Ronnie’s Disc

What is the light
inside the opening
of every letter
MALACHI BLACK
Copper Canyon Reader
fall 2014
The catalog in love with people who read poetry

Shared solitudes.
The solitude of a poet writing and the solitude of a reader reading.
Between the inspired solitudes of poet and reader, Copper Canyon’s
books are shaped by scores of people who dedicate themselves to
producing and sharing the best poetry books possible:
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Every book in this catalog has been touched by each of these
professionals.
And it is their dream that when you bring Copper Canyon books into
the solitude of your reading life, you are moved.
So moved that you share your solitude with a friend: “Hey, listen to
this…”
We wish you deep and inspired reading,
Copper Canyon Press
dear poetry reader
On the cover: Pieter Bruegel the Elder,
The Harvesters
(detail),
1565
. Oil on wood, 46
7/8 x 63
3/4 in.,
Metropolitan Musuem of Art, Rogers Fund,
1919. 19.164

Splitting an Order
is
the long-awaited collection following Ted Kooser’s Pulitzer Prize-winning volume,
Delights and Shadows.
In this new book, rich with quiet and profound magnificence, Kooser calls
attention to the intimacies of life through commonplace objects and occurrences. As
The Washington
Post
said of his poetry, “There is a sense of quiet amazement at the core of all Kooser’s work.”
$23 hardcover ·
ISBN
978-1-55659-469-4 · 96 pages · Available October 2014
“I’d like to be on record as saying that anybody
can write a poem that nobody can understand.”
Ted Kooser
Splitting an Order
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The Woman Whose Husband Was Dying
She turned her eyes from mine, for within mine
she knew there wasn’t room for all her sorrow.
She needed a plain that she could flood with grief,
and as she stood there by the door I saw the distance
before her slowly filling, as if from hidden springs,
and she stepped outside, and placed one foot
and then the other on the future, and it held her up.
ALSO AVAILABLE BY TED KOOSER
Delights and Shadows
· $15 paperback ·
ISBN
978-1-55659-201-9 · 104
pages
Braided Creek: A Conversation in Poetry
(with Jim Harrison) · $15 paperback ·
ISBN
978-1-55659-187-7 · 96
pages

Out of print for several years, Olena Kalytiak Davis’s
shattered sonnets
has earned cult classic status
and is an electrifying collection brimming with intelligence, humor, and ardor. · “Just when [poetry]
appears to be flat-lining, there comes along a collection that, by virtue of ambition, and its devotion
to feeling at the expense of theoretical rigor or formal rigidity, breathes life into American verse,
sending it back on the street to raise up its hue and cry. Such is Olena Kalytiak Davis’s urgent and
unrepentant collection,
shattered sonnets.
Rick Moody,
Poetry
$17 paperback ·
ISBN
978-1-55659-440-3 · 110 pages · Available October 2014
from
sweet reader, flanneled and tulled
Reader, toward you, loud as a cloud and deaf, Reader, deaf
as a leaf. Reader:
Why don’t you turn
pale?
and,
Why don’t you tremble?
Jaded, staid
Reader, You—who can read this and not even
flinch. Bare-faced, flint-hearted, recoilless
Reader, dare you—Rare Reader, listen
and be convinced: Soon, Reader,
soon you will leave me, for an italian mistress:
for her dark hair, and her moon-lit
teeth. For her leopardi and her cavalcanti,
for her lips and clavicles; for what you want
to eat, eat, eat. Art-lover, rector, docent!
Do I smile? I, too, once had a brash artless
feeder: his eye set firm on my slackening
sky. He was true! He was thief! In the celestial sense
he provided some, some, some
(much-needed) relief. Reader much-slept with, and Reader I will die
without touching, You, Reader, You: mr. small-
weed, mr. broad-cloth, mr. long-dark-day.
Olena Kalytiak Davis
shattered sonnets love cards and other
off and back handed importunities
“How do we make any decisions? I mean, in
the same way we/I make any decisions. Logic.
Aesthetics. Discretion. Permission. Mood.
Feelings. Luck.”
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LANNAN LITERARY SELECTION
· In her first full collection in a decade, Olena Kalytiak Davis revivifies
language and makes love offerings to her beloved reader. With a heightened postconfessional
directness, she addresses lost love, sexual violence, and the confrontations of aging. In her
characteristic syntactical play, sly slips of meaning, and all-out feminism, Davis hyperconsciously
erases the rule book in this memorable collection.
$23 hardcover ·
ISBN
978-1-55659-459-5 · 110 pages · Available October 2014
Olena Kalytiak Davis
The Poem She Didn’t Write and
Other Poems
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Sonnet (silenced)
with her unearned admixable beauty
she sat up on the porch and asked for (f )light;
answerable only to poetry—
and love—to make it thru the greyblue night
blew smoke into words and even whiter ghosts
that could see what others in this broad dark
could not: she set to make of nothing most,
better: an everenlightening mark:
ghost gave her this: a piece of flint: that if
you rubbed the right way,
the lightlessness would come down, give up, lift—
and then there would be nothing left to say.
o sterilize the lyricism of
my sentence: make me plain again my love
(my ghost) (and dumb)

PABLO NERUDA
Copper Canyon Press has long been dedicated to publishing
authorized translations of Pablo Neruda’s late and
posthumous work. Each volume is published with English
translations alongside Neruda’s Spanish originals.
“Dazzling”
Publishers
Weekly
The Book of Questions
·
$14
paperback
·
ISBN
978-1-55659-
160-0
·
94 pages
·
Bilingual
The first complete English
translation.
·
“Gorgeous,
essential, humble and
discerning.”
ForeWord
The Hands of Day
·
$17
paperback
·
ISBN
978-1-55659-
272-0
·
193 pages
·
Bilingual
The Sea and the Bells,
one of Neruda’s most
accessible books, focuses
on nature as a catalyst to
the spirit’s rejuvenation…
Highly recommended.”
Booklist
The Sea and the Bells
·
$14
paperback
·
ISBN
978-1-55659-
162-4
·
116 pages
·
Bilingual
“This is pure Neruda at
his prime, which is to say,
incomparable.”
Choice
The Separate Rose
·
$14
paperback
·
ISBN
978-1-55659-
225-6
·
58 pages
·
Bilingual
“Neruda speaks from the
earth of human spirit.”
Los Angeles Times
Still Another Day
·
$14
paperback
·
ISBN
978-1-55659-
224-9
·
62 pages
·
Bilingual
“The poems in
Stones of
the Sky,
for all their brevity
and quietness, evoke a
larger-than-life image of
Neruda.”
Village Voice
Stones of the Sky
·
$14
paperback
·
ISBN
978-1-55659-
170-9
·
96 pages
·
Bilingual
“Essential.”
Library
Journal
The Yellow Heart
·
$14
paperback
·
ISBN
978-1-55659-
169-3
·
80 pages
·
Bilingual
“O’Daly transforms the
pain of Neruda’s final days
in these fine, hypnotic
translations.”
The
Bloomsbury Review
Winter Garden
·
$14 paperback
·
ISBN
978-1-55659-167-9
·
72
pages
·
Bilingual
“This is Pablo Neruda
at his best and most
honest.”
Sacramento
Book Review
World’s End
·
$15 paperback
·
ISBN
978-1-55659-282-9
·
336
pages
·
Bilingual

Translated from the Spanish by Tomás Q. Morín
The Heights of Macchu Picchu
has been called Pablo Neruda’s greatest contribution to poetry
a
search for the “indestructible, imperishable life” in all things. Inspired by his journey to the ancient
ruins, Neruda calls on the lost Incan civilization to “rise up and be born,” and also empowers the
people of his time. This new translation by Tomás Q. Morín includes an introduction by Morín and
Neruda’s original Spanish poems. · “The most important poet of the twentieth century
in any
language.”
Gabriel García Márquez
$15 paperback ·
ISBN
978-1-55659-444-1 · 64 pages · Bilingual
·
Available November 2014
“Is there anything sillier in life than to be called
Pablo Neruda?”
Pablo Neruda
The Heights of Macchu Picchu
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from
VI
And then on the stairs of the earth I ascended
through the savage tangle of the lost jungles
to you, Macchu Picchu.
High city of stepped stones,
sanctuary at long last of him whom the earth
never hid away in its nightclothes.
In you, like two parallel lines,
the cradle of lightning and the cradle of man
were rocked by a wind of thorns.
Mother of stone, sperm of condors.
High stone road of the human dawn.
Lost shovel in the primordial sand.
This was the home, this was the place:
here the plump grains of maize climbed
and like red hail came back down again.

LANNAN LITERARY SELECTION
· In
The New Testament,
disease runs through the body, violence runs
through the neighborhood, and memories run through the mind. Almost eerily quiet in even the
bluntest of poems, Brown gives us the ache of a throat that has yet to say the hardest thing. · “In
his second collection, Brown treats disease and love and lust between men, with a gentle touch,
returning again and again to the stories of the Bible, which confirm or dispute his vision of real
life.”
NPR.org
$17 paperback ·
ISBN
978-1-55659-457-1 · 110 pages · Available September 2014
I Corinthians
13
:
11
When I was a child, I spoke as a child.
I even had a child’s disease. I ran
From the Doberman like all children
On my street, but old men called me
Special. The Doberman caught up,
Chewed my right knee. Limp now
In two places, I carried a child’s Bible
Like a football under the arm that didn’t
Ache. I was never alone. I owned
My brother’s shame of me. I loved
The words thou and thee. Both meant
My tongue in front of my teeth.
Both meant a someone speaking to me.
So what if I itched. So what if I couldn’t
Breathe. I climbed the cyclone fence
Like children on my street and went
First when old men asked for a boy
To pray or to read. Some had it worse—
Nobody whipped me with a water hose
Or a phone cord or a leash. Old men
Said I’d grow into my face. And when
I did, I died.
Jericho Brown
The New Testament
“I try and leave as much as I can to instinct,
intuition, and reflex
even in the final stages
of revision.”
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LANNAN LITERARY SELECTION
· In his lush and daring debut,
Storm Toward Morning,
Malachi Black
presses all points along the spectrum of human positions, from sickness, isolation, and insomniac
disarray to serenity, wonder, and spiritual yearning. Pulsing at the intersections of “eye and I,” body
and mind, physical and metaphysical, Black brings a distinctive voice, vision, and music to matters of
universal mortal concern
.
$16 hardcover ·
ISBN
978-1-55659-472-4 · 96 pages · Available November 2014
“There is nothing more truly peculiar, confusing,
and surprising than being entirely alive.”
Malachi Black
Storm Toward Morning
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Awake
But who can bear the awful opening
of eyes: the wake up and its awkward lapse
into anatomy; the gray awareness
of the hips, of tongue on teeth, of spine,
of lips and kneecaps, ears and groin?
I hate the clockwork of the waking mind:
the time trying to break itself in two:
the who I am and who are you, the who
I know and who I knew. As daylight
sprains its way into the room, I know
that sleep is just a matter of degree,
and I’d rather stay awake than mostly be
some feather in a fever dream. So keep
away: take your dead talons out of me.

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