ELEKTRA’S MOUTH: Smashing New Collection by Suzi Kaplan Olmsted

Elektra's Mouth front cover

            Suzi Kaplan Olmsted returns to Virgogray Press with a stunning new collection, Elektra’s Mouth. Suzi offers readers her follow up to 2009’s Institutional Wallet that pushes the boundaries of her own cannon in its few pages. Elektra’s Mouth contains poetry and prose,  exhibiting Olmsted’s versatility all while redefining the limits of he own canon. Elektra’s Mouth is on par perspective of the human experience, an exhilaration from the first piece, a poem, “Touch Down Jesus” to other entries like “The Russian” or “The Milk of Human Kindness.” A few poems are coupled with illustrations by the poet’s husband, author and teacher, Marc Olmsted. Elektra’s Mouth resonates as a unique volume in the voice of the new underground from an author waiting to be read. Though surrounded by a finer class of post-beat, cut-up, post-modern phenomena, Suzi Kaplan Olmsted  presents the delicate, the common place, the obscene and personal, with a candid candor, a vocal perspective, a cadence in poetic stride, through eyes which speak the the literature spilled from Elektra’s Mouth. This publication is 38 pages, soft cover, perfect bound and illustrated by Marc Olmsted. Purchase at the following link: purchase Elektra’s Mouth. This title will soon be available at Virgogray Books. More information will soon be available about Suzi Kaplan Olmsted and news.

Homeless Sacrament

Reading Harpers
lovely sad piece
about a guy with a parking lot
who doesn’t drive –
homeless people
camp there
the police come up with
possible ordinances
so they can kick the
people off

Peter Magliocco on Chris D’Errico’s Vegas Implosions

    “One of Sin City’s best poets, Chris D’Errico displays superbluesy intellectual verve
    & formal dexterity in poems exploring the aboveground & underground facts of
    life/death in Vegas, where implosive humanity vies with the insect pestilence he
    exterminates … Question is, which side is winning?”


Peter Magliocco writes from Las Vegas, Nevada, where he’s edited the lit-zine ART:MAG for over 20 years. He has recent poetry in online & print publications like SCYTHE, GOLD DUST, DEAD SNAKES, ASCENT A S PI R ATIONS, THE BEAT, THUNDER SANDWICH, GNOME, SCARS, and elsewhere. He’s been Pushcart Prize nominated for poetry three times, and his most recent chapbooks are Imparadised (Nerve Calliope Media), Nude Poetry Garage Sale (Virgogray Press), The Heaven of Words (Propaganda Press), and Discarded Poems (Scars Publications)…. His latest novel is The Burgher of Virtual Eden from Publish America. A recent story of his was collected in the sci-fi anthology, Dead Neon: Tales of Near-future Las Vegas from the University of Nevada Press. He’s also been Pushcart nominated for fiction …

Blast from the Past: Chris D’Errico Interview on VGP Radio

Here is a blast from the past some may not remember. On January 31, 2009 I interviewed Chris D’Errico, author of Vegas Implosions. Chris reads from his chap betwixt quirky, author to author conversation.  The interview took place on The Virgogray Anonymous Midnight Poetry Radio Show, aired every night at midnight for a few months until I  stopped broadcasting. There is currently a plan to bring back a weekly broadcast. Stay tuned for details and enjoy this interview until then!

Chris DErrico Interview 01/31 by VGP Radio | Blog Talk Radio.

Vegas Implosions by Chris D'Errico (Virgogray Press, 2008)