By Juliet Cook
Blood Pudding Press is delighted to announce its 2015 Pushcart Prize nominees!
The press has chosen to nominate one poem from each of the three poetry chapbooks published by Blood Pudding Press this year.
The nominees are listed below followed by their nominated poems.
Congratulations to Lauren Gordon, Matthew J. Hall, and Nicole Rollender for these Pushcart Prize nominations.
what is good and wild in my country
nine miserable Nellies from New York whose fathers sell
goods on God’s grass her brother is alive and warm with two
hands and no one knows why but God, God hates
weather, weeds, heart, finally, round as a Christmas orange
crisp as an oyster cracker fished from a woolen winter pocket
you never saw two boys picked up dead and raped naked by a tornado
never knew another word for Indian or an outhouse hole of biting
flies, tiny graves in cellars or oh, that kind black doctor
with medicinal powders and the hair of your parents still grows
long after they’re under find a prayer to fix to water a calling card
with trailing flowers a bonnet that keeps slipping blue smoke cat tails
in your hoops, good and wild, one dead child, one loam son for everyone
(from the chapbook Fiddle Is Flood by Lauren Gordon)
The Pigeons and the Peace Dove
my apologies are short lived and dim
like headlights of a passing car
reflecting off gutter puddles
but anxiety hurls my goodwill at the wall
and laughs and cuts us with the shards
I should have collected all the tears
I have pulled from your eyes
taken them back and choked on the poison
the olive branch has withered
and fallen to the ground between us
the peace dove is twitching down there
her feathers are dirty like those of the pigeon
and the pain I have handed you freely
and the embarrassment of sharing my tarnished reputation
and though it may not be worth a damn
I do love you and I am sorry
(from the chapbook Pigeons and Peace Doves by Matthew J. Hall)
The disassembling: remember when
we pulled apart moths,
first clapping them between our hands, to stun
their flight? Pulling off one dusty wing,
wrenching the other. Dropping the torsos
in the stream, the water performed the final kill.
Was there an opening the illumined moth
slipped through? Or, did it sink
to be eaten? Or both, the way your remains
lowered in, collapses into earth,
and some other part of you enters and exits
by the ear. The drum shivers as you hum.
Your hair grows longer. The hip is something
no longer examined in the light.
(from the chapbook Bone of My Bone by Nicole Rollender)
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By John Burroughs
Crisis Chronicles Press is thrilled to announce the publication of Esteban Colon‘s latest poetry chapbook, This Frankenstein Union, on 30 November 2015. It is the latest release in our Ninesense series of 9-poem chapbooks by writers you ought to know.
Colon’s work is dark, funny, sexy, heavy in all the right places and unflinchingly truthful. This cycle of poems pulls love and passion through seductive fire. Come close, get hot, combust, and then remember it warmly.
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Esteban Colon is a Pushcart nominated writer and experiential educator from Kenosha. His work has found print in a variety of journals and anthologies. He is also the author of chapbooks Edgar Avenue (Naked Mannequin Press) and Between Blue Lines (Exact Change Press), along with his full length collection Things I Learned the Hard Way (Plain View Press).
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By Dianne Borsenik
NightBallet is very pleased to announce the publication of
The Sleep Talker by Lenny DellaRocca!
The Sleep Talker takes you on a dreamlike waltz through a surreal, but comforting, landscape. In this book, you will encounter an old wizard, an architect, a library of imagined books, mirror people, a genie, a window collector, a man who teaches children to fly. DellaRocca’s sweet phrasing compels the reader to journey deeper and deeper into the poems:
“This is a wizard’s spell cast by pen and wires, pipes, footsteps and sawhorses, a man dreaming in blue geometry.”
“I arrive when the sun dusts the world with a burning feather, carry a sack of broken mirrors, on each shard instructions written in moonlight: How Not to Fall Off the World:”
“And now a piece of the Little Dipper slips through the window. The sun comes up. There’s a small white feather on the floor.”
The Sleep Talker is 28 pages long and contains 21 poems. The cover, which boasts a gorgeous and somehow haunting photograph taken and artfully rendered by George Wallace, is the palest gray-green. The textured cardstock insert is a light violet-blue, and the text is printed on soft white paper.
Lenny DellaRocca has had poems published in many journals and magazines since 1980, including Nimrod, Seattle Review, Long Island Quarterly, and Chiron Review. A Pushcart nominee, he is former president of the Hannah Kahn Poetry Foundation,which facilitated workshops and readings by Denise Duhamel, Michael Hettich, Richard Blanco, and others.
Denise Duhamel has this to say about The Sleep Talker:
“Lenny DellaRocca gives us fabulously fabulist prose poems in The Sleep Talker, a chapbook of dreamy utterances, miniature philosophies, and shape-shifting epiphanies. Della Rocca is a poet of great intelligence, wit, and skill. He does what every poet (and driver on wet roads) should do—he steers into the skid.”
Michael Hettich says:
“In these beautifully nuanced, artfully crafted poems, Lenny DellaRocca takes us into worlds where magic and dream sing to us like almost forgotten memories, in language as clear as the very air we breathe. This is soulful, heartfelt, wonderfully strange poetry that teems with luminous images and satisfies with the magic of its narrative drive. Though reminiscent of folk-tales and magical-realist fables, DellaRocca’s poems are his own original and fresh creations. His is a mature voice and a welcome addition to the choir of contemporary American poetry.”
The Sleep Talker can be yours for only $5 plus $3 shipping/handling. Order your copy and allow DellaRocca’s magic to take you by the hand and lead you into another world of moonlight, white feathers, and libraries with long corridors.
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By John Burroughs
I love everything we publish in various ways, so it’s always hard to choose what to nominate for this prize or that. In 2015 alone, Crisis Chronicles Press will have published seventeen books (three of them forthcoming) including hundreds of poems. First I narrowed down my potential Pushcart Prize
nominees for this year to a couple dozen favorite poems. But I can only nominate six. I then spent hours more mulling before I finally forced myself to make some hard decisions.
So here they are, our nominees for the 2016 Pushcart Prize.
“Creepy Dolls” by Kevin Ridgeway, from Contents Under Pressure
“Deadtime” by Susan Sheppard, from Balefire
“Let’s Get It On” by Dianne Borsenik, from Thunderclap Amen
“Poem for Christian O’Keeffe” by John Dorsey, from Ghost on the Inside
“The Road” by Michael Ceraolo, from Readings / The Road
“The Fine Line of Beautiful Living” by Tracie Morell from Matilda’s Battle Waltz
We’ve also nominated Alex Gildzen’s Ohio Triangle for an Ohioana Book Award.
Good luck to you all!
John Burroughs, editor
Crisis Chronicles Press
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By Dianne Borsenik NightBallet Press recently had the honor of sending Tony Moffeit, the cofounder, with Todd Moore, of the Outlaw Poetry Movement, a couple of NightBallet Press books: Rented Mule by Wolfgang Carstens, and Lipsmack! A Sampler Platter of Poets from NightBallet Press Year Four 2015. He generously sent back these great reviews. Thank you, Tony Moffeit!
RENTED MULE is a knockout! I feel Wolfgang Carstens’ poetry is a working man’s blues, but a working man’s blues with a sense of humor! The blues and the humor are enhanced by Janne Karlsson’s illustrations! The main character here is the Rented Mule, working the MegaMart! The incredible irony of life situations is played out both in the MegaMart and in the home life! Carstens is the master of the slender poem eliciting a whole greater than the sum of its parts, as in “I think”: “you spelled/my name tag/wrong,”/I said,/grabbing my mop/and bucket,/”it should say/rented mule.” Karlsson’s illustrations enhance this hallucinatory world. Carstens yields his own brand of immortality in the poem “some men”: “so,/when my time comes,/bury me/with my name tag/and plant my tombstone/on the hill/overlooking/the MegaMart.” The humor in this book ranges from the belly laugh to metaphysical irony! The poems and illustrations work together to provide a kind of Zen Drama or Existential Opera! Read this book for an unusual and evocative journey!
I’ve had a chance to read LIPSMACK! and love it! First of all, the design is magnificent! I particularly like the photos of the authors on the back cover and the red endsheets! The cover design, with that great cover stock, is incredible! The legend/description of the authors on the back cover is perfect on the verso of the title page.
The mini-history of your press described in the Editor’s Introduction is crucial to the reader, such as me, who is new to viewing the poetry of your press and excited about what you are doing.
The first poet I went to, because she is one of my favorite poets, is Lyn Lifshin. Her WHEN I SEE JOAN OF ARC DRESSED IN ARMOUR PRAYING is a fascinating poem very Lifshin-like in its uncanny narrative, jazzy linebreaks, and history combined with irony. Lyn somehow weaves her own identity or persona into the “other” which or whom she is writing about.
The second poet I found fascinating was George Wallace, whose ALLEGORY BEAUTY ILLUSION FEAR is a gorgeous contrast to Lyn’s poem, like the organ grinder’s monkey in the rain “this sweet, practical, tubercular, enigmatic, american song.” Like so many poems in this volume, the history/narrative is combined with the lyric/irony.
The third poet I found fascinating was Alan Catlin. I love Catlin’s poetry. Again, the narrative, the extreme irony, the jazzy rhythms, the coming at things from a different angle. The Same Damn Thing is a beautiful slice of life.
The fourth poet I found fascinating was Andy Roberts. Excellent phrasing. Jazz improvisation with a touch of surrealism. You Know the Type is a gem.
The fifth poet I found fascinating was Margie Shaheed. In her Overheard Conversation #5, Zen meets the backstreet in a marvelous parable.
If you want to check out these fantastic books for yourself, just follow the PayPal links and I’ll pop the books in the mail today!
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The Poet’s Haven has submitted its nominations for the next Pushcart Prize. From this year’s publications, we have selected:
(While, yes, I do think it is egotistical to nominate one’s own poem for the Pushcart award, the Pushcart anthologies are only sold in print, so I’m hoping my anti-eBook rant will provide the editors with a laugh.)
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