The World Will Deny It For You
Janaka Stucky author photo
  • Series: Chapbook Contest 2011
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-934103-33-3
  • ISBN-10: 1-934103-33-0
  • Pages: 42
  • Size: 6 x 8 x .125 in
  • Price: $15.00

The World Will Deny It for You

Janaka Stucky

Winner of the 2011 Ahsahta Press Chapbook Contest

“A gaudy, blistering, over-the-top wild love-complaint cry-out. Call it sentimental, it will kick you in the teeth. ‘Your lipstick strapped tightly to my chest / I run into a crowded restaurant / And plug it in,’ and the lights come on for a new line, an underground line, an express line, expressive, ancient, new and bold.” —Cathy Wagner, judge of the 2011 Ahsahta Press Chapbook Contest

“The drone of loss, the tension between the within and without, and the difference between ‘shake’ and ‘tremble’ haunt Stucky’s poems and the reader, too.” —Rain Taxi

Janaka Stucky constructs a universe of loss and memories in his second chapbook The World Will Deny It for You, winner of the 2011 Ahsahta Press Chapbook Contest.

I Hope to Come to You with Nothing but Light

 

Despite the wilderness in your promise I traverse

Field after field of strange heads

 

Mild suffering

Secret invisible wonder

I exhale my doubt and wait

 

 

If I had a finger for every time I breathed

I’d be a planet of angels

 

 

In the shadow of hope against hope I speak

To every body part that rebels to be with me

 

Dear your hands

Which I have never held

Sieve the light from my approach

 

Dear white thighs

Growing whiter in my absence

Night sky shudder against my cheek

 

Dear soft sigh

The mystery I guess

As though there might contain my own heart

 

Dear your tongue

Let me see you for

 

The jellyfish bloom

The days grow short now and

 

We never don't know anything

About someone

 

 

Copyright © 2012 by Janaka Stucky

“The drone of loss, the tension between the within and without, and the difference between ‘shake’ and ‘tremble’ haunt Stucky’s poems and the reader, too.” —Rain Taxi

 

“No piece is longer than one page and a half, while the shortest . . . tell you more in one artfully split line than some writers manage to put across in three or four hundred pages.” —Denver Examiner

 

“In his second chapbook (following Your Name is the Only Freedom), Janaka Stucky presents twenty-four brief ruminations on loss, longing, and the memories we keep long after the memory makers have gone. The World Will Deny It For You, winner of the first Ahsahta Press chapbook contest, gracefully addresses the ways in which we fail each other—and ourselves, in turn—and speaks self-consciously of our need to create tangible representations of those we have lost. . . . There are reminders here of the imagery of Paul Celan and Mina Loy, certainly, but Stucky’s consistency of thought creates a throughline of loss and reconciliation—and more than anything else, the vast space in between the two—that is all his own. The emotion here is raw as a fresh cut and Stucky’s thoughtfulness and lucid diction give The World Will Deny It For You a resonance that is often absent from contemporary poetry. This book will force you to acknowledge the fluidity of stasis, the permanence of the in-between, and the realization that when our lives seem most ambiguous, we are perhaps, most clearly our true selves.” —Reviewed by Randolph Pfaff in Apt

 

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Janaka Stucky author photoJanaka Stucky is the publisher of Black Ocean and its literary magazine, Handsome. He is also the author of Your Name Is The Only Freedom. He is from New England but can often be found in the Midwest.