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Click for more detail about From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great by Camille T. Dungy From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great

by Camille T. Dungy
Persea Books (May 19, 2009)
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An astounding compilation of verse from the Web’s most cutting-edge poetry archive, including an audio compact disc. From the Fishouse (fishousepoems.org) is a leading on-line audio archive of contemporary poetry that focuses on emerging poets who pay particular attention to the sounds and rhythms of their work. This winning anthology of 175+ poems from the site is a festival of verse at its acoustic best.The book is divided into ten playful sections. Each one, named for a poem within it, underscores the Fishouse modus operandi of showcasing poetry’s aural and rhythmic possibilities. For example, "In the Romantic Longhand of the Night" contains poems that work in or around traditional forms, while "The Barrel Is Surely Coming Down the Hill" is comprised of poems that gain momentum as they move. These sections lend a structure to the book that is at once easygoing and enlightening.In addition, the anthology contains these exciting features: a compact disc with unforgettable recitations of many of the printed poems; a foreword by Gerald Stern, which delves into how poetry’s aural traditions are producing such cutting-edge new work; lively excerpts from the site’s Q&A’s with the poets; and a cross-referenced index of the poems’ technical and stylistic traits.Contributors to the anthology include many of the best new writers in America, among them Adrian Blevins, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Tina Chang, Paul Guest, Matthea Harvey, James Hoch, Major Jackson, Ilya Kaminsky, Dana Levin, Cate Marvin, Patrick Rosal, Tracy K. Smith, and Brian Turner. Along with dozens of others, these poets make the From the Fishouse anthology a who’s who of today’s most dynamic versifiers.


Click for more detail about Salt: A Novel by Earl Lovelace Salt: A Novel

by Earl Lovelace
Persea Books (Sep 30, 2004)
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A West Indian novel of "generous, torrential prose" (The New York Times Book Review), winner of the 1997 Commonwealth Writers Prize. One hundred years after Emancipation, the diverse people of Trinidad?African, Asian, and European?have not settled into the New World. In Salt, an unforgettable cast of men and women strive with wit and passion to make sense of life in an evolving homeland.


Click for more detail about A Brief Conversion and Other Stories (Karen and Michael Braziller Books) by Earl Lovelace A Brief Conversion and Other Stories (Karen and Michael Braziller Books)

by Earl Lovelace
Persea Books (Jul 01, 2003)
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A rich, entertaining collection by Trinidad’s foremost storyteller. In these vivid stories, Earl Lovelace paints a compassionate, often humorous portrait of everyday life in Trinidad. Ordinary people like Victory the barber, Shoemaker Arnold, Miss Ross (once the most sought-after woman in Cunaripo), and Blues and Joebell who are eager to see new lands, are invested with a special magic that draws the reader into a rhythmical, colorful, and changing world.


Click for more detail about The Dragon Can’t Dance: A Novel (Karen and Michael Braziller Books) by Earl Lovelace The Dragon Can’t Dance: A Novel (Karen and Michael Braziller Books)

by Earl Lovelace
Persea Books (Jun 16, 2003)
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Lovelace’s classic novel of Carnival. Carnival takes on social and political importance in this recognized classic. The people of the shantytown Calvary Hill, usually invisible to the rest of society, join the throng and flaunt their neighborhood personas in masquerade during Carnival. Aldrick, the dashing "king of the Hill," becomes a glorious, dancing dragon; his lovely Sylvia, a princess; Fisheye, rebel idealist, a fierce steel band contestant; and Philo, Calypso songwriter, a star. Then a business sponsors Fisheye’s band, Philo gets a hit song, and Sylvia leaves the Hill with a prosperous older man. For Aldrick, it will take one more masquerade?this time, involving guns and hostages?before the illusion of power becomes reality.