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Front Cover by Ward Schumaker, Hate Is What We Need, 2017. METHYLCELLULOSE AND ACRYLIC PIGMENT. Courtesy of the artist.

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Fall 2014 New and Forthcoming Titles from MR Contributors

The Massachusetts Review is thrilled to announce the following new and forthcoming releases from the poets and writers who have helped ensure that MR publishes the best in contemporary voices, here and abroad. Congratulations to all! (To purchase back issues of MR, click here.)

Scouting for the Reaper, a collection of stories by Jacob Appel (Vol. 48, Issue 1, 2007), winner of the 2013 Hudson Prize, is now available from Black Lawrence Press. “Jacob Appel’s stories echo with secrets. There are the secrets we keep from those closest to us, of course. Our parents, our doctors, our clergy, our ex-wives and unrequited loves. Any run of the mill story has those. Good stories traffic in the kind of secrets we keep from ourselves. Why, for instance, what and who we love are so close in content and character to what we can’t abide. Appel’s that kind of trafficker. Even better, throughout this fine collection, he is most concerned with still another kind of secret: that which, when revealed, doesn’t solve anything. Like the very best stories, they carry the mystery forward. Revelation, in the end, isn’t an end at all. It’s a beginning….” — TJ Beitelman

Thousand Times Broken, a collection of Henri Michaux’s mescaline texts translated by Gillian Conoley (Vol. 55, Issue 1, 2014), is forthcoming from City Lights Publishers in Fall 2014. “This is an invaluable addition to Michaux’s works in English, filling an important gap with a vivid, vibrant linguistic performance.” — Cole Swensen

Ruins Assembling, new poems by Dennis Finnell, is out now from Shape & Nature Press."In true poems, things lay down the secret burden of their original names. And then the adventure of the secret begins. In Ruins Assembling, Dennis Finnell parses our national outrage of that adventure. En route, disparity becomes a common bond and secrecy a ruined temple rising. More than any American poet living now, Finnell is to be trusted, and trusted entirely." —Donald Revell, poetry editor,Colorado Review


Neither Mountain Nor River: Fathers, Sons, and an Unsettled Faith by Mike Freeman (Volume 52, Issue 1, Spring 2011) is out from Riddle Brook Publishing. "Mike Freeman's Neither Mountain Nor River is a beautifully-written memoir of fathers and sons, love of one's family, and our place in both the spiritual world and the world of nature.  I loved every page.—Howard Frank Mosher

A Boot’s A Boot, from Lesle Lewis (Vol. 55, Issue 1, Spring 2014), is forthcoming from Cleveland State University Poetry Center in 2014. “Few poets handle both syntax and sound as she does, and few flirt so well both with, and against, common sense, with and against ordinary adult experience.” Publishers Weekly

Stanley Plumly's (Volume 33, Issue 1, Spring 1992) The Immortal Evening: A Legendary Dinner with Keats, Wordsworth, and Lamb is out now from W.W. Norton and Company. "Written with great eloquence and insight, this meticulously detailed historical recreation . . . breathes life into a pivotal moment in the British Romantic era." —Publishers Weekly

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