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by Adria Bernardi
We Would Draw Rooms of Houses
We would draw rooms of houses
with chalk on the sidewalk,
furniture, doors and windows,
and when we wanted to expand,
we drew them on the street
where we had to move over
whenever a car approached
from up or down the street;
the chalk that worked best
for this purpose was not the
chalk for chalkboards (side-
walk chalk was not invented
Previous POWs: Natalie Diaz, Ruth Forman,
new poems by Laynie Browne
""The mysterious power of the scorpion, both animal and constellation, informs the complex emotions of wrenchingly ongoing departure in this beautiful collection of odes to distance, absence, connection, and memory. The scorpion is the "miniature vessel of time" that both poisons and heals: the gorgeous poetry around it is the "house of hope/constructed solely of words." In this world of departures, Browne allows us to "Say possibly nothing is forgotten."—Marcella Durand
$15.95, 7x7," 56 pgs, perfect bound
A poetic-visual hybrid by Monica Ong
2014 First Book Winner selected by Joy Harjo
In her sardonic, thus melancholic, Silent Anatomies, Monica Ong brilliantly skews the marking of surfaces. Writing—yes—but also defacement/effacement, surgical incision, racism. With text, photography, collage, and illustration, she maps the twisting way of familial shame; dissects metaphor; and hawks (and hocks) “Ancient Chinese Secrets” as medicinal cakewalks (who’s selling what to whom?). Slippery."—Douglas Kearney
$17.95, 7.5 x10," 96 pgs, perfect bound
A Parallel Life by Mary Byrne
Kore Short Fiction Winner
To Boil Water by Myha T. Do
Kore Short Fiction Winner
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