Tarpaulin Sky Literary Magazine

News & Notes

Happenings at Tarpaulin Sky Press.

October 2018 at TS Press: Steven Dunn, “water & power”

Navy veteran Steven Dunn’s second novel, water & power (Tarpaulin Sky Press 2018) plunges into military culture and engages with perceptions of heroism and terrorism, in a collage of voices, documents, and critical explorations that disrupt the usual frequency channels of military narratives. “Steven Dunn’s remarkable talent for storytelling collapses the boundaries between poetry and prose, memoir and fiction” (NIKKI WALLSCHLAEGER); “Complex and bold and conflicted and powerful and terrified and tough and human” (KHADIJAH QUEEN)

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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.

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Reviews

People send us books. We review them.

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Reading Guides

Writers with suggestions for books other than their own.

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Essays

Which we define loosely.

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 J. Daniels, “Sirens”

An exceptional essay on demons, mental illness, self-harm, and suicide, which we’re publishing just in time for Christmas. “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 J. Daniels.

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Poetry

is to Billy Collins as love is to domestic violence.

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Fiction

of which poets should read more.

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.”

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Interviews

with humans, primarily.

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

If you have to ask, then you would do well to find out.

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