Posts Tagged ‘Sarabande Books

03
Jan
13

Carrie St. George Comer’s The Unrequited (2003)

Over the next few weeks or months, I will post all my reviews (“Tom’s Celebrations”) that appeared in Redactions: Poetry, Poetics, & Prose (formerly Redactions: Poetry & Poetics) up to and including issue 12. After that, my reviews appeared here (The Line Break) before appearing in the journal. This review first appeared in issue 4/5, which was published circa early 2005.

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Carrie Comer's – The UnrequitedStephen Dunn chose Carrie St. George Comer’s The Unrequited (Sarabande Books) as the winner of the 2002 Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry, & part of its reason for winning this award, I imagine, is due to Comer’s ability to take a thought/image/idea & run with it, for this is where Comer best succeeds. Her poems, at times, take or establish a supposition (which may or may not be a truth or true fact) & the poem builds, & builds on it. In “Three Days Before,” the poem supposes you know when you will die “Three days before you die.” And the poem details the physical ailments that occur three days before your death, such as “your head gets smaller,” “the skin of your neck loosens,” “your arms get thinner, / and hang from your torso as if attached by thread,” & other key indicators. For 13 pages, the poem continues to explore the third day before you die & does so without losing energy or without seeming contrived. It flows. The poem, in a sense, is kinda jazzy in that manner.

Comer will also initiate poems with a supposition but at times is unable to find or arrive at an ending (similar to a Monty Python skit), such as “Vespers” or “Get Outta Town.” But not finding an ending does not really detract from the poetry because the language is fresh & there are good movements. (Does anyone care that Monty Python can’t find a solid close to one of its skits? No, because laughs are had. For Comer, poetry is had.) So in this collection of Comer’s poems, we will find successful poems that don’t obey the dictum, “A poem should click shut at the end like the top of a well made box.” BUT there are many poems that do click shut, & almost all have a wonderful surreal energy about them.//

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Comer, Carrie St. George. The Unrequited. Louisville, KY: Sarabande Books, 2003.//

16
Jun
12

Presses with Open Readings for Full-Length Poetry Manuscripts

In the past, I have created such lists as all the Small, Independent, and University Press Poetry Book Publishers (which was up-to-date as of 3-6-10 with 687 presses) and all the Journals with “Review” in Their Title, Who Accept Poetry, and Who Have a Website (which was up-to-date as of 2-29-12 with 344 journals.) The first lists I made were Poetry Book Contests with Spring & Summer DeadlinesPoetry Book Contests with Fall & Winter Deadlines (scroll down), and Poetry Chapbook Contests (scroll down).

Now, it’s time to start a new list, and I’ll keep it here and I’ll update it as I can. Currently, these are the only ones I remember or that other kind people have reminded me of. The list will grow, and if you know of any open readings, please note them in the comments and I’ll add them to the list. I’m trying to limit this list to free readings, but I’ve listed a few that charge a reading fee.

Press with Open Reading for Full-Length Poetry Manuscripts

All the Time Open Readings (last checked and updated 1-3-20.)

January Open Readings (Checked and updated 1-3-20.)
February Open Readings
March Open Readings
April Open Readings (last checked and updated 4-2-18)
May Open Readings
June Open Readings (last checked and updated 6-5-18)
July Open Readings (last checked and updated 7-4-19)
August Open Reading (last checked and updated 8-1-17)
September Open Readings (Last checked 9-1-17)
  • Arktoi Books (lesbian poets) (At the moment, Arktoi is not accepting submissions.)
  • Bat Cat Press (“We welcome the submission of complete manuscripts throughout the year. We read in the fall (September-December) and typically send out accept/decline letters in December and January.”)
  • Cherry Castle Publishing (“Our submission period is currently closed.”)
  • Deerbrook Editions (“Suspended until further notice. . . . The normal reading period is August 1 to October 1.” Checked 1-3-20.)
  • FutureCycle Press (They read July through December. Checked 1-3-20.)
  • Harpoon Books (For 2019. $10.)
  • Kore Press (July 9 through October 31. “Open to any women, gender queer, and transgendered artist writing in the English language, whether living in the United States or abroad, and regardless of prior publication history.” Updated 1-3-20.)
  • McSweeney’s Books (“The McSweeney’s Poetry Series is taking a temporary hiatus from accepting submissions. We hope to open things up again before too long.” Checked 7-4-19. They might be permanently closed to submissions.)
  • Sidebrow Books (Through October 31, 2017. “In lieu of a reading fee, we are asking each of you to kindly support our press and authors by buying the book of your choice from our catalog in conjunction with this reading period.”)
  • Tarpaulin Sky Press (“Will we open for unsolicited submissions again, anytime soon? Most likely. But we’re not sure when.”)
  • University of Pittsburgh Press (Pitt Poetry Series. For poets who have previously published a poetry book.)
  • Willow Books (2017. $25.)
October Open Readings (Last updated 10-2-18)
  • Arktori Books (lesbian poets) (“At the moment, Arktoi is not accepting submissions. Check back for changes.”)
  • Apocalypse Party
  • boost house
  • Bat Cat Press (“We welcome the submission of complete manuscripts throughout the year. We read in the fall (September-December) and typically send out accept/decline letters in December and January.”)
  • Black Ocean (“We are currently accepting submissions *for first poetry books* only from October 1 through October 31, 2017.”)
  • Carnegie Mellon University Press (Not open to previous Carnegie Mellon University Press Poets. $15 reading fee.)
  • co-im-press (“Likes works in translation that are strange, transgressive, visceral-mystical, or “unpublishable” through traditional means.”)
  • Counterpath (Begin with a query and a short sample.)
  • Deerbrook Editions (“Suspended until further notice. . . . The normal reading period is August 1 to October 1.” Checked 1-3-20.)
  • El Balazo Press
  • FutureCycle Press (They read July through December. Checked 1-3-20.)
  • Gold Wake Press (Open reading begins March 1. There is no specified end date. Next open reading begins October 1 with no specified end date. Checked 1-3-20.)
  • Harpoon Books (For 2019. $10.)
  • Inside the Castle
  • Kore Press (July 9 through October 31. “Open to any women, gender queer, and transgendered artist writing in the English language, whether living in the United States or abroad, and regardless of prior publication history.” Updated 1-3-20.)
  • McSweeney’s Books (“The McSweeney’s Poetry Series is taking a temporary hiatus from accepting submissions. We hope to open things up again before too long.” Checked 7-4-19. They might be permanently closed to submissions.))
  • Milkweed Editions (“Milkweed Editions does not anticipate holding open submissions periods in 2018.”)
  • Orison Books (Poetry in translation.)
  • Nine Arches Press (October 1-31, 2018.)
  • Sidebrow Books (“We are currently closed for book-length submissions.”)
  • Tavern Books: The Wrolstad Contemporary Series ($15 reading fee. “The Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Series is only open to female poets aged 40 years or younger. Entrants must be US citizens..”)
  • Unicorn Press (April 1 – June 30 and October 1-December 31.)
  • University of Pittsburgh Press (Pitt Poetry Series. For poets who have previously published a poetry book.)
November Open Readings (Last updated 11-14-18)
  • Arktori Books (Lesbian poets. At the moment, Arktoi is not accepting submissions. Check back for changes.”)
  • Bat Cat Press (“We welcome the submission of complete manuscripts throughout the year. We read in the fall (September-December) and typically send out accept/decline letters in December and January.”)
  • Black Lawrence Press
  • FutureCycle Press (They read July through December. Checked 1-3-20.)
  • Harpoon Books (For 2019. $10.)
  • Mason Jar Press ($4 submission fee. Presently no calls.)
  • McSweeney’s Books (“The McSweeney’s Poetry Series is taking a temporary hiatus from accepting submissions. We hope to open things up again before too long.” Checked 7-4-19. They might be permanently closed to submissions.)
  • Tavern Books: The Wrolstad Contemporary Series ($15 reading fee. “The Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Series is only open to female poets aged 40 years or younger. Entrants must be US citizens.”)
  • Unicorn Press (April 1 – June 30 and October 1-December 31.)
  • WordTech Communications (Includes the following imprints Cherry Grove Collections, CW Books, David Robert Books, Turning Point, Word Press, and WordTech Editions.)
December Open Readings
  • Bat Cat Press (“We welcome the submission of complete manuscripts throughout the year. We read in the fall (September-December) and typically send out accept/decline letters in December and January.”)
  • Brick Road Poetry Press (75-100 pages. December 1, 2019 – January 31, 2020.)
  • FutureCycle Press (They read July through December. Checked 1-3-20.)
  • Future Poem Books (December 1 through January 15.)
  • Green Lantern Press (December 1 through January 30.)
  • Harpoon Books (For 2019. $10.)
  • Mason Jar Press ($4 submission fee)
  • Tavern Books: The Wrolstad Contemporary Series ($25 reading fee. “The Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Series is only open to female poets aged 40 years or younger. Entrants must be US citizens.”)
  • Tinderbox Editions (December 1-7 fee-free open reading period. December 1 – January 30 $22 donation period.)
  • Unicorn Press (April 1 – June 30 and October 1-December 31.)
  • WordTech Communications (Includes the following imprints Cherry Grove Collections, CW Books, David Robert Books, Turning Point, Word Press, and WordTech Editions. Closes December 15.)

 

More to come. 
Ultimate update: 1-3-20:
  • Removed from All the Time Open Readings:
    • Alabaster Leaves Publishing.
    • A-Minor Press
    • boost house
    • Choose the Sword Press
    • Field Translation Series
    • Hiraeth Press
    • HVTN
    • Jellyfish Highway
    • Keyhole Press
    • Letter Machine Editions
    • Mid-List Press
    • Milk Press
    • Mongrel Empire Press
    • Oberon Press
    • Red Bridge Press
    • Shire Reckoning Publishing House
    • Skylight Press
    • Upper Rubber Boot Books
  • Removed Graywolf Press from January, May, and August.
  • Removed H_NGM_N BKS from December, January, February, and March.
  • Removed Steel Toe Books from January, February, and October.
  • Added to All the Time Open Readings:
    • Another New Calligraphy
    • Baobab Press
    • Open Letter
  • Added Green Lantern Press to December and January
  • Added Milk and Cake Press to January, February, March, and April
Penultimate update: 7-4-19:
  • Added
    • Lynx House Press to July.
    • Corrupt Press and Vegetarian Alcoholic Press to All the Time Open Readings.
    • Short flight/Long Drive Books to May, June, and July.
    • Harpoon Books to July through December (for 2019).
  • Removed Anchor and Plume Press, ELJ Publications, and Muriel Press from June and July.
  • Removed Four Chambers Press and Robocup Press from July.
Antepenultimate update: 4-29-30: Added Skull + Wind Press to Open All the Time Readings
Preantepenultimate update: 4-4-19: Added Pandhandler Books to February, March, and April.

 

142 presses that print paperback and/or hardcover poetry books.//



The Cave (Winner of The Bitter Oleander Press Library of Poetry Book Award for 2013.)

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