Review our Books

Virgogray Press is currently seeking credited writers to read and review our work. We are open to all types of critique and review. Those interested in reviewing our titles will receive a free .pdf file via e-mail. Should VGP decide to publish your review on our website, we will send you a copy of the title you reviewed. We cannot offer monetary pay, but do hope to gain a perspective from the literary world and our peers. The following is a list of books currently available for review:

NO FEAR by Doctori Sadisco
In the Broken Things by Gillian Prew
Vegas Implosions by Chris D’Errico
By the Banks of the Ajoy Jaideb Vanishes into the Blue by Subhankar Das
Elektra’s Mouth by Suzi Kaplan Olmsted

Please enclose a cover letter, brief bio and physical mailing address. Let us know which title you are interested in reviewing. There is a limit of two titles per submission. We look forward to hearing from those interested in dissecting the art of writing, an effort to grow the layers of understanding in the literature we present.


Virgogray Titles Currently Available


After a recent inventory, we thought to share the current list of titles “in-stock” with Virgogray Press.  As you may have noted from our “Chapbooks and Collections” page, most of our stock is currently out of print. We do not have a formal electronic way of purchasing our titles online just yet (except through our printer- see below). So if you are interested in having any of these titles as a member of your collection, please e-mail:


Please note some of these titles are extremely limited. The editions as such will be out of print once they are sold out. Our newest titles are available online for purchase from our printer, Visit our online bookstore to view the current catalog. Virgogray Books.


1. Vegas Implosions by Chris D’Errico (2nd edition)
2. By the Banks of the Ajoy, Jaideb Vanishes into the Blue by Subhankar Das
3. Carcinogenic Poetry Anthology Vol. 1
4. NO FEAR by Doctori Sadisco
5. Limbo by Michael Aaron Casares (2nd edition)
6. Sad Height by Jacob Gray
7. Nothing. No One. Nowhere. No. 2
8. The Terrorist by Michael Aaron Casares
9. Dear Bela Poetry Anthology
10. VGP National Petry Month Anthology
11. Institutional Wallet by Suzi Kaplan Olmsted
12. Fresh Lotus Rehab by Marc Olmsted
13. In the Broken Things by Gillian Prew

“By the Banks of the Ajoy…” Reviewed by Federica Nightingale

The last poetry collection by Subhankar Das, “By the Banks of the Ajoy, Jaideb Vanishes into
the Blue”, is a true jump into a world of images and stunning views of ordinary life. Edited by
Virgogray Press, the book is printed bilingual, in English and Bangla. The title poem of the book
alludes to authors Henry Miller and Henry Denanant while mingling with echoes of Bangla lore of
the mythical poet Jaideb who lived by the river Ajoy. The poet’s poetic language and voice — a mix
of traditions — with the peculiar match of bilinguism, give the reader an enlightened view on the
puzzle of existence, as well as the surreal effect of transforming every verse into a necessary path
which leads to the Truth. Natural elements are the stones on which the poet inscribes his visions, by
drawing a straight line that separates appearances from substance. Voices from the past, memories,
and the blues often populate the lengthy free verse, telling us short stories of love and melancholy,
while a disenchanted eye of resignation keeps looking forward toward success. Subhankar Das’
poetic world is strictly cynical, apparently hopeless; beauty is a mere misunderstanding, a conflict
turned into slapstick comedy. Pervading the whole book is a pessimistic vein in which life and
death alternate between despair and nothingness, causing a loss of trust in love, which could be
the only anchor. The long prose poem that is the collection’s title piece can be considered to be the
manifestation of the author’s exploration of life’s mysteries, black holes, and unsolved responses,
his search for a way to human nature and nature’s signs. A powerful visionary grasps at a gleam of
hope. Without doubt, this is a worthwhile and inspiring read.

“That pretty fish in my aquarium who loved me so dearly is gone

today. Why do they all go? Where do they go? There is a staying

in every going away. All the rocks are but mad. They have lost

their stoniness in these magical lights, unknowingly, that’s why

instead of the heart there plays a light. She’s not here but I see

her sitting on a chair every day with her tresses flowing,

thinking unmindful.”

(from the poem By the Banks of Ajoy, Jaideb Vanishes into the Blue)

Federica Nightingale is a poet, writer and translator. She is Editor in Chief of  Project Collage (Errant Editions Small Digital Publisher).