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
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
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 (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.
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: http://www.jenniferlknox.com/
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
...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
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