Week 37 Chapbook Chart 2018 – Sandra Cisneros

There is a fondness for animals in the story Puro Amor. “La casa azul,” the cobalt blue residence of Mister and Missus Rivera, overflows with hairless dogs, monkeys, a fawn, a “passionate” Guacamaya macaw, tarantulas, an iguana, and rescues that resemble “ancient Olmec pottery.” Missus loves the rescues most “because their eyes were filled with grief.” She takes lavish care of her husband too, a famous artist, though her neighbors insist he has eyes for other women: “He’s spoiled.” “He’s a fat toad.” She cannot reject him. ..”.because love is like that. No matter how much it bites, we enjoy and admire the scars.” Thus, the generous creatures pawing her belly, sleeping on her pillow, and “kneeling outside her door like the adoring Magi before the just-born Christ.” This beautiful chapbook is bi-lingual and contains several illustrations–line drawings by Cisneros herself.

Sandra Cisneros is a poet, short story writer, novelist, essayist, whose work explores the lives of the working-class.  Her numerous awards include NEA fellowships in both poetry and fiction, the Texas Medal of the Arts, a MacArthur Fellowship, several honorary doctorates and national and international book awards, including Chicago’s Fifth Star Award, the PEN Center USA Literary Award and the National Medal of the Arts, awarded to her by President Obama in 2016. Most recently, she received the Ford Foundation’s Art of Change Fellowship.

1 (3) Puro Amor  – Sandra Cisneros (Sarabande Books, 2018)

2 (2) A Chapbook Of Poems – Prince Unsworth (Independently published, 2017)

3 (1) Poem – Timmy Reed (Dostoyevsky Wannabe CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform , 2018)

4 (5) The Cows – Lydia Davis (Sarabande Books, 2011)

5 (New entry) Brood – Kimiko Hahn  (Sarabande Books, July 2018)

6 (4) Chapbook – Joseph Hart ( CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform , 2018)

7 (6) The Wedding Vows Chapbook: Sample Wedding Vows and Inspiration – Katharine Coggeshall (Independently published, 2017)

8 (9) Deaths of the Poets – Kit Reed and Joseph W. Reed (Wesleyan University Press, 2018)

9 (10) On Imagination – Mary Ruefle (Sarabande Books,, July 2017)

10 (New entry) Pay-Night – Rev. John Haslock  (Curiosmith, 2016)

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Week 36 Chapbook Chart 2018 – Timmy Reed

Poem, A Chapbook consists of one single poem addressing language, grammar, the connection between reader and writer, the physical nature of a chapbook as an artefact, and, most importantly, plain human love. Put it in your coat pocket, snuggled close to your heart, step out of your home, and let this book take you for a walk.

Timmy Reed is a writer, teacher, and native of Baltimore, Maryland. He received his BA from College of Charleston, where he worked for the Crazyhorse literary journal, and his MFA from University of Baltimore. Timmy is the author of the books Tell God I Don’t Exist (Underrated Animals Press), The Ghosts That Surrounded Them (Dig That Book Co.), Miraculous Fauna (Underground Voices), Star Backwards (Dostoyevsky Wannabe), IRL (Outpost 19), and Kill Me Now (Counterpoint Press) as well as a couple of chapbooks: Stray/Pest (Bottlecap Press) and Zeb And Bunny Build Russian Dolls (Hidden Clearing Books). His short fiction has appeared in many places including Necessary Fiction, Atticus Review, Curbside Splendor, as well as featured in the Wigleaf Top 50 on multiple occasions. In 2015, he won the Baker Artist Awards Semmes G. Walsh Award. He teaches English at Stevenson University and Community College of Baltimore County and English as a Second Language at Morgan State University. He is represented by Madison Smartt Bell at Pande Literary Agency.

1 (1) Poem – Timmy Reed (Dostoyevsky Wannabe CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform , 2018)

2 (2) A Chapbook Of Poems – Prince Unsworth (Independently published, 2017)

3 (3) Puro Amor  – Sandra Cisneros (Sarabande Books, 2018)

4 (New entry) Chapbook – Joseph Hart ( CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform , 2018)

5 (7) The Cows – Lydia Davis (Sarabande Books, 2011)

6 (9) The Wedding Vows Chapbook: Sample Wedding Vows and Inspiration – Katharine Coggeshall (Independently published, 2017)

7 (6) How I Became Dissociative – Adara London (VerbalEyze Press, 2018)

8 (4) The Blue Nib Chapbook 2 – Anne Walsh Donnelly, Akshaya Pawaskar and Bobbie Sparrow (Blue Nib Publishing, 2018)

9 (New entry) Deaths of the Poets – Kit Reed and Joseph W. Reed (Wesleyan University Press, 2018)

10 (8) On Imagination – Mary Ruefle (Sarabande Books,, July 2017)

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Week 35 Chapbook Chart 2018 – Timmy Reed

Poem, A Chapbook consists of one single poem addressing language, grammar, the connection between reader and writer, the physical nature of a chapbook as an artefact, and, most importantly, plain human love. Put it in your coat pocket, snuggled close to your heart, step out of your home, and let this book take you for a walk.

Timmy Reed is a writer, teacher, and native of Baltimore, Maryland. He received his BA from College of Charleston, where he worked for the Crazyhorse literary journal, and his MFA from University of Baltimore. Timmy is the author of the books Tell God I Don’t Exist (Underrated Animals Press), The Ghosts That Surrounded Them (Dig That Book Co.), Miraculous Fauna (Underground Voices), Star Backwards (Dostoyevsky Wannabe), IRL (Outpost 19), and Kill Me Now (Counterpoint Press) as well as a couple of chapbooks: Stray/Pest (Bottlecap Press) and Zeb And Bunny Build Russian Dolls (Hidden Clearing Books). His short fiction has appeared in many places including Necessary Fiction, Atticus Review, Curbside Splendor, as well as featured in the Wigleaf Top 50 on multiple occasions. In 2015, he won the Baker Artist Awards Semmes G. Walsh Award. He teaches English at Stevenson University and Community College of Baltimore County and English as a Second Language at Morgan State University. He is represented by Madison Smartt Bell at Pande Literary Agency.

1 (New entry) Poem – Timmy Reed (Dostoyevsky Wannabe CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform , 2018)

2 (1) A Chapbook Of Poems – Prince Unsworth (Independently published, 2017)

3 (3) Puro Amor  – Sandra Cisneros (Sarabande Books, 2018)

4 (4) The Blue Nib Chapbook 2 – Anne Walsh Donnelly, Akshaya Pawaskar and Bobbie Sparrow (Blue Nib Publishing, 2018)

5 (2) Moth Dust – Yvonne Litschel (Sampson Low, 2018)

6 (New entry) How I Became Dissociative – Adara London (VerbalEyze Press, 2018)

7 (5) The Cows – Lydia Davis (Sarabande Books, 2011)

8 (New entry) On Imagination – Mary Ruefle (Sarabande Books,, July 2017)

9 (7) The Wedding Vows Chapbook: Sample Wedding Vows and Inspiration – Katharine Coggeshall (Independently published, 2017)

10 (8) (Prologue) –  Jeanie Tomasko & Lana Hechtman Ayers (Concrete Wolf, 2015)

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Week 34 Chapbook Chart 2018 – Prince Unsworth

A Chapbook of Poems is a new collection of 25 compositions by Prince Unsworth,  charting a voyage through the genres of Narrative, Horror, Love and Beauty. The poems vary in theme, shape, size and form, with such titles as Give In She Waits For Me, The Proposal, and Norma  for the reader to enjoy.

Prince Unsworth was born in the historic town of Winchester in 1992, but grew up a short distance away in Eastleigh. He fell in love with reading and writing poetry whilst studying at secondary school. Struggling to cope with his parents separation, poetry gave him that real escape from life. Somewhere he could really express the feelings that bubbled deep inside. After leaving school the art of poetry was lost to him and he settled into a few different jobs. Then on the 25th of June 2009 the sad news that Michael Jackson had died led Prince to the poetry of the 20th Century’s popular balladeer. This was the catalyst for a new love affair with poetry. The seed of inspiration grew into Prince’s first published anthology in October 2017, a collection that reached the UK number 1 spot later that month.

1 (4) A Chapbook Of Poems – Prince Unsworth (Independently published, 2017)

2 (5) Moth Dust – Yvonne Litschel (Sampson Low, 2018)

3 (1) Puro Amor  – Sandra Cisneros (Sarabande Books, 2018)

4 (2) The Blue Nib Chapbook 2 – Anne Walsh Donnelly, Akshaya Pawaskar and Bobbie Sparrow (Blue Nib Publishing, 2018)

5 (6) The Cows – Lydia Davis (Sarabande Books, 2011)

6 (New entry) The Broken Men Chapbook – Thabiso Afurakan Mohare  (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2018)

7 (7) The Wedding Vows Chapbook: Sample Wedding Vows and Inspiration – Katharine Coggeshall (Independently published, 2017)

8 (New entry) (Prologue) –  Jeanie Tomasko & Lana Hechtman Ayers (Concrete Wolf, 2015)

9 (New entry) Eating fireflies – Kumar Luv & Rajashree Patra (Independently published, 2017)

10 (New entry) Pay-Night – Rev. John Haslock  (Curiosmith, 2016)

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Week 33 UK Chapbook Chart 2018 – Sandra Cisneros

There is a fondness for animals in the story Puro Amor. “La casa azul,” the cobalt blue residence of Mister and Missus Rivera, overflows with hairless dogs, monkeys, a fawn, a “passionate” Guacamaya macaw, tarantulas, an iguana, and rescues that resemble “ancient Olmec pottery.” Missus loves the rescues most “because their eyes were filled with grief.” She takes lavish care of her husband too, a famous artist, though her neighbors insist he has eyes for other women: “He’s spoiled.” “He’s a fat toad.” She cannot reject him. ..”.because love is like that. No matter how much it bites, we enjoy and admire the scars.” Thus, the generous creatures pawing her belly, sleeping on her pillow, and “kneeling outside her door like the adoring Magi before the just-born Christ.” This beautiful chapbook is bi-lingual and contains several illustrations–line drawings by Cisneros herself.

Sandra Cisneros is a poet, short story writer, novelist, essayist, whose work explores the lives of the working-class.  Her numerous awards include NEA fellowships in both poetry and fiction, the Texas Medal of the Arts, a MacArthur Fellowship, several honorary doctorates and national and international book awards, including Chicago’s Fifth Star Award, the PEN Center USA Literary Award and the National Medal of the Arts, awarded to her by President Obama in 2016. Most recently, she received the Ford Foundation’s Art of Change Fellowship.

1 (1) Puro Amor  – Sandra Cisneros (Sarabande Books, 2018)

2 (2) The Blue Nib Chapbook 2 – Anne Walsh Donnelly, Akshaya Pawaskar and Bobbie Sparrow (Blue Nib Publishing, 2018)

3 (4) Altogether Elsewhere – Jazzman John Robert Clarke (Sampson Low, 2017)

4 (3) A Chapbook Of Poems – Prince Unsworth (Independently published, 2017)

5 (New entry) Moth Dust – Yvonne Litschel (Sampson Low, Jan 2018)

6 (5) The Cows – Lydia Davis (Sarabande Books, 2011)

7 (9) The Wedding Vows Chapbook: Sample Wedding Vows and Inspiration – Katharine Coggeshall (Independently published, May 2017)

8 (New entry) Purity of Aim: The Book Jacket Designs of Alvin Lustig Ned Drew and Paul Sternberger (RIT Press, Sept. 2010)

9 (6) These Dark Days – Hope Zane (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2018)

10 (7) sad dog poems: Volume 2 – James Lawson Moore  (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2018)

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Week 32 UK Chapbook Chart 2018 – Sandra Cisneros

There is a fondness for animals in the story Puro Amor. “La casa azul,” the cobalt blue residence of Mister and Missus Rivera, overflows with hairless dogs, monkeys, a fawn, a “passionate” Guacamaya macaw, tarantulas, an iguana, and rescues that resemble “ancient Olmec pottery.” Missus loves the rescues most “because their eyes were filled with grief.” She takes lavish care of her husband too, a famous artist, though her neighbors insist he has eyes for other women: “He’s spoiled.” “He’s a fat toad.” She cannot reject him. ..”.because love is like that. No matter how much it bites, we enjoy and admire the scars.” Thus, the generous creatures pawing her belly, sleeping on her pillow, and “kneeling outside her door like the adoring Magi before the just-born Christ.” This beautiful chapbook is bi-lingual and contains several illustrations–line drawings by Cisneros herself.

Sandra Cisneros is a poet, short story writer, novelist, essayist, whose work explores the lives of the working-class.  Her numerous awards include NEA fellowships in both poetry and fiction, the Texas Medal of the Arts, a MacArthur Fellowship, several honorary doctorates and national and international book awards, including Chicago’s Fifth Star Award, the PEN Center USA Literary Award and the National Medal of the Arts, awarded to her by President Obama in 2016. Most recently, she received the Ford Foundation’s Art of Change Fellowship.

1 (4) Puro Amor  – Sandra Cisneros (Sarabande Books, 2018)

2 (3) The Blue Nib Chapbook 2 – Anne Walsh Donnelly, Akshaya Pawaskar and Bobbie Sparrow (Blue Nib Publishing, 2018)

3 (2) A Chapbook Of Poems – Prince Unsworth (Independently published, 2017)

4 (1) Altogether Elsewhere – Jazzman John Robert Clarke (Sampson Low, 2017)

5 (5) The Cows – Lydia Davis (Sarabande Books, 2011)

6 (6) These Dark Days – Hope Zane (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2018)

7 (New entry) sad dog poems: Volume 2 – James Lawson Moore  (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2018)

8 (7) Tales from Gothic Chapbooks: Castles and Spectres – Sarah Wilkinson & CF Barrett (Independently published, 2012)

9 (8) The Wedding Vows Chapbook: Sample Wedding Vows and Inspiration – Katharine Coggeshall (Independently published, May 2017)

10 (10) Serotonin – Erin Bethany (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Aug. 2016)

 

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Week 31 UK Chapbook Chart 2018 – Jazzman John Robert Clarke

Altogether Elsewhere is a vibrant journey between reality and fantasy. The truths are strong, poignant and positive. The dreams are the shifting sands of sunsets and twilight visions. This chapbook is richly illustrated by Pete Jon Smith who captures London’s dissociative landscapes that are both urban and pastoral, real and unreal.

Poet, writer and performer, John Robert Clarke (b. 1948) is a well known name in London’s poetry performance scene. Born of Dublin parentage, he devoted more than two decades of his early career in commercial banking before finding the Muse in the mid to late 1990’s. Clarke is affectionately known as ‘Jazzman John’ due to his abiding influence from & interest in Jazz, Jazz styles, structures and rhythms. He ran a series of ‘alternative’ events throughout London, featuring, mainly, poets, musicians, singer-songwriters & performers. He was a regular performer at London venues up until his death in August 2018.

1 (New entry) Altogether Elsewhere – Jazzman John Robert Clarke (Sampson Low, 2017)

2 (2) A Chapbook Of Poems – Prince Unsworth (Independently published, 2017)

3 (New entry) The Blue Nib Chapbook 2 – Anne Walsh Donnelly, Akshaya Pawaskar and Bobbie Sparrow (Blue Nib Publishing, 2018)

4 (1) Puro Amor  – Sandra Cisneros (Sarabande Books, 2018)

5 (4) The Cows – Lydia Davis (Sarabande Books, Mar. 2011)

6 (5) These Dark Days – Hope Zane (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2018)

7 (3) Tales from Gothic Chapbooks: Castles and Spectres – Sarah Wilkinson & CF Barrett (Independently published, 2012)

8 (6) The Wedding Vows Chapbook: Sample Wedding Vows and Inspiration – Katharine Coggeshall (Independently published, May 2017)

9 (7) Purity of Aim: The Book Jacket Designs of Alvin Lustig Ned Drew and Paul Sternberger (RIT Press, Sept. 2010)

10 (8) Serotonin – Erin Bethany (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Aug. 2016)

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