Oct Tongue 2 is Here!

By Juliet Cook

THE Oct Tongue 2 collaborative poetry anthology has finally arrived!

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Sidewalk Etiquette — Meme

By Writing Knights Press

When you’re a feminist on the internet…

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NEW in Bad Pony – a collaborative poem by j/j hastain & Juliet Cook

By Juliet Cook

As in I creep and slink along,
a way of towing the line
when the line is so long
and I want to create my own song

and I want to create my own formula
for spontaneous combustion being drawn out in a longform
tirade until my fingers finally turn…”
from the poem Peristalsing Pistil, by j/j hastain and Juliet Cook, appearing within the NEW issue of Bad Pony
partake of more HERE – https://www.badponymag.com/november-2017-poetry/2017/10/21/juliet-cook-jj-haistain

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Oct Tongue 2 – by George Wallace, Lyn Lifshin, Mark Sebastian Jordan, Juliet Cook, Kathleen Cerveny, Dianne Borsenik, Margaret Bashaar and Eric Anderson (CC#96)

By John Burroughs

Achtung! Crisis Chronicles Press is pleased to present the long-awaited Oct Tongue 2, our biggest book yet (it’s like eight books in one!). See October (and so much more) through the eyes of eight of America’s finest poets: George Wallace, Lyn Lifshin, Mark Sebastian Jordan, Juliet Cook, Kathleen Cerveny, Dianne Borsenik, Margaret Bashaar and Eric Anderson.

Where Do You Want It?
United States $15.00 USDElsewhere $20.00 USD

Each of these eight writers wrote and submitted at least 31 poems in response to editor John Burroughs’ October 2014 poem-a-day invitation. Life intervened and it took awhile to get this fine collection into print, but we believe it is well worth the wait. Oct Tongue 2 features 258 poems on 328 pages, and is 6″x9″, perfect bound, with cover photo by Chandra Alderman. ISBN: 978-1-940996-47-9. It will make you laugh, make you cry, make you angry and make you glad you read it.

Available for $15 from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3431 George Avenue, Parma, Ohio 44134 USA.

Please join us for a special book launch event Saturday, November 18, 2017 from 2 to 4 p.m. during the Borderlands: Poetry on the Edge series at Main Street Books, 104 N. Main Street, Mansfield, Ohio 44902.

About the authors:

Eric Anderson is a graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts. His poetry has appeared in The Sun, Connotation Press, Prairie Schooner and other journals. His novella, Isn’t That Just Like You? (Cleveland State University Press) won the inaugural Ruthanne Wiley Memorial Novella Contest. His “A Couple of Scars on My Back” earned a Lantern Award for best poem from The Lit. And his first full-length collection, The Parable of the Room Spinning, is available from Kattywompus Press.

Margaret Bashaar‘s first book, Stationed Near the Gateway, was released by Sundress Publications in 2015. Her poetry has also been collected in four chapbooks and dozens of literary journals and anthologies. She co-organizes the annual event FREE POEMS with Rachael Deacon. And she lives in Pittsburgh, PA, with her partner, her son, and her kitty cats, and edits Hyacinth Girl Press (hyacinthgirlpress.com).

Dianne Borsenik is active in the northern Ohio poetry scene and regional reading circuit. Her work has been widely published in journals and anthologies, including Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Rosebud, Slipstream, Lilliput Review, The Offbeat, Chiron Review, Poems-For-All, A Rustling and Waking Within (OPA, 2017), and Resist Much/Obey Little: Inaugural Poems for the Resistance (Spuyten Duyvil, 2017). Crisis Chronicles Press published her first full-length collection, Age of Aquarius, in 2016. She won first place in the Best Cleveland Poem Competition in 2013 and 2014, and Lit Youngstown put her poem “Disco” on their tee shirts, which makes her feel like a rock star. Founder/editor at NightBallet Press and producer of BeatStreet Cleveland, Borsenik lives in Elyria with husband James and dogs Bodhisattva and Michel-Angelo. Find her at dianneborsenik.com.

Kathleen Cerveny, has been a working artist, an award-winning producer for Cleveland Public Radio, and Director of Arts Initiatives for the Cleveland Foundation. Her poems have appeared in the Southern New Hampshire University journal Amoskeag, the e-journal Shaking Like a Mountain, and in several Pudding House anthologies, as well as in in Future Cycle Press’ international anthology Poems for Malala Yousafzai. In 2014 Kathleen received the Robert Bergman Award from the Cleveland Arts Prize and she served as the 2013-14 Poet Laureate of Cleveland Heights. Her first collection, Coming to Terms, was published by NightBallet Press in 2015. Kathleen’s blog, Pay Attention, can be found on her website, kathleencerveny.com. She currently teaches arts management in the Conservatory at Baldwin Wallace University.

Juliet Cook‘s poetry has appeared in a small multitude of magazines, including Arsenic Lobster, Diagram, Diode, FLAPPERHOUSE, Hermeneutic Chaos, Menacing Hedge and Reality Beach. She is the author of numerous poetry chapbooks, recently including Red Demolition (Shirt Pocket Press, 2014), a collaboration with Robert Cole called Mutant Neuron Codex Swarm (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2015), and a collaboration with j/j hastain called Dive Back Down (Dancing Girl Press, 2015), with more forthcoming. Cook’s first full-length individual poetry book, Horrific Confection, was published by BlazeVOX and her second full-length individual poetry book, Malformed Confetti is forthcoming from Crisis Chronicles Press. Her most recent full-length poetry book, A Red Witch, Every Which Way, is a collaboration with j/j hastain published by Hysterical Books in 2016. Find her at JulietCook.weebly.com.

Mark Sebastian Jordan is a refugee of the corporate business world, where he spent a decade in packaging purchasing. Finding himself compulsively writing and creating to escape the unfulfilling day job, he fled when a corporate buyout ended his position. Since then, he has only worked jobs that offer personal fulfillment and creativity. He has written three full-length plays, several one-acts, and four books. He covers concerts of the Cleveland Orchestra for Seen & Heard International and performs widely as a director, actor, storyteller, and improv comedian. His humorous mystery Slammer, Private Dick was published by Sinister Hand Media in 2017.

Lyn Lifshin won the Jack Kerouac Award for her book Kiss the Skin Off, the Paterson Poetry Award for Before It’s Light, and the Texas Review Award for The Licorice Daughter: My Year with Ruffian. She’s been praised by Robert Frost, Ken Kesey, and Richard Eberhart, and is the subject of the award-winning documentary film Not Made of Glass. Lifshin earned the distinction “Queen of the Small Presses” for her dedication to the small presses which first published her, and for surviving on her own apart from any major publishing house or academic institution. Her most recent books include Femme Eterna (Glass Lyre, 2014), #AliveLikeALoadedGun (Transcendent Zero Press, 2016) and Little Dancer: The Degas Poems (NightBallet Press, 2017). Find her at lynlifshin.com.

George Wallace has been described as ‘a kind of Max Ernst stuck in the up-down elevator of America’ (A.D. Winans) and a poet who ‘navigates between high and low diction with generosity, elegance and power’ (Angelo Verga). “If you want to know what America feels like in your mouth, read his poems out loud,” writes Huffington Post’s Robert Peake. The editor of Poetrybay, co-editor of Great Weather for Media and author of 31 chapbooks, George is a fixture on the NYC scene and travels internationally to perform, lecture and teach workshops. Poet Laureate, Suffolk County, LI NY (2003-2005). Writer in residence, Walt Whitman Birthplace (2011-2017).

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NEW in Rag Queen Periodical – Saint Juliet with Starry Eyes

By Juliet Cook

“The truth of the matter
is that nobody wants to dive all the way
inside me and I wouldn’t let them anyway.
Because everywhere is nowhere
and eventually everyone disappears
or dies or explodes into the sky.”
from the poem “Saint Juliet with Starry Eyes” by Juliet Cook, at Rag Queen Periodical today
partake of more HERE – https://www.ragqueenperiodical.com/single-post/2017/11/13/St-Juliet-with-Starry-Eyes-by-Juliet-Cook

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Wolf Who Cries Boy by Ephraim Nehemiah

By Writing Knights Press

$8.00 USD
(plus Free PDF)

Coming Soon
Coming Soon
boy who cries wolf
is a fable about a boy
who repeatedly tricks his village
into trying to rescue him
from a wolf

when a wolf actually does appear
the boy cries for help
the villagers think
it’s another trick
no one comes to the rescue
Wolf Who Cries Boy

About the author: Ephraim Nehemiah is the self-proclaimed poet-laureate of Wakanda.

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NEW in The Rising Phoenix Review – Breast Meat by Juliet Cook

By Juliet Cook “None of us will win because we’re too busy competing

in the latest match that boils down

to who can crack the most eggs,

who can sizzle the longest before we all break.”

from the poem “Breast Meat” by Juliet Cook

NEW in the The Rising Phoenix Review

partake of more HERE – https://therisingphoenixreview.com/2017/11/12/breast-meat-by-juliet-cook/

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Something from Nothing by P.C. Vandall

By Writing Knights Press

$6.00 USD
(plus Free PDF)

Coming Soon
Coming Soon
Coming Soon
— Excerpt —
“She told me to stay
but I flew the coop–
took flight in a field
and let you
have your way.
I can hear you
through a maze
of corn stalks.”

About the author: Pamela is a Canadian writer from Gabriola Island and resides there with her husband and two children. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and she is currently working on her first full length collection.

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A Powerful New Review of the New “Fuck Cancer Poems” by Michael Grover (thank you to Matthew J Hall)!

By Juliet Cook “From empathy comes understanding. From understanding comes purpose. Above all else, Fuck Cancer Poems is a book of purpose. Grover is most certainly saying, fuck you, to the cancerous cells he hosts. Moreover, though, his resounding, fuck you!, is aimed at a wider pain; a common pain that the populace plays host to. The pain of loss. The discomfort of playing against the odds. The sorrow of getting older and watching friends die. The frustration of baring witness to money-hungry leaders rising from the ranks of schizophrenic government. These poems are a thoughtful response and a gut-deep reaction. They are the fuck destruction poems. They are fuck apathy poems. Fuck suffering quietly poems. Fuck loneliness poems. Fuck banal poetry poems. These are the resolute, empathetic, defiant, purposeful words of a man who has looked death in the eye; these are, Michael Grover’s, fuck cancer poems.”

from a powerful new review by Matthew J. Hall of the Blood Pudding Press poetry chapbook, “Fuck Cancer Poems” by Michael Grover.

read the entire review HERE – http://www.screamingwithbrevity.com/review-fuck-cancer-poems-michael-grover/

purchase your own copy of “Fuck Cancer Poems” from the Blood Pudding Press shop HERE – https://www.etsy.com/shop/BloodPuddingPress

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Dan Denton recommends “Fuck Cancer Poems” by Michael Grover (Blood Pudding Press 2017)

By Juliet Cook

“Ever read a poem that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand at attention? Ever read a poem that covers your arms in goosebumps?
Michael Grover‘s latest chapbook from Blood Pudding Press is classic Grover at his finest. ‘Fuck Cancer Poems,’ is raw, gritty, and honest. It provides a small glimpse of a poet warrior fighting cancer with all he’s got.
Go buy his book. It’s $7.”

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