Author: Danniel Schoonebeek
Type of Poetry: Social
Release Date: November 15, 2016
Blurb: The poems in Trébuchet―which takes its name from the catapult used to break down walls and barriers during medieval wars―are at once combative and incendiary, tackling contemporary politics in a more direct, personal way than Schoonebeek ever has before. Addressing gun violence, poverty, fascism, surveillance, white privilege, the protest movement, censorship, American history, torture, and net neutrality, Schoonebeek’s writing is marked by a unique use of slang and jargon, manipulation of white space, and precise rhythm on the page. His poems have been praised by many critics for their momentum, obsession with weird language, and the precision of their enjambments and end-stopped lines.
Though American Barricade and Trébuchet speak to one another and map an evolving poetics, Schoonebeek’s second collection is a departure from the aesthetics and obsessions that defined his first, which was invested in the politics of family dynamics and the insistence in this country on obtaining power and wealth. If American Barricade was the book that wanted to kick open the door, Trébuchet is the book that wants to tear the door off its hinges.
Title: Dull Days Indeed
Author: David S. Denny
Type of Poetry: Existential
Release Date: November 17, 2016
Blurb: Dull Days Indeed, is a collection of existential poetry from English Poet David Denny spanning 30 years.
Title: Joy is the Thinnest Layer (electronic version)
Author: Gunilla Norris
Type of Poetry: Occult
Release Date: November 26, 2016
Blurb: When the heart is touched it wants to sing songs of recognized experience. Call it poetry for then image, cadence and word melt together as one. This book of poems is about such experiences. That depth of feeling encompasses both desolation and consolation and so brings the reader close to the pulse of life, to joy, the thinnest layer.
Title: Soul Void Poetics: Poems from the Void
Author: Steven Staples
Type of Poetry: Contemporary Young Adult
Release Date: November 27, 2016
Blurb: A collection of emotions and thoughts written when the author was at his wit’s end. His internal struggle with a messy rollercoaster of emotions and energy, as such is the nature of the human condition.
Title: Rest in the Mourning (Hardcover rendition)
Author: r.h. Sin
Type of Poetry: Love
Release Date: December 6, 2016
Blurb: From best-selling poet, r.h. Sin, comes an expanded hardcover keepsake edition of his original chapbook, Rest in the Mourning.
The calm before and after the storm. Rest in the Mourning is a steady and profound stream of conscious thoughts and emotion. Documenting unhealthy relationships and why the heart ends up in the hands of those deemed unworthy. It speaks to the heart’s ability to hold on to relationships that no longer deserve our energy as well as what happens when we are ready to let go. Rest in the Mourning is about self-care and self-love.
Title: In and Out of Love
Author: Shelley Thrasher
Type of Poetry: LGBTQIA
Release Date: December 15, 2016
Blurb: Lammy-nominated novelist, editor, and college professor Shelley Thrasher, who grew up in a small, conservative town in East Texas, was a late bloomer. Her first published poetry collection, In and Out of Love, chronicles personal ups and downs during the 1980s and ’90s, when she came out. Most of these 150 brief, haiku-like poems feature images that speak for themselves, influenced by poets such as Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman, with whom she studied writing.
The first poems portray the crushes and lovers the author was involved with during this period of her life. In part two, they express the longing for something she didn’t understand. Section three chronicles the painful rough spots she encountered during her journey of accepting herself as a lesbian. And the final section celebrates being in love with the woman she has now been joined with for twenty-five adventurous years.