New & Noteworthy Books

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Posted on December 2, 2010


Alphabet of the World coverAlphabet of the World

Selected Works

Collection by Eugenio Montejo

Translated from the Spanish by Kirk Nesset

Univ of Oklahoma Press, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0-8061-4148-0

Paperback: 256pp; $19.95

"A welcome bilingual anthology of a much-honored Venezuelan poet and essayist."


Black Seed on a White Dish coverBlack Seeds on a White Dish

Poetry by Shira Dentz

Shearsman Books, November 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-84861-128-3

Paperback: 94pp; $15.00

“The poems in Black Seeds On a White Dish spring from the search for what is generated and discovered when loss and desire occupy the same space.”


The Bomb coverThe Bomb

Nonfiction by Howard Zinn

City Lights Books, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0-87286-509-9

Paperback: 91pp; $8.95

"Zinn looks at the unspeakable nightmare of combat and the core moral and ethical issues citizens must face during times of war."


Cargo coverCargo

Poetry by Kristin Kelly

Elixir Press, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-932418-38-5

Paperback: 61pp; $16.00

Winner of the Elixir Press Poetry Award. //



Dear John, I Love Jane coverDear John, I Love Jane

Women Writing About Leaving Men For Women

Nonfiction edited by Candace Walsh, Laura Andre

Seal Press, November 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-58005-339-6

Paperback: 272pp; $16.95

"a timely, fiercely candid exploration of female sexuality and personal choice." //


Driven to Abstraction coverDriven to Abstraction

Poetry by Rosmarie Waldrop

New Directions Books, November 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0-8112-1879-5

Paperback: 160pp; $16.95

"A new poetry collection of startling beauty and thought by a great American poet."


Elegguas coverElegguas

Poetry by Kamau Brathwaite

Wesleyan Univ Press, October 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0-8195-6943-1

Hardcover: 136pp; $22.95

"In his follow-up to his Griffin International Poetry-Prize winning Born to Slow Horses," Kamau Brathwaite continues to write of a world in which the natural and supernatural are intertwined."


Everyday in the Morning (Slow) coverEvery Day In the Morning (Slow)

Poetry by Adam Seelig

New Star Books, October 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-55420-051-1

Paperback: 152pp; $16.00

"A novella with long poem features, Slow breaks the rules of both genres, while at the same time offering an addictive and compulsive flow that may make it the fastest book you will ever read." //


Flatmancrooked's Slim Volume of Contemporary Poetics coverFlatmancrooked's Slim Volume of Contemporary Poetics

Poetry edited by Joshua Neely, Mary Karr

Flatmancrooked, 2010

ISBN-13: 9780982034866

Paperback: 137pp; $14.00

A collection of contemporary poetry featuring work by Eleni Sikelianos, Kevin Prufer, Forrest Gander, and many others. //


Forecast coverForecast

Fiction by Shya Scanlon

Flatmancrooked, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0-9820348-8-0

Paperback: 273pp; $14.00

"Scanlon renders a surreal, dystopian world in which alternate motives are required and people must hide even from themselves--a world in which the only real freedome is powerlessness."


Hank coverHank

Poetry by Abraham Smith

Action Books, November 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0-9799755-8-5

Paperback: 132pp; $16.00

An epic poem after Hank Williams Sr.


In the Bear's House coverIn the Bear's House

Collection by N. Scott Momaday

Univ of New Mexico Press, November 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0-8263-4839-5

Hardcover: 112pp; $24.95

"Engaging writings reveal Momaday's personal quest to understand the spirit of wilderness embodied in the image of the bear." //


Inferno coverInferno

A Poet's Novel

Fiction by Eileen Myles

OR Books, November 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-935928-03-4

Paperback: 256pp; $16.00

"The story of a female artist coming of age in the strange and liminal world of poetry, and not only coming to terms with being an outsider, but embracing it, both on a creative and sexual level."


Metal and Plum coverMetal and Plum

A Memoir

Nonfiction by Andrei Guruianu

Mayapple Press, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0932412-96-6

Paperback: 116pp; $16.95

"This extraordinary memoir captures the essence of cultural dislocation and hope."


One Island coverOne Island

Poetry by Gretchen Steele Pratt

Anhinga Press, February 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-934695-16-6

Paperback: 80pp; $17.00

Winner of the 2009 Anhinga Prize for Poetry, selected by Tony Hoagland.


Outlaw coverOutlaw

The Collected Works of Miguel Pinero

Collection by Miguel Pinero

Arte Publico Press, September 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-55885-606-6

Paperback: 410pp; $19.95

"This long-awaited collection includes previously and never-before-published poems and ten plays, including Short Eyes, which won the 1973-1974 New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best American Play." //


Penthouse F coverPenthouse F

Fiction by Richard Kalich

Green Integer, February 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-55713-413-4

Paperback: 227pp; $15.95

"Blurring the lines between reality and fantasy, kindness and cruelty, love and obsession, guilt and responsibility, writer and character, Penthouse F is an acutely perceptive, psychological portrait of the peculiar madness driving twenty-first century culture." //


Song for His Disappeared Love coverSong for His Disappeared Love

Poetry by Raul Zurita

Translated from the Spanish by Daniel Borzutky

Action Books, November 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0-9799755-7-8

Paperback: 88pp; $16.00

Paperback: The first English language translation of "this landmark poem by Chile's major poet, Raul Zurita…a book-length elegy for those Chilean youth 'disappeared' under the Pinochet dictatorship, as well as a vision of renewal for Chile's people and landscape." //


This Isa Nice Neighborhood coverThis Isa Nice Neighborhood

Poetry by Farid Matuk

Letter Machine Edns, November 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0-9815227-5-3

Paperback: 138pp; $14.00

"Testing both narrative and lyric, Matuk finds desire at the root of each, a root from which, these poems suggest, compassion and permission grow intertwined."


White Hand Society coverWhite Hand Society

The Psychedelic Partnership of Timothy Leary & Allen Ginsberg

Nonfiction by Peter Conners

City Lights Books, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0-87286-535-8

Paperback: 308pp; $16.95

This new book looks into the partnership of Leary and Ginsberg, who together "launched the psychedelic revolution and turned on the hippie generation.” //


Wolf Face coverWolf Face

Poetry by Matt Hart

H_NGM_N BKS, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-453-83227-1

Paperback: 90pp; $14.95

New collection of poetry from the author of Who's Who Vivid..



New & Noteworthy Books

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December 2, 2010


Flatmancrooked's Slim Volume of Contemporary Poetics, Ed. Joshua Neely, Mary Karr, Flatmancrooked //

Dear John, I Love Jane, Ed. Candace Walsh, Laura Andre, Seal Press //



Alphabet of the World, Eugenio Montejo, Univ of Oklahoma Press

In the Bear's House, N. Scott Momaday, Univ of New Mexico Press //

One Story, Thirty Stories, Ed. Zohra Saed, Sahar Muradi, Univ of Arkansas Press //

Outlaw, Miguel Pinero, Arte Publico Press //



The Fairytale Trilogy, Valerie Gribben, NewSouth Books //

Forecast, Shya Scanlon, Flatmancrooked

God on the Rocks, Jane Gardam, Europa Editions

If You're Not Yet Like Me, Edan Lepucki, Flatmancrooked

Inferno, Eileen Myles, OR Books

The Patterns of Paper Monsters, Emma Rathbone, Reagan

Penthouse F, Richard Kalich, Green Integer //

Specters, Radwa Ashour, Interlink Press Inc. //

Swallow, Sefi Atta, Interlink Press Inc. //

There Is Something Inside, It Wants To Get Out, Madeline McDonnell, Rescue Press

We're Getting On, James Kaelan, Flatmancrooked



The Bomb, Howard Zinn, City Lights Books

Metal and Plum, Andrei Guruianu, Mayapple Press

White Hand Society, Peter Conners, City Lights Books //



Black Seeds On a White Dish, Shira Dentz, Shearsman Books

Cargo, Kristin Kelly, Elixir Press //

Conjugated Visits, Diane Kirsten Martin, Dream Horse Press //

Drive to Abstraction, Rosmarie Waldrop, New Directions Books

Elegguas, Kamau Brathwaite, Wesleyan Univ Press

Every Day In the Morning (Slow), Adam Seelig, New Star Books //

Hank, Abraham Smith, Action Books

Milk Dress, Nicole Cooley, Alice James Books

More Radiant Signal, Juliana Leslie, Letter Machine Edns

The Morning News is Exciting, Don Mee Choi, Action Books

Muted Lines From Someone Else's Memory, Seth Berg, Dark Sky Books

My Gargantuan Desire, Brad Crenshaw, Greenhouse Review Press //

A New Red, Lana Hechtman, Pecan Grove Press

One Island, Gretchen Steele, Anhinga Press

The Other Place You Live, Jane O. Wayne, Mayapple Press //

Perishables, Tina Egnoski, Black Lawrence Press

Song For His Disappeared Love, Raul Zurita, Action Books //

Speech Acts, Laura McCullough, Black Lawrence Press

This Isa Nice Neighborhood, Farid Matuk, Letter Machine Edns

To See the Earth Before the End of the World, Ed Roberson, Wesleyan Univ Press //

Wolf Face, Matt Hart, H_NGM_N BKS