Pattern Exhaustion is arresting in its contention between stillness and life. The I of this broken long poem is at once human and ghost—startlingly close, and disconnected. The poem begins with the lines, “I forget myself / but I remember the morning,” and page after page we are humored, held close, ruined, and renewed. If a reader recoils from Pattern Exhaustion, it is because the poem presents the truth, just to uncover it and reveal the heart beneath, mechanical and raw and beating.
Colleen Barry’s debut collection Sunburn / Freezer Burn is a small, shining treasure box. These poems and—as Barry considers them—poem-drawings, create a land of apocalyptic whispers, bleak confessions, wild colors and weird love. Barry’s left-handed drawings are at once delightful and haunting. Together with her poems, they put the reader through a brutal kind of nostalgia. “It is as if Colleen Louise Barry has made an atom bomb out of a pencil, a rubber band and a band-aid” (Dean Young).
Darcie Dennigan is the author of Corinna A-Maying the Apocalypse and Madame X. She is currently working on the libretto for an adaptation of Knut Hamsun’s Sult with composer Jason Thorpe Buchanan, directing Frequency Writers in Providence, RI, and teaching at the University of Connecticut.
Carl Dimitri received Fellowships in Painting from the Vermont Studio Center and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. In 2013, he was elected into the Drawing Center. He has published illustrations for the Kenyon Review, Bomb and Guernica. He has shown in New York City, Miami, Cincinnati, and Los Angeles, and has exhibited throughout New England, with shows at Brown University and the University of Rhode Island.
j/j hastain is the inventor of The Mystical Sentence Projects and is author of several cross-genre books including the trans-genre booklibertine monk (Scrambler Press), The Non-Novels (forthcoming, Spuyten Duyvil) and The Xyr Trilogy: a Metaphysical Romance of Experimental Realisms. j/j’s writing has most recently appeared in Caketrain, Trickhouse, The Collagist, Housefire, Bombay Gin,Aufgabe and Tarpaulin Sky.
Marthe Reed’s new Lavender Ink title Nights Reading will be published in 2014. She is also the author of Pleth, a collaboration with j hastain (Unlikely Books 2013), (em)bodied bliss (Moria Books 2013), Gaze (Black Radish Books 2010) and Tender Box, A Wunderkammer (Lavender Ink 2007). She has published six chapbooks (Dusie Kollektiv, above / ground press, and Shirt Pocket Press). Her collaborative chapbook thrown, text by j hastain with Reed’s collages, won the 2013 Smoking Glue Gun contest and will appear in 2014. She is Co-Publisher of Black Radish Books and the Editor/Publisher of Nous-zot Press chapbooks.