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February Chapbook Bundle

Publication Date: February 2016


It’s February, love is in the air, and what’s more romantic than a collection of stories or poems that can be devoured in one sitting? Better yet, grab your lover and read aloud.

Saint Monica
by Mary Biddinger
In the Carnival of Breathing
by Lisa Fay Coutley
The New Sorrow Is Less Than The Old Sorrow
by Jenny Drai
No Girls No Telephones
by Brittany Cavallaro and Rebecca Hazelton
by Simone Muench
Oh My Darling
by Cate O’Toole
Far Enough: A Western in Fragments
by Joe Wilkins

Buy all seven for just $24.95! That’s more than 60% off list price. Very sweet.


“Mary Biddinger evokes the patron saint of female abuse victims in narrating the adolescence of a latter day Saint Monica. Ironic humor illuminates the poems, as in ‘Saint Monica Stays the Course,’ a hilarious catechism of teeth-gritting endurance. Biddinger crisply narrates these memorable tales that entwine horror and sensual discovery, using deft rhythms, head-snapping line breaks, and highly original imagery.”

-Rachel Dacus

The poems in this collection map for us the complex geography of the human heart. Lisa Fay Coutley deftly melds the real with the mystical in these sage poems: where there is man or lover or son, there also lurks a wound dragging its shadow across the floor. In the Carnival of Breathing is a book about the journey a soul takes from lushness to drought, from flowing liquid to hard-packed dirt, and the journey back again. Cup your hands around these poems and you hold lakes and scorching deserts, a bruised home with two boys and lots of love in it. You could chisel poems like ‘Respiration’ and ‘Errata’ into stone, erect them in city parks for all human kind to read. Slow down now, these poems bid us, drown awhile in the sweet and haunting fires of the human heart.”

-John Rybicki

Jenny Drai’s The New Sorrow Is Less Than the Old Sorrow is magic. Here the sources of the self (the selves) and the sources of love (loves) open and sing and challenge themselves. This poet renews rituals, this poet renews language.

-Joseph Lease

The poems in this chapbook stay with me, ringing in my ears, burrowing into my head. The language is extremely physical, sharp – often painfully so. The voices grapple with basic human emotions, rooting in images that sear, unafraid to spread rhetorical wings (“O enemies”) or make jaw-dropping assertions (“Everyone is an informer”). The poems move from innocence to experience, then back to innocence again, risking absurdity (“This fox was the real deal, like a white swan”), drawing wild, fresh conclusions (“You have the answer, sir”), always jerking the reader to attention, entertaining, informing. This collection of poems is obviously the work of gifted young poets with a kind of wit and wisdom that gives, that will keep on giving.

-Jay Parini

Simone Muench’s wolf centos are an astonishing poetic achievement. They are both gorgeous and dangerous, powerful and sleek, elusive yet alluring. Ultimately, the poems are like wolves themselves-they are mysterious, we want to see them and to know them. What is most amazing is how Muench manages to construct poems from lines and fragments of other poems that are as intense, as charged, and as revelatory as a typical Simone Muench poem. I wonder if there is anything she cannot do. This is one of the most intriguing books of poems I’ve read in the last several years.

-Dean Rader

A genius premise, wonderfully executed. Oh My Darling is both lyrical and savage. Cate O’Toole’s prose is precise and poetic, gritty and lovely. The complexity of the branched narrative matches the complexity of the central character as she navigates a world of bright possibilities and dark outcomes.

-Jacqueline May Parkison

Equal parts rocketing narrative and arresting imagery, Far Enough trains a grave attention on the longings and flaws of ranch people, and the injustices they inflict and suffer. In these fiercely-charged “fragments” Joe Wilkins distills small-town, Big-Sky culture into a brilliant, austere, yet addictive liquor.

-Anna Keesey

About the Authors

Brittany Cavallaro

Brittany Cavallaro is the author of Girl-King (University of Akron Press, 2015). Her poems have  appeared in AGNI, Gettysburg Review, Tin House, and Best New Poets 2011. She is the recipient of scholarships and fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference and the Vermont Studio Center. Currently, she is a PhD candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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Rebecca Hazelton

Rebecca Hazelton is the author of Fair Copy (Ohio State University Press, 2012), winner of the 2011 Ohio State University Press / The Journal Award in Poetry, and Vow, from Cleveland State University Press, 2013. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Smartish Pace, and Best American Poetry 2013.

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