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For One Who Knows How to Own Land
Jun.14.2012
I grew up in two worlds: my father’s parents’ world of brick homes, city streets, shopping, and playgrounds; and my mother’s parents’ world of dirt roads, livestock, growing our own food, and endless woods. That second world was undeniably harder than the first. The work was dirtier, and there...
The Poems of Wing Lei
May.13.2012
A monk-poet born in the JiangXi province of China in the mid-9th century, Wing Lei was a contemporary of the Chinese poetry masters Li Po, Tu Fu, and Wang Wei. His early life was spent in relative anonymity as a mid-level government official in the province, though it is known that he wrote poetry...
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Apr.12.2012
With humor and musicality, Martha Silano's The Little Office of the Immaculate Conception rollicks through fourteen billion years of cosmology: galaxies, aliens, an astronaut's dropped glove. When she's not picking a bone with a shortsighted and side-talking populace, she's conceiving her own...
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Apr.05.2012
In this diary of intentionality, the behearer and the beholder approach the world with an attitude of longing—for less: less sorrow, less suffering. Daily practice delivers the speaker to profound meditations on the nature of the self. These poems press against our deepest held questions: what...
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Feb.18.2012
Balance follows a sequence of yoga poses developed by  yogi B.K.S. Iyengar to promote emotional stability. I have written 15 poems of 15 lines each, one for each pose, with accompanying illustrations showing the pose. It is, as far as I know, the only book of its kind that follows an...
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Feb.05.2012
A book of poems and collages that, as J Ruth Gendler writes in the Foreword, "illuminate our condition, point toward the mysterious and the real, name sufferings, say what is true. "Judith’s fidelity to her experience, her tender detachment and her precise observation gives these laments and...
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Feb.02.2012
Christine Hamm’s Echo Park takes you by the hand and leads you into a vast subterranean passion play that moves through houses and theaters and parks and alleys all the while smiling all the while promising that the over-ripe orange you smell will recede and your hair will stop burning and you...
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Jan.23.2012
An artist ignores what he is creating in his life; a woman survives genocide and its aftermath; an Irish wedding blessing is reworked: these poems from an acclaimed and bestselling novelist aim straight at the heart of what it is to know love. Orna Ross's poems are always elegant, simple,...
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Dec.28.2011
"Robin Lim is a woman of staggering energy, passion, goodness and talent. Her poems take all four of those traits, and weave them into wonder." -Elizabeth Gilbert "Robin Lim's poems are born from the same womb as her devotion to midwifery. A womb that treasures each life, even faced...
Sugar Zone
Dec.13.2011
Fierce, surreal, ecstatic, and passionately transcendent, the sixty-two beautifully-crafted poems in Mary Mackey's Sugar Zone offer depth and complexity while at the same time remaining entirely accessible. Mackey's range is extraordinary. Although over half the poems take as their subject the...