Blue Yodel

Blue Yodel Author Ansel Elkins
ISBN-10 9780300213775
Year 2015-03-01
Pages 88
Language en
Publisher Yale University Press
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Originated in 1919 to showcase the works of exceptional American poets under the age of forty, the Yale Series of Younger Poets prize is the oldest annual literary award presented in the United States. Ansel Elkins’s poetry collection, Blue Yodel, is the 109th volume to be so honored. Esteemed poet and competition judge Carl Phillips praises Elkins for her “arresting use of persona,” calling her poems “razor-edged in their intelligence, Southern Gothic in their sensibility.” In her imaginative and haunting debut collection, Elkins introduces readers to a multitude of characters whose “otherness” has condemned them to live on the margins of society. She weaves blues, ballads, folklore, and storytelling into an intricate tapestry that depicts the violence, poverty, and loneliness of the Deep South, as well as the compassion, generosity, and hope that brings light to people in their darkest times. The blue yodel heard throughout this diverse compilation is a raw, primal, deeply felt expression of the human experience, calling on us to reach out to the isolated and disenfranchised and to find the humanity in every person.

Crush

Crush Author Richard Siken
ISBN-10 0300107897
Year 2005
Pages 62
Language en
Publisher
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A powerful collection of poems driven by obsession reveals a poetry that is at once confessional, gay, savage, and charged with a violent eroticism. Simultaneous.

War of the Foxes

War of the Foxes Author Richard Siken
ISBN-10 9781619321311
Year 2015-09-01
Pages 96
Language en
Publisher Copper Canyon Press
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Best-selling poet and painter Richard Siken uses strong, bold strokes to reveal a world abstract, concrete, and exquisitely complex.

Radial Symmetry

Radial Symmetry Author Katherine Larson
ISBN-10 9780300171792
Year 2011
Pages 87
Language en
Publisher Yale University Press
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Katherine Larson is the winner of the 2010 Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition. With "Radial Symmetry," she has created a transcendent body of poems that flourish in the liminal spaces that separate scientific inquiry from empathic knowledge, astute observation from sublime witness. Larson's inventive lyrics lead the reader through vertiginous landscapes - geographical, phenomenological, psychological - while always remaining attendant to the speaker's own fragile, creaturely self. An experienced research scientist and field ecologist, Larson dazzles with these sensuous and sophisticated poems, grappling with the powers of poetic imagination as well as the frightful realization of the human capacity for ecological destruction. The result is a profoundly moving collection: eloquent in its lament and celebration. Metamorphosis [an excerpt]: We dredge the stream with soup strainers and separate dragonfly and damselfly nymphs - their eyes like inky bulbs, jaws snapping at the light as if the world was full of tiny traps, each hairpin mechanism tripped for transformation. Such a ricochet of appetites insisting life, life, life against the watery dark, the tuberous reeds.

Eruv

Eruv Author Eryn Green
ISBN-10 9780300201253
Year 2014-04-08
Pages 96
Language en
Publisher Yale University Press
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Winner of the 2013 Yale Series of Younger Poets prize

Green Squall

Green Squall Author Jay Hopler
ISBN-10 0300114540
Year 2006
Pages 71
Language en
Publisher Yale University Press
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A collection of poems by Jay Hopler, winner of the 2005 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition.

B Is for Bad Poetry

B Is for Bad Poetry Author Pamela August Russell
ISBN-10 1402767870
Year 2009
Pages 118
Language en
Publisher Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
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Forget Shakespeare. Don’t count on Donne. Shelley and Keats: banished! And there’s absolutely no poet laureate from the golden or any other age. So fawning PhDs in love with little-understood verses by long-dead writers should go elsewhere. This is poetry for the rest of us--bad poetry! Pamela Russell’s unexalted (but thoroughly hysterical) poems mock, chide, accuse, tease, joke, undermine, point, and laugh at the world around us--and at anything that takes itself too seriously. Her non-canonical oeuvre includes: Tea For Two (A Tragedy); Nietzsche And The Ice-Cream Truck; Capitalism Can Fall Not Like I Fell For You; Inappropriately Touched By An Angel; Love Is Like A Toilet Bowl; and many more. Who knew bad poetry could be so good!

Slow Lightning

Slow Lightning Author Eduardo C. Corral
ISBN-10 9780300178920
Year 2012-04-03
Pages 76
Language en
Publisher Yale University Press
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Showcases the poems, which, seamlessly braiding English and Spanish, bring his experiences as a Chicano and gay man to life, of the first Latino poet to win the Yale Series of Younger Poets.

Dandarians

Dandarians Author Lee Ann Roripaugh
ISBN-10 9781571318961
Year 2014-08-18
Pages 112
Language en
Publisher Milkweed Editions
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Based on sources as diverse as Heian period female Japanese writers and the world of science fiction, and drawing on her own experience as a second-generation Japanese American, acclaimed poet Lee Ann Roripaugh’s fourth collection explores a series of “word betrayals”—English words misunderstood in transmission from her Japanese mother that came to take on symbolic ramifications in her early years. Co-opting and repurposing the language of knowledge and of misunderstanding, and dialoguing in original ways with notions of diaspora and hybrid identities, these poems demonstrate the many ways we attempt to be understood, culminating in an experience of aural awe. At once wonderfully lyrical and strikingly acute, Dandarians will further establish Lee Ann Roripaugh as one of the most important and original voices in contemporary Asian American literature.

Wishing for Birds

Wishing for Birds Author Elisabeth Hewer
ISBN-10 1518720242
Year 2015-10-29
Pages 86
Language en
Publisher CreateSpace
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Reaching inwards to explore the self; reaching back to explore what made us who we are. In this collection of fifty poems, Elisabeth Hewer ponders love and the world, whilst tackling the inexplicable desires and dangers that thread through our daily lives. At times hopeful, at times despairing, her poems ruminate on all the things we comes up against, even if, on occasion, it's only ourselves.

Destruction Myth

Destruction Myth Author Mathias Svalina
ISBN-10 1880834871
Year 2010
Pages 83
Language en
Publisher Cleveland State Univ Poetry Center
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Poetry. Expanding the palette of contemporary surrealism while harkening back to the stories and prayers at the origin of poetry, DESTRUCTION MYTH is a series of absurdist myths of creation and destruction that are at times both inventively silly and surprisingly emotionally direct. This book attempts the world again and again, only to find that even the most ridiculous of creations contains the seeds of its own destruction.

Bar Book Poems and Otherwise

Bar Book  Poems and Otherwise Author Julie Sheehan
ISBN-10 9780393072174
Year 2010-06-07
Pages 105
Language en
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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A hybrid of genres, Bar Book uses cocktails as a jumping off point in a collage of voices that collectively explore the ethics, economics, craft and consequences of service. The narrator, a barmaid, grapples with irreconcilable differences in her work and personal life. At work, she's torn between taking orders and keeping order. The bar business demands she be eager to please while it holds her responsible for maintaining control of a potentially chaotic, even dangerous environment. She must be both master and servant to earn her living, yet the two roles are wary bedfellows. In addition to poems, Bar Book multi-tasks its way through a range of means by which we organize information: a balance sheet, a Cosmo-style quiz, forms, an FAQ and bullet points - everything and the kitchen sink! - make appearances here in this archeology of modern love, this sozzled scrap book.

50 American Plays Poems

50 American Plays  Poems Author Michael Dickman
ISBN-10 9781619320406
Year 2012-11-27
Pages 110
Language en
Publisher Copper Canyon Press
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"Their verse . . . is strikingly different. Michael's poems are interior, fragmentary, and austere, often stripped down to single-word lines; they seethe with incipient violence. Matthew's are effusive, ecstatic, and all-embracing, spilling over with pop-cultural references and exuberant carnality." —The New Yorker Identical twins Michael and Matthew Dickman once invented their own language. Now they have invented an exhilarating book of poem-plays about the fifty states. Pointed, comic, and surreal, these one-page vignettes feature unusual staging and an eclectic cast of characters—landforms, lobsters, and historical figures including Duke Ellington, Sacajawea, Judy Garland, and Kenneth Koch, the avant-garde spirit informing this book introduced by playwright John Guare. "Lucky in Kansas" Judy Garland: This is always the worst part Tin Man: The coming back Judy Garland: Yes, it fucking sucks, it's depressing as shit The Lion: Well, we're lucky to still be employed at this farm Straw Man: I wouldn't call it lucky The Lion: We were lucky to get back Straw Man: That's not really lucky either I don't think you know what lucky means Judy Garland: It's funny what you miss Tin Man: The running Judy Garland: The flying Tin Man: The flying monkeys Judy Garland: The beautiful flying monkeys above the endless emeralds the unbelievably green world Michael Dickman and Matthew Dickman are identical twins who were born and raised in Portland, Oregon. Michael received the 2010 James Laughlin Award for his second collection Flies (Copper Canyon Press, 2011). Matthew won the prestigious APR/Honickman Award for his debut volume, All-American Poem.

The Dogs I Have Kissed

The Dogs I Have Kissed Author Trista Mateer
ISBN-10 1514287315
Year 2015-06-24
Pages 90
Language en
Publisher CreateSpace
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Known for her eponymous blog and her confessional style of writing, this is Trista Mateer's second collection of poetry. REVIEW: "The Dogs I Have Kissed is the kind of book you could read in one sitting and the kind of book you want to tuck underneath your pillow for a month. It's gripping and powerful and disturbingly honest. There are poems that are incredibly comforting and others that are so painful. Trista has the rare talent of writing poems that are both good and true. In terms of literary art, this chapbook is brilliant. Trista weaves together religious overtones with raw sensuality and heartache. She's so purposeful with the imagery, connecting and breaking motifs from each section of the book: how peaches become cherries, how salt is everywhere, the shape of same-different mouths. There is this lovely irony in these poems, how sometimes the speaker of these poems is the one who is described like a dog: sloppy, rabid, hungry, whining. Maybe that's not an irony at all. The Dogs I Have Kissed is for anyone who has felt the tough underside of love, anyone who has been angry and hurt and still strangely hopeful. One of the most striking lines in the entire book is something I keep thinking about: 'Is this okay, is this okay, is this okay, or does it make me weak?' Do yourself, your heart, and your current/ex/next lover a favor: buy this book. Devour it immediately." --Yena Sharma Purmasir, author of Until I Learned What It Meant