Lays in Summer Lands

Rediscovered after more than a century of neglect, this important 1879 collection of poems by the first African American ever elected to the U.S. Congress will surprise and move new generations of readers. J. Willis Menard grew up in frontier Illinois as a virtual neighbor of Abraham Lincoln, went on to serve in the Lincoln administration, and later became an influential editor, journalist, and political activist in Florida, where he was also elected to the Florida State Legislature.

For the first time in print since the 1879 edition, the poems gain new resonance thanks to accompanying essays and notes by the editorsLarry Eugene Rivers, Richard Mathews, and Canter Brown Jr. Here is a rich and inspiring book brimming with history, intellect, emotion, and literary grace.

 

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Wild Persistence

The poems in Wild Persistence often involve moments when the human and natural worlds intersect: a Sand-hill Crane dancing at the window of a grieving woman, a copperhead snake confronting a gardener, a billboard photo of a missing child slowly being eroded by weather and the passage of time. Although these poems mourn numerous losses, they celebrate the world in which such losses take place, turning for perspective to nature with its cyclical renewals and to the resilience of the human spirit.


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After Earth

Part elegy, part ode, part pastoral, part sci-fi, After Earth looks back through history in order to consider history’s end. Many of the poems are drawn from the concerns of a father for his children, from the impulse to record the Earth, to preserve what’s slipping away, and to heal, if poems can, the bifurcation of nature and civilization. Reveling in the ornate as well as the plain, these poems cultivate astonishment not in the promise of another world, but in the here and now, turning “what is wavering or tattered into permanence,” and praising all they can, as Auden says we must, “for being and for happening.”


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Tasting Like Gravity: Rondeaux and Other Poems

With drawings by Jeanne Clark Meinke

Tasting Like Gravity brings new poems from Florida’s poet laureate, Peter Meinke, with an emphasis on the roundeaux form. The book also includes a short essay on rondeaux by the poet and selected drawings by Jeanne Clark Meinke.


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Black Hole Factory

A black hole is a region of space-time with such strong gravitational effects that nothing—not even particles and electromagnetic radiation such as light—can escape from inside it. In Black Hole Factory, poet Eric Smith writes his way into and out of such holes with a commitment to the history and craftsmanship of the well-shaped poem. He compresses experience, intellect, and feeling within concentrated stanzas of compelling density. Even traditional rhyme and meter become sources of surprise and innovation in his hands. The book has poems that communicate impressive control, intellect, and wit—poems that cultivate ironic self-awareness and detachment on the part of both poet and reader. And then there are breakthrough moments giving up both irony and control in which poet and reader experience a kind of gravitational collapse powerful enough to deform and reshape space and time. In the end, Eric Smith has shaped a profound and accomplished manuscript of deep personal engagement graced by moving, open flights of lyricism.


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What the Body Knows

After our argument, my beloved fled to the flea market. Upon returning, she said, “I still love you. Here’s a door.” Picture a storm door, heavy gauge aluminum, shrunk to 28 by 22 inches and attached to a frame—what she offered in lieu of a make-up kiss . . . . A shower is a door between clean and cleaner. Belief is a door you lay down in a graveyard whereby dead aunts climb out of the dirt. A bed at midday is a door between two people who touch and trade breaths and burn late and exit their bodies like vapor . . . . A cat is a door we keep around the house to remind us we once preferred the world of animals. Morning has come. My door, which is now our door, leans against the wall the way shadows lean into the next life. My cat passes through this practice portal to prove she is still here. I get down on all fours, a rehearsal. I have doors all over my body—open them.

—From “Doors” by Lance Larsen, in What the Body Knows

Lance Larsen’s poetry inhabits a surreal backyard, blooming with zucchini, peonies, hooves and bones, sheet music by Chopin, and God the Father, loping through a vineyard. In 2012, Larsen was named the Utah Poet Laureate, a post he describes as “a kind of itinerant preacher of the word (lower case), or a Johnny Appleseed of the literary artifact.” Fortunately, he has a gift for making words grow. His poems often begin with quick affirmatives (“True…. yes”), as if they first sprouted in casual back-porch conversations and then wheeled off into their own expanding lives. . . . There’s a slantwise echo of the garden in all of Larsen’s poetry. In its fascination with the natural world, both domestic and wild, there’s a longing to connect with the creation, with the other, and with God.


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Public Land

“The portraits, elegies, and landscapes in Public Land illuminate these pages with flashes of shadow and uncharted landscapes of electric, existential honesty. In tensile and subtle verse, Matt Sumpter deftly embraces the rhythms of language and emotional experience, gifting us a poetry that, like the forests our speaker turns and returns to, harbors the most ineffable of growth. This book is unflinchingly, deeply felt. It builds and changes under its own light like a flowering engine, ‘as if this ruin were a kind of rescue.’ This is vital, arresting work by a singular voice, and I know that I will turn and return to these poems in years to come.”
— Lo Kwa Mei-en


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Light into Bodies

Taken as a whole, Light into Bodies grapples with issues of identity, the fluid and evolving nature of identity, and how identity can be contextual. It explores individual identity and how that identity changes through time and influence. The book is divided into three parts. The first section inhabits the landscape of childhood, that of a biracial, multiethnic child as she grapples with understanding the world and her place in it based on what she sees and what she’s been taught. The second section moves from childhood and family-of-origin into the world of the adult: relationships, marriage, divorce, and expectations of identity and behavior based on relationship roles. The third section opens up to the larger world and identity in that world, societal expectations and assumptions with respect to identity, the concept of home, memory and time, origins and creation. Recurring juxtapositions of sometimes seemingly disparate things, such as science and religion, myth and math, East and West, coupled with a mix of various poetic forms and styles, strive to work against the declaration of a monolithic identity. The book ends with a nod to the idea that we are multi-dimensional with multiple identities, to the idea that identity is a personal journey and that we have a right and an obligation to identify our own selves.


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Love Nailed to the Doorpost

In Love Nailed to the Doorpost, Richard Chess offers poems and lyrical prose inspired and informed equally by the pleasures and pressures of everyday life and by sacred and secular texts ranging from Torah to Basho to Robert Creeley. This new work transports us from the biblical past to the present, from creation stories to stories of brotherly struggle to meditations on married and family love.
Love—that’s the thing, whether spontaneously arising or commanded, as it is, the commandment to love inscribed on parchment, rolled up and tucked into a small case, a mezuzah, and nailed to the doorpost of the house. You shall love: the challenges of fulfilling that commandment, and the joy and transformation one experiences when one does: that’s what Chess’s powerful new work explores.


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Separate Flights

Winner of the 2015 Anita Claire Scharf Award

Many of the poems in Separate Flights are about perspective: a child’s view of her neighborhood from the shifting altitudes of a small plane, the dying Keats looking out his window at life going on without him, a deadly hot air balloon crash that appears beautiful to a passenger flying far above it, Monet in his garden continuing to paint the willows within earshot of the German guns. In these poems birds appear both as part of nature and as messengers: the heron flying over a sick woman’s house, the goldfinch arriving as unexpectedly as an idea, the owl nesting in winter and calling forth spring. Whether their focus is nature or human consciousness, the poems in Separate Flights pay attention to the ways in which angle of vision alters our perceptions of the world.


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Among the Gorgons

Winner of the 2015 Tampa Review Prize for Poetry


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Black Anthem

This book of sonnets—wide-ranging in their investigations of the body, the psyche, metaphysical hunger and its place in human conflict—owes its emotional power to the speed and focus of small songs taking part in a larger conversation. In honor and defiance of tradition, these sonnets turn their gaze outward to ask, is not a song more elusive than our story about it? How might our limits quicken and deepen the question of values? Whatever the anthem, as Bond explores it, something of its music is ever larger than its message, its measures more measureless, its window more capacious than its frame. Paisley Rekdal, author of Animal Eye, says, “Black Anthem is beautiful, smart, and relentlessly probing. Anyone interested in the sonnet tradition must read it.”


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Cherish

How strange to be here at all
talking to you like this in a poem—
if only a moment our two psyches
touching.
—from “Passing Thru”

Steve Kowit’s poetry has been described as a “memorable exhilaration, a singular concentration of language, and a flow of razor-sharp images springing irrepressibly from the author’s humanity” (CHOICE). It is his humanity we celebrate in this, Steve’s last collection. Cherish: New and Selected Poems was receiving its final editorial touches by Steve when he passed away in April of 2015.

Steve Kowit—a poet, an editor, a teacher—was 2007 winner of the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry for his collection The First Noble Truth and author of other books of poems, including Lurid Confessions, The Dumbbell Nebula, and The Gods of Rapture. He was also author of the influential creative writing workshop text In the Palm of Your Hand: The Poet’s Portable Workshop.

“How fine to have in in our hands . . . the lucid, voluptuous, exuberant poems of Steve Kowit.” —Dorianne Laux


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Visitations

Winner of the Anita Claire Scharf Award

Robert Morgan describes John Bensko’s collection, Visitations, as “a book of portraits and voices, many voices, all of them vivid and memorable. Rivers speak, weeds speak, and figures from American history tell us their stories . . . Both the atrocities and glories of our world come to life in these poems of witness, lament, celebration, and the often painful mystery of love.”

In Visitations, Bensko pushes readers to enlarge their vision through imaginative leaps; his poems are visitations to multiple times and places, indwelling bodies and circumstances. He allows us to inhabit both sides of a war, to move from the Hudson River Valley to Mississippi, or to draw our souls through sheep, oxen, and shark; we are unmoored from time and place to explore what it means to be fully human.

“I sit back after reading one of these and have to catch my breath, a little shaken by encountering a poet whose instinct guides him straight to the heart of the matter . . . I rejoice that poetry this good is still being written,” writes Richard Tillinghast.


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Systems of Vanishing

Winner of the 2013 Tampa Review Prize for Poetry

Though the poems in Systems of Vanishing range widely in their content and form, the collection as a whole is grounded in its focus on the disappearances occurring all around us, all the time. Some of these disappearances are natural, organic vanishings that have always been central to life; others are unnatural, grief-inducing losses we are inflicting on the world—the vanishing of species, of beauties of all kinds, and of the rhythms by which we live most fully, replaced by noise and a lust for things. But Hettich’s poems are also infused with a profound gratitude for the pleasures and graces of his life—the amazing natural fecundity that surrounds him in his subtropical habitat, and the abiding love of family and friends. These poems explore not only the extraordinary variety and magnitude of loss, but also the great power of resilience and joy.

Chase Twitchell says of Hettich and Systems of Vanishing, “(His) authority, which is both modest and absolutely genuine, compels us to follow him into some wild what-ifs, which make for an exciting ride. His elegy for a lost daughter brought me to tears. The quiet magic of these poems is stunning and profound.”

Richard Blanco calls Systems of Vanishing Hettich’s “most profound and intricate collection to date.”


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Absence & Presence

In her ninth book, and her second poetry collection with the University of Tampa Press, Lisa Steinman considers both the seen and the unseen as she “meditatively engages the ironies of being,” as poet Maxine Scates has beautifully phrased it.  Writer Alice Fulton observes that “In Absence & Presence, Lisa M. Steinman confronts the most unsparing aspects of existence with an intelligence that is nothing short of revelatory.”


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Dear Stranger

Poet Major Jackson refers to the poems in Jenny Browne’s newest collection as “angel-fisted lyrics,” and this evocative phrase captures both the tough and rapturous sides of her work. With poems of memory and narrative, thought and feeling, Jenny Browne has shaped another powerful book.

Poet and professor Stephen Burt of Harvard University writes, “Her poems retain the unpredictability not of a roulette wheel or a supernova, but of a quirky, wise friend in another city, one whose reactions surprise us even once we know her well enough to trust her well.”


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In Thailand it is Night

Winner of the Anita Claire Scharf Award

In Thailand It Is Night reminds us that poetry holds both nostalgia and instructions: we dream of the future while wearing the garments of our fathers. Ira Sukrungruang’s new collection is surprising and clear at every turn. –Stephen Kuusisto

In Ira Sukrungruang’s In Thailand It Is Night, the afterlife is where the streets bustle with the sounds of a backfiring motor and where the surprise of peacocks in the middle of the city fan out their blues and greens despite the strangeness of the paved walkways. Within, Midwest winters are warded off by palpable memories of home while the complexities of love and the world are recollections blossoming from the mind as dogs howl “at the bitten moon.” A vast statue of Buddha houses wintering birds in its ears. Their songs are Sukrunguang’s poems which travel the curved path from the brain into the heart. –Oliver de la Paz

To read the poems in In Thailand It Is Night is to encounter a speaker who knows that poetry lies deeply embedded in the body, and in the litany of breath itself. Sukrungruang has limned an extraordinary collection couched in the broken language of immigration and the mystical language of reincarnation, a book that is as dreamy as it is resolute. Deeply rooted in the landscape, these poems define emotion using the riches of the natural world: finches and cranes and crows, geckos and tree frogs and cardinals and moths—these creatures weave longing, memory, and family into an intricate, lyric-narrative web. “My palms are up,” writes Sukrungruang, and this gesture signifies how open his poetry is to the world, to the simultaneous beauty and suffering it brings.” –Erika Meitner


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The Old Dominion

Winner of the 2012 Tampa Review Prize for Poetry

Jennifer Key takes the title of her first book of poetry from the nickname for the state of Virginia, but she extends the evocative phrase to reflect her complex understanding of domination and dominion in a multi-layered cultural context. The Old Dominion speaks to us with exceptional, insistent images and ideas. Her poems develop into intricate thematic relationships in a gorgeous collection.


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Genius Loci

“Lance Larsen’s fourth collection of poems is as beautifully curated as an art exhibition. Each poem impresses itself of mind and eye and heart like an object brilliantly made and suddenly essential, suddenly neccessary. Wry wit, perfectly etched lines, and a talent for finding poems in unexpected places are hallmarks. His is an important, clarifying voice that you don’t want to miss.” –Kelly Cherry, author of The Retreats of Thought: Poems

“These small, smart treasures dazzle us every time. Deceptively simple observational moments offer themselves up with such inviting clarity that we are, to our benefit, startled by a world turned around in the hand—‘An elevator waiting to be translated into a school bus,’ for example. The poems live their bigger stories to be sure, but imaginative, quiet epiphanies make them feel surprising at every turn.” –Alberto Ríos, author of The Dangerous Shirt


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The Occasions of Paradise

Winner of the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry.

John Blair’s previous poetry collection, The Green Girls, was the 2003 winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Award from Pleiades Press, and his short story collection, American Standard, was the 2002 winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize and was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. He also has two novels from Ballantine/Del Rey, Bright Angel and A Landscape of Darkness, and has poems and stories in Poetry, The New York Quarterly, The Sewanee Review, The Antioch Review, New Letters, and elsewhere. Kevin Prufer writes, “Blair’s poems are musically brilliant, ambitious, and full of gentle urgency. And, despite their sadness and pain, they are also quietly optimistic and elegant.”


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The Shape of Poetry

With drawings by Jeanne Clark Meinke

Peter Meinke is the author of fifteen books of poetry, seven of them in the prestigious Pitt Poetry Series. This book, with drawings by Jeanne Clark Meinke, introduces writers and readers alike to the art and craft of the contemporary poem. The reviewer for The Tampa Tribune describes it well: “This book is so unpretentiously written, so clear in its purpose, and so generously illustrated with poetic selections that it is a delight to read. Anyone, poetic or not, can learn a lot effortlessly in the hands of this gifted teacher and poet.”


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The Light in the Film

Drawing on characters from Tosca to Lew Welch to Henry Purcell and on landscapes from Mexico to Hell to Saratoga Springs, Jordan Smith’s sixth collection of poems is a wide-ranging consideration of the world viewed in the light of loss and restitution. Smith’s lyrics look for likenesses found in the combination of the unlikely, and they discover, in the do-it-yourself culture of America, a determined, eccentric resistance to time’s erosions. Adrian Frazier of the National University of Ireland said of this collection: “You won’t find any better wisdom, or memorable music, in the back catalogues of your favourite songbooks. For my money, then, Jordan Smith’s The Light in the Film is great poetry.”


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Rip-Tooth

Winner of the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry

“Devoted as a hawk and just that acutely aware, in Rip-Tooth Dennis Hinrichsen targets his subjects for soulful sustenance, and with every searing line chooses clarity over insanity: in the perceptual realm, in nature, in family, in all the tough brainless inheritances a human poetry must bear up and under and forward. For their exceptional grace and dignity, these poems can be read with sheer gratitude.”—William Olsen


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Whore

Winner of the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry
This first book by Sarah Maclay captures intimations of love both fleeting and mysterious in poems of longing, rapture, heart-wreck, and self-confrontation. The judges praised her poems as “spectacular in their execution” and in their “hunger for unexpected disclosures.” William Olsen writes, “The poems in Sarah Maclay’s astonishing book insist on life, line by line, phrase by phrase.” Mary Ruefle describes them as “elegant, evocative poems, delivered in the lower register, rich and dense with drunken language.” And Roger Weingarten concludes “Maclay’s Whore is a street-smart Frank O’Hara Lazarused to L.A. with an ear for random possibilities, telling and sensuously imagine detail.”


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White Shirt

White Shirt is the latest book of poetry from Christopher Buckley, whose work has been described by Emilia Philips in James Dickey Review as about “the crafts not only of poetry, but of memory, politics, philosophy, and probability, that present the whole of one man’s experience, of his time, including his losses and lost bets.”

Buckley, winner of the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry for Rolling the Bones, has been a vital and compelling voice in American poetry for three decades. Philip Levine, writing in Ploughshares, describes his poems as “modest, straightforward, intensely lyrical, and totally accessible . . . This is a humble poetry of great truths and profound emotions that never overstates its concerns for the events both in and above the world.”


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This Disease

Writer Maureen Seaton beautifully describes the latest book by Chicago poet Barry Silesky: “Heartbreaking and heart-healing, terrifyingly sad and gorgeous in its exuberance, This Disease wrestles the hard stuff and brings us home to ‘Music and wine, and the blue, blue lake spreading into the sky—simply nothing to hate’—and much to love.”


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Third Temple

“Playful and erudite, irreverent and prayerful, Rick Chess’s new poems speak to post-modern exile, taking up the timeless Jewish themes of freedom and slavery. Read Third Temple for its rich musicality and wise meditations on gender, politics, and the requirements of the moral life.” -Robin Becker


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The White Bride

A book of delirious surfaces riding on obsessive rhythms and a long breath, Sarah Maclay’s second full-length collection, almost entirely prose poems, is composed of sentences as serpentine and sinuous as they are prone to interruption from the fragmented consciousness of inner and external worlds. Inspired by everything from old record covers to mannequins, historical figures, street scenes, music and myth, these dreamlike and inventive poems both extend and echo the sounds and sensibilities of her earlier work.


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The Second Reason

Writer Nick Flynn says this book “is wild and beautiful and surprising. In this poet’s hands the seemingly mundane is transformed into the nearly sacred, the elemental reveals its inner mysteries, and scraps of overheard language dissolve into a song. Jenny Browne is a poet of alchemy, and these poems embody wonder.”


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The Names of Things Are Leaving

Winner of the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry
“Jordan Smith’s poems have the integrity of American oak and the systematic grace of music, which is their subject,” writes David Rigsbee. This is the latest collection by the poet who won the first Tampa Review Prize for Poetry with For Appearances. Of his new book, Karen Swenson says, “Smith makes stunning music, which draws you in to the dance.” John Drury adds, “The names of things may be leaving, but not if Jordan Smith’s marvelous, magnificent poems can help it.”


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The Movie of Us

Kevin Jeffery Clarke’s poems have appeared in journals including Hudson Review and Paris Review, but he had not yet published his first book when he died suddenly in 2002 at the age of 48. Editor Don Morrill writes in his introduction that when friends brought the manuscript to his attention, “It was clear that The Movie of Us was a complete work of undeniable power, that deserved an audience at the first opportunity.” All royalties from sales go to the Kevin Jeffery Clarke Poetry Publication Fund at the University of Tampa Press to support the publication of other first books of poetry.


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The First Noble Truth

Steve Kowit’s poetry is shamelessly accessible, written in something close to the real language that we speak. Yet in Kowit’s hands it is language that is both luminous and lyrical. His poems are sometimes hilariously funny, sometimes fiercely political, sometimes slyly anecdotal, and sometimes all these things at once. His latest book, winner of the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry, will confirm the observation of Thomas Lux that Kowit “has more energy, more passion, more fire, and more humor in his left little finger than most poets have in their whole bodies.”


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The Elf Poem

This delightful guide to writing and reading poems will appeal to children of all ages with charming drawings by Jeanne Clark Meinke and wise and winking elfish verse by Florida’s Poet Laureate, Peter Meinke. As the Elf advises:

“ . . . when you write, write carefully,
With gaiety and grace,
For when you write a lovely poem
The world’s a better place.”


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Tekiah

“The overarching subject of Tekiah, Richard Chess’s marvelous first book of poems, is the privileged and oppressive legacy of religious and historical experience, of memory that burdens the present even as it helps to clarify it. In a remarkable idiom that is as unpredictable as it is just . . .Chess brings the lift and shine of lyric speech to bear upon the unredeemable disorders of contemporary life. Tekiah will amaze, challenge and console all those who seek in poetry the transfiguring articulation of our darkest problems.” –Alan Shapiro


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Sweet Core Orchard

Winner of the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry and the 2010 Lambda Literary Award for Poetry.

Poet Benjamin S. Grossberg planted his own small orchard a few years ago near his home in Ohio and called it Sweet Core Orchard, a resonant name that became the title of his second book of poetry and winner of the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry. Tampa Review judges praised the book for its “compelling affirmation of the longer poem . . . brilliant lyrical and thematic arcs, rich use of archetype and symbol, and heartening honesty.” Poet and critic Edward Hirsch, a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, describes it as “a brave, unabashed, at times theological, and utterly exuberant collection of poems. This book is a beautiful orchard, and there is a sweet wild energy at its core.”


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Space Traveler

In Benjamin S. Grossberg’s third collection, he forges a new mythology, fresh and contemporary in voice and content, as he examines how we live today, seen through the eyes of another being. Playful, insightful, wide in their arc of associations, the poems of Space Traveler are spoken by an alien traveling from star to star, getting a chance to “observe up close” the variety of outer-space phenomena. Along the way, the space traveler launches into contemplation of the range of subjects that humans encounter—-desire, aging, love and separation, and often addressing us, humanity, directly. The space traveler is sometimes exultant, sometimes bereft, but always finds implicit parallels of language and image between his experience traveling alone through space, and our lives in a contemporary world and a contemporary America. But despite its contemporary observations, the space traveler is the natural heir to ancient Odysseus and his fellow seafarers. He, too, navigates a magical landscape in a long search for home.

Maggie Anderson states that, “this book clearly establishes Benjamin Grossberg as one of our most original and consistently interesting poets.”


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Rolling the Bones

Winner of the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry.

Christopher Buckley has been a vital and compelling voice in American Poetry for three decades. Philip Levine, writing in Ploughshares, describes his work as “modest, straightforward, intensely lyrical, and totally accessible. . . . This is a humble poetry of great truths and profound emotions that never overstates its concerns for the events both in and above the world.”


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Public Gestures

Matt Yurdana’s first book was named as a finalist in poetry for the Oregon Book Awards. It explores the stories, recollections, and half-truths that we stand by and rely upon. Poet Gary Snyder writes: “These highly intelligent poems—slightly daft, mildly sinister, subtly funny—push us to be ready for anything. Soulful, rational, unjudgmental, heartbreaking, and healing. A hugely refreshing book.” Andrew Hudgins says, “Few poets can equal his astute merging of music and meaning. Public Gestures speaks with an enthralling voice.” And Pattiann Rogers says, “This is a first book of rare originality and perception.”


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Music for the Black Room

Elemental, essential and urgent, Music for the Black Room is made vivid by poems that transport through means both spare—at times, nearly irreducible—and lush. As the world of the everyday edges into the nocturnal, quotidian moorings give way to the surreal. Mistakes of both action and perception—the siren call of delusion and dream—fuel the fabrication of a psychescape where one thing seems to be another, whether through metaphor or actual error—an inscape of wind, of snow and dirt, where sky looks like water, where water can flame into fire.


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Lines From Wildwood Lane

Lines from Wildwood Lane, is a collection of drawings by Jeanne Clark Meinke. Her work has appeared in magazines and newspapers such as The New Yorker, Gourmet, Bon Appetite, The St. Petersburg Times, and Tampa Review, among others. Depicting connections between everyday people and objects, Meinke says, I dont go around looking for subjects to draw; they must say something to me, because I know them when I see them.
The limitededition hardback is hand bound with French marbled paper and green quarter-linen spine by David H. Barry at Griffin Bookbinding, St. Petersburg, Florida.

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Lines From Neuchatel (Hardback)

With drawings by Jeanne Clark Meinke

Fine poetry and art improve with age. In celebration and in evidence of this, the University of Tampa Press presents the newest work by Peter Meinke, first Poet Laureate of the City of St. Petersburg, Florida: the thirty-fifth anniversary edition of his internationally acclaimed and long out-of-print classic, Lines from Neuchâtel, featuring drawings by Jeanne Meinke.

 

With a dozen additional drawings by Jeanne, a new essay and six added poems by Peter, and a production that presents the text and art in a handsome special edition, Lines from Neuchâtel has been enriched in the fullness of time. First designed and printed by St. Petersburgs Konglomerati Press in 1974, Lines from Neuchâtel brought Peter and Jeannes poems and drawings together in a memorable and groundbreaking volume. Shortly afterward, Peter would publish his first book in the Pitt Poetry Series and begin a publishing history marked by major awards and readings around the globe. Jeannes drawings would begin to appear in The New Yorker and Gourmet magazine as well as in national literary journals and books.Lines from Neuchâtel holds a special place in the work and experience of two of Floridas most admired artists in our State of the Arts.”

 

Also available as a handcrafted hardback bound by David Barry of Griffin Bindery, St. Petersburg, with dark blue quarter-linen spine and French marbled papers, signed by poet and artist.

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Lines From Neuchatel

Fine poetry and art improve with age. In celebration and in evidence of this, the University of Tampa Press presents the newest work by Peter Meinke, first Poet Laureate of the City of St. Petersburg, Florida: the thirty-fifth anniversary edition of his internationally acclaimed and long out-of-print classic, Lines from Neuchâtel, featuring drawings by Jeanne Meinke.

 

With a dozen additional drawings by Jeanne, a new essay and six added poems by Peter, and a production that presents the text and art in a handsome special edition, Lines from Neuchâtel has been enriched in the fullness of time. First designed and printed by St. Petersburgs Konglomerati Press in 1974, Lines from Neuchâtel brought Peter and Jeannes poems and drawings together in a memorable and groundbreaking volume. Shortly afterward, Peter would publish his first book in the Pitt Poetry Series and begin a publishing history marked by major awards and readings around the globe. Jeannes drawings would begin to appear in The New Yorker and Gourmet magazine as well as in national literary journals and books.Lines from Neuchâtel holds a special place in the work and experience of two of Floridas most admired artists in our State of the Arts.”

 

Also availableas a handcrafted hardback bound by David Barry of Griffin Bindery, St. Petersburg, with dark blue quarter-linen spine and French marbled papers, signed by poet and artist.

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Light Persists

Winner of the 2005 Tampa Review Prize for Poetry.

Through nature, Jane Ellen Glasser is put in touch with her inner world in the stillness of a meditation that delights and awakens. Yet she does not shun life’s difficulties. At the heart of this book are poems mourning her daughter Jessica, who died in a car accident at the age of twenty-two. Glasser courageously addresses loss and doubt as she leads us on an enlightening journey, wide enough to encompass gratitude and joy, blessed by images and language full of grace for eye and ear.


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In All Their Animal Brilliance

Winner of the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry. This new book by Lance Larsen is described by Jane Hirshfield as “a book of startling, fierce, inventive talent.”Adam Zagajewski writes that it “is strong like steel and has streaks of intense poetic brilliance that make you jump.” Dean Young explains that “Lance Larsen attests again and again to the generous, transformative power of lived experience to plot the spirit’s magical trajectories.” And Lola Haskins says simply that the book “embodies what I feel poetry should be.”


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History, Passion, Freedom, Death, and Hope

Award-winning poet Kelly Cherry includes advice to young poets and perceptive discussions of contemporary poetry and poetics in this rich new collection of prose about poetry. American poet Robert Wallace writes: “Poet, philosopher, novelist, translator, reviewer, Kelly Cherry is that rare thing—an American woman of letters. In this stunning compilation of her essays on the art of poetry . . . with grace, intelligence, eloquence, and above all music, she provides both a welcome road map to the poetry of the past half century and a companionable guide book to the major ideas of form and content that have shaped the contemporary aesthetic . . . Brilliant, original, these pieces sing; they dance; they levitate off the page.”


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For Appearances

First winner of the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry, this collection by Jordan Smith is what Sandra McPherson calls “a gem of a book.” Liam Rector says, “Jordan Smith has written some of the most important poetry of the post-Vietnam generation. His melancholic portraits of Upstate life are comparable to what’s most poignant in Thomas Hardy, Edvard Munch, and Ingmar Bergman. There’s a moral seriousness, a wry Yankee humor, and a heartbreaking strength of sentiment at work in Smith’s poems. They partake of a Shaker aesthetic: useful, beautiful.”


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Fire Eater

This remarkable first book traces complex and ultimately transformative connections between the poet and the landscape of her native Northern Minnesota. Author John Minczeski writes: “Kathleen Jesme searches through the rubble of the quiet, relentless fire within. Her poems abound in an exquisite attention to detail and craft. More than variations on the theme of fire, her poems fix upon the soul of fire, which is only possible by close inspection of her own soul, and ours as well.”


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Ditch-Tender

Julia B. Levine’s third book of poetry instills a dramatic appreciation for the fullness and challenge of each stage of life. With lyrical grace and a fearless perception, she writes of the public and private roles we play as child, parent, partner, lover, psychologist, neighbor, and friend. Along the way we are immersed in poetic experiences both complex and inspiring. In the words of poet Kate Northrop, Levine captures “the gorgeous and complicated evidence—of beauty, of love, of ruin and ‘essential hazards’—and through that process, through the images and wisdom of the poems, leads the reader to a richly imagined place, one where words still can heal.”


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Coming Late to Rachmaninoff

Winner of the 2004 Minnesota Book Award for Poetry. The poet’s Midwestern roots and rich perspectives enrich this first collection by a widely published poet and prize-winning author of creative nonfiction. Terrill has an eye for the ironic and the beautiful, an ear for music and the music of language. As poet Peggy Shumaker says, these are “edgy” and “tender” poems of “music, family, grief, the possibility of love—they’re all here.


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Chair in the Desert

“Rick Chess’s poetry is a glass through which one sees brightly, openly, gladly thrillingly. . . Here is the language of life—life conditioned, bound, tangled, yet illumined and clarified by a transcendent Eye. One reads these shiningly honest lines and feels their blessing.” —Cynthia Ozick, author of The Puttermesser Papers and The Shawl


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Carslaw’s Sequences

Lisa M. Steinman’s book was named one of five finalists in poetry for the Oregon Book Award. Steinman takes the title of her collection of poetry from the world of mathematics: Carslaw’s sequences are series of numbers that cannot be tidily summed. While this is something of a problem for mathematicians, it proves to be a delight for the poet. Her book was also a finalist for the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry. Madeline DeFrees writes: “This is a stunning book, one to return to again and again.”


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Calenture

In this memorable first book, Kent Shaw explores layers of devotion, illusion, and sacrifice in abstract and personal terms. At age eighteen, he enlisted for six years of service in the U.S. Navy. Midway through, his unadulterated patriotism shifted to unanticipated doubt. Calenture—whose title refers to a sickness sailors suffer as they come to believe the ocean is a meadow, try to walk into it, and find themselves drowning—draws upon rich seagoing metaphors to probe faith, change, and delusion. With poems of ocean and spirit, land and love, family and stranger, this book is anchored and buoyed by a sailor’s undeniable longing to experience a great voyage fully and to render it true and whole.“Shaw renders the familiar new, and the new fraught with power and language.” — American Poet (Fall 2008)


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Bent Upon Light

Bent upon Light illuminates the gap between human reach and human grasp. It is no easy matter to look toward emptiness and reveal its contents. Yet Marjorie Stelmach’s poems cast light from that gap through a spiritual prism refracting and reflecting the ways our words so often fail to fit our world, the ways our dreams suggest landscapes we can’t discover in our waking lives, the ways we convert both nature and art into emblems, omens, or provisional visions that fill us with brief joy before we reach again.


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Backyard Alchemy

Deft humor and poetic wisdom combine into a transformative book of poetry by Utah author Lance Larsen. Offering golden glimpses of ordinary moments, Backyard Alchemy prompted poet and American Book Award winner Jim Barnes to write: “This book may save your life. You will learn something you will need to know with each poem you read.” This is Larsen’s third book, and his second with the University of Tampa Press, which published In All Their Animal Brilliance in 2005 as winner of the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry.


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At Once

Jenny Browne’s first book-length collection of poetry was a finalist for the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry. Author Naomi Shihab Nye describes the poems as “breathtaking” and writes that “they honor and illuminate everything they consider with deep intelligence and care.”


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Ask

Winner of the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry. Levine’s Ask is beautifully described by poet Ruth Schwartz as “a stunning book” that “time and time again renders me speechless with awe and agreement.” Past recipient of the Pablo Neruda Prize in Poetry and winner of the Anhinga Prize in Poetry for her first collection, Levine also maintains an on-going clinical practice as a child psychologist. She draws from her own frontline experiences as a professional psychologist, a mother of three, and a daughter, in order to bring to light some of the more disturbing aspects of how our culture enacts love and desire. Poet Edward Hirsch praises it as “a book that asks us to think by feeling” and the judges wrote that “if a fearless gaze could speak, this would be its voice.”

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Almost Dark

A new collection of poems from Richard Terrill, winner of the Minnesota Book Award for Poetry. Robert Dana says, “the rich weight of Richard Terrill’s poems is unmatched in the poems of any of his contemporaries. Empires of food, luxury, and time spring forth question after lush question after wise question.”


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A History of Disappearance

This strong and lyrical second book by Marjorie Stelmach, whose first collection won the Marianne Moore Prize, is strong evidence for Mona Van Duyn’s advice that this is a poet to keep an eye on. Poet Eric Pankey has written, “A History of Disappearance works a wonderful alchemy. The ephemeral, that which is always on the verge of disappearing, is recast into a mutable and lasting gold in Marjorie Stelmach’s elegant poems.”

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