Monday, January 2, 2017

Buried in Books - My New Precioussssess

Because I can't possibly read every single book that finds its way into my home IMMEDIATELY, though I fully intend to die trying, allow me to show off our most recently acquired precioussssess...

For Review

Magen Cubed
September 2016
Self Published

At 9:17 AM, a subway train crashed in East Brighton City. That was when everything changed. 

Five survivors emerge from the accident: former detective Kyle Jeong; single mother Norah Aroyan; Afghanistan veteran Adam Harlow; the genius Clara Reyes; and the dying Bridger Levi. These five strangers walk away from the crash unscathed, only to realize the event has left each of them with strange new powers. As their city falls into chaos around them, they find themselves drawn into a story far more dangerous than they ever knew - and it will change their lives forever. 

Death, undeath, superpowers, and apocalyptic visions. Welcome to East Brighton City - hope you survive.

Jenn Marie Nunez
YesYes Books
September 2016

Winner, Vinyl 45 Chapbook Contest, 2015

This is a book for failing. June fails at relationships, she fails at decisions, she fails at directions, she fails at herself. But that doesn’t mean she’s a failure. June is in the process of— moving along toward— being interrupted by— playing around with— getting wrapped up in— opening her door to— June follows the logic of the world to its utmost conclusion: there is no logic to the world. There is only what you encounter – monkeys smoking cigarettes, a pony in the mint garden, a seaglass baby, “fucking neat-o” earrings – and the story you tell about it.

Elizabeth Acevedo
YesYes Books
October 2016

Beastgirl and Other Origin Myths by Elizabeth Acevedo is the first title in our BLUE NOTE EDITION Chapbook Series, a variation of their Vinyl 45s. 

Stranger Tells Me My Body Be a Temple

and so I show him where/ I have stuck my fingernails / beneath this chipping paint / spat on the stained glass / used crooked backbone as scaffolding /  knowing it won’t hold up a broken ceiling.

Justin Phillip Reed
YesYes Books
September 2016

A History of Flamboyance is a creation myth. It’s a history insofar as its speakers, submerged in traumas and appetites and ecstasies, cast around in search of precedents and raisons d’etre, and find mostly shreds of legends and a ramshackle faith. A Black queer self contends with the unmapped wilderness of its existence and plots a course through various intimacies equally dangerous and illuminating. Here, flamboyance is not a performance as much as it is an affect of precarity—of feeling combustible, volatile, always on the verge of blazing out or collapsing in wisps. These speakers—the quiet son, the choirboy, the lover, the cutter—are all faces of the same exile.

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