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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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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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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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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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Book of My Nights Li-Young Lee

By: Li-Young Lee

$14.50


Book of My Nights is the third poetry collection by one of the world's most acclaimed young poets. In language as simple and powerful as the human muscle, these poems work individually and as a full-sequence meditation on the vulnerability of humanity.


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Elegy with a Glass of Whiskey

By: Crystal Bacon

$14.95


Crystal Bacon's Elegy with a Glass of Whiskey was awarded the 2003 A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Stephen Dunn.  In this robust collection Bacon explores vision and the nature of myth-making, from cultural archetypes, such as Persephone and Narcissus, to Anne Frank and Chet Baker, to the personal myths that shape individual lives


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Late

By: Cecilia Woloch

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Late is driven by the alternating energies of prose poems and free verse. Woloch understands a person's true relationships with family, friends and lovers arrive late--if at all.


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Not for Specialists: New and Selected Poems

By: W.D. Snodgrass

$21.95


Responsible for the emergence of American confessional poetry, W. D. Snodgrass won the 1960 Pulitzer Prize for his first book of poems, Heart's Needle. Mr. Snodgrass followed that astonishing work with After Experience (1967) and The Fuhrer Bunker, published by BOA Editions in 1977.


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Shattering Air

By: David Biespiel

$20.00


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

$25.00


"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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Voices

By: Lucille Clifton

$22.95


In Voices, National Book Award-winner Lucille Clifton continues her celebrated aesthetic of writing compact poems that reveal powerful, sometimes disturbing truths.


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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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All You Ask for Is Longing: New and Selected

By: Sean Thomas Dougherty

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New and Selected Poems



For more than 20 years, Sean Thomas Dougherty has negotiated between modernist and avant-garde writing and more populist traditions that extend back to Walt Whitman. His subject matter ranges from basketball to Björk, from blue collar workers to Biggie Smalls, from Luciano Pavarotti to women waiting at a diner outside a prison in Upstate New York. Selecting from the best of eight previous collections, this 'New and Selected' reveals the powerful arc and development of Dougherty’s writing and establishes him as a voice of dissent for the future.


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Before and After the Fall

By: Sandor Csoori

$15.50


These poems, written between 1985 and 1994, record what Sandor Csoori has called "the chronic memory of violence," namely the horrors of World War II and the repressions of the ensuing forty-five year Communist occupation.


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You Who Cross My Path (Pre-order)

By: Erez Bitton, Tsipi Keller

$16.00


Winner of the 2015 Israel Prize in Literature



Bilingual Edition | Translated from the Hebrew by Tsipi Keller



This first U.S. publication of Erez Bitton, one of Israel’s most celebrated poets, recalls the fate of Moroccan Jewish culture with poems both evocative and pure. Considered the founding father of Mizrahi Israeli poetry, a major tradition in the history of Hebrew poetry, Bitton’s bilingual collection dramatically expands the scope of biographical experience and memory, ultimately resurrecting a vanishing world and culture.





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Consideration of the Guitar: New and Selected Poems

By: Ray Gonzalez

$23.95


This collection balances ample selections from award-winning poet Ray Gonzalez's six previous books with thirty new poems. Gonzalez's early poems are dominated by Southwest desert landscapes and deal with the pressure of conflicts between border cultures.


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For the Kingdom

By: Anthony Piccione

$12.50


In the tradition of Pablo Neruda, Robert Bly and James Wright, Anthony Piccione writes rich, imagistic poems that jar the reader with their brilliant simplicity.


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Mihyar of Damascus: His Songs

By: Adnan Haydar, Michael Beard

$16.00


"The poems in this collection, Miyhar of Damascus, His Songs (Aghânî Mihyâr al-dimashqî,) established a new direction in Arabic poetry, comparable to that series of breaks with traditional styles we find elsewhere at early moments in the history of modernisms: Mallarmé or Apollinaire in France, Ezra Pound in the Anglophone world, Ungaretti in Italy, Sikelianos or Seferis in Greece. Adonis's early poems in traditional metrics demonstrate his mastery of the recurring rhythms and monorhyme: but Mihyar shattered that. The authoritative aesthetic break carried out in this book is a break from within."--Adnan Haydar and Michael Beard


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Probable Lives

By: Felipe Benítez Reyes

$22.95


The writing of Felipe Benítez Reyes, a significant contributor to the Spanish Postmodern esthetic, speaks to issues of voice, persona, and the possibilities of fiction. Probable Lives won the 1996 National Book Award in Spain, the 1996 National Critics' Award in Spain, and the City of Melilla International Prize.


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Splendor

By: Steve Kronen

$14.95


Steve Kronen's poems explore the hardships that daily challenge the human heart. From such hardships, compassion and empathy arise.


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The Owner of the House

By: Louis Simpson

$30.95


Few poets have so artfully confronted American life as Louis Simpson. Persona speakers struggle with everyday issues against a backdrop of larger forces, the individual’s maladjustments to a culture of materialism and brutal competition, the failure of marriage under the pressures of such a society, the failure of the American dream.


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