Recently Received Books
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4d ago
This is our new updated post on recently received books at North of Oxford for reviewers to peruse for consideration of review publication at North of Oxford. 6/12/24 Poetry- The Bearable Slant of Light by Lynnell Edwards – Red Hen Press books no longer appearing on this list have been reviewed, sent out for review or donated to charity.  ..read more
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Three Poems by Robert Tremmel
North of Oxford
by North of Oxford
5d ago
 . Visitation . The one propped up on the bed, hooked to wires and tubes above and below, pale grey-blue skin stretched tight over narrow bones is not the one I expected when I walked in with cold, spring wind still clinging to my clothes and the smell of earth on my shoes, but a newborn with eyes luminous as moons shining behind clouds and truly, my own image in all the mirrors I ever gazed but saw nothing until now. . lying in bed last night . breathing to the tune of car doors slamming in the neighbor’s drive, wind dark cedar boughs, hemlock five-hundred miles back in time and further ..read more
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Where The Yellow Rain Falls by Emma Grey Rose
North of Oxford
by North of Oxford
5d ago
Where The Yellow Rain Falls  There are clouds in the sky that are violent. I have the steering wheel. Yes, it is strange, I say. You told me this would happen. I am talking to you. The seats are all empty. The car drives along, under the clouds, the ones that are violent. It does so even when I lift my foot, forgetting to set it back down. The sky is dark. There is a burst of lightening, which is sudden. It is cold. Up ahead is a patch of black and green. I talk aloud, looking through the windshield. The wipers are slow to work. The wipers get stuck. Do you think it will let up? I ask. S ..read more
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Real Beauty by Gwil James Thomas
North of Oxford
by North of Oxford
5d ago
. Real Beauty Rarely Glitters a Poem For Karen Dalton. . You died, near forgotten – riddled with addiction and aids in a mobile home in Woodstock, New York a wild, but soft spirit, that flew from an uncaring world like a red-tailed hawk, full of the grit of a woman that had once refused to sacrifice her dreams for someone else’s. . Gwil James Thomas is a poet, novelist and inept musician. He lives in his home town of Bristol, England, but has also lived in London, Brighton and Spain. His poetry can be found widely in both print and online. His fifteenth chapbook of poetry, Love is a Burning C ..read more
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Second Coming By Allen Seward
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by North of Oxford
5d ago
Second Coming  . Jesus knelt down and tied his shoe at the bus station. he had a menthol cigarette hanging from his lips. “can you believe it?” he asked. . “believe what?” . “I came back two-weeks after I left and nobody noticed. I’ve been going like this ever since.” . he picked up his bag nodded to me and lit his cigarette as he left. . Allen Seward is a poet from the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. His work has appeared in Scapegoat Review, Big Windows Review, Pandemonium Journal, Spare Parts Lit, and Eucalyptus Lit, among others. He currently resides in WV with his partner and fo ..read more
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Bashō: The Complete Haiku by Matsuo Bashō, trans and intro by Andrew Fitzsimons
North of Oxford
by North of Oxford
2w ago
. By John Zheng . Commonly, the linguistic variations of a language can be a barrier to the understanding of poetry of a different culture. That’s why T.S. Eliot said in his Nobel banquet speech that “language, especially the language of poetry … separates peoples instead of uniting them” because “[p]oetry is usually considered the most local of all the arts.” However, “while language constitutes a barrier,” Eliot continued, “poetry itself gives us a reason for trying to overcome the barrier.” One way to overcome the barrier is through translation. . Andrew Fitzsimons, professor of English ..read more
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Grief Touched the Sky at Night – Poems by Gloria Mindock
North of Oxford
by North of Oxford
2w ago
. By g emil reutter . Gloria Mindock’s passion, raw and honest, holds Putin and his regime accountable for the atrocities committed in Ukraine since the beginning of the war. The poet gives voice to the voiceless, documents the atrocities committed by Russians who have lost all sense of morals and faith. . Images and metaphors light up the page in the poem, Bells of Kyiv: . The Churches are empty, half standing no bells to ring . In the wreckage, Lays a cross no one Has touched. . Jesus lays there. Broken. . Is there a meaning to this? Will he rise again in this country? . Someone will p ..read more
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Hunted Carrion: Sonnets to a Stalker by Anne Champion
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by North of Oxford
2w ago
. By Charles Rammelkamp . Two-thirds of the way through Anne Champion’s harrowing new collection of poems about being stalked and raped by the maintenance man in her apartment complex comes the poem titled “You Could Write a Book!” It sounds almost ironic or jokey, a parody of the things people say when you recount an unusual occurrence. Only, it ain’t no joke.  But the final six lines of the poem provide a clue to what’s really going on here. . Creation is always birthed from annihilation. . I have to turn his poison into seed or he’ll kill me . and all that I birth. Do you know how ha ..read more
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Landsmoder by Elena Salamanca, Translated by Ryan Greene
North of Oxford
by North of Oxford
2w ago
By Greg Bem And they bite, more than anything, the hand that feeds them. The boys bite even the jugular of that girl who is their mother. (from “Gallery of Heroes,” page 41) The contemporary Salvadoran poet Elena Salamanca’s defiant, political, and feminist text Landsmoder, recently arrived in English through the translations of Ryan Greene. It demonstrates that a masterpiece can be a short burst of shaped and honed and intentional energy. This historic document, both brimming with descriptive explication and symbolic reinforcement, is at once a book-length protest song and a feminist expos ..read more
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A Patch of Earth by Sean O’Connor
North of Oxford
by North of Oxford
2w ago
. By Lynette G. Esposito . A Patch of Earth by Sean O’Connor published by Alba Publishing (UK) contains seventy-nine pages of poems about dealing with the many stages of grief as O’Connor traverses the lonely journey after losing his father. Author Mariam Partington says A Patch of Earth is a heart-searing, authentic dissection of grief, deeply personal; but also universal…. His book stretches the literary forms, haibun, haiku, and tanka in a way that is startling and refreshing. . On page fourteen, O’Connor presents a haiku that is the beginning of his grief. . a gale ..read more
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