Penultimate Human Constellation by Benjamin and Steven Ostrowski
Release Date August 21st, 2018
"You will never encounter another volume of poetry like this. Father and son, Steven and Ben Ostrowski give the reader the most intimate and engaging look into a closeness between two family members I’ve yet encountered; a dialogue couched in experimental form and imagery that is always fresh and inventive. A book of correspondences that often spans oceans and continents as the two are separated. Not a single lazy line and nothing telegraphed. Surprises abound around every corner, hallmarked by wit, love and a genuine, deep affection for one another. Each poem is masterfully sectioned by the authors, a joy to read. Would that all fathers and sons could share such a genuine interest in each other’s lives. Imaginative writing at its very finest, employing free-association writing techniques that keep the reader transfixed and entertained page after page. Unique is a term often overused. Penultimate Human Constellation is inarguably unique, and lives up to the volume’s title in the most unanticipated and delightful ways."
Cover Art by Steven Ostrowski
Mute by Shome Dasgupta
Release Date September 12th, 2018
"Shome Dasgupta's Mute reveals how the desperation to please friends, coaches, would-be lovers, parents, wives, and daughters results in an overwhelming sense of disorientation. Fraught with anxieties, Mute transforms situations that could easily turn toxic into moments of personal sadness and loneliness that, productively for our time, unveil a multitude of imaginative maneuvers that help these narrators accept their lives and fates."
Molly Gaudry, author of We Take Me Apart and the forthcoming Desire: A Haunting
How Much Of What Falls Will Be Left When It Gets To The Ground?
by Carolyn Guinzio
Release Date September 25th, 2018
“In this book Carolyn Guinzio creates a world out of elements far beyond language on a page. Maps, photos, collage, typographical art, all intertwine as poetry of breathtaking freshnessnes and depth. This hybrid work is a beautiful exploration of the meaning of place, both present and past. *How Much of What Falls Will Be Left When It Gets To The Ground?* is a wildly layered memory book that demands to be returned to again and again.”
Jacob Shores-Arguello, author of Paraíso
Animal You'll Surely Become by Brittany Hailer
Release Date October 9th
"Animal You'll Surely Become is a brutal and lyric shape-shifter of a book. It reinvents itself with each chapter, always turning on the reader. This book is an animal who is smart and soft, intuitive and vicious. It is a hybrid-myth of a beast with three faces pointing backwards, forwards, and most importantly: straight ahead, daring its reader, its prey, to blink. Hailer debuts with a lush and dirty book that is as adventurous as it is ambitious, and as I read it, I couldn’t look away."
Sarah Shotland, author of Junkette
Blood In the Asphalt:
Prayers From the Highway
by Jesse Sensibar
Release Date October 16th, 2018
"In a piece near the end of Blood In The Asphalt: Prayers From The Highway, Jesse Sensibar chooses not to set upright a toppled roadside cross because he doesn’t “want to interfere.” That could be an aesthetic statement about a riveting collection made all the more
remarkable by all the things it doesn’t do. He says what happened. He documents with stark, vibrant photographs the makeshift shrines that would otherwise be only a blur. He achieves great feeling without sentimentalism. He is frank but never blasé, never manipulative. We are so often moving at breakneck speed, and this book is that rare thing: a quiet, commanding voice saying stop. Stop, and notice. You’ll never get it right if you try to explain. He never buries the material under directives about how to feel about it, and in so not doing, he’s created a powerful, haunting book that you’ll be richly rewarded for reading."
Carolyn Guinzio, author of Ozark Crows
Too many questions about strawberries by Jen Hirt
Release Date November 13th
"In Too Many Questions About Strawberries, Pushcart Prize winner Jen Hirt, explores the age in which we live—one that has become a kaleidoscope of concern—and the ways in which our apprehensions can cause additional damage. Through masterful experimentation and uniquely playful language, Hirt allows poetic form to grow organically from the needs of each poem's voice, and the discoveries that we can make--about ourselves and about the world around us--become beautifully and unabashedly endless."
Heather Lang, Tolsun Co-Publisher
pungent dins concentric by Vanessa Couto Johnson
Release Date December 4th
"Propelled by extraordinary imaginative force, the poems of Vanessa Couto Johnson’s dazzling pungent dins concentric unfold in a sequence of evocations, each one summoning into view a moment of bustle in a specific but overloaded social space. The works are built of sentences, swirling syntactic image structures that seem to be the outcome of critical attention to the strangeness of the world around us. Linguistic wit and sassy irreverence partially veil Johnson’s dismay, but they cannot veil the poet’s ebullient joie de vivre."
Lyn Hejinian, author of My Life and My Life in the Nineties
Fluoride by Chad Meadows
Release Date December 18th
"People who love the Walmart Super Super Super center might hate Meadows’ anti-anti-unestablishment themes and his snappy, wry prose. But what cool person wouldn’t love Willem Defoe as the spokes-voice of the dangerously dystopic iFuture, or the spunky and learned Trivia Barker, the greatest Quizzo champion of all time and possible love child of Bob Barker? Yuppies may especially hate Meadows’ weaving plot lines, bipolar perspectives, and sardonic humor told by short-legged misanthropes. But not us. We think Meadows is a regular Jamie Jorp Joyce or Edgar Hummingway. We’’ll always be found with Fluoride, and you can try to pry it from our clammy, tiny fingers."
The Tolsun Editors
(Intentionally Blank) by Thomas Mundt
Release Date March 13th, 2019