Black Lawrence Press


Human-Ghost Hybrid Project by Carol Guess and Daniela Olszewska
Ghost Human is the author of multiple mistakes and six past-date boxes of kaleidoscope perfume. Although technically deceased, Ghost Human has two thousand Facebook friends, only three of whom operate real world machines. Ghost Human was born when twin thigh gaps morphed into a pop up alphabet shop. Nicknames include “Ghum,” “Stan Hum,” and “Hug Host.”


Human Ghost is only half in love with your language. Human Ghost is femme and feral and curves artificial words out of bleating hearts. Human Ghost is past the point of embarrassment. Human Ghost’s areas of expertise include architecture and holidays. Human Ghost is not sick, but Human Ghost often finds itself under the care of doctors. This fuels Human Ghost’s desire for revolution. Human Ghost currently resides in Helena, Montana with a menagerie of pets and a quiet spouse.

Aroma Truce by Terrell Jamal Terry
An auspicious and powerful debut, never satisfied with the seam between the spiritual and the sensual, the anecdotal and the merely true. “Don’t guess,” Terry admonishes—indeed, every line of these poems feels hard-won from the guesswork of experience and language. “Do I go too far / with this?” Terry asks; “That’s not everything. / Animals & rain. My body, it stings.”
—G.C. Waldrep

Tips for Domestic Travel by Hayden Saunier
“Poet Muriel Rukeyser famously wrote ‘What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open.’ Dear Ms. Rukeyser, a luminously lucid female has done just that. In this forthright, slyly inventive collection Hayden Saunier cleaves our world in twain like a grapefruit. Her clear-eyed poems praise what is, has been and will be. They cut to the startling heart of mortality, where loss and delight, humor and dolor are inextricable, where ‘…destruction beats creation/in a footrace every day.'”
—Amy Gerstler
Wine Dark by Jenny Drai
“In Wine Dark, Drai launches the reader into a language of scents, tastes, and colors that is as seductive as it is ominous. A sense of danger, of unreality or the sudden slap of reality, lurks around every corner. Like Scheherezade, Drai is telling stories to save her life, narrating the world around her as an American in Germany in order to understand it. Just as Virgil leads Dante, Scheherezade serves as Drai’s guide in the psychological underworld of this collection, interrogating the nature of truth, the truth of storytelling, and the multiple truths of stories of the self. The pervasive presence of immigration and the dark liquids of wine, blood, and the sea contrasts with concrete references to tragedy, injustice, and the deaths of innocents from the Holocaust to Kosovo and Trayvon Martin. With the deft use of anaphora, internal and slant rhyme, and short lines that make effective use of elision, Drai is a powerful voice singing a subtle, sensitive music.”
—Wendy Chin-Tanner, author of Turn

.The Oldest Hands in the World by Daniele Pantano.
“‘I make a dish out of nothing’ could be a poetic creed as well as a line from a Daniele Pantano poem, for he is an expert in molding the shapelessness of experience into a variety of crafted forms. A romantic with a sharp intelligence, Pantano gives us poems where heart and mind move together as on a verbal bicycle built for two.”

—Billy Collins