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New Books for April From NER Authors

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Poetry, Literary Criticism, and
a Reconsideration of Europe’s Darkest Modern Days

41hGZqVGNKL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_“This book’s a little crazy . . . it’s also packed with truth.”

Mark Bibbins‘ new book of poetry, They Don’t Kill You Because They’re Hungry, They Kill You Because They’re Full, is out this month from Copper Canyon Press. His work has appeared in several issues of NER (“Arriving in Your New Country / Dilemma” in 29.4, and “Grief!” in 34.2).

Publisher’s Weekly: “Bibbin’s newest displays his caustic wit and probing insight admit an exhilarating range of cultural references.”

From NPR: ”The book’s a little crazy, packed with air quotes and brackets, jokes and condemnations, forms that explode across the page. Crazily enough, it’s also packed with truth.”

Mark Bibbins  teaches in the graduate writing programs at The New School and Columbia University. His most recent poetry collections are The Anxiety of Coincidence (Floating Wolf Quarterly Chapbooks, 2012), and The Dance of No Hard Feelings (Copper Canyon, 2009). His poems have appeared in Poetry, Paris Review, Boston Review, Tin House, Best American Poetry, and more.


51qexzrdGML._SY344_BO1204203200_-200x300NER congratulates Marianne Boruch on the publication of her newest sequence of poems, Cadaver, Speak (Copper Canyon Press). Marianne’s work was first published in NER in 1994 (16.4) and her literary criticism “The End Inside It,” selected as a prose feature by Poetry Daily, appears in NER 33.2.

Marianne Boruch speaks to the Georgia Review about the project from which the poems emerged: “This thirty-page sequence of poems—“Cadaver, Speak”—grew out of a profoundly odd privilege given me in the fall of 2008 by Purdue University, where I’ve taught for twenty-three years. I was awarded the provost office’s “Faculty Fellowship in the Study of a Second Discipline” but, in fact, I had double luck. James Walker of the IU School of Medicine on Purdue’s campus allowed me to participate in his gross human anatomy course (the so-called “cadaver lab”), and Grace O’Brien—artist, and teacher of life drawing at Purdue—said yes, I could join her class, too.”

Marianne Boruch currently teaches in the M.F.A. program at Purdue University and in the Warren Wilson M.F.A. Program for Writers. Her most recent poetry collections are The Book of Hours (Copper Canyon, 2011) and Grace, Fallen from (Wesleyan, 2008).


Frederick Brown Cover Photo“A brilliant reconsideration.”

Frederick Brown‘s biographical narrative, The Embrace of Unreason: France, 1914–1940 (Knopf), traces writers such as Maurice Barres and Charles Murras through France’s descent into instability after the first World War.

From the publisher: The Embrace of Unreason is “a brilliant reconsideration of the events and the political, social, and religious movements that led to France’s embrace of Fascism
and anti-Semitism . . . Brown masterfully brings to life Europe’s—and France’s—darkest modern years.”

Frederick Brown has been published in NER multiple times, most recently in NER 30.4 with Alexis de Toqueville’s Impressions of America: Three Letters, a translation from the French.


9780674430662_p0_v1_s260x420We congratulate Denis Donoghue, professor of English, Irish, and American Literatures at New York University, and NER contributor, on the publication of Metaphor (Harvard University Press). Reflected on every page of Metaphor are the accumulated wisdom of decades of reading and a sheer love of language and life. His literary criticism, “Yeats, Trying to Be Modern,” appears in NER 31.4.

Publisher’s Weekly: “In this prodigiously learned meditation, Donoghue takes readers through the history of the rhetorical device and its incarnation in poetry, fiction, philosophy, and everyday life.”

Denis Donoghue is a member of the International Association of University Professors of English and the Association of Literary Scholars and Teachers. He has published books on English, Irish, and American literature and the aesthetics and practices of reading. His recent books include Speaking of Beauty (Yale 2004), The American Classics (Yale 2005), and On Eloquence (Yale 2008).

Book can be purchased from Powell’s Books and independent booksellers. 


New Books from NER Authors

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“First books don’t usually take on the world at this level of seriousness and skill”

Hardship_Post2Jehanne Dubrow‘s first poetry collection, The Hardship Post, is being re-released by Sundress Publications

From Stanley Plumly, author of Argument & Song: “There’s a tensile strength of line here—predominantly pentameter—
that underscores the ease of the poetic idiom: just as the heartfelt yet disciplined feeling—life of the content underwrites this collection’s larger themes of Judaism and its ancient traditions. The Hardship Post has a good deal on its mind as well as the load in its heart. Polish history and heritage may be one personal focus, but displacement and identity are the greater subjects. First books don’t usually take on the world at this level of seriousness and skill.”

The Hardship Post includes work previously published in NER. Dubrow’s poetry has appeared in NER 26.2 and 30.2. 



Bangalore“gritty, hard-hitting debut”

NER contributor Kerry James Evans has published his first book of poetry, Bangalore, with Copper Canyon Press. Appearing in Bangalore is “A Good Hunt,” originally published in NER 30.2.

From Publishers Weekly: “Evans’s gritty, hard-hitting debut combines war poems, elegies, and high Southern lyrics to create a new understanding of American identity.”

From Brian Spears of The Rumpus: “Evans spares nothing and no one in his poems, and yet he still finds a way to celebrate what deserves celebrating, and in the end, we’re left with hope.”


Every Possible Blue“tender observation[s] not of the clothing but of the wearer”

We are pleased to announce that NER author Matthew Thorburn‘s new book of poetry, Every Possible Blue, has been published by CW Books. Thorburn’s poem “Proof” appeared in NER 30.1.

From Publishers Weekly: ”Saturated with color and light, Thorburn’s second collection celebrates New York with deft, vivacious strokes. Similar to the way a city is always rebuilt, or a painter reworks a canvas, Thorburn’s poems pay special attention to the clothing and adornments that change to fit life’s varied occasions. ‘Oh to be crisply cuffed, / something in fall flannel to flatter / this flaneur,’ he writes in ‘Men Swear.’ An airy poem describing a white blouse—’like a sail’ with ‘two buttons un / done / a peek of pale breast / bone’—becomes a tender observation not of the clothing but of the wearer. But ‘inky / silks, slinky satins’ don’t fool Thorburn. No matter what people wear, whether it is a second-hand tuxedo or a ‘mint green’ sari, he reminds himself, ‘you’re human, / you’re human.’”


New Books from NER Authors

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Poetry, Translation and a “Stunning Debut”

mad farmer coverNER author Wendell Berry has reissued his collection of poetry, The Mad Farmer Poems, with Counterpoint Press.

“. . . Mindful of time and earth, of joy and love, Berry calls us to the hard work of a hope and peace and gratitude so incarnate that they rest ‘on the ground underfoot.’”—Christian Century

Wendell Berry is an essayist, novelist, and poet, and has been awarded the T. S. Eliot Award, the Aiken Taylor Award for poetry, and the John Hay Award of the Orion Society. His poetry is featured in early issues of NER, and his essay “Why I Am Not Going to Buy a Computer” was published in NER 10.1.


roget's illusion cover“surprising delicacy and . . . language rich with insight”

Acclaimed poet Linda Bierds has published Roget’s Illusion, with Marian Wood Books/Putnam.

“Bierds’s poems, with their constantly surprising delicacy and their language rich with insight and a sensuous music, radiate real power and authority and animal presence.”—W.S. Merwin (Poet Laureate, 2010-12)

Linda Bierds is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the MacArthur Foundation fellowship, the PEN West Poetry Prize, and two National Endowment for the Arts grants. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker,  Atlantic,  Kenyon Review and many others. Five of her poems were published in NER 24.4 and 31.1.


Screen Shot 2013-12-09 at 10.13.13 AM“disquieting, beautiful, upsetting, and exacting”

NER author Rebecca Cook has published a new book of poems, I Will Not Give Over, with Aldrich Press.

“The greatest quality of the prose poems in I Will Not Give Over is the one quality a writer can’t beg, borrow, or steal: they are genuine. They are disquieting, beautiful, upsetting, and exacting. Here, ‘Love shows up first dressed in fear.’ These are poems playing for keeps.”—Sue William Silverman, author of Hieroglyphics in Neon

Rebecca Cook is a 2009 Bread Loaf Scholar and her essay “Flame” was a notable essay in the 2013 Best American Essays. She is the author of The Terrible Baby, and her poems have been featured in numerous journals, including Antioch Review and Massachusetts Review. Her story “You Girls Have the Loveliest Legs” was published in NER 29.2.


9781936747559“A stunning debut”

Joanne Dominique Dwyer‘s first collection of poetry, Belle Laide, has been published by Sarabande Books.

From Dana Levin, author of Sky Burial: “Harems, mechanical bulls, Christina the Astonishing: Dwyer’s first book, Belle Laide, is a tour de force of verse; you never know where the next turn will take you. A vivid amalgamation of dream, association, and researched material, the poems sacrifice no depth of feeling in their wild meditations on the phenomenal world; or what it means to be a person—and a woman—in our contemporary moment. A stunning debut.”

Dwyer is a recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and a Bread Loaf Scholar award. Her poetry has been featured in NER several times, most recently in NER 34.1.


beans“Richly textured and wonderfully evocative … Undeniably original”

NER translator Bill Johnston has published a new book by Wiesław Myśliwski, translated from the Polish, with Archipelago Books. Johnston’s translation of Witold Gombrawicz’s story “The Rat” appeared in NER 25.1-2.

“Like a more agrarian Beckett, a less gothic Faulkner, a slightly warmer Laxness . . . Richly textured and wonderfully evocative . . . Undeniably original.” Publishers Weekly

“Sweeping . . . irreverent . . With winning candor . . . Pietruszka chronicles the modernization of rural Poland and celebrates the persistence of desire.” —The New Yorker

Bill Johnston’s previous translation of Wiesław Myśliwski’s book, Stone Upon Stone, won the PEN Translation Prize, 2012, the Best Translated Book Award 2012: Fiction, and the AATSEEL Translatino Award, 2012. He has translated numerous books and stories from the Polish.

Books can be ordered from Powell’s Books or your independent bookseller.  



New Books from NER Authors: Rachel Cantor

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“Rife with deadpan humor and memorable characters”

Rachel Cantor’s new novel, A Highly Unlikely Scenario, has been published by Melville House.

A Highly Unlikely Scenario cover photoFrom the New York Times: “By layering the ridiculous inventions of her mind with the ridiculous facts of the world, Cantor creates a novel about being incredulous and certain at the same time, about listening without judgment, about acting on faith . . . A dystopian satire; a story about ­storytelling, believing and listening—A Highly Unlikely Scenario is ultimately a history of our own strange world.”

From Publisher’s Weekly: “Rife with deadpan humor and memorable characters mixed with time travel and supernatural powers, Cantor suspends disbelief and creates a loony world entirely of her own, which is terrifically funny and effortlessly enjoyable.”

Rachel Cantor’s stories have appeared in Paris ReviewKenyon ReviewFence, and other publications. Her fiction has been featured in several issues of NER (20.4, 23.3, 24.4, and 29.4).

A Highly Unlikely Scenario is available from Melville House and other independent booksellers.

New Titles from NER Authors: Robert Pack

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to-love-that-well-new-selected-1954-2013Robert Pack, a former DIrector of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference (1973–95), Middlebury College Professor (1964–96), and Consulting Editor for NER (1982–83), celebrates six decades of his work with the publication of New & Selected Poems • 1954–2013. “One finds a poignancy and a sorrow, laced always with a profound sense of humor, on page after
page . . .”—Paul Mariani

Pack continues to explore his major themes of family and friendship, the natural world, and art and music. “Pack, as always, exhibits a technical mastery that has all but disappeared from recent poetry. His meters are relaxed, creating an unusual suppleness and ease in his anecdotal narratives. This is an exceptionally readable book. The story poems are deeply moving, filled with great tenderness, charm, and wit.”—Mark Strand

Robert Pack held the Chair of Distinguished Faculty Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at Middlebury College where he taught for over thirty years, served as the Director of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference from l973 to 1994, and also taught at Middlebury’s graduate school of English, The Bread Loaf School, for over three decades. He the the author of numerous books of poetry, most recently Laughter Before Sleep (University of Chicago Press, 2011), Still Here, Still Now (University of Chicago Press, 2009), and a book of essays, Willing to Choose (Lost Horse Press, 2007).

To Love That Well (Lost Horse Press, 2013) can be ordered through or your independent bookseller.

New Books from NER Authors: Motherland by Maria Hummel

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41-5fNSwrDL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Congratulations to NER author Maria Hummel, whose novel Motherland will be published in January by Counterpoint Press. Inspired by her grandfather’s wartime letters, Motherland depicts one family’s struggle through the waning months of World War II.

Publishers Weekly, in a starred review, writes, “Fear, grief and the will to survive fuse in this beautiful novel… Motherland occupies a relatively unexplored space in World War II literature, in which political sympathies and oppositions are vastly less important than finding enough tinder to keep the children warm… this book is a reminder of the reach of love, how it can blind, and how it can heal.”

Maria Hummel’s poetry and fiction have appeared numerous times in NER. You can find her most recent poem, “The First Turn Might Be the Right One Home,” in 34.1.

Motherland is available through Powell’s Books and other booksellers.

Recent Poetry Collections by NER Authors

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We are pleased to announce four new collections from poets previously featured in NER.

9780547928289Charles Simic’s new collection, New and Selected Poems 1962-2012 has been published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Simic’s poetry was featured in NER 24.4 and his translations of Novica Tadic appeared in NER 29.1.

From Los Angeles Times: “It takes just one glimpse of Charles Simic’s work to establish that he is a master, ruler of his own eccentric kingdom of jittery syntax and signature insight.”

New and Selected Poems 1962-2012 is available from Powell’s Books and independent booksellers.

headwaters.inddHeadwaters, a new collection of poetry from Ellen Bryant Voigt, has been published by W.W. Norton & Company. Voigt’s poetry appeared in NER 25.3.

From Publishers Weekly: “Voigt’s…eighth collection of poetry is defined by a liquid precision.” 

From Library Journal: “A highly recommended book by an important poet.”

Headwaters is available from Norton and independent booksellers.

9780393239157_custom-b74df594bf7ff45a6d55ca31a0d9bb20f477975c-s6-c30A. Van Jordan’s new poetry collection, The Cineaste, has been published by W.W. Norton & Company. Van Jordan’s work appeared in NER 28.1 and 32.4.

From Publisher’s Weekly: “Drawn from his experience as a moviegoer, these poems prove anything but safe—each film is its own playground of dangers, of ‘strangers who mistake me for someone/ they owe.’”

The Cineaste is available from Powell’s Books and independent booksellers.

trace-webTrace, a new collection of poetry from Eric Pankey has recently been published by Milkweed Editions. Pankey has been featured in NER numerous times, most frequently in NER 34.1.

From Chase Twichell, author of Where the Answers Should Have Been: “In this age of both religious extremism and cynical atheism, Eric Pankey’s poems gleam with authenticity.”

Trace is available from Milkweed Editions and other booksellers.

New Books from Vermont Authors: If Only You People Could Follow Directions

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hendry bookVermont writer Jessica Hendry Nelson’s debut book, a memoir of linked essays from Counterpoint Press, will be published in January 2014. Nelson is the cofounder of the Renegade Writers’ Collective in Burlington, Vermont, and is the senior nonfiction editor of Fiddleback. Her work has appeared in Threepenny ReviewPANKCarolina QuarterlyBest American Essays 2012, and elsewhere.

From Josh Cook of Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA: “Memory doesn’t move in a straight line. It is chaotic, digressive, and imperfect. While most memoirs force life into the restrictions of straight lines, Nelson embraces the chaos by moving back and forth in time, free associating among memories, and organizing her life into a series of essays. What could be just another memoir of a family disintegrated by substance abuse becomes a vibrant and challenging exploration of abuse, obsession, coping, family, friendship, and self-discovery.”

Nelson will appear as a featured author at the upcoming Vermont Reading Series event on November 21st.

If Only You People Could Follow Directions will be available from Powell’s Books and from  local independent booksellers.

New Books from NER Authors: Poetry,

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Royal-nonesuch3We are pleased to announce that NER contributor Steven D. Schroeder’s new book of poetry, The Royal Nonesuch, has  been published by Spark Wheel Press. Two of Schoeder’s poems, “How do you like Your Blueeyed Boy” and “Uncertain Stumbling Buzz” originally appeared in NER 30.3, as well as his poem “Trolls,” in NER 33.2.

From Oliver del Paz, author of Requiem for the Orchard: “In Steven D. Schroeder’s remarkable second book, The Royal Nonesuch, ‘Everything is falling up or sideways.’ The miraculous cavorts in the attic while the endlessly possible rolls on and on in the dots of loaded dice. Ever present among the springs of Schroeder’s lyrical language play are the assemblages of his literary legacy. A line from a beloved book triggers a flirtation. A sentence blossoms into a map to stolen gold. And with the striking of a match, the gears of Steven D. Schroeder’s Rube Goldberg machine turn in their glass box. The lights blink and creaking wheels spool into beautiful sounds. The Royal Nonesuch is an exquisite joy.”

This is Schroeder’s second published book of poetry, following 2009′s Torched Verse Ends (BlazeVOX Books). He currently edits the online journal Anti-. 


New Books from NER Authors: Murder at the Dacha

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murder at the dachaAlexei Bayer’s new novel, Murder at the Dacha, has been published by Russian Information Services.

From William Ryan, author of The Holy Thief: “Bayer tells a taut, gritty tale that gives a fresh and revealing insight into the Soviet Union of the Khrushchev years. Not only that, but in Pavel Matyushkin, his tough and self-confident hero, he has developed a great detective that leaves readers wanting more. Now.”

Alexei Bayer is a New York-based author, translator and, by economic necessity, an economist. He writes in English and in Russian, his native tongue, and translates into both languages. His short stories have been published in Kenyon Review, Chtenia and NER issues 26.1 and 31.2. Murder at the Dacha is currently being produced as a mini-series for Russian television.

Murder at the Dacha is available in English from Amazon.