The Movable Nest
A Mother/Daughter Companion
Edited by Marilyn
Kallet & Kathryn StriplingByer
One of the best books of the year!
-The Kansas City Star
A multi-genre, multicultural anthology
poetry, stories, creative nonfiction, and letters
written by 52 outstanding women
in contemporary American literature.
The selections are imaginative, gutsy, and often lyrical.
Section I, "Call Me, Even if You're Happy," recounts the difficult
task of bidding farewell to our daughters: we feel apprehensive,
yet proud to have raised young women who can fend for themselves.
Section II, "Hello, Mother, Goodbye," offers tender reflections
on leaving home, as well as stories about caring for aging mothers,
about grieving and healing, and about adoption.
Mothers and daughters everywhere will use and cherish this book.
Dr. Marilyn Kallet is the author of thirteen books, most recently Circe,
After Hours, poetry from BkMk Press (2005) and Last Love Poems of Paul
Eluard, new edition, translated for Black Widow Press (2006). She is a
Lindsay Young Professor at the University of Tennessee.
Kathryn Stripling Byer is poet laureate of North Carolina. She has published
six books of poetry, including Wildwood Flower (Lamont Selection, 1992),
Catching Light (SIBA Award, 2002), and Coming to Rest, 2007, all with LSU Press.
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Chance of a Ghost
An Anthology of Contemporary Ghost Poems
Edited by Gloria
& Philip Miller
The 172 spirited poets and artists represented in Chance of a Ghost include
four former Poets Laureate of the United States: Billy Collins, Rita Dove,
Richard Wilbur, and William Jay Smith; the director of the National Endowment
for the Arts, Dana Gioia; Albert Goldbarth, the only poet ever to receive
two National Book Critics Circle Awards; and others, famous, infamous,
and new. The book’s cover image is by Otto Piene, who last year
received both the Joan Miró Medal from UNESCO and the Leonardo
da Vinci World Art Prize from Consejo Cutural Mundial.
The ghosts we chance upon in this anthology are as varied as the many
ways ghosts choose to visit the living. They blend into the commonplace:
curtains, wisps of clouds, empty rockers, cushions, the scent of mildew
and perfume, strains of music, even a dry martini. They tease us with
a stutter of static on the cell phone, a single hair on our lapel. Despite
rumors that they jump out at us with a resounding Boo!, some prefer to
remain in the shadows, tightly curled—the wallflowers of the other
world. Or they interact: bring solace, issue warnings, harp, scold, or
try to seduce us. And sometimes, to our chagrin, they don’t appear
Chance of a Ghost is a project to benefit the library of The Writers
Place, a literary community center in the heart of Kansas City. The library provides
writers, readers, and scholars with a unique collection of small press
books and literary magazines from the Midwest, and other parts of the
country. The profits from this anthology will be used to expand and index
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by Ann Slegman
One of The Kansas City Star's
10 Standout Books for 2004!
"Few experiences are more titillating than overhearing an intimate conversation,
and those who listen in on Ann Slegman's Conversation will hear women moving in and out
of their bodies, inventing stories for their blind husbands, and murmuring beside dozing
children over the sound of mung beans poured into a jar. Slegman's poems offer up voices
attentive to a treasuring of detail: strings of gum down the pavement, a coyote in a layer
of ice, water seeping through seams in the drywall, a tea cup on a couch
of blue Chinese silk."
"The tone of the fable, the nuanced proverb, not African but American,
the idiom a scrupulous meanness' (James Joyce), what Kenneth Burke called
'equipment for living' in these 'late, bad times'; not personal in the
autobiographical moment but diagnostically sound as only a psychograph
can be: across these borders the need compulsive, the want prodigious,
the lessons in lineation, Ann Slegman's supple songs."
"As its title suggests, Ann Slegman's poems in her new collection, Conversation,
are exchanges of language as if overheard or suddenly recalled, snatches and fragments
of everyday speech, captured, reconnected and reconstituted into poems which reveal
finally what these moments of human discourse really mean. Slegman selects images
with a careful eye, words with a rightness of sound while she constructs lines with
sly surreality, wit, and a sense of the absurd. These poems will stop you, move you,
sometimes make you laugh out loud, timed and tuned as they are to disclose themselves
stealthily, and then to let their meanings sing and resound."
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Branches Snapping: Poems
by Philip Miller
editor of The Same Magazine
"An active supporter of literary arts in the area for many years, Miller
directs the Riverfront Reading Series, is on the board of the Writers Place, and
co-edits a magazine, The Same. He is also a prolific poet with several books to
his credit. Miller's latest effort may well be the capstone of his career. In
these consistently strong poems written during the last decade, he explores
territory everyone can relate to."
The Kansas City Star
"From our Man of Letters, Kansas City's poker-faced showman and inquisitor of
shadows and dreams, comes work ranging from narrative epiphany to
contemplation of the most unwelcome of moments. His vision is unswerving, his anxiety
level high, his offerings generous. This collection will be welcomed by old fans
and make new ones."
"There's something in this for every one of us because the poems deal so
incisively with--or they reveal--what we all have in common. Much of that you
will think anew as you read these poems, which will--be warned--get under your
skin and probably stay there."
Martin Mitchell, editor, Rattapallax Magazine
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Lick of Sense
I loved the spirit and heart and wisdom of this manuscript, the
way it took me directly into a region and a set of lives and made them
strongly alive for me.
And the poems were so full of surprises. Its
very American to me, to feel that you cant predict whats going
to happen in a poem. It keeps the hope going.
Alicia Ostriker, judge
Rhodenbaugh evokes the textures and nearly tactile charge of knowing
something deeply and well simply because one is capable of describing
itas if Elizabeth Bishop suddenly turned up in a Southern Gothic.
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