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Beloved: An Authentic Translation of Hafiz (Annotated)
by Hafiz of Shiraz

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English

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Publication Date

March 25, 2017

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“Hafiz' ghazals are infused with a mysticism that startles many Western minds because of the expression of male-male love as not merely approaching but actually reaching a state of divinity. Hafez believed one can see an image of God in the face of one's beloved. His religious fervor is matched by his intense carnal desires, but he sees no contradiction in the two.” - Keith Hale, Ode to Boy<br /> <br />“We must look upon Hafiz as one of the few poets in the world who utters an unbroken strain of joy and contentment.” - Edward William West, Marvels of Zoroastrianism<br /><br />“[Hafiz is] by far the greatest singer of the soul of man. In him we can find all the strivings, all the sorrow, all the victories and joys, all the hopes and disappointments of each and every one of us. … Hafiz has always been (as no other great poet can claim to be) the national poet, the national hero, of Iran. … No wonder the muleteers call him their friend and companion! No wonder the cobbler and the water-carrier find in him – as do the keenest intellects of Asia – solace and satisfaction!” - Sir Sultan Mahomad Shah Aga Khan III, Imam<br /><br />“The works of the 14th Century poet Hafez can be found in almost every Iranian home - more than 600 years after his death, the writer still offers an insight into his country's identity. In Iran they say there are two books in every household - the Quran and Hafez. One is read, the other is not…. Small wonder the people of Iran comfort themselves with the poetry of Hafez. Even the mullahs cannot ban their own national poet.” - Diana Dark, BBC News<br /><br />Herman Bicknell’s translation of Hafiz’ The Divan (or Collected Works) is an actual translation of the poet’s work. Any translator of Persian poetry will have three main issues with which to contend: 1. Conveying the literal meaning, 2. Making the result poetry with precise word choice that, in the case of Hafiz, keeps his rhyming couplets intact, and 3. Preserving the monorhyme of Persian verse. As translation after translation has shown, it is fairly impossible to do all three. Many translators have chosen meaning over beauty and translated Hafiz into free verse, while others have focused on the monorhyme and produced poetry that is truly hideous. Bicknell chose to make his translations as close to the original as possible in meaning, maintain the assonance of the metrical rhyming couplets, and relegate the mono-rhyme to a tertiary consideration. This resulted in a translation that succeeds in meaning, meter, and rhyme, while also managing to maintain the monorhyme in poems in which it is essential.<br /><br />It is also true that some translators have chosen to use feminine pronouns and have even gone so far as to produce women for certain of Hafiz’ poems when no females are present in the original Persian. In the majority of Hafiz’ poems, it is clear that he is enamored with a male. Although in the original Persian the gender of pronouns is often neutral, their use in context usually indicates a male beloved, and Bicknell gets this right even in one poem which other translators have purposely misrepresented to obfuscate the fact that it was written for a fourteen-year-old boy who was the source, for poor Hafiz, of both longing and frustration.
New American Best Friend
by Olivia Gatwood

Language

English

Pages

60

Publication Date

March 28, 2017

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One of the most recognizable young poets in America, Olivia Gatwood dazzles with her tribute to contemporary American womanhood in her debut book, New American Best Friend. Gatwood's poems deftly deconstruct traditional stereotypes. The focus shifts from childhood to adulthood, gender to sexuality, violence to joy. And always and inexorably, the book moves toward celebration, culminating in a series of odes: odes to the body, to tough women, to embracing your own journey in all its failures and triumphs.
Darkness and Light Book II: Reflections in the mirror
by Paul Axtell

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English

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Publication Date

March 25, 2017

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My poetry can be a little dark but one thing it is honest, down to earth, straight from the heart and sometimes a tad brutal. Written about real life and real modern subjects. Book II contains many poems that have never <br />been published before.<br />
Saltwater & Lime: A Synopsis of Make Believe & Heartache
by Temptress Ecanus

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English

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Publication Date

March 24, 2017

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Sensuality for me at one point in time was a bubble of whims & fantasy. <br />I believed in the fallacies of romance, blindly. <br />Eventually, I lose myself in the haze & became someone that I could not recognize.
Pillow Thoughts
by Courtney Peppernell

Language

English

Pages

259

Publication Date

October 05, 2016

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Pillow Thoughts is a collection of poetry and prose about heartbreak, love and raw emotions. <br />It is divided into sections to read when you feel you need them most. <br />Make a cup of tea and let yourself feel.<br />
Together and By Ourselves
by Alex Dimitrov

Language

English

Pages

96

Publication Date

April 11, 2017

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<div><p>“Dimitrov is a vital new energy in American poetry.”—<I>Los Angeles Review of Books</I></p><p>“Truth-telling, raw, fierce with feeling.”—<I>Brenda Shaughnessy</I></p><p> “Dimitrov can sound at once hip and naive, devoted to the sincerities that other sorts of poets reject or obscure.”—<I>Publishers Weekly</I></p><p><I>Together and by Ourselves, </I>Alex Dimitrov’s second book of poems, takes on broad existential questions and the reality of our current moment: being seemingly connected to one another, yet emotionally alone. Through a collage aesthetic and a multiplicity of voices, these poems take us from coast to coast, New York to LA, and toward uneasy questions about intimacy, love, death, and the human spirit. Dimitrov critiques America’s long-lasting obsessions with money, celebrity, and escapism—whether in our personal, professional, or family lives. What defines a life? Is love ever enough? Who are we when together and who are we by ourselves? These questions echo throughout the poems, which resist easy answers. The voice is both heartfelt and skeptical, bruised yet playful, and always deeply introspective.</p><p>from "Water"</p><p>What is aging exactly?<BR>There are new jobs and people<BR>and someone dies before noon every day.<BR>I am swimming and swimming…in May or an ocean,<BR>I don’t see the reason. “But that’s unimportant,” you said.<BR>“Just keep doing it over again until one day you can’t.”<BR>Spring excites us and we know what it is every time.<BR>The minutes in meetings are life’s most undistinguished;<BR>that’s obvious. And what’s obvious makes us all fools<BR>then fast friends.<BR><BR></p><p>Alex Dimitrov is the author of <I>Together and by Ourselves</I> (Copper Canyon Press, 2017), <I>Begging for It</I> (Four Way Books, 2013), and the online chapbook <I>American Boys</I> (Floating Wolf Quarterly, 2012). He is the recipient of the Stanley Kunitz Prize from the <I>American Poetry Review</I> and a Pushcart Prize. His poems have been published in <I>Poetry, The Yale Review, Kenyon Review, Slate, Tin House, Boston Review, </I> and the <I>American Poetry Review. </I> He is the Senior Content Editor at the Academy of American Poets where he edits the popular online series Poem-a-Day and <I>American Poets</I> magazine. He has taught creative writing at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, Marymount Manhattan College, Bennington College, and lives in New York City.</p><BR></div>
A Guide to Undressing Your Monsters
by Sam Sax

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English

Pages

56

Publication Date

March 08, 2017

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Forgive my bluntness, but...Goddamn, Sam Sax can write some poems. Devastating, comic, inventive, weird, dangerous, smart as hell. I could talk about the diction sometimes glass and sometimes bouquet. Or the syntax jagged here, balletic there. Or the metaphors, good lord. But the bottom line is that when reading the poems in A GUIDE TO UNDRESSING YOUR MONSTERS, one after the next, I kept saying to myself, probably twisting my face a little bit or squirming in my seat, Goddamn, Sam Sax can write some poems." Ross Gay
Night Sky with Exit Wounds
by Ocean Vuong

Language

English

Pages

70

Publication Date

May 23, 2016

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<div><p><B>Winner of the 2016 Whiting Award</p><p>One of <I>Publishers Weekly</I>'s "Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2016"</p><p></B><p><B>One of Lit Hub's "10 must-read poetry collections for April"</B></p><p>“Reading Vuong is like watching a fish move: he manages the varied currents of English with muscled intuition. His poems are by turns graceful and wonderstruck. His lines are both long and short, his pose narrative and lyric, his diction formal and insouciant. From the outside, Vuong has fashioned a poetry of inclusion.”—<I>The New Yorker</I></p><p><I>"Night Sky with Exit Wounds</I> establishes Vuong as a fierce new talent to be reckoned with...This book is a masterpiece that captures, with elegance, the raw sorrows and joys of human existence."—<I>Buzzfeed</I>'s "Most Exciting New Books of 2016"</p><p><p>"This original, sprightly wordsmith of tumbling pulsing phrases pushes poetry to a new level...A stunning introduction to a young poet who writes with both assurance and vulnerability. Visceral, tender and lyrical, fleet and agile, these poems unflinchingly face the legacies of violence and cultural displacement but they also assume a position of wonder before the world.”—2016 Whiting Award citation</p><p>"<I>Night Sky with Exit Wounds</I> is the kind of book that soon becomes worn with love. You will want to crease every page to come back to it, to underline every other line because each word resonates with power."—<I>LitHub</I></p><p>"Vuong’s powerful voice explores passion, violence, history, identity—all with a tremendous humanity."—<I>Slate</I><p>“In his impressive debut collection, Vuong, a 2014 Ruth Lilly fellow, writes beauty into—and culls from—individual, familial, and historical traumas. Vuong exists as both observer and observed throughout the book as he explores deeply personal themes such as poverty, depression, queer sexuality, domestic abuse, and the various forms of violence inflicted on his family during the Vietnam War. Poems float and strike in equal measure as the poet strives to transform pain into clarity. Managing this balance becomes the crux of the collection, as when he writes, ‘Your father is only your father/ until one of you forgets. Like how the spine/ won’t remember its wings/ no matter how many times our knees/ kiss the pavement.’”—<I>Publishers Weekly</I></p><p>"What a treasure [Ocean Vuong] is to us. What a perfume he's crushed and rendered of his heart and soul. What a gift this book is."—Li-Young Lee</p></p><p><B>Torso of Air</B></p><p><I>Suppose you do change your life.<BR>& the body is more than</I></p><p><I>a portion of night—sealed<BR>with bruises. Suppose you woke</I></p><p><I>& found your shadow replaced<BR>by a black wolf. The boy, beautiful </I></p><p><I>& gone. So you take the knife to the wall<BR>instead. You carve & carve</I></p><p><I>until a coin of light appears<BR>& you get to look in, at last,</I></p><p><I>on happiness. The eye<BR>staring back from the other side—</I></p><p><I>waiting.</I></p><p>Born in Saigon, Vietnam, <B>Ocean Vuong </B>attended Brooklyn College. He is the author of two chapbooks as well as a full-length collection, <I>Night Sky with Exit Wounds</I>. A 2014 Ruth Lilly Fellow and winner of the 2016 Whiting Award, Ocean Vuong lives in New York City, New York.</p><BR></div>
Mannish Tongues
by jayy dodd

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English

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Publication Date

February 23, 2017

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To speak in tongues is to be possessed / overcome by your own body. This collection speaks to these charades of understanding / some things about language, something about possessions & higher powers.<br /><br />“For me, the unclassifiable beauty of Mannish Tongues begins with jayy’s take on a poetic line. They can be terse but not intrusively choppy, grand but wary of fake gestures, comfortable with common speech in uncommon language, and then formal as a queen’s versifier. Meeting it with subject, they have created a book that is fluid, beautiful and as brave as the origin stories that come from their poems.” ~ Robert Lashley, The Homeboy Songs<br /><br />“Mannish Tongues travels along and into fraught geographies. […] I am not claiming that Mannish Tongues is macabre. Nor am I claiming that it celebrates resilience. Instead, Mannish Tongues names the materials of its architecture with care, and its forms emerge from engaging the price of those materials: within the modern age, after 1492 according to the philosopher Sylvia Wynter, blackness will be produced as commodity, counted in ledgers, ranked in taxonomy, traded across city states and, later, nation states, turned into the material from which fortunes will be made. Those who survive the crossing—from person to commodity—will forge new ways of imagining personhood, languages and practices that mine ancestral memories and ocean floors, tongues that unmake the undoing by creating lives and afterlives. Mannish Tongues asks its readers to reckon with the materials out of which memory, desire, family, and faith emerge.” ~ Keguro Macharia (excerpt from introduction)
When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities (A. P...
by Chen Chen

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English

Pages

96

Publication Date

April 17, 2017

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<div>In this ferocious and tender debut, Chen Chen investigates inherited forms of love and family—the strained relationship between a mother and son, the cost of necessary goodbyes—all from Asian American, immigrant, and queer perspectives. Holding all accountable, this collection fully embraces the loss, grief, and abundant joy that come with charting one’s own path in identity, life, and love.</div>

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