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We're migrating our whole ordering system from Ye Olde Paypal over to Square. It'll take a bit, but if you want to pick up the 2022 stuff, it's all orderable over here in the slicker new site.

All the old ordering is still functional over here still until we get it all migrated, but if you want to pick up the new chapbook series, the remaining poetry shorts, and the 20th anniversary Tarot decks, give it a try?

(First the frontlist in order of release, then the backlist, in alphabetical order.)

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2023 Chapbook Subscription (preorder) The 2023 Chapbook Subscription includes W. Todd Kaneko's THE DEAD WRESTLER ELEGIES (CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION), Jed Munson's MINESWEEPER, Eric Burger's SIZZLE, and Julie Marie Wade's FUGUE. Titles will be shipped on publication in early 2023. PDF + print version includes shipping in the US.

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W. Todd Kaneko, The Dead Wrestler Elegies: Championship Edition

The Dead Wrestler Elegies, Championship Edition

It's the Championship Edition of W. Todd Kaneko's The Dead Wrestler Elegies, featuring all the killer poems and drawings in the first and now out of print edition. And, what's more, the Championship Edition includes all new poems and drawings. It's the most badass and tender book of poems you can buy!

W. Todd Kaneko's The Dead Wrestler Elegies is some kind of miracle. There's nothing else like it. The book succeeds as guilty pleasure and love affair, tribute and indictment, myth-making and intervention, a chronicle of obsession and disappointment, and a meditation on everything from gender politics to the points at which we all, eventually, submit. More than a pack of wild horses, more than spray-tanned human biceps confusing themselves for pythons, more than any kind of mania, really, this book is gonna run wild on you. —MATTHEW GAVIN FRANK

When the lights in the arenas go out, the poems and Kaneko's stunning visual work in The Dead Wrestler Elegies honor both these wrestlers and an era. Through Todd Kaneko's fierce but tender elegies, we come to understand that the gods are mortal after all. —OLIVER DE LA PAZ

Sheened with baby oil and juice, these powerful poems explore the constructed and painful nature of masculinity's glory and gory days, where the body's currency is a site of both invincibility and vulnerability, transcendence and decay, Kaneko's lines moonsaulting a muscular parabola between cartoon and icon, kitsch and myth, the timeless cage match between ecstasy and grief. —LEE ANN RORIPAUGH

These larger-than-life portraits are, more deeply, elegies for a lost family: for a departed mother, for a father who shared his love of wrestling through old VHS tapes. W. Todd Kaneko makes the wrestling ring an allegory of childhood, of masculinity, desire, and loss, a landscape of fantasy and dreams. —TIMOTHY YU

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Jed Munson, Minesweeper

Jed Munson's Minesweeper, winner of the 2022 Chapbook Contest (ships March 2023)

Minesweeper is not only poetry, but an exceptional piece of art of extraordinary caliber. Minesweeper sweeps us off our feet with its state-of-the-art bilingual-hyphenated, prepotent field of precocity and its intense algorithmic / microchipic tenderness / terseness / ingemination. It's so supremely well-balanced, so playful, so brilliant. While breaking our hearts with piquant line breaks, Jed Munson relentlessly surprises us with his accelerated gravity of recombineable, scrabblic, vulnerable inventions and cataclysmic candidness. It is a chapbook that defies our limitations and flourishes with dynamic, energetic wit. —VI KHI NAO

"Do not forget," Wittgenstein once cautioned, "that a poem, even though it is composed in the language of information, is not used in the language-game of giving information." One would never forget such a thing when reading Jed Munson's ludic lucubrations, which are as razor-sharp as they are full of risk and rambunctiousness. Engaging with Munson's Minesweeper is to get swept up in a poetics of polyglot playfulness. When the odds are stacked against us, it is heartening to know that there is a fine new player in town. Game on. —MICHAEL LEONG

Jed Munson's poems in Minesweeper get the far out present, the present present, the remembered present, & the shadow present, at minimum, together freaking the scene and sensed. They make rhythm and interr- uption be bound to one another as a multi-lingual record of consciousness, and this happens across a range of tones, textures, and forms in space constantly moving. I dig their angry and amused pleasure in handling and unhandling the steady intermittence of listening. —ANSELM BERRIGAN


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Eric Burger, Sizzle

Eric Burger, Sizzle, preorder (ships Feb 2023)

Oh man, this is a good one. The 19 scenarios in Eric Burger's Sizzle are wild and odd, funny, weird, and lovely. Reading these prose poems, one gets the feeling of punching through the veil between the everyday real and whatever's underneath it, some darkness, some language, much stranger. Ghosts, burning girls, strange beasts, dusk tunnels, holographic universes, goat people, circus freaks, sky piranhas, and mysterious spirals: this book brings the noise.

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Julie Marie Wade, Fugue: an Aural History

Julie Marie Wade's Fugue: an Aural History

Go ahead, tell me-what words do you love? For to love a word is to love the sound it makes. To love a word is to hear the bells in it; to use a word out of love is to become a bell-ringer, which is also to say, a campanologist.

In this book-length essay, Julie Marie Wade writes a sonic autobiography, a gorgeous inquiry into language, sound, and history.

Keywords: lyric essay, autobiography, sound, language, memory

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2022 Chapbook Subscription The 2022 Chapbook Series Subscription! Buy all six chapbooks at a nice discount, and your print order includes PDF downloads.

Chapbooks ship in Spring 2022. This year's subscription includes:

  • Anney Bolgiano's prizewinning Flat-Pack
  • Marcia Aldrich's Edge (02.08.22)
  • Nancy Eimers's Human Figures
  • Stephen Ira's Chasers
  • Ryan Mihaly's B-Flat Clarinet Fingering Chart
  • Dujie Tahat's Balikbayan.

The print + pdf package is a steal at $36 with free shipping, or pick up the pdfs only for $20.

6 chapbooks in the 2020 Series: print + PDF

6 chapbooks in the 2020 Series: digital downloads (pdfs) only:

Marcia Aldrich, Edge

Marcia Aldrich, Edge, essays, 54 pp: Michigan, deer, silence, time, obsession.



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Nancy Eimers, Human Figures, poems, 52 pp: Mannequins, dreams, landscapes


Human Figures is the new chapbook by Nancy Eimers. A finalist for the 2021 NMP/DIAGRAM chapbook competition, Human Figures features new poems by one of our favorite poets. These poems consider the line of beauty between the living and the nonliving (mannequins especially, which are the subjects or addressees of many of these poems), dreams, television, beauty, apperception, landscapes, trees, politics, bombs, memory, and other crises.

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Ryan Mihaly, B-Flat Clarinet Fingering Chart, poems, 84 pp: Music, time, memory

In B-Flat Clarinet Fingering Chart, Ryan Mihaly offers a window into the mind of the music educator that is part ritual, part revelation. The meditative prose harnesses the reflection of the basics, how the breath brings us back to the body. The sentences are simultaneously grounding and surreal and pose deceptively simple questions—what is it we share when we teach? How do we relate to how we breathe? At the core of the book is a voice of sheer wonder asking us to hear an entire song that is only the note E, a voice that considers practice and the soul to be enharmonic. Mihaly offers us "...a reprieve for the miserable. A provision, a ration of God. Breathe misery into your lungs as if the note alone could cure." —WHEELER LIGHT

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Anney Bolgiano, Flat-Pack, text/image, 44 pp: Ikea, diagrams, assembly, Marcus Aurelius

Our 2021 Chapbook Contest Winner!

"Flat-Pack is a wonderfully original collage of text and image. Disembodied hands grapple with hammers; human figures fumble with puzzling tasks, tools, and questions: "Are you awaiting the present moment? seeking a well-ordered life?" With its mash-up of modern anxiety and stoic wisdom, Flat-Pack manages to be harrowing, comforting, and comic all at once." —SARAH J. SLOAT

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Dujie Tahat, Balikbayan, poems, 40 pp: Bsalikbayan, ritual, home, family, grief

"For so many Filipinx, balikbayan boxes are totemic. Though we rarely name it as such, the ritual filling of these boxes is an object lesson in diaspora, empire, and the immigrant homesickness that defies English translation. With the same reverent attention to structure, Dujie Tahat unpacks balikbayan—an identity so crammed with questions and contradictions that it might never find a true home, but can find peace in the searching. I love these poems. They are pasalubong from that distant cousin who somehow knows you as intimately as you know yourself." —ANGELA GARBES

"How much can be said before a box is packed? And how much before it is unpacked? Reading Dujie Tahat's Balikbayan is a synesthetic experience. Every line folds and unfolds on its scores, revealing each poem's crisp and dolorous music. This collection is an innovative wonder—to borrow Tahat's words, here there are "no blemishes." Only "bloom."" —JANINE JOSEPH

"In Dujie Tahat's latest work, they speak of a longing that cannot merely be erased through the accumulation of things. Tahat questions our insistence in the economy of our grief by constructing delicate, jewel-like memory boxes. And in the moment when we open these gifts, we are offered a chance to return to a home that is within ourselves. Within each balikbayan box, the poems extend a hand, beckoning us to also pack a little of ourselves as we revisit the sources of our longings, whether they be the immediacy of familial crisis, the deep trauma of a lost world, or a moment of recognition in the archives of our imagination." —OLIVER DE LA PAZ

"Balikbayan is a gorgeous legacy of connectedness to one's self. To fill and deliver a balikbayan box is to build connective tissue across an ocean and to return home bearing gifts. This is precisely and magnificently what Dujie Tahat does in this collection; fills and delivers their story; building the connection across the complexity of living in multiple identities and finding home in ourselves. What Dujie Tahat is able to do with multiple languages (English, Tagalog, Taglish, Hip Hop) is surreal and only further proves this entanglement that only they are able to deliver so gracefully. One of the most compelling collections of poetry I've ever come across." —EBO BARTON

Like its namesake, Balikbayan holds dear life's extraordinary essentials. Which is to say, this is a collection of shape-shifting care packages: poems as reminders of what sustains us; poems that bear witness to needful defiance; poems of generosity and grit. As Audre Lorde would "make, demand, translate" everyday beauty to build an "arsenal against despair," Dujie Tahat transfigures hand-me-downs and home-made remixes, "bright trinkets" and love notes and wildflowers. How fortunate we are to read these gifts—to be carried safely beyond "…The Unfathomable News That Every Thing We've Ever Known Will Shortly Be On Fire" toward new dreams, new forms. —R.A. VILLANUEVA

In Balikbayan, Dujie Tahat creates a form that enacts a consecration of both a container and an enactment of love within the Filipinx/a/o diaspora. With invention and verve, Tahat packs and packs each balikbayan box to gift us history and tsimis and music and grief, memory and flowers and anger and forgiveness and legacy. These boxes are of and for kasama and pamilya—not limited by borders or time or space. Instead, Tahat crafts universes inside these seemingly mundane, seemingly small receptacles, which grow bigger on the inside, ever-expanding with "a more tender touching," one that "could stuff a whole mosque in—a cathedral, too." —MICHELLE PENALOZA

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Stephen Ira, Chasers, poems, 52 pp: Bodies, transness, desire, fetishes, pursuit.

Do you like the beach, or beaches? Have you experienced problems with trans men? Are you worried about love poetry? Are you trans? Is someone else nearby trans? How nearby? Do you like @chris.berntsen? Have you ever fallen in love with him before, or watched someone else do so? Do you want to chase him endlessly into the swirling Tiber? Do you want to read a short novella in verse set in the trans planetary districts of New York and New Orleans about falling in love with the photographer, the multimedia artist, the circumgender Nan Goldin of Bushwick, Chris B? Do you ask yourself, when the poet places the love poem between herself and the lover, is she failing to take responsibility for the small world she has created, the one that's operating in those moments when the love poem is a world and not a lasso or a barrier?


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2021 Chapbook Subscription

The 2021 Chapbook Series Subscription! Buy all four chapbooks at a nice discount, and your print order includes PDF downloads. Includes Lytton Smith's The Square; Ashley Chambers's The Exquisite Buoyancies; Julia Madsen's Home Movie, Nowhere; and Kell Connor's Final Diaries.


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2020 Chapbook Subscription 2020 Subscription 2020 Chapbook Subscription: five chapbooks (Bates, Brown, Goodman & Kalayeh, Gucciardi, Whitfill).

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2019 Chapbook Subscription

2019 Chapbook Subscription: six chapbooks (Admussen, Bertram, Dally, Saland, Roeder/Safa, and Thon).

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2017 Chapbook Subscription [6 chapbooks]

The 2017 Chapbook Subscription gets you print and pdf copies of all six chapbooks in the series: Jacqueline Lyons' Earthquake Daily, Patricia Clark's Deadlifts, Kathleen Peirce's Vault, Albert Goldbarth's The World of Multicongruencies We Tend to Inhabit Increasingly, Maya Popa's You Always Wished the Animals Would Leave, and our chapbook contest winner, Claire Wahmanholm's Night Vision.

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Ashley Chambers

Ashley Chambers, The Exquisite Buoyancies

Listen to Caryl Pagel: "In Chambers' remarkable debut the cracked, emphatic word works to join—via staccato rhythms slowed only by "feralsigh" or caesura—imagination's reign to the unruly machinations of the "body-body." In a series of urgent addresses, Chambers' Dickinsonesque syntax stresses and sizzles. Instead of a Master we have Honey, we have Baby, we have Little, and we have Light. The Exquisite Buoyancies is a book of jumbling, tumbling doubling and becoming that suggests echo as tether to lament. Chambers' poems are creepy, freaky, lustfull love Songs sung into cosmic darkness."

According to Cody-Rose Clevidence, "Anguish can be a kind of joy. Here, in various constellations of heightened language, lyric crooning, ethereal & felt, bodily things, meaning emerges and recedes and emerges again; part incantation and lament, part a sort of flailing, circling ecstasy. This poetics shows us that as we would play with a child, so too we can play with language, even, maybe especially, the language of our hardest moments, when our soul is floundering about : "like Look / thus named Light / like Linnet who laughs laborious in warblelow delight—". This is a beautiful book.

Selah Saterstrom says: "Tucked within every page of The Exquisite Buoyancies is a door. And if you go through it: the impossible glow of the interior will lead you to the charnel grounds where lamentation-celebrations hum through this long night. These poems trace the echoes that slip in and out of the range of the visible page. The result, somehow, is that the reader becomes haunted by radiant light. Ashley Chambers has created a remarkable collection."

Published 02.23.21.

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Kell Connor

Kell Connor, Final Diaries

Published 03.09.21.

978-1-934832-79-0, 40 pp, 5" x 8" format


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Julia Madsen

Julia Madsen, Home Movie, Nowhere

Sez Marty Cain: "In this work, the Heartland is not an inert pastoral surface. It's a worn-out vhs tape you find under the bed. It's the scratching sound of a rat in the wall. Somewhere between C.D. Wright and James Agee, this book wields the tools of documentary and reduces them to their barest elements with a clarity both beautiful and terrifying. Her Iowa is filled with spider sacs, cataracts, pornographic theaters, bottomless mystery, cruel bosses who piss into Mountain Dew bottles. Like any good country poet, Madsen knows that writing pulls you closer to the root while simultaneously dragging you adrift."

According to Hillary Leftwich, "Madsen creates a reality where the reader is the director of a world that can sometimes appear to be a dream but perhaps is a life forgotten. Memories layered with rich scenery in an unforgiving landscape clash in the most hurtful of ways. What feels like a small distance between self and land is deceiving. Madsen invites us so far inside we'll never want to leave."

Published 02.02.21.

978-1-934832-81-3, 60pp, 5" x 8" format


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Lytton Smith

The 2020 NMP/DIAGRAM Chapbook Contest Winner, Lytton Smith's The Square.

Published 03.02.21

978-1-934832-78-3, 58pp, 8" x 8" square format

"Lytton Smith reaches in these poems for the deepest collective meanings of the square as shape and place where history changes—and then changes again. These profound poems capture the after and the after and the after of human history as it has played out upon squares all over the world. In the transfixing convergence of forms and histories that surface in these astounding poems, Smith has created an urgent, stirring poetics of the square and its role in social movements all over the world." —Idra Novey

"I often think of a protest as a pause, or a gap, a way to break the inevitability of time’s arrow. The Square does what the most powerful, life-altering protests have done and will do—it fortifies the individual while not just envisioning but manifesting a new community  a new world lived, if only for a moment, teaching us how to radiate into new days."  —TC Tolbert


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And, Let's Admit,


The Backlist Continues


to Rock

Nick Admussen 04.15.19: Nick Admussen, Stand Back, Don't Fear the Change

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Stephanie Anderson

In the Particular Particular: Stephanie Anderson

(2006 Chapbook Contest winner)

It's a great debut: we are thrilled to announce the publication of Stephanie Anderson's chapbook In the Particular Particular, winner of the 2006 NMP/DIAGRAM chapbook contest.

These poems smoke when sprayed with water: that is how hot they are. (Technically that's evaporation, but it looks a lot like smoke.) They are each like evaporations, evocations, interactions with the world via verb and adjective and noun. They are gloriously in love with language, and we believe you will love them in return.

5.5" x 8.5", 48pp. $8.00.

ISBN: 978-0-9791501-1-1.


Lucy Anderton

the flung you: Lucy Anderton

The awesome Simone Muench says of this: "Sutured with strange, glittering sentences, fat with music and intelligence, the flung you negotiates the kinetic, violent, vigorous dance of existence. Anderton writes with both exuberance and ferocity, conceiving poetry "Stung with nocturne, shy /And savage." Employing tongue and teeth motifs as emblems for the unsaid and the sung, her poems spit, bite, lick and soothe. Adroitly coupling the revelatory with the mysterious as it fuses images of blood owls and "red, wet guts" with "pearled birds" and bowls of stars, the flung you is a dark beautiful beast "soldered in shimmer."

We trust Simone. You trust Simone. Everyone trusts Simone.

5" x 8", 68pp, $9

ISBN 978-1-934832-36-3

Brent Armendinger
Armendinger Undetectable: Brent Armendinger

Brent Armendinger's poems are smart, elegiac, and wonderful, filled with formal play, the vapor between rainfall, skies full of knives, and the memories of breath. Undetectable celebrates and makes visible the body's perforations, the openings between the body and the world, and manifests them in the fracture evident everywhere in this book. These poems pose questions of loveliness and loneliness: Where do syllables take us? and What would it take for the window / to be the wish?

The cute new size: 5" x 8", 60pp, perfect bound, rocking color cover. $9.00.

ISBN: 978-1-934832-20-2.


Sarah Bates, Tender Bates cover

Sarah Bates, Tender

Poems. Excellent ones.

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Caren Beilin

Americans, Guests, or Us: Caren Beilin

Here are some kickass blurbs:

Remember when we were young and first dreamed of a life of writing? It would be like living as a spy, or in a movie. Life suddenly made sense and could be endured insofar as it could be written. Pain and humiliation could be used. People, good and evil, were characters. Everywhere clarifi ed lush, miraculous images. Not a word, a moment, would be again lowly. In the center was the dream of the writing, taking shape as the unfolding encyclopedia of our lives--heroic, magical, wise. At some point, we actually began to live that life, yet with the humiliation and miraculousness warped. Our mothers and fathers are dead. Everything has burned or is gone with the wind. What remains is the encyclopedia, from which Caren Beilin's writings have been torn--more hallucinatory, masturbatory and sociopathic, while also more bold, brave and beautiful, than our minds once conceived. Americans, Guests, or Us is the realization and destruction of the dream. And we are within it, animal and timeless: inhabitants, strangers, the writing, the vengeance; the heartrock of Earth's outer space. So says Brandon Shimoda.

Jesse Bercowetz sez: Harsh and sexy and at all times uniquely American.

We concur. You should too. READ! BUY!

5" x 8", 60pp, $9

ISBN 978-1-934832-37-0

Deborah Bernhardt
Deborah Bernhardt's DRIFTOLOGY, the 2013 winner of the New Michigan Press/DIAGRAM chapbook contest, is a thrilling linguistic ride. We'd almost say dizzying, since she shifts so quickly between registers and textures, except that the result's more electrified Van Gogh than vertigo. These poems show--and venerate--their seams. Throw a whole lot of smart and lovely in the "Will It Blend" blender, which shows up in one of Bernhardt's poems, and we get this key-shifting chapbook. Needless to say it's great. 5" x 8", 48pp, ISBN 978-1-934832-40-0.

Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, How Narrow My Escapes

Poems. They rule.

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Kristy Bowen

Feign: Kristy Bowen

Bowen writes: "And what else to do with a girl / with a mouth like a dirty book, / a burnt out car." We could not have said it better ourselves. We'd rather just listen to her characters acting out in these ingenious poems. They're beautiful, not a little dangerous, a touch magical, algebraical (if that's a word at all—well, it is now; Bowen has driven us, pleasingly, to this). They are good. Better than. 48pp, $8.

5.5" x 8.5", 48pp. $8.00.

ISBN: 978-0-9791501-2-8.


Jason Bredle

A Twelve Step Guide: Jason Bredle

(2004 Chapbook Contest winner)

Our 2004 NMP/DIAGRAM chapbook contest winner is the most hilarious (and pathological) book you'll read all year. His work is bizarre, beautiful, and inventive. Sample it in DIAGRAM issue [4.4] and see for yourself. Now buy the book.

5.5" x 8.5", 48 pp. $7.00.

ISBN 0-9725095-7-7


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Blanche Brown, Consider the Oyster

Winner of the NMP/DIAGRAM Chapbook Contest


Jena Osman: In 1941, MFK Fisher published Consider the Oyster; O, how the world and its ecology have changed since then! Blanche Brown continues the celebration of the tasty bivalve within the context of a bulldozing, dam-building, oil-spilling world. The poem researches the animal through etymology, history, the news, and personal anecdote. But best of all we come to know it by feeling it thick on our tongue. Consider the Oyster is a delectable linguistic feast.

Laura Jaramillo: In Blanche Brown’s Consider the Oyster, a slimy mollusk becomes the occasion for a rigorous and sensual meditation on humans’ toxic enmeshment with the earth's waters. The oyster is a departure point for thinking the natural world, which thinks in ways we cannot know, "consider the oyster / does not consider you." Brown luxuriates in delicious abstract linguistic play, "whose final shape is so mutant, geometry’s language misplaces" and collects materials for her documentary poem with the eye of an archivist, describing paintings with care, narrating memories with delicacy, matter-of-factly analyzing environmental reports. These disparate materials are all netted in Brown’s luminous mournful swamp-faring ode.

Brian Teare: The way Hermes turned a turtle’s shell into a lyre, Blanche Brown plies the oyster’s "home bone" with strings and makes music out of our paradoxical capacity to love and respect creatures we eat. Equal parts ode, natural history, documentary, cultural history, autobiography, love song to the Apalachicola Bay watershed, and ALL poetry, Consider the Oyster honors most of all the bivalve’s literal embeddedness in its habitat. With formal virtuosity, sensual attention, and considerable wit, Brown writes of the anthropogenic challenges all species face—pollution, habitat loss, climate change—and also of those specific to Apalach oysters—Corexit dispersant, the Tri-State Water
Wars, ocean acidification. Ultimately, this poem is a plea for us to "consider the flexible / inflexible body of the oyster," helplessly open to the world it feeds upon and that, in turn, feeds upon it.

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Laura Bylenok

a/0 is a glorious, terrifying, tender enchantment—an immersion in a world made strange through the alchemy of metaphor—where approaching noon might become a horse, breathing hard, glowering. Here, it is always noon, falling snow forever filthy. Only the body is new: gaining a tooth, losing a vertebra, suddenly old at the wrist where brittle bone too easily crumbles. Through the magical confabulations of language, Laura Bylenok unconceals our infinite mutability and our gorgeously human capacity for kinetic empathy. Compassion alone can break the spell of endless noon: by the grace of fear, a red sweater becomes a woman's body, the fallen woman a vision of our own desperate possibilities. Free to love and die, we are resurrected in time, restored by desire for changing light and changing seasons, joy and loss, the pleasure and grief of our fragile, transient, miraculous world. —Melanie Rae Thon

Laura Bylenok's a/0 loops clockwise and counterclockwise through a quantum gothic tale of loss and transformation. What's its genre? A nonce science of evanescent increments. Newton and Leibniz confer. A vertebra vanishes. Noon is now and null and now again. "If time is infinitely divisible, it must also be infinitely expandable," Bylenok writes. Now replace "time" with "Bylenok's nimble, ruminative prose." Now replace "must also be" with "is also infinitely readable, infinitely pleasurable, and." —Zach Savich

Poems, 5"x8", 72pp., $9, ISBN 978-1-934832-47-9.

Karen Carcia

On Subjects of Which We Know Nothing: Karen Carcia

"What are these? Birds passing over at midnight? Light speeding sideways? Or call them poems and their marvelous footnotes, just for now: in On Subjects of Which We Know Nothing, Karen Carcia has made a heartbreakingly beautiful thing of them, these poems, these stars or birds begun as poems and then—having traveled by footnote!—ending either fathoms deep inside themselves or far out into deep space, I can't tell which, just somewhere dark and quiet enough to truly perceive "the mechanics of moonlight" or the silences of a map. I could travel these distances with Carcia over and over: how lovingly she remembers anything a mere numeral might have effaced." —Nancy Eimers

"Karen Carcia is among the few voices in poetry genuinely receptive enough to track the crisscrossings of perceptions, and this collection is the most curious I have read in a long while. Curious: all the way back to cure, care. These poems tender a caring place for truth, as if, in truth, the beautiful could not be more close at hand. And, then, the footnotes: stars that shine from under our feet, sourcing our daily longing for connection to the quiddities, essences that are themselves perceptions and voicings—of anything we might ever hope to ask of required reading." —William Olsen

5" x 8", 48pp. $9.00

ISBN: 978-1-934832-30-1.

Adrienne Celt Adrienne Celt's Apocalypse How? An Existential Bestiary, 76pp, $9 [12/1/16]

"Apocalypse How catches you emotionally and dare I say spiritually off guard in the best way possible." —Yumi Sakugawa, Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One with the Universe

"Adrienne Celt has a created a world where animals see to the heart of the human condition, finding it even sillier and stranger than we had thought." —David Troupes, Buttercup Festival

"These comics are a funny and surreal dive into many of life's existential quandaries. Celt's loving rendering of her animal characters softens some of the hard truths they describe." —Anne Emond, Comiques

"Adrienne Celt's offbeat animal cartoons never fail to make me smile. There's something magical about an owl experiencing ennui." —Nicole Cliffe, The Toast



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Jennifer S. Cheng

Invocation: an Essay: Jennifer S. Cheng

Images and essay. This chapbook also includes a free pdf.

5" x 8", 56pp. $9.00.

ISBN: 978-1-934832-27-1.

Patricia Clark

Patricia Clark's Deadlifts

"What a brilliant concept: Deadlifts offers witty, lyrical verses, historically accurate and imaginative, in which poet Patricia Clark provides an insider's view of other "Patricia Clarks"—the dead ones. These poems are even more brilliant than the concept, their endings a surprise and a good shock. Heartening and perfectly tuned, like Arcade Fire or Stephen Colbert's monologues, these poems are what we need now—and will return to—for a long time to come." —Marilyn Kallet

"In Patricia Clark's Deadlifts, we cling to the speaker as she dives right into mortality's maw, poring over obituaries of those who share her name. They're strangers, yes, but the connection Clark makes is powerful. Are we anything in death beyond our names? As Clark says, 'We are all the same, these lives/ bracketed by dates,/  these lists—who/ preceded us, who remains.'" —Glenn Shaheen

"These poems are masterful—the way Clark tucks reverberating sounds from one line to the next—pain, thanks, face—like she tucks her namesakes into their graves. So gently and with so much love. Through the breath and ink of this author Patricia Clark, the Patricia Clarks that have gone on come back again." —Nicole Walker

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Weston Cutter

All Black Everything: Weston Cutter

"Weston Cutter's poems are ecstatic—reaching out, pulling an eyelid over, pulling everything in. Emerson's transparent eyeball and Ashbery's convex mirror combine in symphony, with the Peterson's Field Guide to North American Birds for a libretto and a train derailment for an orchestra. That's Cutter's address. Keep walking till you see light streaming from the chimneys and the windows every moving thing is crowded in. What's inside: more zoology than zoo, more everything than ever." —Jake Adam York

"Cutter's world is vividly and joyfully detailed—here be licking and willows and liquor and birds and and and—but his book's central subject is its thrilling syntax, which rushes wild, stops short, tests, sniffs, hesitates, and gusts away again, ever on the verge of chaos but never quite out of control. It's a delirious ride, equal parts scary and beauty; you'll enjoy every minute you dare to." —Joel Brouwer

"Weston Cutter's poems are accelerants of invention—highly flammable as they careen adeptly past matches, burlap, and gods on fire. What the poems give light to is what gets traded, lost, or abandoned as our past and possible lives lose their force, and we are left to claim the improbable, persistent self. Such awareness results in the restless hilarity of never quite knowing whether 'the neighbor's dog's barking at meaningless blowing leaves or someone approaching finally with the axe.' Disconcerting, really, to have this much fun racing to watch the fire and finding it's our own house in flames. —Jennifer Boyden

5" x 8", 72pp, $9

ISBN 978-1-934832-34-9

James D'Agostino

Slur Ouevre: James D'Agostino

The 2011 Chapbook Contest Winner, D'Agostino's Slur Ouevre is one we're in love with and would go all the way for. Mixing the the comic and the void beneath it with the linguistically spectacular, D'Agostino delivers.

"Slur Oeuvre is sui generis: original, strange, exceptional, solitary." —Mary Ruefle

5" x 8", 76pp. $9.00.

ISBN: 978-1-934832-29-5.

Andrew Dally

Andrew Dally, All the Times We Passed McDonald's Between Chapel Hill and Tuxedo, North Carolina


Winner of the 2018 NMP/DIAGRAM chapbook contest.

Sez Abraham Smith: "Andrew Dally's poetry is smart and it smarts. Charles Olson sd the problem with America is space. Gertrude Stein sd Anybody is as their land and air is. Dally answers all of that on his speakerphone while rougeing a fry & otherwise going 777mph & watching where he's going like Creeley sd we must(ard). Herein Dally trellises—with seasoned alacrity and tiny good saltpackets of humor—Japanese wanderliterature tradition to the giant cheesy M on high. It's sad. It's loving. It's lovelorn. And it's damn lovely. I don't know about you but I live for some kinds of etched sadness. And Dally doesn't disappoint. I am 100% satisfied that three winters from now these ketchupy lung songs, all the ghosts in the white spaces, will still be not quite tiring across the tars of my ears."

& Sez Melissa Ginsburg: "Andrew Dally's poems turn the ubiquitous McDonald's in the American landscape into touchstone, into rhythm, via a language that feels brand new. Like a perfect playlist for a long road trip, this book fuses disparate elements to build a moving, intimate mythology for our time."

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Nik de Dominic
Nik de Dominic: Your Daily Horoscope, poems;

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Stephanie Dickinson

In Heat: An Interview with Jean Seberg, Stephanie Dickinson becomes the voice of a legendary movie star and the last All-American girl Jean Seberg. Written as a fictional interview, no question is off-limits (French husbands, love with a Black Panther, alcoholism, death of a child, suicide). The imaginary answers are real and haunting as they pull you into a fascinating world of the 1960s. Dickinson skillfully draws on her own Midwestern childhood and with heart-rending imagery gives us a portrait of a dreamy teenager in Marshalltown who "watched the bluegill bite the hook's surprise," a girl who could never shrug off her small-town roots even as she embraced the Paris life of celebrity. Dickinson has written a book of such depth, knowledge and sensitivity that it should be considered the star's authorized biography because had Jean Seberg read this she would have cried with joy at the prospect of finally being understood. —Marina Rubin

Life's an existential journey for Jean Seberg. It's not easy being a seething adolescent sexpot, a free-love heroine of French New Wave films and Black Panthers, a mother, not to mention Joan of Arc burning at a funeral pyre under the direction of Otto Preminger. A film director or critic cuts through the fine façade between life onstage and off—killing and resurrecting. "What's real is make-believe..." just as this interview is. Dickinson's great talent lies not in writing about Jean Seberg but in occupying that space between her spirit and her flesh. Dickinson speaks Seberg, sees Seberg, savors the humiliation of brutish critics until it sours, has felt heavy make up melting on her face, heard the sobs of butterflies alighting in her body's crevices, felt the heat rise from her torched costume, been trapped in a sack, taken to the anvil, hammered. Even then, says Seberg-Dickinson, "I'm deep in the sky. Alive." —Maria Lisella

5" x 8", 80pp, $9, ISBN 978-1-934832-41-7.

Sara Gelston
Sara Gelston's Odette, 44pp, $9, shipping now

"Sara Gelston's Odette is a compelling chronicle of a self being made and tested, unmade and remade in a world not unlike ours: "a tough place we must chew / our way through." Where are we in these poems? It doesn't matter. The poems become their own reality and the speaker a keen guide charting the mutability of experience: longing, disaster, transformation. Reading felt dangerous and refreshing and instructive. By the end, I understood Gelston's speaker when she says, "Out here, I've developed / muscles I didn't know I had." —Carrie Fountain


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Melissa Ginsburg

Arbor: Melissa Ginsburg

Poems that exist in and emanate out of silence and horizontal spaces, and a great deal of cold, Ginsburg's excellent Arbor is dark and clear and beautiful, all still water and towering columns of air.

5.5" x 8.5", 40pp. $8.00.

ISBN: 978-0-9791501-4-2.


Albert Goldbarth

Albert Goldbarth's The World of Multicongruencies We Tend to Inhabit Increasingly

"I don't want you to think that all of Goldbarth's poetry is science fiction. It isn't. But he has a kind of science fiction outlook on the world.... He looks at even the most mundane events of human behavior in our ordinary world in all of Einstein's four dimensions." —Frederik Pohl, Science Fiction Chronicle

"If ever the Martians do pay us a courtesy call, I will nominate Albert Goldbarth as an ideal ambassador. He is well-versed in their customs as in our own, and on ace terms with fellow starbuffs from Aristotle to Hawking; collects model spacecraft; has gone on record finding a timewarp no weirder than time; and is hiding, I'm convinced, waggly antennae.... Besides, what better earthling to regale the little green visitors, during the long voyage back to Mars, with tall tales of our exploits, our splendid tomfoolery, our love?" —Ben Downing, Parnassus

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Loren Goodman & Pirooz Kalayeh, Shitting on Elves & Other Poems


Michael Rothenberg: Irreverent, pop-culture-obsessive, and contemplative, Shitting on Elves & Other Poems is a Dadaistic self-portrait of twins in an existential playground, where everyone and no one gets hurt too badly. But it does hurt. For all of the celebratory preoccupation with companions of the deep, in the rough schoolyard play, you know something is wrong, Mr. Jones. Something more than a skinned knee. Truth slips between meanings, some words become other words, a conceptual kind of magician’s poetry that skips through a mine field of radio- active icons and self-detonating idols, each itinerant reflection, each telegraphic puzzle, expiring in zany isolation and nostalgia. We have come to this. Bankrupt and rejoicing. This twitchy book of poetry is history and hope.You read it.

Mark Yakich: Loren Goodman and Pirooz Kalayeh have written a poetry that defies many things—chiefly the conventional prohibition against expressing genuine emotion and moral clarity in anything but “se- rious” terms. In other words, sincerity in these poems comes by way of the unexpected—the too often overlooked jester’s jester, the truest truth-teller in the morally murky long night that is present day. This is a book to be savored equally on the toilet and at the dinner table. Meditations to be mumbled in the pews as well as professed from the pulpit.

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Andrew C. Gottlieb

Halflives: Andrew C. Gottlieb

A 2005 NMP/DIAGRAM chapbook contest finalist, Gottlieb's chapbook falls on the more traditional side of the poetry fence, which is not to say uninteresting or anything less than spectacular. These poems are expertly imagistic and linguistic.

Check out his work in DIAGRAM issues [3.5], [5.3], [5.5]

5.5" x 8.5", 40 pp. $7.00.

ISBN 0-9762092-4-1


Arielle Greenberg

Fa(r)ther Down: Songs from the Allergy Trials: Arielle Greenberg

This is another strange project that is very much in keeping with her other books. She's exciting, energetic, diffuse at times, and linguistically definitely on. This chapbook tries to parse the real-life strange world of a murder trial through the lens of a sort-of bluegrass opera. Really odd. Really good. She was a finalist for our contest in 2003.

Check out her work in DIAGRAM issue [3.4].

5.5" x 8.5", 32pp. $7.00.

ISBN 0-9725095-6-9


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Paul Guest

Exit Interview: Paul Guest

It's great. No one messes with the Guest. The work here is lyric, luminous, hilarious and heartbreaking by turns. Axe that: that description just doesn't do it justice; it's blurbese. Let us just say that this is really good. The poems are tender and speculative, lit up by Elvis, Jonny Quest, robot butlers and the general widespread need for them, the invisible man, Godzilla, and the worlds of pain and memory and love.

5.5" x 8.5", 40pp. $8.00.

ISBN: 0-9762092-7-6.


Catie Hannigan
Catie Hannigan: What Once Was There Is the Most Beautiful Thing, poetry

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Zachary Harris

There is another poem, in which the news is erased and rewritten: Zachary Harris

There is another poem, in which the news is erased and rewritten is a great, strange beast of a debut. Studded with esoterica like musical theatre, Anita Ekberg, the Scythians, a Victorian photographer, Larry Levis, Samson, not to mention ABBA and the Talking Heads along with a treatise and philosophical inquiry on soft-shell, or piss-, clams, Harris's excellent chapbook digs its own gorgeous, luminary trench. Zachary Harris's There is another poem, in which the news is erased and rewritten contains and performs its own cabinet of wonders.

5" x 8", 52pp. $9.00

ISBN: 978-1-934832-28-8.

Mark Holden

A finalist in the 2014 Chapbook Contest, Mark Holden's No One Wants to Live Here: Stories

In No One Wants to Live Here, Mark Holden turns fantasy and reality inside out, showing us the frail thread that holds them together and the raw edges that our superegos scrabble to keep hidden—the things we would never want to reveal in a million years. But in this world, to quote one of his characters, "a million years was up." Holden's sharp, deadpan eye is a seam-ripper that lays bare our tattered, basted-together interiors. —Kate Moses

The mundane and the shocking are neighbors in Mark Holden's powerful collection of stories No One Wants to Live Here. So are his characters—neighbors who watch one another. They are ordinary people, farmers, prison guards and waitresses, a new mother, a cameraman for a local news channel. But the normalcy ends there, because these ordinary people sometimes get out their arsenals of weapons and kill one another. But then maybe that is normal, too. Writing in sublimely simple prose, stripped bare of any unnecessary flourishes, Holden paints a picture of bland and lonely, so-called "ordinary" lives in which extraordinary cruel acts transpire, and in doing so he shows us how such extreme acts have become irrevocably stitched into the fabric of American life. —Elizabeth Cohen

The stories in Mark Holden's No One Wants to Live Here are suggestive and sparse, apparently without affect. In conjunction with their startling plots, the effect is one of a dazzling muteness. —Steve Shipps

Stories, 5"x8", 64pp., $9, ISBN 978-1-934832-45-5.


Charles Jensen

The Strange Case of Maribel Dixon: Charles Jensen

This beautiful, haunting text describes Maribel Dixon's crossing over to the Ghost-World and Edward's attempts to reach her there, to bring her back or go himself—via found documents, interviews, prose fragments, and reassembled poems.

5.5" x 8.5", 36pp. $8.00

ISBN: 978-1-934832-00-4.

Jessica Johnson

The 2014 Chapbook Contest Winner, Jessica Johnson's In Absolutes We Seek Each Other: Poems

Johnson's poems, full of quiet and gracious observation, are acts of kinship-in-strangeness with the natural world. Even the slightest creatures are alive with vision. —Joanna Klink

For a moment, reader, as you orient yourself in one of Jessica Johnson's poems, you might classify a scene as quiet and scientific, or moody, wet, and metrical; then a shift and, god, it's luminous and grief-struck and haunting and it's yours. The linked poems in the book's first section are a feat of beauty: transformation and lost innocence set in a glimmering laboratory. The second section of ocean dwellers, anatomies, and sea-soaked lyrics is equally remarkable. Jessica Johnson is a true discovery. —Kathleen Flenniken

Poems, 5"x8", 60pp., $9, ISBN 978-1-934832-44-8.


Tim Jones-Yelvington

Tim Jones-Yelvington, Become on Yr Face, 56pp, $9

"When I think about contemporary poetry and its impossible donut shape—by which I mean continuous, obscure, dazzling, interesting, retreating, arriving—I always think about Tim Jones-Yelvington." —Joyelle McSweeney

"Tim Jones-Yelvington is a glittery moonbeam from my favorite planet, Jupiter." —Jennifer Tamayo


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George Kalamaras

The Mining Camps of the Mouth: George Kalamaras

(2012 Chapbook Contest Winner)

"In The Mining Camps of the Mouth, George Kalamaras's newest book, we encounter a poet 'who dares to write location--and not just about location.' Kalamaras tramps over the most tramped-over area as cultural ideal in American life—the West. With the aid of grave witchers who dowse up corpses, he untombs lives never mentioned in the history books, mining camp prostitutes for one. To these unheralded lives, he adds his memories of his dog Barney, the poet Gene Frumkin, and a 'Dream in Which Frank Waters Is My Mother' where Waters tells him 'it's easier to grieve than to mouth the sound of now.' This book, which ends with an astute send-up of cultural criticism, continues and enriches this important poet's explorations of subjectivity and the discourses it drives, including history, as he 'mouths the sound of now.'" —Roger Mitchell

"Kalamaras laurels that part of freedom which knows no bounds except the crime of love. Read him sideways, read him backwards. This is the mouth of a cannon that fires at all conventional assumptions." —Alvaro Cardona-Hine

5" x 8", 92pp, $9

ISBN 978-1-934832-35-6

Brandon Krieg

A finalist for the 2012 NMP/DIAGRAM Chapbook Competition, Brandon Krieg's Source to Mouth is a rangy collection of poems. Reading Emerson and Hopkins, "seven hundred salmon flashes in an hour," "mussels cluster[ing] on black rocks like magnetic shavings," considering the Romans and Etruscans, pointillist dandelions, "white windmills, futurist / crosses," "diminished sixths from the blanching chips / of a mouse's skull," gneiss, and coal and and and... How can we incorporate all these things into a semblance of a self, the lead poem, "I, Inc." asks us. Comprehensive and comprehending, incorporating everything it can find or read or see, Krieg's vision and voice is expansive, an experience.

5" x 8", 60pp, $9

ISBN 978-1-934832-39-4

Genine Lentine

Mr. Worthington's Beautiful Experiments on Splashes: Genine Lentine

"Reading Genine Lentine's poems--so ardent and playful, risky and affecting--I kept thinking that it's not true, what René Char once said, that 'no bird has the heart to sing in a thicket of questions.' These poems plunge headlong into uncertainties of both language and life and, in doing so, they are so original that I often felt while reading them that I was in the grip of a brand new and still unnamed emotion." --Richard McCann

"These clear, refreshing acts of attention seem to wake us to another way of seeing, and to the problems and pleasures of saying what we see. Have we taken the act of speech for granted all along? In her short, formally inventive pieces--and especially in her dazzling long poem about language's power and limits that anchors this collection--Lentine sounds like no one else. Her wry, astonished, aching voice is a fresh presence in American poetry." --Mark Doty

"Beautiful experiments from the spiraling ladder of someone who has spread out her root hairs and patiently attends the right words to assign; one who is there to honor the instant something shimmers before it disappears, be 'it' the meaning of 'all this' or the lack thereof, not unlike Mr. Worthington photographing a droplet's splash he so ingeniously rigged to measure. And what doesn't Genine Lentine's aqueous breath expel--a disquisition on Softsoap, a sideways look at the motivational expression of Grenville Kleiser, the speed of sperm, along with a little consideration of the comma, the prefix un-, the contour of a vowel. Ms. Lentine's experiments begin and end with the parent body as it breaks away, that 'which asks nothing of us, only that we're here for it.' She is here." -- C. D. Wright

"These thrilling poems--restless, calm, reckless, wise--interrogate themselves by hovering over moments of aching beauty, as well as utter bewilderment, until they become the world itself." --Nick Flynn

5.5" x 8.5", 77pp, perfect bound, rocking color cover. $10.00. ISBN: 978-1-934832-22-6.


Chloë Joan López

Quodlibet: Chloë Joan López

Oh yes! Chloë Joan López's Quodlibet, a finalist for the New Michigan Press/DIAGRAM 2008 Chapbook Contest, is a stellar debut indeed. Brainy, defiant, and precise, these poems explore form and light and sorrowing and sonoluminescence. Moods shift and flicker from line to line, going from doomed to wakeful, desirous to suspicious and unwilling. Each poem is its own tiny constellation of language and lilies, pleasures and pressures, that resist and yield in equal measure.

5" x 8", 56pp, perfect bound, rocking color cover. $9.00.

ISBN: 978-1-934832-18-9.

Sean Lovelace and Mark Neely, eds

Nice Things By James Franco

Well, here is the real Franco, the only true Franco. You need to read what he has to say about McDonalds, plot, teaching, poetry, and voice. Also: being horny for Sleater-Kinney, Gogol, gossamer, Battlestar Galactica, soccer, Subarus, Diet Mountain Dew, nature, Nature, counterinsurgency, the rhetoric of rivers, breasts, damaged heroes, misunderstanding fairy tales, and Nice Things by James Franco.

But first, a disclaimer: This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, and incidents have been fed through the elaborate machine of James Franco's imagination. Though passages relating to health, fitness, and creative writing do draw on the author's extensive education, they should not be substituted for the medical advice of physicians.

Also this chapbook tolerates no blurbs.

Cool? Cool. In the words of the immortal and horrible Rage Against the Machine, come and play, come and play: forget about the movement!

64pp, ISBN 978-1-934832-53-0, $9 (print + pdf) or $5 (pdf).



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Jacqueline Lyons

Jacqueline Lyons's Earthquake Daily

"Highly inventive, these poems feel driven by emotional and cultural urgency, as earthquakes shock every part of the system, personal and collective. This is a world where the U.S. Geological Survey monitors catastrophes of mind and heart, where a quake strikes 'during 47% of our waking hours when we were thinking about something other than what was actually happening.' Poems for our shook times." —Dana Levin

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Barbara Maloutas

Practices: Barbara Maloutas

(2003 Chapbook Contest winner)

Our 2003 chapbook contest winner, this chapbook is a real treat--featuring diagrammy images paired with prose poems. Easily our most diagrammatic chapbook, Practices is a feast for the eyes and mouth. Check out her work in DIAGRAM issues [3.2] and [5.4].

5.5" x 8.5", 32pp. $6.00.

ISBN 0-9725095-3-4


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Barbara Maloutas

Of Which Anything Consists: Barbara Maloutas

This is Barbara's second chapbook with NMP. (See also the out-of-print Practices.)

"Expertly weaving various textual matter into beautiful, nuanced, and finely balanced form/content patterns, Barbara Maloutas's Of Which Anything Consists is a serial exercise in radical apposition that finally puts a new spin on an old teleological argument: thus; all things being equal; all things are equal; after all." —Harold Abramowitz

"In Of Which Anything Consists, Barbara Maloutas explores consciousness responding to the four elements of our material world. Here is the record of consciousness feeling and thinking of itself in response to what is most elemental. Employing a broken idiom, haltingly clear, Maloutas's language approaches the boundaries of the world with a strange and wonderful grace. We should not be surprised, however, because in Maloutas's poetry, language and the liminal world are drawn to each other as strangers who find in the presence of the other a strange and pure joy." —Jon Thompson

"Barbara Maloutas's remarkable Of Which Anything Consists is a marvelous testament to the four sources of the earth's traditional elements—water, fire, earth and air—in which the poet miraculously balances associations, both naturally symbolically and linguistically dissociative, to create new relationships between the forces of our lives. Ultimately, Maloutas's impassioned associations cry out for our culture's lack of understanding of the relationships between the essential elements of our living world, yet her work poetically embraces our potential relationship with all of the elements which define our lives: "pure air enters the lungs...before nailing down windows for winter...." Maloutas's work is an astonishingly poetic achievement." —Douglas Messerli

5" x 8", 60pp, perfect bound. $9.00. ISBN: 978-1-934832-32-5.

Peter Markus

The Moon is a Lighthouse: Peter Markus

The one and only. This is a prose chapbook—often going lyric, but still they're stories—interested in mud, the girl, the moon, the river, the fish, and the ever-present brothers. Markus is creating a strange new world in his prose, and he keeps going back to it again and again. This is beautiful, mysterious, primal, and often very strange.

Check out his work in DIAGRAM issue [3.4].

5.5" x 8.5", 40 pp. $6.00.

ISBN 0-9725095-4-2


Matt Mason

Mistranslating Neruda: Matt Mason

One of the odder projects we've ever taken on. Mistranslating Neruda is a translation of Pablo Neruda's poetry by a poet who knows very little Spanish. The general arc of Neruda's poems comes through regardless, and it's almost as if Mason is channeling Neruda, or reconstructing him out of more American fragments. This book is a stunning and unusual achievement.

Check out his work in DIAGRAM issue [2.1].

5.5" x 8.5", 36pp. $5.00.

ISBN: 0-9725095-2-6


Karyna McGlynn

Scorpionica: Karyna McGlynn (2nd Edition)

These are dark and playful, sometimes brutal, seemingly confessional poems. Here you will find: long electric hair, death by tetherball rope, sex, termite-infested houses, potato salads, prehistoric birds, body of missing teen found in family shed, a cousin's slender curling neck, and suburban barbarism, among much more.

This second edition is reprinted in paperback with a new cover.

5" x 8", 40pp. $8.00

ISBN: 978-1-934832-43-1


Marc McKee

What Apocalypse?: Marc McKee

(2008 Chapbook Contest winner)

An oddity, an excavation, an exclamation, an excoriation, a string of direct addresses to the world—both the one we know and the brightly-colored one just undeneath our every precipice, this chapbook is fabulous in all senses of the word, including burning Camaros, prosthetic limbs, Lethe, the poet Jason Bredle, the Wig-o-Rama, a repurposed porpoise, terror, beauty, love, the cinema, sharks, and much light. 56pp of gloriousness, you'll want to read it.

5.5" x 8.5", 56pp, perfect bound, rocking color cover. $9.00.

ISBN: 978-1-934832-17-2.

Ben Mirov

I is to Vorticism: Ben Mirov

(2009 Chapbook Contest winner)

Bad-assed, smart, and woven of very rich thread, Mirov's debut is an awesome and highly entertaining one. Let's hear from the experts on the subject:

"A recurring character in the poetry of Ben Mirov is Ben Mirov, part charming host, part self-inflicted lab experiment in a debut dedicated to demonstrating our daily, perilous transformations. These poems are sudden, agile, heart-strong, and as wonderfully unsolvable as their analogical title. Welcome to the surgical theater. You're finally going to learn how to sleep with your eyes open." --Dobby Gibson

Also: "These poems and parables celebrate the idea of no self, even as they sing a host of eccentric alter-egos and delightfully strange secret-identities into being. Using 'interstellar ventriloquism,' Ben Mirov is able to inhabit several worlds at once. He deftly mixes the mythic with the mundane, the literary with the cartoonish, sincerity and simulacra. The result is an impressive, often hilarious, book that truly works on many levels." --Elaine Equi

5" x 8", 48pp, perfect bound, rocking color cover. $9.00. ISBN: 978-1-934832-21-9. [pdf press release]


Ron Mohring

The David Museum: Ron Mohring

(2002 Chapbook Contest winner)

Still a classic, still selling well, our 2002 chapbook contest winner is more traditional poetry than some of our titles, but is just fantastic. Ron's work is tender, heart-wrecking, and beautiful. Reminscent at times of some of Mark Doty's poems (in both form and content, we think), this chapbook is lovely, dark, and deep. Go here. Read this.

Check out his work in DIAGRAM issues [2.1] and [2.3].

5.5" x 8.5", 40pp. $5.00.

ISBN: 0-9725095-1-8


Ander Monson

Our Aperture: Ander Monson

Elegaic and occasionally formal as always, this new collection of Monson's poems explores virtual and physical spaces, lining up world after world after world. These poems list, go associative, riffing on the manifestations of our manufactured lives. From methylchloroisothiazolinone, the wonderfully-named shampoo ingredient, to actor Wil Wheaton and digital shivs, these poems explore the muchness and emptiness of our lives.

5.5" x 8.5", 40pp. $8.00

ISBN: 978-1-934832-03-5

Trey Moody

"Reading Trey Moody's poems feels a little like standing among flags slapping in a bright wind in a field of flags, except that it's the middle of the night and each flag moves according to its own force. This new, serious, vivid, original voice reports from necessity. These beautiful poems are layered, foreboding, magnetic, preternaturally wise." —Kathleen Peirce

"When I was a boy, I choked on a piece of candy outside the kitchen window for a few minutes while watching my parents making dinner. I thought I was going to die, but I didn't want to scare them. Our existence was so separate, a dying and a doing well, an outside and an inside. Trey Moody's poems hover in that cold, wet, refrigerator-lit place between the dying and the doing well, the outside and the inside. His poems are the thoughts of the person you love who is always standing behind you, slowly and silently suffocating. But they're not afraid to say hello, and please, and I'm scared." —Zachary Schomburg

"Artful without being pretentious, well-made without being staid, Trey Moody's investigations of our weird and ordinary world are a little off, by which I mean that they're onto something. Read 'em and be crept into."—Graham Foust

5" x 8", 48pp, perfect bound. $9.00. ISBN: 978-1-934832-26-4.

Rachel Moritz

The Winchester Monologues: Rachel Moritz

(2005 Chapbook Contest winner)

Check out her work in DIAGRAM issues [3.3], [4.3], [5.5]

Rachel Moritz's chapbook consists of one long, researched (occasionally-digressing-into-prose) poem, combined with a set of poems touring the Winchester house. This is an exceptionally fine poetic debut.

5.5" x 8.5", 48 pp. $8.00.

ISBN 0-9762092-2-5

Rachel Moritz

Night-Sea: Rachel Moritz

Rachel's new chapbook is gorgeous, languagey, and strange. Haunting is one word we might use to define it. Also amazing. If you liked The Winchester Monologues (and who didn't), then here's more Moritz for you. If you don't know The Winchester Monologues, you are missing out like crazy.

5" x 8", 56pp, perfect bound, rocking color cover. $9.00.

ISBN: 978-1-934832-16-5.


Jennifer Moss
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Beast, to Be Your Friend: Jennifer Moss

This chapbook is a strange beast indeed. Beautiful and odd in equal measure, these poems charm, are charms themselves collected on a string, shining, shrinking, shirking all of their duties, opting instead for play. Instead they make up a tiny bestiary (birds, goats, calves, cows, centaurs, octopi, zebras, dogs, and more) and court the darkness under everything.

5" x 8", 48pp, perfect bound, rocking color cover. $8.00.

ISBN: 978-1-934832-19-6.

Simone Muench

Notebook. Knife. Mentholatum.: Simone Muench

One of the more straight-ahead lineated poetry chapbooks we've published, Simone dazzles with her wordplay and associative logic. this chapbook certainly has a female bent (we hesitate to say feminist, in that it's not overtly political). Her other two books are available from Sarabande Books and Helicon Nine Editions.

Check out her work in DIAGRAM issue [3.4].

5.5" x 8.5", 44 pp. $6.00.

ISBN 0-9725095-5-0

[out of print]
Nick Neely
Nick Neely: Chiton & Other Creatures, nonfiction; chapbook + pdf; $9 + $2 shipping in USA
Colleen O'Brien
Colleen O'Brien: Spool in the Maze, poems; chapbook + pdf; $9 + $2 shipping in USA
Kathleen Peirce

Kathleen Peirce's Vault: a Poem

Everyone who's ever read Rilke's "Archaic Torso of Apollo" knows the depth, the loss, the bewilderment, the vision and discovery one has when encountering the work of art that's truly talismanic. This encounter lies at the heart of Kathleen Peirce's poetics. This poetics is aware that an encounter with a piece of art, (and, perhaps, language, too) is like entering a soul itself. She might be looking at a watercolor or at a statuette, or a gilded egg—but what she sees is the mystery of time. Her eye, examining an object, travels back in time, through time, at time. Whether it is 1575 or 1705 or 2017, she sees the fires are blazing. People and animals are burning. The music flames us. The silence flames in that music. How marvelous, in our scattered, ironic, frightened age to find a poet who is unafraid to possess a larger vision, a poet who, not unlike our Modernists, almost a century ago, is unafraid to look at beauty and see the dark waters of time that this beauty survives, yes, but that ravages us, its makers. —Ilya Kaminsky

Find here: poetry's virtues/pleasures. Gorgeous witness. Silence muscled with qualities. Net of attentiveness rippling outward from the meeting of the seer and the seen. Kin to The Tempest: the wondrous woven of the mundane. The strength of purpose and hearkening needed to walk in beauty's strangeness. Its sensuousness; its intimacy (especially with necessity) that supples its language. Patience of soul spun into physical brilliance. Time present and antique, interior and exterior, "feather of hair in one hand, / scissors in another, not the heart / beating but what might return over the heart." These are the most beautiful poems I know. —Liz Waldner

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Maya Popa

Maya Popa, The Bees Have Been Canceled, 48pp, released 02/15/17

"The poems in The Bees Have Been Canceled are ravenous, rich, and exquisitely built. Maya Catherine Popa's language makes visible how yearning tethers the mind to the world and how hurt spawns an astonishing self-awareness. Her gaze alights on beauty and violence; it ‘scurries from birth to blight.' Such attentive looking brings closer the brokenness of the world. This gaze is also restorative; it alleviates and mends and delights." —Eduardo C. Corral

"Maya Catherine Popa's The Bees Have Been Canceled is haunted by violence and catastrophe, by the consequences of human desire turned to incommensurate ends, and anxious about the resources of language. There are no glib answers, only a certain kind of belief (the kind Emily Dickinson might recognize) embodied afresh in poems that are richly textured, and filled with energy, wit, and intelligence. Popa's work is serious, but there's joy here, too, in a balance that defies gravity." —Averill Curdy


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Maya Popa

Maya Popa, You Always Wished the Animals Would Leave,

This is a work of seething precision. In these poems, hope is a meticulous, meditative state—a method of forensic searching and study that is carried with great care across generations. By stitching her raging images together with still-ness and poise, Popa asks us to step back from our panic and look: "peeling back the hair, that quiet, necessary artifice, / to reveal a nesting doll of impulses." —CAROLINE BIRD

In Maya Catherine Popa's You Always Wished the Animals Would Leave, feathers are unfulfilled parables, a hen's eggs turn a vicious red, and a super moon "blooms a tyranny of flowers." A helix of histories lies threaded to both the present day and the various magics of night. These poems are smart and lush, and at the end of each of them my heart, mind, and ear argue over which was lavished with the most pleasure. I am enchanted by this book, in its thrall, its bright gravity, its terribilitá. —TRACI BRIMHALL



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Joshua Poteat

In a litany that is both a grand introduction and the mournful aftermath, Joshua Poteat celebrates, serenades, and grieves the animal passing through the frame in an accident and a perfection of timing. Using a rigid formal principle—9 fully-stopped lines per stanza, each opening with "For the animal"—Poteat carves a multi-faceted crystal prism, taking in the white light of anaphora and scattering out unpredictable bands of composite color. The animal too reveals the layered nature of things: it "pulls from the taxidermy an arsenic shawl"; it "takes silence from the milk"; it hears and measures the "sound of whiteness over the city." Arriving while leaving, the animal is unreliable and steadfast, a witness and accessory, abandoned and preserved. Mimicking the human—or, anthropomorphized by the human—the animal "holds the nail gun," "removes its wig," "replaces abundance with Klonopin." The swelling chords of cognitive dissonance grow deafening until, beyond our perception's ability and alongside the animal, we visit "the place where names burst like clouds," climb "a ladder of withering blood," and finally "survey the atmosphere." A welcome vision from a heart trapped in a landscape of contradiction. —Oni Buchanan

5"x8", 40pp., $9, ISBN 978-1-934832-42-4.  

John Pursley

A Conventional Weather: John Pursley III

These poems include all of the following: supermarket fluourescence, wood thrushes, Chet Baker, geological strata, periodicity, failure, kerosene, gasoline, and varieties of light. Plus more of course. They're restless, thoughtful, always in motion. You will enjoy following their constantly surprising and entertaining gaze.

5.5" x 8.5", 48pp. $8.00.

ISBN: 978-0-9791501-3-5.

Sima Rabinowitz

Murmuration: Sima Rabinowitz

2004 NMP/DIAGRAM chapbook contest finalist Sima Rabinowitz brings you a chapbook exploring the interior lives of spiritualists, scientists, and taxonomists.

5.5" x 8.5", 36pp. $8.00.

ISBN: 0-9762092-6-8


Tara Roeder and Arman Safa

Tara Roeder and Arman Safa, Every Bird is a Miracle

Poems and drawings.

Many birds.

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Justin Runge


At once documentary in its plain-spoken observations and attuned to the romance of place, this chapbook buzzes with people laboring, cowering ranch houses, food courts and "failed utopias." A history and projective future of the Plains, Runge's poems vibrate with particulars and possibilities. —Megan Kaminski

Justin Runge's staccato travel narrative migrates across Nebraska, marking its stations, east to west, by way of mile and exit numbers on Interstate 80, the ghosted path of the Oregon, California, and Mormon trails. Disembodied in its vehicle, the thinking eye of these poems passes through the placed and put structures in the ether of the lost prairie as if passing the way stations on the road to Compostela, or Basho's narrow road north. At once a feature article and catchall, an elegy and an invitation to new vision, Plainsight reports and collects, laments and reflects: "Everything / is crushed / by this sky, / as if a vise / grip forms / from the ground / and it. Dark / mouth. Posts / but no lights." Here the world is recognized by one of its own. "As Roman / decay was / built in," Runge builds in subtle insight, deftly scored: "Two functions / here: departure / and effluvia." —Peter Streckfus

5" x 8", 56pp, $9

ISBN 978-1-934832-38-7

Emily Viggiano Saland

03.22.19: Emily Viggiano Saland, Trajectory: a Verse Biography of Evel Knievel

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Lauren Shapiro

Yo-Yo Logic: Lauren Shapiro

There is a kind of alluring, cosmic deadpan to these poems that deftly unveils our contemporary experience of its peculiar and sometimes even Romantic wonders. Playful and impulsive, mirthful and marauding, a little reckless and a lot wry, Lauren Shapiro sees right through the world and feels it deeply with a heart full of butter. Welcome to the gingerbread house. You won't leave hungry. —dobby gibson

"To all you jaded poetry hipsters out there, I double-dog dare you to read Lauren Shapiro's Yo-Yo Logic and not fall passionately and unironically in love with these poems' sly sincerity and hawk-eyed humor. Go ahead, try." —Nick Lantz

'"I've lived / on the edge of an abyss that doesn't even exist,' deadpans the canny speaker of this book of bent syllogisms, whose every line upends the sly logic of the line before. With her feet on the 'moving floor' of contemporary culture, and her head buzzing with 'a love of theory in which the proposition never / leads to the conclusion,' Lauren Shapiro is a master of the declarative sentence, the wisecrack that cracks the doors of perception just enough to glimpse an infinite horizon beyond the umbrella-filled drinks at the chi-chi bar." —Suzanne Buffam

5" x 8", 48pp, perfect bound. $9.00. ISBN: 978-1-934832-31-8.

Abraham Smith, Bear Lite Inn

A new chapbook by Abraham Smith is a cause for celebration! And this is a great one. Well, maybe technically it's not a chapbook, is it, at 92pp, but that's our jam and so we call it a chapbook. You can call it awesome. Or call it ordered. Or call it yours.

Ashley Capps: "There is some sort of backwoods rustic buddha at the heart of Abraham Smith. Smith's poems exercise an almost mystical faith in the sounds of words and in the accretive spiritual and semantic energy of phonetic accidents. They are equally obsessed with accidents of human nature, and read at times like police blotters set to Bach, the cauterizing bird's-eye view at which the catalog of human folly and violence mercifully refracts into folklore. These are also prayers against extinction in which each syllable is a spell and a swim bladder. Amidst the disaster that is our future fossil record, may the stars at least remember there were also songs, and these poems were some of them."

Mark Wunderlich: "In Abraham Smith's wild and gorgeous book, we begin with the image of a doe "hung from a backhoe," there like an opening piece of punctuation in a song about rural Wisconsin (the town of Ladysmith, I have it on authority). Weaving scraps of memory, voices heard and overheard, with precise observation of the phenomenal world, Bear Lite Inn sings beauty back into a part of the world that art and literature have largely ignored. Smith has distilled a place--its language, concerns, flora, fauna, cultures and rituals--into
poems that are half art song, and half magic spell."

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BJ Soloy
BJ Soloy's Selected Letters, 60pp, $9, 12/15/16

"These poems really put the bear in Bea Arthur. They shake and shiver like roses on the trellis Soloy is climbing to enter the upper floors of our hearts. They are the whole marching band, and we fall in with the poet and the people and parts of his composed world, even though the music is fluttering off our music stands in this weather we're having. I treasure this poet's work." —Ed Skoog

"In Selected Letters, BJ Soloy addresses the oldest, strangest, rumors of ourselves, whether we be deceased celebrities or his personal friends. That we are all "excellent/food for many predators" is a truth he handles with an exquisite attunement both to hilarity and grief—for Soloy's slippery, canny intelligence creates switchbacks and u-turns: his poems force recognitions sure to simultaneously reassure and discomfit. When have I gotten such deep pleasure from a vision that so readily acknowledges its own bleakness? Never. I simply follow: "each line a last line until the next." —Elizabeth Robinson

"Ostensibly elegies to dead celebrities, BJ Soloy's "letters" tell us more about the private life of the poet than the public figures they address. Bea Arthur's death stirs his own remorse: "I do miss you in a small, potent way / & regret a lot of things." Merle Haggard's aged face triggers Soloy's "post- / modern brand of neurosis": "My face is apparently still young, if less / & less." Soloy situates us in his world, a poet's world, which is both lovely and lonely. In the end, he is on intimate terms with mortality: "It's not mine—none of it." An original voice, blessedly frayed around the edges." —David Trinidad



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Michael Sowder

A Calendar of Crows: Michael Sowder

(2001 Chapbook Contest winner)

Michael Sowder was our first contest winner back in 2001. While he has gone on to bigger glories, this chapbook is still essential. It is an actual calendar (12 poems, 12 months) of crows (plus of course the term describes a group of crows). By turns funny and wrenching, we endorse this chapbook wholeheartedly.

Check out his work in DIAGRAM issue [2.1].

5.5" x 8.5", 36pp. $5.00.

ISBN: 0-9725095-0-X


Matthias Svalina

Creation Myths: Mathias Svalina

(2007 Chapbook Contest winner)

This book offers, as the title suggests, a variety of creation myths that come in as beautiful, thoughtful, bizarre, hilarious, absurd, theological, disturbing, wack, and generally spectacular. Svalina has answers to most, if not all, of your theological questions concerning dimensionality, bacon, Larry Bird, teambuilding, chemistry, Des Moines, office supplies, and unexpected catastrophe.

5.5" x 8.5", 44pp. $8.00.

ISBN: 978-0-9791501-9-7.


Molly Tenenbaum

Old Voile: Molly Tenenbaum

A finalist in the 2004 contest, this manuscript was so good that we had to publish it regardless. Molly's work is one of a kind. She also plays old time music, and publishes poems widely. This book is lovely, airy (mostly), and playful.

Check out her work in DIAGRAM issues [5.3] and [4.4]

5.5" x 8.5", 32 pp. $7.00.

ISBN 0-9762092-0-9


Melanie Rae Thon

Melanie Rae Thon, The Bodies of Birds

Prayers / Love Songs / Laments / Confessions

Resurrected and restored through the bodies of multitudes, a young woman who becomes an organ donor after a car accident radiates unmitigated love as she comes to know the recipients of her heart and kidneys—lungs, bowel, vertebrae, corneas . . . Twenty-seven years after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, black storks glide over the Zone of Alienation. Apple trees bloom; lilacs flower—radioactive wolves thrive; bees make glowing honey . . .  A prisoner in California, a man who killed a woman a hundred times, who stabbed face and throat, heart and belly, now washes another man in the shower, shaves his face, changes his diapers, protects and serves a murderer like himself, riddled by dementia . . .

Prayers, love songs, laments, confessions—these three provocative immersions through and beyond the body explore the revelatory expansiveness of consciousness and compassion; the persistence of love; the trauma of intimate violence and environmental devastation; unexpected grace; and the remarkable resilience of the marvelously diverse more-than-human world.

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Melanie Rae Thon (limited edition)
Melanie Rae Thon: The 7th Man, Limited Edition, fiction/poetry; chapbook + pdf; $9 + $2 shipping in USA
Melanie Rae Thon
Melanie Rae Thon: The 7th Man, Trade Edition, fiction/poetry; chapbook + pdf; $9 + $2 shipping in USA
Claire Wahmanholm

Claire Wahmanholm's Night Vision, our 2017 chapbook winner.

"In Claire Wahmanholm's Night Vision, we are made to witness narrative's inevitable unravelling. By placing hybrid prose in conversation with skillful erasures, Wahmanholm creates a subtle and striking commentary on the nature of language and story. She reminds us of the infinite ways that voice resists containment by history, convention, and our expectations as readers. In each lyric fragment, each fracturing of the source text, we are shown all that has been buried in the trappings of prose. This is a gorgeously subversive chapbook, a work that reflects powerfully on the circumstances of its own making." —Kristina Marie Darling


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G. C. Waldrep

The Batteries: G. C. Waldrep

this lovely chapbook, a lyric meditation on the now-abandoned California seacoast fortifications of the Marin Headlands, is unfortunately out of print. In typical Waldrep fashion, these longer poems are thoughtful and evocative, introspective and fluid, above all, luminous. Includes photographs by Jennifer MacKenzie.

5.5" x 8.5", 40pp. $8.00.

ISBN: 0-9762092-5-X.

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Nicole Walker


Listen to what the people say:

"Even the table of contents of Nicole Walker's Micrograms is geekily witty, including as it does such fanciful micro-essay titles as "Micromeat" and "Micro Prairie Dogs and Micro Turkey Vultures" alongside the more familiar and even potentially dire "Microbursts" and "Microencephaly." In fact, the table of contents reveals many of the tensions this book explores: between the invented and the real, the wild and the mundane, the grim and joyful challenges at the heart of the smallest events of our daily lives and the fear, humor, and hope with which we encounter these challenges. There is no other writer like Nicole Walker for weaving a fabric that incorporates all the threads of her reality: the scientific and the poetic, the trivial and the dire, the mundane and the apocalyptic, all held together by Walker's deep pleasure in the operations of language itself." —Katharine Coles

"Like Galeano's Book of Embraces or Weil's Gravity and Grace, Nicole Walker's Micrograms portray the force of a keen mind fully engaged with disparate, successive parts of the world, which unify, reconfigure, and become new things in her strange, wondrous prose. These essays are not description or depiction but revelation; they both show and prophesy." —Patrick Madden

"Though I'm tempted to applaud the micro-joys, micro fascinations, and micro-revelations of Nicole Walker's Micrograms, the truth is that this miniscule book of micro-essays offers inquisitive readers gargantuan pleasures. A micro-burst of essays, fresh and intriguing." —Dinty W. Moore

"Micrograms by Nicole Walker is a cause for swooning and celebration. I cleaned my glasses and caught my breath. She is a microscope and a telescope, gives us a book writ large, writ small. 'Let's go smaller,' she asks us, but never in import as, in her delightful deadpan, she leads us through life and death. Yes, it's a small world after all. And an extraordinary book about looking close, and thinking far." —David Lazar

80pp, essays, ISBN 978-1-934832-54-7,



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Eric Weinstein

Vivisection: Eric Weinstein, 2010 Chapbook Contest winner

"Reading these poems bring to mind the precision, the imagination and the profound questioning of being of Leonardo da Vinci's drawings where metal and flesh would seem to mate and mesh to be animated in perpetual movement. With a preternatural mastery of meter and rhyme, Weinstein's verses become wonderful human machines to convey, with the precision of scalpels, the complex uncertainties and the sorrows of living." —Breyten Breytenbach

"These elegant lines cut deep, not into bodies but into thoughts, thoughts about bodies, about the pain, shame, and delight of incarnation. For Eric Weinstein, poetry may be vivisection, but vivisection is, for him, metaphysical, an art of awe and understanding, where it is not so much poetry as our own contradictions that rend us, that appear to us, in these pages, with such an arresting tension, between galaxy and microbe, flesh and metal, living and dead. These poems peer into the dark." —Joseph Donahue

"Weinstein's Vivisection exposes the beating heart of its subjects with no loss of life: these remarkable poems are pensive yet urgent, allusive yet never needlessly elusive, grounded yet never sentimental. If this is surgical poetry, its implements—graceful precision, incisive thought, a meticulous accounting of the self's sacred and fungible parts—are wielded by a poet of significant subtlety and skill. ‘I have a heart & so I know / how to make one,' writes Weinstein—and the reader who fully registers the tensile structure and pulsing warmth of these poems is inclined to agree." —Seth Abramson

"What is this quintessence of dust to me? Hamlet asks a flummoxed, completely overmatched duo pressed into the service of politicians, not more than a breath or two after he's exclaimed man to be a piece of work. As if in answer, Eric Weinstein launches Vivisection, this volley of vaulting philosophies. Here, the vehicles of body that give humankind its various and temporary residences are real, fragile, desirous, terrible pieces of work. In one poem after another, the hearts and the brains tough out another moment or month in their nearly involuntary quest to endure. But in the face of inexorable finitude, Weinstein's poems know and sing what we need to remember, what poems themselves remind us: that the brevity and transience that we might otherwise rue charges our existence with meaning. Detail by luminous detail, Vivisection insists on the value and significance of the vast co-op that is life, sentient and non-. In doing so, he implicates us in a sad and gorgeous summons to a world that we might otherwise only fear." —Marc McKee

5" x 8", 72pp, perfect bound. $9.00. ISBN: 978-1-934832-25-7.

Patrick Whitfill Whitfill cover

Patrick Whitfill, Curiosity

Poems. They are very good. They are about Mars, kind of.

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Khaty Xiong

Luminous and feral, Deer Hour is part creation documentary of the worlds we build for ourselves with language, part elegy for the fact that it is impossible to generate closure without enclosure. In a world where humanity is bound to "red cedars whose secrets keep us logging" as well as "childhood / writing from the front lines," Xiong would guide us through the anxieties of being "bound in sore action, / unable to reconcile / the wild & the not-wild" with poetry that is determined to witness while resistant to the complicities of history. Here, as in other crucial, contemporary poetics, the acts of speaking and writing are not halves of a pristine poetic whole, but yearning, expressive portions that remain troubled by the absence of a bearable relationship to the world. The resulting work is of an important new perspective that would liberate us from the dualism of what is sayable and free us into an argument about what is livable. Read this book if you have ever contemplated the institution of civilization, known the love of language, or taken one step toward the wild and opened your eyes. —Lo Kwa Mei-en, author of Yearling

Poems, 5"x8", 44pp., $9, ISBN 978-1-934832-46-2.

Joshua Marie Wilkinson

A Ghost as King of the Rabbits: Joshua Marie Wilkinson

2005 NMP/DIAGRAM chapbook contest finalist, and winner of the University of Iowa Poetry Prize. This long fragmented poem plays on the Wallace Stevens poem of the inverted title. This chapbook kills and kills. Check out his work in DIAGRAM issues [4.3], [5.4]

5.5" x 8.5", 40 pp. $7.00.

ISBN 0-9762092-3-3


Vincent Zompa

Jacket of the Straits: Vincent Zompa

Presented here for you: three long and beautiful, spatial and fragmented, poems, variously influenced by Jorge Luis Borges' Labyrinths, by James Joyce's Finnegan's Wake, and by influence itself. There's much water here, and language, book and song, all taken apart and reassembled into something surprising and new.

5.5" x 8.5", 40pp. $8.00

ISBN: 978-0-9791501-8-0

Arianne Zwartjes

stitched (a surface opens): Arianne Zwartjes

These intricate essays use mathematics and poetry, the intersection of language and thought, to interrogate and describe the world. The cast list includes Gauss, Euclid, Weil, Rumi, Heidegger, Eliot, Carson, and Calvino. Thinky and beautiful, Zwartjes's essays are open, electrical explorations in space.

5.5" x 8.5", 48pp. $8.00

ISBN: 978-1-934832-02-8