Welcome to Mailbox Monday, the weekly meme created by Marcia from A girl and her books (formerly The Printed Page) where book lovers share the titles they received for review, purchased, or otherwise obtained over the past week. Mailbox Monday currently is on tour, and this month, it is being hosted by At Home With Books.
The only books I received last week were 4 of the 5 the short listed poetry books for the Indie Lit Awards:
Beyond the Scent of Sorrow delves into the challenges faced by women on a global level. The eucalyptus trees in southwest Portugal are used as an archetype to symbolically elicit the challenges women face in today’s world. Boldly, the poems which are lyrical, literal, short, and succinct, profess the unkind capabilities of mankind. (publisher’s summary)
Speaking directly to the pop icon’s ghost, Megan Volpert dives into a completely charted yet utterly unknown ocean that is Andy Warhol. The resulting collection of love letters and hate mail audaciously perforates the scene of the usual cultural suspects with icy shrapnel in a terrifying mirror game. This is not a biography, but a book that reflects Andy — detects him, the Andy who deflects.
Working into territory that channels the essay as its more radical practitioners imagine. Volpert revives the prose poem and rethinks herself. As the idea of a “real” Andy begins to decay, the author learns to invent him and discovers herself everywhere. Remaking this mythic man in the image of her own baggage, Volpert gives us her most personal writing to date and a striking truth: everybody becomes Andy. (publisher’s summary)
WHAT LOOKS LIKE AN ELEPHANT is not a question, but the title of a groundbreaking full-length poetry book by Ed Nudelman containing over 80 poems dealing with ambiguities and paradoxes in experience–how impressions of certainty and doubt affect everyday life. A cancer research scientist by trade, Ed has brought elements of scientific inquiry together with child and adolescent memories, and mixed in humor and stunning poetic metaphor, to make this a compelling and provocative read. (publisher’s summary)
Three Women: A Poetic Triptych and Selected Poems by Emma Eden Ramos, from the author (Lulu)
A truly unique and awe-inspiring collection, Emma Eden Ramos wows readers with her narrative-style writing in Three Women: A Poetic Triptych and Selected Poems. This is the fifth chapbook to released by Heavy Hands Ink. (publisher’s summary)
What books did you add to your shelves recently?
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