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Breathing Under Water

Breathing Under Water

Breathing Under Water Susan Bright This is what poetry must be if it is to play a part in the future of American artistic expression. With Breathing Under Water we dip into the spirit of community -- all its laughter, its tears, its promise and fears, all its crazy post modern complexity. We already knew that Barton Springs is the heart of Austin. Now we know Susan Bright and her swimming companions -- past present and future -- are the secret angels of Austin's soul who in their daily dedication to those cold waters invite us to dive into the waters of the community itself. Join them in that...
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Bringing Vincent Home

Bringing Vincent Home

Bringing Vincent HomeMadeleine Mysko Though a novel, Bringing Vincent Home reads like the finest memoir, so authentic and convincing that at times I found myself turning back to the title page to be sure it was a work of fiction. Rarely does a book of any sort touch me as this one did. Madeleine Mysko has created a vivid, beautifully written, and deeply personal piece of literature. Tim O’Brien, author, The Things They Carried, and Going After Cacciato (National Book Award Winner) Madeleine Mysko’s portrayal of the burn ward, of the suffering soldier, and of the afflicted families and...
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Broken Greek — a language to belong

Broken Greek — a language to belong

Broken Greek — a language to belong Adrianne Kalfopoulou An American poet, repatriated in the land of her ancestors, Adrianne Kalfopoulou is a consummate storyteller. Lucid, precise, and unflinching, Broken Greek stands up to comparison with previous accounts of the Greek experience, with great style. It's a lively and poignant journey to the gods and demons of present-time Greece. Stratis Haviaras , author of When the Tree Sings and The Heroic Age Unlike other writers on modern Greece, Adrianne Kalfopoulou gives us a powerful non-fiction narrative that goes against the romantic notions that...
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Bunny

Bunny

Bunny Susan Bright Bunny is a trickster character who dies in every poem or does something so stupid we wish that she would. These short poems celebrate the death of the idiot which we are all capable of being. It is interesting to note that throughout the book Bunny is dead. In killing Bunny, Bright consigns the old formula of female submission to the past. At the same time, she reveals the death wish hidden in the American dream, the impulse to conquer the continent which has led to the destruction of the ecosphere. John Herndon, Austin American-Statesman 62 pages, ISBN: 0-911051-53-8.
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Bursting with Danger and Music

Bursting with Danger and Music

By Jack Coulehan Jack Coulehan’s latest collection of poems arises from the uncertainties, pain, and limitations of medical practice where moments of insight and joy are bursting with danger and music. In pitch-perfect poems that see clearly the humanity behind a patient’s illness and actions, Coulehan investigates life’s essential minutiae—the observed moment, the healing gesture, the internal response. In poems such as “Forbidden Perfume” and “Referral from Dolores,” he is not afraid to examine the often unspoken-about reality of care giving—the human odors of illness and neglect. And yet...
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Burying the Tree

Burying the Tree

Emilio DeGrazia The essay is an old and noble form, but we've almost lost it in the welter of op-ed rants and whining recitation of childhood wrongs. But Emilio DeGrazia restores the honor andpleasure of the genre. His essays do what Montaigne asked: Explore the way a mind works and what's in it. And DeGrazia does it with literate wit. A person who thinks -- and who has read books -- lives in these essays. Why not think, and let the mind play, when a rattlesnake sheds its skin a few feet from your chair? Bill Holm In this beautifully written and deeply felt collection of essays, DeGrazia...
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Butterfly Song

Butterfly Song

Butterfly Song Evelyn Dahlke A butterfly—this butterfly, Evelyn, has moved out of the painful cocoon of abuse to fly! Her memoir is a powerful testament to courage under fire. What a testament of grace and guts! Evelyn's evolution into consciousness from victim to survivor to pastor is a witness to all who choose to walk away from abuse in any form. Jan Bucher , Spiritual Director In this captivating account of her escape from more than 20 years of domestic abuse, Evelyn Dahlke captures the intricacies of how a woman can be induced into a world of abuse . . . how she can lose herself and so...
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Bye Bye Blackbird: Worlds Past and Worlds Away

Bye Bye Blackbird: Worlds Past and Worlds Away

By Eileen Berry The poetry of Eileen Berry distills recollection into its essence, and this present collection reminds us once again of how good she is at this. As she plunges into deepest memory, her images are so powerful, we are helpless not to go with her. We are in the house at Marshside, "always cold especially in summer when no fires were lit, and the air felt thin;" we are there in the dry, overheated desert; we are at the funeral when there was "a silence . . . more full than sound." Eileen Berry provides for us a time and place that we did not know but through...
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Callahan County

Callahan County

Callahan County Brenda Black White These poems, set in Callahan County in the '50s, combine traditional poetic form with the story- telling voice of folklore, bringing us tales the poet overheard on the back porch as she grew up, charged and vitalized with the consciousness of a modern poet. We turn from her work moved but uneasy, for often as not we have seen ourselves. Elmer Kelton , Folklorist ISBN: 0-911051-49-X, 94 pgs.
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Carl, Willi, and Blanche

Carl, Willi, and Blanche

By Barbara de la Cuesta Praise for Barbara de la Cuesta's previous novel, The Spanish Teacher , winner of the Gival Press Novel Prize... " The Spanish Teacher has everything to thrill you—pace, a great balance of description, gesture and action, charmed, perfectly tuned dialogue, and most notably, a character we follow as closely and sympathetically as if we were living right there inside the story with him…rarely do we see a full drama like this, where every bit of the writing extends from, grows out of, is part and parcel with the author's complete realization of and connection to her...
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