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THIS DREAM THE WORLD: New & Selected Poems
NASTY WOMEN POETS: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse
THE OPEN HAND

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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

Just Waking, Second Edition

by Christopher Howell

Christopher Howell’s poems rely on a redeeming darkness to bring themselves into the world. Through meditative, short lyrics, and an eerily quiet approach, Howell redefines the place of the self in a poem. These deceptively triumphant views of discovery and survival arrive in a place that welcomes us as both witnesses and participants.

—The Bloomsbury Review

Late at Night in the Rowboat

by Donald Junkins

I admire the affection these poems display for the place on Earth in which they occur, and the way in which they constantly refresh that affection.

—Albert Goldbarth

Lazarus

by Ray Amorosi

[This book is] . . . a phoenix of a book, rising out of the ashes of long silence as though there were no tomorrow. And there isn’t; the poems say this again and again: there is today, refreshed, troublingly and laughably bemused, tricksterish, reverent, irreverent, glowing and infused with the world’s ironic loveliness.

—Christopher Howell