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catherynne
Posted on Saturday, March 27, 2004 - 03:22 am:   

While I have a full-length collection of poetry coming out from the new Aegis imprint of Prime Books late this year, I also have a chapbook currently available. This is about the only place you can find a large collection of my work at the moment, as we wait for the novels to be released.

The chapbook is called Music of a Proto-Suicide and can be ordered here, through the press's site. Some of these poems will appear in the Prime collection, but this chapbook is the only place you can read the first of the Oracles--a series of poems examining the place of the Oracle in the modern world, each poem in the voice of the Oracle of a different American city. Eventually I will bring these poems together in their own collection, so they will not be included in the forthcoming one. But for now, you can read them in this little book, along with many other pieces that combine the mythological and the brutally real, balancing the classical lyric and the experimental. There are several reviews on my website.

The press is running a small contest as well, Everyone who purchases a copy of the regular edition before March 31st will be entered in a drawing to receive a specially printed, signed copy of Z, my new multi-part prose-poem, as well as a print of Poul Costinsky's latest work, the artist who did the cover for Music of a Proto-Suicide. Copies are $7 and usually arrive within 48 hours.

If you have any questions about the chapbook, Z, or the Prime collection, post them and I'll be happy to answer!
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Mastadge
Posted on Saturday, March 27, 2004 - 01:20 pm:   

I just ordered a copy of Music of a Proto-Suicide a couple days ago, actually. I'm really not much of a poetry reader, but The Labyrinth looks interesting, and I'm one of those ridiculous completist types who can (for now) afford the habit. So I'll be reading it shortly.
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catherynne
Posted on Sunday, March 28, 2004 - 03:29 am:   

Thank you!

Yes, at the moment my oeuvre is quite affordable. I hope you enjoy the poems, do let me know what you think.
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catherynne
Posted on Sunday, March 28, 2004 - 03:30 am:   

Incidentally, if anyone on this board is interested in reviewing Music for an online or print publication, let me know and I'll get you an electronic/hard copy, whichever is your pleasure.
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catherynne
Posted on Thursday, April 01, 2004 - 11:12 am:   

It's official!

The winner of the chapbook contest is Jennifer Daikos of Seattle, WA.

She will receive, hot from my virile pen, a specially printed, signed copy of Z and a print of a Poul Costinsky painting.

Congrats, Jennifer!

Copies of Music of a Proto-Suicide are still available here, but there are a limited number left.
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catherynne
Posted on Saturday, January 29, 2005 - 08:25 am:   

My poetry collection, Apocrypha, is now available for pre-order from Shocklines!

There is a hardback and a paperback edition available, and some truly amazing cover art by A.R. Menne. It's quite a hefty collection, and contains the epic poem-cycle, Z.

Pre-Order here!

(Go here for the hardback)
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Mastadge
Posted on Sunday, January 30, 2005 - 02:26 pm:   

Any word on release dates for APOCRYPHA or THE BOOK OF DREAMS? Are either or both coming out in the next couple months?
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catherynne
Posted on Wednesday, February 02, 2005 - 05:58 am:   

M--

Theoretically, THE BOOK OF DREAMS is coming out in March, and APOCRYPHA in February. But as there have been delays, I would bank on March and April as more likely. I hope to see them out on time, however. ARCs for both should be coming out soon.

Cat
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catherynne
Posted on Thursday, March 17, 2005 - 10:17 pm:   

Birth Announcement!

I have a chapbook coming out from Prime/Aegis in about a month. It's a series of poems some three years in the making, so I'm very proud of it--even if you're not "into poetry," I think this bridges the stylistic gap a bit--together, the poems comprise a narrative journey across America and a psychological study of the inner life of Oracles as well as standing alone as pieces in their own right.

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Please do check it out--Wildside Press and Project Pulp are currently carrying it for around $8. Consider it an appetizer, with The Book of Dreams yet to come!
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catherynne
Posted on Thursday, March 17, 2005 - 10:19 pm:   

Sorry, the board doesn't seem to want to let me load the image directly.

View the Cover
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Rhys
Posted on Friday, March 18, 2005 - 01:24 am:   

I'll have a go for you:

book cover
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Vera Nazarian
Posted on Friday, March 18, 2005 - 05:56 pm:   

From what I've read of this -- the one Detroit poem in your LJ -- I say this is brilliant, and someone (hint hint, editor Sean Wallace, hint hint) needs to submit it for the Pushcart or Booker or whatever high-end literary prizes are out there. Those submissions, if I recall correctly, have to be done by the publisher, not the author.

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Vera Nazarian
Posted on Friday, March 18, 2005 - 05:59 pm:   

Also, this really pouts me in mind of Neil Gaiman's AMERICAN GODS -- not in style, obviously, but in subject matter.

And this book should be marketed to a similar sub-niche.

And, it could be HUGE in the literary side of the industry, if anyone has enough brains there....
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catherynne
Posted on Friday, March 18, 2005 - 11:23 pm:   

Vera--

You're absolutely right. Pushcarts, basically the most prestigious single-poem prize in America, must be submitted by the editor, with a December deadline for the previous year's publications. I'm not as familiar with the Booker.

And thanks for the kind words.

(hint hint, Sean ;))
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Carole C
Posted on Saturday, March 19, 2005 - 03:10 am:   

The Booker prize is huge in the UK. That's an absolutely gorgeous cover!
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Luís
Posted on Saturday, March 19, 2005 - 11:48 am:   

The Booker prize is only awarded to novels written by Commonwealth and Irish authors.
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Vera Nazarian
Posted on Saturday, March 19, 2005 - 06:30 pm:   

I think you have a solid good chance for the Pushcart. Dunno /I forget now what other awards are out there, but all venues should be investigated.

Hey -- next year is the poetry year for the NEA Grant. You absolutely should apply:

http://www.nea.gov/grants/apply/Lit06/index.html

Lessee, there's the National Book Award (not sure if poetry is ok?) The Pulitzer?

There's the Rhysling Awards for SF, an obvious choice, but I think you can safely aim higher. *grin*

http://www.geocities.com/~jacknowicki/awards.htm

and

http://dpsinfo.com/awardweb/

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catherynne
Posted on Sunday, March 20, 2005 - 08:20 pm:   

Vera--

You said Pulitzer. That's almost funny--I don't think I'm close to being in that league.

I'll definitely apply for that grant next year, though, thank you. And hopefully Sean will nominate me for the Pushcart. ;)
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Vera Nazarian
Posted on Monday, March 21, 2005 - 01:35 pm:   

Nonsense, from reading that one Detroit poem, I think Pulitzer is not out of your league at all.

And yes, Sean will nominate you, or at the next convention I will pull his pants up real high and give him a wedgie. :-)

You hear that, Sean?
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Sean Wallace
Posted on Monday, March 21, 2005 - 04:19 pm:   

Yes ma'am. *fanning Vera* would you like another lemonade?
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catherynne
Posted on Tuesday, July 19, 2005 - 08:59 am:   

Apocrypha and Oracles are officially released into the wild to fend for themselves! You can find them at all the usual watering holes--Amazon, BN, Shocklines, Clarkesworld.

If anyone would like to review either of these, it would be highly appreciated, as poetry-friendly review venues are rare beasts.

Look! I see a copy there, in the bushes!

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