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The Hands of Strangers: Poems from the Nursing Home

By: Janice N. Harrington

$16.00


The Hands of Strangers portrays the tensions and moments of grace between aged nursing home residents and their healthcare workers.  What does it mean to be a nurses’ aide in a nursing home, the lowest of the low, the typically-female worker who provides physical care for the devalued bodies of the elderly? What is it to live one’s remaining life on a county ward as an indigent elder?  The poems show women in motion: they lift bodies, push wheelchairs, give treatments, and  perform the myriad tasks of caretaking.  The poems show aides as anonymous figures laboring under routines, time clocks, and a distant medical hierarchy.  They tell also tell the stories of how the nursing home industry reshapes lives, bodies, and identities of both aides and the aged.


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2011 Subscription

By: Adam McOmber, Aracelis Girmay, Carsten René Nielsen, Christopher Kennedy, Deborah Brown, G. C. Waldrep, Janice N. Harrington, John Gallaher, Joseph Salvatore, Michael Waters, Naomi Shihab Nye, Nikola Madzirov

$110.00


Purchase BOA Editions' entire 2011 collection of books for $110.00! This 11-book package includes all titles from our spring 2011 season:  Ennui Prophet by Christopher Kennedy, Your Father on the Train of Ghosts by John Gallaher and G.C. Waldrep, Walking the Dog's Shadow by Deborah Brown, This New and Poisonous Air by Adam McOmber, and Remnants of Another Age by Nikola Madzirov, as well as all titles from our fall 2011 season: Transfer by Naomi Shihab Nye, Gospel Night by Michael Waters, Kingdom Animalia by Aracelis Girmay, The Hands of Strangers by Janice N. Harrington, To Assume a Pleasing Shape by Joseph Salvatore, and House Inspections by Carsten Rene Nielsen.



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Even the Hollow My Body Made Is Gone

By: Janice N. Harrington

$15.50


Janice N. Harrington's collection Even the Hollow My Body Made Is Gone was selected from over 900 manuscripts by judge Elizabeth Spires as winner of BOA's 5th annual A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize.


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Fall 2011 Subscription

By: Aracelis Girmay, Carsten René Nielsen, Janice N. Harrington, Joseph Salvatore, Michael Waters, Naomi Shihab Nye

$72.00


Purchase the entire Fall 2011 collection of titles for a deep discount of $72.00!



This 6-book package includes: Transfer by Naomi Shihab Nye; Gospel Night by Michael Waters; Kingdom Animalia by Aracelis Girmay; The Hands of Strangers by Janice N. Harrington; To Assume a Pleasing Shape by Joseph Salvatore; and House Inspections by Carsten Rene Nielsen.



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Next: New Poems

By: Lucille Clifton

$12.50


Clifton's poems about birth and death, sexuality and spirituality, and the quality of the non-white experience in America and elsewhere give voice to the universal human heart. 


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Quick, Now, Always

By: Mark Irwin

$12.50


In this his third book of poetry, Mark Irwin makes stunning jumps of imagination to create a poetry that is Rilkean in conception and execution, and that speaks to the issues of history, memory, language and consciousness. Irwin's vision for America is as broad as Whitman's and Hart Crane's, his language propelled by charged rhythms and a lush music.


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The Boatloads

By: Dan Albergotti

$16.00


"Dan Albergotti’s first book, The Boatloads, is filled with the spirit of mystery. It is a startling achievement that begins in wonder and ends in awe."--Edward Hirsch


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The Siege (L'Assedio)

By: Ljuba Merlina Bortolani

$22.00


Written when Ms. Bortolani was fifteen years old, The Siege (L’Assedio) is driven by a brazen, exuberant voice and linguistic acrobatics not unlike that of the most celebrated European teen prodigy poet—Arthur Rimbaud. Phantasmagorical and surreal, the poems move us through the chameleon-shadings of lust and love, as well as over the serpentine line between memory and desire.


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The Hymns of Job

By: Tsipi Keller

$16.95


Maya Bejerano has said that "Writing is a kind of pretending." That "Poetry gives verbal attire to an elusive and dark world. It's a kind of pretending because it's not the thing itself, but the words that express it.” The Hymns of Job and Other Poems is the first volume of Bejerano’s work to appear in English translation, thus bringing to the American reader a versatile and original poet.


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People Live Here Selected Poems 1949-1983

By: Louis Simpson

$15.00


"The poetry of Louis Simpson seems to me extraordinarily beautiful and complex ... it demonstrates an engagement with the vicissitudes and antinomies of American life in the sixties and seventies that is equal to the best we have, and ... may even possess a greater, quieter power of staying because it is extremely accessible. "  -Dave Smith, The American Poetry Review


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Diwata

By: Barbara Jane Reyes

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In her book Diwata, Reyes uses such Filipino oral tradition devices as meter, repetition and refrain, call and response, incantatory verses which verge on song, and the pantoum (which has Southeast Asian origins). She frames her poems between the Book of Genesis creation story, and the Tagalog creation myth, placing her work somewhere culturally in between both traditions. Also setting the tone for her stories is the death and large shadow cast by her grandfather, a World War II veteran and Bataan Death March survivor, who has passed onto her the responsibility of remembering. Reyes’ voice is grounded in her community’s traditions and histories, despite war and geographical dislocation.


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Diadem: Selected Poems

By: Marosa di Giorgio

$16.00


Translated with an Introduction by Adam Giannelli



Marosa di Giorgio has one of the most distinct and recognizable voices in Latin American poetry. Her surreal and fable-like prose poems invite comparison to Kafka, Cortázar, and even contemporary American poets Russell Edson and Charles Simic; but di Giorgio’s voice, imagery, and themes—childhood, the Uruguayan countryside, a perception of the sacred—are her own. Previously written off as “the mad woman of Uruguayan letters,” di Giorgio’s reputation has blossomed in recent years.


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The World Shared

By: Dariusz Sosnicki

$16.00


Translated from the Polish by Piotr Florczyk and Boris Dralyuk

A Bilingual Edition



Dariusz Sośnicki’s poems open our eyes to the sublime just beneath the surface of the mundane: a train carrying children away from their parents for summer vacation turns into a ravenous monster; a meal at a Chinese restaurant inspires a surreal journey through the zodiac; a malfunctioning printer is a reminder of the ghosts that haunt us no matter where we find ourselves. This bilingual edition is a dream-book of earthly delights.


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A Matter of Blue

By: Jean-Michel Maulpoix

$22.00


Translated from the French with an Introduction by Dawn Cornelio A Matter of Blue has gone through multiple French printings and is noted poet, essayist, and critic Jean-Michel Maulpoix's most publicly and critically acclaimed book. Throughout the collection, prose poems and blank verse operate on a recognizable, accessible level, offering a narrative voice struggling for understanding in a postmodern, sometimes desolate world.


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Disclamor

By: G. C. Waldrep

$16.00


In early 2003, as the second Gulf War started, Waldrep was in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts, just north of San Francisco. He found the Marin Headlands spectacularly beautiful, but impossible to contemplate without consideration of the architectural residue of the area's military history - the ruins of gun emplacements and bunkers that dot the landscape. The interrelationship between beauty and violence is the primary theme of Disclamor, along with the disturbing questions of what it means to be a child in this context.


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I Carry A Hammer In My Pocket For Occasions Such As These

By: Anthony Tognazzini

$14.95


I Carry A Hammer In My Pocket For Occasions Such As These is a collection of 57 short pieces that range in length from compressed paragraphs to 10-page stories. Its characters, voices, and surreal scenarios are unified in a playful vision of the world that is equal parts metaphor, memory, cartoon, tragedy, love story, and song.


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Parthenopi: New and Selected Poems

By: Michael Waters

$25.00


In the title poem of this collection, the speaker declares that “the common measure of love is loss,” a signature motif of the work of Michael Waters, one of the finest poets of his generation. Parthenopi: New and Selected Poems blends the best of Waters’ vivid and sensual poems from his previous collections with new work.


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Shattering Air

By: Stanley Plumly

$12.50


The poetry of David Biespiel is lyrical and sensual, celebrating the physical facts and pleasures of this world. Many of these poems find their focus in the rural Southwest of Oklahoma and Texas where Biespiel grew up, and on the beaches and coasts of the Pacific Northwest where the author now lives.


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The Collected Poems of Isabella Gardner

By: Isabella Gardner

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"Readers of Isabella Gardner: The Collected Poems, which includes 30 unpublished or previously ungathered poems, will be happy to discover or to re-discover Isabella Gardner's spontaneity, her distinctive playfulness with words and rhythms, her special poignancy." —Richard Wilbur


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What We Carry

By: Dorianne Laux

$14.95


Dorianne Laux's is a poetry of risk, going to the very edge of extinction to find the hard facts that need to be sung.


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Seasons of Lotus, Seasons of Bone

By: Matthew Shenoda

$16.00


"Matthew Shenoda's poetry will open your mind to another world that exists inside and outside of your own." —Amiri Baraka


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Birth Marks

By: Jim Daniels

$16.00




2014 Michigan Notable Book



2014 Binghamton University Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award



Poetry Gold Medal, 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards



A poet of the working-class and city streets, Jim Daniels’ 14th poetry collection travels from Detroit to Ohio to Pittsburgh, from one post-industrial city to another, across jobs and generations. Daniels focuses on the urban landscape and its effects on its inhabitants as they struggle to establish community on streets hissing with distrust and random violence.



Out here, silence scrapes its knuckles

in an attempt at prayer.


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Shame | Shame

By: Devin Becker

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Winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize



Devin Becker's Poulin Prize-winning collection investigates two types of shame: that which disgraces, and that which curbs and keeps. Set in the mundane everyday where lives maneuver around other lives, conversations are clumsy, and a co-worker is the only one without a party invite, these confessional, narrative poems humorously dramatize the socially awkward moments of life.


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