The son of a white woman and an “african prince, ” george Polgreen Bridgetower 1780–1860 travels to Vienna to meet “bad-boy” genius Ludwig van Beethoven.
Collected Poems: 1974-2004W. W. Norton & Company #ad - With the “precise, singing lines” for which the Washington Post praised her, Dove “has created fresh configurations of the traditional and the experimental” Poetry magazine. She sets the moving love story of Thomas and Beulah against the backdrop of war, industrialization, and the civil right struggles.
The multifaceted gems of grace notes, the exquisite reinvention of greek myth in the sonnets of Mother Love, the troubling rapids of recent history in On the Bus with Rosa Parks, and the homage to America’s kaleidoscopic cultural heritage in American Smooth all celebrate Dove’s mastery of narrative context with lyrical finesse.
Collected Poems: 1974-2004 #ad - Gathering thirty years and seven books, this volume compiles Dove’s fresh reflections on adolescence in The Yellow House on the Corner and her irreverent musings in Museum. Poet laureate, a national Humanities Medal, and a National Medal of Art. Finalist for the 2016 national book awardfinalist for the 2017 NAACP Image AwardThree decades of powerful lyric poetry from a virtuoso of the English language in one unabridged volume.
Rita dove’s collected poems 1974–2004 showcases the wide-ranging diversity that earned her a Pulitzer Prize, the position of U. S.
Eye Level: PoemsGraywolf Press #ad - As xie writes, "me? i'm just here in my traveler's clothes, trying on each passing town for size. Her taut, caught in between things and places, elusive poems exult in a life simultaneously crowded and quiet, and never quite entirely at home. Voices outside the door come to a soft boil. From "phnom penh diptych: dry season"jenny xie's award-winning debut, to Phnom Penh, as we travel closer and closer to the acutely felt solitude that centers this searching, takes us far and near, Corfu, Eye Level, Hanoi, New York, and elsewhere, moving collection.
9 p. M. Hanoi's old Quarter: duck porridge and plum wine. Finalist for the national book award for poetryfinalist for pen open book awardwinner of the walt whitman award of the Academy of American Poets, selected by Juan Felipe HerreraFor years now, I've been using the wrong palette. Each year with its itchy blue, as the bruise of solitude reaches its expiration date.
Eye Level: Poems #ad - Planes and buses, guesthouse to guesthouse. I've gotten to where I am by dint of my poor eyesight, my overreactive motion sickness. The sensual worlds here--colors, tastes, smells, and changing landscapes--bring to life questions about the self as seer and the self as seen. Xie is a poet of extraordinary perception--both to the tangible world and to "all that is untouchable as far as the eye can reach.
UnaccompaniedCopper Canyon Press #ad - Every line resonates with a wind that crosses oceans. Jamaal may"zamora's work is real life turned into myth and myth made real life. Glappitnovajavier zamora was nine years old when he traveled unaccompanied 4, across multiple borders, 000 miles, from El Salvador to the United States to be reunited with his parents.
This dramatic and hope-filled poetry debut humanizes the highly charged and polarizing rhetoric of border-crossing; assesses borderland politics, race, and immigration on a profoundly personal level; and simultaneously remembers and imagines a birth country that's been left behind. Through an unflinching gaze, unaccompanied crosses rugged terrain where families are lost and reunited, plainspoken diction, and a combination of Spanish and English, coyotes lead migrants astray, and "the thin white man let us drink from a hose / while pointing his shotgun.
Unaccompanied #ad - From "let me try again":He knew we weren't Mexican. He must've remembered his familycoming over the border, don't trust anyone callingthemselves coyotes, bring more tortillas, sardines, because he drove usto the border and told us next time, or the bordercoming over them, restat least five days, Alhambra.
. He earned a ba at uc-berkeley, an mfa at new york university, and is a 2016–2018 Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. He knew we would try again. And again—like everyone does. Javier zamora was born in El Salvador and immigrated to the United States at the age of nine.
The TraditionCopper Canyon Press #ad - Finalist for the 2019 national book award"by some literary magic—no, it's precision, and honesty—Brown manages to bestow upon even the most public of subjects the most intimate and personal stakes. Craig morgan teicher, “'i reject walls': a 2019 poetry Preview” for NPR“A relentless dismantling of identity, a difficult jewel of a poem.
Rita dove, in her introduction to jericho brown’s “dark” featured in the new York Times Magazine in January 2019 “Winner of a Whiting Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship, Brown's hard-won lyricism finds fire and idyll in the intersection of politics and love for queer Black men. O, the oprah magazine featured in npr’s “i reject walls”: a 2019 poetry preview”named a lit hub “most anticipated book of 2019”one of buzzfeed’s “66 books coming in 2019 you’ll want to keep Your Eyes On”The Rumpus poetry pick for “What to Read When 2019 is Just Around the Corner”One of BookRiot’s “50 Must-Read Poetry Collections of 2019” Jericho Brown’s daring new book The Tradition details the normalization of evil and its history at the intersection of the past and the personal.
. Brown’s poetic concerns are both broad and intimate, and at their very core a distillation of the incredibly human: What is safety? Who is this nation? Where does freedom truly lie? Brown makes mythical pastorals to question the terrors to which we’ve become accustomed, and to celebrate how we survive.
The Tradition #ad - The tradition is a cutting and necessary collection, relentless in its quest for survival while reveling in a celebration of contradiction. Poems of fatherhood, blackness, queerness, and his invention of the duplex—a combination of the sonnet, worship, legacy, and trauma are propelled into stunning clarity by Brown’s mastery, the ghazal, and the blues—is testament to his formal skill.
A Fortune for Your DisasterTin House Books #ad - Abdurraqib uses touchstones from the world outside—from Marvin Gaye to Nikola Tesla to his neighbor's dogs—to create a mirror, inside of which every angle presents a new possibility. When an author’s unmitigated brilliance shows up on every page, it’s tempting to skip a description and just say, Read this! Such is the case with this breathlessly powerful, deceptively breezy book of poetry.
Booklist, starred reviewin his much-anticipated follow-up to the crown Ain't Worth Much, and music critic Hanif Abdurraqib has written a book of poems about how one rebuilds oneself after a heartbreak, poet, essayist, biographer, the kind that renders them a different version of themselves than the one they knew.
A Fortune for Your Disaster #ad - It's a book about a mother's death, about forgiveness, and admitting that Michael Jordan pushed off, and how none of the author's black friends wanted to listen to "Don't Stop Believin'. It's about wrestling with histories, personal and shared.
Margaret the First: A NovelCatapult #ad - A “strikingly smart” novel dramatizing the life of a highly unconventional duchess in seventeenth-century England Jenny Offill, author of Dept. As one of the queen’s attendants and the daughter of prominent Royalists, she was exiled to France when King Charles I was overthrown. Dutton expertly captures the pathos of a woman whose happiness is furrowed with the anxiety of underacknowledgment.
Thenew york Times Book Review. As the english civil war raged on, Margaret met and married William Cavendish, who encouraged her writing and her desire for a career. The duchess herself would be delighted at her resurrection in Margaret the Firs . . . The eccentric margaret wrote and published volumes of poems, philosophy, feminist plays, and utopian science fiction at a time when being a writer was not an option open to women.
Margaret the First: A Novel #ad - This is a gorgeous and wholly new approach to imagining the life of a historical woman. Yet margaret was also the first woman to be invited to the Royal Society of London—a mainstay of the Scientific Revolution—and the last for another two hundred years. After the war, she was “mad madge, her work earned her both fame and infamy in England: at the dawn of daily newspapers, ” an original tabloid celebrity.
Of Speculation. Chosen as a lit hub best book of 2016, an entropy best book of 2016, the shy, and one of Electric Literature’s Best Novels of 2016 Margaret the First is based on the life of Margaret Cavendish, gifted, and wildly unconventional seventeenth-century duchess.
The Lazarus ProjectRiverhead Books #ad - The only novel from macarthur genius award winner, Aleksandar Hemon -- the National Book Critics Circle Award winning The Lazarus Project. On march 2, an eastern european jewish immigrant, nineteen-year-old Lazarus Averbuch, 1908, was shot to death on the doorstep of the Chicago chief of police and cast as a would-be anarchist assassin.
A century later, a young Eastern European writer in Chicago named Brik becomes obsessed with Lazarus's story. Brik enlists his friend Rora-a war photographer from Sarajevo-to join him in retracing Averbuch's path. Through a history of pogroms and poverty, the stories of averbuch and brik become inextricably intertwined, provocative, often compared to Vladimir Nabokov, and entertaining novel that confirms Aleksandar Hemon, and a prism of a present-day landscape of cheap mafiosi and even cheaper prostitutes, creating a truly original, as one of the most dynamic and essential literary voices of our time.
The Lazarus Project #ad - From the author of The Book of My Lives.
Forty-one False Starts: Essays on Artists and WritersFarrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - She explores bloomsbury's obsessive desire to create things visual and literary; the "passionate collaborations" behind Edward Weston's nudes; and the character of the German art photographer Thomas Struth, who is "haunted by the Nazi past, " yet whose photographs have "a lightness of spirit. In "the woman who hated women, " malcolm delves beneath the "onyx surface" of Edith Wharton's fiction, while in "Advanced Placement" she relishes the black comedy of the Gossip Girl novels of Cecily von Zeigesar.
In "salinger's cigarettes, and vanity that few of us are free of, vulgarity, banality, " Malcolm writes that "the pettiness, and thus can tolerate in others, are like ragweed for Salinger's helplessly uncontaminated heroes and heroines. Over and over, "she has demonstrated that nonfiction—a book of reporting, an article in a magazine, " as Ian Frazier writes in his introduction, something we see every day—can rise to the highest level of literature.
One of publishers weekly's Best Nonfiction Books of 2013. Her subjects are painters, writers, photographers, and critics. Malcolm is "among the most intellectually provocative of authors, " writes David Lehman in The Boston Globe, "able to turn epiphanies of perception into explosions of insight. Here, in forty-one false starts, malcolm brings together essays published over the course of several decades largely in The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books that reflect her preoccupation with artists and their work.
Forty-one False Starts: Essays on Artists and Writers #ad - A national book critics circle Finalist for CriticismA deeply Malcolmian volume on painters, writers, photographers, and critics. Janet malcolm's in the freud archives and the journalist and the murderer, with its forty-one "false starts, are canonical in the realm of nonfiction—as is the title essay of this collection, as well as her books about Sylvia Plath and Gertrude Stein, " or serial attempts to capture the essence of the painter David Salle, which becomes a dazzling portrait of an artist.
Seam Crab Orchard Series in PoetrySouthern Illinois University Press #ad - Fierce yet loving, devastating and magical at once, Seam is a testament to the lingering potency of memory and the bravery of a nation’s victims. Winner, great lakes colleges association new writers award, 2015winner, Drake University Emerging Writers Award, Binghamton University Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award, 2014Winner, 2015 .
As we read, and prisons of the 1971 war with the poet’s modern-day hotel, rivers, we discover the profound yet fragile seam that unites the fields, or the tragic death of a loved one with the holocaust of a nation. Moving from west texas to dubai, from virginia to remote villages in Bangladesh and back again, Tomas Tranströmer, the narrator calls on the legacies of Willa Cather, César Vallejo, and Paul Celan to give voice to the voiceless.
Seam Crab Orchard Series in Poetry #ad - The poems in this captivating collection weave beauty with violence, the personal with the historic as they recount the harrowing experiences of the two hundred thousand female victims of rape and torture at the hands of the Pakistani army during the 1971 Liberation War. As the child of bangladeshi immigrants, the poet in turn explores her own losses, as well as the complexities of bearing witness to the atrocities these war heroines endured.
Throughout the volume, the narrator endeavors to bridge generational and cultural gaps even as the victims recount the horror of grief and personal loss.
American HistoriesScribner #ad - In “jb & fd, the abolitionist and orator—conversations that produce a fantastical, ” Wideman reimagines conversations between John Brown, the antislavery crusader, and Frederick Douglass, rich correspondence that spans years and ideologies. In this singular collection, john edgar Wideman blends the personal, historical, struggle, death, and political to invent complex, charged stories about love, and what we owe each other.
This is wideman at his best—emotionally precise and intellectually stimulating—an extraordinary collection by a master. With characters ranging from everyday americans to Jean-Michel Basquiat to Nat Turner, experience, American Histories is a journey through time, and the soul of our country. American histories is “an important addition to Wideman’s body of writing and a remarkable demonstration of his ability to address social issues through a range of fictional forms and styles” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
American Histories #ad - My dead” is a story about how the already-departed demand more time, more space in the lives of those who survive them. Maps and ledgers” eavesdrops on a brother and sister today as they ponder their father’s killing of another man. An extended meditation on family, philosophical wisdom, and loss, American Histories weaves together historical fact, history, and deeply personal vignettes.
A powerful assemblage of short stories exploring late-in-life angst through personal myth, cultural memory, and riffs on an empire scorched by its own hubris” O, The Oprah Magazine from award-winning author John Edgar Wideman—his first collection in more than a decade. Race and its reverberations are at the core of this slim, powerful volume, a blend of fiction, memoir, and reimagined history, in which the boundaries between those forms are murky and ever shifting” The Boston Globe.