At the Kinnegad Home for the Bewildered by Jeffrey Levine: Two hundred years ago, the great rabbi, Simcha Bunim, offered a teaching. Each of us has two pockets. In one, a note reads, ""For my sake was the world created""; in the other, ""All I am is dust and ash."" Take stock of your needs, the rabbi counseled, and reach into the appropriate pocket. In this, his long-awaited third book, Jeffrey Levine offers readers a dazzling redaction of the rabbi's advice. Emptying his innumerable pockets, Levine spills forth poems of radiant image and dialectical thinking.
Ilya Kaminsky’s astonishing parable in poems asks us, What is silence? At once a love story, an elegy, and an urgent plea, Ilya Kaminsky’s long-awaited Deaf Republic confronts our time’s vicious atrocities and our collective silence in the face of them. Poetry Book Society Choice 2019
BOYSGIRLS by Katie Farris: A host of characters emerge from a madwoman's dreams, populating a world as strange and magnificent as a painting by Hieronymous Bosch. A boy with one wing seeks the secret to flight. A girl with a mirror for a face, adored by all, longs to simply eat. A pregnant girl reflects on the effects of metamorphoses. The stories of BOYSGIRLS are modern myths: tales that exist within our present time but also outside it, in a place as eternal as Shangri-La or Middle Earth. An unforgettable book of Ovidian imagination, BOYSGIRLS testifies that Katie Farris is one of the most talented prose stylists of a new generation.
Jeffrey Levine is the author of three books of poetry: Rumor of Cortez, nominated for a 2006 Los Angeles Times Literary Award in Poetry, Mortal, Everlasting, which won the 2002 Transcontinental Poetry Prize, and his most recent work, At the Kinnegad Home for the Bewildered. In addition to his own writing, he is principal translator of Canto General, Pablo Neruda’s major work.
Ilya Kaminsky was born in Ukraine. An award winning poet, he is the author of Dancing in Odessa and his latest Deaf Republic. Among his awards are a Lannan Foundation Fellowship and the Dorset Prize.
Katie Farris is an award-winning fiction writer, poet, and translator. She is the author of the hybrid-form text boysgirls and her new work Mother Superior in Hell will be out this year. She is the translator of several books of poetry from the French, Chinese, and Russian.Currently, she is an Associate Professor at San Diego State University.