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A subscription to the entire 2013–2014 season of nine Ahsahta Press books for $120,
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Ahsahta’s books are collectibles. They’re objects of art, a good reason to collect them. It’s an incentive for libraries, both private and public. But the imperative reason is that Ahsahta’s books represent the research and development in poetics that will shape our perceptions of poetry in the 21st Century when the next century turns.. . . .  [W]e have allowed the popular press to shrink our definition of poetry and thereby to marginalize its influences on us. Ahsahta is unimpressed by media mythologies. Ahsahta and its poets understand how integral poetry is to society. —Djelloul Marbrook, Galatea Resurrects

 

September publications

 

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Orange Roses by Lucy Ives

In this book, Ives considers her work over a more than 10-year span looking at how the line between that which exists and that which is merely a construction of perspective is blurred in any attempt to portray a given experience. “One could say it is an undressing of the readerly act,” writes Jorie Graham, “of the eye itself and its habit of ‘tugging incessantly forward.’ In fact, Ives’ work contests that forwardness and, in its numerous sequences, she undertakes to imagine alternatives to the no-longer-apparently-natural forces of progress and growth.” ($18)

 

Questions for Animals by Peggy Hamilton

In her second book, Hamilton writes of the unspeakable, both as it is at the heart of Buddhist question practice and as it occurs in the circumstances of incest: in this book, the unspeakable complicates the unspeakable. Does Buddhistic practice encourage the erasure of the self much as poetic practice encourages the erasure of a poet’s reading and narrative self from a poem, or as an act of rape teaches its child victim self-erasure? Fiercely unsentimental, Hamilton works through popular culture, Chinese legends, and language with a Celtic brogue to it as she explores these haunting questions. ($18)

 

Dragon Logic by Stephanie Strickland

As our material face-to-face world, threatened from so many directions, slips into potentially infinite virtual spaces . . . where have we gone? This slippage has happened suddenly, worldwide, and we do not know whether it renders humankind irrelevant, serves as an escape from apocalyptic problems, or is to be welcomed as a new direction for human life. For Strickland, poetry shares with mathematics and code a “proclivity for extreme semantic condensation within a formalized language structure,” and is thus her chosen instrument to track this enormous, increasingly invisible dragon-in-the-room stalking our time. ($18)

 

January publications

 

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Beyond the Chainlink by Rusty Morrison

In this latest collection,  Morrison’s eye is attuned to the ways language both obscures and exposes the seemingly lucid illusions of intimate attraction. How to recognize the past’s specters as they beckon and frighten, haunt and call, from just outside the “chainlink” of one’s schoolyard expectations of self and other? Though Morrison may assert how impossible it is to escape the constructed frame of past experience, her deft turns of phrase make each achingly exposed limitation luminous and permeable to our attention. She reports: “Impulse says, a little hurt is worth the long, thin fracturing you can use as horizon.” ($18)

 

Practice on Mountains by David Bartone

The 2013 Sawtooth Poetry Prize winner, selected by Dan Beachy-Quick. In a long-form poetry that tirelessly makes its case for its own heritage, Practice on Mountains documents a striving lover through eight-weeks of various literatures, reflections, and desires. The poems and translations in this book value experience—the lived poem. The metaphysic of the literary love affair leads to its beautiful, chaotic, thoughtful pile of lyrical musings. Wallace Stevens writes, “it is not the reason / That makes us happy or unhappy. The bird sings.” H.D., Thoreau, Li Po, Pound, classic country hymns, Glenn Gould, and the poet’s friends are called on, among many others, in the reckless appropriations that provide for such a poetry. ($18)

 

March publications

Albedo by Kathleen Jesme

A collection of tricksters from Anton Mesmer to the inexplicable gods of Ovid; fairy-tale characters and figures from memory; the white blanket of snow in the far north across which a small plane flies: these recurrent images haunt and populate Kathleen Jesme’s Albedo. “A small abyss becomes / larger with use,” she writes, yet in examining the mostly ordinary and sometimes extraordinary ways in which the individual comes to perceive and love the world, Jesme acknowledges a landscape of “dormancy for the duration” with poems that confront multiple mournings. ($18)

 

Elise Cowen: Poems and Fragments, edited by Tony Trigilio

Designed for both general readers and scholars, this book brings together for the first time all of the poems and fragments in Elise Cowen’s surviving notebook, recovering the work of a postwar female poet whose reputation had been submerged for more than a half-century. Remembered dismissively as the woman who dated Allen Ginsberg for a brief time in the early 1950s, she wrote hundreds of poems, many in a lyric mode that recalls Sappho and many in a visionary mode that resembles Emily Dickinson.  After her suicide in 1962, nearly all of her work was destroyed. One notebook survived, rescued by a close friend, and this notebook is the basis for Elise Cowen: Poems and Fragments. “A modern Eumenide and proto–second-wave feminist of uncompromising voice, [Cowen’s] searing verse poignantly claims female subjectivity. Thanks to Trigilio’s inspired, erudite and meticulous recovery work, this collection will make a profound difference in the way Beat movement writing is reckoned and experienced.” —Ronna C. Johnson, English Department, Tufts University ($28)

 

May publications

Gephyromania by TC Tolbert

In Gephyromania (literally, an addiction to or an obsession with bridges), Tolbert explores in poetry whether s/he can choose (willingly, intentionally) to live in the places where binaries meet. Is a bridge simply an attempt to connect one (seemingly) stable body back to itself? Sensing the parallels between a lover who leaves and his own female body as it chooses (as he chooses for it) to recede, the poems explore the spaces between, among, and across bodies. These spaces instruct us in simultaneity as we construct, inhabit, open, and contract. They are the embodiment of loss and relief. Tolbert’s book requires that even its readers repeatedly reorient themselves. ($18)

 

]EXCLOSURES{ by Emily Abendroth

Working in the “kinship of identification with others’ struggles,” ]EXCLOSURES[ bears witness to the enormous odds against those we are hasty in naming “other”: the poor, the imprisoned, the disenfranchised, the minorities, the helpless, the gone-missing, the refugees. Abendroth drills down into James Baldwin’s idea that “We have to—in every generation, every five minutes—make human life possible” to examine what the “human-life-possible-making poetics” might look like. ($20)

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