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Douglas Kearney’s meticulous and playful ars poetica illustrates the unseen dimensions of what makes his work necessarily graphic, totally vulnerable and admirably outrageous.

—Tisa Bryant

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Objects of Attention by Aichlee Bushnell
Be three people when you read it because it is at least three necessary books in one, and while Mary Shelley might be pissed-with-envy about the way Aichlee Bushnell handles the cemetery and resurrection of several bodies of knowledge, W.E.B Dubois nods, “that’s what’s up” to all of her laws.

-Thomas Sayers Ellis

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Here, lands are the residue of speculation, place names the wreckage of dispossession: “explorers of this that this” meet in “soonday sun [to] speckle [and] glisten in [the] gaping wound” that is the colonial ground for any chart of experience.

-Roberto Tejada

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Queen Mob’s Teahouse Review of Starlight in Two Million

The hybridity of Starlight in Two Million lends itself at least in part to assisting in Catanzano’s depiction of 4th person narration. In particular, her poetry (“U+F+O+L+A+N+G+U+A+G+E”) suggests a sense of malleability and nonspecificity, power in disruption and deviation from the linear hierarchy. Take for a specific and more focused example, the TAZ (temporary autonomous zone) located “where the poetic imagination is free to reign.” The site of poetry is a catalyst for a chain reaction that moves outward, uncoiling, asking questions that produce yet more questions. Inquiry expands into infinite space and non-linear time: “In TAZ the practice of framing a rule as a ruin makes even more ruins, as anyone familiar with the latest studies has been informed.” The prose form overlaps with the poetic, the hybridity presenting scientific inquiry within a framework of imaginative speculation and the powerful disruptive force of deviation from traditional form. Read the rest at Queen Mob’s...

Interview with Amy Catanzano about Starlight in Two Million in Entropy

Starlight in Two Million: A Neo-Scientific Novella is a spacetime ship that travels. Unlike ships of the sea or rockets to outer space, my book moves by warp drive. What this means is that my book achieves travel through space and time by being stationary while moving spacetime around it. This is how ships move when traveling at warp drive in Star Trek, and scientists are now exploring warp drive for travel in our solar system and beyond. Read the rest at...

Interview with Amy Catanzano about Starlight in Two Million in Jacket2

In May 2015 Jace Brittain and Rachel Zavecz interviewed me about my third book, Starlight in Two Million: A Neo-Scientific Novella (Noemi Press, 2014). The book combines narrative fiction — in which three characters, two of whom are named for Greek concepts, join forces to stop a war — with lyric poetry, visual poetry, and memoir. We discuss the book’s cross-genre form, ’pataphysics, quantum poetics, fourth-person narration and the fourth dimension, and more. In addition to talking with me about Starlight in Two Million, Jace and Rachel wrote a collaborative review of the novella for the online arts magazine, Queen Mob’s Teahouse. Read the rest at...

2015 Winners of the Noemi Press Book Award for Poetry

The editors of Noemi Press are excited to announce the winners, finalists, and semi finalists for the 2015 Noemi Press Book Award in Poetry. We received about 400 poetry submissions this year and thank all the writers who submitted for trusting us with their work. Winner Bone Confetti by Muriel Leung   Finalists Natality by E. G. Means MOUTHS by Claire Marie Stancek   We will also be publishing finalist Vanessa Villarreal’s manuscript Beast Meridian in the Akrilica series.   Poetry Semifinalists They Go In Pairs by Samuel Ace Arcadia, Indiana (a tragedy) by Toby Altman You Can Take It Out by Cheryl Clark Vermeulen Red of Split Water-A Burial Rite by Lisa Donovan Century Worm by Todd Fredson Actual Echo by Matthew Mahaney A Turkish Dictionary by Andrew...

2015 Winners of the Noemi Press Book Award for Fiction

The editors of Noemi Press are excited to announce the winners, finalists, and semi finalists for the 2015 Noemi Press Book Award in Fiction. We received about 300 fiction submissions this year and thank all the writers who submitted for trusting us with their work. Winner Uncountry: A Mythology by Yanara Friedland Finalist A Manual for Nothing by Jessica Anne Chiang   Fiction Semifinalists Gary Oldman Is A Building You Must Walk Through by Forrest Roth Patchwork: Stories by Cynthia Hawkins Waters to Swim in Before We Die by Meredith Luby ANSWERING MACHINE: a novel out loud by Edward Herring The Rolodex Happenings by Dennis James Sweeney Project MADAM by Evelyn Hampton A More Active You by Meagan Cass These Are Our Demands by Matthew...

Caren Beilin’s The University of Pennsylvania reviewed at Full Stop

One of the most fascinating traits of Beilin’s prose is the way that words tumble into each other, dissolving their distinctions into portmanteaus: “‘Just drive,’ Olivia told her mother, and Mrs Knox — who was usually too frail, sick, and tired, to drive, or love — drove.” Elsewhere repetition and assonance causes clotting: “Beth kneels, devout to it, devout to kneeling, but needing reasons.” Descriptions of female anatomy in particular are characterised by a constant drift towards the figurative: Olivia’s hand is “a small splayed bouquet of bones”; a breast is “the weight of bread forgetting itself”; the clitoris is “a rooster’s drip of throat,” “a rodent’s red liver,” “the flower of guts,” “the bedraggled lung of something waterous, a barracuda’s ripped reason for breathing, hanging in the open, with rancid coral hueing.” Like Antigone as a child, rolling around in a park, flashing her underwear, The University of Pennsylvania seems to speak “in a language parallel to language.” Read the rest at Full...

Tupelo Quarterly reviews I Was Not Born

When art and pain collide, a perfectly complicated and beautiful book sometimes emerges. Such is Julia Cohen’s I WAS NOT BORN, her third and latest work. It is a lifetime achievement and commingles poetry, transcripts of therapy sessions, letters, meditations, and text messages (all of which are poetry really) with a tremendous psychological and emotional impact.   Read the rest at Tupelo...

Review of Between Grammars at Entropy

Vogel describes her early experiences of reading and writing as “a bridging between [her] voice and [her] body,” as a kind of communion. “Language slowed the world for me,” she recalls, “it gave me a sense of tactility, a skin to encase my thinking.” Vogel’s visceral experience of language is palpable in Between Grammars; there is a sense of tactility ever-present. Beyond the philosophical exploration, reading this book is as much a sensory experience as an intellectual one, the text shot through with light, sound, and touch.   Read the rest at...

Rain Taxi review of The Ghost In Us Was Multiplying

Armendinger is a master at using fragmented language with precise purpose. His poems experiment with language and form—this collection includes a poem delivered in the form of an instant messenger conversation, and a poem placed as a footnote within another poem—but never read as mere avant-garde posturing. Instead, Armendinger again and again finds new ways to use defamiliarized language to access the unsayable. It’s a rare and wonderful thing to find a poet who can so powerfully, vividly, and gracefully engage with the problems of language and the world. The Ghost In Us Was Multiplying is a vital book: experimental, substantial, fragmented, unified, unsettled, and unsettling, Armendinger’s work is key reading for all those who care about what our broken words can do. Read the rest at Rain...