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DEED

DEED

Format: 
Pages: 108
ISBN: 9780819501301
Pub Date: 20 Aug 2024
Series: Wesleyan Poetry Series
Pages: 108
ISBN: 9780819501325
Pub Date: 20 Aug 2024
Series: Wesleyan Poetry Series
Description:
A lyrically and formally innovative exploration of desire and its cost/>/>DEED, the follow-up to torrin a. greathouse's 2022 Kate Tufts Discovery Award winning debut, Wound from the Mouth of a Wound, is a formally and lyrically innovative exploration of queer sex and desire, and what it can cost. Sprawling across art, eros, survival, myth, etymology, and musical touchstones from Bruce Springsteen to Against Me!

Go Figure

Go Figure

Format: 
Pages: 120
ISBN: 9780819500793
Pub Date: 06 Aug 2024
Series: Wesleyan Poetry Series
Pages: 120
ISBN: 9780819500809
Pub Date: 06 Aug 2024
Series: Wesleyan Poetry Series
Description:
Keen, pithy meditations on a world that continues to surprise us/>/>The poems in Pulitzer Prize-winner Rae Armantrout's new book are concerned with "this ongoing attempt/ to catalog the world" in a time of escalating disasters. From the bird who "check-marks morning/once more//like someone who gets up/to make sure// the door is locked" to bat-faced orchids, raising petals like light sails as if about to take flight, these poems make keen visual and psychological observations. The title Go Figure speaks to the book's focus on the unexpected, the strange, and the seemingly incredible so that: "We name things/ to know where we are.
Karma Goat Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9798988473237
Pub Date: 20 Jul 2024
Imprint: International Polar Institute
Description:
Karmageitin (Karma Goat) and Gentukamarið (“A Girl’s Room") are a literary pair, each having its own expression and character. They are written in two different genres, poems (Karma Goat) and a play (A Girl's Room). The works can be read in any order, and are not linearly or causally connected, but rather as two nested works, where the dialogues of the drama, the movements of the poems, the states of mind and the physical spaces, grow into each other.
A Gaze Hound That Hunteth By the Eye Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 72
ISBN: 9780822967217
Pub Date: 15 Jun 2024
Series: Pitt Poetry Series
Description:
Written over a decade while the author lived on four continents, A Gaze Hound That Hunteth by the Eye maps the cultural legacies we cherish against those we reject. Playful and wrenching by turns, with lines inflected by the spoken music of their Arabic, Oshiwambo, Xhosa, and Italian contexts, these profound poems explore a life where displacement is the norm. From choosing not to have children to wrestling with a left-hand stick shift in Johannesburg traffic to braising a camel loin for friends in Damascus, V.
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Format: Paperback
Pages: 72
ISBN: 9780822967231
Pub Date: 15 Jun 2024
Series: Pitt Poetry Series
Description:
Written during the last five years of the poet’s father’s life, Creature is a book about love, destruction, and the self, all standing in relation to family and the natural world. The poems themselves try to move toward what can’t be said by finding connection with other life forms: hawks, hummingbirds, pelicans, lizards, horses, ravens, squid. By moving past linguistic walls into otherness, words become proximate to mystery and inhabit territory where expanses open and embodiment is always on the verge of transformation.
In Parachutes Descending Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 72
ISBN: 9780822967200
Pub Date: 15 Jun 2024
Series: Pitt Poetry Series
Description:
In Parachutes Descending follows the speaker’s decision to leave her Bostonian husband for Jane, a San Franciscan artist, while charting the sensual consequences of our bodily entanglements. These poems capture personal desires fermenting among current earthly cataclysms, including climate change and global capitalism. In doing so, this collection asks us to think inclusively about the ways we become with all humans and nonhumans, all of us—past, present, and future—intimately entwined with others.
The Selected Reginald Shepherd Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 168
ISBN: 9780822948216
Pub Date: 15 Jun 2024
Series: Pitt Poetry Series
Description:
Drawing from all six of his collections, The Selected Shepherd offers a new retrospective on the work of an important and sometimes controversial Black, gay poet. Although well known for his erotic poems about white men, Shepherd also wrote consistently about the natural world and its endangerment and his grief over his mother’s death. Presented in both publication order and the order in which they originally appeared within each collection, these poems highlight the most important themes of Shepherd’s work, along with both his predictability and unpredictability as a poet.
Touched By The Invisible Hand Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 72
ISBN: 9780822967224
Pub Date: 15 Jun 2024
Series: Pitt Poetry Series
Description:
New poetry by John Paul Davis.

Library of Light

Format: Hardback
Pages: 112
ISBN: 9780819500915
Pub Date: 25 Apr 2024
Series: Wesleyan Poetry Series
Description:
Incantation and elegy shine through one another in this extraordinary poetic memoirWhen poet Danielle Vogel began writing meditations on the syntax of earthen and astral light, she had no idea that her mother's tragic death would eclipse the writing of that book, turning her attention to grief's syntax and quiet fields of cellular light in the form of memory. Written in elegant, crystalline prose poems, A Library of Light is a memoir that begins and ends in an incantatory space, one in which light speaks. At the book's center glows a more localized light: the voice of the poet as she reflects, with ceremonial patience, on the bioluminescence of the human body, language's relationship to lineage, her mother's journals written during years of estrangement from her daughter, and the healing potential of poetry.

Selected Poems of Calvin C. Hernton

Selected Poems of Calvin C. Hernton Cover
Format: 
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780819500359
Pub Date: 25 Apr 2024
Series: Wesleyan Poetry Series
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780819500366
Pub Date: 25 Apr 2024
Series: Wesleyan Poetry Series
Description:
The definitive guide to a major African American poet. This volume promises to be the definitive guide to Calvin C. Hernton's unparalleled poetic career, re-introducing readers to a major voice in American poetry.

Septet for the Luminous Ones

Format: Hardback
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9780819500939
Pub Date: 25 Apr 2024
Series: Wesleyan Poetry Series
Description:
A Black poet performs a shamanic soul retrieval of the seven-hundred-year-old diasporic Black arts traditionContinuing her search for a neotropical mythos in this brilliant second collection, poet fahima ife articulates various scenes of subduction. Spoken in quiet recognition and grounded in desire, Septet for the Luminous Ones imagines a lush soundscape textured in oblique spiritual fusion of the Taíno and Yoruba. Or, what it sounded like coming together for the first time, and what it sounds like ever after, breathless, diaspora calling.
The Original 1939 Notebook of a Return to the Native Land Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9780819500663
Pub Date: 31 Mar 2024
Series: Wesleyan Poetry Series
Description:
The first bilingual edition of this radically original work Aimé Césaire's masterpiece, Notebook of a Return to the Native Land, is a work of immense cultural significance and beauty. This long poem was the beginning of Césaire's quest for négritude, and it became an anthem of Blacks around the world. Commentary on Césaire's work has often focused on its Cold War and anticolonialist rhetoric—material that Césaire only added in 1956.
Between a Bird Cage and a Bird House Cover Between a Bird Cage and a Bird House Cover
Format: 
Pages: 100
ISBN: 9780813198675
Pub Date: 20 Mar 2024
Pages: 100
ISBN: 9780813198682
Pub Date: 20 Mar 2024
Description:
The fall of the Iron Curtain in the early 1990s ushered in a new tide of European immigrants to the United States. These populations, which hailed primarily from Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, were largely adrift in America's cultural melting pot. Laden with their belongings and informed by their experiences, these immigrants became citizens of a new diaspora searching for space to exist in their adopted home.
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Format: 
Pages: 108
ISBN: 9780813199023
Pub Date: 20 Mar 2024
Pages: 108
ISBN: 9780813199030
Pub Date: 20 Mar 2024
Description:
Amy M. Alvarez explores the cultural, spiritual, and place-based experiences of Afro-Caribbean and African American diasporic peoples in this haunting and emotionally charged collection of poems that meditates on the meaning of home and existence. Born in New York City to Jamaican and Puerto Rican parents, Alvarez draws readers into a journey of self-discovery and identity, connecting the past with the present while highlighting the complexities of navigating life as a multicultural American.
Notice Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 40
ISBN: 9780819501011
Pub Date: 20 Mar 2024
Series: Wesleyan Poetry Series
Description:
A chapbook from Pulitzer Prize winner Rae Armantrout on climate change.Notice is the product of a life-long interest in natural sciences by Pulitzer Prize winning poet Rae Armantrout. The collection draws poems from her previous books calling our attention to how language frames and shapes our relationships to climate and kin.
Pretend the Ball Is Named Jim Crow Cover Pretend the Ball Is Named Jim Crow Cover
Format: 
Pages: 118
ISBN: 9780813198873
Pub Date: 20 Mar 2024
Pages: 118
ISBN: 9780813198880
Pub Date: 20 Mar 2024
Description:
Joshua "Josh" Gibson (1911–1947) is a baseball legend - one of the greatest power hitters in the Negro Leagues, and in all of baseball history. At the height of his career, this trailblazing athlete suffered grueling physical ailments, lost his young wife who died giving birth to their twins, and endured years of Jim Crow–era segregation and discrimination - all the while breaking records on the ball field. Dorian Hairston's debut poetry collection explores the Black American experience through the lens of Gibson's life and seventeen-year baseball career, which culminated in his posthumous election to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972.