Available on Kindle Unlimited: Nail Gun and a Love Letter

Now available on Kindle Unlimited: Nail Gun and a Love Letter by Beau Williams.

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Heralding from Portland, Maine, Beau Williams describes himself as a “fairly optimistic” poet, and what better way to describe his newest collection of poetry from Swimming with Elephants Publications than as “fairly optimistic.” Bittersweet journeys to bar floors and the bottoms of bottles, Nail Gun and a Love Letter is reminiscent of beat poetry days and the pilgrimages we must take to find ourselves.

“This collection of poems alternately pierces the reader with astute and heartbreaking observations (Good Drums is a particularly devastating musing on white, male American-ness) while at the same time using evocative language to spar with and challenge the ideas of belonging and connection and love. These poems invite the reader to contemplate what it means to come from somewhere, and how it feels to long for a place that isn’t home, but could be. They invite us to see the mundane as essential, and to see and celebrate the things that connect us to our identity. The title of this collection is apt; like a nail gun, these poems violently pierce, but do so in service to building something sturdy and sheltering, and every one is a love letter to the dance that makes us who we are.”

– Sherry Frost, Educator

Click here to learn more about this collection by reading the review by Maxine Peseke.

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Weekly Write: “You Are My Symphony” by Adriana Estrada

You Are My Symphony

I hear you loud and clear
not obtrusive or ear-deafening
not at all like a three -man band

at first

just small notes
when you walked into my life
I didn’t know music could be made so easily
like every laugh, sound and noise
you made
was part of an echo.
like you made sure
that every note could only be heard
by me.
audience for one.

the chimes came in first

suddenly
your joy
and how you make the room listen to you
as if you were the concert master
and your baton was the way
for the air waves to direct music
to only my ears

then came the woodwinds

your likes
and dislikes,
the swiftness and easy-going attitude from a relationship
then came the brass
every factor that comes with new beginnings,
unexpected surprises,
and the early stages of
“look at me, love me!”

every note is different

and by what you play
and how you play it,
brings me that much closer to you

then come the strings

like a piano,
you create soothing melodies that I fall into peace
at first note

like the cello,

you show me man-made strength
that requires all of you
at all times
you don’t show me hollowness or emptiness
instead,

your music keeps playing-

in the crevices of my heart I didn’t know existed
in the most profound hallways to my soul
that I have never let anyone else walk through

last come the percussion,

with bangs
with eruption
with cymbal
and pitch
I’m here.
I love you.

I LOVE YOU.

with that much intensity
with that much passion
I don’t know how you manage to play them all
I didn’t even know you could.
not that I underestimated your talents
but when you show me
how your love is just for me

I found myself without words.

I didn’t have a ticket to enter
I didn’t even have a reserved seat
yet you gave me the entire room
to hear you play
I managed to book a concierto that bears my love
in its entirety

I only came in to hear the first note
and I was given the whole symphony.

 

Adriana Estrada is a writer (poet) who uses her craft and poetry to create recollections of poetry that illustrate experiences. She is currently enrolled as a second-year graduate student at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota under their MFA Low-Residency Creative Writing program. She is from Texas.

 

 

 

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Click here check out Parade: Swimming with Elephants Publications Anthology 2018 available for only $10.95.

Weekly Write: “This Body Will Not Carry” by Annie Elizabeth Cigic

This Body Will Not Carry

I go on long drives–childless–
a loud peace. An empty backseat,

ignoring seatbelts & airbags. No bodies
traveling at the same speed as mine.

No questions about the sky–why the clouds hang
low & heavy some days. No one to count the broken

white lines or ask why the roads light up
at dark. I drive until I see barren

landscapes–hurricanes won’t touch
this wasteland.

 

Annie Elizabeth Cigic is a poetry MFA candidate at Bowling Green State University. She teaches first-year writing and plans to pursue a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition to study how to merge creative thinking and pedagogy together. She is currently working on a poetry chapbook.

 

 

 

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SwEP Soiree: The Poetry Event of the Year!

Join Swimming with Elephants Publications, LLC for the poetry event of the year!

This December recognizes five years of publishing and we have a lot to celebrate:

We have a new anthology, Parade, featuring new poetry from Jessica Helen Lopez, Kevin Barger, SaraEve Fermin, Wil Gibson, Courtney Butler, Matthew Brown, Kat Heatherington, and many more.

We have a new logo created by the amazing Krystal Wood-Kofonow which we have plastered all over stickers, t-shirts, bags, and more.

We have SwEP Swag donated by one of our most dedicated patrons.

We will be releasing our new commercial created by Gina Falcone.

We will be viewing a photo slideshow constructed by Gina Marselle.

Join us for the festivities on December 15th at Tortuga Gallery from 6-9.

We will incorporate music and poetry throughout the night beginning at 6pm and going till 9pm, with a toast at 7:30pm.

Poetry Performers include:

Bassam, Emily Bjustrom, Courtney Butler, Kat Heatherington, Zachary Kluckman, Manuel Gonzalez, Sarita Gonzalez, Jessica Helen Lopez, Kristian Macaron, Manuel Montoya, Mary Oishi, More TBA

Musical Guest:

Kai Ocean

Merchandising! Merchandising! Merchandising!

Although we are after a fun and radical celebration, we have another goal of raising money for future ISBNs. All proceeds from the event will go towards purchasing new ISBNs for our future publications. There will be special pricing on books and merchandise, and an anonymous donation jar to help us reach this goals. An size donation will get you in the door, but a minimum 5$ donation will get you a SwEP Swag bag.

All available books will be priced at 10$ each or three for 20$. Bring cash or credit card (a 1$ service charge will be added for credit card purchases).

SwEP Swag bags (value $25-$30) will include a variety of Swimming with Elephants Publications merchandise and books. Get a SwEP Swag bag with a minimum $5 donation. We have a limited number of SwEP Swag bags, so get there early to get your hands on one.

We will also have a limited number of other merchandise for sale. Get there early to get dips. If we run out of what you are looking for, you can prepay for an order to be delivered to your home.

Gift wrapping available (as long as your tip our wrapper).

Please note: The Swimming with Elephants Flamethrower is not available at this time.

Food and Drink

This is a pot luck, bring your own beverage event.

Please attempt to bring reusable plates/cups etc. View Tortuga’s Zero Waste Goals for more information. 

Stop by to for a toast, wish us luck for the next five years, and sign our memory book.

After party destination to be determined.

Bookwork Book Release: Mary and Aja Oishi’s Rock Paper Scissors

Mother daughter poets, Mary & Aja Oishi, read from their new Swimming With Elephants Publications collection, Rock Paper Scissors.

 

“…this collection carries both the beauty of human resilience and the searing pain of postatomic burning carnage. The poetry, like hope, is an obstinate and sturdy survivor, for ‘what could i do but write songs.’ These verses often push the envelope, asking questions that make more sense than our grammar. ‘are you out there in the stealth night on the edge of blue? listening/ are you loving me for sending you this fix of heartbreak/ slid down metal, taut and wound. electric. are you?’ …haunting, resonant odes and the rhythmic power of promises and truth, poems spread across Hiroshima and Barcelona, Laos and Albuquerque. These poems bring the world into a familial embrace, but spit out the naked power of truth, both personal and political, as if it were a well-chewed chicken bone, gnawed raw. Through it all, this mother-daughter poetic duo reminds us that, in the beauty of human hope, ‘nothing sacred can be lost.’”

–Carmen Tafolla, State Poet Laureate of Texas

 

Mary Oishi has two poetic voices: one stark and simple like that of her Japanese ancestors, and one that echoes the rhythms of preachers from her upbringing by her American father’s fundamentalist relatives. Both voices sing her songs of truth and social justice. She is the author of Spirit Birds They Told Me (2011) and is one of twelve U.S. poets in 12 Poetas: Antologia De Nuevos Poetas Estadounidenses (2017), a project of the Mexican Ministry of Culture. Her poems have appeared in Mas Tequila Review, Malpais Review, Harwood Anthology, Sinister Wisdom, and other print and digital publications. Oishi is a public radio personality since 1996, most at KUNM-FM Albuquerque, where she hosts The Blues Show.

Aja Oishi lives in northern New Mexico. Her writing draws from ecology, anthropology, and the years she spent in Spain, Japan, and New Zealand. She revels in the uncaged world and makes a living (and a life) by fighting for prisoners as an appellate public defender. This is her first collection of poetry.

 

Event date:
Friday, June 8, 2018 – 6:00pm
Event address:
4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW
AlbuquerqueNM 87107

Pick up this new release from Bookworks ABQ or order from Amazon or Barnes and Noble today!

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