History and Other Poems, by Brenda Marie Osbey
History and Other Poems takes as its task nothing less than an examination and mapping of the never-ending evil of history of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and the still-palpable effects of European and American colonialism some seven centuries after the making of the New World.
Making, breaking and rebuilding language and languages to suit the needs of her characters and the worlds they struggle to survive in and against, Brenda Marie Osbey has created a compelling study of human will and the determination to wrest life and liberty from destinies long ago written out of history as we know it.
Aided by an extensive glossary and notes, this volume takes the reader on a series of gruesome journeys across the Americas, from Columbus's first encounter with the Guanahani Indians to the author's native New Orleans, trailing violence, destruction and oppression with every step, marking the geography of evil on the map of this New World.
History and Other Poems moves from present to past and back again to reveal the trauma of hearts and lives broken even as it underscores the heroic endurance, resilience and agency of the enslaved and their descendants.
In the Path of Lightning: Selected Poems, by Charles Adès Fishman
Featuring poems from seven of Fishman's books, from 1977 to 2012, In the Path of Lightning stands as a testament to the deep, sensuous, musical, and fully alive poetry of a writer who, as fellow poet John Guzlowski says, "listens to the world with a stillness and intensity most of us can't imagine. He knows there are voices in the wind, and he hears them and listens to them, and then he tells us what they are saying in a voice so direct and selfless and loving that we feel that we ourselves are hearing those voices."
Longing for the Blessing: Midrashic Voices from Toldot, by Judith Sarah Schmidt
The voices in Longing for the Blessing are the voices of the Biblical patriarchs and matriarchs: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah. But because this is a work of midrash — a rabbinic art form which searches for meaning in Holy Writ through the creation of imagined dialogue and extension of narrative — the voices are startling fresh, achingly real.
Judith Sarah Schmidt has created an extraordinary work. She inhabits and voices each character, or perhaps it might be truer to say that the characters inhabit her and voice her. In any event, she seems to know them intimately and presents them to us without contrivance, as if speaking from a place deep within their lived experience.
Sharon Tate and the Daughters of Joy, by David Herrle
In this collection of poetry and prose topics such as beauty, aesthetics, art, atrocity, mortality, history, envy, revolution, sexuality, entropy and the need for Grace are contextualized by the infamous fates of three famous women: Queen Marie Antoinette, Ripper-victim Mary Jane (Marie Jeanette) Kelly and Sharon (Marie) Tate.
The following are some of the questions the author raises: What’s in a name — and what’s in a nose? Is there a war on beauty? Is war this world’s god? What inspires a mob to behead a queen? Who will save the Garbo With a Thousand Faces? What do Jack the Ripper and Iago have in common? Is art moral or autonomistic, and what net can catch it? Can a coffin become a lifebuoy? Why was Sharon Tate killed by the Mansons? Will the Scarlet Pimpernel rise again? Is it better to recite or re-sight?
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Beads for the Messiah's Bride
Swimming in Moses' Well
Louis Daniel Brodsky
At Dock's End
At Shore's Border
At Water's Edge
By Leaps and Bounds
Combing Florida's Shores
Getting to Unknow the Neighbors (short fictions)
A Gleam in the Eye
Hopgrassers and Flutterbies
Once upon a Small-Town Time
Saul and Charlotte
Seizing the Sun and Moon
Still Wandering in the Wilderness
The Swastika Clock
A Transcendental Almanac
With One Foot in the Butterfly Farm (short fictions)
The World Waiting to Be
Reviving the Dead
One Bird Falling
Abyssinia, Jill Rush
Looking for God's Country
The Pilot's Daughter
Inclinations of the Heart
From Adolescence to Senescence
A Field Guide to the Wildlife of Suburban O'ahu