Digest

Author: Gregory Pardlo
Publisher: Four Way Books
ISBN: 1935536818
Format: PDF
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From Epicurus to Sam Cooke, the Daily News to Roots, Digest draws from the present and the past to form an intellectual, American identity. In poems that forge their own styles and strategies, we experience dialogues between the written word and other art forms. Within this dialogue we hear Ben Jonson, we meet police K-9s, and we find children negotiating a sense of the world through a father's eyes and through their own.

Air Traffic

Author: Gregory Pardlo
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 1524731773
Format: PDF, ePub
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From the beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning poet: an extraordinary memoir and blistering meditation on fatherhood, race, addiction, and ambition. Gregory Pardlo's father was a brilliant and charismatic man--a leading labor organizer who presided over a happy suburban family of four. But when he loses his job following the famous air traffic controllers' strike of 1981, he succumbs to addiction and exhausts the family's money on more and more ostentatious whims. In the face of this troubling model and disillusioned presence in the household, young Gregory rebels. Struggling to distinguish himself on his own terms, he hustles off to Marine Corps boot camp. He moves across the world, returning to the United States only to take a job as a manager-cum-barfly at his family's jazz club. Air Traffic follows Gregory as he builds a life that honors his history without allowing it to define his future. Slowly, he embraces the challenges of being a poet, a son, and a father as he enters recovery for alcoholism and tends to his family. In this memoir, written in lyrical and sparkling prose, Gregory tries to free himself from the overwhelming expectations of race and class, and from the tempting yet ruinous legacy of American masculinity. Air Traffic is a richly realized, deeply felt ode to one man's remarkable father, to fatherhood, and to the frustrating yet redemptive ties of family. It is also a scrupulous, searing examination of how manhood can be fashioned in our cultural landscape.

Post Traumatic Hood Disorder

Author: David Tomas Martinez
Publisher: Sarabande Books
ISBN: 1946448109
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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A searing interrogation of identity, masculinity, and contemporary culture, Post Traumatic Hood Disorder's references range from Icarus to Sir Mix-A-Lot as the speaker assembles a bricolage self-portrait from the fractures of his past. Sliding between scholarly diction and slangy vernacular, Martinez's poems showcase a versatility of language and a wild-hearted poetic energy that is thoughtful, vulnerable, and distinctly American.

Abandoned Earth

Author: Linwood D. Rumney
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781940724096
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Winner of the 2015 Gival Press Poetry Award "In Abandoned Earth, Linwood Rumney creates a world both menacing and comforting at once. While wide-eyed with wonder at life¿s sorrows, joys and mysteries, he maintains an understated tone that enables him to relate even the strangest events with a measured and convincing voice. This beautifully written collection contains what few books of poetry manage: high spirits, a keen eye and, above all, an embracing wisdom." --John Skoyles, Ploughshares

The History of Vegas

Author: Jodi Angel
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 1452126542
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Trouble. From the first page of each of the edgy and unrelentingly intense stories in this debut collection, the teenaged characters are headed for big trouble. The adult world has mostly failed them, and they find themselves entering into highly charged situations where they make their own rules, with misguided understanding of the consequences. The stories burn hot and fast, providing searing insights into their world of sex, drugs, drinking, violence, and accidental grace, played out in small, tough towns. Written with raw directness and understanding that makes these nine stories impossible to forget, The History of Vegas announces an exciting, fresh talent with the impact of Mary Gaitskill, Mary Karr, and Jayne Anne Phillips.

Bone Map

Author: Sara Eliza Johnson
Publisher: Milkweed Editions
ISBN: 1571319190
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Sara Eliza Johnson's stunning, deeply visceral first collection, Bone Map (2013 National Poetry Series Winner), pulls shards of tenderness from a world on the verge of collapse, where violence and terror infuse the body, the landscape, and dreams: a handful of blackberries offered from bloodied arms, bee stings likened to pulses of sunlight, a honeycomb of marrow exposed. “All moments will shine if you cut them open. / Will glisten like entrails in the sun.” With figurative language that makes long, associative leaps, and with metaphors and images that continually resurrect themselves across poems, the collection builds and transforms its world through a locomotive echo—a regenerative force—that comes to parallel the psychic quest for redemption that unfolds in its second half. The result is a deeply affecting composition that will establish the already decorated young author as an important and vital new voice in American poetry.

State of the Union

Author: Joshua Beckman
Publisher: Wave Books
ISBN: 1933517336
Format: PDF, Mobi
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A political anthology from the front lines of American poetics.

3 Sections

Author: Vijay Seshadri
Publisher: Graywolf Press
ISBN: 1555973450
Format: PDF, Mobi
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* Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry * The long-awaited third poetry book by Vijay Seshadri, "one of the most respected poets working in America today" (Time Out New York) Vijay Seshadri's new poetry is assured and expert, his line as canny as ever. In an array of poetic forms from the rhyming lyric to the philosophical meditation to the prose essay, 3 Sections confronts perplexing divisions of contemporary life—a wayward history, an indeterminate future, and a present condition of wanting to outthink time. This is an extraordinary book, witty and vivacious, by one of America's best poets.

Crossing the Yellow River

Author: Sam Hamill
Publisher: Tiger Bark
ISBN: 9780981675299
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Poetry. East Asia Studies. Translated from the Chinese and with an introduction by Sam Hamill. This is a new and revised edition, originally published by BOA Editions in 2000. "In Crossing the Yellow River, Sam Hamill remaps Chinese poetry for our time. Anyone who writes poetry, or who cares about it, must have this book. It is one of the essential works of our time."—Jim Harrison

Do Less Get More

Author: Sháá Wasmund
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0241003687
Format: PDF, Docs
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'Really interesting ... a very, very good book' Steve Wright, BBC Radio 2 In Do Less, Get More, entrepreneur and bestselling author Sháá Wasmund reveals that the key to fulfilment isn't doing more, it's doing what matters. Is your life how you imagined it would be, or is the reality more stressful than you planned? Do you put yourself under too much pressure to succeed? Are you struggling to find time for the things, and people, you love? It doesn't have to be this way. Anything is possible when you stop trying to do everything at the same time. This life changing book gives you the tools to ditch your to-do list and follow your dreams. It will be your essential guide to doing what you love - and letting go of the rest.