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Hilary Mantel’s writing day; an interview with National Book Award winner Ha Jin; U. of Illinois launches massive open online course in Modern American poetry; and other news.
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With so many good books being published every month, some literary titles worth exploring can get lost in the stacks. Page One offers the first lines of a dozen recently released books, including Masande Ntshanga’s debut novel, The Reactive, and Emma Straub’s third novel, Modern Lovers, as the starting point for a closer look at these new and noteworthy titles.
by Dana Isokawa
Brenda Shaughnessy reads from her latest poetry collection, So Much Synth, published in May by Copper Canyon Press.
How It Is
It isn't every day I can wrap my mind around it.
It being just what you'd think it is.
Not a thing or a condition of being but an extended
its movements are like dance but really more like fire
or cross-signals cut before anyone got there.
A flow-through mind,
a frank season so in love with some poor sister,
Aracelis Girmay reads two poems from her latest poetry collection, The Black Maria, published in April by BOA Editions.
from prayer & letter to the dead
While the room is still
while the page is still
white, still here,
more shore than sea, more still
than alive, while the air is now
touching the dark & funny fruit of
your eyebrows where it is quiet enough
for me to hear the small sighing
of your shoes lift up into
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