[The] language . . . feels almost ancient solely by the skill with which Baker uses it.—Los Angeles Review of Books
From W. W. Norton: In this masterful new work by “the most moving and expansive poet to come out of the American Midwest since James Wright” (Marilyn Hacker), David Baker constructs a layered natural history of his beloved Midwest and traces the complex story of human habitation from family and village life to the evolving nature of work and the mysterious habitats of the heart.
David Baker’s last collection, Never-Ending Birds, was awarded the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize. His many honors include fellowships and awards from the Poetry Society of America, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation. Baker, from Granville, Ohio, is the poetry editor of the Kenyon Review, and the Thomas B. Fordham Chair of Poetry and Professor of English at Denison University. His work appeared in NER most recently in 37.1. Scavenger Loop can be purchased through W. W. Norton and from independent booksellers.
Doty is able to weave philosophical inquiry, personal anecdote, and awe at people and nature into a voice that is simultaneously warm and tinged with a useful measure of doubt. — Craig Morgan Teicher, NPR
From W. W. Norton: Deep Lane is a book of descents: into the earth beneath the garden, into the dark substrata of a life. But these poems seek repair, finally, through the possibilities that sustain the speaker aboveground: gardens and animals, the pleasure of seeing, the world tuned by the word. Ranging from agony to rapture, from great depths to hard-won heights, these are poems of grace and nobility.
Mark Doty is the author of eight previous books of poetry and four books of prose. His many honors include the National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and a Whiting Writers’ Award, among others. He is a professor at Rutgers University and lives in New York City. His work appeared in NER most recently in 32.1. Deep Lane can be purchased through W. W. Norton and from independent booksellers.
A beautiful, profound novel about the families we are born into and the ones we create.—Tatjana Soli, New York Times bestselling author of The Lotus Eaters
From the publisher: All her life Vera has felt like a stranger in the old and drafty half-timbered farmhouse she arrived at as a five-year-old refugee from East Prussia in 1945, and yet she can’t seem to let it go. Sixty years later, her niece Anne suddenly shows up at her door with her small son. As the two strong-willed and very different women share the great old house, they find what they have never thought to search for: a family. Translated from the German by Anne Stokes, Dörte Hansen’s debut novel has become an international bestseller.
Anne Stokes’s most recent book-length translation of poetry by Sarah Kirsch, Ice Roses: Selected Poems (Carcanet, 2014), features over one hundred poems from Kirsch’s ten collections, and was shortlisted for the Oxford-Weidenfeld and the Popescu European Translation Prizes in 2015. Stokes teaches German and Translation Studies at the University of Stirling in Scotland. Her translation of Sarah Kirsch’s Winter appears in NER 37.3. This House is Mine can be purchased through Macmillan and from independent booksellers.
Intimate and hypnotic . . . whether turning her gaze inward or outward, these poems question the moral, aesthetic, and metaphysical needs that poetry exists to fill. —Ploughshares
In her newest poetry collection, Dana Levin uses humor, jump-cut imagery, and popular culture references in preparation for the approaching apocalypse. Against a backdrop of Facebook, cat memes, and students searching their smartphones for a definition of the soul, Levin draws upon a culture of limited attention spans as it searches for greater spiritual meaning.
Dana Levin has published three books of poetry, Wedding Day, Sky Burial, and In the Surgical Theatre, which won the APR/Honickman Award in 1999. A teacher of poetry for over twenty years, Levin divides her time between Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Maryville University in St. Louis, where she serves as Distinguished Writer in Residence. Her work appeared in NER 34.2. Banana Palace can be purchased through Powell’s Books and independent booksellers.