Bright Bones is an anthology of innovative literature recently released by Open Country Press and edited by Natalie Peeterse. The cover art is by Butte artist Kelly Packer. Bright Bones includes fresh poems, stories, and lyric essays, as well as cross-genre and experimental works. Emerging and established writers from Montana and/or those who have spent a significant amount of time in Montana are featured. Buy at the Open Country Press store.
Dreadful : Luminosity is a sequence of poems about what it means to live in this world with all of its shine and dread. The poet addresses her daughter, drawing a lyric map to the highways, chapels and alleyways where she might find the answers to the questions she will have as she grows into a woman.
“Sorrow, aches, suffering – and yet, the tiny, brilliant wonders of a life amid this sometimes unfathomable world – in Peeterse’s vibrating collection this is motherhood, normalcy and also anguish. We live out our lives like this, among the ordinary. We travel and eat and clean house and sleep. Yet nothing is ordinary and the shadows of humanity outside our windows cannot be misinterpreted or avoided. Here Peeterse speaks to our desire to guard our most precious of gifts, when all we can do is show a way toward another desert or painted green door, despite having ‘no map and the map is everywhere.’ I admire this collection greatly for its dangerous yet devoted attention to our brightest lights and our greatest downfalls.” –ML Smoker
Verde Que Te Quiero Verde: Poems after Federico Garcia Lorca, edited by Natalie Peeterse, is available through Open Country Press. It is an anthology of poems after Federico Garcia Lorca, the great Spanish poet. It is filled with poems in English (with two in Spanish with translation). The authors reflect on Lorca or embody his spirit as they consider what is happening in the world around them right now. Lorca himself was assassinated in 1936 for being who he was–an artist and a rabble-rouser. He refused to conform. Let’s refuse with him. Contributors include: Sandra Alcosser, Ralph Angel, Arlene Biala, Lorna Knowles Blake, Jolene Brink, Heather Cahoon, Eduardo Chirinos, Chris Dombrowski, Annie Finch, Henrietta Goodman, Tami Haaland, Katherine Hastings, Claire Hibbs, Bob Kaufman, Adrian Kien, Keetje Kuipers, Romy LeClaire Loran, Antonio Machado, Kaylen Mallard, Tod Marshall, Rachel Mindell, Sharon Olds, Natalie Peeterse, Amy Ratto Parks, Shann Ray, Ryan Scariano, Karin Schalm, Daniel E. Shapiro, Sharma Shields, ML Smoker, Catherine Theis, Nance Van Winkle, Miles Waggener, Ellen Welcker and more.
“The writers in this anthology turn their gaze, like Lorca, to where the sky meets the bloody ground. Where we want to see–where we think there might be–answers for our grief. But the writing here shows it’s the yearning, it’s the sweat of living and loving–the open grave of imagining–that give us our best shot.” -David Allen Cates
Black Birds : Blue Horse, An Elegy is available through Gold Line Press at the University of Southern California. It won the Montana Artist Innovation Award in 2013.
“Natalie Peeterse’s Black Birds : Blue Horse is remarkable for its urgency and power. This precisely envisioned elegiac sequence is both intimate and public, reckoning its speaker’s passage through both the urban landscape of Washington, D. C. and the distant wartime nightmare of Afghanistan. We live in an age that is corrosive in its details, and this superb chapbook reminds us of the raw weather we all now live within — and of the ways the world, at times, can simply collapse upon us.” –David St. John, judge of the 2011 Poetry Chapbook Competition