April 2018 Book List

Welcome to ENVELIT!

It feels like we’ve been waiting years since the site launched, but it has only been two months.  We are pleased to announce the contents of our inaugural shipment!

BOOKS:

“Fully Formed”
          by Alexis-Rueal

(Writing Knights Press, 2018, $10.00)
Alexis-Rueal was born in Kentucky, raised in Marion, Ohio, and has been a fixture in the Columbus, Ohio poetry scene since 2011.  She has authored the chapbooks “Letter to 20” (The Poet’s Haven, 2013) and “According to the Results” (Writing Knights, 2014), and performed at festivals and venues throughout Ohio and Kentucky.  She was a member of The Women of Appalachia: Women Speak project in 2016-17.  Her first full-length collection, “I Speak Hick,” was published by Writing Knights Press in 2016.  When not writing and performing, she ballroom dances and spends time with her family.

          Here resides wonder,
          here, our hope lives on.
          Here, a cherished sight.
          Here, we love the light.

“To Breathe I’m Too Thin”
          by Dalton Day

(Hyacinth Girl Press, 2016, $6.00)
Dalton Day is a writer currently living between North Carolina, Georgia, & Texas. He has a dog named Dot.

You reach inside my chest to grab my heart, but it isn’t there. You reach further & further until you’re completely inside me. It is snowing. It looks like the sky is shedding her feathers. In front of you is a frozen lake. It spreads so far you think it might be an ocean.

“How to Cook a Ghost”
          by Logan February

(Glass Poetry Press, 2017, $8.50)
Logan February is a happy-ish Nigerian owl who likes pizza & typewriters. His work has appeared in “(b)OINK,” “Wildness,” “Vagabond City,” and more.

          Take this goose
               and soak it in palm wine
          Bring to a slow
              boil
          until it starts to fall
                  a p a r t
          Butter is useful
              but it is a
              bad sign
          means you are weak
          have        still
               not moved on
          The capacity to be
          underwhelmed
              is never more apparent
          than when
               you are calling the wrong
                  name
          Hold head
          over steam
              try to breathe out
               make do with all of this
                        homelessness
              The feathers are completely
                            useless if you
                   have nowhere to go
               Holding up your palms
          is equivalent
          to frying a bird over a candle
                when there is a bonfire
              raging
                   outside

“Ungrateful – A Paper Daughter”
          by Lucy Chau Lai-Tuen

(The Poet’s Haven, 2017, $8.00)
Lucy Chau Lai-Tuen was made in Hong Kong and exported to the UK as a transracial adoptee.  Lucy is a dyslexic actor, writer, filmmaker, trainer, and transracial adoptee advocate who happens to love dim sum, Yorkshire pudding, and a nice cuppa of cha.  She trained at the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama, and is the first British East Asian actress to graduate from a recognized UK drama school.  Lucy is very outspoken on the matter of transracial adoption, giving talks, lectures, and public presentations on what it means to be transracially adopted.

          …A mask that colours everyone’s thoughts
          Shading assumptions
          I suppose

          Too English to be Chinese
          Too Chinese to be English

          I suppose

          I was neither
          Clinging to the fringes
          Looking in from the outside…

BONUS ITEMS:

“Desperate Seeker” by Gary Beck
Writing Knights FourPlay: four pages, four poems.
“Phoenix” by Jen Pezzo POSTER
A limited-edition 11″x17″ poster printed by The Poet’s Haven exclusively for Envelit subscribers featuring a poem and artwork by Jen Pezzo!

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