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Fallen Attitudes
(2014, by Patricia Waters)
In Fallen Attitudes, Patricia Waters' poems explore, with intelligence and panache, the elusive "bitter realm of memory." With a classicist's viewpoint, she responds to the works of Symborska, Twombly, Bonnard, the ancient Greeks and the treasures of the British Museum. A world wanderer, but grounded in the American South, in its small towns and epic cities, she creates "the past's unraveled broiderie." From explications of the history of human sensibility and esthetics, she has fashioned poems that become "that open kiss."
Mercy Spurs the Bone
(2014/Levine Prize in Poetry, by Chelsea Wagenaar)
Chelsea Wagenaar is incredibly gifted and audacious; her language is constantly inventive. -- Philip Levine, from "A Look at Philip Levine: A Massachusetts Poetry Festival Feature Poet"
Miss Lost Nation
(2014/Robert Dana-Anhinga Prize for Poetry, by Bethany Schultz Hurst)
Whenever I judge a work, I am guided by one simple question: "Have I ever heard or seen something like this before?" If the answer is "no" then I know I'm in the presence of something truly unique and worthwhile. Such was my reaction when I sat down to read Miss Lost Nation by Bethany Schultz Hurst. From the very first poem to the last, each is processed by Hurst's unmistakable one-of-a-kind voice, imaginings, and dexterity. I was reminded of the first time I ever read the likes of Elizabeth Bishop, James Wright, and Robert Hass. Hurst's voice is just as undeniable; it leaps off the page with a masterful, complex range that weaves narrative and lyric; subversive wit and true emotional grit; social commentary and deep personal longing. Miss Lost Nation will stay with you, become part of your consciousness. -- Richard Blanco, contest judge
Somewhere Near Defiance
(2014, by Jeff Gundy)
Just as a river finds inevitable kinship between remote hills and a distant sea, this book employs the prehensile reach of poetry to link local wisdom and distant war, to bind sacred callings and daily life. Defiance against what's wrong is devotion to what's right, and for Jeff Gundy the path between is a poetry bristling with connections. -- Kim Stafford, author of 100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do: How My Brother Disappeared

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Syntactical Arrangements of a Twisted Wind
(2014, by Earl S. Braggs)
Earl Braggs' Syntactical Arrangements of a Twisted Wind is a prophetic work. American as the blues, these poems take the outrages of recent history into a vision where the heart and humor, irony and vulnerability enable poet and community to survive -- and sometimes sing. There's breathtaking bravery and edge to the voice here, a Joycean stream of consciousness that refuses to be censored or subdued. This book moves our poetry in ways that only a true poet can. -- David Mura