One of the greatest works of the Middle Ages, in a marvelous new verse translation Composed in the fourteenth century, "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" is as beloved as it is venerable, combining the hallmarks of medieval romance-pageantry, chivalry, and courtly love-with the charm of fairy tales and heroic sagas. When a mysterious green knight rides on horseback into King Arthur's court, interrupting a New Year's feast, he issues a challenge: if any of King Arthur's men can behead him and he survives, then a year later he is entitled to return the strike. Sir Gawain takes up the challenge and decapitates the green knight, only to see him pick up his severed head and ride away, leaving Gawain to seek him out to fulfill their pact. Blending Celtic myth and Christian faith, "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" is a Middle English masterpiece of magic, chivalry, and seduction.
Walter Crane, one the best-loved designers of the British Arts and Crafts movement, produced this beautifully illustrated poem that tells the delightful story of a wedding day in 1905. This lovely facsimile edition, reproduced in glorious color, bound in real cloth, and embossed with foil, makes a perfect wedding, engagement, or Valentine's Day gift. "Yes, flower bells rang right merry that day, When there was a marriage of flowers, they say.
The only bi-lingual anthology of Vietnamese Women's Poetry available anywhere.
Contemporary Canadian poetry got you down? Well, we'd like to prescribe a little "Hello Serotonin," the latest in mood-enhancing poetry anti-depressants. This new book of poems from Jon Paul Fiorentino operates within the constraints of what he terms 'synaptic syntax' - poetry that performs the very nature of neuronal activity from the point of view of a mood-enhanced Human Comedy, which, with a quick turn of phrase, or missing neurotransmitter, could become Human Tragedy. Filled with a witty, self-deprecating and often Andy Kaufmanesque sense of humour, "Hello Serotonin" is today's generation of pharmaceutical poetry, and will alter your perception of therapeutic poetics. Get your prescription filled today!
Gregory Corso has been much publicized as one of the leading literary spokesmen for the 'Beat Generation, ' together with Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William Burroughs.
A vortex, a nexus, and a weather system all to himself."--Small Press Traffic
Over The Anvil We Stretch contains swampy, powerful poems that are as exciting as the pocket knife you got for your birthday, the three legged frog on the lawn and the jar of marbles your mother kept in the kitchen. Mojgani's poems are the sound of the river and the stars burning above. He manages to capture the axe in the stump with blood still on the handle. Anis Mojgani has drawn a map of the country in the shape of his wild surreal poems. These are memories of a life, captured through the blue green filter of the bayou. Mojgani's latest poems are tinged with the sound of crickets spying on us in the darkness. They move forward honestly, brutally and sweetly. The reader will be led into briar patches as well as the moonlight just on the other side.
In this late-modern period of slackened meaning, G.P. Lainsburys Versions of North attempts to locate poetic consciousness in the drifting concept of north, using avant-garde techniques to reveal connections between disparate elements of signification. Lainsbury borrows from a wide variety of sources, filtering them through the grid of a disenchanted idealism, taking to heart the cyberpunk declaration that information wants to be free. Lainsbury uses the page as physical space: a long line creeps into the margin, and margins float about without justification reflecting a desire to mix and confuse games, to play many simultaneously, to use the vice of poetry to pay homage to the virtue of science. Versions of North engages with the environment of northern British Columbia; it is the manifestation of the poets desire to create a cosmopolitan art in a place that modernity sometimes seems to have skipped right over.
A wry and outrageous chronicle of contemporary gay life.
Lines from a Mined Mind" brings together lyrics and musings from the twenty-five-year recording career of John Trudell, an internationally acclaimed poet, musician, and leader of the American Indian Movement. More than a simple anthology, this collection goes deeper, revealing the incendiary intersection of music and activism.
Poetry. Asian Studies. Translated by Chang Shu-Li. Perhaps the most widely read woman poet in Taiwan, Hsi Muren has attracted readers for her themes of undying love and a melancholic sense of the lost past. As a poet of Mongolian descent, Muren presents in her poetry a diasporic nostalgia for a lost world from a perspective that is imaginary but insistently poignant. "Using Mongol as a sign for an inaccessible past gives her poems of nostalgia an extra urgency, with her stress falling less on the remembrance of things past than on the resistance to forgetting. It is perhaps this implicit tension between sentimental nostalgia and diasporic nostalgia that makes her poems on Mongol appealing to readers similarly forced to the diasporic situation by the political conflicts between Taiwan and China" - Chang Shu-li.
A spirited new book from "the most variously gifted of our new poets" (Richard Howard).