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Best Poetry Books of 2010

Julia Cohen’s recently released collection Triggermoon Triggermoon has been included on Brian Foley’s list of the best poetry books of 2010. In his mini-review, he writes:

All her active language comes immediate and unexpected, working to reaffirm their acute newness that feels internally honest. It makes you want to take whatever logic she’s on and abuse it.

The complete list is available here.

Triggermoon Triggermoon is available from Black Lawrence Press.

BLP Poets Julia Cohen and Michele Battiste to Read in Denver

BLP poets Julia Cohen and Michele Battiste will read with National Poetry Series Award winner Julie Carr on Thursday, November 18 in Denver.

Julia, Michele and Julie are participating in the Umbrella Factory Reading Series held monthly at Fluid Coffee Bar. Fluid is located at 501 East 19th Avenue (corner of Pennsylvania). The reading takes place at 7:30 pm on Thursday, November 18. This event is free and open to the public.

Julia’s book Trigger Moon Trigger Moon is forthcoming from BLP. Michele’s Ink for an Odd Cartography was a finalist for the St. Lawrence Book Award and was published by BLP in 2009.

BLP Expands Its List

If you’ve been following the BLP blog, then you know of a few recent additions to the BLP family. In January, we announced that we’d accepted Killing the Murnion Dogs by Joe Wilkins and Instructions for Killing the Jackal by Erica Wright, two new collections of poetry due out in August and September of next year, respectively. In February, we announced that Carol Guess had become a part of our crew of poets; her collection Doll Studies: Forensics will be out in the beginning of 2012. Also in February we announced the acceptance of the novel/novel-in-stories/memoir/we don’t know what we’re calling it yet other than “rad” Pulled from the River by Jon Chopan.

There’s been lots of action since February and we are very pleased to announce that we’ve added a few more authors to the BLP family and also have new titles forthcoming from authors who have published with us in the past. Next fall we will publish Marginalia for a Natural History, a collection of poems by Keith Taylor.

We’ve also accepted two new books by Marcel Jolley, winner of the inaugural St. Lawrence Book Award and author of Neither Here Nor There. His short story collection, Priors, will come out in the spring of 2012, to be followed by his novel Milk Run in the spring of 2013. We’ve also got some new blood in our stable of fiction writers. Loving You the Way I Do, short stories by Ron Savage will be published in the summer of 2012.

We’re also very pleased to announce that our translation list is expanding as well. Daniele Pantano, author of the poetry collection The Oldest Hands In The World and the translation The Possible is Monstrous has two more translations coming out from BLP in the next few years: Oppressive Light: Selected Poems by Robert Walser (Spring, 2012) and The Complete Works of Georg Trakl (Spring, 2014). We’ve also got Dream Weed, a translation of Yvan Goll poems, by Nan Watkins coming out in July, 2012.

Those of you who are fans of T.J. Beitelman (Pilgrims: A Love Story) and David Rigsbee (winner of the Spring, 2009 Black River Chapbook Competition) will be happy to know that we have full-length collections from both poets coming out in mid-2012.

And, just so you know what you have to look forward to, BLP will release the following titles before the end of 2010: Every Bitter Thing by Hardy Jones, Perishables by Tina Egnoski, Pictures of Houses with Water Damage by Michael Hemmingson, The Consequence of Skating by Steven Gillis, Triggermoon Triggermoon by JuliaCohen, Speech Acts by Laura McCullough, and The Pilot House by David Rigsbee.

We’ve currently closed submissions until August 15th while we catch up on submissions. We’re hoping to have more good news by the end of the summer once we read all of the manuscripts in our queue. As always, thanks for reading!

-Diane Goettel
Executive Editor, Black Lawrence Press

P.S. Don’t forget that the deadline for the St. Lawrence Book Award is August 31st!

National Poetry Month Wrap-Up

As April draws to a close, we’d like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the Black Lawrence Press authors who participated in our National Poetry Month feature:

David Rigsbee, “Pilot House
Marcela Sulak, “Pomelo With Fallen Angel
Shelley Puhak, “War
T.J. Beitelman, “The Inciting Incident
Laura McCullough, “The Ellisionist
Jason Tandon, “Work
Abayomi Animashaun, “A New Religion
Carol Guess, “Kicks
Joe Wilkins, “A Roadside Diner in Iowa
Lisa Fay Coutley, “In the Carnival of Breathing
Matthew Gavin Frank, “After Il Sergente Serbo e Sua Moglie
Michele Battiste, “Nobody Leaves
Katharine Rauk, “How Many Weeks are in a Day and How Many Years in a Month?
Brent Goodman, “Another Prayer
Stefi Weisburd, “Behind My Ear is a Little Palace in Broad Daylight
Larry Matsuda, “Arc de Triomphe, 2003 Invasion of Iraq
Sandra Kolankiewicz, “Winter Sonata
Frank Matagrano, “Waiting with Alexandria for Her Mom
Hayden Saunier, “Beach
Kevin Pilkington, “Milk
Michael Hemmingson, “Sedona
Erica Wright, “Reservoir
Keith Taylor, “At the Living Creche
James Reidel, “Ave Maria afarensis
Helen Marie Casey, “Mary Dyer’s Courtship
Brad Ricca, “Workshop
Daniele Pantano, “The Oldest Hands in the World
Julia Cohen, “Panic at My Wilderness
Rachel Galvin, “In Cambium Lucida

And most importantly, thank you to everyone who read, shared, and commented on these poems — you’ve made this event a big success!

National Poetry Month Spotlight: Julia Cohen


Wildlife wraps
around my scarf as

tires on the road
explode like crows

I’m trying to get
in front of those

backs of heads

Are they holding signs
or giant spoons?

Rows indicate the wait

Don’t panic at my wilderness

Who are you if you
lie about your dreams?

The dent
in an over-ripe melon?

I’ll never go below
ground, just be absorbed
by it

Spider-fractures on glass
mean no pristine alliance

Though when I sleep, fill the
empty parts of the door

Q: Do you remember where you were and what you were doing on the day you wrote the above poem?

A: I started collecting lines for this poem at the end of the summer, when I was traveling by Uhaul from New York to Colorado with my partner. We kept passing fragments of blown-up truck tires, and every time I thought they were crows or ravens that had been killed. I think during this trip we also discussed where we’d like our physical bodies to go after we die. My partner loved the idea of donating his body to a body farm where as I was pro organ donation and then cremation, so the line “I’ll never go below ground…” probably generated from that conversation. I wrote the poem, though, this fall in Denver. I was reading Sophocles’ Philoctetes and there is this great line “do not fear me and panic at my wilderness, no” and when I read that, I knew a poem would pull together with this phrase.

Q: What is the last book you’ve read that made you want to grab a pen and write?

A: That would be Julie Doxsee’s Objects for a Fog Death (Black Ocean, 2010). She knows how to turn nouns into verbs, and I continually go back to her books when I’m working on a poem with concise lines, because somehow her short lines turn into eerie tendrals.

Q: What is the most sublime meal you’ve ever eaten?

A: I don’t know. But almost every Friday my partner makes a delicious tofu-scramble for brunch, with spinach, carrots, tumeric, and garlic amongst other ingredients. I peel the garlic. I look forward to it all week long.

Julia Cohen is the author of nine chapbooks, most recently For the H in Ghost, published by Brave Men Press. Her full-length collection of poems, Triggermoon Triggermoon, was a finalist for the St. Lawrence Book Award and is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press in September 2010.