New poetry for fortune-telling: DIVINATIONS by Christopher McCurry!

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. 

Bianca Lynne Spriggs, author of The Galaxy Is a Dance Floor (Argos Books, 2016)

You can now pre-order EXACTLY LIKE LOVE by Alan Walowitz!


We are very happy to announce the publication of Osedax Press’s first poetry chapbook, Exactly Like Love by Alan Walowitz!

Poet and professor Estha Weiner says of the collection, “Because Alan Walowitz is neither withholding nor unnecessarily oblique, his chapbook, Exactly Like Love, is, in fact, ‘The Anatomy of Longing,’ which also happens to be the title of the first poem in this rich, generous collection. And then there’s the welcome wit, as he juggles the sometimes Jewish blues. In deft narratives that never cease to surprise, Walowitz is unafraid to write, ‘We’ve known these people from the ache of having lived.’ In his refusal to claim wisdom, he is wise. And oh, so rare.”

Alan Walowitz has been published various places on the web and off.  He’s a Contributing Editor at Verse-Virtual, an Online Community Journal of Poetry, and teaches at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY and St. John’s University in his native Queens.  He lives in Long Island, NY, three houses away from the Queens border, with his wife, Jeanette, and daughter, Jamie.

You can now pre-order the chapbook through our online store or via Etsy; copies are $7 each + shipping/handling and will be in the mail around the end of June.