Now Available: To The Last Word

Swimming with Elephants Publications is proud to announce its newest publication: To the Last Word an anthology of poetry from the 2014 ABQ Unidos slam team. Currently the book is available through Createspace and Amazon.com

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To order from amazon:  To The Last Word

Or to order from creatspace: To The Last Word 

Featuring:

 
Victoria Alexander
SethWilson I. Gray
Bianca Sanchez
Sarah Smithson
Amy Waltner
Claire Wimborne

Cover Art design by Bianca Sanchez

All proceeds from the sales of this collection will go directly toward raising money for the 2014 ABQ Unidos Slam Team. Support the youth of ABQ while getting your hands on some great poetry. Available for Special Event Pricing at all Unidos Fundraising Events, Cafe Bella Coffee, and local bookstores.

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Now Available: Loved Always Tomorrow

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Now available on Amazon.com and Createspace, Emily Bjustrom’s Loved Always Tomorrow.

About the collection:

Emily Bjustrom’s work applies truth like healing; the uncovered wound, the blood, the sting, the cool breath, the forehead kisses.
 
The most explicit topics are slid under our vulnerable doors with internal rhymes, consonance, and diction that soothes us into unlocking every lock. We let her in, not because we’re afraid she’ll break down our doors, but because we have to see the face tethered to a voice we know we could never live without.
 
Her sound is the sweet violin amidst burning buildings, the piano in the desert. Loved Always Tomorrow is our moment to smile a tear off our itching cheeks before returning to the rubble.
 
John S. Blake – Author of Beautifully Flawed, Pushcart Prize nominee, Teaching Artist
 
Pick up this latest collection from Swimming with Elephants Publications today!

A Review of “Verbrennen”

VerMatthew Brown’s Poetry Book, “Verbrennen” is Angry
a review by Mikel K

The poems in Matthew Brown’s book, “Verbrennen,” which is published by Swimming With Elephant Publications, are direct and have a lot of purpose. They are also angry poems, which given the subject matter of the poems is understandable if you have a heart and a soul. The bio on the back cover of his book states that Matthew’s poems “expose social, racial, and economic inequalities,” and that is exactly what they do, except for the first poem in the book, “Jose,” which starts off being about his grizzly grandfather and then twists into being about the narrator himself and his bad temper, which seems to have been passed down to him from his grandfather. “Jose,” is an intense poem; the twist in its direction adds to the energy of the poem.

The second poem, “Choice,” is about abortion, or more aptly about the two sides taken on the issue of abortion. The poem is addressed to a woman named Tara who we learn in the poem’s introduction is “a campaigner against reproductive rights.”

“It doesn’t matter who won
over the ban on abortion
because you and I won’t stop fighting for what we believe in,”
is how the poem starts.
It ends with,

“The difference is that my mother knows mercy, loss,
and acceptance
Something that you and your church
know nothing about.”
Matt

In this poem, as in all the poems in his book, Matthew has a clear voice. You know where he stands on things. He doesn’t mince words, or beat around the bush.

The third poem in the book, “Feast,” is a searing indictment of the white man’s treatment of the Indians in this great nation of ours. Key lines from the poem are,

“Our relatives will flee from their minivans
like the pilgrims fled from the Mayflower,”
and

“And in the true American tradition
They will take advantage of
other people’s hospitality,”
and

“Use the water from the Trail of tearsto fill our crockpots.”
By now, we all know that the Indians got screwed by the white man, but Matthew is more eloquent than most of us could be in his description of the cruelty and self-justification that the white man exhibited in “founding” the “new” land.

“Enola,” is a poem that deals with the Americans bombing of Hiroshima. It would seem that the death and suffering of such a large, large number of people is ignored by most of us, but Matthew is on target in his observations of the occurrence in this poem.

“It’s interesting that when minorities are poor
we call it a statistic
But when whites can’t afford to pay their mortgage,
we call it a recession,”

are key lines from the poem, “Recession,” which speaks of the discrepancies and unfairness that exist between rich folks and poor people using the recent recession to highlight these differences.

“Cake,” “Valor,” and “Blood Diamond,” are angry outbursts at Paula Dean, American usage of drones, and the diamond industry. Each is a fine poem, thought provoking, and original.

VerbrennenThis book would not be enjoyed by a conservative Republican is my guess. It does not portray the Amerika that was taught to us in school. It tells the truth.

Verbrennen is currently available through Amazon and CreateSpace for $10.95. Check it out today.

Also, check out Verbrennen and other fine poetry books at:

https://swimmingwithelephants.wordpress.com/

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Emily Bjustrom

Pic pick threeEmily Bjustrom is a sad lonely French girl who enjoys green tea, wearing black T-shirts and reading philosophy to her cat, Mr. Kitty Whiskers.

She still lives with her parents, but hopes to rectify that situation soon. She’s working towards a very practical and useful degree at the University of New Mexico.

Pick up Emily’s first chapbook Loved Always Tomorrow upon it’s release this April.

Coming Soon: Loved Always Tomorrow

Loved Always Tomorrow

Swimming with Elephants Publications is excited to release the announcement of a new chapbook by Albuquerque Poet, Emily Bjustrom. Entitled Loved Always Tomorrow after the drunken scrawlings on the bottom of a living room stool, this is Emily’s first chapbook publication and SwEP could be more excited to represent this young author on her poetic endeavors.

Loved Always Tomorrow will be released during the month of April and made available via Amazon and CreateSpace.

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Emily Bjustrom is a sad lonely French girl who enjoys green tea, wearing black T-shirts and reading philosophy to her cat, Mr. Kitty Whiskers. She still lives with her parents, but hopes to rectify that situation soon. She’s working towards a very practical and useful degree at the University of New Mexico.