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Caseyrenée Lopez’s new book, the new gods, is officially available today at https://products.bottlecap.press/products/thenewgods!
the new gods is the debut collection from Caseyrenée Lopez. This collection of poetry is an investigation of gender identity, queerness, and what it means to live as a femme person in a society structured to uphold the gender binary. The poems are divided into 4 sections, allowing each section to interrogate the parts that make a person whole. the new gods builds and deconstructs myths, tackles what it means to love as a queer person, and even gives a nod to pop culture.
Originally from Georgia, Caseyrenée Lopez relocated with their family to Virginia in the summer of 2017. They work as a professor of English, and have two full-length collections of poetry, the new gods (Bottlecap Press) and i was born dead (About Editions), as well as a chapbook, heretic bastard (Clare Songbirds Publishing House), forthcoming in 2018. In addition to teaching and writing, Caseyrenée edits Crab Fat Magazine and publishes chapbooks and full-length collections of poetry and experimental work by queer and trans people at Damaged Goods Press. They tweet @caseyreneelopez.
Caseyrenée Lopez has written a haunting landscape, from which you can’t look away. It is a landscape of the interior made available to all of us, to our eyes, our ideas, our predispositions. All of your judgement be damned. This book is a learning moment. There is the intense questioning of our programmed binaries set alongside blooming language that begs you to look closer, listen deeper. In “elegy to my former self” Lopez offers us an incantation: of transformation, of self-acceptance, of brutal honesty in the pursuit of strength and freedom. To be bigger than any bullshit we’ve been told we have to be, have to look like, have to say. This is a book that examines what it means to be made invisible, but it is anything but invisible. This book sees you, and it begs you to see it.
—Lisa Marie Basile, editor of Luna Luna Magazine
As Caseyrenée Lopez states, “living is binary” and this collection approaches all aspects of that notion. It examines both this side and the other along with the merging, meshing and in-betweenness of life within one bodies as we identify oneself and as one is identified. The gaze itself is on display to be seen and splayed open for examination. Lopez’s keen eye, ferries one through life and maybe beyond. In fact, “maybe i should tell you that i’m charon in disguise.”
—Kenning JP Garcia, author of Slow Living
The poems that populate the new gods are blood and birth and grit under the fingernails, “fine sand between [the] teeth.” they refashion creation in their own image and it’s glorious (“i form adam from a loose molar / they become a saint in my mouth”). the singular voice becomes a collective voice for nonbinary people and all of us seeking to shed the skin of societal labels and the shame we’ve worn too long (“like metal against hair & flesh”). they throw off the shackles of convention, societal or poetic, singing clearly and without fetters “i … became my true self.” these small songs are powerful, cut to the quick, become their own trigger/warnings. Caseyrenée Lopez is unafraid to speak the truth beneath the veil. these poems will “eat the parts of you that you hate” and then transform again and again, into “something repugnant, / yet beautiful, some thing / that remains nameless” – for it is in that namelessness, without labels, that true freedom is found.
—Jennifer Givhan, author of Landscape with Headless Mama & Protection Spell
From the book:
Today’s the official release date for Wheeler Light’s new book, Blue Means Snow! Grab your copy now!
Wheeler Light’s new book, Blue Means Snow, is officially available today at https://products.bottlecap.press/products/blue!
Pushcart Nominee Wheeler Light’s first book of poetry, Blue Means Snow, is a kaleidoscopic exploration of codependency and polyamory. This is what it’s like to not know how to stop a break-up from continuing, the end of a relationship perpetuating itself—to meet your ex for coffee even though you know you shouldn’t be.
Wheeler Light lives in Boulder, Colorado, where he writes and leads poetry workshops for Art From Ashes. A Pushcart Prize nominee and recipient of the Difficult Fruit Poetry Prize, he strives to create poetry in which trauma and healing can exist together. Light was a member of the 2017 Mercury Cafe National Poetry Slam team and has featured at open mics across the country.
Wheeler Light interrogates the snow, the ice, the frost which grows between two bodies. ‘After being cold for so long one becomes numb,’ and then what? Light uses poetry to keep winter, to freeze it, to hold it in place. ‘You love my glove but not my hand.” This text works to define, to navigate, and to confront the tundra of being in love (and of falling out). It works to extend. It works to exhaust. To define so tenderly the compilation of snowflakes, and the unsettling feeling when one sees its eventual shape. -Shy Watson, author of CHEAP YELLOW
Wheeler Light is a wholly original new voice in American poetry. In Blue Means Snow he invents a unique form interweaving lyric narrative with adventurously personal dictionary definitions, and suffuses his pages with so much urgency and experience, the book becomes breathtaking. Open your door to this blizzard, let it leave a toothbrush in your house. You will be permanently enriched by the experience. -Anton Yakovlev, author of Ordinary Impalers
In Blue Means Snow, Wheeler Light gives the reader ‘an excuse to play in the snow, childlike; to play with words’ alongside the speaker. The poem is an ars poetica inside a snowglobe that’s actually a microcosm of a relationship. Light layers this reflective world with an honesty as blinding as the sun’s winter glare–captivating and at times painful–but ‘truly beautiful, truly really beautiful.‘ -Kelly Lorraine Andrews, author of My Body is a Poem I Can’t Stop Writing
From the book:
Coffee (Cease Cows)
Talking Points (Pretty Owl Poetry)
it’s my party is the strawberry scented glitter roller of poetry, if tween cosmetics bought at Claire’s had an anxiety disorder. It follows a year in a neurotic girl’s lifelong search for serenity and her occasional acceptance that happiness is not an experience that reaches a terminus, but ephemeral like a single bite of ice cream cake.
Izzy Leslie is a writer and digital artist from Portland, Oregon. She can be found on Twitter @badplantmom. She has no chill.
Very contemporary, very internet and very femme! Izzy’s poems create the dizzying sensation of riding top-down in a pink convertible for the first time. Her poems are present, heartfelt and invigorating; the dream palace where the internet and poetry meet. – Kate Durbin, writer, digital and performance artist
izzy leslie’s “it’s my party” is rose-gold effervescent. it is sand stuck to a tanning thigh at the beach. ‘this baroque romantic daze. i’m barf’ is one of the best lines i’ve read in a while; ‘like when the music cuts and we can hear how loud we were under it.’ is another. read this book if you miss the beach or your partner or the color purple or anything at all. 🙂 – Shy Watson, author of Cheap Yellow
Like sitting in the sun, crying and feeling weird while biting into a ripe peach, its my party is a sweet, lush gem of honest + beautiful poetry. – Simon DeFeo, editor, glo worm press
It’s my party is a powerful and calm book that is dense with imagery and feelings. Inspiring poems! – Christian Patterson, author of an alternate reality where Mello Yello is more popular than Mtn Dew