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Seth Abramson is the Series Editor for Best American Experimental Writing and an assistant professor of English at University of New Hampshire. Author of six books, he writes on metamodernism for The Huffington Post and Indiewire. In 2015 he published a prequel to DATAMetamericana, with BlazeVOX Books.
 
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· Paperback: 156 pages
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· ISBN: 978-1-60964-246-4
 
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Notes on a Past Life by David Trinidad Now Available!

In Notes on a Past Life, David Trinidad exorcises the ghosts of New York with a compulsively readable, wrenching memoir in verse. His “Goodbye to All That” offers a critique of ambition, an ode to community, and a sip of the poison that poetry is, in the end, the antidote to. —Eula Biss


David Trinidad’s poems in Notes on a Past Life are breathy and breathtaking. Forgoing traditional formal gestures, these memoir-verses burst with energy, finding their own shapes. No one writes nostalgia like Trinidad. He chronicles friendships with poets and the influence of poets who came before. He chronicles a glorious love affair and its aftermath, bad jobs, art, ambition, fame, 9/11, AIDS, dreams, meals, real estate, ghosts, lyrical gossip, the slights that haunt us, and the hurts we rise above.  Notes on a Past Life is a mature, wise, and enlightening book. —Denise Duhamel


This reader was depressed by the rancorous settling of scores but exalted by the homage paid to the great dead—a record of lived life, every second of it, and a love letter to New York (a letter written after a disappointing but gripping affair). —Edmund White


Notes on a Past Life catalogs in “Trinidadian” detail an outsider’s relationship to the insider world of New York City poetry—cutthroat parties, fragile egos, heartbreaking losses, as many endings as beginnings. Trinidad refuses the safe distance of “the speaker” in these autobiographical, intimate (sometimes searing) poems. This is a book for outsiders and insiders, for romantics and cynics. Some will be pissed. Some will be thrilled. And everyone will be “dishing” (as poets do) about this astonishing book, afraid to admit how much they love it. —Aaron Smith


David Trinidad’s other books include Dear Prudence: New and Selected Poems (2011) and Peyton Place: A Haiku Soap Opera (2013), both published by Turtle Point Press. He is also the editor of A Fast Life: The Collected Poems of Tim Dlugos (Nightboat Books, 2011). Trinidad lives in Chicago, where he is a Professor of Creative Writing/Poetry at Columbia College.

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POEM FOR THE UNBORN| NOTE TO THE GREATEST GENERATION by Chuck Richardson Now Available!

 The hip thing these days is to be a poet and write fiction. It is not the hip thing these days to be a fiction writer and write poetry. The former brings possible public reward and greater numbers of readers; the latter brings no public reward and notice but by a few. That is the surface reason this book of poetry--a single dark, weird, shattering poem, really--by the singular fiction writer Chuck Richardson might trigger curiosity and attention. Even as its title fairly announces a refusal to hope for what the poem, given the rules and odds of the current game, will almost certainly not receive. Within the noise and clutter of the present situation, where, how, does a poem with no expectation or desire of reward fit in the frame of familiar poetic motive and need? That the poem is written out of such a question (and negative capability) is another, deeper reason it might trigger curiosity and attention. If not now, then perhaps when readers now unborn are reading... Perhaps. But even then probably not. Because the unborn, to poach from Richardson the poet, torque their cerebral tombs to tacitly melt the dreams of all poetry beams. Which were always the real bones of fiction, anyway.

—Kent Johnson

From the invocative opener of “Chant Divine Syrup,” onward through the “Ussing” of his “Emergent Satori,” the “Ash heaps smoldering / with refugees” that characterize Chuck Richardson’s Poem for the Unborn strike me as a needed addition to the American poetic milieu. Armed with the postmodern novelist’s sensitivity to “social speech types” and metanarrative (& Sade, Celine and Acker), Richardson manages to unearth and make striking, with an unrelenting parataxis and lethal dose of poem parody, an “alien optimism” of “Hubris,” nostering away in the quietude of his Love Hut. This devotional nihilism is a strange, beautiful and horrifying, all around frolicking work of a singular poetic instinct. Welcome Chuck Richardson’s debut in the form.

—Jared Schickling


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· Paperback: 166 pages

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· ISBN: 978-1-60964-237-2

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Province of Numb Errs by Jared Schickling

 Poetry is not another way of telling you what to think. Sure, be a poet, and humble(d). Jared Schickling’s Province of Numb Errs is a relief: out of monotime (“This time has no here its All here u / go”); avoiding collisions with prevalent discourse. If you’re interested in the writing human, be interested in this. 


—Michael Farrell

Camel, ass, lion, pig, donkey, horse, ox, fawn, duckling, osprey, sea snail, snake; infirmary, school, factory farm; bar, travel, underwear, childbirth, solar observatory, sex acts, and “the morning corpse of water”: maybe you can tell from this list of images in this book what Jared Shickling’s concerns are. “Natures impatience / homage de / con struck / shun / remains” enacts the breakdown of a world that we are destroying, so at times her syntax and spelling are altered, even to the point of using single letters. “Until I touch you and am unclean myself’’ suggests the ways we separate ourselves, male from female, human animal from other animals. “He has a blemish // he will profane not my sanctuaries.” Religion and archaisms continue to influence us in unpardonable ways. Critiques of factory farms run through the book, the most upsetting of which is a poem in which a worker confesses the horrors of tortures inflicted upon pigs. This is poetry infused with morality; its structure and its subjects are inseparable, because Shickling clearly feels the waste and misuse of the world so deeply. “Emotions mixed like primary colors.” We need such books.

—Ruth Lepson

Jared Schickling’s Province of Numb Errs is a quirky, sincere and often funny homage to the long arms of his Catholic upbringing. Less dour than Stephen Daedalus and the other cohorts of Joyce’s imagination, the narrators in these poems gleefully yoke together Biblical clichés and homespun homilies, xenophobic injunctions and commonsense imperatives, and, per rhetoric, the highfalutin’ and colloquial. The overall effect: wild swings between apocalyptic musings and unleashed hilarity. Unpacking the pejorative “provincial” lurking behind the more neutral “province,” Schickling delineates the family ties between prejudice and place. Moreover, his forays into flora and fauna husbandry in the second half of the book leave us with this unsettling realization: we were always estranged from any, from every, place.

—Tyrone Williams

Jared Schickling is the author of the BlazeVOX trilogy Two Books on the Gas: Above the Shale and Achieved by Kissing (2014) + ATBOALGFPOPASASBIFL (2013) + The Pink (2012), as well as The Paranoid Reader: Essays, 2006-2012 (Furniture Press, 2014). He edits Delete Press and lives in Western New York.

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The Age of Greenhouses by Anne-Adele Wight Now Available!

 I love this book––full of gardens so terrifying I wish they were imagined but described so brilliantly I fear they are not. I forget who said “Everyone is interesting in a jungle,” but only the delicately arranged are so interesting in the garden of a ranch house built in 1960. “Books,” the book warns us, “don’t come cheap in the garden.” Welcome Anne-Adele––who seems to have no fear, not even the one of looking squarely at the planetary catastrophe of modernity––to the Lucretian halls of poets who spare no science. All this courage, plus I never thought I’d read an ecopoetics this funny.

––Anne Boyer


The mash-up of our ecological and moral concerns may be navigating by “a map so changed by three million years that spare parts no longer apply.” Anne-Adele Wight’s gardens now stand in for that map; our labyrinth lost, our plague clue, our rumored history, our “heaven and hell”––but for how long? Amid observable shifts in climate and oceans, a poetics of the greenhouse prolongs the eventuality of no garden, a future where there may be “no telling what physical gravel might enter the mind.” Forget what gardens are for in your patent metaphysical realm; “everything is a palindrome or nothing is.”

––Edric Memser


It is exciting watching a new Anne-Adele Wight poetry fan holding her latest book, their faces beaming until they look up with Wow! Her poetry is a hidden American treasure no longer as more and more poets are sharing her books. It is a privilege to read a poet who has dedicated years to her craft, giving the world some of the best poems we will ever read. The Age of Greenhouses made me say Wow over and over! Let the celebration begin!

––CA Conrad

Anne-Adele Wight is the author of Sidestep Catapult (2011) and Opera House Arterial (2013), both from BlazeVOX. Her work has been published widely in print and online. She has read extensively in Philadelphia, where she is an active member of the poetry scene, and in other cities. If this book angers any environmental villains she will feel complimented.


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