So where are we? Lawrence Joseph asks in the title poem of his powerful and moving sixth book. Set against the political realities of the twenty-first century, Joseph presents an intimate, sensuous language of beauty and love, a separate palette kept for each poem, a constant shifting and fluid play of sound and tone. With incisive intensity, intelligence, and emotional force, Joseph speaks from deep within the truths of poetry's common language.
"A new collection from a poet who gives us new hope for the resourcefulness of humanity, and of poetry." - John Ashbery
In his first book of poetry, John Freeman, best known as editor of Freeman's Journal, maps the present by way of the past, drawing upon memories of childhood, family, and former loves. Simultaneously international and intimately domestic, Maps is nostalgic with a cool head, and able to examine the world with insightful compassion and grace.
"John Freeman delights in and is thoroughly devoted to writing and to books. He is my kind of person." - Louise Erdrich
Lawrence Joseph is the author of Into It; Codes, Precepts, Biases, and Taboos; Lawyerland, and Before Our Eyes. He is Tinnelly Professor of Law at St. John's University School of Law and has also taught Creative Writing at Princeton. He lives in New York City.
John Freeman is an American writer and literary critic. A graduate of Swarthmore College, he has served as editor of the literary magazine Granta and president of the National Book Critics Circle. His writing has appeared in nearly 200 English-language publications around the world. He lives in New York City.