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"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 ...
A Passion for Seeing
In A Passion for Seeing, Frederick Franck establishes himself as a prime minister witness to the twentieth century. Read in this anthology the best of Franck's observations: from the onset of the Second ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Thumbtacks, Glass, Pennies
I pick up thumb-tacks in the street
and put them in my pocket. Some I use
to stick up times on the corkboard, some I put
back in the desk. Once a tack stuck
straight through the ball of my foot as I ran ...
"…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,
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 ...
"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 ...
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 ...
Pistols and Hearts
"First finalist for the Codhill Poetry Chapbook Award for 2008, Sibyl James's Pistols and Hearts captures the beauty and ruggedness of daily life in Mexico through inventive lyricism. Oscillating between ...
Searching for Things to Worship
Sorting through fluttering debris
of thick boyhood days, tangle of jungle
browned with our absence,
I remember how you cupped
water at Cedar Creek,
your hands a chalice. ...
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.
Nieuw Pfalz, Book 2
Book 2 of an epic poem on the history and people of the town of New Paltz, New York.
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 ...
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 ...
Full Moon Tide
I want to stop listening.
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
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 ...
Diary of a Vagabond
"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 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, ...
Blue Cliff Record
"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. " ...
Nieuw Pfalz, Book 1
An epic poem on the people and history of New Paltz, New York.
Heartbeats in Stones
The poet's eye never misses the incongruity of things that cuts to the bone, "an obsidian scalpel of love" that keeps racing with her in the space between life and death, adoration and hatred. It may ...
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 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 ...
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 ...
"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
Whenever the clouds pass.
All through April
Unnoticed by ...
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. ...
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 ...
Contemporary poets offer behind-the-scenes perspectives on the poetic process.
Byromania and the Birth of Celebrity Culture
Argues that Byron’s popularity marked the beginning of celebrity as a cultural identity.
The Death of Empedocles
The definitive scholarly edition and new translation of all three versions of Hölderlin’s poem, The Death of Empedocles, and his related theoretical essays.
Frameworks for Mallarmé
The influence of photography and visual culture on the French poet, journalist, and critic.
With an Iron Pen
A groundbreaking collection of forty-two Israeli poetic voices protesting the occupation of the West Bank.
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.
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
Selections from twenty-seven Hebrew poets, many of whose poems appear here in English for the first time.
Romantic Poetry and the Fragmentary Imperative
Uses the concept of the poetic fragment to draw connections between romantic poetry and modern literature and literary theory.
The Perversity of Poetry
Explains why poetry gave way to the realist novel as the dominant literary form in nineteenth-century England.
A wonderful new translation of the poetry of Basho—Zen monk, poet of nature, and master of the haiku form.
Offers a reconsideration of modernism in both philosophy and literature.
Argues that if poems are to matter in American culture, they must be read rather than theorized over.
Dreaming the Actual
This anthology of contemporary fiction and poetry by Israeli women writers includes works originally written in Hebrew, Arabic, Russian, and English.
Ninety-Two Poems and Hymns of Yehuda Halevi
Through translation and commentary, this book presents the final visionary statements of the German-Jewish philosopher Franz Rosenzweig.
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.
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.
Situates Weil’s writing within the French literary tradition, and recognizes her as a master stylist.
Gadamer on Celan
Brings together all of Gadamer's published writings on Celan's poetry, and makes them available in English for the first time. This is accessible commentary on a notoriously difficult poet.
Representation and Design
Examines Old English poetry from the point of view of its interpretation, drawing on Anglo-Saxon pictorial art as a model for the interaction of representation and design.
Neglected Aspects of American Poetry
Challenging the neglected aspects of American poetry.
Contemporary British Poetry
This collection of original essays focuses on new and continuing movements in British Poetry. It offers a wide ranging look at feminist, working class, and other poets of diverse cultural backgrounds.
The author reads Rimbaud, Mallarme. Holderlin, and Trakl in relation to philosophy, and in particular to Heidegger.
In the First Country of Places
In the First Country of Places explores how people's personal philosophies of nature shape their childhood memories and self-identities. Drawing upon written work and original interviews, the book describes ...
Emily Dickinson, Woman of Letters
Buried in Emily Dickinson's letters are many lines that are stunningly beautiful, as beautiful as any to be found in her poems. Lewis Turco has taken some of these lines and written poems from them, on ...
Reading Old Friends
Reading Old Friends includes essays, reviews, and poems on poetics. Matthias, who has spent much time in England, concentrates on British poetry ranging from late modernist figures such as David Jones ...
Pattern poetry—poetry from before 1900 that fuses literature and visual art—has existed since the times of ancient Crete and Egypt. Less well known than modern visual poetry, pattern poetry has been ...
The American Sublime
American poetics has been radicalized in recent years by revisionist theories which replay and ground poets against their Romantic precursors. Beginning with the sublime politics of Emerson and ending ...
Plato's Defence of Poetry
Ignorant, irrational and irresponsible: these are the terms used by Plato when referring to poets. Yet the philosopher acknowledged that he was not insensible to the charms of poetry, and many would agree ...
Musical Allusions in the Works of James Joyce
Professor Bowen's book is more than a simple collection of musical allusions; it is an engaging discussion of how Joyce uses music to expand and orchestrate his major themes. The introductions to the ...
Book of Good Love
A masterpiece in the tradition of the Decameron and the Canterbury Tales, Juan Ruiz's fourteenth-century Spanish narrative poem combines the comic and the serious, the bawdy and the practical, the satiric ...
Swinburne's Theory of Poetry
Charles Algernon Swinburne's literary reputation rests almost exclusively upon his poetry, and though his critical writings were voluminous, they are usually slighted by literary historians. Examinations ...
Doctrine and Poetry
To our modern sensibilities, "doctrine" and "poetry" may seem antithetical, but the medieval Christian found nothing conflicting in them. In this provocative book, Bernard F. Huppe outlines the influence of Augustinian doctrine upon old English poetry and shows that their association was so close as to be indissoluble.