The Weaklings (XL) is Dennis Cooper’s first full-length collection of poetry in almost two decades. Although best known nowadays as the author of nine celebrated and controversial novels, including the five novel sequence The George Miles Cycle (1998-2000), The Sluts (2004), and, most recently, The Marbled Swarm (2011), Cooper came to prominence as a poet in the early 1980s. His first collection, Idols (1979), is considered a classic of gay literature, and his second, Tenderness of the Wolves (1981), was nominated for The Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His most recent collection was The Dream Police: Selected Poems 1969-1993 (1994). Cooper’s poems have been widely anthologized, including in Post-Modern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology, and were featured in the PBS series The United States of Poetry. The Weaklings (XL), which expands upon a limited edition 2008 book of the same name, gathers the best of Cooper’s poetry from the last 19 years.
Bound by Blue
Stories by Meg Tuite
5.25 x 8″ paperback
Advance Praise for Bound by Blue
“Meg Tuite’s stories are intense, blinking rooms with mirrored windows and revolving doors. We wear her characters’ scars, and we are haunted by their thoughts. It would all seem terrible if we weren’t so intoxicated by Tuite’s voice, its inviting, fragrant nectar; she writes requiems for fever dreams.”
–Jen Michalski, author of The Tide King and Could You Be With Her Now
“It’s hard not to feel the range of human emotion when you read Bound by Blue. Meg Tuite’s stories are beautifully painful and painfully beautiful. These characters will stick with you so long, you’ll remember them as people you actually knew.”
—Jessica Anya Blau, author of The Wonder Bread Summer
“Meg Tuite’s quirky worlds force a funhouse mirror in front of the freak show of life. There’s poison buried deep in the candy that’s Bound By Blue, but you will be a better person, once you’ve let it kill you softly—the ache, the beauty and the pain molding you into a more perfect being.”
—Brian Allen Carr, author of Vampire Conditions
“Meg Tuite writes these stories like secret storms. You won’t notice until after how wrecked the lawn of your brain has become, as these stories sneak up and roll over you in the best way. Tuite’s characters are the bravest frightened animals, caught out in a bright light—their beautiful, terrible choices exposed and devastating.”
—Amber Sparks, author of May We Shed These Human Bodies
“Deep empathy rises inside you as you read Meg Tuite’s brilliant story collection, Bound By Blue. From the first page, the characters, their flaws, their movements are so alive you feel as if you know them – and you do – because they are a part of you. Stunning, thought-provoking, gripping, these exquisite stories
mix haunting memories with humor and grit. They will leave you with a stronger sense of our shared humanity. A masterful story collection.”
—Deborah Henry, author of The Whipping Club (named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012 and selected for O Magazine July Summer Reading Issue)
“Bound by Blue by Meg Tuite sparkles darkly with dense, poetic prose also resembling a hidden knife or gag in the deepest shade of indigo. At the heart of Tuite’s work is memory—specifically, often, the memory of sexual trauma. From externally successful medical student Audrey in ‘The F Word,’ whose revisited sexual past spurs a destructive eating disorder that nearly debilitates her current romantic relationship, to the sweet seven year old Marliss in ‘The Tooth Fairy,’ writing with a child’s literacy to the Tooth Fairy in the nearly impossible hope of being saved from her brother’s molesting friend, Tuite deftly runs the gamut of characters emerging from the camp of life’s walking wounded. Often, I found, while reading this collection, that I had to pause and absorb, spend a moment away after reading one particular story or another. Tuite’s work is that dark, trenchant, and powerful. The binding garotte here is that of forced silences, of invisible shames, of acts of violence done by one individual to another, the cumulative maimed butterfly effect of these agents—and be forewarned, with the aid of Tuite’s deft skill, the monsters are out of the closets, lingering with lambs, in this explosive collection where even the darkest of her characters is acerbically revealed as human, multi-faceted, and just flawed enough to be somewhat sympathetic in a horrifying and double-edged way that only increases the reader’s understanding of their abuse’s terrifying resonance for their victims.”
—Heather Fowler, Author of This Time, While We’re Awake
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“A compelling and heartbreaking portrait of a man who sees everything but knows nothing.” —Jane DeLynn, author of Leash
“Paradis knows what women and men want, and he does not hold back. Flew Away is a beautiful and important story.” —Min Jin Lee, author of the international best-seller Free Food for Millionaires
Cul de Sac by Scott Wrobel (website)
Review at The Collagist
Review at TwinCities.com
Review at JMWW
Interview on St. Paul Forum (video)
Interview with Steve Almond at The Nervous Breakdown
Review at the Brooklyn Rail
Review at the City Pages
Review at The Minneapolis StarTribune
Research Notes at Necessary Fiction
Review at New Pages
Review at Mill City Bibliophile
The Minneapolis StarTribune’s notice
We know the men who populate Cul De Sac from our own neighborhoods and our own familiar fantasies of the American good life, yet in Scott Wrobel’s hands their faults and strange inner minds frighten and delight us. Here are middle-aged men who deal with parenting, marriage, and grief by untangling extension cords, organizing garages, stalking seasonal Eastern European service workers at family resorts, violating jars of mayonnaise, and sabotaging houses-for-sale to keep their neighborhood Caucasian. Cul De Sac is an honest and empathetic look behind the tailored lawns and powerwashed-perfect decks of a suburban community to its awkwardly humorous and sad reality—Cheeverland in a modern Midwestern suburb. Cul De Sac provokes, challenges, and invites nervous laughter.
Scott Wrobel has published work in The Rake, Identity Theory, Night Train, Pindeldyboz, Word Riot, Great River Review, and Minnesota Monthly, among other places. He is a winner of the Loft Mentor Series Fiction Award and won the Third Coast 2008 Nonfiction Award. He has also been nominated for the Best New American Writers of 2009.
Praise for Cul De Sac:
Scott Wrobel is an amazingly sharp and gifted writer, and his debut, Cul De Sac, set in a twenty-first century American suburbia of lost dreams and troubled families, is not only one of the truest and saddest collections of stories I’ve ever read, but also one of the funniest.
-Donald Ray Pollock, author of Knockemstiff and The Devil All the Time
Scott Wrobel’s stories are haunting, moving, strangely funny, and utterly unforgettable. This is a book you will hang on to so you can reread it and feel the thrill of discovery all over again.
-Jessica Anya Blau, author of Drinking Closer to Home
With his debut collection, Cul De Sac, Scott Wrobel paints a pitch-perfect portrait of men shouldering heavy ass burdens with grace and humor. There are echoes of Raymond Carver and Larry Brown here, both in tone and setting, but the thing Wrobel has most in common with Carver and Brown is that all three tell stories that stick in your gut for a long damn time.
-John Jodzio, author of If You Lived Here You’d Already Be Home
Wrobel’s stories of mitigation, miscommunication, and dissolution in this nowhere setting we all know so well, are acutely punctuated with the maladies of modern life. They move from laugh-out-loud comedy to stifled tragedy easily, and leave you with the sense that the world could melt away in a blink, that we are on the edge of the void always. I kept roaring with laughter in spite of myself.
-Geoff Herbach, author of The Miracle Letters of T. Rimberg
Embodied by Keith Nathan Brown
A Psycho Soma in Poetry and Prose
In this multifaceted collection of dreamscape stories and arabesque concrete poetry, Keith Nathan Brown invokes a wide range of literary and non-literary forms—from poetry to scientific report, from short story to mathematical proof—as a way to explore the gray area between mind and body where selfhood finds its origin. These thirty three fictions, poems and hybrid texts are arranged in thematically-related sets and subsets to simulate a travel guide to “cross-conscious interstates.” Whether induced by illness or intoxication, or inspired by music or meditation, each psychoactive text offers itself as a node in a larger conversation about time, identity, meaning and the human bond. Philosophical in scope, psychological in depth, at turns witty and cerebral, at turns brooding and surreal, Embodied twists language—literally and figuratively—to open up portals of heightened reality and, more importantly, to activate a sense of discovery and awe in the face of everyday existence.
Praise for Embodied:
Keith Nathan Brown’s elegantly eclectic book, Embodied, puts the high in hybrid. This is a significant new twist in the double helix of New Formalism’s formulae, an architecture of Frank Gehryesque proportions. There is no ironing out all these endless wrinkles, a static wall of balled up sound, stamping with the stutter of an uncanny cunning CAD.
-Michael Martone, author of Four for a Quarter
Keith Nathan Brown embodies many voices and forms in this collection, as we have visual poetry and equations mixed inside stories and recipes and the result is a feast for all of our human senses. At once daring and accessible, Embodied is an innovative work from a bold and talented writer.
-Robert Lopez, author of Asunder
“We have to go deeper yet,” says one of Keith Nathan Brown’s characters, early in Embodied. She says, “There’s more layers, always more layers,” and everywhere in this book our reading proves her right: Dig below Brown’s playful form and his accumulations of striking images and fragments, and there you might find only more questions, and beneath them only more almost-answers, new potential significances. “Someday this will all make sense,” promises another character, and perhaps he is right. But if not, then who are we to complain, when the uncertainties are this curious? This is a book for seekers, a ritual of discovery, and Brown is a fine guide to its mysteries.
-Matt Bell, author of Cataclysm Baby
Keith Nathan Brown received a B.S. in Physics from Marlboro College. His essay, “Network Subrealism: Sketch of an Emerging Literary Trend,” published in Puerto del Sol, traces the philosophical and technological origins of a new branch of literature. His hybrid texts and visual poetry have appeared in Word For/ Word, elimae, Unsaid and elsewhere. Embodied is his first book. He lives in Brattleboro, VT.