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  • The Art of Poetryby Shira Wolosky

    Oxford University Press, USA 2008; US$ 13.99

    Preface. 1. Word Choice. 2. Syntax and the Poetic Line. 3. Images: Simile and Metaphor. 4. Metaphor and the Sonnet. 5. The Sonnet. 6. Poetic Conventions. 7. More Verse Forms. 8. Personification. 9. Poetic Voice. 10. Gender and Poetic Voice. 11. Poetic Rhythm: Metric. 12. Poetic Rhythm: Sound and Rhyme. 13. Rhetoric: More Tropes. 14. Incomplete Figures... more...

  • What W. H. Auden Can Do for Youby Alexander McCall Smith

    Princeton University Press 2013; US$ 19.95

    When facing a moral dilemma, Isabel Dalhousie--Edinburgh philosopher, amateur detective, and title character of a series of novels by best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith--often refers to the great twentieth-century poet W. H. Auden. This is no accident: McCall Smith has long been fascinated by Auden. Indeed, the novelist, best known for his... more...

  • Nobody's Nationby Paul Breslin

    University of Chicago Press 2009; US$ 30.00

    Nobody's Nation offers an illuminating look at the St. Lucian, Nobel-Prize-winning writer, Derek Walcott, and grounds his work firmly in the context of West Indian history. Paul Breslin argues that Walcott's poems and plays are bound up with an effort to re-imagine West Indian society since its emergence from colonial rule, its ill-fated attempt... more...

  • The Philosophy of Styleby Herbert Spencer

    The Floating Press 2009; US$ 6.99

    Herbert Spencer was an English philosopher and prominent social theorist of the Victorian era. In his work The Philosophy of Style he argues that written language should be as easy to understand as possible, allowing for the most effective and efficient possible communication. His suggestions for sentence structure supported ideas on formalist rhetoric. more...

  • Asian American Poets: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebookby Guiyou Huang

    ABC-CLIO 2002; US$ 138.00

    Even though Asian American literature is enjoying an impressive critical popularity, attention has focused primarily on longer narrative forms such as the novel. And despite the proliferation of a large number of poets of Asian descent in the 20th century, Asian American poetry remains a neglected area of study. Poetry as an elite genre has not reached... more...

  • Model of a City in Civil Warby Adam Day

    Sarabande Books 2015; US$ 8.99

    Adam Day: Adam Day is the recipient of a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship, a PEN Emerging Writers Award, and an Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council. His work has appeared in  Boston Review, The Kenyon Review, American Poetry Review, AGNI, The Iowa Review, and others. more...

  • Shame / Shameby Devin Becker; David St. John

    BOA Editions Ltd. 2015; US$ 9.99

    Set in the mundane everyday, these poems explore shame and humorously dramatize the clumsy and socially awkward moments of life. more...

  • Whale Yearsby Gregory O'Brien

    Auckland University Press 2015; US$ 15.99

    Gregory O?Brien is an award-winning writer, a painter, a literary critic, and an art curator. He is the author of several books, including Beauties of the Octagonal Pool , A Micronaut in the Wide World: The Imaginative Life and Times of Graham Percy , and Welcome to the South Seas and Back and Beyond . more...

  • Active Romanticismby Julie Carr; Jeffrey C. Robinson; Dan Beachy-Quick; Julie Carr; Jacques Darras; Rachel Blau DuPlessis; Judith Goldman; Simon Jarvis; Andrew Joron; Nigel Leask; Jennifer Moxley; Bob Perelman; Jeffrey C. Robinson; Jerome Rothenberg; Elizabeth Willis; Heriberto Yépez

    University of Alabama Press 2015; US$ 39.95

    Julie Carr ?s first collection of poetry, Mead: An Epithalamion , was the winner of the University of Georgia Contemporary Poetry Prize. Her other collections include Sarah?of Fragments and Lines , a National Poetry Series winner; 100 Notes on Violence , winner of the 2009 Sawtooth Poetry Prize; Equivocal ; and Rag. Jeffrey C. Robinson is... more...

  • Fanny Saysby Nickole Brown

    BOA Editions Ltd. 2015; US$ 9.99

    A raucous, bawdy, and hilarious investigation of the South through the unforgettable voice of Fanny, Nickole Brown?s fierce, tough-as-rope grandmother. more...