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Format: Hardback
Pages: 450
ISBN: 9788771849134
Pub Date: 30 Mar 2024
Imprint: Aarhus University Press
South Sea Island. The Geography of Pleasure is a literary history of European, Russian and American travelogues, films, paintings, philosophical treatises, all fascinated by the Polynesian islands. Our ideas of nature, growth and sustainability are currently being challenged by climate change and sea level rise, with major identity and security policy implications that are particularly evident in the Pacific, but will also have consequences for the entire planet. The book is a contribution to a new global literary history and provides a historical in-depth perspective for highly topical discussions in interdisciplinary areas such as Pacific Studies, Island Studies, Ocean Studies and Planetary Studies. The Danish version of the book was nominated for 'Book of the year' in one of Denmark's most prominent newspaper and in another described as "epoch-making literary history" and shortlisted among the 5 non-fiction books in 2018, "which has made a difference". In addition, it was awarded the prestigious 'Georg Brande's Award' because it is "pioneering" and as the committee wrote: "Sydhavsøen [South Sea Island] is a book that conveys fascinating knowledge and theory in an exemplary way".
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Format: Hardback
Pages: 233
ISBN: 9781922952806
Pub Date: 15 Mar 2024
Imprint: Arden
This closely woven Chinese, Irish and Australian story begins in Canton during the Opium Wars and expands in the Australian Gold Rush of the 19th century. The Chinese miners are entwined in adversity with the rural Irish poor and notorious Kelly Gang.
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Format: Paperback
Pages: 328
ISBN: 9781985900448
Pub Date: 05 Mar 2024
Imprint: University Press of Kentucky
Series: University Press of Kentucky New Poetry & Prose Series
2020 Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize Finalist   Corey Sobel challenges tenacious stereotypes in this compelling debut novel, shedding new light on the hypermasculine world of American football. The Redshirt introduces Miles Furling, a young man who is convinced he was placed on earth to play football. Deep in the closet, he sees the sport as a means of gaining a permanent foothold in a culture that would otherwise reject him. Still, Miles's body lags behind his ambitions, and recruiters tell him he is not big enough to compete at the top level. His dreams come true when a letter arrives from King College.   The elite southern school boasts one of the best educations in America and one of the worst Division One football programs. King football is filled with obscure, ignored players like Miles—which is why he and the sports world in general are shocked when the country's top recruit, Reshawn McCoy, also chooses to attend the college. As brilliant a student as he is a player, the intensely private Reshawn refuses to explain why he chose King over other programs.   Miles is as baffled as everyone else, and less than thrilled when he winds up rooming with the taciturn Reshawn. Initially at odds with each other, the pair become confidants as the win-at-all-costs program makes brutal demands on their time and bodies. When their true selves and the identities that have been imposed on them by the game collide, both young men are forced to make life-changing choices.
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Format: 
Pages: 108
ISBN: 9780813199023
Pub Date: 01 Mar 2024
Imprint: University Press of Kentucky
Pages: 108
ISBN: 9780813199030
Pub Date: 01 Mar 2024
Imprint: University Press of Kentucky
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. The musicality of her language weaves together themes of environment, family, and migration, as well as her own ancestry as a Black Latinx woman. Makeshift Altar is an intimate collection that explores identities forged by colonialism and displacement and shaped by individual choice and collective power.
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Format: Paperback
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9780819500779
Pub Date: 29 Feb 2024
Imprint: Wesleyan University Press
Series: Wesleyan Poetry Series
mahogany is about the passing of time and unimaginable loss, strength, humor, and love /> />mahogany takes its name from the dark wood prized for its durability, workability, and elegant look, and from the Diana Ross movie, whose theme song asks if what lies ahead is what you really want. This book is the third in a trilogy, and like the first two books it is steeped in pop music. Each poem here takes its title from a line of a Diana Ross and The Supremes song, as well as songs from Diana Ross' solo career. Short lines flow down the page like postmodern psalms, connecting dailyness to timelessness, merging the historical and the beloved through reverence for family, music, and the life we actually live. mahogany is a lament for the passing of time and unimaginable loss, and at the same time it models the daily search for joy, and the deep shine that can arise from the darkest times. /> />[sample poem] /> />i'm like a woman who once knew splendor* /> /> />sometimes i feel like the pink panther />all naked and pink />lost in the morass of />do the best you can today />and nigga heal thy self />our end of winter />spirits break />like old tibetan snow />i remember />you was conflicted />and i found myself alone />here on my ancient hurt />the disquieting hum />of living history />dear god, please />put my head above my heart />we can only be together />if the stories are told />plain face />same instrument />just a couple of coke bottles />full of gasoline />like god and rain />is a waste of time />my mother used to clean houses />as a child />some days i can barely />get out of bed />in my mind />she's like diana ross />scrubbing the white lady's stairs />in lady sings the blues />except prettier />and with green eyes />i've just been living />off of cough drops />and water and anger />just sitting in the whole foods />parking lot eating pineapple />i am literally />the definition of "hot mess" />pain changes everything />somebody come />and pick up />my limp body />off the ground />i am dying />a slow ohio death />we miss you starman />it's our first sunrise of the burn
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Format: Hardback
Pages: 169
ISBN: 9781463246174
Pub Date: 15 Feb 2024
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Series: Journal of Language Relationship
Studies in the Evolution and Formation of the Passover Haggadah Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 300
ISBN: 9781463243760
Pub Date: 15 Feb 2024
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Series: Judaism in Context
The Passover Haggadah, the quintessential Jewish book, began taking shape in the period of the Mishnah and the Talmud (ca. 100-600 CE). Even by 600, it did not look like it does today. Major portions were wanting, e.g., the story of eminent sages at a seder in Bene Beraq; the typology of the four sons; the midrashic expansion of the story of the exodus; the song Dayyenu. Those compositions (mostly) or borrowings were incorporated into the Haggadah between ca. 600-900 (the Geonic period). Such selections completed the Haggadah, producing the book used at Passover Seders to the present day. This study shows how the section of the Passover Haggdah known as maggid (“recounting”) achieved its comprehensive structure and contents between ca. 600 and 900 CE (the geonic period).

Notice

Format: Paperback
Pages: 40
ISBN: 9780819501011
Pub Date: 06 Feb 2024
Imprint: Wesleyan University Press
Series: Wesleyan Poetry Series
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. The title is a call to take heed of the signs coming to us daily. "Notice" can be read as a noun or a verb. As a noun it might be thought of as a public warning. The author has selected poems that respond in various ways to the environmental crisis which we all see developing and about which we don't seem to be able to take appropriate action. The poem "Preparedness," for instance, hazards a wild guess about the cause of this failure to act. Some of the poems here address the problem directly. In others the focus is broader or the approach more subtle. There are even a few poems in which the author allows for something like hope.
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Format: Paperback
Pages: 72
ISBN: 9780822967088
Pub Date: 06 Feb 2024
Imprint: University of Pittsburgh Press
Series: Pitt Poetry Series
Octobers traces the four great tumults of the author’s life, all of which originated in that jagged month of different years: The US invasion and occupation of her native Afghanistan, the death of her father, the sudden end of a love, and the birth of her daughter. The poems chart heartbreak along a helix, progressively and recursively, where “echoes are inevitable.” Ultimately, the collection is concerned with language - as witness and buoy in the white waters of loss, as a tool for violences small and state-crafted, as an asymptote both approaching ideas of “home” and estranged from it, and, beyond it all and still, as a source of wild wonder.
Pretend the Ball Is Named Jim Crow Cover Pretend the Ball Is Named Jim Crow Cover
Format: 
Pages: 118
ISBN: 9780813198873
Pub Date: 06 Feb 2024
Imprint: University Press of Kentucky
Pages: 118
ISBN: 9780813198880
Pub Date: 06 Feb 2024
Imprint: University Press of Kentucky
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. Hairston brilliantly reconstructs the personas of Gibson and others in his orbit whose encounters with white supremacy interweave with the inevitability of losing loved ones. By alternating between the perspectives of Gibson, members of his family, and contemporary Black baseball players, Hairston captures the complexity and the pain of living under the oppressive weight of grief and racial discrimination.   Emotive, prescient, and absorbing, these powerful poems address social change, culture, family, race, death, and oppression—while honoring and giving voice to Gibson and a voiceless generation of African Americans.

Allegorical Moments

Call to the Everyday
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Format: 
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780819580849
Pub Date: 05 Feb 2024
Imprint: Wesleyan University Press
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780819580856
Pub Date: 06 Feb 2024
Imprint: Wesleyan University Press
Considers allegory as a catalyst of transformative thinking Allegorical Moments is a set of essays dedicated to rethinking allegory and arguing for its significance as a creative and critical response to sociopolitical, environmental, and existential turmoil affecting the contemporary world. Traditionally, allegorical interpretation was intended to express an orthodoxy and support an ideology. Hejinian attempts to liberate allegory from its dogmatic usages. Presenting modern and contemporary materials ranging from the novel to poetry to painting and cinema to activist poetry of the Occupy movement, each essay in the book "begins again" with different materials and from different perspectives. Hejinian's generative scholarship looks back to experimental modernism and forward into a future for a vital, wayward poetry resistant to the crushing global effects of neoliberalism.

The Original 1939 Notebook of a Return to the Native Land

Bilingual Edition
Format: Paperback
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9780819500663
Pub Date: 05 Feb 2024
Imprint: Wesleyan University Press
Series: Wesleyan Poetry Series
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. The original 1939 version of the poem, given here in French, and in its first English translation, reveals a work that is both spiritual and cultural in structure, tone, and thrust. This Wesleyan edition includes the original illustrations by Wifredo Lam, and an introduction, notes, and chronology by A. James Arnold.

Be Brave to Things

The Uncollected Poetry and Plays of Jack Spicer
Format: Paperback
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9780819500960
Pub Date: 02 Feb 2024
Imprint: Wesleyan University Press
Series: Wesleyan Poetry Series
Indispensable volume of previously unavailable poetry by an American master   Be Brave to Things shows legendary San Francisco Renaissance poet Jack Spicer at the top of his form, with his blistering intelligence, painful double-edged wit, and devastating will to truth everywhere on display. Much of the poetry here has never before been published, but the volume also includes much out-of-print or hard to find work, as well as Spicer's three major plays, which have never been collected. Here one finds major unfinished projects, early and alternate versions of well-known Spicer poems, shimmering stand-alone lyrics, and intricate extended "books" and serial poems. This new cache of Spicer material will be indispensable for any student of 20th century American poetry, proffering a trove of primary material for Spicer's growing readership to savor and enjoy.   "When your body brushed against me. . ."   When your body brushed against me I remembered How we used to catch butterflies in our hands Down in the garden. We were such patient children Following them from flower to flower Waiting and hoping. With our cupped hands we used to catch them And they answered us with a soft tickle For they never stopped flying. In bed I remembered them and cried for The touch of their fast wings, the impatience Of their bright colors I am too old for such games But even tonight, now your body has reminded me of butterflies I lie here awake, pretending.