The Vanishing Poet by Michael Aaron Casares – Available in Print & Kindle Editions

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A New Collection of poetry from Michael Aaron Casares


The Vanishing Poet
, poems by Michael Aaron Casares, collects poetry published just prior to the print-on-demand boom, between 2006 and 2010, on the independent circuit via chapbooks, now defunct online literary resources, and either international or limited run publications. Poems gathered in this collection were also previously published in rare, out of print chapbooks: Limbo (Virgogray Press, 2006), Ghost Roads (Virgogray Press, 2008), The Terrorist (Virgogray Press, 2009), and Green Tea America (New Polish Beat Press, 2009). The Vanishing Poet also features previously unpublished poetry that was written during this time period, including poems “Ruins,” “Poem for This Night,” and “This Concerning Neutrality” (a poem not published or printed since its previous publication in 2005’s Sad Height, a collection of poetry written under the assumed name, Jacob Gray).

Those familiar with Michael’s work from this era will get a rush of nostalgia as they re-read timeless poetry now available for an innumerable  audience. The body of poems lay untouched, with exception to grammatical revision, only few poems saw a face lift, poems that still see relevance to this day like “End the Fed” and “Fourth Estate,” poems that address a social-political concern witnessed by the poet and expressed through his art. As with any mercurial art, though the work does see revision, the poet is careful to keep the meaning, the intonation, and the verve the poem originally presented if not augment. This is found to be the case with the classic pensive and socio-analytical piece, “Sad Height,” a poem that has existed in one form or another, first verbally then written, for nearly two decades. The poem that serves well as a ‘sequel’ to “Sad Height,” the heavy and beleaguered  “Dream of Sky,” saw the same, the intention of the poem now at its fullest potential, finite, its best form. The Vanishing Poet finalizes this lost era of writing, one dependent on the resources and kinetic wherewithal of the poet to share and spread the word of one and many, a time before the great cyber and digital rush that has inundated our libraries and mental faculties with a deluge of ideas, memoirs and publications. It was a time of the silent revolution of the small and independent press. It was a part of a last ditch effort to create an organic library of unknown literary masters, and to produce the publications romanticized by the wannabe-beat throwaways of the last millennium; it was a time when one hit the road and instead of daydream, to see people face-to-face and not merely their digital soul.


 


 

Title: The Vanishing Poet
Author: Michael Aaron Casares
Release Date: April 21, 2020
Publisher: Virgogray Press
ISBN:  979-8625342827
Pages: 104 pages
Price: 15.00 USD

Edition: Print (Paperback) & Kindle Editions

 


 


 

 

 

 

I Am South by Donna Snyder Reissued

Donna Snyder: I am SouthIn Donna Snyder’s debut collection of poetry, I Am South, readers are exposed to the vivid psyche of a poet unafraid to release the passions, fears and reasoning of inner toil and resolve. Snyder’s poetry is like a painting that tells mystified stories and is very revealing in all their discretion. The language of the poet is elaborate and intense evoking images such as darkness: “it is a black night and I dive over and over / from the prow of a black boat/ into the blackest water” (“To Continue is Imperative,” 27), mythology: “He turns his feathered back on the siren’s song / a choice will lead him back to the horned man’s woodland” (“Dreaming in Cards,” 23), and sex: “the sound of movies and silk hosing swishing / the young thighs crossed and uncrossed in the darkness / If only I had never said yes to fervent kisses beneath my ear” (“Blame it on Neruda,” 15). For all the poetic language, Donna is exceedingly forward in some of her work, as in “Like a Cloak of Many Colors,”

I can’t write in subtleties by nature
I articulate experience in blatant terms
name the emotion
… I can’t write in ambiguities
my job is to name a thing and make its existence
compel response
… you know what I mean when I say it” (38)

and the title poem, “I am South,”

Gravity pulled me from north to south
to find some truer self
South is where I learned to swallow Pablo Neruda
like rum
South is where time stretches out like a bus trip
in exotic lands
And south is where I can both swear and sweat
in Spanish
There is antiquity here everywhere
and I have become part of it.” (37)

Through the images and poetic devices, Donna Snyder presents a collection both kaleidoscopic and in-your-face, and gives nods to such writers as Octavio Paz, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Pablo Neruda. First published as a chapbook in 2010, I Am South is now re-issued as perfect bound edition and brings readers poetry that has proven to age gracefully over the course of four years.

I Am South by Donna Snyder is available through Amazon and other fine retailers.