And the winner of the 2021 SPANK the CARP Poetry Contest is
Adina Cassal - These Lungs That Breathe Us
and the runner up is
Mary Silwance - of being
Congratulations to Adina and Mary. I think you'll agree they both added beauty to the world and we're all better for it.
Thank you so much to all who participated. And as always, take care and care big.
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Joe Sonnenblick - A Demented Dreamer
Jean Feldeisen - The Marriage House
Jimmy Banta - Fred, In Search of Meaning
John Tustin - Tea Ceremony
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Home explores grief and belonging as Kim Malinowski writes with her own star-pen discovering that home is a process and that we carry it within us. We take home wherever we go and through whatever trials we face.
Set in the Vietnam War era, Lucky Ride tells the story of a recent veteran, an unraveling marriage, and a hitchhiking trip steeped in hippie optimism, post-war skepticism, and drug-induced fantasy.
“A bang-zoom road trip novel with the queasy high-flying pace of Easy Rider and the breakneck prose of On the Road” --Douglas Cole, author of The White Field.
Nowhere Now Here is a collection of prose poems that read and feel whimsical on the surface, with solid and brilliant imagery, but underneath this surface lay undercurrents of grit and pathos. It's a standout collection of ordinary lives and their seemingly ordinary moments made extraordinary.The collection has received many wonderful endorsements from the likes of David Keplinger, David Shumate, Gene Twaronite, Michael Martone, Barbara Henning, Rebecca Kinzie-Bastian and Matthew Lippman. Available from the publisher, Radial Books
Cheryl J. Fish
This unique collection of poems, The Sauna Is Full of Maids, by Cheryl J. Fish, reflects on how present-day Finnish life intertwines with folklore and mythology—celebrating sauna culture, travel and friendships over time. Accompanied by many of the poet’s own photographs, this collection has rich cultural detail ranging from karaoke pubs, environmental art, queer Helsinki, swimming halls, and saunas that could catch on fire.
In his new book of poetry Richard Craig Sipe explores what happens in the aftermath of a life, a town, or a love. These are the LOVELY DREGS: what is left over, what remains, what is never the same, except that, somehow, oddly, it is.
LOVELY DREGS is available from Atmosphere Press
Released in 2018 by Soma Publishing, this is the first full-length collection of poems from widely-published and award-winning poet Karlo Sevilla. Based in Quezon City, Philippines, his poems appear or are forthcoming in Philippines Graphic, DIAGRAM, Small Orange, Radius, Spank the Carp, Matter, Eclectica and other literary journals, anthologies and platforms worldwide.
Complex Simplicity reprints the first 101 entries from Peter Dabbene's monthly column in the Hamilton Post newspaper, plus assorted essays focusing on comic books, movies, social media, politics, mixed martial arts, astronomy, and more. With humor and style, these pages probe the important and not-so-important issues of everyday life in New Jersey, and America at large.
William Quincy Belle
A post-apocalyptic Sci-Fi thriller.
Antigravity: floating cites. Pandemic: 80% dead. Flesh-eating disease: artificial body parts. Insects as food. And murder in dystopia.
Patrick T. Reardon
This exceptional book enables us to see, as if for the first time, something that is right under our noses. It is almost impossible to imagine downtown Chicago and the Loop ‘L’ without each other, and Patrick T. Reardon explains just why that is so in a lively narrative full of information and insights.”
—Carl Smith, author of Chicago's Great Fire: The Destruction and Resurrection of an Iconic American City
In “Requiem for David,” Patrick T. Reardon wrestles with the suicide of his brother and the pain they shared as the children of demanding and emotionally absent parents. Novelist-poet Sandra Cisneros calls Reardon's book “the heart’s howl,” and poet Haki Madhubuti writes: “Reardon’s poetry reminds me of the great poet and Catholic priest, Daniel Berrigan.”
John Michael Flynn
John Michael Flynn’s language dazzles to a very real end: the exploration and delineation of the free-floating breakdown known as “America.” The range of tones and locales he uses is impressive but more impressive is the feeling invested in what almost inevitably slips through time’s fingers. Anyone wondering where the Whitmanesque impulse has gone need look no further.
A collection of fantastical mini-fictions. A man who encounters mammoth rustlers. Houses that begin to move on their own, forcing the inhabitants to finally introduce themselves to their neighbors. Giant chickens that are hunted for processing in the chicken sandwich industry. And much more.
Humor, irony, mythical realism, surrealism, soft science fiction.
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Hear Roberta Schultz's review on WVXU