A nice surprise: I've been Harriet-ed again. I don't know Stephen Burt. But if I did, I'd send him a fruit basket.
Here's a few books I'm excited to see in the coming weeks...
the why and later, edited by Carly Sachs
Anthology of Poems about Rape and Sexual Assault Released by Deep Cleveland Press
"This anthology of poems about rape and sexual abuse - many written by victims themselves, and well-known poets such as Marge Piercy and Adrienne Rich – brings to light a topic that has been all but neglected by the mainstream publishing industry. These powerful poems will shock you with their candidness, touch you with their emotional edge, and amaze you with their perseverance of spirit."
With an incredible range of contributors including Julianna Baggott, Erin Belieu, Laure Anne Bosselaar, Grace Cavalieri, Lucille Clifton, Nicole Cooley, Teri Ellen Cross, Toi Dericotte, Denise Duhamel, Molly Fisk, Clarinda Harriss, Marie Howe, Maxine Kumin, Joan Larkin, Dorianne Laux, Harriet Levin, Frannie Lindsay, Marge Piercy, Adrienne Rich, and Rosemary Winslow.
The Royal Baker's Daughter, by Barbara Goldberg
Winner of the 2008 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry, selected by David St. John, and published by the University of Wisconsin Press
"These poems, at once elegant and earthy, reveal the inner workings of the human psyche and show us that sometimes the best defense against terror is making mischief. The Royal Baker’s Daughter was raised on a diet of stone soup and the occasional leftover royal treat. This leaves her with an appetite for authenticity. With nothing but her two deft hands to guide her, she embarks on a journey into the dark forest, “where sticks and stones and absolutes reign and nothing, even sin, is original.”"