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Books in Brief

Like an estuary, Open Books is in a constant state of inflow and departure. Of books, that is. And every so often we'll post a piece about a recent arrival, written in some depth. While we're preparing that piece, however, several new and used books… Read More

New Jane Hirshfield books (yes, plural)
on sale March 17

Ms. Hirshfield's collection of new poems, The Beauty, is joined by a new collection of prose, Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World. How nice to have her startling lyric poetry offered in tandem with essays on how poetry can "foment revolutions of being."… Read More

They Leave Us

It's inevitable. But the day it happens is a startling one. And it seems we've had so many such days over the last few months. Still, the voice on the page remains. Philip Levine January 10, 1928 – February 14, 2015 Tomaž Šalamun July 4,… Read More

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To Keep Time by Joseph Massey

($17.95 Omnidawn)

With his third collection, Massey invokes the likes of Lorine Niedecker, Larry Eigner, and Joseph Ceravolo with short, sharp stanzas in which man-made objects coalesce with nature and vectors of light kiss spheres of color. He even calls up, in certain segments, the non-domestic elements of Rae Armantrout’s Language poetry. Birds, bugs, clouds, pavement, power… Read More

Breathturn into Timestead: The Collected Later Poetry by Paul Celan

($40 FSG)

If Picasso is said to have had a Blue Period, the postwar German poetry so faithfully rendered here into English can be seen as a constitution of Paul Celan’s “gray period”—a departure from the luxuriant surrealism, musicality, and themes of his younger years that shows the poet plumbing the depths of old dictionaries and various… Read More

The Three Einsteins by Sarah Galvin

Those of you who have heard Ms. Galvin read her work and longed to see those deliciously odd pieces in print will now be able to savor them in the privacy of your own home. And if you’re new to her plain-spoken though anything-but-plain writing, Welcome to Galvin-land, a place at once surreal and familiar…. Read More

The Poem She Didn’t Write and Other Poems
by Olena Kalytiak Davis

This marks the first book in a decade for Olena Kalytiak Davis, one of the more dynamic and compelling poets writing today. Her voice is muscular, sensual, tender, fierce. Her poems can arc with a postmodern energy and flow with a centuries-old lyricism. Her view is often of herself (or, at least, an “i”), a… Read More

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