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“The language of The Work-Shy cuts straight through, as sharp and alive as the eyes that peer out from its photographs. ‘Our words are like people,’ one inmate declares—people who change our hearts. Yet suddenly we realize that each poem rivers across the page, where we can either drown or float, and the tension between leaves us gasping for air.”
—Carmen Gimenez-Smith, author of Milk and Filth
“The Work-Shy is a remarkable sequence of poems composed by way of writing practices that restore the possibilities for lyric poetry and its historical imagination, using documentary techniques and a principled cultural poetics. The poems are commanding verbal performances that reveal how institutions are empowered to confiscate meaning from the most vulnerable. To read these poems is to come face to face with the contemporary cruelties of historical means. The result is heartbreaking.”
—Roberto Tejada, author of Full Foreground
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New & Forthcoming Poetry from Wesleyan University Press “You know when you look at a word until it means nothing and then, suddenly and at last, everything? The word is poetry. The poet is Rae Armantrout.” —Daniel Handler, author of the national bestseller We Are Pirates A collection of new and selected poetry from Pulitzer prize-winning author,…...
News from Gerald Vizenor
Gerald Vizenor was recently welcomed by Birchbark Books for a reading from his new book Treaty Shirts: October 2034—A Familiar Treatise on the White Earth Nation. The event was held at the Bockley Gallery in Minneapolis. In this masterful, candid, surreal, and satirical allegory set in an imagined future, seven natives are exiled from federal sectors that have…...