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Spring 2012 ContentSNew University of Arkansas Press Books Distributed presses: Philosophical Topics Ozark Society Foundation UpSet Press Butler Center Missour State University Moon City Press River Market Press Phoenix International Tim Ernst Cloudland Publishing DVDs 17 8 8 9 1012 13 1415 15 1617 18 19 Recent Bestsellers Perennial Favorites Voices from around the World Poetry Civil War Notable Reviews Order Form Sales Representatives Ordering Information 20-21 22-23 24 25 26 27 28 29 29
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Unbelievable happiness and Final SorrowThe Hemingway-Pfeiffer Marriage Ruth A. Hawkins the only biography of ernest hemingways second marriage
It was the glittering intellectual world of 1920s Paris expatriates in which Pauline Pfeiffer, a writer for Vogue, met Ernest Hemingway and his wife, Hadley, among a circle of friends that included Gertrude Stein, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Dos Passos, and Dorothy Parker. Pauline grew close to Hadley but eventually forged a stronger bond with Hemingway himself; with her stylish looks and dedication to Hemingways writing, Pauline became the source of unbelievable happiness for Hemingway and, in 1927, his second wife. Pauline was her husbands best editor and critic, and her wealthy family provided moral and financial support, including the conversion of an old barn to a dedicated writing studio at the family home in Piggott, Arkansas. The marriage lasted thirteen years, some of Hemingways most productive, and the couple had two children. But the unbelievable happiness met with final sorrow, as Hemingway wrote, and Pauline would be the second of Hemingways four wives. Unbelievable Happiness and Final Sorrow paints a full picture of Pauline and the essential role she played in Ernest Hemingways becoming one of Americas greatest literary figures. ruth a. hawkins has been an administrator at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro for more than thirty years and established its Arkansas Heritage Sites program, which includes the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum in Piggott. She has been recognized at the state, regional, and national level for her work in historic preservation and heritage tourism.
June 6 x 9, 391 pages 49 images, index $34.95 cloth 978-1-55728-974-2
Announcing the Winner of the 2012 $5,000 Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize
rousing the MachineryPoems by Catherine MacDonald Word-play and world-play: the untidy geographies of an ordinary life
While keenly aware of the world beyond, these poems draw discerningly on memories of familymotherhood and childhood, a brother in prison, the loss of a childMacDonald reminding us of the inescapable clanging together, the swinging apart, / whats cleaved and the whole, and finally that Sanctuaryit arrives in disguise. And it arrives in the wise surprise of beautifully made poems such as these. Rousing the Machinery is remarkable. Claudia emerson, author of Figure Studies: Poems Composed of almost equal parts narrative and song interwoven, these impressive poems showcase a mastery of both the necessary story-thread and the lyric leap that mystery requiresas the thread breaks and rejoins to remake what has gone before. MacDonalds skill with interior slant-rhyme and subtle form (see How to Leave Home) is superb, and is the weave that steadies and patterns what the books epigraph describes as the causal small decisions / almost random, those accidents . . . but of course, because this is genuine poetry, nothing here is finally small, and the art of that is no accident. Word-play and world-play here are at once startling and simple; and Rousing the Machinery is a simply stunning debut. Betty adcock, author of Slantwise: Poems There is in Catherine MacDonalds poems a quality of observation and narrative specificity so acute as to be almost painful. This is less a promising debut collection than it is the work of a writer of maturity and accomplishment. What a rich and abiding book this is! David Wojahn, author of World Tree Catherine MacDonald lives in Richmond, Virginia, and teaches writing at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her poems and criticism have been published in the Crab Orchard Review, Southern Indiana Review, Blackbird, Louisville Review, and other journals. She is also the author of the chapbook How to Leave Home. The University of Arkansas Press Poetry Series is edited by Enid Shomer.
teaching Myself to Sew My father did the sewing in our house stripes on his uniform, loose buttons, kneepatches, hems. After work or before, hed gather what was torn. Across the kitchen table, Id watch him ply scissors and thread, a fine needle between his thumb and thick fingers, and Id try to teach myself to sew worrying thread through a washrag, basting uneven rowsbut again and again, my stitching pulled loose from the cloth. Because I studied his face more closely than his hands, I never saw how he began, with that necessary snarl, the knot in the strand.
February 5 x 8 , 73 pages $16.00 paper 978-1-55728-979-7 Miller Williams arkansas poetry prize Winner
The University of Arkansas Press Poetry Series, Edited by Enid Shomer
the Coal LifePoems by Adam Vines Mined from linguistic, literary, and historical underworlds.
Adam Viness command of the sounds of the English language is delicious, but it never prettifies what he sees in the world. These are poems of real life and of the physical condition of being alive in all its joy and difficulty. A hardscrabble childhood, a self-demanding adulthood, both emerge in poems full of fine ironies and a mature acceptance. Mary Jo Salter, author of A Phone Call to the Future: New and Selected Poems Arguably the finest metaphor in The Coal Life is found in a dynamite box: a mine rats nest of chewed scripture and company scrip. But in every poem, Adam Vines balances a tension perfect as it is uneasybetween lifes urge for change, flight, and sex and the more patient resolve of faith in a world beyond the mutable zodiac of this hard-wrought human universe. Perhaps these poems were conceived in the shadow myth of ruins, but they emerge as the best poems doleaning to the light. The Coal Life is remarkableand necessary. Claudia emerson, author of Figure Studies: Poems Adam Viness The Coal Life is a book mined from linguistic, literary, and historical underworlds. These poems keenly observe and deeply ponder; they dig into the mineral dark of memory, uncovering along the way forgotten and abandoned voices, idioms, occupations, thwarted desires, moments of grace in misery, and accidents of astounding beauty. An extraordinary first collection, The Coal Life is built to last even while it rests upon the shadow myth of ruins. alan Shapiro, author of Old War: Poems adam Vines is assistant professor of English at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and editor of the Birmingham Poetry Review. His poems have been published in North American Review, The Cincinnati Review, and The Greensboro Review.
reclamation The storm defies everything. Clouds wangle the day into early submission. The rain never forgets, cuts worry lines where streams ran before blasting buried them, carries silt and seed down to hills now stripped into valleys. Valleys piled into hills settle, consume themselves inch by inch. Pulp pines creep to the crumbling edge of a ridge, already top-heavy, drawn like bows from leaning to the light.
February 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, 67 pages $16.00 paper 978-1-55728-980-3 Miller Williams arkansas poetry prize Finalist
talk poetryPoems and Interviews with Nine American Poets David Baker important poets talking about the art today
David Baker has brought together in this remarkable volume some of the most probing and revelatory interviews he has conducted for our pagesinterviews that plunge quickly beyond the trivial to the deep concerns, the personal insights, the creative sparks that can ignite in conversation with these marvelous poets. David Lynn, editor of the Kenyon Review With his incisive and instructive questions, David Baker is able to draw out responses that touch upon not only the lives and poetic craft of his subjects, but also upon the nature of art and the life of poetry itself. This is without question a must-have volume for everyone who loves American poetry. David St. John, author of Auroras: New Poems David Baker, a consummate poet, is also one of our most intelligent, open-minded and readable critics. In this book, at once a personal anthology and a collection of perceptive, lively interviews, he gives readers a sense of the scope of American poetry today, with a keen eye for its convergences as well as its dissents. Marilyn hacker, author of Names: Poems What is more direct and intimate than one-to-one conversation? Here two forces in American poetry, the Kenyon Review and the University of Arkansas Press, bring together discussions between one of Americas leading poets and editors, David Baker, and nine of the most exciting poets of our day. The poets, who represent a wide array of vocations and aesthetic positions, open up about their writing processes, their reading and education, their hopes for and discontents with the contemporary scene, and much more, treating readers to a view of the range and capacity of contemporary American poetry. David Baker is author or editor of fourteen books of poetry and criticism. He holds the Thomas B. Fordham Chair at Denison University, teaches regularl