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"I take care of Grazina in lieu of paying rent. It's the only way I manage to live and write in New York City on my own. Like most young writers before me, I came to the city hoping to better inform my art. But, more practically, I came to the city to go to school. My single mother, being an immigrant from Vietnam and living in a housing project in Hartford, Connecticut, cannot afford to pay for my education let alone support my vague ambition to become a writer. As the oldest son in a Vietnamese household, it's my "filial duty" to obtain an education and provide a house, a home for my mother to grow old in. It's a responsibility I accept and embrace with pride."—Ocean Vuong, Unconventional Bonds
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"A Personal Laureate"
David Tomas Martinez, Rigoberto González, Sandra Cisneros, Eduardo C. Corral, and others reflect on Juan Felipe Herrera's appointment as Poet Laureate of the United States. (Los Angeles Review of Books)
"Anthologies—weren't they Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du mal?"
William Logan on David Lehman's The State of the Art: A Chronicle of Poetry, 1988-2014. (Partisan)
• From The State of the Art and the PD archive:
1992: The question of poetry and its audience
Recently Arrived Titles
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- The Pawnbroker's Daughter: A Memoir, Maxine Kumin (W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.)
- And Short the Season (new in paperback), Maxine Kumin (W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.)
- Application for Release from the Dream, Tony Hoagland (Graywolf Press)
- Archives of the Air, John Morgan (Salmon Poetry)
- Demeter Does Not Remember, Mary Madec (Salmon Poetry)
- Terrace, Richard Skinner (Smokestack Books)
- Swan and Jack-Knife, Nikia Leopold (Main Street Rag)
- When We Were Almost Like Men, Martin Hayes (Smokestack Books)
- Crazing, Ruth Thompson (Saddle Road Press)
- Woman with Crows, Ruth Thompson (Saddle Road Press)
- According to Discretion, Allen Jih and Adam Vines (Unicorn Press)
- This Is the Homeland, Mary Hickman (Ahsahta Press)
- Garments Against Women, Anne Boyer (Ahsahta Press)
- Trafficke, Susan Tichy (Ahsahta Press)
- Maninbo: Peace & War, Ko Un, tr. Brother Anthony of Taize & Lee Sang-Wha (Bloodaxe Books)
- Murder at Jagged Rock: A Translation of Sophocles' Women of Trachis, Keyne Cheshire (The Word Works)
- Catherine Breese Davis: On the Life & Work of an American Master, Martha Collins, Kevin Prufer, Martin Rock (Pleiades Press)
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