Sunday, March 19, 2017

Celebrate Women's History Month with Lyn Lifshin's LITTLE DANCER

Please join us as NightBallet Press celebrates Women's History Month with the release of Lyn Lifshin's newest collection of poems, Little Dancer - The Degas Poems!



 

Little Dancer -The Degas Poems is the fourth NightBallet Press book by the legendary American poet Lyn Lifshin.  (The first three were Moving Thru Stained Glass - The Maple Poems, Tangled as the Alphabet - The Istanbul Poems, and Knife Edge and Absinthe - The Tango Poems.)  In this newest book, Lifshin imagines and explores the world of Marie Van Goethem, the "Little Dancer" sculpted by Edgar Degas. 

In her introduction, Lifshin writes:

"Now loved, Degas' original wax version of the little dancer was hated, though his paintings had been greeted enthusiastically.  His sculpture of The Little Dancer, Aged 14, was considered shocking and unsettling, like a little monkey.  It is said one father cried, 'God forbid my daughter should become a dancer.'  Many were shocked by her pose and the material used: human hair, beeswax, silk.  Degas loved the opera and ballet but this statue was called 'repulsive' and 'vicious,' a threat to society.  It forced viewers to look at the seamy side of life since most of the young girls came from very poor slums and working class families.  Others were horrified that she seemed to champion ugliness and depravity.  Degas never again exhibited the sculpture.  And, though he painted ballerinas all his life, The Little Dancer was largely forgotten until it was rediscovered with dozens of other sculptures.  His fascination with making sculpture was little know in his lifetime, unlike his portraits, history paintings, scenes from modern life, the world of horse racig, and the theater and ballet." 

Christina Zawadiwsky, winner of a National Endowment Award, and author of The Hand on the Head of Lazarus, wrote this review:

"We now recognize The Little Dancer sculpture by Degas as arresting and compelling, but there was a time when she was considered scandalous and disturbing.  Lyn Lifshin's poems celebrate her creation as a symbol of so many young and impoverished French female dancers who attempted to fill our world with grace, energy, and beauty.  And Lifshin's insightful and incisive Little Dancer poems remind us to remember her name, Marie Van Goethem, so that she will never fade into obscurity."

Little Dancer - The Degas Poems contains 29 poems on 40 pages, printed on creamy white paper in a clean Arial 10 font. The front cover cardstock is a pale dove gray, and the heavy cardstock insert is a rich gray-green.  The cover photo and inside photos were taken by Albert Jordan at the National Gallery of Art. 

                              
Lyn Lifshin won the Jack Kerouac Award for her book Kiss the Skin Off, the Paterson Poetry Award for Before It's Light, and the Texas Review Award for The Licorice Daughter: My Year with Ruffian.  She's been praised by Robert Frost, Ken Kesey, and Richard Eberhart, and is the subject of the award-winning documentary Not Made of Glass.  Lifshin earned the distinction "Queen of the Small Presses" for her dedication to the small presses which first published her.  Her most recent books include Secretariat: The Red Freak, the Miracle (Texas Review Press, 2014) and #AliveLikeALoadedGun (Transcendent Zero Press, 2016).  For much more, visit her website at www.lynlifshin.com.
             

Little Dancer - The Degas Poems
is available beginning March 19, 2017, for only ten dollars plus four dollars shipping/handling, right here, directly through PayPal. (Canadians and overseas buyers, please do not use the PayPal button.  Contact the press - nightballetpress at gmail dot com - for your shipping costs.  Thank you!)

Mention "Women's History Month" in the order's "note to the seller" section, and I will include another NightBallet Press book authored by a woman (my choice) for free! 

You can also find Little Dancer on Amazon, and of course, it will be available from Lifshin herself at her website. Order your copy today!






Monday, February 27, 2017

Catch Some Dreams With Margie Shaheed's Dream Catcher!


NightBallet Press has released a brand new book of poems
by Margie Shaheed, Dream Catcher
!


We are extremely pleased to continue the tradition of spotlighting a fantastic Black poet during the month of February to honor and commemorate Black History Month.

(Yes, we realize this is the first day of March, but we are claiming this book as February's title.)

Dream Catcher is filled with poems garnered in the past year of Shaheed's life: 
conversations, lovemaking, triumph in aging, political and historical happenings, friends' influences, anger at injustices, all steeped in the rich tradition of African-American storytelling.  Her strong and unique voice shines through such wonderfully titled poems as "So Dis Ain't Home Sweet Home: Adjust," "What to Do with a Nipple," and "Kneel and Be Spotted."  Here's a delightful sample poem from Dream Catcher:

Hair 101
for Ms. Thick

my club sister suggested
i get braids in my hair
said i would look cute
i told her i have an aversion
to fake hair—never did like it
now what i will do is
get my three inches
of natural hair twisted
into a short braid-like style
see how she likes that



This is Margie's third NightBallet Press book, and she continues to be our most prolific seller.  The number sold of her two previous NBP books total well over a thousand copies, so you know her poetry is on fire!





Margie Shaheed is a community poet, writer, and dyamic performance artist.  Her work has appeared in, among others, Essence Magazine, Black Magnolias Literary Journal, and Split This Rock.  Books include Mosaic (NBP, 2013), Onomatopoeia (NBP, 2015), and Playground (Hidden Charm Press, 2015).  She is also the author of Tongue Shakers: Interviews and Narratives  on Speaking Mother Tongue in a Multicultural Society (Hamilton Books, to be published later this year of 2017).   She can be contacted at m_shaheed@yahoo.com.

Of Margie's work, people have written:

*Dream Catcher is another word for the poet Margie Shaheed, who gathers pieces of life in her net from both her own experience and the evening news.  These poems name names and cultural moments. Their scope is large. They draw attention to racial oppression, to incarceration as the new slavery.  They celebrate heroes who heal us, like George Washington Carver and Colin Kaepernick. They call out puritanical hypocrisy, affirming the body and love. They sing the ordinary and the not-so-ordinary in a series of haiku. Shaheed offers elegies for an educator, a blues singer, a sister, and the victims of unjust law enforcement....The poet listens, filing nuggets away for when the time for writing comes, when she creates startling images like “a palm full of brown sugar/thrown into a pot of boiling corn” and striking figures like “grandchildren sewn into the hem” of a skirt.
Charlene Fix, Professor Emeritus, English Columbus College of Art & Design


*
Margie Shaheed's work is as real as it gets, and Dream Catcher may be her best work yet.  In it, Shaheed tears down walls, pulls back muscle and exposes the bones and soul of a unique but often all-too-common American experience.  Especially now, this chapbook is essential reading.John Burroughs, author of The Eater of the Absurd, founder and editor of Crisis Chronicles Press
John Burroughs, poet, author of The Eater of the Absurd, founding editor of Crisis Chronicles Press

* Margie Shaheed’s resonant poetic voice is teeming with keen insight on life and the human condition. Her observations of reality and skillful narrative compel one to listen intently.

Vince Robinson, poet, photographer, musician

*In a literary world of fantasy and make believe, Dream Catcher presents an in-the-moment pulse for the reader to experience our vigorous world.  This is a collection of work with a sundry canvas of simplistic characters yet beautifully audacious words, challenging the art of gravity with sullen and euphoric truths.
Nikki Skies, author, poet, playwright


*Margie Shaheed's Dream Catcher poems are eloquently woven word quilts.  Life filled, sensual, powerful, tender, courageous and unapologetic, her poems are beautiful, richly crafted testaments, written by a woman who knows and understands life.  Her poems...remind us why we read and love poetry.  Clearly, she is one of America's leading and unique voices of poetry.
Lorraine Currelley, founder and executive director of Poets Network & Exchange, Inc.


Dream Catcher contains 29 poems on 32 pages, printed on thick white textured paper.  The cardstock cover is a very pale dove gray, and the thick cardstock insert is a rich mauve.  Released today, Dream Catcher is available for only $10 plus $4 shipping and handling, right here, right now!  Why wait?  Order your copy now, and avoid the rush!







Wednesday, February 22, 2017

BASEBALL! SPITBALL! BRILLIANT EXPLOSIONS!


NightBallet Press congratulates Steve Brightman on the awesome review of In Brilliant Explosions Alone in the Fall 2016 issue of Spitball Magazine. The review, written by Mike Shannon, spans 6 pages and features a black and white photo of the cover of In Brilliant Explosions Alone.



Many thanks to Mike Shannon for the complimentary copy of Spitball, and to Mark Schraf, the fiction editor, for his words and support.

With baseball season beginning again, you owe it to yourself to check out
Spitball Magazine


And, if you haven't already obtained your very own copy of In Brilliant Explosions Alone, you may order it right here, right now!
 



Saturday, December 31, 2016

Weather Forecast: Black-Socket Sky by Rebecca Wood!

NightBallet Press is delighted to forecast a wintry mix of chilly temps, intermittant snowfall, gusty winds, and the dark sparkle of a
Black-Socket Sky!



What better way to celebrate the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017 than with a brand new poetry book?  Happy New Year's Eve, indeed!

NightBallet Press had heard Toledo poet Rebecca "Becca" Wood read before, but was truly ensnared by this particular collection of poems.  When we requested a manuscript from the poet, Becca handed NBP the handful of poems she had just read.
 
Black-Socket Sky is the result.

Don't be deceived by the page count of this collection.  At only 20 pages long and with only 11 poems in the book, it's one of the shortest that NBP has done.  But wowza, does it ever pack a punch!  Wood explores themes of winter, loss, belonging, religion, and night in a unique voice that rings clear and true throughout. 

The red, black and blue cover art is a photo of a wonderful piece, "The Shadow a Darkness Makes," by Kevin Eberhardt.  Find more of his work at October Conspiracy.  Complemented by a royal blue cardstock insert, the cover and inside paper are "themed":  the cover cardstock and the paper are matching "snow fleck" design.

  Rebecca Wood comes from a small tribe of academic gypsies who dragged her around the eastern, southern, and midwestern states until finally coming to rest on the southern shores of Lake Erie in Toledo, Ohio.  Her work has been published in In Toledo magazine and the first Broadway Bards Anthology.  She is an engaging and popular performer, appearing at Artomatic 411, Toledo's 100K Poets for Change, and the Old West End Festival, among others.  Wood reads regularly with the Broadway Bards, and irregularly at other Toledo venues.

At the very special holiday price of $5 postage paid, this book is a steal.  Treat yourself to a Black Socket Sky, and soar into 2017...I promise you, you'll be glad you did!



Saturday, October 29, 2016

Rocktober Brings Us TWO Fab Books by TWO Fab Poets: Howey & Litzky!

Welcome to ROCKTOBER at NightBallet Press!

Why do we call it "rocktober," you ask?  Because baby, we will, we will ROCK you...with not one, but TWO fabulous new and very different books by two fabulous poets!

Book number one is

Playing Tennis with the Net Down
by Christine Howey,
the current Poet Laureate of Cleveland Heights, Ohio
 
 
 
 
                                                     cover art by Kevin Eberhardt 


Playing Tennis with the Net Down contains 32 pages of 21 poems.  These poems could also be called performance pieces, as Howey has a powerful stage presence when she reads.  With such intriguing titles as "Your Life After Death Orientation Session," "Lunch Hour at the Dildo Factory," and "My Annual Poetry Audit," you know you're in for a treat!

With a folksy, conversational tone, Howey leads the reader through the childhood experiences of X-rayed shoe selection, glow-in-the-dark watches, and tick-borne diseases, and the decidedly adult experiences of things found in a meadow, receiving your Life (and how to get it out of that pesky package), and "why you don't like reading poetry."  In one of the editor's favorite pieces, "Tapped Out," she explores our fascination with water bottles. Even when tweaking the reader with droll wit and dry sarcasm, you can sense the dimple in her cheek and the twinkle in her eye.

The cover art is a photo of a piece by Kevin Eberhardt, titled "Fey."  The cover is a textured tan cardstock, with a textured pumpkin-colored cardstock insert.  The poems are printed on thick, textured ivory paper. 


Christine Howey is a performance poet, actor, award-winning theater critic (fifteen years, Scene magazine), playwright, and  journalist.  Recently named Poet Laureate of Cleveland Heights, she also competed as a member of the Northeast Ohio team in the 2013 National Poetry Slam Tournament in Boston, MA.  Her one-person show about her transgender journey, Exact Change, had its world premiere at Cleveland Public Theater in January 2014, and has since been performed at the New York International Fringe Festival, among other venues.  A movie version of the play is due to be released in 2017.  Her poems have appeared in Pudding Magazine, Star Line, and Muse, among others, and she has two previous books of poetry: If You Find Yourself Submerged in a Pond Under Ice (Kattywompus Press, 2011) and Thin Chance, or How to Get a Reputation as a Dick (Kattywompus Press, 2015). 

Playing Tennis With the Net Down is available beginning today, October 29, 2016, for only $10 plus $4 shipping/handling! 
 









Book number two is
Full Lotus by Tsaurah Litzky,
Brooklyn, New York's poet extraordinaire
   cover collage by Tsaurah Litzky
 

Full Lotus, a 32 page book of 19 poems and a delightful preface, explores all the ways  the practice of Yoga has influenced Litzky's life:  "True Believer," "Shoulderstand," "My Joints Snap," and "The Arrow Is the Soul" partner with "Sunday Morning Yoga," "Yoga of Snow," "The Mother of All Yogas," and "Yoga for Chasing Away the Blues," inviting the reader to experience "a better skin," an "open mind," "a new dimension...where grace beats karma."

The cover collage, "Everything With Love," is a piece by the poet herself, Tsaurah Litzky.  The cover is a textured ivory cardstock, with a textured turquoise cardstock insert.  The poems are printed on thick, textured ivory paper. 

Litzky writes:
I have been doing Yoga for over thirty years, writing poems since I was seven. Yoga and Poetry, along with my love for all humanity and for this struggling, bubbling world, are among the strongest threads running through my life. Writing these poems about Yoga has brought me great pleasure. I hope it brings you pleasure too.
 
Tsaurah Litzky is a widely published poet and writer of fiction, memoir, erotica, creative non-fiction, plays, and commentary   Her writing has been included in The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry.  Her memoir, Flasher, was published by Audible Books and by Long Shot Press as an e-book for Kindle.  Author of fifteen chapbooks, including Jerry in the Bardo (NightBallet Press) and two full-length poetry collections, Baby on the Water (Long Shot Press) and Cleaning the Duck (Bowery Books), she considers her favorite poem the one she's just written.  She is also a collage artist and Yoga instructor, and lives on the Brooklyn waterfront  where she can see the Statue of Liberty from her kitchen window.



                                                   photo by Janet Morgan

Full Lotus
is available beginning today, October 29, 2016, for only $10 plus $4 shipping/handling!







Get the jump on Hallowe'en and treat yourself to Playing Tennis With the Net Down by Christine Howey and Full Lotus by Tsaurah Litzky!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Arcangelini has ROOM ENOUGH!

What a glorious summer this has been!  NightBallet Press took a few weeks off from the press to relax, bask in the sun, and write some poetry.  Now, we're back at it full throttle...and über-excited about announcing the publication of a new book:
Room Enough poems by M. J. Arcangelini!




Room Enough is a 44 page book of 26 poems.  Both the front cover and the back cover are graced with stunning artwork by Bree. The poems are printed on richly textured ivory paper, matching the textured ivory cardstock of the cover.  There's a thick denim-blue cardstock insert.

And the poems...ah, what wonderful poems!  From meeting The Bob Kauffman ("Bob at the Bank") to speaking at International Women's Day ("Written for the Occasion") to having "Room Enough" for the loves in his life, Arcangelini writes with a quiet assurance, with humor, and with heart.

In "Written for the Occasion," he writes (excerpt)

say what?  i agreed to do what?
read poetry at International Women’s Day?
i don’t remember that part—i’m not a woman
i’m a guy, and a queer guy at that—
what do i know about women?
i don’t even fuck them—

In "Room Enough," he writes (excerpt)


Four chambers, four doors.
In and out lovers move
through the rooms of my heart.
Four chambers, four rooms,
each man who moves in
makes a room his own and
when he leaves he leaves behind
a room doubled out of itself.


Each poem is a gem, polished and clear, shining with truth and sparkling with the soul of the man who wrote it. This is a must-read, can't-put-it-down, treasure-chest collection!



                                                      photo by Michael Starkman

M. J. Arcangelini was born in 1952 in western Pennsylvania; he grew up there and in Cleveland, Ohio.  He's lived on the west coast since 1973, and currently resides in Sonoma County, California.  He began writing poetry at age eleven, stories in his teens, and memoirs in his late forties.  His work has been published in nine anthologies, and in many newspapers and small magazines.  He is also the author of With Fingers at the Tips of My Words (Beautiful Dreamer Press, 2002, available on Amazon).  Arcangelini maintains an occasional blog with memoirs and poems at https://joearky.wordpress.com.

You can purchase a copy of Room Enough for only $10 plus $4 shipping/handling right here through PayPal--and you don't need to be registered with PayPal; all you need is a debit or credit card!  (US and Canadian customers only; all overseas customers, please email me at nightballetpress@gmail.com for shipping charges.)








You may also purchase a copy of Room Enough at the official book release this coming Wednesday evening (August 31, 2016) at Mac's Backs, 1820 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights , 7pm.  The best part of it?  The Man himself, M. J. Arcangelini, will be there to read from his book!  I bet if you asked him, he'd sign one for YOU!  Please join us there; we'd love to see you!

Room Enough rounds out our extended Season 5 at the press, just in time for Season 6 to begin in September.  Watch for new books to be published monthly!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Nicoletti Burns Buffalo with a Counterfeit Moon!

 
New York poet Joey Nicoletti is about to burn Buffalo with his Counterfeit Moon
And this time, NightBallet Press is going to be right there with him!
 
 


NightBallet Press is enormously pleased to announce its third chapbook title for Joey Nicoletti.  Joey Nicoletti is the author of two full-length poetry collections and four chapbooks.  A graduate of the Sarah Lawrence College MFA program, he teaches creative writing and literature at SUNY Buffalo State College.
 
 

                                     

Counterfeit Moon
contains 18 poems, written only as Nicoletti can write them, with such intriguing and promising titles as "Penne Vodka," "To Donald Trump," "My Mother's Ladle," and "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times."  It also contains his Prince tribute poem "A Higher Floor."  ("To Donald Trump" and "A Higher Floor" are two of my personal favorites!)  The poems are printed on 32 pages of thick, textured white paper to complement the pale mint green cover cardstock and the darker olive green cardstock insert.  The gorgeous cover photo was taken by Ohio poet Geoffrey Landis (who, appropriately enough, works at NASA).

In "Thundersnow," Nicoletti writes

Spinal cords of lightning grow, flash, and crash
in the distance.  The sky is a gigantic brain of clouds

Nicoletti seizes language, holds it in his teeth, and shakes it until it does exactly what he wants it to!

We will be releasing Counterfeit Moon TODAY, Wednesday, July 13, 2016, at Burning Books, 420 Connecticut Street, Buffalo, NY, at the Policies of Truth Poetry Reading, 5 pm to 6:30 pm.  Joey Nicoletti will be signing his books after the reading!

NightBallet Press editor/publisher Dianne Borsenik is honored and excited to be meeting Joey Nicoletti in person for the first time, and to be performing her poetry with Nicoletti, along with road trip partner and NBP poet John Burroughs, and our friend, NY poet George Guida at this reading.  It's gonna be a hot time in Buffalo!

Come on out and join us, hear Nicoletti read his fantastic poetry, and get him to sign your copy of Counterfeit Moon

For those of you who cannot join us tonight, here's a link to PayPal, where you can obtain your copy for only $5 plus $3 shipping/handling!  You don't have to be registered with PayPal to use it; all you need is a debit or credit card.  It's easy!  Get your copy before they're all gone!






Tuesday, June 7, 2016

It's Time to Get DELIRIOUS!

NightBallet Press remembers, honors, and celebrates Prince Rogers Nelson
today, on what would have been his 58th birthday (June 07, 2016), with the publication of
Delirious: A Poetic Celebration of Prince.
                
Edited by Dianne Borsenik, Delirious contains 98 pages of poems written by 70 different poets from across the United States, England, and the Philippines.  The poems range from a 5-word haiku to a 3-page crown of sonnets; also included are shape-poems, abecedarians, a poem written in java script, a conversation with a 97-year-old mom, poems with lines meant to be sung, a touching tribute to a "best friend," a smile in turquoise, and reminiscences about the soundtracks of younger selves.

Each poem is a distinct facet of the glittering world of Prince, his music, his words, his art, his sexuality, his fashion, his convictions, and his impact on an entire generation.

Prince influenced lives on multiple levels, giving face and voice to nonconformity and self-expression, encouraging and validating creativity and sensitivity.  This book pays homage to the remarkable life of a very special man.

Prince Rogers Nelson

singer
songwriter
multi-instrumentalist
record producer
actor
master of

funk
rock
jazz
R & B
psychedelic
hip-hop
pop
soul
enigmatic
prodigious
flamboyant
influential
spiritual
lovesexy
The Artist Formerly Known as Prince

Unforgettable.

It became obvious early on in the call for submissions that we were receiving far more poems than we could accept if we kept the saddle-stapled format NBP has always used.  We made the decision to utilize a flat-spine approach for the anthology in order to include as many poems as possible.  So, for the first time ever, we sent the book to a printer to have it perfect-bound!

Many thanks to all the poets who contributed their work and made Delirious possible.  Each contributor who had poems chosen for inclusion receives a free contributor's copy, which will be mailed during the month of June.  NBP is truly impressed and delighted by the scope of the work submitted.

The contributing poets are (in the order their poems appear in the book):


George Wallace
Paul Koniecki
Robert Walicki
Skaidrite Stelzer
Steve Abbott
Lorraine Cipriano
Joey Nicoletti
Victor Clevenger
Thasia Lunger
A. S. Coomer
Reuben Jackson
Heather Ann Schmidt
Jill L. Cooper
Marie C. Lecrivain
Karen Scott
Anna Cates
Steven B. Smith
Jason Preu
Juliet Cook
Joel Dias-Porter
Derek Kannemeyer
Tony Brown
Katie Mullins
Amy Baskin
V. C. McCabe
Heather Davis
Catfish McDaris
Jason Webber
Kerry Trautman
Dana Aritonovich
Adrian Manning
Michael Skau
Candrice Jones
Crystal Rudds
Julie Ursem Marchand
Theresa Brightman
Cody Walker
Valentina Ranaldi-Adams
Kiley Creekmore
Shayla Hawkins
Suzi Q. Smith
LeConté Dill
Julian Randall
Rosemarie Wilson
Maura Alia Badji
Marj Hahne
Wynne Huddleston
Jonie McIntire
RA Washington
Meg G. Freyermuth
Cathy Porter
Amy Debrecht
Kari Gunter-Seymour
Jonel Abellanosa
Sherese Francis
Emma Lee
Lowell Mick White
Vince Gotera
John Burroughs
Tony Moffeit
Maria Lisella
Jennifer Hambrick
C. M. Brooks
Jameson Bayles
Raymond Maxwell
Craig Firsdon
Punch
Lori Ann Kusterbeck
Kathleen Lawrence
Tsaurah Litzky

The gorgeous cover photo is by Cleveland poet John Burroughs, and was taken at the event Pandemonium in Cleveland a couple of years ago. NBP feels it perfectly captures the excitement and sparkle of Prince and the poems that were written for him.

It's time to get Delirious!  And it couldn't be easier.  Just hit the PayPal button to order.  You don't have to have an account with PayPal; all you need is a debit or credit card.  Order your copy and fill your heart to overflowing with these loving tributes to an unforgettable man...the artist Prince.


Please note!  This is for shipping inside the United States only.  For outside the U. S., please query us at nightballetpress@gmail.com for shipping costs.  Thank you!

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

THIS JUST IN: George Wallace is Drugged by Hollywood!

NightBallet Press is excited to announce the publication of a brand new book by George Wallace:  Drugged by Hollywood!





Drugged by Hollywood is the most recent collection of poems by the prolific George Wallace, a writer and performer living and working in NYC.  He is First Poet Laureate of Suffolk County, NY, and Writer in Residence at the Walt Whitman Birthplace in West Hills. 



Drugged by Hollywood contains 20 poems on 28 pages, including the delicious "Snort You Up Like Butterflies":

 
SNORT YOU UP LIKE BUTTERFLIES
oh my honey the sea becomes you, rock pebble sand & seashell rattle your face, the tide races rich & round, furious as a summer squall -- suck you up like a lollypop, for the sweetness, pop you in my mouth for good luck, like bubblegum, your ears hang perfectly, tongue like kelp, a monstrous scallop fantails through your brave murky waters, pretty eyes, too smooth, smooth as a conch or opalescent string of pearls on the neck of a demi-god, trail of perfect tears, the corner of your mouth twitching like -- what is that, an angry sea urchin? -- neptune bristles inside your mouth he’s carrying a trident, his greek charm is working overtime –

you are a masquerade, a hike thru seminole country -- the city of new orleans is a small hollow in your brain, a threadbare herd of goats wanders stupidly along your collarbone & I am stupid too, stupid like them, mouth hung open like a great white shark washed up on the idiot shore while a shrimpboat trawls your waves & a great haul of cod & sardines is stowed deep in your belly -- a flatfish leaps silver & slow, ignores my gaze –

no hurricane no palmetto no maze of marsh gas or fanboat can help me now -- I am blasted with love involuntary as a cottonmouth in a gunnysack I am
cheap bait & wriggling worms I am snarled fishing line, if you were to touch me now I’d explode in brine, spew & phony hieroglyphics, bust open like a paper sack of beercans & whitebread sandwiches – that’s right beautiful, you are the original sea creature, god’s salty red sea tomato & I would climb into you vine juice  seed & soul like jack & the giant & stem you handily --  oh do me no harm & I’ll do you the same -- let us exist together this fine summer day, pungent & alive as horse spit in clam chowder -- let’s get intravenous honey let’s get fundamental let’s get holy -- I want to snort you up like butterflies


The cover cardstock is light brown, with a cranberry red cardstock insert.  The wonderful cover photograph is of an art piece titled "Sun Drop" by Ohio poet/artist Kevin Eberhardt. What a treasure this book is, from cover to cover! This is the fifth book that NightBallet Press has done for Wallace, and we are truly honored.




Drugged by Hollywood was released in Erie, Pennsylvania at the Friday, May 20, 2016 Poetry Scene reading with Vincent Quatroche and Dianne Borsenik, emceed by Chuck Joy and Kim Noyes, and hosted by Cee Williams.  Wallace gave his usual brilliant performance, reading several poems from his new book.

You can get your very own copy of Drugged by Hollywood right here through PayPal, for only $5 plus $3 shipping/handling!  You don't have to have a PayPal account to pay, all you need is a credit or debit card.  Don't be left out...get your copy today!




Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Buck's Unfinished Litany: Incantations for Transience, from the Cul-de-Sac!


NightBallet Press is very pleased to announce the publication of unfinished litany: incantations for transience, from the cul-de-sac by Chansonette Buck!




unfinished litany: incantations for transience, from the cul-de-sac is a deeply personal,  autobiographical story, told through beautifully crafted narrative poems, of a year colored by cancer.  At times, the colors are the darkest indigo, the deepest gray; at others, the colors shine with the warmth of yellows and greens.  But through it all, strong spirit and love of life triumphs, as Channie Buck fights to own herself again.


unfinished litany: incantations for transience, from the cul-de-sac contains 40 pages of 30 poems, printed on snowy white paper.  The white textured cardstock cover features a stunning photograph of the poet's spiritual touchstone, Mount Shasta, taken by the poet.  The cardstock insert is a deep royal blue, echoing the blue of the sky in the photograph.  Together, the colors indicate the turbulent storms of cancer diagnosis and surgery, and the clean, clear acts of survival and triumph.


Milo Samardzija, author of Wassermann Gardens and Schoolboy, says:

"Chansonette Buck has taken life itself as her subject, its pain and pleasure, darkness and light, failures and successes, and created poetry of impeccable timing, rhythm and grace. She has used the eye and heart of an artist to make the personal into the universal. These poems will stay with you long after the last page is turned. Chansonette has a magnificent gift and a heart generous enough to share it with us. This is essential reading, highly recommended."

Lynn Alexander, co-editor of Full of Crow, Blink Ink, and various websites, zines, and other projects, writes:

"Chansonette Buck is observant: searching, reflecting, ultimately allowing her observations to come on their own terms. These are poems of serenity and patience, but they are not without their anguish and regret-the story of a woman grappling with the wounds of former women whose bodies she inhabited but did not carry forward.  Her triumph comes in the slowing of time into moments lived deliberately, broken down into still smaller frames that extend what is painfully acute to a more sustained tempo of sounds, time slowed.  In subtle beats of living, time becomes the spent petals in the "unfinished world" whose sounds outlast us and whose buds and berries will indeed cycle and ripen-no longer for us, as they have never been for us-and in our own way, we cope with that indifference.  At times, we cope with serenity and a calm grace and at times our invocations come as the cautions of the "crawdad cassandra" signaling our own imminent end, and that of the world at large."



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