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|Fractal Song Jerry W. Ward, Jr.|
Jerry W. Ward, Jr. has been a long-time resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, where he is an internationally known Distinguished Scholar and Professor of English and African American World Studies at Dillard University, and is also Distinguished Overseas professor at Central China Normal University in Wuhan, China. He has numerous publications and lectures widely in the United States and in China.
|Earthlight (Clair de terre): Poems by André Breton; Translated by Bill Zavatsky and Zack Rogow.|
Winner of the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize.
André Breton (1896-1966), first active in the Dada movement, published the Surrealist Manifesto in 1924 and unleashed a tidal wave of creativity in all of the arts. His poetry has always been highly regarded, and this volume, spanning the years from 1919 to 1936, offers selections from the most productive period in Breton’s writing. Included here are his collage compositions, “Five Dreams,” and his visionary love poems such as “Free Union” and the sequence called “The Air of the Water.”
Originally published in 1993, this translation of Earthlight (Clair de terre) has been completely revised and is now a fully bilingual French-English edition with an updated translator’s introduction and expanded notes.
An article on writers and collaboration by Zack Rogow here
|The Essential Poetry (1960 to 2015) by Clayton Eshleman|
A definitive collection of Eshleman's poetry. Spanning the entirety of Eshleman's poetic output, this is an essential reference work for Eshleman fans and for library holdings.
Click here for a recent interview with Clayton.
That Clayton Eshleman has not ceased from exploration over a career spanning more than fifty-five years is witnessed by the bulk, range, and diversity of the present collection of his essential poetry. That he has sought to open up his life and work, to entwine and entangle it with others, through observation and vision, research and scholarship, translation and editing, and collaboration and conversation, all of this reflects Eshleman’s life commitment, indeed a commitment to life in writing poetry.
|The Hexagon by Robert Kelly|
- Robert Kelly
Robert Kelly is known as a founder of the Deep Image movement, which he described in a 2006 interview as “the journey to the depths with language as our only tool and music our only weapon.”
Kelly’s more than 50 published collections of poetry and prose include Armed Descent (1961); Kill the Messenger Who Brings Bad News (1980), chosen as the Los Angeles Times Book of the Year; Red Actions: Selected Poems 1960–1993 (1995). Bookforum critic Joseph Donahue, praising Lapis (2005), noted that Kelly “has given magic back its dignity, finding it in human warmth.” His poetry has been featured several times in Best American Poetry and has been included in Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology (1994). He is also the author of a number of fiction titles and plays. His verse and prose have been published in hundreds of literary journals and on line sites around the world.
Kelly’s honors include an Award for Distinction from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has taught at Bard College since 1961, where he was a founding member of the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts. He is the 2016-2017 Poet Laureate of Dutchess County, New York
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Our "mission" is twofold: to bring back into print (and keep in print) at an accessible price point those authors/titles that have had an impact on the cultural, literary, and/or artistic thought of the 20th (and 21st) century and to publish those poets who are still contributing today in a meaningful way to the same. (Read our full mission statement here.)
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