“The genre-defying genius of Saturation Project brings memoir and essay to the land of myth. Here, the wildness of what we experience, that which cannot be controlled but controls nonetheless, finds expression through etherealizing and visceral saturations of the body: a feral, humming, windswept girlhood mapped with uncharted brilliance.” —Claudia Rankine. Buy this book from our affiliate Bookshop.org.
A carnivorous ferris wheel, exploding chickens, a theme park that’s home to a god, and a centuries-old Spanish ship found in the Texas hill country. More Enduring for Having been Broken includes stories of children abandoned, forgotten, and ignored, their trauma and the desperate need to survive it. Whether it’s living in a rusted stingray above a tourist shop in coastal Florida, feeding faces to monstrous catfish in the bayou, maintaining a derelict and fog-shrouded hotel in South America, or escaping through the labyrinthine caves of Crete, the boys and girls in this collection weather their aloneness in a world touched by the strange and fantastical.
"In Christopher Citro's If We Had a Lemon We'd Throw It and Call That the Sun, the kinetic, continually surprising lines of poems contend with the largest questions. The poem title 'An Emergency Every Day of the Week' suggests the sense of threat that veers through these poems in the midst of their bracing comic energy. For Citro, so much depends on the angle at which we view our experiences. Musing on our daily disarrangements and the ways we attempt to lower the temperature on our worry barometers, he makes wildly inventive, exciting, vital poems, working sideways to reveal what we really ought to see at last." —Lee Upton. Buy this book from our affiliate Bookshop.org.
This collection holds a mirror to the self and in its reflection we find the elegiac and the ecological, as in “how much of enjoying a place / is destroying it?”; the worlds both domestic and natural, as in “when the redbird strikes the window, it is me / who takes blame”; a daughter shattered, but not without humor—“I can feel it coming on, my season of lavish suffering, the why me why me why me why me / that leaves me snowblind in the asking”—and, certainly, not without tenderness. Shaped by both concision and unfolding sequences, The Last Unkillable Thing is a journey across landscapes of mourning. Buy this book from our affiliate Bookshop.org.
At the lucid depths of loss, as elemental as the Greek tragedies but on a personal scale and in an even tone of voice, Aaron Caycedo- Kimura’s poems in Ubasute are detailed, elegiac meditations within a particular American family. This compact, artful book evokes the eternal rhythms of grief and memory, loss and gratitude, including the evil of internment camps and the dignity of a suburban garden. Here is the restorative clarity of art. Winner of the 2020 Slapering Hol Press Chapbook Contest.
About Franz: Remembering C. G. Jung—A Son's Story, Mary Dian Motlon, Shanti Arts
Begin by Telling, Meg Remy, Book*hug Press
I Was a French Muslim, Mokhtar Mokhtefi, Other Press
Saturation Project, Christine Hume, Solid Objects
Southbound: Essays on Identity, Inheritance, and Social Change, Anjali Enjeti, University of Georgia Press
American Lục Bát for My Mother, Joshua Nguyen, Bull City Press
Art In Time, Cole Swensen, Nightboat Books
The Beginning of Water, Tran Le Khanh, White Pine Press
Call and Response, Rob Carney, Black Lawrence Press
Checkered Mates, Tricia Knoll, Kelsay Books
Demystifications, Miranda Mellis, Solid Objects
Everything Saved Will Be Last, Isaac Pickell, Black Lawrence Press
Flying through a Hole in the Storm, Fleda Brown, Ohio University Press
Grim Honey, Jessica Barksdale, Sheila-Na-Gig Editions
If We Had a Lemon We'd Throw It and Call That the Sun, Christopher Citro, Elixir Press
The Last Unkillable Thing, Emily Pittinos, University of Iowa Press
Little Elegies for Sister Satan, Michael Palmer, New Directions Publishing
Loosen, Kyle Potvin, Hobblebush Books
Lost Letters and Other Animals, Carrie Bennett, Black Lawrence Press
The Trojan Women, Rosanna Bruno & Anne Carson, New Directions Publishing
Twice Alive, Forrest Gander, New Directions Publishing
Ubasute, Aaron Caycedo-Kimura, Slapering Hol Press
Wrinkles in Time and in Love, Nancy Jo Allen, Kelsay Books
The Essence of Nathan Biddle, J. William Lewis, Greenleaf Book Group Press
Fragile Saints, Claire Ibarra, Adelaide Books
The Groundhog Forever, Henry Hoke, WTAW Press
Late Summer, Luiz Ruffato, Other Press
More Enduring for Having Been Broken, Gwendolyn Paradice, Black Lawrence Press
Nancy, Bruno Lloret, Two Lines Press
Origin Stories, Brigitte Lewis, Iron Horse Literary Review
A Sunday in Ville-d’Avray, Dominique Barbéris, Other Press
Ten Seconds In-Between, Doug Hoekstra, Better Than Starbucks Publications
Voices in the Evening, Natalia Ginzburg, New Directions Publishing
The World of Dew and Other Stories, Julian Mortimer Smith, Indiana University Press