Afterimage by Charles Borkhuis
“Charles Borkhuis is one of our most merciless vivisectors of the logics of bodypower exchange. We're talking forensics here, not schematology. Like Hieronymous Bosch and William Burroughs before him, his art collapses cosmos onto mundus causing 'reality' beneath our feet to crack open. Demons and angels (supersolid forms of evanescent knowledge) begin a wild romp in the a f t e r i m a g e of that collapse. The dystopic postmodern city becomes at once funnier & more frightening. The Social Psychology Research wing of Borkhuis Poeticworks has been especially created to debrief each of us on our status as triple agents of late capitalism. You have special clearance. But so does everybody else. What the. Exactly. Add this book to your spy kit.”—Rodrigo Toscano
Arranging Nature by Paul Naylor
ARRANGING NATURE is Paul Naylor’s second full-length poetry collection. Michael Davidson writes of ARRANGING NATURE: “What is the meaning of nature in the wake of 9/11? Have we arranged nature so successfully that entropy replaces Arcadia? In these brilliant, sensuous poems, Paul Naylor stays “attuned to heartsharp ear” as though to reconnect words to stone, syntax to landscape, and thus through language make matter matter. It is a considerable accomplishment”
Black Valentine by David Abel
This lovely addition to Chax Press' line of chapbooks features Portland poet David Abel's elegiac sequence on love and grief. Written in New York following the 1988 death of Robert Duncan but published in 2006, Abel's poem takes as its point of departure a line from Christopher Marlowe, who writes: “Black is the beauty of the brightest day.” From this ambiguous, mournful line, Abel fashions a beautifully spare set of poems that encompass and intertwine concerns both philosophical and quotidian, displaying both sadness and acceptance in the face of death.
Under Virga by Joe Amato
“'An ingenious gathering of poignant leapfrogging…a muscular memorializing…a sly haunting.' This is the book that's everything Amato says it is and is not. It bounces on water, refuses to be paraphrased, and invites itself to dinner. Buy it by the case while there's still time.”—Cole Swensen