We are so in love with Rebecca Hazelton’s poem “Book of Janus,” featured on Verse Daily this week.
This poem, featured in ALIMENTUM, will be your new favorite. A tease: “The world would be better if there were no floors. We could simply walk on air, without gravity. A full glass of inky wine elbow-knocked from the counter would not fall but rise to the ceiling, out the chimney, towards the clouds, past Mars & other undiscovered stars. No need for stain remover.” Click here to read it all, and here to buy Bruce’s brand-new and addictive collection PLACEBO JUNKIES CONSPIRING WITH THE HALF-ASLEEP.
Jen Michalski’s debut novel–and Big Moose prizewinner–The Tide King gets some love from The Baltimore Sun: “Michalski creates a tale that sweeps history by marrying icons of childhood nightmares such as witches, magic, and children struggling on their own to the icons of adult nightmares: war battles, socially sanctioned violence and murder, success and failure in love, success and failure in connecting meaningfully with others, and the mind-numbing, soul-sucking daily grind.” Read the entire review here, and buy your copy of this magnetic and beautiful book here.
Hobart features three new poems by Katie Rauk, whose “hallucinatory, mysterious and beautiful” chapbook Basil is one of our favorites. Check out her new work here, and buy a copy of Basil here.
The Buoyant Group recently caught up with the lovely Sarah Suzor and asked her a few questions about storytelling: “A simple example: I see a sunset and I think of a song. I think of a song and I remember a lover. I remember a lover and recall the last thing they said to me. I recall the last thing they said to me and I trip on that damn crack in the sidewalk. I trip on that damn crack in the sidewalk and a red car passes by. There goes a whole other story. In a matter of minutes. I think we all operate that way; I just allow myself the time and space to throw all of it into words.” Read the rest here (and buy her prizewinning poetry collection The Principle Agent here.)
The latest issue of Mid-American Review is packed with great stuff, including reviews of Matthew Gavin Frank’s The Morrow Plots and Bryan Furuness’ The Lost Episodes of Revie Bryson. This issue isn’t online, but click here to order a copy. (And click here and here to buy copies of Matt’s and Bryan’s stellar books.)
The lovely and brilliant Sarah Suzor, author of the prizewinning poetry collection The Principle Agent, will read tomorrow as part of the “This Side of the 405” exhibit at the Ben Maltz Gallery in Los Angeles. All readings will also be streamed online here. (And keep an eye out for her forthcoming collaboration with Travis Cebula, due out next year…)
The new issue of The Carolina Quarterly is especially awesome, featuring poems by Russel Swensen (Santa Ana) and Matthew Gavin Frank (The Morrow Plots). It’s a BLP double-dip!