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St. Rage's Vault

B. K. Fischer

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2012 Washington Prize winner. Through the lens of visual art, B. K. Fischer has created a look at motherhood never before offered in a single book of poetry. This is ekphrastic poetry that does not get in the way of unfolding the story of conception, pregnancy, birth.

ISBN13 978-0-915380-84-8

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The Scabbard of Her Throat

Bernadette Geyer

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Dana Roeser said Bernadette Geyer is "a student of luck, fairy tales, and magic, and of domestic life with its myriad attachments." Cornelius Eady commented that these poems "are saturated by touch: fingers on a throat, hand on a door, wasp, clasped to a cicada’s back, fever to bodies, daughters to mothers, mythologies to linoleum." Selected by Cornelius Eady in 2012 for the Hilary Tham Capital Collection.

ISBN13 978-0-915380-85-5

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Tipping Point

Fred Marchant
2nd edition with preface by
Nick Flynn

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1993 Washington Prize winner. As a demolition expert handles explosives, this book carefully explores a continuum of violence from domestic strife to the Vietnam and Persian Gulf wars. These poems dramatize the spiritual an d artistic dilemmas created by the traumas of our time. Cover print by Nona Hershey. Second edition with preface by Nick Flynn.

ISBN13 978-0-915380-86-2

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ACE

Richard Carr

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2008 Washington Prize winner. "Ace is a gorgeously sad novel-in-verse. In a series of intimate 14-line poems, Carr follows the tragic love story of Ace and Carol, a love story born of junkyards."—Denise Duhamel. Cover art by Oosoom at Wikipedia.

ISBN-13 978-0-915380-70-1

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ASPECTS OF A SOUTHERN STORY

Robert Sargent

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The title poem relates a casual southern anecdote that peers and pries into different versions of a story. Cover art from a wall sculpture created especially for this book by William Christenberry Second printing.

ISBN 0-915380-15-3 ISBN13 978-0-915380-15-2

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BAD NAMES FOR WOMEN

Hilary Tham

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Rogues and rascals people Hilary Tham's irreverent yet loving study of her natal Chinese and adopted Jewish ancestors. First Word Works Capital Collection publication. Second printing. Calligraphy by Robert Groner. Also from Three Continents Press: MEN AND OTHER STRANGE MYTHS.  For a review of this book, go to berniE-zine Reviews.

ISBN 0-915380-23-4 ISBN13 978-0-915380-23-7

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THE BEARS OF PARIS

Miles David Moore

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Moore's brilliantly eclectic work runs the gamut from first love to the American Civil War to adventures of Fatslug, the poster boy for low self-esteem. "Some North American Lorca lurks among The Bears of Paris."—Pablo Medina. A Word Works Capital Collection publication.

ISBN 0-915380-32-3 ISBN13 978-0-915380-32-9

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BERTA BROADFOOT & PEPIN THE SHORT: A MEROVINGIAN ROMANCE

Barbara Goldberg

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Threaded with the sensual woodblock prints of Rosemary Covey, Berta Broadfoot & Pepin the Short relates to an event that transpired in eighth-century France -- the marriage of Princess Berta of Hungary to Pepin the Short of France. Except, an evil servant substitutes her own daughter for Berta in the marriage bed. Goldberg's writing is concise, witty, and over-the-top sexy. This one-of-a-kind artistic treasure was co-published by Canada's Porupine's Quill. Limited availability.

ISBN 0-915380-20-X ISBN13 978-0-915380-20-6

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BIOGRAPHY OF WATER

Carrie Bennett

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2004 Washington Prize winner. Bennett's "poetry pulses with Emily Dickinson's desire to know as well as Wallace Stevens' love of making," David Kirby. A lyrical work meant to be read aloud. Cover art by Kelvey Bird.

ISBN 0-915380-58-7 ISBN13 978-0-915380-58-9

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BLACK BOOK OF THE ENDANGERED SPECIES

Vladimir Levchev

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Longing for freedom permeates the poems of Bulgarian poet, Vladimir Levchev.  The species under threat is not fish, fowl nor flesh but the individual soul.  A termite town trampled by an elephant's foot conjures the individual in a communist state.   Bilingual edition with translations by Henry Taylor and Vladimir Levchev.   Word Works International Edition.  Cover art by Marta Levcheva. 

ISBN 0-915380-42-0 ISBN13 978-0-915380-42-8

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BLUE COWBOY

Jonathan Vaile

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Vaile's beleaguered Blue Cowboy is an ironic survivor of the post-modern world. These edgy and musical meditations on philosophy, teaching, and love "lift, spire up, and illuminate the darkness" (Peter Klappert). Catch a 21st century look at life and love. Cover design by Janice Olson. Word Works Capital Collection publication.

ISBN 0-915380-59-5 ISBN13 978-0-915380-59-6

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THE BLUE DOOR

Yoko Danno & James Hopkins

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In this collaboration across time zones and cultures, two poets, American and Japanese, explore the process of invoking the Muse. Strangers collect white pebbles only to discover they are primordial mates. Cover design by Janice Olson. International Editions.

ISBN 0-915380-62-5 ISBN13 978-0-915380-62-6

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THE BODIES WE WERE LOANED

Maria Terrone

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Whether focused on Madame Curie, turn-of-the-century subway workers, or the author's own family, these finely crafted poems recognize life's impermanence--and transcendant beauty. "This powerful, moving book is a love song to the wounded world." —Maria Mazziotti Gillan   Word Works Capital Collection publication. 

ISBN 0-915380-49-8 ISBN13 978-0-915380-49-7

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BROKEN LIKE JOB

Donna Denize

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Faith, freedom, and home find voice from Babylon to Baghdad, Haiti to Virginia. Denize's poetic theater is large and well illuminated. Cover art by Theodore Moore. Word Works Capital Collection publication. Monseurat Review said.

ISBN 0-915380-60-9 ISBN13 978-0-915380-60-6

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BULLETINS FROM A WAR

Helen Webster

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Poems and drawings by Helen Webster as collected by Elisavietta Ritchie. This book burns through the mirror of imagination while the reality of death by cancer wails sirenlike.

ISBN 0-915380-11-0 ISBN13 978-0-915380-11-4

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BY THE NEST

Kathi Morrison-Taylor

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With a cast of characters that includes sea monkeys, Marco Polo, the Tooth Fairy, Betty Crocker, Bach, and even Jack Daniels, Morrison-Taylor considers how childhood and parenthood present a perilous stage where kindship may both tear us apart and make us whole. Cover art by Grier Torrence. Hilary Tham Capital Collection.

ISBN13 978-0-915380-69-5

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CABIN FEVER: POETS AT JOAQUIN MILLER'S CABIN

edited by Jacklyn Potter, Dwaine Rieves, Gary Stein

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Prize winners, nationally known celebrities, first-timers, including outstanding high school students have all shared the mike at the historic Miller Cabin. This anthology, compiled and edited by Cabin Director Jacklyn Potter and poets Dwaine Rieves and Gary Stein, includes Elizabeth Alexander, Michael Collier, Roland Flint, Reed Whittemore, and others. This book was funded in part by the DC Commission on the arts and Humanites and the National Endowment for the Arts. Cover design by Janice Olson. Read a review in Electica Magazine.

ISBN 0-915380-51-X ISBN13 978-0-915380-51-0

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CALL FROM PARIS

Prartho Sereno

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2007 Washington Prize winner. Song, incantation and a disarming but everyday mysticism punctuate the poems of Prartho Sereno. She creates a universe that is both exotic and familiar. Cover art is by the author. 2nd edtion.

ISBN13 978-0-915380-87-9

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CHARLOTTE BRONTE, YOU RUINED MY LIFE

Barbara Ungar

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Ungar's diabolical Charlotte Bronte: You Ruined My Life is both devilishly funny and devastatingly honest about love, sex, marriage and divorce. Selected by Denise Duhamel in 2010 for the Hilary Tham Capital Collection publication. Read a review in Rattle.

ISBN13 978-0-915380-79-4

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COOL FIRE

edited by Christopher Bursk

Poems from the participants of the Word Works sponsored workshop at the Community for Creative Non-Violence (CCNV) shelter, featuring shelter residents, and Washington area poets Patricia Garfinkel, Reuben Jackson, Kweli Smith, and Hilary Tham. Poetry speaking to issues of the homeless.

Chapbook

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COUNTING

Hilary Tham

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From Malaysia through Europe to America, from Taoist Buddhist to Roman
Catholic to American Jew, Tham’s poems braid philosophy, religions, culture
shock, married love, parental angst, an immigrant's look at America into a
fascinating one-of-a-kind story. Word Works Capital Collection publication.
Cover art by Marta Levcheva.

ISBN 0-915380-45-5 ISBN13 978-0-915380-45-9

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CROW'S EYE VIEW: THE INFAMY OF LEE SANG, KOREAN POET

translated by Myong-Hee Kim

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Too advanced for his time, Lee Sang's Kafkaesque surreal poetry outraged Korean society during his brief, tragic life. The selected poems and fiction read as freshly as if he wrote of present-day angst. Revered in Korea today, Lee Sang's work premieres in this first-ever English collection. Word Works International Edition. Original art by Janice Olson.

ISBN 0-915380-48-X ISBN13 978-0-915380-48-0

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CURTAINS FOR YOU

Harrison Fisher

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Short, taut poems verging on a 'pure poetry.' Booklist said "Fisher is fun to read."

ISBN 0-915380-10-2 ISBN13 978-0-915380-10-7

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The CUTOFF

Jay Rogoff

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1994 Washington Prize winner. Part Odysseus, part Dante, a minor league baseball outfielder turns 30, becomes a father, and ponders his future. A sequence of lyrical monologues, this book is a love story: man/woman, baseball, country Cover art by Lance Richbourg, "George Bell" oil on canvas, 72" X 30" from the collection of Peter John Goulandris.

ISBN 0-915380-31-5 ISBN13 978-0-915380-31-2

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A DIAMOND IS HARD BUT NOT TOUGH

Ann Rae Jonas

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1997 Washington Prize winner. Embracing the spectrum of human life from joy to unexpected grief, Jonas blends scientific concepts with a precise poetic vocabulary. Cover art by Randy Jewart.

ISBN 0-915380-36-6 ISBN13 978-0-915380-36-7

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EIGHT PALE WOMEN

James Hopkins

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Poems that explore geography of self, from the landscape of the rural South and the darkness beneath its soil to exotic pilgrimage routes that insist on transcendence. A Buddhist present, informed by a past of yourthful indiscretions and country fairs. A wild ride. Word Works Capital Collection. Cover photo by James Hopkins. Monseurat Review said.

ISBN 0-915380-53-6 ISBN13 978-0-915380-53-4

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FAREWELL TO THE BODY

Barbara Moore

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1990 Washington Prize winner. Out of the "bright confusion" of the body, these poems rise above our earthly attachments to find an indecent clarity.  Philip Booth has called Moore "brilliantly grave." Cover photo by Carole Clem.

ISBN 0-915380-27-7 ISBN13 978-0-915380-27-5

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