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  • from Gender/Genre by Erin Bertram

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  • Sarah Rosenthal’s “Lizard” Reviewed By Nicholas Leaskou

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  • Four poems by Martin Corless-Smith

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TS Press News & Notes

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Reviews

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Reading Guides

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Essay

from Gender/Genre by Erin Bertram

“On the door hangs a sign, sometimes plastic, sometimes bearing the smudges of printer ink, & often with a line drawn neatly down the middle: he? on the left, she? on the right, & me, standing straight, stiff as a board, standing upright between them.”

In Memoriam: Tom Raworth, by Martin Corless-Smith

“I knew Tom for about 20 years. Or ten minutes.  It’s odd to say knew, instead of know. I’ll say know. He was as open and opaque when I first met him at a reading in DC as when I last saw him at his flat in Hove. Like a pond of fish—an elegant electric-fast consciousness that withdrew if you delved too deep. It was as if he was saying, I’m right here, it’s all right here. What you get is what you see.”

Piper Daniels, “Sirens”

An exceptional essay on self-harm and suicide, which we’re publishing in time for Christmas 2016. “If human life is an oath, then suicide for me was like an oath recited backwards, a protest against the physical body that gave entrance to that first strange and violent ghost and all that followed,” writes Piper Daniels. “This is a call to the damaged, the suicidal, and the mentally ill who feel as though they are drowning in darkness. I see you. I see your beauty.”

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Indeterminate Texts & Images

which may or may not be twice- or thrice-listed in other genres. Please don't freak out.

Miranda Metelski, Excerpts from Resisting the Book of a Woman Possessed

“The body is a repulsive concept. // So I twist my hand inside my skull and squeeze, spreading my fingers wide. I grasp your severed cock, that I keep in a jar by my bed because it gives me vivid dreams, and force it into my mouth. Spiders crawl down my thighs, across my abdomen. A kind of scholarly pornography.” — from Miranda Metelski’s Resisting the Book of a Woman Possessed, a finalist for the 2017 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prizes.

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Poetry

is to Billy Collins as love is to domestic violence

Five Poems by Kirsten Kaschock

“Take this frackwaste voice you wish / I’d use 4 truth instead of dare. You’ll want // to salt&bury it, so it don’t rise, but where’s / your shovel? Where’s the body?” Kirsten Kaschock’s manuscript, Numbness, the Practice was semifinalist for the 2017 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prizes.

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Fiction

Bridget Brewer, excerpt from “Beasts of Revelation”

“A flash of lightning from outside the cave, a brief illumination: snake heads, so many snake heads, swaying inches from the tip of her nose. ‘Emmeline,’ the heads say together in a language not legible above ground.  ‘O crooked, ugly Emmeline: you are blessed.’” — from Bridget Brewer’s Beasts of Revelation, semifinalist for the 2017 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prizes.

Fiction by Garett Strickland: “Gills”

“we weren’t so stupid. we’d done our reading, even there in school. we knew of the deformities. we’d seen the portraits in our history book – the habsburgs with their horrible lips, their jaws. mental retardation, et cetera. we knew, we knew. but that wasn’t what we were doing.”

Sandy Florian, The Chair

“Having climbed all five thousand stairs of the towering high-rise, OUR AUTHOR, in a red state of rage, erupts wildly into the room, and there, seeing that he was late to the conference, seeing that there were already so many authors at the table already, a million authors with a billion inflections, OUR AUTHOR thinks to himself that to pose even a single assertion, to converse with even a single poet, simply would not do….” Excerpts from Sandy Florian’s prose manuscript, The Chair, a finalist for the 2015 TS Book Prize.

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Interviews

Pauline Oliveros interviewed by Betsey Biggs

“Pauline Oliveros has been described as a musician, a composer, a performer, a philosopher, an educator, an accessibility designer and the godmother of electronic music, and she has been actively making boundary-dissolving music for more than half a century….”

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Occult

Give the Gift of Satan

This holiday season, support the Satanic Temple’s efforts to protect the rights of women and children and to keep the separation of church and state.

Piper Daniels, “Sirens”

An exceptional essay on self-harm and suicide, which we’re publishing in time for Christmas 2016. “If human life is an oath, then suicide for me was like an oath recited backwards, a protest against the physical body that gave entrance to that first strange and violent ghost and all that followed,” writes Piper Daniels. “This is a call to the damaged, the suicidal, and the mentally ill who feel as though they are drowning in darkness. I see you. I see your beauty.”

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