Release date: March 2014
Even as she reminds us that writing “doesn’t solve anything,” Potter is driven to chronicle “the years murmur[ing] their old tune” in this compilation of sonnets, extended narratives, and shifting invented forms. Her rushing lyric voice binds together the personal, cultural, and imaginative histories that create the inevitable and complications of human character.
“Variously delightful in their strategies and shapes, the poems of Same Old Story know that merely examining life cannot make it worthy… Dawn Potter evokes the fragile poise of our longings. Her deft formal skills, her self-questioning wit, and her brave infiltrations of ordinary experience with poetry’s cumulative resources illuminate every page of this memorable book.” —Robert Farnsworth
Release date: April 2014
Spooky Action at a Distance , a phrase coined by Albert Einstein, seems an exact and powerful description of love between two people, the connection that impels the self to discover the joys and to embrace the pain. Levy’s poems seek to map these opposite poles and the landscape between, following the rivers of emotions that rise from the despairing sense of isolation and the exultant sense of being affined allowing the self to discover its link to all things in the world.
“Howard Levy’s remarkable second book chronicles the human struggle to overcome the often vast emotional distances between people, between the self and the world, and even between oneself and one’s own life… The collection’s final poems not only glimpse the world’s splendor but “offer it up as the heart and grace of love.” –Jeffrey Harrison
Keller’s poems captivate the reader with a musical style that asks us to “listen” while reading. The voice shares words with the reader encouraging emersion into the poem, with both style and content that connects us to what is real in the world around us.
“David Keller’s poems have the freedom of age. They don’t need to impress, they have no case to make, they don’t even insist on being right: their wonderful last words are “What the hell do I know?” With their genial frankness and amused curiosity they remind us over and over how surprising our ordinary days are, how interesting and touching it is to be alive.” –James Richardson
Release date: May 2014
Cat hoarding. Panic attacks. Rigid perfectionism. Carson reconstructs, through a hybrid of received and invented poetic forms, the literal and metaphorical experience of the psychological homesickness that controlled her life until she confronted it in therapy, and thereby opened herself to making a true home with her second husband.
“Carson’s search for a house to call home is a personal quest that becomes epic in the classical sense.
Beginning with calamity,My Crooked House circles back to origins, then passes through several harrowing perils and challenges on its way toward a more stable, if not perfectly straightened, present. It’s a house full of frank confession, brave excavation, obsessive lists, and hard reckonings. That the individual life, honestly recounted and accounted for, can be so thrillingly spun into gold is only the latest of this poet’s heroic triumphs. And one to celebrate.” –Jeanne Marie Beaumont
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