Thursday, May 29, 2008

new from dancing girl press

Cirque du Crève-Cœur : Prose Poems
Melissa Crowe
dancing girl press, 2008

Deep in the Safe House:
Ten Poems After Henry Darger
Maggie Ginestra
dancing girl press, 2008

get them here...

Sunday, May 25, 2008

New Lil' Norton Book!!!

The second volume of Comment Is Free, Imperialism at Home, considers class antagonism, the economy, and the government's role is maintaining in both the status quo. Copied and pasted from two comment streams to stories about the Bear Stearns buyout in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, Comment Is Free, Vol. 2: Imperialism at Home has been lovingly crafted by Lawrence Giffin into a hardhitting treatise of corporate collusion and the public's powerlessness. It runs 152 pages and sells at cost, $7.57, from (Preview and much better cover image at Lil' Norton's Lulu storefront).

Thursday, May 22, 2008

New from Black Ocean

Holy Land
by Rauan Klassnik
Paperback / 86p. / Poetry / $12.95
ISBN 978-0-9777709-6-0

Rauan Klassnik’s short, terse prose poems explode like pipe-bombs on every page of this debut. Instead of killing, these violent and beautiful outbursts leave the reader staggering—wandering through the fragments of a brutal world that we can’t turn away from or deny, instead we are implicated by it. Again and again these poems forcefully drive home a direct, unflinching, uncensored vision. Klassnik is able to love and hate at the same time—to cry and to sing—as his poems struggle toward redemption while slogging through blood. Along the way, the sorrow we experience makes the joy Klassnik inevitably finds that much sweeter.

Praise for Holy Land:

“Rauan Klassnik’s Holy Land is not a book for the faint of heart. His poems—dreamlike fables that conflate the domestic and quotidian with the dangerous and the perverse—are bathed in tears and blood: a trip to the bank becomes a journey to Auschwitz; bullets and gore find equivalence in rivers, birds and lush grass. In Klassnik’s startling vision, ‘the world knows what you want, and it knows what you need. It brings you bodies. And it brings you a gun.’”—Gary Young

“These poems might have been written by a Catullus with a serious Ecstasy addiction, or by some genetic cross-wiring of Henry Miller and Jean Follain. Ferocious in his humor and anguished intelligence and bad attitudes, Klassnik means everything he says. The wild existence of these poems is a strange, precarious pleasure.” —David Rivard

“Holy Land is a primer stolen from a surreal primary school. These hypnotic prose poems are stark anatomies of stark anatomies. Imperatives that rape reverie. Instead of introducing us to new words, they make the old words new again. They might have been ripped from the dream journals of Dick and Jane. Tongues are retooled. Ears calibrated. Eyes pried open. Even the periods sing. Read in earnest and for the first time.” —Michael Martone

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

May's Manila Broadside

from The So and So Series and Rope-A-Dope Press:

Poems by Jennifer Firestone, Dorothy Lasky, and Sarah Rosenthal.

Screenprints by this month's featured artist, Scott Chasse.

10 x 22" on Rives BFK, perforated to be torn into three panels. Text set by hand in metal type and printed on a Vandercook SP20 at Rope-a-Dope Press Collaborative. We love Jeremiah Gould!

$24 includes shipping.