Equal parts definition and destruction of language as material, A Machine Wrote This Song challenges us to examine what constitutes meaningful communication. In Hayashida’s first collection of poems, we are invited to experience the loss of translation (between languages, generations, and geographies) with a tender scrupulousness.

 

[A] collection of miniature fairy tales full of bewitching vegetables, silent contracts, and unlikely transformations. You’re seduced by the silliness of odd images, but the tenderness that peeks out at you between the lines is what keeps you reading.

 

Born in the capital, Panama City, on November 17th, 1932, Dr. Diana Morán led a life of social, sexual, and political activism that saw her arrested and exiled while still winning the country’s top prize for literature. A poet, union leader, professor, critic, and historian, Morán’s indelible if obscured legacy in Panama remains her ardent advocacy for feminism, the cultures of the isthmus, and a holistic appreciation of art in its myriad forms.

 

Safe Word, Donald Dunbar’s second collection of poetry, acts as a tonic against spiritual death. This book is the kompromat of the undersoul, the blotter paper in the plea deal, a crystal jutting out of the center of an otherwise-innocent forehead. Dunbar chops, screws, solders, and sutures forms of thought and feeling into abominations you might just fall in love with, and be consumed by. Never be bored again.

 

What is sacred, what is beauty, what is tragedy, what rites of passage have we endured to be initiated into the complexities of our humanity? Anastacia-Reneé’s words frame so many questions, read like ritual, read like nursery rhymes, invoke ancestors and Becky alike in a nuanced honest reflection of this time in life.

 

Christine Shan Shan Hou’s newest collection of poems, Community Garden for Lonely Girls depicts a journey that traverses imagined histories and various states of consciousness. In Hou’s poems, “the now moves with such glacial intensity”—folkloric myth and cultural detail are weaved together in animated modulation.

 

Sarah Galvin is here, she’s queer, and she would like to talk about something else for a moment! After taking a break from poetry to write The Best Party of Our Lives, a book of essays about gay marriages, Galvin’s back with her second book of poems.

 

All five of Gramma's 2017 titles for $40! You will receive:

Reflections Next to Yr Skin (Reflexiones junto a tu piel), by Diana Morán, translated by Ash Ponders
Safe Word, by Donald Dunbar
(v), by Anastacia-Reneé
Community Garden for Lonely Girls, by Christine Shan Shan Hou
Ugly Time, by Sarah Galvin

 

Election Day was originally published online at Daily Gramma on November 8th, 2016. This chapbook version is published in an edition of 500, in collaboration with Publication Studio. Printed with Risograph by Cold Cube Press, hand-sewn. 5 x 8 inches. 9pp.

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12 oz. heavy canvas messenger bag with extra-long straps. Screenprinted by Jesus Mary Anne Joseph.

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