July 29, 2010

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

July 29, 2010

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 Monster Partywhen it's released this fall – plus publication on http://wewhoareabouttodie.com/.

Please send submissions to contest@smalldeskpress.com by August 1st, 2010, and write "Lizzy Acker Monster Poetry Submission" in the subject line. Please include a cover page with ONLY the title o...

July 24, 2010

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."

July 18, 2010

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.

July 14, 2010

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/

July 3, 2010

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

July 2, 2010

Check out Marisa Crawford's poem "Artifacts" from The Haunted House.

Then pick up your copy here, here, or here.

July 1, 2010

...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 yet??? He describes "an attractive woman with horn-rimmed eyeglasses and a terrific smile." And while that may be true, um, really? NOT OK.***

July 1, 2010

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, Virginia, Stephanie, Megan. Each girl is a catalyst for another brilliantly crafted poem; each poem is a catalyst for swizzle-stick nostalgia and a close re-examination of girlhood. The winner of the 2008 Gatewood Prize, Crawford reminds us that although we may make it out of our childhoods alive, we...

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