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The Year of Yellow Butterflies

ISBN: 978-1-934909-454 (pbk.) $18.00

The Year of Yellow Butterflies
Joanna Fuhrman

Joanna Fuhrman is the author of five collections of poetry, including Ugh Ugh Ocean (Hanging Loose Press 2003) and Pageant (Alice James Books 2009). She teaches poetry at Rutgers University, in public schools and in private workshops. She has worked at the Poetry Project at Saint Mark's Church as a workshop leader and reading series coordinator For several years, she has been collaborating with the artist Toni Simon on a multimedia project combining poetry, sculpture and photography. The poems in The Year of Yellow Butterflies combine elements of surrealism and wry humor as well as riffs on autobiography, science fiction and unhinged nostalgia. Fuhrman explores the relationship between the mind and the body and playfully examines how gender, technology, capitalism and culture affect this relationship.







“In this extraordinary book, Fuhrman seamlessly oscillates between illusion and reality, childhood and maturity, the animal kingdom (a "babbling...walrus," "a creeky bird," a "bunny rabbit") and technology (" baby's rebooted brains," "Virgil's Internet"). She gives new life to the prose poem in one section. The Year of Yellow Butterflies is killer-not only Fuhrman's best book to date, but her most poignant. ” —Noelle Kocot

“With the impish charm of an illusionist and the dazzling patter of a tummler in a Borscht Belt resort, Joanna Fuhrman suspends our expectations in The Year of Yellow Butterflies, sending us head over heels into zones of cosmic and technological bafflement and sudden parabolic grief. "Stand on one foot while the world pretends to end. // The beauty almost hurts / if you want it to," she writes, and we do want it to, in this book full of brilliant predicaments and pleasures. ” —Rachel Loden






Making Maxine’s Baby

ISBN: 973-194909-46-1 (pbk.) $18.00

Making Maxine's Baby
Caroline Hagood

Caroline Hagood is a Teaching Fellow and English Ph.D. candidate at Fordham University. Her first collection of poetry, Lunatic Speaks came out in 2012. She has also written on film and literature for the Guardian, the Economist, Salon, and the Huffington Post. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son. Making Maxine's Baby tells the story of Maxine, a homeless woman who lives in the New York City subway system. The book follows Maxine's surreal journey through city and memory as she attempts to overcome her traumatic past, and culminates in her eccentric romance with Marvin, a homeless man she first sees on the subway wearing a trash bag shoe and a gold clog.








“Tracking her flight from the hell of feeling, Caroline Hagood's metaphors unfold with a desperado's inventiveness. Reeling with the book's unexpected turns, I'm reminded of Dickinson's razor-sharp observations of her own psyche and of Plath's acerbic wit. For all the diversity of its escape routes, Making Maxine's Baby reads like a single utterance. It wills us to train our attention not on the traumatic violation at the poems' source, but on the loneliness, wild creativity, and valor of survival.” —Joan Larkin


“In Maxine, Caroline Hagood has created a supremely likeable character. Hagood carries us through her life, beginning with sexual abuse and culminating with a pregnancy. That Maxine lives off the grid, as a homeless New Yorker, may make the challenges Hagood has set herself-embodying otherness and trauma-seem insurmountable, but this poet ismore than up to the task. There is no patronizing in Hagood's smart, empathetic poems. Making Maxine's Baby is a gorgeous book, eminently readable, full of surprises.” —Elisabeth Frost


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