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archipelago counterpoint by Marcia Arrieta Now Available!

“A persistence of vision which is both rare and essential”

—Mary Ruefle

In archipelago counterpoint, Marcia Arrieta's poems grow word by word, line by line, into a book that is more, much more, than the sum of the poems. They're the poems of a craftsperson, a builder, a sculptor whose material is the universe & everything that has ever been in it, from "the japanese poet & italian philosopher" through to "wild geese watercolors & mankind." Her poems contain insight, exploration, exposition; blend the concrete with the abstract; posit what might happen when you put A beside not-A or not-even-in-the-Alphabet & then discover if it does.

She writes, almost as a credo: 
there is music within water. imaginary words. imaginary lives. invent.

But underpinning that statement is an obvious knowledge & grasp of the principles of mathematics & how the universe relies on them, plus the flavor of journeys through both finite & infinite space & an enumeration of the things that are found there. Magic is always at its strongest when it is underlaid with truth & imagination. As it is here.

—Mark Young

Marcia Arrieta’s poetry gathers images, phrases, concepts, and states of being into a poetic collage in which direct sensuous experience is juxtaposed with the purely linguistic and abstract, revealing a tension between the ‘conceptual’ and the poetic image, which she usually draws from nature. Her poems are at once richly visual and thoughtfully engaging….In archipelago counterpoint Arrieta offers vivid and elegant poetic articulations embracing the totality of experience and discovery.

—Ingrid Swanberg

With Arrieta’s poetry, we’re left on the edge of understanding how to connect beautiful fragments. Her lyrical poems play with sound, meaning, line break, and form….she searches in archipelago counterpoint for a way to combine the disjunctive with the personal, the tentative direction with the story, and the results are poems that linger evocatively in one’s own words.

—William Allegrezza

Marcia Arrieta’s archipelago counterpoint points to language associated with delicate inventiveness—a brand of language providing whispering emblems, musical identities, and clarity of affirmed environment….Precise, reliable appreciation engages the reader and provides context toward a thoughtful devotion to expanding understanding.

—Felino A. Soriano

With archipelago counterpoint Marcia Arrieta makes clear her love of language and her uncommon poetic intelligence. Whether referencing string theory or mulling the answers “in the stone gathered from the leucadian shore” (—the site of Sappho’s suicide and of Homer’s Ithaca), her erudition and dexterity of style combine to charm and to reward repeated readings. A sort of tour guide to things writ large, archipelago counterpoint is Arrieta at her best.

—Gregory Vincent St. Thomasino

Marcia Arrieta is a poet, artist, and teacher, who has an affinity for islands, books, gardens, and travel. Her first book of poetry triskelion, tiger moth, tangram, thyme was published by Otoliths in 2011, and she is the author of two chapbooks, experimental: (Potes & Poets Press, 2000) and the curve against the linear (Toadlily Press Quartet Series—An Uncommon Accord, 2008). Her work appears in Fourteen Hills, Catch & Release, Cold Mountain Review, Rivet, Ellipsis, Little Red Leaves, So to Speak, 13th Moon, Melusine, Truck, Posit, Ditch, Dusie, Poetry Salzburg Review, Abraxas, and The Last VISPO Anthology. She has an MFA from Vermont College. As a result of grants from Poets & Writers, she has led various poetry/writing workshops in the community. She edits and publishes Indefinite Space, a poetry/art journal—in existence for over twenty-three years, and lives on the canyon in Pasadena, California.

Book Information:

· Paperback: 104 pages

· Binding: Perfect-Bound

· Publisher: BlazeVOX [books] 

· ISBN: 978-1-60964-214-3



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Grace C. Ocasio’s The Speed of Our Lives reviewed in Blind Beggar Press’s newsletter The Lantern.

Grace C. Ocasio’s The Speed of Our Lives reviewed in Blind Beggar Press’s newsletter The Lantern.

Grace C. Ocasio is a former New Yorker now living in Charlotte, NC. Her poetry collection, The Speed of Our Lives, is an exceptional example of fine poetry. It’s thoughtful, intelligent and consistently engaging. Her diverse range of subject matter- Angela David, Greta Garbo, the city of Charlotte, Anne Frank, bible characters and so much more – demonstrate her world view and keeps the reader fascinated to read more. She has a way with words that is personal yet universally understood and it is difficult to put her book down. Hers is a unique voice that needs to be heard.

Reviewed by C. D. Grant

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Women and Ghosts by Kristina Marie Darling Now Available!

Why is there so much language, so many words I didn't want." Darling's collection interrogates a legacy of literary women that haunt our subconscious through paralleling a female narrator's mental strife alongside Shakespeare's tragic women: Ophelia, Juliet, Desdemona, Cleopatra, and more. Darling follows the trails of blood left on the page to explore violence done to women, both emotionally and physically. Through Darling's innovative forms, she's able to render the classical refreshingly new and chillingly devastating. Her writing, however, hits a more sensitive nerve: the terror of gendered violence and the chafing of powerlessness in womanhood, as her characters "cleave under the weight of my own dress." Yet, power is embedded in Darling's words, sharp and cutting as a razor blade: this is a collection all women should read.

—Anne Champion, author of Reluctant Mistress and The Dark Length Home

Women and Ghosts is a book for the brokenhearted: "Iced over with sadness," its speaker says (or doesn't), "I can no longer speak." In ghost text stricken from the record, she also says (or doesn't): "I wonder how someone else's life can seem so much my own." She means Desdemona's. Ophelia's. Juliet's. Cleopatra's. Lavinia's. But when I read these words, I think: not theirs, hers — I wonder how her life can seem so much my own. I love this book. I honor it. I cherish it. I lose myself in its tragedies, in the absences and silences of women's lives and I feel less desperate, less anxious, less alone.

—Molly Gaudry, author of We Take Me Apart and Desire: A Haunting

Kristina Marie Darling is the author of over twenty collections of poetry and hybrid prose. Her awards include fellowships from Yaddo, the Ucross Foundation, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and the American Academy in Rome, as well as grants from the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Kittredge Fund, the Ora Lerman Trust, and the Rockefeller Foundation Archive Center. She is currently working toward both a Ph.D. in English Literature at S.U.N.Y.-Buffalo and an M.F.A. in Poetry at New York University.

Book Information:

· Paperback: 74 pages

· Binding: Perfect-Bound

· Publisher: BlazeVOX [books] 

· ISBN: 978-1-60964-219-8


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All Beautiful And Useless by C. Kubasta Now Available!

C. Kubasta’s All Beautiful & Useless is a fearless book. With an amazing range of forms—including sonnets, erasures and a screenplay—these poems ask us to investigate “the sudden violence/done to childhood when you trust too much.” Poems about the Salem Witch Trials, Thumbelina, Cinderella, the victims of serial killer Ed Gein, as well as poems from the poet’s own experience explore the devastating violence that is so often inflicted on female bodies. These poems demand our attention. A remarkable debut collection.

—Nicole Cooley, author of Breach

From a fresh consideration of the Salem witch trials, C. Kubasta’s All Beautiful & Useless launches into autobiography rendered in a masterful array of forms, voices, and rhythms. Re-constructed delivery methods such as sonnets, personal lyrics, and a playlet blend with incorporations of Big Government’s strategic redactions, computer code, academic lingo, and Modernist explorations of the line to produce a book improbably personal and deeply moving. This book knocks me flat.

—Mike Smith, author of Multiverse and Byron in Baghdad

In this striking and incisive collection, Kubasta wants to “know what is used – what is wasted,” even though knowing can’t resurrect or heal. All Beautiful & Useless is built on such scars, but also on “old encyclopedias, hopelessly / out of date, yet true.” Bared and bearing it, Kubasta carries us through memory and erudition to a garage packed with what makes us human. She opens the boxes because she must. Inside is one honest song. It’s this book.

—Dan Rosenberg, author of cadabra

I have long admired Kubasta’s exploratory combination of citation, history, and autobiography in her texts. Her work is always exciting, sometimes even alarming. In her poems using the metaphor of the box, I’m reminded of Joseph Cornell, of course, but also of the great Serbian poet Vasko Popa. The reader doesn’t know whether he/she is outside looking in or inside looking out, but one certainly remembers that Yeats said that a good poem should snap shut – like a box -- and hopes for the best.

—John Matthias

C. Kubasta experiments with hybrid forms, excerpted text, and shifting voices –her work has been called claustrophobic and unflinching. Her favorite rejection (so far) noted that one editor loved her work, and the other hated it. A Lovely Box (Finishing Line Press, 2013) won the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Chapbook Prize. Her poetry has appeared in So To Speak, Stand, The Notre Dame Review, Tinderbox Poetry Review and Lemon Hound, among other places, and she writes a regular column for The Rain, Party & Disaster Society on teaching, writing and reading. All Beautiful & Useless (BlazeVOX, 2015) is her first book. She writes, teaches and lives in Wisconsin with her beloved John, geriatric cat Cliff and St. Bernard-mix Ursula.

Book Information:

· Paperback: 106 pages

· Binding: Perfect-Bound

· Publisher: BlazeVOX [books] 

· ISBN: 978-1-60964-228-0



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Nine by Anne Tardos Now Available!

What glee in the Nine, this tour de force of genius trickster complexity, “all about equipping poetry.” And Anne Tardos does this accouterment-ing like a Buddhist deity with many arms and heads. “Rub together two neurons and you have a mind” and play with nines and you have a rich compendium of unsurpassed wild multi-lingual-mental invention and words stomping around as richly palpable (non gendered!) masters of the universe. I got so refreshed by the wit and tenderness I couldn’t stop.

—Anne Waldman

Anne Tardos, whose poetry & performances have enlightened us for several decades now, emerges in Nines as an innovator of new forms as a vehicle for work that incorporates, like all great poetry, the fullest range of thoughts & experiences & makes them stick in mind & memory. I am struck, as rarely happens, by this combination of form & content, each a powerful extension of the other.

—Jerome Rothenberg

Reading Anne Tardos's Nines feels like living in the middle of everything and anything that is, isn't, can't, can, ought to be, needs to be, happening in just this way, right now, in language, sometimes several languages, while accompanied by a dear and reliable friend (once in a while flailing around wildly, though in a controlled way - nine word lines, nine line poems, no matter how improbably) whose sensible voice soothes, jokes, seduces, pokes fun at itself, and now and then a line that astonishingly simply tells you the truth about your life, despite everything. A truly, literally, wonderful book. With an astute and illuminating introduction by Rachel Blau DuPlessis.

—Norman Fischer

Although in compact nine-word/nine-line containers, the poems in Nines are capacious. Formally inventive, philosophical, speech-like, sometimes syntactically tousled, they are as amusing as they are intensely serious. Autobiography, community, love, mortality, dark humor, and whimsy all make appearances in these meticulously timed gems. Genius9.

—Nada Gordon

Anne Tardos, American, is the author of nine books of poetry, and editor of three collections of poetry by Jackson Mac Low. Her work has been published in dozens of anthologies and journals around the world.

Tardos pioneered a unique multilingual writing style, often complementing her texts with video stills, photographs, and collages. Her writing is renowned for its fluid use of multiple languages and its innovative forms. She has worked in numerous media, creating performance pieces, radio plays, videos, and musical compositions.

Around 1980, she began performing her own works, and also creating new works with Mac Low. Her multilingual and multimedia works have been presented at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the West German Radio, WDR; the XLIV Venice Biennale; and in many international sound poetry festivals, including Festival La Batie, Geneva; text-ljud Festival, Stockholm; Scene Wien, Vienna; and Zwischentoene, Cologne.

Since moving to New York in 1966, she maintained lifelong friendships with artists Richard Lindner, Saul Steinberg, Sam Francis, Larry Rivers, Vito Acconci, Ay-O, John Cage, Judith Malina, Simone Forti, Nam June Paik, Charlotte Moorman, George Maciunas; art dealer Felix Landau, architects Vally and Serge Sabarsky; poets Jackson Mac Low, Jerome Rothenberg, Lyn Hejinian, Anne Waldman, Robert Creeley, and other influential figures of the New York avant-garde.

A Fellow in Poetry from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Tardos lives in New York City with her husband, the composer Michael Byron.

Book Information:

· Paperback: 148 pages

· Binding: Perfect-Bound

· Publisher: BlazeVOX [books] 

· ISBN: 978-1-60964-226-6



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