Ama Codjoe – Week 32 Chapbook Chart 2020

Blood of the Air creates a new mythology, repurposing spectacle, stereotype, and song. Inspired by the fictions and frictions of the past, each poem in this collection complicates the next. Lush lyrical moments give way to fracture, vulnerability, and reinvention. The title poem-one of several found poems-calls attention to stories told in the wake of sexual violence. In “She Said,” the collection’s longest piece, language culled from the transcript of a seventeenth-century rape trial feels eerily familiar. Formally dexterous and refreshingly bold, the poems in Blood of the Air are urgent, moving, and fiercely imagined. Though blood can flow from the site of a wound, Codjoe seems to say, blood is also a sign of life.

Ama Codjoe is the author of the chapbook Blood of the Air, winner of the eighth annual Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize, forthcoming from Northwestern University Press in April 2020. She received a 2017 Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award to support the completion of her forthcoming first collection, Iterations of Being. She is the recipient of a 2019 Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She lives in New York City where she serves as visiting assistant professor of social justice and inclusion at The New School.

1 – Blood of the Air – Ama Codjoe (Northwestern University Press, 2020)

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

3 – Pieces of Me – Ashley Jataun Moore Ellis (Independently published, 2020)

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

5 – The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named: Poems – Nicole Sealey (Northwestern University Press, 2016)

6 – The Tender Atrocities – Alec Ivan Fugate (Independently published, 2020)

7 – Love and Anarchy – Tyler R. Martin, Katie P. Wolffer (Independently published, 2020)

8 – A Gathering of Southern Literary Fiction – Bud Scott (Independently published, 2020)

9 – Automation, Man (Bold Machines) – Wayne Mason (Independently published, 2020)

10 – THE MANUAL – Godefroy Dronsart (Independently published, 2020)

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Daniel D Fox – Week 31 Chapbook Chart 2020

In the grim darkness of humanity’s future, DARK ASTRAL and its cosmic horror awaits! It is the far future, but one seen through the eyes of the Renaissance and intermingled with the New Testament. Following the desecration of the garden world Eden, humanity fled in a diaspora to the heavens. An ark bore them into the Vault of Night, powered by prayers to the god-head Sol Invictus. A new Jerusalem was erected among the stars; a pinnacle of humanity’s greatness. As time progressed, the memory of Eden was lost to a new dawn, regarded only as a faint echo in convocations to Sol Invictus. But then came The Other – and with it – the destruction of New Jerusalem. Left with no other choice, humanity returned to Eden… but it was not the world they remembered.

Daniel Fox is the author of contemporary thrillers ‘In The Dark’, ‘Lies That Bind’ and ‘Digital Twin’. Drawn to suspense and horror stories at a very young age, he spent many years with vivid nightmares, sleepwalking, and an overactive imagination. ​ His novels are thrillers, but with a mysterious hint of paranormal throughout. Although the sleepwalking and (most of) his nightmares were left behind many years ago, his imagination has remained firmly intact. Interests include photography, biking, music and obsessing over any well-written story, as a consumer and a creator. Influences include the mighty Chuck Palahniuk and the master himself, Stephen King.

1 – Dark Astral: Grim & Perilous Chapbook – Daniel D Fox (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2020)

2 – Nowhere to Arrive – Jenny Xie (Northwestern University Press, 2016)

3 – Undead Nights – Noah Patterson (Independently published, 2020)

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

5 – The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named: Poems – Nicole Sealey (Northwestern University Press, 2016)

6 – The Tender Atrocities – Alec Ivan Fugate (Independently published, 2020)

7 – GALVIN KILLED A COUPLA’ PEOPLE – Ralph Myers (Independently published, 2020)

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

9 – Aviary – Michael A Withell (Independently published, 2020)

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

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Daniel D Fox – Week 30 Chapbook Chart 2020

In the grim darkness of humanity’s future, DARK ASTRAL and its cosmic horror awaits! It is the far future, but one seen through the eyes of the Renaissance and intermingled with the New Testament. Following the desecration of the garden world Eden, humanity fled in a diaspora to the heavens. An ark bore them into the Vault of Night, powered by prayers to the god-head Sol Invictus. A new Jerusalem was erected among the stars; a pinnacle of humanity’s greatness. As time progressed, the memory of Eden was lost to a new dawn, regarded only as a faint echo in convocations to Sol Invictus. But then came The Other – and with it – the destruction of New Jerusalem. Left with no other choice, humanity returned to Eden… but it was not the world they remembered.

Daniel Fox is the author of contemporary thrillers ‘In The Dark’, ‘Lies That Bind’ and ‘Digital Twin’. Drawn to suspense and horror stories at a very young age, he spent many years with vivid nightmares, sleepwalking, and an overactive imagination. ​ His novels are thrillers, but with a mysterious hint of paranormal throughout. Although the sleepwalking and (most of) his nightmares were left behind many years ago, his imagination has remained firmly intact. Interests include photography, biking, music and obsessing over any well-written story, as a consumer and a creator. Influences include the mighty Chuck Palahniuk and the master himself, Stephen King.

1 – Dark Astral: Grim & Perilous Chapbook – Daniel D Fox (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2020)

2 – Nowhere to Arrive – Jenny Xie (Northwestern University Press, 2016)

3 – Dog is My Co-Pilot: Meditiations on the intersection of Dogs and Humans – Jamie Sheffield (SmartPig, 2020)

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

5 – Purity of Aim: The Book Jacket Designs of Alvin Lustig – Ned Drew and Paul Sternberger (RIT Press, 2010)

6 – Aviary – Michael A Withell (Independently published, 2020)

7 – Everything is Beautiful and Nothing Bad Can Ever Happen Here – Michael Wehunt, Luke Spooner (Nightscape Press, 2020)

8 – My Soul Exposed – Zahra Naderi (Independently published, 2020)

9 – Not What They Seem – William Meikle (Independently published, 2020)

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

 

 

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Jenny Xie – Week 29 Chapbook Chart 2020

Nowhere to Arrive takes as its subjects the whiplash of travel, the shuttling between disparate places and climes, and an unremitting sense of dislocation. These poems court the tension between the familiar and the foreign, between the self as distinct and the self as illusory. They look plainly at the startling strangeness of varied landscapes and mindscapes, and interrogate a state of unrootedness – one thrown into relief by the speaker’s years abroad in Southeast Asia. At the chapbook’s center are two long poems, titled “Phnom Penh Diptych: Wet Season” and “Phnom Penh Diptych: Dry Season,” that examine the escapist narratives that draw tourists and expatriates to Cambodia, and the speaker’s own privileged positioning.

Jenny Xie is the author of EYE LEVEL (Graywolf Press, 2018), a finalist for the National Book Award and the PEN Open Book Award, and the recipient of the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets and the Holmes National Poetry Prize from Princeton University. Her chapbook, NOWHERE TO ARRIVE (Northwestern University Press, 2017) received the Drinking Gourd Prize. She has been supported by fellowships and grants from Kundiman, Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and Poets & Writers. She was awarded a 2020 Vilcek Prize in Creative Promise.

1 – Nowhere to Arrive – Jenny Xie (Northwestern University Press, 2016)

2 – Purity of Aim: The Book Jacket Designs of Alvin Lustig – Ned Drew and Paul Sternberger (RIT Press, 2010)

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

4 – The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named: Poems – Nicole Sealey (Northwestern University Press, 2016)

5 – The Tender Atrocities – Alec Ivan Fugate (Independently published, 2020)

6 – The Summoning of the Old Ones – Jeffrey Thomas (Independently published, 2019)

7 – Learning to Have Lost – Oz Hardwick (Recent Work Press, 2019)

8 – Not What They Seem – William Meikle (Independently published, 2020)

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

10 – Looking Outside the Window: Verses for Surviving Quarantine – Jason A. Muckley (Independently published, 2020)

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Mary Ruefle – Week 28 Chapbook Chart 2020

Mary Ruefle – On Imagination

“It is impossible for me to write about the imagination; it is like asking a fish to describe the sea,” Mary Ruefle announces at the start of her essay. With wit and intellectual abandon, Ruefle draws inspiration from Wittgenstein, Shakespeare, Jesus, Steve Jobs, Johnny Cash, and Emily Dickson to explore her subject. This chapbook features original interior illustrations.

Though poet and essayist Mary Ruefle was born outside Pittsburgh, she spent her youth moving around the United States and Europe with her military family. She has written numerous books of poetry, including My Private Property (2016), Indeed I Was Pleased with the World (2007), and The Adamant (1989), which won the Iowa Poetry Prize. She is also the author of the essay collection Madness, Rack, and Honey (2012). A Little White Shadow (2006), her book of erasures—found texts in which all but a few words have been erased from the page—reveals what Publishers Weekly, in a starred review, called “haiku-like mini-fables, sideways aphorisms, and hauntingly perplexing koans.” Ruefle’s erasures are available to view on her website; a full-colour facsimile of her erasure Incarnation of Now was published in a limited edition by See Double Press.

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

2 – The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named: Poems – Nicole Sealey (Northwestern University Press, 2016)

3 – Some Girls Survive on Their Sorcery Alone – Thiahera Nurse and Reginald Gibbons (Northwestern University Press, 2019)

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

5 – Fossil of the New Scene – Kevin Ridgeway (Independently published, 2020)

6 – Cthulhu Nights – Noah Patterson (Independently published, 2019)

7 – Sherlock Holmes: A Flash In The Pan – William Meikle (Independently published)

8 – Elaine Lustig Cohen: Modernism Reimagined – Aaris Sherin (Boydell and Brewer, 2016)

9 – Learning to Have Lost – Oz Hardwick (Recent Work Press, 2019)

10 – The Summoning of the Old Ones – Jeffrey Thomas (Independently published, 2019)

 

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Nicole Sealey – Week 27 Chapbook Chart 2020

At turns humorous and heartbreaking, The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named explores in both formal and free verse what it means to die, which is to say, also, what it means to live. In this collection, Sealey displays an exquisite sense of the lyric, as well as an acute political awareness. Never heavy-handed or dogmatic, the poems included in this slim volume excavate the shadows of both personal and collective memory and are, at all points, relentless. To quote the poet herself, here is a debut as luminous and unforgiving “”as the unsparing light at tunnel’s end.”

Nicole Sealey was born in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, and raised in Apopka, Florida. She earned an MLA in Africana studies from the University of South Florida and an MFA in creative writing from New York University. Sealey is the author of the collections Ordinary Beast (2017), a finalist for the PEN Open Book and Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards, and The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named (2016), winner of the Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize.

1 – The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named: Poems – Nicole Sealey (Northwestern University Press, 2016)

2 – THE MANUAL – Godefroy Dronsart (Independently published, 2020)

3 – Grace Gibson: Six Poems & One Short Story – Grace Gibson, Ted Wojtasik, Christy Mitchell, Ryan Perez (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015)

4 – Fourteen Poems (Volume 6) – Nancy Bradberry, Ted Wojtasik, Madge McKeithen, Christine Mitchell (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015)

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

6 – Learning to Have Lost – Oz Hardwick (Recent Work Press, 2019)

7 – Mare Nostrum – Khaled Mattawa (Sarabande Books, 2019)

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

9 – Nowhere to Arrive – Jenny Xie (Northwestern University Press, 2016)

10 – Folk Songs: Three Weird Tales of Music and Song – William Meikle (Independently published)

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Nicole Sealey – Week 26 Chapbook Chart 2020

At turns humorous and heartbreaking, The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named explores in both formal and free verse what it means to die, which is to say, also, what it means to live. In this collection, Sealey displays an exquisite sense of the lyric, as well as an acute political awareness. Never heavy-handed or dogmatic, the poems included in this slim volume excavate the shadows of both personal and collective memory and are, at all points, relentless. To quote the poet herself, here is a debut as luminous and unforgiving “”as the unsparing light at tunnel’s end.”

Nicole Sealey was born in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, and raised in Apopka, Florida. She earned an MLA in Africana studies from the University of South Florida and an MFA in creative writing from New York University. Sealey is the author of the collections Ordinary Beast (2017), a finalist for the PEN Open Book and Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards, and The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named (2016), winner of the Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize.

1 – The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named: Poems – Nicole Sealey (Northwestern University Press, 2016)

2 – Present Conditions – Joseph Massey (Hollyridge Press, 2018)

3 – Maybe, someday – Becca Noel (Independently published)

4 – Next Hood Over – Hazel The Aura, Sean Hanrahan, Josh Martin (Toho Publishing, 2020)

5 – Fourteen Poems (Volume 6) – Nancy Bradberry, Ted Wojtasik, Madge McKeithen, Christine Mitchell (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015)

6 – Nowhere to Arrive – Jenny Xie (Northwestern University Press, 2016)

7 – The Blue Nib Chapbook 5 – Adam Levon, Ross McCague, Teresa Godfrey (The Blue Nib, 2020)

8 – Mare Nostrum – Khaled Mattawa (Sarabande Books, 2019)

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

10 – The Maze To My Heart – Alexis M Romo (Alexis Monique Romo, 2020)

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Nicole Sealey – Week 25 Chapbook Chart 2020

At turns humorous and heartbreaking, The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named explores in both formal and free verse what it means to die, which is to say, also, what it means to live. In this collection, Sealey displays an exquisite sense of the lyric, as well as an acute political awareness. Never heavy-handed or dogmatic, the poems included in this slim volume excavate the shadows of both personal and collective memory and are, at all points, relentless. To quote the poet herself, here is a debut as luminous and unforgiving “”as the unsparing light at tunnel’s end.”

Nicole Sealey was born in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, and raised in Apopka, Florida. She earned an MLA in Africana studies from the University of South Florida and an MFA in creative writing from New York University. Sealey is the author of the collections Ordinary Beast (2017), a finalist for the PEN Open Book and Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards, and The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named (2016), winner of the Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize.

1 – The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named: Poems – Nicole Sealey (Northwestern University Press, 2016)

2 – Fourteen Poems (Volume 6) – Nancy Bradberry, Ted Wojtasik, Madge McKeithen, Christine Mitchell (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015)

3 – Present Conditions – Joseph Massey (Hollyridge Press, 2018)

4 – Some Girls Survive on Their Sorcery Alone – Thiahera Nurse and Reginald Gibbons (Northwestern University Press, 2019)

5 – Next Hood Over – Hazel The Aura, Sean Hanrahan, Josh Martin (Toho Publishing, 2020)

6 – The Blue Nib Chapbook 5 – Adam Levon, Ross McCague, Teresa Godfrey (The Blue Nib, 2020)

7 – Maybe, someday – Becca Noel (Independently published)

8 – The Maze To My Heart – Alexis M Romo (Alexis Monique Romo, 2020)

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

10 – Midnight Double Feature – Kenneth M Cale (Independently published, 2020)

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Nicole Sealey – Week 24 Chapbook Chart 2020

At turns humorous and heartbreaking, The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named explores in both formal and free verse what it means to die, which is to say, also, what it means to live. In this collection, Sealey displays an exquisite sense of the lyric, as well as an acute political awareness. Never heavy-handed or dogmatic, the poems included in this slim volume excavate the shadows of both personal and collective memory and are, at all points, relentless. To quote the poet herself, here is a debut as luminous and unforgiving “”as the unsparing light at tunnel’s end.”

Nicole Sealey was born in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, and raised in Apopka, Florida. She earned an MLA in Africana studies from the University of South Florida and an MFA in creative writing from New York University. Sealey is the author of the collections Ordinary Beast (2017), a finalist for the PEN Open Book and Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards, and The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named (2016), winner of the Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize.

1 – The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named: Poems – Nicole Sealey (Northwestern University Press, 2016)

2 – Fourteen Poems (Volume 6) – Nancy Bradberry, Ted Wojtasik, Madge McKeithen, Christine Mitchell (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015)

3 – The Maze To My Heart – Alexis M Romo (Alexis Monique Romo, 2020)

4 – Present Conditions – Joseph Massey (Hollyridge Press, 2018)

5 – Some Girls Survive on Their Sorcery Alone – Thiahera Nurse and Reginald Gibbons (Northwestern University Press, 2019)

6 – Next Hood Over – Hazel The Aura, Sean Hanrahan, Josh Martin (Toho Publishing, 2020)

7 – The Blue Nib Chapbook 5 – Adam Levon, Ross McCague, Teresa Godfrey (The Blue Nib, 2020)

8 – Maybe, someday – Becca Noel (Independently published)

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

10 – Elaine Lustig Cohen: Modernism Reimagined – Aaris Sherin (Boydell and Brewer, 2016)

 

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Thiahera Nurse – Week 23 Chapbook Chart 2020

Some Girls Survive on Their Sorcery Alone works as ode and requiem to document the precious narratives held inside the body of a black girl. Opening with declarations of self-love, beauty, eulogy, and Lil’ Kim rapping in the rain, the landscape of Nurse’s poetry functions equally as underworld and imagined heaven. Some Girls Survive on Their Sorcery Alone sees Renisha McBride, Sandra Bland, Korrynn Gaines, and others not as ornamental nor does the book attempt to canonize the dead women as saints. The poems see them as they are: play-cousins, home-girls, the mirror. Line to line, there is an obsession with keeping all of the women in the poems safe and perhaps resurrectable. The black girl who is alive here lives to switch her waistline to a reggae beat. She is in the middle of the dance floor with a suicide note in her purse as a means of warding off bad juju. Always, she is chasing joy head-on, at warp speed.

Thiahera Nurse is a poet and educator from Hollis,Queens. Her work can be found in The Offing, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She is a 2018 Poets House Fellow. She received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin. Her chapbook “Some Girls Survive On Their Sorcery Alone” is available now. She writes for the black girls.

1 – Some Girls Survive on Their Sorcery Alone – Thiahera Nurse and Reginald Gibbons (Northwestern University Press, 2019)

2 – Midnight Double Feature – Kenneth M Cale (Independently published, 2018)

3 – Maybe, someday – Becca Noel (Independently published)

4 – The Maze To My Heart – Alexis M Romo (Alexis Monique Romo, 2020)

5 – Present Conditions – Joseph Massey (Hollyridge Press, 2018)

6 – Fourteen Poems (Volume 6) – Nancy Bradberry, Ted Wojtasik, Madge McKeithen, Christine Mitchell (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015)

7 – Night Animals – Yusef Komunyakaa, Rachel Bliss (Sarabande Books, 2011)

8 – Next Hood Over – Hazel The Aura, Sean Hanrahan, Josh Martin (Toho Publishing, 2020)

9 – The Blue Nib Chapbook 5 – Adam Levon, Ross McCague, Teresa Godfrey (The Blue Nib, 2020)

10 – Elaine Lustig Cohen: Modernism Reimagined – Aaris Sherin (Boydell and Brewer, 2016)

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