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In this week's EXTRA, we feature new collections of poetry from Paul Hostovsky, Joseph Green, Claire Keyes and Douglas Goetsch, as well as some pretty good apparel from Pretty Good Goods.


Poetry from The Writer's Almanac

The Bad Guys
By Paul Hostovsky

Who are the bad guys, anyway? Which one is the good fight, anyway? In Paul Hostovsky’s eighth book of poetry, The Bad Guys, there are poems about suicide bombers and high school bullies, capricious exes and ecstatic bums, fastidious drug-dealers and contemplative alcoholics, evil stenches and spiritual moms; poems about the Republicans, the mega-hospitals, the brusque and bearded anesthesiologists, and the lady who gave out pencils on Halloween. Plus a host of other unlikely, often likable, always loveable, candidates. These poems are by turns funny and poignant, formal and free verse — a villanelle here, a pantoum there, and lots of loosey-goosey sonnets peppered throughout.

Of Hostovsky’s poetry Thomas Lux has said: “Hostovsky’s poems strike me as kinds of non-religious prayers — of joy, of grief, of praise, of pain … but mostly prayers as a form of gratitude, a kind of thank you, thank you, Life!”

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What Water Does at a Time Like This
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What Diamonds Can Do

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Nameless Boy
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Of Interest to Public Radio Fans


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Claire of the Sea Light
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