Today, we are proud to feature Adrienne Novy, whose book Crowd Surfing With God drops from Half Mystic Press on August 21st. Adrienne was kind enough to make us a playlist of soft and tender songs, and we are thrilled to debut a never-before-seen poem of hers.
Editor-In-Chief Kanika Lawton spoke with Melissa Atkinson Mercer recently about her newest poetry collection, Knock (Half Mystic Press, 2018), the use of visceral, disturbing imagery, tongues as agency and voice, and who is allowed such agency and autonomy.
Kanika also reviewed Knock, a breathless, uncomfortable, and important collection of poems on depression, womanhood, voices, and darkness, churning and pulsing with both pain and angry, unflinching hope.
I first became aware of Alex Poppe’s searingly honest, painful, and yet, wryly humorous voice when I was reading fiction submissions for our fifth issue, Sanctum. “Refugees Got Talent,” a short story that follows Trahzia, a teenage girl residing in the Arbat Refugee Camp, tells of her hopes of a better life, of travelling through Europe like her father promised, while the boy she loves (who never loved her back) takes her virginity from behind a marketplace. Poppe’s prose is beautifully descriptive and harsh, expertly recoiling a refugee girl’s longings for love and happiness, as well as physical and emotional regret and pain. It was uncomfortable to read, and though “Refugees Got Talent” is a relatively short story, it stuck with me for many weeks after.
Dubbed "the first great Brexit novel", Ali Smith’s Autumn is a stunning piece of literature which captures the current feelings of the UK perfectly.
With powerful insights, emotional impact, and technical mastery, Pierce expresses the voice of disasters and survivors. At the same time, she reminds readers of the new beginnings awaiting us in the midst of destruction: “when a red sun rises out of a place / you never thought could house a sun.”
To call Lydia Havens’ first collection of poetry, Survive Like the Water, a tour de force is to acknowledge the driving vehicles behind its sea-soaked words: the body and how water, as both destroyer and caregiver, can drown us, revive us, and render us clean.
My introduction to the powerfully-tender and lovingly-fierce words of Topaz Winters’ poetic oeuvre came about by stumbling upon her self-published chapbook Heaven Or This, which created quite a stir on my Tumblr dashboard. And for very good reason.
If you crave the feeling of intimacy through poetry, you will love the newest publication from Button Poetry co-founder and two-time National Poetry Slam champion Sierra DeMulder. Her fourth book, Today Means Amen, derives its title from the spoken word poem that has received over a hundred thousand views on Button Poetry’s YouTube channel. Each poem invites us into DeMulder’s life in the way one converses with a confidant.
Ever receive a gift so beautiful, so touchingly simple and lovely, that you wind up feeling both a little embarrassed and breathless? This is the feeling you will experience when you get your hands on Anne Carson’s latest book of poetry, Float.