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Oh, and the 2019 Chapbook Contest is live. Deadline April 26th, 2019. $1000 + publication for the winning chapbook (+ publication to a handful of finalists each year too). Judged by Ander Monson. If you buy a print subscription to the 2019 chapbook series, we'll also throw in a free entry into this year's contest. Only available via the link on the contest guidelines page which you may find here.

NEW CHAPBOOKS in the 2019 SERIES: Look forward to our first three beginning in February. Preorder them, and we'll ship them to you ahead of their release date, as soon as we have them. Or you know the deal: order the whole chapbook series. The series is by far the best deal, and includes new chapbooks by Nick Admussen, Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, Andrew Dally, Emily Viggiano Saland, Tara Roeder and Arman Safa, and Melanie Rae Thon. (Craig Arnold's will still be in production for a while yet, so we're not including it in the 2019 subscription.)

Release dates for the spring series:

02/08/19: Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, How Narrow My Escapes

02/15/19: Andrew Dally, All the Times We Passed McDonald's Between Chapel Hill and Tuxedo, North Carolina

02/15/19: Tara Roeder and Arman Safa, Every Bird is a Miracle

03/22/19: Melanie Rae Thon, The Bodies of Birds

03/22/19: Emily Viggiano Saland, Trajectory: a Verse Biography of Evel Knievel

04/15/19: Nick Admussen, Stand Back, Don't Fear the Change

 

 

2019 Chapbook Subscription: six chapbooks (Admussen, Bertram, Dally, Saland, Roeder/Safa, and Thon) sent your way as they're released in Spring 2019.

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03.22.19: Emily Viggiano Saland, Trajectory: a Verse Biography of Evel Knievel

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04.15.19: Nick Admussen, Stand Back, Don't Fear the Change

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Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, How Narrow My Escapes

Poems. They rule.

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Andrew Dally, All the Times We Passed McDonald's Between Chapel Hill and Tuxedo, North Carolina

Poems.

Winner of the 2018 NMP/DIAGRAM chapbook contest.

Sez Abraham Smith: "Andrew Dally's poetry is smart and it smarts. Charles Olson sd the problem with America is space. Gertrude Stein sd Anybody is as their land and air is. Dally answers all of that on his speakerphone while rougeing a fry & otherwise going 777mph & watching where he's going like Creeley sd we must(ard). Herein Dally trellises—with seasoned alacrity and tiny good saltpackets of humor—Japanese wanderliterature tradition to the giant cheesy M on high. It's sad. It's loving. It's lovelorn. And it's damn lovely. I don't know about you but I live for some kinds of etched
sadness. And Dally doesn't disappoint. I am 100% satisfied that three winters
from now these ketchupy lung songs, all the ghosts in the white spaces,
will still be not quite tiring across the tars of my ears."

& Sez Melissa Ginsburg: "Andrew Dally's poems turn the ubiquitous McDonald's in the American
landscape into touchstone, into rhythm, via a language that feels brand new. Like a perfect playlist for a long road trip, this book fuses disparate elements to build a moving, intimate mythology for our time."

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Tara Roeder and Arman Safa, Every Bird is a Miracle

Poems and drawings.

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Melanie Rae Thon, The Bodies of Birds

Prayers / Love Songs / Laments / Confessions

03.15.19

Resurrected and restored through the bodies of multitudes, a young woman who becomes an organ donor after a car accident radiates unmitigated love as she comes to know the recipients of her heart and kidneys—lungs, bowel, vertebrae, corneas . . . Twenty-seven years after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, black storks glide over the Zone of Alienation. Apple trees bloom; lilacs flower—radioactive wolves thrive; bees make glowing honey . . .  A prisoner in California, a man who killed a woman a hundred times, who stabbed face and throat, heart and belly, now washes another man in the shower, shaves his face, changes his diapers, protects and serves a murderer like himself, riddled by dementia . . .

Prayers, love songs, laments, confessions—these three provocative immersions through and beyond the body explore the revelatory expansiveness of consciousness and compassion; the persistence of love; the trauma of intimate violence and environmental devastation; unexpected grace; and the remarkable resilience of the marvelously diverse more-than-human world.

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We're in production on the 2018-2019 series of chapbooks. Expect the following titles to be publishing in 2019:

  • Nick Admussen, Stand Back, Don't Fear the Change
  • Craig Arnold, An Exchange for Fire
  • Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, Negative Money
  • *Andrew Dally, All the Times We Passed McDonald's Between Chapel Hill and Tuxedo, North Carolina
  • Emily Viggiano Saland, Trajectory: a Verse Biography of Evel Knievel
  • Tara Roeder and Arman Safa, Every Bird is a Miracle
  • Melanie Rae Thon, The Bodies of Birds

* = the 2018 NMP/DIAGRAM Chapbook Contest winner.

Last published in the 2017-2018 series: Maya Popa's You Always Wished the Animals Would Leave.

Dec 11, 2017: Whoo! Here comes the chapbook contest winner, Claire Wahmanholm's Night Vision!

Nov 27, 2017: Pub day for Jacqueline Lyons's Earthquake Daily. Man, this is a great chapbook. You're going to want to check it out (order below).

Nov 25, 2017: the next two chapbooks are about to come out in the next couple weeks, so we'll be shipping preorders then on Claire Wahmanholm's Night Vision and Jacqueline Lyons's Earthquake Daily.The new Maya Popa and Patricia Clark will be coming out in 2018 (though we'll have Clark copies shipping early).

Sept 19, 2017: We're shipping preorders and pdfs of Goldbarth now; Peirce in just a week or so. Officially, the Goldbarth releases on Sept 25; Peirce on October 23rd. As you'll notice, though you may buy the chapbooks on Amazon or from your local bookseller, if you buy them from us directly they include a free PDF.

August 28, 2017: Preorders are here for the 2017-2018 chapbook series, consisting of Patricia Clark's Deadlifts, Albert Goldbarth's The World of Multicongruencies We Tend to Inhabit Increasingly, Jacqueline Lyons' Earthquake Daily, Kathleen Peirce's Vault, Maya Catherine Popa's You Always Wished the Animals Would Leave, and Claire Wahmanholm's Night Vision. $40 gets the whole shebang shipped to you as they're released + PDFs. $20 for PDFs only.

July 13, 2017: the 2017 Chapbook Contest results are out. Congratulations to the winner, Claire Wahmanholm, whose manuscript, Night Vision, was selected as the winner out of more than 500 submitted manuscripts. In addition, we plan on publishing finalist chapbooks by Patricia Clark, Jacqueline Lyons, and Maya Popa.

Also forthcoming in 2017-2018 are new chapbooks by Albert Goldbarth, Kathleen Peirce, and Craig Arnold. More news on those to come, but in the meantime, here's the newest series below.

 

2017 Chapbook Subscription: six chapbooks (Clark, Goldbarth, Lyons, Peirce, Popa, Wahmanholm) sent your way as they're released this fall and winter.

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Albert Goldbarth's The World of Multicongruencies We Tend to Inhabit Increasingly, Sept 25.

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"I don't want you to think that all of Goldbarth's poetry is science fiction. It isn't. But he has a kind of science fiction outlook on the world.... He looks at even the most mundane events of human behavior in our ordinary world in all of Einstein's four dimensions." —Frederik Pohl, Science Fiction Chronicle

"If ever the Martians do pay us a courtesy call, I will nominate Albert Goldbarth as an ideal ambassador. He is well-versed in their customs as in our own, and on ace terms with fellow starbuffs from Aristotle to Hawking; collects model spacecraft; has gone on record finding a timewarp no weirder than time; and is hiding, I'm convinced, waggly antennae.... Besides, what better earthling to regale the little green visitors, during the long voyage back to Mars, with tall tales of our exploits, our splendid tomfoolery, our love?" —Ben Downing, Parnassus

 

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Kathleen Peirce's Vault: a Poem, 10/23/17.

Everyone who's ever read Rilke's "Archaic Torso of Apollo" knows the depth, the loss, the bewilderment, the vision and discovery one has when encountering the work of art that's truly talismanic. This encounter lies at the heart of Kathleen Peirce's poetics. This poetics is aware that an encounter with a piece of art, (and, perhaps, language, too) is like entering a soul itself. She might be looking at a watercolor or at a statuette, or a gilded egg—but what she sees is the mystery of time. Her eye, examining an object, travels back in time, through time, at time. Whether it is 1575 or 1705 or 2017, she sees the fires are blazing. People and animals are burning. The music flames us. The silence flames in that music.
     How marvelous, in our scattered, ironic, frightened age to find a poet who is unafraid to possess a larger vision, a poet who, not unlike our Modernists, almost a century ago, is unafraid to look at beauty and see the dark waters of time that this beauty survives, yes, but that ravages us, its makers. —Ilya Kaminsky

Find here: poetry's virtues/pleasures. Gorgeous witness. Silence muscled with qualities. Net of attentiveness rippling outward from the meeting of the seer and the seen. Kin to The Tempest: the wondrous woven of the mundane. The strength of purpose and hearkening needed to walk in beauty's strangeness. Its sensuousness; its intimacy (especially with necessity) that supples its language. Patience of soul spun into physical brilliance. Time present and antique, interior and exterior, "feather of hair in one hand, / scissors in another, not the heart / beating but what might return over the heart." These are the most beautiful poems I know. —Liz Waldner

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Claire Wahmanholm's Night Vision, our 2017 chapbook winner.

"In Claire Wahmanholm's Night Vision, we are made to witness narrative's inevitable unravelling. By placing hybrid prose in conversation with skillful erasures, Wahmanholm creates a subtle and striking commentary on the nature of language and story. She reminds us of the infinite ways that voice resists containment by history, convention, and our expectations as readers. In each lyric fragment, each fracturing of the source text, we are shown all that has been buried in the trappings of prose. This is a gorgeously subversive chapbook, a work that reflects powerfully on the circumstances of its own making." —Kristina Marie Darling

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Jacqueline Lyons's Earthquake Daily, Nov 27, 2017

"Highly inventive, these poems feel driven by emotional and cultural urgency, as earthquakes shock every part of the system, personal and collective. This is a world where the U.S. Geological Survey monitors catastrophes of mind and heart, where a quake strikes 'during 47% of our waking hours when we were thinking about something other than what was actually happening.' Poems for our shook times." —Dana Levin

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Patricia Clark's Deadlifts, January 2018.

"What a brilliant concept: Deadlifts offers witty, lyrical verses, historically accurate and imaginative, in which poet Patricia Clark provides an insider's view of other "Patricia Clarks"—the dead ones. These poems are even more brilliant than the concept, their endings a surprise and a good shock. Heartening and perfectly tuned, like Arcade Fire or Stephen Colbert's monologues, these poems are what we need now—and will return to—for a long time to come." —Marilyn Kallet

"In Patricia Clark's Deadlifts, we cling to the speaker as she dives right into mortality's maw, poring over obituaries of those who share her name. They're strangers, yes, but the connection Clark makes is powerful. Are we anything in death beyond our names? As Clark says, 'We are all the same, these lives/ bracketed by dates,/  these lists—who/ preceded us, who remains.'" —Glenn Shaheen

"These poems are masterful—the way Clark tucks reverberating sounds from one line to the next—pain, thanks, face—like she tucks her namesakes into their graves. So gently and with so much love. Through the breath and ink of this author Patricia Clark, the Patricia Clarks that have gone on come back again." —Nicole Walker

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Maya Popa, You Always Wished the Animals Would Leave, March 2018.

This is a work of seething precision. In these poems, hope is a meticulous, meditative state—a method of forensic searching and study that is carried with great care across generations. By stitching her raging images together with stillness and poise, Popa asks us to step back from our panic and look: "peeling back the hair, that quiet, necessary artifice, / to reveal a nesting doll of impulses." —Caroline Bird

In Maya Catherine Popa's You Always Wished the Animals Would Leave, feathers are unfulfilled parables, a hen's eggs turn a vicious red, and a super moon "blooms a tyranny of flowers." A helix of histories lies threaded to both the present day and the various magics of night. These poems are smart and lush, and at the end of each of them my heart, mind, and ear argue over which was lavished with the most pleasure. I am enchanted by this book, in its thrall, its bright gravity, its terribilitá. —Traci Brimhall

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