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B. K. Fischer

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2012 Washington Prize winner. Through the lens of visual art, B. K. Fischer has created a look at motherhood never before offered in a single book of poetry. This is ekphrastic poetry that does not get in the way of unfolding the story of conception, pregnancy, birth.

ISBN13 978-0-915380-84-8

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The Scabbard of Her Throat

Bernadette Geyer

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Dana Roeser said Bernadette Geyer is "a student of luck, fairy tales, and magic, and of domestic life with its myriad attachments." Cornelius Eady commented that these poems "are saturated by touch: fingers on a throat, hand on a door, wasp, clasped to a cicada’s back, fever to bodies, daughters to mothers, mythologies to linoleum." Selected by Cornelius Eady in 2012 for the Hilary Tham Capital Collection.

ISBN13 978-0-915380-85-5

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Tipping Point

Fred Marchant
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Nick Flynn

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1993 Washington Prize winner. As a demolition expert handles explosives, this book carefully explores a continuum of violence from domestic strife to the Vietnam and Persian Gulf wars. These poems dramatize the spiritual an d artistic dilemmas created by the traumas of our time. Cover print by Nona Hershey. Second edition with preface by Nick Flynn.

ISBN13 978-0-915380-86-2

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FLESH THAT WAS CHRYSALIS

Mel Belin

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This collection stakes out huge territory on family, love, sex, morality.  Jay Parini applauds the "musical and vivid language," how the poet invokes swans to summon "the old world rising" or meditates "on a haunting biblical tale."  Cover art by Noi Volkov. Word Works Capital Collection publication.

ISBN 0-915380-40-4 ISBN13 978-0-915380-40-4

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FLEUR CARNIVORE

Richard Lyons

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2005 Washington Prize. "Like the solos of the jazz greats who inhabit his pages, Lyons' poems are exploratory, nervy, emotionally rich, and possess a keen command of craft." David Wojahn. Cover art by Hamlett Dobbins.

ISBN 0-915380-61-7 ISBN13 978-0-915380-61-9

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FOLLOWING FRED ASTAIRE

Nathalie Anderson

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1998 Washington Prize winner.  "Anderson's keen eye illuminates our socially-constructed ideas of gender and identity, the various mannerisms and dancesteps we consider appropriate for women and men."--Marcus Cafagna.  Cover Art by Perky Edgerton

ISBN 0-915380-41-2 ISBN13 978-0-915380-41-1

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GANDHI'S LAP

Charlotte Gould Warren

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2000 Washington Prize winner. Warren depicts growing up in India, childhood abuse, and coming to terms with her past in lyrical narrative poems that demonstrate the triumph of the human spirit--a product of hard-won wisdom. Cover art by Charlotte Gould Warren.

ISBN 0-915380-46-3 ISBN13 978-0-915380-46-6

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GILBERT AND GARBO IN LOVE

Christopher Conlon

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Enthrallingly imagined, Conlon's poems blend Hollywood's reality and history with the lives of these two idols of the silent screen, their passion's brightest hours, their darkest fears. He makes Gilbert and Garbo live again! Capital Collection. Cover design by Janice Olson. Read what Monseurat Review said.

ISBN 0-915380-54-4 ISBN13 978-0-915380-54-1

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GREEN BODIES

Rosemary Winslow

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Poems of richly woven images and lyrics that inquire why people love and harm each other. Hilary Tham Capital Collection. Cover art by John Winslow. Read an interview with the author on her book.

ISBN 0-915380-54-4 ISBN13 978-0-915380-67-1

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THE GOOD OPINION OF SQUIRRELS

Michael Schaffner

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"The subject of these savagely smart, moving poems is who now lives in America's parks, cities, and exurbs...."-- Elizabeth Macklin. Schaffner mixes free verse and poetic forms in his meditations on home, safe havens, and politics. A Word Works Capital Collection publication and Writer's Center Edition.  1997 winner of the Columbia Book Award.

ISBN 0-915380-34-X ISBN13 978-0-915380-34-3

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THE HABIT OF FIRE: POEMS SELECTED & NEW

Judith McCombs

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A look at nature -- the great outdoors, humankind. Cover art by JoAnn Clayton Townsend. Word Works Capital Collection. Monseurat Review said. Small Press Review Said.

ISBN 0-915380-57-9 ISBN13 978-0-915380-57-2

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THE HAT CITY AFTER MEN STOPPED WEARING HATS

John Surowiecki

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Gritty, working-class life passed through the lens of the author's clarifying and radiant imagination which results in disturbing and often funny poems. Cover photo by Robert Reichert.

ISBN 0-915380-64-1 ISBN13 978-0-915380-64-0

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HICKEY, THE DAYS . . .

J.H. Beall

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A physicist and poet examines inner and outer worlds in visions that articulate the age. A poet/artist collaboration with photographs by Chester Michalik. LIMITED STOCK AVAILABLE. ORDER NOW!

ISBN 0-915380-09-9 ISBN13 978-0-915380-09-1

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HOW TO MAKE A BIRD WITH TWO HANDS

Mike White

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2011 Washington Prize winner. How to Make a Bird with Two Hands is a collection that opens small doors into many-mirrored rooms full of sky and would-be angels. Washington Prize judge Leslie McGrath said about this book, "it is a fresh mix of post-modern edginess and Zen mystery." Read "White’s New Work Gives Meaning to the Ordinary" by Sonja James in The Journal.

ISBN13 978-0-915380-81-7

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IMMERSION

Michele Wolf

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In Immersion, Michele Wolf juxtaposes the intimate and the global in poems about adoption, identity, commitment, resilience, and the fate of our sumptuous, violent world. Cover art by Hellenne Vermillion. Selected by Denise Duhamel in 2010 for the Hilary Tham Capital Collection publication. Read Examiner Review.

ISBN13 978-0-915380-80-0

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JUDGING THE DISTANCE

Doris Brody

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The poet's affinity for birds and nature leads us from familiar backyards to exotic jungles in intimate explorations of the human wilderness. Pen and ink drawing by Zander Brody. Word Works Capital Collection.

ISBN 0-915380-47-1 ISBN13 978-0-915380-47-3

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LAST HEAT

Peter Blair

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1999 Washington Prize winner.  Poems that explore creation, violence, and survival in a Pittsburgh steel mill and how this dynamic weaves into family life, especially the universal "mill" of the father son, brother-brother relationships. "Peter Blair's poetry takes me right inside where I've never been, the working life of a steel mill, the love between fathers and sons, brothers and working men. God is in the details, and they are good and strong here."--Alicia Ostriker.

ISBN 0-915380-44-7 ISBN13 978-0-915380-44-7

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LOVE-IN-IDLENESS

John Bradley

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1989 Washington Prize winner. Bradley portrays Roberto Zingarello, a fictitious, postwar Italian poet who bursts onto the horizon hauling the weight of the Twentieth Century. Mussonlini, Pound, Vallejo, Rilke haunt his imagination. Zingarello has an enormous appetite for love, truth, revenge. Cover art by Erica Daborn. Electronic Book.

ISBN13 978-0-915380-88-6

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LOVE'S SKIN

Brandon D. Johnson

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Travel Love's Skin, a blues noir journey past juke joints, conjure men selling high john at the crossroads and red-dressed revenge. Cover photograph by Mignonette E. Dooley. Hilary Tham Capital Collection.

ISBN 0-915380-63-3 ISBN13 978-0-915380-63-3

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MARY FALLS: REQUIEM FOR MRS. SURRATT

Christopher Conlon

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A vivid imagining of the life, death and afterlife of Mary Surratt, convicted conspirator in the Lincoln assassination and the first woman to be executed by the U.S. government. Hilary Tham Capital Collection. Cover design by Janice Olson. Read Tony Zurlo's review.

ISBN 0-915380-54-4 ISBN13 978-0-915380-65-7

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MAYWEED

Frannie Lindsay

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2009 Washington Prize winner. With seamless craft and lyricism, Frannie Lindsay elevates personal grief to a universal level. Through the natural world, she invites "mayweed, earnest as milkmaids" to flood the valley of death. Lindsay offers the reader light, often surprisingly warm, in the chill darkness of death. Cover art by Deborah Mayhall Bradshaw.

ISBN13 978-0-915380-73-2

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MOTION STUDIES

Brad Richard

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2010 Washington Prize winner. Investigating past and present in poems dealing with memory and loss, Motion Studies takes us from daguerreotypes and the Thomas Eakins painting Swimming to post-Katrina New Orleans. Read review from Gently Read Literature.

ISBN13 978-0-915380-78-7

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NOTHING HAPPENED

W. Perry Epes

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This southern poet addresses what has been built and left standing. No surprise that there are elephants in the room. Cover photo by Steven White. Hilary Tham Capital Collection

ISBN13 978-0-915380-75-6

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ONE HUNDRED CHILDREN WAITING FOR A TRAIN

Michael Atkinson

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2001 Washington Prize winner. Using cinema as a ruling metaphor, Atkinson's debut volume directly engages old Hollywood, alcoholism, parenthood, the afterlife, Dostoyevsky's widow, and America herself seen through a weathered windshield. Cover art by Lawrence Gipe.

ISBN 0-915380-50-1 ISBN13 978-0-915380-50-3

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PERPETUAL MOTION

Marilyn McCabe

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Richly observed, McCabe's poems, on subjects ranging from the Big Bang to beauty, ground themselves in the elemental and tangible to consider the mysterious and intangible. Selected by Gray Jacobik in 2011 for the Hilary Tham Capital Collection.

ISBN13 978-0-915380-82-4

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PHOENIX SUITES

Miles Waggener

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2002 Washington Prize winner. The desert of the Southwest is the landscape of this poet's meditations on time, civilizations, and the heart's painful lessons. Waggener wields language like a magician, language that excites, exults and leads to discoveries about ourselves and our relationship to the desert. Cover art by Matt Hamon.

ISBN 0-915380-52-8 ISBN13 978-0-915380-52-7

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PINECREST REST HAVEN

Grace Cavalieri

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In a home for the elderly, Mr. and Mrs. P no longer remember they're married to each other. Much to the dismay of the Mrs., the flirtatious Coco and Muriel pursue Mr. P. Anger, jealousy, greed and lust, the human traits Shakespeare plumbed still animate the residents of Pinecrest Rest Haven. These poems are heart-stoppingly comic. Cover photo by Mary Ellen Long. A Word Works Capital Collection publication. Also available in audio cassette.

ISBN 0-915380-39-0 ISBN13 978-0-915380-39-8

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READING THE GROUND

Tera Vale Ragan

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Says HTCC judge Jeanne Larsen, “These poems give us ‘Lessons in the Slovak Language’—which is to say, lessons in every mother’s tongue. They rise out of the great American tale of immigration, embrace the great American mill-town of the 20th century, and make the great American journey to an unknown old country. Ragan’s consummately woven text is a 21st century book: a brilliant meta-poem; a double-helix of artful words; a gathering that satisfies, sings, erupts.” Paul Hoover adds: “This is eloquent, moving, and necessary poetry.” Selected by Jeanne Larsen in 2013 for the Hilary Tham Capital Collection.

ISBN13 978-0-915380-91-6

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ROLLERCOASTER

Miles David Moore

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Childhood bullies who bedevil the vulnerable—including Fatslug, Moore's poster boy for low self-esteem—sometimes grow up to be dictators. A Word Works Capital Collection publication. Cover photo by Christopher Hubble. Monseurat Review said.

ISBN 0-915380-56-0 ISBN13 978-0-915380-56-5

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ST. RAGE'S VAULT

B. K. Fischer

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2012 Washington Prize winner. Through the lens of visual art, B. K. Fischer has created a look at motherhood never before offered in a single book of poetry. This is ekphrastic poetry that does not get in the way of unfolding the story of conception, pregnancy, birth.

ISBN13 978-0-915380-84-8

Paper:$15


THE SCABBARD OF HER THROAT

Bernadette Geyer

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Dana Roeser said Bernadette Geyer is "a student of luck, fairy tales, and magic, and of domestic life with its myriad attachments." Cornelius Eady commented that these poems "are saturated by touch: fingers on a throat, hand on a door, wasp, clasped to a cicada’s back, fever to bodies, daughters to mothers, mythologies to linoleum." Selected by Cornelius Eady in 2012 for the Hilary Tham Capital Collection.

ISBN13 978-0-915380-85-5

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SCORCHED BY THE SUN

Moshe Dor as translated by Barbara Goldberg with the author

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Dor’s poems breathe, smell and taste like Israel. They express the pressures of living in a land constantly under siege, where hope and terror live side by side, where there is a fierce hatred of war and a fierce craving for peace. This is also a book about love – the love for a woman as well as a motherland. Cover art by Mordechai Ardon. 

ISBN13 978-0-915380-83-1

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SOLOMON IBN GABIROL: A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF HIS POEMS IN TRANSLATION

Isaac Goldberg

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A comprehensive bibliography on the most significant of the major Hebrew poets of the Jewish Golden Age of Spain (10th- 12th centuries), Solomon Ibn Gabirol. This essential research tool indexes individual poems, their translations and their locations. Recommended for scholars, students, libraries and research collections of medieval Hebrew and comparative poetry. Word Works International Edition.

ISBN 0-915380-37-4 ISBN13 978-0-915380-37-4

Paper: $35


SPINOZA'S MOUSE

George Young

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1996 Washington Prize winner. A physician casts his eye on the world and finds it full of marvelous things. Young's poems are vivid celebrations of nature, medical practice, and compelling historical figures. Cover art by Richard Blackmore.

ISBN 0-915380-35-8 ISBN13 978-0-915380-35-0

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STALKING THE FLORIDA PANTHER

Enid Shomer

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1985 Washington Prize winner. This book invites the reader into the heart of a female character who is sometimes an angry child, sometimes a worldly and sensual woman. Cover art by Paloma Cernuda. Second printing. Also from University of Iowa Press: IMAGINARY MEN, winner of lowa Short Fiction Award and the LSU Award for the best first collection of stories by an American author.

ISBN 0-915380-2l-8 ISBN13 978-0-915380-21-3

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THE STONES REMEMBER

co-edited by Moshe Dor, Barbara Goldberg, and Giora Leshem

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An anthology of 50 contemporary Israeli poets including Gouri, Carmi, Ravikovitch. "This collection reveals, in memorable poetry superbly translated, the shape of a land and the spirit of a people," writes William Jay Smith. Many of these poems, representative of the Native School, appear in English for the first time. Recipient of the Witter Bynner Foundation Award; selected by Choice as Outstanding Academic Book in l993. Cover art by Moshe Castel. Also by Moshe Dor, KHAMSIN: MEMOIRS AND POETRY BY A NATIVE ISRAELI (Three Continents Press).

ISBN 0-915380-25-0 ISBN13 978-0-915380-25-1

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SUN, MOON, SALT

Nancy White

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1992 Washington Prize winner. Second edition. Desire. Hunger. Sorrow. These poems reveal how memory lives in the body and the body transcends memory. Cover art by Anastasia Nute.

ISBN 0-915380-29-3 ISBN13 978-0-915380-29-9

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SURVIVABLE WORLD

Ron Mohring

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2003 Washington Prize winner. Poetry "with an emotional honesty that gives voice to the ever-changing 'vectors of promise of loss' in a world marked by the devastation of AIDS."—Betsy Sholl. Cover Art by Fred Wilkinson.

ISBN 0-915380-55-2 ISBN13 978-0-915380-55-8

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TIPPING POINT

Fred Marchant

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1993 Washington Prize winner. As a demolition expert handles explosives, this book carefully explores a continuum of violence from domestic strife to the Vietnam and Persian Gulf wars. These poems dramatize the spiritual an d artistic dilemmas created by the traumas of our time. Cover print by Nona Hershey. Second edition with preface by Nick Flynn.

ISBN13 978-0-915380-86-2

Paper:$15


TOWARD DESIRE

Linda Lee Harper

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1995 Washington Prize Winner. The men, women, and children of TOWARD DESIRE run into naked emotion, sometimes accidentally. In these poems, Linda Lee Harper masterfully builds a compelling human story. What happens in one family's kitchen will haunt you long after the last page is read. Cover art is a woodblock print "Homage to the Earth" by Barbara Kerne.

ISBN 0-915380-33-1 ISBN13 978-0-915380-33-6

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TWINZILLA

Barbara G. S. Hagerty

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With her irreverent wordplay, Hagerty creates a fearless alter-ego, Twinzilla, who will reawaken in even the most jaded post-modern reader all the powerful fizz our planet needs. 2013 HTCC judge Jeanne Larsen says, “The poems in Twinzilla are smart, teasing, dead-serious, marked by keen intelligence. Hagerty takes us into a world where ‘metaphysics are like candy.’ Her narratives leap, inventive and rewarding, weaving from the elegiac to the wryly joyful, showing forth the ways we shadow our own selves.”Selected by Jeanne Larsen in 2013 for the Hilary Tham Capital Collection.

ISBN13 978-0-915380-90-9

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WANDERING ON THE OUTSIDE

Karren L. Alenier

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Poetry that embraces life from birth to black holes. First Billee Murray Denny Award Winner. Second edition. Cover art by Paris Pacchione.

ISBN 0-915380-00-5 ISBN13 978-0-915380-00-8

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WHISKEY IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN

Sarah Browning

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Explores the meaning of political activism and personal responsiblity in a time of war, while mapping the capital city—its changes, its history, its beautiful variety. Cover art by Sharon Bourke. Hilary Tham Capital Collection.

ISBN 0-915380-66-8 ISBN13 978-0-915380-66-4

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THE WHOLE FIELD STILL MOVING INSIDE IT

Molly Bashaw

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The Whole Field Still Moving Inside It returns us to our native roots, connected to the land, knowing the weft of our work, our food, the timeless strength of animals. James Longenbach says, “To say that Molly Bashaw has written a book inhabiting the most gritty details of farm life is like saying that Melville wrote the best-ever book about whaling: it’s true, but the result of her inhabitation is not reportage but myth-making of the highest imaginative level. The poems feel simultaneously earth-bound and surreal, most convincingly worldly when their language is most exquisitely unhinged. Molly Bashaw is an artist of the American sublime: greet her at the beginning of a great career.”

ISBN13 978-0-915380-89-3

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WHOSE WOODS THESE ARE

edited by Karren L. Alenier

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A journal combining poems, anecdotes, and photographs based on eight years of programs at the Joaquin Miller Cabin in Washington, DC. The collection includes Pulitzer Prize winner Henry Taylor, E. Ethelbert Miller, Maureen Owen, Rick Peabody, Washington Prize winners Barbara Goldberg and Susan Gubernat, among others. Cover design by Janice Olson.

ISBN 0-915380-18-8 ISBN13 978-0-915380-18-3

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WINNERS: A RETROSPECTIVE OF THE WASHINGTON PRIZE

edited by Karren L. Alenier, Hilary Tham, and Miles David Moore

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Poems, anecdotes, and insightful information by the winners, judges, and contest readers of the Word Works Washington Prize from 1981 to 1999. Get the inside track on how to win this prize and how it has benefitted former winners. Cover art by Janice Olson.  For a review of this book, go to berniE-zine Reviews.

ISBN 0-915380-43-9 ISBN13 978-0-915380-43-5

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A WOMAN FROM MEMPHIS

Robert Sargent

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Sargent's richly imbued southern voice sings for William James, Cavafy, and Joyce with wit, clarity, and a wild streak. Second edition. Revised cover design includes a new collector photograph by William Christenberry.

ISBN 0-915380-07-2 ISBN13 978-0-915380-07-7

Paper:$15

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