Subject: Poetry / American / General

Subject: Poetry / American / General

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Be Holding

|9780822966234|A Poem|Be Holding is a love song to legendary basketball player Julius Erving—known as Dr. J—who dominated courts in the 1970s and ‘80s as a small forward for the Philadelphia ‘76ers. But this book-length poem is more than just an ode to a magnificent athlete. Through a kind of lyric research, or lyric meditation, Ross Gay connects Dr. J’s famously impossible move from the 1980 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers to pick-up basketball and the flying Igbo and the Middle Passage, to photography and surveillance and state violence, to music and personal histories of flight and familial love….

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The Invention of New Jersey

|9780822952039|“I like his poetry because it takes me into another world, one where wit conquers the pain of inadequacy and the sur-beautiful covers up the dingy hopelessness of reality. The test of a poet, for me, is whether or not he can take you into his own world, his own creation, and fascinate you enough to stay there a while and savor the poems. i think Jack Anderson’s poetry is a true record of an imagination.”—Diane Wakoski| Jack Anderson| Pitt Poetry Series| Poetry / American / General Poetry / General

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When Thy King Is A Boy

|9780822952145|C.D. Wright has described Roberson’s work as “lyric poetry of meticulous design and lasting emotional significance,” comparing its musical qualities to the work of saxophonist Steve Lacy, jazz pianist Thelonious Monk, and composer Johann Sebastian Bach.| Ed Roberson| Pitt Poetry Series| Poetry / American / African American Poetry / American / General Poetry / General

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The Tattooed Desert

|9780822952190|Shelton says of his work: “I consider myself a regionalist and a surrealist. I have lived in the desert for ten years and hope that my work reflects that fact.” In the forty-seven poems in this collection the poet moves backward and forward through time but always in the same landscape, the desert-mountains of southern Arizona, which foster his surrealistic view of his interior conflict. He is followed by peculiarly insistent voices from the past.| Richard W. Shelton| Pitt Poetry Series| Poetry / American / General Poetry / General

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Etai-Eken

|9780822952633|Etai-Eken is a legend told in a series, a cycle of poems, which is to say, told in different languages. The action of the poems in the poem is their moving in and out of the legend by the changes of access to the larger legend; an access of the present in the ancient, of the present’s knowledge and experience of it.| Ed Roberson| Pitt Poetry Series| Poetry / American / African American Poetry / American / General Poetry / General

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