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Rumi: Poems from the Divan-E Shams

Poetry in Translation

Geoffrey Squires

February 4, 2020. 978-1-881163-67-1

Geoffrey Squires’ translations of Hafez, also published by Miami University Press, won the 2014 Lois Roth Persian Translation Prize awarded by the American Institute of Iranian Studies. This volume of translations of another of the major figures of Persian poetry brings the same combination of poetic skill and scholarly precision to the task. It traces the changing and sometimes challenging relationship between the scholarly Rumi and the unpredictable dervish Shams, who suddenly appeared in his life, and through it the deepening of Rumi’s experience of love and his insight into mysticism. We also get occasional glimpses of Rumi the man and a sense of the times in which he lived. There are detailed notes on the poems and a groundbreaking discussion of Text and Context.

History of an Executioner

Novella – 2019 prize winner

Clancy McGilligan

January 7, 2020. 978-1-881163-66-4

For years the executioner has faithfully performed his duties in a provincial corner of the Republic, enduring the disdain of his fellow citizens. After an uproar over a botched execution in the distant capital, his work is suspended, and he begins disrupting the routines that have dened his life. When rebels attack the town, he must decide whether to resume his old ways.

Odious Horizons

Poetry in Translation

Martin Corless-Smith

SEptember 2019. 978–1–881163–65–7

Odious Horizons ransacks and revives Horace for our contemporary world. Part translations, part re-visionings, these radical (yet often formal) lyrics offer the stoical, joyful praise for a simple life away from the insidious and toxic world of political power and material obsession. What was Roman is now American and British, and the terrifying horizons that were clear to Horace, the end game of greed, the downfall of the Republic, is here even more alarming as we see rivers rise and hear the drums of civil war once more.

Temper CA

Novella – 2018 prize winner

Paul Skenazy

January 8, 2019. 978-1-881163-64-0

Joy Temper grew up wandering the woods of Temper, CA, a Gold Rush town her family helped establish in the 1840s. When she returns to Temper for her grandfather's funeral, she discovers that the stories she's long traded on about her hippie upbringing have little to do with reality. Her struggles to face who she once was, and what she now desires, force her to confront family secrets and long-suppressed memories in a novella both familial and romantic, contemporary and historical.

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Katy Bohinc

October 23, 2018. 978-1-881163-63-3

Scorpio's poems are at turns dramatic and mundane as a lust-filled pop song. They take us back to the poet's youth in suburban Ohio and move forward through the economic collapse of 2008 into a present where democracy often seems at risk. One poem hopes that a "SWOLLEN HEART" will "BURN BRIGHTER THAN THIS" while declaring that "MONOGAMY IS LIKE MARXISM" because "IT EXISTS BEST ON PAPER." Another is white hot with the memory of rape while still another explores the simple social awkwardness of a houseguest asking for a towel. Author of the celebrated Dear Alain (Tender Buttons Press, 2014), letters about love, poetry, and philosophy addressed to French philosopher Alain Badiou, Bohinc employs a variety of prose and verse forms to write about eros colliding with ego as all our explanations fail. Much as the scorpion is the ultimate survivor, these poems confront the damage done to us but do not succumb to it, naming Love, personal and abstract, as its remedy. 

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Day of All Saints

Novella – 2017 prize winner

Patricia Grace King

November 1, 2017. 978-1-881163-62-6

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.

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Fastness: A Translation from
the English of Edmund Spenser

Poetry in translation

Trevor Joyce

October 15, 2017. 978-1-881163-61-9 

"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

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