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Red Hen Press, a Los Angeles independent publisher founded by Kate Gale, is the place for new poems, new fiction, and lesbian fiction/lesbian books.

Maurya Simon

Maurya Simon

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Maurya Simon is the author of The Enchanted Room and Days of Awe (Copper Canyon Press 1986, 1989); Speaking in Tongues (Gibbs Smith 1990), which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; and The Golden Labyrinth (University of Missouri Press 1995). A fifth volume, A Brief History of Punctuation, was published in a limited edition by the fine letterpress book publisher Sutton Hoo Press in 2002. Simon's book, Ghost Orchid (Red Hen Press 2004) was nominated for a 2004 National Book Award in Poetry. Another limited edition letterpress collection of ekphrastic poems, WEAVERS, based on the paintings of Los Angeles artist Baila Goldenthal, was published by Blackbird Press in October 2005, and Simon's eighth volume of poems, Cartographies: Uncollected Poems, 1980-2005, was published in 2008 by Red Hen Press. Her ninth volume, The Raindrop's Gospel: The Trials of St. Jerome and St. Paula, is forthcoming from Elixir Press in 2010. Tamar, an opera based on Simon's eponymous verse libretto, had its world premier at the University of Rhode Island in the spring of 2007.

Simon has been the recipient of a 2002 and 2008 Visiting Artist Fellowships from the American Academy in Rome, a 2000 NEA Fellowship in poetry, a University Award from the Academy of American Poets, the Celia B. Wagner and Lucille Medwick Memorial Awards from the Poetry Society of America, and a Fulbright/Indo-American Fellowship in Bangalore, India. Simon has also been a fellow at Hawthornden Castle in Edinburgh, Scotland, and at the Baltic Centre for Writers and Translators in Visby, Sweden, as well as a lecturer at Lund University in Sweden. Her poems have appeared in the New Yorker, Poetry, TriQuarterly, the Southern Review, the Kenyon Review, the Georgia Review, the Gettysburg Review, Grand Street, Agni, Ploughshares, Shenandoah, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, the New England Review, and in more than fifty anthologies. Simon's poetry has been translated into French, Rumanian, Bengali, Spanish, and Farsi.

Simon teaches in the creative writing department at the University of California, Riverside. She lives in the Angeles National Forest of the San Gabriel Mountains in Southern California.

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Red Hen Press, a Los Angeles independent publisher founded by Kate Gale, is the place for new poems, new fiction, and lesbian fiction/lesbian books.

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Cartographies

Cartographies

Maurya Simon
2008-09-01
$18.95 Tradepaper
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Description:

The poems in Cartographies travel new territory, exploring the heart's changeable geography and the soul's uneven terrain. They map the familiar, sometimes astonishing, and always complex world of the poet's native San Gabriel Mountains, as well as nearby Los Angeles, with its cultural richness and social/political tensions. Divided into four sections--The Soul, The Self, Mountains, The City--Cartographies investigates and fathoms our most profound relationships with time, nature, love, and death. In poem after poem, Simon finds meaning in unexpected locales, from a hospital AIDS ward to the "Rorschach" on a butterfly's wings to a barrio bakery, and in the briefest of moments, evoked by the plaintive voice of a spider, or provoked by a breathless escape from an avalanche. With clarity and eloquence, these poems dramatize the persistent paradoxes present in our daily lives, those interstices of yearning and mourning, fear and celebration, or anguish and amazement that reveal the deep wells and turbulence of human consciousness. With consummate craftsmanship and inner grace, Simon apprehends the elegiac within the purest moments of joy, and intimates catharsis within despair. She opens the mind's windows to myriad small miracles provoked by the barest glimmers of wonder and hope.


The Wilderness: New & Selected Poems, 1980-2016

The Wilderness: New & Selected Poems, 1980-2016

Maurya Simon
2018-04-30
$25.95 casebound
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Description:

The Wilderness: New & Selected Poems compiles Maurya Simon's intellectual and compassionate exploration of life through nature and relationships.

"Maurya Simon's language is lush, dense, sensual, and framed by a dazzling intellect. In this her New & Selected Poems we come to see the full power of her symphonic sweep and the sheer dynamism of her compositional slant—riffs, play, improvisation, harmonic resonance—

yet the resolve is always there, always a breathless moment. . . . Maurya Simon's oeuvre is a deliberate world of grace, awe, beauty, delight, and wonder. In these poems you will find rest, comfort, deep questions, some discomfort, but always joy. Read this book—you will be grateful for it."

—Chris Abani, author of Sanctificum and Hands Washing Water

"The Wilderness is nothing short of astonishing. Maurya Simon is a poet for the ages, an exuberant chronicler of moments large and small who discovers at every turn new ways of illuminating the sum of her experience, and in this new and selected edition of work gathered over many decades she reveals herself to be in the grip of what Wallace Stevens called 'the necessary angel of earth'—the one who helps us to see the world around us in all its resplendent glory."

—Christopher Merrill, author of Self-Portrait with Dogwood


Ghost Orchid

Ghost Orchid

Maurya Simon
2004-03-01
$12.95 Tradepaper
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Description:

For what does the spirit yearn? To know God. Maurya Simon’s wonderful new book, Ghost Orchid, throws fresh light on that traditional question and answer in poems full of the sensuous language of the “Song of Songs” and the graphic images of modern disaffection. She shows us good and evil, both conscious and unconscious, and, even as she doubts such a reality, asks for God’s “touch upon our waking lives.” The yearning to know God, the legacy of human generations, has its latest expression in these ravishing poems.


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