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some more strange meteorites By Mark Young
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This is the 39th book by Mark Young who has been publishing poetry for nearly sixty years. His books are primarily text poetry but also include speculative fiction, vispo, & art history. His work... More > has been widely anthologized, & his essays & poetry translated into a number of languages. His book has received the following Advance Words: some more strange meteorites is the work of a master poet at the top of his game. --Tom Beckett A masterful spirit of inclusiveness pervades this extremely satisfying book, linking unlikely figures, finding the future in the past, and inviting the reader to follow the writer’s brilliant lead. —Sheila E. Murphy< Less
Step Below: Selected Poems 2000-2015 By William Allegrezza
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Step Below: Selected Poems 2000-2015 contains a selection of poetry chosen by the poet. To give the reader a sense of the poet’s development, the book is arranged in chronological order. It... More > contains work from his major books and several texts that have now gone out of publication. In it, we can see a sample of Allegrezza’s formal poetic innovations and can hear the pervasive lyric undertone of his work. William Allegrezza is the author of many books of poetry, including Port Light (2014), Densities. Apparitions. (2011), and Fragile Replacements (2007). He has edited several books, such as La Alteración del Silencio: Poesía Norteamericana Reciente (Co-ed. Galo Ghigliotto, 2010) and The Salt Companion to Charles Bernstein (2012); in addition, he has curated a reading series, edited presses, and edited journals. He currently teaches at Indiana University Northwest.< Less
Hotus Potus By Mark Young
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The 20th century cliché was that POTUS was the most powerful man in the world. We’ve since realized that that’s a load of hocus pocus, but, before that revelation, Mark Young... More > committed his life to carrying around a heavy tape recorder in order to document for posterity the utterances of the forty-four Presidents of the United States. Now he has sifted through the more than 200 years of those recordings in order to bring to the reader the cream of the cream, HOTUS POTUS, presidential insights from an assembled cast that includes slave owners & supporters of emancipation; governors, generals, & those who never saw war but still won one for the gipper; rough riders & builders of smooth highways. Liars & truthtellers. So far there are no women. Let’s hope that changes soon.< Less
Port Light: A Hay(na)ku Collection By William Allegrezza
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Port Light: A Hay(na)ku Collection brings together hay(na)kus that have been written over a number of years. The pieces vary greatly in terms of content from the personal lyric to poems that push at... More > language’s communicative limits. The occasions of the poems are also diverse. “Through Having Been” was written as a reaction to storm devastation in Haiti, but many of the poems are daily poems responding to family or friends. William Allegrezza has written in the hay(na)ku format for almost ten years, but Port Light is his first book to collect and attempt to show a similarity between the pieces.< Less
VERSES TYPHOON YOLANDA: A Storm of Filipino Poets By Eileen Tabios
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This is a book about a destructive typhoon named Yolanda, or Haiyan, which caused massive damage to the Philippines in November, 2013. This is a sprawling book of poems in English, Filipino, Cebuano,... More > Waray, Hiligaynon. This is a book by poets who teach, poets who study, a poet who drives a tricycle for a living, poets who work for NGOs, poets who are school children. This is a book by 133 Filipino poets who live in the Philippines, the United States, Britain, the Netherlands, South Africa, elsewhere. What is diaspora but the aftermath of storm? All profits from this book will be donated to relief organizations. “Aid is art,” writes Simeon Dumdum, Jr. Now art will aid survivors of the storm. —Susan M. Schultz, poet and editor of Tinfish< Less
5 Shades of Gray By Eileen Tabios
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Fifty Shades of Grey, a 2011 erotic novel by E.L. James, has topped best-seller lists around the world. It is the first in a Trilogy which has sold over 40 million copies and book rights in 37... More > countries. It also set the record as the fastest-selling paperback of all time, surpassing the Harry Potter series. Eileen R. Tabios has not read E.L. James' novels, but that did not stop her from writing the poems comprising 5 Shades of Gray. She first read about BDSM ( bondage/discipline, dominance/submission, sadism/masochism) in a New York Times article about a room in Japan set up as a private park for businessmen clad only in oversized diapers and wheeled about in oversized prams pushed by women in British nanny costumes. Ms. Tabios also appreciates Ellen Degeneres' attempts to read Fifty Shades of Grey on YouTUBE, accompanied by sound effects provided by handcuffs, ping pong paddle and a whip.< Less
Dawac and Other Memoir-Narratives By Beatriz Tilan Tabios
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DAWAC and Other Memoir-Narratives presents Beatriz Tilan Tabios' childhood memories of Babaylans (Filipino healers) as well as surviving the Japanese invasion of the Philippines in World War... More > II. Beatriz Tilan Tabios received her B.A. in English from Silliman University (Philippines). She was mentored by Edith Tiempo, the first woman National Artist for Literature in the Philippines. Fictionist Edilberto Tiempo, then head of Silliman University’s English Department, encouraged Mrs. Tabios to continue her studies, resulting in Mrs. Tabios' Master of Arts thesis that became one of the earliest investigations, regarding Filipino literature, of “(The Use of) Local Color in Short Stories in English.” Later, Mrs. Tabios taught at Dagupan College (now University of Pangasinan), University of Baguio, Brent School (a boarding school for children from U.S.-American military, missionary and gold-mining families stationed in the Far East).< Less
Bough Breaks By Tamiko Beyer
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The poetic sequence bough breaks sets out to interrogate queer motherhood, implications of gender, and the politics of adoption. Traveling across terrains (New York, Bangkok, Honolulu, Tokyo) and... More > time (from the speaker’s childhood to an imagined future that holds or does not hold an adopted child) the poem teases apart the idea of conception. Queer in content and form, this fiercely feminist yet tenderly personal poem takes on the lullaby-lyric of parenthood to lay claim, surprise, and engage. Kazim Ali says: "In a trance-driven lineage of serious thinkers which include the likes of Myung Mi Kim, Jessica Grim, and Bruna Mori, Tamiko Beyer does not separate the experience of a gendered body from genres of thought. This writing lies down between poetry and theory and makes a bed there, a bed of textured experience and fabulous rhythms."< Less
Flux, Clot & Froth, Vol. 1 By John Bloomberg-Rissman
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Flux, Clot & Froth is a two-volume project comprised of a Volume 1 of poems a Volume 2 containing 2,700+ notes which source the approximately 4,000 sampled texts. On 23 Nov 08, John... More > Bloomberg-Rissman finished transforming his crazy stacks of later 20th- and early 21st-century Anglophone literature into organized shelves. Looking at those shelves, he decided to "unpack" them through a longish poem: "Find something from the 1st book on the 1st shelf. Follow that with something from the 1st book on the 2nd shelf. Etc etc. Intersperse whatever I like from whatever source appeals to me. Intersperse a number of Autopoetic recursions. Form: hay(na)ku. I expect this to go on for several months.” Several became many, and the result is an epic-length mixtape composed of thousands of algorithmically/intuitively-derived fully annotated oft-mangled bits of écriture/parole.< Less
Flux, Clot and Froth, Vol. 2 By John Bloomberg-Rissman
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Flux, Clot & Froth is a two-volume project comprised of a Volume 1 of poems a Volume 2 containing 2,700+ notes which source the approximately 4,000 sampled texts. On 23 Nov 08, John... More > Bloomberg-Rissman finished transforming his crazy stacks of later 20th- and early 21st-century Anglophone literature into organized shelves. Looking at those shelves, he decided to "unpack" them through a longish poem: "Find something from the 1st book on the 1st shelf. Follow that with something from the 1st book on the 2nd shelf. Etc etc. Intersperse whatever I like from whatever source appeals to me. Intersperse a number of Autopoetic recursions. Form: hay(na)ku. I expect this to go on for several months.” Several became many, and the result is an epic-length mixtape composed of thousands of algorithmically/intuitively-derived fully annotated oft-mangled bits of écriture/parole.< Less