Books

Plucking the Stinger

Plucking the StingerPaperback | ISBN: 978-0-99622-068-2 | Pages: 80 | October 2016, Saturnalia Books | $16.00 | Purchase: Amazon

From the publisher: A girl rides on an outgrown tricycle, biting a necklace of candy hearts. A woman sleeps with a bullet under her tongue. In these vivid and crushing poems, despair has a scent and it’s “half perfume, half something rotten.” Wild with loss and obsession, the poems of Plucking the Stinger throb like medication in the throat, a ballet interrupted by a couple breaking up, a false positive test, the terrible death of someone dear. This book is a love letter to grief with no return address.

Anthologies

Best New Poets 2013

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Paperback | ISBN: 978-0-97662-968-9 | Pages: 117 | January 2014, Samovar Press/Meridian | $11.58 | Purchase: Amazon

From the publisher: Entering its ninth year, Best New Poets has established itself as a crucial venue for rising poets and a valuable resource for poetry lovers. The only publication of its kind, this annual anthology is made up exclusively of work by writers who have not yet published a full-length book. The poems included in this eclectic sampling represent the best from the many that have been nominated by the country’s top literary magazines and writing programs, as well as some four thousand additional poems submitted through an open online competition. The work of the fifty writers represented here provides the best perspective available on the continuing vitality of poetry as it is being practiced today.


Best New Poets 2009

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Edited by Kim Addonizio

Paperback | ISBN: 978-0-97662-964-1 | Pages: 144 | November 2009, Samovar Press/Meridian | $11.95 | Purchase: Amazon

From Virginia Quarterly Review: This collection stands out among the crowd claiming to represent emergent poets. Much of the editing and preliminary reading was done by emerging poets themselves, which results in an anthology that’s fresh and eclectic, and may actually represent a significant portion of the best new poetry being written by the next generation … [Best New Poets] assures the reader that poetry, even in a generation of text messaging and MP3 players, is still alive and well. The youthfulness of the anthology, combined with the wide scope of its contents, is apparent in the poems, which are edgy and daring.


Best New Poets 2006

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Paperback | ISBN: 978-0-97662-961-0 | Pages: 144 | December 2006, Samovar Press/Meridian | $11.95 | Purchase: Amazon

From the publisher: The only publication of its kind, Best New Poets is an annual anthology of poetry by writers who have not yet published a full-length book. The poems included in this eclectic sampling represent the best from the many that have been nominated by the country’s top literary magazines and writing programs, as well as nearly two thousand additional poems submitted through an open online competition. The fifty poems that made the final cut show, in dazzling fashion, how tomorrow’s poets are writing today.

For those concerned that current writing programs and periodicals are forcing young writers into the same mold this book offers exciting evidence to the contrary. The poems collected here display an astonishing range in both content and style, from the intensely lyrical to robust, often humorous, narratives. For the reader who wishes to explore the work of these budding writers but wonders where to begin, Best New Poets 2006 has already scoured the contemporary poetry landscape to discover some of the nation’s most engaging and promising voices.