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  • Otis Books is pleased to publish Tim Erickson’s debut collection of poetry, Egopolis, a textual journey through destruction, resistance, city, and the Ego, from ancient times to the present day. Erickson’s work has appeared in the Chicago Review, Western Humanities Review, and the Salt Anthology of New Writing. He lives in Salt Lake City.

  • Otis Graduate Writing students will read from their works-in-progress.

  • David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota and currently teaches at USC. He is the author of the novels Little, The Hiawatha, The Translation of Dr. Apelles, named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, as well as a critical work, Native American Fiction: A User's Manual. In 2012, he published another nonfiction work, Rez Life.

  • Angela Flournoy’s first novel The Turner House was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She lives in Los Angeles.

  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.

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Ray DiPalma, The Ancient Use of Stone: Journals and Daybooks, 1998–2008

 

There’s nothing here to be measured
– simply take your share. Pensa, lettor.
The rift in perspective – a record of intuitive endeavors
serendipitous at the graft – limned by the eye.
Blood on the chain, a form of motion
written in black and blue, the body means to go back.
Verticals stagger and extend the spiral
– resisting the pull of gravity, slicing
a disputed form into gestures. Said
– to be – said to be, seen. Said to be.
Argot, hieroglyphics, and the play of appearances,
micromass of all sorts. Tilt of lens,
shape and angle of mirror, light caught in the bevel
from the torch of Phlegyas. Prenda, lettor.

Born in New Kensington, Pennsylvania in 1943, Ray DiPalma received his BA from Duquesne University and his MFA from the University of Iowa. From 1968–1975 he taught poetry at Bowling Green University and moved to New York in 1975. Author of more than forty books of poetry, DiPalma has also published many editions of visual work, including one-of-a-kind artist’s books, sound texts, collages and prints. Among his earlier published collections are January Zero (1984), Raik (1989), Numbers and Tempers (1993), Hôtel des ruines (1993), Provocations (1994), Le tombeau de Reverdy (1998), Letters (1998) and Gnossiennes (2005). His most recent books include L’Usage ancien de la pierre (Editions Greges, 2007), Quatre poèmes (Editions Comp’Act, 2006; both translated by Vincent Dussol), and Caper (with Paul Vangelisti; ML & NLF, Piacenza, 2006). He lives in New York City and teaches at the School of Visual Arts.

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  • ISBN: 978-0-9796177-5-1
  • Price:$14.95
  • Published 2009
  • 213 pages

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