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.

Storms at the Edge by Gail Gray

  Virgogray announces the release of its newest collection, “Storms at the Edge” by Gail Gray. Gail Gray is the founder of Shadow Archer Press, editor of Fissure Magazine and author of several chapbook collections, and a novel, Shaman Circus. The poetry of Gail Gray can best be described as contemporary cauterized with a mystic edge that lucidly delves into realms of myth and fantasy though anchored to realities through the severe connections, emotions and understandings of a world that mystifies the poet sensitive to the true nature of things. “Storms at the Edge” is a testament to this quality. Bound is a gripping poem layered in spiritual/occult themes and a higher understanding of the elusive meaning behind things. With gracious determination, it readies the reader for subsequent poems in the collection. Vulnerable, the second poem, literally peels away the intensity that Bound created, but elegantly so with a gravity all its own. “Storms at the Edge” continues with a sense of longing and a frustration for something (or sometime) higher and purer. There is also a sense of delicacy to this book, as in Foreshadow, with phrases like “delighting in the playground of vulnerability” and “Fragile as sea glass.” Drowning at 3:30 AM was one of my favorites. It is fraught with interesting imagery both whimsical and dark. “Wind dismantles / copper tube chimes / a meticulous / manicure of my psyche ‘ as the shadows spooked to the / other side.” This bipolar lapse of tone and context “play cacophony games / with my past-nightmare / pauses” to a stirring conclusion. Gail Gray’s poems are almost mythic in some instances with themes that recall other times beneath society’s veneer. With “Storms at the Edge,” Gail Gray comes a step closer to perfecting that voice. 21 pages; $7 + S/H.