Hey kids, GREAT NEWS!!!! It’s not too late to put an Unlikely Book in your Easter basket! Ok, that’s a lie. You’ve definitely missed the mark on that one, BUT, that really doesn’t matter, because these books are good every single fricken day of the year – not just on (real or imaginary) holidays. Don’t be a slave to your seasonal calendar; get your shit together and check ‘em out, today!
Thanks to Meredith Sue Willis for her review of #specialcharacters in Books for Readers #169 (April 17). She writes:April 19th, 2014
I thought this was going to be all poetry, but it is much more experimental than that, ending with a wonderful piece about a woman who is close to the end of the line with aging, mental illness, and poverty. It’s called “MIRROR, or a Flash in the Pan.” It is very close to fiction, although it certainly has passages of poetry. It’s an excellent piece, crystal clear and shockingly honest. The collection also includes what is rightfully maybe Shmailo’s most famous (popular?) poem, available to read on line, “The Other Woman’s Cunt”. This one is angry, raunchy, vicious and — by the way! — hilarious.
There is a fair amount of typographical experimentation and deep connections to literature and mythology, but at its heart, as a whole, the book has the remarkable quality of being extremely moving even when you aren’t sure what’s going on.
That’s a serious statement, too, because you have the feeling that things that look like games on the surface – for example, a short poem called ” t(his), (he)re” – are in fact the only way Shmailo could have written what she wanted to write. This is highly recommended as both interesting experimental work and for its powerful emotional connections.
In this Unlikely exclusive, K.R. Copeland interviews BOTH j/j hastain & Marthe Reed, co-authors of the visual/textual/powerful/sensual, pleth.
Interview may be read, HERE:
Hello wonderful people,
Have you missed us? We’ve missed you! We’re currently at work on a massive text-and-multimedia issue, but we’ve got a lot to celebrate now!
First, we are ecstatic to welcome back our former Art Director, K.R. Copeland, back to Unlikely in her new position as Social Media Director! K.R. knows everything and everyone, and we are extremely proud to add her to our Masthead at http://www.UnlikelyStories.org/mission.shtml !
Now, head over to http://www.UnlikelyStories.org/ and check out “Ethan has nowhere to go,” a multimedia exhibit based on a missing short story by our Art Director, Jeremy Hight. Artists of different disciplines took Jeremy’s story and created strange new adaptations of it, including a short movie, visual art, poetry, interactive exhibits and computer games! Check out various Ethans by Aaron Avila, Alan Bigelow, Scott Davis, Keith Higginbotham, Alexandra Naughton, Jason Nelson, Vera Lucia Pinto, Johansen Quijano, Anastasia Salter, Matthew Sherling, Brian Vann, and Anonymous! This exhibit will continue, and if you’re interested in participating in the future, why not check out our site’s Masthead and drop Jeremy a line?
Last month, at the Conference of the Association of Writers’ Programs, Unlikely Books was pleased to release two wonderful new manuscripts of poetry: Beautiful Rush by Marc Vincenz (the follow-up to last year’s Unlikely Book, Marc’s Gods of a Ransacked Century) and #specialcharacters by Larissa Shmailo! These are two beautiful, lovingly-produced books by two great poets working at the top of their literary game. Check ‘em out at http://www.UnlikelyStories.org/unlikely_books/ !
More to follow,