New chap from Jessica Bozek

Switchback poet Jessica Bozek has a new chapbook, Squint into the Sun, available now from Switchback's longtime literary love, dancing girl press! Many thanks to editor Kristy Bowen and congratulations Jessica!!! from Squint into the Sun have I told you I’m living in a natural disaster information center? on our shelves thirty movies about the ends of things we get giddy about erosion & avalanches would that this week crash more quickly to its end & I into you


Marisa Crawford and the rest of our friends at Small Desk Press are running this contest -- submit submit submit! Lizzy Acker Monster Poetry Contest Judge: Lizzy Acker Are there monsters in your closet? Or under your bed? Do you see them when you close your eyes? Do you love them? In celebration of the upcoming release of Lizzy Acker's Monster Party, Small Desk Press is thrilled (and terrified) to present the Monster Poetry Contest. Send us a poem about monsters: think Frankenstein, Loch Ness, serial killers, childhood nightmares, the REM album, The Aileen Wuornos movie, etc., etc., etc. The contest winner will receive a free catalog of all Small Desk Press titles – including Monste

Brandi Homan's Bobcat Country @ DEMO

Friend o' Switchback Jessi Lee Gaylord reviews Bobcat Country and reminds me how awesome it is. Not like I forgot! -- but Jessi is spot-on: "Homan dissects a slice of American pie, leaving the reader holding a dirty knife" "a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants verse that flirts with prose" "Bobcat delivers a Midwestern pastoral with exacting detail and a sheepish sense of humor, reminding us how it felt to have our feet propped on a sun-hot dash, singing along to Guns N’ Roses as our youth flew by."

Kathleen Rooney's Open Door

Kathleen (Oneiromance (an epithalamion)) gives a rundown of her Poets & Puppets reading with Leigh Stein, Sasha Fletcher, Jason Koo, Sommer Browning and Noah Eli Gordon, Martin Rock, Jason Zuzga, and "Elisa Gabbert" (er, a puppet "with lace hair and pale disk eyes") over at Harriet.

Jennifer Knox on Comment Field Bullies

At The Best American Poetry blog, poet Jennifer Knox writes about Comment Field Bullies (CFBs) in her Jane, You Ignorant Slut post: Did somebody say Jen Knox’s poems "read like Richard Pryor with an MFA"? Yes, somebody did.* Here's Knox's DRUNK BY NOON published by Bloof Books: Here's her website:

Myers, Muench, and Klaver, Oh My!

Gina Myers (Switchback hearts you!) reviews Becca Klaver's LA Liminal over at New Pages Dean Rader reviews Simone Muench's Orange Crush over at The Weekly Rader Becca Klaver offers up some Fourth of July fun for the Poetry Foundation

James Reiss reviews Simone Muench's Orange Crush

...Over at Gently Read Literature: Without constructing sequential plots, she deals with women’s lack of liberation and some of its awful particulars. Condensing what could be the early slave years of Sojourner Truth, in a poem about a young girl’s suicide titled “You Were Long Days and I Was Tiger-Lined,” Muench initially lashes the reader: “master wear a mask when you break out the leather.” No need to explain the link between whipping and being “tiger-lined”; Muench’s work suggests a woodshed of lost connections in a single image. Check it out here: ***Just noticed that Reiss also "reviews" the author photo at the end of the review... gross! Aren't we past this

SPD Recommends The Haunted House!

From SPD Recommends- July 1, 2010 New Poetry from Switchback Books The Haunted House by Marisa Crawford $14 paper 82 pp. Switchback Books ISBN: 9780978617257 Poetry. Marisa Crawford's first collection of poetry evokes The Breakfast Club's angst with deliberate control and fresh upheaval. Centering on coming-of-age themes, Crawford is brutally honest yet careful in her representations and confessional moments—she invokes a preteen voice, capturing in detail female subjects, such as one who wears "cotton flowers on her undershirt," and describing "men who leave handprints all over your blankets." There is a maddening and desirous investment in the characters littered throughout: Ivy, Deidre, V

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