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Abandoned Quarry: New and Selected Poems
By author: John Lane
Product Code: P428
ISBN: 9780881462418
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Pages: 182
Product Format: Paperback
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Abandoned Quarry publishes for the first time in a trade edition Lane's poems from Quarries, As the World Around us Sleeps, Against Information & Other Poems, The Dead Father Poems, Noble Trees, and other chapbooks, broadsides, and little magazines. Mostly out of print, or simply unavailable except in rare book collections, the selection of poems in Abandoned Quarry shows the growth and fullness of spirit of one of the important Southern poets to emerge in the 1980s.
Breakwater: Poems
By author: Catharine Savage Brosman
Product Code: P391
ISBN: 9780881461633
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Pages: 111
Product Format: Paperback
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Breakwater, Catharine Savage Brosman's new collection, presents a wide variety of lyrics, narrative poems, and meditations in free verse, blank verse, rhymed quatrains, and other forms. Whether she is describing the flight of egrets, a bougainvillea vine, a family running from the Nazis, the beauties of Unaweep Canyon in southwestern Colorado, or adventures of the heart, Brosman's technique allows her to convey the very essence of her topic by those incantations and "immaterial conceits" (as the poem Éventail puts it) that are the mark of exceptional poetry.
Breakwater: Poems
By author: Catharine Savage Brosman
Product Code: H797
ISBN: 9780881461800
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Pages: 112
Product Format: Hardback
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Price:  $30.00
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Breakwater, Catharine Savage Brosman's new collection, presents a wide variety of lyrics, narrative poems, and meditations in free verse, blank verse, rhymed quatrains, and other forms. Whether she is describing the flight of egrets, a bougainvillea vine, a family running from the Nazis, the beauties of Unaweep Canyon in southwestern Colorado, or adventures of the heart, Brosman's technique allows her to convey the very essence of her topic by those incantations and "immaterial conceits" (as the poem Éventail puts it) that are the mark of exceptional poetry.
Carnival Life
By author: Lesley Dauer
Product Code: P528
ISBN: 9780881465716
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Product Format: Paperback / softback
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Each poem in this award-winning collection represents the life of a carnival performer or that of an outsider whose life is rife with carnival metaphor. For instance, "The Two-Headed Woman and the Two-Faced Man" is both literal and metaphorical. Naturally, she draws carnival audiences, and as an outsider and illusionist of sorts, he complicates her life. Through deft, incisive portraits, Lesley Dauer populates these pages with people and animals in whom we recognize our own strengths, quirks, and bewilderment. We meet among others: a human cannonball preoccupied with thoughts of his family's welfare, a contortionist controlled by his emotions, and compassionate dancing bears concerned by the psychological limits of their audience.
Concertina: Poems
By author: Joseph Bathanti
Product Code: P480
ISBN: 9780881464702
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Pages: 96
Product Format: Paperback
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In 1976, Joseph Bathanti left his home in Pittsburgh for a fourteen- month sojourn as a VISTA Volunteer with the North Carolina Department of Correction. His new volume of poems, CONCERTINA, recounts in lyrical sweep his entry into the surreal, brutal, and often terrifyingly beautiful netherworld of convicts and their keepers. It is a world with one foot still firmly planted in the old chain gang, the other venturing beyond the manacles of history into a realm of second chances, while the country, in the throes of its bicentennial celebration, still swoons from Watergate and its aftermath. What's more, CONCERTINA, is an outsider's meditation on the American South and the power of place to transform not only language, but to instill in the speaker the impulse to tell the story of everything his eye lights upon. Indeed, Bathanti's world is as much about the geography, the very ether, of North Carolina, as it is about prisons. His voice is contemplative, poised on a tightrope of its own making, pitched near detonation.

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