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Issue #110
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New Titles 2019


Buried Alive: A To-Do List by Carole Bernstein

ISBN: 978-1-934909-60-7 $18.00

Buried Alive: A To-Do List

Carole Bernstein

This is Carole Bernstein's third poetry collection. Her previous books are Familiar (Hanging Loose Press)-which J. D. McClatchy called "an exhilarating book"-and And Stepped Away from the Circle (chapbook, Sow's Ear Press), winner of the Sow's Ear Chapbook contest. Her poems have appeared in Antioch Review, Bridges, Chelsea, The F-Word, Hanging Loose, Light, Paterson Literary Review, Poetry, Shenandoah, Yale Review, and elsewhere. Her work has also been included in three anthologies: American Poetry: The Next Generation (Carnegie Mellon University Press), Unsettling America (Viking) and The Laurel Hill Poetry Anthology (Laurel Hill Press). A Brooklyn native, she lives in Philadelphia and works as a freelance writer and marketing consultant.

“From satirizing the mechanics of the American workplace to discovering motherly devotion in the myth of Persephone, Carole Bernstein's third poetry collection Buried Alive: A To-Do List takes readers through caves and coffins alike, showing what living things still kick inside the previously presumed-dead.”
— Claire Oleson, Cleaver Magazine

“Carole Bernstein's gorgeous poems are unsentimental, witty, acerbically and hilariously skeptical of nature, of sex, religion, product placement, virtue-signaling-and of herself. She takes a stand for the fierce, exasperating messiness of life against abusive ideals of perfection. Preemptively mourning everything she loves, holding off death by any and all means, tending to deep griefs in secret, her compassion masquerades as a silent rebuke to the na├»ve, the uninformed, the as-yet unbereaved, about their own embarrassing, dangerous hopes. This wonderful book stokes in me a furnace of purifying rage against all the molesting assholes, against the new Nazis and the old ones, and against onrushing darkness in all its forms. I will follow this ferocious, reluctantly tender voice anywhere. ”
— Patrick Donnelly, author of Little-Known Operas

“Finely rendered details are things buried alive in the living and breathing, vibrant poems of Carole Bernstein, where we encounter family portraits; teenage memories (cutting school, loving Rusty Staub); quotidian, often-overlooked bits of our long days; the frank vicissitudes of pregnancy; the tiny sorrows of parenting; and always, always, a rare view of what Bernstein calls "domestic interiors" in lyric phrasings sometimes as warm as a cat in bed, sometimes as lost as a neglected fuzzy pink unicorn. Reading these poems makes me want to order pizza using reverse osmosis.”
— Al Filreis, Faculty Director, Kelly Writers House, University of Pennsylvania

“Carole Bernstein's book, Buried Alive: A To-Do List, is full of edgy humor, a sardonic tongue-in-cheek tone, mingled with the ability to tell the truth about even the most uncomfortable memories and tell it straight. I love the wild energy of this book and the poet's willingness to take chances. I love the sense that the poet's unique and tensile use of language creates an unforgettable book. ”
— Maria Mazziotti Gillan, American Book Award Winner

Getting to Philadelphia by Thomas Devaney

ISBN: 978-1-934909-57-7 $18.00

Getting to Philadelphia

Thomas Devaney

Thomas Devaney is the author of You Are the Battery, Runaway Goat Cart, The Picture that Remains (with the photographer Will Brown), A Series of Small Boxes, The American Pragmatist Fell in Love, and the solo-opera Calamity Jane. He is a 2014 Pew Fellow. He lives in Philadelphia and currently teaches at Haverford College.

“I deeply love the poems of Thomas Devaney, and Getting To Philadelphia New and Selected Poems, is a book full of why. Every poem in this collection resonates with the subtle wit and insight emblematic of Devaney's work. Not that who and what his poetry bears witness to is "subtle" but that his witnessing is. When I read these poems I live among the people they register and among the streets and buildings and occurrences that define his terrain. And the more I read the more I want to live among all that and the language that goes with it. As a perfect line in his poem OREGON AVE puts it: 'Seriously, when you have a good spot, why move the car?”
— Michael Lally

“O'Hara-esque all in his own way, Thomas Devaney's Getting to Philadelphia is a bright thing, a high panygeric in honor of one of the world's greatest cities, splayed heavily in his spirit, and thus his limbic language. Devaney knows its hidden histories and speakeasys, literary and graf artists, legendary corners, world eminences, but even more, its deep mysteries, which he sublimely cast as a sustained lyric meditation from poem to poem such that each glory-soaked line melodically reinscribes its magic as myth and song”
— Major Jackson

Anne A Novel by Paal-Helge Haugen Translated by Julia Johanne Tolo

ISBN: 978-1-934909-61-4 $18.00

Anne A Novel

Paal-Helge Haugen
Translated by Julia Johanne Tolo

Paal-Helge Haugen (b. 1945 in Setesdal, Norway) has published over 30 books (poetry, fiction, children's books, plays, essays) and books or selections of his work are translated to some 20 languages. He considers himself primarily a poet. He has received all the major Norwegian literary prizes, in addition to the Dobloug Prize, awarded by the Swedish Academy, The Richard Wilbur Prize (USA) and 'Edvard' (The Grieg Prize) for texts to music. Haugen has collaborated extensively with visual artists in Norway and Germany, and has written the libretti for six operas and other large-scale works by Norwegian composers, including Arne Nordheim and Cecilie Ore. He has also collaborated with experimental jazz musicians in Europe, among others David Sylvian and Arve Henriksen. In 2008 he was made Knight 1st Grade of The Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olaf, in recognition of his services to Norwegian art and letters. His titles in English include Stone Fences (University of Missouri Press, 1986), Wintering with the Light (Sun and Moon Press, 1997), and Meditations on George de la Tour (Bookthug, 2013).

Julia Johanne Tolo is a poet and translator from Oslo, Norway. She is the author of the chapbooks August, and the snow has just melted, from Bottlecap Press, and holes of silver from Ghost City Press.

“This book smells of damp wood, peeling paint, camphor, wounds, skin, hair, moss, and holy scripture. Julia Johanne Tolo's translation is a vividly palpable and unique performance of Haugen's classic.”
— Val Vinokur, author of Relative Genitive

“One of the most exciting books from Scandinavia that I've read in recent years. Permeated with darkness, Anne is a strange and compelling novel. Cinematic, each page feels like an intimate snapshot into another kind of life in Norway at the turn of the last century. As Haugen writes: 'Pale, they are frail images, perhaps I can erase them with my hand.' Documentary fragments break up Haugen's tactile verse and make for a spellbinding mosaic narrative that I want to return to again and again. Julia Johanne Tolo's translation is stunning.”
— Katrine Øgaard Jensen, writer, translator, editor of EuropeNow Journal

Invisible Horses by Rosalind Brackenbury

ISBN: 978-1-934909-56-0 $18.00

Invisible Horses

Rosalind Brackenbury

Rosalind Brackenbury was born in London, England, grew up in the UK and has lived in Scotland and France. She has lived in Key West for 25 years with her husband, Allen Meece.

She has been writing all her life and has published novels and collections of poetry, as well as award-winning short stories. She was literary editor at Solares Hill for ten years and Creative Writing Fellow at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg VA, in 2006 and 2012. In Key West she runs yearly poetry and prose workshops at TSKW and she has been featured both as panelist and moderator at the Key West Literary Seminar. She was Key West's second Poet Laureate in 2014-15. Her new novel, Without Her, is to be published by Delphinium Books in July 2019.

Praise for Rosalind Brackenbury's earlier poetry books:

“With deft mastery, Rosalind Brackenbury distills the facts and feel of a deeply lived-through and profoundly attended-to existence.”
— Jane Hirshfield

“These rich, fluent poems tell the story of a writer's pilgrimage...The sentences are so poised and artfully phrased that...they are a palpable pleasure on the tongue.”
— Harvey Shapiro

“As I read Rosalind Brackenbury's recent poems, I sensed that in the process of creation she must have been exceptionally aware of the reader; the reader being, of course, me. She tells me what I feel in language choicer than my own; she also intuits what I should be feeling and reveals it in language of tactful purity.”
— Harry Mathews

“Her poems are easy to enter but very hard to leave. They resonate in the mind long after their note has been struck.”
Westwords (U.K.)

Ways of Looking at a Woman by Caroline Hagood

ISBN: 978-1-934909-58-4 $18.00

Ways of Looking at a Woman

Caroline Hagood

Caroline Hagood's first book of poetry, Lunatic Speaks, was published in 2012, and her second poetry book, Making Maxine's Baby, a small press bestseller, came out in 2015 from Hanging Loose Press. Her writing has also appeared in The Kenyon Review, the Huffington Post, the Guardian, Salon, and the Economist. She's a Staff Blogger for the Kenyon Review, a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at Fordham University, and she teaches creative writing at Barnard College. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.

In Ways of Looking at a Woman, a book-length essay that interweaves memoir with film and literary history, Caroline Hagood assumes the role of detective to ask, what is a "woman," "mother," and "writer"? By turns smart, funny, and poignant, Ways of Looking at a Woman is a profound meditation on the many mysterious layers that make up both a book and a person.

Caroline Hagood's Ways of Looking at a Woman is a profoundly unique and honest piece of work, somehow executed with an astonishing lack of ego. She will break your heart with her naked sincerity; a masterful, singular writer who sheds light with every page.”
— Mary-Louise Parker

This book is for the poetry lovers whose brains have gone fractured after childbirth, fractured by love and focus and television and books, every influence jostling for precious space. Is this a poem? Is it a memoir? Is it a book on art and motherhood and love? Yes. I'll shelve it next to Maggie Nelson, on the shelf marked Necessary.”
— Emma Straub

Caroline Hagood's critical eye is somehow both cool and passionate, and she uses it freely, beautifully, to gift readers a riveting portrait of a mind at work. Referencing high and low culture, family, academic syllabi, and most importantly, her body, Hagood has made something entirely new and all her own.”
— Elisa Albert

End of the Business Day by Robert Hershon

ISBN: 978-1-934909-59-1 $18.00

End of the Business Day

Robert Hershon

Robert Hershon was born in Brooklyn in 1936. A graduate of New York University, he was executive director of The Print Center for 35 years and has been co-editor of Hanging Loose Press since its founding in 1966. Hershon has won two Creative Writing Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and three from the New York Foundation for the Arts.

“In an attempt to write a blurb that doesn't suck (doesn't sound like a blurb) for Bob's new book I have to make sure I don't say things like 'this soulful book is by turns hilarious and heart-rending', though it is, especially the soulful part, though I'm not entirely sure what 'rending' means. Then I wonder if I have to leave out that Bob, I mean Robert Hershon, the distinguished author of End of The Business Day, writes about aging in this totally disarming way, because Americans seem so afraid of age & its accumulation of odd detail & language as a general rule. But by "disarming" I mean the measure and humor of this poetry puts you right up into living experience as a moving foreground, full of glimpses and asides and extended gambits performed for the sake of love and love's civic attentiveness to the world's ordinary absurdities and points of beauty. And if that sounds too much like a blurb let me just tell you this is a badass book of poems & you will suffer if you don't find your way into its pages”
— Anselm Berrigan



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