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 & […]Read more "2017 Titles"
A previously unpublished work by the poet Robert Crosson. A highly condensed mock epic in the form of a memoir, The Price of Lemons chronicles the young writers life in the fifties as an undergraduate at UCLA, the start of his career as an actor and time spent abroad in Spain on the island of […]Read more "THE PRICE OF LEMONS: OR, SOME OF THE WORST MOVIES EVER MADE"
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 […]Read more "TOODLE-OO"
A previously uncollected and unpublished radio drama by the ground-breaking Italian poet Corrado Costa.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 […]Read more "THE DODO OR THE SCHOOL FOR NIGHT"
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 […]Read more "PREPARING ONE’S CONSCIOUSNESS FOR THE AVATAR"
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 […]Read more "Magra Books Debut at PRB"
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. […]Read more "2016 Titles"
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 […]Read more "Desert Sequence"
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 […]Read more "For a Curved Surface"
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 […]Read more "Epigrams"