James Pollock's Sailing to Babylon shortlisted for Governor General's Literary Awards & more
Sailing to Babylon, the first full-length collection from James Pollock has been released by Able Muse Press and is immediately available worldwide throughAmazon, Barnes & Nobles and most popular distribution and retail channels here (ISBN 978-0-9865338-7-7). Or, just go to James's website, www.james-pollock.com, or the Able Muse Press website, www.ablemusepress.com. Besides the traditional print edition, an Amazon Kindle and a Barnes & Nobles NOOK digital editions are also available now. An Apple iTunes/iBooks digital edition should also be available soon.
. . . read moreSailing to Babylon - poems by James Pollock"You will hear in these poems something like the jouncing and ruckus of a wilderness traveler adjusting the gear on his back, steeling his resolve, finding his footings and heading off. In the end Pollock’s departures are an exploration of that inward Northwest Passage where the borderlines themselves between real and imagined, the present and the past, the found and the lost, seem almost to dissolve—passages, as Pollock says, “breaking up within”—and where, in this anthem of mixed voices, our wondering where home is becomes our wandering where home is. . . . I would almost prefer to be the reviewer, or some boastful exegete revealing to readers one hundred years from now some of the untold treasures that, its many readers notwithstanding, lie hidden here still."
(with a Foreword by Jeffery Donaldson):
Blurbs from Edward Hirsch and Sven Birkerts--
Sailing to Babylon is the first full-length collection from James Pollock. These are poems of exploration and discovery of the self and the universal. Closer to home, there is the schoolboy fascination with the English teacher; the grandmother's old Bible; a Dantean-style extended account of a hiking adventure with a young son, fully realized in terza rima. Further out in time and geography, Pollock muses on figures from Canadian history—explorers Henry Hudson, David Thompson, and John Franklin; pioneering literary theorist Northrop Frye; and pianist Glenn Gould. Each of these quests has accompanying trials or triumphs. This is a collection full of surprises and pleasures, with a treasure-chest mapped for discovery in “an image of the world/ made small enough to hold inside the mind.” A book that has the power to take you “to the place/ exactly where you always meant to go.”
– Jeffery Donaldson (from the Foreword)
** NEW from ABLE MUSE PRESS -- ***
I'm pleased to announce that This Bed Our Bodies Shaped, a 2011 Able Muse Book Award finalist, and the second full-length collection from our very own April Lindner has been released byAble Muse Press and is immediately available worldwide through Amazon, Barnes & Nobles and most popular distribution and retail channels here (ISBN 978-0-9878705-9-9). Or, just go to April's website, www.aprillindner.com, or the Able Muse Press website, www.ablemusepress.com. Besides the traditional print edition, an Amazon Kindle, and a Barnes & Nobles NOOK digital editions are also available now. A Kobo reader and Apple iTunes/iBooks digital edition should also be available within days.
. . . read moreThis Bed Our Bodies Shaped - poems by April Lindner"April Lindner’s This Bed Our Bodies Shaped is a beautifully intimate and domestic book about the culture of family—what we bring to each other, boldly or tentatively, and what can never be known. Lindner pauses at the imprints we leave, what is buried under sand and snow, what returns to us again and again. Her poems are tender and fierce, startling in their excavations.."
Blurbs from Denise Duhamel, Molly Peacock, Thomas Lux and Mark Jarman--
This Bed Our Bodies Shaped from April Lindner is a finalist in the 2011 Able Muse Book Award. This collection is a celebration of the universal human experience—childhood, puberty, parenthood, aging—from a uniquely personal and sensual perspective. Lindner's craft, which finds masterful and original expression in metrical and free verse, enlivens each experience until we seem part of the scene. Eavesdropping on this engagingly narrated life gives us startling new insights into our own.
– Denise Duhamel
** NEW FROM ABLE MUSE PRESS***
A Vertical Mile, a 2011 Able Muse Book Award finalist, and the second full-length collection from our very own Richard Wakefield has been released by Able Muse Press and is immediately available worldwide through Amazon, Barnes & Nobles and most popular distribution and retail channels here (ISBN 978-0-9878705-5-1). Or, just go to Richard's website, www.richard-wakefield.com, or the Able Muse Press website, www.ablemusepress.com. Besides the traditional print edition, an Amazon Kindle and a Barnes & Nobles NOOK digital editions are also available now. An Apple iTunes/iBooks digital edition should also be available within days.
. . . read moreA Vertical Mile - poems by Richard Wakefield"Richard Wakefield crafts his verse to exacting standards yet keeps it uncontrived. Throughout A Vertical Mile, Wakefield shows us much about ourselves and the various worlds we inhabit, often of our own making. What he reveals may be sobering or amusing, uplifting or distressing. But, carried by a voice as versatile as the intelligence behind it, it is sure to surprise and delight us as well."
(with a Foreword by David Sanders):
Blurbs from David Middleton, Chris Anderson, and R.S. Gwynn--
A Vertical Mile Richard Wakefield is a finalist in the 2011 Able Muse Book Award. Keenly observed themes about people and the land they live in show a profound sense of awe before natural beauty and a love of country life, while recognizing the effect of indifference and inexorable technological advancement. Included are poems about childhood, seasonal changes, mountain climbing, religion and its questions and doubts, life and death, human origins. These poems of stunning artistry show Wakefield in complete command of his craft. This a memorable collection whose insights and pleasures are not to be missed.
– David Sanders (from the Foreword)
The current issue of Able Muse, print edition (#13, Summer 2012) -- 190 pages of poetry & fiction including last year's Write Prize Honorable Mentions, plus the essays, reviews and art & photography.
Order the current, Summer 2012 issue, and/or subscribe at www.ablemusepress.com .