A belated announcement, as many of you might already be aware, but Osedax’s newest poetry collection is now available! Read on for more about Christopher McCurry‘s DIVINATIONS and click on the image for ordering information.
I have long suspected that poets and practitioners of divination are the same kind of seer. They differ in only one regard. A reader uses tools external to themselves to aid their sight—cards, shells, bones, tea leaves, smoke—the poet turns inward, conjures from the cosmos within whatever is needed to bring forth into the light. Christopher McCurry’s latest collection, Divinations, is a stunning hybrid text both in content and form that is meant to be read as a deck of cards and as book of poems. The poems are an airtight cabinet of curiosities, each heralding some aspect of the observable world through the lens of personal experience—eating an apple, noticing highway graffiti, holding the hand of a child in the dark. They read a little like proverb, a little like bandaged heart—the result is an astonishing kintsugi effect as the reader is instructed to shuffle the deck to read the poems as poems or lay a spread for guidance in various areas of one’s life. The possibilities to enjoy and learn from this work are truly up to the reader, which is what any compelling oracle or poet knows. Divinations proves that McCurry is both.
It’s been a little while since our last publication, the chapbook Exactly Like Love by Alan Walowitz — and what a publication! We were overwhelmed by response to the initial print run and are making plans for a second later this year. Grab a copy of Exactly Like Love while you can (there’s just a couple left) or go ahead and pre-order one so we can ship it to you as soon as it’s available. Or you can sign up below.
We’d also like to thank Nettie Farris and Melancholy Hyperbole for the lovely review of Exactly Like Love, which examines the narrative voice of the poems as well as their deep thoughtfulness. We’re so happy that others enjoy the work of Alan Walowitz as much as we do!
Osedax Press also has other projects forthcoming:
We’re very excited to be working on a new “chapbook” (you’ll see!) from Lexington poet Christopher McCurry. More details soon!
The long-awaited fourth volume of Scrimshander Books, HOW NOT TO BE A WALLFLOWER, is slated for later this year. Along with some truly amazing poems and stories, we have another brilliant cover from artist Ed Franklin. We can’t wait to share this collection with you!
But it’s not stopping there. IS THE MOON A DEAD WORLD? (Scrimshander Books Vol. 5) is scheduled for publication early next year and promises to be… out of this world!? (Sorry, sorry!)
Also coming up next year: we’ll be announcing our theme for the sixth volume of Scrimshander and opening submissions! We’ll be unveiling even more exciting chapbook publications, some of which are already in the works! And we may even go to the beach!