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SPD 
 
is proud to present
 
~*NEW AND FORTHCOMING*~
 selected titles from our Spring catalogue
 
 
The Maze of Transparencies
(Ellipsis Press, 2019)
By Karen An-hwei Lee
 
"A former data cloud narrates the story of its creator, Yang, a former tech elite after a digital shutdown collapses the technocracy and discorporates vast clouds of data, as he undertakes a journey to find, among the ruins of the mezzopolis, the seven harbingers of happiness. But this cloud is also a poet, which is to say, LEE'S WRITING DAZZLINGLY ILLUMINATES THE INNER LIFE OF DATA... This is a polyglot guide to existential collapse, a multivalent antiserum for the promises of technological progress. WE NEED THIS BOOK." - Evelyn Hampton

 

MORELIA

(Solid Objects, 2019)
By Renee Gladman
 
"How does Renee Gladman manage to make language different from itself? How does she make space different from itself too? In this short novel there is an expansive mystery, but I don't think it exists to be solved. There is 'Bze,' but there is also fried fish. There is a city with structures in it that multiply or are 'half-articulated,' where climate dictates how the city's inhabitants move. MORELIA is exquisite. And Gladman is, easily, one of the most intriguing and important writers of our time." - Amina Cain

 
Woodland
(Entre Rios Books, 2019)
By Knox Gardner and Aaron Otheim (Musician) 
 
 Started during the early season fires of 2017 in British Columbia, written that burning year, and finished as the Camp Fire obliterated Paradise, California, the poems and music of WOODLAND blaze with anger. Broken and obsessive, lathing logging terminology and archaisms, the poems ricochet around the new reality of endless fires as the Climate Catastrophe unfolds and "lover & spruce/ rise up the mountain / contorted / for cooling / air-."

The book includes a new "score" by keyboardist Aaron Otheim. Burning the 19th-century parlor music of Edward MacDowell's Woodland Sketches, Otheim fractures the recognizable melodies of this arch-romantic work with both studio and post-recording manipulation to create a startling and darkly timbred composition.

Step Lightly
(Livingston Press, 2019)
By Kendall Klym 

 STEP LIGHTLY immerses readers in the exciting world of dance, grappling with meanings behind movement that define who we are and what we do with our lives. Challenging and expanding accepted definitions of dance, each of the fifteen short stories centers on physical movement as a driving force, placing characters in precarious situations and leading to unusual outcomes. The collection sports a diverse repertory, including a classic yet tragic tribute to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, a dance narrative designed as a multiple-choice quiz, and a recipe incantation that brings back the ghost of a famous ballerina. STEP LIGHTLY grapples with meanings behind movement that helps define who we are and what we do with our lives.



The Fireball Brothers

(Livingston Press, 2019)
By M David Hornbuckle
 
In 1959, two brothers in Alabama are swimming in a pond when a fireball hits the water and they become fused together. When a New Orleans doctor claims he can help, they travel throughout the Southeast playing music. What they discover is as astonishing as their condition. An entertaining and informative trek through Southern Americana, including race relations, jazz, rock and roll, con-artists, the Red Scare, and the just blooming space race.

 
JOHNNY ALLAN

(Dr. Cicero Books, 2019)
By John M Keller

Alan and Amelia, a British couple in their early thirties, move to Queens in New York and, in their apartment building, come across Allan, a twenty-something of Guinean roots who quickly becomes for them the exemplar of American youth: aimless, photogenic...looking for meaning in a world that seems to have already happened. After dropping his cell phone and shattering its screen, Allan decides not to replace it, a decision that leads to his beginning to reject some of the things his generation treats as sacred: chiefly, their penchant for "merging self-documentation and experience...having decided they prefer life flat to round." In the spirit of The Great Gatsby, in JOHNNY ALLAN, Keller paints a new portrait of America and a new Lost Generation, a carnival of sensory delights, music, misapprehension and beauty.



Pulver Maar

(Black Ocean, 2019)
By Zachary Schomburg

In Zachary Schomburg's own words, PULVER MAAR "is a collection of poems written between 2014 and 2018. Some of the poems are long, and some of them are short." These are every bit the poems you've come to dream of, long for, and expect from Schomburg, where clouds fall in love and Bob the Buoy bobs in the center of the sea. They are playful but not all play; they carry a humanity and an acute awareness of what it is to try to make a life, whether you're a mountain or dust or just a human.  



Fossils in the Making

(Black Ocean, 2019)
By Kristin George Bagdanov

In her debut collection, Kristin George Bagdanov offers a collection of poems that want to be bodies and bodies that want to be poems. This desire is never fulfilled, and the gap between language and world worries and shapes each poem. FOSSILS IN THE MAKING presents poems as feedback loops, wagers, and proofs that register and reflect upon the nature of ecological crisis. They are always in the making and never made. Together these poems echo word and world, becoming and being. This book ushers forward a powerful and engaged new voice dedicated to unraveling the logic of poetry as an act of making in a world that is being unmade.
 
 
 
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