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Floodgate Poetry Series Vol. 4

“I’ll go back to these poems again and again.”

—Maggie Smith, author of Good Bones

Print (978-1-937794-84-2).

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Forthcoming 27 Feb 2018.

About this book:

Floodgate Poetry Series Vol. 4 collects three chapbooks in a single volume: Regina DiPerna’s A Map of Veins, Ryan Teitman’s Jesuits, and Paisley Rekdal’s Philomela.

Regina Diperna’s first collection of poems, A Map of Veins, tells the story of the death of a lover and her healing process. In these elegies, Diperna faces the guilt of finding new love, death taunts her years after the fact with postcards and gifts, and memory haunts her dreams.

Jesuits, Ryan Teitman’s second collection, explores childhood, fatherhood, and the holy spirit in rich lyrical verse and prose. In often surreal poetry and prose, Teitman’s mother appears as a curtain in the window, he wears a shadow for a suit, and plays on the train tracks with a child version of his father.

Paisley Rekdal’s fourth collection of poetry, Philomela, unabashedly parallels the myth of Philomela with her own experience with violent sexual assault in a combination of verse and lyric essay. In these brave, somewhat experimental verses, Rekdal challenges the definitions of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and rape as she parses out her own experiences with them.

It’s the fourth volume in the Floodgate Poetry Series, edited by Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum. Chapbooks—short books under 40 pages—arose when printed books became affordable in the 16th century. The series is in the tradition of 18th and 19th century British and American literary annuals, and the Penguin Modern Poets Series of the 1960s and ’70s.

 

Regina DiPerna holds an MFA from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Her poetry has been published in Boston Review, Missouri Review, Cincinnati Review, Passages North, Gulf Coast, Meridian, Redivider, Tinderbox and others. In 2014, she received a three-month fellowship from the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Residency in New Mexico. She currently lives and works in New York City, where she is hard at work on a second poetry collection.

Ryan Teitman is the author of the poetry collection Litany for the City (BOA Editions, 2012), and his awards include a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. He lives in Philadelphia.

Paisley Rekdal is the author of a book of essays, The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee; a hybrid-genre photo-text entitled Intimate; and five books of poetry. Her newest collection is Imaginary Vessels, and her latest nonfiction work is The Broken Country, which won the 2016 AWP Nonfiction Prize. Her work has received the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, Pushcart Prizes, and various state arts council awards. She teaches at the University of Utah and is Utah’s Poet Laureate.

 

Reviews:

Regina Diperna’s A Map of Veins begins with the photograph of a dead lover and a decomposing body. What “will he become?” the speaker asks, and in this moving sequence of elegies the lost lover is transmuted into a map—a landscape. In these intimate and ardent poems, absence is prismatic, refracted through our wide and everyday world. It lingers in a slack leather belt, the skin of a mango, and “a fortune // told in fallen leaves across / a swimming pool.” Through dream, memory, and the careful laying of words, we are granted access to the secret and trembling lives of artifacts. Ultimately, the lover revives circuitously through the earth itself, through “an animal’s expelled breath.” And through the breath that has expelled these stunning poems.

—Adam Giannelli, author of Tremulous Hinge

Every moment of Ryan Teitman’s Jesuits feels like elegy, like tribute—not only to a father but to a life that is impossible to hold “in place/ like a specimen slide.” In shapely lines, Teitman twists and troubles syntax to bring these dreams into the waking world. There is a gauze, a film, present in these poems—”light is/ thin, and clothes us/ like linen,” “a mosquito net/ of stars settles/ over town,” and “the dark is pulled/ back like a sheet/ covering a body”—but the experience feels immediate, never diffused. Jesuits hit me in the gut. I’ll go back to these poems again and again.

—Maggie Smith, author of Good Bones

“Sleep was a country / to retire to, an Ecuador” writes Ryan Teitman. Apt phrasing, as one could spend several evenings vacationing in the steam that rises from these well-wrought pages—part wistful noir, part mystic incense (“bluebottle, peat”) emanating from a thurible. Jesuits is the work of a master craftsman, wherein family, fable, faith, and form cohabitate to create art as anodyne. Holy moly are these poems dreamy, healing.

—Marcus Wicker, author of Silencer and Maybe the Saddest Thing

Compelling, appealing, cinematic . . . Rekdal refreshes the meaning and the image of being displaced in this world.

The Boston Globe, on her book, Imaginary Vessels

Rekdal’s work deeply satisfies, for it witnesses and wonders over the necessary struggles of human awareness and being.

Rain Taxi, on her book, Imaginary Vessels

. . . the razor’s edge that always accompanies eros that makes the poems of Paisley Rekdal fresh, intense and ultimately irresistible.

—Jay Robinson, Barn Owl Review, on her book, The Invention of the Kaleidoscope

23 September 2017

Sunvault is official!

It’s publication day for Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk and Eco-Speculation! Edited by Phoebe Wagner and Brontë Christopher Wieland, Sunvault is the first English-language anthology to broadly collect solarpunk short fiction, artwork, and poetry. Focusing on solutions to environmental disasters, solarpunk is a revolution against despair.

Readers who’ve had their fill of dystopian fiction will want to explore these more positive futures.

Publishers Weekly

Contributors include Elgin Award nominee Kristine Ong Muslim, New York Times bestselling author Daniel José Older, James Tiptree, Jr. Award winner Nisi Shawl, World Fantasy Award and Campbell Award winner Lavie Tidhar, Lambda Literary Awards finalist A.C. Wise, and Jess Barber, Santiago Belluco, Lisa M. Bradley, Chloe N. Clark, Brandon Crilly, Yilun Fan and translator S. Qiouyi Lu, Jaymee Goh, José M. Jimenez, Maura Lydon, Camille Meyers, Lev Mirov, joel nathanael, Clara Ng, Sara Norja, Brandon O’Brien, Jack Pevyhouse, Bethany Powell, C. Samuel Rees, Iona Sharma, Karyn L. Stecyk, Bogi Takács, Aleksei Valentín, T.X. Watson, Nick Wood, and Tyler Young. Illustrations by Christine Moleski, Clara Ng, Sireesha Reddy, Carlin Reynolds, Bogi Takács, and Leigh Wallace. Cover artist Likhain is a Filipina artist who received the 2016 Tiptree Fellowship and was nominated for a 2017 Hugo Award for Best Fan Artist.

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29 August 2017

for anyone who passes

News for 140 And Counting contributors:River,” a short story by Richard Baldasty, is in the Fall 2012 issue of Ray’s Road Review; Julie Bloss Kelsey tells me her scifaiku poem “the perfect evening” was nominated for the 2012 Dwarf Stars Award and will appear in the upcoming anthology (congratulations!); the September 2012 issue of Heron’s Nest includes work by Andrew O. Dugas and Peter Newton; Chuck Von Nordheim‘s “Kelsy Copes With Her Husband’s Choise” was in Every Day Poets this week; aaaaand, the Science Fiction Poetry Association has posted a Halloween Poetry Reading which includes work by David C. Kopaska-Merkel. (In related news, URB editor Joanne Merriam will be guest-editing the April issue of the SFPA’s Eye to the Telescope; they’ll announce my theme and guidelines in January.)

 

News for Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days contributors: Margaret Atwood will discuss her life and work on November 28th at The Royal Society of Literature; and Seth Fried will give a reading this Friday (October 5th), 7 p.m. at The Hinge Gallery, 410 N. Newstead Ave., Suite 4W, in St. Louis.

30 September 2012

A barrel of water — you never know.

Popcorn Press is publishing Halloween Haiku, including work by 140 And Counting contributors Deborah P. Kolodji (who has posted a sample on her blog), David C. Kopaska-Merkel and Robert Borski.

Deborah Walker‘s story “Ovoids” was recently published at Nature‘s Futures and appears in their new podcast.

6 November 2011


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