One of the advantages of editing a journal like is that we often receive books from contributors, sometimes containing work appearing in our journal, sometimes not. Recently we received a trio of what — with only a small dip into each — I can already tell are searing landscapes of poetry. I’m excited to read them, and suspect you will be excited and delighted  once you’ve read them, too. Here’s a bit on each, with links to go out and get yours now:

Girl on a Bridge, poems by Suzanne FrischkornGirl on a Bridge
Poems by Suzanne Frischkorn

Main Street Rag Publishing Co., 39 poems in 57 pages

“Suzanne Frischkorn is a fierce and fearless poet. In Girl on a Bridge, she first upends our dainty notions of girlhood and then leads us into the wilderness of violence, madness, fear, and love — and does so with beauty and tenderness.”
— Julianna Baggott

“Good citizens beware: Suzanne Frischkorn has let Girl on a Bridge loose on the world and she’s spreading the word about the furies of femininity and the madness of motherhood with its ‘stone weight of home.’ These poems burn holes on the fairy tale pages of domestic fantasy and uncover the treacherous (though more exciting) narratives of those women who dare stray from the path or, at the very least, who celebrate their desires: ‘What’s more flattering than being wanted by a mouth that waters?’ This book of finely-crafted verse holds up its poetry like a lovely razor blade.”
— Rigoberto Gonzalez

Read poetry by Suzanne Frischkorn appearing in Issue No. 18, and look for a review of Girl on a Bridge in our next issue, online in mid-September.


Venison, a poem by Thorpe MoeckelVenison: A Poem
By Thorpe Moeckel

Etruscan Press, 1 poem in 66 pages

“Food doesn’t get any more local, cosmic, primitive, tasty, or disturbing than in this book-length, lyrical-meditative poem. At stake are no less than the origins and mysteries of flesh and touch.”
— from the book back cover

“Thorpe Moeckel’s Venison is civilized and wild, like a life lived well, a barbaric yawp of pain and joy and true wonder at the brilliant ordinariness of a life lived close to the earth and close to the bone. Moeckel’s fine poetic is whetted on the visceral and cannily transcendental. Read it.”
— Christopher Camuto

“This book, a glorious and breath-taking incantation of the beauty to be found in killing for nourishment, spins into the realms of woods, home, family, and community. The language is dizzying, as beautiful as you’ll ever read.”
— Janisse Ray

Reading poetry by Thorpe Moeckel appearing in Issue No. 24 and Issue No. 24.


The Surfacing of Excess, poems by Arianne ZwartjesThe Surfacing of Excess
Poems by Arianne Zwartjes

Winner of the 2009 Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry
Eastern Washington University Press, 13 poems & 38 stitches in 87 pages

“These lively ‘eco-poems’ take the marvelous, but endangered, species called language on a lively quest for sustenance. Arianne Zwartjes contemplates mysteries, politics, emotions, and aesthetics, indulging us with a feast of realities. The ‘surfacing of excess’ turns out not to be a clever phrase, or a ruse, but the hard work that a beautiful mind accomplishes, thinking about life, in Zwartjes’s case, in an interlinked diction of science and religion, which resolves itself in a language of love.”
— Jane Miller

“Arianne Zwartjes’s thoughtful, playful poems map the surfaces of language, image, flight, and architecture. Reading The Surfacing of Excess is like removing the boring part of your skull and letting the sky abut your brain. Or like hanging around with the theoretical mathematicians’ guild, getting goofy, drinking wine by the jug, positioning geometries, speaking Greek. Ambitious, fragmented, and thinky in ways most poetry doesn’t even attempt, triangulating by stars including Weil, Carson, Plato, Calvino, and Heidegger, Zwartjes is a new breed of bird in a sky filled with sameness. Part descent, part descant, always vector, in her words, herein you’ll find ‘here / we know there is a mystery greater than beauty.;”
— Ander Monson

Read poetry by Arianne Zwartjes appearing in Issue No. 25.

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