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Min K. Kang, Diary of a K-Drama Villain, $14.00! Cargill Prize Winner!!!! Available in October!!!!

Min K. Kang's The Diary of a K-Drama Villain is alive and subversive: each line undermining misperceptions of the Asian female condition with vinegary wit. Kang reclaims the lyric for the digital age; her style is the Engrish IM, the confessional missive as late night text, shredding that Anna May Wong avatar with vengeance. A startling and vibrant debut. —Cathy Park Hong

Min Kang's hilarious and terrifying debut collection exposes the drama of our mediated late capitalist everyday—where choice appears to be (equally) endless and meaningless and a heroic effort is required to ensure that the normal is laboriously maintained. This action-thriller-meets-absurdist-ritual-theater-on-a-reality-TV-show-with-"ing. glish"-translation-issues is all the more intense for being both international in scope and at the same time contained by the "DOMUSPHERE." —Laura Mullen




James Sanders, Self Portrait in Plants, $16.50! Braddock Prize Winner!!!

The second book from Atlanta poet James Sanders, author of Goodbye Public and Private. These are poems unlike anything you've ever seen before—visual, performative, hilarious, and absolutely brilliant. —Bruce Covey

This is not a novel but it invites anyone into an experience that is bound to be novel, putting the lie to sameness and repetition, to linear structure or causality as given, to disbelief and to the integrity of the individual heroic, antiheroic, and confused self, and to any assumption of cultural norms as truly determinate of the fact, act or facture of reading, that awesome category of which writing is a subelement. I am honored to discover my name among the many ("hetero-shiver suit," "the inherent watching," "pollyannasmed," "you") interpellated through the agency of figure-ground dark-light relations between empirical space and hypothetical time that are here reconnected for improvisational exegesis and redistribution. —Steve Benson





Caroline Crew edits ILK journal. Her full-length collection PLASTIC SONNETS is due out from Big Lucks in 2015. In addition to CAROLINE, WHO WILL YOU PRAY TO NOW THAT YOU ARE DEAD, she has written two chapbooks: The Polychrome Clinic (Midwest Writing Center, 2014) and, with Chris Emslie, Your Stupid Fortune Gives Me Stupid Hope (Furniture Press Books, 2015).




Arielle Greenberg, Slice, $14.00!

The third full-length collection from Arielle Greenberg, author of My Kafka Century and Given, and editor of Gurlesque. Her work has been anthologized in Best American Poetry, Legitimate Dangers, and other wonderful places. "Arielle Greenberg’s Slice is a challenging and turbulent collection that captures the havoc of motherhood and sexuality. In sprawling, omnivorous verse and prose that seem to be written in a fury, Greenberg reveals the terrifying anxieties and spirit of a self negotiating her gendered identities as mother, wife, lover, and friend. Brutally honest and intimate, these poems range from comical sexual fantasies to mournful memories of birthing a stillborn. Greenberg’s brave poetry brims with the cauterizing contradictions of life." —Cathy Park Hong

Slice might cut you or offer you a generous portion of what you desire, something delicious and daring. I love this collection of joyfully falling apart poems, rounded and grounded in selfhood, motherhood, and the life of a poet. Ambitious and sexy, Greenberg’s unbridled desire coalesces into a generous and gorgeous sharing of a bold and honest life. —Brenda Coultas





Carina Finn, Invisible Reveille, $15.00!

The second full-length collection of poems by Carina Finn, author of Lemonworld & Other Poems and the chapbooks MY LIFE IS A MOVIE and I HEART MARLON BRANDO. Her collaboration with Stephanie Berger, The Grey Bird: Thirteen Emoji Poems in Translation, is also available from Coconut Books.




Reb Livingston, Bombyonder, $15.00! (Distributed for Bitter Cherry Books)

Bombyonder is a book of beautiful ancestors, not least of which is Gertrude Stein. Like Stein, Reb Livingston is concerned with large and small disruptions: small disruptions of the sentence, large disruptions of the world. The language is volatile, gleaming, and round. It goes off when you least expect it. —Patricia Lockwood


Natasha Kessler, Dismantling the Rabbit Altar, $14.00

This is a book you enter, warm and its ceilings low. Dimly lit, a metallic taste on the tongue, though there are tunnels whereby you might exit into strange forests and wide clearings, into rooms of human habitation, and rooms wherein the inhabitants have hung the walls, their animal faces. It’s got Plath’s roses and soft rugs. I thought I knew what there was to know about the way humans breed at the expense of rabbits, and as vulnerably. I thought I knew from wolves. Natasha Kessler knows better. —Danielle Pafunda



Emily Toder, Beachy Head, $16.50

Emily Toder's Beachy Head brims with electrical currents flying backwards and forwards, with the force of poems that have been well fought out and felt. I hear the currents of Alice Notley, of Bernadette Mayer, of Eileen Myles, and Sylvia Plath, through the book, with its sharp wit and grace, with its "separate set of physics" and the "venerable uphill" of music that this great poet has at her disposal. I am so happy that this book is here, because I want to share it with all of my friends, so that we may spread the currents this poet has made for us into the air, and everywhere. —Dorothea Lasky




Shelly Taylor, Lions, Remonstrance, $15.00

Shelly Taylor's Lions, Remonstrance is full of lovely, lilting surprises, tragic transformations, words that explode and strike. There are watercolor mothers, the I as slippage, radical home-makings and unmakings, dizzied memories that tighten and then unravel. Deeper and closer: Taylor's book cuts open and makes radically new the war poem. It is a cut and spliced enterprise, resonant of felt omissions, imagistic and lyric by turns, vibrant and spinning: its core is deeply affecting. —Jenny Boully




Carina Finn & Stephanie Berger, The Grey Bird: thirteen emoji poems in translation (full-color chapbook), $13.50

"Quite brilliant!" —Stylelite Magazine & Harriet: A Poetry Blog





Bernadette Mayer, Uncle Andrew's Pile of Pads, $11.00, now available!

A brand-new chapbook! With an original cover image by Bianca Stone!


Lauren Ireland, The Arrow, $14.00

Lauren Ireland doesn’t shrink from the biggies—death and obsession, melancholia and doing it in the graveyard. She dies and dies again, with magnificent repetition and in all the different colors that the human heart comes in. In the drained sea, a dangerously low mood, the world where being alive is no longer possible, Ireland is your best friend. This book is both a love letter and an obituary to having a goddamn human experience. –Melissa Broder




Ji Yoon Lee, Foreigner's Folly: A Tale of Attempted Project, $15.00

"I wanted to be a priori but I was processed meat." In Ji yoon Lee’s evisceral-guidebook-cum-cautionary-tale, roadkill reassembles itself into a zombie-dolly, her head screwed to the mouth of a gun, and through this megaphone does battle with the smug autocorrectors guarding English's/the Internet's gates. Language becomes so distressed it eats its own fingers, it makes the datestamp second guess itself, normative syntax shreds to  a slasher film, Time a snuff.  "My splice sentence had its guts spilling out." Lee's sic text, her tic idiolect, is contagious, vectored by the inequity and the iniquity that make the world go round. Coming attractions, I'm coming! The uncanny, now in cans. –Joyelle McSweeney




Andrea Rexilius, Seance, $11.00, chapbook

Andrea Rexilius is the author of Half of What They Carried Flew Away (Letter Machine, 2012) and To Be Human Is To Be A Conversation (Rescue Press, 2011). She is an Assistant Professor of English at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, where she is also the Summer Writing Program Coordinator, the Editor-in-Chief of Bombay Gin Literary Journal, and the Co-Founder and coordinator (with Michelle Naka Pierce) of the biennial conference [Dis]Embodied.  With Eric Baus, she co-edits Marcel Press.




Steven Karl, Dork Swagger, $15.00

"Dork Swagger is like that time I was wearing men’s pants and met Mike Watt. Or when I had sex on the lawn across the street from a yardsale. It always feels good before it doesn’t. Friends, this book could be your life. Your problems that aren’t important, and the anthem still pouring from your parents’ uncorked garage door.  It is not just that Karl’s debut is damning smart. It is. But that is not what will make you ride shotgun to his pages again and again. It is his tender mocking candid makeshift of weird wit staring back at you in the wing mirror. Poetry that both spanks and toasts that teenaged geezer in all of us." –Kim Gek Lin Short



Wendy Xu & Nick Sturm, I Was Not Even Born, $11.00

"It's been documented that certain natural elements exhibit startlingly different properties when brought into proximity. So add these two sympathetic compounds to your list – Wendy Xu, Nick Sturm. Here, the special powers register well off the charts, the flames so transcendent that what's left after the burn isn't just dark evidence of smolder but a burgeoning catalog of what it's like to be human, and thus alone, and thus only ever one second away from contact with the other person who can light you on fire."—Nate Pritts



Serena Chopra, This Human, $15.00

"What is anatomy but compassion? In This Human, Serena Chopra asks us to consider the body divorced from its environs & struggling to adapt, aching for a tongue-and-groove fit, our not-so-silent partner in fathoming. Its softness announces us. It's the home we first trash and others readily trash for us, particularly in its female forms. We can't grow into the model that now stands for beauty, nor can we root down into the old earth. So, to what exactly are we tethered? Despite abounding with organs & organisms, Chopra's speaker is lonely, emptyish. She knows we are too, and offers up her spaces for our echoes to enter, for the construction of startling new architectures. She is generous with us and with the lyric. What we see is the broad, red cavern / behind our breasts. Here, sorrow grows like fungi along a brazen system / of roots from which I can recall no source."—Danielle Pafunda


Gina Myers, Hold It Down, $15.00

"Gina Myers' aptly-named Hold It Down chronicles the endless effort to keep a lid on hope, that feathered thing that must be denied so the rent can be paid. Everything else Pandora's box let loose has hung around—boredom, sickness, loneliness—but if hope gets out, it gets away. Moving among Brooklyn, Saginaw, and Atlanta, with a soundtrack looping Otis Redding and Johnny Cash, these poems forgo hipster irony for genuine dismay with consumerism, war, and others of the world's ills. Myers' lines break like hearts. Let her speak plainly to you: "This is my life, / this is my life."—Evie Shockley


Amber Nelson, In Anima: Urgency, $14.00

"These tiny shards of verse will cut and awe you. They will grow enormous before you. They will confound you, alarm you, sooth you, and reflect you perfectly. They will reveal a poet completely original among her contemporaries. A poet I look forward to reading for many, many years to come. Prepare yourself! This is only the beginning of what promises to be an astonishing career of light and song!" –Corey Zeller



Emily Toder, Science, $15.00

"When I was a boy, I caught a bullfrog with my grandfather, and fell in love with it. Later that day I accidentally jumped on it and killed it. My grandfather is dead now too. Twenty-eight years later, I'm still alive and reading Emily Toder, who reminds me it's not the killing we've been fearing, but the abandonment of the things that we pretend love us. Toder's poems are never wrong because they mean everything they say, like a hard science. This book should be required reading in all geometry classrooms. And by reading in, I mean death to."—Zachary Schomburg


Christie Ann Reynolds, Revenge for Revenge, $15.00

"The apparent velocity of Reynolds' poetry, the physical charges directed into her materials, and the emphatic but relatively spare diction are always believable. Even, or maybe especially, when filtered through what turn out to be surprisingly flexible thematic terms such as revenge and mirage. That elementary principle of organization in any art that nothing gets in anything else’s way, and everything is at it’s own limit of possibilities, is realized, for me, in the way the poems handle intimate immediacy: through a willful, concise, and thoughtfully layered balance of plea and affect." —Anselm Berrigan


Jenny Boully, of the mismatched teacups, of the single-serving spoon, $16.50

"I've never come across a book with the conceit of Boully's latest, which explicitly presents 'poetic failures,'—'embarrassments, short-comings, and all'—written over the course of many years, mostly in thrall to the existential condition she aptly terms 'pining.' Her conclusion, which comes after waves of diverse poetic experiments have crashed and receded, is that 'nothing written will bring love.' It is a wise and unusual finding in a book filled with delicacy and resilience."—Maggie Nelson



Megan Kaminski, Desiring Map, $15.00

"Megan Kaminski's book is hauntingly quiet, but not silent, just as 'teleology is not silent.' The book is in some ways the teleology of imagism, realizing itself late in history and bursting into jagged pieces, having been dragged through 'some saffron metropolis' and the long summer of the great plains. It is a book that approaches us cannily, drenched in form, never word-spent and never without cocktails; a 21st century pleasure with a keen eye on the terrain and something to say."—Joshua Clover


Angela Veronica Wong, how to survive a hotel fire, $16.50

"I love the way each section in Angela Veronica Wong's How to Survive a Hotel Fire, shifts from form to form. There's a protean urgency in the way her work flickers on the page and morphs from section to section. What this collection offers isn't so much the answer to its title, but a type of slow burning inferno. One that reminds us that our lives are interminably, inescapably, beautifully burning down."—Ben Mirov



Molly Brodak, The Flood, $11.00 (chapbook)

Molly Brodak is the author of A Little Middle of the Night, which won the Iowa Poetry Prize. She teaches at Emory University and edits Aesthetix.


Bruce Covey, Reveal, $16.50 (distributed for Bitter Cherry Books)

"In Reveal, Bruce Covey has gathered poems that, at first glance, pose as complete inventories of their various subjects. They’re almost comforting in their promise of having thought of every way to make an egg, every kind of triangle, every phase of the moon. As the reader moves right, beyond the line’s caesura of punctuation, that promise disintegrates into fantastic, surprising utterances. They resolve themselves or do not. They shine and shake and thud. Like an unhinged, urgent fortuneteller, Reveal dares us to try our luck."—Heather Christle



Earlier Titles

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Kimiko Hahn, Ragged Evidence, $10.00 (chapbook; Lulu only)


Natalie Lyalin, Pink & Hot Pink Habitat, $15.00


Gina Myers, A Model Year, $15.00


Jen Tynes, Heron/Girlfriend, $15.00


Sueyeun Juliette Lee, That Gorgeous Feeling, $15.00


Reb Livingston, Your Ten Favorite Words, $15.00


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