“A passionate, arresting, and entertaining book of verse . . . The images are vivid and the voice is honest and powerful” (Stephen King). This is the debut collection of poetry by singer/songwriter Ryan Adams, acclaimed for albums including Cardinology, Cold Roses, and Prisoner. His work in this volume rings with emotional authenticity—and provides perhaps an even deeper insight into the man than is revealed through the songs that have resonated with fans the world over. “Ryan Adams writes with equal parts precision and recklessness; the blood he draws from the text is easily as unnerving as its unapologetic tenderness. He is proof that poetry will find its writer.” —Mary-Louise Parker “Infinity Blues is Ryan Adams at his personal, unforgettable best. Strong and beautiful and funny and pure. Like all his work, it’s soul poetry of the highest order.” —Cameron Crowe “This is much better than reading a friend’s journal. It’s more like watching somebody you love in the bathtub talking to himself. You’re like, wow, he’s even good at taking a bath. After reading Infinity Blues (which I think is a great title), I give Ryan Adams the best compliment I ever got—and the only reason for reading anyone’s poetry. Ryan, I really like your mind.” —Eileen Myles
From founding families in the early 1800s to contemporary conservationists in 2011, this volume celebrates a multitude of individuals who have impacted the Chautauqua Lake region. Before the armchair traveler journeys around the lake, a sampling of historians and photographers are honored for preserving its past. Subsequent chapters showcase the lakeside communities of Mayville, Dewittville, Point Chautauqua, Maple Springs, Bemus Point, Greenhurst, Fluvanna, Jamestown, Celoron, Lakewood, Ashville, Stow, and the Chautauqua Institution. Each presents several residents who aided its growth, made significant contributions, or simply remain of interest for their uniqueness.
"The storytelling has vitality and a spirit of rebellion, giving us hope for the future of all those bad girls with dirty faces and bad boys on bikes."—The New York Times "There is about Maggie Estep's work a directness, a clear determination—a drive to cut through, to break through, to claw through—that is impressive."—A.M. Homes, author of The Mistress’s Daughter "Maggie Estep is the bastard daughter of Raymond Chandler and Anaïs Nin. Her prose is hard-boiled and sexy; she turns a good phrase and shows some leg."—Jonathan Ames, author of Wake Up, Sir! Alice Hunter is a thirty-six-year-old professional gambler living in Queens, New York. She is modestly successful as a horseplayer and enjoys her work. Though avidly pursued by her lover, Clayton, who she refers to as The Big Oaf, Alice's closest companion is Candy, a small spotted dog, and Alice likes it that way. When Clayton's overzealousness leads Alice to ask one of her racetrack cronies to intimidate Clayton into leaving her, a few things go wrong and Alice turns to her half-sister Eloise, a toy maker, whose own lover has just been killed in a freak accident. There is fierce love between Alice, Eloise, and Kimberly (their unconventional mother), but it takes Alice's accidental discovery of an awful secret Kimberly has been keeping to truly bring three eccentric women, seventeen dogs, and assorted lovers together. Maggie Estep has published six books, including Hex, a New York Times Notable Book of 2003. Her work has appeared in many magazines and anthologies including: Brooklyn Noir, Queens Noir, Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café, The Best American Erotica, and The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry. She has performed her work in a wide variety of venues ranging from Lincoln Center to Lollapalooza, Charlie Rose, and HBO's Def Poetry Jam. She lives in Woodstock, New York.
Delving into her traumatic past with intense, thoughtful, free-ranging and sometimes classic, poetic verse, Danielle Sainte-Marie lays bare the deepest, darkest parts of her soul in this timeless collection that, she says, is "Just the tip of the iceberg of my pain...there's a lot more to come." If you are queasy, easily offended, or not ready to face your own fears and traumas, do not buy this poetry book! It is only intended for a select crowd of those rare few whom embrace the dark in order to bask in the light. ""Feelings unexplored and unexpressed largely create your viewpoint of the world; if you are not keeping your feelings current by expressing them when they arise, then that means you are never living in the moment. Rather, you are living in a world where your feelings are always trying to catch up to your current reality; thus, you live in past hurts that were not revealed in a timely manner.""
Poetry from “one of America’s most consistently interesting singer/songwriters” (Stephen King). Fans who have enjoyed the lyrics and music on such albums as Cardinology, Easy Tiger, and Prisoner, or hit songs including “When the Stars Go Blue,” know that Ryan Adams is a poet at heart. In this follow-up to his first collection of poems, Infinity Blues—praised by Stephen King as “a passionate, arresting, and entertaining book of verse”—readers will discover new ideas, deeper insights, and graceful, sensual compositions that reveal another side of Ryan Adams. “Ryan Adams writes with equal parts precision and recklessness; the blood he draws from the text is easily as unnerving as its unapologetic tenderness. He is proof that poetry will find its writer.” —Mary-Louise Parker
In The Infinity Sessions, T. R. Hummer achieves a radical act of translation, creating poems that project the narrative of twentieth-century America implicit in the syncopated rhythms of jazz and blues. Hummer boldly stands up as a poet and rides with some of the obscure greats with whom he feels a deep kinship -- Jimmie Lunceford, Adrian Rollini, Big Maybelle Smith, and Sun Ra -- in a dazzling poetic cycle as melodic, surprising, and improvisational as the finest of jazz music.Showing readers that the musician's character is tested and formed in the merciless crucible of improvisation, Hummer forces forth his own unique character as a poet, testing himself to the limit within the mystery, sadness, and beauty of jazz. His vaultingly ambitious collection is a work of grace and nuance, its conveyance of music in words incisively original in achieving this "impossible" translation.In the darkness, without a sound, The relays close; the tape slides by. What will it be this time? Shuffle for the lovers foundDead in an alley? Ballad for the boy Who slipped over the edge? Nobody wants to call The song. But this is fate. No mercyIn this business, the musicians know. They all Lived and died for it, common names forgotten. But note by note, take by take, their lyricalStumbling fattens the vault of heaven. Omniscience has a lot to answer for. The seraphic reels spin, Blues etched wave by wave on the shell of one electron.And then the great remastering: variations in the key of pain. -- from "The Infinity Sessions"
You Are You: Takes you on a journey of discovering the potentials that you have locked deep inside. You are the key that unlocks the infinite journey to your own happiness. This is not a ten step program. These are simple techniques that start with you. Your awareness, each moment, is the doorway to provide you with the ability to reduce stress, gain confidence and live life in a healthy, positive way.
Classic Bootlegs of the 1960s and 1970s, an Annotated Discography
Author: Garry Freeman
Pubpsher: Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press
The Bootleg Guide is the ultimate in reference works for the 1960s and the 1970s bootleg recordings. Within these pages lies a history of rock at its best, as performed on stage or in the studio. Each entry is catalogued by title, date, featured tracks, and contains a quality rating and comments on the nature and origin of the recording. Cross-references are provided to other titles and extensive information is available on alternate titles of bootlegs. In many cases, quirky facts about a particular title are given-something that in itself may make a title a highly desirable and sought-after 'rarity' amongst collectors. Limited editions are listed to help the reader and collector develop a clearer picture of just how obtainable a bootleg may be. Until now, there has never been a complete reference work of bootlegs that are either commercially available or that may only ever be available at collectors' fairs and conventions.