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Hum

by Jamaal May Alice James Books (November 03, 2014)

Jamaal May's language hits us hard and fast, immersing us in the rhythm and rush of his city's ardent heart.


Phantom Noise

by Brian Turner Alice James Books (September 01, 2014)

A soldier struggles to reintegrate, exploring the foundations of the psyche and how history instructs identity.


Here, Bullet

by Brian Turner Alice James Books (September 01, 2014)

A first-person account of the Iraq War by a solider-poet, winner of the 2005 Beatrice Hawley Award.


Some Say the Lark

by Jennifer Chang Alice James Books (October 10, 2017)

"Some Say the Lark is a piercing meditation, rooted in loss and longing, and manifest in dazzling leaps of the imagination—the familiar world rendered strange." —Natasha Trethewey

Chang’s poems narrate grief...


Calling a Wolf a Wolf

by Kaveh Akbar Alice James Books (September 25, 2017)

“In ‘Heritage,’ a fierce poem dedicated to an Iranian woman executed for killing the man attempting to rape her, award-winning poet Akbar proclaims, 'in books love can be war-ending/…in life we hold...


Madwoman

by Shara McCallum Alice James Books (February 13, 2017)

Haunting, alarming, transformative, and elusive, these poems bridge together the gaps between development stages: from girl, to woman, and then mother. With the complexities that intertwine them, can you be...


Thirsty Day/Permanent Wave

by Kathleen Aguero & Miriam Goodman Alice James Books (August 01, 2016)

"The eye that sees things as they are disputes with an imagination that sees things as they could be; Miriam Goodman's poems are wry, loving, dissatisfied." —Celia Gilbert

"Kathleen Aguero's poetry is startling:...


Slamming Open the Door

by Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno Alice James Books (April 01, 2016)

Of all the losses we may be asked to bear, the murder of one’s child must be the most terrible. These poems evoke that keenly, seeking justice but transcending judgment as they grieve loss, celebrate love,...


From Room to Room

by Jane Kenyon Alice James Books (May 30, 2016)

The poems in Jane Kenyon’s first book are full of respect for a life deeply felt. Her vision apprehends the mystery beneath everyday circumstances and objects, from the thimble to the edges of the map. The...


In the Ghost-House Acquainted

by Kevin Goodan Alice James Books (August 01, 2016)

These soulful lyrics use allusive imagery and ecumenical diction to consider the pastoral as a life to inhabit, not an artifact or idealized place to visit. Here, the specter of loss makes a world more precious—notions...


play dead

Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry 2017

by francine j. harris Alice James Books (April 18, 2016)

"This book talks smack. This book chews with its open mouth full of the juiciest words, the most indigestible images. This book undoes me. . . . francine j. harris brilliantly ransacks the poet's toolkit, assembling...


French for Soldiers

by Nina Nyhart Alice James Books (December 01, 2015)

Nina Nyhart's concern for the saving power of language informs many of the poems in French For Soldiers. The title poem weaves together World War I vocabulary lessons and an eloquent Daudet story to convey the...


The River at Wolf

by Jean Valentine Alice James Books (December 01, 2015)

"Jean Valentine has written a visionary book. If it is built with the brick and wood of this world, the light that pours through its windows is searing, healing."—Marie Howe


Making the House Fall Down

by Beatrice Hawley Alice James Books (November 01, 2015)

"Hawley's spare, emblematic poetry is like the stones she so often writes about: monumental, enduring, clean and insistently its own shape. Stripped to the bone her poems catalogue the minutiae of moments that,...


The Moon Reflected Fire

by Doug Anderson Alice James Books (November 01, 2015)

Of The Moon Reflected Fire and its subject, the Vietnam War, poet James Tate writes: "These are trenchant, wrenching poems. With artistry and honesty they perform an inquest into war and its corrosive after...


Contradictions in the Design

by Matthew Olzmann Alice James Books (October 10, 2016)

Fighting illogic with illogic, poems employ humor as a way to make effecting points about American society and cultural norms.


House of Water

by Matthew Nienow Alice James Books (October 17, 2016)

This book is a vessel treading open waters, rocking on unpredictability, disenchantment, and dreams transformed by reality.


Driving Without a License

by Janine Joseph Alice James Books (August 15, 2016)

This debut grapples with the secrecy of living undocumented in America, informing identity and a sense of belonging.


We Live in Bodies

by Ellen Doré Watson Alice James Books (August 01, 2016)

Thomas Lux states, "This is brilliant, urgent work."


Wolf Moon

by Jean Pedrick Alice James Books (August 01, 2016)

“…the kind of union of passion and wit that we have been looking for ever since the metaphysicals turned to John Dryden… The best lines are white-hot and there is a priceless honesty.”

—John Updike

“…a...


Zero Gravity

by Eric Gamalinda Alice James Books (August 01, 2016)

Winner of the 2000 Asian American Literary Award for Poetry.


Dreaming in Color

by Ruth Lepson Alice James Books (August 01, 2016)

“Perception, honesty, delight—it’s all there. She combines an ear for pure language with sharp intelligence about people.”

—Betsy Sholl

“…a tone, created by her eye, her use of an angle of vision in...


This Strange Land

by Shara McCallum Alice James Books (January 19, 2016)

In This Strange Land, mother is an island treading water, a buoyed homeland beyond her homeland.


Pity the Bathtub Its Forced Embrace of the Human Form

by Matthea Harvey Alice James Books (January 19, 2016)

Comic [and] elegiac... this collection takes a second and third look at bathtubs, glaciers, and "want/ that glass-bottomed boat."


Natural Affinities

by Erica Funkhouser Alice James Books (January 19, 2016)

[Funkhouser's] vision of the universe gives dimension, wit, and palpability to the world..." —Ruth Whitman


The Wanderer King

by Theodore Deppe Alice James Books (January 19, 2016)

"The dramatic monologues [in The Wanderer King] are a triumph of the imagination." —Betsy Sholl


me and Nina

by Monica Hand Alice James Books (May 30, 2016)

Experimental, stylistically diverse, and musical, me and Nina reflects an intimate conversation between the author and Nina Simone.


Shelter

by Carey Salerno Alice James Books (May 30, 2016)

Heartrending, but absolutely necessary and enlightening, this lyric debut is beautiful in its courage and honesty.


Into Perfect Spheres Such Holes Are Pierced

by Catherine Barnett Alice James Books (May 30, 2016)

A powerful and suspenseful elegiac sequence, winner of the 2003 Beatrice Hawley Award.


Curses

by Lee Rudolph Alice James Books (May 30, 2016)

"Lee's poems are like places. I enter them and he talks to me there. I hear his voice. The rare quality is how full these places seem of things and feelings but without crowding me. Rather they make me believe...


Goest

by Cole Swensen Alice James Books (May 30, 2016)

Esteemed poet Cole Swensen's ninth collection is haunted by vision and transfixed by light.


The Far Mosque

by Kazim Ali Alice James Books (May 30, 2016)

Kazim Ali's poetry debut draws on mystical traditions of the world's religions in its urgent quest.


Bonfire

by Celia Gilbert Alice James Books (May 30, 2016)

“Bonfire is a passionate, controlled book by an extraordinary poet. First is evident the lucidity of intelligence; then the radiance; and finally the sheer power.”

—Josephine Jacobsen

"From deep places, these...


Afterwards

Thief in the Interior

Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry 2017

by Phillip B. Williams Alice James Books (January 18, 2016)

Inspired by a young man's brutal murder in Brooklyn, these poems bring forth raw racial dialogue essential to today's culture.


Tamsen Donner: A Woman's Journey

by Ruth Whitman Alice James Books (December 01, 2015)

"Ruth Whitman has recreated the journal that Tamsen Donner lost on her nightmarish journey to California in 1846." —Janet Falon


Gloryland

by Anne Marie Macari Alice James Books (December 01, 2015)

Anne Marie Macari's breathtaking second collection finds unapologetic revelation in the female body.


Ghost Letters

by Richard Mccann Alice James Books (December 01, 2015)

Fiercely passionate and deeply elegiac, Richard McCann's Ghost Letters chronicles the intersection of grief and desire.


The Art of the Lathe

by B.H. Fairchild Alice James Books (November 01, 2015)

"...a contemporary classic—a passionate example of the plain style, so finely crafted..." —Los Angeles Times


US: Women

by Marjorie Fletcher Alice James Books (November 01, 2015)

"...an awkward, restless, honest presence, that won't sit down and talk, and won't go away." —Jean Valentine


The Trans-Siberian Railway

by Cornelia Veenendaal Alice James Books (November 01, 2015)

"She should be required reading for those writers who confuse singing with the roar of whitenoise." —Barry Spacks


Drought-Adapted Vine

by Donald Revell Alice James Books (September 21, 2015)

Mystical poet Donald Revell expertly questions the interdependence of soul and circumstance, while finding new ways to define nature as testament.


Yearling

by Lo Kwa Mei-en Alice James Books (March 23, 2015)

Mei-en’s poems fall terribly in love with, inhabit, wreak havoc on, and eventually attempt to revive the ecologies of adolescence.


O'Nights

by Cecily Parks Alice James Books (March 23, 2015)

An ode to the wild in all of us, O’Nights destabilizes identity and seeks possibilities for love that wilderness provokes.


Sand Opera

by Philip Metres Alice James Books (January 05, 2015)

Using techniques of erasure, Metres seeks rhythm or language within the spare, bleak testimonies of those tortured at Abu Ghraib.