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Recent Titles 2017


Backyards of the Universe

ISBN: 973-1-934909-49-2 $18.00

Backyards of the Universe

Jack Anderson

Jack Anderson, poet and dance critic, is the author of ten previous books of poetry; his Traffic won the Marie Alexander Award for prose poetry; and he is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and a National Endowment for the Arts literary award. He reviews dance for Dancing Times (London), and gives poetry readings in venues ranging from colleges and coffeehouses to a Long Island tattoo parlor and a vintage subway car in a Brooklyn transit museum.

“With a nimble grace and a wit that qualifies as both a deadly weapon and a sacrament, Jack Anderson's Backyards of the Universe offers the wry, mischievous shape-shifting poems of city life for which he has long been known and admired--and now he explores time in just the way that for decades he has explored city streets, both here and abroad--with courage, verve, and a keen eye for the details that reveal life's uncertainties, messes, and losses, as well as its epiphanies: Ginsberg meets Blake. Backyards of the Universe is rich with the mischief and whimsy we've come to expect from Jack Anderson--and deepening both the pleasure and the revelation is his persistent questioning of existence itself, culminating in the gorgeous, Joycean "Night Song Naming Night." Easily one of the most compelling and unforgettable reads of 2017.”
—Patricia Traxler

“Half magpie and all poet, Jack Anderson takes wing and lights everywhere, showing us things we've never seen before as well as ones we've seen every blessed day of our lives, though we'll never look at them the same way again. Cops, sex, dinosaurs, grandmas, the Bach family, Chairman Mao, bad puns (and a few good ones): it's all here, our whole lives and everyone else's, too. There's even "A Gas Station in Finland," a restful place among the evergreens to pause while Jack brushes the snow off his wings before taking us up again. Sheer delight awaits you, reader, and total pleasure.”—David Kirby

May All My Wounds Be Mortal

ISBN: 978-1-934909-45-9 (pbk.) $18.00

May All My Wounds Be Mortal

Karen Locascio

Karen Locascio was born and raised in New Jersey. She received her MFA from UMass Boston, where she won the Academy of American Poets Prize and received a scholarship to the New York Summer Writers Institute. Her work has appeared in Amethyst Arsenic, Hanging Loose, Thin Air, Spry Literary Journal, and Window Cat Press, among others, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Karen lives in Dorchester, MA, where she reads on the porch sipping whiskey whenever the weather allows.

“A love triangle is always scalene,' Karen Locascio writes, and when she's pierced by its point, out pour images breathless as amputations, sharp as fault lines, dangerous as fire 'dragging its fingers down a vein of coal.' May All My Wounds Be Mortal is the mesmerizing drama of a mind captured by obsession, refracted in shards of poetry.”
—Joyce Peseroff

“In her terrific debut, May All My Wounds Be Mortal, Karen Locascio is carving out a new genre: Horrifying Pastoral. In poems with rich attention to sound, rooted in conversation, she gives us unforgettable, cinematic images: 'I touch myself,/gravel stuck in a sticky wound.' 'Like a good beer needs a bottle opener. As if I don't have teeth.' Locascio's dangerous speakers make us look, and won't let us even WANT to look away. 'You're a sound, sound sleeper. A king in his cups. And I'm a queen/of chainsaws and scythes. I'm taking apart scissors. Wake up!”—Jill McDonough

Pop Vérité

ISBN: 978-1-934909-99-7 (pbk.) $18.00

Pop Vérité

R. Zamora Linmark

R. Zamora Linmark is the author of the novels Leche and Rolling the R's, which he adapted for the stage. He has also published three poetry collections, including The Evolution of a Sigh, all from Hanging Loose Press. Forthcoming is his first novel for young adults, These Books Belong to Ken Z. He lives in Manila.

“Einstein would love this book, since it's simultaneously the fastest as well as the slowest read ever: fast because the voice here moves at the speed of a teenager who's just scarfed a Monster Energy drink and a sack of Twizzlers, slow because that voice crams every line like a butcher does a sausage until it all but explodes on the page. James Schuyler and Frank O'Hara flit in and out of these poems, but then so do Tony Bennett, Roberto Bolaño, Donna Summer, Samuel Beckett, Amy Winehouse, and, well, everybody. Enjoy Pop Verité, reader; there's no way not to. Oh, and it's set in Paris.”
—David Kirby

“These multi-tasking poems are powered by infatuations, intoxications and a sense of liberation, aesthetic and amatory. Linmark rightly honors our appetites: for art, sex, travel, excitement and serenity. Each poem is a celebratory cultural synthesis, an inclusive manifesto of how to live and love as a true global citizen right this minute. Skype and Ouilipo and Kung Fu movies and Madame Bovary and Amy Winehouse and Samba dancing and Chet Baker and AIDS and yoga and Ecstasy are all part of the world view here. The spirit of these poems, bracing, great-hearted and unafraid, gives me hope for the future.”—Amy Gerstler

One Daughter Is Worth Ten Sons

ISBN: 978-1-934909-48-0 (pbk.) $18.00

One Daughter Is Worth Ten Sons

Jiwon Choi

Jiwon Choi is a poet, urban gardener, and preschool teacher. Her work has appeared in various online and print publications, including Painted Bride Quarterly, Bombay Gin, and Hanging Loose. One Daughter Is Worth Ten Sons is her first poetry collection. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

“Pissed-off, stripped down, and deadly accurate, these poems spare no one. Whether aimed at self or others, they cut through pretense and refuse to flatter. But love that's this exacting is all the more persuasive when it praises, as in 'I Pay My Book Fine,' the poet's moving appreciation of Korean Buddhist poet Ko Un. One of the joys of Jiwon Choi's poems is that her acerbic wit, rather than limiting experience and shutting down inquiry, instead evokes the riddle of our complex, contradictory human selves.”
—Joan Larkin

“Drop me off anywhere with Jiwon Choi-these wildly radiant poems of music & magic reel us in, fairy tale realisms mingled with elemental sound songs, mighty rumblings from the inner worlds of 'human mass transit' asking 'What was it all for?' so potently, in so many lifetimes & variant places-this is a wondrous book.”—Naomi Shihab Nye

Read an interview with Jiwon Choi

Drums for a Lost Song (Tambores para una canción perdida)

ISBN: 978-1-93-4909-96-6 (pbk.) $18.00

Drums for a Lost Song (Tambores para una canción perdida)

Jorge Velasco Mackenzie

Drums for a Lost Song (Tambores para una canción perdida), Jorge Velasco Mackenzie's tale of José Margarito,"the Singer," escaping from slavery in nineteenth-century Ecuador, combines elements of Ecuadorean history, magic realism, and the African Yoru pursued through the landscape and the towns of coastal Ecuador by his master, Captain Manda, with an entourage of servants and slaves that includes Margarito's lover, Pan de los Pobres; Lupina, a witch; Ochumare, the deity of the rainbow, god and goddess in one, whom Manda has also enslaved; and a notorious criminal from nineteenth century Ecuadorean history.

The narrative ranges through an array of adventures historical and otherwise: from the 16th century shipwreck that established a settlement of runaway slaves, to an escape via submarine, Ecuador's civil wars, the tale of the goddess Iris-female manifestation of the rainbow deity (who may or may not be the Singer's mother); meetings with the gods; a great banquet of Indians, soldiers, gentlemen and beggars; and the return of Halley's Comet. In Drums for a Lost Song we encounter the cruelty of slavery, the exhilaration of adventure, dialogue that makes characters come to life, and the possibility that Margarito's song—embodied in his story—may not be lost forever.

“The Singer is a unique and complex character, like the race that he represents . . . [The novel] overflows with imagination.”
—Ephraim Villacís, Casa de Cultura (Ecuadorean Ministry of Culture)

“By highlighting the Afro-Caribbean as an integral part of the Ecuadorean coast, [Mackenzie] is acknowledging the centrality of African faces and their inheritance that has survived either consciously or unconsciously throughout five centuries of Ecuadorean national history.”
"Recovering a Song of Lost Times: An Afrocentric Analysis of Tambores para una cancion perdida," Michael Handelsman, University of Tennessee Knoxville

Jorge Velasco Mackenzie, born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, in 1949, has been a university professor and a cultural journalist, as well as a writer. Tambores para una cancion perdida, first published in Ecuador in 1986, was awarded the Premio Nacional de Novela "Grupo de Guayaquil." He is the author of numerous novels and short story collections; his many other literary prizes and accolades include an award from the Ecuadorean Casa de Cultura. His work has been translated into English, German, French, Italian and Portuguese. This is the first English translation of Tambores para una cancion perdida.

Rob Gunther is a fiction writer and translator. He received his MFA in creative writing and literary translation at CUNY Queens College in 2017. He lives with his wife and son in Astoria, Queens.

New Life

ISBN: 978-1-934909-86-7 (pbk.) $18.00

New Life

Poems by Dan O'Brien

Dan O'Brien is an American playwright and poet living in Los Angeles. War Reporter (CBe, 2013) received the Fenton Aldeburgh Prize for a first collection, and was shortlisted for the Forward First Collection Prize. O'Brien's play The Body of an American, derived from the same material as War Reporter, received the Horton Foote Prize for Outstanding New American Play, the inaugural Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History, as well as the PEN Center USA Award for Drama. O'Brien's second poetry collection is Scarsdale (CBe, 2014). He is a 2015-16 Guggenheim Fellow in Drama and Performance Art.
War Reporter (2013)-described in the Guardian as "a masterpiece of truthfulness and feeling, and a completely sui generis addition not just to writing about war but to contemporary poetry"-was the story-in-verse of the twinned hauntings of the poet Dan O'Brien and the Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent Paul Watson.
New Life picks up where War Reporter left off, with the war reporter in Syria, in the midst of the Arab Spring, planning an escape into the imaginative realms of Hollywood. What follows is a poetic exploration of war and its aftermath and the question of whether or not we can ever truly lay our ghosts to rest.

“These poems are gorgeous and ironic and heartbreaking and angry and uplifting and tough-minded and compassionate and completely amazing. New Life is a triumph. Art wins, war loses.”
—Tim O'Brien

“These are powerful and original poems. I don't know anything like them. They are terrifying and beautiful. Sometimes terrifying beautiful. Don't leave this book on a doily in your parlor. Instead, nail it to the door of every church, mosque, temple, and government office in the world. This is the poetry of courage.”
—Thomas Lux


ISBN: 978-1-934909-97-3 (pbk.) $18.00


by Gerald Fleming

Gerald Fleming's most recent books are The Choreographer (Sixteen Rivers Press, San Francisco) and Night of Pure Breathing, prose poems (Hanging Loose). From 1995-2000 he edited and published the literary magazine Barnabe Mountain Review, and is currently editing both the limited-edition vitreous magazine One (More) Glass and The Collected Prose and Poetry of Lawrence Fixel. Fleming taught in the San Francisco public schools for thirty-seven years and has written three books for teachers, including Rain, Steam, and Speed (Jossey-Bass/Wiley). He lives part of the year in Paris.

“Gerald Fleming is a remarkable writer, made more so by his commitment to the prose poem, a form which at its best, as here, is a delicious treat on almost every occasion. His new volume, One, takes on the monosyllable and wrestles it into dizzying and wonderful pretzel-esque works which may appear, at first glance, non-pretzel-esque. You'll probably love this book as much as I do.”
—Frederick Barthelme

“At times wry and wickedly self-aware, these linked prose vignettes deepen into a resonant, searching meditation on that which resides hidden within us-metastatic cells, racism we've spent half our years unlearning, the slow burn of our lives. Fleming's voice is rich with a plainspoken elegance that evokes flickers of Ovid ("the years fled from her face," he writes in elegy) or the quieted mind of a Gerard Manley Hopkins who's made peace with his god and is engaged in the contemplative practice of ordinary life. In this almost-Oulipian project, poet and speaker both gently interrogate language and self, "take each shred down from the line/sew it to the next, soak it in brine/look at it/see that it means in ways we've not known-now finds us, & like us it's scarred now, but still ours-back in our mouths, on our tongues-quick birds!-flung into the air of our time." One is a powerful collection woven of grief, compassion, and the joy of a life well lived. Sidling up against fiction's narrative drive, it's told in a reinvented sprung rhythm sure and steady as a heartbeat, as the beat of one's own footsteps.”
—Miriam Bird Greenberg



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