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Poetry

A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems

A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems

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"Vibrant with the intensity of blues singers."--Feminist Bookstore News

"Patricia Spears Jones is cosmopolitan blues goddess alive on the wind stream of transnational homemade intimate gossip. Her poems are a highly effective antidote to living in a country where caring seems to have been placed on the Endangered Activities list."--David Rivard

"Patricia Spears Jones reminds me of those wisecracking, foolproof women in the old films she so lovingly dissects--the ones whose deadsure, replenishing humor and never-fail good sense causes the audience to sit up and clap."--Cyrus Cassells

"She has given us a world where music and brains are allowed to co-exist with instinct, where the lyric and the literal may dwell without eyeing the other with suspicion."--Cornelius Eady

From "The Perfect Lipstick"

It is why I appreciate my favorite shade of lipstick:
Sherry Velour.
Sounds like the name of a drag queen from the early seventies.
One of those strapping Black men who had enough of playing macho,
put their feet in five-inch heels and made saints of Dinah Washington,
Rita Hayworth and a very young Nina Simone.
So, on goes this lipstick. Pretty for parties.
Fatal for festivals.
Sherry Velour and her hot discoveries:
light above the fog,
a toy ship.
Black men in sequined dresses and the click of new words
in the new world where the most dangerous of dreams
come true.

Patricia Spears Jones was named by Essence.com as one of its "40 Poets [They] Love" in 2010.

Fifty Words for Snow

Fifty Words for Snow

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"A delightful compendium that brings together language, culture and adventure through frozen landscapes as it shares the meanings behind 50 words for snow, gathered from around the globe." --The Herald

Snow. Every language has its own words for the magical, mesmerizing flakes that fall from the sky. In this exquisite exploration, writer and Arctic traveller Nancy Campbell digs deep into the meanings of fifty words for snow.

In Japanese we encounter yuki-onna--a 'snow woman' who drifts through the frosted land. In Icelandic it is hundslappadrífa--'snowflakes as big as a dog's paw'--that softly blanket the streets. And in Maori we meet Huka-rere-- 'one of the children of rain and wind.'

From mountain tops and frozen seas to city parks and desert hills, each of these linguistic snow crystals offers a whole world of myth and story--the perfect winter gift.

Some Problems with Autobiography

Some Problems with Autobiography

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Some Problems with Autobiography, Brian Brodeur's fourth collection, grapples with the porous and fragmentary nature of midwestern American identity in poems that range across prosodic forms and hybrid genres. By turns self-mocking, meditative, and tragi-comic, this book explores the perils of digital technologies, ecological uncertainties, and the inadequacy of language to convey our collective distress, asking how much pleasure and hardship the human heart can bear. Brodeur's narrative poems feature a dramatis personae rare in contemporary poetry, including a Syrian refugee enrolled in a writing workshop, the wife of an accused serial killer shopping defense lawyers, a horny psychoanalyst confessing a dream, and a carpenter working for the Department of Education during New York City's first lockdown. From dramatic-monologue sonnets and narrative sestinas to discursive lyrics cast in Rubáiyát stanzas and Alcaic strophes, Some Problems with Autobiography brings ancient modes into startlingly contemporary contexts.

The Library of Ice: Readings from a Cold Climate

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Thunderstone: A true story of losing one home and discovering another

Thunderstone: A true story of losing one home and discovering another

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Can a tiny vehicle provide the space to rebuild a life? A beautiful, fearless memoir of uncertainty, self-discovery--and van life.

'It was believed lightning would not strike a house that held a thunderstone. And so these fossils were placed on top of clocks, under floorboards, over stable doors . . . But there are some storms that thunderstones cannot prevent.'

In the wake of a traumatic lockdown, Nancy Campbell buys an old caravan and drives it into a strip of neglected woodland between a canal and railway. It is the first home she has ever owned. It will not move again.

As summer begins, Nancy embraces the challenge of how to live well in a space in which possessions and emotions often threaten to tumble. She masters the van's mysterious mechanics, but as empty passenger trains rumble past inches from the windows, rain and grief threaten to flood in.
Yet soon, Nancy's encounters with the community of boaters moored nearby, and their lessons in survival off-grid, prove fundamental. The wasteland burgeons into a place of wild beauty, as Nancy works to clear industrial junk and create a forest garden. And as illness and uncertainty loom once more, it is these unconventional relationships, this anchored van, that will bring her solace and hope.
An intimate journal across the span of a defining summer, Thunderstoneis a celebration of transformation; an invitation to approach life with imagination and to embrace change bravely.

Troubling the Line

Troubling the Line

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The first of its kind, Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, gathers together a diverse range of 55 poets with varying aesthetics and backgrounds. In addition to generous samples of poetry by each trans writer, the book also includes "poetics statements"--reflections by each poet that provide context for their work covering a range of issues from identification and embodiment to language and activism. Poets include Samuel Ace, Julian Talamantez Brolaski, Micha Cardenas, kari edwards, Duriel Harris, Joy Ladin, Dawn Lundy Martin, Eileen Myles, Trish Salah, Max Wolf Valerio, John Wieners, Kit Yan, and more.