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Broadsides to Books: Remade, Unshelled

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Daughters by Brittney Corrigan Arlie Press, 2021 ISBN 978-1-950404-06-3 $18, Purchase at Bookshop.org Review by Dominick Knowles In 1964, the now-forgotten poet Walter Lowenfels published a book of letters called To an Imaginary Daughter. Lowenfels, who had four real-life daughters but chose to write about an imaginary one, dedicated the book to his children, “hoping they won’t mind this addition to our family.” In a separate letter to English poet Cressida Lindsay, the poet explains …


Broadsides to Books: Who Belongs Here?

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Shrapnel Maps by Philip Metres Copper Canyon Press, 2020 ISBN: 9781556595639 $20, purchase at Bookshop.org Reviewed by Carolyn Ogburn Philip Metres’s Shrapnel Maps engages the conflict between people sharing the region that is Israel/Palestine. Metres is a Lebanese Arab-American and a Catholic who currently lives with his wife and children in a Cleveland neighborhood largely populated by Orthodox Jews. He has described Shrapnel Maps as a practice of “radical listening,” a fractured narrative told through …


Broadsides to Books: A Not-So-Silent Body

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women in the waiting room By Kirun Kapur Black Lawrence Press, 2020 ISBN: 978-1-62557-823-5 $16.95, Purchase at Bookshop.org Reviewed by Sarah Shapiro I’ve always lived in my body, yet I have not always paid attention to it. Kirun Kapur’s women in the waiting room, a book of both personal and documentary poetics, calls for women’s bodies to be heard as places of trauma, silence, song, and normalized magic. In this book, Kapur offers her own …


Broadsided Feature & Folio in Provincetown Arts Magazine

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We’re thrilled to announce that the 2021 issue of Provincetown Arts magazine (https://provincetownarts.org) features, as its poetry section, a folio of work past and future from Broadsided Press as well as a profile of Broadsided by Gemma Leghorn. The magazine’s featured artist is Esteban del Valle and the featured writer is Jaqueline Woodson (huzzah!!!! huzzahh!!!). Other articles shine a spotlight on artists, writers, and makers Francis Olschafskie, Susan Baker, Megan Hinton, Barbara Cohen,  Jennifer Liese, …


Broadsides to Books: Witnessing Ourselves

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The Earliest Witnesses G.C. Waldrep Tupelo Press ISBN: 978-1-946482-48-8, 121 Pages $18.95, Purchase at Bookshop.org Reviewed by Cameron Walker   In the first line of “American Goshawk,” the poem that opens G.C. Waldrep’s newest collection, The Earliest Witnesses, the speaker strides into the woods “in a brute faith, certain the forest / would give me what I needed.”  Throughout these luminous poems, I continued to walk alongside the poet, through forests and fields, visiting ancient …


Broadsides to Books: Who Teaches and Who Learns

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Object Lesson By Jennifer Jean Lily Poetry Review, 2021 ISBN: 978-1-734786934 Purchase at Bookshop.org Reviewed by Sarah Shapiro As I near the end of a book of poetry, I get excited wondering what new layers I will uncover in the endnotes. Sometimes the extent of the poet’s research is revealed, sometimes their purpose; at the end of Object Lesson, the reader learns about the depth of Jennifer Jean’s commitment to listening, asking, and writing with …


Broadsides to Books: Astrodynamics as a Lens

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Gravity Assist Martha Silano Saturnalia Books, 2018 $16.00; ISBN 978-1-947817-00-5 Purchase at Bookshop.org Reviewed by Deborah Bacharach As a person whose only knowledge of astrophysics comes from watching The Martian, I’m going to miss layers in Martha Silano’s book of poetry, Gravity Assist, if I don’t do a little easy research. Silano’s section titles–“Periapsis,” “Orbit Insertion,” and “Escape Velocity”–create a lens, a unifying theme for each section. Though I can always enjoy Silano’s humor and …


Broadsides to Books: Surprised by Joy

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 Not for Luck Derek Sheffield Wheelbarrow Books, Michigan State University Press ISBN: 978-1-61186-389-5, 90 pages Get at Bookshop.org Reviewed by Kali Lightfoot “Surprised by joy”—the title of a poem by William Wordsworth, a book by C.S. Lewis, and a phrase often quoted by mystery writer Louise Penny—is the phrase that may come to one’s mind after reading Not for Luck, Derek Sheffield’s new book of poems—a joyousness, not so much of celebration as of serenity. …


Broadsides to Books: Sublime Before, Sublime After

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Look Alive, winner of the 2019 Cowles Poetry Book Prize by Luiza Flynn-Goodlett Southeast Missouri State University Press, 2021 Perfect Bound, $15.00, 60 Pages, ISBN: 9781732039988 Purchase at Bookshop.org Review by Risa Denenberg Luiza Flynn-Goodlett’s new collection, Look Alive, is unabashedly queer and Southern. In these poems, we learn much about origins and escape hatches, both of which come with their own baggage. Flynn-Goodlet’s speaker alludes to escaping an inescapable childhood by way of her …


Call for Ekphrastic Submissions: The Switcheroo! (deadline 4/10/21)

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BROADSIDED PRESS ANNUAL SWITCHEROO WANTED: Ekphrastic Responses to artist Meghan Keane’s painting “Untitled (Brooklyn)” DEADLINE: April 10, 2021 Broadsided Press is seeking submissions of poetry and short prose that respond to this painting by artist Meghan Keane. The winning submission of writing will be published on May 1, 2021 as a Broadsided collaboration to occupy the doors, utility poles, bus stops, and walls of the world.  Submission guidelines and details follow. This the 18th Broadsided Press “Switcheroo.” What …


Broadsides to Books: A New Covid Vernacular

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Voices Amidst the Virus: Poets Respond to the Pandemic Edited by Eileen Cleary and Christine Jones Lily Poetry Review Books, 2021 ISBN: 9781734786958 Get at Bookshop.org Black pandemic humor among writers: “But think of the books that will be written!”  Sure, we guffaw as we struggle with jobs, families, health, community, and worry.  Yet, the poems, stories, and novels are being written. In the past month, at least three anthologies of Covid poems have come …


Broadsides to Books: Missing Connection Among Losses

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Bring Now the Angels, Dilruba Ahmed University of Pittsburgh Press, 2020 Pitt Poetry Series ISBN: 9780822966074, Paperback, $17 Get at Bookshop.org Reviewed by Carolyn Ogburn Dilruba Ahmed’s second book of poems, Bring Now the Angels, offers an uncanny witness to our pandemic-ridden moment where so many are dying in a solitude defined by PPE and plexiglass. The first section of Bring Now the Angels was written as Ahmed’s father was dying, then dead, of “ailments …


Broadsides to Books: Familiar Country

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New Poets of Native Nations Edited: Heid E. Erdrich Graywolf, 2020 ISBN: 978-1-55597-809-9 Get at Bookshop.org Reviewed by Sarah Shapiro When an important American poetry critic put out a call on social media for names of contemporary Native American poets and received what can only be called a dismal response, Heid Erdrich was inspired to change the outdated anthology game. In New Poets of Native Nations, Erdrich highlights rich poetry of people tied to Indigenous …


2020 Pushcart Prize Nominations

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We’re nominating six collaborations published by Broadsided Press for the annual Pushcart Prizes.  We’re not sure what this venerable literary anthology will do with our collaborative approach and innovative publishing model, but we hope they will agree with us that these broadsides offer voices and visions that are vital and deserving of high praise. Choosing is difficult, because we fall in love with everything we publish, and we are very selective. The editors went back …


Broadsides to Books: The Personal is Political

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In the Year of Ferraro Jennifer Martelli Nixes Mate, 2020 $12.50; ISBN 978-1-949279-26-9 Get from Bookshop.org Reviewed by Deborah Bacharach The speaker in Jennifer Martelli’s new chapbook In the Year of Ferraro dances under mirror balls, has sex in her dorm, does drugs, and becomes galvanized by Geraldine Ferraro’s 1984 vice-presidential candidacy. Martelli packs these poems with details from eighties pop culture and the streets of Boston, and in doing so she lets them fully …


Broadsides to Books: Vision and Release

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              The Death of Flying Things Poems by Gabriel Welsch WordTech Editions, 2012 ISBN:9781936370757 Reviewed by Kali Lightfoot At first glance, a reader might assume that Gabriel Welsch’s book, The Death of Flying Things, would embody loss, but it is much more a book about change: changes that happen in a moment or in a lifetime. The changing of seasons, too shape the book: seasons in nature across a year as well as seasons of …


2020 -21 Guest Editor: Jennifer Perrine

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In 2017, we began inviting former contributors to serve as guest editors at Broadsided Press. We wanted to introduce new voices and visions to our editorial process.  The energy and insight each have brought have greatly enriched the conversations we’ve built. Please join us in welcoming our 2020-21 guest editor, Jennifer Perrine!  Jennifer will join the team in reading submissions and selecting works for publication as well as partaking in editorial discussions about the direction …


2020 Best of the Net Nominations

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Sundress Publications surveys the best Internet writing each year and selects their “Best of the Net” awardees. This year, we’re nominating three poems published at Broadsided Press between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. What a difficult decision! We publish so selectively — one collaboration a month — that we already have to say no to a lot of work we admire.  The work we do publish, we, quite simply, love. In reviewing what …


Broadsides to Books: Unconsoled

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Elegy, Winner of the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award Poems by Mary Jo Bang Graywolf Press, 2007 ISBN-13: 978-1555975401 Buy at Bookshop.org $15.00 Reviewed by Risa Denenberg I’ve owned a hard copy of Elegy by Mary Jo Bang for many years, and have returned to it often during my own flareups of grief. Written as a journal during the year following her son’s death at age 37, it performs grief’s relentlessness and a survivor’s …


Broadsides to Books: Where Your Body Will End

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Territory of Dawn Eunice Odio Translators: Keith Ekiss, Sonia P. Ticas, & Mauricio Espinoza Bitter Oleander Press, 2016 ISBN 978-0-9862049-3-7 Reviewed by Keene Short In Territory of Dawn, Eunice Odio juxtaposes intimacy and urgency so closely that the two often become synonymous. She pairs moments of joy with uncertainty, sadness with determination. Born in San Jose, in 1919, Eunice Odio became one of Costa Rica’s most well-known poets of the twentieth century. Like other poets …


Broadsides to Books: Danger and Survival

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Leave Smoke Jeff Walt Gival Press, 2019 $15; ISBN: 9781940724249 Purchase at Bookshop.org Reviewed by Deborah Bacharach Jeff Walt grew up in coal country where the men went “Into the shaft, / lung by lung.” The dangers he faces come not just from the coal mines but from violence, bad sex, “worship down / at Tony’s liquor store,” and soul numbing jobs. The speakers’ responses in Leave Smoke, Walt’s first book of poetry, are complicated, …


Call for Submissions: A Sense of Home — Deadline EXTENDED

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See the final folio of broadsides (published July 15, 2020). 5/5/2020 Update: DEADLINE EXTENDED to 5/15/2020 We’ve been getting remarkable submissions…. and a few queries about offering a bit more time with these mind-bending prompts.  Happy to offer!  Much as other deadlines are being pushed into the future, it feels like it’s the right gesture for the moment. Submit Work to Written Prompts Engaging “A Sense of Home” A “Broadsided Responds” Feature With so many …


Broadsides to Books: Voice as Asylum

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We Are Meant to Carry Water Poets: Tina Carlson, Stella Reed, Katherine DiBella Seluja Sculptor of The Nutmeg Princess: Lena Kilde, Photographer: Howard Clarke Three: A Taos Press, 2019 (buy from the press) $25.00, ISBN: 978-0-9994848-1-4, 91 pages Reviewed by Kali Lightfoot   In her acknowledgements at the end of We Are Meant to Carry Water, poet Katherine DiBella Seluja says: To my surprise, I am grateful to the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. …


Call for Ekphrastic Submissions: The 2020 Switcheroo! (Deadline: 4/10/2020)

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BROADSIDED PRESS ANNUAL SWITCHEROO WANTED: Ekphrastic Responses to artist Janice Redman’s “Ouroboros.” DEADLINE: April 10, 2020 Broadsided Press is seeking submissions of poetry and short prose that respond to “Ouroboros ” a sculpture piece by Broadsided artist Janice Redman. The winning entry will be published on May 1, 2020 as a Broadsided collaboration to enliven the doors, utility poles, bus stops, and walls of the world. Submit writing in response to the image below—details follow. This …


Broadsides to Books: Singing into Silence

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The River Where You Forgot My Name Poems by Corrie Williamson Southern Illinois University Press, 2019 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry, Open Competition Award ISBN 978-0-8093-3747-7, $15.95 Buy at Bookshop.org Reviewed by Risa Denenberg   In Corrie Williamson’s The River Where You Forgot My Name, a poet wanders through her world, straddling distance and time, uncovering curious bits of nineteenth century history, and observing natural and human landscapes.  As she does, the sadness of remnants …


Broadsides to Books: What the Gaps Reveal

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Pennsylvania Furnace Julie Swarstad Johnson Unicorn Press 2019 $18; ISBN 978-0-87775-058-1, 91 pages Editor’s Choice Selection, Unicorn Press First Book Series Reviewed by Carolyn Ogburn Industrial furnaces were the mechanized heart of many 19th century industrial townships. Through these furnaces, forests were converted to charcoal and coal smelted to iron. Today, all that remains are traces of brick, stone, and iron chimneys. In her debut collection, Pennsylvania Furnace, Julie Swarstad Johnson listens to the voices of …


Native Voices: Bridging Time, Space, Culture, and Languages

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Native Voices: Indigenous American Poetry, Craft and Conversations Edited by CMarie Fuhrman and Dean Rader Tupelo Press, 2019, $29.95 [paper], 978-1-946482-18-1 521 pages Reviewed by Jennifer Key CMarie Fuhrman’s and Dean Rader’s new contribution to literary studies, Native Voices: Indigenous American Poetry, Craft and Conversations, is a wonderful, vast, and eye-opening anthology containing the work of forty-four Indigenous American poets. One of its strengths is its wide-ranging repertoire, culling the best poets from different regions, …


Meet the Vectors-at-Large

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Who is posting the Vectorizations on the Broadsided Instagram?  We’d like to introduce you.  The Vectors-at-Large go out into their neighborhoods (in Miami, Chicago, Boston, and Los Angeles) and find interesting, engaging places  to post broadsides. Love letters to the world, they inspire us all to bring art and  literature to the streets of our communities. To welcome the new year, we asked each of them to choose a quote that matches her artistic vision …


New Twitter Editor Joins the Broadsided Team

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Who is behind the posts on Twitter?  For the past five years, it’s been Gabrielle Bates, whose poem “This is Life” we published in 2014. Immediately recognizing Gabby’s energy and spirit in her own Twitter feed, we asked if she’d like to tweet for us.  She said yes!  Of her time with Broadsided, Gabby says: It’s been such a pleasure to be the Twitter editor for Broadsided the last five years. In addition to being …


Broadsides to Books: Mouth and Mastodon

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The Last Mastodon Christina Olson Rattle, 2019 ISBN: 978-1-931307-43-7 Reviewed by Sarah Shapiro Christina Olson’s The Last Mastodon, the Rattle Chapbook Series 2019 winner, was inspired by her time as poet-in-residence at a 2017 paleontology conference and exhibition (“The Valley of the Mastodons”) at the Western Science Center in Hemet, California. In the opening poem, “Catalogue of Damages,” published at Broadsided Press, Olson logs human hubris. The poem highlights layers of history with precision: mastodon …