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Editor's Picks


Posted June 12, 2014
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Elegy on Kinderklavier coverElegy on Kinderklavier

Fiction by Arna Bontemps Hemenway

Sarabande Books, July 2014

ISBN-13: 978-1-936747-76-4

Paperback: 230pp; $15.95

The stories in Elegy on Kinderklavier explore the profound loss and intricate effects of war on lives that have been suddenly misaligned. A diplomat navigates a hostile political climate and an arranged marriage in an Israeli settlement on a newly discovered planet; a small town in Kansas shuns the army recruiter who signed up its boys as troops are deployed to Iraq; a family dissolves around mental illness and a child's body overtaken by cancer. In the lead story, the moment a soldier steps on an explosive device is miraculously and painfully reproduced, nanosecond by nanosecond. Arna Bontemps Hemenway's stories feel pulled out of time and place, and the suffering of his characters seem at once otherworldly and stunningly familiar.

Gephyromania coverGephyromania

Poetry by TC Tolbert

Ahsahta Press, May 2014

ISBN-13: 978-1-934103-52-4

Paperback: 96pp; $18.00

In Gephyromania (literally, an addiction to or an obsession with bridges), Tolbert’s choice isn’t between female and male, lover and self, or loss and relief, but rather to live (willingly, intentionally) in the places where those binaries meet. Questions arise: Is a bridge simply an attempt to connect one (seemingly) stable body back to itself? Whose body—which embodiment—is absent when we say “I miss you”? And who is adored when we say “I love”? Sensing the parallels between a lover who leaves and his own female body as it chooses (as he chooses for it) to recede, the poems in Gephyromania explore the spaces between, among, across, and even within bodies.

Phoning Home coverPhoning Home

Nonfiction by Jacob M. Appel

University of South Carolina Press, May 2014

ISBN-13: 978-1-61117-371-0

Hardcover: 177pp; $24.95

Phoning Home is a collection of entertaining and thought-provoking essays featuring the author's quirky family, his Jewish heritage, and his New York City upbringing. Jacob M. Appel's recollections and insights, informed and filtered by his advanced degrees in medicine, law, and ethics, not only inspire nostalgic feelings but also offer insight into contemporary medical and ethical issues.

The Pocket Guide to Divorce coverThe Pocket Guide to Divorce

Fiction by Neil Connelly

Gorsky Press, September 2014

ISBN-13: 978-1-94157621-2

Paperback: 123pp; $13.95

The Pocket Guide to Divorce follows the tale of Mitch Higby through the cathartic exercise of creating a self-help book, outlining his struggles and tips for those going through similar experiences. The unique manner in which this novel is presented, part faux-self-help book and fiction work, slowly develops the character by incrementally releasing his true nature through the rise and fall of his marriage and the events that follow the aftermath. Mitch leads the reader through all of our deepest fears in relationships, marriage, reconstruction and house pets.

Quick Kills coverQuick Kills

Fiction by Lynn Lurie

Etruscan Press, October 2014

ISBN-13: 978-0-9886922-8-2

Paperback: 109pp; $14.00

Quick Kills chronicles the desperate longing to belong as well as the effects of neglect, familial absence, and the nature of secrets. The young female narrator is seduced by an older man who convinces her that she is the perfect subject for his photographs. Meanwhile, the narrator’s sister embarks on an equally precarious journey. Never clearly delineating the border between art and pornography, the narrator’s escalating disquiet is evidence that lines have been crossed.

All New Books Received
Posted June 12, 2014
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Children's/YA Fiction
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Me on the Floor, Bleeding, Jenny Jagerfeld, Stockholm Text


Children's/YA Nonfiction
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Every Day is Malala Day, Rosemary McCarney with Plan International, Second Story Press


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The Amado Women, Desiree Zamorano, Cinco Puntos Press


At Fortunoff's: And Other Stories, Miguel Antonio Oritz, Hamilton Stone Editions


The Black Fountain Goddess, Jean Moynahan, Twilight Times Books


The Business of Naming Things, Michael Coffey, Bellevue Literary Press


Demigods on Speedway, Aurelie Sheehan, Univ of Arizona Press


Elegy on Kinderklavier, Arna Bontemps Hemenway, Sarabande Books


The Last Conception, Gabriel Constans, Melange Books


The Meaning of Names, Karen Gettert Shoemaker, Red Hen Press


Monastery, Eduardo Halfon, Bellevue Literary Press


The Nature of Truth, Sergio Troncoso, Arte Publico Press


The Pocket Guide to Divorce, Neil Connelly, Gorsky Press


Quick Kills, Lynn Lurie, Etruscan Press


River of Angels, Alejandro Morales, Arte Publico Press


Sibs, Nathan Leslie, Aqueous Books


Sweetness #9, Stephan Eirik Clark, Little, Brown & Co


When You Find Us We Willl Be Gone, Christopher Linforth, Lamar Univ Press


Whip & Spur, Iver Arnegard, Gold Line Press


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Aftermath of Forever: How I Loved, Lost, and Found Myself, Natalye Childress, Microcosm Publishing


Confessions of a Book Burner: Personal Essays and Stories, Lucha Corpi, Arte Publico Press


Daddy Doin' Work, Doyin Richards, Jolly Fish Press


Inside My Own Skin, Guillaume de Fonclare, Hanging Loose Press


Messy Beautiful Love, Darlene Schacht, HarperCollins Publishers


Peter Orlovsky, a Life in Words: Intimate Chronicles of a Beat Writer, Peter Orlovsky, Paradigm Press


Phoning Home, Jacob M. Appel, Univ of South Carolina Press


Push: Pray Until Something Happens, Jurgen Matthesius, Nelson Publishers


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]Exclosures[, Emily Abendroth, Ahsahta Press


Bird in the Hand, Lianne Spidel, Dos Madres


Candy in Our Brains, Anne Barngrover & Avni Vyas, Cutbank Books


Change Machine, Bruce Covey, Noemi Press


Church of the Adagio, Philip Dacey, Rain Mountain Press


The Complete Cinnamon Bay Sonnets, Andrew Kaufman, Rain Mountain Press


Drift, Caroline Bergvall, Nightboat Books


Everyone I Love is a Stranger to Someone: Annelyse, Annelyse Gelman, Write Bloody Publishing


The Feel Trio, Fred Moten, Letter Machine Edns


Gephyromania, TC Tolbert, Ahsahta Press


Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window, Jeffrey Bean, Southeast Missouri State Univ Press


Her Human Costume, Cynthia Marie Hoffman, Gold Line Press


Hibernaculum, Sean Patrick Hill, Slash Pine Press


Lake of Two Mountains, Arleen Pare, Brick Books


Lessons in Ruin, Justin Hamm, Aldrich Press


The Love Project: A Marriage Made in Poetry, Wanda Coleman & Austin Straus, Red Hen Press


Mad Honey Symposium, Sally Wen Mao, Alice James Books


Miklos Radnoti: The Complete Poetry in Hungarian and English, Miklos Radnoti, McFarland


Monk Eats an Afro, Yolanda Wisher, Hanging Loose Press


Note Left Like Silver on the Eyes of the Dead, Jeff Whitney, Slash Pine Press


Ordinary Hours, Karen Enns, Brick Books


Our Vanishing, Frannie Lindsay, Red Hen Press


Patter, Douglas Kearney, Red Hen Press


A Princess Magic Presto Spell, Lisa Jarnot, Solid Objects


The Prisoners, Ace Boggess, Brick Road Poetry Press


Proof, Karina Borowicz, Codhill Press


Retrograde, Puma Perl, Great Weather for Media


Ruins Assembling, Dennis Finnell, Shape&Nature Press


Sisters & Courtesans, Anna M. Evans, White Violet Press


Spectator, Kara Candito, Univ of Utah Press


Systems of Vanishing, Michael Hettich, Univ of Tampa Press


Titulada, Elena Minor, Noemi Press


Translations from Bark Beetle, Jody Gladding, Milkweed Editions


Twine, David Koehn, Bauhan Publishing


What Does a House Want?: Selected Poems, Gary Geddes, Red Hen Press


What They Took Away, Dennis James Sweeney, Cutbank Books


What We Take With Us, Susan Dworski Nusbaum, Coffeetown Press


The Wish Book, Alex Lemon, Milkweed Editions

Editor's Picks


Posted May 15, 2014
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A Different Harbor coverA Different Harbor

Fiction by Elizabeth Genovise

Mayapple Press, May 2014

ISBN-13: 9-781936-419388

Paperback: 72pp; $15.95

The stories in A Different Harbor portray lives that have all the depth and wild weather of the Great Lakes. From a child who has lost his mother to a woman struggling to move on after a disastrous marriage, the characters in these stories flail for any chance to revive what they have lost. They collect fossils and watch old home videos; they retell their own most painful stories just for the sake of keeping them alive. Often, the best they can do is to acknowledge the latent beauty in loss itself—which just might be enough to carry them through.

Guilty Knowledge, Guilty Pleasure coverGuilty Knowledge, Guilty Pleasure

The Dirty Art of Poetry

Nonfiction by William Logan

Columbia University Press, April 2014

ISBN-13: 978-0-231-16686-7

Hardcover: 328pp; $35

William Logan has been a thorn in the side of American poetry for more than three decades. Though he has been called the “most hated man in American poetry,” his witty and articulate reviews have reminded us how muscular good reviewing can be. These new essays and reviews take poetry at its word, often finding in its hardest cases the greatest reasons for hope.

In a New Century coverIn a New Century

Anthology by Ed. John D'Emilio

University of Wisconsin Press, May 2014

ISBN-13: 978-0299297749

Paperback: 276pp; $27.95

For LGBT people in the United States, the twenty-first century has brought dramatic changes that would have been unimaginable to those living just a few decades ago. Yet, at the same time, the American political system has grown ever more conservative, and increasing economic inequality has been a defining feature of the new century. In this wide-ranging collection, John D’Emilio reflects upon the social, cultural, and political changes provoked by LGBT activism. In a New Century provides a dynamic, thoughtful, and important resource for identifying changes that have occurred in the United States since 1960, taking stock of the work that still needs to be done, and issuing an urgent call to action for getting there.

Skin coverSkin

Poetry by Tone Skrjanec

Translated from the Slovene by Matthew Rohrer & Ana Pepelnik

Tavern Books, June 2014

ISBN-13: 9-781935-635345

Paperback: 76pp; $17

Originally published in Slovenia in 2006, Skin is Tone Škrjanec’s first full-length collection to appear in English. Škrjanec’s poetic credo is not to be but to let be. His poems exist between the world of things and the mysteries of consciousness in language that is direct, shape-shifting, and lyrical. The underlying poetic procedure is assembly. His aim is to magnify and celebrate. His work is humming with the landscape, the city, and as the title suggests, the human body. Škrjanec’s is the poetry of a mindful observer.

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In a New Century, Ed. John D'Emilio, Univ of Wisconsin Press


Children's/YA Fiction
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Me on the Floor, Bleeding, Jenny Jagerfeld, Stockholm Text


Children's/YA Nonfiction
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Severn and the Day She Silenced the World, Janet Wilson, Second Story Press


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Demigods on Speedway, Aurelie Sheehan, Univ of Arizona Press


A Different Harbor, Elizabeth Genovise, Mayapple Press


Egg Heaven, Robin Parks, Shade Mountain Press


Elemental, Tara Mantel, Livingston Press


The Guest Cat, Takashi Hiraide, New Directions Books


The Legs of Izolda Morgan, Bruno Jasienski, Twisted Spoon Press


The Meaning of Names, Karen Gettert Shoemaker, Red Hen Press


Wait Your Turn & The Stability of Large Systems, Peter Grandbois, Wordcraft of Oregon


The Wilds, Julia Elliott, Tin House Books


Working Stiffs, George Dila, One Wet Shoe Media


Graphic Novel
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Wild Ocean: Sharks, Whales, Rays, and Other Endangered Sea Creatures, Ed. Matt Dembicki, Fulcrum Publishing


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Guilty Knowledge, Guilty Pleasure: The Dirty Art of Poetry, William Logan, Columbia Univ Press


Kosher Cuisine for a New Generation, Cantor Mitch, Scarletta Press


Literary Eats, Gary Scharnhorst, McFarland


Retrievals, Garett Caples, Wave Books


The Shelf: From LEQ to LES: Adventures in Extreme Reading, Phyllis Rose, Farrar Straus & Giroux


The TV Sutras, Dodie Bellamy, Ugly Duckling Presse


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4 Rms w Vu, Susana H. Case, Mayapple Press


Any Anxious Body, Chrissy Kolaya, Broadstone Books


Beyond Fairy Tales: Poems in Concrete & Flesh, Maureen A. Sherbondy, Main Street Books


Broken Cage, Joseph P. Wood, Brooklyn Arts Press


Change Machine, Bruce Covey, Noemi Press


Deviants, Peter Kline, Stephen F. Austin State Univ


A Dictionary of Animal Symbols, M.V. Montgomery, Winter Goose Publishing


Drift, Caroline Bergvall, Nightboat Books


ECODEVIANCE, CAConrad, Wave Books


Errings, Peter Streckfus, Fordham Univ Press


Flight of August, Lawrence Eby, Trio House Press


Glass Armonica, Rebecca Dunham, Milkweed Editions


Gray Matter, Sara Michas-Martin, Fordham Univ Press


Keeping Me Still, Renee Emerson, Winter Goose Publishing


Lake of Two Mountains, Arleen Pare, Brick Books


Mad Honey Symposium, Sally Wen Mao, Alice James Books


Ordinary Hours, Karen Enns, Brick Books


Our Vanishing, Frannie Lindsay, Red Hen Press


Rain Shadow, Richard Taylor, Broadstone Books


Red Juice: Poems 1998 - 2008, Hoa Nguyen, Wave Books


Sisters & Courtesans, Anna M. Evans, White Violet Press


Skin, Tone Skrjanec, Tavern Books


Space Traveler, Benjamin S. Grossberg, Univ of Tampa Press


Split, Cathy Linh Che, Alice James Books


Systems of Vanishing, Michael Hettich, Univ of Tampa Press


Thing Music, Anthony McCann, Wave Books


Titulada, Elena Minor, Noemi Press


The Tranquilized Tongue, Eric Baus, City Lights Publishers


The Tribute Horse, Brandon Som, Nightboat Books


ULTRAMEGAPRAIRIELAND, Elisabeth Workman, Bloof Books


Under my Skin, Orville Lloyd Douglas, Guernica Editions


Underground: New and Selected Poems, Jim Moore, Graywolf Press


Wallless Space, Ernst Meister, Wave Books


Without Angels, Marjorie Stelmach, Mayapple Press


You're Going To Miss Me When You're Bored, Justin Marks, Barrelhouse


Editor's Picks


Posted April 16, 2014
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The Glad Hand of God Points Backwards coverThe Glad Hand of God Points Backwards

Poetry by Rachel Mennies

Texas Tech University Press, March 2014

ISBN-13: 978-0-89672-854-7

Hardcover: 80pp; $21.95

In her first poetry collection, Rachel Mennies chronicles a young woman’s relationship with a complicated God, crafting a nuanced world that reckons with its past as much as it yearns for a new and different future. These poems celebrate ritual, love, and female sexuality; they bear witness to a dark history. Through wit and careful prosody, The Glad Hand of God Points Backwards lays bare the struggles and triumphs experienced through a teenage girl’s coming of age, showing the reader what it means to become—and remain—a Jewish woman in America.

Inappropriate Sleepover coverInappropriate Sleepover

Poetry by Meg Johnson

National Poetry Review, March 2014

ISBN-13: 978-1-935716-34-1

Paperback: 68pp; $17.95

Meg Johnson’s poems have appeared in Hobart, The Puritan, San Pedro River Review, Sugar House Review, Wicked Alice, and others. She is currently the editor of Dressing Room Poetry Journal and an M.F.A. candidate in creative writing. “Half siren song, half battle cry, Meg Johnson’s Inappropriate Sleepover is a debut collection that coaxes us out of our tightly-zipped sleeping bags and keeps us up until dawn with poems that resonate, beguile, and delight. These are poems to keep for yourself, and to share with your very best friends.”—Mary Biddinger

Out of Peel Tree coverOut of Peel Tree

Fiction by Laura Long

Vandalia Press, April 2014

ISBN-13: 978-1-940425-00-9

Paperback: 140pp; $16.99

This innovative debut novel reveals the lives of a far-flung contemporary Appalachian family through a web of delicate turning points. A child discovers a grandmother she never knew has died. A runaway teen schemes to start a new life in Texas. A man on parole falls hopelessly in love with a shoplifter. United by a connection to their matriarch, these characters search at home and beyond to make a fresh sense of their changing lives. As a novel in stories, Out of Peel Tree brings a new lyricism to the page and a new voice to American and Appalachian literature—a voice deeply inflected by the beauty of the natural world and by working-class grit.

The Primer of Zinnie Lucas coverThe Primer of Zinnie Lucas

Poetry by Sara Pennington

Cooper Dillon Books, February 2014

ISBN-13: 978-0-984-1928-8-5

Chapbook: 36pp; $9.00

An Abecedarium, from Zinnie Lucas, the voice of a family's historic tale. Zinnie grieves for her murdered father, shot by Paris Brumfield. A widowed mother attempts to avenge the death, and escapes to rebuild a new life away from a violent time and place, downriver. Author Sara Pennington is a native of West Virginia. She lives in the mountains of eastern Kentucky, where she is a community organizer. She holds degrees in English and creative writing from Marshall University, Ohio University, and Florida State University, from which she received her Ph.D. She has had poems published in The Southern Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Greensboro Review, Ninth Letter, and other journals. This is her first chapbook.

Quality Snacks coverQuality Snacks

Fiction by Andy Mozina

Wayne State University Press, May 2014

ISBN-13: 978-0-8143-4015-8

Paperback: 216pp; $18.99

In a wide range of forms and tones, the fifteen stories in Andy Mozina’s new collection center on high-stakes performances by characters trying to gratify both deep and superficial needs, often with unexpected consequences. Desperate to find a full-time job, a pizza delivery man is fooled into a humiliating sexual demonstration by a couple at a Midway Motor Lodge. A troubled young man tries to end his father’s verbal harassment by successfully hunting a polar bear. And in the title story, a flavor engineer at Frito-Lay tries to win his boss’s heart with a new strategy for Doritos that aims to reposition the brand from snack food to main course.

Sixty Morning Talks coverSixty Morning Talks

Serial Interviews with Contemporary Authors

Nonfiction by Andy Fitch

Ugly Duckling Presse, March 2014

ISBN-13: 978-1-937027-20-9

Paperback: 320pp; $25.00

Sixty Morning Talks provides sixty transcribed interviews with poets who released books in 2012. Rather than advance an overarching argument concerning “the state of poetry,” this book engages a broad range of authors often subdivided into ideological, aesthetic, generational, national and identity-based camps, and taps the accessibility of vernacular speech to offer new means of comparative study, cross-reference and discursive collaboration.

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The Fatherlands, Michael Trocchia, Monkey Puzzle Press


Flood, J. Bruce Fuller, Swan Scythe Press


Fugitive Blues, Debra Kang Dean, Moon City Press


Presences, Caroline Collins, Parallel Press


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Camp Outlook, Brenda Baker, Second Story Press


Dalia's Wondrous Hair/El cabello maravilloso de Dalia, Laura Lacamara, Arte Publico Press


Finding Grace, Becky Citra, Second Story Press


Hit It, Hit It, Hit It: A Fiesta of Numbers/Dale, dale, dale: Una fiesta de numerous, Rene Saldana, Jr., Arte Publico Press


La poeta del piso de arriba, Judith Oritz Cofer, Arte Publico Press


Soldier Doll, Jennifer Gold, Second Story Press


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The Inevitable June, Bob Schofield, theNewerYork Press


Starlight in Two Million, Amy Catanzano, Noemi Press


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American Innovations, Rivka Galchen, Farrar Straus & Giroux


And Your Bird Can Sing, Robert Miltner, Bottom Dog Press


Annihilation, Jeff VanderMeer, Farrar Straus & Giroux


The Ants, Sawako Nakayasu, Les Figues Press


The Beast in the Red Forest: An Inspector Pekkala Novel of Suspense, Sam Eastland, Opus


Close, Erika Raskin, Harvard Square Editions


The Devil Takes Half, Leta Serafim, Coffeetown Press


Eight Mile High, Jim Ray Daniels, Michigan State Univ Press


The Full Ridiculous, Mark Lamprell, Soft Skull Press


Hush Now, Don't Explain, Dennis Must, Coffeetown Press


The Itinerant Girls' Guide to Self-Hypnosis, Joanna Penn Cooper, Brooklyn Arts Press


John the Revelator, TJ Beitelman, Black Lawrence Press


Kafka at Rudolf Steiner's, Rosalind Palermo Stevenson, Rain Mountain Press


Making Callaloo in Detroit, Lolita Hernandez, Wayne State Univ Press


Medea, Richard Matturro, Livingston Press


Out of Peel Tree, Laura Long, Vandalia Press


Prosperity, B.J. Leggett, Livingston Press


Quality Snacks, Andy Mozina, Wayne State Univ Press


The Shimmering Go-Between, Lee Klein, Atticus Books


Sinking Suspicions, Sara Sue Hoklotubbe, Univ of Arizona Press


Spheres of Disturbance, Amy Schutzer, Red Hen Press


Story Hour & Other Stories, Robert Flanagan, Bottom Dog Press


Strange Love, Lisa Lenzo, Wayne State Univ Press


Theories of Forgetting, Lance Olsen, Univ of Alabama Press


Triplines, Leonard Chang, Black Heron Press


The Wes Letters, Feliz Lucia Molina, Ben Segal, Brett Zehner, Outpost 19


The World's Smallest Bible, Dennis Must, Red Hen Press


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The Art of Daring: Risk, Restlessness, Imagination, Carl Phillips, Graywolf Press


Hope Rising, Scott C. Todd, Nelson Books


Sixty Morning Talks: Serial Interviews with Contemporary Authors, Andy Fitch, Ugly Duckling Presse


Xylotheque, Yelizaveta P. Renfro, Univ of New Mexico Press


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All Movies Love the Moon: Prose Poems on Silent Film, Gregory Robinson, Rose Metal Press


American Psalm, World Psalm, Nicholas Samaras, Ashland Poetry Press


Anatomical Theater, Andrei Sen-Senkov, Zephyr Press


The Awkward Poses of Others, Robert E. Wood, WordTech Editions


Bastard Heart, Raphael Dagold, Silverfish Review Press


A Boot's a Boot, Lesle Lewis, Cleveland State Univ Poetry Ctr


Bottomland, Laressa Dickey, Shearsman Books


Century Swept Brutal, Zach Savich, Black Ocean


Child Sings in the Womb, Patrick, Lawler, Bitter Oleander Press


The Constitution, Brian Foley, Black Ocean


Corridor, Saskia Hamilton, Graywolf Press


The Courier's Archive & Hymnal, Joshua Marie Wilkinson, Sidebrow Books


Crownfeathers and Effigies, Jerry Bradley, Lamar Univ Press


Detroit as Barn, Crystal Williams, Lost Horse Press


Echo, Christina Lovin, Bottom Dog Press


For Another Writing Back, Elaine Bleakney, Sidebrow Books


Gazelle in the House, Lisa Williams, New Issues Poetry & Prose


The Glad Hand of God Points Backwards, Rachel Mennies, Texas Tech Univ Press


Guantanamo, Frank Smith, Les Figues Press


Guernica, revisited, Richard Vargas, Press 53


Hustle, David Thomas Martinez, Sarabande Books


Inappropriate Sleepover, Meg Johnson, National Poetry Review


Into Daylight, Jeffrey Harrison, Tupelo Press


La Far, Eric Linsker, Univ of Iowa Press


Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes, Kerrin McCadden, New Issues Poetry & Prose


Money Money Money Water Water Water, Jane Mead, Alice James Books


My Favorite Tyrants, Joanne Diaz, Univ of Wisconsin Press


The Primer of Zinnie Lucas, Sara Pennington, Cooper Dillon Books


A Princess Magic Presto Spell, Lisa Jarnot, Solid Objects


Questions About Home, Cynthia Brackett-Vincent, Encircle Publications


Redemption, Lee Passarella, FutureCycle Press


Same Old Story, Dawn Potter, CavanKerry Press


Six Portraits, Julie Danho, Slapering Hol Press


Songs for a Summons, David Guterson, Lost Horse Press


Stop Wanting, Lizzie Harris, Cleveland State Univ Poetry Ctr


Strings Attached, Diane Decillis, Wayne State Univ Press


Vivarium, Natasha Saje, Tupelo Press


Waiting at the Dead End Diner, Rebecca Schumejda, Bottom Dog Press


Walking in on People, Melissa Balmain, Able Muse Press


What the Neighbors Know, Melanie McCabe, FutureCycle Press


When the World was Rear-Wheel Drive: New Jersey Poems, Timothy Walsh, Main Street Rag Pub Co


Your Moon, Ralph Angel, New Issues Poetry & Prose

Editor's Picks


Posted March 14, 2014
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Amnesia of the Movement of Clouds & Of Red & Black Verse coverAmnesia of the Movement of Clouds &
Of Red and Black Verse

Poetry by Maria Attanasio

Translated from the Italian by Carla Billitteri

Litmus Press, February 2014

ISBN-13: 978-1-933959-42-9

Paperback: 199pp; $18.00

Amnesia of the Movement of Clouds & Of Red and Black Verse, two books published in a single volume, is the first full-length English translation of work by contemporary Sicilian poet Maria Attanasio. Drawing on her training as a philosopher and deep reader of German Expressionist and French Surrealist poetry, her visionary work dwells on contemporary selfhood in a technologically driven age, reflecting how such selfhood is set against the desolate political and existential void of a new century, one she describes as “the god of … indifference,” “the great amnesia.” Attanasio’s landscapes are as dreamlike as they are realistic, carved by a sculptural language that seeks to uncover the historical and political strata of everyday life.

An Archaelogy of Yearning coverAn Archaeology of Yearning

Nonfiction by Bruce Mills

Etruscan Press, November 2013

ISBN-13: 978-0983934691

Paperback: 146pp; $15.00

An Archaeology of Yearning explores a father’s effort to understand a family landscape altered by autism. Ultimately, however, the book is not about autism; it is about the central role of storytelling in sustaining human connections and the power of shared desires in embracing difference. Bruce Mills has published scholarly books and articles on nineteenth-century American writings and co-edited a collection of essays by siblings of those on the autism spectrum. His creative nonfiction has appeared in The Georgia Review and New England Review, among others.

Invisible Beasts coverInvisible Beasts

Fiction by Sharona Muir

Bellevue Literary Press, July 2014

ISBN-13: 9781934137802

Paperback: 256pp; $14.95

Sophie is an amateur naturalist with a rare genetic gift: the ability to see a marvelous kingdom of invisible, sentient creatures that share a vital relationship with humankind. To record her observations, Sophie creates a personal bestiary and, as she relates the strange abilities of these endangered beings, her tales become extraordinary meditations on love, sex, evolution, extinction, truth, and self-knowledge. In the tradition of E.O. Wilson’s Anthill, Invisible Beasts is inspiring, philosophical, and richly detailed fiction grounded by scientific fact and a profound insight into nature.

Out of Place coverOut of Place

Poetry by Richard Jackson

Ashland Poetry Press, April 2014

ISBN-13: 978-0-912592-77-0

Paperback: 104pp; $15.95

Richard Jackson is the author of eleven books of poetry, two books of criticism, and two translations, one from Slovene and one from Italian. He is a winner of Guggenheim, Fulbright, NEA, NEH and Witter-Bynner Fellowships, five Pushcart appearances, as well as prizes from Prairie Schooner, Rattle and Crazyhorse. Jackson’s poems have been translated into 15 languages. He was a recipient of the Slovene Order of Freedom Award for Humanitarian and Literary work in the Balkans and recipient of the 2009 AWP George Garrett Award. Jackson has taught at the Iowa Summer Festival, Prague Summer Program, Bread Loaf and other venues, and teaches at UT Chattanooga and the Vermont College of Fine Arts low residency program, winning teaching awards at both schools.

Poetry in Michiga/Michigan in Poetry coverPoetry in Michigan/Michigan in Poetry

Anthology Edited by William Olsen, Jack Ridl

New Issues Poetry & Prose, September 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1-936970-16-2

Hardcover: 203pp; $40

This anthology gathers an intriguing range of poets and artists, their visions and voices, exploring the variances in Michigan landscape; shoreline; lives lived in the city, town, and countryside; our uncommon diversity of cultures, points of view, concerns, celebrations, losses, and histories. “I could celebrate every single poem in here—a rare statement to make about any anthology. Leave it to the poets to find the heart of a place. This book will make you fall in love with Michigan all over again, or for the first time.”—Jim Daniels

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King David and the Spiders from Mars, Ed. Tim Lieder, Dybbuk Press


Poetry in Michigan/Michigan in Poetry, Ed. William Olsen, Jack Ridl, New Issues Poetry & Prose


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Bullets & Orchids, Rewa Zeinati, Corrupt Press


Lux, Ed. Lumina Staff, Lumina


Séance, Andrea Rexilius, Coconut Books


Sixteen Scenes from a Film I Never Wanted to See, Stephen Policoff, Monkey Puzzle Press


Stories after Goya, Pedro Ponce, Tree Light Books


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Protostar: Book 1: The Star-Crossed Saga, Braxton A. Cosby, Winter Goose Publishing


Time and the Tapestry: A William Morris Adventure, John Plotz, Bunker Hill Publishing


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Tribute, Anne Germanacos, Rescue Press


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Ancient History: A Paraphase, Joseph McElroy, Dzanc Books


Between Wrecks, George Singleton, Dzanc Books


The Family Cannon, Halina Duraj, Augury Books


Famous Baby, Karen Rizzo, Prospect Park Books


The Forgotten Roses, Deborah Doucette, Owl Canyon Press


Fourth Down and Out: An Andy Hayes Mystery, Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Ohio Univ Press / Swallow Press


Invisible Beasts, Sharona Muir, Bellevue Literary Press


A Little Something, Richard Haddaway, Harvard Square Editions


A Moody Fellow Finds Love and Then Dies, Douglas Watson, Outpost 19


Mr. Boardwalk, Louis Greenstein, New Door Books


Scouting for the Reaper, Jacob M. Appel, Black Lawrence Press


Unaccompanied Minors, Alden Jones, New American Press


An Unnecessary Woman, Rabih Alameddine, Grove / Atlantic


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American Sky, Fred Tribuzzo, Koehler Books


An Archaeology of Yearning, Bruce Mills, Etruscan Press


The Fan Fiction Studies Reader, Ed. Karen Hellekson & Kristina Busse, Univ of Iowa Press


Myself and Some Other Being: Wordsworth and the Life Writing, Daniel Robinson, Univ of Iowa Press


A Polish Doctor in the Nazi Camps: My mother's memories of imprisonment, immigration, and a life remade, Barbara Rylko-Bauer, Univ of Oklahoma Press


Susan Sontag: A Biography, Daniel Schreiber, Northwestern Univ Press


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Afternoon Masala, Vandana Khanna, Univ of Arkansas Press


Albedo, Kathleen Jesme, Ahsahta Press


Americana, Rich Murphy, Press Americana


Amnesia of the Movement of Clouds & Of Red and Black Verse, Maria Attanasio, Litmus Press


The Arrow, Lauren Ireland, Coconut Books


ATM, Christopher Salerno, Georgetown Review Press


Ay, Joan Houlihan, Tupelo Press


Beast, Frances Justine Post, Augury Books


Bend to it, Kevin Simmonds, Salmon Poetry


Blue Sonoma, Jane Munro, Salmon Poetry


Book of Asters, Sally Rosen Kindred, Mayapple Press


Day of the Border Guards, Katherine E. Young, Univ of Arkansas Press


Dear Stranger, Jenny Browne, Tupelo Press


Does She Have a Name?, George Witte, NYQ Books


Doris' Red Spaces, Gretchen Primack, Mayapple Press


Dork Swagger, Steven Karl, Coconut Books


Dust Jacket, Alexis Orgera, Coconut Books


The Dustbowl, Jim Goar, Shearsman Books


Elise Cowen: Poems and Fragments, Ed. Tony Trigilio, Ahsahta Press


Family Feeling, Jean Ross Justice, Univ of Iowa Press


Film Poems, Redell Olsen, Les Figues Press


The Fleece Era, Joanna Lilley, Brick Books


Ghost Gear, Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum, Univ of Arkansas Press


The Goldilocks Zone, Kate Gale, Univ of New Mexico Press


In a Country None of Us Called Home, Peg Bresnahan, Press 53


In Anima: Urgency, Amber Nelson, Coconut Books


Incidents of Scattering, Karen Lepri, Noemi Press


A Lake of Light and Clouds, Terri Kirby Erickson, Press 53


Marked: Poems of the Holocaust, Stephen Herz, NYQ Books


Mountain Redemption, Nick McRae, Black Lawrence Press


My Resignation, Maureen Thorson, Shearsman Books


Necessary Silence, Lisa C. Taylor, Arlen House


Out of Place, Richard Jackson, Ashland Poetry Press


Reckless Lovely, Martha Silano, Saturnalia Books


Relics of Lust: New and Selected Poems, Lynne Savitt, NYQ Books


River of Light: A Conversation with Kabir, John Morgan, Univ of Chicago Press


The, Rusted City, Rochelle Hurt, White Pine Press


School, Jen Currin, Coach House Books


Second Line Home: New Orleans Poems, Mona Lisa Saloy, Truman State Univ Press


Selected Poems, Mark Fod, Coffee House Press


A Shed for Wood, Daniel Thomas Moran, Salmon Poetry


still. walk., William Allegrezza, Gradient Books


Thieves in the Afterlife, Kendra DeColo, Saturnalia Books


To the Bramble and the Briar, Steve Scafidi, Univ of Arkansas Press


The Tulip-Flame, Chloe Honum, Cleveland State Univ Poetry Ctr


Until the Full Moon Has Its Say, Conrad Hilberry, Wayne State Univ Press


Videotape, Andrew Zawacki, Counterpath Press


The Widow from Lake Bled, Kriby Wright, Moon Pie Press




Editor's Picks


Posted January 31, 2014
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Corporate Relations coverCorporate Relations

Poetry by Jena Osman

Burning Deck Books, April 2014

ISBN-13: 978-1-936194-17-9

Paperback: 80pp; $14.00

Jena Osman’s new book of poetry takes a look at the constitutional history of corporate personhood in the United States. Although only recently been brought into the spotlight, the concept of granting Constitutional rights to corporate entities began soon after the Civil War. Corporate Relations culls language from landmark Supreme Court cases while it investigates a shaky analogy: If corporations are persons, are person machines?

How A Mother Weaned her Girl from Fairy Tales coverHow a Mother Weaned Her Girl
from Fairy Tales

Fiction by Kate Bernheimer

Coffee House Press, August 2014

ISBN-13: 978-1-56689-347-3

Paperback: 167pp; $15.95

No one has done more for the contemporary fairy tale than Kate Bernheimer. In eight new stories, she leads us into a forest of everyday magic and misfits, where dinosaurs wear pajamas and talking dolls ruin your life. Elegant and brutal, Bernheimer’s latest collection locates the existential loveliness of ideas amidst the topsy-turvy logic of things. This collection renews classic stories with intelligent wonder. Like one of Bernheimer’s girls, whose hands of steel turn to flowers, the reader will marvel.

All the Happiness You Deserve coverAll the Happiness You Deserve

Fiction by Michael Piafsky

Prospect Park Books, February 2014

ISBN-13: 978-1-938849-15-2

Paperback: 376pp; $15.00

Michael Piafsky’s debut novel follows its midwestern narrator from childhood to old age as he examines the touchpoints and transitions that define a life. Scotty’s languorous journey takes him through the pivotal experiences common to so many American men: a middle-class childhood, college, marriage, fatherhood, cross-country moves, business success and failure, and aging. Piafsky frames his story with Tarot images that provide a subtly cutting commentary on the disconnectedness of society and the perplexing isolation of the human condition. Engaging and thought-provoking, All the Happiness You Deserve is a novel set to make its mark on the American literary landscape.

Control Bird Alt Delete coverControl Bird Alt Delete

Poetry by Alexandria Peary

University of Iowa Press, April 2014

ISBN-13: 978-1-60938-245-2

Paperback: 90pp; $19.00

In Control Bird Alt Delete, the reader is invited to explore strange landscapes: some based on the ruins of New England and others following the architectural prints of the unconscious. The reader walks through woods filled with cellar holes, rock walls, and lilac bushes, and is made to think of people gone missing. Robert Frost meets Times Square. Nature intrudes in unexpected ways on domestic settings, and vice versa. All the while, the unconscious threatens to intrude, with its underlined places, its trap doors inside ordinary conversations, the mazes it hangs up like “welcome home” banners next to people’s mouths while they speak. The reader follows the first-person I through mazes, office spaces, and coils of highway traffic, hoping for some redemption, some sort of answer to all the deletion.

The Keys to the Jail coverThe Keys to the Jail

Poetry by Keetje Kuipers

BOA Editions, April 2014

ISBN-13: 978-1-938160-26-4

Paperback: 92pp; $16.00

The Keys to the Jail continues Elizabeth Bishop’s tradition of the art of losing, but delves deeper, asking the question of who is to blame for all we’ve lost. Keetje Kuipers’ new collection calls us to reexamine the harsh words of failed love, the aging of a once-beautiful body, and our own voracious desires. Kuipers is a poet of daring leaps and unflinching observations, whose richly textured lyrics travel from Montana’s great wildernesses to the ocean-fogged streets of San Francisco as they search out the heart that’s lost its way.

The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld coverThe Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld

A Memoir

Nonfiction by Justin Hocking

Graywolf Press, February 2014

ISBN-13: 978-1-55597-669-9

Paperback: 200pp; $15.00

Justin Hocking lands in New York hopeful but adrift—he’s jobless, unexpectedly disoriented by the city, and attempting to maintain a faltering long-distance relationship. As a man whose brand of therapy has always been motion, Hocking needs an outlet for his restlessness. Then he spies his first New York surfer hauling a board to the subway, and it’s not long before he’s a member of the vibrant and passionate surfing community at Far Rockaway. But in the wake of a traumatic robbery incident, the dark undercurrents of his ocean-obsession pull him further and further out on his own night sea journey.


All New Books Received
Posted January 31, 2014


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Heart of the Order: Baseball Poems, Ed. Gabriel Fried, Persea Book


Southern Sin: True Stories of the sultry south & women behaving badly, Ed. Lee Gutkind & Beth Ann Fennelly, Infact Books


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Morning's Spell: Four Twenty-stanza Renku, Russ Kesler & Debra Kang Dean, Finishing Line Press


Children's/YA Fiction
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The Missing Chancleta and Other Top-Secret Cases: La chancleta perdida y otros casos secretos, Alidis Vicente, Pinata Books


Tommy Stands Tall: The Roosevelt High School Series, Gloria L. Velasquez, Pinata Books


Children's/YA Nonfiction
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My Migrant Family Story: La historia de mi familia migrante, Lilia Garcia, Pinata Books


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Cruising at Sixty to Seventy: Poems & Essays, Jim Tilley, Red Hen Press


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You Animal Machine: (The Golden Greek), Eleni Sikelianos, Coffee House Press


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All the Happiness You Deserve, Michael Piafsky, Prospect Park Books


The Deportation of Wopper Barraza, Maceo Montoya, Univ of New Mexico Press


The Following Sea, Marcel Jolley, Black Lawrence Press


Glyph, Percival Everett, Graywolf Press


How a Mother Weaned Her Girl from Fairy Tales, Kate Bernheimer, Coffee House Press


Karate Chop, Dorthe Nors, Graywolf Press


Praying Drunk: Stories, Kyle Minor, Sarabande Books


The Scent of Pine, Lara Vapnyar, Simon & Schuster


The Tao of Humiliation, Lee Upton, BOA Editions


The Understory, Pamela Erens, Tin House Books


What Happened Here, Bonnie ZoBell, Press 53


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Alive with Vigor!: Surviving Your Adventurous Lifestyle, Robert Earl Sutter III, Microcosm Publishing


Are Libraries Obsolete?: An Argument for Relevance in the Digital Age, Mark Y. Herring, McFarland


As Long as It's Fun: The Epic Voyages and Extraordinary Times of Lin and Larry Pardey, Herb McCormick, Paradise Cay Publications


The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld, Justin Hocking, Graywolf Press


Hemingway, Cuba, and the Cuban Works: Ed. Larry, Grimes & Bickford Sylvester , Kent State Univ Press


Hemingway, the Red Cross, and the Great War, Steven Florczyk, Kent State Univ Press


The Lives of Angels, Emanuel Swedenborg, Swedenborg Foundation Press / Chrysalis Books


Sacred Land: Sherwood Anderson, Midwestern Modernism, and the Sacramental Vision of Nature, Mark Buechsel, Kent State Univ Press


Something Wrong with Her, Cris Mazza, Jaded Ibis Productions


War + Ink: New Perspectives on Ernest Hemingway's Early Life and Writings, Ed. Steve Paul, Gail Sinclair, Steven Trout, Kent State Univ Press


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All You Ask for is Longing: New & Selected Poems, Sean Thomas Dougherty, BOA Editions


Beauty Mark, Suzanne Cleary, BkMk Press


Beyond the Chainlink, Rusty Morrison, Ahsahta Press


Control Bird Al Delete, Alexandria Peary, Univ of Iowa Press


Corporate Relations, Jena Osman, Burning Deck Books


Curio, John A. Nieves, Elixir Press


Dutiful Heart, Joy Gaines-Friedler, Broadkill River Press


I Will Not Give Over, Rebecca Cook, Aldrich Press


Idiopaths, Bill Rasmovicz, Brooklyn Arts Press


Interrogating Water: and other poems, Philip Fried, Salmon Poetry


The Keys to the Jail, Keetje Kuipers, BOA Editions


Later the House Stood Empty, Melina Draper, Red Hen Press


Mass of the Forgotten, James Tolan, Autumn House Press


The Morrow Plots, Matthew Gavin Frank, Black Lawrence Press


Natural History Rape Museum, Danielle Pafunda, Bloof Books


Once, Then, Andrea Scarpino, Red Hen Press


Orphan, Jan Heller Levi, Alice James Books


Practice on Mountains, David Bartone, Ahsahta Press


Put This On, Please, William Trowbridge, Red Hen Press


Rending the Garment, Willa Schneberg, Box Turtle Press


The Resonance Around Us, Penny Harter, Mountains and Rivers Press


Revising the Storm, Geffrey Davis, BOA Editions


Road Film, Ernest Loesser, Emergency Press


Scything Grace, Sean Thomas Dougherty, Etruscan Press


Sea Salt: Poems of a Decade: 2004 - 2014, David Mason, Red Hen Press


Someone Else's Wedding Vows, Bianca Stone, Tin House Books


Somewhere Near Defiance, Jeff Gundy, Anhinga Press


Talisman, Lisa C. Krueger, Red Hen Press


Termination Dust, Susanna J. Mishler, Red Hen Press


Things to Do with Your Mouth, Divya Victor, Les Figues Press


Under Foot, Stephen Lewandowski, Mayapple Press


A Wilderness of Monkeys, David Kirby, Hanging Loose Press


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