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Cut Away

Catherine Kirkwood

Kirkwood's slender, desolate-feeling first novel, set between the California desert and L.A., hinges on an intricate emotional triangle revolving around a teenage runaway. Alexandra, a middle-aged transvestite living a celibate life on the Salton Sea, befriends the runaway, Olivia, at the girl's desert campsite before Olivia disappears. Eleanor, an L.A. plastic surgeon and a lonely lesbian, saw Olivia once in her office and later unknowingly gives a consult to Olivia's unstable mother, Asa, who has for several years cleaned Eleanor's office at night and begins to track the surgeon's whereabouts once she discovers the doctor's connection to Olivia. Meanwhile, Alexandra, enjoying a flirtation with the surgeon that begins after a body that might be Olivia's is found, stays at Eleanor's canyon home for a month, visited occasionally by Asa, disguised as a door-to-door cosmetics saleswoman. Once Kirkwood maps out the particulars, every maneuver on the part of these characters is fraught with tension. Kirkwood's exploration of personal and spiritual metamorphosis is all the more powerful for its surprising subtleties.

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The Dancer and the Dance

A Book of Distinctions

Jack Foley

Jack Foley’s The Dancer and the Dance: A Book of Distinctions deliberately challenges many conventional ways of thinking about poetry. Though extremely scholarly and aware of the “tradition,” Foley offers readings rooted in a consciousness which is simultaneously non academic and open to the new. “The self of this book,” he writes, “is not a unity but a multiplicity. Many people would agree with this idea of selfhood—the self as a ‘multiplicity of voices’—but clarification is still required as to how the concept of the self as multiplicity affects literary criticism, how it affects our actual reading of poems. It may be that the self we postulate as we read a poem contradicts the self we experience in the world; it is also possible that familiar poems may be experienced anew by being read in the light of multiplicity.” Foley’s explorations lead him into radically new readings of “canonic” work by poets such as Keats, Yeats and Mallarmé, into the world of opera, free jazz, New Formalism, and the writing of song lyrics, into “ethnic” literature, theater, and finally into problems of “spoken word” and “slam poetry.” Throughout, his point of view, initially controversial, becomes finally compelling. “It is possible,” he says quietly about the whole of Western culture, “that Plato was wrong, and that we must make an effort to think in a different way if we are to encounter reality at all.”

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DAPHNE'S LOT

CHRIS ABANI

Daphne's Lot is a collection of poetry by Chris Abani

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The Dead Go to Seattle

by Vivian Faith Prescott

In an Alaskan island's oral traditions, a baby's cry cucks in the northern lights, a man marries a tree, the muskeg swallows a restaurant, and the dead go to Seattle: 42 linked tales in a story-cycle of life, death, and climate catastrophe in the frigid cold of Alaska.

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Deconstruction of the Blues

RICHARD SILBERG

Deconstruction of the Blues is a collection of poetry by Richard Silberg.

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Dementia, My Darling

written by Brendan Constantine

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DEVILFISH

GAYLORD BREWER

"I love the edgy laughter I hear on almost every page...There's a ‘camaraderie of betrayal, lust, and song.’" -- David Kirby

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Dog Woman

CHRIS ABANI

Dog Woman is a collection of poetry by Chris Abani.

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Double Moon

Constructions & Conversations Margo Klass & Frank Soos

For thirty years, Margo Klass has created hand-crafted book forms. In the last decade she's turned her skills to making elegant and profound sculptures. She constructs box forms, icons, and altarpieces, and covers them in cloth or fine paper. Some have windows or skylights so shadow and light can collaborate. Then she gleans from the wide world found objects that she places in gorgeous juxtaposition. From this process come altarpieces and icons, tiny rooms and vast expanses that draw us into their worlds. Frank Soos spends time in each of these created spaces, and responds in miniature essays, pieces of brief prose no longer than a paragraph. The interplay between words and objects is startling, playful, thought-provoking, and emotionally complex. Reflection and refraction—we take in both words and images, and then our imaginations continue the transformations.

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Dreadful Wind & Rain

by Diane Gilliam

Braiding together fairytale tradition and Old Testament stories in a narrative of connection and estrangement, Dreadful Wind & Rain tells the story of a girl’s struggle to break free, both from the brokenness of her family and from the confines of traditional narratives.

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