Night Fugue: Selected Poems
“These poems, often troublingly dark, are sui generis in the way they use what’s to hand to explore what’s hidden. Sampson’s technical subtlety is everywhere in evidence and her emotional range is startling.” —David Harsent
“She creates intimacy of place through a chamber music of honed observations and epiphanic ‘intrusions’. A major contribution to the literature of the local.” —John Kinsella
FIONA SAMPSON was born in London in 1968. A former concert violinist with a doctorate in philosophy, she has published more than twenty books of poetry, translation and criticism. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, of which she serves on the Council. For seven years the editor of Poetry Review, she is the editor of Poem: International Literary Review.
978-1-937679-26-2 - $20.00
Third Day: New & Collected Poems
“‘Origins cling to us like sexual pain.’ Grey Gowrie’s astringent, exhilarating poetry calibrates the movements of an unique sensibility with wit, variety, and the plangency of an unerring awareness. This poet has no illusions about ‘our corrupt/intelligence’ but he knows how ‘happiness/ blooms in small corners’ and over and over again creates piercing beauty out of his circumstances, which become ours. The reverberant book of his life is thrilling to read.” —Jonathan Galassi
“Gowrie, like Byron, is a wit. I can’t remember when last, if indeed ever, I dared use the word ‘masterpiece’ of the work of a contemporary. I do so now . . . “ —Jon Stallworthy
GREY GOWRIE was born in Dublin in 1939. He taught English and American literature at Harvard and University College London. He has been Lord-in-Waiting to HM Queen Elizabeth, a company chairman, a member of Margaret Thatcher’s Cabinet, Chairman of the Arts Council of England and Provost of the Royal College of Art. Third Day: New and Selected Poems, was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and a Book of the Year in the Guardian and the Observer.
978-1-937679-23-1 – $21.00
The Traveling Queen
“Michael Collins’s poetry rises out of the core of being and seeing—with a touch of Revelations—always searching for the ethereal alongside the earthy low, arriving at the stillpoint of Self. It takes the reader to places of witness where meaning matters; Collins’s language of muscular grace made of experience and deep dreaming crosses landscapes to help reimagine our worlds.” —Yusef Komunyakaa
“Mike Collins can and does praise and curse God simultaneously, which makes verbal and intellectual fire, a close relative of wisdom. Collins’s poetry, even love poems, are informed by history. His is a major voice. Listen, and change for the better.” —Stanley Moss
Born in Jamaica, MICHAEL COLLINS holds a PhD from Columbia University and teaches English at Texas A&M. He is the author of Understanding Etheridge Knight (University of South Carolina Press, 2012) and has authored literary criticism, creative nonfiction, journalism and fiction in various publications such as PMLA, Callaloo, and Singapore’s The Straits Times.
978-1-937679-22-4 – $19.00
Forty Days in the Calypso Saloon & Frescoes with Graffiti
Christopher Middleton’s rare genius for exact observation and metaphysical wit has given us for over half a century now poems of such brilliant craftsmanship and exacting sensibility that a few critics only have dared to assess their magic. He is an incomparable stylist, a wry ironist, a philosopher of words. The only category in which he fits justly is that of a poet. —Guy Davenport
Our language has not enjoyed the work of a poet so religious, without the consolation of convention, since the death of Wallace Stevens. —Graham Christian, Harvard Review
CHRISTOPHER MIDDLETON has previously published with Sheep Meadow Press: JustLook at the Dancers, A Company of Ghosts, The Tenor on Horseback, Tankard Cat, Of the Mortal Fire, The Word Pavilion, andIntimate Chronicles. He has translated the work of Robert Walser and Gert Hofmann.
978-1-937679-25-5 – $21.00
Peter B. Hyland
Peter B. Hyland’s poems are both elegantly wrought and meditatively wild. They testify to an original, restless intelligence. He can cast his imagination into a woman’s dress, the mind of a grasshopper, or into the glass eyeballs of a buffalo head mounted on the wall of a home in suburban Texas to contemplate “man’s tireless ingenuity.” These are intense poems of great artfulness, and they make the central questions urgent and relevant again. —Tony Hoagland
Peter B. Hyland’s poems situate the inner life—desire, the longing to change, the thirst for love and company—firmly in the bewildering swarm of American life now. How does he manage to write such elegant and shapely lyrics and still include the “schizophrenic blizzard” of scrambled cable TV signals, the all-night fire of oil refineries, kids getting high to Nirvana, the J. Crew catalogue? Out Loud is assured and thoroughly engaging; these are witty, sexy, smart and aching poems by a passionately alert citizen of our moment. —Mark Doty
PETER B. HYLAND is the author of the chapbook Elegy to the Idea of a Child (Trilobite Press, 2009). He holds a BFA in drawing and painting from the University of North Texas, and an MFA in poetry from the University of Houston Creative Writing Program. He is a director of development at the Menil Collection in Houston.
978-1-937679-24-8 – $19.00
James Bradley Wells
“James Wells has given himself a colossal task. Bicycle straddles and somehow sings in a great chorus of, and sometimes with, provincial America, Roman and Greek literature and culture, ancient and modern—Virgil and Fellini, Greek joints and Revelation, a touch of geology, Zohar, Jesus. Love songs and much more. Read and hold on tight.” —Stanley Moss
JAMES BRADLEY WELLS is a poet, translator, and critic. He has published a study of ancient Greek lyric poetics, Pindar’s Verbal Art. Wells teaches classical studies at DePauw University and lives in Bloomington, Indiana.
978-1-937679-21-7 – $19.00
Browse our Spring 2013 titles under “New Releases“.
Knowing, as one knows waiting in a cell,
that released, the crime seeps in again,
reeling as the ceiling above
from a thin damp cot.
Bats wake, mustachioed cats
creep dark paths into tinny nights.
—from “Green” by Linda Zisquit, in her book Havoc
THE BLACK SEA
In this third collection of poems Papadopoulos addresses the historical subject of the Pontic Greek massacre in the 1920s in a series of “sonnet-monologues” that link cinematically to create an imaginative account of people living within this historic context. His own Greek family is of Pontic and Cretan origin, and he traveled the Black Sea while writing these poems. His poems lead the reader into an intimate relationship with this epoch.
“Unobtrusively but decisively, Stephanos Papadopoulos’ work is informed by various cultures: American, Greek, ancient and modern, French and English. He follows other poets, but mostly he follows his heart. In his poetry the melancholy of the modern finds its beauty in loss itself. Papadopoulos catches this beauty in poem after poem, while his poetry swims for joy in the Atlantic, Mediterranean, and Aegean.” —Stanley Moss
STEPHANOS PAPADOPOULOS was born in North Carolina in 1976 and raised in Paris and Athens. He is author of Hôtel-Dieu, Lost Days, and editor and co-translator (with Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke) of Derek Walcott’s Selected Poems. Papadopoulos was awarded a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship in 2010 to work on The Black Sea.
$15.95 Paperback, 978-1-937679-09-5
“The genuineness of Abse’s work depends on neither the ironic use of traditional forms and meters, as with Larkin; nor on the wrenching disjunction of syntax or leaps of associative imagery as with Hughes; nor on the allusive chthonic probings of Hill…If these poets are indisputably and typically English, then Abse’s work is triangulated…at a distance from all of them, way out in the center…Abse is a skeptical humanist, desiring belief by relying upon the visible.…The conversational tone is maintained with such calm and verisimilitude that language and rhetoric seem to do little to heighten tension; yet the meaning, the doubleness of implication, rises, all but imperceptibly, in the reader’s awareness.” —Daniel Hoffmann
DANNIE ABSE was born in Wales in 1925. He spent many years as a chest specialist in a London hospital. He has published over 20 books, including four novels and a memoir.
$15.95 Paperback, 978-1-937679-07-1
Jules Gibbs’ first book bristles with verbal energy, wit and intelligence. But her playful ironies don’t deprive her either of ambition or convictions: she tackles social injustice, cultural self-absorption, love and loss, with heart, verbal adventurousness and an already accomplished range of tones and voices. “To the Imaginary” may be one of the most marvelous exploratory poems about childlessness I’ve read. The syntax of “Even the Corpse Wants to be Beautiful” would impress Berryman with its confrontational pathos. The prose poem “Absorption (Self)” sends its probe to the heart of American narcissism, and like many poems here, can make you laugh out loud. Get used to her: after this marvelous debut I have a feeling her poems will be around for a long time. —Ira Sadoff
JULES GIBBS is the author of the chapbook The Bulk of the Mailable Universe. She teaches literature and creative writing at Syracuse University.
$15.95 Paperback, 978-1-937679-06-4
TEN GREAT FILMS
“That Stanley Kauffmann is a first-rate movie critic is the least of it. He is unique. He is a writer of stature, and a valued presence in our culture. He has such a memory and such a mind.” —Eric Bentley
“This book…shimmers in a thousand spoken and unspoken ways with Kauffmann’s persistent, open-eyed, open-hearted, intelligent presence. It is a majestic overview…Most of what I know about integrity, excellence and grace in the critical act was learned from Stanley Kauffmann. I am hardly alone. Any discerning reader of serious journalistic criticism of a certain age knows Kauffman’s name and to some extent shares my admiration.” —Jonathan Kalb
STANLEY KAUFFMANN has been film critic for The New Republic for forty years. He has published ten books of criticism and seven novels, he has also written essays and reviews on the theatre. Sheep Meadow Press has previously published Kauffmann’s memoir, Albums of a Life (2007), and his book, About the Theater (2010).
$15.95 Paperback, 978-1-937679-11-8
“A few lines can hardly suggest the richness and reach of these steel-cut, powerful poems: acutely personal while swimming in the shark-infested waters of history; fierceness matched by delicacy of feeling and perception—”a fist of white flowers;” the lines as taut as the laces of skates on which a difficult balance depends—”so much pleasure lacing the skates / to the perfect tension;” the work of an intellect as sophisticated as it is passionate—”someday they’ll map the brain drowning / in the heart’s blood.” Pocket Gospel is good news for poetry.” —Eleanor Wilner
PAMELA SUTTON holds an MS in journalism from Northwestern University and an MA in creative writing from Boston University, where she was a George Starbuck Scholarship winner. Currently she lives in Pennsylvania with her daughter, Emily, and is a contributing editor to The American Poetry Review.
$15.95 Paperback, 978-1-937679-10-1
The Sheep Meadow Press will publish six books in spring of 2012.
PEBBLE & I
“John Fuller’s poetry is a remarkable achievement in which knowledge, wit, and complex feeling engage nature and art in unflagging array of invention. Together, the works are astonishing, and Fuller’s accomplishment seems unrivaled.”—John Hollander
The wordly poetry in Strange Nursery confirms the holiness of all living things. This is poetry about savage nativity scenes, the martyrization of rats, hope, passions. Included is a poem that stands, according to Harold Bloom, “as one of a handful of major American longer poems, of middle length, of the last half-century.”
TOWARD BABEL: POEMS & A MEMOIR
Here are two books in one by an Israeli poet and muse, Ilana Shmueli, who has been known to English readers through her important correspondence with Paul Celan. There are short poems that can be read as a single long poem—loaded with new discoveries—and a memoir of her early life in Czernowitz, Bukovina (the region that gave us Celan, Norman Manea, Nina Cassian, Gregor von Rezzori, and Aharon Appelfeld, et al.).
BETWEEN HERE & MONKEY MOUNTAIN
“McClung’s poetry walks on a tightrope of original knowledge stretched between irrational poles. Her poetry lives at the center and furthest edges of human experience. Often while reading this book I thought, ‘She’s wrong about that.’ Ten seconds later I thought, ‘No, she’s right about that.’ Read her poetry, then look in the mirror: you are not the same person. Sometimes her songs are comedy, sometimes tragedy; they are not opposites. Tears and laughter opposites? Many of the poems are mysterious, passionate love poems, and there are war poems.”—Stanley Moss
JUST LOOK AT THE DANCERS
“Christopher Middleton’s rare genius for exact observation and metaphysical wit has given us for over half a century now poems of such brilliant craftsmanship and exacting sensibility that a few critics only have dared to assess their magic. He is an incomparable stylist, a philosopher of words. The only category in which he fits justly is that of a poet.”—Guy Davenport
THE DEFINITION OF JOY
“Joy Ladin’s The Definition of Joy searches for and finds useful truth and truth you can keep on the shelf for later use, definition and redefinition of self. She plays profoundly with her name and holy names in the temple and synagogues of her sexuality that is also our doing and undoing. Her world that once was secret and private is our world, far as Uganda, close as a kiss. She sends spies into the Promised Land.”—Stanley Moss