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Spiral Trace

A treatise on aging provokes a searing examination of a modern world defined by an eroding environment and hawkish, endless war. Offering a tribute to the insights gained in the dénouement of his life, this is beautifully minimalist poetry that shines a light on the possibilities of renewal by calling on art to provide “a wake-up to being.” Reviews “Jack Marshall’s Spiral Trace is a late-life (“Having reached an age/ clos…


Jack Marshall

Born in Brooklyn to Jewish parents who emigrated from Iraq and Syria, Jack Marshall now lives in California. He is the author of the memoir From Baghdad to Brooklyn and several poetry collections that have received the PEN Center USA Award, two Northern California Book Awards, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a nomination from the National Book Critics Circle….


Gorgeous Chaos

In this vital collection of new and selected work, Jack Marshall never lets readers forget that they are meat-on-the-bone, organic beings incomplete in nature, often rattled by the tricky fortune of possessing free will and consciousness. With voice steady and language sublime, Marshall imparts a studied view of being alive and the possibilities that abound before, during, and after our earthly tryst as -psyche meeting flesh. Reviews “Jack


Sesame

Remarkable for language that is both lush and precise, these painterly poems of family, love, loss and memory explore the possibilities for reconciliation in our complicated times. An award-winning poet, Marshall draws on subjects as diverse as his split Arabic/Jewish heritage, his early experience working in a Southern steel mill and a Midwestern canning factory, and his present life in the modern cities of urban America. Awards 1994 PEN Cente…


From Baghdad to Brooklyn

A stirring portrait of personal and artistic awakening in midcentury New York’s Arabic-speaking Jewish community. Born in 1936 to an Iraqi father and Syrian mother who had immigrated to the United States, Jack Marshall grew up in Brooklyn’s Sephardic community. Inspired by the posthumous discovery of letters written by his father but never mailed, and colored equally by Arabic culture, Jewish tradition, and a thriving American metropolis, Marsha…


The Steel Veil

Aging, 1940s Brooklyn, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict haunt these elegiac, passionate poems. Soulfully introspective and viscerally engaged, Marshall’s poetry weds timely depictions of Middle Eastern widows “behind veils heavy / as the steel / veil of empire” with timeless expressions of personal grief and political outrage. Invoking visionary possibilities of being while “riding unsteadily on the rails / of rhyme,” Marshall’s distinctive…


Fugitive, in Full View

Jack Marshall draws linkages between past, present, and future to advocate for appreciating what we have, and being better stewards of it. Jack Marshall was born in Brooklyn to Jewish parents who emigrated from Iraq and Syria and now lives in California. He is the author of the memoir From Baghdad to Brooklyn and several poetry collections that have received the PEN Center USA Literary Award, two Northern California Book Awards, a Guggenheim Fel…


Why Anne Waldman Might Be Cooler Than You

…ne’s energetic readings, which are just as fiery now as they were decades ago. 5.) The scarves. Never seen without a trademark scarf, Anne is also my secret fashion icon. And she makes it all look effortless. 6.) The Jack Kerouac School for Disembodied Poetics. This school at Naropa University that Waldman cofounded with Allen Ginsberg in 1974 continues to be one of the best literary arts institutions in the country. (It is also the cool…


Coffee House Press Staff on Why We Love Poetry

…comes on little cat feet. It sits looking over harbor and city on silent haunches and then moves on. Kelsey Shanesy, Publicity Assistant: The poem “I Was Walking in a Circle” from Jack Prelutsky’s A Pizza the Size of the Sun blew my eight-year-old mind.  I can still remember looking down at the page, watching the words literally chase each other around the circle (“I Was Walking” is…


Flickering Shadows

…this entrancing novel captivates from its first sentence to its breathtaking and unforgettable conclusion. Reviews “People have been asking for some time now: where are the Bajan griot voices to succeed George Lamming, Paule Marshall, Austin Clark? Well, look in vain no further. Here, fresh & young in the spirit-fields of that nearest-to-Africa Caribbean island, is my namesake Kwadwi Agymah Kamau’s first novel, Flickering Shadows, continuing…


Victor Hernández Cruz

Victor Hernández Cruz is the author of several collections of poetry including, most recently, The Mountain in the Sea and In the Shadow of Al-Andalus. His highly acclaimed first book, Snaps, was published the year he turned nineteen. Featured in Bill Moyers’s Language of Life series, Cruz’s collection, Maraca, was a finalist for the Lenore Marshall and Griffin Poetry Prizes. His legendary dynamic reading ability has led to him being twice crown…


Arabian Nights

Poems by Jack Marshall

“This is the best book so far by a quiet, seemingly diffident writer who has held the respect of his peers without ever becoming as ‘visible’ as many distinctly lesser talents. . . . there are large, troubled emotions, and a large philosophical boldness, at work in this book; it becomes more intense and various, grander in scale, the more time one spends with it.” —Poetry Flash