Tag: Wesleyan University Press

  • New Book :: Finalists

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    Finalists
    Poetry by Rae Armantrout
    Wesleyan University Press, February 2022

    A double book (176pp) by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rae Armantrout. I mean, really, do we need to say more? How about some samples? From “Shush”: “A smart pop song / can convince a desperate person / to see herself / as a thrill seeker. // This is considered a job skill.” From “Flocks”: “As thoughts take pleasure / in forming, then break and / retreat.” From “Plague Year”: “What we share is distance: telephone poles / leaning this way and that, a wayward / crowd that staggers drunkenly / toward an empty, mauve horizon. // We can’t wait to see / who dies next.” This is not a book of poetry. It’s a collection of daily meditations to see us through. To what? Exactly.

  • New Book :: The Writing of an Hour

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    The Writing of an Hour
    Poetry and Prose by Brenda Coultas
    Wesleyan University Press, March 2022
    ISBN: 9780819580702
    Hardcover, 88pp; $35

    In The Writing of an Hour, New York poet and teacher Brenda Coultas considers the effort and the deliberateness that brings her to her desk each day. Despite domestic and day job demands and widespread lockdown, Coultas takes the reader on a journey in four sections; from a bedroom to an improvised desk over the North Sea, where she attempts to create an artwork inside an airplane cabin flying over Greenland’s rivers of ice.

  • New Book :: The Neverending Quest for the Other Shore

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    The Neverending Quest for the Other Shore: An Epic in Three Cantos
    Poetry by Sylvie Kandé
    Translation by Alexander Dickow
    Wesleyan University Press, February 2022
    ISBN: 9780819580733
    Hardcover, 176pp; $35

    Sylvie Kandé’s neo-epic in three cantos is a double narrative combining today’s tales of African migration to Europe on the one hand, with the legend of Abubakar II on the other: Abubakar, emperor of 14th-Century Mali, sailed West toward the new world, never to return. Kandé’s language deftly weaves a dialogue between these two narratives and between the epic traditions of the globe. Dazzling in its scope, the poem swings between epic stylization, griot storytelling, and colloquial banter, capturing an astonishing range of human experience. Kandé makes of the migrant a new hero, a future hero whose destiny has not yet taken shape, whose stories are still waiting to be told in their fullness and grandeur: the neverending quest has only just begun. Presented in side by side translation into English from French.

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