Enjoy lovely chapbooks by Michael Sikkema, Misty Harper, Emily Carr, Charles Alexander, Beverly Dahlen, Paul Klinger, Kevin Holden, Julia Bloch and David Leftwich!
3003 Houses is an ambling collection of poems that cascade off the foundation of other houses, more specifically those dilapidated ones in Nikki Wallschlaeger’s 2015 HOUSES (Horse Less Press, 2015). Interspersed with diagrams of translucent turtle "houses," these poems feature Sikkema's studies of houses, castles, slave culture, architecture and more.
Rose Incus is a quirky and delicate collection of poems by Altanta poet, Misty Harper. Many of these poems' titles feature the mysterious names and dates of strangers: Past Hooker (1921-2009, California), Voice Gurr (1906-1971, Michigan), Mitter Spellers (1911-1976, Florida) and more. With only these names, dates and places; Harper pieces together little wisps of persons in an experimental (and oddly intimate) language of portraiture.
Stay this Moment: The Autopsy Lyrics, Acts 3 & 4, an excerpt from Emily Carr’s longer novella-in-verse, constructs a sexually charged patchwork of characters and themes, all predicated on a skepticism toward both the world that contains them and that which they contain.
The sense of flow in some ways dominates a work that changes many times, from the straightforward to the farcical to the mythopoetic. These two sections of a longer book present a somewhat meditative work, and one in which the title suddenly becomes a character walking through the landscape of the poem or of a world.
These two poems by Beverly Dahlen drift between the gravities of personal and political matter, teasing out the imperative we have to our environment and our neighbors.
In this chapbook poet and artist Paul Klinger explores the intimacy and expiration of teeth. Cataloged beside these strange and exuberant lietmotif poems are the blunt fonts of found teeth -- those of horses, grandfathers and daughters.
In this chapbook, Holden explores sublimation as snow turning into air and the psychoanalytical concept particularly at it relates to queerness strategies, ie "channeling their repression into the glinting (snow)".
What is the individual’s relationship to corporate notions of personhood in the twenty-first century? These pieces use the prose poem form to engage with this theme through the politics of fertility, playing connection and disconnection against each other via the line to chart the edges of personhood.
Written during the new weeks of parenthood, The City is an energetic and relevant sweep of Houston--a city of difficult economies and sticky relationships.