Accidental Species by Kass Fleisher
“In Kass Fleisher’s wild and wonderful universe, ‘the traffic was horrible and lots of people were late with their periods,’ or again, the poet busies herself trying to ‘express debt on a sly chart meant to show asset retribution.’ If there is a ‘question of the day’ for her young couples, who ‘naturally’ refuse to share their food, it’s ‘who ate the oreos? who drank the tab?’ The reader, turning the brilliant and hilarious pages of ACCIDENTAL SPECIES, hardly has time to come up for air before s/he is taken on yet another verbal space shuttle, engaged in language games at once preposterous and yet deadly in their accuracy. If you want to know what it’s like to navigate the shoals of intellectual-life-on-a-shoestring, as it plays out today across mediated America, ACCIDENTAL SPECIES is the book you cannot afford to miss.”–Marjorie Perloff
Deaccessioned Landscapes by Jonathan Brannen
The visceral and the intellectual, the fragmentary and the full, the future and memory–Jonathan Brannen interrogates opposites in these facing pairs, brilliantly illuminating the zone of language that operates between. Sharp and bright, it’s a collection that sees the world in all its detail and in vivid color; it sparks the mind.”–Cole Swensen
Hostile by Heather Nagami
“Heather Nagami’s first book of poetry, HOSTILE, is written as though literature, and perhaps language, must begin again. It finds its way as it goes, as it finds out what poetry can be. That it does so with grace, power, and amazing courage, is obvious with every word encountered, every step around the parameters of what is possible”–Charles Alexander. “Hardly ever has found language, appropriated discourse, sounded more closely attuned to what Ms. Niedecker once referred to as the ‘condensery’ of poetry–not Reznikoff’s TESTIMONY, nor the early novels of Kathy Acker. Nagami is listening for all the elements in the language. What strikes me as a reader is the degree to which these texts remain true to their source materials while demonstrating a total commitment to the traditional effects of poetry–concision, a foregrounding of the formal elements of poetry, even a goofball elegance that has much to do with the New York School’s commitment to wit.
Huge Haiku by David McAleavey
“The poems here feature the best kind of innovation, that which retains the old in the new but also gives readers what they have never seen before. David McAleavey expands the form of the haiku into something alive and incisively of our time. Through the mathematical rigor of their stanzas and lines, the poems in HUGE HAIKU open themselves out to an astonishing variety of experiences and disruptive contrasts. Whether the subject is the natural world, the suburbs or the city, growing up or growing older, politics or language or absurdity, these poems never settle for easy answers, but pull us repeatedly back into a world that's both dangerous and full of possibility. In so doing, McAleaveay takes the great virtue of haiku – its exctness of detail–and focuses it resolutely on our own contemporary and wildly layered strangeness.” — Mark Wallace