Able Muse/Eratosphere Newsletter - Spring/Summer 2013 - The Latest Book Releases & more
** NEW from ABLE MUSE PRESS -- 2012 ABLE MUSE BOOK AWARD winner ***
I'm pleased to announce that Virtue, Big as Sin, the winner of the 2012 Able Muse Book Award -- selected by Mary Jo Salter -- and first full-length collection from Frank Osen is now available for pre-order from Able Muse Press and worldwide from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and most popular distribution and retail channels (ISBN 978-1-927409-16-9). Or, just go to Frank's website,www.frankosen.com, or the Able Muse Press website, www.ablemusepress.com. Besides the traditional print edition, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Nobles NOOK, Apple iTunes/iBooks and Kobo digital edition will be available soon.
. . . read moreVirtue, Big as Sin - poems by Frank Osen
(with an afterword by Timothy Steele)
Blurbs from Mary Jo Salter, Rhina P. Espaillat and Dick Davis
Frank Osen’s Virtue, Big as Sin offers one witty, elegant poem after another. The rhymes are especially clever, the meter sure, the stanzas well-shaped, but this poet’s sense of proportion is also reflected in wisdom (and what is wisdom but a sense of proportion?). An urbane maker of sparkling phrases like “that genuine Ur of the ersatz,” Osen can also write plainly, movingly, about a young girl’s funeral. And he reflects often on art itself, which he so rightly calls “the conjured awe.”
—Mary Jo Salter (Judge, 2012 Able Muse Book Award)
** NEW FROM ABLE MUSE PRESS***
Credo for the Checkout Line in Winter, a 2011 Able Muse Book Award finalist, and the second full-length collection from Maryann Corbett has been released by Able Muse Press is now available for pre-order from Able Muse Press and worldwide from Amazon, Barnes & Nobles and most popular distribution and retail channels here (ISBN 978-1-927409-14-5). Or, just go to Richard's website, www.maryanncorbett.com, or the Able Muse Press website, www.ablemusepress.com. Besides the traditional print edition, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Nobles NOOK, Apple iTunes/iBooks and Kobo digital edition will be available soon.
. . . read moreCredo for the Checkout Line in Winter - poems by Maryann Corbett"The crafted poems in Maryann Corbett’s new book are vibrant. She is a newborn Robert Frost, with a wicked eye for contemporary life. Each poem surprises. Read her poems and feel the howling snow, the mud, and the jubilance of the first warm fertile spring days.
(with a foreword by Peter Campion):
Blurbs from Willis Barnstone, Marilyn L. Taylor, Catharine Savage Brosman and Geoffrey Brock --
"What makes Maryann Corbett such a rare, excellent writer must be her talent for weaving together various artistic impulses, so that her poems often sound both traditional and brand new, both humorous and serious, both worldly-wise and, as John Keats once put it, 'capable of being in uncertainties.' [She] remains a poet of the first order, and her poems are cause for gratitude, and deep enjoyment."
—Peter Campion (from the foreword)
The new issue of Able Muse: Summer 2013
The new issue of Able Muse, Print Editon (Number 15) - Summer 2013, has just been released, with order/subscription information (for print & Kindle, NOOK, Kobo & iBooks editions), with online excerpts and the subscribers' online edition at: www.AbleMuse.com
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Featured Poet: Greg Williamsson (interviewed by Stephen Kampa)
Featured Artist: Clara Lieu (interviewed by Sharon Passmore)
editorial: Alexander Pepple • fiction: Jim Meirose, Ilya Lyashevsky, Haley Hach, Jonathan Danielson • essays: David Mason, N.S. Thompson, Peter Byrne • book reviews: David Caplan • poetry: Dick Allen, Fred Longworth, Catharine Savage Brosman, N.S. Thompson, Timothy Murphy, D.R. Goodman, Len Krisak, Propertius, Callie Siskel, Jen DeGregorio, Robert J. Levy, Ryan Wilson, Robert Schultz, Colin Dodds, Gerald Bosacker.
With special thanks for an outstanding new issue to -- Jonathan Scott (Assistant Poetry Editor), Gregory Dowling (Nonfiction Editor), Nina Schuyler (Fiction Editor), Janice D. Soderling, Tim Love & John Riley (Assistant Fiction Editors).
Alex Pepple, Editor
Sailing to Babylon, the first full-length collection from James Pollock has been released by Able Muse Press and is immediately available worldwide throughAmazon, Barnes & Nobles and most popular distribution and retail channels here (ISBN 978-0-9865338-7-7). Or, just go to James's website, www.james-pollock.com, or the Able Muse Press website, www.ablemusepress.com. Besides the traditional print edition, an Amazon Kindle and a Barnes & Nobles NOOK digital editions are also available now. An Apple iTunes/iBooks digital edition should also be available soon.
"The sentence, in James Pollock's remarkably assured debut volume, is a unit of music and of time, a carefully modulated choreography that moves the reader through an elegantly constructed set of meditations on place and history and the education of the self . . . . Quietly confident, formally adept, assured in their music, these artful lyrics are not only an accomplishment in themselves but promise to register, as the poet says, 'the breaking changes of a life to come'." – Mark Doty, Judge's Citation, Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist. . . read more
Sailing to Babylon - poems by James Pollock
(with a Foreword by Jeffery Donaldson):
Blurbs from Edward Hirsch and Sven Birkerts--
“... A rich and complex array of subjects and allusions to provide both pleasure and challenge.”
—Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing
“ [I]n Pollock’s unadorned style, forged as it is in traditional forms . . . we get a vision of an old world, freighted with history, and still able to astonish itself with the novelty of its recurrence.”
— Michael Lista, The National Post
The Dark Gnu and Other Poems, the second full-length from Wendy Videlock, with her own full-color illustrations - for children of all ages - has been released by Able Muse Press and is immediately available worldwide through Amazon, Barnes & Nobles and most popular distribution and retail channels here ISBN 978-1-927409-09-1 (paperback) / ISBN 978-1-927409-13-8 (hardcover). Or, just go to Wendy's website, www.wendyvidelock.com, or the Able Muse Press website, www.ablemusepress.com. Besides the traditional print edition, an Amazon Kindle and a Barnes & Nobles NOOK digital editions are also available now. An Apple iTunes/iBooks digital edition should also be available soon.
. . . read moreThe Dark Gnu and Other Poems - poems by Wendy Videlock
with blurbs from Sherman Alexie and Jeremy Telman--
Reminiscent in some ways of Shel Silverstein’s classic collections, Videlock’s new book,The Dark Gnu and Other Poems, supplements sly whimsy with mystery and a hint of tragedy. These poems remind readers “of all inconceivable ages” that not all problems have solutions and that some narratives end in mystery rather than in resolution.
The Dark Gnu is enhanced by the author’s illustrations that deepen the allure of the poems.
The voice is unmistakably Videlock’s, but in this new collection we hear the echoes of Lewis Carroll and Edward Gorey.
These are the sorts of poems that children will demand to hear again and again and that parents will want to recite to each other and to their friends.
– Jeremy Telman
** COMING SOON from ABLE MUSE PRESS --(January, 2013) and now available for Pre-Order ***
I'm pleased to announce that Hollis Seamon's third book, Corporeality, a story collection from Able Muse Press (January 31, 2013), is now available for pre-order worldwide through Amazon, Barnes & Nobles and most popular distribution and retail channels here (ISBN 978-1-927409-03-9). Or, just go to Hollis's website, www.hollisseamon.com, or the Able Muse Press website, www.ablemusepress.com. Besides the traditional print edition, digital reader editions for Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Nobles NOOK, Kobo reader and Apple iTunes/iBooks are also forthcoming.
“. . . Seamon offers enough thematic and narrative variation to keep each story in this collection fresh.” — Publishers Weekly. . . read moreCorporeality - stories by Hollis Seamon
Praised in blurbs by Alan Davis, Dave King, Edward Schwarzschild, Eugenia Kim, Nalini Jones
"Hollis Seamon’s Corporeality is a wonderful collection of stories, dazzling and unsentimental, full of everyday tragedies, fairy-tale motifs, and rambunctious, life-affirming characters who stand up to bullies and to fate, whether in a hospice, a flophouse, or a university classroom. It’s a feast of language that you won’t soon forget."
—Alan Davis, author of So Bravely Vegetative and Alone with the Owl
"These stories have grace, wit, adventure, danger, humor, compassion, magic, and rage. Hollis Seamon casts full and dazzling light on those who are often overlooked—teenaged lovebirds in hospice, flood victims before the flood, plagiarists, arsonists, old ladies, fat dogs. She brings them to life so tenderly and powerfully that they stay with you, long after the last page."
—Nalini Jones, author of What You Call Winter
** COMING SOON from ABLE MUSE PRESS --(January, 2013) and now available for Pre-Order ***
Strange Borderlands, Ben Berman's full-length debut collection of poetry from Able Muse Press (January 31, 2013) and is now available for pre-order worldwide through Amazon, Barnes & Nobles and most popular distribution and retail channels here (ISBN 978-1-927409-05-3). Or, just go to Ben's website, www.ben-berman.com, or the Able Muse Press website, www.ablemusepress.com. Besides the traditional print edition, digital reader editions for Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Nobles NOOK, Kobo reader and Apple iTunes/iBooks are also forthcoming.
“Ben Berman’s debut poetry collection is a compelling examination of the author’s experiences in Zimbabwe as a Peace Corps volunteer. . . . This is a must-have book for readers of poetry.” — Publishers Weekly, Starred Review. . . read moreStrange Borderlands - poems by Ben Berman
(with a Foreword by Fred Marchant):
Praised in blurbs from Alan Shapiro, Dzvinia Orlowsky, and Gregory Djanikian--
"These are poems that weigh, consider, and restore some flesh-and-blood meaning to the experience of multiculturalism, a word so overused it is often flattened out to a platitude or piety. But not in this book."
– Fred Marchant (from the Foreword)
Ben Berman’s lyric poems set in Zimbabwe dig deep into the casual and the casualty of daily life: the hammer striking the sheep’s head, the sustenance that follows; disciplinary beatings that students, giggly and protesting, could count and count on to fade. Unassuming but wise, compassionate yet wildly, unpredictably funny at times, Berman delivers to us escalating hardships that somehow elevated us toward the sacred; the pathetic harvest and sweetness that comes from the least likely of places. This least likely of places is where Berman thrives, calling on closely observed facts to chronicle the perimeters of tenderness and cruelty. I believe every word in this collection. This is an unforgettable debut by a powerful and humble voice.