2017 Titles

Our second annual set of four books, Paul Vangelisti’s Toodle-oo, Robert Crosson’s The Price of Lemons: or Some of the Worst Movies Ever Made, Corrado Costa’s The Dodo or the School for Night, and Gillian Conoley’s Preparing One’s Consciousness for the Avatar, may be ordered in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico as a set for $35 through this website. Orders from Europe & […]

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TOODLE-OO

The latest in a series of collaborations between poet Paul Vangelisti and artist William Xerra. In this bilingual edition, Xerra uses Vangelisti’s corrected typescripts as backgrounds for the collages dispersed throughout the pages of the original and translated texts. In this way the labyrinth of history embodied in Vangelisti’s poem and in the remarkable translation […]

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THE DODO OR THE SCHOOL FOR NIGHT

A previously uncollected and unpublished radio drama by the ground-breaking Italian poet Corrado Costa. Never part of Costa’s collected writings in Italian, The Dodo was composed in 1979-1980 for Pacifica Radio’s “Los Angeles Theater of the Ear” (L.A.T.E.) and premiered on KPFK Radio in Los Angeles in March 1980. The contemporary and the ancient mix […]

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PREPARING ONE’S CONSCIOUSNESS FOR THE AVATAR

In Gillian Conoley’s new collection, the four poems, “Preparing One’s Consciousness for the Avatar,” “Recipe for the Avatar,” “The Right to Be Forgotten” and “Life on Earth,” challenge language to meet its utopian obligations, and to overcome those all too familiar pragmatic expectations that have come to infect our imaginations. Conoley’s poetic vision, as radical […]

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Magra Books Debut at PRB

Magra Books held its initial event on Sunday, January 29, at 4pm., at the Poetic Research Bureau (951 Chung King Rd., Los Angeles), to celebrate the inaugural season of titles as a new independent publisher. Magra Books authors read from their books: Martha Ronk, The Unfamiliar Familiar, and Dennis Phillips, Desert Sequence. Part of the presentation […]

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2016 Titles

Our first annual set of four books, Ray DiPalma’s For a Curved Surface, Martial’s Epigrams (trans. Art Beck), Dennis Phillips’ Desert Sequence, and Martha Ronk’s Unfamiliar Familiar, may be purchased as a set for $35. In the U.S., Canada and Mexico, please contact www.magrabooks.com; while in Europe & the rest of the world, contact www.postmediabooks.it. […]

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Desert Sequence

The middle of so-far, three completed parts, Desert Sequence is the pivotal section in Dennis Phillips’ ongoing Mappa Mundi. Riffing off the subjective nature of medieval world maps, Mappa Mundi adds to, distills, distorts and reexamines the poet’s past works and recurring themes; relying on, among other techniques, repeated motifs, narrative tension and lyrical condensations. “Because memory,” as Phillips […]

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For a Curved Surface

At once ‘ludic and antic,’ in the poet’s own words, For a Curved Surface develops the carnivalesque pageant established in DiPalma’s 2009 volume, The Ancient Use of Stone. As Don Share has written of DiPalma’s polyphonic explorations, “His mind is a distillery, an alembic, and that’s why his quotidian pluckings and gatherings are so musical—and […]

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Epigrams

Art Beck’s selection of Martial’s Epigrams brings vigor, immediacy and, above all, a timely music to these apparently simple and hence difficult to translate classics. These new translations, part of Beck’s much longer Martial project, affirm the poet/translator’s fine ear for contemporary cadences set some 2,000 years apart. The selection concludes with an “Afterthought,’” in […]

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