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A Hole in the Light by Lucas Jacob
Geographically, A Hole in the Light contains poems of and about North Texas—especially the natural and manmade environments to be found along the Trinity, Brazos, and Paluxy Rivers. The speakers of the poems, and the people in the poems, grapple with the ways in which unremarkable daily experiences can be transformed into sharpened moments of surprising awareness. Jacob brings the unexpected and the mundane together, capturing each experience, each moment in poems that remind the reader that one is both in and of the world and that life is at once scary and delightful.

Coffee in Greece by Andrea Potos
The poems within these pages speak of the poet’s journey to Greece, particularly central Greece where her maternal grandfather was born and lived until he left, at age 16, for America. With this handful of poems, Potos paints a sensual picture of her experiences there.

Great Hunger by Nancy Flynn
Great Hunger is a multi-part poem investigating the intersection of landscape and place as it relates to one ecological and humanitarian disaster, the mid-19th century Irish potato famine. It begins with a visit to the Irish Hunger Memorial in Lower Manhattan, mere blocks from the World Trade Center site. The poem then muses its way through varieties of the very potato itself as well as a “found poem” made up of historical texts and fragments that described the disaster. The history of Flynn's Irish forebears figures in along with the potato’s role as a potentially vulnerable staple crop in the country of Rwanda, itself wracked by a genocide of unimaginable scale and barbarity barely two decades back.

Heartland by LeighAnna Schesser
Heartland explores the connections between place, self, love, and faith. It moves through the rural landscapes of Kansas and the inner geography of identity and relationship, exploring their convergences and emotional resonances. Heartland is a question of identity asking itself through place, a celebration of connections found, and an acknowledgment of how fragile they can be.

Motherland by Shannon Curtin
Motherland is an examination of mothers, mothering, and impending motherhood. The majority of the poems in Motherland were penned in the wavering, wondering hand of a woman navigating her first pregnancy. These poems ask questions of the future and reflect on the past, they are a fervent search for instruction, for meaning, in the stories of mothers, grandmothers, and other mothers. An accessible and enjoyable collection, Motherland is at times sweet, anxious, dark, joy-filled, and raw. In essence, it’s much like motherhood itself.

Mutual Incomprehension by Ryan Tahmaseb
In the two stories in Ryan Tahmaseb's Mutual Incomprehension, we explore the extent to which family predetermines one’s character, development, and behavior. In the first we meet Rahim, an ambitious man trying to live outside the influence of his father. The second follows Emily, the young woman whom Rahim marries, as she copes with the struggles of a new marriage and pregnancy at a young age. Tahmaseb's characters aspire to grace but struggle with their own dispositions and what feels like an unbridgeable distance between themselves and the ones they love.

New Girl by Andrea Potos
Potos' New Girl is a collection of poems that tenderly explores the female coming of age as both a child and a mother. Strands of memories woven together from the past to the present — from new mother to adolescent girl to mother of a teenage daughter — create the framework for this collection.

Pretty Omens by A. LaFaye
With Pretty Omens, A. LaFaye has crafted a mesmerizing novel-in-verse inspired by the epic tradition and the myth of Cassandra that will transport you to a small Virginia mountain community where an ordinary girl becomes a hero.

The Flexible Truth by Kayla Pongrac
Caveat lector! The Flexible Truth will startle you. From the wide-ranging subject matter to the careful construction of each piece, Kayla Pongrac’s debut flash fiction collection turns the world as you know it onto its head, then right-side up, then upside-down again. Prepare to meet an eccentric cast of characters who take up residence inside these pages; you, a most welcome trespasser, would be wise to pay close attention to their quirks and their struggles, their moods and their actions. Remember, be kind to the bartender. Show some sympathy for that dentist. Turn shovelfuls of soil with the gardener. These characters will, you see, return your favors and you’ll find that the truth really is flexible, and with that flexibility comes an unexpected sense of credibility—and beauty.

The Little Bastard by Frances Schutze
The novella The Little Bastard marks the debut of a remarkable writer whose fiction was never published in her lifetime.

Simultaneously funny and bold, unique and universal, this story takes place during 1940, that sliver of hope between the Depression and World War II. Esther McQuinn suffers through a phantom pregnancy while desperately awaiting a baby to adopt. Esther lives in The Gardens, a close-knit St. Louis New Deal public housing project. Her neighbors, including a young mother who serves as our narrator, try to distract her from her overactive imagination by getting involved in a scandalous political campaign. From there the plot takes madcap twists and turns, and the book alternates between insightful family drama and breathtaking political thriller.

The New Faces of Belfast by Jeffrey Thomson
In this new collection of poems from his time in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Jeffrey Thomson explores the deep layerings of history—from the early king of Ireland and the beginnings of the Troubles to the debut of Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” and the Blitz of Belfast. Thomson watches the faces that history wears over and over. He tells and retells the stories. He listens to the songs people sing across centuries and countries and cultures knowing that, even as they shift and change, the deep song always remains the same.

This Cup of Absence by Devin Kelly and Melissa Smyth
This Cup of Absence is a correspondence of missed connections, love letters written to what is found where love is lost. These are the exchanges—in photographs and in verse—of two people once in love, ever in hurt, discerning each other through distance, yet still holding each other as they hold absence in the palm of their hands.

This Cup of Absence features poems by Devin Kelly and photographs by Melissa Smyth.

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