The Hospice Orgy  by Phillip Lee Duncan. Order   here  . Read/view samples     here   .   DESCRIPTION: In Phillip Lee Duncan's first and final collection, dry Herzogian personas blow like desiccated leaves through their own narratives. Archaic wombs are "gingerbread drywall/all rotted out" while one's children are "all gristle, utterly inedible." One is able to see the tiers of spiritual enlightenment here, which resemble Robert Crumb's time-lapse etchings of a landscape that goes from idyllic to gentrified; but these mordant, tragically funny poems are not content to be a trajectory: they settle into each of their haunted, cobweb-ready hostels for the night, and spin nets that collect, drain, and ingeniously re-transfuse anything, or anyone, the reader wants to throw into them.

The Hospice Orgy by Phillip Lee Duncan. Order here. Read/view samples here.

DESCRIPTION: In Phillip Lee Duncan's first and final collection, dry Herzogian personas blow like desiccated leaves through their own narratives. Archaic wombs are "gingerbread drywall/all rotted out" while one's children are "all gristle, utterly inedible." One is able to see the tiers of spiritual enlightenment here, which resemble Robert Crumb's time-lapse etchings of a landscape that goes from idyllic to gentrified; but these mordant, tragically funny poems are not content to be a trajectory: they settle into each of their haunted, cobweb-ready hostels for the night, and spin nets that collect, drain, and ingeniously re-transfuse anything, or anyone, the reader wants to throw into them.

Pero, Mañana  by Trevor Griles. Coming Soon.  DESCRIPTION: With its vivid, cinematic cycling through time and character narrations,  Pero…Mañana  is a brilliant mix of magical realism and verbal Technicolor that follows Alejandro (a young would-be activist who yearns to escape the life that he was born into) through the weekend of April 11, 2002, as the Opposition is attempting to overthrow the leftist government of El Presidente Hugo Chávez in Venezuela. While trying to garner support from those closest to him, Alejandro quickly realizes that he is very much alone, as his father supports Chávez and his friends and family are mostly apathetic. Multiple subplots (Papá’s stolen taxi, the ghost that haunts Mama, Alejandro’s lost love, and a missing ring) keep the reader distracted until Alejandro finally decides to assassinate Chávez. But when he finds himself the victim of an express kidnapping at the hands of three haphazard Chavistas, he realizes that he has been swallowed by the culture in which he lives.

Pero, Mañana by Trevor Griles. Coming Soon.

DESCRIPTION: With its vivid, cinematic cycling through time and character narrations, Pero…Mañana is a brilliant mix of magical realism and verbal Technicolor that follows Alejandro (a young would-be activist who yearns to escape the life that he was born into) through the weekend of April 11, 2002, as the Opposition is attempting to overthrow the leftist government of El Presidente Hugo Chávez in Venezuela. While trying to garner support from those closest to him, Alejandro quickly realizes that he is very much alone, as his father supports Chávez and his friends and family are mostly apathetic. Multiple subplots (Papá’s stolen taxi, the ghost that haunts Mama, Alejandro’s lost love, and a missing ring) keep the reader distracted until Alejandro finally decides to assassinate Chávez. But when he finds himself the victim of an express kidnapping at the hands of three haphazard Chavistas, he realizes that he has been swallowed by the culture in which he lives.

The Book of Knowledge , by Chad Faries Currently Unavailable.   Read sample     here   .   DESCRIPTION: A marvelous gallimaufry of coming-of-age poetry that takes its title(s)...and questions...from the seminal 1912 children's encyclopedia  The Book of Knowledge , and answers them with its own verse. Alive with birds, bees, bikers, lovely neglected things, fishnets, strawberry Mickey Mouse cakes, and the ambiguity of red vaginal lights atop forested hills, this collection is a trip through Disney through the eyes of Woody Guthrie through the eyes of Ezra Pound, like an ever-overlapping pair of bifocals. And then some.

The Book of Knowledge, by Chad Faries Currently Unavailable. Read sample here.

DESCRIPTION: A marvelous gallimaufry of coming-of-age poetry that takes its title(s)...and questions...from the seminal 1912 children's encyclopedia The Book of Knowledge, and answers them with its own verse. Alive with birds, bees, bikers, lovely neglected things, fishnets, strawberry Mickey Mouse cakes, and the ambiguity of red vaginal lights atop forested hills, this collection is a trip through Disney through the eyes of Woody Guthrie through the eyes of Ezra Pound, like an ever-overlapping pair of bifocals. And then some.

The First Time She Strayed :  A Graphic Intrigue  by Cesca Janece Waterfield. Coming soon. Read sample   here  .  DESCRIPTION: 20 years ago, Tex owned a flourishing business in an iconic LA neighborhood. In between his Morrisonesque leathers and his raven love-locks flowing, he got more pussy than a fashionably vinyl-upholstered toilet seat. Today, he languishes in his apartment, surrounded by discarded cartons of ice cream, cast-off TV dinners, the cobweb-covered memorabilia of his youth, and all the detritus of a Byronic invincibility gone to seed. One night, he meets journalist Ava. This scathing, hilarious graphic novel chronicles their story.

The First Time She Strayed: A Graphic Intrigue by Cesca Janece Waterfield. Coming soon. Read sample here.

DESCRIPTION: 20 years ago, Tex owned a flourishing business in an iconic LA neighborhood. In between his Morrisonesque leathers and his raven love-locks flowing, he got more pussy than a fashionably vinyl-upholstered toilet seat. Today, he languishes in his apartment, surrounded by discarded cartons of ice cream, cast-off TV dinners, the cobweb-covered memorabilia of his youth, and all the detritus of a Byronic invincibility gone to seed. One night, he meets journalist Ava. This scathing, hilarious graphic novel chronicles their story.

diatomhero: religious poems  by Lisa A. Flowers. Order     here  . Read sample   here  .  DESCRIPTION:  diatomhero  is, among other things, a "deconstruction of myth and elements"—a surrealist study of reincarnation via a tapestry of cinema, religion, and art that periodically drops its stitches, only to take them up again on a whim 100 or 10,000 years later. A hybrid of past and present lives mashed into a Rorschach blot, it's a maneuvering of continuation into the corporeal, non-corporeal, and bizarre—a eulogy that transforms trauma and sorrow into the fantastic, and has no fewer than six film screenings (and incarnations, from spider to soldier to hare to lilies to girl) going on in no fewer than six centuries at any given time.

diatomhero: religious poems by Lisa A. Flowers. Order here. Read sample here.

DESCRIPTION: diatomhero is, among other things, a "deconstruction of myth and elements"—a surrealist study of reincarnation via a tapestry of cinema, religion, and art that periodically drops its stitches, only to take them up again on a whim 100 or 10,000 years later. A hybrid of past and present lives mashed into a Rorschach blot, it's a maneuvering of continuation into the corporeal, non-corporeal, and bizarre—a eulogy that transforms trauma and sorrow into the fantastic, and has no fewer than six film screenings (and incarnations, from spider to soldier to hare to lilies to girl) going on in no fewer than six centuries at any given time.