BRIGHT DEAD THINGS, by Limon

Poetry
Tuesday, July 23, 7:30 pm

The Poetry Book Group is led by Rhonda Williford and meets 4th Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

Bright Dead Things: Poems By Ada Limón Cover Image

Bright Dead Things: Poems (Paperback)

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FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD

A finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, Bright Dead Things examines the dangerous thrill of living in a world you must leave one day and the search to find something that is "disorderly, and marvelous, and ours."

A book of bravado and introspection, of feminist swagger and harrowing loss, this fourth collection considers how we build our identities out of place and human contact--tracing in intimate detail the ways the speaker's sense of self both shifts and perseveres as she moves from New York City to rural Kentucky, loses a dear parent, ages past the capriciousness of youth, and falls in love. Ada Lim n has often been a poet who wears her heart on her sleeve, but in these extraordinary poems that heart becomes a "huge beating genius machine" striving to embrace and understand the fullness of the present moment. "I am beautiful. I am full of love. I am dying," the poet writes. Building on the legacies of forebears such as Frank O'Hara, Sharon Olds, and Mark Doty, Lim n's work is consistently generous, accessible, and "effortlessly lyrical" (New York Times)--though every observed moment feels complexly thought, felt, and lived.

Product Details ISBN: 9781571314710
ISBN-10: 1571314717
Publisher: Milkweed Editions
Publication Date: September 15th, 2015
Pages: 128
Language: English


SELECTED POETRY 1937-1990, by Cabral Melo Neto

Poetry
Tuesday, June 25, 7:30 pm

The Poetry Book Group is led by Rhonda Williford and meets 4th Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

Selected Poetry, 1937-1990 (Wesleyan Poetry) By João Cabral de Melo Neto, Djelal Kadir (Editor) Cover Image

Selected Poetry, 1937-1990 (Wesleyan Poetry) (Paperback)

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Brings together a representative selection of the work of one of Brazil's most respected poets, including many poems published in English for the first time.

This bilingual anthology brings together a representative selection from more than a half century of this distinguished Brazilian poet's lifetime work. Along with previously translated poems are many others in English for the first time. The remarkable group of poets and translators includes Elizabeth Bishop, Alastair Reid, Galway Kinnell, Louis Simpson, and W. S. Merwin.
Translator Djelal Kadir is Dolores K. and Walter Neustadt Jr. Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Oklahoma and editor of World Literature Today.
Product Details ISBN: 9780819522313
ISBN-10: 0819522317
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication Date: January 1st, 1996
Pages: 214
Language: English
Series: Wesleyan Poetry


WHEN BROTHER WAS AN AZTEC, by Diaz

Poetry
Tuesday, May 28, 7:30 pm

The Poetry Book Group is led by Rhonda Williford and meets 4th Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

When My Brother Was an Aztec By Natalie Diaz Cover Image

When My Brother Was an Aztec (Paperback)

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I write hungry sentences, Natalie Diaz once explained in an interview, because they want more and more lyricism and imagery to satisfy them. This debut collection is a fast-paced tour of Mojave life and family narrative: A sister fights for or against a brother on meth, and everyone from Antigone, Houdini, Huitzilopochtli, and Jesus is invoked and invited to hash it out. These darkly humorous poems illuminate far corners of the heart, revealing teeth, tails, and more than a few dreams.

I watched a lion eat a man like a piece of fruit, peel tendons from fascia
like pith from rind, then lick the sweet meat from its hard core of bones.
The man had earned this feast and his own deliciousness by ringing a stick
against the lion's cage, calling out Here, Kitty Kitty, Meow

With one swipe of a paw much like a catcher's mitt with fangs, the lion
pulled the man into the cage, rattling his skeleton against the metal bars.

The lion didn't want to do it--
He didn't want to eat the man like a piece of fruit and he told the crowd
this: I only wanted some goddamn sleep . . .

Natalie Diaz was born and raised on the Fort Mojave Indian Reservation in Needles, California. After playing professional basketball for four years in Europe and Asia, Diaz returned to the states to complete her MFA at Old Dominion University. She lives in Surprise, Arizona, and is working to preserve the Mojave language.


Natalie Diaz: Natalie Diaz was born and raised on the Fort Mojave Indian Reservation in Needles, California. Having played professional basketball for four years in western Europe and Asia, Diaz returned to the states to complete her MFA at Old Dominion University in 2007. She has received the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize and her work has appeared in numerous journals and magazines, including Prairie Schooner, Nimrod International, and North American Review. She lives in Surprise, Arizona.
Product Details ISBN: 9781556593833
ISBN-10: 155659383X
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
Publication Date: May 8th, 2012
Pages: 103
Language: English


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