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    • The Gray Notebook
    • A white tea bowl : 100 haiku from 100 years of life
      A white tea bowl : 100 haiku from 100 years of life
      Mitsu Suzuki
      "A White Tea Bowl is a selection of 100 haiku written by Mitsu Suzuki, the widow of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, and published in celebration of her 100th birthday on April 23, 2014. In his wide-ranging introduction, Zen poet and priest Norman Fischer describes the formative impact on her life of war in Japan and social upheaval in America, and places her poetry in the evolution of haiku as an international form. Part I: 100 Haiku presents a kaleidoscope of poems by Mitsu Suzuki that touch all aspects of her being: her dedication to the Buddha way and the formal life of the temple, the loneliness of a widow's life, her generational role as "Candy Auntie," her sensitive attunement to nature, and her moments of insight into the dharma. The more you read these haiku, the more their wisdom will emerge. Part II: Pickles and Tea contains reminiscences and anecdotes about Mitsu Suzuki by those who lived and studied with her at San Francisco Zen Center: Reb Anderson, Victoria Austin, Ed Brown, Peter Coyote, Yvonne Rand, Paul Rosenblum, Mary Watson. Often these meetings took place in Mitsu's kitchen where she provided countless cups of tea, cookies, and homemade pickles as well as sage advice"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • The Mountain Poems of Stonehouse
      The Mountain Poems of Stonehouse
      Stonehouse [author], translations and commentary by Red Pine.

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    • Authorisms : words wrought by writers
      Authorisms : words wrought by writers
      Paul Dickson.
      "William Shakespeare's written vocabulary consisted of 17,245 words, including hundreds that were coined or popularized by him. Some of the words never went further than their appearance in his plays, but others--like bedazzled, hurry, critical, and anchovy--are essential parts of our standard vocabulary today. Many other famous and lesser-known writers have contributed to the popular lexicon. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, Sir Walter Scott ranks second to Shakespeare in first uses of words and giving a new and distinct meaning to already existing words (Free Lances for freelancers). John Milton minted such terms as earthshaking, lovelorn, by hook or crook, and all Hell broke loose, and was responsible for introducing some 630 words. Gifted lexicographer Paul Dickson deftly sorts through neologisms by Chaucer (a ha), Jane Austen (base ball), Louisa May Alcott (co-ed), Mark Twain (hard-boiled), Kurt Vonnegut (granfalloon), John le Carre (mole), William Gibson (cyberspace), and many others. Presenting stories behind each word and phrase, Dickson enriches our appreciation of the English language in a book as entertaining as it is enlightening"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • Writing the story within : becoming the writer you came here to be!
    • Mastering the craft of writing : how to write with clarity, emphasis, & style
    • Writing wild : forming a creative partnership with nature
      Writing wild : forming a creative partnership with nature
      Tina Welling.
      "A guide to aligning personal creative energy with that of the natural world. Details a three-step 'Spirit Walk' process for inviting nature to enliven and inspire writing of all kinds. Author is a speaker and workshop leader at the Jackson Hole Writers Conference"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • The organized teacher's guide to children's literature
    • Love sonnets & elegies
      Love sonnets & elegies
      Louise Labe
      "Louise Labe is commonly regarded as the most original woman poet of the French Renaissance. The daughter of an illiterate rope maker in Lyon, known to her contemporaries for her unusual learning as well as her skills as a singer and lutanist, Labe was in her thirties when she published her complete Works in 1555 and then disappeared from the scene, not to be rediscovered until the nineteenth century. Her love poetry, made famous by Rilke's German versions, is published here with the originals en face and newly rendered into English by award-winning translator Richard Sieburth, who also includes a biographical chronology of the poet, notes, and an informative afterword to this edition. These Love Sonnets and Elegies confirm Labe's reputation as the first modern Sappho"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • Shakespeare's Montaigne : the Florio translation of the essays
      Shakespeare's Montaigne : the Florio translation of the essays
      Michel de Montaigne
      "An NYRB Classics Original Shakespeare, Nietzsche once wrote, was Montaigne's best reader. It is a typically brilliant Nietzschean insight, capturing the intimate relationship between the ever-changing record of the mutable self constituted by Montaigne's Essays and Shakespeare's kaleidoscopic register of human character. For all that, how much Shakespeare actually read Montaigne remains a matter of uncertainty and debate to this day. That he read him there is no doubt. Passages from Montaigne are evidently reworked in both King Lear and The Tempest, and there are possible echoes elsewhere in the plays. But however closely Shakespeare himself may have pored over the Essays, he lived in a milieu in which Montaigne was widely known, oft cited, and both disputed and respected. This in turn was thanks to the inspired and dazzling translation of his work by a man who was a fascinating polymath, man-about-town, and master of language himself, John Florio. Shakespeare's Montaigne offers modern readers a new, adroitly modernized edition of Florio's translation of the Essays, a still-resonant reading of Montaigne that is also a masterpiece of English prose. Florio's translation, like Sir Robert Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy and the works of Sir Thomas Browne, is notable not only for its stylistic range and felicity and the deep and lingering music of many passages, but also for having helped to invent the English language as we know it today, supplying it, very much as Shakespeare also did, with new words and enduring turns of phrase. Stephen Greenblatt's introduction also explores the echoes and significant tensions between Shakespeare's and Montaigne's world visions, while Peter Platt introduces readers to the life and times of John Florio. Altogether, this book provides a remarkable new experience of not just two but three great writers who ushered in the modern world"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • 100 love sonnets
    • Stay, illusion! : the Hamlet doctrine
      Stay, illusion! : the Hamlet doctrine
      Simon Critchley & Jamieson Webster.

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    • Aleister Crowley : magick, rock and roll, and the wickedest man in the world
    • Chimerica
      Lucy Kirkwood.
      A powerful, provocative play about international relations and the shifting balance of power between East and West. Tiananmen Square, 1989. As tanks roll through Beijing and soldiers hammer on his hotel door, Joe--a young American photojournalist--captures a piece of history. New York, 2012. Joe is covering a presidential election, marred by debate over cheap labour and the outsourcing of American jobs to Chinese factories. When a cryptic message is left in a Beijing newspaper, Joe is driven to discover the truth behind the unknown hero he captured on film. Who was he?
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    • Girls like that
    • Pulp fiction of the 1920s and 1930s
      Pulp fiction of the 1920s and 1930s
      editor, Gary Hoppenstand, Michigan State University.

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    • Your moon : [poems]
    • Friedman's fables
      Friedman's fables
      Edwin H. Friedman.
      Contains twenty-four stories of animals designed to provide insights and perspectives on familiar human behaviors.
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    • Raison d'etre, II
      Raison d'etre, II
      Bradley James.
      "Some moments in life are meant to be savored, enjoyed through slow, deliberate consumption. But too often, such moments are met instead with overeagerness and excessive hunger, which threaten to devour the context of the moment before its content is even partially digested. For this reason, Bradley James requests that you take your time and be patient with Raison d'etre. It should be read only a few pages at a time, in a quiet place where you can thoroughly consider the deep, sometimes dark mental images and prodding questions that will inevitably pervade your thoughts and tempt you to turn just one more page - even though that's exactly what you've been told not to do. Comprised of two separate volumes, Raison d'etre was described by Kirkus Independent Reviews as "an epic, multipart poetry cycle about the nature of life and the transience of relationships" and "a free-form, often thought-provoking verse confessional in the tradition of Leaves of Grass." Both books in the collection, Raison d'etre, Volume I and Raison d'etre, II deeply explore the author's thoughts and philosophies on life, death, spirituality, and the essence of what makes human life so precious and unique. The latest work, Raison d'etre, II, is perhaps his most personal poetry collection to date"
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    • The mockingbird next door : life with Harper Lee
      The mockingbird next door : life with Harper Lee
      Marja Mills.
      "One journalist's memoir of her personal friendship with Harper Lee and her sister, drawing on the extraordinary access they gave her to share the story of their lives. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is one of the best loved novels of the twentieth century. But for the last fifty years, the novel's celebrated author, Harper Lee, has said almost nothing on the record. Journalists have trekked to her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, where Harper Lee, known by her friends as Nelle, has lived with her sister, Alice, for decades, trying and failing to get an interview with the author. But in 2001, the Lee sisters opened their door for Chicago Tribune reporter Marja Mills. It was the beginning of a long conversation-and a friendship that has continued ever since. In 2004, with the Lees' encouragement, Mills moved into the house next door to the sisters. She spent the next eighteen months there, talking and sharing stories over meals and daily drives in the countryside. Along with members of the Lees' tight inner circle, the sisters and Mills would go fishing, feed the ducks, go to the Laundromat, watch the Crimson Tide, drink coffee at McDonald's, and explore all over lower Alabama. Nelle shared her love of history, literature, and the quirky Southern way of life with Mills, as well as her keen sense of how journalism should be practiced. As the sisters decided to let Mills tell their story, Nelle helped make sure she was getting the story-and the South-right. Alice, the keeper of the Lee family history, shared the stories of their family. The Mockingbird Next Door is the story of Mills's friendship with the Lee sisters. It is a testament to the great intelligence, sharp wit, and tremendous storytelling power of these two women, especially that of Nelle. Mills was given a rare opportunity to know Nelle Harper Lee, to be part of the Lees' life in Alabama, and to hear them reflect on their upbringing, their corner of the Deep South, how To Kill a Mockingbird affected their lives, and why Nelle Harper Lee chose to never write another novel"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • A collection of comfort & encouragement
      A collection of comfort & encouragement
      Helen Steiner Rice.
      "Beloved poet Helen Steiner Rice's beautiful verse has been treasured for decades. And her work will continue to inspire you as you experience the heavenly Father's faithfulness in this encouraging collection. You'll be moved to share Helen Steiner Rice's uplifting verse again and again with A Collection Comfort and Encouragement"
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    • The tranquilized tongue
    • Glad & sorry seasons
    • Split
      Cathy Linh Che.
      ""Split crosses borders, exposing truths and dreams, violations of body and mind, aligning them until the deep push-pull of silence and song become a bridge. And here we cross over into a landscape where beauty interrogates, and we encounter a voice that refuses to let us off the hook."-Yusef KomunyakaaIn this stunning debut, we follow one woman's profoundly personal account of sexual violence against the backdrop of cultural conflict deftly illustrated through her parents' experiences of the Vietnam War, immigration, and its aftermath. By looking closely at landscape and psyche, Split explores what happens when deep trauma occurs and seeks to understand what it means to finally become whole.From "The German word for dream is traume.":When my mother whispered, Has anyone touched you there? I had to pick.Alan, I said.I was seven. The training wheels were coming off.Between the couch and wall, the ceiling was white with popcorn bits. The boys stoodand watched. I lay there, my eyes open like a doll's. Someone said, Let me try.He rode on top then abruptly stopped. The boys laughed,and then, they stood me up.Cathy Linh Che is a poet from Los Angeles, California. She has received scholarships and fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center at Provincetown, Hedgebrook, Kundiman, Poets & Writers, Inc., and Poets House. She is currently co-editor of an anthology called Inheriting the War and a founding editor of Paperbag. She lives and teaches in Brooklyn, New York. "-- Provided by publisher.
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    • The difficult farm
    • Birthday girl with possum : a collection of poetry
    • Calamity Joe : poems
    • Talkativeness
      Michael Earl Craig.

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    • The tree that walks : poems of self integration
    • Etruria
      Rodney Koeneke.

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    • Laughing cult
    • The Road to Emmaus
    • Unfolding universe
      Unfolding universe
      Paula Amar Schwartz
      A collection of the author's essays, poetry, prayers and meditations.
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    • In the present tense : portraits of my father
    • Seas to mulberries : poetry
      Seas to mulberries : poetry
      by Frank Watson
      In a journey across the landscapes of time and place, between the changes in life like the evolution of sand and sea, Watson's poetry tells of the human heart through tiny stories and images that linger in the mind as a meditation of the soul.
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