Virgogray is proud to present a new publication of poetry by poet, Peter Marti. Elephants I Didn’t Ride is an exciting collection of photography and verse, that takes readers on a trip to the far East and the lands of Hong Kong, Thailand and Laos. Marti provides poetic snapshots of his journey, a nod to the art of “sketch”style poetry. Elephant’s I Didn’t Ride is almost a poetic diary describing the poet’s encounters all along the way with crisp and sometimes laughable experiences in the unknown. Peter Marti is a veteran of the California post-beat and neo-beat scenes and has had his work published in a variety of mentionable venues, including City Lights Journal and the Beatitude Golden Anniversary issue. Marti also studied at Naropa University and has read alongside poets like Dianne Di Prima and Allen Ginsberg. To share this collection with a hard working and recognized poet as Peter Marti is indeed privelege, and we are sure readers everywhere will be excited by this latest literary work to be added to the underground and independent body. 58 pages. B/W photographs by Bernard Ries.
Suzi Kaplan Olmsted returns to Virgogray Press with a stunning new collection, Elektra’s Mouth. Suzi offers readers her follow up to 2009′s Institutional Wallet that pushes the boundaries of her own cannon in its few pages. Elektra’s Mouth contains poetry and prose, exhibiting Olmsted’s versatility all while redefining the limits of he own canon. Elektra’s Mouth is on par perspective of the human experience, an exhilaration from the first piece, a poem, “Touch Down Jesus” to other entries like “The Russian” or “The Milk of Human Kindness.” A few poems are coupled with illustrations by the poet’s husband, author and teacher, Marc Olmsted. Elektra’s Mouth resonates as a unique volume in the voice of the new underground from an author waiting to be read. Though surrounded by a finer class of post-beat, cut-up, post-modern phenomena, Suzi Kaplan Olmsted presents the delicate, the common place, the obscene and personal, with a candid candor, a vocal perspective, a cadence in poetic stride, through eyes which speak the the literature spilled from Elektra’s Mouth. This publication is 38 pages, soft cover, perfect bound and illustrated by Marc Olmsted. Purchase at the following link: purchase Elektra’s Mouth. This title will soon be available at Virgogray Books. More information will soon be available about Suzi Kaplan Olmsted and news.
lovely sad piece
about a guy with a parking lot
who doesn’t drive -
the police come up with
so they can kick the
Today is a great day for Virgogray Press as we re-issue Vegas Implosions by poet and musician Chris D’Errico. We are proud to re-release this publication, blossoming from a saddle-stitched, home-made chapbook to a professionally bound and expanded edition that includes new text, as well as a few revisions to the first release. Vegas Implosions is a new book, for a new time in the expansion of our press. Author, Chris D’Errico, was one of the first to contact Virgogray Press in regards to publishing their work and was the first fully realized chapbook we put out back in 2008. Vegas Implosions is a script of poetry that is humourous, surprising, and well-written.