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We Came to Santa Fe, a collection of individual stories, memoirs and recollections of the ways in which a wide variety of artists, writers and other creative and interesting people came to make their homes in Santa Fe, the City Different. This project is made up of pieces that range from a one act play by Jonathan Richards to a chapter from an autobiographical novella by Consuelo Luz, a memoir by Stuart Ashman, the Secretary of Arts and Culture of the State of New Mexico, as well as a description of the travel that brought Mark Zaplin and Richard Lampert to the City Different. This book, dedicated to the memory of all those who have come before the City’s 400th Anniversary of its founding, is lavishly illustrated with pictures of the protagonists when they arrived as well as current images. It has been called a fantastic coffeetable conversation piece or bedside reader. 366pp; French-Fold; ISBN: 978-0-938631-39-2; $29.00
Established in 1986, Pennywhistle Press has grown while maintaining a lively conversation between the authors it has published and their readers, and wishes to continue relating to — and with — the poets, writers, critics, reviewers, and readers of the future. Pennywhistle has published a series of Chapbooks over the years featuring the work of poets such as Jerome Rothenberg, Richard Silberg, Joyce Jenkins, Suzanne Lummis, Francisco X. Alarcón, Wai Lim Yip as well as collections by Florence McGinn, James Broughton, and Michael Sutin, among many others.
¡Saludos! Poemas de Nuevo Mexico Still the only bilingual collection of the Poetry of New Mexico. Sixty-three of the best poets in New Mexico in English and Spanish versions of their notable work ranging from Francisco X. Alarcón to Renée Gregorio from Judyth Hill to Carolyn Forché and from Luci Tapahonso to Keith Wilson, among their peers. 286pp; ISBN: 0-938631-33-0; $15.00
Moving On For more than 60 years, Victor di Suvero has lived the life of poetry in relation to the art of living in the world, as a political refugee, as merchant mariner, worker, entrepreneur, free spirit, outsider, and ambassador of poetry — poetry that informs the life around, as love informs, and beauty, and as his passion for justice as well as respect for freedom, with poetry in his heart, and with the spirit of inquiry informed by personal and collective memories. 128pp; ISBN: 978-0-938631-36-1; $16.00
IPPY 2007 Bronze Medal Winner, Poetry
164pp; ISBN: 0-938631-26-8; $16.00
A bountiful collection of poems ranging from the political to the pastoral and from the poetry of place to the language of the heart. This poet’s work has been compared to Dylan Thomas and Woody Guthrie at the same time, expressing the recognition of the past, awareness of the present and hope for the future.
A compendium of poems which dance between the wise old street experiences of San Francisco and the delicate and sensual places we learn to honor through love and time. This selection makes the case for love exciting, erotic, evocative, and thoughtful . . . all at the same time. Victor di Suvero’s poetry expresses his strong and ongoing interest in daily life. His contention that poetry can be found just about everywhere is demonstrated in this collection. 80pp; ISBN: 0-938631-28-4; $12.00
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Contents Go Paperless . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Letter from the Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 New Publishers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 New-Lit Generation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Poetry, Prose & Cross-Genre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Fiction and Drama . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Cultural Writing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Magazines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Author Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Title Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Publisher Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Multicultural Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99 Friends of SPD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 SPD Publishers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102 HOW TO USE THIS CATALOG . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 Order Form . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104
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A Letter from SPD’s Executive Director
A Digital SPD? Gentle Reader, It’s an exciting, frightening, wonderful time we live in, particularly in terms of book publishing—the question of just what a “book” is is asked more and more frequently as more and more books become available for reading digitally through iPhones, Kindles and other such devices. While we expect in the future for the SPD Warehouse to continue to be filled largely with books one must hold in one’s hands to read, we’re not so sure the contents of this SPD New Titles Catalog will continue to be best read from a printed catalog. Starting with this issue, you can now download the SPD New Titles Catalog as a PDF directly from the SPDbooks.org website. Now I know that some (most?) of you would much prefer to hold a print catalog in your hands rather than look at a screen, but there are quite a few advantages to reading an electronic version of the catalog instead, not the least of which is defraying the considerable printing and mailing costs SPD incurs to be able to produce a print catalog and get it to you. It probably
goes without saying that not printing the catalog allows trees to give their lives for books that will remain permanent parts of libraries, but there are also a number of reasons that a digital version of the SPD catalog might make things much easier for you and allow some things not possible with a print catalog: • The PDF catalog is fully searchable. Well beyond looking up an author, press or title in an index and then flipping to that page, you can now simply search for any word that might appear only in a book’s description and go to it instantly. • Similarly, because the online catalog is virtual, “custom” versions can be created instantly—for example, you can sort the titles to only give you a particular press, author, genre, or interest category. • The ordering form can tally your purchases for you. • Links embedded in future versions of the digital SPD New Titles Catalogs will allow you to jump directly to the SPDbooks.org website for easy ordering or to see a more complete listing. • Other special features (i.e. links to reviews of books and author bios) not possible with a print catalog will be added to the digital version as we move forward. If you are reading the print catalog right now, please visit www.spdbooks.org and sign up for the electronic version today. You can download the PDF of this catalog now if you like, too. By signing up you will allow us to email you a simple link when the next catalog is ready rather than mail you a costly printed catalog. We don’t know yet how long we will continue to print this catalog—when you sign up you can be assured you won’t miss an issue when we do.
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PAPERLESS PATH DIAGRAM BY BRENT CUNNINGHAM
New Publishers Once again, SPD welcomes a recordbreaking number of new independent presses to the SPD family. This catalog introduces the books of 19 new publishers offering fiction, poetry, philosophy, politics, music, translation, film memoir and just about everything in-between. Thanks to all of our presses, new and old, for making SPD the best place for independently minded readers and writers! BOMBAY GIN/THE NAROPA PRESS/ BOULDER, COLORADO JenMarie Davis, Ed., BOMBAY GIN, 35.1
CANARIUM BOOKS/ ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN Ish Klein, UNION! Tod Marshall, THE TANGLED LINE
CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY POETRY CENTER/ CLEVELAND, OHIO Helena Mesa, HORSE DANCE UNDERWATER Liz Waldner, TRUST Allison Benis White, SELF-PORTRAIT WITH CRAYON
HOBBLEBUSH BOOKS/ BROOKLINE, NEW HAMPSHIRE Merle Drown, IN THE ARENA: LIFE AND TIMES OF WILLIAM W. TREAT Alice B. Fogel, STRANGE TERRAIN: A POETRY HANDBOOK FOR THE RELUCTANT READER Sidney Hall Jr., FUMBLING IN THE LIGHT Hugh Hennedy, VARIATIONS ON A NATURAL THEME: A LOON YEAR
KOLOURMEIM BOOKS/ OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA Joel Mellin, COMPOSITIONS FOR COMPUTER, VOLUME 1 Joel Mellin, SKIN & BONES: SONG LYRICS
LANA TURNER/ SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA
Brooke Biaz, MOON DANCE Brooke Biaz, SMALL MAPS OF THE WORLD Adam Clay, THE WASH Carolyn Guinzio, QUARRY Miguel Hernandez, THE PRISON POEMS Ger Killeen, SIGNS FOLLOWING Thomas Lisk, THESE BEAUTIFUL LIMITS James Morrison, THE LOST GIRL Jennie Neighbors, BETWEEN THE TWILIGHT AND THE SKY Nicolas Pesques, PHYSIS Boyer Rickel, REMANENCE Peter Riley, A MAP OF FARING Arthur Saltzman, NEARER Cindy Savett, CHILD IN THE ROAD Morgan Lucas Schuldt, VERGE Yermiyahu Ahron Taub, WHAT STILLNESS ILLUMINATED: POEMS IN ENGLISH, YIDDISH, AND HEBREW Jon Volkmer, EATING EUROPE: A METANONFICTION LOVE STORY
Dawn-Michelle Baude, THE FLYING HOUSE Attilio Bertolucci, WINTER JOURNEY
Matthew Rotando, THE COMEBACK’S EXOSKELETON
VINTAGE ENTITY PRESS/ NEW YORK, NEW YORK Steven G. Fullwood, Reginald Harris & Lisa C. Moore, Eds., CARRY THE WORD: A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF BLACK LGBTQ BOOKS Herukhuti, CONJURING BLACK FUNK: NOTES ON CULTURE, SEXUALITY, AND SPIRITUALITY, VOLUME 1
Judy Molyneux, MOLYNEU
RED DRAGONFLY PRESS/ NORTHFIELD, MINNESOTA Philip Dacey, VERTEBRAE ROSARIES: 50 SONNETS Lyle Daggett, THE FIRST LIGHT TOUCHES ME Robert Edwards, TRANSPARENCIES Sid Gershgoren, THE EXTENDED WORDS: AN IMAGINARY DICTIONARY Jim Johnson, DRIVING GRAVEL ROADS: 50 PROSE POEMS
ROGUE ART/ PARIS, FRANCE
SIDEBROW/ SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
PARLOR PRESS/ LAFAYETTE, INDIANA
UPSET PRESS/ BROOKLYN, NEW YORK
PRE PRESS/ BOLINAS, CALIFORNIA
MUUMUU HOUSE/ BROOKLYN, NEW YORK
Magus Magnus, VERB SAP
Susana Gardner, [ LAPSED INSEL WEARY ]
Kimberly DaCosta Holton & Andrea Klimt, Eds., COMMUNITY, CULTURE AND THE MAKINGS OF IDENTITY: PORTUGUESE-AMERICANS ALONG THE EASTERN SEABOARD Frank Gaspar, THE HOLYOKE Jerry Williams, IN PURSUIT OF THEIR DREAMS: A HISTORY OF AZOREAN IMMIGRATION TO THE UNITED STATES Luis Camoes, SONNETS AND OTHER POEMS Darrell Kastin, THE UNDISCOVERED ISLAND
Steve Dalachinsky, LOGOS AND LANGUAGE: A POSTJAZZ METAPHORICAL DIALOGUE
NARROW HOUSE/ BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
THE TANGENT PRESS/ PORTLAND, OREGON
PORTUGUESE IN THE AMERICAS SERIES/ NORTH DARTMOUTH, MASSACHUSETTS
Cal Bedient and David Lau, Eds., LANA TURNER: A JOURNAL OF POETRY AND OPINION
Brandon Scott Gorrell, DURING MY NERVOUS BREAKDOWN I WANT TO HAVE A BIOGRAPHER PRESENT Ellen Kennedy, SOMETIMES MY HEART PUSHES MY RIBS
Noel Sloboda, SHELL GAMES Taylor Altman, SWIMMING BACK Jason Tandon, WEE HOUR MARTYRDOM
Jason Snyder, John Cleary, & Kristine Leja, Eds., SIDEBROW 01
SKIPPING STONES EDITIONS/ BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA Michele Ritterman, THE TAO OF A WOMAN
SUNNYOUTSIDE/ BUFFALO, NEW YORK Tim Horvath, CIRCULATION Rebecca Schumejda, FALLING FORWARD Richard Krech, IN CHAMBERS: THE BODHISATTVA OF THE PUBLIC DEFENDER’S OFFICE
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B U R N I N G D E C K S P R I N G 200 9
New Depths of Deadpan
Should the two archetypal masks that represent Comedy and Tragedy pass through each other (imagine a total eclipse), might not their overlapping intersection be an expression of deadpan? Or does the almost reckless declarativeness of these poems show a mind’s weathering both the antic and the intimate, both merriment and distress? “Razor sharp but also rich and generously compelling, Michael Gizzi's poetry lambastes as it celebrates” —John Ashbery [on No Both] “No American poet I know gives the American language the workout Michael Gizzi does and no word escapes his notice.”—William Corbett “Gizzi always shows himself a maestro at playing locally generated lexical tensions…. The intricate orchestration of sonic patterns, the unerring ear...establish [him] as a soloist of the first order.”—Publishers Weekly [on My Terza Rima] Poetry, 72 pages, offset, smyth-sewn, ISBN13: 978-1-886224-96-4, original pbk. $14
Hurry Home Honey
10 years of love poems, unusual for their sense of moving between cultures, their awareness of physical space as intersection of humans, the land, and architecture. Love itself is now game, sport, speed-time, dance, performance, now contract, conflict, failure, but always a shifting structure of relations. “An extraordinary voice — an ease that thinly covers a swirling anxiety, a well-honed knowledge of how things turn out; and yet an unending romance with the process of romance, only rarely referential (and never explicit) to the act or state of satisfaction, sexual or otherwise. A sense of possibility.”—Craig Watson Poetry, 80 pages, offset, smyth-sewn, ISBN13: 978-1-886224-98-6, original pbk. $14 Q U I S I T E
Anne Portugal: Quisite Moment
[Série d’Ecriture Supplement No.5; translated from the French by R.Waldrop] Anne Portugal’s poetry breaks with elevated subjects as well as with the beauty of phrases. For her, “Poetry is first and foremost physical.” Here, she truncates words to give rise to new rhythms, puzzlement, and sheer fun.
M O M E N T
“Anne Portugal's exercise in aphaeresis is itself ‘quisite’!”—Andrew Zawacki Poetry, 24 pages, offset, ISBN13 978-1-886224-95-7, saddlestitched $8
Keith & Rosmarie Waldrop: Flat With No Key
A collaborative abecedary that granted the poets freedom to modify each other’s lines as long as they kept to the required word repetition. The result ranges from “no stone unturned” to the motion of galaxies. Poetry, 32 pages, offset, ISBN13 978-1-886224-93-3, saddlestitched $8
The Grand Hotels (of Joseph Cornell)
“A set of brochures to the marvelous.... Coover, with magnificent [diligent?] simplicity, orchestrates countering strands of pathos and wonder, decadence and innocent glee, in these 10 short chapters that are sure to make anyone permanently dissatisfied with the run-down bed-andbreakfast we call planet Earth.”—Publishers Weekly Fictions, 64 pages, offset smyth-sewn, ISBN13 978-1-886224-52-0 pbk. $14
Some Other Kind of Mission
Lisa Jarnot’s 1st book is a mock-epic of the everyday as it might be discovered through juxta-positions of public and private information. “Some Other Kind of Mission suggests that Language Poetry may be mutating, back to the modernism of Stein and Joyce, having been permanently inflected (or deflected) by a late twentieth-century sharpness and exasperation.... These are haunting, perplexing narratives of the inenarrable.”—John Ashbery, TLS “a turbulence-model of language, context-laden and yet future.”—Sherry Brennan, American Book Review Poems and visual pieces, 112 pages, offset, smyth-sewn, ISBN 978-1-886224-12-4, original pbk. $14
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Hanging Loose Press
Getting Lost in a City Like This
The One and Only Human Galaxy
His tenth collection “reveals all his wit, his wayward charm, and the innocence that allows him his shocking honesty…. I recommend this delightful poet to the world!”—Edward Field. Of his last book, The New York Times wrote: “Jack Anderson’s prose poems gracefully evoke a sense of wonder.” Paper, $18. Hardcover, $28.
Novelist, composer and director Elizabeth Swados’s first poetry collection is “a strange and beautiful book…. A must read,” says Harvey Shapiro. A reflection on the world of the entertainer, as exemplified by Harry Houdini, the book is “a triumphant debut,” says Honor Moore. Paper, $18. Hardcover, $28.
On the Imperial Highway: New and Selected Poems
Dick Lourie Charles North Complete Lineups The legendary lineup poems now appear all together for the first time, showing why the Philadelphia Inquirer and The Village Voice have called them “brilliant” and why James Schuyler called North “the most stimulating poet of his generation.” With vibrant, witty art by Paula North and an introduction by William Corbett. Paper, $18.
If the Delta Was the Sea The poet and sax player, author of Ghost Radio, explores the Mississippi Delta’s history and music “with irony, humor and honest insight. This is a poet who fully understands the burdens and the blessings of history.” Martín Espada. “A rich, spacious book…a genuine delight…. Lourie has an impeccable ear…and an acute eye.”—Ha Jin Paper, $18. Hardcover, $28.
In this first full collection in nine years, Alexie’s poems and prose show his celebrated passion and wit while also exploring new directions. Novelist, storyteller and performer, he won the National Book Award for his YA novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. His work has been praised throughout the world, but the bedrock remains what The New York Times Book Review said of his very first book: “Mr. Alexie’s is one of the major lyric voices of our time.” Paper, $18. Hardcover, $28.
Hannah Zeavin Circa An “extraordinary first collection by the prodigious Hannah Zeavin…. There’s a powerful…poetics at work….”—Anne Waldman. “Pure power….”—Maureen Owen. “Troubadourian and carnivalesque, Hannah Zeavin bursts onto the stage….”—Matvei Yankelovich Paper, $16.
“Jayne Cortez’s poems are filled with images that most of us are afraid to see,”— Walter Mosley. “If you haven’t read Jayne Cortez, you’re missing some of the best…. A compelling original voice of fire and freedom,”—Franklyn Rosemont. A generous selection of new work plus hard-to-find earlier poems. Paper, $18. Hardcover, $28.
And keep in mind – The Splintered Face: Tsunami Poems, Indran Amirthanayagam, $16, $26 The Trapeze Diaries, Marie Carter, $16, $26 Lobster With Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Michael Cirelli, $16, $26 Opening Day, William Corbett, $16, $26. The Evolution of a Sigh, R. Zamora Linmark, $16, $26 The Virgin Formica, Sharon Mesmer, $16, $26 Winter Journey, Tony Towle, $16, $26
Hanging Loose Magazine #94 Art portfolio by Albert York. New poems and prose by Kimiko Hahn, Harvey Shapiro, Ron Padgett, Vincent Katz, Erica Miriam Fabri, Chuck Watchtel, Hayan Charara, Elizabeth Hershon, Robert Hershon, Page Dougherty Delano, Philip Dacey, Jeffrey C. Wright, Gerald Fleming, and many others. $9.
See our backlist and much more at hangingloosepress.com For author readings, reviews and news visit our blog: w w w . h a n g i n g l o o s e . b l o g s p o t . c o m
Poetry, Prose Poetry and Cross-Genre Writing
Listed alphabetically by author. See also Fiction and Drama (p.47), Literary Nonfiction (p.61), and Magazine sections (p.75)
Carrie Olivia Adams
INTERVENING ABSENCE 978-1-934103-06-7, $17.50, paper, 96pp.
TO THE BONE 978-0-9818591-1-8, $14.00, paper, 80pp.
AHSAHTA PRESS 2009
SATURNALIA BOOKS 2009
Poetry. Carrie Olivia Adams delves into a space defined by air and sky, each movement another scene of a movie re-filmed many times over. INTERVENING ABSENCE, a series of sequences that question silence and interaction (and which both stand alone and themselves interact), is a work of strong architectural integrity populated by speakers whose vulnerability is extreme. Adams writes, “The poems wait, lie still. The poems creep and jump forward. The poems tense and relax their muscles. They interact with the unseen, the wished for, and the undeniably present. I can only hope that in their whispers to you they intervene.” These poems calmly announce a realm of interrupted conversations with the self as moving pictures projected on parlor walls, where Adams engages the idea of pause and distance.
Poetry. TO THE BONE, winner of the 2008 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize, selected by Mark Doty, is a poetic feast. These lush, highly detailed, and at times vulgar poems give insight into the body, mind, and soul of the millions of kitchen workers across the globe. Told with gritty authenticity that only someone with true life experience working “the back of the house,” to use culinary lingo, can bring, Agudelo leads us by the mouth and nose on a one-of-a-kind experience. In Whitmanesque style, Agudelo gives voice to the myriad of colorful characters who prepare our foods and clean up after us, lifting the veil on what we’d rather not see, but can’t turn away from. TO THE BONE is a unique collection by a stunning new talent. As Mark Doty writes, “TO THE BONE is an unexpected, bracing debut. You’ll have trouble putting it down.”
Diana Adams THEATERS OF THE TONGUE 978-1-934289-96-9, $16.00, paper, 84pp. BLAZEVOX BOOKS 2008
Poetry. “The title of this brilliant book by Diana Adams points simultaneously at her commitment to the senses and to language. Her poems are filled with imagery of taste and smell, the most intimate of the senses. The reader has breakfast with Frankenstein and shares many other meals where the menu is rich and strange. At the same time, the poems stage such experiences in the theater of language, where every word has its dramatic role. The Joy of Cooking merges with The Joy of Speaking in a book destined to be as well-thumbed as a great cookbook”—Bert Almon.
Ryan Adams INFINITY BLUES 978-1-933354-74-3, $15.95, paper, 286pp.
Elizabeth Alexander and Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon POEMS IN CONVERSATION AND A CONVERSATION 978-0-9700277-9-5, $12.00, paper, 29pp. SLAPERING HOL PRESS 2008
Poetry. “When Alexander and Stefanon scrutinize the variegated surfaces of Romare Bearden’s art, the intensity of their gazes gives way to speech. In the blues of ‘Reclining Nude,’ Stefanon’s speaker discovers ‘I could hear / her holding / her breath.’ Alexander finds images that transmute into sounds: ‘Flowered dresses. / A woman’s holler. River or guitar.’ In the hands of these poets, ekphrasis is an act of inquiry, a mode of poetic transformation as well as cultural analysis. For both, the lacunae inherent in acts of reading and looking are openings for empathy, uncertainty, discourse” —Barbara Fischer.
AKASHIC BOOKS 2009
Poetry. Ryan Adams may be known primarily for acclaimed albums such as Heartbreaker, Gold, Love Is Hell, Cold Roses, Jacksonville City Nights, and Easy Tiger, but the world-renowned singer/songwriter has always been a poet and fiction writer at heart. With the release of INFINITY BLUES, his nonmusical writing is for the first time ever unveiled in book form. Mr. Adams’s work rings of an emotional authenticity that provides perhaps an even deeper insight into the man than is revealed through the songs that have resonated with his hundreds of thousands of fans the world over. “This is much better than reading a friend’s journal. It’s more like watching somebody you love in the bathtub talking to himself. You’re like, wow, he’s even good at taking a bath. After reading INFINITY BLUES (which I think is a great title), I give Ryan Adams the best compliment I ever got—and the only reason for reading anyone’s poetry. Ryan, I really like your mind”—Eileen Myles.
FACE 978-1-931236-70-6, $18.00, paper, 160pp. 978-1-931236-71-3, $28.00, cloth, 160pp. HANGING LOOSE PRESS 2009
Poetry. Fiction. Native American Studies. In this first full collection in nine years, Alexie’s poems and prose show his celebrated passion and wit while also exploring new directions. Novelist, storyteller and performer, he won the National Book Award for his YA novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. His work has been praised throughout the world, but the bedrock remains what The New York Times Book Review said of his very first book: “Mr. Alexie’s is one of the major lyric voices of our time.”
Taylor Altman SWIMMING BACK 978-1-934513-07-1, $10.00, paper, 48pp. SUNNYOUTSIDE 2008
Poetry. Set against the changing seasons in suburban America, the poems of SWIMMING BACK chronicle a young woman’s struggle to make sense of her world after the early loss of her father. In various guises and with striking clarity, Taylor Altman invites us to experience transcendence in the form of a broken clock, a longforgotten photograph, or the melancholy of a summer afternoon. These poems, with their incredible range of human emotion, effectively transform grief into art.
Poetry, Prose Poetry, Cross-Genre mIEKAL aND
BYSTANDER: AN IRREALITY 978-1-934289-63-1, $16.00, paper, 130pp.
PRIVATE PARTS: THE EARLY WORKS OF IAN AYRES (SECOND EDITION, REVISED AND EXPANDED) 978-2-914853-10-1, $16.00, paper, 200pp.
BLAZEVOX BOOKS 2008
Poetry. “What would happen if words, disguised as characters Balboa Pettibone and She-singer, could hallucinate and time travel? mIEKAL aND, one of our most intrepid verbal explorers, takes us into the world of genre fiction and sets it spinning into an ‘irreality’ as iridescent as myth clothed in neon language. The sideways feints and flourishes of aND’s words lead us through a minefield of future decay, artfully finding glimmers of beauty and eros even in the most blasted lang-scapes and bone-scrapes. In a world where ‘a blackened sky corrupt[s] the horizon,’ ‘snakes of anger’ war with ‘snakes of confusion,’ and ‘there are no curtains between darkness and its opposite,’ the beauty of the words themselves offer joy in apocalyptic circumstance. And courtly love wins the day”—Maria Damon.
FRENCH CONNECTION PRESS 2009
Poetry. Literary Nonfiction. Bringing together the best poems from Ayres’s early verse (much of it written in houses of ill fame) to his erotic and darkly imaginative later pieces, this stunning collection also features his previously unpublished experiences with luminary legends such as Tennessee Williams, Allen Ginsberg, Yoko Ono, Edmund White and Quentin Crisp. More than a book, PRIVATE PARTS is an experience of teen angst, hangovers for breakfast and raw enlightenment tripping over that cliff ’s edge in the rye. It would not exist if Ayres were not a survivor. Ayres’s crusty accounts of a boy’s life on the wild side explores the extreme boundaries of human behavior and amorality, offering a journey through his life from his early years in houses of ill repute to his life in Paris today.
Jack Anderson GETTING LOST IN A CITY LIKE THIS 978-1-931236-97-3, $18.00, paper, 98pp. 978-1-931236-98-0, $28.00, cloth, 98pp.
HANGING LOOSE PRESS 2009
KAYA PRESS 2007
Poetry. “As a long-time admirer of Jack Anderson’s poetry, I am again impressed by his enduring mastery of the art. His latest collection reveals all his wit, his wayward charm, and the innocence that allows him his shocking honesty—qualities that have always marked his poems but are here even more sharply evident. With urban sophistication and the wide-eyed alertness of a child, he reports from the borders of sanity and beyond, in oftenlurid tales that strangely make perfectly good sense. These poems are such fun to read, an antidote to the humorless profundities of our Great Thinkers and Poets, those pompous asses. Long live this mischievous imp of a poet, who replaces the baby Jesus in the church creche with a lecher of a garden gnome! I recommend this delightful poet to the world!”—Edward Field.
Poetry. Asian Studies. Winner of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature. Selected and translated by Shogo Oketani and Leza Lowitz. AMERICA AND OTHER POEMS is the first English translation of a single volume by the seminal Japanese Modernist poet, Ayukawa Nobuo. One of Japan’s most influential yet overlooked poets, Nobuo was an important voice for peace and probity in the years that followed World War II and the collapse of Japan’s rationale for war. This landmark selection spans from 1947 through 1976, and includes work ranging from early writings about the poet’s experience on the front line to poems focused on the influence of Western culture on Japanese society. This award-winning translation also features texts by Shogo Oketani, contextualizing Nobuo’s life and work.
AMERICA AND OTHER POEMS 978-1-885030-41-2, $14.95, paper, 152pp.
William Archila THE ART OF EXILE 978-1-931010-52-8, $11.00, paper, 82pp. BILINGUAL REVIEW PRESS 2009
Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. In THE ART OF EXILE, William Archila asks readers in the United States to engage with a subject seldom explored in American poetry: the unrest in El Salvador in the 1980s and its impact on Central American immigrants who now claim this country as home. In language that is poignant and often harrowing, the poet takes us on a journey from Santa Ana, El Salvador, to Los Angeles, California. Archila bridges race and class, metaphor and reality with astuteness, mingling humor and pain with a skill that denigrates neither.
Maria Luisa Arroyo GATHERING WORDS/RECOGIENDO PALABRAS 978-1-931010-43-6, $12.00, paper, 120pp. BILINGUAL REVIEW PRESS 2008
Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. Maria Luisa Arroyo’s GATHERING WORDS/RECOGIENDO PALABRAS gives a voice to the oppressed, the abused, and the forgotten. It speaks from battered women’s shelters and from inside homes that hide domestic violence and child abuse. Laying bare the stark realities of life with phrases that are alternately elegant, blunt, and rich with vivid imagery, Arroyo writes with spine-tingling candor that does not allow us to deny the truth. Shaped by her family’s background in Puerto Rican music, her poems, written mostly in English, are reminiscent of folksongs with their narrative storytelling and activist representation of the disenfranchised, disillusioned, and neglected. This is Arroyo’s first full-length collection of poems.
Merle Lyn Bachman DIORAMA WITH FLEEING FIGURES 978-1-84861-012-5, $15.00, paper, 88pp. SHEARSMAN BOOKS 2009
Poetry. With illustrations by Evan Siegel. “The poems in Merle Bachman’s DIORAMA WITH FLEEING FIGURES are intense, visceral and transformative. ‘We aren’t meant to know so much of the world,’ yet the knowing in this poetry is exactly what each of us craves, the ‘translation not yet written’ that leads us to both question and believe in the depth of human experience”—Colleen Lookingbill.
Samiya Bashir GOSPEL: POEMS 978-0-9786251-7-7, $15.00, paper, 77pp. REDBONE PRESS 2009
Poetry. African American Studies. Gay and Lesbian Studies. GOSPEL is an ecumenical resistance song in four parts. In this passionate follow-up to 2005’s Lambda Literary Award finalist, WHERE THE APPLE FALLS, Bashir’s poems challenge truth to stare down the power of fear and paralysis. “We intended gospel to strike a happy medium for the down-trodden,” said gospel music pioneer Thomas Dorsey. “This music lifted people out of the muck and mire of poverty and loneliness, of being broke, and gave them some kind of hope anyway. Make it anything but good news, it ceases to be gospel.” The good news, according to Bashir, is that we are neither alone in our mess, nor alone in our grasp of the tools to heal. In this pull-no-punches collection Bashir lays down a road map, a portable flashlight, and a shaky-legged escort to usher the way toward recovered sight and strength.
Poetry, Prose Poetry, Cross-Genre Dawn-Michelle Baude
THE FLYING HOUSE 978-1-60235-053-3, $14.00, paper, 132pp.
TAKE IT 978-1-933517-37-7, $14.00, paper, 64pp.
PARLOR PRESS 2008
WAVE BOOKS 2009
Poetry. From the ancient to the contemporary, the personal to the literary, THE FLYING HOUSE is an investigation of the “relic” in the largest sense of the term. Written on-site in the Middle East and Europe, the poems inhabit a space at once contemporary and historical, in which current conflicts recall old wars and archeological artifacts rhyme with cutting-edge fashions. Part travelogue, part cultural compendium, the poems move through a poetic space in which the influence of Robert Duncan and Gustaf Sobin are as apparent as the influences of Alice Notley, Joanne Kyger, and Susan Howe. Informed by literary and cultural theory as well as humanist traditions, Baude explores the gap between the empirical and the emotional sometimes with dread, but more often with joy.
Poetry. A collection by one of poetry’s genuinely necessary voices, TAKE IT is a gift of expansive and expressive generosity. The poems in TAKE IT masterfully combine traditional and contemporary concerns and speech in attending to a degraded, yet wondrous world. Joshua Beckman was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He is the author of four previous collections of poetry, including SHAKE (Wave Books, 2006), two collections of collaborative work, and numerous translations. He lives in both Brooklyn and Seattle.
Eric Baus TUNED DROVES 978-0-9801938-1-7, $12.00, paper, 73pp. OCTOPUS BOOKS 2009
Poetry. In his follow-up to the acclaimed THE TO SOUND (Verse Press/Wave Books 2004), Eric Baus’s second full-length poetry book is a continuation of his experimentation with the elongated lyric prose form. “In TUNED DROVES, there’s a figure who discovers ‘human or animal bones in the REM movements of babies.’ As if that isn’t fabulous enough, there’s writing that’s both prehensile and irreversible: a dismantled mouth that’s capable of both a ‘normal hello’ and the subtly grotesque ‘language of flags.’ In this way, Eric Baus writes at the dark edge of an imaginary nation, collapsing us, with each climbing page, into an oral, incendiary architecture. As a poet, then, he’s the flame-thrower, he’s the one who says: catch”—Bhanu Kapil.
Dan Beachy-Quick APOLOGY FOR THE BOOK OF CREATURES No ISBN, $15.00, paper, 40pp.
Aase Berg WITH DEER 978-0-9777709-7-7, $12.95, paper, 96pp. BLACK OCEAN 2009
Poetry. Translated from the Swedish by Johannes Göransson. In this, her first single-volume collection to be published in English, Aase Berg works a wicked necromancy in her poems. Filling each page with fluids and viscera she plunges into the palpable, pulsating center of our psyche—pulling up fistfuls of nightmares at once strange and familiar. To read this book is to glimpse the ecstasy you always suspected lay at the heart of every rapturous horror. WITH DEER [Hos rådjur] was Berg’s first full-length book of poetry, originally published in Sweden in 1996. Since then she has published four more books in her native language, exploring the divine terror throbbing beneath the surface of a naturalistic and barely human world. “Oh, you have taken it too far, Aase Berg, on this field trip to dismember an apocalyptic body that is self-bomb, culture-bomb; you are scratching at the interior of the bomb that has no exterior. Amusedly, bombastically, terrifyingly you scratch. Johannes Görannson’s translation is lush and boldly guttural and the two of you have my intestines by a leash. ‘One by one you turned my faces up/toward the sun’s surface/and drank them like deer water’”—Cathy Wagner.
AHSAHTA PRESS 2009
Poetry. Chapbook with vellum inserts. This chapbook pairs Dan Beachy-Quick’s long poem in connection with Montaigne’s “Apology for The Book of Creatures” with original artwork by printmaker Stephanie Bacon.
PORTRAIT AND DREAM: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS 978-1-56689-229-2, $22.00, paper, 352pp.
Dan Beachy-Quick THIS NEST, SWIFT PASSERINE 978-1-932195-60-6, $16.95, paper, 72pp. TUPELO PRESS 2009
Poetry. One of the most acclaimed new poets in America entwines found and original texts, creating literal form— this book—out of sheer metaphor. In this language nest, the mind of poet and reader find a common dwelling place. Through this collaged material (“used” motifs running through include Echo and Narcissus, spider webs, and philosophy), the author reveals the nest of the mind/book as a never wholly original structure, but one that forms from found material.
COFFEE HOUSE PRESS 2009
Poetry. Titled after a Jackson Pollock painting at once figural and abstract, this collection spans nearly fifty years of Bill Berkson’s poetry in all its deftness and variety. His poems, full of nuance, intensity, and exuberant wit, spread meaning across the page like quicksilver. Engaging in a mix of topics and styles, Berkson deals with aspects of the observable world, dreams, art, elements, and ecstasy to create a body of work suffused with light. Bill Berkson is an influential art critic, teacher, curator, and poet. He has collaborated with many artists and writers, including Alex Katz, Philip Guston, and Frank O’Hara and his criticism has appeared in ArtNews, Art in America, and elsewhere. The former director of Letters and Science at the San Francisco Art Institute, he lives in California and New York.
Poetry, Prose Poetry, Cross-Genre Attilio Bertolucci
Francesca Lia Block
WINTER JOURNEY 978-1-932559-05-7, $14.00, paper, 240pp.
OPEN LETTER TO QUIET LIGHT 978-1-933149-30-1, $16.00, cloth, 128pp.
PARLOR PRESS 2005
MANIC D PRESS 2009
Poetry. Translated here into English for the first time in its entirety by Nicholas Benson, Bertolucci’s WINTER JOURNEY (Viaggio d’inverno, 1971) traces the author’s nervous anxiety and the broader afflictions of an emergent consumer society at the Italian midcentury. Increasing social proximity illuminates a persistent isolation, relieved only—tenuously—by the bonds of family and friendship. In a country then recovering from the effects of nationalism, it is significant that a major poet would avoid the pitfalls of populism and paternalism, just as his writing avoids antagonism and aestheticism. Bertolucci’s meditations on the effects of the Fascist ventennio can be read as a subtle critique of such divisions, which weakened resistance to the regime and enabled the country’s later fragmentation.
Poetry. In these fiercely passionate, devastatingly revealing, sometimes spiritual, and often painful poems, Francesca Lia Block describes in fiery detail the rise and demise of a year-long love affair. Her rich use of language infused with the power of sex and spirit finally paint a transcendent, almost mythic portrait of the way two wounded people—both searching for connection—find each other, collide, and eventually separate. The words seem to bleed onto the page and even the most graphic moments have a devotional quality filled with nuanced expression and unbridled intimacy.
WHITE PINE PRESS 2009
EXTREME POSITIONS: ...THE SOFT-CORE INDUSTRY EXPOSED 978-0-923389-78-9, $14.00, paper, 94pp.
Poetry. Available for the first time, this significant volume collects over one hundred of Robert Bly’s prose poems written over a period of five decades. It includes the bulk of several landmark out-of-print volumes as well as uncollected poems and new material. Bly has been one of the leading writers of the prose poem since the reemergence of the form in the 1960s. “Joyous, inspired meditations that demonstrate Bly’s talent for conveying in the simplest language the richness and complexity of the universe around us”—Library Journal.
SPUYTEN DUYVIL 2009
Poetry. “Keep going with this sequence. The soft-corehelp-books on sex really deserve to be skewered. I like reading mocking, dismissive, and allusive humor.. “—John Tyndall. “I’m already a big fan of your poems, so these ones only corroborate that fact. You have great energy and are full of life and, my god, you sure know how to write.... Great fun. I really like the poetry— immensely! .The book is a seamless entity telling the story of a man in the beginnings of the new century. They are pleasing to the ear, pleasing to hear, they look good on the page, they are so subtley crafted.... Bravo! I’m still reading your books and still liking reading them, great stuff, in fact”—Michael Stephens.
Richard Blevins CAPTIVITY NARRATIVES 978-0-923389-76-5, $14.00, paper, 88pp. MEETING EYES BINDERY 2009
Poetry. “At once unnervingly learned and boldly feelingful, Richard Blevins is a hero of the contemporary long-form poem, and CAPTIVITY NARRATIVES’ driven reconsiderations of the disappeared careers of photographer Fred Holland Day and poet Adelaide Crapsey have a sweep and an intimacy that excite from line to alert line. With their heady synchronies and hyperlucid lyric fragments, their unearthings and upendings, their questing meditations and meditative narratives, their bursts of aphorism and doses of tonic fact, these are poems of an unusually welcoming intelligence and of an unassuming mastery. ‘If you want to keep a secret, print it in a poem,’ Blevins writes, and fortunate is any reader privy to the confidences volunteered in these generous, essential pages” —Gary Lutz. Richard Blevins’ FOGBOW BRIDGE: SELECTED POEMS, 1972-1999 was published by Pavement Saw.
Robert Bly REACHING OUT TO THE WORLD: NEW AND SELECTED PROSE POEMS 978-1-935210-02-3, $16.00, paper, 200pp.
Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno SLAMMING OPEN THE DOOR 978-1-882295-74-6, $15.95, paper, 80pp. ALICE JAMES BOOKS 2009
Poetry. “The note of sorrow dominates this book, but it isn’t a one-note book... To read this book is not to behold a completed work but to stand onstage with a writer who finds herself in the middle of a story in which she has been reluctantly cast”—New York Times Book Review. Of all the losses we may be asked to bear, the murder of one’s child must be the most terrible. These poems evoke that keenly, seeking justice but transcending judgment as they grieve loss, celebrate love, and find healing.
Michael Boughn 22 SKIDOO/SUBTRACTIONS 978-1-897388-34-1, $18.00, paper, 84pp. BOOK THUG 2009
Poetry. 22 SKIDOO takes as its playground the junkyard of Modernity. In a contemporary world which discards memory and experience along with last season’s shoes, any building over 25 years old, and millions of tons of last year’s computers and cell phones, these poems recycle archeologically recovered materials into a funny, lively exploration of the possibilities of creation in a world where the young think that what Duke Ellington made wasn't really music. If 22 SKIDOO reclaims the junk of modern culture, finding for it new forms and arrangements, SUBTRACTIONS kicks the props from under the elaborate illusion of completion that ironically locates a world without history. This is a two-volume book, with the two volumes bound back-to-back. 22 SKIDOO is the winner of the 2009 Friggin Prize.
Poetry, Prose Poetry, Cross-Genre Kevin Bowen
Louis Daniel Brodsky
THAI BINH: GREAT PEACE 978-0-9785156-8-3, $12.00, paper, 56pp.
DINE-RITE: BREAKFAST POEMS 978-1-56809-125-9, $15.95, paper, 96pp.
PRESSED WAFER 2009
TIME BEING BOOKS 2009
Poetry. “Kevin Bowen’s poems are powerful, authoritative and essential. They bring news from a world much of America has turned its back on, and they do so without bitterness or rancor, offering instead profound testimony of love and compassionate wisdom. This is some of the most important and accomplished poetry I’ve read in a long time”—Sam Hamill.
Poetry. Have a seat at a table or booth in Louis Daniel Brodsky’s DINE-RITE: BREAKFAST POEMS. Everyone’s welcome. As Brodsky puts it, this suburban diner is an “Oasis to the white- and blue-collar and the collarless: / Contractors, carpenters, painters, and plumbers, / Insurance and sales reps, cab drivers, loafers, / Grassroots politicians, divorce lawyers, retirees, / The entire cast of the human drama, / Under one home-cookingspoken-here roof.” And overlording this melting pot is its owner, a corpulent, self-anointed Baptist minister, whose unique brand of evangelism permeates Dine-Rite as thoroughly as the greasy, smoky air that wafts from the kitchen. If you’re hungry for poetry that both satisfies and leaves you wanting more, then you’ve come to the right place. Dig in!
Kristy Bowen IN THE BIRD MUSEUM 978-0-615-25686-3, $15.00, paper, 106pp. DUSIE PRESS 2008
Poetry. “Sparkling and spellbinding... one is keenly aware of the intricacies, and inconsistencies staged in the theaters of domestic spaces”—Michelle Detorie.
Louis Daniel Brodsky THE COMPLETE POEMS OF LOUIS DANIEL BRODSKY, VOL. 4 978-1-56809-124-2, $29.95, paper, 943pp. TIME BEING BOOKS 2008
Jules Boykoff HEGEMONIC LOVE POTION 978-1-60001-061-3, $15.00, paper, 104pp. 978-1-60001-062-0, $30.00, cloth, 103pp. FACTORY SCHOOL 2009
Poetry. HEGEMONIC LOVE POTION both rollicks and frolics. This collection is a social exercise in poetic possibility that—through détournement, personal reflection, and textual imbrication—presses the political to inflect the personal and vice versa. Along the way, this book brings together seemingly disparate thinkers, artists, actors, and writers, and refracts them through the lens of poetry, appropriating their words and forms and coaxing them into conversation: Brad Pitt meets Noam Chomsky, Allen Ginsberg meets Paula Abdul, Condoleezza Rice meets Kamau Brathwaite.
Jessica Bozek THE BODYFEEL LEXICON 978-0-9786172-4-0, $14.00, paper, 120pp. SWITCHBACK BOOKS 2009
Poetry. In this elusive debut collection, Jessica Bozek presents a system of moving parts, of animal lunges, and sudden lootings—documents epistolary and fragmented that form, re-form, and deform language. Staged as a fiction via the paratextual sleight of its introduction, THE BODYFEEL LEXICON chronicles and catalogues transformation as a way of evading and understanding bodies and selves. Readers might register the shuttlings of the book’s interlocutors as playful linguistic performances of the animal transformations they devise for each other. THE BODYFEEL LEXICON flies at several altitudes, the demarcations of which threaten dissolution at every turn. THE BODYFEEL LEXICON was a finalist for the 2007 Gatewood Prize.
Poetry. In these 888 poems, Brodsky draws inspiration from his Faulkner scholarship and his visits to Oxford, Mississippi as he grapples with self-doubt that permeates his relationship to business, his family, even his identity as a poet. “Falling From Heaven is a painful and poignant offering.”—Maya Angelou. “One cannot but respond with deep emotion and affection to the anguish and pain one finds in your poems”—Elie Wiesel. In 2004, Brodsky’s You Can’t Go Back, Exactly won the award for best book of poetry, presented by the Center for Great Lakes Culture, at Michigan State University. He is the author of sixty volumes of poetry and twenty-three volumes of prose, including nine books of scholarship on William Faulkner and seven books of short fictions.
David Buuck THE SHUNT 978-0-9789262-8-1, $15.00, paper, 102pp. PALM PRESS 2009
Poetry. “With its stutters, fractures, puns, sarcasms, and ironies, THE SHUNT is part of a cluster of books recently written by US poets attempting to understand what it means to live in a country that is constantly bombing other countries. But with its relentless attention to the group psychosis that this state of siege induces in US citizens, THE SHUNT is also something sui generis. This is your brain on war”—Juliana Spahr.
Melissa Buzzeo FACE 978-1-897388-37-2, $18.00, paper, 86pp. BOOK THUG 2009
Poetry. “FACE is an archae book written both ‘after and before.’ Recessive narrative events—faces surfacing, twinned with wet surfaces, gone—are released as agents, as saturations of tone and line. ‘Inside and out of passage,’ Melissa Buzzeo forms a document that is both report and threshold: text and radical architecture: a ‘beginning’ always ‘in transit.’ What I love about this work is its refusal to feel, if feeling has become impossible, and, in corollary, its willingness to flood its own terrain, to melt a ‘frozen book.’ In this way, FACE becomes the ‘shape which is desire to see.’ It brings towards us the ‘hesitant’ girl who finds a way to breathe and write again, next to the water which is both lake and paper, the pages floating offshore ‘in a dream.’ Retrieving these pages, Melissa Buzzeo writes to us: a complex, present, also-writing ‘you’”—Bhanu Kapil.
Poetry, Prose Poetry, Cross-Genre Luís de Camões
SONNETS AND OTHER POEMS 978-1-933227-26-9, $25.00, paper, 230pp.
A FIXED, FORMAL ARRANGEMENT 978-1-934254-07-3, $15.00, paper, 109pp.
ADAMASTOR BOOK SERIES/UMASS DARTHMOU 2009
LES FIGUES PRESS 2008
Poetry. Translated from the Portuguese by Richard Zenith. This is the first bilingual edition in English to offer a cross-section of the stunning output of lyric poetry produced by Portugal’s Luis de Camões (who also wrote The Lusiads, the greatest epic poem memorializing Vasco da Gama’s inaugural voyage to India). A selection of forty sonnets is followed by poems using other metrical patterns and rhyme schemes, including terza rima, ottava rima, the sestina, the canzone, and the redondilha, a verse form typical of Portuguese folk poetry. Richard Zenith’s limpid renditions, far from attempting to “update” Camões, closely adhere to the original text, employing modern English but resisting the temptation to expand on the relatively small and simple lexicon of the Portuguese. His illuminating introduction shows how the 16th-century poet’s life ad work were intimately entwined, and he discusses with candor his method for translating this poetry.
Poetry. Fiction. Thalia Field says, “Allison Carter writes the small and indelible installments of domestic life; what fits in a pocket, a post-it, just below the radar. In lovely prose, she challenges us to imagine the bigger picture just outside the frame. [...] There is something both eerie and real about this microscopic world, the way one feels the first time you realize that ants have complex lives. What? That’s us? Yes. In this great debut book.” A FIXED, FORMAL ARRANGEMENT is published as part of the TrenchArt Tracer series, with an introduction by Danielle Dutton and visual art by Susan Simpson and Ken Ehlich.
Katie Cappello PERPETUAL CARE 978-1-932418-32-3, $16.00, paper, 88pp. ELIXIR PRESS 2009
Poetry. Winner of the Elixir Press Eighth Annual Poetry Awards. Her book was chosen by Jake Adam York who had this to say about it: “PERPETUAL CARE fulfills two of poetry’s most important offices, perhaps its two most important offices, it cares for its world, and it cares for its language. Cynthia Hogue said this: “The poems in Katie Cappello’s exquisite debut volume, PERPETUAL CARE, are both delicately surreal and precisely observed: the man who gives back change has blackened it with smudges from newsprint, a bakery tart’ s glazing is as shiny as a sports car, a blue feather swings through the air like a pendulum. Memory and word fuse, keen. These poems are fresh and astonishing, and Cappello’s is an original and originary new voice.”
Patricia Carlin QUANTUM JITTERS 978-0-9785555-6-6, $15.00, paper, 80pp.
Stacie Cassarino ZERO AT THE BONE 978-1-930974-84-5, $15.00, paper, 91pp. NEW ISSUES POETRY & PROSE 2009
Poetry. “Of the many ways of knowing the world, Stacie Cassarino in her elegant and poignant first book of poems, ZERO AT THE BONE, reminds us of the primacy of the senses. She tells us ‘our mouths try to get it right’ or that the ‘mouth of the trees’ will swallow us whole, by which she means taste is the most direct authenticator of experience and also the most defenseless because it’s instruments of lips and tongue are eager. As a result, her great pre-occupation is with the vulnerability of human relationships, but as the title of the book suggests, Cassarino is fearless in her explorations of the risks. She knows ‘you’ve got to live like everything will hurt you’” —Michael Collier.
Miles Champion HOW TO LAUGH 978-0-9761612-7-1, $14.00, paper, 72pp. ADVENTURES IN POETRY / ZEPHYR PRESS 2009
Poetry. “Miles Champion uses just the necessary words, and puts them in interesting places: definitely hard to film”—Tom Raworth. “There really is an intelligence to these that creates a texture unlike any other; I can’t yet describe it but it has to do with variable motions and rhythms, time signatures almost, that strike me as always alert, always attentive, always capable”—William Fuller.
MARSH HAWK PRESS 2009
Poetry. “Patricia Carlin combines an adventurous sense of form with an unmistakably personal voice of sharp wit and subtle intelligence. She draws on everything from fairy tales, to the techniques of Oulipo, to transformations of the work of others such as Virginia Woolf. The poems can be playful; but there is also a disquieting beauty to these lyrics”—Elaine Equi. “Patricia Carlin’s poems are a pulse-taking scan of experimental forms metabolically torqued to breaking point. QUANTUM JITTERS comes with needful phrases, ‘negations,’ mini-arguments that expand on contact, where the smallest wisp of a word turns out to be a good straw to grasp. Readers will find here a homeopathic remedy for our disaster-prone quantum universe” —Elizabeth Macklin.
Elizabeth Biller Chapman LIGHT THICKENS 978-0-912592-66-4, $15.95, paper, 88pp. ASHLAND POETRY PRESS 2009
Poetry. Recipient of the Robert McGovern Memorial Publication Prize for 2008, Chapman’s second book of poems, LIGHT THICKENS, is a mournful, hopeful collection with imagery as thick and sweet as molasses. Her poetry exhibits wisdom, humility, and awe, whether in the act of removing her shoes in “Wainscott, Like as the Waves,” where “the common stones jewel their swath whose light only the ocean’s constant washing gives; moving water, water moving. Let me remember who I am...”, or gathering her mother’s treasures— ”Everything I chose was chipped.” These poems are wellworn, loved-upon pieces of art.
Poetry, Prose Poetry, Cross-Genre René Char
THE BRITTLE AGE AND RETURNING UPLAND 978-1-933996-11-0, $16.95, paper, 170pp.
WHERE SHADOWS WILL: SELECTED POEMS 1988-2008 978-0-87286-474-0, $14.95, paper, 120pp.
COUNTERPATH PRESS 2009
Poetry. Bilingual Edition. Translated from the French by Gustaf Sobin. When Gustaf Sobin arrived in France at the age of twenty-seven in 1963, he befriended the poet René Char, who, as Sobin writes, “taught me my trade.” “René Char taught me, first, to read particulars: that the meticulously observed detail, drawn from nature, could provide the key to the deepest reaches of the imaginary. One and the other, the visible and the invisible, were but the interface of a single, singular, vibratory surface: that of the poem itself.” THE BRITTLE AGE AND RETURNING UPLAND are two volumes from Char’s work of the mid to late 1960s that Sobin chose to translate in full. Here, side by side with Char’s French text, it is possible to see Sobin building his poetic vocabulary within and as a result of the practice of his mentor, “scrupulously tracking the very trajectories of desire, [leading] one onto the sonorous landscapes of the revelatory.”
CITY LIGHTS PUBLISHERS 2009
Poetry. The first installment of our new Spotlight poetry series, WHERE SHADOWS WILL selects from twenty years of innovative writing by Bay Area poet, translator, and visual artist Norma Cole. Beginning with her earliest collection, Mace Hill Remap, and taking us up through her recent NATURAL LIGHT, WHERE SHADOWS WILL is a comprehensive overview of Cole’s melodic and experimental poetry, whose shadow-haunted landscapes embody a theory-informed exploration of the relationship between language, self, and world. By turns severe and exuberant, WHERE SHADOWS WILL confirms Cole’s place as a major avant-garde poet and a leading voice among contemporary innovative women writers.
Victor Coleman MAL ARME: LETTER DROP 3 978-1-897388-29-7, $18.00, paper, 60pp. BOOK THUG 2009
Poetry. With art by Paul Collins. MAL ARME represents the third stage of a series of Oulipian books that started with LETTER DROP (2000), continued with MI SING (Book Thug 2004), and will conclude with The Occasional Troubadour (forthcoming 2010). The first three volumes each consist of 26 Lipograms, lettered A thru Z, wherein the A poems have no As, the B poems have no Bs, etc. The first book excavated an assortment of texts ranging from the 1928 edition (the 9th) of Sir Morell MacKenzie’s Hygiene of the Vocal Organs to such fictions as Tom Swift and His House on Wheels. MI SING reverts to a single text for its sources and inspiration: Marcel Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past. The current text plays close attention to the prose writings of Stephane Mallarme in translation. The fourth continues its author’s fascination with all things French by roaming through that country’s southeast regions through a two-volume study published in 1898 called The Troubadours at Home.
THE WASH 978-1-932559-99-6, $12.00, paper, 84pp.
ONE BREATH 978-1-893670-31-0, $14.00, paper, 72pp. TEBOT BACH 2008
Poetry. In these poems of the anatomy lab, the emergency room, and the garden, the language of medicine is fused into lyrics of house calls and nursing home rounds and infused with all of the love and grief of caring for and losing a patient. The title comes from a teacher who instructed that when faced with a crisis the way to proceed is to take one breath and then another. Over the last two decades, Catharine Clark-Sayles has worked to undo the habits of dry clinical reportage for a more lyrical narration while finding the beauty of medical language. She is published widely in medical journals and anthologies. ONE BREATH is her debut collection.
PARLOR PRESS 2006
Poetry. Rich in river imagery and an intense sense of the passage of time, THE WASH explores the incessant music that permeates journeys with a destination unknown. Interweaving the voices of John Clare, Audubon, Roethke, and others, the poems depict a landscape of loss in which language and images provide the only concrete platform on which to stand. Ending with an elegy for the selfportrait and an acceptance of the inevitability of decay, the speaker discovers “the stillness of frames both comforts and terrifies.” Playing a lyrical voice against the limits of silence, THE WASH uncovers the voices that can be made, and heard, in and out of nature.
Alicia Cohen DEBTS AND OBLIGATIONS 978-1-882022-66-3, $12.00, paper, 104pp. O BOOKS 2009
Poetry. Alicia Cohen’s poems are divided into mysterious sections that, crossing over, also all held at once tie wolfchildren or people who are animals other than human to nations as if in-formed in the text’s transpiration as if identity set in terms of law and patriarchy in the Oresteia, nature in relation to humans in Moby Dick, and emptiness of identity in the film, Vertigo. The mystery is not concluded in the sector of mothers, infants, and death. Her poems are writing present unfolding as being an act of grace that’s in unrelated individuals at once.
BOTERO’S BEAUTIFUL HORSES 978-1-894078-71-9, $19.00, paper, 144pp. BRICK BOOKS 2009
Poetry. “Do we want love / each and every day of our lives?” Jan Conn asks in a poem called “Michoacan.” “You bet your ass,” she answers. The poems of BOTERO’S BEAUTIFUL HORSES are charged with otherness, bright with the exhilaration and danger of transformation. Many are descriptions of surrealist canvases, astonishingly kinetic narratives composed by looking hard at unusual pictures, the artists’ writings and their circumstances—and letting them speak for themselves. The book becomes a journey away from the familiar into other cultures, especially Latin American. Poem after poem gathers a sense of inner as well as outward journey away from a “perilous childhood” into a wide world rich and strange with a recurrent underworld motif of darkness, blackness. But what a black! Rich and various, life as if viewed in the “obsidian mirrors the Aztecs fashioned from the dark.”
Poetry, Prose Poetry, Cross-Genre CA Conrad
THE BOOK OF FRANK 978-0-925904-66-9, $16.00, paper, 151pp.
IN FELT TREELING: A LIBRETTO 978-0-925904-75-1, $16.00, paper, 61pp.
CHAX PRESS 2009
CHAX PRESS 2009
Poetry. “CAConrad’s voyeuresque surreal portrait of Frank includes apotheosis, rebirth, talking teapots and hats. It disrupts the landscape as ‘pins and/zippers of/other days/loosen.’ CA is very good news as a raconteur, poet, performer and activist and makes news daily with his dedicated Outrider passion and ‘alternative path’ imagination. ‘Onward,’ as Bob Creeley would say” —Anne Waldman. “I can never have enough CAConrad, like paprika or wisdom in disguise. Is he the Frank of the book?”—Bernadette Mayer.
Poetry. “In IN FELT TREELING, Michael Cross has created a pastoral theater in which elaborate patterns of resemblance are poetically measured by counter-voiced assertions of autonomy and difference. The world is invited to ‘err’ and to ‘air’ its intentions freely, treely, freewheelingly, treelingly. These poems are “felt” doubly, as both noun and verb, with their layered emotional registers and their playfully theatrical costume dressing. As this carefully scored work is animated by the vocal fabric of its setting in the woods, the reader becomes transfixed, like Daphne, within the lush, felt landscape of the poems”—Elizabeth Willis.
POEMS ON OCCASION No ISBN, $12.00, paper, 58pp.
PRESSED WAFER 2008
Poetry. William Corbett, from the book’s introduction: “For over thirty-five years I have written poems to celebrate birthdays and weddings, to read at funerals, to apologize for being a jerk, to say thank you and for less formal occasions. Usually I handed over the poem to the person or persons who had been its cause. The poem having done its duty, if I kept a copy it went into my archives. Then came the computer and ‘Save As,’ which have made this book possible.” Other William Corbett titles available from SPD include OPENING DAY, TEN IN THE MORNING, REMEMBRANCES, and COLLECTED POEMS.
VERTEBRAE ROSARIES: 50 SONNETS 978-1-890193-80-5, $15.00, paper, 60pp. RED DRAGONFLY PRESS 2009
Poetry. “I remember, thirtysome years ago, when Dacey first published a couple of poems in traditional forms, thinking, ‘Phil, Phil, what are you doing?’ That’s how out of fashion the old forms had fallen. Before long, he had co-edited with David Jauss Strong Measures: Contemporary American Poetry in Traditional Forms, which has proven one of the most popular and influential anthologies of the past three decades. And I can think of no living American poet who has mastered more forms—from free verse to blank verse, from couplets to sonnets and beyond—than Philip Dacey.”—Barton Sutter.
Jayne Cortez ON THE IMPERIAL HIGHWAY: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS 978-1-931236-90-4, $18.00, paper, 131pp. 978-1-931236-99-7, $28.00, cloth, 131pp.
HANGING LOOSE PRESS 2009
Poetry. This book contains fourteen poems. And is Daggett’s strongest, most distinct, and most carefully crafted collection so far. A small book that puts forth a tremendous voice.
Poetry. African American Studies. Jayne Cortez is the author of eleven books of poetry and performer of her poems with music on nine recordings. Her voice is celebrated for its political, surrealistic, dynamic innovations in lyricism, and visceral sound. Cortez has presented her work and ideas at universities, museums, and festivals around the world. “Cortez has been and continues to be an explorer, probing the valleys and chasms of human existence. No ravine is too perilous, no abyss too threatening for Jayne Cortez”—Maya Angelou. “If you haven’t read Jayne Cortez, you’re missing some of the best that life has to offer. A compellingly original voice of fire and freedom”—Franklin Rosemont. “Jayne Cortez’s poems are filled with images that most of us are afraid to see”—Walter Mosley.
Jack Crimmins THE RUST LIFE 978-0-615-21651-5, $10.00, paper, 57pp. EARTHWORM PRESS & PROJECTS 2009
Poetry. THE RUST LIFE is Jack Crimmins’ second collection of poetry. It’s a book-length poem wherein the narrative is disassembled yet a thread remains. And each page holds its own intent and density as in a serial poem. “gone tropical / erase traces / the landscape recedes / hidden inside clouds of heaven / night offers television / electric rivers the world is sold / rescue fields within hypnosis / rock formation / a single oak.” As writer Lynn V. Andrews has written, “Crimmins’ poems change you.” Crimmins’ first book, KIT FOX BLUES, was published by Diane di Prima’s press and is available from SPD. Earthworm Press and Projects has also published a chapbook of Crimmins’ collage poems, Time has Razors.Jack Crimmins lives north of San Francisco and works as a licensed psychotherapist.
THE FIRST LIGHT TOUCHES ME 978-1-890193-88-1, $13.00, paper, 45pp. RED DRAGONFLY PRESS 2009
Steve Dalachinsky LOGOS AND LANGUAGE: A POST-JAZZ METAPHORICAL DIALOGUE 978-2-9531508-0-3, $25.00, paper, 98pp. ROGUEART 2009
Poetry. Music. Steve Dalachinsky, poet, and Lorna Lentini, photographer, both know Matthew Shipp, musician, since he arrived in New York in the late 1980s. LOGOS AND LANGUAGE: A POST-JAZZ METAPHORICAL DIALOGUE is made up of dialogues between Steve and Matthew, Steve’s poems (written while listening to Matthew Shipp), Matthew’s writings and Lorna’s photographs. Shipp’s music as seen from the inside by three major artists. It definitely creates a unique book that on its own, is not just a book about Shipp but as Shipp himself would agree, a book that encompasses the entire Cosmos.
Poetry, Prose Poetry, Cross-Genre Lucille Lang Day
THE CURVATURE OF BLUE 978-0-692-00181-3, $15.00, paper, 90pp.
LOVE OUTLANDISH 978-1-894078-70-2, $19.00, paper, 120pp.
CERVENA BARVA PRESS 2009
BRICK BOOKS 2009
Poetry. As a scientist and poet, Lucille Lang Day goes beyond celebration of the natural world to explore the intersections of science, nature, and human experience, and to meld scientific accuracy with intuition. “Intelligence enjoying itself, awareness at play, attentiveness dancing through life’s minefields: smiling at itself in its new black car (‘Nor have I shunned onyx jewelry. That would be foolish’), Lucille Lang Day will at first glance make you smile and smile again. Then, with her scientist’s mind, her woman’s heart, her pain at injustice and evil, and her poet’s eye and ear, she will carry you ‘through the mountains and canyons of spacetime’ to a fuller humanity. THE CURVATURE OF BLUE is a wonderful book and I feel lucky to have read it” —Alicia Ostriker.
Poetry. In LOVE OUTLANDISH, Barry Dempster undoes all the cliches that have barnacled our love lives and, with the zest and courage typical of his work, explores their torrents and eddies afresh. As in his previous books, Dempster responds to D.H. Lawrence’s plea that we should discover and articulate what the heart really wants rather than some idealized version of it. Thoughtful, passionate, full of humor and self-aware wit, LOVE OUTLANDISH delivers, again and again, the shock of recognition that permits us to laugh at, and with, the very emotions it probes. This is a book to relish for its energy and cherish for its wisdom.
Donna de la Perrière
COPPER CANYON PRESS 2009
TRUE CRIME 978-1-58498-063-6, $13.95, paper, 74pp.
Poetry. The poems in Michael Dickman’s energized debut document the bright desires and all-too-common sufferings of modern times: the churn of domestic violence, spiritual longing, drug abuse, and the impossible expectations fathers have for their sons. In a poem that references heroin and “scary parents,” Dickman reminds us that “Still there is a lot to pray to on earth.” Dickman is a poet to watch.
TALISMAN HOUSE 2009
Poetry. “TRUE CRIME is a fitting title for this sympathetic and sometimes harrowing family portrait of the American South: the uncle who absconded with the insurance money, the boyfriend who cares more about his muscle car than his dead girlfriend. The author and sometime subject of the poems spins from the loom of words ‘not the wreck but a conjectural / reconstruction of the wreck.’ In such a fragile, wobbling world, language acts as the only shield. This is a wonderful and brave book, offering the true fictions of our actual darkness”—Paul Hoover.
Andrew Demcak CATCHING TIGERS IN RED WEATHER 978-0-9770892-3-9, $13.95, paper, 88pp. THREE CANDLES PRESS 2007
Poetry. CATCHING TIGERS IN RED WEATHER, winner of the Three Candles Press Open Book Award (selected by Joan Larkin), is a collection of poems by a new voice that combines montage cut-ups with an informing dialectic that gives us a wide array of contemporary American viewpoints. By turns playful and serious, he deftly embraces and criticizes a popular culture that is too complicated to dismiss with swift and simple comments. It is a book of rich rewards. “Andrew Demcak is a poet unafraid of the harrowing, sometimes revelatory nature of modern life. Above all, these poems evoke the moments when people come together, both in violent and romantic ways, and they also train a keen eye on the aftermaths of our partings. CATCHING TIGERS IN RED WEATHER will remind everyone who reads it that beauty and fear come into the world hand-in-hand. Like any significant poetry, it will alter its readers’ perspectives forever”— Kaya Oakes.
Andrew Demcak ZERO SUMMER 978-1-935402-07-7, $16.00, paper, 84pp. BLAZEVOX BOOKS 2009
Poetry. “Demcak continues to blossom as a poet of note with ZERO SUMMER, his newest collection of pieces of imagination married to craftsmanship. These poems define lust, desire, onanism, finding and feeling and losing love affairs, childhood longings and memories — the sum of a sensual being. Demcak’s range is from the lyrical (‘Vincent V. in 1993’) to the raw (‘Venus in Furs’). He offers the rare opportunity to share the struggles of writing poetry, as in ‘Automated Response to Mark Strand’: ‘the poem is a permission/given away’—and delves into current events—tragedies, disease, social injustices, world events that seem planets away until he stirs them into spells for the reader. Andrew Demcak has the gift and we are all richer for it”—Grady Harp.
Michael Dickman THE END OF THE WEST 978-1-55659-289-8, $15.00, paper, 89pp.
Ben Doller FAQ: 978-1-934103-05-0, $17.50, paper, 96pp. AHSAHTA PRESS 2009
Poetry. Thank you for your question. In this book of answers, Ben Doller (née Doyle, author of Walt Whitman Award-winning book Radio, Radio) molds a speaker confident in his own impertinence to the form of an FAQ culture, participating in an all-pervasive, invasive questioning—ultimately raising questions about voice, knowledge, and our speakers/our selves. Bending but not breaking to the form, this book of poems takes a turn for the novella, busting open the prose poem and walking the dotted yellow line in the headlights of an increasingly invisible interviewer. “We ask all the wrong questions, of course. In the sharp, sad, funny poems of FAQ:, Ben Doller gives us more answers than we bargained for. He gives me some answers I wish I’d thought of myself: How do you feel? ‘I feel nice, I just now stepped upon a conveyor walkway. Sugar and spice’”—Rae Armantrout.
Joseph Donahue TERRA LUCIDA 978-1-58498-062-9, $15.95, paper, 144pp. TALISMAN HOUSE 2009
Poetry. “TERRA LUCIDA, Joseph Donahue’s ongoing magnum opus, is an astonishing work in which psychopompic dispatch and apocalyptic portent, by turns audacious and distraught, mix worldly exactitude with vatic unrest. Striking in its range and compression, its culling of contemporary grist and archaic light, its reportorial tone’s melodic reach, it allies an unforced, unforeclosed spirituality with sifting intelligence of the severest kind. Long awaited, volume one is a beautiful, bracing, desert island book”—Nathaniel Mackey. Donahue’s most recent book, INCIDENTAL ECLIPSE, is also from Talisman House and also available from SPD.
Poetry, Prose Poetry, Cross-Genre Jehanne Dubrow
THE HARDSHIP POST 978-0-9770892-6-0, $13.95, paper, 88pp.
ACROPOLIS AND TRAM: POEMS 1938-1978 978-1-933382-37-1, $13.95, paper, 125pp.
THREE CANDLES PRESS 2009
GREEN INTEGER 2009
Poetry. Jehanne Dubrow’s book THE HARDSHIP POST was selected by Peter Pereira as the winner of the Three Candles Press First Book Award. It is a haunting and unflinching look at what it means to be a contemporary Jewish woman. Whether a series of portraits about diners, delis and bakeries, ruminations on Jewish holidays, or the devastating and lasting effects of the Holocaust, Dubrow writes with musical and measured lines. Beginning with fairy tales that inform later poems, she cautions that the world can be “a briar patch of thorns / and poisoned fruit, ovens / that open into fire.” It is also a book that delights in language, in wonder, and shows that among the horrors we have wrought on each other, there is also love, also beauty, also compassion.
Poetry. Edited and translated by Martin McKinsey. One of the major Greek poets, Nikos Engonopoulos was a surrealist whose work achieved wide popularity in his home country. This new collection represents the largest English-language selection of his work to date.
Rishma Dunlop WHITE ALBUM 978-0-9808822-3-0, $22.95, paper, 82pp. INANNA PUBLICATIONS 2009
Poetry. Art. Artwork by Suzanne Northcott. Beginning in the 1950s, WHITE ALBUM charts the life of a young woman born in India, growing up in Canada during an era of explosive change, both cultural and political. Set to the music of the last half-century, WHITE ALBUM poses provocative questions: What is an identity? How does the noise of history—the chanting crowds, the gunshots, the guitar feedback—soundtrack our sense of self? Blurring together diverse media, WHITE ALBUM blends the words of award-winning poet Rishma Dunlop with the paintings of acclaimed artist Suzanne Northcott. The result is a groundbreaking, interdisciplinary collection—a montage of brilliant images, driven by a blistering soundtrack of language. WHITE ALBUM is a unique artists’ book of poetry and visual art.
Robert Edwards TRANSPARENCIES 978-1-890193-86-7, $15.00, paper, 130pp.
John Olivares Espinoza THE DATE FRUIT ELEGIES 978-1-931010-51-1, $10.00, paper, 72pp. BILINGUAL REVIEW PRESS 2008
Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. In his first full-length collection of poetry, award-winning poet John Olivares Espinoza defies the common portrayal of the typical Southern Californian and depicts a much harsher yet deeply touching reality for one working-class family that struggles to make ends meet and save for the children’s education. These poems elegantly yet accessibly chronicle the family’s experiences in Southern California’s Coachella Valley: a mother and her boys share a meal of two cheeseburgers; two wage-earning teens take a latenight odyssey in search of a dinner other than cheese and vanilla pudding; a college student kneels next to his landscaper father. Dignified and never sentimental, these poems create vivid imagery that does not soon fade from the reader’s mind.
Brett Evans SLOSH MODELS 978-1-60001-059-0, $15.00, paper, 88pp. 978-1-60001-060-6, $30.00, cloth, 86pp. FACTORY SCHOOL 2009
Poetry. SLOSH MODELS celebrates poetic living, specifically through a New Orleans lens but not just, in a set of “books” of roughly 10 pages a piece, displaying a wide range of poetic modes, all eminently enjoyable to the reader.
RED DRAGONFLY PRESS 2009
Poetry. These poems—of smalltown Minnesota, its backroads, its beauty, its loneliness, and its pain—are many-voiced, producing a rich and polyphonic texture, that is by turns irreverent, political, humorous, and searching. This is an important addition to the Midwestern canon.
David Ellingsen and Michael V. Smith BODY OF TEXT 978-1-897388-28-0, $20.00, paper, 168pp. BOOK THUG 2009
Poetry. Photography. Performance. BODY OF TEXT is a collection of concrete poems made by marrying poetry with body-based performance art and documentary photography. Dressed in a full black body-suit, Michael V. Smith is photographed by David Ellingsen in hundreds of poses which resemble Greco-Roman letters, Asian characters, hieroglyphs, or Rorschach inkblots. These are then arranged in book form, to a maximum of three images per page. In the same spirit of moving beyond language as heard in the sound poetry of Christian Bök the poems in BODY OF TEXT occupy a liminal space between poetry and visual art. The body is made word, is made site, object and subject. The body is symbol.
Robert Fanning AMERICAN PROPHET 978-1-934851-01-2, $14.95, paper, 79pp. MARICK PRESS 2009
Poetry. At once lyrical, humorous, heartbreaking, bitter, and wry—this engaging collection introduces a character like none other seen in the history of poetry. AMERICAN PROPHET is a collection of poems that details the sojourns of a so-called Prophet across the American landscape, from coastal beaches to strip malls to cities to heartland farms. As the Prophet tries continually but fails to reach “his people,” his urgent messages go unnoticed or get swallowed by the machines and cacophony of contemporary America.
Poetry, Prose Poetry, Cross-Genre Richard J. Fein, Editor
WITH EVERYTHING WE’VE GOT: A PERSONAL ANTHOLOGY OF YIDDISH POETRY 978-0-924047-64-0, $17.50, paper, 218pp. 978-0-924047-45-9, $35.00, cloth, 218pp.
PRAYERS LIKE SHOES 978-0-9720205-8-9, $17.95, paper, 96pp.
HOST PUBLICATIONS 2009
Poetry. Jewish Studies. Edited and translated by Richard J. Fein. In WITH EVERYTHING WE’VE GOT, Richard J. Fein introduces English-speaking audiences to some of the most poignant and passionate voices of the twentieth century. This outstanding collection features the work of fifteen acclaimed Yiddish poets, and includes the translator’s own poetic responses to their verse, and to the act of translation itself. With extensive biographies of the poets, an incisive introduction to the cultural background of their work, and a bilingual English/ Yiddish format, WITH EVERYTHING WE’VE GOT is a wholly enjoyable and diverse anthology of Yiddish poetry. Including poetry from: B. Alkvit-Blum, Jacob Glatstein, Uri Zvi Greenberg, Moyshe-Lyeb Halpern, Izi Kharik, Moyshe Kulbak, H. Leivick, Mani Leyb, Itzik Manger, Anna Margolin, Perets Markish, Itshe Slutski, Abo Stolzenberg, Abraham Sutzkever, and Aaron Zeitlin.
WHIT PRESS 2009
Poetry. African American Studies. Ruth Forman’s wisdom, humor and grace brighten every page of PRAYERS LIKE SHOES. Here are the cadences of a woman’s true speech rising into a poetry of deep love and warning, loss and survival, building toward a scriptural lyric that leads the reader through the darkness of our times and into an opening of necessary recognition and gratitude. I heard her beautiful voice on every page” —Carolyn Forché.
Dominique Fourcade IT 978-1-934200-21-6, $15.00, paper, 120pp. FENCE BOOKS 2009
Poetry. Norman Fischer’s long poem takes as its place CHARLOTTE’S WAY, a house on the California coast, but mostly the poem takes things in. Fischer, a Zen priest, meditates on talk, the passing of time, the brain, catness, bills to be paid, poems, search parties, birds and myriad other subjects as they flicker in and out of thought. Terri Wada’s design emphasizes the fluidity of Fischer’s thinking; rather than turning from one page to the next, the chapbook opens out, filling both space and time.
Poetry. Translated from the French by Peter Consenstein. In French, ‘il,’ the third person masculine singular pronoun, can also have no gender at all: il pleut means ‘it’s raining.’ In Dominique Fourcade’s IL, ‘il’ means ‘it’— but not exactly. Genderless, ‘it’ is the man-woman, the woman-man-and the place where we are each other. Rather than exploit difference, Fourcade allows the sonority of the word to generate the curious masculinefeminine dialogue we all hear within us, if listening. Full of rich permutations, the resulting poems reveal an enormous resonance within this simple word as well as a zone of peace. Dominique Fourcade is one of France’s leading poets, with over 20 books to his name. He is also an art critic; he has done extensive work on Henri Matisse, and has collaborated with contemporary artists and dancers on books and other projects. He lives in Paris. Also available from SPD is Fourcade’s EVERYTHING HAPPENS, published by Post-Apollo Press.
ROB THE PLAGIARIST 978-1-931824-33-0, $13.95, paper, 107pp.
FOR TO 978-1-934289-72-3, $18.00, paper, 273pp.
ROOF BOOKS 2009
BLAZEVOX BOOKS 2008
Poetry. “I had a suspicion about this work. I mistrust all frank and simple poetry. This book makes me feel like my trust was wasted. I finally had somebody verify the story. I thought it was accidental. I lost the disgusted feeling and was happy. This book makes me feel like I end up with nothing, but somehow it makes me feel better. I rather liked it. The soft, brushed covering is removable and easy to clean. Adjustable strap holds poems in desired position. New bolder and larger print is easier to see and read. Casing made of 50% post-consumer content. PMA certified nontoxic. Featuring an outstanding one-of-akind circle design, this eye-catching creation is certain to become a topic of conversation”—Charles Bernstein.
Poetry. “At mid-century, prize fighting was still a major sport. Among the middleweights, Ray Robinson personified the classic virtues—grace, power, speed—but he was haunted by the battered face of Carmen Basilio: none of the above but the bastard wouldn’t quit, despite moving up from welterweight to taste the Sugar. Skip Fox used to do a dandy Sugar Ray, but his later work more closely resembles Basilio’s style, relentlessly stalking instances of coherence. It matters not the punch he takes, fielding hooks, jabs, uppercuts, the occasional bolo straight on, jaw out, eyes registering the quality of the light exploding in his brain. The show is worth tuning in if you like to watch Nemesis at work”—Brian Richards.
AND FREDDIE WAS MY DARLING 978-0-9795185-2-2, $16.00, paper, 116pp.
A ROOM IN JERUSALEM No ISBN, $10.00, paper, 39pp.
MANY VOICES PRESS 2008
FARFALLA PRESS/MCMILLAN & PARISH 2009
Poetry. “Like a superb ballad made up of unraveling verses, each chronicling a girl’s coming of age, CB Follet’s utterly charming and often heart-breaking new book, AND FREDDIE WAS MY DARLING, reminds us that of all passages one’s life, the passage into sexuality and young adulthood is the most exciting and the most disorienting as well. Part historical family album, part mischievous memoir, this collection boasts a refrain in the form of a person — the Freddie of the the title, who is one of the few constant male figures in the speaker’s life. This compelling catalogue of memories and reflections reminds us of the losses we endure and the loves we carry with us into our separate futures. Though she may not wish to share him, CB Follett has made Freddie our darling too”—David St. John.
Poetry. Translated from the Italian by Gail McDowell. Italian poet Tiziano Fratus has published many books of poetry, including Il Molosso and Poema d’un’anima. His poetry has been published in magazines, websites and anthologies, featured in national and international festivals, and translated, published or performed in Portugal, France, Holland, Poland, Slovakia, Switzerland and Singapore. A ROOM IN JERUSALEM is his first English translation. Devoid of capitalization and punctuation (except the question mark), this long poem moves easily between both the public and the private spheres. Translator Gail McDowell, through her direct conveyance, has brought both the wildly passionate and simultaneously pensive Italian original to life in English.
Norman Fischer CHARLOTTE’S WAY 978-0-9789929-5-8, $12.00, paper, 20pp. TINFISH PRESS 2009
Poetry, Prose Poetry, Cross-Genre Joel Friederich
Frank X. Gaspar
BLUE TO FILL THE EMPTY HEAVEN 978-1-878851-55-0, $14.95, paper, 83pp.
THE HOLYOKE 978-1-933227-20-7, $15.00, paper, 76pp.
SILVERFISH REVIEW PRESS 2009
PORTUGUESE IN THE AMERICAS SERIES 2007
Poetry. “There is in these poems a discomfited lyricism, a longing for the borders between body and body, father and son, wilderness and flesh, dead and not yet, to be permeable, a longing for an idiom, a grammar, that allows for a perfect translation, the alkahest that will dissolve sorrow just enough to transmute everyday grief into a meaningful grace”—Kellie Wells.
Poetry. THE HOLYOKE was the first collection of poems by one of America’s distinctive voices in contemporary poetry. Here, Frank X. Gaspar establishes his landscape, his straightforward diction, his precise observation, and his loyalty to his roots—qualities never abandoned and developed throughout his later work. As a whole, the book can be read as an elegy to a lost word—one peopled with fishermen and laborers and wives and mothers, all adhering, to one degree or another, to an Old-World Catholic way of life. The old ones, the velhos and velhas, still speak in the old tongue and dream of the green hills of their Azorean homeland. That world has largely vanished, but it is not completely lost, for the poet keeps it alive, first in memory and then in art. THE HOLYOKE explores the small raptures and terrors, the jubiliations and laments, of a life both profoundly sensed and gracefully examined.
Allen Frost HOME RECORDINGS 978-1-933964-24-9, $14.00, paper, 120pp. BIRD DOG PUBLISHING 2009
Poetry. These tales and poems of wonder by Allen Frost connect us with the world and ourselves. HOME RECORDINGS features original, new poems and drawings by Allen Frost. “He needed to open the window a bit it was so hot. She could only sleep in tropical heat, all night long the iron grill at the foot of their bed would blow. At five o’clock the music of her clock would wake her and slowly she would roll away from him to the shower, while he slept on”—from “The Music of Her Clock.” A current Bellingham resident and employee of Western Washington University library, Allen Frost graduated from Bowdoin College. Prior publications by Frost include OHIO TRIO, BOWL OF WATER, and ANOTHER LIFE: COLLECTED POEMS.
Ellie Ga CLASSIFICATION OF A SPIT STAIN 978-1-933254-45-6, $25.00, cloth, 64pp. UGLY DUCKLING PRESSE 2009
Poetry. Photography. Art. CLASSIFICATION OF A SPIT STAIN is the result of Ellie Ga’s two-year project photographing and analyzing stains on city pavements throughout the world. Accompanying the photographs is a classification system which organizes the stains according to various qualities such as substance and longevity. A combination of urban flaneurie and garbology, CLASSIFICATION OF A SPIT STAIN is a mysterious field guide to the landscape underneath the soles of our shoes. The original version of this artist book, made in an edition of twenty-five copies, is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the New York Public Library, Yale University, Brown University and UCLA’s Dickson Library, among others. This trade edition was produced in response to sustained interest.
THIS MUST BE THE PLACE 978-0-932412-71-3, $12.95, paper, 48pp. MAYAPPLE PRESS 2008
Poetry. Alice George’s poems meet the threats of everyday life with a lifted chin, a jaundiced eye and a sense of humor. Exploring materials from folklore and fairy tale, politics and science within the matrix of her clear lyric, she invites us into an imaginative world of unusual range and immediacy. Maureen Seaton comments: “Through everything wonderful—the political, familial, and fantastic—she gives us her steady, settling voice. What a holiday! I adore this book!” A seven-time recipient of Ragdale Foundation Fellowships, Alice George was awarded an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry in 2005. She lives in Evanston, Illinois, with her husband Shawn Decker, a sound and media artist.
David Giannini AZ TWO: WORDS OF TRAVEL 978-0-9822495-0-5, $18.00, paper, 26pp. ADASTRA PRESS 2009
Poetry. David Giannini’s recent collections of poetry include SIDE-WAYS, How Else? and Low-Tide Cards. AZ TWO is intended to be read as one work. He continues to believe that there is a sense of all things more real than things, and that poetry embodies the clearest carving of that sense. He lives in Becket, Massachusetts.
Banira Giri and Todd Herman
[ LAPSED INSEL WEARY ] 978-0-9818672-0-5, $12.00, paper, 84pp.
KATHMANDU: IMPRESSIONS OF THE CITY AT ITS MARGINS 978-0-9765086-1-8, $29.95, cloth, 112pp.
The Tangent Press 2008
Poetry. Carolyn Forché calls Susana Gardner’s first fulllength collection, [ LAPSED INSEL WEARY ], “an extended social lyric of longing that refuses isolation because the ‘grandmany’ is all around, in ancestry and memory and books and shared future.... This poetry is full of heart and intelligence.” Geraldine Monk calls it “Disturbingly beautiful” while Elizabeth Treadwell describes the work as “architecturally wild and sturdy.”
THE DANCING TREE 2009
Photography. Poetry. Photography by Todd Herman. Poetry by Banira Giri. Introduction by Michael J. Hutt. Todd Herman’s new book of photography, KATHMANDU: IMPRESSIONS OF THE CITY AT ITS MARGINS, conjures the haunting mood of Banira Giri’s epic poem of the same name. The single most striking feature of Herman’s photographs is the sense of silence that envelops these people, survivors of harrowing poverty and exploitation. Herman’s gaze is unblinking, and the images themselves are the best unambiguous witnesses to the endless cycles of child labor, illness and indigence, which exist invisibly under the shadow of the great Himalaya.
Poetry, Prose Poetry, Cross-Genre Michael Gizzi
NEW DEPTHS OF DEADPAN 978-1-886224-96-4, $14.00, paper, 72pp.
TINDERBOX LAWN: PROSE POEMS 978-0-9789848-5-4, $16.00, paper, 80pp.
BURNING DECK 2009
ROSE METAL PRESS 2008
Poetry. Should the two masks that represent Comedy and Tragedy pass through each other (imagine a total eclipse), might not their overlapping intersection be an expression of deadpan? And what about Janus, that janitor in January? Do his back-to-back facial characteristics suggest anything more than the infinite, noncommittal gaze of beginnings and endings? Or does the almost reckless declarativeness of these poems show a mind’s weathering both the antic and the intimate, both merriment and distress? Michael Gizzi’s previous books include MY TERZA RIMA, CURED IN THE GOING BEBOP, and CONTINENTAL HARMONY, all available from SPD.
Poetry. Set on the margins of Seattle, beneath bridges and on the banks of waterways, in strip clubs and flooded farmland, the prose poems in TINDERBOX LAWN illuminate the intersection of domesticity and bohemia, orthodoxy and passion. Each untitled block of prose constitutes a novel-in-miniature, with shadow characters and shards of plot. The intensity of Carol Guess’s poems builds through lyrical language and recurring images, capturing the moment when the small mad heart at the center of things stalls mid-tick. “This is such deep, rich writing. TINDERBOX LAWN feels like dreams you forgot as you walk through your day but it’s your life. I mean we never think as deeply as we live and Carol Guess tries to braid those strands and succeeds. I love being in this work”—Eileen Myles.
Judith Goldman and Leslie Scalapino, Editors WAR AND PEACE 4: VISION AND TEXT 978-1-882022-68-7, $14.00, paper, 128pp. O Books 2009
Poetry. Art. WAR AND PEACE 4: VISION AND TEXT is devoted to collaborations between visual works and poetry, includes collaborative works of Charles Bernstein with Susan Bee, Amy Evans McClure with Michael McClure, Kiki Smith with Leslie Scalapino, Denise Newman with Gigi Janchang, a film on paper by Lyn Hejinian, Alan Halsey’s visual texts, Simone Fattal, and Petah Coyne. Judith Goldman interviews Marjorie Welish, Lauren Shufran interviews Jean Boully, Leslie Scalapino interviews Mei-mei Berssenbrugge. Also included are E. Tracy Grinnell’s homophonic translations of Claude Cahun’s “Hélène la rebelle” and poems by Fanny Howe, Thom Donovan, and others.
QUARRY 978-1-60235-085-4, $12.00, paper, 92pp.
Kevin Goodan WINTER TENOR 978-1-882295-75-3, $15.95, paper, 80pp.
PARLOR PRESS 2008
Poetry. “Since at least the days of Horace, poets have found in nature, in the local flora and fauna, an invitation to observe, name, meditate and wonder. In QUARRY, Carolyn Guinzio’s second collection, this tradition continues, in poems of tautly drawn, subtle eloquence. Her tone is somber, her pace gradual, as if, at any moment, something might happen to alter everything and toss the great endurance of life into ruin, or revelation: ‘A tremendous question hangs in the December sky’”—Ann Lauterbach. “These are beautiful poems. Reading them, one begins to weigh what it means to live, with patience and inside language, on the face of this (still) living earth”—Tony Tost.
ALICE JAMES BOOKS 2009
Sidney Hall, Jr.
Poetry. In Kevin Goodan’s second collection, nature is equally cruel to all, and yearning is subsumed by an acceptance as terrible as it is beautiful. These poems are ecstatic, musical prayers, finding God in the details as well as the void. “Granted, delightedly, its Keatsian pressures, compressions and urgency, Kevin Goodan’s WINTER TENOR is no ‘cold pastoral.’ No indeed; these poems choir a warm sound from the barest branches and stir the embers of dark flames ablaze. Here is the soul of heat driven straight through the roots and veins of this old world”—Donald Revell.
FUMBLING IN THE LIGHT 978-0-9801672-2-1, $21.95, cloth, 112pp.
Brandon Scott Gorrell DURING MY NERVOUS BREAKDOWN I WANT TO HAVE A BIOGRAPHER PRESENT 978-0-9822067-1-3, $12.00, paper, 88pp. MUUMUU HOUSE 2009
Poetry. Brandon Scott Gorrell’s debut full-length poetry book captures the feelings of small, alienated, and highly self-conscious humans who exist in an array of situations, from a very odd Halloween party to a full-scale planetary war involving humans, androids, robots, and aliens. Focusing on severe feelings of low self-worth, meaninglessness, and yearning for something unknown, Brandon Scott Gorrell—who has generated a large internet following of disenchanted youths—uses predominantly science fiction imagery in direct, deadpan prose to describe humans in need of meaning that they feel hopeless to attain. “I like these poems. I really do. They made me laugh”—Matthew Rohrer. Brandon Scott Gorrell was born in 1984 and lives in Seattle. His blog is at brandon.alien.fine.blogspot.com.
HOBBLEBUSH BOOKS 2008
Poetry. “Call him a neoclassicist seasoned by the spirits of Zen and Taoism—his poems are revelations, beautiful and true,” says Sam Hamill about poet Sidney Hall Jr. Goethe’s dying words “More Light!” inspired Hall’s third book of poetry. “Sidney Hall patrols his territory . . . with a restless energy, a keen eye and an almost unbearable need to reconcile what he loves of our fragile world with what he fears for it and for us,” says Marie Harris, former New Hampshire poet laureate. Novelist Lawrence Kinsman says, “These poems reflect a constant striving toward the creation of something gem-like, stanza by stanza, even as the author holds in his hands the earthiest of elements. . . . Sidney Hall’s enlightened constellation of artistic concerns surely distinguishes the best poetry of this or any era.” Hall was recently nominated for a Pushcart prize and two poems from this book were read by Garrison Keillor on Writer’s Almanac.
Poetry, Prose Poetry, Cross-Genre Steve Halle
MAP OF THE HYDROGEN WORLD 978-0-9786440-3-1, $12.95, paper, 99pp.
SCAPE 978-0-9777709-8-4, $12.95, paper, 88pp.
CRACKED SLAB BOOKS 2008
BLACK OCEAN 2009
Poetry. MAP OF THE HYDROGEN WORLD, Steve Halle’s first collection of poems, shuns the divide between post-avant and Official Verse Culture poetics by embracing traditional forms while simultaneously developing new ways of working through poetry. From traditional lyric and narrative poems to formal experiments, Halle finds his own way through history, art, politics, faith and self. “Ginsbergian incantation, high modernist allusion, post-avant rhizome and the documentary collage—these are the weapons in Steve Halle’s arsenal. Joyce, Eliot, Emerson, Whitman and Keats shoot through the static of text—messaging, global positioning systems, surveillance culture, and an urgent sense of the world’s victims. Halle carries a humanistic heritage into an inhuman world”—Robert Archambeau.
Poetry. SCAPE, a poised and attentive debut collection by Joshua Harmon, engages with various landscapes—from the constructed and debased world of parking lots, potato chip factories, and cul-de-sac traceries to the “rural equation” of woods, fields, and “clouds’ crumpled page” to create a series of conversations and engagements with the idea of the natural. Through his precise observations, Harmon defines landscape—the word and the idea— through an insightful and meticulous relationship with language. For Harmon, landscape is never static; instead his poems map a constantly changing terrain, in which the interior is imposed on the exterior as a frame for seeing it. “In SCAPE, Joshua Harmon reaches deep into the resources of our rich English, renewing the language and creating from it a physical and emotional world completely his own: his incisive and richly musical stanzas have an ever-returning vigor and freshness” —Lydia Davis.
Alan Halsey LIVES OF THE POETS 978-0-947960-59-9, $48.00, cloth, 192pp. FIVE SEASONS PRESS 2009
Poetry. This new book by Alan Halsey comprises 191 poems of the lives of British poets. Each “Life” is a poem distilled in a few highly concentrated lines and a “life” may be revealed in a tiny concatenation of phrase and fragment. Pithy, allusive and sympathetic the lives celebrate poets from Chaucer to Lionel Johnson. The famous (Wyatt, W.S., Milton, Pope, two Coleridges, two Brownings) appear alongside the lesser-known. The result is a must-read book by one of the best living British poets. LIVES OF THE POETS is gorgeously produced by Five Seasons. Halsey is the publisher of West House Books and the author of many books available from SPD, the most recent of which is MARGINALIEN also by Five Seasons.
IN SEARCH OF SMALL GODS 978-1-55659-300-0, $22.00, cloth, 120pp.
Alan Halsey TERM AS IN AFTERMATH 978-0-9808873-5-8, $15.95, paper, 106pp. AHADADA BOOKS 2009
Poetry. TERM AS IN AFTERMATH is Alan Halsey’s first full-length collection since his retrospectives MARGINALIEN (Five Seasons, 2005) and Not Everything Remotely (Salt, 2006). Here is the complete “Lookingglass for Logoclasts” alongside the first viewing of his “Unkempt Archives” and in the title sequence re-readings of texts from the schoolbooks of the ancient Egyptians via Seneca and Stein to The Tennis Court Oath and the code names of recent military operations, together with translations of newly discovered fragments of Mercurialis and further studies of the lizopard.
Meg Hamill TRILLIONS & TRILLIONS OF HEARTBEATS 978-0-9816714-0-6, $12.00, paper, 49pp. RESONANT BOOKS 2008
Poetry. “How possibly can we reconcile the quotidian in our lives with the increasingly dire environmental destruction? Ignore it? Climb a tree and sit? How about mediating between these seemingly disjunctive realities via prose poems involving both extinct species and daily life, written directly and with utmost sincerity? Sometimes poetry hitched to something bigger is not only necessary but a success, and this book’s an example. Hamill has a keen way with words and emotions. The sense of loss and her relationship to it seems very, very true”—Steven Fama.
COPPER CANYON PRESS 2009
Poetry. In Jim Harrison’s new book of poems, birds and humans converse, biographies are fluid, and unknown gods flutter just out of sight. In terrains real and imagined—from remote canyons and anonymous thickets in the American West to secret basements in World War II Europe—Harrison calls his readers to live fully in a world where “Death steals everything except our stories.” IN SEARCH OF SMALL GODS is an urgent and imaginative book—one filled with “the spore of the gods.” “Jim Harrison has probed the breadth of human appetites—for food and drink, for art, for sex, for violence and, most significantly, for the great twin engines of love and death. Perhaps no American writer better appreciates those myriad drives; since the publication of his first collection of poetry ... Harrison has become their poet laureate”—Salon.com.
Paul Hegedus IN STEREO 978-1-897388-23-5, $18.00, paper, 80pp. BOOK THUG 2009
Poetry. In stereophonic recording, twin microphones are positioned in order to more accurately record and represent a sonic moment. IN STEREO takes this as its guiding principle. The collection is a record of dualities: this is split speaker, split personality, poetic turntablism flipped A-side to B-side. Found language from a wide variety of source texts forms a mashup of manipulated sampled materials: from CD copyright lingo to pop culture text to sound ecology, pataphysics, Sun Ra and Gertrude Stein. IN STEREO demonstrates the potential transience and fluidity found within recorded meaning.
Michael Heller ESCHATON 978-1-58498-066-7, $14.95, paper, 95pp. TALISMAN HOUSE 2009
Poetry. “Like the Renaissance and Neo-classical poets who speculated on the Great Chain of Being and microcosmmacrocosm relationships, Heller communicates a vision of human life as related to natural processes of great intricacy and magnitude. He strains his mind and the reader’s to find the relationships between our experience and these processes in the material world, but the sense of magnificence is worth the strain”—Parnassus: Poetry in Review. Heller’s earlier books include EARTH AND CAVE and WORDFLOW: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS, both available from SPD.
Poetry, Prose Poetry, Cross-Genre Hugh Hennedy
VARIATIONS ON A NATURAL THEME: A LOON YEAR 978-0-9801672-1-4, $15.95, paper, 120pp.
THE MS OF M Y KIN 978-1-84861-035-4, $19.00, paper, 180pp.
HOBBLEBUSH BOOKS 2008
Poetry. Explains Janet Holmes: “If you write out ‘The Poems of Emily Dickinson’ and erase some of the letters very neatly and precisely, you can get to THE MS OF M Y KIN—the manuscript of my kin, as it were; the manuscript of my family. It might also be said to be the manuscript of my kind.” “If Ronald Johnson had an epic (Paradise Lost) to erase in creating his masterwork, RADI OS, then Janet Holmes has chosen a more difficult task, namely that of erasing from the most compressed poetry there is. Emily Dickinson’s poems come to us so nearly pre-erased that their further erasure by Holmes dramatically frees instances of prophecy, voices from 1861-62 rediscovered in contemporary political discourse. It seems that the best of the embeds in Iraq was Emily Dickinson; read her reports from the (af )front here” —Susan M. Schultz.
Poetry. Bird-watching through the exquisite eye of a poet! This is a book for those who love loons and other ocean birds, as well as for those who are fascinated by the power of poetry to illuminate the natural world. Each poem reminds us of the sudden appearance and disappearance of beauty—and its endless variations. The book is handsomely illustrated with line drawings by Jan Mercuri Grossman. Hugh Hennedy studied with Seamus Heaney at the Yeats summer School in Sligo, Ireland. He taught English at the University of New England in Biddeford Maine for 36 years. It was while commuting to and from school along the Maine coast that he observed the loons that are the subject of his book. “As beautifully composed as the birds themselves . . . Highly recommended for community library poetry collections”—Small Press Bookwatch.
SHEARSMAN BOOKS 2009
Lowell Jaeger Miguel Hernandez THE PRISON POEMS 978-1-60235-090-8, $18.00, paper, 208pp. PARLOR PRESS 2008
Poetry. Translated from the Spanish by Michael Smith. THE PRISON POEMS is the first complete translation into English of Miguel Hernandez’s Cancionero y romancero de ausencias, a classic of twentieth century Spanish poetry, comparable in many respects to the work of Lorca and Pablo Neruda. The poems in this book were mostly written while Hernandez was in prison after the defeat of Republican Spain. Although he was totally involved in the Republican cause, its defeat did not lead to bitterness on his part. The poems are profoundly human, rising beyond political ideology, constantly striving toward a redemptive vision of the human condition.
SUDDENLY, OUT OF A LONG SLEEP 978-0-9725384-8-0, $16.00, paper, 128pp. ARCTOS PRESS 2008
Poetry. Between assembling an anthology of fellow Montana poets, Poems Across the Big Sky, and the still unpublished New Poets of the American West, Jaeger offers this collection of his own work. Author of Hope Against Hope (Utah State University Press, 1990) and War on War (Utah State University Press, 1988), Jaeger has been the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Montana Arts Council. Lowell Jaeger also serves as editor of Many Voices Press and teaches creative writing at Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell, Montana.
David Jaffin EYE-SENSING 978-0-9808873-6-5, $14.95, paper, 100pp.
AHADADA BOOKS 2008
PARATAXIS 978-1-934289-88-4, $16.00, paper, 94pp.
Poetry. “David Jaffin is a scrupulous weigher and weighter of words—by which I mean a poem is, for him, always a matter of collaboration with the true spirit of the language. Every word is given its value, neither more nor less”—Edward Lucie-Smith. “Jaffin’s poetry is as ‘modernist’ as abstract painting while still poetry in the traditional sense, whose purpose is the verbalisation of basic human experience and whose form derives from a serious exploration of language... it is remarkable what depth of experience Jaffin manages to relate through his severely limited vocabulary and imagery”—Victor Terras, Brown University. Other David Jaffin titles available from SPD include SUNSTREAMS, DREAM FLOW, INTIMACIES OF SOUND, and THESE TIME-SHIFTING THOUGHTS.
BLAZEVOX BOOKS 2008
Poetry. An assemblage of seventy-nine prose poems, PARATAXIS is an attempt to map out some of the territory between the mundanely surreal and the ordinarily strange. Written in a prose style devoid of connective punctuation, these lyrically eclectic sequences depict the improbable as seen through the everyday windows of crucial viewings. Written to indicate the overlooked, the pervasively assumed, and the absurdly bogus elements that lurk and loom in our daily engagements, PARATAXIS weaves questions of personal metaphysical import through one man’s life-fabric, replete with a provocative tone indicating the salvaged insights from many years of hard-edged living.
David Jaffin WIND PHRASINGS 978-1-84861-031-6, $20.00, paper, 352pp. SHEARSMAN BOOKS 2009
Poetry. WIND PHRASINGS is David Jaffin’s annual collection of poems for 2009, and will not disappoint those who admire his terse, short-breathed lyrics. Jaffin’s previous titles include EYE-SENSING, SUNSTREAMS, THESE TIME-SHIFTING THOUGHTS, INTIMACIES OF SOUND, and A VOICE AWAKENED, all available from SPD.
Poetry, Prose Poetry, Cross-Genre Jim Johnson
DRIVING GRAVEL ROADS: 50 PROSE POEMS 978-1-890193-90-4, $15.00, paper, 62pp.
WINTER, THE UNWELCOME VISITOR 978-1-894770-52-1, $16.95, paper, 80pp.
RED DRAGONFLY PRESS 2009
TSAR PUBLICATIONS 2009
Poetry. DRIVING GRAVEL ROADS is a collection of prose poems about small towns, forgotten places, and back country destinations traveled to and from along “beetle tracks, deer trails, tote and gravel roads, as well as interstate highways and sky.” As the prose poem is a form that seems to be simple prose but is actually poetry, maybe not High Poetry, but humble Midwestern United States Poetry, this form and these places hopefully inspire each other.
Poetry. WINTER, THE UNWELCOME VISITOR is a fivesection poetic cycle amending the ordinary with the extraordinary. The work shows versatility in style and form and yet maintains poetic excellence: a careful balance of metaphor, imagery and thought. Always experimental, there is no one style that characterizes the book. From brief and academic, to wordy and effusive, the style shifts according to the subject. Unstintingly political, unforgivingly critical of commonly held ideas about the relationship of humans to the natural world and to each other, the relevance of this work to both a Canadian and an international audience is undeniable.
Troy Jollimore THE SOLIPSIST 978-0-9793745-2-4, $10.00, paper, 36pp. BEAR STAR PRESS 2008
Poetry. Perfect bound. Troy Jollimore’s new chapbook, THE SOLIPSIST, contains fifteen new poems, including four Tom Thomson poems. His first book of poetry, TOM THOMSON IN PURGATORY, won the 2006 National Book Critics Circle Award. His poems have appeared in journals including Ploughshares, Margie, and Exile Quarterly. He is currently Associate Professor in the philosophy department at California State University, Chico.
WHEN PERFORMERS SWIM, THE DICE ARE CAST 978-0-9811704-3-5, $14.95, paper, 40pp.
Jane Joritz-Nakagawa EXHIBIT C 978-0-9808873-7-2, $14.95, paper, 166pp.
AHADADA BOOKS 2009
Poetry. Writes Mark Pawlak, editor of Hanging Loose, author of OFFICIAL VERSIONS: “Almost every poem seems to work at the intersection of multiple planes. They offer the reader, who allows them to work their magic, a rich, rewarding experience. Many of the poems are a swirl of images tied to the ground by the thinnest of threads, others are firmly rooted, some even burrowing into subterranean places.... There are so many moving poems in this collection, some that uplift the spirit, others that embrace sadness, and loss.”
AHADADA BOOKS 2008
Poetry. “Without the least strain, Jane Joritz-Nakagawa takes readers on a carnivalesque tour of American culture in language that splices together the strange heights and depths of the terrain. Her ear is tuned to what makes the language live and there’s eye candy too: lithe cuts and jumps that make each line worthy of notice. EXHIBIT C is a rare pleasure”—Maxine Chernoff. “Jane JoritzNakagawa’s poems partake readily in the pleasures of freshly arranged particles and atoms of language. Frequenting a realm of happy appropriation, she daringly reorders and disrupts conventional poetic expectations —and she often conducts this pretty quickly. Readers, be alert”—Pam Brown. Originally from the US, poet and activist Jane Joritz-Nakagawa is now based in central Japan. She works as an associate professor at a Japanese national university of education, where she teaches courses in American poetry, pedagogy, gender, and intercultural studies.
Allison Joseph VOICE: POEMS 978-0-932412-75-1, $12.95, paper, 29pp. MAYAPPLE PRESS 2009
Poetry. African American Studies. “Sassy and funky, serious and sly, the poems in Allison Joseph’s VOICE travel through a rich and varied landscape. From childhood griefs to adult desires, the classroom to the bar, these poems cut and cajole, tackling the most serious and the most sultry with a graceful eloquence. Like a soloist who rises above the rest of the choir, the voice in these poems peals with clarity and beauty, leading us from a place of familiarity smack dab into the sublime” —Stacey Lynn Brown.
Erica Kaufman CENSORY IMPULSE 978-1-60001-063-7, $15.00, paper, 104pp. 978-1-60001-064-4, $30.00, cloth, 92pp. FACTORY SCHOOL 2009
Poetry. CENSORY IMPULSE is a book-length excavation of the body (both physical and psychological) disrupted. These poems take their calling from the relationship between the neurological and the political, the digestive and the subjective, the gendered and the cyborg. Kaufman’s verse is located somewhere between Oliver Sachs, Donna Haraway, and Chris Hables Gray— only in place of scientific hypotheses we see line breaks, metaphorical projections, and “labyrinth authority.”
Erica Kaufman FROM CENSORY IMPULSE FARFALLA PRESS/MCMILLAN & PARISH 2008
Poetry. “As I get older I know only two things: the starless chaos within (Kafka) and the random stars above (Proust). No moral center and thus no margin, no moral order outside or in and thus no disorder. In the poetry of Erica Kaufman, we seem to hear the music of this random landscape with no teleology but Darwin. Her humor is full of horror at snobbism and injustice and the acceptance of the most comical social sketch. Her poems are by an adult woman who loves love without constraints, and no less believes that language is for a subversive voice, not simple structures. Who knows better that poetry is still woman in revolt?” —David Shapiro.
Poetry, Prose Poetry, Cross-Genre Josie Kearns
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING 978-0-932412-74-4, $14.95, paper, 79pp.
AGAIN 978-0-9767642-8-1, $16.00, paper, 96pp.
MAYAPPLE PRESS 2009
SIXTEEN RIVERS PRESS 2009
Poetry. “In THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING Josie Kearns’s poems take flight on insect wings, ponder geckos eating fireflies, finite parts of quantum, the Hubble Telescope, a parallel universe where her mother retires to Belgium, and the mysteries of Dark Matter. More surprises are in store for the reader as Kearns meditates on Mirasaki Shikibu, Japanese woman author of The Tale of Genji. Termite Love and a Babylonian god named Sin do not escape the poet’s scrupulous attention. This is an exhilarating collection of sharp-edged poems that linger in memory. Brava”—Colette Inez.
Poetry. In AGAIN, Lynne Knight’s musical and compelling fourth full-length collection of poetry, her measured and lyrical voice reveals desire and memory as physical presences: spirits invoked by the spell of the poem so that the reader embodies her stories of the body—of damage and breakage, recovery and repair. Whether autobiographical or ekphrastic, the poems are equally genuine, bringing image to life, like “bright fruit constantly replenished.” Following hunger and beauty to their extremes, the poems allow us to confront loss as well as grief, “which finally requires of us // acceptance but also tact / in the doing: breakage, yes, but not utter ruin.”
Ellen Kennedy SOMETIMES MY HEART PUSHES MY RIBS 978-0-9822067-0-6, $12.00, paper, 64pp. MUUMUU HOUSE 2009
Ko Un SONGS FOR TOMORROW: A COLLECTION OF POEMS 1960-2002 978-1-933382-70-8, $15.95, paper, 365pp.
Poetry. Ellen Kennedy’s debut full-length poetry collection. “When I finished reading SOMETIMES MY HEART PUSHES MY RIBS I had to go to lunch with people in a restaurant with enormous beverages and misnamed sandwiches. I kept tapping my hand on the table and I didn’t listen to anything anybody said. All I wanted to do was go home to read and write the kind of poetry Ellen Kennedy writes, declarative and nervous and wild and free. This is the sort of thing you want. This is the sort of book you should buy and you should buy it now instead of having lunch with those ‘friends’” —Daniel Handler. Ellen Kennedy was born in 1989 and lives in Boston.
Poetry. Asian Studies. Translated from the Korean by Brother Anthony of Taize, Young-moo Kim, and Gary Gach. With an introduction by Ko Un. Recognized as the greatest living Korean poet, Ko Un has produced a vast amount of poetry over the years, including the noted collection TEN THOUSAND LIVES, previously published by Green Integer. This new volume selects work from Ko Un’s entire career to date. The most noted contemporary Korean poet, Ko Un has been nominated several times for the Nobel Prize for Literature and is recognized as one of the most important of living poets.
SIGNS FOLLOWING 978-1-932559-21-7, $12.00, paper, 82pp.
SUNNY WEDNESDAY 978-1-933517-39-1, $14.00, paper, 88pp.
PARLOR PRESS 2005
WAVE BOOKS 2009
Poetry. SIGNS FOLLOWING explores how the language of poetry can engage with history, temporality, and the fact of embodiment in the physical world of change and difference, while yearning for some transcendent guarantee of meaning. The poems express this tension by pushing their language, occasions, and formal attributes beyond a comfortable clarity in an attempt to discover what meanings and values, if any, can reside on the other side of the work. In the course of these explorations, the poems engage also with the history and limits of the lyric itself, testing the capacity of the sonnet, the villanelle and the ode, among others, to deal with conditions of personal, political and historical extremity.
Poetry. Poems of exquisite pain and conciliation. A collection of complex and exultant poems by one of Brooklyn’s most devoted and dynamic poets, SUNNY WEDNESDAY proves poetry’s ability to manifest hope out of loss. Noelle Kocot is the author of three previous collections of poetry, including POEM FOR THE END OF TIME AND OTHER POEMS (Wave Books, 2006), and she is the recipient of numerous awards. She lives and teaches in Brooklyn.
GREEN INTEGER 2009
Julian Kornhauser BEEN AND GONE 978-1-934851-05-0, $14.95, paper, 75pp. MARICK PRESS 2009
Ish Klein UNION! 978-0-9822376-0-1, $14.00, paper, 85pp. CANARIUM BOOKS 2009
Poetry. The ambition of Ish Klein’s debut collection, UNION!, like that of the Soviet/Russian “Soyuz” space program it’s named after, is to take us to another world so that we may better see our own. Klein traverses ocean, earth, and sky with spiritual longing as she compassionately describes human loneliness, and each poem is a love letter written to a civilization left behind. Here is a voice like “A spark from Hard Silence made mad,” replete with yearning and fierce with mystery, and even as the poems teeter on the invisible line between wit and sorrow, each poem attests to Klein’s promise: “I sympathize with all the creatures in this story.”
Poetry. Translated from the Polish by Piotr Florczyk. Born in Gliwice in 1946, Julian Kornhauser is one of the most acclaimed figures of Polish poetry writing today. A major figure of the New Wave movement of the 1970s, he has published eight books since the mid-1990s. This debut collection of his work in English, which draws exclusively on three recent volumes and presents the poems in a new arrangement, touches upon most, if not all, of Kornhauser’s major subject matters, formal strategies, and thematic concerns, giving American readers the opportunity to discover one of Poland’s most important contemporary writers in Piotr Florczyk’s splendid translations.
Poetry, Prose Poetry, Cross-Genre Patrick Kosiewicz
THE GEOGLYPH 978-1-930083-16-5, $10.00, paper, 77pp.
THE BRUSH AND THE SWORD: KASA, KOREAN CLASSICAL POEMS IN PROSE 978-0-89304-122-9, $20.00, paper, 140pp. 978-0-89304-121-2, $40.00, cloth, 140pp.
FLY BY NIGHT PRESS 2009
Poetry. “In this age of confessional poems or political poetics, the poet of THE GEOGLYPH has given us a long poem about the nature of nature, the trees that are in our memory, the eternal sunrise, the tribal sense of ceremony, the mysteries of deepest waters. It is not a scientific diatribe, but a song, indeed it feels like incantation as he makes us imagine the shamans, the cycles celestial, something geological coming from the heart of New York. I cannot help of thinking of some of the movements of Michael McClure, of his use of logos. Mr. Kosiewicz makes his own language of disparate influences. I felt many poetic intuitions turning these pages, a wise bird flies out of its words”—Victor Hernández Cruz, Chancellor, the Academy of American Poets.
CROSS-CULTURAL COMMUNICATIONS 2009
Poetry. Asian Studies. Bilingual Edition. Translated from the Korean and Introduced with Commentaries and Notes by Sung-Il Lee. “Sung-Il Lee lays before us samples of the great classical form of Korean poetry called Kasa, so sadly unknown to western readers along with any coherent knowledge of the country’s past and its culture. One will be so much better off for having read this book”—Gregory Rabassa.
Ruth Lepson I WENT LOOKING FOR YOU 978-1-934289-81-5, $16.00, paper, 82pp. BLAZEVOX BOOKS 2009
Poetry. “These wonderful poems by Ruth Lepson are deeply felt meditations on family, friends, lovers, the people she ‘can’t leave behind.’ The book begins with poems about places, mainly Swampscott, Massachusetts, a town on the ocean that she loves to visit. ‘Time Line’ then makes something like a drawing out of the past, and ‘Function Theory’ suggests a sort of mathematical model of a girl’s thought processes. These are followed by several delicate poems about Ruth’s aging parents and others about deceased friends. This private world is then enlarged, often with humor, to include strangers both overheard and seen, as well as works of art. These are the ‘things I can name’ out of which she makes her life” —Joel Sloman.
CARIBBEAN BLUES & LOVE’S GENEOLOGY 978-1-894770-50-7, $16.95, paper, 120pp.
IN CHAMBERS: THE BODHISATTVA OF THE PUBLIC DEFENDER’S OFFICE 978-1-934513-04-0, $10.00, paper, 48pp. SUNNYOUTSIDE 2008
Poetry. IN CHAMBERS captures the feel of practicing criminal defense while maintaining a philosophical approach to preserving the freedom and dignity of the individual. Krech explains the US legal system in an accessible way and firmly says No! to the injustices in it without stridency or anger. This collection is inspiring both as poetry as well as legal insight.
TSAR PUBLICATIONS 2008
Poetry. African American Studies. In this collection, Kuwabong celebrates love—love for the people of the Caribbean and love between lovers. In the first part of the book, the love that is celebrated emerges from a deep sense of historical reconnection with the poet’s African ancestors who were taken captive and sent to the Caribbean. The poems perform a retrospective search for the roots that his African ancestors planted in the new world without romanticizing their struggles, defeats, and victories. In the second part, Kuwabong takes the reader through a maze of relationships complicated by expectations and disappointments. The city of Hamilton, Ontario, especially provides the social and physical landscapes that initiate the personae’s responses to love made tricky by the extreme challenges of the mundane.
ZASTERLE PRESS 2009
Poetry. Cross-genre. HEATH (PLAGIARISM/OUTSOURCE) exists somewhere between a Project Gutenberg version of Samul Pepys Diary and a minute-to-minute news feed and blog of Heath Ledger’s death. Sad, appropriated, lyrical and confused, the book contains a brief history of recent performance art, a legal defense of plagiarism, the diary of a poetry workshop at the Asian American Writer’s Workshop, an MP3 protest song, and an examination of SMS and GMS technologies as distribution networks for human sadness. Multiauthored, and with numerous text blocks and photos, HEATH (PLAGIARISM/OUTSOURCE), NOTES TOWARDS THE DEFINITION OF CULTURE, UNTITLED HEATH LEDGER PROJECT, A HISTORY OF THE SEARCH ENGINE, DISCO OS is in full color.
ASTROMETRY ORGONON 978-1-934289-98-3, $16.00, paper, 114pp.
Thomas David Lisk
BLAZEVOX BOOKS 2008
Poetry. The map of the heavens has long been the place where humanity has immortalized those narratives that are instructive to its understanding of the universe. The named celestial bodies represent a repository of information from diverse cultures, both ancient and modern. Each poem in this volume bears the name of the brightest named star of every visible constellation from both hemispheres. Insofar as mythology, science, and religion offer us explanations of the properties and behavior of the physical world, ASTROMETRY ORGONON, like the star—stories of old, creates a new, secular cosmology based on the scientific observations of Wilhelm Reich and Richard A. Muller compounded with various modern and ancient religions. By accepting as fact the theories of these and other disputed or disproven worldviews, these poems speak of the tenuousness and fragility of human understanding, and offer a critique of the actions of humans during the past several millennia.
HEATH (PLAGIARISM/OUTSOURCE) 978-84-87467-47-9, $15.00, paper, 86pp.
THESE BEAUTIFUL LIMITS 978-1-932559-96-5, $12.00, paper, 104pp. PARLOR PRESS 2006
Poetry. The poems in THESE BEAUTIFUL LIMITS delight in the transparency—and the obliquity—of language. Invested with a “jocoserious” sensibility, they explore the borders of language to see the ways in which language defines identity—not merely the language of meditation and philosophical inquiry, but also the quotidian language of everyday life that hovers on the edge of forgetfulness. The collection, which culminates in a long poem, “Hemp Quoits,” takes as its premise the assumption that the borders of identity are permeable with all the languages the self encounters on a daily basis. The poems value mobility and freedom, yet they recognize that we transact our affairs within borders— the body, the mind, the poem, the sentence, the phrase, the word.
Poetry, Prose Poetry, Cross-Genre Timothy Liu
BENDING THE MIND AROUND THE DREAM’S BLOWN FUSE 978-1-58498-065-0, $13.95, paper, 90pp.
IF THE DELTA WAS THE SEA 978-1-934909-01-0, $18.00, paper, 165pp. 978-1-934909-02-7, $28.00, cloth, 165pp.
TALISMAN HOUSE 2009
HANGING LOOSE PRESS 2009
Poetry. Asian American Studies. “Timothy Liu is too often reduced to being a poet of sexual audacity. He is audacious, but perhaps in his baroque architecture, his fluency, his intricacy, and his unwillingness to reduce himself by dogma or theory or design. I love his growing, growling work, and his violent soft hints about the whole body politic in progressive zooms. But the permanent, complicated delight is Liu’s poetry itself: uncontrollable melancholy and music”—David Shapiro. Timothy Liu is the other of seven other books of poetry, most recently POLYTHEOGAMY, also available from SPD. His poems have been translated into nine languages, and his papers and journals are archived in the Berg Collection at the New York Public Library. He lives in Manhattan.
Poetry. “Dick Lourie has written a rich, spacious book. Observing the principles that ‘we are all embedded in history’ and that the individual ‘contains multitudes,’ these poems present a portrait of a place, Clarksdale, Mississippi, and its people, through a unique cultural and social perspective. Lourie has an impeccable ear for colloquial nuances and an acute eye for meaningful trivia. IF THE DELTA WAS THE SEA is a genuine delight” —Ha Jin. “Dick Lourie has something to say and he says it well. Here, in direct, clear, no-nonsense language, he tells the story of Clarksdale, in the heart of the Mississippi Delta. The voices of the town ring true, from blues legend Robert Johnson. to Lin ‘Pap’ Pang, an elder in the Chinese community, all presented with irony, humor and honest insight.”—Martín Espada.
Timothy Liu POLYTHEOGAMY 978-0-9818591-0-1, $16.00, paper, 100pp. SATURNALIA BOOKS 2009
Poetry. Art. POLYTHEOGAMY is the fifth installment in the Saturnalia Books Artist/Poet Collaboration series. Poet Timothy Liu and artist Greg Drasler explore themes of sexuality, marriage, monogamy, and fidelity through a series of 64 lyric poems and 24 painting/sculptures. Liu’s terse playful poems and Drasler’s sparse decorative spaces create a thrilling, sensual dance, playing off themes of “emptiness and fullness,” as renowned critic Charles Altieri explains in his introduction.
Rachel Loden DICK OF THE DEAD 978-1-934103-07-4, $17.50, paper, 104pp. AHSAHTA PRESS 2009
Poetry. DICK OF THE DEAD is an investigation into American sexual and political consciousness, and at its eccentric heart lies the undead and uneasy 37th president of the United States, Richard M. Nixon. Also sifting the evidence (or implicated in its findings) are an experimental subject in a pink tutu, a Finnish gravedigger, an exiled Anglo-Saxon poet, and an industrious gang of fairies. Loden’s Nixon is never merely the consummate villain deplored by his critics nor the tragic visionary statesman acclaimed by his apologists. He is nearly a force of nature: throwing off his gravestone in the garden at Yorba Linda, calling up his troops, his family, and even his black and white cocker spaniel, he is ready to smash death by any means necessary, to beat back a sea of pretenders and retake Washington by storm. DICK OF THE DEAD is a trip through the underworld of the American psyche, much funnier and ultimately much more serious than any one book of poems has a right to be.
Karen Mac Cormack IMPLEXURES (COMPLETE EDITION) 978-0-925904-74-4, $16.95, paper, 125pp. CHAX PRESS 2008
Poetry. “Karen Mac Cormack writes a play of voices and the voicing of places as they combine. The combination is one where what would otherwise be merely singular begins to overlap. Citation, statement and creation— a multiplicity of moments that are only present as a weave—work together to narrate. The reader is implicated from the start. However, there is no single place that calls. Voices continue to speak. Identities however—the names and voices—can only ever be glanced at. And yet, the writing suggests. Humor and a complex sense of pathos work together. The writing entices. As would be expected Karen Mac Cormack has written an important book. Its presence connects the pleasure that reading affords with the critical reflection that writing demands”—Andrew Benjamin.
Magus Magnus VERB SAP 978-0-9793901-1-1, $12.00, paper, 72pp. NARROW HOUSE 2008
Poetry. “Word to the wise: read this love letter to what language can do for you. M. Magnus’ VERB SAP taps the very blood of language—the textures here get at the many-fingered roots, the ‘crossweave fabric’ of rhizomatic namings that thrust ever outward, always ‘by way of a word’ here, the ‘Elfic D’oracle’ signifies how a ‘single word can change your life’”—Lee Ann Brown.
M. Mara-Ann CONTAINMENT SCENARIO: DISLOINTER MEDTEXTID ENTCATION: HORSE MEDICINE 978-1-882022-67-0, $15.00, paper, 192pp. O BOOKS 2009
Poetry. Cross-Genre. Drama. “M. Mara-Ann’s long hybrid, hypnotic poem-theater work of spoken-music text is ecological structure based on the national report on global warming. The footnote-archipelagos require one to turn back to the origin and reorient one’s reading becoming sustained attention, a holding of sounds like plateaus in the air, an inevitable letting go allowing the original’s spot (place) in the text and one’s attention to it to be lost, before one finds one’s way again. The poem’s reading is exchange ‘causing’ the reader to hold a place in enlarging space. The content is the transience of life in its alteration—also our seeing that the outsides and insides are ending”—Leslie Scalapino.
Poetry, Prose Poetry, Cross-Genre Justin Marks
A MILLION IN PRIZES 978-1-930974-81-4, $15.00, paper, 65pp.
DEAD LETTERS 978-1-934289-94-5, $16.00, paper, 98pp.
NEW ISSUES POETRY & PROSE 2009
BLAZEVOX BOOKS 2008
Poetry. Winner of the 2008 New Issues Poetry Prize, judged by Carl Phillips. “Here is a rarely expressed selfawareness that accedes as little to words as it does to the pain of the condition itself ”—Fanny Howe.
Poetry. “The voice in these poems is powerfully deep and inside, as if it’s coming up from the bottom of a well. Yet it is also a recognizable voice, one we have in our own heads at certain moments. Alan May has created an echo chamber of lyric consciousness, not in service of solipsism, but for the purpose of communion. These poems disturb and sadden and charm, but above all they keep us with them. The illustrations, by Tom Wegrzynowski and May, are as otherworldly as the poems, yet the art of this moving and elegant book convinces the reader the other world is where we do our living. DEAD LETTERS is a work of great beauty and force, of intelligence and stark humility”—Maurice Manning.
Tod Marshall THE TANGLED LINE 978-0-9822376-1-8, $14.00, paper, 63pp. CANARIUM BOOKS 2009
Poetry. Subtly incorporating myth, history, landscape, pop culture, and aesthetics as possible solaces within the labyrinth of grief, THE TANGLED LINE explores the fragile circumstances of family and fatherhood. These poems remind us that when we try to possess, literally or figuratively, materially or metaphorically, legally or lyrically, we create the possibility of violence to ourselves, others, and the world—often injuring that which we hold most dear. “Father-son. Bodies. Seeing. Conventions of sentences. Grace. Distrust. Guilt. Souped-up engines. Sorrow. Love. Process. Hunger. Elk hair. Celebrities. Topeka. Arkansas. Tennessee. Spokane. A myth. The new you. A chicken-necked Daedalus. A pale cavefish. Red berries. If you’re looking for a poet who can ‘describe Breton to the Enlightenment,’ look no further” —Gillian Conoley.
Tim Mayo THE KINGDOM OF POSSIBILITIES 978-0-932412-76-8, $14.95, paper, 78pp. MAYAPPLE PRESS 2009
Poetry. Meditative, fierce and direct, these poems explore what constitutes identity in our contemporary society. Mayo takes us on journeys across the globe—falling off a motor bike and finding refuge with Italians, honeymooning in Athens, and discovering an ammo belt in St. Jean de Luz. Each of these poems reflect the complications of understanding oneself with charm and wit.
Steve McCaffery Marcelijus Martinaitis KB: THE SUSPECT 978-1-893996-28-1, $17.00, paper, 87pp. WHITE PINE PRESS 2009
Poetry. Translated by Laima Vince. “To the pantheon of East European poets—Zagajewski, Szymborska, Herbert, Holub—we must now add Martinaitis. ‘K.B.,’ the poet’s common-man alter ego, has one foot in the miseries and fears of the post-Soviet era, one in the usual turmoils of the human self. In Laima Vince’s wonderful translation, this poetry is sharp, comic, salty, yet at the same time overflowing with compassion and tenderness”—Alicia Suskin Ostriker. Marcelijus Martinaitis is a well-known Lithuanian poet and essayist. He has published ten collections of poetry. This is his first collection in English.
Joseph Massey AREAS OF FOG 978-1-84861-052-1, $16.00, paper, 116pp.
EVERY WAY OAKLY 978-1-897388-26-6, $15.00, paper, 104pp. BOOK THUG 2008
Poetry. Originally published in an edition of 100 copies for a class at the University of Alberta in 1976, EVERY WAY OAKLY is Steve McCafferys homolinguistic translation of Gertrude Stein’s TENDER BUTTONS. The original edition, which appeared as a classy photocopied edition printed on letter-sized sheets and stapled along spine, has been unavailable since its publication. Over the years bits and pieces have appeared in anthologies and selected works, but the collection has never been reissued in its entirety. Until now. Playful and engaging, these poems stem from detailed discussions with Dick Higgins on allusive referential and other unorthodox translational methods and McCaffery’s work with the Toronto Research Groups work on translation practice and theory.
SHEARSMAN BOOKS 2009
Poetry. One needs only to watch and listen in gratitude as poems informed by Bronk, Niedecker, Olson (to name a few), and the landscape of Humboldt County, California, take shape in AREAS OF FOG, Joseph Massey’s first full-length collection. “Joseph Massey sees with a composer’s eye and sings in a microtonality all his own. Syllable by syllable phenomena miraculously unfold. This is fantastic work, understated, charmed, and open. The world simply happens in these poems and its moments are tuned marvels. You don’t want to miss it”—Peter Gizzi. “These are poems of ear and eye, full of echoes and luminous images. With a sensuality born of melancholy, they attend to resonant details that hover at the edge of recognition, as when Pacific fog partly obscures the view”—Devin Johnston.
CLOUD STUDIES: TWENTY POEMS FROM PAWTRACKS 978-1-929355-46-4, $8.00, paper, 24pp. EMPTY BOWL PRESS 2009
Poetry. Tim McNulty’s Pawtracks established him as a fresh voice for the power and beauty of Northwest landscapes. Long out of print, twenty poems that represent the core of that collection are reissued with a preface by the poet. Intimate and wide-ranging, these poems “of love, friendship, work, and solitude” are set within the larger context of the natural world.
Poetry, Prose Poetry, Cross-Genre Deborah Meadows
Stephen Paul Miller
GOODBYE TISSUES 978-1-84861-013-2, $15.00, paper, 100pp.
FORT DAD 978-0-9785555-5-9, $15.00, paper, 80pp.
SHEARSMAN BOOKS 2009
MARSH HAWK PRESS 2009
Poetry. “Deborah Meadows’ GOODBYE TISSUES constructs a conduit connecting the sharpened margins of the cleaved world. Whose voice can converse with her ‘speech’s speech’ emitting from the inward-spiral of security and denial—a place of ‘toxic outflow beyond fruitful bounty’? Meadows posits a ‘poetational’ reply— one that is urging both a hyperrational poetic thought and identification with an a-national community. An intensely thoughtful and thought-provoking investigation, GOODBYE TISSUES leads the reader away from no-thought discourse (‘intelligence as it’s called’) into response-ability (‘A thing should be repaired by the one who made it . . .’) and toward possibility where “part of its essence acquires another, other, . . . or something between them”—Diane Ward. Other titles by Deborah Meadows available from SPD include INVOLUTIA, THIN GLOVES, and ITINERANT MEN.
Poetry. Illustrated by Noah Miller. “Our consciousness needs a new conscience: human consciousness needs a new keel. Some of its lines of design may be found in Miller’s poetry”—Sam Truitt, American Book Review. “Conversational fluidity and unstrained syntax enable Miller to address politics, current events, theoretical concerns, and personal experience with critical acumen”—Barbara K. Fischer, Boston Review. “Lively, brainy, probing . . . Miller’s erudite, humane, and yes, talky poems are punctuated by young Noah with exuberant drawings”—Joyelle McSweeney, Constant Critic.
Jeff Mellin SKIN & BONES: SONG LYRICS 978-0-615-18126-4, $14.94, paper, 91pp. KOLOURMEIM PRESS 2009
Poetry. Music. SKIN & BONES is a collection of lyrics by songwriter/artist Jeff Mellin. Named for a lyric from his album Jeff Mellin Saves the World (Stereorrific, 1999), the book covers songs from Mellin’s bare-bones coffeehouse days to his later power-pop material. “While it’s often difficult to gauge the worth of pop lyrics printed on the page without musical accompaniment, it’s remarkable how well SKIN & BONES reads, as lyrics in the poetic sense,” writes Garrett Caples in his intro. “Jeff ’s lyrics considered as poetry at their best evoke the only— just stylistically—belated, yet entirely individual and intense poems of Weldon Kees; even at their least effective, they have the readable lightness of Edward Arlington Robinson, and everyone knows Paul Simon made ‘Richard Corey’ a better song than it ever was a poem, which illustrates my point nicely.” With photographs by rock photographer John Soares.
Helena Mesa HORSE DANCE UNDERWATER 978-1-880834-82-4, $15.95, paper, 65pp. CLEVELAND STATE U POETRY CENTER 2009
Poetry. “‘Everything beautiful occurs when the body / is suspended,’ Helena Mesa quotes a performance artist who hangs his own pierced body in the air. Mesa’s poems are artfully suspended between lyric and narrative, between humans and animals, between Latin America and the United States, between desire and the difficulty of its fulfillment. HORSE DANCE UNDERWATER is an inventive, musical, and powerful debut”—Mark Doty.
Chelsey Minnis POEMLAND 978-1-933517-41-4, $14.00, paper, 120pp. WAVE BOOKS 2009
Poetry. Poems both punishing and radiant—no one is writing like Chelsey Minnis, and no one should dare. A fearless and uproarious litany of contentions and revelations on poetry and the poetic mind, POEMLAND alternates brilliantly between the deadpan, the spectacular and the outrageous. Also available from SPD is Chelsey Minnis’s recent collection BAD BAD from Fence Books.
James Mitchell GOOD GAY POEMS 978-0-9793390-3-5, $17.00, paper, 222pp. ITHURIEL’S SPEAR 2009
Poetry. Gay and Lesbian Studies. A collection of largely gay, often humorous poems written between 1967-2006, written by San Francisco resident, translator and writer James Mitchell. The author started writing verse in the service of the gay liberation movement in the Sixties, and he’s been at it ever since.
Jonathan Monroe DEMOSTHENES’ LEGACY 978-0-9811704-0-4, $15.95, paper, 72pp. AHADADA BOOKS 2009
Poetry. Leslie Scalapino writes: “Is DEMOSTHENES’ LEGACY a translation of a real Demosthenes or his words or is it, as the impossibility of translation, fiction creating a character? Just as the word ‘kinesthesia’ translates the sensation of movement (as if the word translates ‘muscle sense’), Jonathan Monroe’s fragments in DEMOSTHENES’ LEGACY are, as only immediate events, ‘Nobody’s narrative, no one’s dream.’ The assembled fragments are Monroe’s comparison to modern media? Monroe’s playful text is a virtual ‘muscle sense’ of the nature of event at all: ‘Webs released in matching threads.’”
LIGHT, MOVING 978-0-9767642-9-8, $16.00, paper, 96pp. SIXTEEN RIVERS PRESS 2009
Poetry. In her second full-length poetry collection, Carolyn Miller visits light in each season of nature and of life, revealing shifting states of joy and grief, aging and beauty. Her unpresumptuous voice is as richly textured as the landscape she invokes, a remarkable landscape of the remembered and the present that she rediscovers in the gardens of San Francisco, the woods of Missouri, in each place she visits as she travels farther from home and from childhood. From the holiness of dishwater and the worship of dirt, through storms in the world and the body, from the irreversible parting of Persephone from her mother to the repair of the spirit in the suddenness of a downpour or the landing of a plane, Miller gives us “Each moment palpable / as a berry, life and death joined at the core, / the flower against the bone.”
Poetry, Prose Poetry, Cross-Genre Laura Moriarty
A SEMBLANCE: SELECTED AND NEW POEMS, 1975-2005 978-1-890650-27-8, $14.95, paper, 240pp.
HURRY HOME HONEY 978-1-886224-98-8, $14.00, paper, 80pp.
Poetry. These love poems are unusual for their sense of moving between cultures, their awareness of physical space as articulated by the intersection of human beings, the land, and architectural structures. Love itself is now game, sport, speed—time, dance, performance, now contract, conflict, failure, but always a shifting structure of relation.
Poetry. Drawn from her previous poetry collections and including new work, this selected demonstrates Moriarty’s ability to make each lyric phrase into a portal where we find ourselves turning at once in two directions—backward, to probe the newly exposed limits in our old ways of understanding, and forward to experience a more evolved and involved attention to our world through the animated potentials she offers us. Whether examining the historically gendered gaze of art or of culture’s narratives and their impact upon the individual, or the symmetries that interlink to figure our social and political horizons, or the destructive forces that both expose and explode our meaning of self, Moriarty’s poems offer the expansive pleasure of revelation in each finely distilled articulation.
Lori Anderson Moseman TEMPORARY BUNK 978-0-9744288-6-4, $16.00, paper, 83pp. Swank Books 2009
Poetry. “Processes seemingly mundane—working, paddling, running—become testaments to difficulties in human experience and to the stamina it takes to write our way through them... Anderson Moseman examine[s] domestic spaces, ancestral and generational connections, gender roles, international discord...”—Deborah Poe.
BURNING DECK 2009
Roy Nathanson SUBWAY MOON 978-3-00-025376-8, $22.00, paper, 128pp. BUDDY’S KNIFE JAZZ EDITION 2009
Poetry. Roy Nathanson is an internationally acclaimed jazz composer and saxophonist whose music is inconceivable without his poetry. SUBWAY MOON, his first full book of poetry, was written on Brooklyn’s “Q” train and explores the oddly spiritual and intensely public underground space of the New York City subway through his own internal lens. His words are sounds that he bends and stretches, twists and tucks, until they give up their meanings, until they become notes. As Judith Volmer says, “Rails vibrate the street, window glass splinters a lover’s reverie, and these poems tune us into a thousand mysterious sounds, with heart and lyrical muscle.” Or says Jeff Friedman, “His is an ancient voice crying out in the wilderness, and his wilderness is the subway.”
Christopher Nealon Fred Moten HUGHSON’S TAVERN 978-0-9765820-4-5, $15.95, paper, 85pp.
PLUMMET 978-1-890311-29-2, $15.00, paper, 64pp. EDGE BOOKS 2009
Poetry. African American Studies. “HUGHSON’S TAVERN is a sly, rowdy, big-eared book, lining out and sounding out, filled with desperado aplomb. Big-footed as well (reminding one of Olson’s reminder that a foot is to kick with), it plies a ‘boot-heel music’ given to offhand acuity, tonic reprisal, declarative elan: Butch Morris meets Howlin’ Wolf. As elsewhere in Moten’s work, in HUGHSON’S TAVERN the wounded rally”—Nathaniel Mackey. Moten is the author of ARKANSAS, In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition, and I Ran from It but Was Still in It. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.
Poetry. As with many books, description of Chris Nealon’s latest, fails. Instead, here is a demonstration: “nothing you read will help you now”; “I am not gay, I am from the future!”; “Classicism: build your buildings so that even conquering hordes will be like, No way.” The Believer reporter Stephen Burt observed of his previous collection The Joyous Age that “Nealon’s bracing and bitter debut both enters and mocks the tradition of kaleidoscopic, difficult poetry as grand social critique, and makes most new work in that mode sound sloppy or bland by contrast.” In other words, as it says in this new collection “Lifted from the cadences you know and then let fall.”
CLAMPDOWN 978-0-9787467-9-7, $14.95, paper, 112pp.
BETWEEN THE TWILIGHT AND THE SKY 978-1-60235-087-8, $12.00, paper, 98pp.
FLOOD EDITIONS 2009
PARLOR PRESS 2008
Poetry. Jennifer Moxley’s CLAMPDOWN captures a time of political despair and self-doubt. Our “so-called common ground” erodes where liberal thought, implicated in the systems it critiques, finds no traction and becomes the site of new divisions. Against the reality of distant wars, everyday pleasures—even love itself— become frayed by anxiety and shame. Likewise, the past and the future prove unstable, both close to oblivion in a “maddeningly quiescent landscape” of winter. Throughout Clampdown, Moxley responds to the evanescence of both life and art with all her poetic resources, at times declamatory and incisive, at others “freely espousing” and conversational.
Poetry. In three cantos, BETWEEN THE TWLIGHT AND THE SKY produces and enters that place where things, the “inbetweens,” appear in “their factuality and passage,” at the outside edge of experience. The poem is a language of silences, lost threads in the labyrinth, and aphoristic play. With language as its light, it seeks and moves into a darkness that it at once creates and is defied by. BETWEEN THE TWILIGHT AND THE SKY draws on an array of poets and thinkers including Whitman, Adonis, Rilke, Celan, and Deleuze.
LEON WORKS 2008
Hoa Nguyen HECATE LOCHIA 978-0-9786933-1-2, $15.00, paper, 112pp. HOT WHISKEY PRESS 2009
Poetry. In Hoa’s Nguyen’s HECATE LOCHIA tutelary spirits and local elements find their articulation in the found object—poems of a ritualized domesticity. These poems track with immediacy the various roles and pressures—of motherhood, marriage, keeping house, work and writing—that become the occasions in which to celebrate the phenomenal world.
Poetry, Prose Poetry, Cross-Genre Ayukawa Nobuo
AMERICA AND OTHER POEMS 978-1-885030-41-2, $14.95, paper, 152pp.
COAL MOUNTAIN ELEMENTARY 978-1-56689-228-5, $20.00, paper, 170pp.
KAYA PRESS 2007
COFFEE HOUSE PRESS 2009
Poetry. Asian Studies. Winner of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature. Selected and translated by Shogo Oketani and Leza Lowitz. AMERICA AND OTHER POEMS is the first English translation of a single volume by the seminal Japanese Modernist poet, Ayukawa Nobuo. One of Japan’s most influential yet overlooked poets, Nobuo was an important voice for peace and probity in the years that followed World War II and the collapse of Japan’s rationale for war. This landmark selection spans from 1947 through 1976, and includes work ranging from early writings about the poet’s experience on the front line to poems focused on the influence of Western culture on Japanese society. This award-winning translation also features texts by Shogo Oketani, contextualizing Nobuo’s life and work.
Poetry. A singular, genre-defying treatise from one of America’s most innovative political poets, COAL MOUNTAIN ELEMENTARY remixes verbatim testimony from the surviving Sago, West Virginia miners and rescue teams, the American Coal Foundation’s curriculum for schoolchildren, newspaper accounts of mining disasters in China, and full-color photographs of Chinese miners by renowned photojournalist Ian Teh. “COAL MOUNTAIN ELEMENTARY is an imaginative and shocking reminder of what it means, in the most human and poignant terms, to be a miner, whether in this country or in China, or for that matter anywhere in the industrial world. It is also a tribute to miners and working people everywhere. It manages, in photos and in words, to portray an entire culture. And it is a stunning educational tool”—Howard Zinn.
COMPLETE LINEUPS 978-1-934909-03-4, $18.00, paper, 64pp.
A TOAST IN THE HOUSE OF FRIENDS 978-1-56689-222-3, $16.00, paper, 100pp.
HANGING LOOSE PRESS 2009
COFFEE HOUSE PRESS 2009
Poetry. Charles North’s ingenious poems in the form of baseball lineups have been exhilarating readers since they first appeared in 1972 and sportswriter Larry Merchant devoted two New York Post columns to them. The Village Voice and the Philadelphia Inquirer have both called the lineups “brilliant,” and among poets themselves they are legendary. Ranging from hilarious to sober and moving, always witty, these poems metaphorically organize all sorts of human experience—seasons, cities, vegetables, diseases, Wordsworth poems—by batting order and field position. COMPLETE LINEUPS reprints the original series with drawings by Paula North, as well as “Lineups II” and recent experiments with the form. Also included are three new, unpublished lineups, new drawings, reproductions of artwork based on the poems, author’s commentary, and an introduction by poet and critic William Corbett.
Poetry. Akilah Oliver’s poems incorporate prose, theory, and lyric performance into a powerful testimony of loss and longing. In their journey through the borderlands of sorrow, they grapple with violence, find expression in chants, and, like the graffiti she analyzes, become a place of public and artistic memorial. “An extraordinary gift for everyone”—Alice Notley. Akilah Oliver’s earlier collection, THE PUTTERER’S NOTEBOOK, is also available from SPD.
Dan Nowak RECYCLE SUBURBIA 978-0-9743070-7-7, $12.00, paper, 68pp. QUERCUS REVIEW PRESS 2008
Poetry. Winner of the 2007 Quercus Review Poetry Series Annual Book Award. “As the title itself suggests, RECYCLE SUBURBIA is a place of contradictions, where the poet is desperate to make meaning of his world, to find the extraordinary in the mundane. The plain and the surreal, the erotic and the commonplace come together to create a space that is as rich as it is troubling, fantastic as it is familiar. Here, ‘Sixty miles from Detroit, everything becomes a car metaphor.’ Here, ‘We carry galaxies in our mouths’”—Blas Falconer. Dan Nowak is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Nebraska and an editorial assistant for New Sins Press. This is his first book of poems.
Gregory Orr HOW BEAUTIFUL THE BELOVED 978-1-55659-283-6, $16.00, paper, 120pp. COPPER CANYON PRESS 2009
Poetry. “[A] confident, mystical, expansive project”— Publishers Weekly. “[D]azzling and timeless . . . focus is so unwaveringly aimed toward the transcendent—not God, but the beloved—that we seem to slip into a less cluttered time”— the Virginia Quarterly Review, “Editor’s Choice.” Gregory Orr continues his acclaimed project on the “beloved” with a lyrical sequence about the joys and hungers of being fully engaged in life. Through concise, perfectly formed poems, he wakes us to the ecstatic possibilities of recognizing and risking love. Mary Oliver has called this project “gorgeous,” and said that he “speaks of the events that have no larger or more important rival in our lives—of our love and our loving.”
Nicanor Parra AFTER-DINNER DECLARATIONS 978-0-924047-63-3, $25.00, paper, 513pp. 978-0-924047-62-6, $60.00, cloth, 513pp. HOST PUBLICATIONS 2009
Poetry. Latin American Studies. Bilingual edition. Translated from the Spanish by Dave Oliphant. Renowned Chilean “antipoet” Nicanor Parra has delivered as a series of five “verse speeches” poems that eschew literary ostentation in favor of playful, conversational musings. In a language steeped in colloquialisms, Parra’s declarations employ a range of discourses in order to expose the hypocrisy of human institutions and challenge those who remain satisfied with the status quo. Parra uses his linguistic brilliance to confront the most serious problems of our day: ecology, human rights, and the limits of scientific knowledge. The antipoet moves from one topic to another with inventiveness, discovers for us a wealth of political, philosophical, and literary insights, as well as connections between ideas that shape our lives.
Poetry, Prose Poetry, Cross-Genre Christian Peet
BIG AMERICAN TRIP 978-1-84861-015-6, $15.00, paper, 100pp.
PHYSIS 978-1-932559-47-7, $12.00, paper, 76pp.
SHEARSMAN BOOKS 2009
PARLOR PRESS 2007
Poetry. Assuming the form of postcards authored by an “alien” of unknown nationality, ethnicity, and gender, addressing a variety of people and organizations (political figures, multinational corporations, people in public toilets, et al.), BIG AMERICAN TRIP is a startling document of fear and loneliness in the 21st century United States. Whether deconstructing road signs, a failed relationship, or the state of contemporary poetry, the voice behind these texts is at once familiar and strange, determined to be free, and desperate to communicate with anyone who has ever felt at odds with the Language of a Nation. Christian Peet is the author of THE NINES and the publisher of Tarpaulin Sky Press.
Poetry. Translated from the French by Cole Swensen. For over twenty-five years, Nicolas Pesquès has been writing an homage to Juliau, the mountain he sees out his window. In PHYSIS, the fifth book of the series, he weaves philosophical reflection in and out of an encounter with the body of the mountain, the body of language, and the human body that bridges the two. Employing an exquisitely spare, precise phrasing, PHYSIS underscores the distance on which all landscape is based, searching out the ways in which humans work to make a home on earth
Lucia Perillo INSEMINATING THE ELEPHANT 978-1-55659-291-1, $22.00, cloth, 96pp. COPPER CANYON PRESS 2009
Poetry. Lucia Perillo’s hard-edged yet vulnerable poems attempt to reconcile the comic impulse—the humorous deflection of anxiety—with the complications and tragedies of living in a mortal, fragile “meat cage.” Perillo’s surgical honesty—and biting, nourishing humor—chronicle human failings, sexuality, and the collision of nature with the manufactured world. Whether recalling her former career as a naturalist experimenting on white rats or watching birds from her wheelchair, she draws the reader into unforgettable places rich in image and story. “Lucia Perillo’s poems cannot be ignored or forgotten.... In imagery as startlingly original as Anne Sexton’s and in philosophical tone as harsh and courageous as Adrienne Rich’s, Perillo creates poems of great energy and power”—Choice.
Simon Pettet HEARTH 978-1-58498-061-2, $17.95, paper, 178pp. TALISMAN HOUSE 2008
Poetry. “‘Heart’ and ‘Earth,’ the obvious scenery as Simon’s I-liner trips us through the decades, sometimes blind-embossing a snapshot, sometimes looking at himself observing it, sometimes spattering it.with apposite allusion. Take the ride and enjoy the scene” —Tom Raworth. “In these mostly unabashedly lyrical poems Simon Pettet flaunts his proud independence of current poetic fashions, like a dragonfly shimmering and hovering”—Gerrit Lansing. “The complete works so far of contemporary American and British poetry’s most meticulous craftsperson. We dig the purity, dogged love, and artistic devotion of this rare personage. A highly recommended volume”—Alice Notley. “I highly recommend Simon Pettet’s new collected, HEARTH. His poetry is always insightful, ardent, playful, right on the spot, and ahead of the current”—Joanne Kyger.
Donald Platt Jim Perlman, Deborah Cooper, Mara Hart, and Pamela Mittlefehldt, Editors
DIRT ANGELS 978-1-930974-82-1, $15.00, paper, 89pp.
BELOVED ON THE EARTH: 150 POEMS OF GRIEF AND GRATITUDE 978-0-9779458-9-4, $16.95, paper, 256pp.
NEW ISSUES POETRY & PROSE 2009
HOLY COW! PRESS 2009
Poetry. This engaging anthology of 150 poems brings together a range of responses to the experiences of death, mourning, and gratitude for lost loved ones, composed by a variety of poets, both emerging and well-known. These poems can provide insight, solace, and understanding.
Sasenarine Persaud IN A BOSTON NIGHT 978-1-894770-49-1, $16.95, paper, 120pp.
Poetry. “Donald Platt’s aptly titled and arresting fourth collection of poems, DIRT ANGELS, examines how we exist in states of physical disrepair, decay, and disability: the world’s transience exhibited in the slow degradation of our very consciousness and flesh. And yet this awareness should not incapacitate us, Platt suggests; rather, it should further disarm us to the fleeting charms that make up a life: the corruptible beauty in the bodies of our children and loved ones, the ways language itself haphazardly’cross-pollinate[s], misspoken and misheard’ and yet still blossoms. DIRT ANGELS offers its readers resolute, if embattled, joyfulness through Platt’s gorgeous language: itself a sinuous vocabulary of praise even in the face of mishap and pain”—Paisley Rekdal.
TSAR PUBLICATONS 2008
Poetry. From the very first piece in this collection, the title poem “In a Boston Night,” Sasenarine Persaud signals a return to the passionate and sensuous that informed much of his earlier work. Persaud, the poet as craftsman, is ever-present in this collection, using a complex series of personas and “voices” moving back and forth in time and place. Boston, the focal point of this collection, is like a needle hole through which the poet deftly threads his reflections about places, events, and histories: a conflict between Anglo- and Franco-Canadians at a Brookline art exhibition; Georgetown and Mumbai; Tampa and Toronto; the “Boston Tea Party” as a symbol of resistance to American English, subtly underlined by the description of a Walcott reading in an overflowing university hall. This is a fine, multilayered collection of poems by an important and accomplished contemporary poet.
Rachel Pollack FORTUNE’S LOVER: A BOOK OF TAROT POEMS 978-0-9794208-4-9, $9.95, paper, 48pp. A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S PRESS 2009
Poetry. The Early Renaissance game of Tarot inspired poetry centuries before it was used for fortune telling. The poems in FORTUNE’S LOVER do not explain the Tarot so much as spin off from it. These poems are infused with a wisdom based not so much in finding the right answers as in asking the right questions. Rachel Pollack is the author of thirty books of fiction and nonfiction, which have been published in fourteen languages, including: 78 Degrees of Wisdom, The Body of the Goddess, and Tarot of Perfection. Her books have won the World Fantasy Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and the COVR Award. She is also a visual artist, the creator of The Shining Tribe Tarot. She teaches in the MFA program at Goddard College.
Poetry, Prose Poetry, Cross-Genre Anne Portugal
QUISITE MOMENT 978-1-886224-95-7, $8.00, paper, 20pp.
EXPRESSWAY 978-1-55245-216-5, $14.95, paper, 96pp.
BURNING DECK 2008
COACH HOUSE BOOKS 2009
Poetry. Translated from the French by Rosmarie Waldrop. “Anne Portugal’s exercise in aphaeresis is itself ‘quisite’! Its inability, or perhaps refusal, at every turn to locate its verbal origin; the constant hollowing out by means of the sidelined asterisks; the sexy aloofness of the object of the speaker’s affection; all establish provocative resistances to what otherwise seeks to be sequenced, numerically ordered, we might even say ‘omantic’”—Andrew Zawacki.
Poetry. Echoing the pastoral and elegiac modes of the Romantic poets, Sina Queyras’s stunning new collection explores the infrastructures and means of modern mobility. Addressing the human project not as something imposed on nature but as an increasingly disturbing activity within it, EXPRESSWAY exposes the paradox of modern movement and connection. “Cleanse the doors of perception,” Blake urged, and with that in mind, Queyras has written a bravely lyrical critique of our ethical and ecological imprint. Every brush stroke, every bolt and nut, every form and curve in our networks of oil and rubber, every thought and its material outcome— each decision can make or unmake us. Also available from SPD is Queyras’s LEMON HOUND, also from Coach House Books.
D.A. Powell and David Trinidad BY MYSELF: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY 978-1-933527-29-1, $9.00, paper, 32pp. TURTLE POINT PRESS 2009
Poetry. If there were an award for chapbook of the year it would surely be given to BY MYSELF: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY. In the spirit of Goethe’s comment, “One is never satisfied with the portrait of a person one knows,” two celebrated poets, D.A. Powell and David Trinidad, have collaborated to create a perfect portrait of an unknown star in 300 lines by taking one sentence from each of 300 celebrity autobiographies. The result is poignant, poetic, and hilarious—a perfect and imperishable performance.
Holly Prado MONKEY JOURNAL 978-1-893670-23-5, $12.00, paper, 49pp. TEBOT BACH 2009
Poetry. “After Holly Prado’s majestic selected poems, THESE MIRRORS PROVE IT, it’s an added delight to encounter her in the more casual and playful setting of MONKEY JOURNAL. In this intimate chronicle of her days and nights, Prado keeps her own rock-solid, goodhumored and frequently musical counsel. She’s a treasure”—Aram Saroyan. Other Holly Prado titles available from SPD include the recent FROM ONE TO THE NEXT (2008) and ESPERANZA: POEMS FOR ORPHEUS (1998).
kathryn l. pringle RIGHT NEW BIOLOGY 978-1-60001-057-6, $15.00, paper, 77pp. 978-1-60001-058-3, $30.00, cloth, 80pp. FACTORY SCHOOL 2009
Poetry. Unjacketed, black cloth. RIGHT NEW BIOLOGY explores the massive single identity of a nation, of culture at war, of a government acting in the interest of a we that, in turn, has interests dictated to them. RIGHT NEW BIOLOGY is a result of urban sprawl. It is identity crisis. It is patriotic. It is hope.
Heeduk Ra SCALE AND STAIRS: SELECTED POEMS OF HEEDUK RA 978-1-893996-24-3, $17.00, paper, 87pp. WHITE PINE PRESS 2009
Poetry. Asian Studies. Translated by Won-Chung Kim and Christopher Merrill. The poems of Heeduck Ra are charged with a friction between image and idea, sound and sense. She glimpses an arc, which may light a path from the visible world to the invisible. Her work occupies the ever-shifting border region between what we know and what we do not know, a zone in which to apprehend the world anew. Thus like mystics through the ages, she sees into the life of seemingly mundane things—a white lotus flower, dried fish, a pair of stockings—and discovers essential truths about her life here below. SCALE AND STAIRS is rich in awakenings occasioned by Ra’s inspired attention to that which is usually overlooked—a tobacco flower, a tree on a truck, a bowl of cooked rice in soup. Each poem is a new world lit by the imagination of a gifted writer.
Bin Ramke TENDRIL 978-1-890650-26-1, $14.95, paper, 120pp. OMNIDAWN 2007
Poetry. In his ninth poetry collection, Mr. Ramke exposes the myriad tendrils that bind together to become experience. Both intensely intimate and profoundly objective, his lyrically elegant, vibrantly elastic sentences allow a reader to follow the personal, cultural, literary, philosophic, artistic threads that intertwine to create our conscious understandings. Mr. Ramke examines not only the impact of family, culture, class, gender, historical moment, landscape, but also the ways that the language we use becomes for us the skein of our reality.
Lucyna Prostko INFINITE BEGINNINGS 978-1-892471-59-8, $16.00, paper, 72pp. BRIGHT HILL PRESS 2009
Poetry. Lucyna Prostko’s fierce, quiet book shines like the wooden boat in “Homecoming” that “beckons the winds with all its power.” Prostko makes poetic speech feel somehow inevitable, yet unexpected and fresh; there is nothing self-conscious, no straining for high art, in her mastery. “The human stories in her poems haunt me. . . . Clear-eyed and steadfast in her honesty, Prostko doesn’t pretend to easy understanding of the mystery she touches at the deep heart of our being, but her love for the world is palpable in every poem”—Joan Larkin, Judge, Bright Hill Poetry Book Competition.
Doug Ramspeck BLACK TUPELO COUNTY 978-1-886157-65-1, $13.95, paper, 104pp. BKMK PRESS 2008
Poetry. Winner of the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, “BLACK TUPELO COUNTRY is a book of cinematic lushness razored with ache,” writes poet Leslie Adrienne Miller, who selected the book for the prize. “These poems dwell in the dark, immutable seam between the natural and interior worlds.” Vivian Shipley, editor of The Connecticut Review, writes, “Wicked humor is also woven into the collection in poems about commerce that depict Socrates engaging the Greeter at Wal-Mart in a Dialogue, Adam and Eve selling sub sandwiches in a mall and Odysseus buying a Cinnabon franchise when he retires.”
Poetry, Prose Poetry, Cross-Genre Keith Ratzlaff
THEN, A THOUSAND CROWS 978-1-934695-10-4, $15.00, paper, 98pp.
SECOND WAVE 978-1-884419-98-0, $12.00, paper, 87pp.
ANHINGA PRESS 2009
BORDIGHERA PRESS 2008
Poetry. “What could it mean to be gentle in an era of ill omen and terror? Ask Jesus or Mahatma Gandhi. Ask the omni-genius da Vinci, of whom Keith Ratzlaff writes, ‘In his last great studies / Leonardo sketched the heart / as a cathedral, its vaults and arches / perfect in their calibrations.’ Ask Ratzlaff himself, who—like Leonardo— makes art ‘as if beauty might be / a graceful house for the blood / and so calm its turbulence.’ THEN, A THOUSAND CROWS brings no easy answers, but instead the steely thing we must have to face the difficult questions: a guarded hope”—Stephen Corey, Georgia Review.
Poetry. Joseph V. Ricapito is a professor of Spanish, Italian, and Comparative Literature at Louisiana State University and holds the Joseph S. Yenni Distinguished Chair for the Department of Italian Studies. He holds degrees from Brooklyn College, CUNY, University of Iowa, and a Ph.D. in Romance Languages from the University of California at Los Angeles. He is the author of FLORENTINE STREETS AND OTHER POEMS, published by Bordighera, and recently published his first novel, Fratelli: A Novel, with AuthorHouse of Bloomington, Indiana.
Boyer Rickel Rick Reid TO BE HUNG FROM THE CEILING BY STRINGS OF VARYING LENGTHS 978-1-933354-76-7, $15.95, paper, 96pp. BLACK GOAT 2009
Poetry. A selection of Chris Abani’s Black Goat poetry series. “The title of this wonderful first book of poetry suggests a language installation ... in which strips of language hang from the ceiling in a way that the viewer can only read them by entering their maze, happily lost because intimate with each detail ... Rick Reid offers us a living as well as a text. The destination recedes as the present moment holds up the glare of its mirror-shard. But the intimations can also be profound ... the shudder and color of stop-time”—Paul Hoover. “Rick Reid is one the most startling, exciting, and innovative poets now writing. He is doing nothing less than reimagining and redefining the boundaries of our poetry. The future of poetry starts here”—David St. John.
Evelyn Reilly STYROFOAM 978-1-931824-32-3, $12.95, paper, 68pp. ROOF BOOKS 2009
Poetry. “A vast Sargasso sea of plastic fragments the size of a continent has been discovered in the Pacific Ocean. How do we go about living in what Evelyn Reilly defines as ‘our infinite plasticity prosperity plentitude’ and still have room for poetry? STYROFOAM might just show us how to do this. It’s a wonderful, mad, challenging itinerary”—John Ashbery. Her previous books include HIATUS, which was a finalist for the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award, and the chapbook Fervent Remnants of Reflective Surfaces.
Michael Rerick IN WAYS IMPOSSIBLE TO FOLD 978-0-9792416-8-0, $15.00, paper, 72pp. MARSH HAWK PRESS 2009
Poetry. Winner of the Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize 2008. “Ways that may have been impossible to fold, in successfully folding here, grow from impossibility to possibility. Every idea in this book is a fold understanding how to increase area and flexibility within apparent confines (as in pop-up books). As scale shifts, large and small scale blossoming, the heart, the pulse—moments fold and unfold in a dance of patterns in which we and everything that exists participate, as impossible as that can seem”—Contest Judge Thylias Moss. “The ceaseless deformations [of these poems] hover between organic and mannerist topologies. These terrific and brave poems entrust themselves to that wager. And you can too” —Tenney Nathanson.
REMANENCE 978-1-60235-075-5, $12.00, paper, 76pp. PARLOR PRESS 2008
Poetry. “As Ron Silliman has written, ‘Attention is all.’ The poems in REMANENCE are supremely attentive to the world—or rather to the traces it leaves in our brains. They also make a study of misperception and error. This is a form of meditation. Much of the book is composed of five-line poems, each long line a semi-separate thought, a probe. Each a kind of echolocation. Gently, insistently, they bring us news of our position”—Rae Armantrout.
Peter Riley A MAP OF FARING 978-1-932559-59-0, $12.00, paper, 108pp. PARLOR PRESS 2005
Poetry. A MAP OF FARING holds three major poetical sequences meditating on particular places: an English wood, a Transylvanian valley, and a house in southern France, as well as poems of places in Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic, Italy, Spain and elsewhere. In these, landscape and encounters become the vocabulary of a personal exploration of senses of time and passage, and the fate of small localities in the spread of global forces. A MAP OF FARING reckons with acts large and small, that are transforming the world, even as it searches to understand, within that reckoning, the possible regenerative presence of art.
Alberto Ríos THE DANGEROUS SHIRT 978-1-55659-298-0, $15.00, paper, 96pp. COPPER CANYON PRESS 2009
Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. Alberto Rios’s new poems—magical wormholes through mundane reality— create an improbably true space where human bodies fall through floorboards, prickly feelings of limbs “fallen asleep” are stars buzzing under the skin, and ironed shirts hanging in a closet take on a foreboding sense of danger. Together they are a book of magical realism and cultural physics seeking the “also-moment”—the probable and imaginative directions a single moment might become. “Science may be our best way of understanding the world,” Ríos writes in one poem, “but it may not be our best way of living in it.” “Ríos’s verse inhabits a country of his own making, sometimes political, often personal, with the familiarity and pungency of an Arizona chili”—the Christian Science Monitor.
Poetry, Prose Poetry, Cross-Genre Michele Ritterman
John Roche, Editor
THE TAO OF A WOMAN 978-0-9795256-2-9, $14.95, paper, 161pp.
UNCENSORED SONGS: FOR SAM ABRAMS 978-0-932412-74-4, $12.00, paper, 88pp.
SKIPPING STONES EDITIONS 2009
SPUYTEN DUYVIL 2008
Poetry. Women’s Studies. This book of poetic soulful verses, vignettes and mantras is in the tradition of Eduardo Galeano’s Book of Embraces and Rumi’s poetry. It offers mind-spins to turn you away from flashy troubles toward the surprise twist of a woman’s hard-earned way. From the foreword: “After a therapy session, I hand my client a post-it note that highlights what we have accomplished. These mysterious hypnotic mantras find their way to a wallet, a palm pilot, or a fridge door. They help the person reenter a replenishing meditation or mini-trance and sometimes they become part of the premises for the client to flourish.”
Poetry. UNCENSORED SONGS, a Sam Abrams festschrift gathered by John Roche in honor of great rad friend/poet Sam Abrams. Contributors include Amiri Baraka, Tony Weinberger, and many others. We bow before Sam with delight and love”—Andrei Codrescu, EXQUISITE CORPSE.
Sophia Rivkin THE VALISE 978-0-932412-72-0, $12.95, paper, 30pp. MAYAPPLE PRESS 2008
Poetry. Sophia Rivkin’s debut collection, THE VALISE, embraces all of the terrors and joys of life from the harrowing world of her Russian grandmother to the fragile body of a dead field mouse. Rivkin’s keen and unblinking eye, great verbal energy, and wry wisdom confront her subjects with continuous, genuine surprise. Terry Blackhawk notes: “Rivkin finds her truths in the surreal, the folkloric, the vibrant lie, the slightly off-kilter translation. These energetic poems let ‘the stunned, ruined things . . . speak.’ They help us understand the price of survival, and we pay it gladly.”
Lisa Robertson LISA ROBERTSON’S MAGENTA SOUL WHIP 978-1-55245-215-8, $14.95, paper, 96pp. COACH HOUSE BOOKS 2009
Poetry. Verses, essays, confessions, reports, translations, drafts, treatises, laments and utopias, 1995-2007. Collected by Elisa Sampedrin. Lisa Robertson’s poems both court and cuckold subjectivity by unmasking its fundament of sex and hesitancy, the coil of doubt in its certitude. Reading her laments and utopias, we realize that, in any she and a she’s assumption of thinking, language—whiplike—casts ahead of itself a fortuitous form. The form brims here pleasurably with dogs, movie stars, broths, painting’s detritus, Latin, and pillage. We recognize our grand, saddened century. Editor Elisa Sampedrin says, “Every time I found a poem of hers, she saved me writing one. She gave volume to my intervals. I kept looking. I radiated. I made requests. I found other Lisa Robertsons and rejected them: she is not a flight attendant, not a cheerleader or home shopping host. She is chagrin’s first companion, error. When I find her in person, I’ll engage her in fisticuffs.”
Kit Robinson TRAIN I RIDE 978-1-897388-42-6, $12.00, paper, 40pp.
Matthew Rohrer A PLATE OF CHICKEN 978-1-933254-55-5, $15.00, paper, 64pp. UGLY DUCKLING PRESSE 2009
Poetry. “A PLATE OF CHICKEN is a masterpiece of subtlety and frailty, a series of glimpses, thoughtfragments, coping devices, and simple declarative sentences. ‘My function,’ Rohrer writes, ‘is to be in love between two people who hate each other,’ and to this end he serves the gods of sentence and line simultaneously. This gathering of seven-line stanzas opens a door to a blanket of white noise, like Brian Eno’s Music for Airports, and never lets up”—Lewis Warsh.
Kim Rosenfield RE: EVOLUTION 978-1-934254-08-0, $15.00, paper, 100pp. LES FIGUES PRESS 2008
Poetry. Delving into the fissures of language as an opportunity to create something new, Rosenfield appropriates texts from various fields of knowledge (evolutionary theory, psychoanalysis, advice on the science of living, and feminist theory) to rewire ideas of authority, subjectivity and expert opinion. The resulting RE: EVOLUTION is part text-book, part poem, part song-of-science, part feminist guide-to-living. Presented alongside research and analysis from a literary critic (Sianne Ngai), a poet/academic (Diana Hamilton) and an evolutionary biologist (Jennifer Calkins), and coupled with images by poet/artist Yedda Morrison, RE: EVOLUTION begs the question: what moves around what? RE: EVOLUTION is published as part of the TrenchArt Tracer series, with visual art by Yedda Morrison, Susan Simpson and Ken Ehlich. Other titles by Kim Rosenfield available from SPD are TRAMA and GOOD MORNING—MIDNIGHT—.
Joe Ross STRATA 978-0-615-18823-2, $15.00, paper, 84pp. DUSIE PRESS 2008
Poetry. “With its intense subjectivity piercing through to the I that doesn’t say ‘I,’ this sequence is like a Paris winter that finally makes it to March, relaxing sweetly. One is most often you, but ‘you are sound.’ I love the sound of STRATA, the movement of reading it, down, across, and through, to return”—Alice Notley.
BOOK THUG 2009
Poetry. TRAIN I RIDE is a meditation on reading, writing, rhythm and tempo. In a sequence of prose fragments, the author lays down tracks through a landscape that is itself always sliding away, with nods along the way to precursors including Junior Parker, Hemingway, Ted Berrigan, Clint Eastwood, Steve Lacy, On Kawara, Gertrude Stein, Compay Segundo, Robert Bresson, Rimbaud, Minnie Minoso, and Warren Sonbert. “The words book.”
Matthew Rotando THE COMEBACK’S EXOSKELETON 978-0-9760142-1-8, $14.95, paper, 96pp. UPSET PRESS 2009
Poetry. “Incorporating the density of Spanish surrealism and a sprawling Whitmanesque line, this amazing first book finds Rotando engaged in a poetic biathlon which draws equally from maximal and minimal traditions. There are tight, economical poems, free verse forms derived from the sonnet, poems leaping about the page, but my favorites are the wonderful prose poems tumbling over and under themselves toward gnomish statements that feel both didactic and self-parodying” —Tim Peterson.
Poetry, Prose Poetry, Cross-Genre Douglas Rothschild
THEOGONY 978-1-930068-40-7, $16.00, paper, 210pp.
THERE’S THE HAND AND THERE’S THE ARID CHAIR 978-1-933996-12-7, $16.95, paper, 128pp.
Poetry. “It’s heartening—a complete relief, in fact— to finally have a lengthy tome from Douglas Rothschild, a poet whose independence and observational precision are, for me, unparalleled within the art. Rothschild is a poet of emphasis, analysis, opinion, argument, outrage, anguish, personality, friendship and deep feeling. His walking, talking line, freer within its various formal constraints (Dug is a master of the long poem made of short poems) than any surface-of-the-moment, sounds like no one else. This is a book of tremendous clarity, and I’m grateful for its existence”—Anselm Berrigan.
Jacques Roubaud EXCHANGES ON LIGHT 978-1-934200-02-5, $14.00, paper, 72pp. FENCE BOOKS 2009
Poetry. Translated from the French by Eleni Sikelianos. “Six voices dialogue across centuries. Their delightful— and delightfully translated—exchanges range through philosophers, poets, and scientists as far apart as Aristotle and Lord Kelvin. As the voices follow each other in sestinalike permutation, they encircle—now by propositions, now by poems—’the sum of light [that] is the world’”—Rosmarie Waldrop. Jacques Roubaud is one of France’s leading contemporary writers. Working in poetry, fiction, criticism, and theater, his voice ranges from crisp analysis to dashing humor to compelling narrative to delicate lyric. A prominent member of the Oulipo (the Workshop for Potential Literature), he taught mathematics for many years at the Université de Paris X. He is a prolific translator from Japanese and English, including classics such as Lewis Carol’s The Hunting of the Snark.
Ryo-kan BETWEEN - THE FLOATING MIST: POEMS OF RYOKAN 978-1-935210-05-4, $14.00, paper, 96pp.
Poetry. Poems born in “a time of abrupt needs,” this collection catalogs those individual and imperative fancies that, in the cosmos of Tomazˇ Sˇalamun, eternity aims to replace: A genealogy of dressmakers and songbirds. A biography that locates the poetic “I” as, at once, a primordial being and a tamer of beasts, a monster and a guardian angel. With uncanny and sometimes harrowing grace, Sˇalamun plumbs every reach of the imagination in search of a space where we can delight in and mourn the disintegration of the body. The nine translators who collaborated to bring out this new book by a “major Central European poet” (the New Yorker) include Thomas Kane, Peter Richards, Phillis Levin, Joshua Beckman, Ana Jelnikar, Christopher Merrill, Matthew Rohrer, Brian Henry, and Anselm Hollo.
Lisa Samuels TOMORROWLAND 978-1-84861-050-7, $15.00, paper, 104pp. SHEARSMAN BOOKS 2009
Poetry. TOMORROWLAND is a book-length poem of bodily transit and colonial forgetting. Its names and events perpetually arrive in a new world, whose versions here combine promised lands and historical suicide. Eula moves among these real and imagined place— times with other symbolic names and unnamed figures, and Jack plays death. The primary formal note is the interrupted iambic. “Lisa Samuels’ TOMORROWLAND is a guidebook and diary from an actuality existing among real sea and ships and coastline, history, and contemporary reflection. There are named ‘characters,’ but the true characters are a colony, a “we” of the newly arrived to this land. The generous and graceful syntax is a fusing agent for yesterday, today, and tomorrow. The reader exults in the accomplishment of the verse” —Alice Notley.
WHITE PINE PRESS 2009
Poetry. Asian Studies. Translated from the Japanese by Dennis Maloney and Hide Oshiro. Ryo-kan (1758-1831) was a poet, master calligrapher, Zen hermit, and is one of the most beloved poets of Japan. Instead of becoming the head of a Zen temple, he preferred the simple and independent life of a hermit. Ryo-kan’s poetry is simple, direct, and colloquial in expression. “Just as Ryo-kan’s life is inseparable from his poetry, the translation’s clarity of diction is inseparable from the sensitive brushwork on each page. A book to be gazed into again and again” —Charlotte Mandel, Small Press.
CHILD IN THE ROAD 978-1-60235-029-8, $15.00, paper, 144pp.
THE KANSHI POEMS OF TAIGU RYOKAN 978-1-933964-25-6, $15.00, paper, 168pp. BOTTOM DOG PRESS 2009
Poetry. Asian Studies. Translated by Larry Smith and Mei Hui Liu Huang. One hundred poems by Japan’s great poet Taigu Ryo-kan (1758-1831) included in English, original Chinese, and in Japanese, translated by poets Mei Hui Liu Huang and Larry Smith. With an introduction, “Taigu Ryo-kan: Great Fool,” by Larry Smith. “These poems, wise and direct, have been rightly treasured for centuries because of the way they expand the mind and refresh the spirit. That is their nature in their original language, and Smith and Huang have managed, with great care and affection, to recreate that nature in English” —David Young, poet and translator.
COUNTERPATH PRESS 2009
PARLOR PRESS 2007
Poetry. CHILD IN THE ROAD is a mother’s response to the sudden death of her young daughter, a rendering of the wide range of emotions experienced afterwards—not description, but an expression of grief from its center. The poems pull vivid imagery from the deepest layers of the unconscious, postcards from a sleepwalker unable to find rest, waking again and again in the wrong story. Who is alive and who is dead? What does it mean to go on living, “eyes searching / under the earth”?
Jennifer Scappettone FROM DAME QUICKLY 978-1-933959-06-1, $15.00, paper, 101pp. LITMUS PRESS 2009
Poetry. Art. Includes a 17-page, full color insert of collages by the poet and cover art by Bronx-based artist Rosemarie Fiore. “Quickly: it’s neither fish nor flesh, Falstaff nor Faust. ‘I became again, I learned to taste.’ Translation, collage, prose poem, lyric invention, periodic convolute, imploded syntax & discursive veers: Scappettone’s richly textured, multifoliate poetry is an intellectual and aesthetic extravaganza that defies genre in its commitment to structural process and social materiality”—Charles Bernstein.
Poetry, Prose Poetry, Cross-Genre Jared Schickling
SUBMISSIONS 978-1-934289-73-0, $16.00, paper, 40pp.
FALLING FORWARD 978-1-934513-12-5, $10.00, paper, 80pp.
BLAZEVOX BOOKS 2008
Poetry. “The poems in Jared Schickling’s SUBMISSIONS explore the dislocations between self, community, and our desiccated political and ecological landscapes. The pressures of such disasters may be a point of departure for these poems, but they move toward a promise of habitation found in the shared spaces within both animal and human kingdoms.The entrances to these charged spaces are awkward, partial, and sometimes painful, but the scope and pull of these potential commons can curve our isolated selves into more adaptable shapes. In doing so, these poems bring the news that while our individual messages invariably split into lonely factions, we can still find common ground in a language that is ‘on loan and full of intentions’”—Jonathan Minton.
In FALLING FORWARD, her first full-length collection, Schumejda dissects human shortcomings with the admission that often “the truth is too heavy, folded like two hands in prayer, filled with weeds and regrets.” While illustrating the perseverance of the human spirit and showing that “falling forward” is still forward progress, these poems invite you to indulge in the familiar threads that tie lives together.
Barry Schwabsky BOOK LEFT OPEN IN THE RAIN 978-1-934029-04-6, $10.00, paper, 85pp. BLACK SQUARE EDITIONS 2009
Poetry. Barry Schwabsky was born in Paterson, New Jersey, and presently lives in London. His previous collection is OPERA: POEMS 1981-2002 (Meritage Press).
THE NEXT IN LINE 978-0-9777698-3-4, $14.95, paper, 71pp. SLOPE EDITIONS 2008
Poetry. THE NEXT IN LINE, Christopher Schmidt’s provocative debut, tracks the poet’s coming of age with a sparking language reflecting New York City’s speed and crush. Tartly seductive, these poems admit an erotic pessimism overcome by a desiring temperament too in love with life’s eccentricities to brood. By turns glamorously elusive and arousingly direct, THE NEXT IN LINE cuts through poetic cant with the knowledge of what “sentiments exact.” Schmidt studies and teaches at the City University of New York and lives in Brooklyn.
Steven D. Schroeder TORCHED VERSE ENDS 978-1-934289-71-6, $16.00, paper, 78pp. BLAZEVOX BOOKS 2008
Poetry. “These are the poems of a hooch-swilling layabout, shifty-eyed sneak thief, disagreeable cuss—in short, good work, but he scares my kids. That shaved head and Satanic goatee? The yelling about the government?”—Aaron Anstett. “The poems in Steven D. Schroeder’s debut collection are not for the faint of heart. I mean this as the most serious of warnings. Upon reading them, you may find yourself locked in a cloakroom with nothing but his pages and a musty parka between you. Even if you resist, you may still dream, nightly, of absconding to Times Square with the author, frolicking in the orange light and snapping pictures. Buy three copies: one for the bookshelf, one to hide under your pillow, and one to keep close to your body at all times” —Mary Biddinger.
Morgan Lucas Schuldt VERGE 978-1-60235-035-9, $12.00, paper, 68pp. PARLOR PRESS 2007
Poetry. The poems in Morgan Lucas Schuldt’s debut collection, VERGE, speak at once both brokenly and reparably of the body, of its lusts and devotions, its violences and “satisflictions.” Schuldt’s lyrics exploit the phonetic suppleness of the English language in a way that teases out (mischievously so, earnestly so) an ecstatic, carnal, tender kind of poetics that pays homage—in both name and spirit—to poets like Hopkins, Celan, Crane and Berryman, as well as ekphrastically to painters Francis Bacon, Joan Miro, and Hieronymous Bosch.
Ryoko Sekiguchi HELIOTROPES 978-1-934200-20-9, $15.00, paper, 80pp. FENCE BOOKS 2009
Poetry. Translated by Sarah O’Brien. The role of proper names and their power over both named and namer is a subject Sekiguchi has addressed in her critical work. Now she returns to the theme in these poetic prose blocks. Set in a Portuguese botanical garden, they reconstruct the plant, animal, and aviary worlds through the lens of language—a Wittgensteinian language that dreams of impossible precision while actually constructing a kaleidoscope that interleaves the boundaries of its subjects until the myriad forms that life can assume become a single, triumphant category. Ryoko Sekiguchi was born in Tokyo. She received a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Tokyo, and has lived in Paris since 1997, where she teaches at the Paris Research Center for Oriental Languages. She writes in both Japanese and French and has published seven collections of poetry.
Patty Seyburn HILARITY 978-1-930974-83-8, $15.00, paper, 75pp. NEW ISSUES POETRY & PROSE 2009
Poetry. Winner of the 2008 Green Rose Prize in Poetry. “In a time when there’s little to laugh about, Patty Seyburn’s HILARITY is an epic punch line: sparkling and smart. I rely on her ‘sort of music eliding joy and pain’— and the echoes in the great church of disbelief to keep us all sane and savvy. Read HILARITY and weep, and laugh. And get better because of it”—Carol Muske-Dukes.
Angela Shaw BEGINNING OF THE FIELDS 978-1-932195-73-6, $16.95, paper, 72pp. TUPELO PRESS 2009
Poetry. Angela Shaw’s luxuriant verse explores still moments in the lives of diverse subjects. These poems speak compellingly of clothing and courtesans, marriage and motherhood, interiors and landscapes of the poet’s native West Virginia.
Poetry, Prose Poetry, Cross-Genre Frank Sherlock
Joan I. Siegel
OVER HERE 978-0-9808873-8-9, $15.00, paper, 104pp. 978-1-934103-05-0, $30.00, cloth, 104pp.
HYACINTH FOR THE SOUL 978-0-9712488-9-2, $16.95, paper, 87pp.
FACTORY SCHOOL 2009
Poetry. “These passionate, caring poems range seamlessly from personal lyric to public outcry, from a pair of well-turned pantoums of childhood memories to a poem that rewrites the liturgy of a responsive reading from the Passover service. Siegel knows how to go for the small specific details that illuminate even the darkest subjects”—Maxine Kumin. “HYACINTH FOR THE SOUL is a beautifully well-worked piece of imagination: ironic, lyrical, and elegant. Siegel’s poems so often begin in daily living, poems that value the very simple or modest: what ‘abides’ or ‘suffices.’ Sometimes somber, and sometimes happy, her poems shoot out into the cosmos and let us look at our living from that vantage. There are the pleasures of metaphor, where the parts of an idea suddenly condense or burst into a completely new structure that we recognize immediately: the ‘shape turning in the flame’”—Rosemary Deen.
Poetry. OVER HERE is a collection of works written for farewell parties in the era of endings. These poems are culled from notebooks kept during imaginary road trips across the late empire, serving as toasts to new futures. Come inside for a strange celebration, and watch for sparks.
Brandon Shimoda THE ALPS 978-0-9790888-2-7, $14.00, paper, 144pp. FLIM FORUM PRESS 2008
Poetry. “Part elegy, part celebration, Brandon Shimoda’s debut interweaves glimpses of individual lives, fragments of revolution and war, and a bird’s-eye view of the waxing and waning of generations in mapping profound issues of identity and history. Viewed through the lens of his particular family history, Shimoda stations THE ALPS in an eerily beautiful yet threatening landscape, one entangled, inextricably, with the brutality of human existence. By turns playful, detached, and deeply emotional, the myriad voices of THE ALPS resonate with a spare and violent beauty”—Laura Sims.
Ely Shipley BOY WITH FLOWERS 978-0-9728302-6-3, $15.95, paper, 71pp. BARROW STREET PRESS 2008
Poetry. Ely Shipley’s first book of poems, BOY WITH FLOWERS, won the 2007 Barrow Street Press book prize judged by Carl Phillips. He also won the Utah Writer’s Award in Poetry from the Western Humanities Review judged by Edward Hirsch and the Virginia Faulkner Award from Prairie Schooner. He was a finalist for the Academy of American Poets’ Levis prize judged by Susan Howe in 2007 and for the James Hearst Award from the North American Review judged by Li-Young Lee in 2003. He has taught creative writing, literature, and gender studies at Purdue University and the University of Utah, and frequently facilitates workshops with queer youth. He currently lives in Salt Lake City, where he is a PhD candidate in the creative writing program at the University of Utah.
Betsy Sholl ROUGH CRADLE 978-1-882295-73-9, $15.95, paper, 96pp. ALICE JAMES BOOKS 2009
Poetry. Betsy Sholl’s masterful, musical seventh collection focuses on human dichotomies: body and soul, mystery and knowledge, grief and ecstasy. Though the self is small in relation to death, love is enormous, and no life too small or mean to matter. “Betsy Sholl’s ROUGH CRADLE is a marvelous, intricate book of contraries. Ruin and healing, beauty and blight, the just and the unjust are at war, not just out there in our politics and our histories, but in here, daily, hourly, in the human soul. I love Sholl’s unyielding honesty, the great heart and deep intelligence of her vision”—Nancy Eimers.
DEEBROOK EDITIONS 2009
Laura Sims STRANGER 978-1-934200-23-0, $15.00, paper, 88pp. FENCE BOOKS 2009
Poetry. A mother’s illness and early death is only the beginning of the story of STRANGER, Laura Sims’ second collection. This is a death whose presence and particulars are felt and inscribed, and which achieves an agency, a purview, a resistance. We feel the loss from all angles, even as Sims’ episodic, quicksilver narrative moves up and through a mother’s life and its incompletion, her apprehension in the face of death, a surviving child’s guilt and the adult child’s attempts at comprehension of who/what the mother is, now that she’s gone. In the end there is a hopeful hopelessness in approaching Eternity. Laura Sims’ delicacy and agility are equal to her forbearance, and all are up to the remarkable task of recounting a life and afterlife. Her first book, PRACTICE, RESTRAINT, is also available from SPD.
Noel Sloboda SHELL GAMES 978-1-934513-08-8, $10.00, paper, 56pp. SUNNYOUTSIDE 2008
Poetry. In SHELL GAMES, Noel Sloboda surveys the landscape of daily life and the deceptions commonly encountered there. Reveling in the artistry of the ordinary, Sloboda examines how we endeavor to grasp truths about those around us as well as ourselves. Readers will find both poignancy and possibility in the quotidian dramas of this collection.
Carolyn Smart HOOKED: SEVEN POEMS 978-1-894078-69-6, $19.00, paper, 120pp. BRICK BOOKS 2009
Poetry. HOOKED is a stunning new collection of seven poems about seven famous or infamous women: Myra Hindley, Unity Mitford, Zelda Fitzgerald, Dora Carrington, Carson McCullers, Jane Bowles, and Elizabeth Smart. Each of these women was hooked on, and her life contorted by, an addiction or obsession. Here we have seven variations on the insoluble conundrum of sexuality—each in a remarkably distinct, authentic voice. Carolyn Smart brilliantly recreates seven lives of great color. These women, all born before the end of World War II, struggle to find—or escape—their roles in a society hostile to female intelligence and ambition. Here are the agonies of the half-lived life; talents and voices that are lost or go astray in seven different ways, at a time before the greater freedoms that Feminism brought to the Western World. Whether these women have artistic success or not they are, in these astonishing poems, devastatingly articulate about their difficult lives.
Poetry, Prose Poetry, Cross-Genre Erin Elizabeth Smith
THE FEAR OF BEING FOUND 978-0-9770892-4-6, $13.95, paper, 85pp.
THE ONE AND ONLY HUMAN GALAXY 978-1-934909-07-2, $18.00, paper, 133pp.
THREE CANDLES PRESS 2008
HANGING LOOSE PRESS 2009
Poetry. This first book by Erin Elizabeth Smith, a formidable poet, editor, and publisher, is accessible, yet visceral and true. Covering family life, travel, the reading life, and friendship, it is an edgy book that is both beautiful and disturbing. Erin Elizabeth Smith understands the value of the musical line and stanzaic development. She is a necessary new voice in poetry. “Erin Elizabeth Smith’s debut book of poems, THE FEAR OF BEING FOUND, is adamantly itself. Smith’s nervy, plangent lyrics question and reject assumptions, outfit themselves for uncertainty in a world where wind is “young and bitter” and “cicadas sound like a factory of lathes.” Personal and metaphysical, mythic and immediate, these poems are elegant as a pair of white gloves and fierce as a set of fangs”—Angela Ball.
Poetry. “Like her great forebear Bertolt Brecht, Elizabeth Swados is a consummate theater artist who is a poet at the core. With her composer’s ear, director’s intuition, and startling linguistic economy, she reinvents the theater poem for our time, conjuring a lost world and, at its center, a quicksilver Houdini escape artist, Jew, son, lover, celebrity, metaphysician, visionary. Let us welcome Swados the poet! THE ONE AND ONLY HUMAN GALAXY is a triumphant debut”—Honor Moore. Elizabeth Swados has published fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books and received the Ken Award, as well as a New York Public Library Award for her book My Depression. Other awards include five Tony nominations, three Obie Awards, Helen Hayes Award, and many others. This is her first collection of poetry.
THE ALL-PURPOSE MAGICAL TENT 978-0-9767185-0-5, $14.95, paper, 80pp.
ARRANGING THE BLAZE 978-1-934695-09-8, $15.00, paper, 106pp.
NIGHTBOAT BOOKS 2009
ANHINGA PRESS 2009
Poetry. Winner of the 2007 Nightboat Poetry Prize chosen by Terrance Hayes. Lytton Smith was born in Galleywood, England, and lives in NYC. His work has appeared in AMERICAN LETTERS & COMMENTARY, the Atlantic, Colorado Review, DENVER QUARTERLY, and Verse. A chapbook, Monster Theory, was published by the Poetry Society of America in 2008, selected by Kevin Young. He helps run Blind Tiger Poets, an organization to promote contemporary poetry, and Mystery Bench Press. He received an MFA from Columbia University. Lytton is named for Edward Bulwer-Lytton, the Victorian novelist who first coined the novel opening, “It was a dark and stormy night.”
Poetry. “The poetry of Chad Sweeney is exuberant, imagistic, and prophetic. It locates a ‘critical moment’ of the ineffable that would be inexpressible, had it not been so beautifully expressed: ‘the last hawk in the net of his eye.’ Prophetic means of the world—’the median burns with oleander from Miami to LA’ and ‘the beer tastes of uranium’—but also touched by the marvelous (‘the fire is folded inside its wood’). This is a poetry of awakening, of coming into knowledge. We are near the beginning and the end, but in a curiously real place where you can hear the white teeth of a bull pull at the grass”—Paul Hoover.
Chad Sweeney, Editor
THE MORNING 978-0-9779975-2-7, $12.00, paper, 82pp.
DAYS I MOVED THROUGH ORDINARY SOUNDS: THE TEACHERS OF WRITERSCORPS IN POETRY AND PROSE 978-1-931404-10-5, $17.95, paper, 200pp.
BOOTSTRAP PRODUCTIONS 2008
CITY LIGHTS PUBLISHERS 2009
Poetry. Whether working within the confines of short poem, or stretching out into a “domestic novel” the poems collected in THE MORNING are a delight. Tracking the minute changes of the everyday with exquisite attention, Snell’s eye and ear enliven whatever they touch. This is a poet who, like Reznikoff, dares to write “in the great world small” and knows enough to let things speak for themselves.
Poetry. Fiction. The poems and short stories collected in this volume are the outcome of fifteen years of an amazingly successful experiment: asking accomplished writers to teach workshops in juvenile detention facilities, homeless shelters, inner-city schools, and schools for newly arrived immigrants. Follow these teacher-artists in the National Writers Corps on their journey into the halls and streets of America’s diverse neighborhoods as they enrich the lives and creativity of their students—and find their own voices changed in the process. As one writerteacher puts it: “Writing in community gathers us around the proverbial campfire and reminds us why we do this: because hearing stories helps us make sense of the world, and because telling them helps us make sense of ourselves.”
Jordan Stempleman STRING PARADE 978-1-934289-70-9, $16.00, paper, 74pp. BLAZEVOX BOOKS 2008
Poetry. “With a voice that speaks of the simultaneous desolation and burgeoning hopefulness of our time, Stempleman’s STRING PARADE begs us to listen again to an American landscape long forgotten, yet still around. It is a landscape full of children and families, of old Hollywood glamour, of worn out streets, of gardens, of domestic scenes full of ache, of heavy rain clouds, of dedication. As the title suggests, images and people float at us in endless sequences, strung together in a language of the everyday. Here in these poems, Stempleman creates a spectacle of dedication for the everyday people he loves, which by the end of the book, we realize is all of us. And thankfully, I am, that it is so, that this poet loves me, and that I can feel his weighty love for his readers in every word. In an American poetry, it should always be the case, that our poets love us tenderly despite all our human imperfections”—Dorothea Lasky.
Elizabeth Kate Switaj MAGDALENE & THE MERMAIDS 978-0-9798470-6-6, $14.00, paper, 56pp. PAPER KITE PRESS 2009
Poetry. “At the heart of this comprehensive collection lies the Biblical character of Mary Magdalene whose presence is prominent in many of the poems and who haunts those which are, ostensibly, departures from the subject matter that dominates. However, departure and digression are not the hallmarks of this work and each piece of writing represents a different incursion into the topic from angles and perspectives that are startling, original and engaging. By adopting an overarching motif, the author is able to align more personal topics and themes with the main focus, at times appearing to move into territory not evidently covered by the title but always providing the vital connection somewhere in this sequence of compositions”—Martyn James Colebrook.
Poetry, Prose Poetry, Cross-Genre Arthur Sze
THE GINKGO LIGHT 978-1-55659-299-7, $15.00, paper, 96pp.
WEE HOUR MARTYRDOM 978-1-934513-05-7, $13.00, paper, 176pp.
COPPER CANYON PRESS 2009
Poetry. A temple near the hypocenter of the atomic blast at Hiroshima was disintegrated, but its ginkgo tree survived to bud and bloom. Arthur Sze extends this metaphor of survival and perseverance to transform the world’s factual darkness into precarious splendor. “Each hour teems,” Sze writes, as he ingeniously integrates the world’s miraculous and mundane—a woodpecker drilling a utility pole or a 1,300-year-old lotus seed—into a moving, visionary journey. “Classically elegant”—the New York Times Book Review. “Sze’s listladen sequences capture the world’s manifold facts one by one, then through discursive commentary exact from them a sense not only of aesthetic order but of universal cause and effect”—Boston Review.
Poetry. Charles Simic has said of the short poem, “Less is always more.... It’s about all and everything, the metaphysics of a few words surrounded by much silence.” In this collection, Tandon takes up this dictum, juxtaposing the absurd of the everyday with a compassionate, redemptive ideal. His poetry is both accessible and democratic, in the sense that no subject is unworthy of concern—he believes in the grace and nobility of even the simplest object or human behavior. His personas are beset by fear, insecurity, defeat and loss, yet they possess the humor and imagination necessary to endure.
Stacy Szymaszek HYPERGLOSSIA 978-1-933959-07-8, $15.00, paper, 104pp. LITMUS PRESS 2009
Poetry. “HYPERGLOSSIA is part anthropology, part anatomy; it is part song and part dissonance. Yet Szymaszek’s poetry is always too wily, and too alive with its own pleasures—in short, too wise—to accept any conscription to stable identity. In this ‘skirmish with a makeshift tongue,’ the poet keeps us ‘attuned to closecalls and eruptions of selfhoods.’ Demonstrating that language and identity are ‘a temporary site,’ this poetry is a cultural ‘mirroror,’ full of sly heresies which abet Szymaszek’s poetic subversions so that she is able to ‘elude detection and find company.’ Indeed, in her company, we can be grateful to find such a ‘superior sayerer’”—Elizabeth Robinson. Cover art: “Betty’s Revenge” by Laurel Sparks.
Santo-ka Taneda MOUNTAIN - TASTING: HAIKU AND JOURNALS OF SANTOKA TANEDA 978-1-935210-03-0, $16.00, paper, 200pp. WHITE PINE PRESS 2009
Poetry. Asian Studies. Translated from the Japanese by John Stevens. MOUNTAIN TASTING gathers together a wide cross section of haiku with a selection of the diaries of the wandering Japanese poet Santo-ka (1882-1940). Santo-ka lived his life in the Zen hermit poetic tradition of Japan that includes Matsuo Basho-, Ryo-kan, and SaigyoHo-shi. The open road was to become both his home and monastery. As he said, “Days I don’t enjoy: Any day I don’t walk, drink sake, and compose haiku.” Ryo-kan
Yermiyahu Ahron Taub WHAT STILLNESS ILLUMINATED: POEMS IN ENGLISH, YIDDISH, AND HEBREW 978-1-60235-092-2, $14.00, paper, 112pp. PARLOR PRESS 2008
Eileen R. Tabios NOTA BENE EISWEIN 978-0-9808873-9-6, $16.00, paper, 113pp. AHADADA BOOKS 2009
Poetry. Asian American Studies. In Eileen R. Tabios’s 16th print poetry collection, NOTA BENE EISWEIN, Tabios applies the methodology of making Eiswein, a German sweet wine, for extracting poems from her readings of Christian Hawkey’s poetry collection THE BOOK OF FUNNELS and Sarah Bird’s novel The Flamenco Academy. NOTA BENE EISWEIN extends Tabios’s body of work that is unique for melding ekphrasis with transcolonialism. Just as she is inspired by other art forms for creating poetry, her poems have been translated into other art media—Paintings, Video, Drawings, Visual Poetry, Mixed Media Collages, Kali Martial Arts, Modern Dance and Sculpture—in addition to languages such as Spanish, Italian, Tagalog, Japanese, and Portuguese.
Poetry. Inspired by the poet’s experience as an artist’s model, WHAT STILLNESS ILLUMINATED is a kaleidoscope of mysterious tableaux vivants. Composed entirely of five-line poems, the book offers glimpses of individuals in moments of flux or revelation and suggestions of lives altered. “As if in a dream, here a richly imagined film is made still, its images and sounds slowed to a halt so that we can appreciate all of the different strands and their relation to each other. With these distillations Taub sheds new light on the dramatic potential of all of these languages, showing us what comes when they are seen, read, or heard next to each other”—Laura Levitt, author of American Jewish Loss after the Holocaust.
Robert Thompson CITY OF WATER 978-0-9808873-3-4, $15.95, paper, 46pp. AHADADA BOOKS 2009
Eileen R. Tabios THE BLIND CHATELAINE’S KEYS: HER BIOGRAPHY THROUGH YOUR POETICS 978-1-934289-92-1, $18.00, paper, 198pp. BLAZEVOX BOOKS 2008
Poetry. Literary Nonfiction. THE BLIND CHATELAINE’S KEYS takes its impetus from three impossibilities: (i) biography (and autobiography)—something is always left out, (ii) artistic criticism: the critic’s subjectivity inevitably comes to play, and (iii) pure persona in poems—the poet’s self remains a presence no matter how much a poet may wish to disrupt the “I”. Eileen R. Tabios, known as “Chatelaine” in poetry blogland, uses others’ criticisms and engagements of her writings to create a narrative arc that serves as a biography. Since the biography is based (mostly) on her poems, it conceptually pushes the idea summed up by Ted Berrigan: “there is a self inside almost all of the poems.”
Poetry. Robert Thompson’s poems have many admirable qualities, chief among them: a light touch. A light touch is only admirable when it goes against the grain, when it is something more than willful fun ‘n’ games, or mere whimsy, when it undermines solemnity without sacrificing attention. “The pleasures of Robert Thompson’s delightful CITY OF WATER are the pleasures of the unexpected, whether disclosed in a romantic meditation on a beautiful life, in a Brooklyn trashscape, or in his son’s nursery. Consisting of two long, capacious ruminations, “The Light of Things” and “Room with Red Andes,” punctuated by short poems of a striking clarity the book chronicles an intensely alert mind whose perceptions range from the hilarious opening poem to the quietly devastating title poem with which it concludes”—John Koethe.
Poetry, Prose Poetry, Cross-Genre Matthew Tierney
Alma Luz Villanueva
THE HAYFLICK LIMIT 978-1-55245-217-2, $14.95, paper, 96pp.
SOFT CHAOS 978-1-931010-37-5, $18.00, paper, 240pp.
COACH HOUSE BOOKS 2009
BILINGUAL REVIEW PRESS 2008
Poetry. In the early 60s, Leonard Hayflick determined that healthy cells can divide only a finite number of times. Known as the Hayflick Limit, it sets an unsurpassable lifespan for our species at just over 120 years. The ultimate of limits, tackled by poetry of humor, intelligence and lucidity. THE HAYFLICK LIMIT concerns itself with the boundaries of the cosmic and subatomic— how the mind contains both—and the sadsack creatures in the nexus, human beings. What does it mean to be an intelligent species? What does it mean to be an intelligent person? Shifting focus from the limits of the telescope to the limits of the microscope, the poems in Matthew Tierney’s second collection place a premium on inventiveness while embracing extremes of fear, pain, cognition, and time.
Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. Lyrical, compassionate, and uncompromisingly realistic, these feminist poems embrace a wide variety of experiences: womanhood, motherhood, affection for the earth and animals, the author’s love of the Native American way of life, and concern for the future of the planet. Her poems fuse the personal and political, expressing the sensual world in abstract terms and revealing a belief in the power of poetry to connect us to the world, to each other, and to ourselves.
Barbara Tomash THE SECRET OF WHITE 978-1-933132-68-6, $12.00, paper, 72pp. SPUYTEN DUYVIL 2009
Poetry. “THE SECRET OF WHITE is a marvel of language, written with acute patience and precision. Each line and image is crafted with the care of embroidery, the pen and paper giving way to the needle and thread: ‘if I read what I have written I will loosen the stitches.’ Loosening these stitches reveals a world rich with color and a beauty embedded in the everyday ‘plums/ cracked open, red threads spun/ into grey’”—Truong Tran. Barbara Tomash’s previous book of poetry FLYING IN WATER (also available from SPD) won the 2006 Winnow First Prize and has been reissued by Spuyten Duyvil Press.
Ko Un SONGS FOR TOMORROW: A COLLECTION OF POEMS 1960-2002 978-1-933382-70-8, $15.95, paper, 365pp. GREEN INTEGER 2009
Poetry. Asian Studies. Translated from the Korean by Brother Anthony of Taize, Young-moo Kim, and Gary Gach. With an introduction by Ko Un. Recognized as the greatest living Korean poet, Ko Un has produced a vast amount of poetry over the years, including the noted collection TEN THOUSAND LIVES, previously published by Green Integer. This new volume selects work from Ko Un’s entire career to date. The most noted contemporary Korean poet, Ko Un has been nominated several times for the Nobel Prize for Literature and is recognized as one of the most important of living poets.
Liliana Ursu LIGHTWALL 978-0-9815521-2-5, $15.00, paper, 135pp. ZEPHYR PRESS 2009
Poetry. Bilingual Edition. Translated from the Romanian by Sean Cotter. LIGHTWALL refers to the angled casements built to reflect sunlight into basement apartments in Bucharest. These poems bring light where it ordinarily does not reach: Romanian trains, old suitcases, the medieval city where Ursu was born. Her poems connect her home in old Bucharest to her travels in the United States, and her Orthodox spirituality with her modern, Balkan context. “Liliana Ursu is a dancer, an archeologist of light. How she makes the Black Sea again, how she expands the places of myth is beyond grasping”— Tomazˇ Sˇalamun.
Megan A. Volpert THE DESENSE OF NONFENSE 978-1-934289-89-1, $16.00, paper, 90pp. BLAZEVOX BOOKS 2008
Poetry. “Megan Volpert excavates the heart of nonfense with a surgeon’s scalpel and a poet’s umbrella on an operating table. Equal parts whimsy, collision, and erudition, this is an amazing pop linguistics addition to the literature of the de-sensive”—Daphne Gottlieb. “Not since the Nature Theater of Oklahoma has such a cast of characters been recruited in the name of narrative theory and good clean fun. Starring icons of culture high and low, from Slavoj Zˇizˇek to Simon Cowell, from Akira Kurosawa to Will Ferrell, Volpert’s essay on nonsense is a Technicolor triumph”—Jena Osman.
Anne Waldman FIRST BABY POEMS 978-1-934289-91-4, $18.00, paper, 60pp. BLAZEVOX BOOKS 2008
Poetry. “Anne Waldman glows even in the throes of morning sickness at the Buddhist chateau. The mind empties as the belly expands, but the mind doesn’t clear without a detailed expression of what it is letting go of, and the body doesn’t fill without a rich chronicle of sensation. She takes us all the way to term and then, the baby gets the pantoums. What a retreat she takes us on. What a euphonic spell of sleep-deprived wonder she casts”—C.D. Wright. “With her warm subtle fleshy FIRST BABY POEMS Waldman creates an infant power that did not exist before in her words. These poems are complex joyful bioalchemy”—Michael McClure.
Anne Waldman MARTYRDOM 978-0-9789262-7-4, $15.00, paper, 32pp. PALM PRESS 2009
Poetry. Chapbook, saddle-stitch. “With no small amount of ‘investigative rage,’ Anne Waldman quickens the nerve fiber by which language so binds us to social action as to recast victim status and noble death in light of car bombings and global capital’s ‘free trade of bodies.’ MARTYRDOM begins and ends in present-day Umbria to look back at the Cretaceous-Tertiary event, ‘the asteroid or impact that led to the extinction of the dinosaurs.’ That doomsday past lends longer historical views to measure the present delirious life in which we are all married to figures of the terrorist. An uncompromising assessment of emancipative politics and the doubtful certainties of poetry—Mansur Al-Hallaj, Santa Teresa of Avila, Ernesto Cardenal—to ask what desire has “to do with the subject of martyr? / [when] everyone has a price for suicide’”—Roberto Tejada.
Poetry, Prose Poetry, Cross-Genre Liz Waldner
Allison Benis White
TRUST 978-1-880834-84-8, $15.95, paper, 69pp.
SELF-PORTRAIT WITH CRAYON 978-1-880834-83-1, $15.95, paper, 63pp.
CLEVELAND STATE U POETRY CENTER 2009
CLEVELAND STATE U POETRY CENTER 2009
Poetry. Our senses entrust to us the world that the heart minds, and so gives us a point of view, the “sight we hope to see through (to) / Always.” Deeply attentive to form and music, each of these poems, written between the early eighties and mid-nineties, serves as a trust for the mending of that sense of separateness. Ever the stranger in yet another strange place—in subway and orchard, ER and library, cemetery and classroom—they ask: “What is the shape /” of the story? “Who is mindful of me?” and sometimes answer: “Thank you, I have enjoyed / imagining all this.”
Poetry. “An oblique conversation with Degas reigns throughout this collection of oddly heartbreaking pieces. Against the backdrop of his paintings and sketches, we find ourselves in an intimate world, coherent but uncanny, where private memory becomes inseparable from the culture we hold in common, and all of it just barely cracked open, riven by interstices through which we glimpse the vivid but unsayable. White has given us a truly exceptional first collection, deeply musical and intricately haunting”—Cole Swensen.
Joshua Marie Wilkinson G.C. Waldrep ARCHICEMBALO 978-1-932195-74-3, $16.95, paper, 64pp.
THE BOOK OF WHISPERING IN THE PROJECTION BOOTH 978-1-932195-67-5, $16.95, paper, 80pp.
TUPELO PRESS 2009
TUPELO PRESS 2009
Poetry. G.C. Waldrep, always a startlingly original, appealing poetic voice, uses music theory and history to explore the interweaving of language and music. In fiercely intelligent, passionate verse, the poet seeks the delicate point between the voice of a singer (music) and that of a poet (language). An archicembalo (pronounced ark-e-chém-ball-o) was a complex sixteenth-century instrument, a successor to the harpsichord. The book is structured after a gamut, a nineteenth-century musical primer. Originally a single note on the scale, a gamut later came to mean a whole range—as in a singer or actor’s ability to “cover the whole gamut.”
Poetry. In prose poems and lyric fragments, Joshua Marie Wilkinson uses the films of Michelangelo Antonioni and others—and graduate degrees in poetry and film—to entice readers into the extraordinary correlation between poetic and cinematic imagery.
Rosmarie Waldrop and Keith Waldrop FLAT WITH NO KEY 978-1-886224-93-3, $8.00, paper, 26pp. BURNING DECK 2008
Poetry. New chapbook abecedarian by Keith and Rosmarie Waldrop. “When Rosmarie Waldrop writes poetry, when she writes poems, she writes her poems: the poems, the poetry of Rosmarie Waldrop. When Keith Waldrop writes poetry, when he writes poems, he writes his poems: the poems, the poetry of Keith Waldrop. But when Rosmarie and Keith, when Keith and Rosmarie write poems together, whose poems are those poems? They are the poems of a third poet, whose name and gender and origin and language we do not know. But what we do see, and hear, are the poems” —Jacques Roubaud.
Donald Wellman PROLOG PAGES: 978-0-9808873-8-9, $14.95, paper, 128pp. AHADADA BOOKS 2009
Poetry. PROLOG PAGES are various in the complexities of their bundled themes: travel, observations from everyday life, allusions to the accomplishments of poets and artists. Wellman sometimes calls to the figures who populate his poems, expressing sympathy with the emotions that he detects in their person or their work. Unexpected bursts of conversation catch his ears. His material is the rough stuff of notebooks and journals, here from travels in Mexico and Spain (although New York City, Chicago and Angola appear as reference points too). Collages of fragmentary observation ruled by temporal juxtaposition and expediency become disciplined exercises in pared down constructions.
Tyrone Williams ON SPEC 978-1-890650-33-9, $14.95, paper, 160pp. OMNIDAWN 2008
Poetry. African American Studies. Tryone Williams reveals that every act of communication is a speculation, and that the spectacles we must use to see and assess it— those of our own particular condition and conditioning —are never without qualifying contour and coloration. Williams is a keen observer of the distortions of such lenses, as the titles of the two sections of this collection suggest—first is an “Eshuneutics” (interpretation purportedly infused with an Eshu’s sensibility). But the trickster’s eye can turn to mock even its own powers of analysis, as Williams deftly demonstrates by calling the second section “Pseudo-eshuneutics.”
Elizabeth Marie Young AIM STRAIGHT AT THE FOUNTAIN AND PRESS VAPORIZE 978-1-934200-24-7, $15.00, paper, 96pp. FENCE BOOKS 2009
Poetry. Winner of the 2009 Motherwell Prize. An exuberant skeptic, Elizabeth Marie Young writes in the infidel hope that writing itself can create worlds. These hilariously erudite prose poems are cosmologies— miniature, ever-expanding universes crammed with overactive particulars. They are interactive environments, kaleidoscopic and incorrigibly changeable, in which competing impulses toward cerebral austerity and luxuriant beauty battle it out. These poems crystallize into radiant geometries even as they threaten to selfdestruct: distinctly utopian, pulsing with the defiant exuberance of drag and disco and steeped in the lemonade oceans of Charles Fourier. Antiquity lingers as a locus of incomprehensibility, startling us into novelty. Elizabeth Marie Young coins new myths, drawing in classical material only to see how it looks wrestling in the mud with surfers, yogis, and cyborgs.
Poetry, Prose Poetry, Cross-Genre Andrew Zawacki
PETALS OF ZERO PETALS OF ONE 978-1-58498-064-3, $13.95, paper, 88pp.
INRI 978-1-934851-04-3, $14.95, paper, 120pp.
TALISMAN HOUSE 2009
MARICK PRESS 2009
Poetry. Andrew Zawacki’s third book explores the dynamics of one and of none: being and nothingness, binary code, virtual flowers in a bulletproof vase, she loves me she loves me not. Inflected by an ecopoetics that lets the electro in, PETALS OF ZERO PETALS OF ONE consists of three concatenated tracks, sequenced in a lowtech echo chamber. Winner of the 1913 Prize, “Georgia” has been praised by Cole Swensen as a “vibrant disaster” that “keeps us feeling falling,” while Peter Gizzi calls it a “high velocity tour-de-force.” The central series, “Arrow’s shadow” is a fractured ars poetica and an elegiac encounter with landscape and syllable, with pixelated forms and light. “Storm, lustral” choreographs an epileptic last dance along the ditch waters and wanderlust of the Dasein. This volume affirms Susan Howe’s claim that Zawacki “combines the disciplined perception of a naturalist with the inspired perception of a poet.”
Poetry. Latin American Studies. Translated from the Spanish by William Rowe. INRI responds to the need to find a language for an event that was kept hidden and excluded from official records in Chile: the fact that the bodies of the disappeared were thrown out of helicopters into the mouths of volcanoes and into the sea. In order to bring this event, that was neither seen nor heard, into language, Zurita invents a form and language capable of bringing it into the present. The one place where these unspeakable acts might be registered is in the landscape of Chile: the mountains, desert, and sea. There the event might begin to be touched, heard, and finally seen. When there are no places from which to speak, “the stones cry out.”
Hannah Zeavin CIRCA 978-1-934909-09-6, $16.00, paper, 55pp. HANGING LOOSE PRESS 2009
Poetry. “Troubadourian and carnivalesque, Hannah Zeavin bursts onto the stage through a paper window, juggling deep-rooted poems for the 21st Century mind. Post-New-York syntactic surprises balance atop wild Romantic referentiality. Is this fearless time-traveler a New Symbolista?”—Matvei Yankelevich. “Listen: Here’s how to begin to write poetry. The author bribed me with a raspberry pie!”—Bernadette Mayer. Hannah Zeavin is from Brooklyn, New York, and lives in New Haven, Connecticut, where she studies at Yale University. This is her first book.
Harriet Zinnes LIGHT LIGHT OR THE CURVATURE OF THE EARTH 978-0-9792416-9-7, $15.00, paper, 140pp. MARSH HAWK PRESS 2009
Poetry. “In these new poems, Harriet Zinnes invents a further, unforgettable antiquity in language as pure and epigrammatic as that of the Greek Anthology. All things find voice and all speak fearlessly. Zinnes has truly discovered a whole new form of integrity here at the end of the world”—Donald George Revell. “Alternately querulous and resigned, hopeful and despairing, Harriet Zinnes’s poems contemplate the ties that bind us all to our world—or don’t”—Amanda Cockrell.
Rachel Zolf MASQUE 978-1-55128-103-2, $12.95, paper, 85pp. THE MERCURY PRESS 2004
Poetry. A vibrant collage of voices, MASQUE plays with the personal and the persona in a challenging exploration of media constructs and their effects on one family’s private life. Stretching the limits of poetry, MASQUE features a cast of twenty-five, including the father, the sister, the philosopher, the Jew, Germaine Greer, the fan, the lesbian, and the writer. Zolf weaves found text with poetry, creating rich, often humourous, tableaux that resonate with colorful characters and surprising insights into the fraught spaces where the public stops and the private begins. “Calling MASQUE a straightforward bildungsroman would be like calling Nicole Brossard’s MAUVE DESERT a travel book. MASQUE is a rich and layered confection as informed by linguistic playfulness as it is by the confessional. Zolf proves that there are ways to write about the familiar and the familial that handily defeat both terms”—R.M. Vaughan.
Fiction and Drama Kazim Ali THE DISAPPEARANCE OF SETH 978-0-9797450-8-9, $16.95, paper, 224pp. ETRUSCAN PRESS 2009
Fiction. Middle East Studies. THE DISAPPEARANCE OF SETH tells the interlocking stories of five New Yorkers, stumbling through their lives in the aftermath of the events of September 11 and connected by the paths of two figures—Seth, an alienated young man struggling to come to terms with his own penchant for violence, and Layla, an Iraqi artist who fled the violence of the first Gulf War and made a new home for herself in New York City. Written by a Muslim American, the novel features characters both Muslim and non-Muslim, American and non-American in an arresting portrait of life in America at the beginning of the millennium. A lyrical, hypnotic narrative reminiscent of Sherman Alexie or Junot Diaz, it attempts to historicize the political events of recent years with the personal struggles of its protagonists.
Listed alphabetically by author. See also Poetry, Prose, and Cross-Genre Writing (p.11), Literary Nonfiction (p.61), and Magazine sections (p.75)
Ann Elizabeth Armstrong, Kelli Lyon Johnson, and William A. Wortman, Editors PERFORMING WORLDS INTO BEING: NATIVE AMERICAN WOMEN’S THEATER 978-1-4243-3112-3, $29.99, paper, 193pp. MIAMI UNIVERSITY PRESS 2009
Drama. Native American Studies. “PERFORMING WORLDS INTO BEING is a rich, diverse, and indispensable contribution to the fields of Native Studies and American theater. It brings together some of the most prominent voices in Native North American theater through plays, interviews, surveys, critical analyses, poetic responses and essays. It is a truly communal celebration of contemporary indigenous performance” —Dr. Birgit Daewes.
Attaboy YOU MIGHT BE A MONSTER 978-1-59702-017-6, $15.95, cloth, 36pp. IMMEDIUM, INC. 2009
Marianne Apostolides SWIM 978-1-897388-38-9, $18.00, paper, 96pp. BOOK THUG 2009
Fiction. SWIM entwines the present with those past actions and consequences that have brought Kat to the Greek mountain village where her father was born. She swims laps while her fourteen-year-old daughter reclines on a chaise lounge, poolside, reading a book. Without ever leaving the pool we enter discrete scenes with Kat’s parents, daughter, husband and lover. On entering each point in this history, Kat reveals an undertow of sound, rhythm and words in their rippling meanings. Each new lap moves Kat closer to her impending decision: whether she will leave her husband. But the deeper tension within this innovative novel derives from the writing itself—its vital urgency that extends the possibilities of narrative beyond the fixed and into the fluid.
Fiction. Children’s Literature. Because of his beastly behavior, Gustav’s parents hire a specialist to determine whether their son is a monster! The following lesson brims with illustrations of monstrous manners: Do you chew with BOTH your mouths open? Enjoy hidden jokes, hilarious wordplay, and wacky creatures. Plus several short stories featuring more entertaining characters!
Brooke Biaz MOON DANCE 978-1-60235-043-4, $18.00, paper, 437pp. PARLOR PRESS 2008
Fiction. Being born in the 1960s can take ten years of your life.... Sometimes the universe and our lives entwine. In the era of the space race, as JFK sent us rocketing toward The Moon, a family, a life, a love, was being created in a tropical beach house. MOON DANCE is the story of a decade, a conception, a family, a birth. One small step for man, one giant leap for womankind!
Robert Arellano HAVANA LUNAR 978-1-933354-68-2, $16.50, paper, 200pp. AKASHIC BOOKS 2009
Fiction. Latino/Latina Studies. Inspired by fifty years of Cuban literary noir, from COLD TALES by Virgilio Pinera to Reinaldo Arenas’s Before Night Falls, Robert Arellano’s HAVANA LUNAR intertwines an insider testimony on the collapse of socialist Cuba with a psychological mystery. Arellano’s parents fled Havana in 1960. He has been working on HAVANA LUNAR since 1992, when, as a student in Brown University’s graduate writing program, he visited Cuba on a research fellowship. He has returned ten times, chronicling the Revolution in journalism, essay, and song. He is the author of two novels, FAST EDDIE: KING OF THE BEES and DON DIMAIO OF LA PLATA, both published by Akashic Books.
Brooke Biaz SMALL MAPS OF THE WORLD 978-1-932559-56-9, $14.00, paper, 348pp. PARLOR PRESS 2006
Fiction. This collection of short stories from Graeme Harper, writing as Brooke Biaz, investigates the meanings attached to events in place; and then the tourism of time bound to places, with bountiful humor and wit SMALL MAPS OF THE WORLD unearths the bonds between individuals and location but also wonders on the underlying connections between people and their sense of belonging. Inspired by events in places from Europe and Great Britain to Australia and the USA, these stories find the subsurface of the surroundings through voice and story in a tapestry of narratives woven around a hotel and restaurant. Tourists blend in, or not, living their mysteries and love stories in these slices of small-town, coastal life.
Fiction and Drama Scott Blackwood
WE AGREED TO MEET JUST HERE 978-1-930974-80-7, $26.00, cloth, 175pp.
EVEN THE DOG WON’T TOUCH ME. 978-0-9811704-1-1, $15.95, paper, 124pp.
NEW ISSUES POETRY & PROSE 2009
AHADADA BOOKS 2009
Fiction. Winner of the 2007 AWP Award for the Novel. Robert Eversz, Judge. “WE AGREED TO MEET JUST HERE is a lyrical mystery about disappearance, told in precise and luminous prose. A young lifeguard in an Austin suburb vanishes one night while returning from a screening of The Third Man. A doctor, ill with cancer, goes missing from his home, and is later seen, bearded and ragged, wandering the aisles of a grocery store. A car is stolen, the unseen consequences tragic. One child is given up to adoption, another is lost up a tree. The absences are so keenly felt, in the drifting lucidity of the author’s sentences, that every reappearance reads like a small miracle”—Robert Eversz.
Fiction. Short Stories. A seven-foot-tall member of the Greatest Generation gets to stay home from World War II and fornicate with his friends’ wives... sexually ambiguous creatures lay a six-figure book advance on a harelip... an obese janitor in a Mormon prayer hall wedges himself behind the organ pipes, dies, and “fills the joint with green corpse steam...” Meanwhile, in China... a Palestinian medical student gets chained to a conveyor belt in a Manchurian abortion mill... a former Red Guard returns from rustication only to find his comrades running a bourgeois beauty salon called Syjvester Stajjone’s... an American “foreign expert” hijacks a beggar’s wheelchair and steals a baby.
TEA AND OTHER AYAMA NA TALES 978-1-886157-64-4, $16.95, paper, 234pp.
YOU ARE HERE 978-0-9788811-8-4, $16.00, paper, 144pp.
BKMK PRESS 2008
STARCHERONE BOOKS 2009
Fiction. The tales of Bluestein’s book unfold as the small fictional South Asian country of Ayama Na recovers from war and prepares for its inevitable Westernization. “In the tradition of Robert Olen Butler and Bob Shacochis,” writes Marly Swick, O. Henry Award winner who selected this book for the G. S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction, “Bluestein is a writer who illuminates our cultural differences, while exploring the intricacies of the human condition.” Publishers Weekly writes, “Bluestein brings a versatile, captivating voice to her debut story collection set in the fictional Asian country of Ayama Na.” Booklist calls Bluestein “a writer to watch.” Bluestein’s Ayama Na may be a fictional place, but the characters, their struggles, their cruelty and their hearts are authentic.
Fiction. In a New York City where time is chopped up like salad and people finish each others’ sentences, a dozen characters with names out of songs by The Fall have love affairs and take parts in a one-act play in the summer of 2001, and the spring, summer, and fall of 2004. YOU ARE HERE is part Fassbinder anti-theatre, part cheap heartbreak a la Brenda Starr, part intertextual hall of mirrors. “I love the way Donald Breckenridge has the speaking (of people in You are Here) follow or be ahead of the person, moving, say, as another person’s moving speaking, so phrases are shared by both in tandem with other people moving through from the side and out the other side of a scene outdoors while the writer is nearby inside a building writing that same instant happening then. We rush ahead, in his ‘beauty,’ which is people opening while oblique in the outdoors that simultaneously is equally active”—Leslie Scalapino.
Rana Bose THE FOURTH CANVAS 978-1-894770-47-7, $20.95, paper, 240pp. TSAR PUBLICATIONS 2008
Fiction. In the early 1970s a reclusive artist and philosopher disappears in Paris after completing a fantastic series of canvases that trace the rise and fall of empires. Eventually his bloated body is dragged from the Seine. The knowledge and insight die with him. Years later, Claude Chiragi, a graduate student in Montreal receives a mysterious painting and senses the relevance of the theory embedded in the artwork. His curiosity is instantly aroused, and he launches a global search for clues that will help him understand the message and unravel the mystery of the artist’s fate. Embedded in the paintings are tell-tale historical clues, mysteriously coded, that predict imperial entropy in the future—from economic collapse and cultural decadence to a coup d’etat against civil society. Kidnappings, killings, undercover conspiracy and a trek into ancestral roots, lend to this novel its quality of intellectual mystery and gripping suspense.
FENCES IN BREATHING 978-1-55245-213-4, $16.95, paper, 140pp.
Neil Bousfield WALKING SHADOWS: A NOVEL WITHOUT WORDS 978-1-933149-29-5, $23.00, cloth, 224pp.
COACH HOUSE BOOKS 2009
Fiction. Translated from the French by Susanne de Lotbinière-Harwood. Invited to a quiet Swiss château by the enigmatic Tatiana Beaujeu Lehmann, Anne begins to slowly write a novel in a language that is not hers, a language that makes meaning foreign and keeps her alert to the world and its fiery horizon. Will the strange intoxication that takes hold of her and her characters— sculptor Charles; his sister Kim, about to leave for the Arctic; and Laure Ravin, a lawyer obsessed with the Patriot Act—allow her to break through the darkness of the world? FENCES IN BREATHING, first published and critically lauded in French as La Capture du sombre, and now brought to English by celebrated translator Susanne de Lotbiniere-Harwood, is a disquieting, dexterous and defiant missive, another triumph by one of North America’s foremost practitioners of innovative writing, Nicole Brossard (YESTERDAY, AT THE HOTEL CLARENDON).
MANIC D PRESS 2009
Fiction. Art. Winner of the Rebecca Smith Award for Fine Art. WALKING SHADOWS intimately explores the lives of four family members: the father, a low-paid manual worker who hates his boring job and spends his nonworking hours drinking at a bar; the mother, without friends or money, who cares for her sons but is overwhelmed by the family’s circumstances and finds solace in drunken oblivion; the two sons who fall into a pattern of petty crime and drugs. But after a sobering event, one brother realizes his choices while the other continues in a downward spiral. Will the family’s cycle of despair be broken ... or repeated?
Fiction and Drama Jocelyn Brown
MITOCHONDRIAL CURIOSITIES OF MARCELS 1 TO 19 978-1-55245-209-7, $13.95, paper, 180pp.
A DAUGHTER’S A DAUGHTER 978-1-931010-45-0, $18.00, paper, 256pp. 978-1-931010-44-3, $28.00, cloth, 256pp.
COACH HOUSE BOOKS 2009
BILINGUAL REVIEW PRESS 2008
Young Adult Fiction. This book is a unflinching look at the trials and adventures of teenage life. Dree is not into school, her sister or mother, or Edmonton in general. Toronto is where she belongs—specifically the upcoming Renegade Craft Fair where, finally, her crafts will be appreciated. But escape is imminent: on her fifteenth birthday, she will get the money her father promised, and be on her way to Toronto. Instead, her dad has a fatal heart attack, and all she finds are clues leading to the Alberta Psychiatric Hospital where her parents once worked. As Dree tries to unearth a mystery, and to knit herself a passing mark in science, she keeps searching for the money, and for a way to grieve her father.
A DAUGHTER’S A DAUGHTER follows three generations of women in a family, beginning with Liberata, the only daughter of the most prosperous farmer in Los Rafas. When she decides to marry a handsome opportunist, Liberata expects to live out a happy life along the traditional course set forth by her forebears, but discovers that her husband is abusive and unfaithful. Liberata communicates her distrust of men to her daughter, Maria, who instead follows her mother’s example of living obediently and traditionally. The cycle persists until Maria’s daughter Irene breaks free. In the process, she discovers and learns to value her Chicano roots and rebels against the oppressive gender roles of the previous generations.
Blake Butler EVER 978-0-9798080-6-7, $12.00, paper, 104pp. CALAMARI PRESS 2009
Fiction. “Within the psychic architecture that is EVER, Blake Butler explores the way bodies swell and contract, going from skin to house and back again. And the way houses too shrink to fit us first like clothing and then like skin and then tighter still. The result is a strange, visionary ontological dismemberment that takes you well beyond what you’d ever expect”—Brian Evenson. “Blake Butler is a daring invigorator of the literary sentence, and the room-ridden narrator of his debut novella, EVER, nerves her way into a hallucinative ruckus of rousing originality”—Gary Lutz. “In EVER—as in, indicating any time in the past or future—light is entropic; ‘the sky could lift your skin off ’; domestic rituals are anamorphotic mind fucks granting ‘no exit method’; and doors won’t open even when you don’t try...” —Miranda Mellis.
Amina Cain I GO TO SOME HOLLOW 978-1-934254-09-7, $15.00, paper, 114pp.
Nona Caspers LITTLE BOOK OF DAYS 978-1-933132-69-3, $12.00, paper, 104pp. SPUYTEN DUYVIL 2009
Fiction. Cross-Genre. “Nona Caspers gives us a refreshingly honest and poignant slice of truth in her BOOK OF DAYS. Observing cars, neighbors, ground squirrels, desire and death, BOOK OF DAYS is a contemporary take on Montaigne’s famous essays, so alive that every page feels as if it’s breathing”—Maxine Chernoff. “I like how she falls through the present into prehistory (of this or that specific thing) in a blink. Supported by a rhythm of the claws of love, a hand on the back of your head, the warmth inside of coldness of the daily fading world—an avalanche of quiet risk-taking, this book sings”—Eileen Myles. Nona Caspers is also the author of Heavier Than Air: Stories (University of Massachusetts Press), which won the Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction and was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. She’s been awarded an NEA fellowship and Iowa Review Fiction Award along with other awards and is an Associate Professor at San Francisco State University.
LES FIGUES PRESS 2009
Fiction. In her debut collection of fifteen short stories, Amina Cain makes ordinary worlds strange and spare and beautiful. A woman carves invisible images onto ice, a pair of black wings appears in front of a house, and a restless teacher sits in a gallery of miniature rooms. As Miranda Mellis describes, “The revelatory pleasure and hope [in these stories] emanate from an artistry driven by ethical desire.” “I highly recommend reading I GO TO SOME HOLLOW”, says Bhanu Kapil, “because of what it teaches you about love, and the relationship between love and writing.” I GO TO SOME HOLLOW is published as part of the TrenchArt: Tracer Series, with an introduction by Bhanu Kapil and collaborative visual art by Ken Erhlich and Susan Simpson.
Amanda Chin and Luke Feldman CHAFF N’ SKAFFS: MAI AND THE LOST MOSKIVVY 978-1-59702-013-8, $15.95, cloth, 36pp. IMMEDIUM, INC. 2009
Fiction. Children’s Literature. When a lost mosquito interrupts young Mai’s sleep, her friend Chaff suggests they escort Moskivvy home. So begins a courageous girl’s voyage into a fantastic, colorful world. Guided by Chaff, Mai’s incredible journey will kindle readers’ imaginations. “Stylish and elegant [and] `chic.’”—ArtSlant.
Curt Colbert, Editor SEATTLE NOIR 978-1-933354-80-4, $15.95, paper, 300pp. AKASHIC BOOKS 2009
Fiction. Seattle’s evolution to high-finance and high-tech has provided greater opportunity to those with sinister intent. Brand-new stories by: G. M. Ford, Skye Moody, R. Barri Flowers, Thomas P. Hopp, Patricia Harrington, Bharti Kirchner, Kathleen Alcala, Simon Wood, Brian Thornton, Lou Kemp, Curt Colbert, Robert Lopresti, Paul S. Piper, and Stephan Magcosta. Launched by the summer ‘04 award-winning, best-seller BROOKLYN NOIR, Akashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies. Each book is comprised of all-new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city.
Fiction and Drama Joyce Cho
Juan De Recacoechea
JOYCE CHO PLAYS 978-0-9817533-0-0, $18.00, paper, 263pp.
ANDEAN EXPRESS 978-1-933354-72-9, $15.95, paper, 172pp.
53RD STATE PRESS 2009
AKASHIC BOOKS 2009
Drama. Joyce Cho is a collective made up of five playwrights: Scott Adkins, Kelly Copper, Karinne Keithley, Sibyl Kempson and Amber Reed. “The five playwrights of Joyce Cho... are among the most exciting, imaginative and profound theater writers in our time, in any time. Joyce Cho is a genius, and a genial one. No one is thinking as deeply and as complexly on what our theater is and is not; nor on what she could be. I do not understand the work of these writers in the same way I do not understand the sky, the sea, and the secret of the forest. They are unlike any others I know in the theater of our time. Pay them heed”—Mac Wellman.
Fiction. Latin American Studies. Translated by Adrian Althoff. “Dark and quirky, a revealing excursion to a place over which ‘the gringos’ to the north always loom”—the New York Times Book Review. Set in 1952, ANDEAN EXPRESS is the story of a tragic overnight train journey that unfolds in an environment at once carnivalesque and sinister. Beginning near La Paz, Bolivia, the austere Andean plateau serves as a surreal backdrop for most of the trip before giving way to a winding descent to the Chilean coast. Ricardo Beintigoitia, a recent high school graduate from a prosperous La Paz family, unwittingly becomes ensnared in the personal drama of one of his peers, a captivating girl named Gulietta Carletti who has been forced into an arranged marriage with a man she despises. De Recacoechea’s novel AMERICAN VISA won Bolivia’s National Book Prize and is also available from SPD.
Esther David SHALOM INDIA HOUSING SOCIETY 978-1-55861-596-0, $15.95, paper, 256pp. THE FEMINIST PRESS AT CUNY 2009
Fiction. Jewish Studies. Over 2,000 years ago, according to legend, a shipwreck landed one of the lost tribes of Israel on the Konkan coast of India. Bound together by a common faith in an unfamiliar land, this group became known as the Bene Israel Jews of India. “Esther David perfectly portrays the individuals of the Bene Israel Jewish community in Ahmedabad, many of them torn between Israel’s siren song and their own unique Indo-Jewish heritage. Hers is a window into an all too human world, presided over by a comic though attentive Prophet Elijah”—Janet M. Powers, author of Kites Over the Mango Tree: Restoring Harmony Between Hindus and Muslims in Gujarat. “Hilarious and heart-warming...”—Asian Age.
Jeremy M. Davies ROSE ALLEY 978-1-933996-13-4, $15.95, paper, 192pp. COUNTERPATH PRESS 2009
Fiction. When violence erupts on the streets of Paris in May 1968, a hapless international film crew finds itself stranded during the shooting of a preposterous lowbudget blue movie about notorious 18th century erotic poet John Wilmot, the Earl of Rochester. A deadpan and digressive behind-the-scenes catalog of the actors, filmmakers, bystanders, and subjects involved in this movie, ROSE ALLEY is also a fantastical and venomous love letter to French film and literature, obsessive collectors, pornography, language, revolution, misanthropy, the joys of cross-cultural misunderstanding, and other peculiar objects of affection. As Harry Mathews writes, “you have no excuse not to read this book.”
Dian Day THE CLOCK OF HEAVEN 978-0-9808822-2-3, $22.95, paper, 214pp. INANNA PUBLICATIONS 2009
Fiction. THE CLOCK OF HEAVEN is a compelling first novel by a writer who shows great promise. Esa Withrod, an intelligent, educated young woman is the unwanted child of dysfunctional parents. The only bright spot in Esa’s childhood is a three-month sojourn with her grandmother in the Maritimes. Now she is a young woman struggling over recent events in her personal life—a failed first relationship and resulting pregnancy— as well as the legacy of her desolate upbringing. Through a spring and summer of traumatic events in what has been her family’s homestead, she discovers the love of family, friendship, and the best of what people in a small community have to offer each other in times of difficulty. THE CLOCK OF HEAVEN is not a fairy tale. The book will make readers weep in the same way that real life does, but, consistent with true human spirit, hope will be found in the darkest places.
Nitin Deckha SHOPPING FOR SABZI 978-1-894770-46-0, $18.95, paper, 200pp. TSAR PUBLICATIONS 2008
Fiction. Asian American. SHOPPING FOR SABZI interweaves themes of ambition and identity in the lives of its brash, young, and successful Indo-Canadian and Indo-American characters. Poignant and humorous, this collection of stories describes the jockeying for social status, successful love, career fulfillment and personal meaning and the anxieties of its characters as they balance the old ways with the new and reflect on the passage of time. In “Piece of Cake,” Raj, transplanted from Houston to New York, and dating a European photographer, is forced to confront Neha, his exgirlfriend, an anorexic suffering a major relapse. There are many other compelling stories in the collection. Nitin Deckha’s fiction has appeared in fusion lifestyle magazine, Anokhi and in chapbooks and anthologies.
Maggie Estep ALICE FANTASTIC 978-1-933354-81-1, $15.95, paper, 250pp. AKASHIC BOOKS 2009
Fiction. Alice Hunter is a thirty-six-year-old professional gambler living in Queens, NY. She is modestly successful as a horseplayer and enjoys her work. Though avidly pursued by her lover, Clayton, who she refers to as The Big Oaf, Alice’s closest companion is Candy, a small, spotted dog, and Alice likes it that way. When Clayton’s overzealousness leads Alice to ask one of her racetrack cronies to intimidate Clayton into leaving her, a few things go wrong and Alice turns to her half-sister Eloise, a toy maker, whose own lover has just been killed in a freak accident. There is fierce love between Alice, Eloise, and Kimberly (their unconventional mother), but it takes Alice’s accidental discovery of an awful secret Kimberly has been keeping to truly bring three eccentric women, seventeen dogs, and assorted lovers together.
Fiction and Drama Derek Fenner
I NO LONGER BELIEVE IN THE SUN: THE LOVE LETTERS TO KATIE COURIC 978-0-9821600-2-2, $15.00, paper, 200pp.
THE RUSHES OF TULSA AND OTHER PLAYS 978-1-58177-111-4, $19.95, paper, 320pp.
BOOTSTRAP PRODUCTIONS 2009
Drama. These four plays by Sidney Goldfarb are politically astute and savagely funny, though remarkably compassionate, like a stew cooked up by the Marx Brothers, Groucho and Karl, after years of Zen Meditation. Pursued by the forces of murder and exploitation, ordinary people struggle just to stay alive. The path to liberation is through the human body, at once the arena of conflict and the locus of healing in a culture torn by menace and mayhem. This is a Theater of Incarnation. It is also a Theater of Celebration. Startling invention in language and structure turn palpable horrors into unexpected forms of transcendence. Goldfarb ranks among the indispensable experimental playwrights of his generation.
Fiction. “Here we find, written down, bound in books, displayed to the eyes, intoned to the ears, a noise, a bawling, a buzzing of charades, of tales, of puns, insinuations, epistles, sonnets, epigrams, books, prolix documents, violent sweats, lives wasted away with gnashings of teeth to deafen the stars, lamentations resounding in the caverns of hell, woes that stun the souls of the living, sighs to cause the merciful gods to faint, all that for the sake of these eyes, these ears, this blush, this tongue, this tooth, this hair, this dress, this coat, this little shoe, this sun in eclipse, this crazy person, this slut, this stench, this deathbed, this privy, this menstruation, this corpse which, by means of a superficial appearance, a shadow, a phantasm, a dream, a Circe-like charm in the service of procreation, deceives us by taking the form of beauty”—Giordano Bruno.
BARRYTOWN/STATION HILL 2009
Carla Gunn AMPHIBIAN 978-1-55245-214-1, $17.95, paper, 220pp.
COACH HOUSE BOOKS 2009
ISLAND OF THE NAKED WOMEN 978-1-929355-56-3, $18.00, paper, 300pp.
Fiction. In AMPHIBIAN, we meet nine-year-old Phineas William Walsh who has an encyclopedic knowledge of the natural world. He’s obsessed with animals; it’s practically all he talks about. He spends all his spare time watching the Green Channel and researching obscure facts on the internet or in books. And he’s worried sick about what humans are doing to the planet and its other animals. So when his Grade 4 class gets a pet frog—a White’s Tree Frog from Australia—it becomes the perfect focus for all Phin’s worrying. Carla Gunn’s work has been published in the Globe and Mail, the National Post and heard on CBC radio. Along with writing, she teaches psychology. This is her first novel.
CARAVEL BOOKS 2009
Fiction. Translated from the Swedish by Laura Wideburg. Sudden murder and the resulting psychological tension are the hallmarks of Inger Frimansson’s acclaimed thrillers. In ISLAND OF NAKED WOMEN, Tobias, an author of mystery novels, must return to the family farm after his father became incapacitated due to a fall from the hayloft. Tobias resents his father’s judgmental attitude, but he finds the allure of his father’s young wife Sabina hard to resist. Meanwhile, Hardy, the hired hand, scoffs at Tobias’s city ways, while encouraging Sabina’s mentally challenged son Adam to turn into an Elvis impersonator; and Ingelize, who runs a nearby riding school, finds Tobias irresistible. The rural life becomes increasingly claustrophobic for Tobias, but before he can return to the city, death strikes a hard blow and chaos ensues.
Sid Gershgoren THE EXTENDED WORDS: AN IMAGINARY DICTIONARY 978-1-890193-84-3, $23.00, paper, 450pp. RED DRAGONFLY PRESS 2009
Fiction. Another genre-stretching book from Sid Gershgoren, and one you could be paging through for years to come! We think there never has been a book quite like it. Albert Goldbarth describes it this way: “Imagine that our first (and last and best) dictionary had been co-compiled by Dr. Johnson and Jorge Borges, with Italo Calvino showing up to lend the odd bit of advice. Or that it had been planned by Freud and Einstein as they conducted their Australian aboriginal walkabout through the “dreamtime.” Or. . . well, what more can I say? Drop your quandio (see under “Q”), and read this mesmerizing multidimensional book!”
Stephen D. Gutierrez LIVE FROM FRESNO Y LOS 978-0-9793745-3-1, $16.00, paper, 120pp. BEAR STAR PRESS 2009
Fiction. Latin American Studies. “If you read one book of stories this year, make it this one. LIVE FROM FRESNO Y LOS kicks out the jams, and takes no prisoners. Enjoy, and tell a friend”—Virgil Suarez. “Stunning. Really, a lovely and loving collection of stories, nicely balanced between the vernacular and the literarily eloquent”— Lamar Herrin. “There is an ineradicable sweetness to these stories, accompanied by the crisp and happy bemusement of a genuine voice—the sound of one person speaking directly to another, and not from the head, but from that most mysterious of mouths, the human heart”—Jim Krusoe.
Michael Heller TWO NOVELLAS: MARBLE SNOWS & THE STUDY 978-0-9808873-4-1, $15.95, paper, 80pp. AHADADA BOOKS 2009
Fiction. As with Michael Heller’s memoirs and essays, TWO NOVELLAS: MARBLE SNOWS & THE STUDY continues his project of poetry by other means. These works, written some twenty years apart and drawing on such diverse influences as Akutagawa’s short fictions, Joyce’s Portrait and Valery’s Monsieur Teste, embody Heller’s exploration of language’s dramatic relationship to character, fate and incident. Using radically different narrative techniques, the two novellas are united by a persistent vision, both anguished and comic, of a consciousness ransomed to words and yet, in mysterious ways, seemingly redeemed by them. “In the subtle resources of this articulate poet’s testament, one voice again speaks for all”—Robert Creeley.
Fiction and Drama Rick Henry
Lisa Linn Kanae
CHANT 978-1-934289-79-2, $16.00, paper, 82pp.
ISLANDS LINKED BY OCEAN 978-0-910043-79-3, $18.00, paper, 176pp.
BLAZEVOX BOOKS 2008
BAMBOO RIDGE PRESS 2009
Fiction. “Successful formal experiments, especially those relying on Oulipian restraints and combinatories, might demand a certain degree of skill and patience, but so what? They remain ‘beyond aesthetic value,’ as Raymond Queneau said—a mere demonstration of intellectuals gymnastics. Rick Henry’s CHANT, an Oulipian Romance, is completely different in this respect. He demonstrates that such experiments need not be completely sterile, that there can be beauty and even love in constraint” —Matt Short.
Fiction. From the author of SISTA TONGUE come stories written with humor and compassion that give voice to characters who find themselves at crossroad moments where past informs present, young teach old, and love can mean holding on or letting go. In “The Steersman,” a novice paddler shares her tempestuous yet life-affirming introduction to the tradition of outrigger canoe paddling: “... in the canoe, we were nameless. We were numbers, and when we weren’t numbers, we were random expletives—scrub, donkey, idiot, stupid, jackass, lame ass, dumb ass....” In “Born Again Hawaiian,” a young husband discovers how the personal impacts the political when his activist wife shows him how he must fight for what he loves most. And what happens when three local women take in the opera? “Dat suckah Pavarotti— he get um.”
Rick Henry SIDEWALK PORTRAIT: FIFTY FOURTH FLOOR AND FALLING 978-1-934289-42-6, $10.00, paper, 50pp. BLAZEVOX BOOKS 2006
Fiction. “Rick Henry’s SIDEWALK PORTRAIT is audaciously conceived and meticulously crafted. It’s such a winning work of word art in its modernist and pomo impulses that it seems it should have already been with us for decades, like the recently discovered experiment of a lost Oulipo genius. But don’t presume Henry is some dour coffeehouse fixture—this is a fun and vibrant work, full of rewards and child-like enthusiasms. There is really nothing like it”—Ted Pelton.
Russell Hill THE LORD GOD BIRD 978-1-929355-53-2, $15.00, paper, 200pp. CARAVEL BOOKS 2009
Fiction. THE LORD GOD BIRD is a startling novella filled with dark images of America in the South in 1949. Jake Hamrick, a 19-year-old who has been obsessed since childhood with the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, a bird that is on the verge of extinction, leaves Illinois for Louisiana to find the creature, accompanied by Robin, his tiny girlfriend. They search in the bayous where the bird was last reported, and Robin, as obsessed as Jake, dresses like the bird, smearing her naked body with white clay, wearing a cloak of black crow feathers, her hair in a red crest. She is discovered by local hunters and Robin and Jake are pursued deep into the bayous, where they are harbored by Robert, an ancient black man. It is a cinematic novella of obsession, passion, violence, love and loss that you won’t forget.
Tim Horvath CIRCULATION 978-1-934513-14-9, $10.00, paper, 68pp. SUNNYOUTSIDE 2009
Fiction. Reading Tim Horvath’s novella CIRCULATION, one imagines what it might be like to go spelunking with Jorge Luis Borges or to shelve books with Scheherazade. In this swirling ode to maps, dreams, and the redemptive power of fiction, the stories proliferate vertiginously. At their emotional core is the quest of the main character, a humble librarian, to understand both his father and himself.
Darrell Kastin THE UNDISCOVERED ISLAND 978-1-933227-23-8, $25.00, paper, 411pp. PORTUGUESE IN THE AMERICAS SERIES 2009
Fiction. Alarmed by her father’s Sebastião’s unexplained disappearance, Julia Castro travels from California to the family’s ancestral home in the Azores and finds the midAtlantic islands abuzz with tales of ghost ships, seductive sirens and witchcraft. The mystery deepens when a drowned man’s body is discovered on a mountainside and an unknown island emerges from the sea. As she pursues the search for her father, Julia gradually succumbs to the bewitching allure of the Azores—and to Nicolau, a fellow musician—eventually discovering a place where dreams lie just beyond the horizon, shrouded in mist. History, legend, poetry and myth are seamlessly interwoven as the novel explores relationships between personal and cultural identity, fate and self-determination, reality and illusion. The novel is a lyrical evocation of a locale and a people, rendered with wonderful respect for Azorean tradition.
Roy K. Kiyooka THE ARTIST AND THE MOOSE: A FABLE OF FORGET 978-0-9784981-0-8, $20.00, paper, 177pp. LINEBOOKS 2009
Fiction. Poetry. Often zany and wildly humourous, THE ARTIST AND THE MOOSE features a narrator who is commissioned by the federal government to come up with a multicultural aesthetics for the 21st century. The answer, he thinks, resides in the big mystery that surrounds artist Tom Thomson. Complementing this newly edited work is the serial poem, “letters purporting to be abt tom thomson,” first published in Artscanada in 1972. These poems capture Kiyooka’s initial thoughts on Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven, and set the stage for his writing on Tom Thomson in the years ahead. THE ARTIST AND THE MOOSE: A FABLE OF FORGET is edited with an afterword by Roy Miki, editor of PACIFIC WINDOWS: THE COLLECTED POEMS OF ROY K. KIYOOKA.
Fiction and Drama Cheryl Klein
LILAC MINES 978-1-933149-31-8, $14.95, paper, 224pp.
JOURNALS FROM THE TIME OF THE RADAR DOG 978-1-934289-56-3, $18.00, paper, 319pp.
MANIC D PRESS 2009
BLAZEVOX BOOKS 2008
Fiction. Gay and Lesbian Studies. California Studies. Felix Ketay, a twenty-five-year-old Los Angeles dyke, has her foundations shaken when she’s ditched by her pomosexual girlfriend and then gay-bashed on the streets of West Hollywood. Felix’s old-school lesbian aunt, Anna Lisa Hill, ran away from home in 1965 at age nineteen and ended up in Lilac Mines, a small town in California’s Sierra Nevada foothills with a small but tight-knit butch/femme community. “Klein’s characters are compelling, one and all”— San Diego Union-Tribune.
Fiction. These are the collected journals of my friend, Vincent Pantaglia, from a period late in his life. During this time he was furiously documenting his daily activities with the hope of using the material to someday write a novel. When he was unable to finish the journals or to realize his dream of re-working their stories and characters into a fiction, I took the notebooks into my possession for safekeeping after having received them from his family, and out of nostalgia, I suppose.
Eleanor Lerman Esther Singer Kreitman THE DANCE OF THE DEMONS 978-1-55861-595-3, $15.95, paper, 328pp. THE FEMINIST PRESS AT CUNY 2009
Fiction. Translated from the Yiddish by Maurice Carr. THE DANCE OF THE DEMONS is a major literary rediscovery. In her daring autobiographical novel, originally published in Yiddish as Der Sheydim Tanz in 1936, Kreitman vividly and lovingly depicts the world of Polish shtetls and Jewish Warsaw that many have come to know through the books of her famous literary brothers, Israel Joshua and Nobel-Prize winner Isaac Bashevis Singer. Replete with rabbis, yeshiva students, beggars, farmers, gangsters, seamstresses, and socialists, this world looks radically different through the eyes of a sister, who was I. B. Singer’s inspiration for the story “Yentl”. “I do not know of a single woman in Yiddish literature who wrote better than she did”—Isaac Bashevis Singer. “[Kreitman] clearly has the same deep, haunting literary storyteller’s gifts as her siblings”—Lilith.
THE BLONDE ON THE TRAIN 978-0-932412-73-7, $16.95, paper, 157pp. MAYAPPLE PRESS 2009
Fiction. This stunning collection of short stories is a testament to the talent of Eleanor Lerman. From Greenwich Village in the 60s or rooftops in Manhattan to an airport in the Midwest, these everyday adventures explore the disenchantment of this world accompanied by love and hope and humor. Joan Larkin comments: “Equally attentive to the odd details of human behavior and the deep longings at their source, Lerman’s stories make me want to go on reading, and leave me somehow hopeful.” THE BLONDE ON THE TRAIN evokes memories and emotions while creating new imaginings, and inspires readers to create their own adventures. Open this book—you’ll be hooked!
Maryann Lesert BASE TEN 978-1-55861-581-6, $15.95, paper, 304pp. THE FEMINIST PRESS AT CUNY 2009
Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes UÑAS PINTADAS DE AZUL/BLUE FINGERNAILS 978-1-931010-33-7, $18.00, paper, 344pp. BILINGUAL REVIEW PRESS 2009
Fiction. Latino/Latina Studies. Gay, Lesbian & Transgender Studies. Bilingual Spanish-English Editon. These short stories represent a Latino/a American poetic journey, a sensory pilgrimage through the pains and pleasures of diasporic, cosmopolitan gay and lesbian Puerto Rican identities in a postmodern, ever-shifting world. The tales touch on urban experiences throughout the Americas, at times incorporating elements of science fiction, vampires, detectives, and fantasy, but mostly focusing on the difficulties of mad, passionate love and its inevitable demise. Oscillating between humor and sadness, the stories are meant for readers who are not afraid of controversial ideas or taboo topics like sadomasochism, transvestism, prostitution, and pornography. Experimental and metaliterary,this is an important contribution to queer Latino/a and Puerto Rican letters.
Norah Labiner GERMAN FOR TRAVELERS: A NOVEL IN 95 LESSONS 978-1-56689-223-0, $14.95, paper, 270pp. COFFEE HOUSE PRESS 2009
Fiction. In search of the key to unlock a great family mystery, Lemon Leopold, a Hollywood starlet, and her cousin Eliza, a romance writer, go to Berlin. Soon they are on a trail that leads back to their great-grandfather, Jozef Apfel, a Jewish pioneer of psychoanalysis in early twentieth-century Germany. Norah Labiner is the author of two highly acclaimed novels: MINIATURES, an American Library Association Notable Book, and OUR SOMETIME SISTER, a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award. She lives in Minneapolis.
Fiction. Compelling and fiercely honest, BASE TEN exposes the daily battles of women scientists fighting to preserve a family life and succeed in a discipline that functions on the archaic belief that every scientist has a “wife” at home. Reared to believe that she could do anything, astrophysicist Jillian Greer dreamed of going into space. When she and her research partner Kera Sullivan invented a specialized telescope, it looked as though these two dogged scientists would fulfill the dream they shared. Playwright Maryann Lesert’s work has appeared in The Art of the One-Act and Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2007. Lesert currently teaches writing at Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan. BASE TEN is her first novel.
Raymond Luczak MEN WITH THEIR HANDS 978-0-9789023-6-0, $16.95, paper, 240pp. SUSPECT THOUGHTS PRESS 2009
Fiction. Gay and Lesbian Studies. Told through a variety of voices from 1975 to 2002, a lonely young deaf man discovers his sexuality in a small town and eventually joins others of his kind—a new family who understands him in New York City. Over the years we see Michael grow from adolescence to adulthood as a deaf gay man, first in the closet to come out among his deaf friends in college. He eventually falls in love with Stan, an older deaf man who shares stories about his deaf friends who died before Michael came into his life. When Stan unexpectedly dies in a freak accident, Michael must confront the questions of his past and his future.
Fiction and Drama Gary Lutz
STORIES IN THE WORST WAY 978-0-9798080-7-4, $15.00, paper, 164pp.
DEMONS IN THE SPRING 978-1-933354-47-7, $24.95, cloth, 272pp.
CALAMARI PRESS 2009
AKASHIC BOOKS 2008
Fiction. Short Stories. Originally released by Knopf in 1996, Lutz’s rigorously innovative debut barely made a ripple in the mainstream publishing world. Meanwhile, however, the book attained a cult status, and its influence has grown tremendously in the years since its appearance, disappearance, and reappearance. “Gary Lutz is a sentence writer from another planet, deploying language with unmatched invention. He is not just an original literary artist, but maybe the only one to so strenuously reject the training wheels limiting American narrative practice. What results are stories nearly too good to read: crushingly sad, odd, and awe-inspiring”—Ben Marcus.
Fiction. Short Stories. Art. DEMONS IN THE SPRING is a collection of twenty short stories by Joe Meno, author of the smash hits THE BOY DETECTIVE FAILS and HAIRSTYLES OF THE DAMNED, with illustrations by twenty artists from the fine art, graphic art, and comic book worlds—including Charles Burns, Archer Prewitt, Ivan Brunetti, Jay Ryan, Paul Hornschemeier, Anders Nilsen, Geoff McFedtridge, Kelsey Brookes, Kim Hiorthoy, Caroline Hwang, Rachell Sumpter, KOZYNDAN, Evan Hecox, and Cody Hudson. “Eclectic, funny, constantly surprising—these are the things a short story collection should be allowed to be, and Joe Meno’s DEMONS IN THE SPRING absolutely is. Add to his rocksolid prose and big heart a wonderful idea—how each story is illustrated by a modern master—then you have a rich, unforgettable stew of a book”—Dave Eggers.
Ian Macmillan OUR PEOPLE: STORIES 978-1-886157-67-5, $16.95, paper, 206pp. BKMK PRESS 2008
Fiction. This collection of eleven short stories depicts poor, rural characters in upstate New York, struggling to maintain balance and personal stability amid family disintegration, random misfortune, and death. “These characters are distinguished,” says novelist Paul Theroux, “by their powerful sense of place and most of all for the grim humor of their humanity.” “Little more than stubbornness makes these people possible,” writes Jonathan Penner, “yet in every story, nobility gleams through the muck. Ian MacMillan has chronicled a culture exotic to most of us through characters in whom we see precisely who we might have been.” Ian MacMIllan is the author of a dozen previous books and the winner of many award including the PEN-USA West Award and the Hawai`i Award for Literature.
Peter Maravelis, Editor SAN FRANCISCO NOIR 2: THE CLASSICS 978-1-933354-65-1, $15.95, paper, 330pp. AKASHIC BOOKS 2009
Fiction. Classic reprints from: Ambrose Bierce, Frank Norris, Mark Twain, Jack London, Dashiell Hammett, William Vollmann, Fletcher Flora, Bill Pronzini, Joe Gores, Janet Dawson, Oscar Penaranda, Seth Morgan, Craig Clevenger, and others. The romantic “city by the bay” is blasted by yet another crime spree as SAN FRANCISCO NOIR 2: THE CLASSICS picks up where its predecessor left off. Join some of the great storytellers of the past as they conspire with contemporary noir virtuosos to showcase the city’s criminal legacy. From Wild West outpost to dystopian cosmopolis, San Francisco is exposed in all its treacherous glory. Visit a sinister landscape populated by the possessed, the dispossessed, and the wandering ghosts of days gone by.
Joe Martin RUMI’S MATHNAVI: A THEATRE ADAPTATION 978-1-58775-027-4, $16.99, paper, 112pp. ASYLUM ARTS 2008
Drama. In conjunction with UNESCO’s designation of 2007 as the “Year of Rumi,” the Asylum Arts imprint of Leaping Dog Press has released Joe Martin’s (Yousef Daoud’s) stage adaptation of Rumi’s Mathnavi. For ten years, Rumi has been the best-selling poet in America. But until now, most English speakers have found it almost impossible to get a sense of the world of his greatest work, the MATHNAVI. This Asylum Arts edition of Joe Martin’s dramatic adaptation aims to provide that opportunity. This edition will give a wide audience an authentic taste of Rumi’s six-volume work, in a reader’s edition, accompanied by photographs from the 2005 production of the play.
Janet Mitchell THE CREEPY GIRL AND OTHER STORIES 978-0-9788811-7-7, $18.00, paper, 152pp. STARCHERONE BOOKS 2009
Fiction. Winner of the 5th Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction, Janet Mitchell’s debut collection of stories is insightful—in luscious, exuberant language— about families and childhood, small towns and prophets, life and death. “These energizing, sparklingly imaginative, at times downright visionary stories—one about a woman who wants her mother stuffed and made pretty when she dies; others about mysterious metalogical creatures, a brutal college rape, a patricide—form a necklace of deceptively childlike voices moving through an avant-gothic cosmos. But they are as much, if not more, about the beauties of surprising, rhythmic prose, as well, the syllabic stuff you can taste on the tongue” —Lance Olsen. “A work of outrageous, much-needed literary ambition . . . Mitchell is hell-bent on extracting every last drop of sadness and pain from her sentences” —Ben Marcus.
Alejandro Morales THE CAPTAIN OF ALL THESE MEN OF DEATH 978-1-931010-36-8, $16.00, paper, 288pp. 978-1-931010-40-5, $26.00, cloth, 288pp. BILINGUAL REVIEW PRESS 2008
Fiction. Latino/Latina Studies. When Robert Contreras attempts to enlist to fight in World War II, his medical examination reveals that he has tuberculosis, and he is committed to a frightful sanatorium. Amid his relapses and recoveries he meets a series of women who have a profound effect on his life: a mysterious French doctor, a captivating patient, and a sinister acquaintance from a Los Angeles barrio. Meanwhile, a hospital newsletter delivers articles describing the various ways in which tuberculosis patients have been treated throughout history, whether that was with deep compassion, ostracism and alienation, or shocking barbarism. The author equates these practices to heinous modern-day medical experimentation and the superstitious pagan practices of witchcraft and satanism in California barrios.
Fiction and Drama James Morrison
THE LOST GIRL 978-1-60235-010-6, $16.00, paper, 316pp.
ETERNAL HYDRA 978-1-55245-201-1, $14.95, paper, 112pp.
PARLOR PRESS 2007
COACH HOUSE BOOKS 2009
Fiction. In THE LOST GIRL, James Morrison finds a compelling lens through the eyes of a young person trying to understand the world and her place in it. In stylized prose both elegant and spare, saturated with irony but fraught with tenderness, Morrison raises questions about modern life that become more pressing by the day. “There’s intelligence, wit, suppleness and a fine cadence to the sentences, and the book is full of well-observed detail.... Novels often struggle to balance emotional development and cultural commentary—one tends to overwhelm the other—but Morrison blends these elements remarkably well”—Porter Shreve.
Drama. When a young scholar finds ETERNAL HYDRA, a long-lost, legendary and encyclopedic novel by an obscure Irish writer, she brings the manuscript to an esteemed publisher, hoping to secure an international audience for the book. But Vivian’s obsession with the dead author who has materialized in her life is challenged by the work of a contemporary historical novelist, and she’s forced to face confounding questions about authorship, racism, and ethical behavior. Weaving between contemporary New York, 1930s Paris, and New Orleans in the years following the Civil War, ETERNAL HYDRA is a postmodern look at the making of a modernist masterpiece.
Miguel Correa Mujica NORTH OF HELL 978-1-933382-95-1, $11.95, paper, 86pp. GREEN INTEGER 2009
Fiction. Translated from the Spanish by Alexis Romay. In his introduction to this novel, noted Cuban novelist Reinaldo Arenas suggests that there are two kinds of good literature—the second of which, exemplified by NORTH OF HELL, is an “unstoppable fury of the condemned”— satiric literature at its best. Born in Cuba in 1957, Miguel Correa Mujica has lived in New York since 1980, where he is an Associate Professor at the City University of New York.
Don Noble, Editor A STATE OF LAUGHTER: COMIC FICTION FROM ALABAMA 978-1-60489-005-1, $16.95, paper, 215pp.
Amy Prior SLUMBER PARTY 978-0-9554957-1-7, $17.00, paper, 40pp. JUNCTURE 2009
Fiction. Music. Multimedia. Book-and-Record Set. Music by Lucky Dragons. SLUMBER PARTY is a bookand-record set that celebrates the night, darkness, sleep. In dark times, turn off all the lights and dream. It’s the perfect world. The set reinvents the edutainment (educational entertainment) book-and-record sets created for children by Disney in the 70s. The music is on seveninch moon-colored vinyl that can be played while reading stories in the accompanying book, or even just falling asleep. The book is a collection of short shorts. The soundtrack for the record is made by LA-based Lucky Dragons.
LIVINGSTON PRESS 2008
Fiction. Don Noble follows up on his immensely popular Climbing Mount Cheaha to produce another anthology of Alabama fiction—comic, this time. The collection includes the following writers: Caroline Haines, Jack Pendarvis, William Cobb, Brad Watson, Barry Hannah, Wendy Reed, Lee Smith, Michael Knight, Pat Meyer, Bart Barton, Madison Jones, Dan Wallace, Suzanne Hudson, Joe Formicella, Joe Taylor, Eugene Walter, Truman Capote, and Michelle Richmond. “I didn’t know there were this many funny Alabamians, well, except maybe in an election season. But because of A STATE OF LAUGHTER, I now know what a bugle head is, that an old woman can do a lot of damage with a 14-inch hog knife, and that— when arrested for soliciting—it is hard to keep both hands on your head and step out of a car, even when the police tell you to”—Rick Bragg.
AT OR NEAR THE SURFACE 978-1-889292-18-2, $12.00, paper, 156pp.
Achy Obejas RUINS 978-1-933354-69-9, $15.95, paper, 250pp.
FOURTEEN HILLS PRESS 2008
Fiction. AT OR NEAR THE SURFACE, winner of the 2008 Michael Rubin Chapbook Award chosen by Tin House managing editor Holly MacArthur, is a collection of short fiction that, with original language and lapidary prose, explores the yearnings of a cast of characters we think we know: a young woman visited by the hand and lung and toes of the baby she miscarried in Macy’s; a married couple deformed by their web of adulteries; an elderly man remembering his wife as he sets his deformed pigeons free; a chemistry teacher’s surprising response to the shooting death of a student. “In fifteen wonderful stories, Jenny Pritchett stirs up a remarkable amount of grit and glory. These characters, as they stumble through their loves and losses, will remind you just how dangerous it is to be alive”—Robin Romm, author of The Mother Garden and The Mercy Papers.
AKASHIC BOOKS 2009
William S. Yellow Robe, Jr.
Fiction. Latino/Latina Studies. Obejas is the author of various books, including the award-winning novel Days of Awe and the best-selling poetry chapbook THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED IN OUR OTHER LIFE. She was also the editor of Akashic Books’ critically acclaimed crime fiction anthology HAVANA NOIR, and the translator (into Spanish) for Junot Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. RUINS is the story of Usnavy, who was a young man when the Cuban Revolution triumphed in 1959 and eagerly signed on for all of its promises. But as the years have passed, the sacrifices have outweighed the glories, and he’s become increasingly isolated. “Obejas writes like an angel: flush with power, vision, hope. . . . [One of the] Caribbean’s most important writers”—Junot Diaz.
GRANDCHILDREN OF THE BUFFALO SOLDIERS AND OTHER UNTOLD STORIES 978-0-935626-59-9, $18.00, paper, 376pp. UCLA AMERICAN INDIAN STUDIES CENTER 2009
Drama. Native American Studies. This collection of five plays portrays the complex issues that arise when mixedblood American Indian characters confront traditional Native beliefs. It shows how legislated and internalized racism has ravaged human relationships and created divisive struggles within Native American families and communities. The title play, Grandchildren of the Buffalo Soldiers, examines the lingering effects of colonial exploitation of tensions between African American and Native American people in the nineteenth century. All of Yellow Robe’s plays meditate on the returning to home, to community, and how the matter of belonging is a privilege.
Fiction and Drama Nelson Rodrigues
LIFE AS IT IS 978-0-924047-61-9, $20.00, paper, 314pp. 978-0-924047-60-2, $40.00, cloth, 314pp.
DIS: OR, THE SHADOW OF THE DOME OF PLEASURE 978-1-934289-46-4, $18.00, paper, 220pp.
HOST PUBLICATIONS 2009
BLAZEVOX BOOKS 2008
Fiction. Latin American Studies. Translated by Alex Ladd. Still relatively unknown in the United States, Nelson Rodrigues (1912 -1980) is considered by many to be Brazil’s greatest playwright. The fifty-eight stories in this collection are gathered from his newspaper column, “A Vida Como Ela E” (LIFE AS IT IS). Written in the 1950s, these stories have since been republished numerous times in Brazil, where they have been adapted for theater, television and cinema. Available in English for the first time, LIFE AS IT IS provides a beguiling showcase for the mordant wit and biting insights of one of the twentieth century’s most singular talents.
Fiction. “M. Pascal to the contrary, this shit don’t stink. This shit reeks of righteous rage, bloody wit, and the bitters of monkeys in front of typewriters. This is writing that doesn’t write, can’t right but through imagination, of which Schneiderman has buckets, not to mention rhythm: his snaking quantitative meter pulls us through the beer, alexandrines lighting the shit ablaze. At the end of which we arrive, finally, at the obvious: this book is nothing short of and nothing less than the real shit” —Kass Fleisher.
Sarah Rosenthal MANHATTEN 978-1-933132-32-7, $14.00, paper, 109pp. SPUYTEN DUYVIL 2009
Fiction. Poetry. Cross-Genre. This is not the mythic Manhattan of bright lights and glitz. It is called MANHATTEN and it is wonderfully out of kilter. In this mixed-genre book (fiction, poetry, review) Sarah Rosenthal layers headlong, voice-driven prose with silent, otherly poems to tell a story of an island where relationships are disturbed yet meaningful and luminous”—Juliana Spahr. “I like Sarah Rosenthal’s MANHATTEN because it’s generous with self. Also alarmingly well written. And best of all, MANHATTEN awkwardly and beautifully makes the claim that heterosexuals are human too!”—Eileen Myles.
Adam Seelig TALKING MASKS (OEDIPUSSY) 978-1-897388-39-6, $15.00, paper, 80pp. BOOK THUG 2009
Drama. TALKING MASKS is a dramatic score whose themes collide, clash and harmonize. At its core are a son, two mothers and an absent father who, in exploring their intertwined fates, fuse two of the world’s most enduring myths: the tragedy of Oedipus and the tale of Isaac and Ishmael. What unfolds is a wild progression of rapid-fire interactions that reveal and expose as much as they conceal and mask about the “charactors.”
Muneeza Shamsie AND THE WORLD CHANGED: CONTEMPORARY STORIES BY PAKISTANI WOMEN 978-1-55861-580-9, $15.95, paper, 280pp. THE FEMINIST PRESS AT CUNY 2008
Kevin Sampsell, Editor PORTLAND NOIR 978-1-933354-79-8, $15.95, paper, 300pp. AKASHIC BOOKS 2009
Fiction. From the downtown streets littered with strip clubs and gutter punks to the north side where gentrification and old school hip-hop collide, Portland, Oregon is a place that seems straight out of a David Lynch movie. It’s a city full of police controversies, hippie artist houses, and overzealous liberals, where even its fiction blurs with its bizarre realities. PORTLAND NOIR is an encompassing literary journey where your tour guides take you to the Shanghai Tunnels, dog parks, dive bars, sex shops, Powell’s Books, Voodoo Doughnuts, suspiciously quiet neighborhoods, the pseudo-glitzy Pearl District, Oaks Amusement Park, and a strip club shaped like a jug. PORTLAND NOIR is sure to both charm and frighten readers familiar with this northwest hub and intrigue those who have never traveled to this proudly weird city.
Fiction. Middle Eastern Studies. The only Englishlanguage anthology by Pakistani women published in the United States, AND THE WORLD CHANGED goes beyond the sensational headlines to reveal the stories of Pakistani women. Immigrants and refugees, travelers and explorers, seasoned authors and fresh voices, the twentyfive writers in this volume are as dynamic and diverse as their stories. Filled with nostalgic memories of Pakistan, critical commentary about the world’s current political climate, and inspirational hope for the future, the stories in AND THE WORLD CHANGED weave an intricate, enlightening view of Pakistan, its relation to the West, and the women who travel between the two regions. Born and living in Pakistan, writer and critic Muneeza Shamsie has edited two other pioneering anthologies of Pakistani English writing.
Chiara Stangalino and Maxim Jakubowski, Editors ROME NOIR 978-1-933354-64-4, $15.95, paper, 300pp. AKASHIC BOOKS 2009
Asa Sanchez and Phil Dumesnil THE WOOLLYHOODWINKS VS. THE DARK PATCH 978-1-59702-012-1, $15.95, cloth, 36pp. IMMEDIUM, INC. 2008
Fiction. Children’s Literature. Illustrated by Jeff Root and Scott Runcorn. “I had a lot of fun reading this 36-page adventure into the Black North Forest where the Woollyhoodwinks live and I think that you would too... They successfully and uniquely preserved the stitched textile aspect of the Woollyhoodwinks through a combination of fabric texture and digital illustration. It’s a joy simply for the visual aspect!”—Craft Leftovers. “Not many handmade toys have catchy theme songs. Those are usually reserved for the ‘popular’ characters who reside in Orlando. However, Woollyhoodwinks seem to have no regard for the status quo”—The Hippest Kid.
Fiction. Short Stories. Rome Noir looks beyond the tourist facade of Italy’s capital. This is the real city of Fellini, Pasolini, and countless other major artists who devoted their lives to depicting its grandeur and decadence. Brand-new stories from: Antonio Scurati, C.D. Formetta, Diego De Silva, Enrico Franceschini, Boosta, Francesca Mazzucato, Marcello Fois, Gianrico Carofiglio, Carlo Lucarelli, Maxim Jakubowski, Evelina Santangelo, Nicola LaGioia, Tommaso Pincio, Antonio Pascale, Nicoletta Vallorani, Giuseppe Genna, and others. Chiara Stangalino is an organizer of the Courmayeur Noir In Festival. She lives in Turin, Italy. Maxim Jakubowski is a British editor and writer. He reviews crime fiction for the Guardian and runs London’s Crime Scene Festival.
Fiction and Drama Lola Lemire Tostevin THE OTHER SISTER 978-0-9808822-1-6, $22.95, paper, 230pp. INANNA PUBLICATIONS 2009
Fiction. Julia Brannon, physically weak, but mentally alert and acutely observant, is the feisty and at times cantankerous protagonist of THE OTHER SISTER. Her daughter, Rachel, and her granddaughter, Thea, have given her, as a move-in present into the retirement home, a laptop computer on which they ask Julia to record events from her past. The narrative of the novel travels back and forth from a first-person narrative as Julia writes memories on her laptop, to a third-person narrative of an omniscient narrator following Julia at the retirement home. Julia’s recorded anecdotes cover many major historical events that affected Julia over the last century. As universal as these events were, within the context of a novel, history is always singular and personal.
Jeff Vande Zande LANDSCAPE WITH FRAGMENTED FIGURES 978-1-933964-23-2, $16.00, paper, 223pp. BOTTOM DOG PRESS 2009
Fiction. Betrayed by his art and disillusioned by his job as a professor, Ray Casper finds his long-time girlfriend has just left him. At the death of his estranged father, he links up with his out-of-work brother Sammy, and things really get complicated. Sammy moves in with Ray and needs a job; Ray needs inspiration to paint again, and both have to keep from killing each other. LANDSCAPE WITH FRAGMENTED FIGURES unites academia and working class in a tale of brothers, fathers and sons, art and love. It’s a tale of what it means for all of us to live in America in these times.
Irving Warner CROSSING THE WATER: THE ALASKA-HAWAII TRILOGIES 978-1-929355-51-8, $15.00, paper, 150pp. PLEASURE BOAT STUDIO 2009
Fiction. This is a unique volume in the best sense— two apparently diverse areas drawn together in 1959 politically as the 49th and 50th states of the United States. But they have been bound together by nature and history—the former for millennia, and the latter since the late 18th century. A poetic bond between both trilogies is crossing a body of water as a transformational event for human and animal alike. In the “Lost Road Trilogy,” it is the ancient Charon myth; and in the “Hawaii Island Trilogy,” it is of transformations in time and space, and how the two together can form illusions of spirit.
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Natasha Bakht, Editor
JAILHOUSE LAWYERS: PRISONERS DEFENDING PRISONERS V. THE USA 978-0-87286-469-6, $16.95, paper, 280pp.
BELONGING AND BANISHMENT: BEING MUSLIM IN CANADA 978-1-894770-48-4, $25.95, paper, 240pp.
CITY LIGHTS PUBLISHERS 2009
TSAR PUBLICATIONS 2008
Politic Science. Law. Includes an introduction by Angela Y. Davis. In JAILHOUSE LAWYERS, award-winning journalist and death-row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal presents the stories and reflections of fellow prisonersturned-advocates who have learned to use the court system to represent other prisoners—many uneducated or illiterate—and, in some cases, to win their freedom. In Abu-Jamal’s words, “This is the story of law learned, not in the ivory towers of multi-billion-dollar endowed universities [but] in the bowels of the slave-ship, in the dank dungeons of America.”
Cultural Writing. Islamic Studies. Canandian Studies. In this book a variety of Canadian Muslim voices address vital issues related to the question of living as Muslims in the Canadian social, legal, and political spaces. For example, what issues of integration and identity face young Muslims growing up in this country? Is there, in fact, a single Muslim identity? Has the Canadian government, under pressure due to the “war against terror,” failed to safeguard the rights of young Muslims? How does Canada’s tolerance of diverse cultures extend to the case of Muslims? What are the implications of the veiled voting legislation? Is worship in Islam compatible with the practice of science?
Frederick Luis Aldama CRITICAL MAPPINGS OF ARTURO ISLAS’S FICTIONS 978-1-931010-31-3, $23.00, paper, 400pp. BILINGUAL REVIEW PRESS 2007
Literary Criticism. Latino/Latina Studies. The essays and interviews in this collection enliven and enrich our understanding of one of the most important authors of contemporary Chicano/a letters. For much of his career, the late Arturo Islas faced rejection in both mainstream and Chicano literature. These essays map Islas’s oeuvre and its expression of a complex Chicano identity that must be included within a contemporary American canon.
Homayoon Aram THE WIT AND WISDOM OF THREE WORLDS: A BILLINGUAL COLLECTION OF POPULAR PERSIAN, JUDAIC AND WESTERN PROVERBS AND EXPRESSIONS ARRANGED BY THEME 978-1-58814-060-9, $30.00, cloth, 358pp. IBEX PUBLISHERS 2008
Cultural Writing. Middle East Studies. Jewish Studies. Reference. THE WIT AND WISDOM OF THREE WORLDS is a unique collection of proverbs and sayings from Persian, Jewish, and Western culture. Homayoon Aram, being an Iranian of Jewish faith living in the United States, is uniquely qualified to present the subject. Aram has selected about 4,000 proverbs and sayings from the world of Persian, Judaic, and Western literature and has divided them into 129 diverse topics such as love, courage, charity, luck, and war. The proverbs come from various sources: the Bible; the Talmud; sayings attributed to historic personalities; classic literature and modern literature. English proverbs are given and accompanied by their closest Persian equivalents.
Pablo Arriaran, Editor VISIONS FROM FINIS TERRAE: CHILEAN VOICES IN THE UNITED STATES 978-0-9800777-2-8, $16.00, paper, 248pp. INTER-AMERICAN DIALOGUE/MARICK PRESS 2009
Literary Nonfiction. Latin American Studies. This book is a compilation of speeches and presentations made during the period July 2006 to May 2008 by Chilean officials, scholars, politicians, lawyers, scientists, and writers, among others, who have visited the United States. The articles reference a wide variety of subjects ranging from politics and economies, including both regional and international dimensions, to issues that are relevant to Chile’s development in the present time.
Banksy and Martin Bull BANKSY LOCATIONS & TOURS: A COLLECTION OF GRAFFITI LOCATIONS AND PHOTOGRAPHS IN LONDON, ENGLAND 978-1-60486-060-3, $20.00, paper, 176pp. PM PRESS 2009
Literary Nonfiction. Graffiti. Photography. When it comes to art, London is best known for its galleries, not its graffiti. However, not if photographer Martin Bull has anything to say about it. While newspapers and magazines the world over send their critics to review the latest Damien Hirst show at the Tate Modern, Bull, in turn, is out taking photos of the latest street installations by guerilla art icon Banksy. In three guided tours, Martin Bull documents sixty-five London sites where one can see some of the most important works by the legendary political artist. Boasting over 100 color photos, BANKSY LOCATIONS AND TOURS also includes graffiti by many of Banksy’s peers, including Eine, Faile, El Chivo, Arofish, Cept, Space Invader, Blek Le Rat, D*face, and Shepherd Fairey. The U.S. edition has locations updated and 25 additional photos.
Itziar Barrio PINK CAR CRASH 978-1-930083-15-8, $28.00, cloth, 96pp. FLY BY NIGHT PRESS 2008
Art. Translated by Zubiaur Eider, Rodriguez Elena, and Passingham David Edgar. “Itziar Barrio’s vision is an idiosyncratic and fascinating new visual language utilizing an array of diverse artistic media that serve to reconfigure old and new ideas, semiotics and signifiers, and objects and symbols. In her videos and performances, pinpointed by sensationalist climaxes and bombardments of multilayered information, a non-linear narrative is created through deconstructed elements that are mainly absorbed from the language of pop culture, cinema, and mass media. One quick look is not sufficient. We are compelled to go back for more. What remains in our consciousness are the residue and fragments of a new visual code that impress upon our memory and leave us with an unsated, indefinable craving”—Micaela Giovannotti, Art Critic and Curator.
Literary Nonfiction Dodie Bellamy
Barbara Ruth Bluman
BARF MANIFESTO No ISBN, $10.00, paper, 32pp.
I HAVE MY MOTHER’S EYES: A HOLOCAUST MEMOIR ACROSS GENERATIONS 978-1-55380-070-5, $21.95, paper, 220pp.
UGLY DUCKLING PRESSE 2008
Literary Nonfiction. Essays. Asked to write a paper on alternative forms of memoir for the 2007 Modern Language Association conference, Bellamy wrote an admiring analysis of “Everyday Barf,” the essay that concludes Eileen Myles’s recent poetry collection SORRY, TREE. Bellamy’s talk, “MLA Barf,” became a rousing defense of the “barf ” as a literary form. Here “MLA Barf ” is joined by its sequel, “CCA Barf,” delivered as a lecture at the California College of the Arts some months later. Together the two talks celebrate Eileen Myles—especially her genius for bringing the body into writing—as well as the conceptual practices of two British visual artists, Tariq Alvi and Bridget Riley.
Barbara Bick WALKING THE PRECIPICE: WITNESS TO THE RISE OF THE TALIBAN IN AFGHANISTAN 978-1-55861-586-1, $14.95, paper, 152pp. THE FEMINIST PRESS AT CUNY 2009
Taliban in Afghanistan. In 1990, activist and grandmother Barbara Bick, age sixty-five, traveled with a women’s delegation to Afghanistan for what she thought would be her last great adventure. Instead, while the Mujahideen shelled Kabul, Bick forged friendships with her Afghan hosts. In the ensuing years, she watched as the Taliban took over Afghanistan and instituted its fiercely anti-woman policies. In 2001, Bick returned to Afghanistan to the region dominated by the Northern Alliance, the anti-Taliban militia. She was at a compound on September 9 when Ahmad Shah Massoud was assassinated by Taliban infiltrators. Bick returned to Afghanistan in 2004 to see how women were faring under the new government.
Big Noise Films DISPATCHES 04 No ISBN, $14.95, DVD PM PRESS 2008
Documentary. Current Events. Multimedia. Ground breaking reports from the turmoil in Iraq to convention protests and election fraud in the United States. The reports from Iraq were made with the support of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and originally aired on Al Jazeera English. Against a tide of ignorance, isolation and cynicism, Big Noise Dispatches take you around the world to look war and crisis in the face, but also to witness a shared struggle for survival and dignity. DISPATCHES 04 collects 142 minutes of radical investigations, analysis and on the ground video from the Big Noise team working on four continents.
Diana Block ARM THE SPIRIT: A STORY FROM UNDERGROUND AND BACK 978-1-904859-87-1, $19.95, paper, 400pp. AK PRESS 2009
Cultural Writing. Biography. Women’s Studies. In June 1985, Diana Block, her two-week-old son, and five fellow revolutionaries fled Los Angeles after finding a surveillance device in their car. Thus began a decade of life underground—she spent ten years on the run from the FBI, was featured on TV’s America’s Most Wanted, and simultaneously raised two children. Relayed with emotional depth and a poetic style, ARM THE SPIRIT brings a woman’s perspective to a subject typically dominated by heroic, male discourse. “Diana Block’s ARM THE SPIRIT is a stunning piece of work with pitchperfect voice and strong writing. She gives voice to many of us who took up the vocation of revolution and who have remained true to the vision of a radically transformed world”—Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz.
RONSDALE PRESS 2009
Literary Nonfiction. Memoir. Jewish Studies. Barbara Ruth Bluman chronicles her mother’s dramatic journey from Nazi-occupied Poland to Canada. Bluman follows Zosia Hoffenberg from her genteel upbringing in Warsaw through the shock of the Blitzkrieg and on to her escape from Europe through the Soviet Union and Japan. That escape required the help of Chiune Sugihara, the Japanese consul in Lithuania, who defied his superiors and helped several thousand Jews to flee. Bluman also reveals how, as she was recording her mother’s tale of survival, cancer was ravaging her own body. In this interwoven narrative, Bluman explains how she garnered strength from her mother’s account as a refugee, “staring death in the face.” A celebration of the universal struggle for survival, I HAVE MY MOTHER’S EYES offers a hopeful response to one of history’s darkest times.
Eric W. Bragg, Eugenio Castro and Bruno Jacobs, Editors THE EXTERIORITY CRISIS: FROM THE CITY LIMITS AND BEYOND 978-0-615-25839-3, $10.36, paper, 184pp. OYSTER MOON PRESS 2009
Nonfiction. “In its corners, streets, gates, bars, squares, boulevards, gardens, parks and cafes, the city maintains some of the focal points of ‘its’ unconscious. These are found and explored everyday by surrealists who obtain the essential experience of surreality in metropolitan life. The concrete experience of exteriority (which in the following collective essay we concentrate only on the city limits and beyond them) requires from us a disposition closely akin not only to the sensible renewal of people, but also to existence and its poetic reserves, and to the revitalization of the interior life that is suffering a process of sterilization because of the convulsive technologization of interiority and the progressive forgetting of life outside” —from the book’s first essay, “Surrealism and exteriority.”
Rebecca Brown AMERICAN ROMANCES: ESSAYS 978-0-87286-498-6, $16.95, paper, 256pp. CITY LIGHTS PUBLISHERS 2009
Nonfiction. Literary Criticism. This collection of mordant, poignant, and playful essays shows Rebecca Brown at the height of her imaginative and intuitive powers. A wry, incisive social and literary critique is couched in a gonzo mix of pop culture, autobiography, fiction, literary history, misremembered movie plots, and fantasy that plays with the notion of what it is to be “American.” Fantastical connections and unlikely meetings span the course of America’s cultural history in a manic remix, featuring appearances by Brian Wilson, Gertrude Stein, Nathaniel Hawthorne, the Invisible Man, the Abligensian Crusade, John Wayne, Felix Mendelssohn, JFK, Shane, and God.
Literary Nonfiction Harry Browne
HAMMERED BY THE IRISH: HOW THE PITSTOP PLOUGHSHARES DISABLED A U.S. WAR PLANE— WITH IRELAND’S BLESSING 978-1-904859-90-1, $15.95, paper, 200pp.
UNDERWATER OVERGROUND/GAFFER TAPE No ISBN, $19.95, DVD
AK PRESS 2008
Political Science. Irish History. Current Events. On a damp night in February 2003, as the United States prepared to invade Iraq, five Catholic Worker activists scrambled across runways and broke into a hangar at Shannon Airport. Swinging hammers and a pickaxe, they did more than $2.5 million damage to a US Navy transport plane. The five were hit with the full weight of the law and were quickly condemned by the media and much of the antiwar movement. But, three-and-a-half years later, a Dublin jury decided they were innocent of any crime.
Gordon Carr THE ANGRY BRIGADE: THE SPECTACULAR RISE AND FALL OF BRITAIN’S FIRST URBAN GUERILLA GROUP No ISBN, $19.95, DVD PM PRESS 2008
Documentary. Multimedia. Politics. Between 1970 and 1972 the Angry Brigade used guns and bombs in a series of symbolic attacks against property. This documentary, produced and directed by Gordon Carr for the BBC (and first shown in January 1973, shortly after the trial), covers the roots of the Angry Brigade in the revolutionary ferment of the 1960s, and follows their campaign and the police investigation to its culmination in the “Stoke Newington 8” conspiracy trial at the Old Bailey—the longest criminal trial in British legal history. Produced after extensive research—among both the libertarian opposition and the police—it remains the essential study of Britain’s first urban guerilla group.
Stuart Christie WE, THE ANARCHISTS! A STUDY OF THE IBERIAN ANARCHIST FEDERATION (FAI) 1927-1937 978-1-904859-75-8, $17.95, paper, 235pp.
PM PRESS 2009
Documentary. Multimedia. Punk Rock. Two documentaries about punk-ska band Citizen Fish. Bassist Jasper takes his video camera in and out of tour vans and people’s faces along the way. UNDERWATER OVERGROUND is the new film (2008) about the further adventures of the band as they tour in the UK, the United States, and Europe. Jasper has been busy again with his video camera as the band toured England and Wales, the United States (four different tours), the Czech Republic and Poland, with other various other bands. GAFFER TAPE was the original film (2000). Using footage from throughout the band’s history, it includes Poland in 1994, Australia and New Zealand in 1997, America, from New York to San Francisco, in September 1999 and Winchester to France in 1999-2000.
CR10 Publications Collective, Editor ABOLITION NOW! TEN YEARS OF STRATEGY AND STRUGGLE AGAINST THE PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX 978-1-904859-96-3, $15.95, paper, 157pp. AK PRESS 2008
Cultural Writing. Politics. Today, over seven million people live under the control of U.S. jail, prison, probation, or parole systems—the vast majority of them people of color and young people. The crisis shows no signs of slowing. For a decade, Critical Resistance has organized to abolish the reliance on imprisonment, policing, and surveillance. Published in honor of Critical Resistance’s tenth anniversary, ABOLITION NOW! reflects the themes Dismantle, Change, and Build. It presents bold strategies to create a stronger movement of people committed to PIC abolition and build healthy communities free from surveillance, policing, and imprisonment. Contributors Include: Incite! Women of Color Against Violence, David Gilbert, Martha Escobar, Liz Samuels and David Stein, Dylan Rodriguez, and Eddy Zheng.
AK PRESS 2008
Cultural Writing. History. Political Science. There are two dimensions to Stuart Christie’s indispensable WE, THE ANARCHISTS! The first is descriptive and historical: it outlines the evolution of the organized anarchist movement in Spain and its relationship with the wider labor movement and, at the same time, providing some insight into the main ideas that made the Spanish labor movement one of the most revolutionary of modern times. The second is analytical, as the book addresses—from an anarchist perspective—the problem of understanding and coping with change in the contemporary world; how can ideals survive the process of institutionalization? Stuart Christie’s analysis covers the history of Spanish anarchism and the Spanish Civil War, the affinity group organization of the FAI, and the misreadings and outright lies told about the FAI in numerous popular accounts of the period. WE, THE ANARCHISTS! also provides lessons for today’s largely neutered labor movement.
George Deems LET GEORGE DO IT 978-0-942996-68-5, $28.00, paper, 91pp. THE POST-APOLLO PRESS 2009
Literary Nonfiction. Art. With an introduction by Ulla Dydo and nine paintings and drawings by the author. “Although artist George Deem’s greatest contribution is surely his art, in which he explores the process of altering the past in a way that allows it to embrace the present and future, Deem was also insistent on the importance of language in relation to art as a process of thinking, of ‘thinking that is painting.’ His marvelous short essays, aphorisms, and fables, accordingly, have the lightness of a pencil sketch, the delight of exploring space and color through writing and thinking itself. Placed against (or perhaps one should say beside) his drawings and paintings LET GEORGE DO IT clearly reveals just how much George did through both language and art” —Douglas Messerli.
Wang Dehui WANG DEHUI: OIL AND CHINESE BRUSH PAINTING 978-1-894770-44-6, $36.00, paper, 80pp. TSAR PUBLICATIONS 2008
Art. Asian Studies. Edited with a preface by Lien Chao. This book collects fifty-three of Wang Dehui’s works, including his Chinese brush paintings, Chinese calligraphy, and oil paintings. This book will help Western readers become more acquainted with the subject of contemporary Chinese art, and therefore provides one more opportunity for artistic exchanges between the East and the West.
Literary Nonfiction Merle Drown
IN THE ARENA: LIFE AND TIMES OF WILLIAM W. TREAT 978-0-9801672-3-8, $29.95, cloth, 384pp.
THE ORIGIN AND IDEALS OF THE MODERN SCHOOL 978-1-60001-977-7, $15.00, paper, 84pp. 978-1-60001-978-4, $30.00, cloth, 84pp.
HOBBLEBUSH BOOKS 2009
Literary Nonfiction. Biography. The quintessentially selfmade man, William Treat hobnobbed with presidents, reformed the antiquated probate court system, and served at the United Nations and the Human Rights Sub-Commission in Geneva, where he authored a study on human rights with Soviet diplomats. Award-winning writer Merle Drown has captured the life of this truly Renaissance Yankee. “Drown tells Treat’s life story with literary grace and scholarly precision, while also evoking the social, economic, institutional, and political contexts within which this life unfolded. Through it all William Treat emerges as someone to admire as well as to like, a man who teaches us that high achievement need not be purchased at the price of decency and integrity, and is not incompatible with a loving family life and a wry New England sense of humor”—Dr. Richard Freeland, President Emeritus and Distinguished Professor of History, Northeastern University.
FACTORY SCHOOL 2009
Cultural Writing. Anarchism. Education. Translated from the Spanish by Joseph McCabe. One hundred years after his death, Factory School is proud to publish Francisco Ferrer’s THE ORIGIN AND IDEALS OF THE MODERN SCHOOL. Ferrer’s rationalist school for children established the pedagogical basis for dozens of Modern Schools in the years after his martyrdom and remains a vital source of inspiration in the struggle against official superstitions. “I would rather have the free spontaneity of a child who knows nothing than the verbal knowledge and intellectual deformation of one that has experienced the existing system of education”—Francisco Ferrer.
Alice B. Fogel STRANGE TERRAIN: A POETRY HANDBOOK FOR THE RELUCTANT READER 978-0-9801672-5-2, $16.95, paper, 208pp. HOBBLEBUSH BOOKS 2009
Thomas Farber BRIEF NUDITY 978-0-9795285-2-1, $20.00, paper, 176pp. MANOA BOOKS/EL LEON LITERARY ARTS 2009
Literary Nonfiction. Set in Thomas Farber’s Berkeley cottage, BRIEF NUDITY’s nonfiction narratives move across three decades, appraising the meaning of both home and the impulse to put one’s house in order. Taking the measure of aging, desire, and memory in an inevitably finite life for and by art, BRIEF NUDITY also illuminates the very human effort to divine—or deny—one’s true story. “Philip Larkin wrote of the moment in life when our ‘innate assumptions’ and daily habits ‘Suddenly harden into all we’ve got.’ This beautifully written memoir dwells in that moment, its call to self-judgment, its unexpected openness to possibility. BRIEF NUDITY will please and instruct all who are starting to think about their own aging”—Alan Williamson.
Mike Farrell OF MULE AND MAN 978-1-933354-75-0, $15.95, paper, 200pp. AKASHIC BOOKS 2009
Literary Nonfiction. Memoir. “Mike Farrell’s OF MULE AND MAN is a one-of-a-kind American road trip. It’s a quite enjoyable ride with an observant and generous friend who is at home crisscrossing the country with a rental hybrid he calls Mule. Farrell travels through both the beautiful and busted landscape from desert to bayou, urban to rural, listening in and arguing silently with conservative talk radio found in even the most remote places, and ending each day at bookstores and community organizations to have conversations with activists, friends, and family who are doing the hard work of social justice in every neighborhood. ‘Heroes abound in this world,’ Farrell writes. He is one of them” —Walter Mosley.
Poetry. Reference. Criticism. Poet, educator, and Poetry Foundation bestseller Alice B. Fogel has written the perfect book for those who feel uncomfortable with reading poetry. Divided into eight “steps,” this “handbook” looks at such topics as shape, words, sound, images, and emotion. Fogel illustrates each step from her own poetry. “Great advice, good humor, excellent examples . . . and not textbooky. Playful and accessible, the continuing point that you don’t have to ‘get’ poems to get them will ease a lot of minds. This is an important and mysterious subject—the reading of poetry. I learned a lot. Painlessly”—Rebecca Rule. The book is an essential resource for individuals, reading groups, teachers—even friends and families of poets who want to feel more comfortable with poetry.
S.G. Fullwood, R. Harris & L.C. Moore, Editors CARRY THE WORD: A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF BLACK LGBTQ BOOKS 978-0-9752987-4-9, $16.95, paper, 201pp. VINTAGE ENTITY PRESS 2007
LGBT Studies. African American Studies. Reference. CARRY THE WORD: A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF BLACK LGBTQ BOOKS is a seminal reference work, featuring over 600 titles by and about black Same-Gender-Loving (SGL) and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer-identified (LGBTQ ) writers and culture, as well as interviews and articles about black SGL authors. A musthave for booksellers, librarians, academics, communitybased organizations, book clubs and readers interested in black LGBTQ books and authors, all proceeds from sales of CARRY THE WORD will benefit Fire & Ink, Inc., supporter and advocate for SGL writers of African descent. Compiled by Steven G. Fullwood, Reginald Harris and Lisa C. Moore. Edited by Steven G. Fullwood and Lisa C. Moore. Introduction by Reginald Harris.
Keith Gessen, Editor P.S.1 SYMPOSIUM: FOR A PRACTICAL AVANTGARDE (RESEARCH BRANCH PAMPHLET SERIES #1) 978-0-9760503-9-1, $6.00, paper, 63pp. N+1 2008
Cultural Writing. Art. Literary Criticism. Second printing. A conversation among Mark Greif, Eliza Newman-Saul and Dushko Petrovich, moderated by Keith Gessen, about the genuinely new and progressive—whether it still exists and if so how it is constituted—and whether it can still purposefully be called “avant-garde.”
Literary Nonfiction Vivian Gornick
WOMEN IN SCIENCE: THEN AND NOW 978-1-55861-587-8, $15.95, paper, 176pp.
DELUSIONS OF NORMALITY: SANITY, DRUGS, SEX, MONEY AND BELIEFS IN AMERICA 978-1-887276-50-4, $14.95, paper, 203pp.
THE FEMINIST PRESS AT CUNY 2009
Cultural Writing. Science. In this newly revised twentyfifth anniversary edition, acclaimed writer and journalist Vivian Gornick interviews famous and lesser-known scientists, compares their experiences then and now, and shows that, although not much has changed in the world of science, what is different is women’s expectations that they can and will succeed. Gornick’s original interviews show how deep and severe discrimination against women was back then in all scientific fields. Her new interviews, with some of the same women she spoke to twenty-five years ago, provide a fresh description of the hard times and great successes these women have experienced. “Opens the discussion about women’s diverse problems and ambitions in science”—the New York Times Book Review. “Strongly felt, vigorously written”— the Women’s Review of Books.
COOL GROVE PRESS 2009
Literary Nonfiction. Political Science. Media Studies. In DELUSIONS OF NORMALITY: SANITY, DRUGS, SEX, MONEY AND BELIEFS IN AMERICA, J. P. Harpignies argues convincingly that many of the unspoken assumptions underlying our media’s discourse about our society are at serious odds with the reality of our lives. DELUSIONS OF NORMALITY offers a bracing but entertaining look at some of the darker corners of American life, providing a corrective lens to our rosecolored myopia about how we really are. It offers compelling evidence that we are collectively far less sane, far more corruptible, and far ‘druggier’, kinkier, and zanier than we generally admit. Educators, social scientists, therapists and the merely curious, take note.
Herukhuti Kevin Alexander Gray WAITING FOR LIGHTNING TO STRIKE: THE FUNDAMENTALS OF BLACK POLITICS 978-1-904859-91-8, $15.95, paper, 250pp. AK PRESS 2008
Political Science. African American Studies. The year that saw an African American run for the presidency—as a viable contender—for the first time in US history also witnessed a truly remarkable silence—one that was scarcely coincidental. In all the millions of words written about the political ascent of one black man, there was virtually nothing about the descent of black leadership into well-nigh total ineffectiveness. Barack Obama’s personal itinerary was mapped in the minutest detail. The larger itinerary of African Americans was mostly ignored. In these passionate pages, Gray takes his readers into areas of darkness and into the vibrancy and heat of James Brown and Richard Pryor. His intellectual footwork is as sure as Muhammad Ali’s in his prime, and the KO is as deadly.
Dara Greenwald and Josh MacPhee, Editors SIGNS OF CHANGE: SOCIAL MOVEMENT CULTURES, 1960s TO PRESENT 978-1-904859-86-4, $28.95, paper, 144pp. AK PRESS 2008
Cultural Writing. Art. Political Science. Based on a September 2008 exhibit at Exit Art gallery in New York City, SIGNS OF CHANGE surveys the art and cultural production of global social movements from the 1960s to the present. From the rise of the reproducible poster to today’s digital instantaneity, it tackles the themes and representation of international struggles for equality, democracy, and freedom—as well as basic human rights, like food and shelter. In an impressive compilation of more than 300 posters, prints, photographs, films, songs, and other ephemera from over twenty countries, this forty-year retrospective assembles together work that has rarely been exhibited in order to illustrate the incredible aesthetic range employed by radical movements.
CONJURING BLACK FUNK: NOTES ON CULTURE, SEXUALITY, AND SPIRITUALITY, VOLUME 1 978-0-9752987-3-2, $15.95, paper, 238pp. VINTAGE ENTITY PRESS 2007
Cultural Writing. African American Studies. Gay and Lesbian Studies. CONJURING BLACK FUNK: NOTES ON CULTURE, SEXUALITY, AND SPIRITUALITY, VOLUME 1 is a fiery collection of essays, poetry, creative nonfiction, and experimental writing that challenges conventional thought, offers alternative perspectives, and suggests ways of practicing Afrocentric, queer liberation/ transgression. This book is an important contribution to Black Queer Theory, Black Feminist Thought, and Afrocentric Thought. Herukhuti is a sociologist/ anthropologist, sexologist, educator, shaman, BDSM practitioner, artist, cultural animator, and author. He is the founder of Black Funk, a sexual cultural center dedicated to providing a space for the exhibition and exploration of sensual awareness, sexual consciousness, erotic power, and pleasure. He has contributed to the development of the perspective known as Afrocentric, Decolonizing Queer Theory. Herukhuti is on the faculty at Goddard College, Plainfield, VT.
John Holt YELLOWSTONE DRIFT: FLOATING THE PAST IN REAL TIME 978-1-904859-89-5, $18.00, paper, 275pp. AK PRESS 2009
Cultural Writing. Travel. Nature. In a time when everything seems to be regulated, controlled, and monitored, YELLOWSTONE DRIFT is a refreshing and often exhilarating look at the natural wonder of Montana’s Yellowstone River. High above sea level in the mountains of the Yellowstone National Park plateau, the river tumbles and rushes down to the Paradise Valley just north of Livingston, Montana, before meandering through the northern high plains for well over 500 serpentine miles to its confluence with the Missouri River in North Dakota. Each chapter of YELLOWSTONE DRIFT chronicles a leg of John Holt’s journey down the river, promising that the reader doesn’t miss a single mile of natural beauty. Holt, in his customary free-form, anecdotal style and oblique vision, takes the reader on a wild ride down this natural treasure, examining the wildlife, the people, the fishing, and the river itself.
Literary Nonfiction Kimberly DaCosta Holton & Andrea Klimt, Editors
COMMUNITY, CULTURE AND THE MAKINGS OF IDENTITY: PORTUGUESE-AMERICANS ALONG THE EASTERN SEABOARD 978-1-933227-27-6, $25.00, paper, 650pp.
YOUNG REVOLUTIONARIES WHO ROCK: AN INSIDER’S GUIDE TO SAVING THE WORLD ONE REVOLUTION AT A TIME 978-0-9815027-7-9, $14.95, paper, 168pp.
PORTUGUESE IN THE AMERICAS SERIES 2009
SUTTON HART PRESS 2009
Literary Nonfiction. Portuguese-American Studies. This collection of essays attends to questions about the meanings of citizenship and forms of national belonging; the role of expressive culture and media representations in processes of identity formation; the factors shaping trajectories of social mobility and political representation; the complexly interconnected dynamics of work, gender and family in the immigrant context; and the formulations of racial and minority identities in the Portuguese diaspora along the Eastern Seaboard. The ethnographic richness and productive interplay of the contributions in this volume point to a whole array of new and as yet unexplored questions regarding the Portuguese-American and other interconnected communities.
Young Adult Nonfiction. Youth Activism. In YOUNG REVOLUTIONARIES WHO ROCK, teen author Dallas Jessup delivers a how-to guide for any teen who wants to change the world. She begins by chronicling her own experience on the front lines of youth activism as she grew a community service project to fight sexual predators into a non-profit working in 43 countries. The author then shares the stories of nine other high-impact youths she met along the path to success in the non-profit world. These are amazing stories of kids who started their own projects to stop bullying, to stop Big Tobacco, to feed the hungry and to fight for a cure. They’ve all launched revolutions that are changing the world.
Mike Hoolboom and Tom McSorley, Editors LIFE WITHOUT DEATH: THE CINEMA OF FRANK COLE 978-0-919096-43-1, $25.00, paper, 220pp. COACH HOUSE BOOKS 2009
Film Studies. Multimedia. Filmmaker Frank Cole’s picture can be found in the Guinness Book of World Records, an honour he was granted after crossing the Sahara desert on a camel. This volume collects voices near and far offering multiple vantages to the rigorous enigma this filmmaker. Each of Cole’s movies is lavishly documented within, and the book reproduces stunning desert vistas and personal encounters in both color and black and white. The book also contains Korbett Mathews’ awardwinning documentary The Man Who Crossed the Sahara, an hour-long DVD featuring clips and interviews with those who knew him best.
James Horrox A LIVING REVOLUTION: ANARCHISM IN THE KIBBUTZ MOVEMENT 978-1-904859-92-5, $17.95, paper, 250pp. AK PRESS 2009
Middle East History. Jewish Studies. In A LIVING REVOLUTION, James Horrox explores the foundations of the kibbutz movement, providing a detailed look at its early economic, social, and political organization. Based on newly translated letters, diaries, and essays by key figures, A LIVING REVOLUTION uncovers a deep, explicitly anarchist strain running through the movement. This book illuminates a neglected aspect of Jewish history, taking serious issue with Marxists and other historians who see the kibbutzim primarily as progenitors of the Israeli state. It depicts anarchism as both an inspiring utopian ideology and a viable social practice.
Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz THE ANSWER/LA RESPUESTA: EXPANDED EDITION INCLUDING SOR FILOTEA’S LETTER AND NEW SELECTED POEMS 978-1-55861-598-4, $17.95, paper, 232pp. THE FEMINIST PRESS AT CUNY 2009
Nonfiction. Literary Criticism. Latino/Latina Studies. Poetry. Translated from the Spanish by Electa Arenal and Amanda Powell. Expanded to include fresh translations, an updated bibliography, and the letter that provoked the writing of THE ANSWER, this new edition of the bilingual, critical bestseller provides the most accurate translations of works by the iconic seventeenth-century Mexican nun Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz. “[THE ANSWER] is eloquent, sardonic, learned and, particularly in its autobiographical part, of great freshness”—the Times Literary Supplement.
Jeff Kass COLUMBINE: A TRUE CRIME STORY, A VICTIM, THE KILLERS AND THE NATION’S SEARCH FOR ANSWERS 978-0-9816525-6-6, $17.95, paper, 336pp. GHOST ROAD PRESS 2009
Literary Nonfiction. United States Studies. With a foreword by Douglas Brinkley and cover illustration by Ralph Steadman. Ten years after Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed twelve classmates and a teacher, Columbine remains the world’s most iconic school shooting. COLUMBINE: A TRUE CRIME STORY, A VICTIM, THE KILLERS AND THE NATION’S SEARCH FOR ANSWERS is the first book of investigative journalism to tell the complete story of that day, the farreaching consequences, and the common denominators among school shooters across the country. Jeff Kass was one of the first reporters on scene and has continued to cover the story as a staff writer for Denver’s Rocky Mountain News.
Lucina Kathmann UN BOSQUE DE MATEMATICAS/A FOREST OF MATHEMATICS 978-950-851-099-0, $20.00, paper, 317pp. BIBLIOTECA DE TEXTOS UNIVERSITARIOS 2008
Mathematics. Bilingual Spanish/English edition with translations by the author. A novel and math book at once. The animal characters in a forest present negative numbers, Cartesian coordinates, exponents, fractions, decimals and percents through “real-life” (of the forest) situations. A young dragon going wrong is redeemed through math. Worksheets are included. Intended for tweens, teens and imaginative adults.
Literary Nonfiction Lierre Keith
THE VEGETARIAN MYTH: FOOD, JUSTICE, AND SUSTAINABILITY 978-1-60486-080-1, $20.00, paper, 309pp.
MY WINNIPEG 978-1-55245-211-0, $27.95, paper, 160pp.
PM PRESS/FLASHPOINT PRESS 2009
Literary Nonfiction. Film Studies. A film companion by Guy Maddin. This is the Winnipeg of Guy Maddin, the world’s foremost cineaste planant, and it is not the Winnipeg of tourist brochures. When the iconoclastic auteur of The Saddest Music in the World decided to tackle the subject of his hometown, it could only have become a Odocu-fantasia, a melange of personal history, civic tragedy and mystical hypothesizing. At the heart of the film MY WINNIPEG is Maddin’s voiceover, told in his infamous purplish prose. With the book, venture deeper into the mind of Maddin with marginal digressions, stills, outtakes, childhood photos, animations, diary entries, collages, archival images and nascent treatments. There is a hand-drawn map of Maddin’s personal landmarks.
Literary Nonfiction. Environment. Politics. We’ve been told that a vegetarian diet can feed the hungry, honor the animals, and save the planet. Lierre Keith believed in that plant-based diet and spent twenty years as a vegan. But in THE VEGETARIAN MYTH, she argues that we’ve been led astray—not by our longings for a just and sustainable world, but by our ignorance. The truth is that agriculture is a relentless assault against the planet, and more of the same won’t save us. In service to annual grains, humans have devastated prairies and forests, driven countless species extinct, altered the climate, and destroyed the topsoil—the basis of life itself. Keith argues that if we are to save this planet, our food must be an act of profound and abiding repair: it must come from inside living communities, not be imposed across them. Part memoir, part nutritional primer, and part political manifesto, THE VEGETARIAN MYTH will challenge everything you thought you knew about food politics.
Charles Klopp, Editor BELE ANTICHE STORIE: WRITING, BORDERS, AND THE INSTABILITY OF IDENTITY; TRIESTE, 1719-2007 978-1-884419-99-7, $25.00, paper, 239pp. BORDIGHERA PRESS 2008
Cultural Writing. Italian Studies. Contributors to this work include Carmine di Biase, Giuseppe Antonio Camerino, Simone Castaldi, Elena Coda, Lois C. Dubin, Sylvie Duvernoy, Elvio Guagnini, Kay Bea Jones, Russell Scott Valentino, and Cristina Perissinotto.
COACH HOUSE BOOKS 2009
David Matlin IT MIGHT DO WELL WITH STRAWBERRIES 978-1-934851-02-9, $14.95, paper, 230pp. MARICK PRESS 2009
Literary Nonfiction. A collection of lyrical verse, consoling prose, and personal meditations on American culture. “What if the art forms have so solidified as to be irrelevant to defy our political present? This question is one that so haunts David Matlin as to make his writing adequate to the monstrosity of our waning democratic years and days. IT MIGHT DO WELL WITH STRAWBERRIES contains all the components—poetic concision, political outrage, journalistic detail, selffashioning, and a long historic vision—that make it possible to speak of language as public space: a critical wager of the imagination”—Roberto Tejada.
Glenn McArthur Hank Lazer LYRIC & SPIRIT: SELECTED ESSAYS, 1996-2008 978-1-890-650-32-2, $19.95, paper, 320pp.
A PROGRESSIVE TRADITIONALIST: JOHN M. LYLE, ARCHITECT 978-1-55245-218-9, $45.00, paper, 180pp.
COACH HOUSE BOOKS 2009
Literary Literary Nonfiction. Poetics. Drawing on poetic traditions as seemingly disparate as Language writing and Buddhist poetry, Lazer pursues a way of reading that is rich in the music and spirit of the word, attuning readers to the pleasures and range of possibilities for innovative poetry. In a very accessible writing style, and with flashes of brilliance, Lazer explores and identifies new approaches to the lyric and to the writing of spiritual experience in American poetry of the past one hundred years. In this book of essays, interviews, reflections, and more, Lazer focuses on two topics central to the poetry of our time: the changing nature of beauty in the lyric and the necessity of finding new ways of embodying spirituality.
Architecture. The architect behind Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre and Union Station, John M. Lyle (1872-1945) was an anomaly among architects: a BeauxArts classicist who nevertheless found much inspiration in modernism, allowing his own traditionalist practice to be affected in form and detail by a brave new emphasis on minimalism and indigenous influence. A PROGRESSIVE TRADITIONALIST traces this aesthetic trajectory, documenting Lyle’s training at Yale and in Paris, his early career in New York and his later success in attempting to develop a uniquely Canadian architectural style in Toronto. Part biography and part architectural history, and extensively illustrated with colour photographs and drawings throughout, this book is the first to examine in depth the important contributions of one of the early twentieth century’s foremost architects.
Peng Ma PENG MA: CHINESE BRUSH PAINTING 978-1-894770-45-3, $36.00, paper, 96pp. TSAR PUBLICATIONS 2008
Art. Asian Studies. Edited with a preface by Lien Chao. Chinese brush painting refers to paintings utilizing Chinese brush, ink, and Xuan paper. By now Chinese brush painting has been the predominant art form in the history of Chinese art for more than one thousand years. In the history of world arts, it stands on its own, flying a unique banner. Chinese Canadian artist Peng Ma has been a professional artist for more than fifty years. Crossing the borders between the East and the West, Ma’s paintings speak contemporary sentiments. This collection has gathered seventy of his latest achievements from the past decade.
Literary Nonfiction Tommi Avicolli Mecca, Editor
Mike and Isy
SMASH THE CHURCH, SMASH THE STATE!: THE EARLY YEARS OF GAY LIBERATION 978-0-87286-497-9, $17.95, paper, 256pp.
ANOTHER DINNER IS POSSIBLE: RECIPES FOR FOOD AND THOUGHT 978-1-904859-99-4, $21.95, paper, 256pp.
CITY LIGHTS PUBLISHERS 2009
AK PRESS 2009
Nonfiction. Gay and Lesbian Studies. This anthology by former members of the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) captures the history and spirit of the revolutionary time just after Stonewall, when thousands came out of the closet to claim their sexuality, and when queer resistance coalesced into a turbulent, joyous liberation movement— one whose lasting influence would ultimately inform and profoundly shape the LGBT community of today. Personal essays explore the philosophy and culture of the stridently anti-assimilationist GLF: the actions, demonstrations, and marches; views on marriage, religion, and gender; the drugs, orgies, and communes; and GLF’s relationship to the hippies, the Black Panthers, the straight Left, the women’s movement, civil rights, and the antiwar struggle.
Nonfiction. Cooking. ANOTHER DINNER IS POSSIBLE is more than just a vegan cookbook—it’s a guide to developing a healthier relationship with the food we eat. The emphasis is on innovative simplicity: these recipes use easy-to-find and easy-to-prepare ingredients combined in unexpected ways. All the basics of everyday cooking are included for those just starting out in the kitchen (with detailed instructions and essential tips on everything from sharpening knives to choosing the right variety of potato), but even more seasoned chefs will find a surprising number of must-try recipes for original concoctions and vegan versions of old favorites.
PM PRESS/BUSBOYS AND POETS 2009
SUFFLED HOW IT GUSH: A NORTH AMERICAN ANARCHIST IN THE BALKANS 978-1-904859-85-7, $16.95, paper, 260pp.
Literary Nonfiction. Memoir. Politics. African American Studies. THE 5TH INNING is poet and literary activist E. Ethelbert Miller’s second memoir. Coming after Fathering Words: The Making of an African American Writer (published in 2000), this book finds Miller returning to baseball, the game of his youth, in order to find the metaphor that will provide the measurement of his life. Almost 60, he ponders whether his life can now be entered into the official record books as a success or failure. “Not since Langston Hughes has an African American poet so ably combined the oral and literary traditions of his people to produce a collective poetic portrait of a singular Black man searching for love in a world gone awry”—Douglas Brinkley.
AK PRESS 2009
Cultural Writing. Travel. Between 1998 and 2003, and again in the spring of 2008, Shon Meckfessel made numerous trips to the Balkans and was fascinated with the history, politics, and people of the countries he visited. The book is part travelogue, chronicling Meckfessel’s encounters with the people and places of these fascinating countries, and part contemporary history of the forces acting on the region as it transitions from a collection of post-Soviet satellites to neo-liberal capitalist laboratories. The result is an intellectual— but not academic—study seen through the eyes of an American anarchist. Tales of run-ins with skinheads, cops, border patrol, anarchists, and everyday people illustrate the power politics of this polyethnic region. Identifying strongly with anti-nationalists along the way, Shon comes to the conclusion that the nation-state itself is the main culprit feeding ethnic strife.
Joel Mellin COMPOSITIONS FOR COMPUTER, VOLUME 1 978-0-615-22664-4, $39.94, cloth, 32pp. KOLOURMEIM PRESS 2009
Literary Nonfiction. Music. Multimedia. Limited Edition with CD. Can language be evolved from randomness? Can fire listen and respond to melody? Do you need an surf band to make surf music? Composer Joel Mellin explores questions like these. Since leaving his job as a NASA satellite engineer, he’s used computers to create innovative digital music systems with Genetic Algorithms & sonar-based instrument controllers, taking computer music beyond simple loop-making. His works have been heard at Dublin Dance Festival and notable NY venues such as the Kitchen and the Feldman Gallery. This fullcolor book with companion CD is more a chronicle of a dream than an academic tome, pairing stream-ofconscious abstracts with dreamlike images by awardwinning photographer John Soares. Includes introduction by Holly Faurot and Sarah H. Paulson, commentary by Dr. Hans Foote, discography of Mellin’s work, and details of original performances.
E. Ethelbert Miller THE 5TH INNING 978-1-60486-062-7, $18.95, cloth, 167pp.
Judy Molyneux MOLYNEUX 978-1-60052-028-0, $45.00, paper, 144pp. PRE PRESS 2008
Art. California Studies. “One can barely consider her a plein air artist as her passionate love of color and texture dominate her paintings so profoundly in a very unusual manner. Observing her paintings and watching her work evolve over the past thirty years has been an inspiration for me. She now alters the landscape to the point of abstraction with colour brilliantly unusual and often surprising. The exhibition at the SFMOMA Artists’ Gallery, which was my pleasure to curate, shone with her unique vision. Judy Molyneux is an artist of enormous strength and individuality”—Marian Wintersteen, Parmenter Director, SFMOMA Artists’ Gallery.
Hal Niedzviecki THE PEEP DIARIES: HOW WE’RE LEARNING TO LOVE WATCHING OURSELVES AND OUR NEIGHBORS 978-0-87286-499-3, $17.95, paper, 256pp. CITY LIGHTS PUBLISHERS 2009
Nonfiction. Popular Culture. THE PEEP DIARIES introduces the arrival of the age of peep culture and explores its implications for entertainment, society, sex, politics, and everyday life. Mixing first-rate reporting with sociological observations culled from the latest research, this book captures the shift from pop to peep and the way technology is turning gossip into documentary and Peeping Toms into entertainment journalists. Packed with stranger-than-fiction true-life characters and scenarios, THE PEEP DIARIES reflects the aspirations and confusions of the growing number of people willing to trade the details of their private lives for catharsis, attention, and notoriety.
Literary Nonfiction Mike O’Connor
Brian Pera and Masha Tupitsyn, Editors
UNNECESSARY TALKING: THE MONTESANO STORIES 978-1-929355-41-9, $16.00, paper, 175pp.
LIFE AS WE SHOW IT: WRITING ON FILM 978-0-87286-525-9, $17.95, paper, 264pp.
PLEASURE BOAT STUDIO 2009
Nonfiction. Film Studies. Feminist critic and awardwinning fiction writer Masha Tupitsyn and filmmaker/writer Brian Pera edit this dynamic collection of essays, short stories, and poetry that plays with the trope that life imitates art by asking: if movie-watching has become in itself a primary source of experiencing the world, what kind of movies are our lives imitating? A diverse group of acclaimed thinkers, including Lynne Tillman, Rebecca Brown, Wayne Koestenbaum, and Stephen Beachy, address topics ranging from the public death of gay porn star Joey Stefano to classic Hollywood Westerns, E.T., and Josef Von Sternberg. LIFE AS WE SHOW IT provides a provocative and thoughtful perspective on the relationship between film and watcher and the experience of viewing life through screen-colored glasses.
Literary Nonfiction. In this warm and humorous memoir, the boy you meet is irrepressible, devilish, curious, rambunctious, imaginative, sports-minded, friendly, naive, and absolutely joyful—definitely the kind of boy who would get in trouble from his teacher for “unnecessary talking.” Mike O’Connor’s stories remind a reader of what it was like to grow up in small-town 1950’s America. “With UNNECESSARY TALKING, poet Mike O’Connor leads us through the streets and neighborhoods of Montesano, Washington-circa early 1950s. These stories and sketches make up a memoir of a young boy’s clean, clear understanding of a world where mystery is common sense and adult rules are slippery as a wet bar of soap. O’Connor’s writings, though rooted deeply in the rain-soaked soils of the Pacific Northwest, reach out to touch, in a tender and wise way, the very heart of an America lost but still loved”—Finn Wilcox.
Jena Osman, Editor REFUGE / REFUGEE (CHAINLINKS) 978-1-930068-41-4, $16.00, paper, 161pp.
CITY LIGHTS PUBLISHERS 2009
Caroline Picard, Nick Sarno and Shannon Stratton, Editors PHONEBOOK 2008/2009 978-0-9820292-0-6, $15.00, paper, 214pp. THE GREEN LANTERN PRESS 2008
Cultural Writing. Edited by Jena Osman. By definition, a refuge is a safe place for those in danger: a nature refuge shelters wildlife from over-hunting and habitat loss, a refugee camp protects innocent civilians from perilous warring forces. But the closer one looks at these spaces of protection, the more permeable their borders, the more complex the acts of isolation they require. REFUGE / REFUGEE includes a poetic essay on the paradoxes to be found at Lake Mattamuskeet Wildlife Refuge by Emily Abendroth, a discussion of the “border industrial complex” by Bryan Finoki, a visual examination of the architecture of crisis as found in refugee camps by Amze Emmons, and interviews of refugee teens conducted by The Documentary Project.
Cultural Writing. Art. Reference. Back by popular demand, PHONEBOOK is the essential travel guide to artist-run centers, small not-for-profit, fringe galleries, and other exhibition and presentation projects. This new edition adds more than fifty new spaces in the United States and more than forty Canadian centers alongside updated entries, periodical listings, a series of essays from across the country and some road-trip tips from the editors. PHONEBOOK is a valuable resource for artist and audience alike, connecting a web of makers and projects while acting as an archive of work by smaller organizations and groups throughout the visual arts community. Use PHONEBOOK 2008/2009 as a research tool, as a travel guide to the visual arts, for networking, for exhibition proposals or to facilitate artistic exchanges.
Ruth Panofsky, Editor
Donald Pippin, Editor
AT ODDS IN THE WORLD: ESSAYS ON JEWISH CANADIAN WOMEN WRITERS 978-0-9808822-4-7, $25.95, paper, 117pp.
OPERA IN ENGLISH, VOLUME THREE: OFFENBACH 978-0-9797762-4-3, $25.00, paper, 313pp.
INANNA PUBLICATIONS 2009
Drama. Music. Translated from the French by the editor. This is the third of a six-volume series of translations of libretti by Donald Pippin. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, “Donald Pippin, the founder, director and oneman band behind Pocket Opera, has been delighting Bay Area audiences for twenty-five years with his lithe, elegant versions of the operatic repertoire.” The libretti included in this volume are Offenbach’s “Orpheus in the Underworld, “La Via Parisienne,” “The Bandits,” “La Pericole,” “The Cat That Become a Woman.” Joshua Kosman, music critic for the Chronicle comments in his introduction to the book, that these libretti are “an eminently practical resource for impresarios and opera companies everywhere... An eloquent argument in support of the art of opera in translation... Read. Marvel. Enjoy.” Also available from SPD are OPERA IN ENGLISH, VOLUME ONE: MOZART, VOLUME TWO: PUCCINI, and VOLUME FOUR: DONIZETTI.
Cultural Writing. Jewish Studies. This book brings together essays that probe the articulation of Jewishness and femaleness. Showing how female Jewish identity is constructed in Canadian prose works that span the years 1956 to 2004, the essays speak to the writers’ preoccupation with cultural identity and create a portrait of how it feels to be Jewish, Canadian, and female. Each contributor seeks to investigate her identity as a Canadian, a Jew, and a woman, as well as to critique prevailing notions of Canada as a country that embraces people of all faiths, of Judaism as open to female participation, and of Jewish women as submissive within marriage. As the first book to focus exclusively on writing by Jewish Canadian women, this collection aims to deepen and broaden the Canadian literary canvas.
POCKET OPERA PRESS 2009
Literary Nonfiction Donald Pippin, Editor
OPERA IN ENGLISH, VOLUME FOUR: DONIZETTI 978-0-9797762-5-0, $25.00, paper, 373pp.
THE BOOK OF PRACTICAL PUSSIES 978-1-928650-29-4, $15.00, paper, 79pp.
POCKET OPERA PRESS 2009
Drama. Music. Translated from the French by the editor. This is the third of a six-volume series of translations of libretti by Donald Pippin. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, “Donald Pippin, the founder, director and oneman band behind Pocket Opera, has been delighting Bay Area audiences for twenty-five years with his lithe, elegant versions of the operatic repertoire.” The libretti included in this volume are Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor,” “The Elixir of Love,” “Don Pasquale,” “Daughter of the Regiment,” “Anne Boleyn,” “Mary Stuart,” “Roberto Deveraux.” Joshua Kosman, music critic for the Chronicle comments in his introduction to the book, that these libretti are “an eminently practical resource for impresarios and opera companies everywhere... An eloquent argument in support of the art of opera in translation... Read. Marvel. Enjoy.” Also available from SPD are OPERA IN ENGLISH, VOLUME ONE: MOZART, VOLUME TWO: PUCCINI, and VOLUME THREE: OFFENBACH.
Art. Literature. Her stylized renditions of animals at play have made Michelle Rollman an underground legend. In THE BOOK OF PRACTICAL PUSSIES, Rollman has asked some like-minded artists and poets for texts to illustrate her perverse and extraordinary vision. Rollman’s seductive, frisky, psychotically enhanced cats betray vestigial memories of their former lives as humans; in luxury and squalor, they lounge around, show their tempers, display the sexual parts of the bodies they used to inhabit. Odd couplings and trios adorn the pages of this book, and the stories and texts Rollman celebrates take an equally askew view of the world. Designed by Wayne Smith, the book features work by D-L Alvarez, Dodie Bellamy, Lee Ann Brown, Bob Gluck, Kevin Killian, Scott MacLeod, Yedda Morrison, Camille Roy, Jocelyn Saidenberg. The project is a one of a kind co-production between Tender Buttons and Krupskaya.
NOTES ON CONCEPTUALISMS 978-1-933254-46-3, $12.00, paper, 80pp.
JACQUES VACHÉ AND THE ROOTS OF SURREALISM: INCLUDING VACHE’S WAR LETTERS & OTHER WRITINGS 978-0-88286-321-4, $20.00, paper, 388pp.
UGLY DUCKLING PRESSE 2009
CHARLES H. KERR 2007
Literary Nonfiction. Poetics. “In NOTES ON CONCEPTUALISMS, Place and Fitterman erect the first critical framework toward the understanding of conceptual writing, an emergent early twenty-first century literary movement. Elegantly parsed and carefully dissected, this work fleshes out many of the missing details proposed thus far regarding the methodologies and strategies of how to proceed with innovative writing. Both direct and oblique, NOTES is itself a self-reflexive work of conceptual writing in the guise of theory; or is it a work of theory in the guise of conceptual writing? By smartly straddling the creative and the critical, this book does twice the work toward our understanding of what it means to be contemporary”—Kenneth Goldsmith.
Literary Nonfiction. Fiction. Biography. Conscripted into the French Army in World War One, Jacques Vaché soon became not only the unsurpassed champion of “Desertion from Within,” but also the master of “Disservice with Diligence.” His posthumous, slim book, War Letters (1919)—included in the present volume— is a classic of surrealist anti-militarism and subversion. Renowned as the Inventor of Umour (Humour without the H), Vaché was—along with Isidore Ducasse, Comte de Lautreamont—the major inspirer of Andre Breton and the surrealist revolution. The first of its kind in English, this book chronicles Vaché’s boundless originality, creative nonconformity, revolutionary morality (or umoral-ity), and his all-out turn-the-world-upsidedown hilarity. Welcomed by Andre Breton himself into the Paris Surrealist Group in 1966, Franklin Rosemont took part in the Paris group’s activities for several months and went on to co-organize the Chicago Surrealist Group later that year. Rosemont (1943-2009) died earlier this year.
Vanessa Place and Robert Fitterman
Richard Porton, Editor ARENA: ON ANARCHIST CINEMA 978-1-60486-050-4, $14.00, paper, 157pp. PM PRESS 2009
Literary Nonfiction. Film. Anarchism. In the wake of the end of the Cold War and worldwide protests against corporate globalization, anarchism continues to attract new adherents among both aging leftists and new generations of young radicals. ARENA aims to tap into this revived interest in libertarian ideas, culture and practice by providing a dynamic focal point: a journal that brings together good, stimulating and provocative writing and scholarship on libertarian culture of all kinds. Designed for a general, intelligent, popular readership as well as for scholars and aficionados working in the area, the first issue of ARENA focuses on film and video— historical and modern—and future issues will cover the entire spectrum of the arts: film, theatre, and art criticism as well as political theory and practice, reportage, letters, reviews, and unpublished fiction and nonfiction.
Penelope Rosemont DREAMS & EVERYDAY LIFE: ANDRE BRETON, SURREALISM, REBEL WORKER, SDS & THE SEVEN CITIES OF CIBOLA 978-0-88286-284-2, $17.00, paper, 248pp. CHARLES H. KERR 2008
Nonfiction. Memoir. Nationwide campus surveys show that students today regard the 1960s as the most attractive, creative, and effective decade of the past century. Above all, the Sixties introduced an inspiring new radicalism. Penelope Rosemont’s lively first person account captures the true excitement, intellectual passion, high humor, and diversity of the era. Among the very few Americans welcomed by Andre Breton into the Surrealist Group in Paris early in 1966, Penelope and her husband Franklin co-organized the Surrealist Group in Chicago later that year. They collaborated on surrealist publications in Paris, Prague, Amsterdam and many other places, as well as in several of Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s City Lights anthologies. In Chicago, Paris, New York and London, they also visited old-time Wobblies, surrealists, anarchists, socialists and situationists.
Literary Nonfiction Arthur Saltzman
NEARER 978-1-932559-72-9, $20.00, paper, 363pp.
WHAT ARE INTELLECTUALS GOOD FOR? 978-0-9785156-6-9, $15.00, paper, 252pp.
PARLOR PRESS 2006
PRESSED WAFER 2009
Literary Nonfiction. Lyrical, witty, and elegiac, the twenty-five essays in NEARER show the imagination at work and play amid the ambiguities, consternations, and beauties of the world. They range in subject matter from confrontations with magnitude (God, death, and the physical universe) to examinations of the compact, coiled insistences to be found in the ordinary and the local— what John Updike refers to as “the small answer of a texture.” There are meditations on the appeals and the pitfalls of celebrity, the strange and complex nature of memorials, the threat of creeping fraudulence in personal and professional life, the place and possibility of faith, and the damage that settling for “whatever” can do.
Nonfiction. Politics. Literary Criticism. WHAT ARE INTELLECTUALS GOOD FOR? appraises a large gallery of twentieth-century intellectuals, including Randolph Bourne, Dwight Macdonald, Lionel Trilling, Irving Howe, Isaiah Berlin, William F. Buckley Jr., Allan Bloom, Richard Rorty, Stanley Fish, Christopher Lasch, Edward Said, Ellen Willis, and Christopher Hitchens. It also includes two essays on intellectuals and politics and concludes with one on moral consequences of our species cyber-evolution. George Scialabba, a columnist for the Boston Globe and contributor to the Boston Review, Dissent, the American Prospect, and the Nation, is admired by a circle of discerning readers. WHAT ARE INTELLECTUALS GOOD FOR?, his second essay collection, brings his voice to a larger audience. Scott McLemee, the Intellectual Affairs columnist of InsideHigherEd, has contributed a foreword.
Barry Sanders THE GREEN ZONE: THE ENVIRONMENTAL COSTS OF MILITARISM 978-1-904859-94-9, $14.95, paper, 160pp. AK PRESS 2009
Nonfiction. Current Events. Environmental Studies. Environmentalism—it’s the word on everyone’s tongue. Reusable shopping bags, hybrid cars, and green home energy solutions allow us to reduce our carbon footprint, but it’s only the tip of the quickly melting iceberg. In the midst of the movement to save the earth, THE GREEN ZONE presents a sobering revelation: until we address the attack that the U.S. military is waging on the global environment, the things we do at home won’t change a thing. Based primarily on research culled from documents released or leaked by the military itself,this is the first book to provide a comprehensive examination of the relationship between militarism and ecological destruction. Includes a powerhouse introduction by urban theorist Mike Davis.
MAGICAL SECRETS ABOUT CHINE COLLE: PASTING, PRINTING, MOUNTING, AND LEAFING STEP-BY-STEP 978-1-891300-23-3, $60.00, cloth, 197pp. CROWN POINT PRESS 2009
Cultural Writing. Art. Includes a DVD. Brian Shure has expanded and revised his popular CHINE COLLE: A PRINTER’S HANDBOOK to create the fourth book in Crown Point’s MAGICAL SECRETS series. In this new edition, Shure gives step-by-step instructions for printing and pasting to a support sheet, and adapts chine colle techniques for working with collage and mounting paper, fabric, and other materials with or without a press. Additional chapters discuss sizing paper or fabric, gold leafing, and scroll mounting. Examples of chine colle prints and step-by-step techniques are illustrated in color.
Mary Lou Sanelli AMONG FRIENDS 978-1-929355-52-5, $15.00, paper, 160pp. AEQUITAS BOOKS 2009
Literary Nonfiction. Women’s Studies. Mary Lou Sanelli has called upon all her loves with this book. You will find her love of poetry, her love of language, her love of nature, her love of argument and discourse, and, above all, her love of friends. She craves the company of her friends. Her concern is, however, what this takes, and how one maintains the intensity that she so desires. For Sanelli, a friend isn’t someone who will laugh at your jokes and tell you how nice you look. Oh, no. For her, a friend is someone who will tell you the joke is stupid and will inform you that you maybe could do something else with you hair. She examines, deeply and sincerely, what friendship means, and what it costs. She pulls no punches. Through contemplation and through personal anecdotes, both her own and others’, Sanelli crawls through this morass of conflicts and emerges with a strong sense of love and a much clearer idea of closeness.
J. Smith and Andre Moncourt THE RED ARMY FACTION, A DOCUMENTARY HISTORY: VOLUME 1: PROJECTILES FOR THE PEOPLE 978-1-60486-029-0, $34.95, paper, 693pp. PM PRESS 2009
Literary Nonfiction. European History and Politics. The first in a two-volume series, this is by far the most in-depth political history of the Red Army Faction ever made available in English. PROJECTILES FOR THE PEOPLE starts its story in the days following World War II, showing how American imperialism worked hand in glove with the old pro-Nazi ruling class, shaping West Germany into an authoritarian anti-communist bulwark and launching pad for its aggression against Third World nations. The volume also recounts the opposition that emerged from intellectuals, communists, independent leftists, and then—explosively—the radical student movement and countercultural revolt of the 1960s.
Literary Nonfiction Nathalie Stephens
Keren Taylor, Editor
ABSENCE WHERE AS (CLAUDE CAHUN AND THE UNOPENED BOOK) 978-0-9822645-0-8, $14.95, paper, 112pp.
LISTEN TO ME: SHARED SECRETS FROM WRITEGIRL 978-0-9741251-6-9, $19.95, paper, 305pp.
NIGHTBOAT BOOKS 2009
WRITEGIRL PUBLICATIONS 2008
Literary Nonfiction. “In ABSENCE WHERE AS, Nathanael reads the unread book, ‘the book that comes’ to us nevertheless, that haunts and hovers unopened and dreamt, proceeding from the Ecrits of the visionary and revolutionary artist-activist Claude Cahun, to life’s library. Through this constellatory essay in the faults of thought, in reading’s flaw, Nathanael comes to know and know how, creating new epistemological and aesthetic territory in the radiant continuum between lyric and narrative, the text and the dream of text, which is literature itself ” —John Keene. Nathalie Stephens’s other titles include AT ALBERTA and THE SORROW AND FAST OF IT, both available from SPD.
Literary Anthology. Writing. Young Adult. Edited by Karen Taylor. Love, pain, relationships, cravings, neighbors, murder, boredom, mysteries, vegetarians and peacocks are just a few of the subjects inside the pages of LISTEN TO ME: SHARED SECRETS FROM WRITEGIRL. Girls and women reveal deeply personal stories and perspectives in the form of creatively crafted and spontaneous gems of poetry, fiction, scenes, songs, and essays. An entire chapter offers a variety of writing experiments to help you discover and share your own secrets. “WriteGirl is a dazzling chorus of smart, tough, inspired voices of independent-minded young women” —Carol Muske-Dukes.
Luis Alberto Urrea
ON THE CULTIVATION OF GARDENS 978-0-9793390-2-8, $15.00, paper, 86pp.
MR. MENDOZA’S PAINTBRUSH: A GRAPHIC NOVEL 978-1-933693-23-1, $16.95, paper, 64pp.
ITHURIEL’S SPEAR 2008
Cultural Writing. Gardening. Widely regarded as the first gardening book in European history, and currently the only translation available in English, this book was written in the ninth century by Walafrid Strabo, Abbot of the Carolingian monastery at Reichenau Island. It tells us what our medieval gardener is growing in his garden, explains the benefits and medicinal properties of the plants, and gives an idea of how they are to be looked after. James Mitchell introduces and translates this classic from the original Latin hexameters, and S.F. Bay Area gardening columnist Richard Schwarzenberger provides a foreword.
Ingrid Strobl PARTISANAS: WOMEN IN THE ARMED RESISTANCE TO FASCISM AND GERMAN OCCUPATION (1936-1945) 978-1-904859-69-7, $21.95, paper, 300pp. AK PRESS 2008
Cultural Writing. History. Women’s Studies. Jewish History. Foreword by Martha Ackelsberg. Translated from the German by Paul Sharkey. Stereotypes of women during wartime relegate them to the sidelines of history. Truly, much of the armed resistance to fascism, before and during World War II, can be chalked up to women about whom official accounts have little or nothing to say. Through years of research and interviews with participants themselves, Ingrid Strobl excavates the history of women who shouldered guns, planned assassinations, planted bombs, and were among the era’s most active antifascist fighters. PARTISANAS is both a historical account and an investigation into what compelled women to reject their traditional roles and fight. Ingrid Strobl is a filmmaker, lecturer, and writer living in Cologne, Germany.
CINCO PUNTOS PRESS 2009
Cultural Writing. Graphic Novel. Latino/Latina Studies. Those who grow up in the Mexican village of Rosario must be wary of dead corpses that rise up out of cathedral walls, vast silver mines beneath the town that occasionally collapse, and Mr. Mendoza who wields his paintbrush as the town’s self-appointed conscience. Magical realism you may say, but Luis Alberto Urrea counters, “No, NOT magical realism. It’s simply how kids grow up in Mexico. Especially if you’re a boy.” Mr. Mendoza brandishes his magical paintbrush everywhere, painting graffiti to singe the hearts and souls of trouble-making boys, and, one day Mr. Mendoza’s paintbrush creates a miraculous event that no one in Rosario ever forgets! Luis Alberto Urrea is a 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction, and was inducted into the Latino Literature Hall of Fame.
Jon Volkmer EATING EUROPE: A META-NONFICTION LOVE STORY 978-1-932559-69-9, $18.00, paper, 253pp. PARLOR PRESS 2006
Literary Nonfiction. Travel Writing. EATING EUROPE is travel writing in its most hilarious, poignant, and consequential form. It is the year 2000, and Jon has a grant to write about “the Euro-transitional era.” From Amsterdam to Alsace, the tourist life is good. He and Janet eat and drink and spar with breezy affection while Jon pays scant attention to his project. As they drive on toward southern France, it becomes clear that something has gone very wrong—both in the journey itself, and in the telling of the journey. Jon the author steps in to explain that he had stopped writing for three years. In the meantime, the tragedy of 9/11 and the drumbeat of war have changed everything.
Misha Waiman 17 VORURTEILE, DIE WIR DEUTSCHEN GEGEN AMERIKA UND AMERIKANER HABEN UND DIE SO NICHT GANZ STIMMEN KOENNEN 978-0-9795829-3-6, $14.95, paper, 74pp. UPPER WEST SIDE PHILOSOPHERS, INC. 2008
Cultural Writing. German language text. Witty, charming, and full of philosophical verve, this book discloses the paradoxes and non-sequiturs informing Germans’ love-hate relationship to America and Americans. Mit Witz, Charme und philosophischem Biss deckt Misha Waiman die Ungereimtheiten und Paradoxien der Hassliebe der Deutschen zu Amerika und den Amerikanern auf.
Literary Nonfiction Anne Waldman and Laura Wright, Editors
BEATS AT NAROPA 978-1-56689-227-8, $15.95, paper, 234pp.
BETWEEN BARACK AND A HARD PLACE: RACISIM AND WHITE DENIAL IN THE AGE OF OBAMA 978-0-87286-500-6, $13.95, paper, 120pp.
COFFEE HOUSE PRESS 2009
Fiction. Poetry. Essays. Amassed from the riches of the Naropa University audio files, this collection offers an exciting new look at the Beats—whose influence lives on in the arts and politics of our time. In this often spontaneous, in-their-own-words oral history of America’s most provocative and prescient thinkers, readers are introduced to the hard truths behind being a Beat woman, the haunting accuracy of William Burroughs’ worldview, the passion and energy of Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman, the unexpected influence of Jack Kerouac’s musicality, Michael McClure’s account of the famous first reading of “Howl,” and, most of all, the incredible inspiration that the lives and work of these cultural icons continues to provide.
CITY LIGHTS PUBLISHERS 2009
Nonfiction. Social Science. African American Studies. Race is, and always has been, an explosive issue in the United States. In this timely new book, Tim Wise explores how Barack Obama’s emergence as a political force is taking the race debate to new levels. According to Wise, for many white people, Obama’s rise signifies the end of racism as a pervasive social force; they point to Obama not only as a validation of the American ideology that anyone can make it if they work hard, but also as an example of how institutional barriers against people of color have all but vanished. But is this true? And does a reinforced white belief in color-blind meritocracy potentially make it harder to address ongoing institutional racism?
Jill Knight Weinberger VIENNA VOICES: A TRAVELER LISTENS TO THE CITY OF DREAMS 978-1-932559-89-7, $18.00, paper, 264pp. PARLOR PRESS 2006
Literary Nonfiction. Travel Writing. A work of creative nonfiction, VIENNA VOICES offers a nuanced portrait of the enigmatic “City of Dreams,” whose intellectual and artistic culture reached its height at the end of the nineteenth century, only to be eclipsed in the twentieth by the collapse of the Habsburg empire and the rise of National Socialism. “VIENNA VOICES adds incredible dimension and depth to the art of travel writing by recognizing that as travelers we move not only through space, but also through the dimension of time: always experiencing the past within the present, always caught in the flux of personal history as well as the history of a city, always shuttling between the real and the imagined” —Richard Blanco.
Genie Zeiger WHAT HAPPENED WAS...: ON WRITING PERSONAL ESSAYS AND MEMOIR 978-1-935210-04-7, $15.00, paper, 128pp. WHITE PINE PRESS 2009
Nonfiction. Writer’s Reference. Written by essayist and memoir writer Genie Zeiger, WHAT HAPPENED WAS is a concise introduction to the art of personal writing. In her preface, she discusses the hows and whys of personal writing, words that touch the heart. What follows is a varied collection of her work, each essay accompanied by suggestions on how to explore an archetypal experience in the reader’s own life. “Genie turns our attention to things that matter, radical medicine in a time of lost vision”—Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul.
Jerry R. Williams IN PURSUIT OF THEIR DREAMS: A HISTORY OF AZOREAN IMMIGRATION TO THE UNITED STATES 978-0-9722561-6-2, $20.00, paper, 183pp. PORTUGUESE IN THE AMERICAS SERIES 2007
Literary Nonfiction. Portuguese-American Studies. Immigration History. Jerry Williams’s history of Azorean immigration to the United States offers us valuable insight into the experience and culture of Portuguese immigrants and their descendents. This account fills a major gap in American immigration history and gives us a comprehensive overview of how PortugueseAmericans—now numbering about a million people— have come to constitute a vibrant and highly visible presence within southeastern New England, the areas around San Francisco and San Diego, Hawaii, and the New Jersey/New York metropolitan area. Even though Azorean immigrants all came from similar cultural and social backgrounds, Williams shows how regionally specific opportunity structures and social hierarchies have contributed to significant differences within the Portuguese-American experience.
FALL 2009 Inanna Publications is committed to publishing fine feminist writing that brings new, innovative, and diverse perspectives with the potential to change and enhance women’s lives. From poetry and fiction to non-fiction, Inanna Publications are essential for any curriculum and are indispensable resources for the feminist reader.
FIRST VOICES: AN ABORIGINAL WOMEN’S READER EDITED BY PATRICIA A. MONTURE AND PATRICIA D. MCGUIRE Articles focus on the struggles that Aboriginal women have faced in Canada, including struggles with the Canadian criminal justice system, with inclusion in self-government and constitutional reform, issues of membership in bands, and matrimonial real property, as well as the quest for equality.
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THE HUNGRY MIRROR A NOVEL BY LISA DE NIKOLITS An engaging novel about body image, eating disorders, diet myths and the big fat fabrications the media forces us to swallow. A story of compassionate vulnerability and determined empowerment, The Hungry Mirror is the fictional tale of a young woman overwhelmed by the impossible standards that ordinary women are expected to follow and achieve.
LETTER OUT : LETTER IN POEMS BY SALIMAH VALIANI Using post-Apartheid South Africa as a point from which to reflect on Canada and beyond, Letter Out : Letter In is a poetry collection of social commentary, political-economic analysis, and philosophical meditation.
INANNA POETRY AND FICTION SERIES www.yorku.ca/inanna
Listed alphabetically by title. See also Poetry, Prose, and Cross-Genre Writing (p.11), Fiction and Drama (p.47), and Literary Nonfiction (p.61)
JenMarie Davis, Editor
Bin Ramke, Editor
BOMBAY GIN, 35.1 978-0-9816129-2-8, $12.00, paper, 90pp.
DENVER QUARTERLY 43:3 2009 No ISBN, $10.00, paper, 124pp.
THE NAROPA PRESS 2009
DENVER QUARTERLY 2009
Magazine. Poetry. Fiction. Literary Nonfiction. Art. BOMBAY GIN is the literary journal of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, co-founded by Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman. Emerging from the “outrider” lineage, which operates outside the cultural mainstream, BOMBAY GIN publishes poetry, prose, and hybrid texts as well as art, translations, and interviews. Each issue includes a lecture transcribed from the Naropa Audio Archives, comprising six thousand hours of tapes documenting classes, performances, workshops, and lectures conducted at Naropa since 1974 by many of the leading figures of the literary avant-garde. With a new design by Jeff Clark, issue 35.1 features work by Ilya Kaminsky, Jena Osman, Sara Veglahn, Julie Carr, Noelle Kocot, Truong Tran, Miranda Mellis, Sawako Nakayasu, Raymond Federman, Stacy Szymaszek, and many more. From the Naropa Audio Archives: Peter Gizzi on Jack Spicer and the Practice of Reading (1998).
Magazine. Poetry. Fiction. Essays. In its forty-second year of continuous publication, the DENVER QUARTERLY is a journal of contemporary poetry, fiction, and thought. The spring issue, Volume 43, Number 3, features work by Rae Armantrout, Nancy Naomi Carlson, Lara Glenum, Joshua Harmon, Miranda Mellis, Linda Norton, Martha Ronk and Zach Savich (among others), a selection of the work of Jean-Pierre Rosnay in translation, a review of Donna Stonecipher’s THE COSMOPOLITAN, an interview with John Olson by Noah Eli Gordon, and a cover image by Natasha Zupan.
Ahrens, Eberman, McFarland, Silver, Smith, Editors CALYX VOL. 25 NO. 1 WINTER 2009 No ISBN, $10.00, paper, 160pp. CALYX 2009
Magazine. Poetry. Fiction. Art. The Winter 2008 issue of CALYX: A JOURNAL OF ART AND LITERATURE BY WOMEN contains poetry by J. Ramsey Golden, MarieElizabeth Mali, Barbara Rockman, Kathryn Dohrmann, Maureen Eppstein, Marcia Slatkin, Sara Burant, Judith Sornberger, Linda Ridlehuber, Amymarie BaldwinSchmidt, Terry Godbey, Vicki Mandell-King, Marcia Falk, Sara Richmond, Keli Stewart, Kathy Horowitz, Markie Babbott, Martha Christina, Kristin Berger, Bethany Reid, Grace Danborn, and Mary Petrosky; fiction by Theresa C. Dintino, Laura White Schuett, Rhonda Zangwill, Lynn Ahrens, and Carolyn Matthews; creative nonfiction by Margaret MacInnes and Rhonda Zangwill; and art by Renee Hanson, Celia Carl Anderson, Lisa Goren, Alicia Morris Sota, Sarah Ann Graham, Taryn Wells, and Lee Lee; book reviews; and a memoriam to Paula Gunn Allen.
Lynn Crawford, Editor DETROIT: STORIES 978-0-9791991-6-5, $14.00, paper, 256pp. MOCA DETROIT 2008
Magazine. Fiction. Essays. Art. DETROIT: STORIES is the third issue of the journal published by Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD). Working on this third volume is curator Michelle Perron, and fiction writer, Peter Markus. Among the contents: works-most previously unpublished-of the late poet Jim Gustafson; Chris Tysh pens a personal memory of her good friend, the late painter Elizabeth Murray; an interview with the writer Gary Lutz; stories by Noy Holland and Robert Lopez; and Dennis Nawrocki’s take on recent history at the Detroit Institute of Art.
Elzbieta Szoka and Joe W. Bratcher, III, Editors THE DIRTY GOAT 20 No ISBN, $15.00, paper, 338pp. HOST PUBLICATIONS 2009
Magazine. Poetry. Fiction. Art. THE DIRTY GOAT, published biannually, brings together the finest in contemporary poetry, prose, drama, literature and visual art from across the globe. THE DIRTY GOAT 20 features poetry, prose, drama, interviews and visual art from Brazil, the Ivory Coast, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Great Britain, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, the United States, and Mexico.
Bin Ramke, Editor DENVER QUARTERLY 43:2 2009 No ISBN, $10.00, paper, 113pp. DENVER QUARTERLY 2009
Magazine. Poetry. Fiction. Essays. Edited by Bin Ramke. Associate Editor Sara Veglahn. The DENVER QUARTERLY is a journal of contemporary poetry, fiction, and thought. Volume 43, Number 2’s contributors are Amy Abrams, Marianne Boruch, Ana Bozicevic, Nicole Burgund, Matthew Cooperman, Jon Cotner and Andy Fitch, Dana Curtis, CJ Evans, Corrine Fitzpatrick, Marc Gauchax, Noah Eli Gordon, Sarah Gridley, David Gruber, Kristen Iskandrian, Hyejung Kook, Christopher Linforth, Brad Modlin, Laura Mullen, Lance Olsen, Julie Sophia Paegle, D.A. Powell, Angelica Tornero, Derek White, Hazel White, and Amy Wright.
Andrei Codrescu and Mark Spitzer, Editors EXQUISITE CORPSE ANNUAL, NO. 1, 2009 978-0-615-22857-0, $19.99, paper, 150pp. EXQUISITE CORPSE ANNUAL/CHUM BOOKS 2009
Magazine. Poetry. Fiction. Literary Nonfiction. Translations. Avant-Garde. Art. The legendary EXQUISITE CORPSE is back in print, this time as an annual published through the Department of Writing at the University of Central Arkansas. The historic debut issue features artwork by Ralph Steadman and Joel Lipman. Poetry by Diane Di Prima, Bill Berkson, Mike Topp, Alice Notley, Skip Fox. Prose by Jerome Rothernberg, Aram Saroyan, Davis Schneiderman, Lance Olsen, Robin Becker, Kane X. Faucher. More stuff by Dawn-Michelle Baude, Nicolas Born, Dave Brinks, Megan Burns, Ruxandra Cesereanu, Joel Daley, Omer Gokcumen, Jim Gustafson, Radu Iovitza, Attila Jozsef, Adrian C. Louis, Richard Martin, Bob May, Noam Mor, Andrei Oisteanu, Garry Craig Powell, Willie Smith, and Arlene Zide. Wow!
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FOURTEEN HILLS VOL. 15 NO. 1 FALL 2008 978-1-889292-19-9, $9.00, paper, 143pp.
MIMEO MIMEO NO. 2 AUTUMN 2008 No ISBN, $10.00, paper, 56pp.
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Magazine. Fiction. Poetry. The Fall 2008 Issue (15.1) of FOURTEEN HILLS, edited by Lusine Khachatryan, includes poetry from Seth Abramson, Barbara Nightingale, Craig Santos Perez, Barbara Jane Reyes, Elizabeth Robertson and more, with artwork by Truong Tran and Harry Wilson.
Magazine. MIMEO MIMEO is a forum for critical and cultural perspectives on artists’ books, fine press printing and the mimeograph revolution. This periodical features essays, interviews, artifacts, and reflections on the graphic, material and textual conditions of contemporary poetry and language arts. NO. 2 AUTUMN 2008’s contents include: Emily McVarish on her artist’s book Flicker; James Maynard on poet Robert Duncan’s early experiences as an editor and typesetter; Derek Beaulieu on the relationship between the influential Canadian poetry journal Tish and Black Mountain College; and an extensive interview with Australian poet and typographer Alan Loney conducted by Kyle Schlesinger. Cover is by Emily McVarish.
Cal Bedient and David Lau, Editors LANA TURNER: A JOURNAL OF POETRY AND OPINION No ISBN, $12.00, paper, 288pp. LANA TURNER 2008
Magazine. Poetry. Literary Nonfiction. LANA TURNER is a magazine of general cultural critique as well as a journal of poetry. The premier issue includes Alain Badiou on Wagner and Adorno; Joshua Clover on Music, Capitalism, and Flu; Barbara Guest on Machado de Asis; Andrew Joron on Barbara Guest; Gopal Balakrishnan on Zizek and Lacan; David Lau on Cole Swensen and Other Poets; poetry by Cesar Aira, Sargon Boulus, Karen Garthe, Brenda Hillman, Timothy Donnelly, Jorie Graham, Annah Sobelman, Geoffrey G. O’Brien, Rusty Morrison, Srikanth Reddy, Juliana Spahr, Martha Ronk, Cathy Park Hong, Ewa Chrusciel, Kiwao Nomura, and still others; and brief reviews by Cole Swensen, Joel Brouwer, Molly Bendall, Srikanth Reddy, Monica de la Torre, Calvin Bedient, and Andrea Quaid.
E. Nilsen, J.E. Lee and T. Rutkowski, Editors MANY MOUNTAINS MOVING VOL. IX, NO. 1 978-1-886976-23-8, $13.95, paper, 216pp.
Michael Cross, Thom Donovan and Kyle Schlesinger, Editors ON: CONTEMPORARY PRACTICE No ISBN, $12.00, paper,124 pp. CUNEIFORM PRESS 2008
Literary Nonfiction. Poetics. ON: CONTEMPORARY PRACTICE is a compilation of twenty-one essays by poets about poets of their approximate generation. The editorial emphasis is on works that investigate a poetics. Contributors include Taylor Brady on Yedda Morrison, CAConrad and Brenda Iijima on CAConrad and Brenda Iijima, Jen Hofer and Sawako Nakayasu on Jen Hofer and Sawako Nakayasu, Alan Gilbert on CJ/Rupture, Andrew Levy on Arakawa and Gins, Kyle Schlesinger on Emily McVarish, Tim Peterson on kari edwards, Rob Halpern on Taylor Brady, Andrew Rippeon on CJ Martin, Alli Warren and Suzanne Stein on Alli Warren and Suzanne Stein, Michael Cross on Thom Donovan, and more.
MANY MOUNTAINS MOVING 2009
Magazine. Poetry. Fiction. Literary Nonfiction. Drama. Includes an interview with Li-Young Lee. Contributors: Kim Addonizio, Nin Andrews, Lisa Lewis, Danny Romero, Eleanor Swanson, Douglas Campbell, Oliver de la Paz, Luis H. Francia, Rigoberto Gonzlez, Minter Krotzer, Jeffrey Ethan Lee, Joelle Biele, Michelle Bitting, Linda Hogan, Judson Evans, Eugene Gloria, Noah Eli Gordon, Simon Ortiz, Justin Tisdale, Shannon Hamann, Yvonne C. Murphy, Linda Tomol Pennisi, Jessy Randall and Daniel M. Shapiro, Catherine Curan, Hiram Goza, M.A. Gulbransen, Stephen Poleskie, Kayla Cagan, Lori-Nan Engler, Tanith Lenae, Robin Carstensen, Margaret Wycisk, Gerry Robinson, Allison Hedge Coke, Eddie Chuculate, Susan Deer Cloud, Simon Ortiz, Justin Tisdale, Ken Hada, Mariah Blackhorse, Neil Antonio Diamente, Alice Azure, Travis Hedge Coke, LeAnne Howe, Sharmagne Leland-St. John, S.G. Frazier Merry Fortune, Mahealani Perez-Wendt.
Jed Birmingham and Kyle Schlesinger, Editors MIMEO MIMEO NO. 1 SPRING 2008 No ISBN, $10.00, paper, 52pp.
Alan C. Fox, Editor RATTLE VOL. 14 NO. 2 WINTER 2008 978-1-931307-15-4, $10.00, paper, 204pp. RATTLE 2008
Magazine. Poetry. Cultural Writing. Edited by Stellasue Lee and Alan Fox. Includes a tribute to Cowboy and Western poetry, with poetry by Rod Miller and Al “Doc” Mel. This issue features a conversation between Robert Pinsky and Alan Fox. Other contributors include: Malcolm Alexander, Sherman Alexie, Dick Allen, Chris Anderson, Tiffany Beechly, Helena Bell, James Best, Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Traci Brimhall, Trent Busch, Marcus Cafagna, Alicia Casey, Bruce Cohen, Elizabeth J. Colen, Jennifer Pruden Colligan, Megan Collins, Gregory Crosby, David M. deLeon, Gary Dop, Anna Evans, Alan Fox, Ed Galing, David Lee Garrison, Ted Gilley, Paula Goldman, Bob Hicok, Eric Kocher, Hilary Melton, Brenda Paro, Marge Piercy, Doug Ramspeck, Eric Paul Shaffer, Joan I. Siegel, John Spaulding, Alison Townsend, William G. Ward, Charles Harper Webb, and Jonathan Wells. Perfect Bound.
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Magazine. MIMEO MIMEO is a forum for critical and cultural perspectives on artists’ books, fine press printing and the mimeograph revolution. This periodical features essays, interviews, artifacts, and reflections on the graphic, material and textual conditions of contemporary poetry and language arts. NO. 1 SPRING 2008’s contents include: Christopher Harter on Midwest mimeo; Jed Birmingham on British poet and critic Jeff Nuttall’s My Own Mag; an extensive interview with acclaimed printer, bibliographer and critic Alastair Johnston of Poltroon Press, and poems by Stephen Vincent inspired by Jack Spicer. Cover is by Alastair Johnston.
Magazines J. Snyder, J. Cleary and K. Leja, Editors SIDEBROW 01 978-0-9814975-0-1, $15.00, paper, 235pp. SIDEBROW 2008
Magazine. Poetry. Fiction. Cross-Genre. Edited by Jason Snyder, John Cleary, and Kristine Leja. SIDEBROW 01 brings together the work of 65 writers of innovative poetry and prose into a multi-threaded, collaborative narrative that marks a new direction in publishing. Launched on the Web in 2005 to explore resonances among disparate modes of literary expression, Sidebrow has used the Internet to open up its publishing process, introducing thematic projects and facilitating creative response to pieces curated on its Web site. This inaugural anthology-which includes work by Brian Evenson, Cole Swensen, Chris Tysh, Elizabeth Robinson, Sandy Florian, Joshua Marie Wilkinson, and Noah Eli Gordon, among others-serves as a first step toward that effort, offering both a snapshot of an collaborative experiment and an invitation to participate in its evolution.
Dawn Michelle Baude, Editor VAN GOGH’S EAR 6: THE LOVE EDITION 978-2-914853-09-5, $19.00, paper, 200pp. FRENCH CONNECTION PRESS 2009
Magazine. Poetry. Fiction. Art. VAN GOGH’S EAR 6: THE LOVE EDITION takes the throbbing pulse of love now, in 2009, in countries around the world. Sexual, romantic, altruistic, fetishistic, Platonic, political, happenstance and all the rest-the poems and prose in this edition are vital. The writers’ engagement with the topics ranges from the subtle to the overt, the off-hand to the engaged, just like in life. VAN GOGH’S EAR 6 features writers from the United States, Canada, South Africa, Australia, and throughout Europe, all offering their perspectives on that most enigmatic and timeless of subjects, Love. Readers are sure to be enamored with the latest addition to this celebrated anthology series.
Gillian Conoley, Editor VOLT: ART ON ART SPRING 2009 No ISBN, $13.00, paper, 119pp. VOLT 2009
Magazine. Poetry. Essays. Published yearly in the spring, VOLT seeks to offer a range of adventurous writing across its characteristically large page dimensions. This issue of VOLT includes essays by Gerald Stern on Andy Warhol, Mary Anne Samym on Eva Hesse, Timothy Liu on Antoni Tapies, Thaisa Frank on Toba Sojo, among others; and poems by Alice Jones, Joseph Lease, Stephanie Strickland, Chad Sweeney, Jule Hanson, Lorand Gaspar, Nadia Nurhussein, Lance Phillips, Tomazˇ Sˇalamun, Page Hill Starzinger, Susan Terris, Tony Triglio, Arthur Vogelsang, and G.C. Waldrep.
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War and Peace: Vision and Text, #4 Edited by Judith Goldman and Leslie Scalapino isbn # 1-882022-68-8, 128 pages, $14 #4 is devoted to collaborations between visual works and poetry, includes collaborative works of Charles Bernstein with Susan Bee, Amy Evans McClure with Michael McClure, Kiki Smith with Leslie Scalapino, Denise Newman with Gigi Janchang, a film on paper by Lyn Hejinian, Alan Halsey’s visual texts, Simone Fattal, and Petah Coyne. Judith Goldman interviews Marjorie Welish; Lauren Shufran interviews Jean Boully; Leslie Scalapino interviews Mei-mei Berssenbrugge. Also included: E. Tracy Grinnell’s homophonic translations of Claude Cahun’s Hélène la rebelle and poems by Fanny Howe, Thom Donovan, and others.
Containment Scenario/DisloInter MedTextId entCation/Horse Medicine by M. Mara-Ann isbn # 1-882022-67-X, 192 pages, $15 “Enter this work as you would wade into semiotic seas in the age of Presocratic atomists. . . . It’s the most comforting and alien of experiences—senses saturated and emptied simultaneously, shifting codes washing through, transforming consciousness in the real time of the readerly act. M. Mara-Ann’s implicit wager is that default modes of reading/being can be ecstatically overwritten. The recovery of the natural world, so central to her anti-generic, synergistic project, posits nothing less than overwriting the catastrophe of our nature/culture agon.”—Joan Retallack
Debts and Obligations by Alicia Cohen isbn # 1-882022-66-1, 80 pages, $12 “What singles out these poems is the poet’s power of innocence that renews what she sees. . . . We want to share that pleasure.” —Etel Adnan “The promise of ecopoetics echoes here, strewn with hope, at the edge of a wild continent.” —Charles Bernstein “The poems of Debts and Obligations show the mystery of existence up close and unpackaged. Theirs is an unsettled beauty, animated, emotional, at the rough edge of “the end of the world is always coming.” Cohen not only makes us aware of our profound debt, but also shows a way of reckoning through discomposing distinctions such as, animal and human, riot and quiet, poet and poem. She writes, “all lives are fires,” these poems, written with “attention’s fierce flame,” burn with clarity.” —Denise Newman
Horace by Tim Atkins isbn # 1-882022-63-7, 78 pages, $12 Tim Atkins does for translation what Gertrude Stein did for nouns. He’s turned Horace inside out, and booby-trapped the works with strategically explosive pregnant shock and awe. Pope and Dryden have nothing on this guy: Horace has arrived. —Lisa Jarnot
DeathStar/ Rico-chet by Judith Goldman isbn # 1-882022-61-0, 112 pages, $14 “Fact and factitiousness, set into counter-docudramas gorgeous despite their revolt against their very substance, wrangle an archival arsenal out of present conditions.” —Jennifer Scappettone “Rather than trapped in this current time’s enclosure, the reader is alert in Goldman’s passionate bombardment.” —Leslie Scalapino
Author Index Abu-Jamal, Mumia, JAILHOUSE LAWYERS: PRISONERS DEFENDING PRISONERS V. THE USA / p.61 Adams, Carrie, INTERVENING ABSENCE / p.11 Adams, Diana, THEATERS OF THE TONGUE / p.11 Adams, Ryan, INFINITY BLUES / p.11 Agudelo, Sebastian, TO THE BONE / p.11 Ahrens, Eberman, McFarland, Silver, Smith, Eds., CALYX VOL. 25 NO. 1 WINTER 2009 / p.75 Aldama, Frederick, CRITICAL MAPPINGS OF ARTURO ISLAS’S FICTIONS / p.61 Alexander, Elizabeth & Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, POEMS IN CONVERSATION AND A CONVERSATION / p.11 Alexie, Sherman, FACE / p.11 Ali, Kazim, THE DISAPPEARANCE OF SETH / p.47 Altman, Taylor, SWIMMING BACK / p.11 aND, mIEKAL, BYSTANDER: AN IRREALITY / p.12 Anderson, Jack, GETTING LOST IN A CITY LIKE THIS / p.12 Apostolides, Marianne, SWIM / p.47 Aram, Homayoon, THE WIT AND WISDOM OF THREE WORLDS: A BILLINGUAL COLLECTION OF POPULAR PERSIAN, JUDAIC AND WESTERN PROVERBS AND EXPRESSIONS ARRANGED BY THEME / p.61 Archila, William, THE ART OF EXILE / p.12 Arellano, Robert, HAVANA LUNAR / p.47 Armstrong, A.E., K.L. Johnson & W.A. Wortman, Eds., PERFORMING WORLDS INTO BEING: NATIVE AMERICAN WOMEN’S THEATER / p.47 Arriaran, Pablo Ed., VISIONS FROM FINIS TERRAE: CHILEAN VOICES IN THE UNITED STATES / p.61 Arroyo, Maria, GATHERING WORDS/RECOGIENDO PALABRAS / p.12 Attaboy, YOU MIGHT BE A MONSTER / p.47 Ayres, Ian, PRIVATE PARTS: THE EARLY WORKS OF IAN AYRES (SECOND EDITION, REVISED AND EXPANDED) / p.12 Ayukawa Nobuo, AMERICA AND OTHER POEMS / p.12 Bachman, Merle, DIORAMA WITH FLEEING FIGURES / p.12 Bakht, Natasha Ed., BELONGING AND BANISHMENT: BEING MUSLIM IN CANADA / p.61 Bansky and Martin Bull, BANKSY LOCATIONS & TOURS: A COLLECTION OF GRAFFITI LOCATIONS AND PHOTOGRAPHS IN LONDON, ENGLAND / p.61 Barrio, Itziar, PINK CAR CRASH / p.61 Bashir, Samiya, GOSPEL: POEMS / p.12 Baude, Dawn-Michelle, THE FLYING HOUSE / p.13 Baude, Dawn-Michelle Ed., VAN GOGH’S EAR 6: THE LOVE EDITION / p.77 Baus, Eric, TUNED DROVES / p.13 Beachy-Quick, Dan, APOLOGY FOR THE BOOK OF CREATURES / p.13 Beachy-Quick, Dan, THIS NEST, SWIFT PASSERINE / p.13 Beckman, Joshua, TAKE IT / p.13 Bedient, Cal & David Lau, Eds., LANA TURNER: A JOURNAL OF POETRY AND OPINION / p.76 Bellamy, Dodie, BARF MANIFESTO / p.62 Berg, Aase, WITH DEER / p.13 Berkson, Bill, PORTRAIT AND DREAM: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS / p.13 Bertolucci, Attilio, WINTER JOURNEY / p.14 Bett, Stephen, EXTREME POSITIONS: ...THE SOFT-CORE INDUSTRY EXPOSED / p.14 Biaz, Brooke, MOON DANCE / p.47 Biaz, Brooke, SMALL MAPS OF THE WORLD / p.47 Bick, Barbara, WALKING THE PRECIPICE: WITNESS TO THE RISE OF THE TALIBAN IN AFGHANISTAN / p.62 Big Noise Films, DISPATCHES 04 / p.62 Birmingham, Jed & Kyle Schlesinger, Eds., MIMEO MIMEO NO. 1 SPRING 2008 / p.76 Birmingham, Jed & Kyle Schlesinger, Eds., MIMEO MIMEO NO. 2 AUTUMN 2008 / p.76
Blackwood, Scott, WE AGREED TO MEET JUST HERE / p.48 Blevins, Richard, CAPTIVITY NARRATIVES / p.14 Block, Diana, ARM THE SPIRIT: A STORY FROM UNDERGROUND AND BACK / p.62 Block, Francesca, OPEN LETTER TO QUIET LIGHT / p.14 Bluestein, Eleanor, TEA AND OTHER AYAMA NA TALES / p.48 Bluman, Barbara, I HAVE MY MOTHER’S EYES: A HOLOCAUST MEMOIR ACROSS GENERATIONS / p.62 Bly, Robert, REACHING OUT TO THE WORLD: NEW AND SELECTED PROSE POEMS / p.14 Bonanno, Kathleen, SLAMMING OPEN THE DOOR / p.14 Bose, Rana, THE FOURTH CANVAS / p.48 Boughn, Michael, 22 SKIDDO/SUBTRACTIONS / p.14 Bousfield, Neil, WALKING SHADOWS: A NOVEL WITHOUT WORDS / p.48 Bowen, Kevin, THAI BINH: GREAT PEACE / p.15 Bowen, Kristy, IN THE BIRD MUSEUM / p.15 Boykoff, Jules, HEGEMONIC LOVE POTION / p.15 Bozek, Jessica, THE BODYFEEL LEXICON / p.15 Bradley, Tom, EVEN THE DOG WON’T TOUCH ME. / p.48 Bragg, E.W., E. Castro & B. Jacobs, Eds., THE EXTERIORITY CRISIS: FROM THE CITY LIMITS AND BEYOND / p.62 Breckenridge, Donald, YOU ARE HERE / p.48 Brodsky, Louis, DINE-RITE: BREAKFAST POEMS / p.15 Brodsky, Louis, THE COMPLETE POEMS OF LOUIS DANIEL BRODSKY, VOL. 4 / p.15 Brossard, Nicole, FENCES IN BREATHING / p.48 Brown, Jocelyn, MITOCHONDRIAL CURIOSITIES OF MARCELS 1 TO 19 / p.49 Brown, Rebecca, AMERICAN ROMANCES: ESSAYS / p.62 Browne, Harry, HAMMERED BY THE IRISH: HOW THE PITSTOP PLOUGHSHARES DISABLED A U.S. WAR PLANE—WITH IRELAND’S BLESSING / p.63 Butler, Blake, EVER / p.49 Buuck, David, THE SHUNT / p.15 Buzzeo, Melissa, FACE / p.15 Cain, Amina, I GO TO SOME HOLLOW / p.49 Camoes, Luis, SONNETS AND OTHER POEMS / p.16 Candelaria, Nash, A DAUGHTER’S A DAUGHTER / p.49 Cappello, Katie, PERPETUAL CARE / p.16 Carlin, Patricia, QUANTUM JITTERS / p.16 Carr, Gordon, THE ANGRY BRIGADE: THE SPECTACULAR RISE AND FALL OF BRITAIN’S FIRST URBAN GUERILLA GROUP / p.63 Carter, Allison, A FIXED, FORMAL ARRANGEMENT / p.16 Caspers, Nona, LITTLE BOOK OF DAYS / p.49 Cassarino, Stacie, ZERO AT THE BONE / p.16 Champion, Miles, HOW TO LAUGH / p.16 Chapman, Elizabeth, LIGHT THICKENS / p.16 Char, Rene, THE BRITTLE AGE AND RETURNING UPLAND / p.17 Chin, Amanda and Luke Feldman, CHAFF N’ SKAFFS: MAI AND THE LOST MOSKIVVY / p.49 Cho, Joyce, JOYCE CHO PLAYS / p.50 Christie, Stuart, WE, THE ANARCHISTS! A STUDY OF THE IBERIAN ANARCHIST FEDERATION (FAI) 1927-1937 / p.63 Citizen Fish, UNDERWATER OVERGROUND/GAFFER TAPE / p.63 Clark-Sayles, Catharine, ONE BREATH / p.17 Clay, Adam, THE WASH / p.17 Cleary, J., J. Snyder, & K. Leja, Eds., SIDEBROW 01 / p.77 Codrescu, Andrei and Mark Spitzer, Eds., EXQUISITE CORPSE ANNUAL, NO. 1, 2009 / p.75 Cohen, Alicia, DEBTS AND OBLIGATIONS / p.17 Colbert, Curt Ed., SEATTLE NOIR / p.49 Cole, Norma, WHERE SHADOWS WILL: SELECTED POEMS 1988-2008 / p.17 Coleman, Victor, MAL ARME: LETTER DROP 3 / p.17 Conn, Jan, BOTERO’S BEAUTIFUL HORSES / p.17
Conoley, Gillian Ed., VOLT: ART ON ART SPRING 2009 / p.77 Conrad, CA, THE BOOK OF FRANK / p.18 Corbett, William, POEMS ON OCCASION / p.18 Cortez, Jayne, ON THE IMPERIAL HIGHWAY: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS / p.18 CR10 Publications Collective, Editor, ABOLITION NOW! TEN YEARS OF STRATEGY AND STRUGGLE AGAINST THE PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX / p.63 Crawford, Lynn Ed., DETROIT: STORIES / p.75 Crimmins, Jack, THE RUST LIFE / p.18 Cross, Michael, IN FELT TREELING: A LIBRETTO / p.18 Cross, Michael, T. Donovan & K. Schlesinger, Eds., ON: CONTEMPORARY PRACTICE / p.76 Dacey, Philip, VERTEBRAE ROSARIES: 50 SONNETS / p.18 Daggett, Lyle, THE FIRST LIGHT TOUCHES ME / p.18 Dalachinsky, Steve, LOGOS AND LANGUAGE: A POSTJAZZ METAPHORICAL DIALOGUE / p.18 David, Esther, SHALOM INDIA HOUSING SOCIETY / p.50 Davies, Jeremy, ROSE ALLEY / p.50 Davis, JenMarie Ed., BOMBAY GIN, 35.1 / p.75 Day, Dian, THE CLOCK OF HEAVEN / p.50 Day, Lucille, THE CURVATURE OF BLUE / p.19 de la Perriere, Donna, TRUE CRIME / p.19 De Recacoechea, Juan, ANDEAN EXPRESS / p.50 Deckha, Nitin, SHOPPING FOR SABZI / p.50 Deems, George, LET GEORGE DO IT / p.63 Dehui, Wang, WANG DEHUI: OIL AND CHINESE BRUSH PAINTING / p.63 Demcak, Andrew, CATCHING TIGERS IN RED WEATHER / p.19 Demcak, Andrew, ZERO SUMMER / p.19 Dempster, Barry, LOVE OUTLANDISH / p.19 Dickman, Michael, THE END OF THE WEST / p.19 Doller, Ben, FAQ: / p.19 Donahue, Joseph, TERRA LUCIDA / p.19 Drown, Merle, IN THE ARENA: LIFE AND TIMES OF WILLIAM W. TREAT / p.64 Dubrow, Jehanne, THE HARDSHIP POST / p.20 Dunlop, Rishma, WHITE ALBUM / p.20 Edwards, Robert, TRANSPARENCIES / p.20 Ellingsen, David and Michael V. Smith, BODY OF TEXT / p.20 Engonopoulos, Nikos, ACROPOLIS AND TRAM: POEMS 1938-1978 / p.20 Espinoza, John, THE DATE FRUIT ELEGIES / p.20 Estep, Maggie, ALICE FANTASTIC / p.50 Evans, Brett, SLOSH MODELS / p.20 Fanning, Robert, AMERICAN PROPHET / p.20 Farber, Thomas, BRIEF NUDITY / p.64 Farrell, Mike, OF MULE AND MAN / p.64 Fein, Ed., Richard, WITH EVERYTHING WE’VE GOT: A PERSONAL ANTHOLOGY OF YIDDISH POETRY / p.21 Fenner, Derek, I NO LONGER BELIEVE IN THE SUN: THE LOVE LETTERS TO KATIE COURIC / p.51 Ferrer, Francisco, THE ORIGIN AND IDEALS OF THE MODERN SCHOOL / p.64 Fischer, Norman, CHARLOTTE’S WAY / p.21 Fitterman, Robert, ROB THE PLAGIARIST / p.21 Fogel, Alice, STRANGE TERRAIN: A POETRY HANDBOOK FOR THE RELUCTANT READER / p.64 Follett, CB, AND FREDDIE WAS MY DARLING / p.21 Forman, Ruth, PRAYERS LIKE SHOES / p.21 Fourcade, Dominique, IT / p.21 Fox, Alan C. Ed., RATTLE VOL. 14 NO. 2 WINTER 2008 / p.76 Fox, Skip, FOR TO / p.21 Fratus, Tiziano, A ROOM IN JERUSALEM / p.21 Friederich, Joel, BLUE TO FILL THE EMPTY HEAVEN / p.22 Frimansson, Inger, ISLAND OF THE NAKED WOMEN / p.51
Author Index Frost, Allen, HOME RECORDINGS / p.22 Fullwood, S.G., R. Harris & L.C. Moore, Eds., CARRY THE WORD: A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF BLACK LGBTQ BOOKS / p.64 Ga, Ellie, CLASSIFICATION OF A SPIT STAIN / p.22 Gardner, Susana, [ LAPSED INSEL WEARY ] / p.22 Gaspar, Frank, THE HOLYOKE / p.22 George, Alice, THIS MUST BE THE PLACE / p.22 Gershgoren, Sid, THE EXTENDED WORDS: AN IMAGINARY DICTIONARY / p.51 Gessen, Keith Ed., P.S.1 SYMPOSIUM: FOR A PRACTICAL AVANT-GARDE (RESEARCH BRANCH PAMPHLET SERIES #1) / p.64 Giannini, David, AZ TWO: WORDS OF TRAVEL / p.22 Giri, Banira & Todd Herman, KATHMANDU: IMPRESSIONS OF THE CITY AT ITS MARGINS / p.22 Gizzi, Michael, NEW DEPTHS OF DEADPAN / p.23 Goldfarb, Sidney, THE RUSHES OF TULSA AND OTHER PLAYS / p.51 Goldman, Judith and Leslie Scalapino, Eds., WAR AND PEACE 4: VISION AND TEXT / p.23 Goodan, Kevin, WINTER TENOR / p.23 Gornick, Vivian, WOMEN IN SCIENCE: THEN AND NOW / p.65 Gorrell, Brandon, DURING MY NERVOUS BREAKDOWN I WANT TO HAVE A BIOGRAPHER PRESENT / p.23 Gray, Kevin, WAITING FOR LIGHTNING TO STRIKE: THE FUNDAMENTALS OF BLACK POLITICS / p.65 Greenwald, Dara and Josh MacPhee, Eds., SIGNS OF CHANGE: SOCIAL MOVEMENT CULTURES, 1960s TO PRESENT / p.65 Guess, Carol, TINDERBOX LAWN: PROSE POEMS / p.23 Guinzio, Carolyn, QUARRY / p.23 Gunn, Carla, AMPHIBIAN / p.51 Gutierrez, Stephen, LIVE FROM FRESNOS Y LOS / p.51 Hall Jr., Sidney, FUMBLING IN THE LIGHT / p.23 Halle, Steve, MAP OF THE HYDROGEN WORLD / p.24 Halsey, Alan, LIVES OF THE POETS / p.24 Halsey, Alan, TERM AS IN AFTERMATH / p.24 Hamill, Meg, TRILLIONS & TRILLIONS OF HEARTBEATS / p.24 Harmon, Joshua, SCAPE / p.24 Harpignies, J.P., DELUSIONS OF NORMALITY: SANITY, DRUGS, SEX, MONEY AND BELIEFS IN AMERICA / p.65 Harrison, Jim, IN SEARCH OF SMALL GODS / p.24 Hegedus, Paul, IN STEREO / p.24 Heller, Michael, ESCHATON / p.24 Heller, Michael, TWO NOVELLAS: MARBLE SNOWS & THE STUDY / p.51 Hennedy, Hugh, VARIATIONS ON A NATURAL THEME: A LOON YEAR / p.25 Henry, Rick, CHANT / p.52 Henry, Rick, SIDEWALK PORTRAIT: FIFTY FOURTH FLOOR AND FALLING / p.52 Hernandez, Miguel, THE PRISON POEMS / p.25 Herukhuti, CONJURING BLACK FUNK: NOTES ON CULTURE, SEXUALITY, AND SPIRITUALITY, VOLUME 1 / p.65 Hill, Matt, PARATAXIS / p.25 Hill, Russell, THE LORD GOD BIRD / p.52 Holmes, Janet, THE MS OF M Y KIN / p.25 Holt, John, YELLOWSTONE DRIFT: FLOATING THE PAST IN REAL TIME / p.65 Holton, Kimberly DaCosta & Andrea Klimt, Eds., COMMUNITY, CULTURE AND THE MAKINGS OF IDENTITY: PORTUGUESE-AMERICANS ALONG THE EASTERN SEABOARD / p.66 Hoolboom, Mike and Tom McSorley, Eds., LIFE WITHOUT DEATH: THE CINEMA OF FRANK COLE / p.66 Horrox, James, A LIVING REVOLUTION: ANARCHISM IN THE KIBBUTZ MOVEMENT / p.66 Horvath, Tim, CIRCULATION / p.52 Jaeger, Lowell, SUDDENLY, OUT OF A LONG SLEEP / p.25 Jaffin, David, EYE-SENSING / p.25 Jaffin, David, WIND PHRASINGS / p.25
Jessup, Dallas, YOUNG REVOLUTIONARIES WHO ROCK: AN INSIDER’S GUIDE TO SAVING THE WORLD ON E REVOLUTION AT A TIME / p.66 Johnson, Jim, DRIVING GRAVEL ROADS: 50 PROSE POEMS / p.26 Jollimore, Troy, THE SOLIPSIST / p.26 Joritz-Nakagawa, Jane, EXHIBIT C / p.26 Joseph, Allison, VOICE: POEMS / p.26 Joyce Cho, JOYCE CHO PLAYS / p.50 Juana Ines de la Cruz, Sor, THE ANSWER/LA RESPUESTA: EXPANDED EDITION INCLUDING SOR FILOTEA’S LETTER AND NEW SELECTED POEMS / p.66 Justin, Shaista, WINTER, THE UNWELCOME VISITOR / p.26 Kanae, Lisa, ISLANDS LINKED BY OCEAN / p.52 Kass, Jeff, COLUMBINE: A TRUE CRIME STORY, A VICTIM, THE KILLERS AND THE NATION’S SEARCH FOR ANSWERS / p.66 Kastin, Darrell, THE UNDISCOVERED ISLAND / p.52 Kathmann, Lucina, UN BOSQUE DE MATEMATICAS/A FOREST OF MATHEMATICS / p.66 Katz-Levine, Judy, WHEN PERFORMERS SWIM, THE DICE ARE CAST / p.26 Kaufman, Erica, CENSORY IMPULSE / p.26 Kaufman, Erica, FROM CENSORY IMPULSE / p.26 Kearns, Josie, THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING / p.27 Keith, Lierre, THE VEGETARIAN MYTH: FOOD, JUSTICE, AND SUSTAINABILITY / p.67 Kennedy, Ellen, SOMETIMES MY HEART PUSHES MY RIBS / p.27 Khachatryan, Lusine Ed., FOURTEEN HILLS VOL. 15 NO. 1 FALL 2008 / p.76 Killeen, Ger, SIGNS FOLLOWING / p.27 Kiyooka, Roy, THE ARTIST AND THE MOOSE: A FABLE OF FORGET / p.52 Klein, Cheryl, LILAC MINES / p.53 Klein, Ish, UNION! / p.27 Klopp, Charles Editor, BELE ANTICHE STORIE: WRITING, BORDERS, AND THE INSTABILITY OF IDENTITY; TRIESTE, 1719-2007 / p.67 Knight, Lynne, AGAIN / p.27 Ko Un, SONGS FOR TOMORROW: A COLLECTION OF POEMS 1960-2002 / p.27 Kocot, Noelle, SUNNY WEDNESDAY / p.27 Kornhauser, Julian, BEEN AND GONE / p.27 Kosiewicz, Patrick, THE GEOGLYPH / p.28 Krech, Richard, IN CHAMBERS: THE BODHISATTVA OF THE PUBLIC DEFENDER’S OFFICE / p.28 Kreitman, Esther, THE DANCE OF THE DEMONS / p.53 Kuwabong, Dannabang, CARIBBEAN BLUES & LOVE’S GENEOLOGY / p.28 La Fountain-Stokes, Lawrence, UNAS PINTADAS DE AZUL/BLUE FINGERNAILS / p.53 Labiner, Norah, GERMAN FOR TRAVELERS: A NOVEL IN 95 LESSONS / p.53 Lamoureux, Mark, ASTROMETRY ORGONON / p.28 Lawrence, Pat, JOURNALS FROM THE TIME OF THE RADAR DOG / p.53 Lazer, Hank, LYRIC & SPIRIT: SELECTED ESSAYS, 1996-2008 / p.67 Lee, J.E., E. Nilsen, & T. Rutkowski, Eds., MANY MOUNTAINS MOVING VOL. IX, NO. 1 / p.76 Lee, Sung-Il, THE BRUSH AND THE SWORD: KASA, KOREAN CLASSICAL POEMS IN PROSE / p.28 Lepson, Ruth, I WENT LOOKING FOR YOU / p.28 Lerman, Eleanor, THE BLONDE ON THE TRAIN / p.53 Lesert, Maryann, BASE TEN / p.53 Lin, Tan, HEATH (PLAGIARISM/OUTSOURCE) / p.28 Lisk, Thomas, THESE BEAUTIFUL LIMITS / p.28 Liu, Timothy, BENDING THE MIND AROUND THE DREAM’S BLOWN FUSE / p.29 Liu, Timothy, POLYTHEOGAMY / p.29 Loden, Rachel, DICK OF THE DEAD / p.29 Lourie, Dick, IF THE DELTA WAS THE SEA / p.29
Luczak, Raymond, MEN WITH THEIR HANDS / p.53 Lutz, Gary, STORIES IN THE WORST WAY / p.54 Ma, Peng, PENG MA: CHINESE BRUSH PAINTING / p.67 Mac Cormack, Karen, IMPLEXURES (COMPLETE EDITION) / p.29 Macmillan, Ian, OUR PEOPLE: STORIES / p.54 Maddin, Guy, MY WINNIPEG / p.67 Magnus, Magus, VERB SAP / p.29 Mara-Ann, M., CONTAINMENT SCENARIO: DISLOINTER MEDTEXTID ENTCATION: HORSE MEDICINE / p.29 Maravelis, Peter Ed., SAN FRANCISCO NOIR 2: THE CLASSICS / p.54 Marks, Justin, A MILLION IN PRIZES / p.30 Marshall, Tod, THE TANGLED LINE / p.30 Martin, Joe, RUMI’S MATHNAVI: A THEATRE ADAPTATION / p.54 Martinaitis, Marcelijus, KB: THE SUSPECT / p.30 Massey, Joseph, AREAS OF FOG / p.30 Matlin, David, IT MIGHT DO WELL WITH STRAWBERRIES / p.67 May, Alan, DEAD LETTERS / p.30 Mayo, Tim, THE KINGDOM OF POSSIBILITIES / p.30 McArthur, Glenn, A PROGRESSIVE TRADITIONALIST: JOHN M. LYLE, ARCHITECT / p.67 McCaffery, Steve, EVERY WAY OAKLY / p.30 McNulty, Tim, CLOUD STUDIES: TWENTY POEMS FROM PAWTRACKS / p.30 Meadows, Deborah, GOODBYE TISSUES / p.31 Mecca, Tommi Avicolli Ed., SMASH THE CHURCH, SMASH THE STATE!: THE EARLY YEARS OF GAY LIBERATION / p.68 Meckfessel, Shon, SUFFLED HOW IT GUSH: A NORTH AMERICAN ANARCHIST IN THE BALKANS / p.68 Mellin, Jeff, SKIN & BONES: SONG LYRICS / p.31 Mellin, Joel, COMPOSITIONS FOR COMPUTER, VOLUME 1 / p.68 Meno, Joe, DEMONS IN THE SPRING / p.54 Mesa, Helena, HORSE DANCE UNDERWATER / p.31 Mike and Isy, ANOTHER DINNER IS POSSIBLE: RECIPES FOR FOOD AND THOUGHT / p.68 Miller, Carolyn, LIGHT, MOVING / p.31 Miller, E., THE 5TH INNING / p.68 Miller, Stephen, FORT DAD / p.31 Minnis, Chelsey, POEMLAND / p.31 Mitchell, James, GOOD GAY POEMS / p.31 Mitchell, Janet, THE CREEPY GIRL AND OTHER STORIES / p.54 Molyneux, Judy, MOLYNEUX / p.68 Monroe, Jonathan, DEMOSTHENES’ LEGACY / p.31 Morales, Alejandro, THE CAPTAIN OF ALL THESE MEN OF DEATH / p.54 Moriarty, Laura, A SEMBLANCE: SELECTED AND NEW POEMS, 1975-2007 / p.32 Morrison, James, THE LOST GIRL / p.55 Moseman, Lori, TEMPORARY BUNK / p.32 Moten, Fred, HUGHSON’S TAVERN / p.32 Moxley, Jennifer, CLAMPDOWN / p.32 Mujica, Miguel, NORTH OF HELL / p.55 Nakayasu, Sawako, HURRY HOME HONEY / p.32 Nathanson, Roy, SUBWAY MOON / p.32 Nealon, Christopher, PLUMMET / p.32 Neighbors, Jennie, BETWEEN THE TWILIGHT AND THE SKY / p.32 Nguyen, Hoa, HECATE LOCHIA / p.32 Niedzviecki, Hal, THE PEEP DIARIES: HOW WE’RE LEARNING TO LOVE WATCHING OURSELVES AND OUR NEIGHBORS / p.68 Noble, Don Editor, A STATE OF LAUGHTER: COMIC FICTION FROM ALABAMA / p.55 Nobuo, Ayukawa, AMERICA AND OTHER POEMS / p.12 North, Charles, COMPLETE LINEUPS / p.33 Nowak, Dan, RECYCLE SUBURBIA / p.33 Nowak, Mark, COAL MOUNTAIN ELEMENTARY / p.33
Author Index Obejas, Achy, RUINS / p.55 O’Connor, Mike, UNNECESSARY TALKING: THE MONTESANO STORIES / p.69 Oliver, Akilah, A TOAST IN THE HOUSE OF FRIENDS / p.33 Orr, Gregory, HOW BEAUTIFUL THE BELOVED / p.33 Osman, Jena Ed., REFUGE/REFUGEE (CHAINLINKS) / p.69 Panofsky, Ruth Editor, AT ODDS IN THE WORLD: ESSAYS ON JEWISH CANADIAN WOMEN WRITERS / p.69 Parra, Nicanor, AFTER-DINNER DECLARATIONS / p.33 Peet, Christian, BIG AMERICAN TRIP / p.34 Pera, Brian & Masha Tupitsyn, Eds., LIFE AS WE SHOW IT: WRITING ON FILM / p.69 Perillo, Lucia, INSEMINATING THE ELEPHANT / p.34 Perlman, Cooper, Hart & Mittlefehldt, Eds., BELOVED ON THE EARTH: 150 POEMS OF GRIEF AND GRATITUDE / p.34 Persaud, Sasenarine, IN A BOSTON NIGHT / p.34 Pesques, Nicolas, PHYSIS / p.34 Pettet, Simon, HEARTH / p.34 Piatigorsky, Anton, ETERNAL HYDRA / p.55 Picard, C., N. Sarno & S. Stratton, Eds., PHONEBOOK 2008/2009 / p.69 Pippin, Donald Ed., OPERA IN ENGLISH, VOLUME THREE: OFFENBACH / p.69 Pippin, Donald Ed., OPERA IN ENGLISH, VOLUME FOUR: DONIZETTI / p.70 Place, Vanessa & Robert Fitterman, NOTES ON CONCEPTUALISMS / p.70 Platt, Donald, DIRT ANGELS / p.34 Pollack, Rachel, FORTUNE’S LOVER: A BOOK OF TAROT POEMS / p.34 Porton, Richard Ed., ARENA: ON ANARCHIST CINEMA / p.70 Portugal, Anne, QUISITE MOMENT / p.35 Powell, D.A. and David Trinidad, BY MYSELF: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY / p.35 Prado, Holly, MONKEY JOURNAL / p.35 Pringle, Kathryn, RIGHT NEW BIOLOGY / p.35 Prior, Amy, SLUMBER PARTY / p.55 Pritchett, Jenny, AT OR NEAR THE SURFACE / p.55 Prostko, Lucyna, INFINITE BEGINNINGS / p.35 Queyras, Sina, EXPRESSWAY / p.35 Ra, Heeduk, SCALE AND STAIRS: SELECTED POEMS OF HEEDUK RA / p.35 Ramke, Bin, TENDRIL / p.35 Ramke, Bin Ed., DENVER QUARTERLY 43:2 2009 / p.75 Ramke, Bin Ed., DENVER QUARTERLY 43:3 2009 / p.75 Ramspeck, Doug, BLACK TUPELO COUNTY / p.35 Ratzlaff, Keith, THEN, A THOUSAND CROWS / p.36 Reid, Rick, TO BE HUNG FROM THE CEILING BY STRINGS OF VARYING LENGTHS / p.36 Reilly, Evelyn, STYROFOAM / p.36 Rerick, Michael, IN WAYS IMPOSSIBLE TO FOLD / p.36 Ricapito, Joseph, SECOND WAVE / p.36 Rickel, Boyer, REMANENCE / p.36 Riley, Peter, A MAP OF FARING / p.36 Rios, Alberto, THE DANGEROUS SHIRT / p.36 Ritterman, Michele, THE TAO OF A WOMAN / p.37 Rivkin, Sophia, THE VALISE / p.37 Robe, Jr., William, GRANDCHILDREN OF THE BUFFALO SOLDIERS AND OTHER UNTOLD STORIES / p.55 Robertson, Lisa, LISA ROBERTSON’S MAGENTA SOUL WHIP / p.37 Robinson, Kit, TRAIN I RIDE / p.37 Roche, John Ed., UNCENSORED SONGS: FOR SAM ABRAMS / p.37 Rodrigues, Nelson, LIFE AS IT IS / p.56 Rohrer, Matthew, A PLATE OF CHICKEN / p.37 Rollman, Michelle, THE BOOK OF PRACTICAL PUSSIES / p.70 Rosemont, Franklin, JACQUES VACHE AND THE ROOTS OF SURREALISM: INCLUDING VACHE’S WAR LETTERS & OTHER WRITINGS / p.70
Rosemont, Penelope, DREAMS & EVERYDAY LIFE: ANDRE BRETON, SURREALISM, REBEL WORKER, SDS & THE SEVEN CITIES OF CIBOLA / p.70 Rosenfield, Kim, RE: EVOLUTION / p.37 Rosenthal, Sarah, MANHATTEN / p.56 Ross, Joe, STRATA / p.37 Rotando, Matthew, THE COMEBACK’S EXOSKELETON / p.37 Rothschild, Douglas, THEOGONY / p.38 Roubaud, Jacques, EXCHANGES ON LIGHT / p.38 Ryokan,, BETWEEN THE FLOATING MIST: POEMS OF RYOKAN / p.38 Ryokan, Taigu, THE KANSHI POEMS OF TAIGU RYOKAN / p.38 Salamun, Tomaz, THERE’S THE HAND AND THERE’S THE ARID CHAIR / p.38 Saltzman, Arthur, NEARER / p.71 Sampsell, Kevin Ed., PORTLAND NOIR / p.56 Samuels, Lisa, TOMORROWLAND / p.38 Sanchez, Asa & Phil Dumesnil, THE WOOLLYHOODWINKS VS. THE DARK PATCH / p.56 Sanders, Barry, THE GREEN ZONE: THE ENVIRONMENTAL COSTS OF MILITARISM / p.71 Sanelli, Mary, AMONG FRIENDS / p.71 Savett, Cindy, CHILD IN THE ROAD / p.38 Scappettone, Jennifer, FROM DAME QUICKLY / p.38 Schickling, Jared, SUBMISSIONS / p.39 Schmidt, Christopher, THE NEXT IN LINE / p.39 Schneiderman, Davis, DIS: OR, THE SHADOW OF THE DOME OF PLEASURE / p.56 Schroeder, Steven, TORCHED VERSE ENDS / p.39 Schuldt, Morgan Lucas, VERGE / p.39 Schumejda, Rebecca, FALLING FORWARD / p.39 Schwabsky, Barry, BOOK LEFT OPEN IN THE RAIN / p.39 Scialabba, George, WHAT ARE INTELLECTUALS GOOD FOR? / p.71 Seelig, Adam, TALKING MASKS (OEDIPUSSY) / p.56 Sekiguchi, Ryoko, HELIOTROPES / p.39 Seyburn, Patty, HILARITY / p.39 Shamsie, Muneeza, AND THE WORLD CHANGED: CONTEMPORARY STORIES BY PAKISTANI WOMEN / p.56 Shaw, Angela, BEGINNING OF THE FIELDS / p.39 Sherlock, Frank, OVER HERE / p.40 Shimoda, Brandon, THE ALPS / p.40 Shipley, Ely, BOY WITH FLOWER / p.40 Sholl, Betsy, ROUGH CRADLE / p.40 Shure, Brian, MAGICAL SECRETS ABOUT CHINE COLLE: PASTING, PRINTING, MOUNTING, AND LEAFING STEPBY-STEP / p.71 Siegel, Joan, HYACINTH FOR THE SOUL / p.40 Sims, Laura, STRANGER / p.40 Sloboda, Noel, SHELL GAMES / p.40 Smart, Carolyn, HOOKED: SEVEN POEMS / p.40 Smith, Erin, THE FEAR OF BEING FOUND / p.41 Smith, J. & Andre Moncourt, THE RED ARMY FACTION, A DOCUMENTARY HISTORY: VOLUME 1: PROJECTILES FOR THE PEOPLE / p.71 Smith, Lytton, THE ALL-PURPOSE MAGICAL TENT / p.41 Snell, Roger, THE MORNING / p.41 Stangalino, C. and M. Jakubowski, Eds., ROME NOIR / p.56 Stempleman, Jordan, STRING PARADE / p.41 Stephens, Nathalie, ABSENCE WHERE AS (CLAUDE CAHUN AND THE UNOPENED BOOK) / p.72 Strabo, Walafrid, ON THE CULTIVATION OF GARDENS / p.72 Strobl, Ingrid, PARTISANAS: WOMEN IN THE ARMED RESISTANCE TO FASCISM AND GERMAN OCCUPATION (1936-1945) / p.72 Swados, Elizabeth, THE ONE AND ONLY HUMAN GALAXY / p.41 Sweeney, Chad, ARRANGING THE BLAZE / p.41
Sweeney, Chad Ed., DAYS I MOVED THROUGH ORDINARY SOUNDS: THE TEACHERS OF WRITERSCORPS IN POETRY AND PROSE / p.41 Switaj, Elizabeth, MAGDALENE & THE MERMAIDS / p.41 Sze, Arthur, THE GINKGO LIGHT / p.42 Szoka, Elzbieta and Joe W. Bratcher, III, Eds., THE DIRTY GOAT 20 / p.75 Szymaszek, Stacy, HYPERGLOSSIA / p.42 Tabios, Eileen, NOTA BENE EISWEIN / p.42 Tabios, Eileen, THE BLIND CHATELAINE’S KEYS: HER BIOGRAPHY THROUGH YOUR POETICS / p.42 Tandon, Jason, WEE HOUR MARTYRDOM / p.42 Taneda, Santoka, MOUNTAIN TASTING: HAIKU AND JOURNALS OF SANTOKA TANEDA / p.42 Taub, Yermiyahu, WHAT STILLNESS ILLUMINATED: POEMS IN ENGLISH, YIDDISH, AND HEBREW / p.42 Taylor, Keren Ed., LISTEN TO ME: SHARED SECRETS FROM WRITEGIRL / p.72 Thompson, Robert, CITY OF WATER / p.42 Tierney, Matthew, THE HAYFLICK LIMIT / p.43 Tomash, Barbara, THE SECRET OF WHITE / p.43 Tostevin, Lola, THE OTHER SISTER / p.57 Urrea, Luis, MR. MENDOZA’S PAINTBRUSH: A GRAPHIC NOVEL / p.72 Ursu, Liliana, LIGHTWALL / p.43 Vande Zande, Jeff, LANDSCAPE WITH FRAGMENTED FIGURES / p.57 Villanueva, Alma, SOFT CHAOS / p.43 Volkmer, Jon, EATING EUROPE: A META-NONFICTION LOVE STORY / p.72 Volpert, Megan, THE DESENSE OF NONFENSE / p.43 Waiman, Misha, 17 VORURTEILE, DIE WIR DEUTSCHEN GEGEN AMERIKA UND AMERIKANER HABEN UND DIE SO NICHT GANZ STIMMEN KOENNEN / p.72 Waldman, Anne, FIRST BABY POEMS / p.43 Waldman, Anne, MARTYRDOM / p.43 Waldman, Anne and Laura Wright, Eds., BEATS AT NAROPA / p.73 Waldner, Liz, TRUST / p.44 Waldrep, G.C., ARCHICEMBALO / p.44 Waldrop, Keith, Rosemarie Waldrop, FLAT WITH NO KEY / p.44 Warner, Irving, CROSSING THE WATER: THE ALASKAHAWAII TRILOGIES / p.57 Weinberger, Jill, VIENNA VOICES: A TRAVELER LISTENS TO THE CITY OF DREAMS / p.73 Wellman, Donald, PROLOG PAGES: / p.44 White, Allison Benis, SELF-PORTRAIT WITH CRAYON / p.44 Wilkinson, Joshua, THE BOOK OF WHISPERING IN THE PROJECTION BOOTH / p.44 Williams, Jerry, IN PURSUIT OF THEIR DREAMS: A HISTORY OF AZOREAN IMMIGRATION TO THE UNITED STATES / p.73 Williams, Tyrone, ON SPEC / p.44 Wise, Tim, BETWEEN BARACK AND A HARD PLACE: RACISIM AND WHITE DENIAL IN THE AGE OF OBAMA / p.73 Young, Elizabeth, AIM STRAIGHT AT THE FOUNTAIN AND PRESS VAPORIZE / p.44 Zawacki, Andrew, PETALS OF ZERO PETALS OF ONE / p.45 Zeavin, Hannah, CIRCA / p.45 Zeiger, Genie, WHAT HAPPENED WAS...: ON WRITING PERSONAL ESSAYS AND MEMOIR / p.73 Zinnes, Harriet, LIGHT LIGHT OR THE CURVATURE OF THE EARTH / p.45 Zolf, Rachel, MASQUE / p.45 Zurita, Raul, INRI / p.45
Title Index ABOLITION NOW! TEN YEARS OF STRATEGY AND STRUGGLE AGAINST THE PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX, CR10 Publications Collective, Editor / p.63
BELONGING AND BANISHMENT: BEING MUSLIM IN CANADA, Bakht, Natasha Ed. / p.61
CLOUD STUDIES: TWENTY POEMS FROM PAWTRACKS, McNulty, Tim / p.30
BELOVED ON THE EARTH: 150 POEMS OF GRIEF AND GRATITUDE, Perlman, Cooper, Hart & Mittlefehldt, Eds. / p.34
COAL MOUNTAIN ELEMENTARY, Nowak, Mark / p.33
ABSENCE WHERE AS (CLAUDE CAHUN AND THE UNOPENED BOOK), Stephens, Nathalie / p.72 ACROPOLIS AND TRAM: POEMS 1938-1978, Engonopoulos, Nikos / p.20
BENDING THE MIND AROUND THE DREAM’S BLOWN FUSE, Liu, Timothy / p.29
AFTER-DINNER DECLARATIONS, Parra, Nicanor / p.33
BETWEEN BARACK AND A HARD PLACE: RACISIM AND WHITE DENIAL IN THE AGE OF OBAMA, Wise, Tim / p.73
AGAIN, Knight, Lynne / p.27 AIM STRAIGHT AT THE FOUNTAIN AND PRESS VAPORIZE, Young, Elizabeth / p.44 ALICE FANTASTIC, Estep, Maggie / p.50
BETWEEN THE FLOATING MIST: POEMS OF RYOKAN, Ryokan, / p.38
THE ALL-PURPOSE MAGICAL TENT, Smith, Lytton / p.41
BETWEEN THE TWILIGHT AND THE SKY, Neighbors, Jennie / p.32
THE ALPS, Shimoda, Brandon / p.40
BIG AMERICAN TRIP, Peet, Christian / p.34
AMERICA AND OTHER POEMS, Ayukawa Nobuo / p.12
BLACK TUPELO COUNTY, Ramspeck, Doug / p.35
AMERICAN PROPHET, Fanning, Robert / p.20 AMERICAN ROMANCES: ESSAYS, Brown, Rebecca / p.62
THE BLIND CHATELAINE’S KEYS: HER BIOGRAPHY THROUGH YOUR POETICS, Tabios, Eileen / p.42
AMONG FRIENDS, Sanelli, Mary / p.71
THE BLONDE ON THE TRAIN, Lerman, Eleanor / p.53
AMPHIBIAN, Gunn, Carla / p.51
BLUE TO FILL THE EMPTY HEAVEN, Friederich, Joel / p.22
ANDEAN EXPRESS, De Recacoechea, Juan / p.50
THE BODYFEEL LEXICON, Bozek, Jessica / p.15
AND FREDDIE WAS MY DARLING, Follett, CB / p.21
BODY OF TEXT, Ellingsen, David and Michael V. Smith / p.20
AND THE WORLD CHANGED: CONTEMPORARY STORIES BY PAKISTANI WOMEN, Shamsie, Muneeza / p.56
BOMBAY GIN, 35.1, Davis, JenMarie Ed. / p.75
THE ANGRY BRIGADE: THE SPECTACULAR RISE AND FALL OF BRITAIN’S FIRST URBAN GUERILLA GROUP, Carr, Gordon / p.63
BOOK LEFT OPEN IN THE RAIN, Schwabsky, Barry / p.39 THE BOOK OF FRANK, Conrad, CA / p.18
COLUMBINE: A TRUE CRIME STORY, A VICTIM, THE KILLERS AND THE NATION’S SEARCH FOR ANSWERS, Kass, Jeff / p.66 THE COMEBACK’S EXOSKELETON, Rotando, Matthew / p.37 COMMUNITY, CULTURE AND THE MAKINGS OF IDENTITY: PORTUGUESE-AMERICANS ALONG THE EASTERN SEABOARD, Holton, Kimberly DaCosta & Andrea Klimt, Eds. / p.66 COMPLETE LINEUPS, North, Charles / p.33 THE COMPLETE POEMS OF LOUIS DANIEL BRODSKY, VOL. 4, Brodsky, Louis / p.15 COMPOSITIONS FOR COMPUTER, VOLUME 1, Mellin, Joel / p.68 CONJURING BLACK FUNK: NOTES ON CULTURE, SEXUALITY, AND SPIRITUALITY, VOLUME 1, Herukhuti / p.65 CONTAINMENT SCENARIO: DISLOINTER MEDTEXTID ENTCATION: HORSE MEDICINE, Mara-Ann, M. / p.29 THE CREEPY GIRL AND OTHER STORIES, Mitchell, Janet / p.54 CRITICAL MAPPINGS OF ARTURO ISLAS’S FICTIONS, Aldama, Frederick / p.61
THE BOOK OF PRACTICAL PUSSIES, Rollman, Michelle / p.70
CROSSING THE WATER: THE ALASKA-HAWAII TRILOGIES, Warner, Irving / p.57
ANOTHER DINNER IS POSSIBLE: RECIPES FOR FOOD AND THOUGHT, Mike and Isy / p.68
THE BOOK OF WHISPERING IN THE PROJECTION BOOTH, Wilkinson, Joshua / p.44
THE CURVATURE OF BLUE, Day, Lucille / p.19
THE ANSWER/LA RESPUESTA: EXPANDED EDITION INCLUDING SOR FILOTEA’S LETTER AND NEW SELECTED POEMS, Juana Ines de la Cruz, Sor / p.66
BOTERO’S BEAUTIFUL HORSES, Conn, Jan / p.17
THE DANGEROUS SHIRT, Rios, Alberto / p.36
BOY WITH FLOWERS, Shipley, Ely / p.40
THE DATE FRUIT ELEGIES, Espinoza, John / p.20
THE BRITTLE AGE AND RETURNING UPLAND, Char, Rene / p.17
A DAUGHTER’S A DAUGHTER, Candelaria, Nash / p.49
APOLOGY FOR THE BOOK OF CREATURES, Beachy-Quick, Dan / p.13 ARCHICEMBALO, Waldrep, G.C. / p.44 AREAS OF FOG, Massey, Joseph / p.30 ARENA: ON ANARCHIST CINEMA, Porton, Richard Ed. / p.70
THE BRUSH AND THE SWORD: KASA, KOREAN CLASSICAL POEMS IN PROSE, Lee, Sung-Il / p.28
THE DANCE OF THE DEMONS, Kreitman, Esther / p.53
DAYS I MOVED THROUGH ORDINARY SOUNDS: THE TEACHERS OF WRITERSCORPS IN POETRY AND PROSE, Sweeney, Chad Ed. / p.41
BY MYSELF: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY, Powell, D.A. and David Trinidad / p.35
DEAD LETTERS, May, Alan / p.30
BYSTANDER: AN IRREALITY, aND, mIEKAL / p.12
DELUSIONS OF NORMALITY: SANITY, DRUGS, SEX, MONEY AND BELIEFS IN AMERICA, Harpignies, J.P. / p.65
DEBTS AND OBLIGATIONS, Cohen, Alicia / p.17
ARM THE SPIRIT: A STORY FROM UNDERGROUND AND BACK, Block, Diana / p.62
CALYX VOL. 25 NO. 1 WINTER 2009, Ahrens, Eberman, McFarland, Silver, Smith, Eds. / p.75
ARRANGING THE BLAZE, Sweeney, Chad / p.41
THE CAPTAIN OF ALL THESE MEN OF DEATH, Morales, Alejandro / p.54
DEMONS IN THE SPRING, Meno, Joe / p.54
CAPTIVITY NARRATIVES, Blevins, Richard / p.14
DENVER QUARTERLY 43:2 2009, Ramke, Bin Ed. / p.75
CARIBBEAN BLUES & LOVE’S GENEOLOGY, Kuwabong, Dannabang / p.28
DENVER QUARTERLY 43:3 2009, Ramke, Bin Ed. / p.75
THE ARTIST AND THE MOOSE: A FABLE OF FORGET, Kiyooka, Roy / p.52 THE ART OF EXILE, Archila, William / p.12 ASTROMETRY ORGONON, Lamoureux, Mark / p.28
DEMOSTHENES’ LEGACY, Monroe, Jonathan / p.31
THE DESENSE OF NONFENSE, Volpert, Megan / p.43
AT ODDS IN THE WORLD: ESSAYS ON JEWISH CANADIAN WOMEN WRITERS, Panofsky, Ruth Editor / p.69
CARRY THE WORD: A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF BLACK LGBTQ BOOKS, Fullwood, S.G., R. Harris & L.C. Moore, Eds. / p.64
AT OR NEAR THE SURFACE, Pritchett, Jenny / p.55
CATCHING TIGERS IN RED WEATHER, Demcak, Andrew / p.19
DINE-RITE: BREAKFAST POEMS, Brodsky, Louis / p.15
CENSORY IMPULSE, Kaufman, Erica / p.26
DIRT ANGELS, Platt, Donald / p.34
CHAFF N’ SKAFFS: MAI AND THE LOST MOSKIVVY, Chin, Amanda and Luke Feldman / p.49
THE DIRTY GOAT 20, Szoka, Elzbieta and Joe W. Bratcher, III, Eds. / p.75
BARF MANIFESTO, Bellamy, Dodie / p.62
CHANT, Henry, Rick / p.52
THE DISAPPEARANCE OF SETH, Ali, Kazim / p.47
BASE TEN, Lesert, Maryann / p.53
CHARLOTTE’S WAY, Fischer, Norman / p.21
BEATS AT NAROPA, Waldman, Anne and Laura Wright, Eds. / p.73
CHILD IN THE ROAD, Savett, Cindy / p.38
DIS: OR, THE SHADOW OF THE DOME OF PLEASURE, Schneiderman, Davis / p.56
CIRCA, Zeavin, Hannah / p.45
DISPATCHES 04, Big Noise Films / p.62
BEEN AND GONE, Kornhauser, Julian / p.27
CIRCULATION, Horvath, Tim / p.52
BEGINNING OF THE FIELDS, Shaw, Angela / p.39
CITY OF WATER, Thompson, Robert / p.42
BELE ANTICHE STORIE: WRITING, BORDERS, AND THE INSTABILITY OF IDENTITY; TRIESTE, 1719-2007, Klopp, Charles Editor / p.67
CLAMPDOWN, Moxley, Jennifer / p.32
DREAMS & EVERYDAY LIFE: ANDRE BRETON, SURREALISM, REBEL WORKER, SDS & THE SEVEN CITIES OF CIBOLA, Rosemont, Penelope / p.70
AZ TWO: WORDS OF TRAVEL, Giannini, David / p.22 BANKSY LOCATIONS & TOURS: A COLLECTION OF GRAFFITI LOCATIONS AND PHOTOGRAPHS IN LONDON, ENGLAND, Bansky and Martin Bull / p.61
CLASSIFICATION OF A SPIT STAIN, Ga, Ellie / p.22
DETROIT: STORIES, Crawford, Lynn Ed. / p.75 DICK OF THE DEAD, Loden, Rachel / p.29 DIORAMA WITH FLEEING FIGURES, Bachman, Merle / p.12
DRIVING GRAVEL ROADS: 50 PROSE POEMS, Johnson, Jim / p.26
THE CLOCK OF HEAVEN, Day, Dian / p.50
Title Index DURING MY NERVOUS BREAKDOWN I WANT TO HAVE A BIOGRAPHER PRESENT, Gorrell, Brandon / p.23
THE HARDSHIP POST, Dubrow, Jehanne / p.20 HAVANA LUNAR, Arellano, Robert / p.47
KATHMANDU: IMPRESSIONS OF THE CITY AT ITS MARGINS, Giri, Banira & Todd Herman / p.22
EATING EUROPE: A META-NONFICTION LOVE STORY, Volkmer, Jon / p.72
THE HAYFLICK LIMIT, Tierney, Matthew / p.43
KB: THE SUSPECT, Martinaitis, Marcelijus / p.30
HEARTH, Pettet, Simon / p.34
THE KINGDOM OF POSSIBILITIES, Mayo, Tim / p.30
HEATH (PLAGIARISM/OUTSOURCE), Lin, Tan / p.28
LANA TURNER: A JOURNAL OF POETRY AND OPINION, Bedient, Cal & David Lau, Eds. / p.76
THE END OF THE WEST, Dickman, Michael / p.19 ESCHATON, Heller, Michael / p.24 ETERNAL HYDRA, Piatigorsky, Anton / p.55 EVEN THE DOG WON’T TOUCH ME., Bradley, Tom / p.48 EVER, Butler, Blake / p.49 EVERY WAY OAKLY, McCaffery, Steve / p.30 EXCHANGES ON LIGHT, Roubaud, Jacques / p.38 EXHIBIT C, Joritz-Nakagawa, Jane / p.26
HECATE LOCHIA, Nguyen, Hoa / p.32 HEGEMONIC LOVE POTION, Boykoff, Jules / p.15
LANDSCAPE WITH FRAGMENTED FIGURES, Vande Zande, Jeff / p.57
HELIOTROPES, Sekiguchi, Ryoko / p.39
[ LAPSED INSEL WEARY ], Gardner, Susana / p.22
HILARITY, Seyburn, Patty / p.39
LET GEORGE DO IT, Deems, George / p.63
THE HOLYOKE, Gaspar, Frank / p.22
LIFE AS IT IS, Rodrigues, Nelson / p.56
HOME RECORDINGS, Frost, Allen / p.22
LIFE AS WE SHOW IT: WRITING ON FILM, Pera, Brian & Masha Tupitsyn, Eds. / p.69
HOOKED: SEVEN POEMS, Smart, Carolyn / p.40
EXPRESSWAY, Queyras, Sina / p.35 EXQUISITE CORPSE ANNUAL, NO. 1, 2009, Codrescu, Andrei and Mark Spitzer, Eds. / p.75
HORSE DANCE UNDERWATER, Mesa, Helena / p.31 HOW BEAUTIFUL THE BELOVED, Orr, Gregory / p.33
THE EXTENDED WORDS: AN IMAGINARY DICTIONARY, Gershgoren, Sid / p.51
HOW TO LAUGH, Champion, Miles / p.16
THE EXTERIORITY CRISIS: FROM THE CITY LIMITS AND BEYOND, Bragg, E.W., E. Castro & B. Jacobs, Eds. / p.62
HURRY HOME HONEY, Nakayasu, Sawako / p.32
EXTREME POSITIONS: ...THE SOFT-CORE INDUSTRY EXPOSED, Bett, Stephen / p.14
HYPERGLOSSIA, Szymaszek, Stacy / p.42
EYE-SENSING, Jaffin, David / p.25
HUGHSON’S TAVERN, Moten, Fred / p.32 HYACINTH FOR THE SOUL, Siegel, Joan / p.40 I GO TO SOME HOLLOW, Cain, Amina / p.49 I HAVE MY MOTHER’S EYES: A HOLOCAUST MEMOIR ACROSS GENERATIONS, Bluman, Barbara / p.62
FACE, Alexie, Sherman / p.11 FACE, Buzzeo, Melissa / p.15 FALLING FORWARD, Schumejda, Rebecca / p.39
I NO LONGER BELIEVE IN THE SUN: THE LOVE LETTERS TO KATIE COURIC, Fenner, Derek / p.51
FAQ:, Doller, Ben / p.19
I WENT LOOKING FOR YOU, Lepson, Ruth / p.28
THE FEAR OF BEING FOUND, Smith, Erin / p.41
IF THE DELTA WAS THE SEA, Lourie, Dick / p.29
FENCES IN BREATHING, Brossard, Nicole / p.48
IMPLEXURES (COMPLETE EDITION), Mac Cormack, Karen / p.29
THE 5TH INNING, Miller, E. / p.68 FIRST BABY POEMS, Waldman, Anne / p.43
IN A BOSTON NIGHT, Persaud, Sasenarine / p.34
THE FIRST LIGHT TOUCHES ME, Daggett, Lyle / p.18
IN CHAMBERS: THE BODHISATTVA OF THE PUBLIC DEFENDER’S OFFICE, Krech, Richard / p.28
A FIXED, FORMAL ARRANGEMENT, Carter, Allison / p.16 FLAT WITH NO KEY, Waldrop, Keith, Rosemarie Waldrop / p.44
IN FELT TREELING: A LIBRETTO, Cross, Michael / p.18
LIFE WITHOUT DEATH: THE CINEMA OF FRANK COLE, Hoolboom, Mike and Tom McSorley, Eds. / p.66 LIGHT LIGHT OR THE CURVATURE OF THE EARTH, Zinnes, Harriet / p.45 LIGHT, MOVING, Miller, Carolyn / p.31 LIGHT THICKENS, Chapman, Elizabeth / p.16 LIGHTWALL, Ursu, Liliana / p.43 LILAC MINES, Klein, Cheryl / p.53 LISA ROBERTSON’S MAGENTA SOUL WHIP, Robertson, Lisa / p.37 LISTEN TO ME: SHARED SECRETS FROM WRITEGIRL, Taylor, Keren Ed. / p.72 LITTLE BOOK OF DAYS, Caspers, Nona / p.49 LIVE FROM FRESNOS Y LOS, Gutierrez, Stephen / p.51 LIVES OF THE POETS, Halsey, Alan / p.24 A LIVING REVOLUTION: ANARCHISM IN THE KIBBUTZ MOVEMENT, Horrox, James / p.66 LOGOS AND LANGUAGE: A POST-JAZZ METAPHORICAL DIALOGUE, Dalachinsky, Steve / p.18 THE LORD GOD BIRD, Hill, Russell / p.52 THE LOST GIRL, Morrison, James / p.55
THE FLYING HOUSE, Baude, Dawn-Michelle / p.13
IN PURSUIT OF THEIR DREAMS: A HISTORY OF AZOREAN IMMIGRATION TO THE UNITED STATES, Williams, Jerry / p.73
FORT DAD, Miller, Stephen / p.31
IN SEARCH OF SMALL GODS, Harrison, Jim / p.24
FOR TO, Fox, Skip / p.21
IN STEREO, Hegedus, Paul / p.24
MAGDALENE & THE MERMAIDS, Switaj, Elizabeth / p.41
FORTUNE’S LOVER: A BOOK OF TAROT POEMS, Pollack, Rachel / p.34
IN THE ARENA: LIFE AND TIMES OF WILLIAM W. TREAT, Drown, Merle / p.64
FOURTEEN HILLS VOL. 15 NO. 1 FALL 2008, Khachatryan, Lusine Ed. / p.76
IN THE BIRD MUSEUM, Bowen, Kristy / p.15
MAGICAL SECRETS ABOUT CHINE COLLE: PASTING, PRINTING, MOUNTING, AND LEAFING STEP-BYSTEP, Shure, Brian / p.71
THE FOURTH CANVAS, Bose, Rana / p.48
IN WAYS IMPOSSIBLE TO FOLD, Rerick, Michael / p.36 INFINITE BEGINNINGS, Prostko, Lucyna / p.35
LOVE OUTLANDISH, Dempster, Barry / p.19 LYRIC & SPIRIT: SELECTED ESSAYS, 1996-2008, Lazer, Hank / p.67
MAL ARME: LETTER DROP 3, Coleman, Victor / p.17 MANHATTEN, Rosenthal, Sarah / p.56
INFINITY BLUES, Adams, Ryan / p.11
MANY MOUNTAINS MOVING VOL. IX, NO. 1, Lee, J.E., E. Nilsen, & T. Rutkowski, Eds. / p.76
INRI, Zurita, Raul / p.45
A MAP OF FARING, Riley, Peter / p.36
INSEMINATING THE ELEPHANT, Perillo, Lucia / p.34
MAP OF THE HYDROGEN WORLD, Halle, Steve / p.24
INTERVENING ABSENCE, Adams, Carrie / p.11
MARTYRDOM, Waldman, Anne / p.43
THE GEOGLYPH, Kosiewicz, Patrick / p.28
ISLAND OF THE NAKED WOMEN, Frimansson, Inger / p.51
MASQUE, Zolf, Rachel / p.45
GERMAN FOR TRAVELERS: A NOVEL IN 95 LESSONS, Labiner, Norah / p.53
ISLANDS LINKED BY OCEAN, Kanae, Lisa / p.52
MEN WITH THEIR HANDS, Luczak, Raymond / p.53
IT, Fourcade, Dominique / p.21
A MILLION IN PRIZES, Marks, Justin / p.30
GETTING LOST IN A CITY LIKE THIS, Anderson, Jack / p.12
IT MIGHT DO WELL WITH STRAWBERRIES, Matlin, David / p.67
MIMEO MIMEO NO. 1 SPRING 2008, Birmingham, Jed & Kyle Schlesinger, Eds. / p.76
JACQUES VACHE AND THE ROOTS OF SURREALISM: INCLUDING VACHE’S WAR LETTERS & OTHER WRITINGS, Rosemont, Franklin / p.70
MIMEO MIMEO NO. 2 AUTUMN 2008, Birmingham, Jed & Kyle Schlesinger, Eds. / p.76
FROM CENSORY IMPULSE, Kaufman, Erica / p.26 FROM DAME QUICKLY, Scappettone, Jennifer / p.38 FUMBLING IN THE LIGHT, Hall Jr., Sidney / p.23 GATHERING WORDS/RECOGIENDO PALABRAS, Arroyo, Maria / p.12
THE GINKGO LIGHT, Sze, Arthur / p.42 GOODBYE TISSUES, Meadows, Deborah / p.31 GOOD GAY POEMS, Mitchell, James / p.31 GOSPEL: POEMS, Bashir, Samiya / p.12 GRANDCHILDREN OF THE BUFFALO SOLDIERS AND OTHER UNTOLD STORIES, Robe, Jr., William / p.55 THE GREEN ZONE: THE ENVIRONMENTAL COSTS OF MILITARISM, Sanders, Barry / p.71 HAMMERED BY THE IRISH: HOW THE PITSTOP PLOUGHSHARES DISABLED A U.S. WAR PLANE— WITH IRELAND’S BLESSING, Browne, Harry / p.63
JAILHOUSE LAWYERS: PRISONERS DEFENDING PRISONERS V. THE USA, Abu-Jamal, Mumia / p.61 JOURNALS FROM THE TIME OF THE RADAR DOG, Lawrence, Pat / p.53
MITOCHONDRIAL CURIOSITIES OF MARCELS 1 TO 19, Brown, Jocelyn / p.49 MOLYNEUX, Molyneux, Judy / p.68 MONKEY JOURNAL, Prado, Holly / p.35
JOYCE CHO PLAYS, Joyce Cho / p.50
MOON DANCE, Biaz, Brooke / p.47
THE KANSHI POEMS OF TAIGU RYOKAN, Ryokan, Taigu / p.38
THE MORNING, Snell, Roger / p.41 MOUNTAIN TASTING: HAIKU AND JOURNALS OF SANTOKA TANEDA, Taneda, Santoka / p.42
Title Index MR. MENDOZA’S PAINTBRUSH: A GRAPHIC NOVEL, Urrea, Luis / p.72
PRAYERS LIKE SHOES, Forman, Ruth / p.21
SLUMBER PARTY, Prior, Amy / p.55
THE PRISON POEMS, Hernandez, Miguel / p.25
SMALL MAPS OF THE WORLD, Biaz, Brooke / p.47
THE MS OF M Y KIN, Holmes, Janet / p.25
PRIVATE PARTS: THE EARLY WORKS OF IAN AYRES (SECOND EDITION, REVISED AND EXPANDED), Ayres, Ian / p.12
SMASH THE CHURCH, SMASH THE STATE!: THE EARLY YEARS OF GAY LIBERATION, Mecca, Tommi Avicolli Ed. / p.68
A PROGRESSIVE TRADITIONALIST: JOHN M. LYLE, ARCHITECT, McArthur, Glenn / p.67
SOFT CHAOS, Villanueva, Alma / p.43
PROLOG PAGES:, Wellman, Donald / p.44
SOMETIMES MY HEART PUSHES MY RIBS, Kennedy, Ellen / p.27
MY WINNIPEG, Maddin, Guy / p.67 NEARER, Saltzman, Arthur / p.71 NEW DEPTHS OF DEADPAN, Gizzi, Michael / p.23 THE NEXT IN LINE, Schmidt, Christopher / p.39 NORTH OF HELL, Mujica, Miguel / p.55 NOTA BENE EISWEIN, Tabios, Eileen / p.42 NOTES ON CONCEPTUALISMS, Place, Vanessa & Robert Fitterman / p.70 OF MULE AND MAN, Farrell, Mike / p.64 ON: CONTEMPORARY PRACTICE, Cross, Michael, T. Donovan & K. Schlesinger, Eds. / p.76 THE ONE AND ONLY HUMAN GALAXY, Swados, Elizabeth / p.41
QUANTUM JITTERS, Carlin, Patricia / p.16 QUARRY, Guinzio, Carolyn / p.23 QUISITE MOMENT, Portugal, Anne / p.35 RATTLE VOL. 14 NO. 2 WINTER 2008, Fox, Alan C. Ed. / p.76 REACHING OUT TO THE WORLD: NEW AND SELECTED PROSE POEMS, Bly, Robert / p.14
THE SOLIPSIST, Jollimore, Troy / p.26
SONGS FOR TOMORROW: A COLLECTION OF POEMS 1960-2002, Ko Un / p.27 SONNETS AND OTHER POEMS, Camoes, Luis / p.16 A STATE OF LAUGHTER: COMIC FICTION FROM ALABAMA, Noble, Don Editor / p.55 STORIES IN THE WORST WAY, Lutz, Gary / p.54
RECYCLE SUBURBIA, Nowak, Dan / p.33
STRANGER, Sims, Laura / p.40
THE RED ARMY FACTION, A DOCUMENTARY HISTORY: VOLUME 1: PROJECTILES FOR THE PEOPLE, Smith, J. & Andre Moncourt / p.71
STRANGE TERRAIN: A POETRY HANDBOOK FOR THE RELUCTANT READER, Fogel, Alice / p.64
RE: EVOLUTION, Rosenfield, Kim / p.37
STRING PARADE, Stempleman, Jordan / p.41
REFUGE/REFUGEE (CHAINLINKS), Osman, Jena Ed. / p.69
STYROFOAM, Reilly, Evelyn / p.36
REMANENCE, Rickel, Boyer / p.36
SUBMISSIONS, Schickling, Jared / p.39
OPEN LETTER TO QUIET LIGHT, Block, Francesca / p.14
RIGHT NEW BIOLOGY, Pringle, Kathryn / p.35
SUBWAY MOON, Nathanson, Roy / p.32
OPERA IN ENGLISH, VOLUME THREE: OFFENBACH, Pippin, Donald Ed. / p.69
ROB THE PLAGIARIST, Fitterman, Robert / p.21
SUDDENLY, OUT OF A LONG SLEEP, Jaeger, Lowell / p.25
ROME NOIR, Stangalino, C. and M. Jakubowski, Eds. / p.56
OPERA IN ENGLISH, VOLUME FOUR: DONIZETTI, Pippin, Donald Ed. / p.70
A ROOM IN JERUSALEM, Fratus, Tiziano / p.21
SUFFLED HOW IT GUSH: A NORTH AMERICAN ANARCHIST IN THE BALKANS, Meckfessel, Shon / p.68
ROSE ALLEY, Davies, Jeremy / p.50
SUNNY WEDNESDAY, Kocot, Noelle / p.27
THE ORIGIN AND IDEALS OF THE MODERN SCHOOL, Ferrer, Francisco / p.64
ROUGH CRADLE, Sholl, Betsy / p.40
SWIM, Apostolides, Marianne / p.47
RUINS, Obejas, Achy / p.55
SWIMMING BACK, Altman, Taylor / p.11
RUMI’S MATHNAVI: A THEATRE ADAPTATION, Martin, Joe / p.54
TAKE IT, Beckman, Joshua / p.13
THE RUSHES OF TULSA AND OTHER PLAYS, Goldfarb, Sidney / p.51
THE TANGLED LINE, Marshall, Tod / p.30
ONE BREATH, Clark-Sayles, Catharine / p.17 ON SPEC, Williams, Tyrone / p.44 ON THE CULTIVATION OF GARDENS, Strabo, Walafrid / p.72 ON THE IMPERIAL HIGHWAY: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS, Cortez, Jayne / p.18
THE OTHER SISTER, Tostevin, Lola / p.57 OUR PEOPLE: STORIES, Macmillan, Ian / p.54 OVER HERE, Sherlock, Frank / p.40 P.S.1 SYMPOSIUM: FOR A PRACTICAL AVANT-GARDE (RESEARCH BRANCH PAMPHLET SERIES #1), Gessen, Keith Ed. / p.64
THE RUST LIFE, Crimmins, Jack / p.18
PARATAXIS, Hill, Matt / p.25
SAN FRANCISCO NOIR 2: THE CLASSICS, Maravelis, Peter Ed. / p.54
PARTISANAS: WOMEN IN THE ARMED RESISTANCE TO FASCISM AND GERMAN OCCUPATION (1936-1945), Strobl, Ingrid / p.72
SCALE AND STAIRS: SELECTED POEMS OF HEEDUK RA, Ra, Heeduk / p.35
STRATA, Ross, Joe / p.37
TALKING MASKS (OEDIPUSSY), Seelig, Adam / p.56 THE TAO OF A WOMAN, Ritterman, Michele / p.37 TEA AND OTHER AYAMA NA TALES, Bluestein, Eleanor / p.48 TEMPORARY BUNK, Moseman, Lori / p.32 TENDRIL, Ramke, Bin / p.35
SCAPE, Harmon, Joshua / p.24
TERM AS IN AFTERMATH, Halsey, Alan / p.24
SEATTLE NOIR, Colbert, Curt Ed. / p.49
TERRA LUCIDA, Donahue, Joseph / p.19
SECOND WAVE, Ricapito, Joseph / p.36
THAI BINH: GREAT PEACE, Bowen, Kevin / p.15
PENG MA: CHINESE BRUSH PAINTING, Ma, Peng / p.67
THE SECRET OF WHITE, Tomash, Barbara / p.43
THEATERS OF THE TONGUE, Adams, Diana / p.11
PERFORMING WORLDS INTO BEING: NATIVE AMERICAN WOMEN’S THEATER, Armstrong, A.E., K.L. Johnson & W.A. Wortman, Eds. / p.47
SELF-PORTRAIT WITH CRAYON, White, Allison Benis / p.44
THEN, A THOUSAND CROWS, Ratzlaff, Keith / p.36
A SEMBLANCE: SELECTED AND NEW POEMS, 19752007, Moriarty, Laura / p.32
THEOGONY, Rothschild, Douglas / p.38
PERPETUAL CARE, Cappello, Katie / p.16
SHALOM INDIA HOUSING SOCIETY, David, Esther / p.50
PETALS OF ZERO PETALS OF ONE, Zawacki, Andrew / p.45
SHELL GAMES, Sloboda, Noel / p.40
THERE’S THE HAND AND THERE’S THE ARID CHAIR, Salamun, Tomaz / p.38
PHONEBOOK 2008/2009, Picard, C., N. Sarno & S. Stratton, Eds. / p.69
SHOPPING FOR SABZI, Deckha, Nitin / p.50
THESE BEAUTIFUL LIMITS, Lisk, Thomas / p.28
THE SHUNT, Buuck, David / p.15
THIS MUST BE THE PLACE, George, Alice / p.22
SIDEBROW 01, Cleary, J., J. Snyder, & K. Leja, Eds. / p.77
THIS NEST, SWIFT PASSERINE, Beachy-Quick, Dan / p.13
SIDEWALK PORTRAIT: FIFTY FOURTH FLOOR AND FALLING, Henry, Rick / p.52
TINDERBOX LAWN: PROSE POEMS, Guess, Carol / p.23
17 VORURTEILE, DIE WIR DEUTSCHEN GEGEN AMERIKA UND AMERIKANER HABEN UND DIE SO NICHT GANZ STIMMEN KOENNEN, Waiman, Misha / p.72
TO BE HUNG FROM THE CEILING BY STRINGS OF VARYING LENGTHS, Reid, Rick / p.36
THE PEEP DIARIES: HOW WE’RE LEARNING TO LOVE WATCHING OURSELVES AND OUR NEIGHBORS, Niedzviecki, Hal / p.68
PHYSIS, Pesques, Nicolas / p.34 PINK CAR CRASH, Barrio, Itziar / p.61 A PLATE OF CHICKEN, Rohrer, Matthew / p.37 PLUMMET, Nealon, Christopher / p.32
, / p. POEMLAND, Minnis, Chelsey / p.31 POEMS IN CONVERSATION AND A CONVERSATION, Alexander, Elizabeth & Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon / p.11
SIGNS FOLLOWING, Killeen, Ger / p.27
POLYTHEOGAMY, Liu, Timothy / p.29
SIGNS OF CHANGE: SOCIAL MOVEMENT CULTURES, 1960s TO PRESENT, Greenwald, Dara and Josh MacPhee, Eds. / p.65
PORTLAND NOIR, Sampsell, Kevin Ed. / p.56
SKIN & BONES: SONG LYRICS, Mellin, Jeff / p.31
PORTRAIT AND DREAM: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS, Berkson, Bill / p.13
SLAMMING OPEN THE DOOR, Bonanno, Kathleen / p.14
POEMS ON OCCASION, Corbett, William / p.18
SLOSH MODELS, Evans, Brett / p.20
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING, Kearns, Josie / p.27
A TOAST IN THE HOUSE OF FRIENDS, Oliver, Akilah / p.33
TO THE BONE, Agudelo, Sebastian / p.11 TOMORROWLAND, Samuels, Lisa / p.38 TORCHED VERSE ENDS, Schroeder, Steven / p.39 TRAIN I RIDE, Robinson, Kit / p.37 TRANSPARENCIES, Edwards, Robert / p.20 TRILLIONS & TRILLIONS OF HEARTBEATS, Hamill, Meg / p.24 TRUE CRIME, de la Perriere, Donna / p.19
BY EUGENE MARTEN “This is surely one of the -
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TRUST, Waldner, Liz / p.44
WINTER, THE UNWELCOME VISITOR, Justin, Shaista / p.26
TUNED DROVES, Baus, Eric / p.13
THE WIT AND WISDOM OF THREE WORLDS: A BILLINGUAL COLLECTION OF POPULAR PERSIAN, JUDAIC AND WESTERN PROVERBS AND EXPRESSIONS ARRANGED BY THEME, Aram, Homayoon / p.61
22 SKIDDO/SUBTRACTIONS, Boughn, Michael / p.14 TWO NOVELLAS: MARBLE SNOWS & THE STUDY, Heller, Michael / p.51 UNAS PINTADAS DE AZUL/BLUE FINGERNAILS, La Fountain-Stokes, Lawrence / p.53
WITH DEER, Berg, Aase / p.13
UN BOSQUE DE MATEMATICAS/A FOREST OF MATHEMATICS, Kathmann, Lucina / p.66
WITH EVERYTHING WE’VE GOT: A PERSONAL ANTHOLOGY OF YIDDISH POETRY, Fein, Ed., Richard / p.21
UNCENSORED SONGS: FOR SAM ABRAMS, Roche, John Ed. / p.37
WOMEN IN SCIENCE: THEN AND NOW, Gornick, Vivian / p.65
UNDERWATER OVERGROUND/GAFFER TAPE, Citizen Fish / p.63
THE WOOLLYHOODWINKS VS. THE DARK PATCH, Sanchez, Asa & Phil Dumesnil / p.56
THE UNDISCOVERED ISLAND, Kastin, Darrell / p.52
YELLOWSTONE DRIFT: FLOATING THE PAST IN REAL TIME, Holt, John / p.65
UNION!, Klein, Ish / p.27
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UNNECESSARY TALKING: THE MONTESANO STORIES, O’Connor, Mike / p.69
YOU ARE HERE, Breckenridge, Donald / p.48
THE VALISE, Rivkin, Sophia / p.37
YOUNG REVOLUTIONARIES WHO ROCK: AN INSIDER’S GUIDE TO SAVING THE WORLD ON E REVOLUTION AT A TIME, Jessup, Dallas / p.66
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VARIATIONS ON A NATURAL THEME: A LOON YEAR, Hennedy, Hugh / p.25
YOU MIGHT BE A MONSTER, Attaboy / p.47
ZERO AT THE BONE, Cassarino, Stacie / p.16 ZERO SUMMER, Demcak, Andrew / p.19
VERB SAP, Magnus, Magus / p.29 VERGE, Schuldt, Morgan Lucas / p.39 VERTEBRAE ROSARIES: 50 SONNETS, Dacey, Philip / p.18 VIENNA VOICES: A TRAVELER LISTENS TO THE CITY OF DREAMS, Weinberger, Jill / p.73 VISIONS FROM FINIS TERRAE: CHILEAN VOICES IN THE UNITED STATES, Arriaran, Pablo Ed. / p.61 VOICE: POEMS, Joseph, Allison / p.26 VOLT: ART ON ART SPRING 2009, Conoley, Gillian Ed. / p.77 WAITING FOR LIGHTNING TO STRIKE: THE FUNDAMENTALS OF BLACK POLITICS, Gray, Kevin / p.65 WALKING SHADOWS: A NOVEL WITHOUT WORDS, Bousfield, Neil / p.48 WALKING THE PRECIPICE: WITNESS TO THE RISE OF THE TALIBAN IN AFGHANISTAN, Bick, Barbara / p.62 WANG DEHUI: OIL AND CHINESE BRUSH PAINTING, Dehui, Wang / p.63 WAR AND PEACE 4: VISION AND TEXT, Goldman, Judith and Leslie Scalapino, Eds. / p.23 THE WASH, Clay, Adam / p.17 WE AGREED TO MEET JUST HERE, Blackwood, Scott / p.48 WEE HOUR MARTYRDOM, Tandon, Jason / p.42 WE, THE ANARCHISTS! A STUDY OF THE IBERIAN ANARCHIST FEDERATION (FAI) 1927-1937, Christie, Stuart / p.63 WHAT ARE INTELLECTUALS GOOD FOR?, Scialabba, George / p.71 WHAT HAPPENED WAS...: ON WRITING PERSONAL ESSAYS AND MEMOIR, Zeiger, Genie / p.73 WHAT STILLNESS ILLUMINATED: POEMS IN ENGLISH, YIDDISH, AND HEBREW, Taub, Yermiyahu / p.42 WHEN PERFORMERS SWIM, THE DICE ARE CAST, Katz-Levine, Judy / p.26 WHERE SHADOWS WILL: SELECTED POEMS 19882008, Cole, Norma / p.17 WHITE ALBUM, Dunlop, Rishma / p.20 WIND PHRASINGS, Jaffin, David / p.25 WINTER JOURNEY, Bertolucci, Attilio / p.14 WINTER TENOR, Goodan, Kevin / p.23
Publisher Index ADASTRA PRESS Giannini, David, AZ TWO: WORDS OF TRAVEL / p.22 ADVENTURES IN POETRY/ZEPHYR PRESS Champion, Miles, HOW TO LAUGH / p.16 AEQUITAS BOOKS Sanelli, Mary, AMONG FRIENDS / p.71 AHADADA BOOKS Thompson, Robert, CITY OF WATER / p.42 Monroe, Jonathan, DEMOSTHENES’ LEGACY / p.31 Bradley, Tom, EVEN THE DOG WON’T TOUCH ME. / p.48 Joritz-Nakagawa, Jane, EXHIBIT C / p.26 Jaffin, David, EYE-SENSING / p.25 Tabios, Eileen, NOTA BENE EISWEIN / p.42 Wellman, Donald, PROLOG PAGES: / p.44 Halsey, Alan, TERM AS IN AFTERMATH / p.24 Heller, Michael, TWO NOVELLAS: MARBLE SNOWS & THE STUDY / p.51 Katz-Levine, Judy, WHEN PERFORMERS SWIM, THE DICE ARE CAST / p.26
ANHINGA PRESS Sweeney, Chad, ARRANGING THE BLAZE / p.41 Ratzlaff, Keith, THEN, A THOUSAND CROWS / p.36 ARCTOS PRESS Jaeger, Lowell, SUDDENLY, OUT OF A LONG SLEEP / p.25 ASHLAND POETRY PRESS Chapman, Elizabeth, LIGHT THICKENS / p.16 ASYLUM ARTS Martin, Joe, RUMI’S MATHNAVI: A THEATRE ADAPTATION / p.54 BAMBOO RIDGE PRESS Kanae, Lisa, ISLANDS LINKED BY OCEAN / p.52 BARROW STREET PRESS Shipley, Ely, BOY WITH FLOWERS / p.40 BARRYTOWN/STATION HILL Goldfarb, Sidney, THE RUSHES OF TULSA AND OTHER PLAYS / p.51
AHSAHTA PRESS Beachy-Quick, Dan, APOLOGY FOR THE BOOK OF CREATURES / p.13 Loden, Rachel, DICK OF THE DEAD / p.29 Doller, Ben, FAQ: / p.19 Adams, Carrie, INTERVENING ABSENCE / p.11
BEAR STAR PRESS Gutierrez, Stephen, LIVE FROM FRESNOS Y LOS / p.51 Jollimore, Troy, THE SOLIPSIST / p.26
AK PRESS CR10 Publications Collective, Editor, ABOLITION NOW! TEN YEARS OF STRATEGY AND STRUGGLE AGAINST THE PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX / p.63 Mike and Isy, ANOTHER DINNER IS POSSIBLE: RECIPES FOR FOOD AND THOUGHT / p.68 Block, Diana, ARM THE SPIRIT: A STORY FROM UNDERGROUND AND BACK / p.62 Sanders, Barry, THE GREEN ZONE: THE ENVIRONMENTAL COSTS OF MILITARISM / p.71 Browne, Harry, HAMMERED BY THE IRISH: HOW THE PITSTOP PLOUGHSHARES DISABLED A U.S. WAR PLANE—WITH IRELAND’S BLESSING / p.63 Horrox, James, A LIVING REVOLUTION: ANARCHISM IN THE KIBBUTZ MOVEMENT / p.66 Strobl, Ingrid, PARTISANAS: WOMEN IN THE ARMED RESISTANCE TO FASCISM AND GERMAN OCCUPATION (1936-1945) / p.72 Greenwald, Dara and Josh MacPhee, Eds., SIGNS OF CHANGE: SOCIAL MOVEMENT CULTURES, 1960s TO PRESENT / p.65 Meckfessel, Shon, SUFFLED HOW IT GUSH: A NORTH AMERICAN ANARCHIST IN THE BALKANS / p.68 Gray, Kevin, WAITING FOR LIGHTNING TO STRIKE: THE FUNDAMENTALS OF BLACK POLITICS / p.65 Christie, Stuart, WE, THE ANARCHISTS! A STUDY OF THE IBERIAN ANARCHIST FEDERATION (FAI) 1927-1937 / p.63 Holt, John, YELLOWSTONE DRIFT: FLOATING THE PAST IN REAL TIME / p.65
BILINGUAL REVIEW PRESS Archila, William, THE ART OF EXILE / p.12 Morales, Alejandro, THE CAPTAIN OF ALL THESE MEN OF DEATH / p.54 Aldama, Frederick, CRITICAL MAPPINGS OF ARTURO ISLAS’S FICTIONS / p.61 Espinoza, John, THE DATE FRUIT ELEGIES / p.20 Candelaria, Nash, A DAUGHTER’S A DAUGHTER / p.49 Arroyo, Maria, GATHERING WORDS/RECOGIENDO PALABRAS / p.12 Villanueva, Alma, SOFT CHAOS / p.43 La Fountain-Stokes, Lawrence, UNAS PINTADAS DE AZUL/BLUE FINGERNAILS / p.53
AKASHIC BOOKS Estep, Maggie, ALICE FANTASTIC / p.50 De Recacoechea, Juan, ANDEAN EXPRESS / p.50 Meno, Joe, DEMONS IN THE SPRING / p.54 Arellano, Robert, HAVANA LUNAR / p.47 Adams, Ryan, INFINITY BLUES / p.11 Farrell, Mike, OF MULE AND MAN / p.64 Sampsell, Kevin Ed., PORTLAND NOIR / p.56 Stangalino, C. and M. Jakubowski, Eds., ROME NOIR / p.56 Obejas, Achy, RUINS / p.55 Maravelis, Peter Ed., SAN FRANCISCO NOIR 2: THE CLASSICS / p.54 Colbert, Curt Ed., SEATTLE NOIR / p.49
BLACK SQUARE EDITIONS Schwabsky, Barry, BOOK LEFT OPEN IN THE RAIN / p.39
ALICE JAMES BOOKS Sholl, Betsy, ROUGH CRADLE / p.40 Bonanno, Kathleen, SLAMMING OPEN THE DOOR / p.14 Goodan, Kevin, WINTER TENOR / p.23
BIBLIOTECA DE TEXTOS UNIVERSITARIOS Kathmann, Lucina, UN BOSQUE DE MATEMATICAS/A FOREST OF MATHEMATICS / p.66
BIRD DOG PUBLISHING Frost, Allen, HOME RECORDINGS / p.22 BKMK PRESS Ramspeck, Doug, BLACK TUPELO COUNTY / p.35 Macmillan, Ian, OUR PEOPLE: STORIES / p.54 Bluestein, Eleanor, TEA AND OTHER AYAMA NA TALES / p.48 BLACK GOAT Reid, Rick, TO BE HUNG FROM THE CEILING BY STRINGS OF VARYING LENGTHS / p.36 BLACK OCEAN Berg, Aase, WITH DEER / p.13 Harmon, Joshua, SCAPE / p.24
BLAZEVOX BOOKS Lamoureux, Mark, ASTROMETRY ORGONON / p.28 Tabios, Eileen, THE BLIND CHATELAINE’S KEYS: HER BIOGRAPHY THROUGH YOUR POETICS / p.42 aND, mIEKAL, BYSTANDER: AN IRREALITY / p.12 Henry, Rick, CHANT / p.52 May, Alan, DEAD LETTERS / p.30 Volpert, Megan, THE DESENSE OF NONFENSE / p.43 Schneiderman, Davis, DIS: OR, THE SHADOW OF THE DOME OF PLEASURE / p.56 Waldman, Anne, FIRST BABY POEMS / p.43 Fox, Skip, FOR TO / p.21 Lepson, Ruth, I WENT LOOKING FOR YOU / p.28 Lawrence, Pat, JOURNALS FROM THE TIME OF THE RADAR DOG / p.53 Hill, Matt, PARATAXIS / p.25 Henry, Rick, SIDEWALK PORTRAIT: FIFTY FOURTH FLOOR AND FALLING / p.52
Stempleman, Jordan, STRING PARADE / p.41 Schickling, Jared, SUBMISSIONS / p.39 Adams, Diana, THEATERS OF THE TONGUE / p.11 Schroeder, Steven, TORCHED VERSE ENDS / p.39 Demcak, Andrew, ZERO SUMMER / p.19 BOOK THUG McCaffery, Steve, EVERY WAY OAKLY / p.30 Buzzeo, Melissa, FACE / p.15 Hegedus, Paul, IN STEREO / p.24 Coleman, Victor, MAL ARME: LETTER DROP 3 / p.17 Apostolides, Marianne, SWIM / p.47 Seelig, Adam, TALKING MASKS (OEDIPUSSY) / p.56 Robinson, Kit, TRAIN I RIDE / p.37 Boughn, Michael, 22 SKIDDO/SUBTRACTIONS / p.14 Ellingsen, David and Michael V. Smith, BODY OF TEXT / p.20 BOOTSTRAP PRODUCTIONS Fenner, Derek, I NO LONGER BELIEVE IN THE SUN: THE LOVE LETTERS TO KATIE COURIC / p.51 Snell, Roger, THE MORNING / p.41 BORDIGHERA PRESS Klopp, Charles Editor, BELE ANTICHE STORIE: WRITING, BORDERS, AND THE INSTABILITY OF IDENTITY; TRIESTE, 1719-2007 / p.67 Ricapito, Joseph, SECOND WAVE / p.36 BOTTOM DOG PRESS Ryokan, Taigu, THE KANSHI POEMS OF TAIGU RYOKAN / p.38 Vande Zande, Jeff, LANDSCAPE WITH FRAGMENTED FIGURES / p.57 BRICK BOOKS Conn, Jan, BOTERO’S BEAUTIFUL HORSES / p.17 Smart, Carolyn, HOOKED: SEVEN POEMS / p.40 Dempster, Barry, LOVE OUTLANDISH / p.19 BRIGHT HILL PRESS Prostko, Lucyna, INFINITE BEGINNINGS / p.35 BUDDY’S KNIFE JAZZEDITION Nathanson, Roy, SUBWAY MOON / p.32 BURNING DECK Nakayasu, Sawako, HURRY HOME HONEY / p.32 Gizzi, Michael, NEW DEPTHS OF DEADPAN / p.23 Portugal, Anne, QUISITE MOMENT / p.35 Waldrop, Keith, Rosemarie Waldrop, FLAT WITH NO KEY / p.44 CALAMARI PRESS Butler, Blake, EVER / p.49 Lutz, Gary, STORIES IN THE WORST WAY / p.54 CALYX Ahrens, Eberman, McFarland, Silver, Smith, Eds., CALYX VOL. 25 NO. 1 WINTER 2009 / p.75 CANARIUM BOOKS Marshall, Tod, THE TANGLED LINE / p.30 Klein, Ish, UNION! / p.27 CARAVEL BOOKS Frimansson, Inger, ISLAND OF THE NAKED WOMEN / p.51 Hill, Russell, THE LORD GOD BIRD / p.52 CERVENA BARVA PRESS Day, Lucille, THE CURVATURE OF BLUE / p.19 CHAINLINKS Osman, Jena Ed., REFUGE/REFUGEE (CHAINLINKS) / p.69 CHARLES H. KERR Rosemont, Penelope, DREAMS & EVERYDAY LIFE: ANDRE BRETON, SURREALISM, REBEL WORKER, SDS & THE SEVEN CITIES OF CIBOLA / p.70 Rosemont, Franklin, JACQUES VACHE AND THE ROOTS OF SURREALISM: INCLUDING VACHE’S WAR LETTERS & OTHER WRITINGS / p.70
Publisher Index CHAX PRESS Conrad, CA, THE BOOK OF FRANK / p.18 Mac Cormack, Karen, IMPLEXURES (COMPLETE EDITION) / p.29 Cross, Michael, IN FELT TREELING: A LIBRETTO / p.18 CINCO PUNTOS PRESS Urrea, Luis, MR. MENDOZA’S PAINTBRUSH: A GRAPHIC NOVEL / p.72 CITY LIGHTS PUBLISHERS Brown, Rebecca, AMERICAN ROMANCES: ESSAYS / p.62 Wise, Tim, BETWEEN BARACK AND A HARD PLACE: RACISIM AND WHITE DENIAL IN THE AGE OF OBAMA / p.73 Sweeney, Chad Ed., DAYS I MOVED THROUGH ORDINARY SOUNDS: THE TEACHERS OF WRITERSCORPS IN POETRY AND PROSE / p.41 Abu-Jamal, Mumia, JAILHOUSE LAWYERS: PRISONERS DEFENDING PRISONERS V. THE USA / p.61 Pera, Brian & Masha Tupitsyn, Eds., LIFE AS WE SHOW IT: WRITING ON FILM / p.69 Niedzviecki, Hal, THE PEEP DIARIES: HOW WE’RE LEARNING TO LOVE WATCHING OURSELVES AND OUR NEIGHBORS / p.68 Mecca, Tommi Avicolli Ed., SMASH THE CHURCH, SMASH THE STATE!: THE EARLY YEARS OF GAY LIBERATION / p.68 Cole, Norma, WHERE SHADOWS WILL: SELECTED POEMS 1988-2008 / p.17 CLEVELAND STATE U POETRY CENTER Mesa, Helena, HORSE DANCE UNDERWATER / p.31 White, Allison Benis, SELF-PORTRAIT WITH CRAYON / p.44 Waldner, Liz, TRUST / p.44 COACH HOUSE BOOKS Gunn, Carla, AMPHIBIAN / p.51 Piatigorsky, Anton, ETERNAL HYDRA / p.55 Queyras, Sina, EXPRESSWAY / p.35 Brossard, Nicole, FENCES IN BREATHING / p.48 Tierney, Matthew, THE HAYFLICK LIMIT / p.43 Hoolboom, Mike and Tom McSorley, Eds., LIFE WITHOUT DEATH: THE CINEMA OF FRANK COLE / p.66 Robertson, Lisa, LISA ROBERTSON’S MAGENTA SOUL WHIP / p.37 Brown, Jocelyn, MITOCHONDRIAL CURIOSITIES OF MARCELS 1 TO 19 / p.49 Maddin, Guy, MY WINNIPEG / p.67 McArthur, Glenn, A PROGRESSIVE TRADITIONALIST: JOHN M. LYLE, ARCHITECT / p.67 COFFEE HOUSE PRESS Waldman, Anne and Laura Wright, Eds., BEATS AT NAROPA / p.73 Nowak, Mark, COAL MOUNTAIN ELEMENTARY / p.33 Labiner, Norah, GERMAN FOR TRAVELERS: A NOVEL IN 95 LESSONS / p.53 Berkson, Bill, PORTRAIT AND DREAM: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS / p.13 Oliver, Akilah, A TOAST IN THE HOUSE OF FRIENDS / p.33 COOL GROVE PRESS Harpignies, J.P., DELUSIONS OF NORMALITY: SANITY, DRUGS, SEX, MONEY AND BELIEFS IN AMERICA / p.65 COPPER CANYON PRESS Rios, Alberto, THE DANGEROUS SHIRT / p.36 Dickman, Michael, THE END OF THE WEST / p.19 Sze, Arthur, THE GINKGO LIGHT / p.42 Orr, Gregory, HOW BEAUTIFUL THE BELOVED / p.33 Harrison, Jim, IN SEARCH OF SMALL GODS / p.24 Perillo, Lucia, INSEMINATING THE ELEPHANT / p.34 COUNTERPATH PRESS Char, Rene, THE BRITTLE AGE AND RETURNING UPLAND / p.17 Davies, Jeremy, ROSE ALLEY / p.50 Salamun, Tomaz, THERE’S THE HAND AND THERE’S THE ARID CHAIR / p.38 CRACKED SLAB BOOKS Halle, Steve, MAP OF THE HYDROGEN WORLD / p.24
CROSS-CULTURAL COMMUNICATIONS Lee, Sung-Il, THE BRUSH AND THE SWORD: KASA, KOREAN CLASSICAL POEMS IN PROSE / p.28 CROWN POINT PRESS Shure, Brian, MAGICAL SECRETS ABOUT CHINE COLLE: PASTING, PRINTING, MOUNTING, AND LEAFING STEPBY-STEP / p.71
FIVE SEASONS PRESS Halsey, Alan, LIVES OF THE POETS / p.24 FLIM FORUM PRESS Shimoda, Brandon, THE ALPS / p.40 FLOOD EDITIONS Moxley, Jennifer, CLAMPDOWN / p.32
CUNEIFORM PRESS Cross, Michael, T. Donovan & K. Schlesinger, Eds., ON: CONTEMPORARY PRACTICE / p.76
FLY BY NIGHT PRESS Kosiewicz, Patrick, THE GEOGLYPH / p.28 Barrio, Itziar, PINK CAR CRASH / p.61
THE DANCING TREE Giri, Banira & Todd Herman, KATHMANDU: IMPRESSIONS OF THE CITY AT ITS MARGINS / p.22
53RD STATE PRESS Joyce Cho, JOYCE CHO PLAYS / p.50
DEEBROOK EDITIONS Siegel, Joan, HYACINTH FOR THE SOUL / p.40 DENVER QUARTERLY Ramke, Bin Ed., DENVER QUARTERLY 43:2 2009 / p.75 Ramke, Bin Ed., DENVER QUARTERLY 43:3 2009 / p.75 DUSIE PRESS Bowen, Kristy, IN THE BIRD MUSEUM / p.15 Ross, Joe, STRATA / p.37 EARTHWORM PRESS & PROJECTS Crimmins, Jack, THE RUST LIFE / p.18 EDGE BOOKS Nealon, Christopher, PLUMMET / p.32 ELIXIR PRESS Cappello, Katie, PERPETUAL CARE / p.16 EL LEON LITERARY ARTS Farber, Thomas, BRIEF NUDITY / p.64 EMPTY BOWL PRESS McNulty, Tim, CLOUD STUDIES: TWENTY POEMS FROM PAWTRACKS / p.30 ETRUSCAN PRESS Ali, Kazim, THE DISAPPEARANCE OF SETH / p.47 EXQUISITE CORPSE ANNUAL/CHUM BOOKS Codrescu, Andrei and Mark Spitzer, Eds., EXQUISITE CORPSE ANNUAL, NO. 1, 2009 / p.75 FACTORY SCHOOL Kaufman, Erica, CENSORY IMPULSE / p.26 Boykoff, Jules, HEGEMONIC LOVE POTION / p.15 Ferrer, Francisco, THE ORIGIN AND IDEALS OF THE MODERN SCHOOL / p.64 Sherlock, Frank, OVER HERE / p.40 Pringle, Kathryn, RIGHT NEW BIOLOGY / p.35 Evans, Brett, SLOSH MODELS / p.20 FARFALLA PRESS/MCMILLAN & PARISH Kaufman, Erica, FROM CENSORY IMPULSE / p.26 Fratus, Tiziano, A ROOM IN JERUSALEM / p.21 THE FEMINIST PRESS AT CUNY Shamsie, Muneeza, AND THE WORLD CHANGED: CONTEMPORARY STORIES BY PAKISTANI WOMEN / p.56 Juana Ines de la Cruz, Sor, THE ANSWER/LA RESPUESTA: EXPANDED EDITION INCLUDING SOR FILOTEA’S LETTER AND NEW SELECTED POEMS / p.66 Lesert, Maryann, BASE TEN / p.53 Kreitman, Esther, THE DANCE OF THE DEMONS / p.53 David, Esther, SHALOM INDIA HOUSING SOCIETY / p.50 Bick, Barbara, WALKING THE PRECIPICE: WITNESS TO THE RISE OF THE TALIBAN IN AFGHANISTAN / p.62 Gornick, Vivian, WOMEN IN SCIENCE: THEN AND NOW / p.65 FENCE BOOKS Young, Elizabeth, AIM STRAIGHT AT THE FOUNTAIN AND PRESS VAPORIZE / p.44 Roubaud, Jacques, EXCHANGES ON LIGHT / p.38 Sekiguchi, Ryoko, HELIOTROPES / p.39 Fourcade, Dominique, IT / p.21 Sims, Laura, STRANGER / p.40
FOURTEEN HILLS PRESS Pritchett, Jenny, AT OR NEAR THE SURFACE / p.55 Khachatryan, Lusine Ed., FOURTEEN HILLS VOL. 15 NO. 1 FALL 2008 / p.76 FRENCH CONNECTION PRESS Ayres, Ian, PRIVATE PARTS: THE EARLY WORKS OF IAN AYRES (SECOND EDITION, REVISED AND EXPANDED) / p.12 Baude, Dawn-Michelle Ed., VAN GOGH’S EAR 6: THE LOVE EDITION / p.77 GHOST ROAD PRESS Kass, Jeff, COLUMBINE: A TRUE CRIME STORY, A VICTIM, THE KILLERS AND THE NATION’S SEARCH FOR ANSWERS / p.66 GREEN INTEGER Engonopoulos, Nikos, ACROPOLIS AND TRAM: POEMS 19381978 / p.20 Mujica, Miguel, NORTH OF HELL / p.55 Ko Un, SONGS FOR TOMORROW: A COLLECTION OF POEMS 1960-2002 / p.27 THE GREEN LANTERN PRESS Picard, C., N. Sarno & S. Stratton, Eds., PHONEBOOK 2008/2009 / p.69 HANGING LOOSE PRESS Zeavin, Hannah, CIRCA / p.45 North, Charles, COMPLETE LINEUPS / p.33 Alexie, Sherman, FACE / p.11 Anderson, Jack, GETTING LOST IN A CITY LIKE THIS / p.12 Lourie, Dick, IF THE DELTA WAS THE SEA / p.29 Swados, Elizabeth, THE ONE AND ONLY HUMAN GALAXY / p.41 Cortez, Jayne, ON THE IMPERIAL HIGHWAY: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS / p.18 HOBBLEBUSH BOOKS Hall Jr., Sidney, FUMBLING IN THE LIGHT / p.23 Drown, Merle, IN THE ARENA: LIFE AND TIMES OF WILLIAM W. TREAT / p.64 Fogel, Alice, STRANGE TERRAIN: A POETRY HANDBOOK FOR THE RELUCTANT READER / p.64 Hennedy, Hugh, VARIATIONS ON A NATURAL THEME: A LOON YEAR / p.25 HOLY COW! PRESS Perlman, Cooper, Hart & Mittlefehldt, Eds., BELOVED ON THE EARTH: 150 POEMS OF GRIEF AND GRATITUDE / p.34 HOST PUBLICATIONS Parra, Nicanor, AFTER-DINNER DECLARATIONS / p.33 Szoka, Elzbieta and Joe W. Bratcher, III, Eds., THE DIRTY GOAT 20 / p.75 Rodrigues, Nelson, LIFE AS IT IS / p.56 Fein, Ed., Richard, WITH EVERYTHING WE’VE GOT: A PERSONAL ANTHOLOGY OF YIDDISH POETRY / p.21 HOT WHISKEY PRESS Nguyen, Hoa, HECATE LOCHIA / p.32 IBEX PUBLISHERS Aram, Homayoon, THE WIT AND WISDOM OF THREE WORLDS: A BILLINGUAL COLLECTION OF POPULAR PERSIAN, JUDAIC AND WESTERN PROVERBS AND EXPRESSIONS ARRANGED BY THEME / p.61
Publisher Index IMMEDIUM, INC. Chin, Amanda and Luke Feldman, CHAFF N’ SKAFFS: MAI AND THE LOST MOSKIVVY / p.49 Sanchez, Asa & Phil Dumesnil, THE WOOLLYHOODWINKS VS. THE DARK PATCH / p.56 Attaboy, YOU MIGHT BE A MONSTER / p.47 Panofsky, Ruth Editor, AT ODDS IN THE WORLD: ESSAYS ON JEWISH CANADIAN WOMEN WRITERS / p.69 INANNA PUBLICATIONS Day, Dian, THE CLOCK OF HEAVEN / p.50 Tostevin, Lola, THE OTHER SISTER / p.57 Dunlop, Rishma, WHITE ALBUM / p.20 ITHURIEL’S SPEAR Mitchell, James, GOOD GAY POEMS / p.31 Strabo, Walafrid, ON THE CULTIVATION OF GARDENS / p.72 JUNCTURE Prior, Amy, SLUMBER PARTY / p.55 KAYA PRESS Ayukawa Nobuo, AMERICA AND OTHER POEMS / p.12 KOLOURMEIM PRESS Mellin, Joel, COMPOSITIONS FOR COMPUTER, VOLUME 1 / p.68 Mellin, Jeff, SKIN & BONES: SONG LYRICS / p.31 KRUPSKAYA Rollman, Michelle, THE BOOK OF PRACTICAL PUSSIES / p.70 LANA TURNER Bedient, Cal & David Lau, Eds., LANA TURNER: A JOURNAL OF POETRY AND OPINION / p.76 LEON WORKS Moten, Fred, HUGHSON’S TAVERN / p.32 LES FIGUES PRESS Carter, Allison, A FIXED, FORMAL ARRANGEMENT / p.16 Cain, Amina, I GO TO SOME HOLLOW / p.49 Rosenfield, Kim, RE: EVOLUTION / p.37 LINEBOOKS Kiyooka, Roy, THE ARTIST AND THE MOOSE: A FABLE OF FORGET / p.52 LITMUS PRESS Scappettone, Jennifer, FROM DAME QUICKLY / p.38 Szymaszek, Stacy, HYPERGLOSSIA / p.42 LIVINGSTON PRESS Noble, Don Editor, A STATE OF LAUGHTER: COMIC FICTION FROM ALABAMA / p.55 MANIC D PRESS Klein, Cheryl, LILAC MINES / p.53 Block, Francesca, OPEN LETTER TO QUIET LIGHT / p.14 Bousfield, Neil, WALKING SHADOWS: A NOVEL WITHOUT WORDS / p.48
MAYAPPLE PRESS Lerman, Eleanor, THE BLONDE ON THE TRAIN / p.53 Mayo, Tim, THE KINGDOM OF POSSIBILITIES / p.30 Kearns, Josie, THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING / p.27 George, Alice, THIS MUST BE THE PLACE / p.22 Rivkin, Sophia, THE VALISE / p.37 Joseph, Allison, VOICE: POEMS / p.26 MEETING EYES BINDERY Blevins, Richard, CAPTIVITY NARRATIVES / p.14 THE MERCURY PRESS Zolf, Rachel, MASQUE / p.45 MIAMI UNIVERSITY PRESS Armstrong, A.E., K.L. Johnson & W.A. Wortman, Eds., PERFORMING WORLDS INTO BEING: NATIVE AMERICAN WOMEN’S THEATER / p.47 A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S PRESS Pollack, Rachel, FORTUNE’S LOVER: A BOOK OF TAROT POEMS / p.34 MIMEO MIMEO/CUNEIFORM Birmingham, Jed & Kyle Schlesinger, Eds., MIMEO MIMEO NO. 1 SPRING 2008 / p.76 Birmingham, Jed & Kyle Schlesinger, Eds., MIMEO MIMEO NO. 2 AUTUMN 2008 / p.76 MUUMUU HOUSE Gorrell, Brandon, DURING MY NERVOUS BREAKDOWN I WANT TO HAVE A BIOGRAPHER PRESENT / p.23 Kennedy, Ellen, SOMETIMES MY HEART PUSHES MY RIBS / p.27 N+1 Gessen, Keith Ed., P.S.1 SYMPOSIUM: FOR A PRACTICAL AVANT-GARDE (RESEARCH BRANCH PAMPHLET SERIES #1) / p.64 THE NAROPA PRESS Davis, JenMarie Ed., BOMBAY GIN, 35.1 / p.75 NARROW HOUSE Magnus, Magus, VERB SAP / p.29 NEW ISSUES POETRY & PROSE Platt, Donald, DIRT ANGELS / p.34 Seyburn, Patty, HILARITY / p.39 Marks, Justin, A MILLION IN PRIZES / p.30 Blackwood, Scott, WE AGREED TO MEET JUST HERE / p.48 Cassarino, Stacie, ZERO AT THE BONE / p.16 NIGHTBOAT BOOKS Stephens, Nathalie, ABSENCE WHERE AS (CLAUDE CAHUN AND THE UNOPENED BOOK) / p.72 Smith, Lytton, THE ALL-PURPOSE MAGICAL TENT / p.41
MANY MOUNTAINS MOVING Lee, J.E., E. Nilsen, & T. Rutkowski, Eds., MANY MOUNTAINS MOVING VOL. IX, NO. 1 / p.76
O BOOKS Mara-Ann, M., CONTAINMENT SCENARIO: DISLOINTER MEDTEXTID ENTCATION: HORSE MEDICINE / p.29 Cohen, Alicia, DEBTS AND OBLIGATIONS / p.17 Goldman, Judith and Leslie Scalapino, Eds., WAR AND PEACE 4: VISION AND TEXT / p.23
MANY VOICES PRESS Follett, CB, AND FREDDIE WAS MY DARLING / p.21
OCA DETROIT Crawford, Lynn Ed., DETROIT: STORIES / p.75
MARICK PRESS Fanning, Robert, AMERICAN PROPHET / p.20 Kornhauser, Julian, BEEN AND GONE / p.27 Zurita, Raul, INRI / p.45 Matlin, David, IT MIGHT DO WELL WITH STRAWBERRIES / p.67 Arriaran, Pablo Ed., VISIONS FROM FINIS TERRAE: CHILEAN VOICES IN THE UNITED STATES / p.61
OCTOPUS BOOKS Baus, Eric, TUNED DROVES / p.13
MARSH HAWK PRESS Miller, Stephen, FORT DAD / p.31 Rerick, Michael, IN WAYS IMPOSSIBLE TO FOLD / p.36 Zinnes, Harriet, LIGHT LIGHT OR THE CURVATURE OF THE EARTH / p.45 Carlin, Patricia, QUANTUM JITTERS / p.16
OMNIDAWN Lazer, Hank, LYRIC & SPIRIT: SELECTED ESSAYS, 1996-2008 / p.67 Williams, Tyrone, ON SPEC / p.44 Moriarty, Laura, A SEMBLANCE: SELECTED AND NEW POEMS, 1975-2007 / p.32 Ramke, Bin, TENDRIL / p.35 OYSTER MOON PRESS Bragg, E.W., E. Castro & B. Jacobs, Eds., THE EXTERIORITY CRISIS: FROM THE CITY LIMITS AND BEYOND / p.62 PALM PRESS Waldman, Anne, MARTYRDOM / p.43 Buuck, David, THE SHUNT / p.15
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Publisher Index QUERCUS REVIEW PRESS Nowak, Dan, RECYCLE SUBURBIA / p.33
SUBPRESS Rothschild, Douglas, THEOGONY / p.38
RATTLE Fox, Alan C. Ed., RATTLE VOL. 14 NO. 2 WINTER 2008 / p.76
SUNNYOUTSIDE Horvath, Tim, CIRCULATION / p.52 Schumejda, Rebecca, FALLING FORWARD / p.39 Krech, Richard, IN CHAMBERS: THE BODHISATTVA OF THE PUBLIC DEFENDER’S OFFICE / p.28 Sloboda, Noel, SHELL GAMES / p.40 Altman, Taylor, SWIMMING BACK / p.11 Tandon, Jason, WEE HOUR MARTYRDOM / p.42
RED DRAGONFLY PRESS Johnson, Jim, DRIVING GRAVEL ROADS: 50 PROSE POEMS / p.26 Gershgoren, Sid, THE EXTENDED WORDS: AN IMAGINARY DICTIONARY / p.51 Daggett, Lyle, THE FIRST LIGHT TOUCHES ME / p.18 Edwards, Robert, TRANSPARENCIES / p.20 Dacey, Philip, VERTEBRAE ROSARIES: 50 SONNETS / p.18 REDBONE PRESS Bashir, Samiya, GOSPEL: POEMS / p.12 RESONANT BOOKS Hamill, Meg, TRILLIONS & TRILLIONS OF HEARTBEATS / p.24 ROGUE ART Dalachinsky, Steve, LOGOS AND LANGUAGE: A POST-JAZZ METAPHORICAL DIALOGUE / p.18 RONSDALE PRESS Bluman, Barbara, I HAVE MY MOTHER’S EYES: A HOLOCAUST MEMOIR ACROSS GENERATIONS / p.62 ROOF BOOKS Fitterman, Robert, ROB THE PLAGIARIST / p.21 Reilly, Evelyn, STYROFOAM / p.36 ROSE METAL PRESS Guess, Carol, TINDERBOX LAWN: PROSE POEMS / p.23 SATURNALIA BOOKS Liu, Timothy, POLYTHEOGAMY / p.29 Agudelo, Sebastian, TO THE BONE / p.11 SHEARSMAN BOOKS Massey, Joseph, AREAS OF FOG / p.30 Peet, Christian, BIG AMERICAN TRIP / p.34 Bachman, Merle, DIORAMA WITH FLEEING FIGURES / p.12 Meadows, Deborah, GOODBYE TISSUES / p.31 Holmes, Janet, THE MS OF M Y KIN / p.25 Samuels, Lisa, TOMORROWLAND / p.38 Jaffin, David, WIND PHRASINGS / p.25 SIDEBROW Cleary, J., J. Snyder, & K. Leja, Eds., SIDEBROW 01 / p.77 SILVERFISH REVIEW PRESS Friederich, Joel, BLUE TO FILL THE EMPTY HEAVEN / p.22 SIXTEEN RIVERS PRESS Knight, Lynne, AGAIN / p.27 Miller, Carolyn, LIGHT, MOVING / p.31 SKIPPING STONES EDITIONS Ritterman, Michele, THE TAO OF A WOMAN / p.37 SLAPERING HOL PRESS Alexander, Elizabeth & Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, POEMS IN CONVERSATION AND A CONVERSATION / p.11 SLOPE EDITIONS Schmidt, Christopher, THE NEXT IN LINE / p.39 SPUYTEN DUYVIL Bett, Stephen, EXTREME POSITIONS: ...THE SOFT-CORE INDUSTRY EXPOSED / p.14 Caspers, Nona, LITTLE BOOK OF DAYS / p.49 Rosenthal, Sarah, MANHATTEN / p.56 Tomash, Barbara, THE SECRET OF WHITE / p.43 Roche, John Ed., UNCENSORED SONGS: FOR SAM ABRAMS / p.37 STARCHERONE BOOKS Mitchell, Janet, THE CREEPY GIRL AND OTHER STORIES / p.54 Breckenridge, Donald, YOU ARE HERE / p.48
UGLY DUCKLING PRESSE Bellamy, Dodie, BARF MANIFESTO / p.62 Ga, Ellie, CLASSIFICATION OF A SPIT STAIN / p.22 Place, Vanessa & Robert Fitterman, NOTES ON CONCEPTUALISMS / p.70 Rohrer, Matthew, A PLATE OF CHICKEN / p.37 UPPER WEST SIDE PHILOSOPHERS, INC. Waiman, Misha, 17 VORURTEILE, DIE WIR DEUTSCHEN GEGEN AMERIKA UND AMERIKANER HABEN UND DIE SO NICHT GANZ STIMMEN KOENNEN / p.72
SUSPECT THOUGHTS PRESS Luczak, Raymond, MEN WITH THEIR HANDS / p.53
UPSET PRESS Rotando, Matthew, THE COMEBACK’S EXOSKELETON / p.37
SUTTON HART PRESS Jessup, Dallas, YOUNG REVOLUTIONARIES WHO ROCK: AN INSIDER’S GUIDE TO SAVING THE WORLD ON E REVOLUTION AT A TIME / p.66
VINTAGE ENTITY PRESS Fullwood, S.G., R. Harris & L.C. Moore, Eds., CARRY THE WORD: A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF BLACK LGBTQ BOOKS / p.64 Herukhuti, CONJURING BLACK FUNK: NOTES ON CULTURE, SEXUALITY, AND SPIRITUALITY, VOLUME 1 / p.65
SWANK BOOKS Moseman, Lori, TEMPORARY BUNK / p.32 SWITCHBACK BOOKS Bozek, Jessica, THE BODYFEEL LEXICON / p.15 TALISMAN HOUSE Liu, Timothy, BENDING THE MIND AROUND THE DREAM’S BLOWN FUSE / p.29 Heller, Michael, ESCHATON / p.24 Pettet, Simon, HEARTH / p.34 Zawacki, Andrew, PETALS OF ZERO PETALS OF ONE / p.45 Donahue, Joseph, TERRA LUCIDA / p.19 de la Perriere, Donna, TRUE CRIME / p.19 THE TANGENT PRESS Gardner, Susana, [ LAPSED INSEL WEARY ] / p.22 TEBOT BACH Prado, Holly, MONKEY JOURNAL / p.35 Clark-Sayles, Catharine, ONE BREATH / p.17 THREE CANDLES PRESS Demcak, Andrew, CATCHING TIGERS IN RED WEATHER / p.19 Smith, Erin, THE FEAR OF BEING FOUND / p.41 Dubrow, Jehanne, THE HARDSHIP POST / p.20 TIME BEING BOOKS Brodsky, Louis, THE COMPLETE POEMS OF LOUIS DANIEL BRODSKY, VOL. 4 / p.15 Brodsky, Louis, DINE-RITE: BREAKFAST POEMS / p.15 TINFISH PRESS Fischer, Norman, CHARLOTTE’S WAY / p.21
VOLT Conoley, Gillian Ed., VOLT: ART ON ART SPRING 2009 / p.77 WAVE BOOKS Minnis, Chelsey, POEMLAND / p.31 Kocot, Noelle, SUNNY WEDNESDAY / p.27 Beckman, Joshua, TAKE IT / p.13 WHIT PRESS Forman, Ruth, PRAYERS LIKE SHOES / p.21 WHITE PINE PRESS Ryokan,, BETWEEN THE FLOATING MIST: POEMS OF RYOKAN / p.38 Martinaitis, Marcelijus, KB: THE SUSPECT / p.30 Taneda, Santoka, MOUNTAIN TASTING: HAIKU AND JOURNALS OF SANTOKA TANEDA / p.42 Bly, Robert, REACHING OUT TO THE WORLD: NEW AND SELECTED PROSE POEMS / p.14 Ra, Heeduk, SCALE AND STAIRS: SELECTED POEMS OF HEEDUK RA / p.35 Zeiger, Genie, WHAT HAPPENED WAS...: ON WRITING PERSONAL ESSAYS AND MEMOIR / p.73 WRITEGIRL PUBLICATIONS Taylor, Keren Ed., LISTEN TO ME: SHARED SECRETS FROM WRITEGIRL / p.72 ZASTERLE PRESS Lin, Tan, HEATH (PLAGIARISM/OUTSOURCE) / p.28 ZEPHYR PRESS Ursu, Liliana, LIGHTWALL / p.43
TSAR PUBLICATIONS Bakht, Natasha Ed., BELONGING AND BANISHMENT: BEING MUSLIM IN CANADA / p.61 Kuwabong, Dannabang, CARIBBEAN BLUES & LOVE’S GENEOLOGY / p.28 Bose, Rana, THE FOURTH CANVAS / p.48 Ma, Peng, PENG MA: CHINESE BRUSH PAINTING / p.67 Deckha, Nitin, SHOPPING FOR SABZI / p.50 Dehui, Wang, WANG DEHUI: OIL AND CHINESE BRUSH PAINTING / p.63 Justin, Shaista, WINTER, THE UNWELCOME VISITOR / p.26 Persaud, Sasenarine, IN A BOSTON NIGHT / p.34 TUPELO PRESS Waldrep, G.C., ARCHICEMBALO / p.44 Shaw, Angela, BEGINNING OF THE FIELDS / p.39 Wilkinson, Joshua, THE BOOK OF WHISPERING IN THE PROJECTION BOOTH / p.44 Beachy-Quick, Dan, THIS NEST, SWIFT PASSERINE / p.13 TURTLE POINT PRESS Powell, D.A. and David Trinidad, BY MYSELF: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY / p.35 UCLA AMERICAN INDIAN STUDIES CENTER Robe, Jr., William, GRANDCHILDREN OF THE BUFFALO SOLDIERS AND OTHER UNTOLD STORIES / p.55
Multicultural Index AFRICAN AMERICAN TITLES Mumia Abu-Jamal, JAILHOUSE LAWYERS: PRISONERS DEFENDING PRISONERS V. THE USA / p.61 Elizabeth Alexander & Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, POEMS IN CONVERSATION AND A CONVERSATION / p.11 Samiya Bashir, GOSPEL: POEMS / p.12 Jayne Cortez, ON THE IMPERIAL HIGHWAY: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS / p.18 Ruth Forman, PRAYERS LIKE SHOES / p.21 S.G. Fullwood, R. Harris & L.C. Moore, Eds., CARRY THE WORD: A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF BLACK LGBTQ BOOKS / p.64 Kevin Alexander Gray, WAITING FOR LIGHTNING TO STRIKE: THE FUNDAMENTALS OF BLACK POLITICS / p.65 Herukhuti, CONJURING BLACK FUNK: NOTES ON CULTURE, SEXUALITY, AND SPIRITUALITY, VOLUME 1 / p.65 Allison Joseph, VOICE: POEMS / p.26 Dannabang Kuwabong, CARIBBEAN BLUES & LOVE’S GENEOLOGY / p.28 E. Ethelbert Miller, THE 5TH INNING / p.68 Fred Moten, HUGHSON’S TAVERN / p.32 Tim Wise, BETWEEN BARACK AND A HARD PLACE: RACISIM AND WHITE DENIAL IN THE AGE OF OBAMA / p.73 Tyrone Williams, ON SPEC / p.44 ASIAN AMERICAN TITLES Ayukawa Nobuo, AMERICA AND OTHER POEMS / p.12 Nitin Deckha, SHOPPING FOR SABZI / p.50 Wang Dehui, WANG DEHUI: OIL AND CHINESE BRUSH PAINTING / p.63 Ko Un, SONGS FOR TOMORROW: A COLLECTION OF POEMS 1960-2002 / p.27 Sung-Il Lee, THE BRUSH AND THE SWORD: KASA, KOREAN CLASSICAL POEMS IN PROSE / p.28 Timothy Liu, BENDING THE MIND AROUND THE DREAM’S BLOWN FUSE / p.29 Timothy Liu, POLYTHEOGAMY / p.29 Peng Ma, PENG MA: CHINESE BRUSH PAINTING / p.67 Sawako Nakayasu, HURRY HOME HONEY / p.32 Hoa Nguyen, HECATE LOCHIA / p.32 Heeduk Ra, SCALE AND STAIRS: SELECTED POEMS OF HEEDUK RA / p.35 Ryokan, BETWEEN THE FLOATING MIST: POEMS OF RYOKAN / p.38 Taigu Ryokan, THE KANSHI POEMS OF TAIGU RYOKAN / p.38 Ryoko Sekiguchi, HELIOTROPES / p.39 Arthur Sze, THE GINKGO LIGHT / p.42 Eileen R. Tabios, NOTA BENE EISWEIN / p.42 Eileen R. Tabios, THE BLIND CHATELAINE’S KEYS: HER BIOGRAPHY THROUGH YOUR POETICS / p.42 Santoka Taneda, MOUNTAIN TASTING: HAIKU AND JOURNALS OF SANTOKA TANEDA / p.42 GAY & LESBIAN TITLES Kazim Ali, THE DISAPPEARANCE OF SETH / p.47 Ian Ayres, PRIVATE PARTS: THE EARLY WORKS OF IAN AYRES (SECOND EDITION, REVISED AND EXPANDED) / p.12 Samiya Bashir, GOSPEL: POEMS / p.12 CA Conrad, THE BOOK OF FRANK / p.18 Andrew Demcak, CATCHING TIGERS IN RED WEATHER / p.19 Andrew Demcak, ZERO SUMMER / p.19 S.G. Fullwood, R. Harris & L.C. Moore, Eds., CARRY THE WORD: A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF BLACK LGBTQ BOOKS / p.64 Carol Guess, TINDERBOX LAWN: PROSE POEMS / p.23 Herukhuti, CONJURING BLACK FUNK: NOTES ON CULTURE, SEXUALITY, AND SPIRITUALITY, VOLUME 1 / p.65 Cheryl Klein, LILAC MINES / p.53 Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes, UNAS PINTADAS DE AZUL/BLUE FINGERNAILS / p.53 Raymond Luczak, MEN WITH THEIR HANDS / p.53 Tommi Avicolli Mecca, Ed., SMASH THE CHURCH, SMASH THE STATE!: THE EARLY YEARS OF GAY LIBERATION / p.68
James Mitchell, GOOD GAY POEMS / p.31 Christopher Nealon, PLUMMET / p.32 kathryn l. pringle, RIGHT NEW BIOLOGY / p.35 Ely Shipley, BOY WITH FLOWERS / p.40 Rachel Zolf, MASQUE / p.45 JEWISH TITLES Homayoon Aram, THE WIT AND WISDOM OF THREE WORLDS: A BILLINGUAL COLLECTION OF POPULAR PERSIAN, JUDAIC AND WESTERN PROVERBS AND EXPRESSIONS ARRANGED BY THEME / p. 91 Barbara Ruth Bluman, I HAVE MY MOTHER’S EYES: A HOLOCAUST MEMOIR ACROSS GENERATIONS / p. 62 Esther David, SHALOM INDIA HOUSING SOCIETY / p. 50 Jehanne Dubrow, THE HARDSHIP POST / p. 20 Richard J. Fein, Ed., WITH EVERYTHING WE’VE GOT: A PERSONAL ANTHOLOGY OF YIDDISH POETRY / p. 21 James Horrox, A LIVING REVOLUTION: ANARCHISM IN THE KIBBUTZ MOVEMENT / p. 66 Esther Singer Kreitman, THE DANCE OF THE DEMONS / p. 53 Ruth Panofsky, Ed., AT ODDS IN THE WORLD: ESSAYS ON JEWISH CANADIAN WOMEN WRITERS / p. 69 Yermiyahu Ahron Taub, WHAT STILLNESS ILLUMINATED: POEMS IN ENGLISH, YIDDISH, AND HEBREW / p. 42 Lola Lemire Tostevin, THE OTHER SISTER / p. 57 LATINO/LATINA TITLES Frederick Luis Aldama, CRITICAL MAPPINGS OF ARTURO ISLAS’S FICTIONS / p.61 William Archila, THE ART OF EXILE / p.12 Robert Arellano, HAVANA LUNAR / p.47 Pablo Arriaran, Ed., VISIONS FROM FINIS TERRAE: CHILEAN VOICES IN THE UNITED STATES / p.61 Maria Luisa Arroyo, GATHERING WORDS/RECOGIENDO PALABRAS / p.12 Nash Candelaria, A DAUGHTER’S A DAUGHTER / p.49 John Olivares Espinoza, THE DATE FRUIT ELEGIES / p.20 Stephen D. Gutierrez, LIVE FROM FRESNOS Y LOS / p.51 Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, THE ANSWER/LA RESPUESTA: EXPANDED EDITION INCLUDING SOR FILOTEA’S LETTER AND NEW SELECTED POEMS / p.66 Lucina Kathmann, UN BOSQUE DE MATEMATICAS/A FOREST OF MATHEMATICS / p.66 Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes, UNAS PINTADAS DE AZUL/BLUE FINGERNAILS / p.53 Alejandro Morales, THE CAPTAIN OF ALL THESE MEN OF DEATH / p.54 Miguel Correa Mujica, NORTH OF HELL / p.55 Achy Obejas, RUINS / p.55 Nicanor Parra, AFTER-DINNER DECLARATIONS / p.33 Juan De Recacoechea, ANDEAN EXPRESS / p.50 Alberto Rios, THE DANGEROUS SHIRT / p.36 Nelson Rodrigues, LIFE AS IT IS / p.56 Luis Alberto Urrea, MR. MENDOZA’S PAINTBRUSH: A GRAPHIC NOVEL / p.72 Alma Luz Villanueva, SOFT CHAOS / p.43 Raul Zurita, INRI / p.45
NATIVE AMERICAN TITLES Sherman Alexie, FACE / p.11 A.E. Armstrong, K.L. Johnson & W.A. Wortman, Eds., PERFORMING WORLDS INTO BEING: NATIVE AMERICAN WOMEN’S THEATER / p.47 William S. Yellow Robe, Jr., GRANDCHILDREN OF THE BUFFALO SOLDIERS AND OTHER UNTOLD STORIES / p.55 TRANSLATIONS Homayoon Aram, THE WIT AND WISDOM OF THREE WORLDS: A BILLINGUAL COLLECTION OF POPULAR PERSIAN, JUDAIC AND WESTERN PROVERBS AND EXPRESSIONS ARRANGED BY THEME / p.61 Pablo Arriaran, Ed., VISIONS FROM FINIS TERRAE: CHILEAN VOICES IN THE UNITED STATES / p.61 Ayukawa Nobuo, AMERICA AND OTHER POEMS / p.12 Aase Berg, WITH DEER / p.13 Attilio Bertolucci, WINTER JOURNEY / p.14 Nicole Brossard, FENCES IN BREATHING / p.48 Luis de Camoes, SONNETS AND OTHER POEMS / p.16 Rene Char, THE BRITTLE AGE AND RETURNING UPLAND / p.17 Juan De Recacoechea, ANDEAN EXPRESS / p.50 Nikos Engonopoulos, ACROPOLIS AND TRAM: POEMS 19381978 / p.20 Richard J. Fein, Ed., WITH EVERYTHING WE’VE GOT: A PERSONAL ANTHOLOGY OF YIDDISH POETRY / p.21 Dominique Fourcade, IT / p.21 Tiziano Fratus, A ROOM IN JERUSALEM / p.21 Inger Frimansson, ISLAND OF THE NAKED WOMEN / p.51 Miguel Hernandez, THE PRISON POEMS / p.25 Ko Un, SONGS FOR TOMORROW: A COLLECTION OF POEMS 1960-2002 / p.27 Julian Kornhauser, BEEN AND GONE / p.27 Esther Singer Kreitman, THE DANCE OF THE DEMONS / p.53 Sung-Il Lee, THE BRUSH AND THE SWORD: KASA, KOREAN CLASSICAL POEMS IN PROSE / p.28 Marcelijus Martinaitis, KB: THE SUSPECT / p.30 Miguel Correa Mujica, NORTH OF HELL / p.55 Nicanor Parra, AFTER-DINNER DECLARATIONS / p.33 Nicolas Pesques, PHYSIS / p.34 Heeduk Ra, SCALE AND STAIRS: SELECTED POEMS OF HEEDUK RA / p.35 Nelson Rodrigues, LIFE AS IT IS / p.56 Jacques Roubaud, EXCHANGES ON LIGHT / p.38 Ryokan, BETWEEN THE FLOATING MIST: POEMS OF RYOKAN / p.38 Taigu Ryokan, THE KANSHI POEMS OF TAIGU RYOKAN / p.38 Tomaz Salamun, THERE’S THE HAND AND THERE’S THE ARID CHAIR / p.38 Ryoko Sekiguchi, HELIOTROPES / p.39 Santoka Taneda, MOUNTAIN TASTING: HAIKU AND JOURNALS OF SANTOKA TANEDA / p.42 Liliana Ursu, LIGHTWALL / p.43 Raul Zurita, INRI / p.45
MIDDLE EASTERN TITLES Kazim Ali, THE DISAPPEARANCE OF SETH / p.47 Homayoon Aram, THE WIT AND WISDOM OF THREE WORLDS: A BILLINGUAL COLLECTION OF POPULAR PERSIAN, JUDAIC AND WESTERN PROVERBS AND EXPRESSIONS ARRANGED BY THEME / p.61 Barbara Bick, WALKING THE PRECIPICE: WITNESS TO THE RISE OF THE TALIBAN IN AFGHANISTAN / p.62 James Horrox, A LIVING REVOLUTION: ANARCHISM IN THE KIBBUTZ MOVEMENT / p.66 Shaista Justin, WINTER, THE UNWELCOME VISITOR / p.26 Muneeza Shamsie, AND THE WORLD CHANGED: CONTEMPORARY STORIES BY PAKISTANI WOMEN / p.56
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