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COWBOY FROM PHANTOM BANKS

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CROSSING THE EQUATOR 1972-2004

CROSSING THE EQUATOR 1972-2004

By: Christopher, Nicholas
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Nicholas Christopher has been praised as one of America's most important poets by such literary talents as John Ashbery, Charles Simic, James Merrill, and Anthony Hecht. Crossing the Equator collects Christopher's best work from the past three decades and includes a section of new poems that are among his finest.


Cold missiles and a rain

of embers accompany the men

who slide like shadows into the city

faces mud-smeared

stones for teeth no eyes


who slit the throats of everyone

they encounter until breaking down

my door they drag me into the darkness

that floods the corridor

and lock me in an icy chamber

--from "THE LAST HOURS OF LAÓDIKÊ, SISTER OF HEKTOR"

CULTURE OF ONE

CULTURE OF ONE

By: Notley, Alice
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A new collection that captures the austere serenity of the Southwest American desert.

Award-winning, Paris-based poet Alice Notley's adventurous new book is inspired by the life of Marie, a woman who resided in the dump outside Notley's hometown in the Southwestern desert of America. In this poetical fantasy, Marie becomes the ultimate artist/poet, composing a codex-calligraphy, writings, paintings, collage-from materials left at the dump. She is a "culture of one." The story is told in long-lined, clear-edged poems deliberately stacked so the reader can keep plunging headlong into the events of the book. Culture of One offers further proof of how Notley "has freed herself from any single notion of what poetry should be so that she can go ahead and write what poetry can be" (The Boston Review).

DADA MARKET

DADA MARKET

By: Bohn, Willard
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Willard Bohn's collection of Dada poetry is the most comprehensive ever compiled. Forty-two poets writing in seven different languages (French, German, English, Italian, Spanish, Catalan, and Dutch) are presented in a bilingual format, where appropriate, with the original text and its English translation on facing pages. The collection, which opens with a critical and historical introduction, spans the years from 1914 to 1923 and includes such poets as Walter Conrad Arensberg, André Breton, Malcolm Cowley, Max Ernst, Mina Loy, Francis Picabia, Man Ray, Kurt Schwitters, and Tristan Tzara. Twelve works by ten Dada visual artists (six of whom are also represented by their poetry) illustrate the book.

Dada's overriding concern was liberty--social, moral, artistic, and intellectual. While rebelling against bourgeois values and all forms of authority, the Dadaists venerated scandalous behavior, spontaneity, and a general joie de vivre. Their adherents questioned the basic postulates of rationalism and humanism as few had done before. In trying to strip artistic expression down to its bare essentials, these writers often created works that were experiments in sound or typography.

DAM-BURST OF DREAMS

DAM-BURST OF DREAMS

By: Nolan, Christopher
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DANCING W/DOE 1986-91

By: Randall, Margaret
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This is the most recent poetry collection of thisinternationally celebrated socialist and feministauthor. Covering the first five years after her return from over twenty years abroad, in Mexico, Cuba and Nicaragua, these poems describe Randallbattling threats of deportation from the Immigra-tion and Naturalization Service, waking from thenightmare of childhood incest, emerging as alesbian, and continuing her feminist support ofworldwide socialism in politically troubled times. Margaret Randall divides her time between herhome in Albuquerque and lecture tours across thecountry.
DARK INTERVAL: LETTERS ON LOSS, GRIEF, AND TRANSFORMATION

DARK INTERVAL: LETTERS ON LOSS, GRIEF, AND TRANSFORMATION

By: Rilke, Rainer Maria
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From the writer of the classic Letters to a Young Poet, reflections on grief and loss, collected and published here in one volume for the first time.

"A great poet's reflections on our greatest mystery."--Billy Collins

"A treasure . . . The solace Rilke offers is uncommon, uplifting and necessary."--The Guardian

Gleaned from Rainer Maria Rilke's voluminous, never-before-translated letters to bereaved friends and acquaintances, The Dark Interval is a profound vision of the mourning process and a meditation on death's place in our lives. Following the format of Letters to a Young Poet, this book arranges Rilke's letters into an uninterrupted sequence, showcasing the full range of the great author's thoughts on death and dying, as well as his sensitive and moving expressions of consolation and condolence.

Presented with care and authority by master translator Ulrich Baer, The Dark Interval is a literary treasure, an indispensable resource for anyone searching for solace, comfort, and meaning in a time of grief.

Praise for The Dark Interval

"Even though each of these letters of condolence is personalized with intimate detail, together they hammer home Rilke's remarkable truth about the death of another: that the pain of it can force us into a 'deeper . . . level of life' and render us more 'vibrant.' Here we have a great poet's reflections on our greatest mystery."--Billy Collins

"As we live our lives, it is possible to feel not sadness or melancholy but a rush of power as the life of others passes into us. This rhapsodic volume teaches us that death is not a negation but a deepening experience in the onslaught of existence. What a wise and victorious book!"--Henri Cole

DARK WOULD

DARK WOULD

By: Waldner, Liz
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A philosophical, tough, and often funny inquiry into twenty-first-century selfhood, Liz Waldner's new collection of poems takes shape in the shadow of Dante's "dark wood." Dark Would (the missing person) is quirky. It's audaciously American, out of the Dickinson house. Waldner uses short, quick syntactical units that swerve rather than build up an architecture of ideas through sequential juxtaposition. She also has, like Dickinson, a canny, carnal, specifying diction. Her poems are sonorous, sly, and sexy. They are political in their address of gender through reference to pop songs, poems, and analyses of personal experiences. The resulting wry permutations of will and desire alternately leaf and hew an American "dark wood." The pages and paths turn to and through the kinds of lostness and foundness to which rootlessness gives rise.
DARKER FALL

DARKER FALL

By: Barot, Rick
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Winner of the 2001 Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry.

"Barot's mature linguistic skills really come down to a metaphorical and musical intelligence that refuses to value one element over another, that will not let the language or the longing take over."--From the Foreword by Stanley Plumly

"This is a book of lyric wonders: wit that turns dark, darkness that blazes up again in music and story."--Eavan Boland Rick Barot is currently Jones Lecturer in Poetry at Stanford University. He was born in the Philippines and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He attended Wesleyan University, the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa, and Stanford, where he was a Wallace E. Stegner Fellow in Poetry.

DEAR ANNE FRANK

DEAR ANNE FRANK

By: Agosín, Marjorie
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In her new collection, Marjorie Agosin invokes the presence of Anne Frank in [poetry] that stir us to become engaged in history's making. A tireless human rights activist, Agosin is also a descendent of European Jews who escaped the Holocaust. juda
DEAR FRIEND: Rainer Maria Rilke and Paula Modersohn-Becker

DEAR FRIEND: Rainer Maria Rilke and Paula Modersohn-Becker

By: Torgersen, Eric
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In 1908, Rainer Maria Rilke wrote "Requiem for a Friend" in memory of Paula Modersohn-Becker, the German painter who had profoundly affected him and who had died a year earlier. Although a great modern painter, Modersohn-Becker is remembered primarily as she is portrayed in Rilke's poem. Dear Friend looks at the relationship of two great artists whose often-strained friendship was extraordinary for both.
DECAPITATED POETRY

DECAPITATED POETRY

By: Chen, Ko-Hua
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Poems from a boisterously out and open queer voice from Taiwan.

Ko-hua Chen's Decapitated Poetry was the first explicitly queer book of poems published in Taiwan and remains a foundational work in Taiwanese poetry. Decades after it first appeared in 1995, this collection retains the capacity to shock, appall, and jolt readers into recognizing homosexuality as its own specific category of being. Behind Chen's depictions of the disjunctive realities of queer erotic life, a formidable and uncompromising poetic intelligence can be seen at play. Alongside the erotic, satirical offerings from Decapitated Poetry, this volume includes selections from Chen's remarkable sci-fi sequences that offer further transcorporeal meditations on forbidden queer love. Excoriating, heretical, tender, and always alive to the transgressive potential of language, this exhilarating volume from Seagull's Pride List is the perfect introduction to one of Taiwanese poetry's most daring voices.

DIANA'S TREE

By: Pizarnik, Alejandra
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Poetry. Translated from the Spanish by Yvette Siegert. In 1962, Pizarnik published her fourth collection, DIANA'S TREE, the book that would both change and establish her poetic voice, and it contained the slimmest verses the poet would ever write. It also carried a glowing introduction by Octavio Paz, who by that point served as a prominent Mexican diplomat in Paris and had become a leader of the city's expatriate literary circles. DIANA'S TREE, wrote Paz, was a feat of alchemical prowess, a work of precocious linguistic transparency that let off "a luminous heat that could burn, smelt or even vaporize its skeptics."
DICTEE

DICTEE

By: Cha, Theresa Hak Kyung
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Newly restored, this version of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha's masterpiece honors the author's original intentions and vision for the book. Originally published in 1982, Dictee is a classic of modern Asian American literature.

Dictee is the best-known work of the multidisciplinary Korean American artist Theresa Hak Kyung Cha.

This restored edition, produced in partnership with the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA), reflects Cha's original vision for the book as an art object in its authentic form, featuring:

  • The original cover
  • High-quality reproductions of the interior layout

  • Dictee tells the story of several women: the Korean revolutionary Yu Guan Soon, Joan of Arc, Demeter and Persephone, Cha's mother Hyung Soon Huo (a Korean born in Manchuria to first-generation Korean exiles), and Cha herself.

    This dynamic autobiography:

  • Structures the story in nine parts around the Greek Muses
  • Deploys a variety of texts, documents, images, and forms of address and inquiry
  • Links the women's stories to explore the trauma of dislocation and the fragmentation of memory it causes

  • The result is an enduringly powerful, beautiful, unparalleled work.

    DIVING INTO THE WRECK: POEMS 1971-1972

    DIVING INTO THE WRECK: POEMS 1971-1972

    By: Rich, Adrienne
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    "I came to explore the wreck. / The words are purposes. / The words are maps. / I came to see the damage that was done / and the treasures that prevail." These provocative poems move with the power of Rich's distinctive voice.
    DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

    DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

    By: Boland, Eavan
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    These are poems about the charged spaces in which people live, about the interiors where seductions, quarrels, memories, and griefs occur. A marriage is a window for outward violence; a painted cup becomes a theater for a long love; in an ordinary room a mythic violation takes place.
    DREAM OF GERONTIUS

    DREAM OF GERONTIUS

    By: Newman, John Henry
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    Benedict J. Groeschel, CFR John Henry Cardinal Newman's renowned poem describes the death of an old man and the journey of his soul to the judgment seat of God. First published in 1865, it quickly became a bestseller in its field. Also included are a section on Elgar's Dream of Gerontius, which rapidly became the most popular choral work in Britain after Handel's Messiah, and a discography of currently available recordings of Elgar's Dream.
    DREAM OF REASON

    DREAM OF REASON

    By: George, Jenny
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    This stunning debut collection introduces a poetic voice marked by concision, focus, and image-driven strangeness that haunts a midwestern landscape.
    DROWNED BOOK:ECSTATIC AND EARTHY REFLECTIONS OF BAHAUDDIN FATHER OF RUMI

    DROWNED BOOK:ECSTATIC AND EARTHY REFLECTIONS OF BAHAUDDIN FATHER OF RUMI

    By: Moyne, John
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    The Lost Words of the Sufi Master and Father of Rumi

    Bahauddin, Rumi's father, was not only a major force in the development of Islamic spirituality, but also a deeply influential force in his son's life. In this, the first ever substantial English version of a wonderful but virtually unknown book, Bahauddin proves to be a daring, spiritual genius. His voice comes through the delightful, passionate craft of Coleman Barks, who transforms the Persian translations of John Moyne into fresh spiritual literature.

    DRUM-TAPS: THE COMPLETE 1865 EDITION

    DRUM-TAPS: THE COMPLETE 1865 EDITION

    By: Whitman, Walt
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    Walt Whitman worked as a nurse in an army hospital during the Civil War and published Drum-Taps, his war poems, as the war was coming to an end. Later, the book came out in an expanded form, including "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd," Whitman's passionate elegy for Lincoln. The most moving and enduring poetry to emerge from America's most tragic conflict, Drum-Taps also helped to create a new, modern poetry of war, a poetry not just of patriotic exhortation but of somber witness. Drum-Taps is thus a central work not only of the Civil War but of our war-torn times.

    But Drum-Taps as readers know it from Leaves of Grass is different from the work of 1865. Whitman cut and reorganized the book, reducing its breadth of feeling and raw immediacy. This edition, the first to present the book in its original form since its initial publication 150 years ago, is a revelation, allowing one of Whitman's greatest achievements to appear again in all its troubling glory.

    DUETS: SONNETS : LOUISE LABAN : GUIDO CAVALCANTI

    DUETS: SONNETS : LOUISE LABAN : GUIDO CAVALCANTI

    By: Byrne, Edward
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    Edward Byrne's Duets consists of interpretative translations of sonnets by Louise Labé, who lived and wrote in sixteenth-century Lyon, and those by thirteenth-century Florentine Guido Cavalcanti.

    In the case of Labé, the twenty-four sonnets - twenty-three in French, one in Italian - constitute a narrative sequence chronicling the duration of an intense love affair. In the case of Cavalcanti, the sonnets are not sequential, but have been selected from the most explicitly philosophical of his sonnets - those which demonstrate his "radical Aristotelianism." In both cases, one of a pre-Petrarchan poet, the other post-Petrarchan, love is represented as both a wildness, madness, or malady and as something that gives rise to speculation regarding the relationship between body and intellect.

    The reader will find herein ninety poems, equally "translations" of Labé and Cavalcanti and "versions" authored by Byrne. Each sonnet is made up of nine lines, each line, in turn, made up of nine syllables. The work's main body is written in the manner of the serial poem, a practice whereby the composing mind passes from room to room - and from stanza to stanza - in a kind of trance, forgetting and remembering. A distant but undeniable antecedent to this practice, in the context of translation, can be found in Robin Blaser's masterful translation of Gérard de Nerval's Les Chimères. The second version of Louise Labé's sonnet sequence was translated from Rilke's German version, using Labé's Middle French text as a 'pony.' Interspersed within, or intervening in, the translations are "sonnets" by Michel Foucault, Julia Kristeva, Marcel Proust, and Jacques Lacan. Between the main translations, readers will discover a sequence of wild sonnets, or nonets, taken from a separate collaboration of Byrne's with Kim Minkus, and a handful of sonnets by Labé's contemporaneous admirers - members of her salon, such as Maurice Scève and Clément Marot.

    DUINO ELEGIES TR SNOW

    DUINO ELEGIES TR SNOW

    By: Rilke, Rainer Maria
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    Who, if I cried out, would hear me among the angelic
    orders? and even if one of them pressed me
    suddenly to his heart: I'd be consumed
    in that overwhelming existence. For beauty is nothing
    but the beginning of terror, which we can just barely endure,
    and we stand in awe of it as it coolly disdains
    to destroy us. Every angel is terrifying.
    -from "The First Elegy"

    Over the last fifteen years, in his two volumes of New Poems as well as in The Book of Images and Uncollected Poems, Edward Snow has emerged as one of Rainer Maria Rilke's most able English-language interpreters. In his translations, Snow adheres faithfully to the intent of Rilke's German while constructing nuanced, colloquial poems in English.

    Written in a period of spiritual crisis between 1912 and 1922, the poems that compose the Duino Elegies are the ones most frequently identified with the Rilkean sensibility. With their symbolic landscapes, prophetic proclamations, and unsettling intensity, these complex and haunting poems rank among the outstanding visionary works of the century.

    DUINO ELEGIES tr. Macintyre

    DUINO ELEGIES tr. Macintyre

    By: Rilke, Rainer M
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    Begun in 1912 at the castle of Duino near Trieste, these ten Elegies were finally completed, after a decade of sporadic and protracted creation, at the Château Muzot in the Swiss Valais. Rilke considered them his greatest achievement, and, as MacIntyre suggests, they are "among the great and unforgettable poetry of the world."

    Rainer Maria Rilke was one of Germany's most important poets. His influences include the paintings of the Worpswedders and the French Impressionists, the sculpture of Rodin (to whom he was both friend and secretary), and the poetry of Baudelaire, Verlaine, Mallarmé, and other symbolists. His poetry is innovative, enigmatic, and entertainingly idiosyncratic. C.F. MacIntyre's translations are both true to the original and poetic in their own right, and in each book he includes an introduction and notes. German text faces the English translation.
    DUINO ELEGIES/DUINESER ELEGIEN DUAL LANGUAGE TR, MACINTYRE

    DUINO ELEGIES/DUINESER ELEGIEN DUAL LANGUAGE TR, MACINTYRE

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    Rainer Maria Rilke, one of Germany's greatest poets, began this work in 1912, at the castle of Duino near Trieste. It took him a decade to complete these meditations on love, death, God, and life's meaning, and he regarded them as his greatest achievement. Innovative and enigmatic, they express his irresolvable conflict between a longing for solitude and a painful loneliness. The elegies' enduring popularity attests to their vivid reflection of the human condition, in all its joy, terror, sorrow, and splendor.
    Translator C. F. MacIntyre declares these works as among the great and unforgettable poetry of the world. His interpretations are both true to the originals and poetic in their own right. This dual-language edition features English translations on the pages facing the original German. Poetry lovers, students of German literature and language, and other readers will find this volume an accessible exploration of one of modern literature's most profound sequences of poetry.
    DUINO ELEGIES: A NEW AND COMPLETE TRANSLATION

    DUINO ELEGIES: A NEW AND COMPLETE TRANSLATION

    By: Rilke, Rainer Maria
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    Rainer Maria Rilke's Duino Elegies are one of the great literary masterpieces of the twentieth century. Begun in 1912 while the poet was a guest at Duino Castle on the Adriatic Sea and completed in a final bout of feverish inspiration in 1922, the ten elegies survey the mysteries of consciousness, whether human or animal, earthly or divine. Poet and translator Alfred Corn brings us closer to Rilke's meaning than ever before and illuminates the elegies' celebration of life and love. Also included are a critical introduction exploring the nuances of the translation, several thematically linked lyrics, and two of the "Letters to a Young Poet" to complete the volume.

    DVD MILLENNIAL HARVEST

    DVD MILLENNIAL HARVEST

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    DWELLING IN POSSIBILITY: Women Poets and Critics on Poetry

    DWELLING IN POSSIBILITY: Women Poets and Critics on Poetry

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    "Dwelling in Possibility" cuts across conventional boundaries between critical and creative writing by featuring the work of both women poets and feminist critics as they explore and exemplify the relationship between gender and poetic genres. The contributors suggest new ways of thinking and writing about poetry in light of contemporary question about history and identity. Most of the contributions are published here for the first time. This imaginatively conceived book covers a range in terms of time, geography, and genre, considering poets from antiquity to the present and drawing on a variety of critical approaches. Of particular note are essays on the transformation of classical lyric through the figure of Sappho, and on the transformative use of biblical material in women's verse.
    E. E. CUMMINGS: COMPLETE POEMS, 1904-1962

    E. E. CUMMINGS: COMPLETE POEMS, 1904-1962

    By: Cummings, E E
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    Combining Thoreau's controlled belligerence with the brash abandon of an uninhibited bohemian, E. E. Cummings, together with Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot, and William Carlos Williams, helped bring about the twentieth-century revolution in literary expression. Today Cummings is recognized as the author of some of the most sensuous lyric poems in the English language, as well as one of the most inventive American poets of his time. Formally fractured and yet gleefully alive and whole, at once cubistic and figurative, Cummings's work expanded the boundaries of what language is and can do.

    With a new introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Stephen Dunn, this redesigned, newly corrected, and fully reset edition of Complete Poems collects and presents all the poems published or designated for publication by E. E. Cummings in his lifetime. It includes 36 poems that were first collected in the 1991 edition and 164 unpublished poems issued in 1983 under the title Etcetera. It spans his earliest creations, his vivacious linguistic acrobatics, up through his last valedictory sonnets.

    In the words of Randall Jarrell, "No one else has ever made avant-garde, experimental poems so attractive to the general and special reader."

    EAGLE NATION

    EAGLE NATION

    By: Revard, Carter
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    "We are given this world and some time with friends. How time dawned on mind and was beaded into language amazes me the way an orb-spider's web or a computer-chip does. . . ."

    Carter Revard, Osage Indian poet, Rhodes scholar, and professor of medieval English literature, shares both this amazement and his amazing command of language in this first retrospective collection of 40 published and unpublished pieces written from 1970 to 1991.

    EDUCATION OF DESIRE

    EDUCATION OF DESIRE

    By: Dickey, William
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    The Education of Desire is quite simply William Dickey's finest book. Completed shortly before his death from AIDS- related illness in 1994, the book is a courageous confrontation with death and the particular questions it raises at the end of the 20th century -how we define humanity and our own humanness. It is equally about the various ways in which desire, social or private, is grown in us.
    The book displays Dickey's extraordinary range from experimental monologues to blues chants. It embraces a lively array of symbolic figures, drawing as readily from Judeo-Christian theology, the "natural" world, and classical myths as from postmodern technologies and popular culture. Readers encounter Little Red Riding Hood, Ken and Barbie, David and Saul, a bungee cord salesman, God, the holy grail, the Virgin Mary, the Titanic, Tiresias, an avid member of the National Rifle Association, and many others. As W. D. Snodgrass says in his foreword, the poems are filled with a "wild prankiness, a giddy whirl of idea and vision, . . . [yet] love is the central theme of all the poems in this book and of all their problems of boundaries, of memory, of suffering."