Archives for February, 2017

Duet

Two of our most celebrated poets, Dorianne Laux and Joseph Millar, weave together poems about music in a chapbook that riffs on the theme of the title; the poems move forward on unnumbered pages, two voices singing.
 
Two covers too – so when you order email us to let us know which one you want – the blue, or the red and yellow.
               

Duet is the ­ first publication by Jacar Press in the Greatest Hits series. This chapbook series was founded by editor Jennifer Bosveld at Pudding House Press nearly two decades ago. It was acquired by Sammy Greenspan of Kattywampus Press in 2010, and will now be published by Jacar Press under the editorship of David Rigsbee.

Gnomon

“After experience is done teaching us just about everything it thinks it needs to teach us, we come back to desire, the one thing worth knowing.  This time around desire shows up as a wild calm, dead center of whatever picture in which we find ourselves.  These marvelous, subtle poems go deep, deep, deep into that wild calm.  So subtle, so moving!  I don’t believe anyone but Cynthia Huntington could have written them.”
— David Rivard

An Elegy

“Difficult as it is to describe honestly the spectacle of living, to describe death and dying is to go almost where language can’t: past knowledge, experience, or the reliable image. Yet what An Elegy achieves, through its own assured music, is this very contradiction: to go ‘in places where you never were,’ to honor the dead as well as to reimagine them, knowing that grief is as much the mind’s ‘calculus of human work’ as it is the heart’s. Here are words worth their urgency.”

— Rickey Laurentiis, Boy with Thorns, winner 2016 Levis Reading Prize