Briefly Noted: HIM, ME, MUHAMMAD ALI in Fodor's Travels and Portland Mercury, Praise for SWALLOWS AND WAVES and BRIGHT SCYTHE

"This collection of stories explores an array of Muslim voices spanning several cities and continents, all focusing on seeking freedom and love amid displacement and loss. . . These voices and experiences need to be heard now more than ever."

Jarrar was also reviewed this week by the Portland Mercury. They said the following of Him, Me, Muhammad Ali

"Funny and darkly imaginative. . . The stories are confessional and riveting by means of the deeply intimate and vulnerable spaces Jarrar’s characters allow us to access . . . Jarrar’s fiction has exciting range, and she investigates narrative as well as social taboo. Even when her often-fantastical stories veer towards fable, she subverts any expectation of threadbare fairy tale, always finding affecting depths . . . Like the tightrope walker in the opening story, Jarrar pulls off incredible feats again and again.”

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"Ekphrasis seems too sharp a word . . . to describe the silky music of these elegantly balanced poems. . . Many Western poets, from Ezra Pound to Gary Synder, have been hopelessly in love with Japanese culture and its exotic erotics, but Bohince joins the very best of writers who slide open the screens, fully aware there are other screens still concealing our deepest pleasures and pains.”

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"Patty Crane’s exacting but fluid new selection, Bright Scythe, clarifies one of the reasons for the continuing fascination: Tranströmer’s faith that the imagination is at the root of the self, a source of both awe and responsiveness in a world full of social forces that tend to deaden us."

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A Writing Prompt from Thomas Heise, author of MOTH; OR HOW I CAME TO BE WITH YOU AGAIN

Each Friday we post one new writing prompt created by a Sarabande author. Prompts like this one are included in our online Reader's Guides along with discussion questions and suggested reading to accompany each title. So if you can't wait a week for the next prompt, visit our Reader's Guide page to find them all in one place!

This week's Friday Writing Prompt comes from Thomas Heise, author of MOTH: or how I came to be with you again (2013)

Photograph

I’m fascinated by old photographs of strangers that I sometimes find at flea markets. They can be rich sources of imaginative material because they give you details to work with—clothing, hairstyle, familial relations, period furnishings, landscapes—but leave so much open for speculation. I have a small collection of them that I’ve assembled over the years. I look and ask how did this picture come to be? What is the backstory of this person or family? What happened in the day, weeks, or years afterwards? Find a few old photos of people you don’t know and use them to write a character sketch, to develop a new story line, or to create a background for a narrator or character.

Briefly Noted: Rick Barot in The Common, Flo Gault Poetry Prize, and Sarabande internships.

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"Much of the joy in reading these poems comes from following Barot as he moves gracefully between the concrete and the conceptual. . . The erudition and sensitivity of these poems is a welcome respite from this year’s stupidity blues. For all the craft on display in Chord, you may feel like you’re having a thrilling conversation with a smart friend."

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  • We've extended the deadline for the Flo Gault Poetry Prize for Kentucky undergraduates. Poets may submit up to three unpublished works through December 15. One winning poet will receive $500 and a limited edition letterpress broadside of their winning poem. Additionally, the winning poem will be considered for publication in BOMB. You can find more informations about the Flo Gault Poetry Prize here
  • We have also extended the deadline for our internship applications. We are now accepting applications to fill our Spring 2017, Summer 2017, Fall 2017, and Spring 2018 openings through November 30th. Interns who complete our program gain the skills, references, and experience to launch their career in publishing. Find out more on how you can intern at Sarabande here

 

A Writing Prompt from Steven Cramer, author of CLANGINGS.

Each Friday we post one new writing prompt created by a Sarabande author. Prompts like this one are included in our online Reader's Guides along with discussion questions and suggested reading to accompany each title. So if you can't wait a week for the next prompt, visit our Reader's Guide page to find them all in one place!

This week's Friday Writing Prompt comes from Steven Cramer, author of Clangings (2012)

Scene of a Crime

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Find a descriptive passage in a mystery or crime novel—preferably a passage that leaves out the characters, but with strong atmosphere and details. Copy that passage out and think of it as the descriptive grounding for a poem. Experimenting with line and line break, fashion it around a speaker. Redeploy the details to break free from the source. Braid into the passage parts of unfinished drafts of your own. As you revise your piece away from your source text, try to hold onto the spirit/atmosphere of that source.

Briefly Noted: Michael Homolka on Poetry Daily, Edie Meidav on LitHub, Praise for Mike Scalise.

  • This week Michael Homolka, author of Antiquity (2016), was featured as Poetry Daily's Featured Poet. The website featured his poems "Out at the Mall" and "Riposte to Ode". We suggest you read more of Homolka's work by purchasing it here
  • Edie Meidav, author of forthcoming Kingdom of the Young (2017), wrote an opinion piece about the election results for LitHub titled "On the Morning After, and moving from Mourning to Hope". In the piece Meidav examines her own reactions as well as well as the impact of the results on future generations. She asks,
"If winter is here, can spring be far behind?"

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  • Mike Scalise, author of forthcoming memoir The Brand New Catastrophe (2017), was given a glowing review from Kirkus Reviews. Of The Brand New Catastrophe they said, 
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“Fascinating and engaging. . . . Scalise's narrative verve and brisk prose create a winning chronicle of illness, recovery, and "courageous defiance." A frankly written debut memoir that captures all the fright of a medical calamity and the humor and grace necessary to survive it.”

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