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Elegy on Kinderklavier

Elegy on Kinderklavier

Author: Arna Bontemps Hemenway
Publisher: Sarabande Books
ISBN: 1936747766
Pages: 232
Year: 2014
A collection of short stories explores the profound loss and intricate effects of war on lives that have been suddenly misaligned, from a diplomate in a hostile political environment to an army recruiter shunned in his small town in Kansas.
Tracing Southern Storytelling in Black and White

Tracing Southern Storytelling in Black and White

Author: Sarah Gilbreath Ford
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
ISBN: 0817318232
Pages: 158
Year: 2014-10-15
In Tracing Southern Storytelling in Black and White, Sarah Gilbreath Ford explores how both black and white southern writers such as Joel Chandler Harris, Charles Chesnutt, Zora Neale Hurston, William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Ralph Ellison, Ellen Douglas, and Ernest Gaines have employed oral storytelling in literature. Tracing Southern Storytelling in Black and White is a study of the historical use of oral storytelling by southern writers in written works. In each chapter, Sarah Gilbreath Ford pairs a white and an African American writer to highlight points of confluence in black and white southern oral traditions. She argues that the connections between white and African American southern writers run deeper than critics have yet explored, and she uses textual comparisons to examine the racial mixing of oral culture. On porches, in kitchens, and on the pages of their work, black and white southerners exchanged not just stories but strategies for telling stories. As a boy, Joel Chandler Harris listened to the stories of African American slaves, and he devised a framework to turn the oral stories into written ones. Harris’s use of the frame structure influenced how Charles Chesnutt recorded oral stories, but it led Alice Walker to complain that her heritage had been stolen. Mark Twain listened to African American storytellers as a child. His use of oral dialects then impacts how Ralph Ellison and William Faulkner employ oral storytelling and how Toni Morrison later writes in response to Faulkner. The interactions are not linear, not a chain of influence, but a network of interactions, borrowings, and revisions. Ford’s pairings lead to new readings that reveal how the writers employ similar strategies in their narratives, due in part to shared historical context. While Zora Neale Hurston and William Faulkner, for example, use oral storytelling in the 1930s to examine the fear of racial mixing, Ellen Douglas and Ernest Gaines use it in the 1970s to build bridges between the races. Exploring the cultural crossing that occurs in the use of oral storytelling, Ford offers a different view of this common strategy in southern narrative and a new perspective on how culture is shared.
The Guyanese Wanderer

The Guyanese Wanderer

Author: Jan R. Carew
Publisher:
ISBN:
Pages: 107
Year: 2007
First-ever story collection from this distinquished post-colonial writer with international reputation.
Witch Wife

Witch Wife

Author: Kiki Petrosino
Publisher: Sarabande Books
ISBN: 1946448036
Pages: 60
Year: 2017
With wit, startling diction, and audacious manipulation of syntax and form, Witch Wife's incantatory poems bring forth wild, singular music.
The Spoons in the Grass Are There to Dig a Moat

The Spoons in the Grass Are There to Dig a Moat

Author: Amelia Martens
Publisher: Sarabande Books
ISBN: 1941411231
Pages: 64
Year: 2016-04-12
Amelia Martens's prose poems sparkle with dark wit, moving from the mundane to the metaphysical with plainspoken lyricism.
Model of a City in Civil War

Model of a City in Civil War

Author: Adam Day
Publisher:
ISBN: 1941411029
Pages: 65
Year: 2015
Poems that examine the cruelty and distance of a father, a broken marriage, and historical narratives.
Kinder-Keyboard

Kinder-Keyboard

Author: Robert Pace
Publisher: Lee Roberts Publications
ISBN: 0793580706
Pages: 48
Year: 1988-03-01
(Pace Piano Education). Kinder-Keyboard helps young children (ages 5-6) develop elementary keyboard skills by singing, creating, listening, and writing as they explore melody, harmony, and rhythm. Graphics facilitate the development of reading skills and a variety of activities peak the interest of every student.
Gin and Bleach

Gin and Bleach

Author: Catherine Wing
Publisher:
ISBN: 1936747308
Pages: 62
Year: 2012
"My Reptile" 'Little frilled lizardwith your big mouthand your clutch of egg.Pure urge iguana--I wanna wannawanna--heavy petin a moist habitat.Your dewlap licksdown my spine;your creep yearns,yearns your crawl,like a small machinethat you rev andrev and rev untilthe engine floods.' Gin and bleach: two clear liquids aiming for purity, bordering the toxic. Catherine Wing's poems are soaked in her cocktail, mixing doubt, loneliness, rough elbows, and razor focus. It riddles, aiming askew for a straight answer: how do we make our way through this world?
Red Holler

Red Holler

Author: John Branscum, Wayne Thomas
Publisher: Sarabande Books
ISBN: 1936747707
Pages: 256
Year: 2013-12-13
Anthology of contemporary Appalachian literature travels through housing projects, forest-stripped ravines, and trailer high-rises, exploring Appalachia's vibrant migrant tradition.
Everywhere Home: A Life in Essays

Everywhere Home: A Life in Essays

Author: Fenton Johnson
Publisher: Sarabande Books
ISBN: 1941411444
Pages: 216
Year: 2017-04-24
Part retrospective, part memoir, Fenton Johnson's collection Everywhere Home: A Life in Essays explores sexuality, religion, geography, the AIDS crisis, and more. Johnson's wanderings take him from the hills of Kentucky to those of San Francisco, from the streets of Paris to the sidewalks of Calcutta. Along the way, he investigates questions large and small: What's the relationship between artists and museums, illuminated in a New Guinean display of shrunken heads? What's the difference between empiricism and intuition? The collection draws together essays that originally appeared in Harper's, The New York Times, All Things Considered and elsewhere, along with new work. Johnson reports from the front lines of the AIDS epidemic, from Burning Man, from monasteries near and far. His subject matter ranges from Oscar Wilde to censorship in journalism to Kentucky basketball. Everywhere Home is the latest title in Sarabande's Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature. Fenton Johnson is the author of the novels The Man Who Loved Birds, Scissors, Paper, Rock, and Crossing the River, and the nonfiction books Keeping Faith and Geography of the Heart. Johnson has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He writes regularly for Harper's, and is a professor in the creative writing programs at the University of Arizona and Spalding University.
The Motel of the Stars

The Motel of the Stars

Author: Karen Salyer McElmurray
Publisher:
ISBN:
Pages: 269
Year: 2008
A luminous second novel from prize-winning Appalachian author is the selection for the 2007 Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature.
In the Shadow of Gotham

In the Shadow of Gotham

Author: Stefanie Pintoff
Publisher: Minotaur Books
ISBN: 1429937335
Pages: 400
Year: 2009-04-28
Dobson, New York, 1905. Detective Simon Ziele lost his fiancée in the General Slocum ferry disaster—a thousand perished on that summer day in 1904 when an onboard fire burned the boat down in the waters of the East River. Still reeling from the tragedy, Ziele transferred to a police department north of New York, to escape the city and all the memories it conjured. But only a few months into his new life in a quiet country town, he's faced with the most shocking homicide of his career to date: Young Sarah Wingate has been brutally murdered in her own bedroom in the middle of an otherwise calm and quiet winter afternoon. After just one day of investigation, Simon's contacted by Columbia University's noted criminologist Alistair Sinclair, who offers a startling claim about one of his patients, Michael Fromley—that the facts of the murder bear an uncanny resemblance to Fromley's deranged mutterings. But what would have led Fromley, with his history of violent behavior and brutal fantasies, to seek out Sarah, a notable mathematics student and a proper young lady who has little in common with his previous targets? Is Fromley really a murderer, or is someone mimicking him? This is what Simon Ziele must find out, with the help of the brilliant but self-interested Alistair Sinclair—before the killer strikes again. With this taut, atmospheric, and original story of a haunted man who must search for a killer while on the run from his own demons, Stefanie Pintoff's In the Shadow of Gotham marks the debut of an outstanding new talent, the inaugural winner of the Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America Best First Crime Novel Competition. In the Shadow of Gotham is the winner of the 2010 Edgar Award for Best First Novel.
Black Sabbatical

Black Sabbatical

Author: Brett Eugene Ralph
Publisher:
ISBN:
Pages: 59
Year: 2009
A debut collection that sings with gutbucket colloquialisms, hallucinatory interludes, and Kentucky's storytelling tradition.
King Me

King Me

Author: Roger Reeves
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
ISBN: 161932136X
Pages: 72
Year: 2016-08-22
On the “Best Poetry Books of the Year” list from Library Journal “A sophisticated and breathtaking writer, Reeves takes the reader on a harrowing journey: each poem comes packed with arresting imagery, relentless in its examination of how tragedy and trauma become internalized — cleaning out the wounds to understand the pain.”—Los Angeles Review of Books “Roger Reeves' King Me stitches together many worlds into one startling and visceral book. His ranging, encyclopedic knowledge crosses history, medicine, biology, metapoetics and more, but he tackles it all with a bold and sonorous surrealist flow.”—American Microreviews From a horse witnessing the lynching of Emmett Till to Mikhail Bulgakov chronicling the forced famines in Poland in the 1930s, King Me examines the erotics of care and the place of song, elegy, and praise as testaments to those moments. As Roger Reeves said in an interview, "While writing King Me, I became very interested in the mythology of king, the one who is sacrificed at the end of the harvest season. . . . For me, the myth manifests in the killing of young black men, Emmett Till, and in the ways America deems young, black male bodies as expendable—Jean Michel Basquiat, Mike Tyson, Jack Johnson. These are the young kings whom we love to kill—over and over again." From "Some Young Kings": The hummingbirds inside my chest,with their needle-nosed pliers for tonguesand hammer-heavy wings, have left a messof ticks in my lungs and a punctured lullabyin my throat. Little boy blue come blowyour horn. The cow's in the meadow. And Dorothy's alone in the corn with Jack, his black fingers, the brass of his lips, the half-moons of his fingernails clickingalong her legs until she howls—Charlie Parker. Charlie Parker. Charlie Parker . . . Roger Reeves earned his MFA from the James A. Michener Center for Creative Writing and his PhD from the University of Texas. His poems have appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, and Boston Review. He teaches at the University of Illinois, Chicago.
The Library at Night

The Library at Night

Author: Alberto Manguel
Publisher: Vintage Canada
ISBN: 0307370275
Pages: 384
Year: 2011-07-27
In the tradition of A History of Reading, this book is an account of Manguel’s astonishment at the variety, beauty and persistence of our efforts to shape the world and our lives, most notably through something almost as old as reading itself: libraries. The Library at Night begins with the design and construction of Alberto Manguel’s own library at his house in western France – a process that raises puzzling questions about his past and his reading habits, as well as broader ones about the nature of categories, catalogues, architecture and identity. Thematically organized and beautifully illustrated, this book considers libraries as treasure troves and architectural spaces; it looks on them as autobiographies of their owners and as statements of national identity. It examines small personal libraries and libraries that started as philanthropic ventures, and analyzes the unending promise – and defects – of virtual ones. It compares different methods of categorization (and what they imply) and libraries that have built up by chance as opposed to by conscious direction. In part this is because this is about the library at night, not during the day: this book takes in what happens after the lights go out, when the world is sleeping, when books become the rightful owners of the library and the reader is the interloper. Then all daytime order is upended: one book calls to another across the shelves, and new alliances are created across time and space. And so, as well as the best design for a reading room and the makeup of Robinson Crusoe’s library, this book dwells on more "nocturnal" subjects: fictional libraries like those carried by Count Dracula and Frankenstein’s monster; shadow libraries of lost and censored books; imaginary libraries of books not yet written. The Library at Night is a fascinating voyage through the mind of one our most beloved men of letters. It is an invitation into his memory and vast knowledge of books and civilizations, and throughout – though mostly implicitly – it is also a passionate defence of literacy, of the unique pleasures of reading, of the importance of the book. As much as anything else, The Library at Night reminds us of what a library stands for: the possibility of illumination, of a better path for our society and for us as individuals. That hope too, at the close, is replaced by something that fits this personal and eclectic book even better: something more fragile, and evanescent than illumination, though just as important.