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LAURA E. J. MORAN is a performance poet and educator who, over the past twenty years, has toured the USA, Ireland, Canada, Mexico, and most recently Romania. She is the author of several collections of poetry: Improper Joy (2006, Stockport Flats), Live Bait (CD, Great Divide, 2005), and three one-woman poetry shows entitled Inhibition Exhibition (2006), Improper Joy: Live (2008), and Eden: The Dark Side of Paradise (2010). Her full-length play Last Words, inspired by the last words of the first one-hundred women legally executed in Colonial America has debuted in part at LouderArts Project in NYC and NACL Theatre in upstate NY. Laura was the curator of First Fridays Contemporary Author's Series in Narrowsburg, NY. In 2014, she co-founded Beautiful Traditions, LLC and created "CONFLUENCE" an oral traditions project which formalizes an on-going relationship with the people, places, and stories belonging to her valley community. She teaches at in the English Department at Lackawanna College.

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Desire Line| Laura E. J. Moran

Laura Moran’s Desire Line is a book of fragmentary texts – poetic lyric, prose-poem, one-act play, prose essay – that nevertheless assemble a whole way of experiencing the world. As she says, “The shard is the whole – no?”  Moran is a mental traveler, a writer in love with the sounds and sense of language, its plasticity and history that take us back to the beginnings of human time. On one level, she recognizes that memory is desire and memory is personal history and therefore memory is home. Her childhood is rich within her, but as a mature writer she knows how to connect past to present, describe the reciprocal arc of desire from then until now: “What you touch touches back.” It’s a living, momentary process: or as she says in the book’s final lines, “I first came to desire now./Always now.” If this were a book only of rich personal history, it would be enough, but Moran also explores the larger desire-lines and planes of human and planetary time…recalling our origins in the stars, in the oceans, in the earth elements, as well as in the watery womb.

 

LAURA NEUMAN grew up in San Francisco and currently lives in the Pacific Northwest. She/ze is the author of one chapbook, The Busy Life (Gazing Grain). Hir poems have appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Tinge, Fact-Simile, EOAGH, The Encyclopedia Project, and Troubling the Line: An Anthology of Trans & Genderqueer Poetry (Chax Press and Nightboat). She has also collaborated with dancers, and from 2007-2011 was a co-conspirator with The Workshop for Potential Movement. Laura has an MA in Poetry from Temple University and an MFA from the Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College.

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Stop the Ocean| Laura Neuman

Stop the Ocean drops us into a book without a beach on which to read it. Laura Neuman’s poems ask: what geometries of language make spaces in which to meet—however briefly—here, here? Desire answers as a story embedded within others as traces of what was said and done. This collection begins with the problem of locating a body in a landscape. Here, a speaker tries out elements of the shifting locus for a rotating cast of surrogate bodies, continually moving house.  Anything seen is fair game.  In each case, the test of home is relation.  Here, narration is many girls diving in a churning page exquisitely framed. Like the performers in the score of the forgotten dance, readers must shift from bodily context to another—warping, tearing and leaking toward presentness.

BELINDA KREMER, a native Californian, lives in Brooklyn, NY. Her poems have appeared in literary magazines such as Calyx and Fence; chapbooks and artists' books include blue: poems for new york, Field, All Begin Guy Walks into a Bar, and, most recently, Departure. Recent manuscripts include Vault/Cathedral and Get Ahold of You. A winner of the Hopwood Award and the Meijer Fellowship, she holds an M.F.A. in Poetry from the University of Michigan.  She teaches writing and literature, and is the poetry editor of CONFRONTATION: The Literary Magazine.  This is her first book. 

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Decoherence| Belinda Kremer

A quantum autobiography of “I,” DECOHERENCE tracks the unfolding, loss, and reconstitution of self, knowledge and object, and permeates the boundary—the artifice—between I and world. Using quantum physics, thermodynamics, and symbolic logic, Kremer wrenches us into the process of becoming. These pages are a visual analogue of the equation of being and “the continuous whiting-out / of not-being.” From broken symmetry and the Federation of Black Cowboys to the Sphinx and the freewheel, from our fears of losing an iPhone to humanity’s reduction “to 1,000 breeding pairs,” Kremer’s metaphors are as variegated as are her multiverses. DECOHERENCE speaks to the alienation of the 21st century soul and to the possibility of that soul’s reengagement. An incessant physical, geological, magnetic, astronomical, mathematical, and computational diction reminds us that we, and our known worlds, constantly decohere.

MELANIE NOEL grew up in Oregon and lives in Seattle, Washington, where she is a gardener and teaches workshops on synesthesia and imagination in parks, schools, and community centers. Her poems have appeared in Weekday, LVNG, The Volta and The Arcadia Project. She's also written poems for short films and installations, and co-curated APOSTROPHE, a dance, music, and poetry series, with musician Gust Burns and dancers Michèle Steinwald and Beth Graczyk.

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The Monarchs Melanie Noel

The Monarchs is a conversation. Pastoral field notes picnic with the voiceovers and subtitles of films and other forms to transform "the wet paper of the sky" into a techno-naturescape. Visual and aural, these textual sculptures transport readers from monarch groves to Mars. Any earthling's ear reenters the world anew after this read. Noel pollinates primary sources to produce a hybrid: medicinal, personal and pleasurable, these poems are lyric documentaries of an imagined reality. Welcome. Here, kings are unseated, and there is no apocalypse. "Loose little fists of apples and the moon" and "a perfume of opera" remain.

 

KATIE YATES grew up mostly in French West Africa with stints in India and Turkey and now finds herself in New Haven, Connecticut not a bad place to raise children. She has a DA from The University at Albany, an MFA from Naropa University and a BA from Carleton College which simply implies she’s well qualified to converse with a two-year old. She lives with her blended family in a brick house in the suburbs and looks for insight in Buddhist teachings as much as she can. She still considers the Pacific Northwest her home. She is the author of Morning Stories, High Watermark Salo[o]n Volume 3 Number 2.

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poem for the house | Katie Yates

Doorframes and daily “cutting into” breathlessness are the architecture of Katie Yates’ poem for the house. Lyric transport happens. Yates offers mustard balm, a humid room, her hand hesitating longer-than-necessary. These portals open and open then open again. Into what exactly? Human hearts. Unlawful lakes. Rest. Motion is choreographed with mental acuity and earnest generosity. This is a book to read to still oneself. This is a book to read to propel oneself. Yates offers a forgiving dock on which to anchor or launch. With tempered insistence, this poetry binds a child to her parents, a lover to another, danger to song. What accrues is an expansiveness that exceeds any room—a presence. A conference of birds. Hum along.

 

 

KATE SCHAPIRA is the author of three other books of poetry: TOWN (Factory School, Heretical Texts, 2010), The Bounty: Four Addresses (Noemi Press, 2011) and The Soft Place (forthcoming from Horse Less Press in 2012). She's also the author of chapbooks from Flying Guillotine, Horse Less, Cy Gist and Rope-A-Dope Presses, from Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, and forthcoming from dancing girl press. She co-curates the Publicly Complex Reading Series in Providence, RI, where she writes, teaches, and works as a Writer in the Schools.

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How We Saved the City | Kate Schapira

How We Saved the City examines gentrification, ghosts, and concurrent and successive cities in Kate Schapira’s chosen home of Providence, RI. Through a range of formal strategies and imagined dialogues, these poems raise urgent and timely questions: who decides what a city and its people need? Who has power, in various forms, to make real their versions of the city and themselves? Racketeers, artists, criminals, activists, profiteers and lovers cross and recross, build and rebuild the contested terrain of property, gender, habitation and change.

 

 

FRED MURATORI'S previously published poetry collections are Despite Repeated Warnings (BASFAL Books, 1994) and a chapbook, The Possible (State Street Press, 1988). His poems and prose poems have appeared in The Iowa Review, New American Writing, LIT, Sentence, Boston Review, Poetry, Denver Quarterly, Matrix, and many other journals and anthologies, including The Best American Poetry (Scribners, 1994) and The Best of the Prose Poem (White Pine Press, 2000). A recipient of poetry writing grants from the New York Foundation on the Arts and the Constance H. Saltonstall Foundation, he is a graduate of the Creative Writing Program at Syracuse University, and is currently the Bibliographer for English-Language Literature, Theater, and Film at the Cornell University Library.

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The Spectra | Fred Muratori

If what you relish about thought is its heft, velocity, its unpredictability, then Fred Muratori's The Spectra will transport you. Visceral particulars—Batman, buzzsaws, wax-lustered cars, beef, and, yes, even Roy Orbison—propel readers beyond finitude in blunt cascades of 15 lines. Enjambments facilitate speed, precariousness, volatility while asking: "What if everything we think, from first synaptic spark to the last, is one thought, continuously digressive?" Parsed out in 13 syllables per line, life besieges readers as Muratori charts the source of the unsayable. Locomotion and elocution bring us to life's brim, to the subliminal spectra therein. One could cite Kant, Leibnitz and Wittgenstein to explain how Muratori twists conventional notions of meaning formation. The poet himself tips his hat to Wallace Stevens and others who fall into consciousness—Dupin, Bronk, Dahlberg, and Zukofsky. The Spectra's thoughts-about-thought clang and balk, surprising us all.

 

 

DEBORAH POE is the author of Elements, Our Parenthetical Ontology (CustomWords 2008) and several chapbooks--most recently The Sensual Infrastructure (also published with Stockport Flats Press in 2006). Her writing has recently appeared in journals such as Colorado Review, Sidebrow, Ploughshares, Filter Literary Journal, Denver Quarterly and Copper Nickel as well as in the anthologies A Sing Economy (Flim Forum 2008) and Fingernails Across the Chalkboard: Poetry and Prose on HIV/AIDS From the Black Diaspora (Third World Press 2007). Deborah is assistant professor of English at Pace University and fiction editor of the international online journal of the arts, Drunken Boat. For more about her, visit www.deborahpoe.com.

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Elements |Deborah Poe

Deborah Poe's Elements lyrically enacts structures and histories of 39 elements. Poe's experimental tactics bring "Phosphorus (P)" and "Calcium (C)" alive with the rigor of a scholar and the precision of a musician. Her visual play is as captivating as the politics of extraction she examines. We meet newborns, labor leaders, lovers and scientists. Poe satisfies our need for story, for discovery, for protest. We also encounter linguistic spaces which thwart narrative expectations: information is presented fragmentarily, out of order or elided completely. Through poems such as "Potassium (K)," "Titanium (Ti)," and "Ununtrium (Uut)," the language of science collides with the language of art, and we watch a literary "between space" emerge: earthquake syntax of / language and the mind" merge in "thought-flock constellations." We experience hypnosis in the nerve net // hybridization / a closer experience / with the geological body. A continual catalyst between worlds, Poe's poems push beyond the materials and materiality that initiate them.

 

 

BELLE GIRONDA’S poems have appeared recently in Crayon, Confrontation and CRIT Journal. She is the author of two chapbooks: Start Here from St. Andrews Press andVolume 1 Number 4 with the artist Sheila Goloborotko in the High Watermark Salo[o]n Series, from Stockport Flats Press. She worked as an art critic for several years before attending graduate school and was among the editors who transformed The Little Magazine from a print to an electronic journal, one of the first of its kind. Gironda sometimes plays with video and performance, and currently teaches writing in Cairo, Egypt. As Buiding Codes when to press, she enjoyed a month’s residency at Takt Kunstprojektraum in Berlin, Germany.

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Building Codes |Belle Gironda

Belle Gironda's poems mediate between domestic and public space, using the discourse of architecture and dramas of the dispossessed. She structures each poem anew to test the tensile strength of poetic tropes. In one, you hang by a finger on Bishop's Terrace in Yosemite; in the next, you circle The Mother of Orchards (Umm Al-Basatin) in Baghdad. Gironda navigates borders, recording language's obligations to material conditions. The book's orgasms are triggered by familiar ghosts: Frank Lloyd Wright, Michel Foucault, Ruskin and Byron. But those who haunt us are lesser known folks: Shameeka Johnson-Dixon, Cat Gironda, Robert Harbison or Farley Granger. The book moves us from "Plans" to "Structures" to "Dwellers"; we end in "Occupation." Through out the journey, "pure light" marks world's edges in "quick cuts like breaking glass-> rational space." We appreciate the risks Gironda takes in cultivating empathy.

 

 

MATTHEW KLANE is co-editor at Flim Forum Press (flimforum.com). His latest chapbooks include: The- Associated Press, Sorrow Songs, and Friend Delighting the Eloquent. Other work can be found in: wordfor/word, Plantarchy, and string of small machines. Also see: The Meister-Reich Experiments, a hypertext, at housepress.org. He currently lives in Iowa City where is is working on a MFA at the Iowa Writers' Worksop.

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B_____ Meditations [1-52] |Matthew Klane

Matthew Klane's daily meditations on being and the body politic evolve from Plato's "divided line" into a rotating T-square that boomerangs beyond Darwin, beats around Bush then heads back to Whitman. These experiments ponder geopolitics and the U.S. electorate. In a grand bow to Whitman, Klane's first section, Specimen Days, borrows edicts and shapes them into spatial sonnets. In re Republic, poems bifurcate into two columns. In a bipartisan act, readers read vertically and horizontally as Klane indicts pitfalls of political process and delights in human resilience. Haiku arranged in quadrants form World Series, the third section. Here, sound and visual play lead readers diagonally across the page. Can this country redefine itself again? By the final section, Explore Tomorrow Today(TM), a rotating t-axis reorients how meaning is structured with each turn of the page. This is the premier collection in Stockport Flats' Meander Scar Series of experimental poetry.

 

MEANDER SCAR SERIES features wordsmiths who carve new pathways. The geological term, flood meander scar, refers to a river’s “experimentation” as high water forges new flow patterns. Post-flood, the mainstream may never frequent these pathways; however, the record of such possibilities intensifies our awareness of how terrain changes. Meander conjures whimsy; scar suggests both injury and healing. Let’s examine forms that enact such fullness.