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Domestic Fugues by Richard Newman

Domestic Fugues

by Richard Newman

"As the title implies, Richard Newman's Domestic Fugues is a musical confrontation with the difficult and painful recurrences of middle age-- love lost and love renewed, the depredations of time and change, the fear of aging as diminishing possibility. But as the title also suggests, and as the poems consistently demonstrate, this is also a book about enduring need and the transformative power of song. Domestic Fugues is a lovely, grimly funny and always moving celebration of persistance."
—Alan Shapiro

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Blue Collar Eulogies by Michael Meyerhofer

Blue Collar Eulogies

by Michael Meyerhofer

"Again and again, Michael Meyerhofer fools us into feeling sorry for ourselves for being so vulnerable, so open, so stupidly hopeful, in spite of all the evidence. And just when we're ready to take out the handkerchiefs he zaps us: it's always been like this. That's the whole point. Meyerhofer's tough, lovely poems remind us that the aim of being human, of moving through what Keats called "this Vale of Soul-Making," is to rise above ourselves, to take this sorry predicament and turn it into something shining and valuable."
—George Bilgere

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Nevertheless, hello by Christopher Goodrich

Nevertheless, hello

by Christopher Goodrich

"If you want to laugh out loud while simultaneously weeping silently, read Chris Goodrich. If you want to meet a poet with far more than his rightful share of wisdom and tenderness laced with iodine, Goodrich is your man. Talk about love and marriage, in poetry that's inventive, playful, and right on target about just how needy we all are? Read this book for pure pleasure."
—Alicia Ostriker

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Bending Under the Yellow Police Tapes by James Doyle

Bending Under the Yellow Police Tapes

by James Doyle

"Doyle's characters persevere . . . because they are all right with the unfairness, the sometimes absurdity, of the world.  They know how to, when necessary, turn their backs on its silly cruelties, its cancer cells, its predatory laws, even its spoiled fifteen-year-old girls, who think they are deciding our ends."
—Joe Benevento, The Green Hills Literary Lantern

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Lightning and Ashes by John Guzlowski

Lightning and Ashes

by John Guzlowski

"The poet’s father tells his son that in one of the slave-labor camps he had watched ‘a woman in the moments before she died / take a stick and try to write her name / in the mud where she lay.’ This book magnificently redeems that lost gesture. It brings us face to face with what we cannot allow ourselves to forget."
—Jared Carter

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Prairie Fever by Mary Biddinger

Prairie Fever

by Mary Biddinger

"Mary Biddinger is a beguiling shape-shifter, one who suffuses her writing with electricity and alacrity of language. I marvel at the elegant architecture and scope of each poem. The veritable menagerie of animals that visit these pages simply enchants: zebras, rhinos, marabou, goldfish, bears, and banana spiders. These poems bite and scare, ravish and delight. Prairie Fever showcases a beautiful mind, a beautiful debut."
—Aimee Nezhukumatathil

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Blue Positive by Martha Silano

Blue Positive

by Martha Silano

"Martha Silano's poems are full of sex and birth and food, mind and body. Their richness of detail makes reading this book like entering a home: there is a bustle to her language as she tries to gather everything she loves. Silano writes, 'I'm surprised how the trees keep themselves/from falling, how mostly stable this sloping, unpredictable earth.' By the end of Blue Positive, I trust both her surprise and her wisdom."
—Bob Hicok

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Becoming the Villainess by Jeannine Hall Gailey

Becoming the Villainess

by Jeannine Hall Gailey

"In this splendidly entertaining debut, Jeannine Hall Gailey offers us a world both familiar and magical—filled with fairytale and mythology characters that are our own bedfellows—we wake up with Philomel and argue with Ophelia while half-listening to a Snow Queen, amidst Spy Girls, Amazons and Mongolian Cows. The wild and seductive energy in this collection never lets one put the book down. For her delivery is heart-breaking and refreshing, so the poems seduce us with the sadness, glory and entertainment of our very own days. Propelled by Jeannine Hall Gailey’s alert, sensuous, and musical gifts, the mythology becomes all our own."
—Ilya Kaminsky

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Jump Start:

Jump Start: A Northwest Renaissance Anthology

Compiled by Northwest Renaissance Poets

"What I like most about this little anthology is the generosity of spirit behind it. In a time when too many poets approach 'the poetry biz' as a competitive arena, it's refreshing to see a project founded on the presumption that we can learn from one another."
"The range of poets is remarkable, demonstrating full the organizers' commitment to diverse approaches. It's a collection worth celebrating"

—Samuel Green, first Poet Laureate of the State of Washington

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Conditions and Cures by Ken Waldman

Conditions and Cures

by Ken Waldman

"Full of poems that stand alone as consummate accomplishments, Conditions and Cures nevertheless coheres as a book about life-and-death verities, strategies for survival or triumph or at least coping gracefully. The comic is one of those strategies, and Ken Waldman is often at his most hilarious when he’s addressing subjects another poet might murder with solemnity. In addition, he frequently engages with demanding forms like pantoums, villanelles, sestinas and sonnets, submitting to their guidance but never losing his independence. The secret of such a trick is his ear: a professional musician, Waldman swears final allegiance to the body of our language, its sonorities and rhythms, to its possibilities as song—a co-strategy with the comic."
—Philip Dacey

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Diary of a Cell by Jennifer Gresham

Diary of a Cell

by Jennifer Gresham

"In Diary of a Cell Jennifer Gresham lays a sharply focused lens of language on the surface of experience to learn, as she says in 'Anatomy', 'the secrets out of the deep.' The depths here are not measured in fathoms or leagues but by the complicated and complex scale of human emotions. Gresham is a clear-headed and clear-eyed poet who understands 'why the memory of kindness/can find us in the dark' and her debut volume radiates with the light of this discovery."
—Michael Collier

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