SPLIT ROCK CHAPBOOKS & EDITIONS

 

The Crossing Over

by Jen Karetnick

These poems about the migrant experience in the Mediterranean, narrated from the boat's point of view, begin with the crafting of the vehicle – the birth of its voice – and end with its destruction. As much participant as it is victim, the boat is the lens through which the reader sees all that happens to the refugees: smuggling, hunger and thirst, rape, drowning, organ stealing, deportation, and repatriation – and, for some, survival in a new country. Embodied by its burden of human experience, from birth in open international waters to an airplane exploding overhead from a bomb, the boat strives to interact with humans, good and evil, as well as the Mediterranean Sea itself, and all that it contains and maintains, both natural and made. As such, it takes on a variety of personas, becoming at turns unwitting witness to and un/willing partner of the refugees of various global crises, who have no choice but to make these desperate ocean journeys.

 

Waters Deep: A Great Lakes Poetry Anthology (Vol. 1)

Waters Deep: A Great Lakes Poetry Anthology brings together thirty-five contemporary poets that have been inspired and shaped by the Great Lakes. These poems invite and encourage readers to appreciate and explore more deeply this unique and complex region—the woods, watersheds, grassy plains, hills, bluffs, iron and copper ranges, towns, cities, snow belts and rustbelts. From layers of history and human culture to natural landscapes and built environments, the perspectives and styles of the poets in Waters Deep are as varied and powerful as the lakes themselves.

 

The CLEAVAGE PLANES OF SOUTHWEST MINERALS [A LOVE STORY]

by Rosemarie Dombrowski

These technically experimental poems express an almost religious devotion to the minerals of the Southwest, but they are also a kind of sleight-of-hand, creating a metonymic landscape where every corner of the Southwest represents a human love affair with land, body, and other. Thus, the poems are a geologically obfuscated narrative sequence, a story of our desire for anything volcanic, anything that approximates a cure for the modern world, a heaven of the earth’s making.

 

LIMITS TO THE SALUTARY EFFECTS OF UPPER-MIDWESTERN MELANCHOLY

MARC J. SHEEHAN

Limits to the Salutary Effects of Upper-Midwestern Melancholy often explores a sense of isolation; however, these poems abound with a wry sense of humor and word-play that keeps them from becoming predictable or maudlin. They attempt to find “the invisible grace raining down” upon bullet-riddled road signs, beach weddings, and a cereal maker’s warehouse of decoder rings. Through such particular and carefully-drawn details, Sheehan makes that elusive, invisible grace visible.