Heart Strong: Selected Poems 2000-2012 (Heart Suite) (Volume 3)

$32.23 - $13.78

(as of Jun 14,2019 19:27:28 UTC – Details)

Heart Strong, Selected Poems 2000-2012 by Nina Serrano, published by Estuary Press, completes my trilogy Heart Suite presenting selections from my 43 years of poetic work begun with Heart Songs: 1969-1980 and then continued with “Heart’s Journey, Selected Poems 1980-1999.” This book includes my most matured poems as well as many drawings extracted from my journals and dreams or drawn expressly for a particular poem to extend the poetic visions beyond words. The exquisite cover by Adrian Arias and the other paintings and photographs presented in the book are by artist friends. I am especially proud of Estuary Press’ production values, from the layout of the drawings and poems to the table of contents and the inclusion of endnotes to explain the historic context of the poems and their poetic form, for later generations of readers.Jack Foley writes: “Nina Serrano writes, “I saw myself / reflected in a puddle of tears” and “There’s an old woman in a glittery tee shirt smiling at me.” The poems in Heart Strong swirl in different directions, but they always find their way back to that face in the mirror, the poet’s sole self— an entity which is simultaneously in violent movement and at utter rest: “later realizing the wildness / was me.” What Serrano sees is the heart-self raging. Her words and images tell the tale of a woman existing in the midst of history— in an age in which, strangely enough, it seems absolutely necessary to affirm that one can feel love. How, in the murderous twentieth/ twenty-first century (“ All My Life There Has Always Been a War,” “War Against the Earth,” “Protestor’s Blues”), can love exist at all? Heart Strong tells how it can exist, and flourish, and even— in the midst of horror both personal and historical— heal. A strong heart (a strong heart is the very basis of poetry) can be a weapon. Jack Foley, Poet, critic, radio host, author of Visions and Affiliations: California Poetry from 1940-2005.Andrena Zawinsky writes: Nina Serrano’s Heart Strong, the final volume in a suite of three poetry collections, is a work that rings with honesty and sings with courage. This lengthy collection is an accessible one that, in ten carefully delineated sections, carries the reader along on a comfortable rhythm poem to poem and section to section. We come to know the poet as a serious woman and as a political activist, one who seeks social justice in both arenas, always with an abiding and infectious zest for living. She moves us through a range of poems where some dream, others ponder life’s mysteries, still others read like indigenous parables; and in some, we stare with her head-on and unflinchingly into the face of death. Many of the poems are narrative, others lyrical, some meditative, still others inventive in form. We are often rooted in place as a stage for the serious struggle for global social justice; and yet, Serrano can delight as she throws a “ring around the moon” or conjures a “chorus of birds… quetzals of glory.” The poet cherishes life’s small moments, elevating the ordinary to the extraordinary, as any real poet must. She does the poet’s work, stops to notice what others may ignore, and takes the time to write it down – a snail discovered nibbling at lettuce, green filling a room, love a dance of light and shadow, a daffodil blooming beneath a streetlight. Themes within many of the poems resonate in her personification of humanity crying a cry “ that even floods hurricanes and bombs can’t silence.” The best news about this collection is that we cannot help but leave it without both loving the poetry and feeling loved by the poet. Andrena Zawinski, author of Something About, a PEN Oakland Award recipient; Features Editor at Poetry Magazine.com

Altered Carbon (Netflix Series Tie-in Edition) (Takeshi Kovacs)

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(as of Jun 03,2019 02:17:39 UTC – Details)

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW AN EXCITING NEW SERIES FROM NETFLIX • The shell that blew a hole in his chest was only the beginning in this “tour de force of genre-bending, a brilliantly realized exercise in science fiction.”—The New York Times Book Review

In the twenty-fifth century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person’s consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or “sleeve”) making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

Ex-U.N. envoy Takeshi Kovacs has been killed before, but his last death was particularly painful. Dispatched one hundred eighty light-years from home, re-sleeved into a body in Bay City (formerly San Francisco, now with a rusted, dilapidated Golden Gate Bridge), Kovacs is thrown into the dark heart of a shady, far-reaching conspiracy that is vicious even by the standards of a society that treats “existence” as something that can be bought and sold.

Praise for Altered Carbon

“Compelling . . . immensely entertaining . . . [Richard] Morgan’s writing is vivid and his plotting inventive.”The Philadelphia Inquirer
“A fascinating trip . . . Pure high-octane science fiction mixes with the classic noir private-eye tale.”Orlando Sentinel
“Gritty and vivid . . . looks as if we have another interstellar hero on our hands.”USA Today

Someday Soon (Deliverance Company series Book 1)


(as of May 06,2019 14:59:16 UTC – Details)

Cain McClellan had chosen his lifestyle. He thrived on the challenge, the rush that came with putting his life in incredible danger. No woman, he told himself, could make him feel the way he did after a successful mission—no matter how beautiful she was.

So why was he standing on a cold pier like a lovelorn teenager, hoping for a glimpse of Linette Collins?

But then he saw her, and the sight of her took his breath away. The wind whipped her lustrous dark hair about her face, and she lifted a finger to wrap a thick strand behind her ear.

The smart thing to do was turn around and walk away as fast as his feet would carry him. He’d gotten what he wanted. One last look at her. His curiosity should be satisfied. But even as his mind formulated the thought, Cain knew that just seeing Linette again could never be enough