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Continental Drifts by Cheryl Pallant Reviewed by Third Factory

Check out this fine set of five reviews on Third World by Sarah Rosenthal. Cheryl's appears near the bottom of the page. Here is a small snipet of the article. 

Cheryl Pallant | Continental Drifts | BlazeVOX | 2012

The long lines in Cheryl Pallant’s Continental Drifts dash, dip, twist, double back and leap ahead, enacting simultaneously the groundedness gravity demands and the instability wrought by the law of constant change. “Adrift I am sands to shore, fire to ice, bones tendoning tendencies.” Pallant’s background in dance feels evident here; these poems are ready for a session of seasoned, rough-and-tumble contact improv between a constantly filling and emptying “I” and “you”: “Who follows whom can or may situate her or himself. Together or alone lifts cup to drink. We or I romp in a field or flatter yet, a pain.” A heightened awareness of limits—”After this there is no other”—leads to a fearlessness that invigorates: “Space opens like a book yet to be written.”

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Like tectonic plates drifting apart and colliding, Cheryl Pallant’s language in Continental Drifts shatters into microcosmic worlds and re-coalesces into new contours, expressing desire afresh. The ceaseless motion of destruction and re-alignment, of fertility and quiescence, is also the engine that propels speech into meanings yet just as soon incinerates them. In Pallant’s exquisitely musical streams of thought, forces in different realms coincide: “Hormones flow as insistently as magma.” But such sympathetic vibrations belie a restless instability at the heart of phenomena, and Pallant’s poetry shape-shifts to reveal the dialogue among energies that beget and erase. Continental Drifts simultaneously offers “a handful of earth and emptiness” and opens up within silence a rich realm whose core is “ripe beyond perishable, ache beyond blossom.”

—Camille Martin

Cheryl Pallant is the author of several poetry books, chapbooks, a collaboratively written poetry book, and a nonfiction book on dance. Poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have been anthologized and published in numerous online and print journals in the United States and abroad. She has taught writing and dance at University of Tulsa, Keimyung University (in S. Korea), University of Richmond, and Virginia Commonwealth University. She lives in Richmond VA.


Book Information:

· Paperback: 118 pages


· Binding: Perfect-Bound


· Publisher: BlazeVOX [books] 


· ISBN: 978-1-60964-085-9

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review of field work on Jacket2

 

"A speck of behavior, a fleck of culture"

A review of "Field Work: Notes, Songs, Poems, 1997–2010"

Field Work: Notes, Songs, Poems 1997-2010

by David Hadbawnik

BlazeVOX 2011, 138 pages, $16, ISBN 978-1-60964-010-1

When Henry James wrote about “the state of the streets” in American cities at the turn of the twentieth century, he expressed over and over the difficulty of ever doing justice to the task. Faced with “a welter of objects and sounds” James in The American Scene claimed his powers of perception to be in such disarray that the semiotics of American manners eluded his grasp almost completely (83). For James “there couldn’t be any manners to speak of” in cities defined by such violent congestion, such “unmitigated publicity, publicity as a condition, as a doom, from which there could be no appeal” (10, 9).

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Cerise Press review of Hi-Density Politics by Urayoán Noel

Cerise Press, an international online journal of literature, arts, and culture, has recently published a review of Hi-Density Politics by Urayoán Noel in the Fall/Winter 2011-12, Vol. 3 Issue 8:

http://www.cerisepress.com/03/08/hi-density-politics-by-urayoan-noel
   

In Hi-Density Politics, Urayoán Noel celebrates the "composite of elsewheres" that make us whole. Allowing the shift of language its living immersion through the electric barrio, this book tunes into the many frequencies that "re-site the body" as observed by the "mock-spañol" sapien, the layered strata rife with invention. Let's move, these pages say, let's breathe the city through our body. With episodic density, Noel whirls us through an extravagant journey, proposing a newly charged coda for closeness.


—Edwin Torres

 

Urayoán Noel’s plurilingual, polyphonic, & polymorphous text works are images are performance scores are records of poetry actions are homophonic translations are poems are homages to some of Latin America and the Caribbean’s greatest innovators. Their language is a haunted one. Throughout Noel’s body of work the ghost of Spanish unsettles the English language, disrupting its expansionist ambitions. Ditto for the specter of English in the Spanish lines. The only expansionism here pertains to the field of poetry, and we’re all the luckier for it. 

—Mónica de la Torre

 

In Hi-Density Politics, Urayoán Noel hurls himself out of himself towards what actually “happens” in the world – deep ideological dalliance with A = not-A’s, B’s = C’s. As mediator “between cultures”, mashing up newly found “passions” to cultural funk-outs, he is ever the exacerbationist (trozos de “intención” - micro choques en colliders de jour). But not just for himself (!) Go-ahead here is by community (dímelo) - a solid push back on repressive hegemonies. The puckish poetic reminds one of Brecht’s Die Hauspostille (“Manual of Piety”). The we-could-pull-the-plug-on-all-this-culture-art-stuff-at-any-time – has been ghoulish kin to cultural-political artists since then. Thus, this book is also a “teaching" of our un-teachable busted capitalist moment. And marvelously, we feel freedom-potential in Hi-Density Politics. Noel rattles the “big other” symbolic order just long enough for the signs to slink out from under it, unbridled, furiously cute, in maximalist rhythms.

—Rodrigo Toscano

 

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Urayoán Noel is the author of the book/DVD Kool Logic (Bilingual Press, 2005) and two
collections of poetry in Spanish: the object-book Las flores del mall (2000) and Boringkén (2008). A contributing editor of Mandorla, he is the translator of the chapbook Belleza y Felicidad (Belladonna, 2005), and has translated a variety of Latin American and U.S. Latino/a poets. His reviews and essays have appeared in Contemporary Literature; BOMB; and Diasporic Avant-Gardes (Palgrave), and he has performed internationally, both solo and as part of Spanic Attack. Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Noel divides his time between the South Bronx and upstate New York. He teaches English at the University at Albany, SUNY, where he serves as a faculty advisor to the online poetics journal Barzakh.

Book Information:

· Paperback: 106 pages
· Binding: Perfect-Bound
· Publisher: BlazeVOX [books] 
· ISBN: 978-1-60964-031-6

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N7ostradamus and Automatic Zygote Reviewed

N7ostradamus and Automatic Zygote Reviewed

 2 New Great Reviews

 

N7ostradamus by Travis Macdonald reviewed in Jacket 2

 
 
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Travis Macdonald’s poetry and prose has appeared in print and online

Book Information:

· Paperback: 168 pages
· Binding: Perfect-Bound
· Publisher: BlazeVOX [books] 
· ISBN: 978-1-60964-009-5

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Automatic Zygote by Jonathan Witherspoon Huey reviewed on Big Bridge

 
 
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Book Information:

· Paperback: 100 pages
· Binding: Perfect-Bound
· Publisher: BlazeVOX [books] 
· ISBN: 978-1-60964-018-7

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Small Press Book Fair, long-lists and great reviews!

Small Press Book Fair, long-lists and great reviews!

What a great week for small presses! From book fairs to great reviews, BlazeVOX [books] has been making the news all over. Hurray!

 

 

Small Press Book Fair in Buffalo!!

http://www.buffalosmallpress.org

 

Yet again we had a great time at Buffalo’s Small Press Fair. This is a great event that seems to kick start Spring into it’s bloom for the Buffalo’s literati set. 

 

Read the great article in Artvoice!

http://artvoice.com/issues/v10n11/literary_buffalo

 

And in the Buffalo News

http://blogs.buffalonews.com/gusto/2011/03/small-press-book-fair-bucks-trends-to-become-a-regional-showcase.html

 

Big hugs to Chris Fritton and the whole Book Fair team! I am already looking forward to next years event! 

 

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Geoffrey Interviewed on Essential Writers 

 

Read our interview with publisher Geoffrey Gatza of BlazeVOX [books] http://essentialwriters.com/blazevox-books-interview-10116.htm

 

 

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Hi Density Politics reviewed at Constant Critic

 

http://www.constantcritic.com/sueyeun_juliette_lee/hi-density-politics/

 

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http://www.blazevox.org/index.php/Shop/Poetry/hi-density-politics-by-urayoan-noel-208/

 

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Iowa Review reviews Barbara Henning's Thirty Miles to Rosebud

http://iowareview.uiowa.edu/reviews/oct-09-2010/and-road-review-barbara-henning’s-thirty-miles-rosebud 

 

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http://www.blazevox.org/index.php/Shop/fiction/thirty-miles-to-rosebud-by-barbara-henning-66/

 

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Midwest Book Review on Historic Diary

http://www.midwestbookreview.com/mbw/mar_11.htm

 

Historic Diary

Tony Trigilio

BlazeVox Books

303 Bedford Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216

978160940125, $16.00

 

Lee Harvey Oswald in all of his infamy, proved to be one of the most intriguing characters of the twentieth century. "Historic Diary" is a work of poetry and fiction from Tony Trigilio as he tells a story through his poetry, hoping to show where Oswald's mind wandered and where it went. A truly unique experiment and blend of prose and poetry, "Historic Diary" is a fun and intriguing read that will prove hard to put down.

 

John Taylor

Reviewer

 

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http://www.blazevox.org/index.php/Shop/Poetry/historic-diary-by-tony-trigilio-196/

 

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Multiverse by Michael Smith has made the 2011 Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Book Award Long List <http://www.sibaweb.com/siba-news/siba-news/209-2011-siba-book-award-long-list> .

 

Buy the book here:

http://www.blazevox.org/index.php/Shop/Poetry/multiverse-by-michael-smith-159/

 

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The Future Is Happy by Sarah Sarai is reviewed by Melissa Studdard in the Jan/Feb 2011 issue American Book Review : http://americanbookreview.org/currentIssue.asp

 

Yay!

 

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http://www.blazevox.org/index.php/Shop/Poetry/the-future-is-happy-by-sarah-sarai-144/

 

 

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