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Chapbooks 2018: Spring

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Fireflies Can Sing
by Lasantha Rodrigo

“Sometimes the blade caught a stone / Which flew to Neptune / With his youth, / Dreams / A better life” (from “Thaththa Cutting Grass” by Lasantha Rodrigo). There is a strong narrative thread that runs through the pieces in Lasantha Rodrigo’s Fireflies Can Sing. Each “piece” attempts to blur the line between genres; hence, poem, passage, or story might not be an accurate name. Because of this narrative thread, each individual piece contributes to the greater narrative arc. Beginning with fireflies, however, the story has a cyclical character, as it ends with fireflies as well. Fireflies are a common motif in Rodrigo’s collection. They are elusive. Magical. And they carry a tiny light in the darkness of the night. They light their own path. Similarly, Rodrigo utilizes this tiny light to guide us through the quagmire of life with all its happy, sad, lonely, nostalgic, daunting, and uncertain moments.

Prose | $7
Size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Binding: Saddle Stitched

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Voids Before the Abyss
by Michael Gibson Wollitz

“They sewed her lips shut with what they had extracted from her, and / [No one bothered to ask her what she was feeling. Thinking]” (from ****** by Michael Gibson Wollitz). Have you ever: wondered why the world you inhabit is dictated by economic measures alone? Considered what would happen if one set about systematically destroying the local library? Weighed just how loathsome the neighbors are for their denials of our environmental existential crisis? Asserted that revolutionary actions might just be preferable to imperial designs? Dreamed of another life, one spent studying the colors of the sea? From experiences in the life of a random person on the street to the grand stages of the twenty-first-century military-industrial complex, Michael Gibson Wollitz’s Voids Before the Abyss explores all these ideas and more. Examining collective political and socioeconomic concerns of paramount importance to our contemporary moment, even as it illuminates the quotidian fragments of individual lives, this collection grapples with crucial issues that (should) matter to us all.

Poetry| $7
Size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Binding: Saddle Stitched

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