Monday, December 8, 2008



More Bay Area readings courtesy of Jordon Zorker

November 16, Canessa gallery - Brian Lucas, Valerie Witte, Brian Strang

November 18, Books & Bookshelves, Colleen Lookingbill & Joseph Noble


3 new Burning Deck titles are available from: Small Press Distribution, or Press: (after January 1, 2009)

translated from the German by A. Duncan, T. Frazer, N. Grindell, C. Hawkey & R. Waldrop
Poetry, 144 pages, offset, smyth-sewn
ISBN 978-1-886224-92-6
original paperback $14
Publication date: December 15, 2008

A magazine issue with poems by Ann Cotton, Franz Josef Czernin, Michael Donhauser, Ute Eisinger, Daniel Falb, Hendrik Jackson, Marget Kreidl, Bert Papenfuss, Steffen Popp, Monika Rinck, Farhad Showghi, Hans Thill, Raphael Urweider, Anja Utler, Ron Winkler, and Uljana Wolf.

The poets in this issue, mostly in their thirties and forties, show great formal diversity. The works range from the sound explorations of Anja Utler to the camp sonnets of Ann Cotten; from Czernin’s puns and permutations to Rinck’s and Falb’s deceptively simple parlando; from Donhauser’s grammatical disruptions to Papenfuss’s baroque lists and “sassy East tone.” But they all share a concern with form and with language as material. The poets have also all received at least one prize.

2. Série d’Ecriture #21:
Isabelle Baladine Howald
translated from the French by Eléna Rivera
Poetry, 64 pages, offset, smyth-sewn
ISBN 978-1-886224-91-9 original paperback $14
Publication date: December 15, 2008

SECRET OF BREATH is a suite for two voices — a voice from outside and a voice from inside, a voice of the living and a voice of the dying — in a race against death and toward death. Caught in a narrative frame and a landscape marked by war, snow, cold, speed, and separation, these two voices, even while facing death, embody the approach of love. The secret of breath is as much a kiss as a last sigh.

ISABELLE BALADINE HOWALD lives and works in Strasbourg, where she directs the “Philosophical and Literary Encounters” of the Librairie Kléber. Her books of poetry include LES NOMS, TRÈS BAS (A Passage, 1986) and LES ETATS DE LA DÉMOLITION (Editions Jacques Brémond, 2002). Our present volume, SECRET DES SOUFFLES, is her most recent book (éditions Melville, 2004).

ELÉNA RIVERA was born in Mexico City and spent her childhood, to the age of thirteen, in Paris. She is the author of MISTAKES, ACCIDENTS AND A WANT OF LIBERTY (Barque Press, 2006) and SUGGESTIONS AT EVERY TURN (Seeing Eye Books, 2005). Her translations have appeared in the CHICAGO REVIEW and CIRCUMFERENCE: POETRY IN TRANSLATION. She was recently awarded the 2007 Witter Bynner Poetry Translator Residency at the Santa Fe Institute for the Arts.

3. Série d’Ecriture Supplement #5
Anne Portugal
translated from the French by Rosmarie Waldrop
Poetry, 24 pages, offset, saddlestitched
ISBN 978-1-886224-95-7 chapbook $8
Publication date: December 15, 2008

As Anne Portugal has said, her poetry breaks with elevated subjects as well as with the beauty of phrases. “Poetry is is a laboratory of languages. It is first and foremost physical.” Here, she truncates words to give rise to new rhythms, puzzlement, and sheer fun.

ANNE PORTUGAL was born in Angers, in 1949. She lives and teaches in Paris. She is also the model of a famous “Poets’ Calendar.” Her most recent books of poetry are DANS LA REPRODUCTION EN DEUX PARTIES ÉGALES DES PLANTES ET DES ANIMAUX (1999) and DÉFINITIF BOB (2002). Norma Cole has translated NUDE (Kelsey St. Press, 2001).


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