Paperback – 88 pages – Poetry – $10.95
Release date: October 7, 2013
The debut book of poet Valerie Hsiung is a tragicomic collection of musical scores, surreal elegies and artifacts, great escapes, mysteries, necropastorals and soundscapes with marionettes, “nuclear birds,” and all the holy freaks of nature.
Praise for the author:
“Valerie Hsiung is a very prolific writer whose poems have great tonal, mood, vocal scale – that lower limit speech upper limit music of which Zukofsky spoke. She can also express exasperation and alacrity in the space of a single short poem. Too wise to be innocent and too fresh to be gnarly, she eases you into her bold stances. She is one of those poets you wish were more populous for they pull you up by the hair roots and remind you living is serious business, and the whole world is in our dirty little hands.” –C.D. Wright (National Book Critics Circle Award and Griffin Poetry Prize Winner)
On incantation inarticulate:
“Flecked and bedazzled with the most beautiful sense of language, Valerie Hsiung’s wild poetry never ceases to mesmerize and delight. I am amazed at how whole and deep this poetry is, and I feel honored to be in its presence. This is poetry I will go back to again and again. I believe that Hsiung is America’s new boldest poetic voice, and I just love her work.” –Noelle Kocot (author of Poem for the End of Time, Soul in Space, and Sunny Wednesday)
“A spell at work on our minds to see the world anew is the best possible poem. The dream Valerie Hsiung plugs us into with her book has rooms with many different incantations to drink. She has created a trance vehicle with clowns, rats, with a way of accessing each reader’s unique lens for sharp observations upon our culture, and on our own lives within the cultural framework. The only poems I want to enter are those as magic spells, like these very poems by Hsiung.” –CAConrad (author of A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon, Ecodeviance: Soma(tics) for the Future Wilderness, and The Book of Frank)
Poet and performer Valerie Hsiung is the author of three full-length poetry collections: e f g: a trilogy (Action Books, 2016), incantation inarticulate (O Balthazar Press, 2013), and under your face (O Balthazar Press, 2013). Her poetry and interviews can be found or is forthcoming in numerous places, including American Letters & Commentary, Apiary, Black Nerd Problems, Cosmonauts Avenue, Denver Quarterly, Diode Poetry Journal, Moonshot, New Delta Review, PEN Poetry Series, Prelude, RealPoetik, Tammy, and VOLT. She has performed at Casa Libre en la Solana, Common Area Maintenance, Leon Gallery, Poetic Research Bureau, Rhizome, Shapeshifter Lab, and Treefort Music Festival, among elsewhere. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Hsiung studied literary translation and ecopoetics at Brown University and is currently based out of Brooklyn, New York, where she works as a modern-day matchmaker. She serves as an editor for Poor Claudia.