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.

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.

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.

The Hospice Orgy  by Phillip Lee Duncan (Order   here  ). Read/view samples     here   .   DESCRIPTION: Phillip Lee Duncan's superb poetry is the perfect companion piece to the cinematic work of Dusan Makavejev & Co., the richness of its bizarre Surrealist comedy offset by a dry Herzogian humor, personas blowing like desiccated leaves through their own narratives. Archaic wombs are "gingerbread drywall/all rotted out" while one's children are "all gristle, utterly inedible." Copernicus, pleasuring himself through his own telescope-cum-fifi, hopes to be found outside the next day, crawling with ants like Jeffrey Beaumont's "Blue Velvet" ear, "an intricate beadwork of dew and spew on my belly/my face all rhododendron." There are also devastating endings here, where lovers hang themselves from trees "outside the meaning of orchards/where there is only sign language for cider." 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 witty, insightful, and brilliant poems are not content to be a trajectory: they settle into each of their haunted, uneasy hostels for the night (which include, in art and unfortunately in real life, their late author's own body), and spin webs 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: Phillip Lee Duncan's superb poetry is the perfect companion piece to the cinematic work of Dusan Makavejev & Co., the richness of its bizarre Surrealist comedy offset by a dry Herzogian humor, personas blowing like desiccated leaves through their own narratives. Archaic wombs are "gingerbread drywall/all rotted out" while one's children are "all gristle, utterly inedible." Copernicus, pleasuring himself through his own telescope-cum-fifi, hopes to be found outside the next day, crawling with ants like Jeffrey Beaumont's "Blue Velvet" ear, "an intricate beadwork of dew and spew on my belly/my face all rhododendron." There are also devastating endings here, where lovers hang themselves from trees "outside the meaning of orchards/where there is only sign language for cider." 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 witty, insightful, and brilliant poems are not content to be a trajectory: they settle into each of their haunted, uneasy hostels for the night (which include, in art and unfortunately in real life, their late author's own body), and spin webs that collect, drain, and ingeniously re-transfuse anything, or anyone, the reader wants to throw into them.