Blackbird Whitetail Redhand // Lindsay Lusby

Blackbird Whitetail Redhand (by Lindsay Lusby) is a book of chaos, transformation, and all the little possibilities tangled beneath the night clover. It is a simultaneously tumultuous and quiet narrative of bodily autonomy and the sacrifices needed to achieve it. These are poems rattled with the snapping of bear traps and the sharp, tangy bite of an ax kissing the trunk of a tree. Lusby leaves you asking: is she the sweet flesh of the fruit fruit or the sharp teeth? Listen for cloven feet over the thicket. If you catch sight of her, marvel at her mottled heart. Be careful not to make a sound, “she’ll move like scattershot” if you do. (Porkbelly Press, 2018) » more info

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March’s Good Stuff

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Pray, Pray, Pray: Poems I wrote to Prince in the Middle of the Night (Porkbelly Press, 2015) by E. Kristin Anderson » www.ekristinanderson.com

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The Girl (Porkbelly Press, 2017)
by Donna Vorreyer » donnavorreyer.com

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Ghost Tongue (Porkbelly Press, 2016)
by Nicole Rollender » www.nicolerollender.com

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Ghost Skin (Porkbelly Press, 2016) & gar child (Porkbelly Press, 2018)
by Wren Hanks » tumblr

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Love Me, Anyway (Porkbelly Press, 2018)
by Minadora Macheret

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Diary of a Filthy Woman (Porkbelly Press, 2018)
by Noor Hindi

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Dreamland for Keeps (Porkbelly Press, 2018) & How Darkness Enters a Body (Porkbelly Press, 2018) by Sarah Nichols » @onibaba37

The Blessings of the Guns” appears in Five:2:One.

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Centralia (Porkbelly Press, 2015)
by Sarah Gzemski » sgzemski.com

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Feeding the Dead (Porkbelly Press, 2016)
by M. Brett Gaffney

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Diary of a Filthy Woman // Noor Hindi

DIARY OF A FILTHY WOMAN is shot through with desire, standing firm in its ground as protest, as prayer, as command. Hindi masterfully weaves vulnerability and strength, pain with sharp determination—she is tempered steel, she is flame, she is fierce in her direction: “Make a bonfire out of want. // Jump into it.” (Porkbelly Press, 2018) » more

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About the poet

Noor Hindi is currently pursuing her MFA in poetry through the NEOMFA program. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Glass Poetry, Jet Fuel Review, Diode Poetry, Whiskey Island Magazine, Flock Literary Journal, and Foundry. She reads poetry for The University of Akron Press and writes for The Devil Strip Magazine. Check out her blog at noorhindi.com. ​

Love Me, Anyway // Minadora Macheret

Love Me, Anyway examines the body in all of its imperfect glory, surviving chronic illness, and growing into womanhood haunted. Macheret explores the mother/daughter relationship, bridging years of absence with the filaments of the speaker’s own identity, weaving together mother/daughter body/body illness/illness, at once writing letters to herself and the ghost of her mother, still so present in the mirror. “Her ancestors: a current in which she bathes,” she leaves nothing behind, “Dear disease,” she writes: “Please gentle the body—thicken it with sleep.” This collection is tender and honest, bones laid bare, “god-struck” with longing, and stretched wide.  (Porkbelly Press, 2018) » available in our shop » full details

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(SELF) EXTINCTION: AN ELEGY FOR ALL MY DEAD WOMEN

i.

the day you disappeared,
the sports bra made my ribcage
cinch my sharp spine inward
push prepubescent breasts outward
I didn’t know my hormones perched
bodies open waiting for your sign.
Maybe they need a mother
like trail guides, climb the ridge
of my sex—bud into being
and without her? Become unnecessary.

ii.

my father brought home a woman
she promised his children an instant of forever
an herb garden stamped the placement of her feet,
of lavender-lush, those thyme tracked trails.
She taught me necessity, green thumb on her brow,
be my Demeter—
stretch-wide my mother’s ghost.

iii.

every seven days cells replace themselves
every three years I replace my mother.

iv.

in smoky bars you hung
to the curve of bar stools,
mistaken I pressed my lips
to the outline of your shot glass,
I blurred into other.
Breathe me out sweet, Daisy—
before I forget you.

v.

you were an indent of laughter
paintings bloomed from your mouth.

Now, your body sea-strewn,
your words suture me closed.

about the poet

Minadora Macheret is a Ph.D. student and Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas. She is a Poetry Editor for Devilfish Review and the Co-Coordinator of Poets in Pajamas Reading Series. Her poetry has won the Sigma Tau Delta First Place Poetry Award, Seaton Fellowship, and other awards. Her work has appeared in Tinderbox Poetry JournalRed Paint HillRogue AgentConnotation Press, and elsewhere.

February’s Good News & Good Reads

(News, reviews, happenings, and readings from our Porkbelly poets & authors)

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Pray, Pray, Pray: Poems I wrote to Prince in the Middle of the Night (Porkbelly Press, 2015) by E. Kristin Anderson » www.ekristinanderson.com

  • EKA’s poem “Jumping the Fuck Shark” appears in the new Tinderbox Poetry Journal.
  • another erasure, “The light fell in,” appears in Cotton Xenomorph.
  • Come As You Are (Anomalous Press, 2018), an anthology of 90s pop culture, edited by EKA, is just out!
  • Her new chapbook, Seventeen XVII (Grey Book Press, 2018), is available.
  • Other achievements, including a chapbook, are listed in her latest blog post!

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The Autobiography of a Love Not Mine (Porkbelly Press, 2014)
by Hilda Weaver

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A Map of the Farm Three Miles from the End of Happy Hollow Road (Porkbelly Press, 2016) by Amorak Huey » amorakhuey.net

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Ghost Skin (Porkbelly Press, 2016)
by Wren Hanks » tumblr

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Set the Garden on Fire (Porkbelly Press, 2015)
by Chen Chen » chenchenwrites.com

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Love Me, Anyway (Porkbelly Press, 2018)
by Minadora Macheret

  • Minadora’s poem “Baba Yaga: Her Almost Origin Story” from Bramble & Thorn (Porkbelly Press, 2017) is nominated for a Rhysling Award.

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Feeding the Dead (Porkbelly Press, 2017)
by M. Brett Gaffney « blog

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Haunting the Last House on Holland Island, Fallen into the Bay (Porkbelly Press, 2016) by Sarah Ann Winn » bluebirdwords.com

  • Work in Come As You Are (Anomalous Press, 2018), an anthology of 90s pop culture edited by E. Kristin Anderson.

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Dreamland for Keeps (Porkbelly Press, 2018) & How Darkness Enters a Body (Porkbelly Press, 2018) by Sarah Nichols » @onibaba37

  • Work in Come As You Are (Anomalous Press, 2018), an anthology of 90s pop culture edited by E. Kristin Anderson.

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My Own Strange Beast (Porkbelly Press, 2017)
by Melissa Atkinson Mercer

  • Kanika Lawton interviews Melissa about her new collection, Knock (Half Mystic Press, 2018).
  • Featured on Sundress Publications’ The Wardrobe!

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Bodies in Water (Porkbelly Press, 2014)
by P. Andrew Miller » pandrewmiller.com

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Vein of Stone (Porkbelly Press, 2014)
by Sarah McCartt-Jackson » sarahmccarttjackson.com

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Says the Forest to the Girl (Porkbelly Press, 2018)
by Sally Rosen Kindred » sallyrosenkindred.com

  • We’ve accepted Says the Forest to the Girl, a chapbook of poetry, for our 2018 line of chaps!

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Never Leave the Foot of an Animal Unskinned (Porkbelly Press, 2018)
by Sara Ryan » sararryan.com

  • We’ve accepted Never Leave the Foot of an Animal Unskinned, a chapbook of poetry & creative nonfiction, for our 2018 line of chaps!

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Light Experiments (Porkbelly Press, 2018)
by Madeleine Barnes » madeleinebarnes.com

  • We’ve accepted Light Experiments, our very first chapbook of photography, for our 2018 line of chaps!

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2018 Chapbooks!

Our complete 2018 line of chapbooks is listed below; we’ve added three chaps to previously selected works. The first two titles are selected from our January pool of submissions, and we’ll also be publishing our first photographic chapbook (Light Experiments).

Says the Forest to the Girl by Sally Rosen Kindred (poetry)

Never Leave the Foot of an Animal Unskinned by Sara Ryan (poetry & CNF)

Light Experiments by Madeleine Barnes (photography)

Dreamland for Keeps by Sarah Nichols (erasure poetry)

Love Me, Anyway by Minadora Macheret (poetry)

Two of our 2017 books were moved to 2018:

Blackbird Whitetail Redhand by Lindsay Lusby (poetry)

Found Footage by Maggie Woodward (erasure poetry)

Congratulations to our new poets & writers & artists!
We can’t wait to work with you to bring your books into the world.

Thank you to everyone who submitted. Thank you for your patience in awaiting our reply—we took a bit longer to read this year than usual. Once again, we were given the pleasure of making some very difficult decisions. We had to say no to some books we’ll be buying when they’re released from other presses. We’re quite sure they’ll be picked up soon.

You can pre-order any combination of three, five, or all of the 2018 line, and we’ll send them as they’re finished on the binding table.

(All of our titles are individually printed, collated, trimmed & bound by hand.)

Porkbelly’s January News

(from our poets & authors—readings, happenings, reviews, books, and news)

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Rooted by Thirst (Porkbelly Press, 2016)
by Tina Mozelle Braziel

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My Heart in Aspic (Porkbelly Press, 2015)
by Sonya Vatomsky » @coolniceghost

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Dreamland for Keeps (Porkbelly Press, 2018) & How Darkness Enters a Body (Porkbelly Press, 2018) by Sarah Nichols » @onibaba37

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Feeding the Dead (Porkbelly Press, 2017)
by M. Brett Gaffney « blog

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Found Footage (Porkbelly Press, 2018)
by Maggie Woodward

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Poems for Ivan (Porkbelly Press, 2016)
by Sara Adams » kartoshkaaaaa.com

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Pray, Pray, Pray: Poems I wrote to Prince in the Middle of the Night (Porkbelly Press, 2015) by E. Kristin Anderson » www.ekristinanderson.com

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