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A Camouflage of Specimens and Garments

Publication Date: May 2016
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ISBN: 978-1-936797-79-0
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A Camouflage of Specimens and Garments
poems by Jennifer Militello

(Available in May 2016)

In her third full-length collection of poems, Jennifer Militello weaves fragmentary letters addressing illness and struggle through ventriloquisms of mythological heroes and dead composers, ancient goddesses and murdered girls. Stylized “dictionaries” open into lay-ered definitions meant like magical clothing or tutelary amulets to provide shelter from a world that cannot be controlled. As the poet stitches together a plethoric identity to ex-plore disguises, A Camouflage of Specimens and Garments casts a smokescreen of selves.

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Jennifer Militello

Jennifer Militello

Jennifer Militello is the author of Body Thesaurus, named one of 2013’s top ten poetry books by Best American Poetry, and Flinch of Song, winner of the Tupelo Press First Book Award. She has been awarded the Barbara Bradley Award from the New England Poetry Club, the Ruskin Art Club Poetry Award from Red Hen Press, and the 49th Parallel Award from Bellingham Review, as well as grants and fellowships from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Writers at Work, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. Militello teaches in the MFA program at New England College.

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Third Voice

Publication Date: June 2016
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ISBN: 978-1-936797-73-8
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Third Voice
Poems by by Ruth Ellen Kocher

(Available in June 2016)

Praising the power of lyric drama, T. S. Eliot described the use of third voice as a means for characters to address and interrogate one another, and second voice as a way for characters to talk to the audience. In this daring new book, the principal narrator presents as a caricature reflecting the tangible experiences of a disembodied “I” posed against absurd selfhood—a voice imbued by sublime otherness. Within a dismantled minstrel show, Ruth Ellen Kocher frames a female voice splintered and re-figured as “self” and “character.” The incomprehensible nature of the sublime emerges through a cast of other personages including Eartha Kitt, Geordi LaForge, Emmanuel Kant, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Malcolm X. Third Voice asserts lyric beyond personal expression and drama beyond the stage, using the spectacle of minstrelsy as a deformation of mastery in an audaciously conceptual yet visceral performance.

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Ruth Ellen Kocher

Ruth Ellen Kocher

Ruth Ellen Kocher is the author of six previous books, including domina Un/blued (Tupelo Press, 2013), co-winner of the 2014 PEN Open Book Award. Her poems have appeared in various anthologies and journals and she has been awarded fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation, the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets, and Yaddo. She is Associate Chair and Director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Colorado where she teaches Poetry, Poetics, and Literature, and is a Contributing Editor at Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Brownwood

Publication Date: June 2016
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Brownwood
poems by by Lawrence Bridges

(Available in June 2016)

Brownwood, like Berryman’s Henry, is a triad (I, He, You), an “other” character, con-structed within a real-life geography in an arsenal of time and place. Lawrence Bridges offers Polaroid graphics of his protagonist’s identity in the thick of our culture, amid the changing rules of fate and folly. As Elena Karina Byrne observes in her Foreword, “Brownwood is full of angst, wry humor, and sarcasm; he’s a lost twin, doppelganger, living in a melancholy place [and] this book’s poetic plot … arrives with cinematographic aplomb.” Bridges’s third volume of poems is like an autobiography of one stuck inside the vessel of who he is: “Feared as a monster, tame as a clown.”

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Lawrence Bridges

Lawrence Bridges

Lawrence Bridges’s poetry has appeared in the New Yorker and Poetry, and he is author of two previous collections, Horses on Drums and Flip Days (Red Hen Press, 2006 and 2009). He created a series of literary documentaries for the National Endowment for the Arts’ “Big Read” initiative, and as a film director, editor, and graphic designer he has been honored for his film, music video, and advertising work with Emmy nominations and many film festival awards, including a “Gold Lion” at Cannes. He lives in Los Angeles.

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