Hillary Is Dreaming by Geneva Chao

Turn down the lights, hang on to your nightcaps — Hillary is Dreaming! Hilarious and true, or truly hilarious, this ripping, gripping dream of a book plays a fierce defense, shining an ultralight beam on the questions of the day. And night. An affair of the heart, lamentation and idyll, visions of eidos blaze. Earnest or ironic, or just plain cheeky, she’s (Hillary or Geneva?) “done being sorry.”

Norma Cole, author of Natural Light

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2016 | $15

“Naked Ambition in a Pantsuit”

I’m not immune to shame,
or virtue, or ambition — that
curse word
that makes me a bright-eyed
bucket of
crazy, my mouth full of the
oyster juice you put there;
or some bloody-mouthed
baby eater raving
with hunger like a tidal
wave, mowing down
the hapless who flee before it,
cracking bones;
spit or swallow
is never an old question,
some things stick
in the craw, some things
are worse going up
than down. I don’t pretend
not to want more than
give me my sin again, not to
think better of my mouth
than some golden boy’s
convenient spittoon —
common folk use pop
bottles for that and it’s
just as efficient. Let us
therefore make a deal; I’ll
stash my shame in the back
pocket of these pants and
you’ll take aim
again, from behind the yellow line
this time, and all of these
prizes are ours.

“Naked Ambition in a Pantsuit” was previously featured in Boston Review.
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Radios by Danny Snelson

“Radios uses every word and punctuation mark in Ronald Johnson’s Radi Os (1977) in the endeavor to recompose John Milton’s Paradise Lost (1674). Wherever he composed the holes, I filled them in. ‘Nothing is erased, everything is lost.’”

– Danny Snelson

Danny Snelson knows of man’s first attenuation, that erasure bears non-erasure, re-erasure, unerasure, the un-whitening by a half tone, and the refillable cartridge. Such cartridge mecanique is destined by providence for serial insertion in any mechanism, from radi os “syntactic static” to radios sweet saccharine transmission and the fruit of that first orbital taste. Turn down the dial OS muse, oh solar o, o attenuation.
– Tan Lin

Danny Snelson continues to amaze me with his unprecedented ability to cut to the heart of a genre or practice — whether it’s “conceptual writing” or the epic catalogue or the archival impulse or (in this case) the ubiquitous “erasure poem.” In the process, Snelson makes major statements with his very first forays, and his interventions simultaneously critique, revitalize, and render obsolete the mode in question with a single stroke. He is a poet of apotheosis. Radios, moreover, is enticingly readable on its own terms — though those terms are themselves self-reflexively historical in their dialectic between Milton and Johnson, presence and absence, memory and speculation, parody and pastiche. Plus, if you miss the old Hanuman books that Raymond Foye and Francesco Clemente used to issue from the Chelsea Hotel in the ’80s, you’ll be delighted with the format and design.
– Craig Dworkin

2016 | $14

Far Rainbow by Ed Steck

Steck’s “wild lit up cocoon” of a poem cruises interior expanses of “this geo-asshole world.” I is always a profligate brood of aliens sailing forth on a data sea, synthesizing feeling in the poem-chamber’s triangulated infinities. Like the best sci-fi, Far Rainbow cuts right to the quick of our broke-down sense-making apparatuses, scouring the deft pockets and knock-off truth markets of “clicking rhetorical innovation” to reconstitute our daily dystopia with rare elegance, buoyancy, and clarity.

– Daniel Owen

Limited Edition | 2016 | $12

Tristran by Gérard Cartier

A retelling of the Tristan and Isolde myth through the lens of the translator, Cartier’s book is an immersive dream. The French language review in Mediapart says: “Here is a book of poems in the process of writing themselves, which is also a fictional tale, in ignorance of a defined project, subject to change encounters, different authors and versions of the legend; melding spaces and centuries as diverse as a moor or the streets of a industrial city. The poet is at the heart of this mental landscape, and is himself a character — perhaps another Tristan…”

Translated by Genève Chao.

Limited Edition | 2015 | $16 |

Encrusted on the Living by Nicolas Tardy

In this collection of four shorter works united for the first time in one volume, Nicolas Tardy travels through time and space. Expect to be catapulted from Steve Austin’s neo-noir heroism through Alice’s rabbit hole and to a contemporary Québec where language and silence vy for attention.

Translated by François Luong and Genève Chao.

Limited Edition | 2015 | $16 

Names Disguised by Betsy Fagin

I’ve been in love with Betsy Fagin’s poetry for years. I’d hear her read, or see some of her poems here & there, & think on each occasions ‘Woah Besty is the BEST!’. Why isn’t there more of her writing to read, everywhere? It’s what I want, what I need to read, every time I turn around.’ Because for me this is the poetry that I not only admire but that I desperately believe in. Reading this book was like watching a talisman I’d been forever in need of materialize the gradual & granular concatenation of a contraband poetics where exodus alights on the limns of elision & with & contesting absolutely, privation’s wreckage, ie the present state of things. So these poems are composed & composing by way of intellect, urgency & music. I guess that’s why it feels like the talisman I’ve so long been in word, it’s like a truly public world in realization of itself, held out in the open, wounded & completely undeterred.

—Dana Ward

 | 2014 | $14 | 

23 Women to Kiss Before You Die by Diana Hamilton

“There are also men in the world,” Lydia Davis writes: “Sometimes we forget, and think there are only women—endless hills and plains of unresisting women.” Diana Hamilton’s Make Now chapbook, 23 Women to Kiss Before You Die (Make Now Press), agrees with Davis. The book is a collection of four poems about consent, female sexuality, and the quotidian. Hamilton’s first book, Okay, Okay (Truck Books 2012) dealt primarily with women crying at work, and two other chapbooks came out in 2014: 1. Universe (Ugly Duckling Presse), a long poem about examples in moral philosophy, and 2. Some Shit Advice (The Physiocrats), in which the speaker provides advice about shitting.

Limited Edition | 2014 | $9.00