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A Prayer For Travelers by Ruchika Tomar
“A Prayer for Travelers is a novel haunted by missing persons and lost souls, written in telepathic prose. Ruchika Tomar sees through walls, around corners, and into the deep heart of what matters, and moves us, the most. A beautiful debut.” —Ben Marcus, author of The Flame Alphabet
Vantage by Taneum Bambrick
“Vantage is a moving, radical work of art, written in a quiet clear voice. Taneum Bambrick has given us an extraordinary first book. Part of its freight has to do with ecological devastation, told with no voluptuous sentiment. Not "told" so much as seen―the ferocious images not metaphor but reality. Not ideas but things.”―Sharon Olds, from the Introduction
The War Makes Everyone Lonely by Graham Barnhart
"In his ruminative debut, The War Makes Everyone Lonely, Graham Barnhart documents in fugitive snapshots the service in Afghanistan and Iraq of a US Army medic, who returned to the States searching for words to describe realities that may have no words, yet require them. Keenly observant about the tension between complicity and bravery, war and the homefront, Barnhart finds himself 'dressed like the men who killed / their husbands, [passing out] sewing machines / to widows so they could make clothes / for their children and embroider cemetery flags.' Here is a poetry that performs 'Notice and Focus'—neither shrieking nor staying silent about the terrible rubble of the Terror Wars. And yet, it still dreams of waking up to nudges from horses, black garbage scrap in barbed wire, and a love that's 'so clear and thin / it couldn’t be seen.'"--Philip Metres, author of "The Sound of Listening: Poetry as Refuge and Resistance"
On Swift Horses by Shannon Pufahl
“Cinematic . . . The spaces she creates for her characters . . . have the aura of realms.” —The New York Times Book Review