Saturday, February 9, 2013

Body Voices - by Kevin Reid (CC#39)

Cover photo by Steven B. Smith
Crisis Chronicles Press is very happy to announce the publication of Body Voices by Scottish poet Kevin Reid.  Released 9 February 2013, Body Voices was shortlisted by the Saboteur Awards for best poetry pamphlet.

"In his collection, Body Voices, Kevin Reid dissects the body using a variety of voices to expose and explore how it is at once connected to its own past and to the external world, how each separate voice depicts both functionality and experience. Reid’s poems appear personal yet each body part has its own distinctive story ranging from childhood memories to social commentary, from the organic to the cerebral. They are full of thoughtfulness, presence and wit. They are full of the senses, the transitions our bodies and lives experience, our ever dissolving yet expanding path from birth to death. They are brave and clever and they will prompt you to re-examine your own relationship with your body, your past and your place in the world. This is a living collection of poetry and I recommend you read it." 

Gillian Prew, poet, author of In the Broken Things and The Idea of Wings

"Kevin Reid’s Body Voices is an inventive, whimsical look at the body poetic. This series of candid and wry reflections offers a delightfully fresh perspective on learning to feel comfortable in the skin we are in. These pages reveal a weary, scarred, weathered and absolutely real body examined part by part and systematically stripped of any artifice or pretense: the poet stands before us naked and unashamed, imparting courage and wisdom in the process. Body Voices is unflinching, artful, guileless, and eminently worth reading."

Body Voices is 34 pages, 8.5 x 5.5", hand assembled and saddle staple bound, with a white and textured navy card stock cover and available for $7 (plus $2 for postage) from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3431 George Avenue, Parma, Ohio 44134 USA.  If you're ordering from an address outside the USA, please add $3 to cover additional postage.

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Click here to read David McLean's review of Body Voices at Clockwise Cat.
Click here to read Aads de Gids' review of Body Voices at Crow Reviews.
Click here to read John Field's review of Body Voices at poor rude lines.
Click here to read Christine Murray's review of Body Voices.
Click here to read Dianne Borsenik's review of Body Voices.
Click here to see ratings of Body Voices at Goodreads. 


Click here
to hear Kevin Reid read "Mouth" from Body Voices.
Click here to read "Ears" from Body Voices in the Crisis Chronicles cyber litmag.

Bio (as of 2013, from the chapbook):

Kevin Reid lives and works as a librarian in Angus, Scotland. He studied English Literature at the University of Dundee. Back in the 90s he spent some time living in a tipi community in the southern Spanish mountains, which led to visionary encounters in peyote ceremonies. After a brief spell of teacher training he chose to study librarianship. He has a key role in organising Scotland’s longest running teenage book award. His poetry has appeared in various publications, such as, Pushing Out the Boat, Scottish Poetry Review, heavy bear, The Recusant, and Counterexample Poetics. Body Voices is his first published chapbook.

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