SMOKING LOVELY by Willie Perdomo
ISBN: 1-892494-61-2 (paperback)–$12.00 (US) / $18.00 (CAN). A new expanded edition of Willie Perdomo’s classic award-winning book + CD. Includes new poems not in the original collection and a larger size.
WINNER of the 2004 Beyond Margins Award from PEN American Center.
New York Public Library’s Books for the Teen Age 2004 List.
“Like a dose of Jim Carroll’s Basketball Diaries, and a Billie Holiday song with a Miguel Pinero chaser, Willie Perdomo’s long awaited follow-up to his powerful debut is a sizzling cocktail of drug addiction, love, recovery, and truth. The familiar Lexington Avenue of East Harlem continues to be his Yoknapatawpha but the world has become his lab in this collection of serious prose and gunfire verse. These poems find room to depict the change in urban scenery, the de-romanticization of withdrawal, a homeless man’s spin on empowerment zones, the global humor of a drug run and the reflective clarity of a train ride. As the poet declares in “Lexington Avenue Prelude,” “This is the face-to-face appointment with the Department of Human Resources/That you can’t miss even if you tried.” Poet Willie Perdomo’s latest book, “Smoking Lovely,” makes Latin Manhattan’s neighborhoods sparkle like a Fourth of July night sky. With muscular slanguage that’s funny and surreal, Perdomo explores love and struggle. He makes readers stop uptown and visit the forgotten –like the character Kriptonite, a thug to some, but in Perdomo’s poem, a man who has been in love and in trouble. A Nuyorican Pablo Neruda, Perdomo finds a love poem’s pulse and takes it. From “French Roast’s” syncopated sensuality to “Seesaw’s” hard knocks –”I go up in smoke and come down in a nod”– Perdomo makes a connection between getting high and getting hurt.”– David Mills, NY POST, Oct 10, 2003.
WILLIE PERDOMO is the author of Smoking Lovely (Rattapallax Press, 2003), Where a Nickel Costs a Dime (Norton, 1996) and Postcards of El Barrio (Isla Negra Press, 2002). His work has been included in several anthologies including Metropolis Found (Crown Books, 2003), The Harlem Reader (Three Rivers Press, 2003), Poems of New York (Everyman’s Library/Knopf, 2002), Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam (Three Rivers Press, 2002). His work has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Bomb, Russell Simmons’ One World Magazine and Pen America: A Journal for Writers and Readers. He is the author of a Visiting Langston, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book for Children, illustrated by Bryan Collier (Henry Holt/Books for Young Readers, 2002) and has been featured on several PBS documentaries including Words in Your Face and The United States of Poetry as well as HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and BET’s Hughes’ Dream Harlem. Perdomo was the recipient of a NYFA Poetry Fellowship 2001.
LOST DAYS by Stephanos Papadopoulos
ISBN: 1-892494-33-7 (paperback)– $12.95 / ISBN: 1-892494-34-5 (clothbound)– $24.95 / LCCN: 00-104014. Book and CD.
“These poems of place–Greece, America, Paris, St. Lucia, UK– depend on the poet’s capacity for the vignette, the snapshot, the swift conjuring of mood. These poems, particularly the Greek ones, reveal an intent and faithful eye and effortless fluency. The Greek ones in particular because they are small windows into a bigger, darker historic canvas. The radiance of panoramic Greece provides the backdrop to places maimed and scarred and to the small anecdotes of the fragile heroes contained within it. In the St. Lucia poems, behind the brief conjuring of a place and its ethos as a visitor one hears the more powerful voice of Derek Walcott, powerful because deeply rooted there (as in the Greek poems here). Nevertheless the intensity of observation, the fluency and a psychological stance that captures an emptiness behind the watching makes this collection an impressive dedication to the chosen places and people.” –Judy Gahagan, Ambit Magazine.
STEPHANOS PAPADOPOULOS was born in North Carolina and raised in Paris and Athens. Educated in the US and Edinburgh, he holds a degree in classical archaeology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His poetry has been published in major periodicals on both sides of the Atlantic, and attracted the attention of Nobel Laureate, Derek Walcott, who invited him to attend the Rat Island Foundation’s first program on St. Lucia. His second book of poetry, Hotel-Dieu, was published Sheep Meadow Press, 2009.
ENGLISH by Jeet Thayil
ISBN: 1-892494-59-0 (paperback)– $12.00 / LCCN: 2003096867. Co-published with Penguin Books India. Book and CD.
“English deserves attention and could be one of the better books you will read this year.” – American Book Review
“Jeet Thayil’s work is, quite simply, the genuine article. I shake, vigorously, his hand.” – Thomas Lux
JEET THAYIL is the author of English (Penguin/Rattapallax 2004). He was born in India and educated in Hong Kong, New York, and Mumbai. In 1998 he returned to New York where he received an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. His poems have appeared in Stand, Verse, Fulcrum, 7 Carmine, Agenda, and London Magazine. He lives in Mumbai where he works as an editor and writer.
CICADA by Mark Nickels
ISBN: 1-892494-22-1 (paperback)– $12.95 / LCCN: 00-104014. Book and CD.
“In most ways Cicada is an astounding book, nearly a new species of poetry. Often the poems poach gracefully in the territory of the novel. I was poignantly taken by the astute fluidity of the language, the facility of looking at ordinary things in a radical new way. This book should be widely read because it announces the arrival of a poet who has a good shot at being major.” – Jim Harrison, Author of Legends of the Fall.
“It’s pretty obvious that (Nickels) has developed (his) own voice, which can take a while, the tumbling rhythms and adjectives. The music of Cicada is penetrating and distinct.” — Evan S. Connell, Author of Son of the Morning Star
TRANSCRIPTIONS OF DAYLIGHT by Michael T. Young
ISBN: 1-892494-24-8 (paperback)– $12.95 / LCCN: 00-190957. Book and CD.
“Michael T. Young’s exquisitely crafted poems celebrate durable materials like glass, metal, and stone. Yet there is a pervasive aching awareness of human transience, frailty, and love underlying his elegant surfaces. A rich and accomplished debut.” –Rachel Hadas
MICHAEL T. YOUNG‘s work has appeared in Pivot, The Hollins Critic, Folio, The Christian Science Monitor, and many others. His chapbook, Because the Wind Has Questions, was published in 1997 by Somers Rock Press. He was a semi-finalist for the “Discovery”/The Nation contest in 1992 and also received honorable mention for the Catalina Paez and Seamus McManus Award which is given by Hunter College and sponsored by The Academy of American Poets. Transcriptions of Daylight was nominated for a 2001 Pushcart Prize. In 2005, he received the Chaffin Poetry Award and recently a fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
EMILY XYZ SONG BOOK by Emily XYZ
ISBN: 1-892494-64-7 (paperback)–$13.00 (US) / $15.00 (CAN). LCCN: 2004094405. Book and CD.
Present at the creation of performance poetry, Emily XYZ acquired a cult following with her live gigs, punk stylings and recordings for indie-rock labels through the ’80s and ’90s, lighting up the stage at the now-famed Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Despite her relative prominence (including appearances on television and in high-profile anthologies), XYZ has produced no previous book: she may have felt, and her fans might have agreed, that her performance style, vocal delivery and musical accompaniment contribute as much to her work as the words themselves. This breakthrough volume collects 13 of XYZ’s texts, each scored for two simultaneous speakers, along with notes on their composition and performance. “I think of them more as something to be heard than read,” XYZ writes in her introduction, and indeed the texts can fall flat on the page; they are saved, though, by the wonderful accompanying CD, in which XYZ’s own readings-along with Virgil Moorefield’s compulsively catchy electronic musical settings-demonstrate her real powers for all to hear. Several works rely on insistently repeated phrases, reducing the voice almost to a percussion instrument; others imply a traumatic early life or promulgate an inspiring, sometimes sarcastic feminist politics. — Publisher’s Weekly, Jan. 2005
A SMALL SONG CALLED ASH FROM THE FIRE by Ron Price
ISBN: 1-892494-31-0 (paperback)– $12.95 / LCCN: 2001116177. Book and CD.
“What rises in flames falls / As ash, and what never burns / Turns the heart to stone….” While lyricism ultimately may not be transcendent here, stoicism is a more grievous fate. And it’s the contention between what rises in flames and what turns to stone that so powerfully drives these poems. It’s our great good fortune that the daunting places and undaunted presences possessing this poet so vividly inhabit his poetry – from Cobb’s Lake to the anonymous hand that scrawled on a Memphis wall “I done broke / life & death / down.” I like this work, I’ve liked it since the first time I saw it, I’m going to enjoy and admire it for years to come.” -– William Pitt Root, author of Trace Elements from a Recurring Kingdom
RON PRICE grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, and currently lives in New York City, where he is Poet in Residence at the Juilliard School. His poems have appeared in various magazines and anthologies, including The American Poetry Review, Poetry, and New Rain: Our Fathers, Ourselves. He is a past U.S.I.A. Visiting Poet in Belgium, and the recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship. He is the author of Surviving Brothers, a chapbook, and the recording, A Crucible for the Left Hand.
I WANT YOUR CHAIR by Elaine Schwager
ISBN: 1-892494-08-6 (paperback)– $14.95 / ISBN: 1-892494-18-3 (clothbound)– $24.95 / LCCN: 99-069799. Book and CD.
“There are poems here that are the best I’ve read of anybody in a long time. The poems are strong always in the poet’s own language, with no cliches. The forms they take seem natural and right. There is a range of emotion from pensive to defiant and funny.” – Louis Simpson
ELAINE SCHWAGER is a poet, practicing psychoanalyst and screenwriter, living in New York City. She has had poems in Rattapallax, Literal Latte, Writ (Toronto), The World (St. Mark’s Poetry Project), Armadillo, Promethean, Gaia and many other literary publications. Her poems have also been in two anthologies: It Is the Poem Singing in Your Eyes (Harper and Row) and City in All Directions (Macmillan). She has been awarded residencies at The MacDowell Colony, The Woodstock Guild and The Vermont Studio Center. She recently passed away.
HE DREAMS OF WATERS by Bill Kushner
ISBN: 1-892494-26-4 (paperback)– $12.95 / LCCN: 00-190958. Book and CD.
“Here, an omniscient auteur is arranging the energies of the poems to create a composite picture. This book is not chronological, it’s phenomenological. It’s a carefully constructed canvas, a study in universal consciousness filtered through Kushner’s specifics.” –Poetry Project Newsletter
BILL KUSHNER has been a 1999 and a 2006 Fellow of the New York Foundation For the Arts. His books include Night Fishing (1980), Head (1986), Love Uncut (1990), He Dreams of Waters (2000), That April (2000) and most recently, In the Hairy Arms of Whitman.
INSIGHTS INTO SYRIAN CINEMA by Rashi Salti
190 pps., B&W photos, $15 / ISBN-13: 978-1-892494-70-2 / LCCN: 2006924084
The first book in English on a little known cinema from a key part of the Middle East. This timely collection offers critical essays and historical overview of film production in Syria, as well as brings together words and texts from several of Syria’s most critically acclaimed and internationally celebrated masters of cinema, including Nabil el-Maleh, Samir Zikra, Omar Amiralay, Mohammad Malas, Abdellatif Abdul-Hamid and Oussama Mohammad. In their own words, the filmmakers offer candid commentary and compelling insights into their relationship with their craft and their struggle to make films in a developing country under single-party rule, where civil freedoms have been held captive to emergency laws for over three decades. This collection offers a rare glimpse at how they managed the remarkable feat of creating an intransigently independent cinema in spite of near impossible conditions. Co-published with ArteEast.
POep! Edited by Edwin Torres and Anselm Berrigan
Inspired by Russian constructivist artist El Lissitsky whose paintings were called prouns. Prouns integrate architecture with graphic design and are derived from the words PROaktivst UNkn,which means ‘seeing the now in space.POeP! is a hybrid of the words ‘POem’ and ‘Ethernet Protocol.’ It means seeing the now in space by combining poetry and technology. Featuring Alice Notley, Robert Creeley, John Yau, Julianna Spahr, Hoa Nguyen, Bob Holman, Bruce Andrews, Elena Alexander, Ron Silliman, Sharon Mesmer, Todd Colby, and many more.
ONOMALINGUA by Edwin Torres
“Equals parts Joycean experimentalist, Nuyorican performance poet, New York School-style emoter and graphic concrete poet, Torres has been developing one of the most elaborate poetic hybrids.” – Publishers Weekly