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I Will Have None of Winter (USED)

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Imperfect Mirrors, Indelible Myths

Imperfect Mirrors, Indelible Myths

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In Evidence: Poems of the Liberation of Nazi Concentration Camps (USED)

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Poems describe the thoughts and emotions of the allied troops as they freed Nazi concentration camp prisoners and witnessed the horrors of the Holocaust.

Incidents of Scattering (USED)

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Poetry. INCIDENTS OF SCATTERING explores the poem as site of scientific inquiry and the stuff of science as domain of poetic inquiry. The poems manifest a rich literature of observation--the Victorian John Tyndall's studies of glaciers moving, contemporary discoveries from micro-sound to Earth- like planets near other suns, what the poet herself reports--ordered and illuminated in her voice. They bear the minute and the mammoth, the details of sound and surface, the heat of love and the cool of dispute. Each poem addresses the beloved as the very process of seeing, wondering, touching, putting into song.

Let's begin with the simplest facts: 'Dust & your body'--how the body must also revert to that from which it came. Such is the cosmic equation at the very heart of Karen Lepri's wonderful debut, INCIDENTS OF SCATTERING. Lepri takes the self as 'fig. I, ' subjectivity's iota that necessitates the existence of a world and others in it. As in myth, the erotic reveals itself as a cosmogonic principle, and the work of the poem is nothing less than to discover the laws of this world. In returning to Victorian science, Lepri attends to an ever-diminishing point in which a fact returns to the ether and makes itself available for something stranger than description: that cycle of poetic vitality in which our effort to categorize transforms into wonder's staggering forms of attention. I might call Lepri's discovery 'empirical intimacy.'--Dan Beachy-Quick
Inherit the Wind (USED)

Inherit the Wind (USED)

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A classic work of American theatre, based on the Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925, which pitted Clarence Darrow against William Jennings Bryan in defense of a schoolteacher accused of teaching the theory of evolution

The accused was a slight, frightened man who had deliberately broken the law. His trial was a Roman circus. The chief gladiators were two great legal giants of the century. Like two bull elephants locked in mortal combat, they bellowed and roared imprecations and abuse. The spectators sat uneasily in the sweltering heat with murder in their hearts, barely able to restrain themselves. At stake was the freedom of every American. One of the most moving and meaningful plays of our generation.

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A tidal wave of a drama.--New York World-Telegram And Sun

"Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee were classic Broadway scribes who knew how to crank out serious plays for thinking Americans. . . . Inherit the Wind is a perpetually prescient courtroom battle over the legality of teaching evolution. . . . We're still arguing this case-all the way to the White House."--Chicago Tribune

"Powerful . . . a crackling good courtroom play . . . [that] provides two of the juiciest roles in American theater."--Copley News Service

"[This] historical drama . . . deserves respect."--The Columbus Dispatch

Island Dreams (USED)

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Jackstraws: Poems (USED)

Jackstraws: Poems (USED)

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In this new collection of sixty-two poems Charles Simic paints exquisite and shattering word pictures that lend meaning to a chaotic world populated by insects, bridal veils, pallbearers, TV sets, parrots, and a finely detailed dragonfly. Suffused with hope yet unafraid to mock his own credulity, Simic's searing metaphors unite the solemn with the absurd. His raindrops listen to each other fall and collect memories; his wildflowers are drunk with kissing the red-hot breezes; and his God is a Mr. Know-it-all, a wheeler-dealer, a wire-puller. In this latest lyrical gathering, Simic continues to startle his fans with the powerful and surprising images that are his trademark-slangy images of the ethereal, fantastic visions of the everyday, foreign scenes of the all-American-and moments full of humor and full of heartache.

Jesus, Her Friend

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Kallisti

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Kissing the Shuttle

Kissing the Shuttle

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Original poetry, compelling photographs, and contextual summaries depict the rise of textile mills and King Cotton in the 19th century through the turn of the 20th. With industrialization came a matrix of events, sometimes deadly, always in the name of prosperity: Labor ''paced'' for the first time to feed the world's frenzy for finished cloth. Northern collusion in slave-grown southern cotton. The tuberculosis epidemic.

Original poetry, compelling photographs, and illuminating historical summaries depict the rise of textile mills and King Cotton in the 19th century through the turn of the 20th. With industrialization came a matrix of events, sometimes deadly, always in the name of prosperity: Labor "paced' for the first time to feed the world's frenzy for finished cloth. Northern collusion in slave-grown southern cotton. The tuberculosis epidemic. Kissing the shuttle (the “kiss of death”) was a common weaving practice that spread TB. Through the eyes of a young girl inspired by the author’s ancestors, experience daily life in a mill and mill village, a TB sanatorium, and a Rhode Island “open-air” school—the nation’s first. Discover how Rhode Island led a public health movement, one that remains relevant today. Called “a blend of both triumph and tragedy” by Rhode Island’s Historian Laureate, this book by an award winning poet and occupational therapist will inform, surprise, and entertain fans of history and poetry alike.

Kissing the Shuttle – A Lyric History ISBN 978-0-692-06921-9