Michael Mc Aloran: The Death-Streaked Air

Press is proud to release a new collection of poetry by the dark knight himself, Irish poet and artist phenom, Michael McAloran. This new work brings together another tome of McAloran’s own brand of the dark night of the soul repudiated throughout 34 pages of gritty, succinct poetry that spirals into the depths of death, social and personal distortions and vivid portraits of obscurity. “Cold Colours,” one of the opening poems in the book, is a perfect example of this:

Shadowy nocturne
skull split open
garlands upon the tongue
protruding
excrement in the veins exposed
blood shadow
the skin stretched taut
rolls the emptiness of
unspeakable sound
my existence in a vice of
cold colours
ablaze
in the night

In a world where the want of dark and gloomy poetry has become hackneyed, campy and mundane, Michael McAloran offers something with a genuine brilliance (as scary as that thought might be to the sensitive and empathic reader) that is worth the inclusion to the Virgogray library. Indeed, if you haven’t read any works by this prolific writer and painter, you will see his many volumes spun out by publishers like Calliope Nerve, Erbacce Press and a myriad of internet and print publications. We are not the first to stumble upon the quill of Michael McAloran, nor are we likely to be the last. We do, however, think this a fitting collection to new readers of McAloran’s work that comes together in a quaint and lurid package, wrapped with an original painting by the poet himself. 34 pages. $10.

Poems for the Season: The Death-Streaked Air by Michael McAloran

Virgogray Press is proud to release a new collection of poetry by the dark knight himself, Irish poet and artist phenom, Michael McAloran. This new work brings together another tome of McAloran’s own brand of the dark night of the soul repudiated throughout 34 pages of gritty, succinct poetry that spirals into the depths of death, social and personal distortions and vivid portraits of obscurity. “Cold Colours,” one of the opening poems in the book, is a perfect example of this:

Shadowy nocturne 
skull split open 
garlands upon the tongue
protruding
excrement in the veins exposed 
blood shadow
the skin stretched taut 
rolls the emptiness of 
unspeakable sound 
my existence in a vice of 
cold colours
ablaze 
in the night

 In a world where the want of dark and gloomy poetry has become hackneyed, campy and mundane, Michael McAloran offers something with a genuine brilliance (as scary as that thought might be to the sensitive and empathic reader) that is worth the inclusion to the Virgogray library.  Indeed, if you haven’t read any works by this prolific writer and painter, you will see his many volumes spun out by publishers like Calliope Nerve, Erbacce Press and a myriad of internet and print publications. We are not the first to stumble upon the quill of Michael McAloran, nor are we likely to be the last. We do, however, think this a fitting collection to new readers of McAloran’s work that comes together in a quaint and lurid package, wrapped with an original painting by the poet himself. 34 pages. $7.

Fall UpDates…

 Greetings everyone in the world who can read this! Just a few updates for the fall. Things have been very busy here at Virgogray, but a good busy. With releases from great poets and writers like Peter Magliocco, Joseph Goosey and Kevin Brown and two new anthologies, the summer has proven to be quite fruitful. Often I found myself working by the hair of my chin, and even had a printer crisis to avert, but still the Virgogray library expands as does its catalogue of writers. Most importantly are the poems (with no offense to the writers!). Each individual gem, from the collected chapbooks, to the anthologies, to those found in Carcinogenic Poetry, which by the way celebrated its 100th entry yesterday, has given life to a meaningful literary canon that has only just begun. Looking forward to the fall, there are many great things in store. But I shall not simply leave it at that. We have new collections from Sara Crawford and Felino Soriano coming just around the corner. These two power houses of creativity are both, respectively, talented and prolific. It is a great honor to share their work with the readers of the world.  Sara Crawford’s release, Coiled and Swallowed is a collection of personable and dainty poetics hinted by the curveballs of realism and practicality.  These poems weave together almost seamlessly from a young writer who has a burgeoning voice that is altogether recognizable with a touch of Southern charm. With a clear love of music, this is a collection I think many will be able to appreciate, from the young and inspired to the traveled and wise. Be sure to check this one out–it’s available September 7, 2010. 

Sara Crawford

 

You can also check Sara live. She will be doing a reading for Coiled and Swallowed next month, more details soon. Till then you can catch her music act and visit her at http://www.saracrawford.net

You can catch her live, in person, at music events in Atlanta, Georgia.  Sunday, August 22 at 10:00 pm at Be Atlanta’s Acoustic Sundays Be Atlanta House Party: 197 Howell Dr. SE, Atlanta, GA. Admission is FREE.  Also Friday, September 3 at 9:00 pm. Sara Crawford and the Cult Following  will be playing at Smith’s Olde Bar: 1578 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, Georgia 30307. Coiled and Swallowed is out September 7th, 2010. 

I am also proud to be releasing a collection by Felino A. Soriano, whose ekphrastic series “Painters’ Exhalations”, is undoubtedly an asset to the literary and visual art world. We will help continue this mammoth undertaking with the release Faculties of Interrelated Understanding. “Painters’ Exhalations” is series of poetry based on paintings.  The series thus far includes over 600 poems. Look for Faculties of Interrelated Understanding by Felino A. Soriano on September 14, 2010. 

Finally, we will have new releases by Michael Mc Aloran, Doctori Sadisco and a brand new anthology edited by Marc Olmsted and Carlye Archibeque entitled Dear Bela. As the publishing year closes for 2010, Virgogray is looking forward to more live occurrences and readings from Virgogray authors and those who’ve participated in our various publications. We are also looking forward to expanding with more auditory and visual projects, more details as they become finite, as well as the addition of prose and short story chapbook submissions opening soon. We will be open to entertaining new ideas in chapbook publication and are looking forward to adding to the Virgogray team. There are a few more possible surprises before the end of the year; come on back  follow along!