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David X. Novak
Inaugural Considerations By David X. Novak
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Showcasing inaugural poems written for three American presidents, this revises and expands the author’s previous chapbook, The Poem Not Taken, originally assembled in 2009 to commemorate Barack... More > Obama’s first presidential swearing in. Other poems, not strictly inaugural, but relevant to the Executive, have been included. “On Pronouncement and Quiescence” examines issues surrounding the fraught 2016 contest, and “Hail to Our Departing Chief” returns to the 44th president in light of the subsequent electoral (and presidential) upheaval. The book contains five poems and expository prose.< Less
My Petite Gridiron By David X. Novak
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One hundred 8-line poems detailing obsession, forbearance, resignation, and, ultimately if not entirely, closure.
Lit Crit Politics and Poetics By David X. Novak
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Literary criticism. The major essays include "Wendell Berry on William Carlos Williams, T.S. Eliot, and the Prosaic Legacy of Modernism," "Blake in Academe," "Joseph Epstein... More > and the Death of Poetry," and "Claude McKay Walks in Ferguson." These are supplemented by shorter pieces, most of which have been adapted from blog posts.< Less
The Rip of Gales By David X. Novak
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A collection of poetry, some of which was originally posted at the author's Facebook page.
The Peony Pavilion By David X. Novak
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A new telling of Tang Xianzu's classic love story, loosely based upon but departing from the famous Ming Dynasty kunqu opera mainstay.
Bestial Ballads By David X. Novak
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50 Poems
Between Wakefulness and Sleep By David X. Novak
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50 Poems
The Resurgiad By David X. Novak
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To the best of my knowledge, this is only the second book-length poem to have been written entirely in the Spenserian stanza since The Faerie Queen over four hundred years ago. It tells the tale of a... More > "Rex Resurgent," following Omar Jesus (his second name pronounced in the Spanish way) from imprisonment to kingdom and beyond.< Less
World Not World By David X. Novak
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14 poems
The Condemnation By David X. Novak
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100 villanelles written on the eve of the Iraq invasion.