One of NBP's Facebook friends, local (Cleveland) poet (and world traveler) Michael Salinger, noted "They're making the years shorter nowadays aren't they?" That certainly seems to be the way of it here at the Press. Just last week, we published Andrew Rihn's new chapbook of poems, The Hunger Dictionary. All too soon, the days zipped by and 2012 passed into What Was... but, as promised, here's our twin end-of-the-year 2012 NBP treat, published 12-31-12: Erren Geraud Kelly's first-ever chap, Disturbing the Peace!
Disturbing the Peace closes out the year 2012 and disturbs the peace with an M-80 BANG and dazzling mirror-ball scintillations!
Disturbing the Peace is a wonderfully autobiographical 56-page chap of poems by Erren Geraud Kelly. Kelly, who has traveled extensively both in the US and abroad, was born in Louisiana and has lived in Maine, California, and New York. Although he currently lives in Chicago, he's indicated to the Press that he's once again getting restless and may be relocating in the months ahead.
These 35 narrative poems are soul-baring slices of urban and family life; his Voice is powerful and true. He's not afraid to let you know who he is, where he comes from, and how he feels about the world around him. Check out these examples:
An excerpt from "Notorious":
days after roderick's death
i was cleaning out his closet
i found some novels one of them was
hemingway's the sun also rises
and a dvd of the movie juno
maybe under that thug façade
roderick was just
and didn't want anyone to find out
And the deliciously steamy poem, "A Southern Accent":
it's a red flag tied to a
2x4 on the back of a pickup truck
it's grits covered in butter (not sugar)
it strips one of any pretense
it's a hot summer afternoon
on a porch swing
it's a patsy cline song
during a slow dance with
the vowels dragged out like
a sleek cat resting
it's the state trooper in your
rear view mirror
it's a clark kent disguise
when you want to be underestimated
it's your sexiness
which you'll never lose
Disturbing the Peace features a textured pale dove-gray cover with a dark gray textured cardstock insert, and a wonderful cover photograph by northern Ohio photographer Chandra Alderman. Inside: you'll be treated to Kelly's unforgettable poetic Voice. We assure you, once you've begun reading this chap, you won't be able to put it down. Available through PayPay right here on the NBP page, it's only $5 plus $3 shipping! Order your copy now!
Coming soon... Steven B. Smith's brand new chap and the first NBP publication of 2013: Hip Cat Femur Whack Give a Doc a Bone! Stay tuned!