Your 2017 
It's almost that time of year again - the non-denominational holiday season - or as we like to call it here at SPD, Solstice Season. This year, we've tried to take it literally - after all, what's not to like about stars - starfish, Star Wars, big Hollywood stars, starred Publisher Weekly Reviews.. just kidding.
But really though, when we started thinking about it, we're all just lonely individual stars that work best in constellation with each other. And since every year we try to put together a sale list that reflects not only what people want to read, but what they might want to read together, what they might like to share, we thought we'd ask some friends of SPD to put together some book-constellations that are important to them.

We're so happy to prioritize books important to your communities. So, if you feel like recommending us 5 SPD books based on a CONSTELLATION of your choice, we're happy to put it on sale. Simply email with the name of your constellation and your book list and she'll get it up. A full list of constellations is easily accessible here.

all books 
  Shiv Kotecha recommends:
Fornax, the Chemical Furnace
The Mausoleum of Lovers: Journals 1976-1991
(Nightboat Books, 2014)
By Herve Guibert
 The Old Philosopher
(Nightboat Books, 2016)
By Vi Khi Nao
The Good Life
(Big Lucks Books, 2016)
By Brandon Brown 
Scott Burton: Collected Writings on Art and Performance, 1965-1975
(Soberscove Press, 2012)
By Scott Burton 
Brenda Iijima recommends:
Corvus, The Crow
 ""Grief songs born of catastrophe; imperial and colonial menacing, ecological devastation, volatile proliferations, multitudinous worldings, mental-spiritual dissonance, cosmic betrayal, dark matter and radiation, tender witness, coping strategies, aftermaths..."
Bridge of the World
(Litmus Press, 2017)
By Roberto Harrison 
Hotel abc
(Nightboat Books, 2016)
By Susan Gevirtz 
Wild Grass on the Riverbank
(Action Books, 2015)
By Hiromi Ito 
Snail Poems
(Krupskaya, 2016)
By Eric Sneathen 
Irradiated Cities
(Les Figues Press, 2017)
By Mariko Nagai 
Field Theories
(Nightboat Books, 2017)
By Samiya Bashir 
Andrew Colarusso recommends: 
Circinus, the Compasses
Triste Tristan
(Burning Deck, 2017)
By Rosmarie Waldrop (Translator), Laura Marris (Translator), Paol Keineg 
Field Glass
(Sidebrow Books, 2017)
By Joanna Howard and Joanna Ruocco 
Once More With Feeling
(Veliz Books, 2017)
By Tina Cane 
(Wave Books, 2016)
By Renee Gladman 
The Somnambulist
(Horse Less Press, 2016)
By Lara Mimosa Montes 
Aaron Shurin recommends:
 Lepus, the Hare
or, a constellation of illustrious former students
As Yet
(Chax Press, 2013)
By Todd Baron 
(The Post-Apollo Press, 2007)
By Steve Dickison 
Songs from the Astral Bestiary
(lyric& Press, 2014)
By Tiff Dressen 
A Dark Ordinary
(Furniture Press Books, 2016)
By Susanne Dyckman 
(Rescue Press, 2013)
By Todd Melicker 
Astrid Lorange recommends: 
Corona Australis, the Southern Crown
Anti-Humboldt: A Reading of the North American Free Trade Agreement
(Litmus Press/Aldus Editorial, 2015)
By Hugo Garcia Manriquez 
Heaven Is All Goodbyes
(City Lights Publishers, 2017)
By Tongo Eisen-Martin 
Prose Architectures
(Wave Books, 2017)
By Renee Gladman 
(Ithuriel's Spear, 2013)
By Robert Gluck 
Bonnie Chau recommends:
Pisces, the Fish
Third-Millennium Heart
(Action Books / Broken Dimanche Press, 2017)
By Katrine Ogaard Jensen (Translator), Ursula Andkjaer Olsen 
White Blight
(Argos Books, 2015)
By Athena Farrokhzad 
Cunt Norton
(Les Figues Press, 2013)
By Dodie Bellamy 
(Dorothy, a publishing project, 2015)
By Joanna Walsh 
The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind
(Fence Books, 2015)
By Claudia Rankine and Beth Loffreda, Editors 
Alli Warren recommends: 
Scorpio, the Scorpion 
gowanus atropolis
(Ugly Duckling Presse, 2011)
By Julian Talamantez Brolaski 
The Compleat Purge
(Kenning Editions, 2013)
By Trisha Low 
Coeur de Lion
(Fence Books, 2011)
By Ariana Reines 
(City Lights Publishers, 1998)
By Nathaniel Mackey 
Black Lavender Milk
(Timeless, Infinite Light, 2015)
By Angel Dominguez 
Works & Days
(Hard Press, 1998)
By Bill Luoma 
Alien Abduction
(Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015)
By Lewis Warsh 
Engram Wilkinson recommends:
Triangulum, the Triangle  
Ethical Consciousness
(Canarium Books, 2013)
By Paul Killebrew 
Meet Me Here at Dawn
(YesYes Books, 2016)
By Sophie Klahr 
North of Order
(YesYes Books, 2015)
By Nicholas Gulig 
(Fence Books, 2017)
By Wendy Xu 
(Canarium Books, 2014)
By Paul Killebrew 
Joey Yearous-Algozin recommends: 
Canis Minor, the Lesser Dog
As Artaud said: "All writing is dogshit, the shit of lesser dogs." 
(Make Now Press, 2015)
By Shiv Kotecha 
Book Abt Fantasy
(Roof Books, 2016)
By Chris Sylvester 
Okay, Okay
(Truck Books, 2012)
By Diana Hamilton 
Jobs of the Great Misery
(Skeleton Man, 2016)
By Aaron Winslow 
J. Gordon Faylor recommends:
Fornax, the Chemical Furnace
Democracy Is Not for the People
(Truck Books, 2012)
By Josef Kaplan 
Goodnight, Marie, May God Have Mercy on Your Soul
(Roof Books, 2017)
By Marie Buck 
Things To Do With Your Mouth
(Les Figues Press, 2014)
By Divya Victor 
someone's dead already
(Bootstrap Press, 2015)
By Tongo Eisen-Martin 
85% True/Minor Ecologies
(Skeleton Man, 2017)
By Kristen Gallagher 
Nicole Trigg recommends:
Gemini, the Twins
(BookThug, 2014)
By Erin Moure and Chus Pato 
Theseus: A Collaboration
(BookThug, 2014)
By bpNichol and Wayne Clifford 
The Instead: A Conversation Between Emily Abendroth and Miranda Mellis
(Carville Annex Press, 2016)
By Miranda Mellis and Emily Abendroth 
Fabulas Feminae
(Litmus Press, 2015)
By Susan Bee and Johanna Drucker 
(Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015)
By Dolores Dorantes & Rodrigo Flores Sanchez 
Bridget Talone recommends:
Equuleus, the Pony
Aim at the Centaur Stealing Your Wife
(Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015)
By Jennifer Nelson
"What is your animal life / Asks your wagon wheel while you / Aim at the centaur stealing your wife / It could be a kind residue"
Dead Horse
(Birds, LLC, 2015)
By Niina Pollari
 "Without you / The killing night comes down / Like a horse from heaven // I am sitting on it like a divan"
(Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2010)
By Shane McCrae 
"Half donkey and half human being half horse / Half human being three halves which end is which"
The Green Ray
(Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015)
By Corina Copp
"It may not say so in the title but The Green Ray is an airy pasture for a MIRACLE MARE"
Tyrone Williams recommends:
Sculptor, the Sculptor
Bridge Of The World
(Litmus Press, 2017)
By Roberto Harrison 
Sappho's Gymnasium
(Nightboat Books, 2017)
By Olga Broumas & T Begley 
No Dictionary of a Living Tongue
(Nightboat Books, 2017)
By Duriel E Harris 
Of Mongrelitude
(Wave Books, 2017)
By Julian Talamantez Brolaski 
War Variations
(Otis Books | Seismicity Editions, 2016)
By Amelia Rosselli 
Lara Mimosa Montes recommends: 
Libra, the Scales
(Black Ocean, 2015)
By Tomaz Salamun
An Ethic
(Nightboat Books, 2013)
By Christina Davis 
Images for Radical Politics
(Rescue Press, 2016)
By Vanessa Jimenez Gabb 
The Activist
(Krupskaya, 2003)
By Renee Gladman 
Aaron Winslow recommends: 
Equuleus, or the Pony
I chose the constellation Equuleus, which is Latin for "little horse," or "foal", or, as I prefer, pony. It may be one of the smallest and faintest of the constellations, spanning only 72 square degrees and also being very faint, but Equuleus the Pony is also one of the most important constellations. Why? Because it was one of the original 48 constellations listed by no less a figure than motherfucking Ptolemy in the goddamn 2nd century and it REMAINS one of the 88 modern constellations. Equuleus, the pony, is a survivor. A timeless classic, this constellation hangs on, through thick and thin, much like these SPD selections below, which also all happen to be exclusively about ponies. 
Goodnight, Marie, May God Have Mercy on Your Soul
(Roof Books, 2017)
By Marie Buck 
The surreal imagery of this book, which may or may not include equine figuration, screams "pony" to me. 
Plato's Closet
(Roof Books, 2016)
By Lawrence Giffin 
I think you know what's inside Plato's Closet. That's right. Ponies. 
23 Women to Kiss Before You Die
(Make Now Press, 2014)
By Diana Hamilton 
More like "23 Ponies to Kiss Before You Die." 
(Make Now Press, 2015)
By Shiv Kotecha
The intriguing part of Extrigue is that if you look at it and squint you will see the shape of a pony in the pages. Like a magic eye poster. 
Of Being Dispersed
(Futurepoem Books, 2016)
By Simone White 
Even though this book plays with a variety of forms and voices, each poem invariably returns to ponies. Which is what I love about it. Five out of five ponies.  
Brandon Brown recommends:
Cancer, the Crab

Heaven Is All Goodbyes
(City Lights Publishers, 2017)
By Tongo Eisen-Martin 

MacArthur Park
(Nightboat Books, 2017)
By Andrew Durbin
The Old Philosopher
(Nightboat Books, 2016)
By Vi Khi Nao 
Of Mongrelitude
(Wave Books, 2017)
By Julian Talamantez Brolaski 

There You Are
Wave Books
By Joanne Kyger, Cedar Sigo (Editor) 
Nick Johnson recommends:
Lyra, the Harp 
(Nomadic Press, 2016)
By MK Chavez
(Nomadic Press, 2016)
By Peter Thomas Bullen 
Love, Robot
(The Operating System, 2017)
By Margaret Rhee 
Dancing in Odessa
(Tupelo Press, 2004)
By Ilya Kaminsky 
No Dictionary of a Living Tongue
(Nightboat Books, 2017)
By Duriel E Harris 
Joel Tomfohr recommends:
Octans, the Instrument
I chose a constellation that can be seen in the southern hemisphere during the month of October, Octans. It was discovered by the French astronomer, Nicolas Louis de Lacaille in 1752 during a trip to the Cape of Good Hope. He named it after a navigational tool, the octant, or the octant de reflexion (the reflecting octant), the precursor to the sextant. The octant was invented by an English mathematician, John Gadkey, in 1730. So, what does this all lead to? One amazing list of books that have captivated my imagination! The books below explore mathematics, night, reflections on black power, dreams and time, and the variegated notions of living in autumn in Beirut. 
To Live in Autumn
(The Backwaters Press, 2014)
By Zeina Hashem Beck 
Redefining Black Power: Reflections on the State of Black America
(City Lights Publishers, 2012)
By Joanne Griffith, Editor 
There Will Be No More Good Nights Without Good Nights
(Bull City Press, 2017)
By Laura van den Berg 
An Elegy for Mathematics
(Bull City Press, 2017)
By Anne Valente 
The French Exit
(Birds, LLC, 2010)
By Elisa Gabbert 
Khaty Xiong recommends: 
Musca, the Fly 
(Sidebrow Books, 2017)
By Ginger Ko 
(Action Books, 2016)
By Jane Wong 
(Subito Press, 2017)
By Maxine Chernoff 
Set to Music a Wildfire
(Southern Indiana Review Press, 2017)
By Ruth Awad 
A Mere Rica
(Chax Press, 2017)
By Linh Dinh 
Diana Hamilton recommends:
Ursa Major, the Great Bear 
 I reflected on the spirit of October, "spookiness," from a party in a converted classroom at PS1, with the attendant hellish high school flashbacks. Specifically, this took me back to the planetarium in Terre Haute, Indiana, where I first learned of constellations (and where someone took me on a suss date to see a Pink Floyd laser show), rather than from the sky itself. This led me to chose the most basic of constellations, The Big Dipper, which turns out not to be a constellation at all, but an asterism made of seven of the stars of The Great Bear-identified by many peoples and times as a she-bear, but in Roman Mythology, specifically as a "nymph of Diana" turned into a bear by Jupiter's jealous wife.
Tender Data
(Birds, LLC, 2015)
By Monica McClure 
The Good Life
(Big Lucks Books, 2016)
By Brandon Brown 
MacArthur Park
(Nightboat Books, 2017)
By Andrew Durbin 
(Make Now Press, 2015)
By Shiv Kotecha 
Alan Felsenthal recommends:
  Dorado, or the Dolphinfish
Proxies: Essays Near Knowing
(Nightboat Books, 2016)
By Brian Blanchfield 
Ripened Wheat
(The Bitter Oleander Press, 2015)
By Hai Zi, Translated By Ye Chun 
This House
(Scrambler Books, 2017)
By Ana Martins Marques, Translated By Elisa Wouk Almino 
The Quotations of Bone
(Copper Canyon Press, 2017)
By Norman Dubie 
Advice For Lovers
(City Lights, 2012)
By Julian Talamantez Brolaski 
Sara Jane Stoner recommends:
Sextans, the Sextant 
I Love It Though
(Nightboat Books, 2017)
By Alli Warren 
Prose Architectures
(Wave Books, 2017)
By Renee Gladman 
(Timeless, Infinite Light, 2017)
By alex cruse 
Cheer Up, Femme Fatal
(Action Books, 2016)
By Kim Yideum 
The Somnambulist
(Horse Less Press, 2016)
By Lara Mimosa Montes 
Joy of Missing Out
(Birds, LLC, 2017)
By Ana Bozicevic 
Dorothea Lasky recommends:
Monoceros, the Unicorn
Landscape with Sex and Violence
(YesYes Books, 2017)
By Lynn Melnick 
All My Heroes Are Broke
(C&R PRESS, 2017)
By Ariel Francisco 
Fort Not
(The Song Cave, 2017)
By Emily Skillings 
Beast Meridian
(Noemi Press, 2017)
By Vanessa Angelica Villarreal 
Human Achievements
(Birds, LLC, 2017)
By Lauren Hunter 
Sarah Rosenthal recommends:
the Pleiades, or Seven Sisters 
Sonata in K
(Ellipsis Press, 2017)
By Karen An-hwei Lee 
Gates & Fields
(Belladonna*, 2017)
By Jennifer Firestone 
Sorrortoothpaste Mirrorcream
(Action Books, 2014)
By Kim Hyesoon 
Hardly War
(Wave Books, 2016)
By Don Mee Choi 
Giraffes of Devotion
(Kore Press, 2016)
By Sarah Mangold 
Mg Roberts recommends:
Hydra, or The Water Snake 
Humanimal: A Project for Future Children
(Kelsey Street Press, 2009)
By Bhanu Kapil 
Four Year Old Girl
(Kelsey Street Press, 1998)
By Mei-mei Berssenbrugge 
Lyric Sexology Vol. 1
(Roof Books, 2014)
By Trish Salah 
The Empty Form Goes All the Way to Heaven
(Ahsahta Press, 2015)
By Brian Teare 
(Magic Helicopter Press, 2013)
By Feliz Lucia Molina 
Wendy Trevino recommends:
Orion, or The Giant Huntsman  
La Comandante Maya
(The Operating System, 2017)
By Rita Valdivia, Translated By Margaret Randall 
Heaven Is All Goodbyes
(City Lights Publishers, 2017)
By Tongo Eisen-Martin 
Other People's Comfort Keeps Me Up at Night
(Switchback Books, 2015)
By Morgan Parker 
Beast Meridian
(Noemi Press, 2017)
By Vanessa Angelica Villarreal 
The Easy Body
(Timeless, Infinite Light, 2017)
By Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta 
The Braid
(Krupskaya, 2016)
By Lauren Levin 

Andrea Lawlor recommends:
The Pleiades, or Seven Sisters

So the Pleiades is actually a star cluster, which is maybe the same as a constellation, maybe not. And also there are seven stars in the Pleiades, so I am stretching the boundaries of this constraint. Here you will find seven star-books, all clustered around the New Narrative, one of my favorite queer modes of writing:

(Nightboat Books, 2017)
by Dodie Bellamy and Kevin Killian, eds.
(Leon Works, 2007)
by Tisa Bryant
(O Books, 2003)
by kari edwards
(Atelos Books, 2008)
by Renee Gladman 
(Kaya Press, 2016)
R. Zamora Linmark
(Atelos, 1998)
by Pamela Lu
(Metonymy Press, 2016)
by Kai Cheng Thom
Kristen Gallagher recommends: 
Cassiopeia, or the Seated Queen
Cassiopeia, the Seated Queen. I once rowed way north through the thousand islands of northern Canada and spent a week on an island in absolute solitude, except for some moose. Directly overhead, close and bright: Cassiopeia. By the end of the week I worshipped at her feet. I now say I'm from the Island of W. The constellation is named after Cassiopeia, the queen of Ethiopia, which makes sense because I once lived on nothing but Ethiopian food for a period of six years. Every day I went to the same restaurant owned by the same family and ate the same thing, vegetarian platter and a Guinness.  
Book Abt Fantasy
(Roof Books, 2016)
By Chris Sylvester 
(Counterpath Press, 2016)
By Joey Yearous-Algozin 
23 Women to Kiss Before You Die
(Make Now Press, 2014)
By Diana Hamilton 
Jobs of the Great Misery
(Skeleton Man, 2016)
By Aaron Winslow 
La Comandante Maya : Rita Valdivia on the 50th Anniversary of the Death in Bolivia of Ernesto Che Guevara
(The Operating System, 2017)
By Margaret Randall (Translator), Rita Valdivia 
Patrick Durgin recommends:
Virgo, or the Virgin
The Desires of Mothers to Please Others in Letters
(Nightboat Books & SplitLevel Texts, 2017)
By Bernadette Mayer 
(Green Lantern Press, 2014)
By Lise Haller Baggesen 
(Roof Books, 2003)
By Hannah Weiner 
The Transformation
(Atelos, 2007)
By Juliana Spahr 
Time Slips Right Before Your Eyes
(Belladonna*, 2015)
By Erica Hunt 
Rena Rossenwasser recommends:
Cynus, or the Swan
Houses of Ravicka
(Dorothy, a publishing project, 2017)
By Renee Gladman 
The Men
(BookThug, 2006)
By Lisa Robertson
Flowers & Sky: Two Talks
(Entre Rios Books, 2017)
By Aaron Shurin 
(Kelsey Street Press, 2017)
By Ching-In Chen 
 Mike Young recommends: 
Antlia, or the Air Pump 
(The Song Cave, 2017)
By Rachel B Glaser 
 Perceived Distance from Impact
(Black Lawrence Press, 2017)
By Kamden Hilliard
Potted Meat
(Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2016)
By Steven Dunn 
Nobody Dancing
(Publishing Genius Press, 2016)
By Cheryl Quimba 
Brian Blanchfield recommends: 
Vulpecula, or the Fox
(Ugly Duckling Presse, 2017)
By Jacqueline Waters 
Dreaming of Ramadi in Detroit
(1913 Press, 2017)
By Aisha Sabatini Sloan 
(Leon Works, 2005)
By Mary Burger 
Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl
(Rescue Press, 2017)
By Andrea Lawlor 
Go Find Your Father/A Famous Blues
(Ricochet Editions, 2014)
By Harmony Holiday 
The Mandarin
(Fence Books, 2008)
By Aaron Kunin 
Ayame Keane-Lee recommends:
Pyxis, or the Mariner's Compass 
 A small and faint constellation, Pyxis Nautica lies on the plane of the Milky Way. Because of the meaning of its name, I picked a few books about navigating and orientating self in this big blue/green earth we live on.
(Octopus Books, 2017)
By Amy Lawless 
Outside People and Other Stories
(Inanna Publications, 2017)
By Mariam Pirbhai 
The Flowers in My Mothers' Name
(Nomadic Press, 2017)
By Philip Harris 
Some Beheadings
(Nightboat Books, 2017)
By Aditi Machado 
A Samurai's Pink House
(Inanna Publications, 2017)
By Sonia Saikaley 

Ed Steck recommends:
Draco, or the Dragon

Draco -- as the never setting constellation -- constant, with-depth, ever-where in its density. I chose books that are always there, or will always remain here -- as in always remaining on my bookshelf, and always remaining as reference, or as a tool. And since Draco, a dragon always visible in a place of ice, I chose books that have the ability to simultaneously freeze the reader in their density -- and to burn prior conceptions of experiencing art, or burning new paths to those experiences. 


(Atelos, 2003)
By Tan Lin 


(Letter Machine Editions, 2015)
By Alice Notley

The Battlefield Where the Moon Says I Love You

Lost Roads Publishers
By Frank Stanford 

Singing in Magnetic Hoofbeat: Essays, Prose Texts, Interviews and a Lecture 1991-2007

(Essay Press, 2012)
By Will Alexander


(Flood Editions, 2014)
By Ronald Johnson

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