City Life

This collection of poetry by the editor of EXPANSIVE POETRY, focuses on life in New York—in language alternately hip, and nostalgic, the ten characters in “Nomads” focus on abortion, divorce, the forces threatening the neighborhoods, and the need to preserve the family; in “The Psychiatrist At the Cocktail Party: A Dramatic Sequence,” Feirstein presents in formal verse a hilarious, and disturbing cast of urban professionals, sexual bandits, opportunists and international terrorists.

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Tradepaper: $20 / ISBN: 9781586540746
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Frederick Feirstein

Publication Date: August 10, 2021

Genre/Imprint: Poetry, Story Line Press

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Time’s Refugee

Frederick Feirstein’s tenth book, Time’s Refugee, is chock-full of some of his best lyric and dramatic poems.

They are passionate, wise, and totally accessible to the general public. The diction is colloquial, and the form excels in meter and rhyme.

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Tradepaper: $20 / ISBN: 9781586540623
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Frederick Feirstein

Publication Date: August 10, 2021

Genre/Imprint: Poetry, Story Line Press

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New and Selected Poems

This edition brings together selected poems from all six previous editions of Frederick Feirstein’s poetry published between 1974 and 1997. Feirstein is one of the founders of Expansive Poetry which reaches out to audiences beyond the academy and incorporates free verse, formal, and narrative techniques. The poems in this selection combine extraordinary lyric and storytelling skills. A poet of urban anger, humour reconciliation, and revelation. Frederick Feirstein dares to work on an epic scale. His ambitious vision makes for a unique accessible achievement in American poetry. This broad selection of poems is a cause for celebration.

In addition to six books of poetry, Frederick Feirstein has produced seven plays and edited the anthology Expansive Poetry: Essays on the New Narrative and the New Formalism. He has received fellowships from the Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundations. His many honors include the Poetry Society of America’s John Masefield Award.

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Tradepaper: $20 / ISBN: 9781586540760
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Frederick Feirstein

Publication Date: August 10, 2021

Genre/Imprint: Poetry, Story Line Press

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Rorschach Art Too

“Stephen Gibson’s poems are the work of a serious, intent, often appalled tourist. The word might look like a putdown, but his subject is the glamour and horror of history, and when it comes to the past, attentive tourism is the best that any of us can hope for. This tourist’s gaze if focused and fascinated, his tone is even and intelligent (as he has it in one poem, “scared in the headlights, but the brain busy nonetheless”), and his technique is all but flawless (unobtrusively so, a true case of art hiding art). Together the gaze, the subjects on which it alights, and the poet’s superlative skill add up to poems of astute, moving observation and often overwhelming authority.”
– Dick Davis

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Tradepaper: $20 / ISBN: 9781586543686
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Stephen Gibson

Publication Date: July 13, 2021

Genre/Imprint: Poetry, Story Line Press

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Breath in Every Room

Breath in Every Room intertwines parents and children with encounters in the natural world. Ranging from birds in the forest to a boy’s captured frogs, from rattlesnakes in the prairie to a bat fallen from the sky. The book weaves in and out of myth and dream.

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Tradepaper: $20 / ISBN: 9781586543815
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Tami Haaland

Publication Date: June 22, 2021

Genre/Imprint: Poetry, Story Line Press

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Without Asking

Winner of the 1989 Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize

The poems in this book also garnered a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, as well as residencies at the MacDowell and Yaddo artist colonies.

Upon publication, Without Asking received widespread acclaim, including this in the New York Village Voice:

“Journalist Ransom’s first collection of poems is like a sheaf of homunculus short stories. The scale is an inch to a mile, but these poems leave out nothing you could ask for in the best fiction: character, conflict, ambiguity, even plot. A couple of phrases and a metaphor do the work of whole chapters. Her subject is secrecy: an alcoholic father hides the empties “as if they were Easter eggs,” a lonely, terrifying brother throws his thirteen-year-old sister on the bed and begs her to make love with him. Recognizing that early pain can have complicated consequences, Ransom replaces self-pity with sympathy, anger, and honesty.”

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Tradepaper: $20 / ISBN: 9781586540685
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Jane Ransom

Publication Date: June 15, 2021

Genre/Imprint: Poetry, Story Line Press

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Scene of the Crime

Scene of the Crime exposes the poet’s inner criminality, where matricide and mother tongue engage in diabolic discourse. Confessing her outlaw sexuality, Ransom grapples with feminist theory and disembowels postmodern philosophy. Delighting in the multiplicity of self, language and desire, Ransom fires puns dead-aimed to riddle any interpretive reduction.

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Tradepaper: $20 / ISBN: 9781586540678
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Jane Ransom

Publication Date: June 15, 2021

Genre/Imprint: Poetry, Story Line Press

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Hunger

This book is about Latina identity, a timely subject in today’s America. The author’s journey begins as she, full of love for Mexico and its culture despite her closest blood connection being her bisabuela, boards a bus. She starts out determined: “Yes foreign is a word for fear. Yes I am coming home.” But then, because “it is afraid, staying in a language where you were not born,” she retreats, hiding first behind we, then behind masks. But when it becomes clear that the masks are her true self, she loses her fear, and barrels ahead as I, fully committed, all the way to the end.

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Tradepaper: $20 / ISBN: 9781586540616
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Publication Date: June 29, 2021

Genre/Imprint: Poetry, Story Line Press

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Hurricane Sisters

Hurricane Sisters, award-winning poet Ginger Andrews’ second collection, contains poems of fierce candor and sharp, unique awareness from the perspective of Andrews herself, a cleaning woman in North Bend, Oregon. These Carver-esque insights into the everyday of the American working class balance grief, depression, lust, poverty, and, above all, faith; not in something beyond or higher than the living experience, but in a spirituality amidst the material truths of this world, even under the grimmest of circumstances. Hurricane Sisters stares into the holy, the barbaric, the beautiful and the hideous, the realities of blue-collar Americana, with the frankness and empathy of a survivor and a believer. It sees everything and never averts its eyes.

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Tradepaper: $20 / ISBN: 9781586540753
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Ginger Andrews

Publication Date: June 1, 2021

Genre/Imprint: Poetry, Story Line Press

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An Honest Answer

“The presiding spirit behind Ginger Andrews’ first book, An Honest Answer, must be William Carlos Williams. When he said he wrote in the speech of Polish mothers, he could have included the American working class anywhere. The sinewy resilience in Andrews’ individual poems honors the tradition of his free verse lyrics. She listens for the poetic measure in American speech and reproduces it in unique forms. I would venture to say that the poetry of Ginger Andrews is as close to the tradition of Williams as American free verse has ever been. . . . As for the voice speaking to us in these poems, it is as fresh as Ray Carver’s seemed twenty-five years ago. Another poet who comes to mind is her fellow Northwesterner Vern Rutsala, himself a descendent of Williams, who, like Williams, has kept his eye on the working poor throughout his career. Andrews is working class, born again in Sappho, an Ahkmatova who cleans houses and teaches Sunday school. These figures come to mind not for the sake of hyperbole, but to help understand the originality of this new and remarkable poet.”
— Mark Jarman

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Ginger Andrews

Publication Date: June 1, 2021

Genre/Imprint: Poetry, Story Line Press

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Extranjera

This book is about Latina identity, a timely subject in today’s America. Its journey begins as the author boards a bus, full of love for Mexico and its culture despite her closest blood connection being her bisabuela. She starts out determined: Yes, foreign is a word for fear; yes, I am coming home. But then, because it is afraid, staying in a language where you were not born she retreats, hiding first behind we, then behind masks. But when it becomes clear that the masks are her true self, she loses her fear, and barrels ahead as I, fully committed, all the way to the end.

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Tradepaper: $20 / ISBN: 9781586540609
Casebound: $30 / ISBN: 9781586540920

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Publication Date: June 29, 2021

Genre/Imprint: Poetry, Story Line Press

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What the Body Remembers

Adèle Slaughter’s first book of poems, What the Body Remembers, was published by Story Line Press in 1994. It is an autobiographical collection of glimpses into a childhood fraught with familial violence, alcoholism, and trauma, and the life that has been led in its wake; the failure of a marriage and the experiences that forever mold us as human beings. Through all the abuse and suffering these poems portray, however, the driving theme behind What the Body Remembers never falters: the reader is left with an inspiring picture of courage, perseverance, femininity, and the survival of the truest self. The subject of the work remains always the poet, the speaker, even as great attention is drawn to the circumstance surrounding her, providing an impactful example of how our greatest pains may leave us changed, but not defined, and never defeated. Pat Monaghan called the book “a stunning debut volume.”

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Tradepaper: $20 / ISBN: 9781586540692
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Adele Slaughter ( Author Website )

Publication Date: May 11, 2021

Genre/Imprint: Poetry, Story Line Press

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The Long Conversation

The Long Conversation combines David Dooley’s books The Volcano Inside and The Revenge by Love to create an extended dialogue between past and present, between stories of everyday life and accounts of historical figures, between the demands and delights of art and those of life, culminating in an eleven-poem sequence about the painter Georgia O’Keeffe and her husband, the photographer Alfred Stieglitz. Lyrical moments flourish within traditional dramatic monologues and a bold and unusual mix of other narrative strategies. The language ranges from vigorous Southern dialect, and even profanity, to a confident and original high style. In The Long Conversation, love is always complicated, the angle of vision is often surprising, and language must be able to cope with every kind of challenge.

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Tradepaper: $20 / ISBN: 9781586540739
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David Dooley

Publication Date: April 27, 2021

Genre/Imprint: Poetry, Story Line Press

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The Island

The Island begins with a haunting 1848 journal entry from a man jailed on Spike Island in Ireland: “Gazing on gray stones, my eyes will grow stony.” Nearly 150 years later, Rosemary Canavan, a poet and painter, teaches literacy at the prison on Spike Island. How do her painter’s eyes and poet’s spirit meet the stony gray of prisoners’ eyes? Throughout these poems, and especially in her long sequence “The Island,” Canavan explores with tenderness and pathos the plight of the incarcerated. With lyrics that seem to be written in primary color, Canavan also celebrates love and children, her struggles as a working mother, and the emerging, vibrant feminist consciousness of a new generation of Irish women.

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Tradepaper: $20 / ISBN: 9781586540593
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Rosemary Canavan ( Author Website )

Publication Date: May 11, 2021

Genre/Imprint: Poetry, Story Line Press

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Counterpoint

Counterpoint, the first full collection of poems by David Alpaugh, was selected out of over 800 manuscripts for the seventh annual Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize by Story Line Press in 1994. The subjects of the book’s contemporary, witty, bizarre, and often moving poems range from POWs and salespeople to art and the dead. Alpaugh’s works speak to one another—child to adult, animal to human, ad man to poet, New Jersey to California, and past to present. He writes with affection and care for each of these points of unlikely connection. Harold Witt called Alpaugh “a unique voice to hear now and to listen for in the future.” More than twenty-five years after Counterpoint’s initial publication, these words ring more true than ever.

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Tradepaper: $20 / ISBN: 9781586540708
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David Alpaugh ( Author Website )

Publication Date: April 27, 2021

Genre/Imprint: Poetry, Story Line Press

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