Beneath Our Feet – New Poetry Collection from Mary B. Harrison

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It is with deep humility and gratitude that Virgogray Press has now released a new collection of poetry by Missouri poet, Mary B. Harrison. Beneath Our Feet has been a long time coming from Virgogray Press, and a production process that took longer than initially planned, the collection has finally arrived. I am pleased with the outcome, as Mary has expressed satisfaction, as well. It is a beautiful and sad collection of verse that really draws from life, but reflects it in snapshots of poetic expression. I am pleased to have this grouping of poetry, this body of art in the Virgogray Press library among the other gems of the underground and independent literary canon.

In Beneath our Feet, Mary B. Harrison’s poems are ghost-like snapshots, visual memories, history poetic as conveyed in the writer’s verse. Reflections at the evening of reality, Harrison’s poetry is a force of nostalgia behind a quiet, yet sharp voice. Astounding visions, moments weighted with sadness and notes of depression, the memories in a life of loss. Whether the curse of longevity, or good fortune, Beneath our Feet is a solemn account, a creative vision sculpted by the poetry of the thought-full poet deeply interred in her craft as readers witness through her movie reel instances of poetic imagery and detail. Still, this collection is a brief candle, a respite poignant and deliberate, a noted sharing by a poet brave and skilled, a lucid withdrawal into the whispers of fine literature.

The End of Mythology: New from A. Molotkov and John Sibley Williams

Virgogray Press is proud to present the latest collection from poets A. Molotkov and John Sibley Williams in a beautiful duet of verse, The End of Mythology. In the End of Mythology, A. Molotkov and John Sibley Williams have come together to create a new collection that is a responsive, almost fluid stream of poetry. The poetry of this collection has subtle and slightly haunting overtones in some areas, and radiant beams of light in others. Poets, A. Molotkov and John Sibley Williams have orchestrated a refined and tender, yet stunning symphony conveyed through minimalistic stanzas that draw the senses and the conscious to the fore. A seamless bifurcation of two great underground poets, The End of Mythology is a graceful masterpiece worthy to all poetry enthusiasts of our time. Poems in this book have appeared previously in publications such as, Calliope Nerve, Four and Twenty, Gobbet Magazine, IMPROV 2012 Anthology, M Review, Ofi Press, Small Doggies, Toe Good Poetry, and The Tower Journal.

New: Sinister Splashplay by David S. Pointer

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To say that a publication from David S. Pointer and Virgogray Press wasn’t a long time in the coming is a brash understatement. Sinister Splashplay has sat quietly waiting in the wings, all manners of movement and vibration the anticipation, waiting to see the light of day. And here it is. But, reader please. There is so much more. To say that Tennessee poet, David S. Ponter is not prolific is a gross violation of the laws of truth. A mere review of the body of work that has been published with Virgogray Press alone (Not including this publication, but which all together could probably make their own publication — hey– that might not be a bad idea *ed) can only speculate the myriads of publications in the literary underground and aboveground. Reader, there is more. But you came to find out about this new collection from David Pointer, and one Virgogray is proud to present. Sinister Splashplay definitely tests the versatility of Pointer as a writer and of his audience. Here is something different, though not any type of phenomena, a book of poetry that collects poems thematic of Steampunk and the avantgarde, rock and roll and  morgues!?! Still, Pointers poignant word play and verbiage rings true and will be all too familiar to fans of his work. For instance in the poem, “Air Trackers:”

 

Air Trackers

The ghosts come out
of the embalming sinks
and blue formalin
barrels as stove smoke
or nearly invisible
vapor, sometimes they
take a floatation bath
figuring out how to
kill us all on the way
to bone dust mountain

 

The images immediately transport the reader, but the verbiage and word choice, the cadence, move the poem and in its brevity catches the reader in a necessary moment, a pause for thought, or perhaps to re-read again. The poems are not all so convoluted and some, such as “Passion Planet” have pretty moments beside the futuristic visions culling word. Still, Sinister Splashplay offers more in the way of imagination and creativity, a throw back to genre writing, only for poetry, but sophisticated enough to not insult any academic spinsters, definite summer reading material.

Cover art by Justin Jackley.
32 pages