New Books in Poetry
Becca J.R. Lachman, “A Ritual to Read Together: Poems in...10/14/14
[Cross-posted from New Books in Literature] About twenty years ago, I heardWilliam Staffordread his poetry for about twenty minutes. For a young aspiring writer like I was then, he was mesmerizing, a mix of poetic energy and grandfatherly wisdom, with...
Aimee Nezhukumatathil and Ross Gay, “Lace & Pyrite”
Chapbookapalooza 2014 Aimee Nezhukumatathil & Ross Gay Lace & Pyrite Organic Weapon Arts Press, 2014 Two gardens, 500 miles apart, managed to be in conversation with one another over the span of five seasons. What came of their conversation was this...
Rachel Moritz, “Many Forms in Water”
Chapbookapalooza 2014 Rachel Moritz Many Forms in Water above/ground press, 2014 Born of a connection to Theodor Schwenk’s 1965 text Sensitive Chaos: The Creation of Flowing Forms in Water and Air, this collection seeks to inhabit that infinitesimal...
Nikki Wallschlaeger, “I Would Be the Happiest Bird”
Chapbookapalooza 2014 Nikki Wallschlaeger I Would Be the Happiest Bird Horseless Press, 2014 It is transient, it is migratory, it embarks from the restlessness of youth and family and lands in self-actualization. I’ve never/ thought of myself as much...
Daniel Borzutsky, “Bedtime Stories for the End of the World”
Chapbookapalooza 2014 Daniel Borzutsky Bedtime Stories for the End of the World Bloof Books, 2014 This is a collection in which the synaptic leaps have their own synaptic leaps. In direct confrontation with neoliberalism, Borzutsky holds nothing back....
Amber Atiya, “the fierce bums of doo wop”
Chapbookapalooza 2014 Amber Atiya the fierce bums of doo wop Argos Books, 2014 Densely-packed prosody and firecracker content fill the pages of this stunning, debut collection. It is a native NYC voice, it is a fearless voice, and it commands your...
Dawn Sueoka, “Little Uglies”
Chapbookapalooza 2014 Dawn Sueoka Little Uglies Bloof Books, 2014 Sueoka’s poetry uses the infinite to explain the minute. Drawing the divinity of her Honolulu surroundings, gods, suns, and rain permeate the pieces yet they maintain an anchoring,...
Ashley Inguanta, “For the Woman Alone”
Chapbookapalooza 2014 Ashley Inguanta For the Woman Alone Ampersand Books, 2014 More artistic creation than poetry collection, more journal than sketchbook: For the Woman Alone resists category to transport the reader into the mind of an artist. In...
Ken Pobo, “When the Light Turns Green”
Chapbookapalooza 2014 Ken Pobo When the Light Turns Green Spruce Alley Press, 2014 A garden is not always a garden: our metaphors speak of our experiences and musings. Pobo shows the reader how seasons can mean change of weather, passage of time, and...
Laura Foley, “Joy Street”
Chapbookapalooza 2014 Laura Foley Joy Street Headmistress Press, 2014 Within Joy Street are access panels to the poet’s mind. She has a stunning way of bringing a reader to a place and time and then making them feel comfortable only to pull their...
Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet, “The Greenhouse”
Chapbookapalooza 2014 Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet The Greenhouse Bull City Press, 2014 In a collection that subverts sentiment even as it delves into the rich inner life of human sentimentality, Stonestreet stretches language and the reader’s...
Leslie McGrath, “By the Windpipe”
Chapbookapalooza 2014 Leslie McGrath By the Windpipe ELJ Publications, 2014 A poetry of the mind, a poetry of form, a poetry of sound? McGrath’s verse resists a container— it springs up organically from human impulse and psyche. By the Windpipe is a...
Yu Han Chao, “One Woman Fruit Stand”
Chapbookapalooza 2014 Yu Han Chao One Woman Fruit Stand Imaginary Friend Press, 2014 Stunning and startling imagery carry this collection of fruit, bearing, and creation through to the final line, “…and life will never be the same again.” This is a...
Dan Brady, “Cabin Fever/Fossil Record”
Chapbookapalooza 2014 Dan Brady Cabin Fever/Fossil Record Flying Guillotine Press, 2014 Modeled after Eugene Leroy’s layered paintings, these poems assemble and dissemble themselves right before the reader’s eyes. This is an exciting form that...
Megan Moriarty, “From the Dictionary of Living Things”
Chapbookapalooza 2014 Megan Moriarty From the Dictionary of Living Things Finishing Line Press, 2014 Part dictionary, part guide to living, and part historical record of content, From the Dictionary of Living Things turns its own pages. It is a...
Lyric Hunter, “Swallower”
Chapbookapalooza, 2014 Lyric Hunter Swallower Ugly Duckling Presse, 2014 Mastering a bi-lingual prosody, these poems confront the idea of “city” and our romanticizing of containers. They show a brilliant mind disassembling trite societal structures.
Leah Umansky, “Don Dreams and I Dream”
At Chapbookapalooza, our headliner goes first. And here she is with a stunning collection of poetry that subverts pop culture by placing it in direct conversation with everything it hints at but is too shifty to engage outright. With Elegant and...
Darryl Whetter, “Origins”
[Cross-posted from New Books in Literature]In his new book of poems,Origins(Palimpsest Press, 2012), the Canadian writerDarryl Whetteruses metaphor to excavate the links between pre-historic life, extinction, evolution and modern-day sex. In this...
Dorothea Lasky, “Rome”
Dorothea Lasky‘sRome (Liveright, 2014) is a collection that will catch you off guard. Lasky lures the reader in with familiar language and imagery only to have them suddenly realize they’ve been brought to room where the walls wobble and collapse,...
Kerry James Evans, “Bangalore”
Bangalore (Copper Canyon Press 2013) by Kerry James Evans calls out to its reader from an urgency that is its own place and time. He has inhabited many spaces, geographically and socially. His poems reach out from them. Evans shows us that poetry, as...
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