“The clipped jumpy rhythm of these poems with their sudden bursts of syntax prove repeatedly that Kate Gale possesses a poetic tone and pace all her own. She is also refreshingly out of step with today’s poetry of self-absorption, for she is fascinated less by her ego than by the strange variety of the world around us.”—Billy Collins, former U.S. Poet Laureate
Sagrado is neither a search for identity nor a quest for a homeland but an affirmation of an ever-evolving cultural landscape. Embedded at the heart of this remarkable book, in which prose, photographs, and poems complement each other, is a photopoetic journey across the Chicano Southwest.
In this stunning first collection of poems, Noah Blaustein’s narrators face the complexities that shape a life: adolescence, fatherhood, our responsibility for the lives of others, the exhilaration of romantic love, and memory.
“For over thirty years now, Leslie Ullman has steadily refined a poetry of the most acute and lyrically precise mindfulness, of what one of her poems calls the ‘greater alertness.’”—David Wojahn, author of World Tree
Spare and incisive, the poems in Losing the Ring in the River deal with three strong women—Clara, Emma, and Liz, women who are tough, often sassy, and have dreams that aren’t quelled by the realities they face.
In his twelfth poetry collection, Adrian Louis slays Indian Country’s centuries-old demons and confronts his own grief upon losing his wife to Alzheimers, revealing a writer at his peak and a poet unafraid to take chances.
“When city and self merge, poet John Chávez begins his magic: to build the child under our eyes. The child is both cityscape and self under scrutiny, ‘clearly disciplined & put to repair.' The child is parent and body, both the painted canvas and the revealed photograph. Watch this miracle of consciousness unfold in City of Slow Dissolve. Rejoice in our chance to reappraise and reinvent, even recover, our human identity, even our souls, through Chávez's art.”—Hilda Raz, Mary Burritt Christiansen Poetry Series editor