Welcome to our Bookshop! We have a wide variety of books of poetry, fiction nonfiction, and DVD’s in English and Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian, and will be adding to our collection every day! There are a limited number of copies of each item, as they are giveaways and generously donated. If what you’re looking for is sold out, we hope you will check back from time to time and see what’s new. 100% of purchases will go to fund grants to writers in countries affected by violence or the international refugee crisis.
Carl Philips, Speak Low, poems
Speak Low is the tenth book from one of America's most distinctive—and one of poetry's most essential—contemporary voices. Phillips has long been hailed for work provocative in its candor, uncompromising in its inquiry, and at once rigorous and innovative in its attention to craft. Over the course of nine critically acclaimed collections, he has generated a sustained meditation on the restless and ever-shifting myth of human identity. Desire and loss, mastery and subjugation, belief and doubt, sex, animal instinct, human reason: these are among the lenses through which Phillips examines what it means to be that most bewildering, irresolvable conundrum, a human being in the world. These new poems are of a piece with Phillips's previous work in their characteristic clarity and originality of thought, in their unsparing approach to morality and psychology, and in both the strength and startling flexibility of their line. Speak Low is the record of a powerful vision that, in its illumination of the human condition, has established itself as a necessary step toward our understanding of who we are in the twenty-first century. Speak Low is a 2009 National Book Award Finalist for Poetry.
Gephyromania by TC Tolbert
Poetry. LGBT Studies. In GEPHYROMANIA (literally, an addiction to or an obsession with bridges), Tolbert’s choice isn’t between female and male, lover and self, or loss and relief, but rather to live (willingly, intentionally) in the places where those binaries meet. Questions arise: Is a bridge simply an attempt to connect one (seemingly) stable body back to itself? Whose body—which embodiment—is absent when we say “I miss you”? And who is adored when we say “I love”? Sensing the parallels between a lover who leaves and his own female body as it chooses (as he chooses for it) to recede, the poems in GEPHYROMANIA explore the spaces between, among, across, and even within bodies.
Good Bones by Maggie Smith
Featuring "Good Bones" --called "Official Poem of 2016" by the BBC/Public Radio International. Maggie Smith writes out of the experience of motherhood, inspired by watching her own children read the world like a book they've just opened, knowing nothing of the characters or plot. These are poems that stare down darkness while cultivating and sustaining possibility, poems that have a sense of moral gravitas, personal urgency, and the ability to address a larger world.
Native Guard, by Natasha Trethewey
Through elegiac verse that honors her mother and tells of her own fraught childhood, Natasha Trethewey confronts the racial legacy of her native Deep South -- where one of the first black regiments, the Louisiana Native Guards, was called into service during the Civil War. Trethewey's resonant and beguiling collection is a haunting conversation between personal experience and national history.
The Darkening Trapeze, Larry Levis
The Darkening Trapeze collects the last poems by Larry Levis, written during the extraordinary blaze of his final years when his poetry expanded into the ambitious operatic masterpieces he is known for. Edited and with an afterword by David St. John and published twenty years after Levis's death, this collection contains major unpublished works, including final elegies, brief lyrics, and a coda believed to be the last poem Levis wrote, a heart-wrenching poem about his son. The Darkening Trapeze is an astonishing collection by a poet many consider to be among the greatest of late-twentieth-century American poetry.
The Veronica Maneuver by Jennifer Moore
Jennifer Moore’s debut collection takes its title from a bullfighting technique in which the matador draws the bull with his cape; in these poems, however, traditional moves are reconfigured and roles are subverted. In a broader sense, the word “veronica” (from the Latin vera, or “true” and the Greek eikon, or “image”) functions as a frame for exploring the nature of visual experience, and underscores a central question: how do we articulate events or emotions that evade clear understanding? In order to do so, the figures here perform all manner of transformations: from vaudeville star to cartoonist’s daughter, from patron saint to “Blue-Eyed Torera;” they are soothsayers, apothecaries, curators, often conjuring selves out of thin air. This dilating and “shape-shifting” of perspective becomes a function of identity: “the absorber and the absorbed become one.” Indeed, both speaker and listener must be crafted-willed into being-by each other (“Be your own maestro”), and are apparitions until then. Through a flick of the wrist or a trick of the eye, these speakers understand that construction of a self comes only through performance of that self―which performances are often punctuated with a wink, an unswerving gaze, or both at once.
Scream For me Sarajevo/Donation
During the longest siege a capital city has faced in the history of modern warfare, and amid the mortars and grenades, a heavy metal band agreed to play a concert… "Scream for Me Sarajevo" is the astonishing story of the most unlikely of rock concerts, performed by Bruce Dickinson and his band Skunkworks in 1994. Risking their lives, they were smuggled into the besieged city to play a concert for its citizens amidst the chaos of war.
Donation to Cuvaj se
Edin Krehic’s novel Nisam te se negladao is about the human bonds that endure beyond war and genocide. In Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian
Donation to Cuvaj Se
Amila Kahrovic-Poavljak’s novel about survival and beauty in the aftermath of the siege of Sarajevo. In Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian.