Love Me, Love My Belly zine (no. 2)

LMLMB no. 2 is composed of the work of 2 creative nonfiction essayists, 9 poets, 1 short story writer, and 3 artists. This half-size zine is 44 pages and bound & trimmed by hand, also with a color cover. | available via Etsy | $9.50

From the website: “Love Me, Love My Belly is an annual print zine dedicated to the acceptance of self and imperfection as beauty. It’s about the space between us, our differences, our scars, our wobbly bits, and our power as it relates to the bodies we live in.”

Contributors:

Rose Lemberg – poetry
Shannon Curtin – poetry
Katharyn Howd Machan – poetry
Coco Owen – poetry
Sandra Anfang – poetry
Keri Withington – poetry
Mimi Emig – poetry
Minadora Macheret – poetry
Shanna Williams – poetry
Bev Magennis – creative nonfiction
Kamala Bremer – creative nonfiction
Nancy Devine – fiction
Angie Reed Garner – art
Celia Yost – art
Nicci Mechler – art

Probably Crying Review on Sonya Vatomsky’s My Heart in Aspic

Sometimes people review our chaps. Here’s one we particularly enjoy:

review by: beyza ozer

let me start off by saying this: after finishing MY HEART IN ASPIC, you may feel like you woke up one morning with mysterious bruises covering your body. you may think these bruises are whispering reassuring things to you during the darkest parts of your day, but these whispers are not coming from your bruises. this is because they are coming from sonya vatomsky and her formidable poems. be scared, but let them in.

more at probably crying review.

more about My Heart in Aspic / $7 / more  about Sonya Vatomsky

My Heart in Aspic (Sonya Vatomsky)

This is a book of sensory-rich poetry investigating the body, decay/fracture, rich marrow, salted flesh, and breathing in all the dark things. This is precisely the kind of work we were looking for when we talked about finding the pieces that capture sage smoke in the eaves. It hooks you from the epigraph quote (Marina Tsvetaeva) and serves up a multi-course meal of, as one reviewer suggests, the playful & grotesque. | available from our shop, $7.

The chapbook measures about 5.25 x 5 inches. Its cover is printed via inkjet on Epson matte photo paper. Each book is handbound & trimmed.

An excerpt from the book, the title poem, “My heart in aspic”:

Who am I to tell you to go
when I keep resentment like a fugitive
warm & nourished in a spare room?
We do our best, or we don’t.
We gnawed the cold universe to the rib,
left white bones strewn about
the tablecloth; killed flies. One, then two.
Three.
Four.
A witch can only be burned so many times before she thinks, hmm,
something has got to change here. I’ve been soup
that charred black to the pot, I’ve made the mistake of listening
when I should have cursed
I salted for flavor and not against ghosts
I am Russian; I ate
cold tongue before I knew how to kiss.

About the poet:

Sonya Vatomsky is a Moscow-born, Seattle-raised feminist poet and essayist. Her work appears in a good amount of places, many of them with spooky names like Hermeneutic Chaos, Menacing Hedge, and Bone Bouquet, and she edits and reviews poetry at Fruita Pulp. Find her online at sonyavatomsky.tumblr.com & @coolniceghost.

About the cover artist:

Shannon Perry | www.valentinestattoo.com | @shannoneperry on Instagram.

What others are saying about My Heart in Aspic:

“Although this is considered a chapbook, the poems inside are so rich and thick that My Heart in Aspic swells and bursts at the seams. With an unapologetic lyricism unique to her work, Sonya Vatomsky guts empty promises offered up as love and reveals the bloody entrails of resistance, what one can suck from the bones of loss. She peels back the layered skin of memories and indulges in both the plums and the salt, the butcher’s carcass and the body that is breaking against “the film between this world / and the next.” Vivid and sensuous, playful and grotesque, Vatomsky has prepared a feast – but don’t get caught thinking she is here to serve.”

Sarah Xerta, author Nothing To Do with Me

Notes:

“Coq au vin” received a Best of the Net nomination from Hermeneutic Press | read it online

Reviews:

review by: beyza ozer

let me start off by saying this: after finishing MY HEART IN ASPIC, you may feel like you woke up one morning with mysterious bruises covering your body. you may think these bruises are whispering reassuring things to you during the darkest parts of your day, but these whispers are not coming from your bruises. this is because they are coming from sonya vatomsky and her formidable poems. be scared, but let them in.

more at probably crying review.

Blood Knot (Suzanne Rogier Marshall)

Suzanne’s chapbook is about things just under the surface, barely buried, waiting to be discovered. At first, this book seemed to be about a gorgeously imagined landscape, metaphor, of course, and then it traveled quickly into the guts of a family, of the things kept hidden and broken open like little secrets, the gemmed interior under the hard crust of stone. The language of her linked poems never let us go, alternately sharp and playful in places. “You tumble around inside of me,” says her narrator of a recent loss. This is how we felt upon the rising close of the final poem. | available via our shop

The chapbook measures about 5.25 x 5 inches. Its cover is printed via inkjet on Epson matte photo paper. Each book is handbound & trimmed.

An excerpt from the opening poem, “Winter Burn”:

Spread out the charred remains
and smother them with snow.

But know that a buried fire
is not always dead,
even when cold to the touch.
Fire can burn inward,
sear down through stumps,
travel deep in the ground
along roots, surface
in unexpected places.

You may discover its smell
in your hair, your skin,
the wool jacket you wore,
days later—sometimes years.

About the poet:

Suzanne Rogier Marshall taught English and language arts to middle school students for nearly forty years in Virginia, Washington DC, and Japan. She has retired with her husband to the mountains of New Hampshire, where she draws inspiration for her writing. In addition to poetry, Suzanne has published professional articles and a book on teaching poetry (A Falling Leaf and Other Poetry Activities). Her poems have appeared recently in the Aurorean, contemporary haibun, Freshwater, Off the Coast, The Sow’s Ear, and other journals.

About the cover artist:

Nicci splits her time between exploring, telling tales, and painting girls with inky tattoos. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with a pack of roomies & rescue animals specializing in troublemaking and joy. | @damnredshoes | damnredshoes.wordpress.com

What’s pink & shiny / what’s dark & hard (Sarah B. Boyle)

There’s a rhythm and a lyricism to Sarah’s poems that draw you in from the first. She talks about things like jail and love, blood and friendship, abortion and medicine and sex. These are poems of and about the female body. Linked poems weave a narrative close enough to be a secret whispered on the phone at 2am, full of sustained and blooming image. Read them if you’ve ever loved a woman, particularly if that woman is you. | available for purchase via WLH’s etsy shop

An excerpt from “Chapter 6: Waiting Room”
About the poet

Sarah B. Boyle is a poet, mother, high school teacher, and activist. Her poems and essays have appeared in VIDA, Menacing Hedge, Entropy, and elsewhere. Following the rapes and assaults that ripped through multiple literary communities this past year, she edited a series of essays for Delirious Hem on rape culture and the poetics of alt lit. She has an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. Find her online at impolitelines.com.

About the cover artist

Nicci splits her time between exploring, telling tales, and painting girls with inky tattoos. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with a pack of roomies & rescue animals specializing in troublemaking and joy. @damnredshoes | damnredshoes.wordpress.com

College Town by Doug Paul Case

Doug Paul Case’s chapbook is the first we accepted for our 2015 line. It’s one of those manuscripts that hooked us on the first glance and lured us through to the very last poem. These linked poems explore identity, desire, loneliness, connection, and look closely at both the nuances of the narrator and his Indiana college town. | available for purchase via Etsy

“No one can resist the allure of Doug Paul Case’s honest-with-a-wink poems musing on a certain strain of modern Americana alive and well in the Rust Belt. These poems are slow and then fast, sprinkled with sparky humor and sly wit and raw, gorgeous lust—with the occasional glimpse of a totally not-at-all gratuitous penis.” —Carrie Murphy, author of Pretty Tilt and Fat Daisies

An excerpt from “On the Eve of My Twenty-fifth Birthday”

I wear my black leather jacket
and brown leather boots, and I leave

my house, walking north along the back roads
leading to the stadium. This is Indiana.

This is the beginning of March, and the snow
has melted from the roads, and the clouds

are shallow enough for the strongest stars
to make themselves known, to keep me

looking up until I pass someone walking
in the other direction, who’ll look up, also, to see

whatever he thinks I’m seeing…

About the author:

Doug Paul Case works as a salon receptionist in Bloomington, where he recently received his MFA from Indiana University. He is the poetry editor of Word Riot and the publisher of Gabby. His poems have appeared in Salt Hill, Rattle, Washington Square, and Court Green, and his debut chapbook, Something to Hide My Face In, won the 2013/14 Robin Becker Prize from Seven Kitchens Press.

Cover Artist:

Ben McNutt // benmcnutt.com

McNutt’s personal work for the past four years has focused on wrestling through various media such as portraiture, still life, clothing, and sculpture. (His piece featured on the cover is titled “Wrestler.”)

Sugared Water issue 003

The third issue of our lit. mag. Sugared Water is fresh off the binding table (a fancy term for the side of Nicci’s desk next to a box of thread & needles). This, like our other issues, is 56 pages long and features a handprinted cover (screen print) with two colors on 100% recycled, 20% PCW stock, most between 80# and 105#. Jonathan Rountree provided the drawing for the cover, inspired by a piece from the guts. The edition is limited to 100.

You’ll find work by 25 contributors, poetry-heavy with the inclusion of a couple of pieces of delightful short fiction. For a full list of contributors, please see Sugared Water‘s blog post on the issue release, or hop over to our Etsy shop. | $10