The weather may be cold, but these holiday savings are hot!
From now until December 16, paperback editions of all our full-length poetry books will be on sale for the price of $12.00 rather than the usual $13.95. Hardback editions of Thaliad
and Ancient Lights
are also offered at $23.00 instead of $26. The sale price will be applied when you visit the e-store, or any Amazon.com site; for customers in the UK or Europe, the sale prices have been converted to local currency.
Titles included are: Thaliad
: paper and hardcover70 Faces: Torah PoemsAngels & BeastsAncient Lights
: paper and hardcoverMercy IslandBrilliant Coroners
Take advantage of the excellent prices as a gift for yourself or someone special, and support poetry and independent publishing at the same time. The authors and publisher thank you!
Phoenicia is delighted to announce the forthcoming publication of Night Willow
, a collection of prose poems by Luisa A. Igloria
. Like much of Luisa's work, Night Willow
employs memory and associations as well as the ingredients of the everyday, but goes beyond the narrative and the purely lyrical to create a dream-like atmosphere that contains beauty, bewilderment, anguish, and hope.
In writing Night Willow
, Igloria said she wanted to stretch both herself and her craft, asking her prose to do "the same hard muscle work I expect in every poem that I write."
"It was an experience that felt almost like trying my hand at musical composition," she said. "I wanted to create mood, tone, networks of memory and echo so that the poems could speak to each other across and within the collection - but at the same time achieve a level of language that is also precise and thoughtful."
At Phoenicia we feel she has achieved this goal, and much more besides, and expect that the readers who come to our press for the highest-quality contemporary poetry -- poetry that also pushes boundaries -- will agree.
Readers may be familiar with Igloria's poem-a-day project, published on Dave Bonta's blog, Via Negativa; what they may not realize is that
she was the first Filipina woman of letters installed in the Palanca Literary Hall of Fame in the Philippines, and is an eleven-time winner of that country's highest literary award, the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature (in poetry, non-fiction, and short fiction) as well as having a very long list of American poetry awards to her credit.
Sabine Murray called Igloria "a singular and revelatory voice in American poetry," and Kristin Naca said that in her poems, "measured, intuitive music splendidly unleashes the bewildering in the everyday."
I still remember reading, with admiration and that sense of surprise editors always look for, the first poem Luisa sent to an issue of qarrtsiluni
that I was co-editing. Carlos A. Angeles has said: “[Her] poetry inhabits the heart first, then the mind, and the soul…her work contains some of the most extraordinary and most polished poetry written by a Filipino poet in English today.” I agree, but think there is no reason any longer to limit Igloria's strength to one country's poetic output; it is extraordinary and polished poetry by any standard, and we're proud to be publishing this collection.
Claudia Serea, author of Angels&Beasts
, read from her work recently as part of the surreal reading at Bowery Art + Science. Congratulations, Claudia!
Marly had a wonderful Carolina book tour in late August, frolicking with painters and poets, novelists and composers along the way. In the photo above, at Malaprop's Books in Asheville, NC, Marly laughs and talks with her favorite teacher from high school, to whom Marly's novel "Catherwood" was dedicated. She read with debut novelist Nathan Ballingrud. (Photograph by Paul Digby, who came with his wife Lynn all the way from Ohio to hear Marly read!)
Marly Youmans with poet Jeffery Beam after a poetry reading at Flyleaf (Airport Road bookshop in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.) Marly also read poetry and fiction at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, McIntyre's in Fearrington/Pittsboro, and Malaprop's in Asheville. Her readings featured poetry from her most recent books, Thaliad
(Phoenicia) and The Foliate Head
Marly Youmans is on a mini book-tour in North Carolina this week. If you're anywhere nearby we hope you'll stop in, say hello, hear her read, and, of course, get an autographed copy of one of her books! Here's the schedule:
August 20 Tuesday FLYLEAF, CHAPEL HILL
August 21 Wednesday QUAIL RIDGE, RALEIGH
August 24 Saturday MCINTYRE'S, PITTSBORO
August 28 Wednesday MALAPROP'S, ASHEVILLE
But if you can't make it to North Carolina, we're celebrating Marly's tour with a special sale on books ordered directly from us: paperback copies of Thaliad are available for only $12.00, and the beautiful limited edition hardcover is deeply discounted at $23.00. So please take advantage of this sale, which will run only to the end of August!
(Note: sale not available on Amazon orders.)
Author and Rabbi Rachel Barenblat at a recent reading/book signing event in Massachusetts. She has presented poems from her new book about pregnancy and early parenthood to a number of groups. Parents of all ages have told her how moved they are by the book's honest portrayal of the joys and challenges of those months. Waiting to Unfold
addresses the often-hidden subject of post-partum depression, as well as the great joys of anticipation, birth, the creation of parental bonds, and the astonishing miracle of a baby's early development.Rachel will be signing books at various upcoming events, including this summer's ALEPH Kallah (Alliance for Jewish Renewal), where she will also be teaching a fully-subscribed course, "Writing the Poems of Your Heart."If you'd like to buy a signed copy of Waiting to Unfold but live far away from the Northeastern U.S., please send us an email and we'll make the arrangements.
We're so pleased that the well-known parenting blog, Ask Moxie
, has chosen Rachel Barenblat's collection of mother-poems for their Summer 2013 Readalong
! Here's what they said about it:"This book is two cycles, one of pregnancy, and one of the first year after her child's birth. The poems have that same "Oh! I'd forgotten about how beautiful/hard/sad/quiet/fierce that was" quality that all true stories about the first year of parenthood do, and made me laugh and tear up a little and feel nostalgic and sad for new mothers everywhere. Rachel blogs at Velveteen Rabbi. Discussion post will go up May 29.
And Happy Mother's Day to mothers everywhere.
In honor of National Poetry Month, paperback editions of all our full-length poetry books are on sale for the price of $12.50 rather than the usual $13.95. The sale price will be applied when you visit the e-store, or any Amazon.com site.
Titles included are: Thaliad 70 Faces: Torah PoemsAngels & BeastsAncient Lights Mercy Island.Brilliant Coroners.
Take advantage of the excellent price, and support poetry and independent publishing at the same time!
We were delighted to read a highly appreciative, detailed review of Thaliad from the Welsh book reviewer and blogger, Tom in the Red Room.
He calls Thaliad
and points out:
- an extraordinary, deeply moving and fiercely intelligent poem
- "one of the best examples [of the post-apocalyptic genre] I’ve ever read"
- "a desperate and genuinely moving cling to life that’s equal parts bleak and uplifting, harrowing and hopeful."
- a book written in verse which "has some strikingly novelistic traits: chapter divisions, direct speech, and a first person narrator, all of which should act as a helpful way-in for those readers more familiar with novels than poetry."
- "the sheer inventiveness and lyrical exuberance of Youmans’ writing"
- [it is] "structurally formal, but the poetry never feels rigidly metered or constrained; a feat entirely due to the beauty, flow and vitality of the writing"
- "As well as being unusually beautiful, Thaliad’s artwork is loaded with symbolism and connotation."
- "The book’s real appeal is its language, its characters and the heartbreaking decisions they find themselves making. Marly Youmans takes great pains to ensure that Thaliad isn’t one of those post-apocalyptic narratives whose characters are mere passive bystanders swept along by Big, Important, Global events beyond their control. Choices made and not-made are the thematic heart of the poem..."
Tomcat also discusses the Classical references in the book, but makes it clear that a knowledge of ancient literature is not at all necessary for enjoyment of the book. He himself is a Sci-Fi fan, and concludes by saying that Thaliad
is "a convergence of genre spaces, and we Science Fiction fans, sometimes so rigid and stubborn in our reading, would do well to embrace it."It's a delight when a reviewer really "gets"a book, and writes about it so well. Thank you, Tom.
After reading Thaliad
twice, Finnish-Canadian artist Marja-Leena Rathje has posted about it on her well-read blog
Saying that Marly Youmans' magical writing "swept her into another world," she quoted some favorite lines that reminded her of waves repeatedly washing ashore. "That repetition and rhythm made me think of The Kalevala
, a 19th-century work of epic poetry compiled by Elias Lönnrot from Finnish and Karelian oral folklore and mythology."Marja-Leena is a printmaker and lifelong
professional artist; in addition to her remarks on the text, she commented on Clive Hicks-Jenkins' illustrations
and the book design by Elizabeth Adams, saying that Thaliad
was actually "a collaboration between three artists."She concludes:"There's something about [Marly's] writing that I enjoy reading most during the night hours (2 a.m.?) perhaps when the magic feels strongest."