Ricochet Editions is putting out four (count ‘em, four) titles in the next month or so. These are all incredibly exciting texts addressing everything from the lonely Pacific Northwest to being the daughter of a soul singer/songwriter. These are amazing lyric essays, poetry and hybrid works that need reviewers. If you are interested in getting a review copy, please send me a message/email editors(at)ricocheteditions(dot)com with your mailing address and the book you want, and Ricochet will send you one! Little nuggets concerning each is below.
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GO FIND YOUR FATHER / A FAMOUS BLUES (lyric essay/poetry)
HARMONY HOLIDAY’S tête-bêche book-length lyric essay collection Go Find Your Father / A Famous Blues immerses itself and its readers in a deeply personal interrogation of perhaps the most difficult subjects of all: love and family legacy. Holiday addresses these topics in verse, prose, and, most affectingly, in letters to her father – the late singer-songwriter Jimmy Holiday. Through these notes as well as her poems bearing long, ambitious, uncompromising lines, Holiday explores how we distill our own identities from memories and responsibilities bound up in tenderness and violence. More info here.
NESTUARY (lyric essay)
MOLLY SUTTON KIEFER’S book-length lyric essay provides gently incisive scrutiny of the processes (biological, social, psychological, cultural, even economic) of planned motherhood. Kiefer employs verse, memoir, reportage, and a quietly tenacious prose narrative to style a private moment-by-moment mosaic of experience. Discussions of gender and privilege blend seamlessly with larger, core interrogations of the body itself – that which perseveres and triumphs, that which fails in myriad ways and despairs helplessly of those failures – that which creates and that which betrays itself. More info here.
PACT-BLOOD, FEVER GRASS (poetry chapbook)
MIRIAM BIRD GREENBERG invites readers into a dark, pastoral landscape in which tenacity is currency. The physical anchors of these poems – ghosts, children, the body in various stages of injury or disease – combine to form a world in which the reader, like these characters, is neither lost nor found, and always searching. More info here.
THE GREEN CONDITION (poetry/hybrid)
ELIZABETH J. COLEN’S full-length hybrid poetic text immediately places the reader in a lonely domestic space within the Pacific Northwest – a woman with a roving and thoughtful eye as our guide. The narrator in The Green Condition moves between several concerns: Rome, her new environment, casting metal, raccoons, others. Colen takes these seemingly disparate strands and pleats them, allowing an interaction that illustrates the unexpected poetics in what may seem like free association, yet engages with the possibility for that which is apparently unconnected to inform one another. More info here.