Deathwatch for My Father by Hank Lazer
A handsewn chapbook with letterpress cover, DEATHWATCH FOR MY FATHER is a long poem, meditation, and memorial from the poet to his dying father in which Lazer attempts to use the thing he knows, language, in order to reconcile the thing he can’t know, death: “my mind inclines / to ask and what / is it perhaps to / turn your death into / linguistic inquiry / a somewhat familiar / terrain.”
Hank Lazer has published seventeen books of poetry, including N18 (COMPLETE) (Singing Horse Press, 2012), Portions (Lavender Ink, 2009), THE NEW SPIRIT (Singing Horse Press, 2005), ELEGIES & VACATIONS (Salt Publishing, 2004), and Days (Lavender Ink, 2002). He is Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Professor of English at the University of Alabama, where he is Executive Director for Creative Campus and edits the Modern and Contemporary Poetics Series for the University of Alabama Press.
Resurrection Papers by Heather Thomas
RESURRECTION PAPERS is a hybrid poem sequence embracing the idea that to think and live consciously and passionately one must walk alongside death. The poems erupt from a “convergence of urgencies” that allows anything into the charged moment of the poem and includes multiple forms. They occur as fragment, lyric, dramatic monologue, prose unfolding, and “found” journal entries, both narrative and disjunctive in style. RESURRECTION PAPERS is a book of transgression – the transgression of the individual subject by family and social strictures, the transgression through such death into existence, the transgression of language as prescription into language as desire. It is a book ultimately of freedom – of being set free through language.
Transcendental Studies: Graphics of Poetic Intent by Keith Wilson
The fourth book in the New West Classics Series published by Chax Press, TRANSCENDENTAL STUDIES, is an essential new work by Keith Wilson which reconstructs popular notions of what is commonly thought of as “western” literature in America today. “Here are poems as intimate as breathing, recognitions quick as a lizard’s moving in the sudden sun. Back of it all is the abiding love for those one’s lived a life with. May this circle forever be unbroken.”—Robert Creeley