April 23rd, 2017

From “Eupalinos” from Dialogues by Paul Valéry (1989) 

“…and I know even better, by my very certain experience, that our souls can, in the very heart of time, make for themselves sanctuaries impenetrable to duration, eternal in their inner selves, but transient with regard to nature; where they at last are what they know; where they desire what they are; where they feel themselves to be created by what they love, and render back to it light for light, and silence for silence, giving themselves and receiving themselves again without borrowing aught from the stuff the world is made of, nor from the Hours.”

April 23rd, 2017

Founded in 1935, LSU Press quickly established itself as one of the nation’s outstanding scholarly presses and continues to garner national and international accolades, including four Pulitzer Prizes. For over 80 years, LSU Press has published significant works of scholarship and preserved Louisiana's history and culture. Its Southern Messenger Poets series is one of the most distinguished poetry series in America. The series began in 1996 and now includes a National Book Award finalist, David Kirby’s The House on Boulevard St.: New and Selected Poems (2007), and a Pulitzer Prize winner, Claudia Emerson’s Late Wife (2005). Two books per year are published in the series.

"Song About the Second Creation" from...

April 22nd, 2017

Charles Borkhuis’ eight collections of poems include: Disappearing Acts [Chax] and Alpha Ruins (Bucknell U.), selected by Fanny Howe as a finalist for the W.C. Williams Award. Dead Ringer (BlazeVOX) is forthcoming in 2017. His poems have appeared in six anthologies and his essays were published in two collections of essays on contemporary poetics published by the University of Alabama. He curated poetry readings for the Segue Foundation in NYC for 15 years and translated from the French New Exercises by Franck André Jamme (Wave). His plays have been presented in NYC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Hartford, and Paris and have been published in four books. ...

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April 21st, 2017


By publishing serious works that contribute to a global understanding of human affairs, Yale University Press aids in the discovery and dissemination of light and truth, lux et veritas, which is a central purpose of Yale University. The publications of the Press are books and other materials that further scholarly investigation, advance interdisciplinary inquiry, stimulate public debate, educate both within and outside the classroom, and enhance cultural life. In its commitment to increasing the range and vigor of intellectual pursuits within the university and elsewhere, Yale University Press continually extends its horizons to embody university publishing at its best.

The Yale Younger Poets prize is the oldest annual literary award in the United States. The competition is open to any American under forty years of age who has not previously...

April 21st, 2017


The Made in Michigan Writers Series is devoted to highlighting the works of distinguished statewide writers to showcase Michigan's diverse voices. The series publishes poetry, creative nonfiction, short fiction, and essays by Michigan writers with the aim of encouraging the recognition of the state's artistic and cultural heritage throughout Michigan, the Midwest, and the nation.

"Superior, 1856" from Harborless by Cindy Hunter Morgan
Nothing belonged in the water
except the water, and even that churned
like water that didn't belong,
like water filled with too much
water. The crew, oilskinned,
slipped to...
April 19th, 2017

From its inception, Northwestern University Press has been at the forefront in publishing important works of scholarship as well as quality works of fiction, drama, nonfiction, and poetry. Prestigious authors first published by Northwestern University Press have been the recipients of numerous prizes, including the Nobel Prize in Literature and the National Book Award. The Press’s award-winning imprint, TriQuarterly Books, is devoted primarily to contemporary American fiction and poetry. 

"Heaven Is No Recompense" from It Seems Like a Mighty Long Time by Angela Jackson ...

April 18th, 2017

Magnificently great about poetry is that its action is like other actions. It stands not as an isolated, esoteric activity but as a formal and substantive essentializing of all action. The ice-skater cuts formal figures in which the precision of execution is a high value, or she emerges clownish on the ice and imitates the hilarious sloppy falls we all sometimes commit; the invention of free style is always instantaneous, however many years of practice are in evidence. She engages the tensions we seek that relate our moments to our stories; though she is at any given second only there, she writes in our minds the full disclosure of the action which we afterwardm perhaps even after, contemplate as a source and model of what dynamics might be and what values they might emphasize. 

From "Poetry Is Action" from ...

April 17th, 2017

Established in 1949, the University of Notre Dame Press is the largest Catholic university press in the world, and a scholarly publisher of distinguished books in a number of academic disciplines; in poetry and fiction; and in areas of interest to general readers. The Press publishes forty to fifty books annually and maintains a robust backlist in print. Its series in poetry include the Ernest Sandeen Prize in Poetry and the Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize. 

From "Growing Up in Bergen-Belsen" from I WIsh I Had a Heart Like Yours, Walt Whitman by Jude Nutter (2009)

We invent ways to live with the body.
And then it is taken away. I grew terrified 
April 16th, 2017

Vincent Katz is a poet, translator, critic, and curator. The author of Swimming Home (Nightboat Books, 2015) and The Complete Elegies of Sextus Propertius (Princeton University Press, 2004), he is also the editor of Black Mountain College: Experiment in Art (MIT Press, 2002; reprinted 2013), and he is the curator of the “Readings in Contemporary Poetry” series at DIA Chelsea. Katz’s selections of poems from the series, 2010 through 2016, is forthcoming from DIA. A collaboration with poet Anne Waldman, will be brought out by Blaze Vox in 2017. Vincent Katz lives in New York City and teaches at the Yale School of Art. ...

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April 16th, 2017

Henry Israeli’s poetry collections are god’s breath hovering across the waters (Four Way Books: 2016), Praying to the Black Cat (Del Sol: 2010), and New Messiahs (Four Way Books: 2002). He is also the translator of three books by Albanian poet Luljeta Lleshanaku and founder and editor of Saturnalia Books. Israeli reads, with poets Michael Robins and Abigail Zimmer, Wed. 4/19 6pm at the Co-op. RSVP and details here

These days the act of reading itself can feel radical and revolutionary. Here is a list of some recent books, fiction and poetry, that in different ways embrace the idea that human nature is more complex than we could ever imagine.

A Brief History of...

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