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Isako Isako is a new volume of poetry by Mia Ayumi Malhotra, released September 2018 from Alice James Books. Isako Isako follows a single family lineage spanning four generations of female Japanese Americans to explore the chilling historical legacies of cultural trauma―internment, mass displacement and rampant racism―in the United States, and how it weaves together with current events.
“Malhotra sets forth a yearning that knows no bounds—after all, as the poems remind us, survival is nothing without remembrance.” —Lantern Review
“Isako Isako is a carefully controlled whirlwind of ideas and impressions that reminds us that the scars laid down today will still be visible generations from now.” —Japan Times
More Than Mere Light, the third full-length collection from award-winning poet Jason Koo, touches on themes of Asian American identity and sexuality, the difficulties of romantic relationships, and the banalities and triumphs of everyday life in Brooklyn.
"No one has written a finer, stranger, more enjoyably various and intelligent long poem than Jason Koo's 'No Longer See,' the central poem in his splendid new book, More Than Mere Light. Schuyler and Knausgaard, Proust and Ashbery, to name just a few, meld into a poetic performance that is joyfully bent, and as gloriously funny as it is self-castigating. Underscoring all this is a sorrowing sense of self that can't shake free of time—time as it drags or stops or flies during romance and sex and the passage from domestic happiness to failure, and as it marks off the progress of a poetry and a life coming into its full, vital strength. With a cool-eyed detachment from his own drama, Koo has written a book that is unforgettable in its candor, its disabused self-knowledge, and its generosity of spirit." —Tom Sleigh
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"Ghost, Like a Place" is a new volume of poetry by Iain Haley Pollock, forthcoming September 18, 2018 from Alice James Books. We're happy to offer you this preview.
This collection highlights the complexities of fatherhood and how to raise young kids while bearing witness to the charged movements of social injustice and inequities of race in America. Memory, culpability, and our very humanness course through this book and strip us down to find joy and inspiration amid the darkness.
“Iain Pollock has a slow, steady hand that’s fine tuning the pentatonic chambers where whole and half notes of the heart glisten the world. This Ghost, like a Place is a phantasm of small psalms settling into territory familiar with new beginnings and bearing ragged, but revealing truths.” —Tyehimba Jess, author of Olio, winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
“Iain Pollock’s eye is guided by passion—a passion for the city and street life, and the hard facts of individual lives amidst the violence and turmoil of American life today. But given this material, and contrary to what Derek Walcott once called the ‘standard elegiac,’ his poems never moralize or forsake complexity of feeling. His ear for idiom is pitch perfect, and the forward drive of his syntax embodies an undeluded but fundamentally hopeful vision about remaking the world.” —Tom Sleigh