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The Gold Shop of Ba-’Ali
Evolution of the Genus Iris
Songs for a Summons
Detroit as Barn


The Voluptuary

by Paulann Petersen

Permeated with vision and spirit and the luck of “a thousand green say-so’s,” Paulann Petersen, nee Paulann Whitman, lives the life poetry invites us to find—deftly weaving tendrils of earth and mind into a precisely elegant terrain. These poems are large and loving enough for everyone to feel at home in.

­—Naomi Shihab Nye


by Stan Sanvel Rubin

There.Here. concerns our ideals versus our realities and the conflicted space between. The book’s driving purpose is to rediscover the personal in the face of impersonal forces, including war. These are lyric poems with a twist. The “I” and “you” are not closed positions; they represent “attitudes” rather than fixed points of view. Poems and sequences amplify each other, with the goal of rehumanizing the rhetoric by which we understand our lives. This is a post-postmodern collection.


by Melissa Kwasny

These thirty-seven poems are eccentric in the true meaning of the word—off-center. Their titles, bearing the names of weeds, flowers, herbs, trees, are merely points of departure. “How hard can it be,” the poet asks, “to lie down in the green / mussed bed of the senses . . . In clover.” Whether it’s clover or rue, aspen or moss, the reader is invited into that rumpled but rich bed.

—Maxine Kumin

Though Silence: The Ling Wei Texts

by Christopher Howell

Slip this book into your backpack this summer. You’ll find yourself sitting up late at night, discussing with Ling Wei the origin of the stars, where the moon hides during the day (in the snows of mountain peaks, a child once told me), and the sound of rain on a worn path. The sumptuous madness of Ling Wei might even rub off on you . . .

—John Bradley

To Love That Well: New & Selected, 1954 – 2013

by Robert Pack

One of America’s most revered nature poets, Robert Pack has won the acclaim of critics throughout his long career. This collection—To Love That Well: New and Selected Poems, 1954 – 2013—reprises many of his best known poems, both lyric and narrative, comic and meditative. The poems dramatize and reflect upon Pack’s sense of mortality and loss, his cherishing of friends, family, and the natural world, and the power of poetic art to celebrate the pleasures that open to our senses and our imaginings.


by Paulann Petersen

As with a forest’s understory—the level of vegetation growing under its canopy—these poems bear the shadows of a darker realm. Informed by myth and archetype, Paulann Petersen’s work grows close to the earth, frequently delving into the chthonic. Occasioned by a wide geography and characterized by a large embrace, Petersen’s writing celebrates both the singular and the quotidian, both the sidereal and the earth-bound.

Walking Distance

by Michael Heffernan

Michael Heffernan has sustained and amplified a poetry of real intelligence, technical precision, and acoustic splendor. He is sure-footed in his craft enough to let imagination run and leap and dance.

—Thomas Lynch, on The Back Road to Arcadia

What Next, Old Knife?

by David Axelrod

Ranging across a diverse contemporary society of night school courses and displaced “adult learners,” concrete apartment blocks full of exiles and poor economic migrants, to the Iraq War, Germany of the 1930s, Vilna of the 1920s, and medieval Girona, What Next, Old Knife? is a sobering encounter with class, culture, and history—personal and otherwise. Throughout this new collection of poems, David Axelrod struggles with how we learn and unlearn our humanity, imagining the ways in which individuals and whole societies live with and recover from moral catastrophe. The collection ends with a long choral poem, a visionary dialogue between the living and the dead who insist that language can resist nihilism, reclaim hope, and enact future accord.


by dawn lonsinger


I so admire the tension between the macro and micro worlds in Dawn Lonsinger’s Whelm. Whitmanesque inventories collide with intimate interiorities. Dawn Lonsinger turns a tough eye and a tender heart toward the experience of living fully in the rush of the NOW and the flickering echoes of history. These are lushly rendered poems to savor and/or to devour.

—Nance Van Winckel, author of Pacific Walker (University of Washington Press, 2013) and 2012 Judge for the Idaho Prize for Poetry

Willing to Choose: Volition & Storytelling in Shakespeare’s Major Plays

by Robert Pack

This book is intended for the reader and theatergoer who loves Shakespeare’s plays and enjoys contemplating them in their complexity: the richness of metaphorical language, the characters’ psychological depths and dimensions, the philosophical implications of the plays as organic dramatic entities that testify to the nature of human limitation and human freedom. I assume that the reader has the patience to delight in the minute details of Shakespeare’s patterns of imagery as well as to admire the overall structure of the plays. What most interests me is how these plays cohere and how they can be read from different perspectives which nevertheless complement each other. Thus, I have not adopted any single critical approach, but have responded to each play’s individual identity with what seem to me appropriate and fruitful interpretative points of view. Blessed in having been enfranchised by my profession to teach Shakespeare for half a century, I wish to share with my readers the humane vision I find everywhere in Shakespeare’s incomparable plays—a vision empathetic to human suffering and moral aspiration, tempered by his acute awareness of human frailty, which has immeasurably enriched my own life.