New & Noteworthy Books

The New & Noteworthy Books section on NewPages comes out once a month (sometimes more) and features newly released and forthcoming titles primarily from independent and university publishers.

Posted on December 6, 2012

(See full list of noteworthy books by category below)

Appetite coverAppetite

Poetry by Aaron Smith

University of Pittsburgh Press, December 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0-8229-6219-9

Paperback: 64pp; $15.95

Appetite is a book that explores our American mythologies, particularly masculinity and film. Aaron Smith investigates our fascinations with the body, gender, and entertainment in poems that are critically observant, darkly funny, darkly angry, and sometimes heartbreaking. Whether he is cataloging shirtless men in films and bad television, lyricizing the anxieties of childhood, or redrawing the lines of cultural membership, Appetite attacks its subjects with wit, candor, and compassionate intensity. Aaron Smith is the author of Blue on Blue Ground, winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, and the chapbook Men in Groups. His work has appeared in a number of literary magazines, including Ploughshares and Prairie Schooner. He is assistant professor of English at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Black Tulips coverBlack Tulips

Poetry by Jose Maria Hinojosa

Translated from the Spanish by Mark Statman

University of New Orleans Press, September 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1608010882

Paperback: 192pp; $18.95

Black Tulips is a selection from the poetry of José María Hinojosa, the first English translation of a well-known poet of Spain’s famed Generation of ‘27, which included García Lorca, Dalí, Buñuel, Alberti, Aleixandre and Hernandez. His surrealist poetry contrasted with his right wing politics, causing him to break with the group during the Spanish Republic. He was assassinated by Republican sympathizers in 1936 and his writing disappeared from Spanish culture until the end of the 20th century.

Captive coverCaptive

Poetry by Martin Ott

C & R Press, October 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1-936196-10-4

Paperback: 80pp; $14.95

Martin Ott, a former U.S. Army interrogator, puts the world and his personal life beneath an inquisitor’s bright light in a debut collection of poetry that has been featured in magazines such as Connecticut Review, Harvard Review, Hotel Amerika, New Letters, Notre Dame Review and Prairie Schooner. He is the co-author, with John F. Buckley, of Poet’s Guide to America (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2012).

Consonant Sounds for Fish Songs coverConsonant Sounds for Fish Songs

Fiction by Traci Chee

Aqueous Books, August 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0-9847399-6-7

Paperback: 208pp; $14

Consonant Sounds for Fish Songs is a collection of 17 short stories that explore the border between what you know and what you can’t explain. These characters inhabit a world where turning into a fish is the only sensible solution to loneliness and the search for God is conducted through amplifiers and tape decks. Drawing on the traditions of Borges and Calvino, this collection portrays real-world problems that manifest in bizarre ways.

Dark Times Filled with Light coverDark Times Filled with Light

The Selected Work of Juan Gelman

Poetry by Juan Gelman

Translated from the Spanish by Hardie St. Martin

Open Letter, November 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1-934-824-68-9

Paperback: 192pp; $14.95

As Juan Gelman’s name begins appearing with regularity on lists predicting Noble-Laureate-deserving poets, his work has also begun to appear in English. But only now are the most stunning translations of Gelman’s poetry being published, and in one substantial volume. Dark Times Filled with Light traces the evolution of a gifted lyrical poet’s encounter with the political, when the poet’s son and daughter-in-law become “disappeared” by the Argentinian government, and the poet must write from both a literal and metaphysical exile. In this posthumously realized labor of love by the legendary translator Hardie St. Martin, Gelman’s staggering biography, and the poetics he developed to articulate and survive it, are unforgettably translated into beautiful and accessible poems that, taken together, weave a fragile but healing transformation.

Matters of Record coverMatters of Record

Chapbook by Megan Roberts

Finishing Line Press, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1-62229-078-9

Chapbook: 28pp; $12

Megan Roberts’s first chapbook, Matters of Record, takes readers into the crimes and punishments of female murderers. The voices in these 19 poems are those of victims, juries, witnesses, and the murderers themselves. Roberts’s fiction and poetry have appeared in The Raleigh Quarterly, Albatross, and Smokelong Quarterly, among others. She was recently awarded N.C. State’s Academy of American Poets Prize.

Pink Thunder coverPink Thunder

Poetry by Michael Zapruder

Black Ocean, December 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0-9844752-6-1

Hardcover: 64pp; $24.95

With contributions from 23 poets, 3 engineers, and over 30 musicians, Pink Thunder presents a musical and lyrical experiment by award-winning songwriter/composer Michael Zapruder, to see what happens when poems are sung instead of spoken. Potent with weird, funny, and singular possibilities, Pink Thunder’s playful and startling songs take their form entirely from the shape of the poems from which they are made. The result is a collection of musical readings both compelling and surprising. This full-color hardcover book contains an artist’s statement by Michael Zapruder with an introduction by Scott Pinkmountain and comes with a CD containing 22 tracks. Pink Thunder also features photographs from the recording sessions and the Wave Poetry Bus Tour and hand-lettered versions of the poems illuminated by Arrington de Dionyso.

Plainsight coverPlainsight

Chapbook by Justin Runge

New Michigan Press, December 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1-934832-38-7

Chapbook: 52pp; $9

The sparse poems in Plainsight travel through areas that the world forgets, places where “Propane tanks / slender as war- / heads sit next / to corrugated / steel everything.” Justine Runge’s collection captures the bleak, the forgotten, the dying, with crisp precision. Born in Omaha, Runge currently lives in Lawrence, Kansas, and serves as the poetry editor of Parcel. His poems have appeared in DIAGRAM, Linebreak, The Journal, and elsewhere.


Full list of new & forthcoming books received

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Posted December 6, 2012


In Vino Veritas: An Anthology of Drinking in Literature, Ed. Nicholas O. Warner, McFarland

New America: Contemporary Literature for a Changing Society, Ed. Holly Messitt & James Tolan, Autumn House Press

Remembrances of Wars Past, Ed. Henry F. Tonn, Fox Track Publications



The Busy Life, Laura Neuman, Gazing Grain Press

The Flung You, Lucy Anderton, New Michigan Press

Matters of Record, Megan Roberts, Finishing Line Press

Plainsight, Justin Runge, New Michigan Press


Children’s/YA Fiction

A Mummy in Her Backpack: Una momia en su mochila, James Luna, Arte Publico Press



8 Ways to Say “I Love My Life!”, Ed. Sylvia Mendoza, Arte Publico Press

Poems 1962 - 2012, Louise Gluck, Farrar Straus & Giroux



Before and Afterlives, Christopher Barzack, Lethe Press

Calligraphy of the Witch, Alcia Gaspar De Alba, Arte Publico Press

The Cat Did Not Die, Inger Frimansson, Caravel Mystery Books

Consonant Sounds for Fish Songs, Traci Chee, Aqueous Books

A Displaced Person: The Later Life and Extraordinary Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin, Vladimir Voinovich, Northwestern Univ Press

Garbage Night at the Opera, Valerie Fioravanti, BkMk Press

How to Greet Strangers, Joyce Thompson, Lethe Press

I Am Holding Your Hand, Myfanwy Collins, Pank

In Search Of: and others, Will Ludwigsen, Lethe Press

The Land Grant, Carlos Cisneros, Arte Publico Press

Little Raw Souls, Steven Schwartz, Autumn House Press

The Man Who Wouldn’t Stand Up, Jacob M. Appel, Cargo Publishing

The Mere Weight of Words, Carissa Halston, Aqueous Books

Modern Manners for Your Inner Demons, Tara Laskowski, Matter Press

The Moral Life of Soldiers, Jerome Gold, Black Heron Press

My Dear Watson, L.A. Fields, Lethe Press

On Sal Mal Lane, Ru Freeman, Graywolf Press

Shake Away These Constant Days, Ryan Werner, Jersey Devil Press

Submergence, J.M. Ledgard, Coffee House Press

where i am now, Robert Day, BkMk Press



The American Novel of War: A Critical Analysis and Classification System, Wallis R. Sanborn, III, McFarland

Bibliodeath, Andrei Codrescu, ANTIBOOKCLUB

But Hope is Longer: Navigating the Country of Breast Cancer, Tamara Levine, Second Story Books

Confessions of a Guilty Freelancer, William O’Rourke, Indiana Univ Press

Dragging Wyatt Earp: A Personal History of Dodge City, Robert Rebein, Ohio Univ Press / Swallow Press

Dreyfus and the Literature of the Third Republic: Secularism and Tolerance in Zola, Barres, Lazare and Proust, Evlyn Gould, McFarland

Lawful Abuse: How the Century of the Child Became the Century of the Corporation, Robert Flynn, Wings Press

Maigret, Simenon and France: Social Dimensions of the Novels and Stories, Bill Alder, McFarland

The Next Scott Nadelson: A Life in Progress, Scott Nadelson, Hawthorne Books

On the Dark Side of the Moon: A Journey Toward Recovery, Mike Medberry, Univ of Nebraska Press

The Sex Is out of This World: Essays on the Carnal Side of Science Fiction, Ed. Sherry Ginn, Michael G. Cornelius, McFarland

Tom Stoppard: Bucking the Postmodern, Daniel Keith Jernigan, McFarland



Agony, Steven Zultanski, BookThug

Appetite, Aaron Smith, Univ of Pittsburgh Press

Black Tulips, Jose Maria Hinojosa, Univ of New Orleans Press

Book of Dog, Cleopatra Mathis, Sarabande Books

Brink, Shanna Compton, Bloof Books

Captive, Martin Ott, C & R Press

Dark Elderberry Branch: Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva, Marina Tsvetaeva, Alice James Books

Dark Times Filled with Light: The Selected Work of Juan Gelman, Juan Gelman, Open Letter

Diverting Angels, Deborah Diemont, Dos Madres

Earlier Lives, Sara Dailey, Dos Madres

The Explosions, Mathias Svalina, Subito Press

History of the Body, Melanie McCabe, David Robert Books

Hummingbird, John Wall Barger, Palimpsest Press

If I Should Say I Have Hope, Lynn Melnick, YesYes Books

If, Leonard Schwartz, Talisman

Late Rapturous, Frank X. Gaspar, Autumn House Press

Little Black Daydream, Steve Kistulentz, Univ of Akron Press

Locals: A collection of prose poems, Claire Bateman, Serving House Books

Lost Transmissions, David Memmott, Serving House Books

The Lust of Unsentimental Waters, Rosa Alcala, Shearsman Books

Miraculum, Ruth L. Schwartz, Autumn House Press

Pink Thunder, Michael Zapruder, Black Ocean

Plagiarist, Pamela L. Laskin, Dos Madres

Possessive, Sally Van Doren, Louisiana State Univ Press

Salt Pier, Dore Kiesselbach, Univ of Pittsburgh Press

Sheet Music, Robert Gibb, Autumn House Press


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