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