With insight, humor, and uncompromising honesty, Nobody’s Jackknife explores power and powerlessness, violence and tenderness, addiction and love.
In his debut collection of hard-hitting poems, Albuquerque Poet Laureate Hakim Bellamy addresses the issues important to our day—politics, work, and art.
Poet and fiddler Ken Waldman has lived in Alaska for more than twenty years, reading and performing at hundreds of venues. He has taught at the University of Alaska in Nome and Sitka, and frequently travels to Native villages and rural communities where he shares his writing and music with students.
This first volume of poetry treats the author’s hard growing up in New York City—her grandmother who fled her family to come to America, the author’s own departure from her family household only to face more poverty. Through the book, Tokarczyk’s sharp intelligence shines through. She is now a leading member of the Working Class Studies Association.
The writer brings together several traditions and the work of others before her: Richard Hugo, Etheridge Knight, Meridel Le Sueur.
Stories of Appalachian people, fictionalized but also deeply embossed in the author’s mind. From the title story of the last days of an itinerant musician, to a sequence of five tales of boys on the streets of Over the Rhine neighborhood in Cincinnati, to two final tales of an escaping woman and a suicidal man, the stories ask no quarter.
This first collected poems by Pittsburgh glassmaker Peter Oresick reveals his deep working class roots, his sense of the political and spiritual landscape of twentieth century industrial America, and his record of coming to terms with himself as the continuator of his family heritage.