Black Lawrence Press

September Sale : Wild Beasts

Want to celebrate your animal nature without having to trek through the inhospitable wilds beyond your doorstep? We’ve got just the books for you, and this month they are all $2 off the list price.

After the Fox

Inheriting its title from the British hunting term “Tally Ho,” After the Fox is a book propelled and inspired by the notion of perpetual chase. As collaborative authors, Sarah Suzor and Travis Cebula adopt the personas of Morning and Nocturnal. These two voices engage in and with every aspect that unites the binaries, as well as those that distinguish them as separate entities.

Blackbirds in September

Blackbirds in September is a translation of selected shorter poems by Jürgen Becker. David R. Slavitt writes,These are important poems, not just about the war but about any unbearable catastrophe the scars of which last forever. Okla Elliott’s scrupulous translations are faithful to the poems’ nervous hurt: their appearance in English is a major event.”

Dress Made of Mice

“These are the voices resounding through Messer’s second collection: mice and mediums, the haunted and the haunting. She relocates the mice from early 20th-century Africa to the United States at various points throughout its history. Many of the poems function like the gbekre, summoning emotionally urgent prophecies from unlikely mediums. What drives people to seek impossible answers? Dress Made of Mice argues the reasons are obvious but devastating: love and death.” — from Elizabeth Onusko’s review in Coldfront

Killing the Murnion Dogs

Killing the Murnion Dogs, Joe Wilkins’s first full-length collection, is a series of elegies. Herein we grieve years and fathers, highways and memories, rivers, shotgun shacks, and myths. These poems sing us down the two-lane highways and backroads of the vast American interior, from the hard-luck plains of eastern Montana to the cypress swamps of the Mississippi Delta, yet Killing the Murnion Dogs refuses the easy answers of nostalgia or cynicism. Rather, these poems insist that we “remember the good pain,” that despite it all “this dust here is home.” And so we search—always, insistently—for a place to abide inside the loss. “It is time to grieve,” Wilkins tells us, “to believe in the world again.”

Nights I Let the Tiger Get You

Elizabeth Cantwell’s poems unfold in the nightmarish space between seeing a monster and discovering you are unable to scream. Nights I Let The Tiger Get You occupies that liminal moment between sleep and waking, when the objects of everyday life have grown distorted and ominous. Cantwell’s poems touch on picnics and metamorphosis, addiction and taxidermy. How can words absorb a history that keeps resisting expression? “And in the space inside your head, between / your eyes and your ears, an entire / planet throbs.”

With Animal

Hybrid twins: one human, one horse. A man pregnant with a kangaroo, a woman raising a baby dragon. A twenty-first century Virgin Mary reimagined as a queer single mother giving birth in a petting zoo. In this collaborative short story collection, Carol Guess and Kelly Magee magically and playfully subvert assumptions about gender, sexuality, parenting, and family. These lyrical fictions bare teeth and spare no claw. They’ll leave you questioning the lines between human and animal, parent and child, love and dominion.