Now Available: “Sell Me Insanity” by Marcial Delgado

Swimming with Elephants Publications, LLC is excited to announce the release of “Sell Me Insanity,’ a chapbook of poetry by Marcial Delgado.

“The brujo knows that magic is not a series of complex alchemical spells or mathematical formulas, but comes from the soil, from the people around him, from the roots and connections to the earth he can draw on. This is what Marcial Delgado does with this collection of poetry. He drinks deep from the wellspring of his own history, and the ties that bind him to his community, and his people. These poems breathe with a rare magic that is at once soft spoken and fierce. This is a wonderful collection of poems from one of New Mexico’s most authentic voices.”

-Zachary Kluckman

Join Marcial this Saturday, June 22 at El Chante Casa de Cultura for the “Voices Of The Barrio: Sell Me Insanity Book Release.” This will be an open mic event so please bring a poem to share or just come and listen. There will also be a potluck. This is a free event and all are welcome.

Marcial will have copies for sale at the release, but his book is also currently available through most major distributors. Find it on Amazon.com by clicking here and it can be Primed to you by Saturday for the event.

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Available on Kindle Unlimited: The Language of Crossing

Now available on Kindle Unlimited:  Language of Crossing by Liza Wolff-Francis.

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Liza Wolff-Francis’s Language of Crossing is a collection of poetry that mirrors the true heart-stories along the US/Mexico border. Giving face, voice and humanity to all those who make their way across fronteras, her work is that of a necessary endeavor. She writes of a reality that must be ignored no longer. It is the struggle, strife, and violence that is endured by those who flee their country in hopes of a better life. Her poems, brutally honest and minute, rouse compassion as all good poetry must and begs the question of accountability. Language of Crossing is a political outcry, a finely tuned collection of endurance of a people, and a passionate advocacy for all to take notice. Wolff-Francis is a real activist planting poetic prayer flags across the vastness of a desert.

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.

Many of Swimming with Elephants Publications, LLC titles are now available on Kindle Unlimited. Explore additional titles on Our Catalog page.

Now Available: disaster in die / an overdose sunrise by bassam

Swimming with Elephants Publications, LLC is excited to announce the release of “disaster in die / an overdose sunrise,” a chapbook of poetry by bassam.

“bassam’s ‘disaster in die / an overdose sunrise’ is the third and final installment of a trilogy of poetry collections that I have awaited with bated breath. The first two collections in this trilogy are grim expositions of the intersections of being a marginalized being in an oppressive white supremacist world and the ways that marginalized beings find humour and celebration despite the odds. This final book in the trilogy continues this narrative but, supplies hope for the reader and the world. Hope that in spite and despite of the miseries of oppression, joy and oppression can coexist. Reminiscent of Alicia T. Crosby’s poignant poem ‘If I Should Die Before I’m Woke’ , bassam does not leave their sins and transgressions unexamined. Instead, they cringe at their own missteps and keep themselves accountable, while upholding the standard that they deserve no accolades for this. What they do is simply the bare minimum. ‘disaster in die / an overdose sunrise’ is an authentic, raw and vulnerably poignant book that proves that poetry is magic and that poets are not magicians, but simply vessels for the magic to flow through.”

—Mugabi Byenkya, author of Dear Philomena

Order ‘disaster in die/ an overdose sunrise‘ and ‘bliss in die/ unbinging the underglow‘ from all major book distributors today.

bassam is currently on tour throughout Canada and the United States, promoting their publications. Check out their tour schedule to them in a town near you!

Now Available: I’ve Been Cancelling Appointments with My Psychiatrist for Two Years Now

Swimming with Elephants Publications, LLC is excited to announce the release of I’ve Been Cancelling Appointments with My Psychiatrist for Two Years Now, a chapbook of poetry by Sean William Dever.

In “I”ve been canceling my appointments with my psychiatrist for two years now,” Sean William Dever captures the essence of living with illness on an emotional level. This short collection serves as a testament to many things: the challenges of battling a healthcare system, the challenges of invisible disorders and diseases, and the challenges we face in ourselves as doubt comes in waves. This work is honest and raw, and sure to connect with many readers.

Order your copy of I’ve Been Cancelling Appointments with My Psychiatrist for Two Years Now today from Amazon or other major book distributors.