This Just in: “Nude Poetry Garage Sale” by Peter Magliocco, Plus “Limbo” Now in 2nd Printing!

"Nude Poetry Garage Sale" by Peter Magliocco

 The newest release from Virgogray is here! “Nude Poetry Garage Sale” by Peter Magliocco is 30 pages of poetic diversity that kinda hinges on its various abstractions of thought and images as it trips into a variety of ideas, some humorously narrative, others absurdly profane. I walked away from this version of “Nude Poetry Garage Sale” thinking Peter Magliocco is nothing short of a mastermind. Even at its opening we see a writer wanting to buck the current with poems seemingly addressing the state of art and editorialship. But I loved the abstraction of images and how sensibly they address the apparent issue as in the poem, “Illusion of Art:” 

Far from the blank page
on your computer screen
where faint radioactive emanations
persistently grope for
all the imprisoned writers of the world
mentally chained to machines
& inherited obsolete concepts
that should remain unwritten,
unthought, undisturbed
the way mirage water puddles
on distant roads are
in the sunlight,
before you race towards them
and they disappear.

This is also present in “The Hunger Artist” where Magliocco writes about “true art” and censoring “literature befouled by commerce & whatnot” drives the point home with a seeming sarcastic, self-defamatory quip: “I’ll cut this poem-pretension up / & add it to the beef stew / which lacks a saving grace / of sorts.”  I found “Narrations from the invidious conflux” humourous with its opening schema of the 1959 Psycho film as it weaves itself into topical briefs on Obama, Valerie Solanis and impending earthquake doom–I rather liked that poem. “Something Behind Everything” tapped into the spiritual and profound, another aspect I find appealing when reading poetry. These lines are wonderful,

Please send good tidings
to the prison where now I sleep
dreaming of us reading together
the skywriting of planes
above the ecliptic tilt
clouds shape ivory hills
for the hiding gods.

Wow. And all this in the first five pages! Could it get better? It could. There were other poems I found to be insightful, if not after a double-take and a closer read through, such as: “Bury Her Heart on Highway 61,” “A Casualty of Permissive Sex in Unorthodox Times (which, by the way, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize),” “From the Nude Christ,” and “The Vision Inescapable.” Another poem I found humorous was, “Host,” but only because I jaywalk and never really looked at it as inviting hard-metal death, but that’s why I like reading poetry. Over all, “Nude Poetry Garage Sale” is a hefty helping of verse, a bit thicker than some, with a little bit of imaginative deciphering required. It is the thoughtfulness that is so inviting, though, and is worthy of those desiring an engaging read. Cover art by Justin Jackley. 30 Pages. $7.

“Limbo” by Michael Aaron Casares (2nd edition)

 

Limbo Now in Second Print

The 2006 Virgogray release of “Limbo” has been re-issued in an expanded and revised 2nd print and is now available for your readership. “Limbo” now contains 20 pages of poetry, including many poems not available in other publications. “Like Father,” “Upon Dying,” “Conversations” are among the gems contained in this collection. Get it while you can!

Also, be sure to check out an interview with Michael by Jim Harrington at his website, “Six Questions For,” an interview site dedicated to getting into the heads of editors and publishers! Jim has picked the brains of many creatives, including: Lynn Alexander of Full of Crow, Alison Ross of The Clockwise Cat, and Allie Dresser of Gloom Cupboard just to name a few. 

http://sixquestionsfor.blogspot.com/

 Thanks again to everyone hanging in there with us as we go through our birthing process. We look forward to a fruitful end of the year with new releases from Kevin Brown, Felino Soriano, Sara Crawford, Michael McAloran and Doctori Sadisco on the horizon… chapbook submissions will re-open before you know it, as well as the Carcinogenic Anthology printed edition–so stay tuned and get involved!

New Releases

Mostly Spinach by Joseph Goosey. Art by Luca Dipierro

 New chapbooks will be available starting in June. Look for America Remembered on June 20, 2010 to be followed by new releases from Joseph Goosey and Peter Magliocco in July.  Other writers with forthcoming releases include Sara Crawford, Michael Mc Aloran, Doctori Sadisco and Felino A Soriano. We also have news regarding a distributor we’ll be hooking up with out of El Paso, TX. More details on that soon. Also be on the look out for more readings and live events to take place in the not too distant future. We’ll be sure to post them here for your chance to see our authors live in person. There are more great titles to come and great poems over at Carcinogenic Poetry that include work from the likes of John Grochalski, Gary Beck, James Brush, A.J. Kaufmann, Anna Coakley and more! Thanks, readers and writers alike! 

Mission: Submission 

We here at Virgogray Press are familiar with the need for submissions to make a great publication and can’t thank the writers enough, those who chose to pursue Virgogray as a venue for their writing, a place for readers and lovers of writing to come. There are many ways to send your work to Virgogray, but don’t stop there; send your work to other independent zines and small presses, too. There is such a benefit to community and networking with other writers and keeping your name and voice out there and the independents are doing a great job of that. Both electronic and print avenues are abundant, out there, keeping the culture alive for web goers as well as the traditional tactile book reader. We’d like to share a brief list of some possible venues to explore: 

Eviscerator Heaven -(Internet) Evisercator Heaven publishes on a rolling basis. Many great voices have contributed to the life of this publication. Check it out. 

Fissure Magazine – (print) From Shadow Archer Press comes an art and literature magazine featuring poetry, prose, visual art and more. They are currently accepting submissions for a special “steampunk” themed issue. 

Calliope Nerve: Muse Thing – (Internet) From Calliope Nerve Media comes Muse Thing, an astounding literary internet publication bringing poetry, prose, interviews, reviews, previews, art and more on practically a daily basis. You may want to check out the Eclectic Hookah Newsletter while you’re there! 

Graffiti Kolkata Broadside – (Print) Produced by Graffiti Kolkata in Kolkata, India, the GK Broadside is an international publication of poetry and art! Be sure to check out their chapbooks and other publications! 
As always support local and support independent.

Carcinogenic Poetry Accepting Submissions

Carcinogenic Poetry is a brand new poetry blog publishing poems of the absurd, non traditional and new thought writing as well. The truth is to lies like cancer, and with this fact in mind, Carcinogenic strives to bring voices that radiate among the independent and underground lit realm. The work at Carcinogenic Poetry speaks. Already a number of poets and writers have lined up to share their work in a presentation of indiscriminate creativity and truth.

 

 Some poets who’ve been featured at Carcinogenic Poety:

Peycho Kanev

A.J. Kaufmann

Carly Bryson

Holly Jaffe

Kevin Reid

Richard Fein

Michael McAloran

Howie Good

Si Philbrook

Michael Lee Johnson 

There is more  great work to come from Carcinogenic Poetry. If you’d like to share your work, please send an e-mail to michael (dot) aaron (dot) casares (at) gmail (dot) com. You may send up to five poems in the body of your email. Please include a two to three line bio. You may submit previously published work, but you must inform us of where this work has previously appeared. Simultaneous submissions are fine as well, but please let us know immediately when any work in submission has been accepted for publication by another entity. Authors and poets keep all rights to their work, but Virgogray Press & Carcinogenic Poetry reserve the right to archive your work and use in future print editions and/or publications. At Carcinogenic Poetry, we are not concerned with your publishing history or acquired degrees, we just want the stuff you believe in.

 

Other Publishing Opportunities

Though Virgogray Press is closed to chapbook manuscript submissions for the time being, we are still accepting submissions of work for the above mentioned, Carcinogenic Poetry, and our Virgogray Press Chapbook Anthologies. The VGP Chapbook Anthology Series has a new publication scheduled for release in the first months of 2010 called “America Remember” and is an anthology of poetry about the philosophies and ideas that founded the United States of America. If you have poetry or prose or polemics in this vein, you are welcome to submit your work to Virgogray Press. Those accepted for publication will receive two contributors copies. Unfortunately we cannot offer monetary payment for the publication of author’s work. Work considered for publication in any of the Virgogray Chapbook Anthologies must be previously unpublished and simultaneous submissions are discouraged! The new deadline for “America Remembered” is January 22, 2010 so please send in your work soon!

Virgogray Press Chapbook Anthologies are released quarterly and collect poems thematically calculated to fit the vision of the issue. The next anthologies will have the theme of “mothers” so prepare your poetry and prose and get it over to us.

If you’ve read or purchased any of our previous anthologies, you know it is a collection of voices that has no bias to style or development, but ring through with a clarity that originates with the gifts of the creative. Submit to the Virgogray Press Chapbook Anthologies… “America Remembered” is waiting to hear you.