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A Hellsmouth for Orpheus

To the poet's quest for immortal vision, A Hellsmouth for Orpheus offers the longing of human desire. Raw but discreet, deliberately sensual, evoking an elusive authority, this book-length poem turns ...

The Book of Nine Elixirs

sucked two small drops
of blood
& I suddenly saw
the lust of his attack
& felt its
most serious
misunderstanding
of my life.

Only the Sound Itself

Poetry that reminds us to think about the experiences that made us who we are.

Tales from the Sausage Factory

A former state legislator and a political scientist team up to show how New York's legislature was once the nation's model professional legislature, and how it might recover from its present dysfunction.

The Way I Wait for You

David McCann is the Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Literature at Harvard University and the translator/editor of numerous volumes of Korean poetry. His own poetry has been published in Poetry, Ploughshares, ...

Diary of a Vagabond

By Song Yong
Translated by Jason Park
Introduction by Jason Park
Notes by Jason Park
Subjects: General Interest

"Song Yong's strange complex stories exhibit masterful control of language and narrative drive. They explore themes of existentialism such as existential anxiety and despair and deal with the plight of ...

The Apple in the Monkey Tree

"Mr. Murphy is a very carful craftsman in his work, a patient and testing intelligence, one of those writers who knows precisely what he wants his style to achieve. His poetry is quite but packed, carefully ...

Seeing Venice

"Venice is so much more than canals, bridges, gondolas. It is an unbroken sequence of ever-changing moods; festive; frivolous, elegiac and melancholy, forever foreign yet totally intimate. " –from Seeing ...

While I Was Dancing

This collection of poems was written between 2004 and 2009. Working with various partners Steve Clorfeine developed a form, "moving and writing," in which one person moves with eyes closed and the other ...

The Hairpin Tax

The fragmentary poems are of flight, written in the full fury of movement from a known habitat to one full of strangeness. The uncanny is their constant envoy. They enter into things at an obtuse angle ...

Rafting into the After-Life

"The 42 poems in this book were culled from a 365-poem opus titled One Year. Each poem in One Year was composed according to the following method:

I would take a day--say, January 18--and, sifting through ...

Missives

The etymology of the word "missive" according to Merriam-Webster's Dictionary comes from Middle French: lettre missive, literally translated as "a letter intended to be sent. " Missives is a book composed ...

What the Bee Knows

"The Sphinx, the Pyramids, the stone temples are, all of them, ultimately, as flimsy as London Bridge; our cities but tents set up in the cosmos. We pass. But what the bee knows, the wisdom that sustains ...

The Robe of Love

"Irresistible. A major force in the renaissance of storytelling in America. " —New York Times

"The Robe of Love takes us straight to the heart singing, glorious reminding us in story after story that ...

Charlie

Abraham Burickson's chapbook Charlie is an exploration of what it means to find oneself living without an instruction manual in a world filled with strangers. The poems follow Charlie and Sal, two very ...

Shorewards Tidewards

Full Moon Tide

I want to stop listening.

I'm tired
of making sense, of having to listen, of taking
the ocean in day after day, of holding on
to its labor; you have to let go--and it blanks out lost
to ...

Enneagrammatic Improvisations

The poems in this volume are experimental in nature. They came out of a study of the enneagram—a symbol best described in P. D. Ouspensky's In Search of the Miraculous. While looking for a way to experience ...

Blue Cliff Record

By David Rothenberg
Foreword by Sam Hamill
Subjects: General Interest

"Revisiting these 100 classic case studies, Rothenberg enlivens the process, and if he returns one to translations from the original, if his practice deepens another's practice, so much the better. " ...

Field Road Sky

Praise for Steve Clorfeine's work:

"I found myself carried by his words. ..often an unremarkable or extravagantly beautiful list of things and events was made brilliant by the attention paid to their existence. ...

Gas Light

"A Short Piece"

It must be that the azaleas
Bloom at dawn
And fall at dusk.

Over the low pine grove
Behind the rocks in Samchung Dong
They droop
Whenever the clouds pass.

All through April
Unnoticed by ...

Tilting Gravity

"Winner of the Codhill Poetry Chapbook Award for 2009," Elizabeth Rees's Tilting Gravity shimmers like moonlight on tidewater, illuminating the ebb and flow of brokenness and recovery with rippling imagination ...

Hurricane Hymn and Other Poems

Poetry cannot perform search and rescues.
Words are not water or food or shelter.
Grief cannot put a roof over storm-refugees.
Compassion's not a substitute for action.
Come in from the wind, let ...

Riverine

Edited by Laurence Carr
Subjects: General Interest

Riverine is a contemporary anthology of memoir, short fiction, and poetry by over seventy Hudson Valley writers.

The memoirs reflect Hudson Valley life along with life outside the U. S. Intriguing short ...

Feral Idylls

With each poem in this series, Bauman explores the life of an animal native to the Catskill region, delving into their secret suffering, fear, and determination. Through their daily struggles, he reveals ...

WaterWrites

This anthology of contemporary poetry and memoir celebrates the Hudson River and its environs in all of its breadth and depth. It brings together sixty Hudson Valley writers who explore what it means ...

The Clay-Shaper's Husband

ODE TO DOGS

I am tired of hearing about dogs
used as metaphors for the uncivilized.
Imagine a world in which humans

possessed at least twenty times
as many olfactory receptors,
able to distinguish the ...

Ode to the Human Face

In this cruel era of killings, war and torture a powerful confirmation of what is still human in us humans.

Fugitive

"…At the crossroads of assault and proceed,
with the sweat dirty gum grease of law machines,
amid thrill and lull, faithless young gods
inured to guts swill black smoke; uniformed,
flag-fetishistic ...

Welsh Woman Wandering and Other Poems

Scholar in Comparative Religion and co-author of Shlomo's Stories (Jason Arson), Mesinai was chosen one of Columbia University's 250 'greatest graduates' for her search for Raoul Wallenberg and other ...

A Yelp in the Ideal

In the poetry of Celestine Frost, the I is not confessional, rarely even personal, but, like he or she, a voice, subliminal and quirky. In this, her fourth collection, the liquid, unamalgamated thought ...

Sand and Traffic

Would you be so terrifying
uncoffined, dried earth caked on your calves, disintegrating in a field among weeds
like an animal whose death
makes a place large and strange?
—from Knee Deep in Mud My Mother ...

Cathay

Kim Man-jung

Li Po

Su Tung-p'o

Tu Fu

Wang Wei

Wei Chuang

Window with 4 Panes

The ambiguity of snow

Dog wishes, buried
in squinty sun
may never sprout

deeper dreads down
under may deface
even terror's stun gun
before bright dawn

pours on white cloth
buffered over white
strain and ...

Postcards Dropped in Flight

"Charming, enigmatic, often humorous, these half-poetic, half-philosophic vignettes condense a lifetime to its essential images. They sent me searching for my own. " –Steve Webb, Seattle writer and ...

Down from Troy

A beautifully crafted memoir by one of America's finest storytellers.

Roman Candle

A multilayered portrait of this brash, gifted artist, whose restless voice and spirit seem as alive today as ever.

We Used to Own the Bronx

An inside story of privilege, inherited wealth, and the bizarre values and customs of the American upper crust.

Final Acts

Analyzes contemporary memoirs of terminal illness from a psychoanalytic perspective.

Bungalow Kid

Vividly and lovingly recreates a city kid's summer in the Catskills in the 1950s.

The Man Who Saved New York

A dramatic and colorful portrait of one of New York’s most remarkable governors, Hugh L. Carey, with emphasis on his leadership during the fiscal crisis of 1975.

In the Hamptons Too

Tales of the sometimes rich, sometimes famous, but always quirky residents of one of America’s best-known summer colonies, as told by the editor and publisher of Dan’s Papers, the area’s free weekly newspaper.

The Quotable Judge Posner

Collection of quotations and judicial opinions of federal appellate judge Richard A. Posner

The Smoking Horse

With an ear for life’s fractured melodies, marine biologist Stephen Spotte recounts his lifelong study of literature and the sea and his search for the mythical place where reason and revelation intersect.

Out in Front

By Jeb Byrne
Subjects: History
Series: Excelsior Editions

Lively anecdotes retold by an advance man for Presidents Kennedy and Johnson.

Making Poems

Contemporary poets offer behind-the-scenes perspectives on the poetic process.

Fire Along the Sky

A wildly entertaining historical adventure, deep inside the crucible in which America was forged.

Amazing Journeys

New, superbly translated omnibus of five of Jules Verne's most renown stories.

Byromania and the Birth of Celebrity Culture

Argues that Byron’s popularity marked the beginning of celebrity as a cultural identity.

But One Race

Biography of famous black abolitionist and voting rights advocate, Robert Purvis.

The Italian Actress

A has-been American filmmaker encounters love, cruelty, and death in Italy.

My Life at the Gym

Edited by Jo Malin
Subjects: Gender And Sexuality

Personal accounts celebrating the place of exercise in women’s lives—and as the site of women’s community.

King of the Bowery

The first full-length biography of Timothy D. "Big Tim" Sullivan, who dominated New York City politics in the three decades prior to World War I.

Saving Troy

A powerful account of the hazards, challenges, and dangers faced by America's first-responders.

Interior Landscapes, Second Edition

The classic autobiography of the famous Indigenous writer and critic Gerald Vizenor

Wine - A Gentleman's Game

How one man and his family made their dream of owning a winery come true--and helped revitalize New York's winemaking industry in the process.

Knife Song Korea

A tumultuous year in the life of a young surgeon during the Korean War.

Going Blind

Memoir and meditation on blindness.

The Firekeeper

An epic adventure based on the extraordinary historical story of Sir William Johnson and the author's dreams of a Mohawk "woman of power" who lived three centuries ago.

Frameworks for Mallarme

The influence of photography and visual culture on the French poet, journalist, and critic.

White Savage

Brings a strikingly original perspective to Johnson’s life, and suggests new ways of thinking about Johnson’s part in creating a nation he did not live to see.

Poems on Life and Love in Ancient India

The oldest surviving anthology of lyric poems from India, the Sattasai presents the many aspects of love and provides a realistic counterpart to the Kāmasūtra.

With an Iron Pen

A groundbreaking collection of forty-two Israeli poetic voices protesting the occupation of the West Bank.

The Reason for Crows

The story of a 17th century Mohawk woman's interaction with her land, the Jesuits, and the religion they brought.

Cary Nelson and the Struggle for the University

Scholars engage the ideas and legacy of Cary Nelson in conversations about the corporate university, teaching, poetry, and activism.

Poets on the Edge

Edited and translated by Tsipi Keller
Introduction by Aminadav Dykman
Subjects: General Interest
Series: SUNY series in Modern Jewish Literature and Culture

Selections from twenty-seven Hebrew poets, many of whose poems appear here in English for the first time.

New York and Slavery

Challenges readers to rethink the way we view the nation’s past and race relations in the present.

A Diary of Gastric Bypass Surgery

The story of one African American woman’s decision to undergo gastric bypass surgery.

Teacher and Comrade

By Alan Wieder
Subjects: Education

A biographical/narrative study of oppression, racism, and resistance in twentieth-century South Africa through the life of Richard Dudley, a teacher/politico.

Fiction's Present

Edited by R. M. Berry & Jeffrey R. Di Leo
Subjects: Literature

Fiction writers and critics engage the aesthetic, political, philosophical, and cultural dimensions of contemporary fiction.

The Philosopher's "I"

Using works written over the course of 1,500 years, considers philosophers’ autobiographies as a genre of philosophical writing.

Arab Women Writers

Edited and translated by Dalya Cohen-Mor
Introduction by Dalya Cohen-Mor
Subjects: General Interest
Series: SUNY series, Women Writers in Translation

A collection of sixty short stories by women writers from across the Arab world.

Jakub's World

A boy's world is shattered by the Holocaust.

The Participating Citizen

An in-depth biography of the philosopher who brought phenomenology to the social sciences.

Immersed in Great Affairs

A biography of the influential journalist and historian Allan Nevins.

Critical Intellectuals on Writing

A fascinating look at how some of the world's most eminent scholars conceive of their own relationship with writing and with the work of being a critical intellectual.

To the Extreme

Insider and outsider narratives on the essence of modern “extreme” sports.

Sporting Dystopias

Challenges the unexamined belief that sports stadiums, events, and teams in cities are always beneficial to the comunities.

Mighty Change, Tall Within

A history of African American presence in the Hudson Valley region from the colonial period to the present.

Moral Tales and Meditations

By Michael Joyce
Afterword by Helene Cixous
Subjects: General Interest

Provocative essays and short tales that explore the effect of technology and new media on our everyday lives.

Home

A history professor experiences disturbing parallels between the furor over hiring decisions and an alleged case of sexual harassment on his own campus, and the harassment of an anarchist commune on south Puget Sound in 1902.

Eleven Stories High

This memoir evokes a girl’s coming of age in a postwar New York City planned, “utopian” community.

Living Root

In this literary memoir, poet and essayist Michael Heller interweaves family and personal history with reflections on language, poetry, religion, and memory itself.

Not One of Them in Place

Explores the ways in which Jewish American poetry engages persistent questions of modern Jewish identity.

After Ontology

Offers a reconsideration of modernism in both philosophy and literature.

Rescuing Haya

The story of an Israeli woman's struggle to forge her personal and professional identity.

Holding Patterns

Argues that if poems are to matter in American culture, they must be read rather than theorized over.

One Nation...Indivisible?

A no-holds barred look at how ideology-based partisan politics is altering the Framers' vision of government and alienating Americans.

Memoirs of the Future

Explores the life and work of W. Warren Wagar.

The Recalcitrant Art

Combines the techniques of fiction and nonfiction in order to tell the story of the love between Susette Gontard ("Diotima") and the poet Friedrich Holderlin.

Once Below a Time

Offers a psychoanalytically enhanced theory of poetics through close readings of Dylan Thomas and Julia Kristeva.

Listening to Reading

Contends that "experimental" writing--from Mallarme, Stein, and Cage to contemporary poets of the eighties and nineties--can teach us much about how we write and read both poetry and criticism.

Poetic Epistemologies

Through detailed readings and interviews, this book provides a valuable introduction to feminist language-poets and to some of the most compelling issues in contemporary poetry.

A Parliament of Minds

In this companion volume to the national public television documentary of the same name, interviews of philosophy luminaries expose the relevance of philosophy to everyday life.

Narralogues

These "narralogues" combine story and argument, moving from Socratic dialogue to outright narrative, and ultimately making the case that fiction is a medium for telling the truth.

Rewinding the Tape

Marianne Wallenberg’s life story.

The Ticking Tenure Clock

Lydia Martin begins her tenure year one book shy, and when a sensational project presents itself she finds herself romantically entangled and ethically challenged.

Rousseau's Ghost

Set primarily in Paris and Oxford, this fast-paced mystery novel links a long-missing manuscript from a famous eighteenth-century philosopher with a dark secret to a late twentieth-century murder of a prominent Princeton professor.

Reinventing the Wheel

Suggests that certain Buddhist notions may act as an antidote to the adverse effects of high-tech media.