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Seven New Generation African Poets
a chapbook box set

This eight-piece boxed set, an African Poetry Book Fund (APBF) project, features the work of seven African poets, with an introduction by Kwame Dawes, APBF series editor, and Chris Abani.

The boxed set is an annual project starting in 2014 to ensure the publication of seven chapbooks by African poets through participating publishers. Publication is made possible through Slapering Hol Press, in association with APBF and the literary journal Prairie Schooner, with support from The Poetry Foundation.

The box set contains:
• Mandible by TJ Dema
• The Cartographer of Water by Clifton Gachagua
• Carnaval by Tsitsi Jaji
• The Second Republic by Nick Makoha
• Ordinary Heaven by Ladan Osman
• Our Men Do Not Belong To Us by Wasan Shire
• Otherwise Everything Goes On by Len Verwey


Six Portraits
by Julie Danho

"In Six Portraits, a chapbook ingeniously organized around common punctuation marks, Julie Danho serves up a mash−up of ekphrasis and illumination, field and typography, private grief and public discourse, leaving her reader stunned and haunted by these wisely crafted, devastatingly forthright poems.”

     —Kathy Fagan, author of Lip

A Disturbance in the Air
by Michele Poulos

"In Poulos's new chapbook there is a wierd equipoise of lyric movement, almost visibly still hammocks of language that work through juxtaposition, through brilliant cupola...I do love this poetry."
     —Norman Dubie

"A Disturbance in the Air ripples with beauty and wonder...Poulos is writing brave and necessary poems for our lives."
     —Cynthia Hogue

Burn Pit
by Mary Armstrong

"Honest, direct, impeccably crafted, Mary Armstrong's Burn Pit offers a ground-level look at the business of oil, her words as muscular - and lyrical - as the roughnencks and roustabouts who make the wells pump and the poisoned black gold flow."
     —Charles Harper Webb


Enjoy Hot or Iced:
Poems in Conversation and a Converation

by Denise Duhamel & Amy Lemmon
The new publication in the Conversation Series from Slapering Hol Press!

Driving Montana Alone
by Katie Phillips

"The haunting poems in Driving Montana, Alone are in physical and spiritual motion ."
     —Connie Wanek

"Phillips offers her readers a series of gritty, pastoral, elegiac poems. Her radiantly distilled meditations are uncompromising, direct, and beautiful."
     —Denise Duhamel


Hudson River Haiku
by Helen Barolini

"In these small but precise gems, Helen Barolini captures the magic and majesty of an inspirational river. Her language carries us from a purple dawn over the Palisades through a foggy morning to a shadowy twilight. We encounter tugboats, swooping hawks, ice flows, and the mirrored Tappan Zee Bridge. Take this volume with you to the Hudson and see it with a poet's eyes."
     —Christine Lehner

No Blues This Raucous Song
by Lynn Wagner

"Lynn Wagner's poems deftly honor our unruly impulses. She has a marvelous ear for the rhythmic urgencies of the American tounge and a wicked wit. No word goes unnoticed on her shrewd yet passionate watch."
     —Baron Wormser

A Thirst That's Partly Mine
by Liz Ahl

"Liz Ahl brings a naturalist's close observation and a metaphysician's wry wit to poems about our lived experiences in the natural/physicial world."
     —Robin Becker

Poems in Conversation and a

by Elizabeth Alexander & Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon

"When Alexander and Stefanon scrutinize the variegated surfaces of Romare Bearden’s art, the intensity of their gazes gives way to speech. In the blues of “Reclining Nude,” Stefanon’s speaker discovers “I could hear / her holding / her breath.” Alexander finds images that transmute into sounds: “Flowered dresses. / A woman’s holler. River or guitar.” In the hands of these poets, ekphrasis is an act of inquiry, a mode of poetic transformation as well as cultural analysis. For both, the lacunae inherent in acts of reading and looking are openings for empathy, uncertainty, discourse."
     —Barbara Fischer

The Heart That Lies
Outside the Body

by Stephanie Lennox

"Stephanie Lenox's The Heart That Lies Outside the Body mines the Guinness World Records to take metaphor to a sublime extreme. Her chapbook, peopled with its 'federation of freaks' is euphoric, generous, gracefully obsessive. There is intense personal depth in all of these poems, which are intimate, skillful, shimmering with complexity and awe."
     —Denise Duhamel

Falling into Velázquez
by Mary Kaiser

"Painting and poetry have been twinned since antiquity, but seldom so eloquently as in Mary Kaiser's collection, Falling into Velázquez. Poem after poem pulls us into a work of art - some famous, some not - and then out into our own lives again...Mary Kaiser's luminous first collection delights from beginning to end."
     —Peter Meinke

A House That Falls
by Sean Nevin

"There's something radiantly deep in the poems of Sean Nevin. omething luminous and haunting, familiar yet magnetically charged, potently mysterious...Nevin's poems lead us to the powerful contemplative edge of thinking and seeing that we need. I trust him."
     —Naomi Shihab Nye

Juliet As Herself
by Nancy Taylor Everett

"Nancy Taylor Everett has a flair for fresh language and a fine ear for the music of words. Everett's Juliet is a person we want to know better, someone whose life we'd like to follow."
     —Susan Terris

Days When Nothing Happens
by David Tucker

"The poems in Days When Nothing Happens enact a dialectic between commotion and calm, work and idleness, and manage to enlarge the meaning of both realms in the process. Both are presented with a remarkable vividness, with fresh, homely detail, in a voice that is richly nuanced and with an inventiveness that makes each poem surprising."
     —Carl Dennis

Water Stories
by Brighde Mullins

"The poems of Brighde Mullins have been maturing during their twenty years of composition. The thirteen included in thi small book are all of them poignant, eloquent and revelatory of an authentic gift."
     —Harold Bloom

The Scottish Café
by Susana H. Case

"By recalling with celebratory joy the vigor, the messiness, the courage of life as it was once lived in a terrible time by the mathematician at the Scottish Café in Lvov, these poems do us a very great service."
     —Charles Martin

The Landscape of Mind
by Jianqing Zheng

"The poems in Jianqing Zheng's The Landscape of Mind are often quick movements of light and touch and tone. Like 'two boats' shadows / overlapping, lives and images rub up against each other and leave their marks. Some moments are quietly erased. The world talks back."
     —Michael Burkard

by Sondra Upham

"Freight's poems spring up spare and clear, out of the thickness of experience. They trust the energy of each truly perceived moment to be radient and poignant."
     —Marie Ponsot

by Andrew Krivak

"Tempered by science and philosophy, the poems are modest in the claims they make, and strangely, all the more magical for what they reveal about survival in the world as it is."
     —Timothy Liu

The Last Campaign
by Rachel Loden

"There's an edge to these poems, a sly, sardonic edge that lays bare the tricky changes of a world filled with campaign slogans and dissembling politicians."
     —Allison Joseph

No Pine Tree in This Forest is Perfect
by Ellen Goldmith

"Her incandescent collection explores a world of terrifying contingency, through the focus of breast cancer."
     —D. Nurkse

by Lynn McGee

"...a collection of poems which lives up to its title - a rich vein mined by an oberver-poet as intelligent as she is wonderful."
     —Carole Simmons Oles

Muscle & Bone
by Paul-Victor Winters

"On the page, the poems are lean and plainly spoken, but they are alive with surprises and bright maneuvers. The result is a fine combination of deftness of craft and ease of expression."
     —Billy Collins


by Pearl Karrer

"Pearl Karrer is a poet who makes connections, whose sense of life is deeply metaphoric. It has been a joy for me to come across her manuscript."
     —Denise Levertov

Note for a Missing Friend
by Dina Ben-Lev

"Dina Ben-Lev has a fine ear for lyric phrasing, a virtue all the more singular for the way her poems bear down on difficult subjects."
     —Brooks Haxton



What's Become of Eden:
Poems of Family at Century's End

edited by Stephanie Strickland

"These fine poems are about family, which is to say they are about everything: love, hate, birth, disease, heartbreak, and forgiveness. Poets known and unknown have contributed to this consistently moving collection, a powerful book that speaks eloquently to our deepest concerns."
     —Peter Meinke

River Poems
edited by Stephanie Strickland & Anneliese Wagner

"The poems in this anthology are testimony to...a force in nature that is at once source and companion, theme and consolation."
     —John Haines


Voices From The River
edited by Margo Stever & Patricia Farewell

"[These] poems...have in common clarity, accessibility, and vigor."
     — Maxine Kumin