ISBN 978-1-927409-75-6 (paperback) • ISBN 978-1-927409-76-3 (hardcover)
August 22, 2016 release • 124 pp.
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DESCRIPTION: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by the anonymous Gawain-Poet (or Pearl-Poet) is, like Beowulf, one of the greatest classics of English literature. Hailed as the finest Arthurian romance, this technically brilliant tale of enchantment, faith, temptation, and chivalry is tautly constructed, with a wonderfully rich vocabulary and vivid language that blends sophisticated atmosphere with psychological depth.
John Ridland has given Sir Gawain and the Green Knighta fresh lease on life. —X.J. Kennedy, author of Fits of Concision: Collected Poems of Six or Fewer Lines
Ridland gives the poem a long, loose line that sings in the lyrical passages, creeps in the spooky ones, and cavorts in the comic ones. Just as important, the densely mythic ethos, fully intact, enriches every word. —Richard Wakefield, author of A Vertical Mile
Panoramas of banqueting and hunting, closely observed rituals of dressing, arming, and game preparation, and rich descriptions of landscape and weather — Ridland’s translation presents these in all their delightful, over-the-top particularity. —Maryann Corbett (from the foreword), author of Mid Evil
The descriptions are exuberant, the narrative flows and exhilarates like the wine at the courts we’re asked to imagine, and the exchanges between complex characters so subtly flavored by intelligent diplomacy that it makes the dialogue of much current fiction seem, by contrast, like a six-pack on the front stoop. Read this book. —Rhina P. Espaillat, author of Her Place in These Designs
[T]his book is made to endure. The Borrowed World marks the arrival of a major talent. —Peter Campion, 2015 Able Muse Book Award judge, author of El Dorado
These are deeply felt poems and Leithauser has a finely-tuned ear for the lyricism of syntax and the enduring rhythms of traditional forms. The Borrowed World is her stunning debut. —Natasha Trethewey, 2012–2014 US Poet Laureate, author of Thrall
[I]n poem after poem, she enlarges and encompasses, she broadens and deepens and transmutes perception into feeling, feeling into thought, and thought into revelation. —Vijay Seshadri,winner of the Pulitzer Prize, author of 3 Sections
The Borrowed World is a moving and memorable debut which covers a lot of ground but is always rooted in actualities. —Andrew Motion, 1999–2009 UK Poet Laureate, author of The Customs House
I have read The Borrowed World several times, and each time I find more in it to be delighted and touched by. —Michael Palma (from the foreword), author of Begin in Gladness
ISBN 9978-1-927409-69-5 • May 30, 2016 release • 88 pp.
Dear reader, I’ve fallen in love with this book, and that will happen to you too. Read, for instance, the very last poem, “Nuts,” and read the great “How to Ignore an Invisible Man,” and you’re hooked forever.
—David Ferry, David Ferry, author of Bewilderment, winner of the National Book Award
Able Muse Review - Print Edition (Number 20): Winter 2015 Featured Poet: Amit Majmudar
Featured Artist: Léon Leijdekkers
Withe the 2015 Able Muse Write Prize for poetry & fiction —
Includes the winning story & poems from contest winners and finalists.
( Book Excerpts )
• editorial:Alexander Pepple • featured artist: Léon Leijdekkers • featured poet: Amit Majmudar
(interviewed by Daniel Brown) • fiction: Paul Soto, Lynda Sexson, Andrea Witzke Slot • essays: N.S. Thompson, Moira Egan • book reviews: Stephen Kampa, Robert B. Shaw • poetry: X.J. Kennedy, Wendy Videlock, Kim Bridgford, Peter Kline, Catharine Savage Brosman, Terese Coe, Steven Winn, Jay Udall, Beth Houston, Jennifer Reeser, Leslie Schultz, Ryan Wilson, Max Gutmann, Freeman Rogers, Dan Campion, Brooke Clark, David Stephenson, Autumn Newman, James Matthew Wilson, Athar C. Pavis, Jeanne Wagner, Elise Hempel.
---- With special thanks for an outstanding new issue to -- Stephen Kampa, Callie Siskel, Richard Meyer (Assistant Poetry Editors); Gregory Dowling (Nonfiction Editor); Karen Kevorkian (Fiction Editor); Jonathan Danielson, Rob Wright (Assistant Fiction Editors).