Life is rhythmically punctuated by death, just as memory is punctuated by moments of revelation, in which the characters are transformed by sudden glimpses of the world beyond knowledge or language. A young handyman believes he sees the finger of God; a girl confined to bed by a nervous disorder feels blessed by the splendid visible and invisible worlds; a college student dives out of his ninth-floor window to, after a poem by Juan Ramón Jiménez, catch the stars more quickly.
To get some idea of the size and scope of David Hintons Classical Chinese Poetry: An Anthology, imagine you are Donald Allen, editor of the seminal New American Poetry 1945-1960. Next, imagine the era of New American Poetry begins somewhere around 1500 BCE and finishes around 1200 CE, and is going to include all the major poets from that time span.
A.B. Yehoshuas Friendly Fire is a story of a long married couple. Amotz (Yaari) is an engineer tending to the needs of his children, grandchildren, and elderly father, while his wife, Daniella, is in East Africa mourning the death of her older sister.
According to his website, Marc Estrin is a writer, cellist, and activist living in Burlington, Vermont. However, in a secondary biographical note, he calls himself a Biologist, theatre director, EMT, Unitarian Minister, physician assistant, puppeteer, political activist, college professor, cellist and conductor... baffling, even unto himself.
A Shady Promise organizes and paraphrases Wangechi Mutus oeuvre without diminishing its scope or the complexity of its vision.
Stepping Stones, a new collection of interviews with Seamus Heaney conducted by Dennis ODriscoll, attempts to elucidate the poet who won the Nobel Prize in Literature for what the Nobel Committee called, works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth, which exalt everyday miracles and the living past.
Susan Wheelers Assorted Poems and Ron Slates The Great Wave are examples of books published by accomplished writers who find themselves at, or just after, the midpoint of their very different careers. Wheeler, the author of four well-received books of poetry (Bag o Diamonds, 1993; Smokes, 1998; Source Codes, 2001; Ledger, 2005) and the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships (the Witter Bynner Prize from the Academy of American Poets, the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America, and Guggenheim and New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships) has spent the past twenty years living, writing, and teaching in the poetry epicenter of New York.
Cheeni Raos In Hanumans Hands is a fictional memoir that treads familiar ground with various nuances that set it apart from its precursors.
The author of twelve previous collections of poetry (not including her collaborations with artists such as Joe Brainard and Ellen Phelan) and recipient of the Guggenheim Foundation, the New York State Foundation for the Arts, Ingram Merrill Foundation, and MacArthur fellowships, Ann Lauterbachs work has been widely recognized and lauded.
In his new collection of poems, Warhorses, Yusef Komunyakaa explores familiar themes with idiosyncratic grace and musical intensity. Organized into three sectionsLove in the Time of War, Heavy Metal, and Autobiography of My Alter EgoWarhorses examines how war encapsulates and mutates human experience and the world.
When it comes to wine and love, I get attached, writes Alice Feiring, Brooklyn-born journalist and author of In Vino Veritas. The debut memoir chronicles the bloggers international travels through famous vineyards in the hopes of discovering what fuels the uber-commercialization of the industry."
Roberto Bolaños books should be stacked on your bedside table. They should be battered and dog-eared, coffee stained, and creased.
Haruki Murakami, Hannah Tinti, Robert Goolrick, Tao Lin, Harold Jaffe, Amanda Petrusich, Stephanie Kuehnert, Sarah Shun-lien Bunum
Full of innovative stylistic flourishes and classic noir motifs, Abraham Rodriguezs new crime novel South by South Bronx is infused with the right balance of new and old.