Now Available: Belly-Up Rosehip: A Tongue Blue with Mud Songs

Swimming with Elephants Publications is proud to announce the release of Belly-Up Rosehip: A Tongue Blue with Mud Songs by Tyler Dettloff (with illustrations by Claire Moore). Belly-Up Rosehip is the final publication chosen from our 2019 Open Call for Submissions, leaving with it much promise and enchantment before we open our virtual door again for this upcoming open call. 70224287_423656881612214_1457545139567198208_n

Deep-rooted in radiant pride for his Native culture, with a jazzy bluesy-feel woven with lyrical quality, this collection is more superb to finally behold in its fully-fleshed form; and though reading it alone was an awakening, to see it in print with illustrations to partner the poetry has made it all the more wondrous and indeed a publication that we, at SWEP, are happy to home.

Here’s what’s being said about Tyler Dettloff’s work:

This evocative collection invites a gathering of the lost and the found beneath  a sheltering shingwak. Peopled with trout and tamarack, Tyler Detloff’s words taste of iron, of spruce gum and honey.
— Robin Wall Kimmerer

69907995_2336701843234668_179766289965776896_n“I want my mouth to bloom,” writes Tyler Dettloff. How this mature first collection fulfills that wish! Influenced by jazz and blues, agriculture and fly-fishing, animals and birds, and his Anishinaabe Metis roots, family and culture, Detloff’s poems speak and sing at the same time. His words are mouth-pleasing, like his lines about spruce sap kneading gums, and teeth brushed with maple blossoms and hawk feathers. Tragic political injustices are confronted, but the poems triumph in their celebratory vigour. Even the titles—“Honey High and Nectar Prone,” “Surefooted Spring-fed Salt Lick,” “Thousands of Frogs Croaking Purple”—suggest the sensuous glories and vibrant voices of this book.
— Brian Bartlett

Has there ever been a lovelier word for medicine—indeed, a lovelier medicine—than rosehip? That’s what I thought as I read and was riveted by Tyler Dettloff’s Belly-up Rosehip, a book that loves thorns as much as bloom and sings of stink as beautifully as sweetgrass. When he writes of licking a fishing lure’s hook, or asking the pine needles “to have mercy on my tongue,” Dettloff describes caring for a place so much that you want your mouth where its mouths are, your tongue against its sharpest leaves. No wonder the wilderness in these poems is delirious. Sensual and serious and sometimes necessarily sad, this book charts an intimacy with a Northern Michigan landscape peopled by namegos (lake trout), migizi (bald eagle), and “whips of red willow buds” as well as human mothers, fathers, and lovers. “This is the place I was telling you,” the poet says, inviting us to listen to what the place tells him as he becomes the man the place makes him.
— Dr. Cecily Parks
Assistant Professor
Department of English & MFA Program in Creative Writing

 

Welcome to the parade, Tyler!

* You can support Tyler by buying Belly-Up Rosehip: A Tongue Blue with Mud Songs on Amazon. And as with all of SWEP’s titles, please review on Amazon and/or Goodreads!

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SwEP + BKWKS = BFF

Swimming with Elephants Publications, LLC is excited to announce our official affiliation with Bookworks Albuquerque.

Bookworks ABQ has been a long time supporter of Swimming with Elephants Publication, LLC hosting various events and supporting our local authors throughout our six years in business. But now we are taking it one step further.

We are happy to say, that Swimming with Elephants Publications, LLC is now an official affiliate of Bookworks ABQ. What does this mean? It means Bookworks is our go-to for all online book orders. Although all of our books will still be available via Amazon, Barnes and Nobel, and other major distributors, we encourage our audience both local and national to purchase directly from Bookworks ABQ. Doing so will support small businesses, both Swimming with Elephants Publications and Bookworks Albuquerque.

Click on the pictures below to order some of our latest publications directly from Bookworks and keep your eyes open for our next Bookworks event on Small Business Saturday, November 30, 2019.

Barger, Kevin

Observable Acts

 

bassam

bliss in die/unbinging the underglow

Bella, Gigi

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Bellamy, Hakim E

Prayer Flag Poems

 

Bjustrom, Emily

Loved Always Tomorrow: A Chapbook

 

Bormann, Benjamin

Shorn: Apologies & Vows

 

Brown, Matthew

Verbrennen

 

Butler, Courtney A. (editor)

Light as a Feather: An Anthology of Resilience: Second Edition

 

Butler, Courtney A.

Wild Horses

 

Christina, Dominique

They Are All Me

 

Coggin, Kai

Periscope Heart

 

Crespin, Eva Marisol

Morena

Fermin, SaraEve

Trauma Carnival

You Must Be This Tall to Ride

 

Gërvalla, Jusuf

Bekimi I Nënës / A Mother’s Blessing

 

Gibson, Wil

Quitting Smoking, Falling in and Out of Love, and Other Thoughts about Death.

 

Unease at Rest

 

Goldstein, Abigayle

Thalassophile: A Chapbook of Poetry

 

González, Manuel

…But My Friends Call Me Burque

González, Sarita Sol

Burquenita

 

Grillo, Christopher

Elegy for a Star Girl

Guarascio, Katrina K

The Fall of a Sparrow

 

My Verse,

 

September

Heatherington, Kat

The Bones of This Land

 

Hendrickson, Brian

Of Small Children / And Other Poor Swimmers

 

Hirshman, Jack and Justin Desmangles

Passion, Provocation and Prophecy

 

Holtry, Mercedez

My Blood Is Beautiful

 

Hotlry, Mercedez & Eva Crespin

Xicana Revolt

 

Hudgens, Jennifer E.

Girls Who Fell in Love with War

 

Kluckman, Zachary

Some of It Is Muscle

 

Kluckman, Zachary (Editor)

Trigger Warning

 

Lambersy, Werner

Pina Bausch

 

Lipman, Paulie

From Below/Denied the Light

 

Lopez, Jessica Helen

Cunt.Bomb.: A Chapbook

 

The Language of Bleeding

 

Lopez, Jessica Helen & Katrina K Guarascio (Editors)

Mothers and Daughters

 

Macaron, Kristian

Storm

 

Marselle, Gina

A Fire of Prayer: A Collection of Poetry and Photography

 

Montoya, Manuel (MJR)

The Promethean Clock or Love Poems of a Wooden Boy

 

Nance, Niccolea

For Those Who Outlast Their Pain

 

Nevins, Bill

Heartbreak Ridge

 

Oishi, Mary and Aja Oishi

Rock Paper Scissors

 

Rottschafer, S.L., Ph.D.

La Diáspora de Un Aztlán Norteño: : Michicanidad Creativity as Witnessed in Bilingual Ethno-Poetry and Photography

 

Smith, Danielle

Gnarly

 

Warren, R.B.

Litanies Not Adopted

 

Williams, Beau

Nail Gun and a Love Letter

 

Wolff-Francis, Liza

Language of Crossing

 

Anthologies

 

Parade: Swimming with Elephants Publications Anthology 2018

 

 

 

 

Now Available: Shorn by Benjamin Bormann

Swimming with Elephants Publications, LLC is excited to announce the release of Shorn: apologies & vows, a chapbook of poetry by Benjamin Bormann.
 
“I loved this collection from the title onward, and the spirituality connected me instantly. I am in metaphor heaven. I think the speaker is whispering these poems to me. I have my eyes closed and revel in the metaphor and imagery, in simple, quiet words and lines. I am spiritual and I feel some of the poems are spiritual for me. Perfect words placed in exact space. Strong syntax and enjambment. Love lines like this:
 
“The empty lung prayers
sent off when words become
foreign. The long drawn
timeline whittled
 
into a wisp, a joke, the crush
of understanding just how little
potential we were ever allowed
to show.”
 
As the theme of loneliness emerges, again, this is very applicable and connectable to any person. I ache with love for this collection. The entire collection is ready to print. Time and energy went into this to create a beautiful collection to test time to the fullest. “
 
Review by Gina Marselle

Join Benjamin Bormann for the release of the publication on April 27, 2019 from 11-12pm at the Title Wave Book Revised (2318 Wisconsin St NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110).

This is a free event.

Copies of the publication will be available for purchase and signing.

Order your copy of Shorn: apologies & vows today from Amazon or other major book distributors.

New Release: Thalassophile by Abigayle Goldstein

Swimming with Elephants Publications, LLC is excited to announce the release of Thalassophile: a chapbook of poetry by Abigayle Goldstein.

thalassophile, (n.) lover of the sea

With a collection as breathtaking as a calm beach side view, and as striking as a storm at sea, Abigayle Goldstein has perfected the art of this modern-era “diary/dictionary entry” style of writing. From the table of contents, which reads as an introductory poem itself, and onward through each “definition” that follows, there is an undeniable ocean’s flow in the progress of this collection. A story that paints a vivid picture: of tumultuous change, like crashing waves, and perhaps…the eventual calm, and the acceptance of the constant ebb and flow of the sea within us. This collection awakened a new love for the seas of change for me, and I hope it speaks to the thalassophile in each reader. And perhaps in reading, you will find a renewed and empowered love of self.

This beautiful collection, featuring cover art Sima Ijadi, is the first release by Goldstein.

Join Abigayle Goldstein for the release of the publication on April 27, 2019 from 11-12pm at the Title Wave Book Revised (2318 Wisconsin St NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110).

This is a free event.

Copies of the publication will be available for purchase and signing.

Order your copy of Thalassophile today from Amazon or other major book distributors.

Now Available: Trauma Carnival by SaraEve Fermin

Swimming with Elephants Publications, LLC is excited to announce the release of Trauma Carnival by SaraEve Fermin.

“Some write for the love of language, its music and images, its journey of discovery. Others write because there is that which must be stated, which must be extracted from the body and documented outside the author as a proof and a lesson. SaraEve Fermin’s third collection, Trauma Carnival, does both. Its relentless honesty is an ode to love and self-possession in a world that wishes to refuse both. For those who long for the answer to SaraEve’s question, “What is magic but to live without shame?” this is a must-have collection you will return to, over and over, for the deep relief of compassionate witness, for the grace of space made around the heart, for the addition of years to your life.”

-Cecily Schuler

This amazing collection, featuring cover art by Mark Sniadecki, is an complementary follow up to Fermin’s 2016 collection, You Must Be This Tall to Ride.

Order your copy of Trauma Carnival today from Amazon or other major book distributors.

 

Note: We encourage our audience to seek our publications through local bookstores or purchasing directly from the author, however, all of our publications are available through major distributors, such as Barnes and Nobel and Amazon.