The poems in this collection are both in homage and inquiry to the life of Joan of Arc. Using the legendary figure as a template, Campos creates an inner monologue for a power yet to be known. Raw humanity mixes with finely-penned imagery to create poems that affirm the position of outsider as worth choosing.
Isabel Sobral Campos is a poet, Assistant Professor of literature at Montana Tech of the University of Montana, and co-founder of the Sputnik & Fizzle publishing series. Her chapbook, You Will Be Made of Stone, is available through Dancing Girl Press.
Noah Burton is a rare contemporary male American writer who possesses a sense of humor, a flair for the absurd, and a marvelous poignancy without being a whiney dick. Get this book if you want to be entertained and enlightened by a smooth professional.
“When the poetry gloom lies heavy upon my head, I have only to remember that these poems are in the world, & for a moment then my life is made whole. Originality of imagination is the rarest of gifts, but Noah Burton makes it looks effortless—his poems remind us of how vulnerable & funny & wondrous & sad & beautifully strange our lives really are. There is a gigantic composure breathing within even the most antic of his lines. His inventions restore me, down to the deepest parts of my heart. I know of no poet under the age of thirty who comes close to what he can do. Silver shadow!”
Ethereal, ephemeral, and utterly macabre, Denise Jarrott's poetry examines the less illuminated nuances of sexuality and animal instinct, conjuring a nymph who defies the myth of object and acts as a guide.
Nuclear annihilation, chemical longing, human pollination, city banter, and fast food fuse to create glimpses of friendship, love lost and found, and the unraveling of american pre-dispositions. Qualles finds the ether lingering above life and pulls herself into it to draw us a map.
"Franklin K. R. Cline is a unique, new voice in Native American poetry. His personal and confessional poems celebrate everyday life in all its raw, domestic, and intimate dimensions. Love and sex, beer and buffalo wings, sports and television, the weather and Milwaukee, all appear within memorable lyric and prose poems. In the end, this work reaches to reclaim everything that has been stolen by America: the land, the sky, the rhythms of our humanity."
--Craig Santos Perez
Orooj-e-Zafar • heart the size of a loosening fist
Orooj-e-Zafar is heavily in love with life, though it’s clear that often times life is a bad lover. Their depictions of nature, relationships, family, and survival will leave you believing any of us can make it despite the odds.
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Poetry. 128 pages. 2019 • $14.95 U.S. [Order Here]
This experimental work explores gender, feminism, relationships, and the body through the lens of contemporary roller derby, searching for identity in the fracture of spaces and bones, queer history, inherited/embodied trauma, and our interactions with the/our body.
"Carly Inghram's 'Sometimes the Blue Trees' unflinchingly describes the violence people commit against each other and against themselves. This violence may be literal or symbolic, and race is frequently its motivator: "The role of a poet is to represent some truth. / When I forget the truth, I might refer to any number / of dangling bodies I've encountered to my left or right." Self-aware, conflicted, funny, and always imaginative, Sometimes the Blue Trees speaks Inghram's unique experience as well as a larger, shared history that can't continue to shed so much blood. These poems are part of a healing." -Alan Gilbert, editor at BOMB
Peculiar, cutting, visceral, and charming, Al Russell’s first book finds music and vision in that which is often overlooked. This is poetry as it should be, language used as a canvass to portray meaning beyond words.
This is a collection of poetry about change, and the passage of time and how no matter how hard you try, there is just no way to stop it. For me, writing has been a way to try to briefly stop time, to capture as much of what’s going on around me and what’s happening to me as possible. While I’ve never been much for photography, I have always been one for writing, and this collection is a book of snapshots of things I don’t want to forget.
Welcome to my archive of freaky recalls and plaints for the dust age. I wrote this thing--this dossier on the collapse--in ninety movements, building an unreasonable monument to the pleasure of giving up and the fallibility of memory. An instruction manual for an overburdened life, Alms for the Bored is to be held restlessly, read partially, and forgotten in time. Its cover will turn black from the grease of your hands. Its six sections are exercises in total fucking instability, embracing cacophony as a virus and chaos studies in lieu of academia. It’s the non-answer to whether or not we need poetry or if it needs us. It’s useless questions come undone, all of them.
An experiment in morphology, an exploration of dimensions, Ridire Quinn’s Sometimes a Screech Owl is a work of vision. The beauty is perhaps best summated in that of mirrors and opposites - aching, pointed, inquisitive though never questioning, as deeply experimental as it is visceral. This is a collection come from digging, from pulling humanity out of the rubble, effortlessly making then now and now then. Hiding poems within poems, Quinn creates a depth as beautiful and seemingly infinite as the history we travel while reading them.
David's work focuses on the decay of America. It's empty buildings, lost loves, and wistful memories conjure images filled with hope, fondness, and empathy. These prose poems and sharp images tell personal stories that go straight to the gut.
These sisters practice dark arts. They know the truths inside myths, that magic isn't some pixie-dust for playtime. They live in our time but comprehend ancient secrets. These sisters walk where and when they please, drawing from the grit and rawness of nature. They know the gods and beasts by name and address them commandingly.