Archives for category: John Brantingham

As we start the new year, we’d like to tip our hat to the books published by Silver Birch Press in 2015.

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The Hollywood Catechism, poems by Paul Fericano (March 2015) — a 110-page collection that shines a bright searchlight on our addiction to pop culture, our fixation on celebrity worship, and our suspicion of religious ideas. Each poem is a small lens flipped to reveal an alternate universe into which the reader enters bravely with no exit sign in sight. Fericano’s unique perspective is marked by a skill and talent that blends socio-political satire with suffering and sentiment. In the process, he manages to acknowledge our shenanigans and celebrate our humanity.

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Kissing My Shadow, poems by Merrill Farnsworth (May 2015) — a 60-page collection of poetry that features 42 poems charting the author’s soulful sojourn from childhood onward. The book has earned high praise from critics as well as readers.

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The Great Gatsby Anthology (June 2015) — a collection of poetry and prose inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel from 80 established and up-and-coming authors around the world.

 

 

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Dual Impressions: Poetic Conversations About Art by John Brantingham & Jeffrey Graessley (August 2015) — a discussion between John Brantingham and Jeffrey Graessley about art and life in the form of over 90 poems that cover themes such as war, poverty, and social justice. The collection also includes an interview with the authors — where they explain the genesis for the project as well as their collaborative methods, and discuss their museum visits and art research — plus links to the artwork that served as inspiration for the poems.

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Found & Lost, found & visual poetry by George McKim (August 2015) – a collection of repurposed and remixed Found Poetry and Visual Poetry. George McKim has repurposed and remixed the work of poets ranging from Tristan Tzara to Lyn Hejinian and has transformed their words into a fascinating collection of strangely haunting Found Poems. Augmenting these poems are fourteen vintage dictionary pages that have metamorphosed into full color Visual Poems.

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IDES: A Collection of Poetry Chapbooks (October 2015) — Silver Birch Press decided to celebrate the year 2015 by asking 15 poets each to contribute 15 pages of poetry to a chapbook collection entitled IDES (released on the ides of October 2015). The result is a diverse mix of poetry by authors from coast to coast.

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Alice in Wonderland Anthology (November 2015) — a 148-page collection of writing, art & photography from 63 contributors around the world to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s masterwork,  Alice in Wonderland. Available in black and white and full-color versions.

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Silver Birch Press is pleased to announce the August 18, 2015 release of Dual Impressions: Poetic Conversations About Art by John Brantingham and Jeffrey Graessley. The 138-page collection features ekphrastic poetry based on artwork by a range of artists, including: Paul Cézanne, Marc Chagall, Edgar Degas, El Greco, Edward Hopper, Paul Klee, Gustav Klimt, René Magritte, Édouard Manet, Henri Matisse, Amadeo Modligliani, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, John Singer Sargent, Georges-Pierre Seurat, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Vincent van Gogh, and James Whistler.

Dual Impressions: Poetic Conversations About Art is a discussion between John Brantingham and Jeffrey Graessley about art and life in the form of over 90 poems that cover themes such as war, poverty, and social justice. The collection also includes an interview with the authors — where they explain the genesis for the project as well as their collaborative methods, and discuss their museum visits and art research — plus links to the artwork that served as inspiration for the poems.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS…

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John Brantingham is Writer-in-Residence at the dA Center for the Arts. He teaches composition and creative writing at Mt. San Antonio College and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. He has had hundreds of poems, short stories, and essays published in the United States and Europe in venues such as Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac, Tears in the Fence, The Journal, Confrontation, and Pearl Magazine. He is president of the San Gabriel Valley Literary Festival, a nonprofit that brings poetry readings to the San Gabriel Valley. He writes in a number of styles and genres including literary fiction, crime fiction, and poetry. His books include Let Us All Pray Now to Our Own Strange Gods (literary short stories), The Green of Sunset (prose poems), Mann of War (crime novel), East of Los Angeles (a poetry collection), and The Gift of Form (an instruction guide for writing formal poetry).

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Jeffrey Graessley spends his nights in the San Gabriel Valley. His recent work can be found in a variety of magazines, including The Idiom, New Myths Magazine, and Tears in the Fence. He is the author of the chapbooks Cabaret of Remembrance (Sweatshoppe Publications, 2014) and The Old Masters (Arroyo Seco Press, 2015). His recent discovery of the Beat generation has prompted loving and longing thoughts for that simple, drunken, far-gone time in American history.

Dual Impressions: Poetic Conversations About Art by John Brantingham and Jeffrey Graessley is available at Amazon.com.

COVER: “Waiting” by Edgar Degas (1882).