Subject: Poetry / General

Subject: Poetry / General

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Holiday in the Islands of Grief

|9780822966104|Poems| In his new collection, Jeffrey McDaniel confronts the insular and expansive qualities of loss. With electric language and surrealistic imagery, McDaniel’s poems deliver the quotidian elements of middle-age life while weaving us in & out of childhood and adulthood alongside body and mind. The tragic and life affirming share the same page and the same world, reminding us how close corruption can be to innocence; domesticity to fantasy; aging to youth. Jonathan We are underwater off the coast of Belize. The water is lit up even though its dark as if there are illuminated seashells scattered on the ocean…

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The Painted Bunting’s Last Molt

|9780822966098|Poems| The Painted Bunting’s Last Molt explores fatherhood, parenting, and separation anxiety; and the ways in which time and memory are both a prison and a giver of joy. Fifteen years in the making, Virgil Suárez’s new collection uses his mother’s return to Cuba after 50 years of exile as a catalyst to muse on familial relationships, death, and the passing of time.Moon DecimaIf it were the Eucharist, it’d be hard to swallow,this moon of lost impressions, a boy in deep water,something tickling his skin. This memory of weight-lessness—a kite that somehow still manages to hoverin the dog mouth blackness…

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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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