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Absence Where As
Claude Cahun and the Unopened Book
This new book, from inter-genre, bilingual writer Nathanaël (Nathalie Stephens), investigates the relationship between image and language through a philosophical and poetic meditation on a self-portrait by Surrealist photographer and writer Claude Cahun.
Stephens, Nathalie (Nathanaël)


A lyric essay written through Kathy Acker’s evocative prose, public statements, and private archives
Martin, Douglas A.

The All-Purpose Magical Tent

A masterful debut collection by poet Lytton Smith, winner of the Nightboat Poetry Prize.
Smith, Lytton, and Terrance Hayes, pref.

The Milkweeds
A dynamic new collection of essays on the precarious nature of translation and representation.

Ban en Banlieue

An evocative exploration of body and politics by one of our most exciting innovative writers
Kapil, Bhanu

a body, in spite
a slight philosophy for actors
A deft book of aphorisms by an important French philosopher and writer
Jugnon, Alain

The Book of Interfering Bodies

Ecstatic political poetry and prose engaging notions of bureaucracy by a translator of Chilean poetry
Borzutzky, Daniel

Burn Book

An irreverent and irresistible debut collection by a young artist and writer
Bernstein, Felix

but it’s a long way

A book of arresting poems that inscribes the lived experiences of public housing residents in the southeast of France
Guétat-Liviani, Frédérique

Camp Marmalade

Part two of an autobiographical trance trilogy: intimate experiments in queer documentary and improvisatory poetics
Koestenbaum, Wayne

Century of Clouds

Boone, Bruce

Coming Events (Collected Writings)

A dynamic concatenation of lyric and philosophical thought rendered in poetry and prose
Gevirtz, Susan

The Consequences of My Body

This sequence of short lyrics explores love, the most ancient of subjects in the most contemporary and immediate ways
Zaher, Maged

Court of the Dragon

A new book of poetry exploring domesticity, desire, and dreaming by the Queens Poet Laureate
Javier, Paolo

Crosslight for Youngbird

An urgent and vital debut collection of poems that mixes ekphrasis with reportage to draw a new narrative of our present-day migration crises
Wadud, Asiya

Dear Kathleen
On the Occasion of Kathleen Fraser’s 80th Birthday
A collection of writing in honor of the poet, critic, editor, and teacher Kathleen Fraser
Gevirtz, Susan

The Desires of Mothers to Please Others in Letters

A reissue of Bernadette Mayer’s classic fugitive intergenre text
Mayer, Bernadette

The Devastation

An arresting lyric exploration of the performance of love in language
Buzzeo, Melissa


Dianoia continues this acclaimed poet’s investigations into language, culture, and the intersections of recent history, philosophy, and human possibility
Heller, Michael


A haunting poetic account of the ravages of regimes on language and the body
Martin, Dawn Lundy and Fanny Howe, fwd.

Don't Let Them See Me Like This

An incendiary debut poetry collection that tears into the thick skin of political malaise through to the guts of history
Gibson, Jasmine


A riveting new volume exploring the power and provocation of medieval English and the trope of the seafarer
Bergvall, Caroline


The 10th anniversary edition of this classic of Asian America and experimental poetry features a Preface by Juliana Spahr and an Afterword by Stephen Hong Sohn.
Kim, Myung Mi


Stanley, Jared

eco language reader

In this riveting and timely collection of essays, interviews, and photographs, 17 contemporary innovative poets weigh in on pressing environmental concerns
Iijima, Brenda, ed.

Envelope of Night
Selected and Uncollected Poems, 1966-1990
Envelope of Night features an insightful foreword by the author, generous selections from five early books (the out-of-print collections In a White Light, Ruby for Grief, The Fires They Kept, Fictions from the Self and None, River) and "A Thief in the Lamp," a compelling, book-length section of previously unpublished poems that provides crucial insight into the trajectory of the development of Burkard's work. This definitive volume is an essential record of the achievements of a major American writer and a dazzling litmus of the range of the poetic mind.
Burkard, Michael

ESL or You Weren’t Here

An exciting debut collection of poems that presents a portrait of the poet as witness to, & healer of, their child self
Valdez, Aldrin

The Estrangement Principle

A book-length essay that travels through the limits and landscapes of categorization in recent histories of literature and art
Goldberg, Ariel

An Ethic

A striking second collection by a poet of minimalist intimacy and
magnifying insights
Davis, Christina

A Fast Life
The Collected Poems of Tim Dlugos
The long-awaited, definitive collection of a major American poet
Dlugos, Tim, and David Trinidad, ed.


A singularly adventurous contribution to the worlds of mystery fiction, philosophy, and photography

Field Theories

Bashir, Samiya

Fire Break

A brilliant new poetic sequence from a leading innovative American poet
Albon, George

A Phenomenology of Spirit
The final book from an internationally acclaimed poet and translator
Doris, Stacy


A visceral engagement with the politics and poetics of girlhood by a 14-year-old author
Rebele-Henry, Brynne


A visceral new translation of Hilda Hilst’s radical first novel
Hilst, Hilda

The Force of What’s Possible
Writers on Accessibility & the Avant-Garde
A dynamic collection of essays addressing the question of accessibility in experimental writing
Hoang, Lily

Found Poems

Porter, Bern

Ghost Fargo

Cisewski, Paula and Franz Wright

Glean, a reference to the gathering of grain after harvest, explores the appalling trust implicit in any act of faith that prayer may not elicit a response. Spare and evocative, the collection struggles with a language at odds with itself
Kryah, Joshua


A cultural biography of Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery, and a cry of mourning for a post-9/11 world of perpetual war and environmental violence
Cobb, Allison

hart island

A long poem about contemporary New York ponders self and society in poetry, politics, and the polis
Szymaszek, Stacy

Hell Figures

This series of formally experimental poems explores subjectivity in contemporary wartime and environmental crises via Greek histories
Grinnell, E. Tracy

Hotel abc

Hotel abc is poetry fieldwork done in the trenches of daily life
Gevirtz, Susan

I Love It Though

Warren, Alli

In the Empire of the Air
The Poems of Donald Britton
An evocative and luminous collection of poems from the late Donald Britton
Britton, Donald

In the Function of External Circumstances

Torres, Edwin

In the Mode of Disappearance
Jonathan Weinert s award-winning collection, In the Mode of Disappearance, transcends contemporary categories of traditional and experimental, existing in a mode in which the quality of thought itself is paramount.
Weinert, Jonathan

In the Murmurs of the Rotten Carcass Economy

This riveting new book of powerful poetry continues the author's investigation into the political and social violence of our times
Borzutzky, Daniel


In these haunting lyrics, Fisher weighs the proximity, physical no less than linguistic, of nurture and violence
Fisher, Jessica and Kimiko Hahn, preface

Invasive species

A vernacular debut that uncompromisingly journeys towards its sole destination: the decolonization of the imagination
Helal, Marwa

The Islands

In John Sakkis's new book, hip hop and biography, both real and imagined, saturate travel on the islands
Sakkis, John

The Japan and India Journals, 1960–1964

A reissue of Joanne Kyger’s classic journal from her travels through Asia during the 1960s
Kyger, Joanne

Je Nathanaël

Je Nathanaël is an endangered text. Neither essay nor poem nor novel nor sex-show, what it takes from language it gives back to the body


A daring hybrid work that investigates the relationship between the individual and the institution
Magi, Jill

Land Sparing

Winner of the Nightboat Books Poetry Prize
Klein, Gabriella

Landscapes on a Train

A radiant new book-length sequence chronicling the ways observation creates landscape
Swensen, Cole


Orlando White’s second book of poetry deals with the origins and power of the typographical sign
White, Orlando

Letters from a Seducer

The first English-language translation of the second volume in Hilda Hilst’s dynamic and unnerving erotic-pornographic trilogy
Hilst, Hilda

Life in a Box is a Pretty Life

A provocative new collection examining the power of language and race in contemporary culture by a leading American poet
Martin, Dawn Lundy

A Lily Lilies

Landscape and kinetic expression meet in this collection of poetry, dance choreography, and photographs
Foo, Josey and Leah Stein

The Lives of a Spirit/Glasstown
Where Something Got Broken
In this brilliant work that transcends genre—lyric essay, prose poem, philosophical fiction—Fanny Howe pursues her realization that keen metaphysical inquiry is radically essential to everyday life.
Howe, Fanny


A love letter to language even as it drifts away, this lyric collection tracks the emotive landscape of a lived experience
Leavitt, Gracie

lucky coat anywhere

The first collection of new poems by this brilliant, uncanny poet in ten years
Burkard, Michael

Lyric Multiples
Aspiration, Practice, Immanence, Migration
A poet’s capacious and visionary sequence of essays exploring language and aesthetics in contemporary society
Albon, George

MacArthur Park

Andrew Durbin’s debut novel asks what it means to belong to a place, an idea, and a time, even as those things begin to slip away
Durbin, Andrew

Mature Themes

The highly anticipated debut of a young New York poet and essayist
Durbin, Andrew

Mausoleum of Lovers
Journals 1976–1991
The long-awaited English-language translation of Hervé Guibert’s arresting journals
Guibert, Hervé

Meddle English
New and Selected Texts
Bergvall, Caroline

The Middle Notebookes

Nathanaël’s philosophical notebooks propose a poetics of intimate engagement with mortality

Monkeys, Minor Planet, Average Star

A playful, intoxicating debut by a young poet dedicated to expanding the boundaries of lyric poetry
Leavitt, Gracie

movable TYYPE

The first new collection by this innovative poet in seven years
Fraser, Kathleen

Music for Porn

A bracing lyrical exploration of the ethical limits of our militarized and eroticized landscape
Halpern, Rob

An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color
The first major literary anthology for queer poets of color in the United States
Soto, Christopher, ed.


A luminescent new book by one of our leading innovative writers
Adnan, Etel

No Dictionary of a Living Tongue

Harris, Duriel E.

The Obituary

A haunting new novel from the author of My Paris
Scott, Gail

The Obscene Madame D

The English-language debut of one of Brazil’s leading writers of the twentieth century
Hilst, Hilda

The Old Philosopher

Winner of the Nightboat Books Prize for Poetry
Nao, Vi Khi

On Walking On

Swensen, Cole

Paraguayan Sea

Paraguayan Sea, a sublime love tale of border and gender travestias, moves in a language that defies immigration regulations
Bueno, Wilson

Partially Kept

A meditation on language and loss–and the partial nature of both–from a leading contemporary poet
Ronk, Martha

Pasolini’s Our

A philosophical and epigrammatic meditation on a body immersed in language, history and place, refracted through film, photography and architecture

The Pink Trance Notebooks

A collection of “addictively readable” daybook poems from a leading cultural critic and poet
Koestenbaum, Wayne

Poetic Intention

Now back in print
Glissant, Édouard and Nathalie Stephens, trans.

Essays Near Knowing
A go-for-broke essay collection that blends cultural close reading and dicey autobiography
Blanchfield, Brian

Radical Love
Five Novels
Radical Love gathers five of Fanny Howe's novels: Nod, The Deep North, Famous Questions, Saving History, and Indivisible, previously out-of-print and hard to find classics whose characters wrestle with serious political and metaphysical questions against the backdrop of urban, suburban, and rural America.
Howe, Fanny

Remembering Animals

This song cycle is a raw and mutating cry from within an ecological surround undergoing massive upheaval and duress
Iijima, Brenda


King, Rosamond S.

Sappho's Gymnasium

Olga Broumas and T Begley include new collaborations in this reprint of a long out-of-print erotic and phosphorescent collaborative work
Broumas, Olga


A fragmented notebook investigates mental illness and trauma in the South Asian diaspora
Kapil, Bhanu

Sea and Fog

Two striking lyric essays from master poet and philosopher Etel Adnan
Adnan, Etel

A Several World

The greatly anticipated second volume by an innovative and acclaimed talent
Blanchfield, Brian

Silk Poems

Silk Poems takes silk as subject and form, exploring its cultural, scientific, and linguistic complexities
Bervin, Jen

Sisyphus, Outdone.
Theatres of the Catastrophal
A book-length essay examining disintegration from one of our leading innovative writers

Some Animal

A new cross-genre collection that engages historical and personal explorations of gender and self
Shipley, Ely

Some Beheadings

A stunning debut collection that examines the geophilosophy of lyric poetry
Machado, Aditi

The Sonnets
Translating and Rewriting Shakespeare
154 contemporary poets offer their own startling and imaginative versions of Shakespeare’s sonnets
Legault, Paul

The Sorrow And The Fast Of It

The Sorrow And The Fast Of It exists in a middle place: an overlay of indistinct geographies and trajectories. Strained between the bodies of Nathalie and Nathanael, between dissolution and abjection, between the borders that limit the body in its built environment--the city and its name(s), the countries, the border crossings--the narrative, splintered and fractured, dislocates its own compulsion.
Stephens, Nathalie (Nathanaël)

Suelo Tide Cement

Winner of the 2017 Nightboat Prize for Poetry
Vega-Westhoff, Christina


An evocative new book from one of our leading philosopher poets
Adnan, Etel

Swimming Home

A riveting new collection by New York poet and curator Vincent Katz
Katz, Vincent

This Constellation Is a Name
Collected Poems 1965–2010
A landmark volume gathering 45 years of work by one of our leading poets
Heller, Michael


An urgent and scintillating second collection by poet and activist Juliet Patterson
Patterson, Juliet

The Collected Poems
Hickman, Leland; Motika, Stephen, ed.

To look at the sea is to become what one is
An Etel Adnan Reader (2 Vol. Set)
The first retrospective collection of 50 years of writing by our leading Arab-American innovative writer
Adnan, Etel

A Tonalist

Moriarty, Laura

The Tribute Horse

Nightboat Poetry Prize Winning debut from Brandon Som
Som, Brandon

Troubling the Line
Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics
The first-ever collection of poetry by trans and genderqueer writers
Tolbert, TC and Tim Trace Peterson

The Truant Lover
Juliet Patterson's first collection of poems, The Truant Lover, selected by Jean Valentine, is a pastiche of American voices, a well of poems with passages that hint and nod at past poets while remaining wholly their own.
Patterson, Juliet

Vigilance Is No Orchard

An experimental poem sequence inspired by a famous garden now in ruin
White, Hazel

We Press Ourselves Plainly

Stephens, Nathalie

While You Were Approaching the Spectacle But Before You Were Transformed by It

A riveting second collection from a “poet already in his prime” (Boston Review)
Smith, Lytton

Who That Divines

A new collection of poetry from the important experimental writer of the "A Tonalist" lyric
Moriarty, Laura

Writers Who Love Too Much
New Narrative Writing 1977-1997
Bellamy, Dodie and Kevin Killian

A Year From Today

A distinctive, book-length poem written over the course of a year that carries forward the lineage of New York School poets
Szymaszek, Stacy

Your Body Figured

In Your Body Figured, Douglas A. Martin presents the reader with three prose pieces, each focused on an artist: the painter Balthus, the poet Hart Crane, and finally the Irish painter Francis Bacon as seen through his relationship with model and muse, George Dyer
Martin, Douglas A.