Spiritual Letters (Series 1-5) by David Miller
“The word ‘spiritual’ is, in this volume, ripped away from the New Age and returned to its sources in Kabbalah and early Christian (gnostic) writings. But it carries with it the world as we have it now. A heap of horrors, remnants, a sense of the feminine under assault, and the drive to love. Therefore the dimensions are multiple and unstable. To be human is to be a spiritual entity more aligned with nature than with culture, and therefore to rebel. I am happy to have and to hold this book.”—Fanny Howe
David Miller was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1950, and has lived in London, England, since 1972. His recent publications include THE WATERS OF MARAH (Singing Horse Press, 2003 / Shearsman Books, 2005), The Dorothy and Benno Stories (Reality Street Editions, 2005), and IN THE SHOP OF NOTHING: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS (Harbor Mountain Press, 2007). He has compiled British Poetry Magazines 1914-2000: A History and Bibliography of “Little Magazines” (with Richard Price, The British Library, 2006) and edited The Lariat and Other Writings by Jaime de Angulo (Counterpoint, 2009). He has been working on the Spiritual Letters project since 1995. A double CD recording of David Miller reading Spiritual Letters (Series 1-5) is available from LARYNX (London).
Stealth by Samuel Ace and Maureen Seaton
“STEALTH, this reeling motet, feels like a Tarkovsky film, all of them strung together, about the end of the world, these poems continuously spilling themselves into other spaces ad infinitum. And giving us a tiny window on that. It feels like a shell-game. Friendship and language. STEALTH is excited and joyous, while dying, dragging one’s tired ass through a desert, hallucinating. It feels like The Waste Land but the footnotes are fun. STEALTH is more boy than girl. I don’t think Philip Marlowe, I think of Philip Whalen with a pilot’s silk scarf tied around his neck. Man or a girl’s doll. These multiples never get solved, only raised here. I think I mean that stealth is simply the past tense of steal or living finally with everything you stole—living well in a paradise of your own.”—Eileen Myles
Samuel Ace has published widely in periodicals and journals, including Ploughshares, Eoagh, Nimrod, The Prose Poem, an International Journal, and the Kenyon Review. He is the author of two collections of poetry: Normal Sex (Firebrand Books) and Home in three days. Don’t wash. (Hard Press). He is a two-time finalist for a Lambda Literary Award in Poetry, a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts grant, winner of the Astraea Lesbian Writer’s Fund Prize in Poetry, The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction and the Firecracker Alternative Book Award in poetry. He lives in Tucson, AZ, and Truth or Consequences, NM. Maureen Seaton‘s recent publications include a collaboration with Neil de la Lor, SINÉAD O’CONNOR AND HER COAT OF A THOUSAND BLUEBIRDS (Firewheel Editions, 2011), her sixth solo poetry collection, Cave of the Yellow Volkswagen (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2009) and a memoir, Sex Talks to Girls (University of Wisconsin Press Living Out Series, 2008), winner of the Lambda Literary Award. Her previous collections include Venus Examines Her Breast (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2004), winner of the Publishing Triangle’s Audre Lorde Award; and Furious Cooking (University of Iowa Press, 1996), winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize and the Lambda Literary Award. She is co-editor, with Denise Duhamel and David Trinidad, of Saints of Hysteria: A Half-Century of Collaborative American Poetry (Soft Skull Press, 2006). Her solo and collaborative work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New Republic, The Paris Review, Prairie Schooner, Bloom, and elsewhere. The recipient of an NEA fellowship in poetry and two Pushcart Prizes for individual poems, Seaton teaches poetry at the University of Miami, Florida.
Swoon Noir by Bruce Andrews
The new book by prolific L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poet Bruce Andrews, SWOON NOIR never fails to shake up linguistic expectations, without ridding itself of Andrews’ characteristically wide ranging diction and attention to sound, with lines like “Ventriloquism helluva Cinderella” and “Rapt literalist proxy poppers.” Andrews has published several dozen books of poetry and performance scores, many of which are also available from SPD. He has taught Political Science at Fordham University since 1975.
Talking Eyes by Jacque Vaught Brogan
Ta(l)king Eyes by Jacque Vaught Brogan.
“Lively, innovative, and dancing with feminist passion, Jacque Vaught Brogan, ‘reporting from Notre Dame,’ has given us in TA(L)KING EYES a collection of perceptions for our mythic lady to celebrate. In this vividly experimental text, the eyes, ayes, & I’s have it!”—Sandra M. Gilbert
TETH by Sheila E. Murphy
TETH, Sheila Murphy's latest collection, sifts through daily experience to forge “new methods of occurring/ in the world.” In poems that enact Zukofskyan riots of attention, the consonantal fireworks of phrases like “borscht akimbo during vodka” interrogate the “ever perjuring” familiarity of our habitual and “mildly newspaperish lingo.” Coupling domestic reveries with searing political commentaries, Murphy insistently seeks “to meet the neck that segregates/ the mind from form.” “Sheila Murphy compels repetition, invites it, precisely because what she repeats is an action, the sitting down with the mind alive to all that's around… What her eye falls on, kites, clothespins, record jackets, gets in but not (so much) as diurnal notation, this because this-then, but as a religious trusting of the perceptual manifold to be an Event”–Gerald Burns, from the preface.
THE ARCHITEXTURES by Nathaniel Tarn
New and profoundly resonant prose poems from anthropologist, editor, critic and translator Nathaniel Tarn. What holds it together is Tarn's ecstatic vision, his continuing enthusiasm for the stuff of the world…Since the death of Kenneth Rexroth, he is, with Michael McClure, the major celebrant of heterosexual love in the language. His combination of ingenious metaphor and sexual exuberance has been rare in the language since the 17th century…And like Rexroth & MacDiarmid, his poetry encompasses Eastern philosophy, world myth, revolutionary politics, and precise descriptions of the natural world — Eliot Weinberger.
The Bounty by Myung Mi Kim
Myung Mi Kim
Asian American Studies. THE BOUNTY, by the Korean American Kim, has become an acknowledged classic of Asian American literature of the past decade. More than that, it is one of the best books of poetry of the 1990s, now in a new edition to bring it into the next millenium.
“The tesserae Myung Mi Kim so remarkably fashions here come gradually to form an articulate and coherent pattern, but a pattern in constant process of renewal and reorganization.”—Michael Palmer
The Complete Light Poems by Jackson Mac Low
Jackson Mac Low
The Complete Light Poems 1 through 60
edited by Anne Tardos & Michael O'Driscoll
Paperback Edition $25.95 ISBN 9780986264009
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From the Preface by Anne Tardos:
The Deluge by Linh Dinh, Editor & Translator
Edited and translated from the Vietnamese by Linh Dinh. “Carefully selected for their literary significance as well as their antagonism towards state power, cultural orthodoxy and conventional wisdom, the hundred and sixty Vietnamese-language poems annotated, contextualized and expertly translated into English in THE DELUGE provide a stunningly original (counter) history-in-fragments of Vietnamese society from the 1960’s up till today. While Linh Dinh is typically known for his extraordinary poetry, fiction and journalism, THE DELUGE showcases his remarkable talents as a translator, anthologist and cultural historian. I love everything about this book: the sneaky-smart selections, the illuminating yet ruthlessly efficient author-bios, the fascinating addendum and, of course, the absurdly brilliant translations.”—Peter Zinoman
The Form of Our Uncertainty: A Tribute to Gil Ott by Kristen Gallagher, Editor
This book also features interviews and responses by: Ammiel Alcalay, Charles Alexander, Bruce Andrews, Anonymous, Julia Blumenreich, Craig Czury, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Norman Fischer, Kristen Gallagher, Eli Goldblatt, Karen Kelley, Kevin Killian, Hank Lazer, Andrew Levy, Chris McCreary, Toby Olson, Bob Perelman, Leslie Scalapino, Kerry Sherin, Ron Silliman, Heather Starr, Chris Stroffolino, and Mark Wallace.
The Identification of Ghosts by Maryrose Larkin
“Maryrose Larkin’s surprising and rangy poem is part exorcism, part tour of the ruthless canals of the body where memories like ghosts hover, retreat, get startled and go astray. Decay and loss are present, but as movement, animation. Even the process of revision is palpably felt, not as groping for excellence but as openness to re-vision. Where some poets simply evoke contingency, Maryrose enacts it, and with a powerful sense of compassion. The ghosts here lead not to an underworld or to what may come, but to ‘touch and hazard.’ The effect is both haunting and inviting. Go in and meet everything outside, anew.”—Standard Schaefer