88 MAPS is about the places, times, and wildness we should say yes to, and it’s about looking at all our real and figurative culs-de-sac and saying no. It’s a collection of praise songs, sonnets, prose poems, challenges to rampant development, narratives commemorating the last best places, and 21st century fables. That formal variety is combined with a singular vision and voice. The poems here can’t be mistaken for anyone else’s, the same way Tom Waits can’t be confused with some other singer, and gumbo—at least done right like it is in South Louisiana—doesn’t taste like just another soup.
A Change of Maps
Carolyne Wright explores in poetry what it means to live in different worlds, and probes with great sensitivity what it means to live in two or more different worlds at the same time . . . Wright writes with passion, eloquence, and clear moral perspective.
A Filament Burns in Blue Degrees
Kendra Tanacea’s A Filament Burns in Blue Degrees is a glorious paean to perseverance in the face of life’s passages. Sparse, irreverent, and ardent, these poems, with all of their poignant humor and fervid intelligence, are rooted in a belief that artful language heals and we survive because of a steady reaffirmation of the powers of song.
All the Wrong Places
Winner of the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction, Molly Giles’ nineteen strange, tightly woven tales merge the mythic and the modern with dark humor and deep humanity.
A poet examines his life: what he’s been dealt, what he’s chosen, the workings of history with personal griefs and delights, “amnesty” of an uneasy coming-to-terms with self and others, being his muse. There’s a macabre wit, masculine vulnerability, and soul-conflict in the best of these poems, adding up to a very strong book.
As Is tells the heroic story: loss, struggle, victory, and how god is milk and throat at once, and rock and child, and how the future leaks outlandishly into the present. That the reason humans exist (now didn’t you ever want to know that?), the reason for humans is that we can love. It’s our job because that’s what we were built to do. Join the Divine.
At the Edge of the Western Wave
This collection catches perfectly that special sense of rural Ireland which might be described as mixture of raw satirical humour, tragedy, and a kind of yearning for love and connection in a society that feels a constant tension between materialism and spirituality. At the Edge of the Western Wave is a big and sweeping enough collection to be able to accomodate these themes and their nuances . . .
A celebration of the intricacies of love. Shann Ray’s Balefire is visionary—a powerful and moving visit to the places that haunt us.
—Debra Magpie Earling, Perma Red
BECAUSE YOU ASKED: A Book of Answers on the Art and Craft of the Writing Life
Borne out of over fifteen years curating the Visiting Writers Reading Series at Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington, Katrina Roberts’ Because You Asked is an anthology that brings together anecdotes, approaches, aspirations, confessions, warnings, challenges, passions, foibles, secrets, prompts, craft notes, manifestos—that is, perspectives from writers, their insights and revelations shared often during “Q & A sessions” with young—or simply young-at-heart—writers and readers. A peak inside the writing life, for readers of all sorts!
Before There Is Nowhere to Stand: Palestine | Israel: Poets Respond to the Struggle
Responding to the violence of Israel’s Operation Cast Lead against Gaza in 2008 – 2009, Joan Dobbie and her niece Grace Beeler, descendants of Holocaust survivors, issued a call for poems by writers of “Palestinian or Jewish heritage . . . for an anthology that strives for understanding . . . in the belief that poetry can create understanding and understanding can dull hatred.”
This book is a tribute to resourceful imaginations. Its purpose is to give readers an occasion to perceive the aspirations and passions of those whose lives have been affected by the struggle—in Joseph Conrad’s words, “to make you hear, to make you feel—it is, before all, to make you see.”
The poems are arranged in seven sections, each dealing with an attribute or phase of the Palestine-Israel struggle. When possible, selections alternate between Jewish and Arab authors, effecting dissonance in subject, emphasis, and attitude—an uneasy multiculturalism.