Sunday, November 25, 2018

Drinking From What I Once Wore: Selected and Recent Poems - by Chris Stroffolino (CC#103)

Crisis Chronicles Press is ecstatic to announce the imminent publication of Chris Stroffolino's long-awaited new book, Drinking From What I Once Wore: Selected and Recent Poems.

Drinking From What I Once Wore is 6x9" perfect bound, over 100 pages, and features cover art by Rachel Thoele.  ISBN: 978-1-64092-970-8. This volume features 49 works including "Cusps," "The Dart of the Eel," "First World Problems," "Variations of 21st Century Pop Songs," "2 Dramatic $onnets for the Con$umer $ociety," "Commercial Interruptions," and the Pushcart Prize nominated "Questions for Google Home."

Available for $12 US from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3431 George Avenue, Parma, Ohio 44134 USA. Pre-order now and we'll send it to you in December.

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Love for Chris Stroffolino and Drinking From What I Once Wore

"Maybe all life is preparing for 'The test/ We can only pass if we waste no time/ thinking we can study for it.' If so, Chris Stroffolino's carelessly brilliant poems would be as invaluable as cliff notes. In any case they come in handy."  
John Ashbery, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror

"There is no line of thought in [Stroffolino’s] poetry that can’t or doesn’t kick out a set of veins pumping blood to and from the dramatic qualities of its existence or an inverted conversion of the optimal antidote to its own fiercely depicted frailties. Chris has fought in his writing for a poetry that is intimate, musical, invested equally in Shakespeare & Joe Strummer and intensely personal without giving up the demand of rhetoric to be a necessity of passion rather than a muted counterbalance. His new book varies the tempo and carries these things through.  
Anselm Berrigan, author of Something for Everybody

Chris Stroffolino
photo by Jaime Borschuk
"Edgy and hip."  
—Noelle Kocot, author of Phantom Pains of Madness

About Chris Stroffolino:

Chris Stroffolino is the author of 4 full-length books of poetry, as well as the memoir Death of a Selfish Altruist, two books of essays in poetry and culture criticism and, with Dave Rosenthal, a study guide to Shakespeare’s 12th Night. He currently lives in Oakland, California, where he has taught writing at Laney College since 2008.

This Year's Crisis Chronicles Press Pushcart Prize Nominations

Crisis Chronicles Press has had the honor of publishing many excellent books by very talented poets this year. Alas, the Pushcart people only allow us to make six nominations. I would have preferred to have chosen twenty, as there were so many worthy candidates. But after some lengthy and very difficult deliberations, I finally narrowed down the field and submitted the following Pushcart Prize nominations:

by Kari Gunter-Seymour — from Serving (March 2018)

"Eclipse Myths"
by Steven B. Smith — from Where Never Was Already Is (April 2018)

"William Randolph Hearst, Diving Alone, San Simeon"
by Christine Howey — from Citizen of Metropolis (August 2018)

by Rikki Santer — from Dodge, Tuck, Roll (September 2018)

"assembly line doll head roach motel"
by Juliet Cook — from Malformed Confetti (October 2018)

"Questions for Google Home"
by Chris Stroffolino — from Drinking From What I Once Wore: Selected and Recent Poems (December 2018)

Best of luck to all of you!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Malformed Confetti - by Juliet Cook (CC#102)

Crisis Chronicles Press is delighted to announce the publication of glitter witch Juliet Cook's new darkly delicious full-length poetry collection, Malformed Confetti, on 16 October 2018.

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All hail the Queen of Grotesque, Juliet Cook! Her imagery is monstrous, distorted and unnatural — an unmistakably unstable mixture of estranged dollcanos and blood. These poems plunge into “your neckline, your mouth, your eyes”— into the absurdities of existence, and Cook can barely contain all that is coming apart, even “a stuck tongue keeps breaking.” Malformed Confetti is alive! And absolutely “plotting an insurrection.”
—Susan Yount, editor of Arsenic Lobster Poetry Journal

Juliet Cook’s full-length collection, Malformed Confetti, is a visceral examination of the body: bones, blood, teeth, breasts, ovaries, eyes, throat and thighs. Cook’s poetry is elemental grindhouse feminism; confronting what is most difficult with the unblinking eyes of a coroner. Lush and guttural, Cook leads us on a journey through a harrowing cycle of creation and destruction.
Kelly Boyker, author of Zoonosis and Poetry Editor at Menacing Hedge

In her second full-length collection of poetry, Juliet Cook offers up a menagerie of beaten, bloodied, insect infested, ink ingested, broken girl bits.  Her words cut into the eyes with nettles and burs, leaving nothing but an empty socket, a hole to be filled with desire “rooted in sick compulsion.” Cook stares unflinchingly at the sugar and spice and everything nice to reveal the dark nature of such malformed conceptions of beauty and womanhood.  Each graphic image is threaded with the red yarn of things that are forbidden to say, so Cook cracks the skull open as easily as the shell of an egg.  She stares the darkest horrors of the mind straight in the eye to say “Doesn’t mean I still can’t maneuver up. / Maybe I just don’t want to / with you." Her poems in this collection leave the reader dazzled by blue blood and dead birds made out of the vocabulary of what it means to be a capital P Poet.
—Tracie Morell, author of Matilda's Battle Waltz

Poetry that devours you. That isn’t afraid to put its best twisted doll foot forward. I like to read Juliet’s poetry in the buff because her words keep me modest as I rail against the perversity of playing with shit and all the anorexic nightmares that go along with it. Her pound cake poetry fits perfectly in your misshapen pie hole. Swallow her words like a handful of blue-tinged tacks because there’s no standing on ceremony in this land of ravenous parasites and machinated halos. Her well-chosen and ill-fated albino words aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty as the maggots begin singing an emaciated melody and there’s nothing left but her Tilt-O-Whirl porno star mannerisms. This collection of Malformed Confetti  will leave you in traction as it’s rolled fresh from the oven and acts as a tranquilizer or dark red cloud burst depending on your dissolution or poisoned discord and how prepared you are to walk into the silently screaming fires.
—Charles Cicirella, co-author of Ether Bisque

In Malformed Confetti, Juliet Cook conveys both a rare elegance and grotesque violence simultaneously. This book is unafraid; it is not ashamed. It takes unabashed risks, and turns language into something that is breathing, and alive with vigor. In this landscape of “secret luminarias” the body is devoured like food, and her “tongue unroots from its dank cave”; “bones are tapered syllables” and “hollow flutes.” There is a vulnerability embedded in the anger and gore, and though some may say we are “forbidden to talk about hunger,” Cook speaks of it fearless of her rivals.  
—Lisa M. Cole, author of Dreams of the Living and Heart Full of Tinders

Malformed Confetti by Juliet Cook is 113 pages, perfect bound, 5.5x8.5" and features cover art by Simona Candini. ISBN: 978-1-64092-973-9. Available for $12 from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3431 George Avenue, Parma, Ohio 44134 USA.

Meet the author:

Tuesday 16 October 2018 at 7 p.m. during Poetry Plus featuring Juliet Cook at Art on Madison, 14203 Madison Avenue in Lakewood, Ohio.

Sunday 11 November at 6 p.m. during Uncloistered Poetry at Calvino's Restaurant & Wine Bar, 3143 W Central Avenue in Toledo, Ohio.

Malformed Confetti book trailer by Susan Yount

Juliet Cook [photo by Darryl Shupe, processed by Cook]

Juliet Cook has been writing poetry for more than 25 years. Her poetry has appeared in a small multitude of magazines, both online and in print. She is the author of numerous poetry chapbooks, recently including a collaboration with j/j hastain called "Dive Back Down" (Dancing Girl Press, 2015), an individual collection called "From One Ruined Human to Another" (Cringe-Worthy Poets Collective, 2018), and with another individual collection, "Another Set of Ripped Out Bloody Pig Tails" forthcoming from The Poet's Haven.

Cook's first full-length individual poetry book, Horrific Confection, was published by BlazeVOX in late 2008, ten years ago now. Her more recent full-length poetry book, A Red Witch, Every Which Way, is a collaboration with j/j hastain published by Hysterical Books in 2016. Her MOST recent individual full-length poetry book is this one, Malformed Confetti.

The poems within Malformed Confetti range from 2008 to 2015. In early 2010, Cook suffered from an unexpected Carotid Artery Dissection, which lead to an Aneurysm which lead to a Stroke. Later in 2010, while on the brink of divorce and temporarily living with her parents, Cook began to assemble and submit an earlier version of this manuscript. As time went on, she revised it, added more recent poems, and rearranged it, forming it into a dissected but interconnected discombobulation of pre-stroke and post-stroke work.

Cook's poetic style has undergone changes over the years, but her passion for poetry lives on.

Cook also sometimes creates semi-abstract painting collage art hybrid creatures.

Cook also runs her own tiny independent press, Blood Pudding Press, which sometimes publishes hand-designed poetry chapbooks and sometimes sells art.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Dodge, Tuck, Roll - by Rikki Santer (CC#101)

Crisis Chronicles Press is thrilled to announce the publication of Rikki Santer's new full-length poetry collectionDodge, Tuck, Roll—on 29 September 2018.
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Dodge, Tuck, Roll is 63 pages, perfect bound, 5.5 x 8.5", featuring cover art by Christine Ruddy. ISBN: 978-1-64092-972-2. Available for $15 from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3431 George Avenue, Parma, Ohio 44134 USA. 

"These poems do indeed 'dodge, tuck, roll' with their unflinching argument that one needs 'another logic' to prevail. What’s to dodge or roll away from? Ultimately, the inevitable 'whirling death girder,' as in waiting for a biopsy while 'godding...for right results,' or sympathizing with a friend about to be widowed again, his 'two wives dealt sentence, paragraph, chapters.' Yes, Santer ponders a fate akin to Job’s with a writerly pun. So where do we find that other logic to ease the way? In just that sort of wit, in starlings, the moon, fireflies, memory of mother in hats, trees, music, in humor like 'the coral flush of flockus plasticus' flamingos, and in art—its lushness and triumphant translations, its 'pact' with 'sorrow,' and ability to limn 'dignity into what was knarled.' Santer finds solace in film and sensory seductions that include food: hence the elegy to Anthony Bourdain, nor does she neglect dreams and a Ouija board for help to peer beyond the beyond. She slows us down and speeds us up with puns, formal patterns, keen insights, striking images—like 'the peach and cream gingham of a ripped party dress,' and musical phrases—my favorite: 'you came to me this morning buoyant in a dream.' Sometimes the sheer density beckons deep reading, yet other times, poems, like 'Uncle Max’s Deli,' speak so clearly we fall right in. There are series of poems here to ride: poems about art, dreams, food, and Betty Boop. What is Betty doing here, you ask? Plenty, with her be-bop slang. This sequence asks us to consider what Betty signifies, that Jazz-Age 'Goth Lolita,' that 'eternal vamp' who, by 'filling in for Lucy,' reminds us how art travels through time to sustain us in the present. Santer has her ears to the airwaves, the ground. She listens to owls who 'know more than they should.' She transcribes vibrations. Come listen."
—Charlene Fix, author of Taking a Walk in My Animal Hat (Bottom Dog Press), Frankenstein’s Flowers (CW Books), Harpo Marx as Trickster (McFarland), and Flowering Bruno: A Dography (XOXOX Press)

"Rikki Santer's Dodge, Tuck, Roll is an eruption of measured delight in a boop-boop-a-doop world. What Elizabeth Spires has called 'the great body of the world'—that great body (and beating heart) is the source of these poems. As the opening poem tells us: 'You dodge and tuck and roll under the whirling death / girder. You do the trick you pose you smile—applause.' Vision is centerstage. And we feel as if we’re in the presence of 'owls / that seem to know more than they should.' Rikki Santer’s poems remind me of an iPhone photograph shoved to life when you press the screen. In the words of the Betty Boop poems: 'She’s in my cortex / this gartered Goth Lolita / eyelashes like knives / crimson bullet lips / dog collar spiked.'"
—Roy Bentley, 2018 finalist for the Miller Williams Poetry Prize for Walking with Eve in the Loved City

Meet and hear Rikki Santer at these upcoming events:

9/29 in Akron, OH — 5:15 p.m. during the High Arts Festival at Uncorked Wine Bar.
10/3 in Youngstown OH — 7:30 p.m. at The Soap Gallery.
10/20 in Mansfield, OH — Borderlands Poetry feat. Concrete Wink at Main Street Books.
11/15 in Columbus, OH — Hometown book launch at The Book Loft of German Village.
11/30 in Athens, OH — Concrete Wink at The Dairy Barn Arts Center.

Rikki Santer has worked as a journalist, a magazine and book editor, cofounder and managing editor of an alternative city newspaper in Cleveland, and a poet-in-the schools. She earned a M.A. degree in journalism from Kent State University and a M.F.A. degree in creative writing from the Ohio State University. Her work has won honors from The Poetry Forum (the William Redding Memorial Contest), Black Lawrence Press (the St. Lawrence Book Award Competition), the Ohio Poetry Association, the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, the Best of Ohio Writer Contest sponsored by the Poets’ & Writers’ League of Greater Cleveland, as well as Pushcart and Ohioana Book Award nominations, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Two of her published poetry collections have explored place: Front Nine (the Hopewell earthworks of Newark, Ohio) and Kahiki Redux (the late Kahiki Supper Club of Columbus, Ohio). Clothesline Logic was published by Pudding House as finalist in their national chapbook competition. She also has published two other full-length collections: Fishing for Rabbits from Kattywompus Press and Make Me That Happy from NightBallet Press.