We're excited to announce that the second edition of A Concordance of Leaves, by Philip Metres winner of the Arab American National Museum's Poetry Prize is now available for order.
Greg Weiss in The Journal observed that the book-length poem in Concordance "registers the vast impact of politics on individuals’ lives," and "it just as strongly registers the countless non-political factors, such as conceptions of love and ritual, that also influence individuals’ experiences." Harkening to William Carlos Williams well-known quote,
It is difficult
to get the news from poems
yet men die miserably every day
of what is found there.
Philip Metres is the author and translator of a number of books, including Sand Opera (Alice James 2015), I Burned at the Feast: Selected Poems of Arseny Tarkovsky, Compleat Catalogue of Comedic Novelties: Poetic Texts of Lev Rubinstein (Ugly Duckling Presse 2014), A Concordance of Leaves (Diode Editions, 2013), abu ghraib arias (Flying Guillotine 2011), To See the Earth (Cleveland State 2008), and Behind the Lines: War Resistance Poetry on the American Homefront (University of Iowa 2007). His work has appeared in Best American Poetry and has garnered two NEA fellowships, the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, five Ohio Arts Council Grants, the Beatrice Hawley Award, two Arab American Book Awards, the Cleveland Arts Prize, the Anne Halley Prize, the PEN/Heim Translation grant, and the Creative Workforce Fellowship. He is professor of English at John Carroll University in Cleveland.
Check out Phil's insightful essay Portrait of a Press: The University of Akron Series in Poetry in the Los Angeles Review of Books.
And you can find Emilia Phillips' review of Concordance at Blackbird.