To begin with, since it’s April 1st: Happy National Poetry Month! In honor of the occasion Carrie Murphy and Birds of Lace bring you:
A website where we’ll be posting a poem/poet a day, plus a recommendation from the poet of a book of poems they’ve loved. Check in with us everyday here; Nicole Steinberg kicked us off today!
Did you know that Jeanine Deibel’s In the Grave is out NOW?
Boys boys boys, in the grave and in each other’s faces, pummeling and beating and traversing the land like they once owned it and mean to take it back with bloody fists or at least pretend to, or at least leave it scarred up and sweaty for the meek to inherit.
“After beating those boys after punching their faces with bats until the idea of face became blurry after huffing clouds against the sky doubled over we debated whether to drag them out of sight or bury our boots between slats of rib taking turns until we were forced to stop from the coughing to catch our breath and leave. We would come back for them Ty told me we would clean up our mess but that rarely happened.”
Purchase In the Grave here. Coming later this month: Carrie Hunter’s Inversion Twilight.
& now for news:
-Birds of Lace participated in a women publishers roundtable at Delirious Hem, curated by Kristina Marie Darling. Also on the panel are dancing girl press, Patasola Press, Noctuary Press, Switchback Books, and Sundress Publications. Read parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.
-all BoL poetry chapbooks are $3 for the entirety of April! Get ‘em at the shop
-Judy Berman and Niina Pollari’s awesome It’s Complicated project, which looks at problematic artists/art and the feminists who enjoy them, has just released it’s first zine in the series, Totally Crushed Out. This zine has these rad essays:
Nona Willis Aronowitz on Eminem
Brooklyn Copeland on Marlon Brando
Elisabeth Donnelly on The Afghan Whigs
Nina Mashurova on Charles Bukowski
Tom Ribitzky on the men of Ayn Rand
Judy Berman on Glam Rock
Order it here! And read an interview with the editors here.
-Speaking of Niina Pollari, her excellent/sick/funny translations of Tyitti Heikkinen’s poetry, The Warmth of the Taxidermied Animal, is out now from Action Books. Get your copy here.
-If you didn’t make it to the Dancing Birds Brunch at AWP ’13, JD Scott recaps it for your convenience here.
-Carrie Murphy has a new poem in Big Lucks and another at The Bakery
-Rohin Guha wrote about the Bechdel test as applied to some of your favorite tv shows
-Carina Finn has a poem in the new issue of Coconut
-and finally, Bambi Muse reviewed Anna Joy Springer’s The Birdwisher