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In November: Ronald Johnson’s ARK

In forthcoming on August 9, 2013 at 3:26 pm


Ronald Johnson, ARK

ISBN 978-0-9838893-6-6 $17.95

forthcoming on November 1

A new edition of Ronald Johnson’s masterpiece.

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Forthcoming: Ronald Johnson’s ARK

In forthcoming on April 30, 2013 at 12:53 am




A new edition of Ronald Johnson’s masterpiece

forthcoming in Fall of 2013

ARK is a metaphysical poem that could only have been written in our time, of which it displays a new vision. It is a late harvest of seeds sown by Blake, L. Frank Baum, the Bible, and Zukofsky, all in a new architecture, a wholly new voice, and even a new chemistry of words and images. It is for those who can see visions, and for those who know how to look well and be taught that they can see them.” Guy Davenport


Forthcoming: Lobster Palaces

In forthcoming on September 12, 2012 at 1:06 pm


Lobster Palaces by Ann Kim

Flood Editions ISBN 978-0-9838893-3-5 $14.95

Forthcoming in December

“Ann Kim works, for the most part, in very abbreviated forms, resembling, more than anything else, Japanese tanka or haiku, with which they share other affinities, such as glancing perception, but have nothing of the flavor of japonaiserie that afflicts almost all English-language poetry written in that vein. Ms. Kim’s poetry is unlike that of any other poet, consistently startling and, in remarkably few words, exactly right . . . Our intelligence, instinct, and range of experience get brought into the mix on their own and instantaneously, a neural event: intuition speaking to us. Likewise, what we think of as the imaginative faculty is merely perception operating at warp speed, i.e. the ‘flights of imagination’ are, in fact, ‘arrows of perception.’ Accuracy = Beauty. The delight to be found in the imaginative act is surprise, followed by satisfaction. ‘Gosh, that’s so right. How did she do that?'” August Kleinzahler



Forthcoming: Moxley’s There Are Things We Live Among

In forthcoming on June 14, 2012 at 9:33 am

There Are Things We Live Among: Essays on the Object World

by Jennifer Moxley

Flood Editions ISBN 978-0-9838893-2-8 $15.95

Forthcoming in September

Conversational, humane, and forthright, Jennifer Moxley brings her remarkable strengths as a poet to bear on the essay tradition. At once literary and personal, There Are Things We Live Among follows the thread connecting texts and objects in her life, from her girlhood saddle to her mother’s sewing machine, from her favorite books to an old set of frying pans. As she suggests, these things serve variously as accomplishments, talismans, fetishes, and keepers of lost life. Our attachments prove as diverse as our possessions, and yet, in the words of George Oppen that open these essays, “to see them / Is to know ourselves.”


In forthcoming on June 29, 2011 at 2:30 pm

The Larger Nature by Pam Rehm

ISBN 978-0-9819520-8-6 $14.95

Forthcoming September 15

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Forthcoming and Upcoming in 2011

In forthcoming on January 2, 2011 at 3:08 pm

1) February: Roy Fisher’s Selected Poems, edited by August Kleinzahler. ISBN 978-0-9819520-6-2 $15.95.

Selected Poems presents the remarkable range of Roy Fisher’s restless and exploratory poetry. Stripped of ornament, skeptical in temperament, these poems find music in sharp angles, hesitations, and silences. They often move through post-industrial landscapes of Birmingham and the English Midlands, registering crepuscular half-tones, “the dog odour / of water,” and “malted-milk brickwork.” Beyond such literal subjects, Fisher captures the intermingling of fancy and perception, the play of light and shadow in the mind itself. As Kleinzahler suggests in his foreword to this volume, “The eye darts about in Fisher’s poetry. It abhors the object at rest, framing of any kind. It’s like a camera, jerking and swiveling on an unstable tripod. Early and late, the poetry is about the eye in motion. The shifts may be subtle or vertiginously abrupt. It’s best not to get too comfortable as you progress through a poem because you’re not going to be where you think you are for long.”

A Roy Fisher Symposium, hosted by  the Chicago Poetry Project, will be held on April 15–16. It will feature readings and talks by Maureen N. McLane, August Kleinzahler, and Tom Pickard.

2) March: William Fuller, Hallucination. ISBN 978-0-9819520-7-9 $14.95.

Hallucination negotiates between worlds of the living and the dead, shifting mercurially from verse to prose and from parody to parable. Along the way, Fuller draws our attention to the ineffable qualities of experience, proposing that “Matter is a fog one looks through toward pale headlights…” Through these glancing observations and surreal memoranda, the mysteries appear more vivid, our follies more desperate and absurd. “Secrecy Officer of American Poetry”—J.H. Prynne.

William Fuller will be reading at Kenyon College on February 10 at 4:10 pm. Details can be found here.

3) Also: Pam Rehm’s The Larger Nature, Thomas Meyer’s Kintsugi, and Basil Bunting’s Persia, edited by Don Share.

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Now Available

In forthcoming on May 19, 2010 at 6:18 pm

Route 36, photographs by William Wylie

With a foreword by Merrill Gilfillan

ISBN 978-0-9819520-3-1 $29.95

It is impossible to put into words how an artist finds and conveys meaning in apparently empty fields, on small-town streets, next to humble buildings . . . but I can affirm that William Wylie is able to help us see these mysteries as significant and even redeeming. Robert Adams

This series of fifty-four photographs follows Route 36 across the Kansas prairie, capturing the region’s strong light and registering detailed textures within its vast spaces. Cottonwood trees, twisted by wind, break up the expanses, conveying a sense of scale and vertical life. Typically, the images move between the dry, rolling landscape and stark, vertical structures. Buildings often present blank faces, abandoned without names or signage, former uses unspecified. They sometimes appear as depthless surfaces against the deep expanse of prairie. Moving through the collection, we come to recognize this tension—between obsolescence and natural beauty—as characteristic of the region and its moment in history.

In his foreword to the book, the poet and essayist Merrill Gilfillan comments, “It seems continually necessary to reassert that landscape study and its reflective arts are anything but passive disciplines, that civilization in a sustaining, daily sense emerges most surely from good relations with one’s surroundings (the perfect word) and the inner landscape of possibility held in the head and heart. Bill Wylie’s recent 36 crossings-with-camera remint all of this: the region’s great capacity for inflection, double take, and surprise. The humble aplomb of things-in-waiting: a preposterous barn, crooked old trees half crazy with neglect. And the benignity of a deftly cast eye.”

Forthcoming in 2009

In forthcoming on December 5, 2008 at 1:44 am


William Wylie, As the Crow Flies: Route 36 (photography)

“These photos incite me to drive back out there, come October or May, if I can wait that long, to reaffirm just how those raggedy cedars hug the edges of those infinitely particular ridgelines, and to watch as the Arikaree, the Beaver, the Sappa, and then the Prairie Dog creeks make their forbearing, undeniable ways from the uplands, how they hedge and parry, feint and hook . . . To reaffirm an intelligent planet whereon one might even, with luck, breathe an intelligent breath, drive an intelligent mile, set an intelligent foot.”—from the preface by Merrill Gilfillan 

Jennifer Moxley, Clampdown (poetry)

Clampdown captures a time of political despair and self-doubt. Our “so-called common ground” erodes where liberal thought, implicated in the systems it critiques, finds no traction and becomes the site of new divisions. Against the reality of distant wars, everyday pleasures—even love itself—become frayed by anxiety and shame. Likewise, the past and the future prove unstable, both close to oblivion in a “maddeningly quiescent landscape” of winter. Throughout Clampdown, Moxley responds to the evanescence of both life and art with all her poetic resources, at times declamatory and incisive, at others “freely espousing” and conversational. 

Fanny Howe, What Did I Do Wrong? (fiction)

Graham Foust, A Mouth in California (poetry)