of two new titles by two fantastic Ohio poets:
Artifacts by Kerry Trautman and Beyond the Sidewalk by Jonie McIntire!
The actual print date was November, but due to some unforeseen and unavoidable delays, NightBallet was unable to announce publication until today. These two books are incontrovertible proof that some things are well worth waiting for!
(This is one-half of two announcements. For Jonie McIntire's Beyond the Sidewalk, please go here.)
The Archeological Survey of a Girl Who Stumbles Over Words
She's dead now,
so she doesn't fear in-class presentations
Or, at the grocery store, bumping into
someone she doesn't know well but really likes.
Notice how her fingertips are clenched into her palms.
Note the nailmarks.
See where sweat would have pooled--
the armpits and between the breasts--
where panic would liquefy and try to escape her body
when she herself could not escape her body,
could not stop pretending she was true.
Kerry Trautman is a founding member of Toledo's Almeda Street Poetry Co-op, the Toledo Poetry Museum, and ToledoPoet.com. She is often seen at local poetry readings and events, such as Artomatic 419, Back to Jack (Toledo's annual Jack Kerouac tribute), 100 Thousand Poets for Change, and the Columbus Arts Festival. Her poetry and short fiction have appeared in various journals and anthologies, including Midwestern Gothic, The Fourth River, Hawaii Pacific Review, and Journey to Crone (Chuffed Books Press, 2013). Previous books include Things That Come in Boxes (King Craft Press, 2012), and To Have Hoped (Finishing Line Press, 2015).
Artifacts is printed on creamy ivory paper. The ivory, linen-textured cover features a magnificent art piece by Bree, "Raven Gorget 3.29.16," which is complemented by the deep grape-colored cardstock insert. Artifacts is available beginning today, December 10, 2017, for only $8 plus $3 shipping! (For customers outside the U.S., please contact NightBallet Press for postage pricing.) Get your copy today to unearth its "artifacts" of beauty and truth!