • Martin Villanueva and Joshua Ip

    11 X 9

    $19.00

    Eleven writers from the Philippines and nine from Singapore were connected via Google Docs and a pining for “the composition of alternatives, other realms and planes, a space upon which another kind of lived experience could be had.” Seven pairs and two threesomes wrote back and forth toward what could be called “cross-cultural literature ​if not ​a mess.​” The result: this volume. An encounter with annotated small talk, versified duets, digitally mediated dances, riffs against blackouts, and...

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  • Sharon Olds

    Arias

    $27.00

    Following her recent Odes, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet gives us a new collection of poems that sing of a woman’s intimate life and political conscience. The atom bomb, Breaking Bad, the cervix, Trayvon Martin, her mother’s return from the dead: the peerless Sharon Olds once again takes up subject matter that is both difficult and ordinary, elusive and everywhere. Each aria is shaped by its unique melody and moral logic, as Olds stands centre stage to account for her own late romance and c...

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  • Sylvia Plath

    Ariel

    $23.00

    Ariel, first published in 1965, contains many of Sylvia Plath's best-known poems, written in an extraordinary burst of creativity just before her death in 1963. Including poems such as 'Lady Lazarus', 'Edge', 'Daddy' and 'Paralytic', it was the first of four collections to be published by Faber & Faber. Ariel is the volume on which Sylvia Plath's reputation as one of the most original, daring and gifted poets of the twentieth century rests. 'Since she died my mother has been dissected, an...

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    Arvind Krishna Mehrotra

    Arvind Krishna Mehrotra

    $30.00

    A one-of-a-kind collection of work by one of India’s best contemporary poets. Arvind Krishna Mehrotra is one of the most celebrated Indian poets writing in English and an important translator from Indian languages, but until now his work has rarely been available in the United States and Britain. Mehrotra’s poetry combines the commonplace and the strange, the autobiographical and the fabulous, and reflects an intense and original engagement with American poetry, especially the work of William...

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  • Jenifer Sang Eun Park

    Autobiography Of Horse

    $16.00

    This book is a print on demand title. Orders of this title are expected to be fulfilled within 3 to 4 weeks upon purchase. Click here to find out more about when your print on demand title will ship.I became obsessed. I swallowed myself whole and turned into a knot. I couldn’t undo myself, so I crawled inside a horse. Inside the horse I hardened, and then broke. The horse collected the pieces and glued me back together. I unraveled the horse and stitched it back together. The horse trampled m...

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  • Leonard Cohen

    Book Of Mercy

    $21.00

    The poems in Book of Mercy brim with praise, despair, anger, doubt and trust. Speaking from the heart of the modern world, yet in tones that resonate with an older devotional tradition, these verses give voice to our deepest, most powerful intuitions. Internationally celebrated for his writing and his music, Leonard Cohen is revered as one of the greatest writers, performers, and most consistently daring artists of the last hundred years.Paperback: 96 PagesProduct Dimensions: 129 x 197 mmISBN...

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  • Ada Limón

    Bright Dead Things

    $22.00

    A book of bravado and introspection, of feminist swagger and harrowing loss, Bright Dead Things considers how we build our identities out of place and human contact - tracing in intimate detail the ways the speaker's sense of self both shifts and perseveres as she moves from New York City to rural Kentucky, loses a dear parent, ages past the capriciousness of youth and falls in love. In these extraordinary poems Ada Limón's heart becomes a 'huge beating genius machine' striving to embrace and...

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    Daljit Nagra

    British Museum

    $24.00

    Daljit Nagra possesses one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary English poetry. British Museum is his third collection, following his electrifying version of the epic Ramayana, and marks a significant departure of style to something quieter, more contemplative and inquisitive, at times valedictory. His political edge has been honed in a series of meditations and reflections upon our heritage, our legacy, and the institutions that define them: the BBC, Hadrian’s Wall, the Sikh gurdwa...

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    Ilya Kaminsky

    Deaf Republic

    $24.00

    Deaf Republic opens in a time of political unrest in an occupied territory. It is uncertain where we are or when, in what country or during what conflict, but we come to recognise that these events are also happening here, right now. This astonishing parable in poems unfolds episodically like a play, its powerful narrative provoked by a tragic opening scene: when soldiers breaking up a protest kill a deaf boy, the gunshot becomes the last thing the citizens hear - in that moment, all have gon...

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  • Rose McLarney

    Forage

    $34.00

    Rose McLarney has won attention as a poet of impressive insight, craft, and a “constantly questioning and enlarging vision” (Andrew Hudgins). In her third collection, Forage, she continues to weave together themes she loves: home, heritage, the South, animals, water, the environment. These intricately sequenced poems take up everything from animals’ symbolic roles in art and as indicators of ecological change to how water can represent a large, troubled system or the exceptions of smaller, pu...

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    Anne Boyer

    Garments Against Women

    $22.00

    'Around that time my daughter and I had this exchange: Anne, imagine if the world had nothing in it. Do you mean nothing at all - just darkness - or a world without objects? I mean a world without things: no houses, chairs, or cars. A world with only people and trees and dirt. What do you think would happen? People would make things. We would make things with trees and dirt.' When the cold comes, when our needs announce themselves, it is with clothing, with possessions, in literature, through...

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  • Paul Munden and Shane Strange

    Giant Steps

    $20.00

    On 21 July, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first human to step onto the moon, uttering those famous words: 'THAT'S ONE SMALL STEP FOR MAN, ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND.' To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, we asked 50 poets to collaborate on this poetry anthology reflecting upon the achievement of Apollo 11 and our constantly evolving notions of 'space'. Contributors: Cassandra Atherton, Christian Bök, Robyn Bolam, Lisa Brockwell, Owen Bullock, Maggie Butt, Anne Cal...

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  • Stephen Sexto

    If All The World And Love Were Young

    $21.00

    When Stephen Sexton was young, video games were a way to slip through the looking glass; to be in two places at once; to be two people at once. In these poems about the death of his mother, this moving, otherworldly narrative takes us through the levels of Super Mario World, whose flowered landscapes bleed into our world, and ours, strange with loss, bleed into it. His remarkable debut is a daring exploration of memory, grief and the necessity of the unreal.Paperback: 128 PagesProduct Dimensi...

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  • Andrea Yew

    In These Curved Spaces

    $16.00

    Our memories are not entirely ours, each is a patch handed to us, shaped with hands that are both ours and not. Together, they form a patchwork quilt we drape to give us the shape of who we are. But what about the memories that have been lost through time, circumstance? If memories anchor who we are, what do we do with these gaps? Do we make up our own stories in its wake? Plug the gaps from the scraps of a memory? What does that say about us? In These Curved Spaces explores the relationship...

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  • Bernice Chauly

    Incantations/Incarcerations

    $18.00

    Incantations/Incarcerations is a rumination on ageing, menopause, losing one’s children to the world, climate change, and the slow decline of the body. In this collection, Bernice Chauly will once again chart the unsayable and the confessional, and speak from places where few dare to write from – of the older woman, desire and loneliness, and of the certainty of death.Paperback: 63 pagesProduct Dimensions: 129 x 198 mmISBN: 9789670311418Published by Gerakbudaya

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  • Rachel Allen

    Kingdomland

    $27.00

    Kingdomland is the debut poetry collection of Rachael Allen - a writer of rare vision and flair. The world she creates is suffused with surreal images and uncanny incidents. Unexplained violences and strange metamorphoses take shape in the 'glowering dusk'. And yet, all too clearly, we recognise life here on earth, its everyday griefs, dysfunctions and injustices. Where distinctions between murder and bloodletting, corruption and consumption are blurred. Where a pet tarantula or mimic octopus...

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  • Kathryn Hummel

    Lamentville

    $16.00

    Set against a background of social media and post-truth politics, Lamentville reflects on what we might lose as the world passes through a digital age—and whether this is cause for celebration, regret, or just another step in our inevitable evolution. Suspended between loss and recovery, Lamentville comments on the way humans interact, form and express identity in spaces saturated with digital technology and virtual hyperactivity, while emphasising the value of remembrance and emotional depth...

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  • Daljit Nagra

    Look We Have Coming To Dover!

    $22.00

    Taking in its sights Matthew Arnold's 'land of dreams', the collection explores the idealism and reality of a multicultural Britain with wit, intelligence and no small sense of mischief. Nagra, whose own parents came to England from the Punjab in the 1950s, conjures a jazzed hybrid language to tell stories of aspiration, assimilation, alienation and love. By turns realist and romantic, these charged and challenging poems never shy from confrontation, but remain, always, touched by a humorous ...

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  • Morgan Parker

    Magical Negro

    $24.00

    Magical Negro is an archive of Black everydayness, a catalogue of contemporary folk heroes, an ethnography of ancestral grief, and an inventory of figureheads, idioms and customs. These poems are both elegy and jive, joke and declaration, songs of congregation and self-conception. They connect themes of loneliness, displacement, grief, ancestral trauma and objectification, while exploring tropes and stereotypes of Black Americans. Focused primarily on depictions of Black womanhood alongside p...

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  • Amanda Berenguer

    Materia Prima

    $33.00

    This is the first English-language collection of Amanda Berenguer's poetry. A key contributor to Uruguay's famed literary Generación del 45, Berenguer (1921-2010) stands among the most important post-World War II poets of Latin America, along with her now-legendary compatriot Marosa di Giorgio. Berenguer's poetry, stylistically and conceptually varied, ranges from classic, measured lyric to Dickinson-inspired gnomic utterance; from metaphysical and erotic rhetorical effusion to condensed and ...

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    Jack Kerouac

    Mexico City Blues

    $22.00

    Freewheeling and spontaneous, Mexico City Blues is Jack Kerouac's most significant and emblematic poem. Consisting of 242 loosely linked 'choruses', it takes in life, death, spirituality, jazz improvisation, memory, fantasies and dreams, all infused with the rhythm of the blues, to create a surreal and all-encompassing epic.Paperback: 256 PagesProduct Dimensions: 129 x 198 mm ISBN: 9780241388945Published by Penguin Books

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  • Miho Kinnas

    Move Over, Bird

    $16.00

    Miho entertains you with various forms of poetry she follows or invents. In seven poems from the first section, the poet breaks an ordinary day into pieces and rebuilds them in fourteen sentences. “Backyard”, for example, takes you here: The screened porch collects a thick layer of dust. It’s seemingly very quiet, yet her backyard is a battlefield for songbirds. While the rain is as soft as a marsh bunny, you might wonder with her: What wishes should I make with a single coin? She also writes...

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  • Alice Oswald

    Nobody

    $23.00

    This is a book-length poem – a collage of water-stories, taken mostly from the Odyssey – about a minor character, abandoned on a stony island. It is not a translation, though, but a close inspection of the sea that surrounds him. There are several voices in the poem but no proper names, although its presiding spirit is Proteus, the shape-shifting sea-god. We recognise other mythical characters – Helios, Icarus, Alcyone, Philoctetes, Calypso, Clytemnestra, Orpheus, Poseidon, Hermes – who drift...

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  • Joe Dunthorne

    O Positive

    $24.00

    O Positive is the long-awaited debut collection of poetry from Joe Dunthorne, and it has all the appeal of his widely acclaimed fiction. Adopting a sunny, genial tone, Dunthorne lures the reader to darker places, exploring death and dread, failure and regret – the ‘lounge of our suffering’. Often, he catches us off-guard: a ‘whiplash’ effect where poems shift from laughter to slaughter in a moment. Impertinent owls, an immersive theatre troupe, ancient men from the Great War and idiot balloon...

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  • Sally Wen Mao

    Oculus

    $26.00

    In Oculus, Sally Wen Mao explores exile not just as a matter of distance and displacement but as a migration through time and a reckoning with technology. The title poem follows a nineteen-year-old girl in Shanghai who uploaded her suicide onto Instagram. Other poems cross into animated worlds, examine robot culture, and haunt a necropolis for electronic waste. A fascinating sequence spanning the collection speaks in the voice of the international icon and first Chinese American movie star An...

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  • Jo Shapcott

    Of Mutability

    $21.00

    Jo Shapcott's award-winning first three collections, gathered in Her Book: Poems 1988-1998, revealed her to be a writer of ingenuous, politically acute and provocative poetry, and rightly earned her a reputation as one of the most original and daring voices of her generation. In Of Mutability, Shapcott is found writing at her most memorable and bold. In a series of poems that explore the nature of change - in the body and the natural world, and in the shifting relationships between people - t...

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  • Simon Armitage

    Paper Aeroplane

    $27.00

    When Simon Armitage burst on to the poetry scene in 1989 with his spectacular debut Zoom!, readers were introduced to an exceptional new talent who would reshape the landscape of contemporary poetry in the years to come. Now, Armitage's reputation as one of the nation's most original, most respected and most influential poets seems secure. Paper Aeroplane: Poems 1989-2014 is the author's own choice of work from across a quarter-century of publishing. Drawing upon all of his award-winning poet...

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  • Frederick Seidel

    Peaches Goes It Alone

    $24.00

    This is the End of Days. This is what we've been waiting for always. I walked over to the Hudson River, heading for Mars. Each poem of mine is a suicide belt. I say that to my girlfriend Life. Peaches Goes It Alone, Frederick Seidel's newest collection of poems, begins with global warming and ends with Aphrodite. In between is everything. Peaches Goes It Alone presents the sexual and political themes that have long preoccupied Seidel - and thrilled and offended his readers. Lyrical, grotesque...

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  • Quercus

    Poems For A World Gone To Sh*t

    $22.50

    From Shakespeare and Shelley to Lemn Sissay and Kate Tempest, poets have always been the best at showing us we're not alone, however sh*t things might seem. Funny, reflective, romantic and life-affirming - here is an anthology of poems to remind you to keep on looking at the stars: from that first 'what the f*ck' moment to empowering you to do something about this sh*t and ultimately realising that life is still beautiful after all. Rediscover old favourites and find some new treasures - you ...

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  • Emily Fragos

    Poems Of Paris

    $25.00

    Perhaps no other European city has so captured the poetic imagination as has Paris. Poems of Paris covers a wide range of time, from the Renaissance to the present, and includes not only the pantheon of classic French poets, from Ronsard to Baudelaire to Mallarmé, but also tributes by visitors to the city and famous expatriates from all over the world, including Pablo Neruda, Samuel Beckett, Rainer Maria Rilke, Vladimir Nabokov, Zelda Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Charles...

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    Gregor Benton

    Poets Of The Chinese Revolution

    $42.00

    The Chinese Revolution was a complex and protracted event staged by competing groups and individuals with different hopes and expectations. Its veterans included many poets, four of whom feature in this anthology. Poetry has played a different role in China—and in the Chinese Revolution—than in the West. In the Chinese tradition, poetry is collective and collaborative. But, in life, the four poets in this collection were entangled in opposition and, at times, regarded one another with bitter ...

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  • Amanda Chong

    Professions

    $16.00

    At the very start of us, I foresawevery possible ending. Professions is a poet’s directory of heartbreak. The backbone of this collection is a cycle of fractured relationships, where professional preoccupations tear lovers apart as distrust and incomprehension brew. Set against this are glimpses of indestructible intimacy — between a mother, a granddaughter, and a friend. Amanda Chong’s poems observe the doomed practice of the heart: solitary experiences, never fully nor mutually understood u...

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  • Michael Waters and Harold Schechter

    Reel Verse

    $25.00

    The variety of subjects is dazzling, from movie stars to bit players, from B-movies to Bollywood, from Clark Gable to Jean Cocteau. More than a hundred poets riff on their movie memories: Langston Hughes and John Updike on the theaters of their youth, Jack Kerouac and Robert Lowell on Harpo Marx, Sharon Olds on Marilyn Monroe, Louise Erdrich on John Wayne, May Swenson on the James Bond films, Terrance Hayes on early Black cinema, Maxine Kumin on Casablanca, and Richard Wilbur on The Prisoner ...

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  • Stephanie Chan

    Roadkill For Beginners

    $16.00

    Roadkill for Beginners is Stephanie Chan’s first collection of poetry. It’s part scrapbook of love letters to places, part field guide to the people in them. It’s a messy celebration of open mics, bonfires, and poetry stages around the world, the connections that grow up around them and the adventures that happen after. It explores desire, moving, belonging, and everything in between. It’s got apocalyptic hawker centres, magical night bus rides, and hungry turkey vultures. It’s about growing ...

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  • Ted Hughes

    Season Songs

    $21.00

    Spring will marry you. A promise! Cuckoo brings the message: May. O new clothes! O get your house ready! Expectation keeps you starry. But at which church and on what day? In these poems Ted Hughes invites the reader to try and catch the spring (but she's elusive); to take a closer look at the March calf; to listen to the happiness of the summer grass; and to notice the 'weak-neck snowdrops' in winter. Earth is revealed in all its surprising richness and rawness, and so is humankind's own con...

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    Gwendolyn Brooks

    Selected Poems

    $26.00

    Selected Poems is the classic volume by the distinguished and celebrated poet Gwendolyn Brooks, winner of the 1950 Pulitzer Prize and recipient of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. This compelling collection showcases Brooks's technical mastery, her warm humanity, and her compassionate and illuminating response to a complex world. This edition also includes a special PS section with insights, interviews, and more--including a short piece by...

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  • Marianne Moore

    Selected Poems

    $22.00

    A reissue of the 1935 Selected Poems, which, with an Introduction by T. S. Eliot, brought Moore's work to the attention of a wider public.Hardback: 64 PagesProduct Dimensions: 129 x 198 mmISBN: 9780571351145Published by Faber & Faber

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    Wendy Cope

    Serious Concerns

    $22.00

    Wendy Cope's first book of poems and parodies, Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis, went straight into the bestseller lists. Its successor, Serious Concerns has proved even more popular, addressing such topics as 'Bloody Men', 'Men and Their Boring Arguments', 'Two Cures for Love', 'Kindness to Animals' and 'Tumps' (Typically Useless Male Poets).Hardback: 87 PagesProduct Dimensions: 129 x 198 mmISBN: 9780571352333Published by Faber & Faber

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  • Marc Nair and Tsen-Waye Tay

    Sightlines

    $20.00

    Sightlines is a series of poems mapped onto a collection of black and white images shot on film. These are notes on passing through diverse places with an unnamed female traveler, who is both photographer and protagonist. The poems are a commentary on her perspectives, allowing the reader a sideways glance at moments that are written with and against the image. Within each paired image and poem is a small movement. First the image, then the poem, and then the image again, winding them togeth...

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  • Eugene Gloria

    Sightseer In This Killing City

    $30.00

    Through the voice of Nacirema, the central persona of the collection, who is a Filipina American woman with an ambiguous sexual identity, we are introduced to a character who chooses mystery and inhabits landscapes fraught with brutality and beauty. Flawed like America, Nacirema embodies ideas of wanderlust and self-discovery. In poems that recount her journey, Gloria invokes the spirit of 1970s soul music and of jazz, blending the urban lament of Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane with the id...

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  • Jay Bernard

    Surge

    $23.00

    Jay Bernard’s extraordinary debut is a fearlessly original exploration of the black British archive: an enquiry into the New Cross Fire of 1981, a house fire at a birthday party in south London in which thirteen young black people were killed. Dubbed the ‘New Cross Massacre’, the fire was initially believed to be a racist attack, and the indifference with which the tragedy was met by the state triggered a new era of race relations in Britain. Tracing a line from New Cross to the ‘towers of bl...

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  • Michael Heller

    Telescope

    $30.00

    An original selection of work by one of America's greatest living poets. For more than fifty years, Michael Heller has been building one of the most impressive bodies of work in contemporary American poetry. His poems, shaped by Jewish and Buddhist thought and simultaneously lyrical and philosophical, engage the political and the natural world in an ongoing consideration of the responsibility and imaginative freedom of the poet. Profoundly reflective and deeply sensual, Heller is simply one o...

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  • Audre Lorde

    The Black Unicorn

    $22.00

    'I have been woman for a long time beware my smile I am treacherous with old magic' Filled with rage and tenderness, Audre Lorde's most acclaimed poetry collection speaks of mothers and children, female strength and vulnerability, renewal and revenge, goddesses and warriors, ancient magic and contemporary America. These are fearless assertions of identity, told with incantatory power.Paperback: 144 PagesProduct Dimensions: 129 x 198 mmISBN: 9780241396865Published by Penguin Books

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  • Karen Solie

    The Caiplie Caves

    $21.00

    The Canadian Karen Solie is rapidly establishing a reputation as one of the most important poets at work today. Her fifth book of poetry, The Caiplie Caves, is a profound and timely consideration of the nature of crisis: at its heart is the figure of St Ethernan, a seventh-century Irish missionary to Scotland who retreated to the caves of the Fife coast in order to decide whether to establish a priory on May Island or pursue a life of solitude. His decision would have been informed by realiti...

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  • Ada Limón

    The Carrying

    $22.00

    From National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist Ada Limón comes The Carrying--her most powerful collection yet. Vulnerable, tender, acute, these are serious poems, brave poems, exploring with honesty the ambiguous moment between the rapture of youth and the grace of acceptance. A daughter tends to aging parents. A woman struggles with infertility--"What if, instead of carrying / a child, I am supposed to carry grief?"--and a body seized by pain and vertigo as well as ...

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  • Rishi Dastidar

    The Craft

    $29.00

    The Craft is an indispensable guide to both the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of poetic craft in the 21st century, and essential writing-desk companion for poets at all stages. The book covers practical techniques – the nuts of bolts of putting poems together, mastering poetic forms such as sonnets, sestinas, prose poems and golden shovels, how to choose titles for your poems and the art of long sequences. It also explores the idea of ‘craft’ itself - knowing how pentameters dance is important, but by no...

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  • Lawrence Lacambra Ypil

    The Experiment Of The Tropics

    $16.00

    This book is a print on demand title. Orders of this title are expected to be fulfilled within 3 to 4 weeks upon purchase. Click here to find out more about when your print on demand title will ship.Through the lens of history and photography, The Experiment of the Tropics returns to early-twentieth-century Philippines during American occupation and asks, "How does one look at the past?" By braiding the music of anthropology with the intimacy of the lyric, Lawrence Ypil explores history's arc...

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  • Ricco Villanueva Siasoco

    The Foley Artist

    $19.00

    This book is a print on demand title. Orders of this title are expected to be fulfilled within 3 to 4 weeks upon purchase. Click here to find out more about when your print on demand title will ship.At once deliciously bizarre and painfully familiar, The Foley Artist introduces a vital new voice to Asian American literature. Ricco Villanueva Siasoco's powerful debut collection opens new regions of American feeling and thought as it interrogates intimacy, foreignness, and silence in an absurd ...

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