Why do we call it "rocktober," you ask? Because baby, we will, we will ROCK you...with not one, but TWO fabulous new and very different books by two fabulous poets!
Book number one is
Playing Tennis with the Net Down by Christine Howey,
the current Poet Laureate of Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Playing Tennis with the Net Down contains 32 pages of 21 poems. These poems could also be called performance pieces, as Howey has a powerful stage presence when she reads. With such intriguing titles as "Your Life After Death Orientation Session," "Lunch Hour at the Dildo Factory," and "My Annual Poetry Audit," you know you're in for a treat!
With a folksy, conversational tone, Howey leads the reader through the childhood experiences of X-rayed shoe selection, glow-in-the-dark watches, and tick-borne diseases, and the decidedly adult experiences of things found in a meadow, receiving your Life™ (and how to get it out of that pesky package), and "why you don't like reading poetry." In one of the editor's favorite pieces, "Tapped Out," she explores our fascination with water bottles. Even when tweaking the reader with droll wit and dry sarcasm, you can sense the dimple in her cheek and the twinkle in her eye.
The cover art is a photo of a piece by Kevin Eberhardt, titled "Fey." The cover is a textured tan cardstock, with a textured pumpkin-colored cardstock insert. The poems are printed on thick, textured ivory paper.
Christine Howey is a performance poet, actor, award-winning theater critic (fifteen years, Scene magazine), playwright, and journalist. Recently named Poet Laureate of Cleveland Heights, she also competed as a member of the Northeast Ohio team in the 2013 National Poetry Slam Tournament in Boston, MA. Her one-person show about her transgender journey, Exact Change, had its world premiere at Cleveland Public Theater in January 2014, and has since been performed at the New York International Fringe Festival, among other venues. A movie version of the play is due to be released in 2017. Her poems have appeared in Pudding Magazine, Star Line, and Muse, among others, and she has two previous books of poetry: If You Find Yourself Submerged in a Pond Under Ice (Kattywompus Press, 2011) and Thin Chance, or How to Get a Reputation as a Dick (Kattywompus Press, 2015).
Playing Tennis With the Net Down is available beginning today, October 29, 2016, for only $10 plus $4 shipping/handling!
Full Lotus by Tsaurah Litzky,
Brooklyn, New York's poet extraordinaire
The cover collage, "Everything With Love," is a piece by the poet herself, Tsaurah Litzky. The cover is a textured ivory cardstock, with a textured turquoise cardstock insert. The poems are printed on thick, textured ivory paper.
Full Lotus is available beginning today, October 29, 2016, for only $10 plus $4 shipping/handling!
Get the jump on Hallowe'en and treat yourself to Playing Tennis With the Net Down by Christine Howey and Full Lotus by Tsaurah Litzky!