Today, Thursday's Three brings you a trio of poetry books that may not have registered on your radar.
✭ The Oklahoma Poets Laureate: A Sourcebook, History, and Anthology (Mongrel Empire Press, 2015) ~ Editor Shawn Holliday, associate dean of graduate studies, Northwestern Oklahoma State University and a professor of English, provides a history of and contextual introduction to the Oklahoma Poets Laureate, biographies, critical evaluations of the 20 poets, and a selection of poems from each.
Benjamin Myers is the state's current Poet Laureate; read a profile.
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✭ Hallelujah for 50ft Women: Poems About Women's Relationship to Their Bodies (Bloodaxe Books, April 2015) ~ The third anthology of women's poetry from Raving Beauties, the collection includes poems by Selima Hill, Kim Addonizio, Jackie Kay, and Helen Dunmore.
The Raving Beauties are Sue Jones-Davies, Fan Viner, and Dee Orr. Read about the group's other books.
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✭ The Last Two Seconds (Graywolf Press, March 2015) ~ Poet, translator, and professor of English Mary Jo Bang's first poetry collection since Elegy (Graywolf, 2009), which won a 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award, this book addresses the difficulties of being human in the 21st Century. The poem's titles — e.g., "Rude Mechanicals", "Time Trap: The Perpetual Moment", "Reading Conrad's Heart of Darkness", "Studies in Neuroscience: The Perpetual Moment", "Close Observation Especially of One under Suspicion", "The Disappearance of Amerika: After Kafka", "Filming the Doomsday Clock" — hint at our issues with time, machines, and disasters of our own making. Among her other honors, Bang received the 2005 Alice Fay di Castagnola Award.
Mary Jo Bang Profile and Books at Graywolf
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