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  • Alternative Medicine
    Alternative Medicine
    By Rafael Campo

    In this new collection of poetry, the acclaimed gay Latino physician author Rafael Campo continues his nuanced examination of the primal relationship between language, empathy, and healing.

  • B Jenkins
    B Jenkins
    By Fred Moten

    This fourth collection of poetry from the literary and cultural critic Fred Moten is an elegy to his mother and an inquiry into language, music, performance, improvisation, and the black radical tradition.

  • Blues and Roots/Rue and Bluets
    Blues and Roots/Rue and Bluets: A Garland for the Southern Appalachians
    By Jonathan Williams

    Jonathan Williams’s poetry has been described as brilliant, sensuous, lyrical, quirky, suave, vital, joyful, sardonic, melodious, passionate, alive, pyrotechnic. This new, much enlarged edition of Blues and Roots displays all of the above. Williams has tramped the Appalachian Trail for decades, botanizing, jotting down specimens of authentic American speech, graffiti, superstitions, and nostrums—always curious, alert, and affectionately attentive. Blues and Roots focuses on the linguistic horizon of Appalachia in lyrics of wonder and light, of wit and comic incongruity, in found poems of the speech of his mountain neighbors. Publishers Weekly said of the earlier edition, “One of the most beautiful and evocative tributes to the Appalachians and its people yet published.” Blues and Roots is a fine celebration; Wiliams is a joyful ringmaster.

  • Castaway
    Castaway
    By Yvette Christiansë
  • Chinese Poetry, 2nd ed., Revised
    Chinese Poetry, 2nd ed., Revised: An Anthology of Major Modes and Genres
    Edited by Wai-lim Yip

    This is the first paperback edition of a classic anthology of Chinese poetry. Spanning two thousand years—from the Book of Songs (circa 600 B.C.) to the chü form of the Yuan Dynasty (1260–1368)—these 150 poems cover all major genres that students of Chinese poetry must learn.

    Newly designed, the unique format of this volume will enhance its reputation as the definitive introduction to Chinese poetry, while its introductory essay on issues of Chinese aesthetics will continue to be an essential text on the problems of translating such works into English. Each poem is printed with the original Chinese characters in calligraphic form, coordinated with word-for-word annotations, and followed by an English translation. Correcting more than a century of distortion of the classical Chinese by translators unconcerned with the intricacies and aesthetics of the Chinese language, these masterful translations by Wai-lim Yip, a noted and honored translator and scholar, allow English readers to enter more easily into the dynamic of the original poems. Each section of the volume is introduced by a short essay on the mode or genre of poem about to be presented and is followed by a comprehensive bibliography.

  • The Day of Shelly’s Death
    The Day of Shelly’s Death: The Poetry and Ethnography of Grief
    By Renato Rosaldo

    This deeply moving collection of "ethnographic poetry" by the renowned cultural theorist Renato Rosaldo focuses on the immediate aftermath of his wife Michelle (Shelly) Rosaldo's sudden death on October 11, 1981, the day after she and her family had arrived in a northern Philippines village where Shelly and Renato were to conduct fieldwork.

  • Dying Modern
    Dying Modern: A Meditation on Elegy
    By Diana Fuss

    In Dying Modern, renowned literary critic Diana Fuss argues that as death has been increasingly shunted off-stage, out of the public eye, poets have taken up the task of reckoning with dying, loss, absence, and grief.

  • The Enemy
    The Enemy
    By Rafael Campo

    Latest volume of poetry by Rafael Campo.

  • Fat Art, Thin Art
    Fat Art, Thin Art
    By Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick

    Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick is best known as a cultural and literary critic, as one of the primary forces behind the development of queer and gay/lesbian studies, and as author of several influential books: Tendencies, Epistemology of the Closet, and Between Men: English Literature and Male Homosocial Desire. The publication of Fat Art, Thin Art, Sedgwick’s first volume of poetry, opens up another dimension of her continuing project of crossing and re-crossing the electrified boundaries between theory, lyric, and narrative.

    Embodying a decades-long adventure, the poems collected here offer the most accessible and definitive formulations to appear anywhere in Sedgwick’s writing on some characteristic subjects and some new ones: passionate attachments within and across genders; queer childhoods of many kinds; the performativity of a long, unconventional marriage; depressiveness, hilarity, and bliss; grave illness; despised and magnetic bodies and bodily parts. In two long fictional poems, a rich narrative momentum engages readers in the mysterious places—including Victorian novels—where characters, sexualities, and fates are unmade and made. Sedgwick’s poetry opens an unfamiliar, intimate, daring space that steadily refigures not only what a critic may be, but what a poem can do.

  • In Case of Fire in a Foreign Land
    In Case of Fire in a Foreign Land: New and Collected Poems from Two Languages
    By Ariel Dorfman

    A collection of poetry bearing witness to atrocities committed by the Chilean dictatorship, describing the realities and aftermath of terror.

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