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Michael Cisco – An army is a horror: a festival of unrealities, and entrancing body of hallucinations mutilated with surgical precision

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Michael Cisco, The Narrator, Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2010.


“THE NARRATOR—the new novel by Michael Cisco, author of The Traitor and The Divinity Student—is also his most sophisticated. Cisco’s prose, by turns phantasmagorical and exhilarating (reminiscent one moment of Robbe-Grillet, the next of Artaud, with a tinge of Thomas Ligotti, the imaginative virtuosity of Gene Wolfe or M. John Harrison), is like a stark sequence of strong iron bars, brimming with dark ambiance. Combining unmatched craft with masterful storytelling, this is literate fantasy unlike any other, intricate as the most elaborate dream, in which the narrator himself is the most ambiguous thing of all.”

“If William Burroughs was helping Cormac McCarthy rewrite Blood Meridian as dark fantasy, it might look something like this. The Narrator is wonderfully grotesque and slippery book, a meditation on the nature of violence chock-full of palpable, haunting and shocking strangeness.” — Brian Evenson

“Cisco wields words in sw…

Douglas A. Martin - Narratives, which read like lines of verse: a gorgeous poem-as-novel set in he wake of the explosive ecstasies of 20th century art

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Douglas A. Martin, Your Body Figured, Nightboat Books, 2008.

"Rilke, Balthus, Hart Crane, Francis Bacon: Of their lives and work, and of a lyric examination of the ruthless force of art and the erotic, Douglas A. Martin has conjured a mesmerizing and disturbing text, a gorgeous poem-as-novel set in he wake of the explosive ecstasies of twentieth century art. I have read nothing else like it." - Honor Moore

"This poet-novelist's latest, Your Body Figured, makes stunning use of the second-person singular in three novellas about the poet Hart Crane and the painters Balthus and Francis Bacon. His narratives, which read like lines of verse, are at once specific and full of developing possibility perfect to capture how the lives of artists assume shape." - Time Out New York


Douglas A. Martin, Once You Go Back: A Novel, Seven Stories Press, 2009.

"In 2000, Douglas A. Martin burst onto the American literary scene with his sexy debut novel, Outline of My Lover. Followi…

Tricia Bauer - Gradual decomposition of all that is familiar and of a daughter’s gathering of memories to form the arresting collage

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Tricia Bauer, Father Flashes, Fiction Collective 2, 2011.

"Father Flashes reimagines what the novel can be or do. Composed of stunning vignettes that capture the deterioration of a father’s mind and body, this novel provides poetic insight into the complex workings of a father-daughter relationship. As the father collapses, what appears is the daughter’s struggle to simply cope. In prose composed of intense and moving shards, Tricia Bauer delivers a revealing account of the gradual decomposition of all that is familiar and of a daughter’s gathering of memories to form the arresting collage that is Father Flashes."

“Father Flashes by Tricia Bauer is a beautifully written memoir and tribute. A father’s personality, his essence, is preserved even as his disappearing is documented. These flashes linger in the reader’s mind, and all together they build the life that must have been.” —Bobbie Ann Mason

“Suffused with tenderness, Tricia Bauer’s Father Flashes is at once austere and lav…

Michael Woods - The environment in which he exists is a journal of mistakes where all fantasies lead to further aberrations

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Michael Woods, Snail Gun: A Novel, iUniverse, Inc., 2006.

"A look into an idea of a reality which would exist beyond the sum of the mechanics beneath the mountains which he wishes would crumble. The technogolies are the antagonists and halves of religions relaying and documenting and endangering lives throughout the past one hundred years. A tiny amphibian becomes a protagonist and remains nameless in a small room throughout the story. Below the shell of each location is an escape into a dream from all other escapes. The city is accepted as the vitriolic encapsulation of reality as well as a hiding place from a world which is a product of a threat and is either quaking or flooded or in flames. The environment in which he exists is a journal of mistakes where all fantasies lead to further aberrations."


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Mathew Timmons - Hate Is The New Love. People who like The New Me also like The New Love of my life. Say Hello to The New Love in my life

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Mathew Timmons, The New Poetics (Trenchart: the Maneuvers), Les Figues Press, 2010.

"Poetry. A cross-referenced encyclopedia of all things New, Mathew Timmons's THE NEW POETICS challenges the prevailing obsession with the emergent and the reinvented by remaking The New itself in the image of the banal. Employing techniques of collage and appropriation, Timmons explores the endless repetition and recapitulation inherent in a language constructed from signs, signifiers, memes, short-hands, ready-made phrases and the vast wash of pop-culture paraphernalia. Written with poetics as both subject and approach, but in rambling prose paragraphs and breathless, run-on sentences, THE NEW POETICS simultaneously critiques and reenacts the search for the ever-desirable and ever-elusive New in the rubble of convention.

“Consisting of cross-referenced, encyclopedia-style entries on everything new—The New Alexandrine, the New Egret, the New Emotion, the New Look, and the New New Deal, for insta…