Noteworthy Publications from Other Presses

 
       
 

Poems by David Anthony

“Regulars of The Gazebo will be familiar with the work of David Anthony, and his distinctive way with traditional forms like the sonnet and triolet. There are many moving poems here, but also a section called Chestnut Puree of some wickedly funny ones. The presentation is excellent, with some lovely colour plates. Altogether, a welcome addition to my poetry bookshelf.”And: "I admire David Anthony’s poems for their musicality and simplicity. They share an almost Franciscan view of the world and rely on no neo-modernistic chicaneries. I hear in them the voice of a man whose humility bespeaks his eloquence." £9.99.

 

Poems by Jared Carter

He writes about the edges of life, the borders between music and language, the twilights of time. Readers who approach these barricades... will come away with a greater capacity to see in this dim light, to hear and appreciate "the murmuring of things." David Lee Garrison, Southern Indiana Review Les Barricades Mystérieuses is filled with beautiful images which resonate through their repetition and reflect like an echo... The poems exist in a world where "no one ever sees anything, no one knows." Jough Dempsey, Poetry X $10.

 

Poems by Rhina P. Espaillat

"Espaillat's exquisitely crafted, polished formal verse never raises its voice, but speaks in the quiet, conversational tone of a wise but self-deprecating best friend. To read Where Horizons Go is to enter into a world where the everyday is infused with quiet magic; to reread it is like meeting a beloved old friend on the street. At the end of Rachmaninoff on the Mass Pike, Espaillat says, 'All the heart wants is to be called again.' Her poetry calls to readers' hearts, with modest but masterful authority." Truman State University Press. 1998. $15.

 

Poems by Leland Jamieson

A collection of 99 short narratives and lyrics, both humorous and serious. Each individual in a galley-full of people, old and young, engages you first on surface encounters, and begins to resonate with you at levels more than skin-deep. A coda closes the book with twelve “dances” — poems on the work of the imagination and its attendant pleasures in the reading and writing of formal poetry. “An all too rare occasion — the release of a volume of formal verse by a new voice....” — Steffen Horstmann, writing in Contemporary Rhyme. $8.95 download: $17.95 print version.

 

Poems by T.S. Kerrigan

Tom Kerrigan has been published in many small presses, and has read his poetry on NPR. A collection of Kerrigan’s poetry, Another Bloomsday at Molly Malone’s Pub and Other Poems, was published by The Inevitable Press in 1999. Kerrigan’s work was included in the Garrison Keillor anthology Good Poetry (Viking-Penguin, 2002). Kerrigan is also a theater critic, a member of the Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Circle, and the author of several plays, including “Branches Among the Stars” (Louisville, 1990). Scienter Press. $8.50.

 

Poems by Robert Mezey

"What I look for—hope for—in poems, and what I find in Robert Mezey's new work is the effort to bring into words that ultimate tenderness toward existence which is the dream of great poems." Galway Kinnell "In whatever formal more he has worked, from free verse to the most limited schematic patterns, Mezey has always revealed a mastery of the relation between deep and surface rhythms of language and thought, and an unyielding poetic integrity that is itself like a beacon against a darkening literary horizon." John Hollander. $22.

 

Poems by Harvey Stanbrough

"Beyond The Masks: New And Selected Poems is and eclectic new collection of Harvey Stanbrough's most encouraging and inspirational poetry. From the depths of one of today's most intriguing minds thoughts of philosophy and human mentality and etiquette is birthed Beyond The Masks as a highly recommended book of reality based poetry and prose." . $22.

 

 

Translations by Annie Finch

"This is an excellent edition of the complete works of Louise Labe, who is one of the most important women writers of the French Renaissance and whose poetry is especially wonderful, providing a much-needed female perspective on the love lyric.. . In addition, Annie Finch's translations of Labe's poetry are superb, capturing the spirit of the originals (of course, the french is on the facing page). All in all, this is an essential purchase for anyone interested in Labe or French Renaissance literature, being the only complete bilingual edition of Labe's works available and a model for all scholarly editions of its kind." University Of Chicago Press. 2006. $25.

 

Poems by R.S. Gwynn

"No Word Of Farewell is a generous compendium of Gwynn's work, dating back to 1970 and going up through 2000. The selections show that Gwynn is capable of most everything - satire, ballads, love poems, etc. He is a man of uncommon sense who nevertheless does not allow his level-headedness to obscure his heart. That his work is not better known is a commentary only on the present state of poetry and reading, not on R.S. Gwynn" Story Line Press . 2001. $17.

 

Poems by A.E. Stallings

"There is more to this collection than just classical mythology. Just see The Man Who Wouldn't Plant Willow Trees to see Stallings at her very best. I will say, section II, titled A Bestiary, is rather weak. With the exception of the final poem, A Lament for the Dead Pets of Our Childhood, I found most of the poems weak. But despite that, Stallings technical skill, her beautiful use of language, and her all around skill makes this one of the best collections I've read. " Univ of Evansville Press. 1999. $15.

 

Poems by Robert Francis

Gathered here in their entirety are the seven previous volumes of Francis poetry together with a group of recent poems, many not previously published but "saved" to end this volume on a note of newness. Univ of Massachusetts Press. 1976. Late Fire Late Snow: New and Uncollected Poems. 1992. is also available from Amazon at $14.95.

 

Poems by Kate Light

"Kate Light's collection is a wonderful collection of poems, especially when you consider that it is her first. The poems, mostly formal, use language in a sensual way. you can feel her training as a musician the way the words float over you, melodious is the word that comes to mind. her poems tend to deal with love, but she manages to pull back before she reaches sentimentality. Many of the poems deal with music as well." Story Line Press. 1997. $5.14.

 

Poems by Marilyn L. Taylor

Marilyn Taylor has been named Poet Laureate of the city of Milwaukee for 2004 and 2005. Her work has been published in a number of anthologies and journals, notably Poetry, The Formalist, The American Scholar, Iris, and Poetry Magazine's 90th anniversary anthology. She won the 2003 Dogwood Prize (Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT), and took first place in recent contests sponsored by Passager, The Ledge, and GSU Review magazines, and by Anamnesis Press. Wordtech Communications. 2004. $16.

 

Poems by Catherine Tufariello

"Catherine Tufariello's new collection is a startling first appearance. To borrow (as I do in my title) from the famous letter Emerson wrote Whitman after a first reading of the 1855 Leaves of Grass, here a great career begins, which must have had a long foreground judging by the quality of this initial performance. Indeed, I agree with Richard Wilbur that this is 'one of the finest first collections I can remember seeing.'" Texas Tech University Press . 2006. $14.95.

 

 

A Book Length Poem by Robert McDowell

"The Diviners is McDowell's book length poem about a family as it falls apart through five decades. It's a poignant story told in iambic pentameter, and is a prime example of the comeback the narrative poem has been making (as is Dave Mason's 'The Country I Remember'). The first chapter, 'The Fifties', is truly a great piece of work, and appeared in a slightly different form in the Best American Poetry 1989." Story Line Press . 1995. $10.00.

 

Poems by W.S. Di Piero

"The poems in this, W. S. Di Piero's fifth collection of poetry, are animated by an ancient vision of the human state as existing somewhere between the divine and the bestial; tense with the compulsion toward formal order and the wild yearning after chaos, these are tough poems, gritty and relentless; they indulge neither the reader nor the poet. Their austere lyricism expresses Di Piero's desire for transcendent meaning, and their unflinching attention to natural and cultural history reflects an equally strong instinct for the earthbound." University Of Chicago Press . 1992. $11.00.

Collected Poems by John Haines

"John Haines ranks with Thoreau, Emily Dickinson and Robinson Jeffers as one of the great solitaries of American literature. Whether he writes about hunting for moose near his Alaskan homestead or the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch, Haines remains true to his basic theme: that each of us is alone in the world, with only the examples presented by nature and art to guide us. . . But he is known and cherished by those readers who still believe that poetry can exhibit something akin to moral and intellectual force." Graywold Press . 1993. $25.00.

 

Poems by Elizabeth Spires

"In Elizabeth Spires's sixth collection of poetry, the pilgrim soul, in its various guises, meditates on its own slow becoming, finding humble companions in creatures as unlikely as a lowly snail, a prehistoric coelacanth, or a tiny Japanese netsuke of a badger disguised as a monk. For Spires, life is both a pilgrimage and a deepening—birth, death, and transformation all part of a seamless continuum. Possessed of a calm, crystalline sense of eternity, her poems invite fellow travelers to sit for a little while and be cleansed of the dust of existence." W. W. Norton . 2008. $16.29.

New and Selected Poems by Robert Pack

"A selection from his last five books, along with a collection of new poems, Fathering the Map takes us from the personal reflections distilled in the lyrics of Waking to My Name (1980) to the worldly reckonings of Inheritance (1992) and back again. In the dramatic monologues of Faces in a Single Tree (1984), in the narrative of a wayward life from womb to double ending in Clayfield Rejoices, Clayfield Laments (1987), in a cosmic tour conducted by the physicist Heinz Pagels with Before It Vanishes (1990), Pack has fashioned poems of intimate experience, scientific meditations, philosophical wonder. . ." University Of Chicago Press . 1993. $25.00.

Poems by Gibbons Ruark

"Ruark's poems are polished by the combined force of his feeling and craft until they are solid as stone. . . handles language with the skill of a patient craftsman, achieving a vision of unparalleled clarity and grace." Louisiana State University Press . 1999. $19.95.

 

 

Selected Poems by Floyd Skloot

"Skloot's reputation for quiet warmth and mellifluous rhymes—on display in poems about his elderly parents, his growing (now grown) daughter and the green slopes and rivers of his rural Oregon—are peculiarly hard-won clarities: during the late 1980s, in the same years that his verse first gained some fame, a rare virus attacked his brain. Ever since, Skloot has suffered from—and described, in poems and a memoir, The Shadow of Memory—cognitive and mnemonic impairments that interfere with his daily life. Skloot's demotic language and his focus on pathos will remind some readers of William Stafford, others of former laureate Ted Kooser, as when, over bowls of soup, steam... rose like the past made whole." Tupelo Press . 2008. $14.00.

New and Selected Poems by David Slavitt

"A selection of recent work as well as the best from thirteen volumes of poetry published across four decades, Change of Address highlights the magnitude and scope of David Slavitt’s poetic achievement. Meditating on both the quotidian and the sublime and ranging from brilliant satire to tender elegy, this retrospective collection brings into sharp relief Slavitt’s intelligence, strength of voice, and ease in varied poetic forms. From the beginning of his career, Slavitt has displayed a rare technical virtuosity, and his verse has long confronted—with urbanity and poise—questions of love, grief, loss, and death." Louisiana State University Press . 2005. $26.95.

Poems by Morri Creech

"Morri Creech creates disconcerting but radiant images as he tackles such topics as the feelings of Job and his wife post tribulation Book of, Mary Magdalene's encounter with the risen Jesus in the garden, Orpheus in the underworld, starvation as a martyr's instrument, and a jarring narrative duel between desire as virtue and sex crime. Every poem strikes a distinct tone, but all together reinforce each other as words, phrases, and images iterate in different contexts." Waywiser Press . 2006. $12.76.

Poems by Leslie Norris

"Including never-before-published poems, this landmark collection of more than 300 poems follows the poet’s development of subject and style chronologically. From early work that shows influences of Dylan Thomas to later work that is distinctly American, Norris' poems feature vivid descriptions of an extraordinary world in settings that include his native Wales, southern England, and the American West." Seren . 2008. $31.50.

Poems by Mary Jo Salter

"Celebrated since the 1980s for her deftly articulate, often wittily rhymed lyric poems, Salter demonstrates those strengths and others in this sixth volume. From the start, Salter's verse can sound urbane and serious, ceremonious and supple: a nine-part elegy for a friend who died young contains a villanelle with the refrain I know you're gone for good. Other poems react to the death of Salter's mother, to her own experience of parenthood, and to life with her husband, poet and critic Brad Leithauser. Salter may be the most gifted mid-career disciple of James Merrill's work, and her detractors may say she still works in his shadow. Yet her loosely syllabic stanzas owe as much to Marianne Moore, and her best poems stand apart for their careful sensitivity. . ." Knopf . 2008. $20.48.

Poems by Geoffrey Brock

"If you read his poems deeply and see what he sees, you know you're in the proximity of something great and dear. There are poems you'll have to memorize, ones you'll have to call up a friend and read, and others you'll just read over and over again, for comfort. The word "indispensable" is, this time, the exact word for this book. Buy it. It's too beautiful to miss." Ivan R. Dee . 2005. $18.95.

 

New Poems by Timothy Steele

"Steele, who was in the vanguard of the 1980s swing back to regular meter and rhyme in American poetry, is a formalist's formalist, so technically adroit that he could write about anything and produce a poem repeatedly rewarding for music and shapeliness alone, and subject matter be damned. He isn't so cavalier about meaning, however, as that characterization of his exquisite craftsmanship may suggest. Indeed, he writes about most important matters: the kindness he did 30 years ago for a little boy in Paris, the faithfulness of a common bird that doesn't migrate, setting the star of faith atop the roof for another winter solstice, watching familiar surroundings emerge out of the historic and biblical possibilities a foggy daybreak suggests." Swallow Press . 2006. $11.66.

New and Collected Poems by Joseph Jacobsen

"One turns to Jacobsen's poems not for flashy, egotistical juggling, but as to an old friend, for her dependable, philosophical voice, rich in technique and free from cliche. . . Her gaze is often directed outward, sighting the estranged or deformed: clowns with highly individualized sorrows, deaf-mutes watching baseball. Whatever handicaps these subjects bear don't generate pity; if anyone seems deficient it will be the reader. Because her poems don't fall into easily recognizable categories- political, confessional, nature, or even formalist poetry (though she writes well in her share of forms)-Jacobsen is seldom anthologized.." Johns Hopkins University Press . 2000. $25.00.

Poems 1976-1992 by Gjertrud Schnackenberg

"Schnackenberg does not write the intimate little odes so dear to the hearts of many of today's current writing instructors. Grand and imposing, her poems storm through civilization, paying homage to art's greatest figures in language that is formal, articulate, and cool and glittering as a knife. Even when she touches on personal issues her neighbors, her father's death she works large. This year, she coupled a fine selected works with a new book-length poem that plunges back into Greek myth, ultimately investigating the tension between art and life. Decidedly different reading." Farrar, Straus and Giroux. $14.28.

New and Selected Poems by Molly Peacock

"There's a delicious tang to Peacock's vital poems—a taste of earth, salty and laced with iron, a headiness like that carried by the breeze just before a spring rain. This electric juiciness is just as pungent in poems from 27 years ago as it is in the suite of new poems. The older poems in this volume have appeared in four previous collections of her work, including Raw Heaven (1984) and Original Love (1995). Wielding bright metaphors and adeptly combining story and lyricism, Peacock makes the annealing of the self in the furnace of family and the fever of erotic love her signature theme. In her newest work, Peacock interprets her vision of The Land of Shi, a fugitive Celtic realm that manifests itself whenever the air suddenly intensifies, and you are in another world." W.W. Norton & Co. $14.95.

Poems by Mark Jarman

"The soul of Questions for Ecclesiastes, winner of the 1998 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, lies in a sequence of poems whose title, Unholy Sonnets, immediately recalls the Holy Sonnets of John Donne. Instead of adopting Donne's tone of vulnerable desperation, however, Jarman questions the concept of divinity with a voice familiar to readers of contemporary poetry: sincere, restrained, and polite, yet not unaware of the winding rhetoric of irony. Jarman adds a willingness to engage in abstract thought at the risk of losing emotional edge, an important risk that few poets take." Story Line Press. 1997. $4.99.

Poems by Emily Grosholz

"There are two topics that seem largely unexplored by American poets of our time. One is the deep attachment parents (and perhaps most especially working parents) form for their infants and how they perceive their children (perhaps as Blake saw them) with all the wisdom of their innocence. The second is the relationship of science, mathematics and metaphysics to our everyday life. Here is a book that explores, and to some degree attempts to define, the writer's investigations in those two domains, one stemming from her experience as a mother, the other from her profession as a philosopher of science. And it is this juxtaposition of maternal emotion and detached, almost clinical, analysis that provides Grosholz's wonderful new collection with such grace and such power." David R Godine. 2002. $15.95.

Poems by Rita Dove

"Former poet laureate Dove, a master at dramatic monologues, is in top form here, reclaiming Bridgetower’s story in a mischievous, sensuous, and deeply empathic lyrical narrative. Born in 1780 to a Polish German mother and a Caribbean African father, George was a famous prodigy and mulatto subjected to every insult. In scintillating, linked poems that embody the violin’s profoundly emotional range, Dove brings the tumultuous world of Napoleonic Europe to life with stunning precision. The sheer pleasure of her crisp descriptions and the propelling suspense of this true tale cannot be overstated. As she writes in the voices of Bridgetower, Beethoven, Haydn, a court lady, and street fiddler Black Billy Waters, Dove delves into the nature of genius and power, class and race, and the consequences of exoticism and lust, creating a unique celebration of art and spirit." W.W. Norton & Co. 2009. $16.47.

Poems by Dana Gioia

"Dana Gioia's name has come to be associated with the poets known as New Formalists—a term that might sound odd here. But what it really means is that Gioia concerns himself with every aspect of his craft: its traditions, its movements towards and away from rhyme and meter, and its ancient roots in the sound of the human voice. That his voicing of these concerns has put him at the center of several literary controversies may say more about the current state of poetry than about Gioia himself, but that is another matter. Gioia is clearly a poet whose words are heard, whose positions ignite debate, whose work constantly and unflinchingly searches out new ways to counter what he calls our sentimental, upbeat age." Graywolf Press. 2001. $14.00.

Poems by Mary Swander

"This nonfiction memoir of a chronically ill poet who rediscovers her Catholic faith and perceives its healing power reads like a cross between Kathleen Norris and Carlos Castaneda. Swander, an Iowa poet who developed a paralyzing neurological condition when her car was hit by a drunk driver, weaves family history and an introduction to historic Catholic mystics into a tale of her recovery from illness when she journeys from snowbound Iowa to the desert of New Mexico as a visiting professor. The timeless Christian allegory of pilgrimage to belief is freshly rendered. This poet-pilgrim joins a literary tradition of others before her who journeyed through the dark nights of doubt to the convinced light of faith. This is a beautifully written book." Ice Cube Press. 2008. $19.95.

Poems by Marilyn Nelson Waniek

A slim yet compelling collection of poetry that celebrates several generations of a Southern black family with rich and vivid portraits. Great-Uncle Rufus was born a slave, conceived by rape, but raised by his mother with enough love and faith to imbue courage and pride in his own five children. Aunt Geneva dared to love a white man well into her eighties. Waniek's father, an Air Force navigator, and her uncles, the famed Tuskegee Airmen, inspired the poet to look to the sky and ask . . . how shall I live and work to match your goodness? This is a worthy addition to any poetry collection, but it's of particular importance with the recent interest in the airmen and the contribution of blacks in the U. S. military." Louisiana State University Press. 1990. $16.95.