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The Arctic Circle by Kristina Marie Darling Now Available!

Startling and luminous, the poems of The Arctic Circle comprise a kind of haunted allegory about marriage and disappearance. Crystalline vignettes accumulate like snow flakes; a white dress comes to feel like winter; language that’s precise and mysterious and spare becomes more and more spare, until language itself seems to disintegrate, leaving only fragments, and then only the silence of the blank page. But still there’s a ghost-shimmer, an after-chill; something strange and beautiful and terrifying has happened here.

—Cecilia Woloch

The Arctic Circle defines the latitude above which, for one day each year, the sun never rises (and on another day, never sets). But because of the changing tilt of the Earth's axis, its location is not fixed. Kristina Marie Darling's collection, The Arctic Circle, describes a world that is both utter in its dark outcome and variable in its bright details. Using a collage of perspectives, erasures, and illustrations, Darling explores the loss of identity through marriage. And when the ghost arrives--"She carried no purse, and no luggage, as though everything she needed was already here"--these poems begin to question the very accuracy and power of desire.

—Sandra Beasley

Two brides crystalize into one entity then split, climatic conditions echo and advance deeply lodged psycho-somatic realities—The Arctic Circle is a cautionary tale about flawed repetition and imprisoned categories of sex. Operating simultaneously as interior and exterior drama, these icy prose poems move as if from the caged, claustrophobic bedroom presented in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper to an outer ecology that moves from house (the body) to an exorbitant surrounding environment (the social). The symmetrical aspects of this narrative make for a pristine evocation of crisis and overcoming. Kristina Darling’s fable resists disintegration, challenging instead a forceful awareness. The dynamics here do not permit abjection to pulverize presence.

—Brenda Iijima

Kristina Marie Darling is the author of fifteen previous books, which include Melancholia (An Essay) (Ravenna Press, 2012), Petrarchan (BlazeVOX Books, 2013), and a forthcoming hybrid genre collection called Fortress (Sundress Publications, 2014). Her awards include fellowships from Yaddo, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and the Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers, as well as grants from the Kittredge Fund and the Elizabeth George Foundation. She is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Poetics at S.U.N.Y.-Buffalo.

Book Information:

· Paperback: 68 pages

· Binding: Perfect-Bound

· Publisher: BlazeVOX [books] 

· ISBN: 978-1-60964-195-5



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Showgirls: The Movie in Sestinas by Jeffery Conway Now Available!

“How can we know the dancer from the dance?” W. B. Yeats famously asks in “Among School Children.” Jeffery Conway’s cornucopia of poetic DVD commentary encircles that unanswerable question. Calling to the stage the gold-glittered divas of Showgirls, Conway uses the sestina’s circular dance to celebrate each frame of cinema’s campiest of stripper films.

—Daniel Nester

It has been far too long since a collection of poems summoned us to a world of performers and voyeurs, catfights and choreography, lip gloss and lap dances. In fact, this has never been done before, and Jeffery Conway’s Showgirls: The Movie in Sestinas digs deeper than any collection in recent memory. Conway proves that the sestina form is more than a card trick, but rather a mechanism for uncovering hidden commentaries on the human condition, its soundtrack unfurling layers of film direction, cultural criticism, and pure emotion. Drop your inhibitions at the doorway of this book, and let it rock you.

—Mary Biddinger


Jeffery Conway’s books include The Album That Changed My Life (Cold Calm Press, 2006), a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in Poetry, and two collaborations with Lynn Crosbie and David Trinidad, Chain Chain Chain (Ignition Press, 2000) and Phoebe 2002: An Essay in Verse (Turtle Point Press, 2003). His work appears in a variety of magazines and journals, including The World, The Portable Lower East Side, B City, Brooklyn Review, McSweeney’s, and Court Green. His poems can also be found in many anthologies, such as The Incredible Sestina Anthology and Rabbit Ears: The First Anthology of Poetry About TV.

Book Information:

· Paperback: 74 pages

· Binding: Perfect-Bound

· Publisher: BlazeVOX [books] 

· ISBN: 978-1-60964-168-9



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Michael Ruby interviewed in The Conversant

 SEPTEMBER 12, 2014


Photo of Michael Ruby 3In American Songbook (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2013), Michael Ruby’s fifth full-length collection, Ruby responds to recordings of 75 American vocalists, each an homage of sorts. Many musical traditions inform the poems, including blues, jazz, gospel, country, folk, bluegrass, electric blues, R&B, rock, disco and hip hop. This interview took place both in person and by email.

Marietta Brill: What inspired you to write American Songbook?

Michael Ruby: I’ve always been unhappy with the political direction of this country, ever since the assassinations and Vietnam War of my childhood.  Carter and the slide to Reagan were very hard to bear.  In the late ‘90s, I could feel it again, the slide to George W. Bush and everything that came with it. I felt so unhappy about America that it somehow triggered an opposite reaction in me, a desire to find something beautiful about America. What’s more beautiful about America than American singers and songs? Isn’t that our most influential art form worldwide?

While my initial gesture might have been celebratory, I don’t believe the poems themselves turned out that way. My unconscious, apparently, isn’t a patriot. My unconscious probably went too far in some poems. It blasphemed. It was perverse. It was criminal. Language contains infinite blasphemy, perversity, criminality, when words are truly free to combine with other words. Language might contain far more monsters than it contains real beings.

MB: The songs are solely 20th century—some are very obscure. How did you select them?

MR:  It certainly isn’t the greatest hits of the 20th century. I’m sure there’s some ideal view of American songs in the 20th century that would pick out a better selection, from a position of greater knowledge of all the genres, and more singers, and obscure American singers. But I’m just a person who listens to music, listens to the radio, hears a singer they like and listens to a bunch of their songs and wants to work with one or two songs poetically.

It was the transport of listening that led to the transport of engaging artistically.

There are many singers and songs I wish I had used, and I hope to work with them poetically someday. Oddly, I didn’t use many of my favorite songs, or my obsessive favorite songs—you know, songs you play five times in a row. It wasn’t really about my favorite songs. It was about the songs I wanted to work with artistically. But I do hope to work with more of my favorite songs, too, someday.

MB: Are there through lines that connect these poems, aside from their being from the 20th century?

MR: That’s an interesting question. I have a book built on “through lines,” or “through phrases,” called The Edge of the UnderworldAmerican Songbook doesn’t have through lines as such. With one exception: “In the Good Old Summertime.” That poem, one of the last written for the book, was constructed exclusively from what I call “compulsive words” in the older poems in the book. Those are words that are repeatedly displaced from my total vocabulary during composition.  I suppose compulsive words are, overall, “through words” in the book.

Read the whole interview here

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Elizabeth Block part of the San Francisco LITQUAKE Festival.

Elizabeth Block will participate in a poetry panel on Saturday, Oct 18th, as part of the San Francisco LITQUAKE Festival. I hope to see you there.

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Elizabeth Block is the author of the novel, A Gesture Through Time, written under fiscal sponsorship of Intersection for the Arts, SF.  She is the recipient of a Doris Roberts/William Goyen fiction fellowship from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation and of many other awards and residencies such as an award from Poets & Writers and from the Djerssi Resident Artists Program Tread of Angels Fellowship.  Also a filmmaker, her film poems have traveled extensively throughout the United States and elsewhere.  She has published work in many genres and in many journals and her work has also appeared on public radio affiliates, KQED, KSFR and others.  She has often collaborated with musicians and visual artists.  Her writing has appeared on stage, in film, in public art, in books, on audio CD and podcasts.
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· Paperback: 142 pages
· Binding: Perfect-Bound
· Publisher: BlazeVOX [books] 

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New materials and links from Tim Myers author of Dear Beast Loveliness

New materials and links from Tim Myers author of Dear Beast Loveliness






And my new children's book Rude Dude's Book of Food was just released:  http://www.amazon.com/Rude-Dudes-Book-Food-Crazy-Cool/dp/1939629217

Check out Dear Beast Loveliness by Time Myers here 

Tim J. Myers is a writer, songwriter, storyteller and university lecturer. He won a poetry contest judged by John Updike and and has published much other poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. His Glad to Be Dad: A Call to Fatherhood is out from Familius.com. He's also published 11 children's books. Find him at www.TimMyersStorySong.com.

Book Information:

· Paperback: 114 pages

· Binding: Perfect-Bound

· Publisher: BlazeVOX [books] 

· ISBN: 978-1-60964-123-8


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