Jane Clarke’s lyrically eloquent poems bear witness to the rhythms of birth and death, celebration and mourning, endurance and regrowth. An elegiac sequence, inspired by the loss of her father, moves gracefully through this second collection. Rooted in the everyday and backlit by mystery, here are poems to savour and return to, for the pleasure of finely honed lines that powerfully evoke the depth of our connections to people, place and nature. Jane Clarke’s first collection, The River, was published by Bloodaxe in 2015 to both critical and public acclaim.
The collected poems of one of America’s foremost balladeers of urban struggle and immigrant dreams Over his three-decade career as a poet, novelist, and memoirist, Luis J. Rodríguez has earned acclaim for his remarkable ear for the voices of the city. My Nature Is Hunger represents the best of his lyrical work during his most prolific period as a poet, a time when he carefully documented the rarely heard voices of immigrants and the poor living on society’s margins. For Rodríguez’s subjects, the city is all-consuming, devouring lives, hopes, and the dreams of its citizens even as it flourishes with possibility. “Out of my severed body / the world has bloomed,” and out of Rodríguez’s stirring vision, so has beauty. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Luis J. Rodríguez including rare images from the author’s personal collection.
President Harding wants to be with his mistress. Industrialist Henry Ford wants to be President. And inventor Thomas Edison wonders how the three of them got stuck in the woods together. Inspired by an actual camping trip taken by the three men in 1921, this Off - Broadway hit is a hilarious adventure with surprising relevance to today’s politics.An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Alan Alda, Lee Arenberg, David Dukes and Charles Durning.
Forty-Two Stories is a comedy about life in a high-rise condominium. A professional student from the University of Chicago is moonlighting as janitor. A stressed-out apartment manager is at odds with the residents and on the edge of a nervous breakdown. And a motley assortment of other staff members struggles with survival in the face of urban pandemonium and with the fact that one of them may be breaking into the units and stealing women’s underwear.An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Fran Adams, Ed Begley Jr., Samantha Bennett, Dan Butler, Arye Gross, Michael Luckerman, Charlie Robinson, Tom Virtue and Fred Willard.
Directed by Susan Booth. Recorded before a live audience at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, Skokie in June of 1998.
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Mixing prose and poetry, ancient traditions and modern sensibilities, this brilliant, profane, and poignant coming-of-age story is a masterpiece of Native American literature At a Thanksgiving party held in a Bureau of Indian Affairs gymnasium, the elders of the Meskwaki Settlement in central Iowa sip coffee while the teenagers plot their escape. Edgar Bearchild and Ted Facepaint, too broke to join their friends for a night of drinking in a nearby farm town, decide to attend a ceremonial gathering of the Well-Off Man Church, a tribal sect with hallucinogenic practices. After partaking of the congregation’s sacred star medicine, Edgar receives a prophetic vision and comes to a newfound understanding of his people’s past and present that will ultimately reshape the course of his life. Set against the backdrop of the tumultuous 1960s, Black Eagle Child is the story of Edgar’s passage from boyhood to manhood, from his youthful misadventures with Ted, to his year at prestigious liberal arts college in California, to his return to Iowa and success as a poet. Deftly crossing genre boundaries and weaving together a multitude of tones and images—from grief to humor, grape Jell-O to supernatural strobe lights—it is also an unforgettable portrait of what it means to be a Native American in the modern world.
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