Mata Hari Blows A Kiss
Mata Hari Blows A Kiss by Lisa Dominguez Abraham
“These are poems that celebrate the many selves we contain within the body. Lush poems of lineage and what is passed down, along with poems of the heart’s incessant needing, this is a poetry made of wonder and acceptance. Here are poems of magic and sheer will.” —Ada Limon
Where the Torches are Burning
Where the Torches Are Burning by Pos Moua
“The poet is a survivor, a lover, a young father. And he is an immigrant who has already made his own deep connection with the landscape. Pos Moua’s poems are at the beginning of a writing life of heart and craft, and they are intended for all of us.” —Gary Snyder
Blood Transparencies: An Autobiography in Verse is a brutally honest narrative of coming-of-age in a unique American family. Told in a series of poetic vignettes, it details life with a father who believes John Muir’s words more essential than the Bible, often leading his ”tribe” on harsh quests into America’s wildernesses.
The tale is both humorous and heart breaking. Imagine Odysseus returned from WWII to teach his son the subtle art of bone breaking
To Live Here
To Live Here is a triumph: a pure and graceful portrait of the poet from Sky Mountain and the Dragon River, as a young man in the United States Army, and as a parent and poet in Fresno. Part emotional cartography and pure mastery of the craft, this vital glimpse into the Hmong American experience is a heart, a history, and a gift of hard-earned wisdom. Each poem is an artifact, a piece of art, and an important addition to American literature. This is poetry built to last. You will not forget it.
–Lee Herrick, Fresno Poet Laureate
Hmong history and culture can be found in the form of oral stories, oral poetry, textile art, and music but there is no written account of Hmong life, by a Hmong hand, passed down through the centuries. As an undergraduate, Burlee Vang experienced this void when he received valuable advice from his English professor: “Write about your people. That story has not been told. If you don’t, who will?” How Do I Begin? is the struggleto preserve on paper the Hmong American experience. In this
How Do I Begin? signifies a turning point for the Hmong community, a group of people who have persevered through war, persecution, and exile. Transcending ethnic and geographic boundaries, it poignantly speaks of survival instead of defeat.
Using your Turn Signal Promotes World Peace
When I was a kid in California, driving behavior was legendarily civilized. Children were safe in crosswalks from Mexico to Oregon, and people whose turn-signal bulbs had burned out
Unfortunately, those courtesies have gone the way of the triceratops. Most drivers are still able to make themselves wait their turn at four-way stops in my rural county, but in cities, forget about it. And you take your life in your hands today crossing any California street.
The funny thing is, I think this has everything to do with world peace. I think world peace could be achieved by more people using their turn signals…
“Smart, savvy, delightfully sassy…” Steve Baker, Program Director, KVMR
Joshua McKinney’s debut collection of poetry, Saunter, shows immense devotion to and passion for language in all its aspects. He intensely attends to words and delights
Poetry. Winner of the Dorothy Brunsman poetry prize. “These handsomely-crafted poems are remarkable–not only for their intelligence and use of language, but for their blend of sensitivity and strength. On his journey to recover the ‘lost child,’
The More Difficult Beauty
Molly’s voice is crisp and decided yet relaxed and just close enough somehow … and the pieces all are impeccably shaped and written. Fearless, clear-eyed work. – John Updike The inimitable Molly Fisk, known for the quirky warmth of her radio essays,
– Dorianne Laux
The poems in Mad Cursive move gracefully between beauty and destruction, the essential real locale of poetry in our times. A mad swordsman inside a poet-seer, McKinney dares to locate what resembles, in my reading, spirit laid bare.
-Claudia Keelan, author of Missing Her