Wednesday, July 30, 2008

news from New American Writing and Ahsahta Press


speaking of great deals, check out the new New American Writing, edited by Paul Hoover & Maxine Chernoff:

New American Writing 26 (2008) is now available. The issue has an Enrique Chagoya cover, attached, and work by sixty poets: Keith Waldrop, Rosmarie Waldrop, Sylvia Legris, Steve McCaffery, Karen Mac Cormack, Norma Cole, John Kinsella, Gillian Conoley, Clayton Eshleman, Nathaniel Tarn, Claudia Keelan, Donald Revell, Karen Volkman, John Tranter, Ron Padgett, Bill Berkson, Noah Eli Gordon, Liz Waldner, Martine Bellen, Ed Smallfield, Laura Kasischke, Joseph Lease, John Gallaher, Craig Santos Perez, Noelle Kocot, Donna de la Perriere, Kismet Al-Hussaini, Jordan Davis, Mark DuCharme, Molly Albracht, Stephen Vincent, Sarah Gridley, G.C. Waldrep and many others.

(notice the name i accidentally bolded!)

$15 for one issue or $36 for a 3-year subscription. Available from NAW, 369 Molino Avenue, Mill Valley CA 94941, and at better bookstores. If you wish to order copies or obtain a subscription using your credit card, go to their website.


Now available from Ahsahta Press!

*Subscriptions to our new season of books

*A $125 value for only $75—about $10 each.*

Ahsahta Press is publishing an unprecedented seven new books of poetry in our 2008–2009 season. Beginning in September, we'll bring out two collections by poets at the peak of their powers: Stephanie Strickland, whose masterful Zone : Zero is accompanied by an interactive CD, and Charles O. Hartman, whose New & Selected Poems brings together three decades of jazzy innovation. In January, Kathleen Jesme's new book The Plum-Stone Game gives us work by a poet D.A. Powell calls "refreshingly unafraid of the sensual powers of poetry." Also in January, we'll publish our 2008 Sawtooth Poetry Prize–winning book, the whole Marie by Barbara Maloutas, whose work was chosen from 740 submissions by C.D. Wright. Subscribers will receive Ben Doller's FAQ: in March—a follow-up to his Walt Whitman Award–winning first book—as well as first-time author Carrie Olivia Adams' filmic Intervening Absence. At season's end in May we publish Rachel Loden's Dick of the
Dead, in which Richard Nixon does his tragicomedic best to bring the world to rights.

If you're a poetry reader, you can ask your bookstore to carry these books as they come out—but why not place a subscription order with us and find them in your mailbox as soon as they're published? We'll give you an amazing discount (40%) *and pick up the shipping*—and you'll get everything we publish in our 2008–2009 season as they appear in September, January, March, and May.

This year's subscription will bring you our entire season's books ($125 if purchased separately) for only $75, including shipping, if you order before September 1, 2008. (Of course, you can order throughout the year, though our subscription price rises to $95 on September 1, 2008—still a great deal at about 25% off. We'll ship already published books as soon as we receive your order.) Subscribing early helps the press function—so thanks!

Ahsahta Press poetry consistently surprises, delights, challenges, and stimulates the reader. Don't miss any of it.

*2009 Subscription Season — $75.00 before September 2008*

Stephanie Strickland, *Zone : Zero* (with CD); Charles O. Hartman, *New & Selected Poems*; Kathleen Jesme, *The Plum-Stone Game*; Barbara Maloutas,* the whole Marie,* winner of the 2008 Sawtooth Poetry Prize, selected by C.D. Wright; Ben Doller,* FAQ:*; Carrie Olivia Adams, *Intervening Absence*; Rachel Loden, *Dick of the Dead*

*As a bonus for ordering early, select a book from our backlist. We'll send it to you free with your subscription!*

Subscribe today!


Monday, July 28, 2008

pre-order Omnidawn Fall Books: Special Discount!


Our two upcoming fall titles can be pre-ordered for amazing discounts.

But!! there's more news!

If you pre-order both of our new fall titles together, you can have them for the even better discount of 51%. Only $19.95 to have both books!! Free shipping in the USA.

All discounts end on August 1, 2008.

Books will ship mid to late September 2008.

Please visit either book's web page to access these special offers:

Hejinian, Lyn
144 pages (6 x 9 paper)
ISBN: 9781890650346
Normally $15.95
Special intro price, until 8/1/08: $9.95

Hölderlin, Friedrich
translated by Maxine Chernoff and Paul Hoover
Selected Poems of Friedrich Hölderlin
496 pages (6 x 9 paper)
ISBN: 9781890650353
Normally $24.95
Special intro price, until 8/1/08: $14.95


Sunday, July 20, 2008



Lacustrine and Midrash

This is what kind of sweet life I have had:

Someone wrote to me:

what a shame it is your love of life
should be pulled into its best channels by a lady radio

and I wrote it down
and I found it long enough later
that I have no idea who or when or why.
I did love that lady radio.


Someone sang to me:

up in an airplane
smoking her sweet cigarette
she went way up in an airplane

Then I read, years later, this very thing
in a Walker Percy novel
knew someone else had heard it sung
knew this was marvelous for I was so lone, so solitary
that whatever I heard was rendered
solitary too. Or so I thought but Oh

like Robinson Crusoe, I was not alone.

Now call upon my soul within the house,
go on, please.

I will answer, I am so happy.
Whereas before I knew this had all been so sweet

I would merely have hoped you would love me.


The ______ Stripped Bare

1. The company of heaven would be my company were it not for
this set of clothes.
2. The fiddle player looked in my eyes the whole way I walked up
to him.
3. The potter was unconcerned and hastened to show me her new
and unspeakable work.
4. Traded miracles over a fake bird’s eye maple tabletop with a
woman I’d seen before.
5. Outside the low blue light silvered the snowy mountain tops and
the unsettled surface of the sea.
6. Somehow the beach at Fort Worden Park eluded me today.
7. Somehow this feeling that scares me found me.
8. “Elvers” an unlikely name for something I might ever eat.
9. If they went to see the movie they never loved the book.
10. ‘Gilthoniel a Elbereth!’ echoes up loved from memory.
11. Terry Gilchrist sunburnt her nose repeatedly in 1980 Santa Fe.
12. All week New Mexico has reasserted itself, even before the sun
13. It is harder to wear out her clothing than one might wish.


Liz Waldner's most recent poetry collection is Trust, due out from Cleveland State University Poetry Center in Spring 09. Poems current or forthcoming in New American Writing, Poetry, The Journal, Interim, The New Yorker, and Weber.


Monday, July 14, 2008

REVIEW PAGE: On Spec by Tyrone Williams


Review by Steven Lansky at City Beat (also includes a brief interview).

Review by J. Peter Moore at Arch Journal

For more on On Spec, visit the book's main page at the Omnidawn website.


Thursday, July 10, 2008




Prick of the Spindle, an online journal of the literary arts, hosts its first poetry/short fiction reading in Dallas, TX Saturday, July 12 at 1 p.m. It's not too late to sign up as a guest reader! Contact Cynthia Reeser at or at (337)378-9800 to sign up or
for more information.

The event takes place at Barnes and Noble, 616 Preston Royal (in the Preston Royal Shopping Center), Dallas, Texas. Come show your support for literary arts in the south by attending the event, which is free and open to the public. Join Editor-in-Chief Cynthia Reeser and Fiction Editor Erin McKnight as they read selections from their own work.

Visit Prick of the Spindle here. Hope to see you at the open mic!


Dear Friends and Followers of Kelsey Street Press,

A note to let you know that you can now order your favorite Kelsey Street Press titles on-line at our site. and always with FREE shipping!

--- Renee Gladman's Newcomer Can't Swim available for you to purchase on-line!

--- Finally, Under Flag by Myung Mi Kim is now back in print!!!

--- A fabulous recording of Bhanu Kapil reading from The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers is now posted on our site here.

--- Kelsey Street Press has a new blog curated by KSP member Amber Di Pietra.

We invite you to participate in our Vertical Interrogation project. Please send us any of your answers to any one of Bhanu Kapil's Vertical queries. Jean Valentine's response is posted here at our blog site here.


Saturday, July 5, 2008




as if a final descent                                          HABITUATION RABBIT

the primeval swamp

the common herd

the crowded giant suns                                    HOVERS THE NORM

the many questions posed

the many species written off

the most helpful people

in fact, the several individuals

in fact, their sense of loss                                              ENTREAT TREATY

TREATMENT            SUCKER            QUARREL           THESE CLAWS

in fact, there’s no way to measure

in fact, an international team

in fact, cremation, autopsy reports

in fact,

in fact, something to do with microeconomics        SUCK UP TO THE FACTS

in fact, the winning lottery ticket

in fact, regurgitation paragons


bipedal apes

with opposable thumbs

without notice

the way tires squeal                         THE ANIMAL SHE FELL OUT OF A TREE

the way the day ends on the trading floor

the way you handle that device

the way advice is given                               WAS MOTHER

because where i live

where they live                          WAS MY MOTHER

where they live—                                SWARM AND FESTER

eternity of continuation

a flea, a parasite, a rat, a worm

a tick, a slug, a mouse                                    FEEDING BY DAY

easter bunny numb



Brenda Iijima
is the author of Animate, Inanimate Aims (Litmus, 2007) and Around Sea (O Books, 2004). Her book, If Not Metamorphic was runner up for the Sawtooth Prize and will be published by Ahsahta Press. Chapbooks include Rabbit Lesson (forthcoming from Fewer & Further Press), Color and Its Antecedents (Yen Agat, 2004), Early Linoleum (Furniture Press, 2004), Spacious (Other Publications, 2003), Audible Bio (Longhouse, 2003), In a Glass Box (Pressed Wafer, 2002) and several other artist's books. She is the editor of Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs. Together with Evelyn Reilly she is editing a collection of essays by poets concerning poetry and ecological ethics titled )((eco(lang)(uage(reader). She is the art editor at Boog City as well as a visual artist. She lives in Brooklyn, New York where she designs and constructs homeopathic gardens.