in 2014, Horse Less Press will release five full-length books: Poems Descriptive of Rural Life and Scenery by Tim Earley, Nulls by Pattie McCarthy, Something in the Way/Obstruction Blues by John Duvernoy, Sediment & Veil by Kirsten Jorgenson, and Sara, Or, The Existence of Fire by Russ Woods.
Written in a seance of intuition and then extensively revised, Something in the way is an aboriginal blues, a gut map, where ecstatic clarity shares a bed with gall stone blindness. Proceeding by feints and jabs, deadpan misdirection undercutting stark confession, the pages share a core vulnerability, a magnetic bruise. These are loner’s poems, vying to connect. Sunk deep in the mud of childhood, dragged by an erotic comb with missing teeth, what passes through unexamined, re-emerges in adulthood, wearing masks. Surreal, streetwise, and draped in black humor, the method is magpie, the code collapsed romantic. Duvernoy’s piercing lyric rhythm, his art brut cologne, haunt a landscape poised between complicity and the drifter’s escape. For readers hungry for a sound of authentic risk and mystery, this electric debut will quicken the pulse.
John Duvernoy was raised in the hills of Central New York. He is the author of the chapbook Razor Love (Unlock the Clockcase).
Pattie McCarthy is the author of four previous books— Marybones, Table Alphabetical of Hard Words, Verso, and bk of (h)rs— and several chapbooks, most recently scenes from the lives of my parents and x y z &&. A former Pew Fellow in the Arts, she teaches at Temple University.
In Pattie McCarthy’s wonderful new collection, Nulls, we are compelled to consider a collage of possible meetings which ultimately lead to birth— the birth of the poem, the birth of assumption, the birth of identity, and the birth of expectations and restraints which press upon any person with the aspiration to decode domestic entropy and to deftly shepherd living form. With urgency you will be asked, WHO SAYS THAT WOLVES ARE BAD MOTHERS?” and “DO YOU HAVE YOUR EXHAUSTION LETTER?” McCarthy’s asking is hypnotic, acute and probes discrete categories of collapse. Nulls beautifully demonstrates how iteration can become palimpsest, how “invisible ink” may “make your mouth noun” and how interrogation can cause fracture. Nulls provides proof that texts can change the dimensions of mental space and transmute or reveal the inaudible which exists alongside any transcription. -Laynie Browne
Tim Earley is the author of two previous full-length collections, Boondoggle (Main Street Rag, 2005) and The Spooking of Mavens (Cracked Slab Books, 2010), along with a limited edition chapbook, Catfish Poems (Delete Press, 2013). His work has appeared in The Ecopoetry Anthology, Chicago Review, Colorado Review, jubilat, Cannibal, Bestoned: The New Metaphysick, Conduit, and many other publications. He teaches for the University of Mississippi and the Fine Arts Work Center’s Online Writing Program, 24PearlStreet, and lives in Glenville, West Virginia.
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Stephanie Anderson is also the author of four chapbooks. She lives in Chicago, where she edits the micropress Projective Industries.
About In the Key:
Who hasn’t had a spell during which toil is the only end in sight?
— Isadora Oakes
“I have a Canadian citizenship (see picture),” it begins. “We go up to Saskatchewan every other summer to visit my grandmother.” So you see how the archive is excavated, an imaginary Herculaneum. And later: “I enjoy creative writing. […] I have also made many crafts over the years.” There is a curious curatorial strain – while not altogether unique, it is not altogether unworthy of investment. One must consider the conditions that make such a juxtaposition compelling.
— Enes Elliot
She dreamt she was telling you about her dreams. The dinosaur-calls of loons; the hum of a canoe. I tried to tell her about frontier, but she was too far gone in collection. Besides, everyone has a stolen country stowed away. It is a moth pressed to a screen.
— Georgia M. Talbot
I cannot guarantee that such material merits rumination. It might be a matter of temperament, as hoarding is a manifestation of OCD.
— Garett Thomas Petty
Kristin Abraham was born and raised in Michigan. She currently lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, with her husband, three dogs, and two cats. She teaches English at a community college in Wyoming and serves as editor-in-chief and poetry editor for the literary journal Spittoon (www.spittoonmag.com).
Heavenly and dangerous at the speculative edge of the West, “up to and including the time of the
fire,” between carnival and fairy tale, diorama and shoot-out, these deep matter tableaus tell us a
thousand things about ourselves we haven’t usually time or heart to examine. What origami spirit
animal did I fold in my head? Did I hear my fate coming like the hero who “heard the sound of his
own boots on the boards moments before he fell like a beef?” And there’s no end to the territory in
which heroes, wolves, and Little Red take a risk. Abraham leads us out of the forest onto the high
plains. She charts pain and wonder, which are sometimes indistinguishable one from the other, from
us, “two cahoots, caught in a swivet.”
–Danielle Pafunda, author of Manhater and Pretty Young Thing
The theatrical and the mythical in Abraham’s work, the remotely vivid yet searing honesty of her sets make us feel safe, we are not alone. Impassioned we, after definition and clarity through the banality, urgencies and dreams we live through, are heroes. How deeply sophisticated one can get with the everyday is but for the vastly gifted. That is where we find Abraham. Her form is improvisation, the energy of her lines are dancing with the energy of her words, varied shapes and levels of energy that they are, and one hears the many voices, they include that of the reader as well. Her creations are our friends and us. Here are conversations, incidents, collages, stories, refreshingly nuanced yet courageously tackling the acidic. She creates moments from the contradictory to the mannerly, intensional and extensional stretches. The reflexive and the reflective are one and the same, as if.
–Arpine Konyalian Grenier, author of The Concession Stand: Exaptation at the Margins
Hack through these poems and the white space that surrounds them, but do not whistle in the
dark. They will follow you home.
–Don Cellini, author of Translate into English
Earlier versions of poems from this manuscript have appeared in the following journals/anthologies: Alice Blue, Barn Owl Review, Barrelhouse, Bone Bouquet, Concert at Chopin’s Opera House II, Drupe Fruits, Everyday Genius, Featherproof Books’ Storigami Project,GlitterPony, Humble Humdrum Cotton Frock, jubilat, Night Train, PANK Magazine, PANK Magazine’s 2011 Queer Issue, Sixth Finch, Small Fire Press’s Matchbook Vol. 3, We Are So Happy to Know Something, and Zero Ducats.
Daniela Olszewska is the author of three collections of poetry: cloudfang : : cakedirt (horse less press, 2012), Citizen J (Artifice Books, forthcoming), and How to Feel Confident with Your Special Talents (co-written with Carol Guess) (Black Lawrence Press, forthcoming). She sits on Switchback Books’ Board of Directors and serves as Associate Poetry Editor of H_NGM_N. Daniela teaches creative writing in conjunction with The Alabama Prison Arts & Education Project.
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“In my mind, The Soft Place makes traces around what works to keep us together or keep us going: kindness, stitches (‘this inner thing is mine’), seeds, family lines, and the symmetries and asymptotes therein. With intimacy and intelligence, Schapira reminds us of those mirrors (between us and us, us and others or lovers, us and the wound or the world) that sometimes hold together, sometimes shatter: ‘Nature doesn’t mirror us, but it senses us.’ She holds the shards between pictures up to each other in reciprocity, responsiveness; that is to say, she holds it together.”—Eleni Sikelianos
Kate Schapira is the author of The Soft Place (horse less press, 2012), How We Saved the City (Stockport Flats, 2012), The Bounty: Four Addresses (Noemi Press, 2011), TOWN (Factory School, 2010) and several chapbooks from Flying Guillotine Press, Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, Cy Gist Press, Rope- A-Dope Press and horse less press. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island, where she co- curates the Publicly Complex Reading Series and writes, teaches, and works as a Writer in the Schools.
“Susan Scarlata is on message, and she is not letting go. She is trying to tell us “no other planet meets our needs.” She turns her screen to let us see what she sees. Not, as they say, a pretty sight. She lays it out with great precision in her beautiful vitrine of words. It Might Turn Out We Are Real is a complete set of 21ST century eclogues delivered to your door with brainy clarity, with vinegary humor, with ergonomic economy and red-behind-the-ribs feeling. A positively extraordinary collection.”
Susan Scarlata’s essays, poetry and reviews have appeared in Conduit, The Denver Quarterly, Fence, The Horse Less Review, Typo and are forthcoming in 1913. Scarlata is the author of the chapbook, Lit Instant published by Parcel Press. She has designed and taught courses at Universities, held residencies, and led writing workshops for students of all ages as well as teachers. Scarlata received her PhD from The University of Denver where she also taught and developed writing courses that integrated service into the writing curriculum.
Susan taught at and holds an MFA from Brown University. She is the Executive Editor of Lost Roads Publishers, an independent literary press, and is currently an Associate Professor of English at the Savannah College of Art and Design’s newest campus in Hong Kong.
“I love Richard Froude’s declarative, incandescently plain sentences, which at first seem like high-stakes non-sequiturs, then a study in perfect, surprising aphorism, then a deftly woven web of profundity. The formal distillation and intellectual range of this book are impressive enough; even more so is Froude’s gentle but insistent touching on questions of God, mortality, war, memory, family, intimacy, and history. Froude sets up poetic shop in the fraught space between ‘terror and fertility,’ and wrests from it this exceptionally beautiful, intelligent book.”
Richard Froude was born in London in 1979, grew up in Bristol and came to the US in 2002. New writing can be found in Witness, Birkensnake, and Slacklust. With Anne Waldman and Erik Anderson, he compiles and edits the mail-art journal Thuggery & Grace. An associate of the Arts & Humanities in Healthcare Program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, he works with palliative care patients at UC hospital. He lives in Denver with his wife, Rohini.
New Pony: A Horse Less Anthology
edited by Erika Howsare & Jen Tynes
including work by Erik Anderson, Cynthia Arrieu-King & Kristi Maxwell, Sarah Bartlett & Emily Kendal Frey, Eric Baus & Seth Perlow, Sommer Browning & Brandon Shimoda, Adam Clay, Gary L. McDowell, and Brandon Shimoda, Julia Cohen & Mathias Svalina, Thomas Cook & Nate Slawson, Bruce Covey & Terita Heath-Wlaz, MTC Cronin & Peter Boyle, Mark DeCarteret, DZ Delgado & Sandy Florian, Jennifer K. Dick, Camille Dungy & Ravi Shankar, Annie Finch & Erika Howsare, Shawn Huelle & Jess Wigent, Kirk Keen, The Pines, Seth Perlow & Catherine Theis, Dani Rado, Andrea Rexilius & Susan Scarlata, Kate Schapira, Paul Siegell, Justin Taylor & Bill Hayward, and William Walsh.
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Jessica Comola is from Austin, Texas. She received her MFA from the University of Mississippi. She currently lives, teaches, and co-hosts the Trobar Ric Reading Series in Oxford, MS. Her previous work has appeared in Anti-, Everyday Genius, Painted Bride Quarterly, The Journal, Smoking Glue Gun, and Eccolinguistics.
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Kris Hall is a Seattle, WA based writer and event coordinator for Da’daedal and Squash. His next chapbook, Notes for Xenos Vesparum (Shotgun Wedding), is forthcoming in the fall.
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Scott Hammer’s writing has appeared in many publications, including ILK Journal, La Petite Zine, The Baltimore Review, Poet Lore, NAP, and Smoking Glue Gun. He currently teaches English at an Independent School in New Jersey.
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Jenny Drai has lived all over the place and worked every odd job imaginable. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in American Letters and Commentary, Denver Quarterly, New American Writing, Omniverse, and The Volta, as well as in many other journals. A chapbook, The New Sorrow is Less than the Old Sorrow, is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press, and a novel, Fear of Endings, was recently named a finalist in the Subito Press Prose Prize. She currently resides in Vancouver, Washington, and has just finished a second novel.
Nikki Wallschlaeger’s work has been featured in DecomP, Esque, Word Riot, Spork, Great Lakes Review, Horse Less Review, Storyscape Journal, Deluge (forthcoming), Coconut (forthcoming), & others. She is also the author of the chapbook THE FROGS AT NIGHT (Shirt Pocket Press). She lives in Milwaukee, WI and you can reach her at http://www.nikkiwallschlaeger.com.
Eleni Sikelianos is the author of nine previous books; most recent are The Loving Detail of the Living & the Dead and You Animal Machine. The work in this chapbook is part of a work in progress probing histories and notions of happiness, survival, autopoiesis, and extinction.
Mutations for Jenny
Lisa Cattrone lives in California. She received her B.A. in philosophy and MFA in poetry from Saint Mary’s College of California where she also studied drama and dance. She has work most recently or forthcoming in Chicago Review, Lemon Hound, The Claudius App, Gulf Coast, The Denver Quarterly, Volt, The Volta, Fourteen Hills, EOAGH, West Wind Review, and Scythe.
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Jennifer Denrow is the author of California. She lives in Colorado.
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Travis & JenMarie Macdonald
Travis Macdonald is a copywriter by day, editor by night and a poet in between. He is the author of two full-length collections (The O Mission Repo [vol. 1] and N7ostradamus) as well as several chapbooks. JenMarie Macdonald manages an ashram and is the author of Sometime Soon Ago (Shadow Mountain 2009).
Travis & JenMarie live in Philadelphia with their miniature dachsund Estelle Getty. Together, they publish Fact-Simile Editions, a micropress dedicated to the creation of handmade poetic artifacts.
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Annah Browning’s poems have recently appeared in Nashville Review, The Superstition Review, Anti-, Handsome Journal, The Southeast Review, and elsewhere. Born and raised in upstate South Carolina, she now lives in Chicago, where she is pursuing her Ph.D. in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois-Chicago.
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Paige Taggart is a Northern Californian and currently resides in Brooklyn & is the author of three chapbooks: DIGITAL MACRAME, Polaroid Parade, and The Ice Poems. In 2014, her first two full-length collections will be published: Want for Lion (Trembling Pillow Press) and Or Replica (Brooklyn Arts Press). She works as a full-time jewelry production manager & additionally makes her own jewelry (mactaggartjewelry.com).
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Chad Scheel lives in Scottsbluff, NE with his wife and son. He is the author of a chapbook, Caught a Bad One (Horse Less Press 2012). Poems have most recently appeared in the Horse Less Review #14, Snow Monkey, and Upstairs at Duroc.
Jen McCreary’s new full-length collection, & now my feet are maps, is forthcoming from Dusie Press in 2013. Other works include ab ovo (Dusie Press), a doctrine of signatures (Singing Horse Press), & Odyssey & Oracle (Least Weasel Press). She lives in Philadelphia, where she co-edits ixnay press & was recently named a 2013 Pew Fellow in the Arts for poetry.
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Megan Burns is the publisher at Trembling Pillow Press (tremblingpillowpress.com) and edits the poetry magazine Solid Quarter (solidquarter.blogspot.com). She has two books Memorial + Sight Lines (2008) and Sound and Basin (2013) published by Lavender Ink. She has two recent chapbooks: irrational knowledge (Fell Swoop Press, 2012) and a city/ bottle boned (Dancing Girl Press, 2012). Her “30 Days of Weezy” project can be found at RapGenius.com.
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Bernd Sauermann teaches writing, literature, and film at Hopkinsville Community College in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. He is also the poetry editor of Whole Beast Rag, an online (and sometimes print) journal of art, ideas, and literature. He’s had poems, stories, and photographs published in The McSweeney’s Book of Poets Picking Poets, McSweeney’s, Southern Indiana Review, New Orleans Review, Nimrod, Poet Lore, The Kansas Quarterly Review of Literature, Leveler, Mad Hat Review, eRatio, Vinyl Poetry, and many other publications. His first full-length collection, Seven Notes of a Dead Man’s Song, will be published in the coming year by Mad Hat Press.
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Jess Rowan’s heart is the shape of the west coast & the east coast dancing in a blender. She currently lives & writes in the frost heaves of Maine.
Erin McNellis is the author of Impossible Loves, a book of essays published by Rock Paper Tiger Press in 2011. Poems and prose have appeared in Imaginary Syllabi (ed. Jane Sprague, Palm Press, 2011), Horse Less Review, Noö Journal, The Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory, and Hysteria (ed. Jennifer Savran, Luna Sea Press, 2003). She lives in Long Beach, CA and blogs intermittently about literature and pop culture at http://uncomplicatedly.wordpress.com.
Maurice Burford lives & writes in Bangor, Maine and is the poetry editor for HOUSEFIRE Publishing. His work has recently appeared in Horseless Review, Shampoo, & Juked. He is also the the author of the chapbooks Rimbaud’s / Poems (Grey Book Press, 2012) and w/ Jess Rowan Prithee (Abraham Lincoln Press, 2010).
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Laura Goldstein’s poetry and essays have appeared or are forthcoming from the Denver Quarterly, American Letters and Commentary, Jacket2, How2, and other fine publications. She is the author of six chapbooks, and her first full-length collection of poetry, loaded arc, will be released by Trembling Pillow Press in Summer 2013. Performances of her work have been documented in the Emergency Index by Ugly Duckling Presse. She currently teaches at Loyola University and co-curates the Red Rover Series with Jennifer Karmin in Chicago.
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Tony Mancus is the author of two other chapbooks: Bye Land (Greying Ghost Press) and Bye Sea (Tree Light Books). In 2008, he and Sommer Browning co-founded Flying Guillotine Press. Some of his poems and reviews have appeared in Verse, Phantom Limb, Sink Review, Salt Hill, The Fiddleback, H_ngm_n, Diagram, PANK, and elsewhere. He works as a quality assurance specialist and a writing instructor just outside Washington D.C.
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Merrill Gilfillan’s first books of poems –in fact, chapbooks– appeared in 1970. Maybe another dozen or so since, as well as two short story collections and several books of essays engaging various American landscapes and spoor. A native of Ohio, he has lived in the West for thirty-some years.
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Erika Howsare lives in Virginia, where she wears hats including mother, journalist, and birth doula. Her full-length manuscript, How Is Travel a Folded Form?, was a finalist for the Besmilr Brigham Women Writers Award in 2012.
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Molly Brodak is the author of A Little Middle of the Night (University of Iowa Press, 2010) and the chapbook The Flood (Coconut Books, 2012). She lives in Atlanta.
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Honeybabe, Don’t Leave Me Now
Nathan Hauke was born and raised in rural Michigan. His first book, In the Marble of Your Animal Eyes, is forthcoming from Publication Studio. He is also the author of chapbooks S E W N (Horse Less Press 2011) and In the Living Room (Lame House Press 2010). His poetry has most recently been published in Coconut, Dusie, E-Ratio, Momoware, Spork, and TYPO. Two of his poems, “Deerfield (1)” and “A Surface. A Shore of Semi-transparencey of Glass,” were selected to be a part of The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral anthology that GC Waldrep and Joshua Corey edited for Ahsahta Press (2012).
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C.D. Wright was born and raised in the Arkansas Ozarks. She is the author of more than a dozen books, most recently, One With Others: a little book of her days which was a finalist for the National Book Award, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Leonore Marshall Prize. She teaches at Brown University and lives outside of Providence.
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Jen Tynes lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan and edits Horse Less Press. Recent publications include chapbooks from DoubleCross Press, Projective Industries, and Dancing Girl Press. Hunter Monies was written during her first year in Michigan as part of a personal orientation project that involved a lot of walking in the woods and some sleeping on the dunes.
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Out-of-print chapbooks include Up the Shinbone Superlatives by Emily Carr, Terrible + Powerful + Wondrous by Aubrie Marrin, Caught a Bad One by Chad Scheel, Hornbook by Jeffrey Hecker, TRISM by Rebecca Loudon, Coleman Hawkins Ornette Coleman by Norma Cole, May Apple Deep by Michael Sikkema, Deseret by Kirsten Jorgenson, SEWN by Nathan Hauke, Dirt City Lions by Shelly Taylor, Fig 1. by Karen Lepri, I Could Jump Through the Keyhole in Your Door by Michael Sikkema, A Knee for a Life by Jennifer Denrow, Citizen Jane (-X) Trains for Many Different Kinds of Careers by Daniela Olszewska, The Constitution by Brian Foley, ATM by Christopher Salerno, The Werld by Claire Becker, Anemic Cinema by Thomas Cook, To Be Human is To Be a Conversation by Andrea Rexilius, Shadows Are Weather by Allison Carter, Toward Eadward Forward by Emily Abendroth, A Mule-Shaped Cloud by Chris Tonelli & Sarah Bartlett, Vale Tudo by Sommer Browning, The Photograph by Sampson Starkweather, At Last Unfolding Congo by Alex Lemon, The Julias by Boyd Spahr, Surveyic Hero by Jack Boettcher, Fog Quartets by Julie Doxsee, [Summer_insular] by Justin Marks, Lyric by C.S. Carrier, Phoenix Memory by Kate Schapira, Abraham Lincoln’s Death Scene by Zachary Schomburg, Wind is Wind and Rain is Rain by Brynne, Cinephrastics by Kathleen Ossip, Is Holy by Matthew Henriksen, If Fire, Arrival by Julia Cohen, Canoe by Adam Clay, Winter Constellations by Nate Pritts, Egg Breakfast by Tyler Carter, Ode to Pumpsie Green & Stretch Phillips by Adam Tobin, Elect June Grooms by Erika Howsare, and Found in Nature by Jen Tynes.