The small press imprint of The Hudson Valley Writers' Center
Seven New Generation African Poets
a chapbook box set
This eight-piece boxed set, an African Poetry Book Fund (APBF) project, features the work of seven African poets, with an introduction by Kwame Dawes, APBF series editor, and Chris Abani.
The boxed set is an annual project starting in 2014 to ensure the publication of seven chapbooks by African poets through participating publishers. Publication is made possible through Slapering Hol Press, in association with APBF and the literary journal Prairie Schooner, with support from The Poetry Foundation.
The box set contains:
"In Six Portraits, a chapbook ingeniously organized around common punctuation marks, Julie Danho serves up a mash−up of ekphrasis and illumination, field and typography, private grief and public discourse, leaving her reader stunned and haunted by these wisely crafted, devastatingly forthright poems.”
—Kathy Fagan, author of Lip
A Disturbance in the Air
by Michele Poulos
Poulos's new chapbook there is a wierd equipoise of lyric movement, almost visibly
still hammocks of language that work through juxtaposition, through brilliant
cupola...I do love this poetry."
by Mary Armstrong
Enjoy Hot or Iced:
Poems in Conversation and a Converation
by Denise Duhamel & Amy Lemmon
The new publication in the Conversation Series from Slapering Hol Press!
Driving Montana Alone
by Katie Phillips
haunting poems in Driving Montana, Alone are in physical and spiritual
Hudson River Haiku
by Helen Barolini
these small but precise gems, Helen Barolini captures the magic and majesty of
an inspirational river. Her language carries us from a purple dawn over the Palisades
through a foggy morning to a shadowy twilight. We encounter tugboats, swooping
hawks, ice flows, and the mirrored Tappan Zee Bridge. Take this volume with you
to the Hudson and see it with a poet's eyes."
No Blues This Raucous Song
by Lynn Wagner
Wagner's poems deftly honor our unruly impulses. She has a marvelous ear for the
rhythmic urgencies of the American tounge and a wicked wit. No word goes unnoticed
on her shrewd yet passionate watch."
A Thirst That's Partly Mine
by Liz Ahl
Ahl brings a naturalist's close observation and a metaphysician's wry wit to poems
about our lived experiences in the natural/physicial world."
Poems in Conversation and a
by Elizabeth Alexander & Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon
Alexander and Stefanon scrutinize the variegated surfaces of Romare Bearden’s
art, the intensity of their gazes gives way to speech. In the blues of “Reclining
Nude,” Stefanon’s speaker discovers “I could hear / her holding / her breath.”
Alexander finds images that transmute into sounds: “Flowered dresses. / A woman’s
holler. River or guitar.” In the hands of these poets, ekphrasis is an act of
inquiry, a mode of poetic transformation as well as cultural analysis. For both,
the lacunae inherent in acts of reading and looking are openings for empathy,
The Heart That Lies
Outside the Body
by Stephanie Lennox
Lenox's The Heart That Lies Outside the Body mines the Guinness World
Records to take metaphor to a sublime extreme. Her chapbook, peopled with
its 'federation of freaks' is euphoric, generous, gracefully obsessive. There
is intense personal depth in all of these poems, which are intimate, skillful,
shimmering with complexity and awe."
Falling into Velázquez
by Mary Kaiser
and poetry have been twinned since antiquity, but seldom so eloquently as in Mary
Kaiser's collection, Falling into Velázquez. Poem after poem pulls
us into a work of art - some famous, some not - and then out into our own lives
again...Mary Kaiser's luminous first collection delights from beginning to end."
A House That Falls
by Sean Nevin
something radiantly deep in the poems of Sean Nevin. omething luminous and haunting,
familiar yet magnetically charged, potently mysterious...Nevin's poems lead us
to the powerful contemplative edge of thinking and seeing that we need. I trust
Juliet As Herself
by Nancy Taylor Everett
Taylor Everett has a flair for fresh language and a fine ear for the music of
words. Everett's Juliet is a person we want to know better, someone whose life
we'd like to follow."
Days When Nothing Happens
by David Tucker
poems in Days When Nothing Happens enact a dialectic between commotion
and calm, work and idleness, and manage to enlarge the meaning of both realms
in the process. Both are presented with a remarkable vividness, with fresh, homely
detail, in a voice that is richly nuanced and with an inventiveness that makes
each poem surprising."
by Brighde Mullins
poems of Brighde Mullins have been maturing during their twenty years of composition.
The thirteen included in thi small book are all of them poignant, eloquent and
revelatory of an authentic gift."
The Scottish Café
by Susana H. Case
recalling with celebratory joy the vigor, the messiness, the courage of life as
it was once lived in a terrible time by the mathematician at the Scottish Café
in Lvov, these poems do us a very great service."
The Landscape of Mind
by Jianqing Zheng
poems in Jianqing Zheng's The Landscape of Mind are often quick movements
of light and touch and tone. Like 'two boats' shadows / overlapping, lives and
images rub up against each other and leave their marks. Some moments are quietly
erased. The world talks back."
by Sondra Upham
poems spring up spare and clear, out of the thickness of experience. They trust
the energy of each truly perceived moment to be radient and poignant."
by Andrew Krivak
by science and philosophy, the poems are modest in the claims they make, and strangely,
all the more magical for what they reveal about survival in the world as it is."
The Last Campaign
by Rachel Loden
an edge to these poems, a sly, sardonic edge that lays bare the tricky changes
of a world filled with campaign slogans and dissembling politicians."
No Pine Tree in This Forest is Perfect
by Ellen Goldmith
incandescent collection explores a world of terrifying contingency, through the
focus of breast cancer."
by Lynn McGee
collection of poems which lives up to its title - a rich vein mined by an oberver-poet
as intelligent as she is wonderful."
Muscle & Bone
by Paul-Victor Winters
the page, the poems are lean and plainly spoken, but they are alive with surprises
and bright maneuvers. The result is a fine combination of deftness of craft and
ease of expression."
by Pearl Karrer
Karrer is a poet who makes connections, whose sense of life is deeply metaphoric.
It has been a joy for me to come across her manuscript."
Note for a Missing Friend
by Dina Ben-Lev
Ben-Lev has a fine ear for lyric phrasing, a virtue all the more singular for
the way her poems bear down on difficult subjects."
What's Become of Eden:
Poems of Family at Century's End
edited by Stephanie Strickland
fine poems are about family, which is to say they are about everything: love,
hate, birth, disease, heartbreak, and forgiveness. Poets known and unknown have
contributed to this consistently moving collection, a powerful book that speaks
eloquently to our deepest concerns."
edited by Stephanie Strickland & Anneliese Wagner
poems in this anthology are testimony to...a force in nature that is at once source
and companion, theme and consolation."
Voices From The River
edited by Margo Stever & Patricia Farewell
poems...have in common clarity, accessibility, and vigor."