Sunday, November 17, 2013

Double Your Pleasure! Double Your Fun! Why Not Get Both? You Can't Read Just One!

NightBallet Press is SO excited to announce the publication of not one but two new chaps this weekend!


 What Exactly Is a Valvis? by Seattle poet James Valvis



                            
with a stunning cover photograph taken by Tucson artist/photographer Elizabeth A. Soroka,
and
The Liquid of Her Skin, the Suns of Her Eyes by Cleveland's own dan smith,
featuring a made-especially-for-this-chap cover collage by Joanne Cornelius!

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James Valvis's What Exactly Is a Valvis? is a 28 page chapbook of 23 stunning poems with intriguing titles like "My Mother's Pills", "The Tragedy of Laundry", "Friendly Mutton Chops", and "Upon Receiving a Fan Letter Asking Me to Explain One of My Poems".  Valvis's poems and stories have appeared in literally hundreds of journals, including Barrow Street, Rattle, Hanging Loose, River Styx, and  LA Review.  His poetry has been featured in Verse Daily and the Best American Poetry website, and his fiction was chosen for the 2013 Sundress Best of the Net.  A former US Army soldier, he lives near Seattle with his wife and daughter.
 
What Exactly Is a Valvis? is printed on creamy white paper with a bark-brown cover featuring a fantastic starling-in-a-cage-of-branches photo by Tucson artist and photographer Elizabeth A. Soroka.  The heavy cardstock insert is golden-ocher.  NightBallet Press is very pleased to have this opportunity of publishing Valvis; his poems are glittering coins in the treasure chest of observation and remembering. Beginning today, November 17, 2013, What Exactly Is a Valvis? is available for only $5 plus $3 postage/handling, right here on the NightBallet Press website!  Just hit the PayPal button in the column to the right of this post.

So, What Exactly Is a Valvis?  This editor can tell you a Valvis is a delicious, delightful treat that you need to discover for yourself, and you should do it today!  Don't wait.  Once you've experienced Valvis, you'll wonder just how it was you lived without him all these years. 
 

 
                                                       
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The Liquid of Her Skin, the Suns of Her Eyes
by dan smith is a delightful and surprising departure from his usual (and wonderful) beat poetry.  This 40-page chapbook contains a collection of 53 of his science-fiction/horror (speculative genre) short poems, and range from a vampire haibun through explorations of alien cultures, dangerous conditions, and future speculations, to a haiku trip aboard a sentient spaceship.  Smith goes where no poet has gone before!

Clevelander dan smith, author of the epic poem "i am down with you crooked river", is widely published.  His speculative poetry has been nominated for the SFPA Rhysling Award.  His spoken word cd, Matinee Motel (2012) is described as "surreal urban poetry...paired with the music of the Deep Cleveland Trio, from jazz to rock to noise".  Smith's previous chapbook, Crooked River, was published by Deep Cleveland Press in 2005.

The Liquid of Her Skin, the Suns of Her Eyes is printed on brilliant white paper and features a textured white cardstock cover with a neon-orange cardstock insert.  The cover art includes a beautifully surreal cover collage by Clevelander Joanne Cornelius, plus an additional original art piece by Cornelius on the back cover.  Inside the pages is a wonderfully spooky and very apt original art photograph by Steven B. Smith. 

Available beginning today, November 17, 2013, The Liquid of Her Skin, the Suns of Her Eyes is available on Amazon.  Get your copy today!

We heard smith read his poetry last night...or should I say, we experienced smith's performance?  He is utterly brilliant, and you owe it to yourself to check out The Liquid of Her Skin, the Suns of Her Eyes today!

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        Double your pleasure, double your fun...why not get both?  You can't read just one!