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    Shira Dentz curates: six reviews, an interview, and a tribute

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    Wendy S. Walters’ ‘Multiply/Divide’ Reviewed by Aisha Sabatini Sloan

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    Nicholas Mosley’s ‘Metamorphosis’ Reviewed by Michael Mejia

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    A Tribute to the Late Stephen Rodefer by Martin Corless-Smith

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    Illuminated Animation: an Interview With Tomm Moore

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    Tom Williams’ ‘Among the Wild Mulattos’ Reviewed by Matthew Kirkpatrick

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News & Notes

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Shira Dentz curates: six reviews, an interview, and a tribute

Melanie Jordan’s Hallelujah for the Ghosties reviewed by Barbara Duffey; Ander Monson’s Letter to a Future Lover reviewed by Kelly Lydick; Nicholas Mosley’s Metamorphosis reviewed by Michael Mejia; Wendy S. Walters’ Multiply/Divide reviewed by Aisha Sabatini Sloan; Tom Williams’ Among the Wild Mulattos reviewed by Matthew Kirkpatrick; Marina Zurkow’s The Petroleum Manga reviewed by Michael McLane; Nathan Meltz and Shira Dentz interview Tomm Moore; and the late Stephen Rodefer is paid tribute by Martin Corless-Smith.

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Johannes Goransson’s Sugar Book examined at Atticus Review

Laura Carter examines the hybrid carnage that is Johannes Goransson’s Sugar Book (TS 2015) at Atticus Review: “It’s anything but comfortable for us as readers. This sugary land is where life is frail, anorexic, and hardly moving, where the buzzing of flames and water (and perhaps a bit of ?) is ever present. A true horror play, a comedy of failures that can’t seem to find a livable world, which may be closer than the characters imagine.”

In Utero

Excerpts from finalist manuscripts for the 2015 TS Book Prize
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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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Lara Glenum, JUNK SHOT

“We r strapped // 2 eachother / like some species // of occult glamour // I discharge my titters / over the bodies piling out // of the glass / The reanimation of my pie // in a funk of vex….” Excerpts from Lara Glenum’s poetry manuscript, JUNK SHOT, a finalist for the 2015 TS Book Prize.

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Genya Turovskaya, The World Is Not The World

“The stars are different here, the stars do not make sense / I can connect these burning dots / There is a hummingbird / There a dancing bear / There a face with night pouring out of the black sockets of its eyes….” Excerpts from Genya Turovskaya’s poetry manuscript, The World Is Not The World, a finalist for the 2015 TS Book Prize.

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Emily Carr, Name Your Bird Without A Gun

“Her voice is like a carnation sucking water, sucking blue. / She drinks. Hello she says. / Yes she says like the lion of St. Mark, with liquid nonchalance….” Excerpts from Emily Carr’s hybrid manuscript, Name Your Bird Without A Gun: A Tarot Novel, a finalist for the 2015 TS Book Prize.

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MR Sheffield, We Are the Blood

“Lil Kim was important to physics. She came up with the ‘Gigantic Shit Ton of Shit We Cannot Understand Theory’ which attempts to make sense of the ways in which the universe can be so fundamentally fucked the hell up.” Short fictions from MR Sheffield’s manuscript, We Are the Blood, a finalist for the 2015 TS Book Prize.

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Vanessa Roveto, The Clinic

Medical practice as psycho-erotic soap opera. A mad philosophical speculation, a pseudo-scientific meditation. This is a horror show. Excerpts from Vanessa Roveto’s hybrid-genre manuscript, The Clinic, a finalist for the 2015 TS Book Prize.

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Poetry

is to Billy Collins as love is to domestic violence
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Lital Khaikin, Three Poems

“Salvation is a drug, push the dopamine dosage in regular intervals – until screaming hero in chains. From her hands into her mouth, obedient. Promised salvation. The body of Christ taken with a glass of wine. Sacral flesh in the throat. She takes the body of the saviour into her, takes flesh and myth, and believes she is saved.”

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Three poems by Lisa Marie Basile

“it is not subtle, our kind of sin / as when bioluminescent angels glitter the black expanse / it is called nyctiluca. / isn’t it ravishing? / isn’t it how it feels to hunt / and make of our meat God and child.”

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Poem by Phillip Lee Duncan

Her “soul” abed with “regret”… / (Both demanding quotation marks)… / Was, over the last week and a half, / Like that two-headed dog / Locked inside a car with the windows rolled up.

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Poems by Kim Vodicka

“I grab my jizzy blankey and put on a bib / to catch the roofies. // Making piggy eyes for love. // I outsourced a boyfriend to autocomplete that pussy. // I crowdfunded a suicide.”

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Poem by JT Colfax

“Patsy Manson having a cup of urine thrown in her face at Heaven’s Gate … / Patsy Manson chased endlessly at night, round a racetrack by a mechanical rabbit….”

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Lara Glenum, JUNK SHOT

“We r strapped // 2 eachother / like some species // of occult glamour // I discharge my titters / over the bodies piling out // of the glass / The reanimation of my pie // in a funk of vex….” Excerpts from Lara Glenum’s poetry manuscript, JUNK SHOT, a finalist for the 2015 TS Book Prize.

Fiction

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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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MR Sheffield, We Are the Blood

“Lil Kim was important to physics. She came up with the ‘Gigantic Shit Ton of Shit We Cannot Understand Theory’ which attempts to make sense of the ways in which the universe can be so fundamentally fucked the hell up.” Short fictions from MR Sheffield’s manuscript, We Are the Blood, a finalist for the 2015 TS Book Prize.

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Laynie Browne, Periodic Companions

“In our actions we are beyond the believable and we divine, through tea leaves or wind, chemical signals, market rates or text codes of our clan— where we are driven next— furthest from before. Join our little gathering despite these many faults and without which we wonder whose art is reverential. Meet our misshapen family.” Excerpts from Laynie Browne’s novel manuscript, Periodic Companions, a finalist for the 2015 TS Book Prize.

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Mark Baumer, Yachts

“Sometimes I would rub my face in the corner where the blue carpet smelled like damp, burning goat candles and then my face would smell like damp, burning goat candles.” Excerpts from Mark Baumer’s fiction manuscript, Yachts, a finalist for the 2015 TS Book Prize.

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Brian Kubarycz, The Instruments I Used

“Fire stormed on ice that winter night. Down turned to coal inside my pillow. A sky above my ceiling and the Devil bright red in it, I ate God’s Holy Bible. One prophet at a time. Deep within my bowels, his mercies turned to sour meal.” Excerpts from Brian Kubarycz’s fiction manuscript, The Instruments I Used, a finalist for the 2015 TS Book Prize.

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Rachel Levy, A Book So Red

“At a certain point, Mitzi had no idea. ‘I saw a gang,’ she said. // ‘Were they soldiers?’ // ‘They were flowers. It was summer. I love you.’ // I told Mitzi she was sick, like a person with lice or a demon. // ‘I love you,’ I said, but that was a lie, a demon or a word that conceals another.” Excerpts from Rachel Levy’s A Book So Red, winner of the 2014 Caketrain Competition and finalist for the TS Book Prize.

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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Carl Ferrero, Words & Pictures

Carl Ferrero’s work has been exhibited at Feature Inc., Vox Populi, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Artists Space, The Elizabeth Foundation, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Exile gallery in Berlin, and Artenova in Italy.

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Emily Carr, Name Your Bird Without A Gun

“Her voice is like a carnation sucking water, sucking blue. / She drinks. Hello she says. / Yes she says like the lion of St. Mark, with liquid nonchalance….” Excerpts from Emily Carr’s hybrid manuscript, Name Your Bird Without A Gun: A Tarot Novel, a finalist for the 2015 TS Book Prize.

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Vanessa Roveto, The Clinic

Medical practice as psycho-erotic soap opera. A mad philosophical speculation, a pseudo-scientific meditation. This is a horror show. Excerpts from Vanessa Roveto’s hybrid-genre manuscript, The Clinic, a finalist for the 2015 TS Book Prize.

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Andy Fitch, Garageland

“You ask yourself what value (in terms of life, of action) ‘Up in Heaven’s’ bizarre punk/pop fusion holds, for precisely which audience. You wonder if Mick’s departure from punk sound, if not punk sentiment, betrays its own escapist anxieties before what Nietzsche describes as the two worst contagions: ‘great nausea at man,’ ‘great pity for man.'” Excerpts from Andy Fitch’s hybrid-genre manuscript, Garageland, a finalist for the 2015 TS Book Prize.

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Paul Cunningham, GOAL/TENDER MEAT/TENDER

“I’m no amateur when it comes to negotiations, but I’m willing to offer you my head. I’m willing to sacrifice myself to continue the species. This is an institution of unsportsmanlike policies and I’m doing my best to generate a little public interest.” Excerpts from Paul Cunningham’s hybrid-genre manuscript, GOAL/TENDER MEAT/TENDER, a finalist for the 2015 TS Book Prize.

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Arisa White, dear Gerald

“I watch a housewife on TV tell how she lost her leg at six to a farm machine. She’s beautiful—looks like a horse—but in her head she’s missing a leg.” Excerpts from Arisa White’s cross-genre manuscript, dear Gerald, a finalist for the 2015 TS Book Prize.

Occult

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Lital Khaikin, Three Poems

“Salvation is a drug, push the dopamine dosage in regular intervals – until screaming hero in chains. From her hands into her mouth, obedient. Promised salvation. The body of Christ taken with a glass of wine. Sacral flesh in the throat. She takes the body of the saviour into her, takes flesh and myth, and believes she is saved.”

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Plinth Vol.4

Beautiful monsterchild of the equinoctial super-bloodmoon eclipse, the fourth issue of Plinth, published by Unwin-Dunraven Literary Ecclesia, features work by Tarpaulin Sky Press author Claire Donato along with Purdey Lord Kreiden (whose new collection, Scolopendrum, is forthcoming from Action Books in April 2016), Nick Greer, Matthew Johnstone, A.A. Walker, Jayme Russell, C.C. Parker, Alina Popa, and Lital Khaikin.

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Interviews

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Interview with Jan Clausen – Part 1

Tarpaulin Sky is delighted to have the opportunity to interview “hostile” writer Jan Clausen, author of Veiled Spill: A Sequence, and author recently praised and admonished in American Poetry Review and The Rumpus respectively.

Reviews

RECEIVED & AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW

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