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  • The Red Listby Stephen Cushman

    LSU Press 2014; US$ 9.95

    "'Yes indeed, some days it helps to think of extinction,' writes Stephen Cushman in his joyride of a jeremiad, The Red List . Baring everything from his soul down to his cholesterol levels, this stargazer, Biblical exegete, and campus flaneur composes a twenty-first-century self-portrait in a funhouse mirror. 'Maybe, could it be, hopelessness is... more...

  • The Symbolist Movement in Literatureby Arthur Symons; Matthew Creasy

    Carcanet 2014; US$ 14.99

    First published in 1899, The Symbolist Movement in Literature was a highly influential work of criticism, and served to introduce the French Symbolists to an Anglophone readership. Symons' interest in writers such as Paul Verlaine and Stéphane Mallarmé puts him at the heart of contemporary debates about Decadence and Symbolism in fin-de-siècle literature;... more...

  • Wolf Centosby Simone Muench

    Sarabande Books 2014; US$ 9.99

    Poems structured by a wolf motif, concerned with death and beauty, urging us to retain our “wildness? as we age. more...

  • DOWNby Sarah Dowling

    Coach House Books 2014; US$ 12.99

    Gertrude Stein meets Ryan Trecartin over your morning tea in this lively collection. more...

  • You Must Remember Thisby Michael Bazzett

    Milkweed Editions 2014; US$ 15.99

    A woozy logic dominates these poems: a heart can become a buzzing hive of bees, a rooster can trigger a series of bombs, a young man can embrace a city bus as his spirit animal. Yet Bazzett slices through his poems with a dangerous sense of humor. Your humor is deft and cutting / my fingers off one by one,? as one poem puts it. Once dismembered, Bazzett?s... more...

  • A Better Lifeby John McAuliffe

    The Gallery Press 2014; US$ 14.99

    The world of John McAuliffe?s ?rst book is surprisingly populous, even social. The poems are grounded in speech and conversation and are consistently alert to that moment when one thing changes into another and to how a phrase clari?es into unexpected meaning, ?seeing different things in the same light?. ?His book is every bit as good as I hoped it... more...

  • Young Countryby Kerry Hines

    Auckland University Press 2014; US$ 20.99

    Young Country is a book of poetry by twenty-first-century writer Kerry Hines alongside images by nineteenth-century photographer William Williams. The wry, plainspoken but haunting poems sit alongside evocative photographs of settlement: landscapes, streetscapes, skyscapes; the escapades of a trio of flatmates; portraits of family and friends; burnt... more...

  • French Literatureby Carol Clark

    Oneworld Publications 2012; US$ 7.99

    Boasting one of Western culture?s oldest and richest literary traditions, French literature has long been a pioneer of style and innovation. From the farcical comedies of Molière to the torment of Baudelaire?s verse, it has inspired writers and artists everywhere throughout the ages. This comprehensive Beginner?s Guide tells French Literature?s compelling... more...

  • The House of Bernada Alba: Full Text and Introduction (NHB Drama Classics)by Federico García Lorca

    Nick Hern Books 2014; US$ 6.99

    Drama Classics series The world's great plays at a great little price. Each pocket-sized volume contains: a full introduction an author biography notes on historical and theatrical context a plot synopsis key dates a further reading list a glossary of unusual words and phrases (English-language texts) Lorca's extraordinarily powerful drama,... more...

  • Complex Knowingby Chris Katsaropoulos

    Luminis Books, Inc. 2014; US$ 7.99

    These poems send the reader on a journey into the hidden realm of the subconscious, where the sixth sense of knowing overwhelms the other five. Chris Katsaropoulos has written a collection of poems that turn words and phrases inside out, bringing forth the intricate truths that can be found within a frozen landscape, a lost tribe of warriors, a funeral... more...