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  • The Burning of the Books and other poemsby George Szirtes

    Bloodaxe Books 2014; US$ 15.99

    The title-poem of George Szirtes' The Burning of the Books and other poems is the core of this collection of narrative sequences by a writer who came to Britain as a child refugee after the Hungarian Uprising. Book burning is associated with the Nazis' burning of what they considered to be subversive books in 1933, but the practice has a long history,... more...

  • Life on Earthby Derek Mahon

    The Gallery Press 2014; US$ 14.99

    Given a choice of worlds, here or beyond, I'd pick this one not once but many times . . .' ? from Homage to Goa' The publication of a new book of poems by Derek Mahon is a momentous occasion. Life on Earth collects, and adds to, work which has appeared recently in limited editions. It opens with celebrations of notable exemplars: Coleridge, Chekhov,... more...

  • Interpersonal Encounters in Contemporary Travel Writingby Catharine Mee

    Anthem Press 2014; US$ 99.00

    A critical study on the theme of interpersonal encounter in late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century French and Italian travel writing. more...

  • Laughing Cultby Kevin McCaffrey

    Four Winds Press 2014; US$ 9.99

    Inspired by the spirit and approach of Bertolt Brecht's Manual of Piety , the poems of Laughing Cult often employ the structures of ballads, folksongs, and other traditional forms to create miniature sketches marked by romantic ambiguity, occultism, science fiction, and quirky angst. As cool in tone as a Lee Konitz solo and as lacking in affect... 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...

  • The Red Listby Stephen Cushman

    LSU Press 2014; US$ 9.95

    The "red list" of Stephen Cushman's new volume of poetry is the endangered species register, and the book begins and ends with the bald eagle, a bird that bounded back from the verge of extinction. The volume marks the inevitability of such changes, from danger to safety, from certainty to uncertainty, from joy to sadness and back again. In a single... 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...