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Poem of the Week: April 1, 2019

Hello readers! Every week, BOA's staff and interns share a special poem from our over 300 collections of poetry. This week's poem is from Birth Marks by Jim Daniels. Birth Marks She was stymied by pizza, but notby ice cream. She ordered vanillafor its sound. She reigned as Queenof the Isle of You Decide.He had the patience of a splinterworking its way to the surfaceand the business senseof a herd of cattle.She used her checkbookto prop up every minor purchase.He used cash for the benefitof its traceless disappearance.In short, he was a bad magicianand she the nervous assistant,a match manufactured in a damp...

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Join us at AWP 2019

The BOA team is excited to once again be participating in the AWP Conference and Book Fair! This year's conference will be in Portland, OR, on March 27–30. Visit us at AWP Book Fair booth 7093 near the Stage 1 Entrance. Join us for author signings, giveaways, discounts, and special events throughout the weekend, including the debut of our newest Spring 2019 books! BOA Author Signings Thursday, March 28 Geffrey Davis, author of Night Angler and Revising the Storm: 1:00–2:00 PM Friday, March 29 Jan-Henry Gray, author of Documents: 1:00–2:00 PM Keetje Kuipers, author of All Its Charms, The Keys to the Jail, and Beautiful in the Mouth: 2:00–3:00 PM Saturday,...

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Poem of the Week: March 25, 2019

Hello readers! Every week, BOA's staff and interns share a special poem from our over 300 collections of poetry. This week's poem is from Praises & Offenses: Three Women Poets from the Dominican Republic, translated by Judith Kerman. To Go Lightly by Ángela Hernández Núñez In innocence, eternity is possible. But I have loved in haste, with the attentiveness of objects that fly away. I find myself saying, close the doors. I find myself saying, love you ought to leave. I find myself touching lines in the stone. I think about the women who waited, not for Ulysses, but for ordinary men....

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Poem of the Week: March 18, 2019

Hello readers! Every week, BOA's staff and interns share a special poem from our over 300 collections of poetry. This week's poem is from The Oasis of Now: Selected Poems of Sohrab Sepehri, translated by Kazim Ali and Mohammad Jafar Mahallati. Bright Existence Sky, more blue.Water, even bluer!I am on the veranda, Rana by the pond in the garden.She is washing clothes.Leaves are trickling down.“What a sad season,” my mother said this morning.I responded, “Life is an apple best eaten unpeeled.”Our neighbor weaves at her window, humming a soft tune.I am reading the Vedas,sketching pebbles, birds, clouds—Full sun.Starlings flock,nasturtiums burst into blossom.And...

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Poem of the Week: March 11, 2019

Hello readers! Every week, BOA's staff and interns share a special poem from our over 300 collections of poetry. To make up for our lost poem from last week, here is a double-feature of two poems from The Human Half by Deborah Brown—now available for pre-order in the BOA Bookstore. Passion Flower This year the white passion flower,no longer extinct, popped up in Hunan province.In an Ecuadorian night, by flashlight,a Pinocchio lizard, a frog, a jellyfish,back from the dead.A supernova begins with the deathof a star, each one born from dust.Liu Xiaobo, in prison, wrote to his wife:“Let the dust bury you.” But he sawa ridge...

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