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archipelago counterpoint by Marcia Arrieta Now Available!

“A persistence of vision which is both rare and essential”

—Mary Ruefle

In archipelago counterpoint, Marcia Arrieta's poems grow word by word, line by line, into a book that is more, much more, than the sum of the poems. They're the poems of a craftsperson, a builder, a sculptor whose material is the universe & everything that has ever been in it, from "the japanese poet & italian philosopher" through to "wild geese watercolors & mankind." Her poems contain insight, exploration, exposition; blend the concrete with the abstract; posit what might happen when you put A beside not-A or not-even-in-the-Alphabet & then discover if it does.

She writes, almost as a credo: 
there is music within water. imaginary words. imaginary lives. invent.

But underpinning that statement is an obvious knowledge & grasp of the principles of mathematics & how the universe relies on them, plus the flavor of journeys through both finite & infinite space & an enumeration of the things that are found there. Magic is always at its strongest when it is underlaid with truth & imagination. As it is here.

—Mark Young

Marcia Arrieta’s poetry gathers images, phrases, concepts, and states of being into a poetic collage in which direct sensuous experience is juxtaposed with the purely linguistic and abstract, revealing a tension between the ‘conceptual’ and the poetic image, which she usually draws from nature. Her poems are at once richly visual and thoughtfully engaging….In archipelago counterpoint Arrieta offers vivid and elegant poetic articulations embracing the totality of experience and discovery.

—Ingrid Swanberg

With Arrieta’s poetry, we’re left on the edge of understanding how to connect beautiful fragments. Her lyrical poems play with sound, meaning, line break, and form….she searches in archipelago counterpoint for a way to combine the disjunctive with the personal, the tentative direction with the story, and the results are poems that linger evocatively in one’s own words.

—William Allegrezza

Marcia Arrieta’s archipelago counterpoint points to language associated with delicate inventiveness—a brand of language providing whispering emblems, musical identities, and clarity of affirmed environment….Precise, reliable appreciation engages the reader and provides context toward a thoughtful devotion to expanding understanding.

—Felino A. Soriano

With archipelago counterpoint Marcia Arrieta makes clear her love of language and her uncommon poetic intelligence. Whether referencing string theory or mulling the answers “in the stone gathered from the leucadian shore” (—the site of Sappho’s suicide and of Homer’s Ithaca), her erudition and dexterity of style combine to charm and to reward repeated readings. A sort of tour guide to things writ large, archipelago counterpoint is Arrieta at her best.

—Gregory Vincent St. Thomasino

Marcia Arrieta is a poet, artist, and teacher, who has an affinity for islands, books, gardens, and travel. Her first book of poetry triskelion, tiger moth, tangram, thyme was published by Otoliths in 2011, and she is the author of two chapbooks, experimental: (Potes & Poets Press, 2000) and the curve against the linear (Toadlily Press Quartet Series—An Uncommon Accord, 2008). Her work appears in Fourteen Hills, Catch & Release, Cold Mountain Review, Rivet, Ellipsis, Little Red Leaves, So to Speak, 13th Moon, Melusine, Truck, Posit, Ditch, Dusie, Poetry Salzburg Review, Abraxas, and The Last VISPO Anthology. She has an MFA from Vermont College. As a result of grants from Poets & Writers, she has led various poetry/writing workshops in the community. She edits and publishes Indefinite Space, a poetry/art journal—in existence for over twenty-three years, and lives on the canyon in Pasadena, California.

Book Information:

· Paperback: 104 pages

· Binding: Perfect-Bound

· Publisher: BlazeVOX [books] 

· ISBN: 978-1-60964-214-3



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Grace C. Ocasio’s The Speed of Our Lives reviewed in Blind Beggar Press’s newsletter The Lantern.

Grace C. Ocasio’s The Speed of Our Lives reviewed in Blind Beggar Press’s newsletter The Lantern.

Grace C. Ocasio is a former New Yorker now living in Charlotte, NC. Her poetry collection, The Speed of Our Lives, is an exceptional example of fine poetry. It’s thoughtful, intelligent and consistently engaging. Her diverse range of subject matter- Angela David, Greta Garbo, the city of Charlotte, Anne Frank, bible characters and so much more – demonstrate her world view and keeps the reader fascinated to read more. She has a way with words that is personal yet universally understood and it is difficult to put her book down. Hers is a unique voice that needs to be heard.

Reviewed by C. D. Grant

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Women and Ghosts by Kristina Marie Darling Now Available!

Why is there so much language, so many words I didn't want." Darling's collection interrogates a legacy of literary women that haunt our subconscious through paralleling a female narrator's mental strife alongside Shakespeare's tragic women: Ophelia, Juliet, Desdemona, Cleopatra, and more. Darling follows the trails of blood left on the page to explore violence done to women, both emotionally and physically. Through Darling's innovative forms, she's able to render the classical refreshingly new and chillingly devastating. Her writing, however, hits a more sensitive nerve: the terror of gendered violence and the chafing of powerlessness in womanhood, as her characters "cleave under the weight of my own dress." Yet, power is embedded in Darling's words, sharp and cutting as a razor blade: this is a collection all women should read.

—Anne Champion, author of Reluctant Mistress and The Dark Length Home

Women and Ghosts is a book for the brokenhearted: "Iced over with sadness," its speaker says (or doesn't), "I can no longer speak." In ghost text stricken from the record, she also says (or doesn't): "I wonder how someone else's life can seem so much my own." She means Desdemona's. Ophelia's. Juliet's. Cleopatra's. Lavinia's. But when I read these words, I think: not theirs, hers — I wonder how her life can seem so much my own. I love this book. I honor it. I cherish it. I lose myself in its tragedies, in the absences and silences of women's lives and I feel less desperate, less anxious, less alone.

—Molly Gaudry, author of We Take Me Apart and Desire: A Haunting

Kristina Marie Darling is the author of over twenty collections of poetry and hybrid prose. Her awards include fellowships from Yaddo, the Ucross Foundation, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and the American Academy in Rome, as well as grants from the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Kittredge Fund, the Ora Lerman Trust, and the Rockefeller Foundation Archive Center. She is currently working toward both a Ph.D. in English Literature at S.U.N.Y.-Buffalo and an M.F.A. in Poetry at New York University.

Book Information:

· Paperback: 74 pages

· Binding: Perfect-Bound

· Publisher: BlazeVOX [books] 

· ISBN: 978-1-60964-219-8


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