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.

 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!

Virgogray Press & Make It New Media


Make it New Media, LLC

Make It New Media, an independent distributor and printing haus will now be carrying Virgogray titles through their storefront. Now, you the curious reader can pick up almost any Virgogray collection with or without a paypal account! When an opportunity arose to form a wayward union between MINM and VGP (with a special thanks to Donna Snyder), we thought, sure, why not! That is not to mention Jonathan Penton–owner, operator and creator of the well-versed Unlikely Stories, is quite a fine gentleman, making the union all the more palatable. Make It New Media also carries titles by publishers like: Ahadada Books, Beneath the Underground, Mouthfeel Press, Noble Swine Press, The Tumblewords Project, and Unlikely Books, so be sure to swing by and see what’s going on over there. Make It New Media will also be carrying newer titles as they come out, at least for the foreseeable future. “America Remembered,” “Mostly Spinach” and “Nude Poetry Garage Sale” will most likely be available late July.  Here is a list of what is currently available at Make It New Media:

VG 03 – Limbo by Michael Aaron Casares
VG 05 – Vegas Implosions by Chris D’Errico
VG 06 – The Terrorist by Michael Aaron Casares
VG 07 – Fresh Lotus Rehab by Marc Olmsted
VG 08 – Farting Fire by Justin Blackburn
VG 09 – Institutional Wallet by Suzi Kaplan Olmsted
VG 10 – VGP Chapbook Anthology: Valium
VG 11 – Broke Nuptial Minds by A.J. Kaufmann
VG 12 – VGP Chapbook Anthology: So it Goes
VG 13 – Dreaming Quick by Brendan Kirk
VG 14 – Mind Static Volume 1 by Anne McMillen
VG 15 – Mind Static Volume 2 by Anne McMillen
VG 16 – Storms at the Edge by Gail Gray
VG 17 – Mind Static Volume 3 by Anne McMillen
VG 18 – I am South by Donna Snyder
VG 20 – VGP Chapbook Anthology: National Poetry Month 2010

And don’t forget! America Remembered! Order before Thursday July 1, 2010  to get your copy by the 4th of July! Also Joseph Goosey will be out on the 13th with Peter Magliocco’s new one on the 20th! Wait till you see the cover art on that collection as Justin Jackley presents a new vision on the face of a Virgogray chapbook! And finally, we are proud to announce our first chapbook of prose, “Ink on Wood” by Kevin Brown–you will definitely want to read this one! More details soon! And also finally, please ask about Virgogray titles at local retailers and independent book stores and perhaps one day soon you will see us there!