Of Interest: New Poetry, The Little Free Library Book, Steve Jobs and Philosophy and more
On Elizabeth Bishop by Colm Tóibín
The latest in the Princeton University Press series Writers on Writers is a meditation on the poet Elizabeth Bishop by Irish novelist Colm Tóibín . Sprinkling biography and criticism over a deep appreciation of her work Tobin weaves a complex portrait of Bishop while relating his own experiences of loss and exile.
What About This: Collected Poems of Frank Stanford
By the time he took his own life at age 29 Frank Stanford had already published 10 books of poetry and a collection of short stories; none of them are easy to find. He also left behind a mountain of manuscripts. Now thanks to Copper Canyon Press we have a long overdue, comprehensive retrospective that collects from all of Stanford’s previously published work, together with unpublished manuscripts,ungathered poems, and carefully chosen drafts and fragments.
This Present Moment: New Poems by Gary Snyder
Snyder’s first collection of new poems since Danger on Peaks in 2004 is cause for celebration in itself but the”centerpiece in this collection is a long poem about the death of his beloved, Carole Koda, a rich poem of grief and sorrow, rare in its steady resolved focus on a dying wife, of a power unequaled in American poetry.”
The Wounded Alphabet: Collected Poems of George Hitchcock
Hitchcock was highly active in San Francisco’s postwar literary and labor movements. He founded and edited the seminal poetry journal kayak.
The Wounded Alphabet collects over five decades of writing and contains twelve early collages that illustrate his ongoing painterly obsession with the juxtaposition of images.
Clash by Night. Edited by
First in the Lo-fi Poetry Series where poets “cover your record collection”, CLASH BY NIGHT takes inspiration from The Clash’s seminal album 1979 album, London Calling. Forty poets contributed to the volume covering each of 19 tracks plus “Liner Notes” sections of poems that reflect on the power of the album as a whole.
Life from Scratch: a memoir of food, family, and forgiveness by Sasha Martin.
Martin, best known for her massive culinary undertaking of cooking a meal from every country in the world and living to tell about, opens up about her upbringing and the impact her global culinary adventure had on her family relationships.
Published by National Geographic.
The Little Free Library Book by Margret Aldrich
It started as a simple idea to promote literacy and encourage community but those Little Free Libraries now number more than 20,000 in 75 countries and showcase some very creative designs too boot!
Published by Coffee House Press.
Steve Jobs and Philosophy: For Those That Think Different Edited by Shawn E. Klein
The latest in the always intriguing series Popular Culture and Philosophy from Open Court features nineteen philosophers looking at the life and legend of Steve Jobs.
Burning Down George Orwell’s House by Andrew Ervin
“Ray Welter, who was until recently a high-flying advertising executive in Chicago, has left the world of newspeak behind. He decamps to the isolated Scottish Isle of Jura in order to spend a few months in the cottage where George Orwell wrote most of his seminal novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four. Ray is miserable, and quite prepared to make his troubles go away with the help of copious quantities of excellent scotch.”
Debut novel. Published by Soho Press.