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SPD 
 
is proud to present
 
~*NEW AND FORTHCOMING*~
 selected titles from our Fall catalogue
 
 
 
 Obtuse Diary
(Entre Rios Books, 2018)
By Amelia Rosselli, trans. Deborah Woodard, Roberta Antognini & Dario De Pasq 
 
  OBTUSE DIARY, published in 1990 as Diario Ottuso, is a collection of three "rational" prose experiments by one of Italy's most distinctive post-war poets. These early texts (1954-1968) by Amelia Rosselli reveal an "unintentional unity" through trilingual wordplay, experiments in syntactic structure, and the music possible in prose. The texts are deeply personal, awkward, and often startling - never simply a diary or an autobiography. Rosselli reclaims Italian on her own terms as she grapples with her felt experience as a "refugee." This bilingual edition includes an audio download of selections read in both Italian and English by translators Dario De Pasquale and Deborah Woodard.

"The three texts reveal that experimenting in prose is what attracts me: it is equally true and likely that more can be said in prose than in poetry, which is often mannerist or decorative." - Amelia Rosselli

 

Crossing Haight-San Francisco poems

(Jambu Press, 2018)
By Virginia Barrett 

 A probing, inventive collection from a poet deeply connected to San Francisco, a city famed for its vibrant literary tradition, this volume evokes a defiant peacefulness and optimism amidst a rapidly changing urban landscape.

 

Letters to the Future: Black Women/Radical Writing

(Kore Press, 2018)
By Erica Hunt and Dawn Lundy Martin, Editors 

A collection of poems, essays, elder conversations, and visual works, LETTERS TO THE FUTURE: BLACK WOMEN / RADICAL WRITING, celebrates temporal, spatial, formal, and linguistically innovative literature. The anthology collects late-modern and contemporary work by Black women from the United States, England, Canada, and the Caribbean-work that challenges readers to participate in meaning making. Because one contextual framework for the collection is "art as a form of epistemology," the writing in the anthology is the kind of work driven by the writer's desire to radically present, uncovering what she knows and does not know, as well as critically addressing the future.
 

 

Temporary Monuments: Work by Rosemary Mayer, 1977-1982

(Soberscove Press, 2018)
By Marie Warsh & Max Warsh, Editors

Rosemary Mayer (1943-2014) was a prolific artist, writer, and critic, who entered the New York art scene in the late 1960s. By the early 1970s, she became known both for her large-scale fabric sculptures-inspired by the lives of historical women-and her involvement in the feminist art movement. As the decade progressed, Mayer gravitated away from sculpture as a fixed form and the gallery as the primary setting for experiencing art. In 1977, she began to create ephemeral outdoor installations using materials such as balloons, snow, paper, and fabric. Mayer called these projects "temporary monuments," and she intended for them to celebrate and memorialize individuals and communities through their connections to place, time, and nature.

TEMPORARY MONUMENTS: WORK BY ROSEMARY MAYER, 1977-1982 is the first comprehensive presentation of this body of work



Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California

(Scarlet Tanager Books, 2018)
By Lucille Lang Day and Ruth Nolan, Editors 

"The battles environmentalists fight on land, in the legislatures, or in the courts are won or lost first in the human imagination, and the range, depth, and vitality of this selection of poems will take the imagination by storm. As Steve Kowit says in his poem 'Raven': 'Forgive me, / sweet earth, for not being shaken more often / out of the heavy sleep of the self. Wake up! / Wake up! scolds the raven, sailing off / over the canyon. Wake up! Wake up! Wake up!' These poems will indeed wake us up." - Malcolm Margolin  

 

NOS (disorder, not otherwise specified)

(Futurepoem Books, 2018)
By Aby Kaupang and Matthew Cooperman

"NOS is a book any parent of a child on the autism spectrum will recognize themselves in. In it are recorded our uncertainty, and our alienation, and our love, and our love, and our joy. But it is also art, primarily and always so, and often shines with a beauty that is painful to see and more painful to ignore-indeed, NOS does all that can be asked of art: it expands human understanding of humanity itself." - Shane McCrae  

 

Collapse

(Nomadic Press, 2018)
By Cassandra Dallett

Poetry. California Interest. COLLAPSE is a doomed love, temporary, free on bond, haunted by rage and regret, fueled by Hip-Hop beats, and clinging like the remains of the Ghost Ship fire-with the world burning around us, it is time and place, politics and anarchy, connection for the broken.  



Hider/Seeker

(Anvil Press, 2018)
By Jen Currin

HIDER/SEEKER is the debut fiction collection from award-winning poet Jen Currin. These stories are about addiction and meditation, relationships and almost-relationships, solitude and sexuality. They take place in cafes, in snowy woods, on city street corners, and at Zen retreats-where conversations happen in the margins of books and filthy shoes are treated with reverence. Ex-wives reunite only to be confronted with their past; an aunt believes she has made a heartbreaking discovery about her niece; a seemingly never-ending hysterical pregnancy becomes the talk of a cafe. These stories are always unflinchingly honest in their portrayal of relationships-in particular the relationships of the book's lgbtq+ characters-as they navigate change, spirituality, and sex. Currin welcomes the reader into the complicated lives of her characters and invites them to stay.  

 
 
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