New Poetry in Translation
October 15, 2017
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"Trevor Joyce's superb introduction to his translation
of Spenser's English into our English tells us what we need to know about Spenser's time, his method, his politics, Ireland
then, and the making of a poetry that is twined around sound, syntax, and sense. This is a bracing book held fast by multitudinous events spinning
in unison. We see how the gods behaved towards Earth (a clod
of turf in space) savaging her
with bad weather. Wild Irish weather from mountains to sea, season to season, day to day:
ever mutable. The held-fastness of the words together give indigenous a new poetic meaning." –– FANNY HOWE
ANNOUNCING THE WINNER of the 2017 NOVELLA PRIZE!
ISBN: 9781881163626 | November 1, 2017
Martín Silva de Choc, childhood survivor of an army massacre during the Guatemalan civil war, and now a language-school teacher in Guatemala City, falls in love with his American student, Abby, and follows her home to Chicago on a fiancé visa. Days before their wedding, however, Abby goes missing, and on a Halloween afternoon Martín embarks on a search that leads from the ghost-strewn yards of Chicago’s North Side to the Lincoln Park Conservatory—and ultimately back to his violent past. A story about repressed secrets and the limits of love, Day of All Saints traces the effects of historical trauma on individual lives.
Thank you to all who submitted manuscripts to us this year and to our final judge, Brian Ascalon Roley, who selected DAY OF ALL SAINTS out of a total of 114 prize entries. All entrants are eligible to receive a copy of the winning book. Request a thank-you novella.
JANICE A. LOWE
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"Leaving CLE is a beautiful document of
eccentric return. A collection of unforecast surprise, it keeps
giving home away, disbursing and
dispersing hard, pleasurable
weather like a new kind of lake effect. Cleveland is Brooklyn
is Chicago and elsewhere, everywhere in a set of absolute
specificities, upSouth, back east, out and out. There’s a
black cosmology of “difference without separation”
of which Denise Ferreira da Silva, sociologist, speaks. Janice
A. Lowe, poet, sings it so hard, makes her air such an
irreducible element of the general air, that you couldn’t
get away from it if you tried, which is fine, because
that’s the last thing you’ll want. Her sound, her
time, is everything you do." —Fred Moten
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Her Faithfulness, the story of Waldner’s peripatetic life, rewards a reading, to say nothing of her readers, faithful to the end. –Tyrone Williams
The difference between looking anywhere you can and looking anywhere you want reasons the weather of these exquisite poems, inside which malady, melody, severity, doubt, and pleasure approach and pass to be claimed by a voice too beautiful to ever stop listening for. Liz Waldner may be here to show us how joy made sad gets to keep being joy, how to be beheld by meanness and not be it. This is the work of a vital, profuse mind undeniably at home in poetry. –Kathleen Peirce