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by Sam Hamill

Habitation collects the best poetry from a career spanning more than forty years by the distinguished Northwest poet-editor-translator, Sam Hamill. Drawn from fifteen volumes of celebrated poetry, whether in brief haiku-like poems or long-ranging narratives, Habitation presents a lyrical voice that is unique in American poetry today. Jim Harrison has declared, “Hamill has reached the category of a National Treasure,” and Hayden Carruth has written, “[His] poetry is no less than essential.”

Hiding from Salesmen

by Scott Poole

Scott Poole’s poems are witty, terse, irreverent, sad, and, mostly, totally unexpected. Hiding from Salesmen—such a great title, signals, accurately, original, delightful.

—Diana O’Hehir

Horse Tracks

by Henry Real Bird

Henry Real Bird breaks a lot of the rules my formal education taught me about writing poetry, but half of Henry’s education comes from somewhere else. When Crow is your primary language and your poetry is Crow spoken in English, the rules most likely get written as you go.

—Greg Keeler

Hurry Back

by Alvin Greenberg

Like Tennyson’s In Memoriam, the poems in Hurry Back comprise a multi-dimensional meditation. The poet builds “a kind of elegiac lean-to” within which readers dwell, while he explores “history/ with its cords of bodies stacked behind the house.” He conjures the Ohio of his boyhood during WWII and “the camps, the camps that no one quite believed in.” Stripped of conventional capitalization, Greenberg’s sentences disrupt expectations, as “the heavy plates of the past/ slide up over the present.” A love for the quotidian and a refreshing humor undergird these original, wise lyrics.

—Robin Becker, author of The Horse Fair

I Go to the Ruined Place: Contemporary Poems in Defense of Global Human Rights

Edited by Melissa Kwasny & M.L. Smoker

An aspiration of the publisher for many years, I Go to the Ruined Place is edited by Montana poets, Melissa Kwasny, whose latest book, Reading Novalis in Montana, was named Best Book of 2009 by the Huffington Post and M.L. Smoker, who was recently named Director of Indian Education for the state of Montana. Especially remarkable is the fact that several Idaho human rights organizations and many committed individuals donated funds to support the printing of the book.

If You So Desire

by Joseph Gastiger

I imagine these pieces as talks to accompany a series of films—surrealist fables, brief documentaries, home movies, lost cartoons: “pulsations, agonies, indecisions, repetitions” chimes Maya Deren. “I am not greedy,” she once explained. “I do not seek to possess the major portion of your days. I am content if, on those rare occasions whose truth can be stated only by poetry, you will, perhaps, recall an image, even if only the aura of my films.”

That is my wish as well.

—Joseph Gastiger

In Praise

by Ray Amorosi

What do we look for in poetry? For my part, I know that I want emotional authenticity, integrity with respect to truth, and a backlog of experience that brings wealth and weight to the language. Ray Amorosi has given us a book that satisfies these desires amply, again and again, surprising us with its fierce rightness, its dark humor, its fundamental humanity. In Praise does not earn its title lightly. Amorosi truly understands the value and difficulty of praise in this troubled world, and provides it in poems that shine with insight and clarity.

—David Young

Incomplete Strangers

by Robert McNamara

Robert McNamara’s poetry is crisp and formal, and attached to the world in the way very lively humans are who are both deeply sad, because they are here, and aware of those salvational voices tucked away in the brilliance of things. Fortunately this poetry is erudite, so the present doesn’t have to do all the heavy work—of supporting a true and wise adult on its shoulders. Read at your peril, and be lucky! This is a tremendous feast.

—Frederic Will

Iron Fever & Other Poems

by Stephan Torre

The poems of Stephan Torre are built of muscle and stones and the kind of relationship to time and work for which very few of us have the strength. He speaks the deep, true language of necessary things and reminds us all that affection must be the center of everything we do . . . or we have nothing.

—Christopher Howell

I’M HALF OF YOUR HEART: Selected Poems 1967 – 2017

by Julian Kornhauser

In more than seventy poems gathered in I’m Half of Your Heart: Selected Poems, 1967-2017, we encounter a poet who is as politically outspoken as he is lyrically private. Fascinated by the quotidian bric-a-brac, keenly attuned to the plight of the less fortunate among us, and immersed in timeless philosophical, historical, and aesthetic peregrinations, Kornhauser remains our contemporary by speaking loud and clear about what it is that makes us human. This career-spanning volume provides readers in the English-speaking world with the largest ever selection of poems by one of Poland’s premier poets.