peminology

PEMINOLOGY
by Melinda Luisa de Jesús

Published by Paloma Press
Release Date: March 2018
Pages: 80, full-color
Price: $27 (before discount; eBook, $5)
Distributor: Paloma Press

In honor of International Women’s Day, Paloma Press is proud to announce the release of PEMINOLOGY, a first poetry collection by Melinda Luisa de Jesús, a feminist of color who teaches and writes about critical race theory, girlhood and monsters, and believes, “as did the ancients, that a poem can change the world.”

Excerpt:

Jealousy

1.
Wanting to be blonde-haired, blue-eyed,
small-boned and delicate

ivory-complexioned, sweet and ladylike
a fairy princess,

or green-eyed and red-haired
like a mermaid

Anything but brown-skinned
brown-eyed

black-haired
loud

big
fat

different.

2.
I love your poems

I hate your poems
I want to lick them,

chew the paper they’re on
savor each line

then
swallow them whole

make them mine.

3.
Wishing I felt more connection

Planted in American soil
wilting

bleached
I long to be coconut, carabao brown.

Advance words:
“Melinda Luisa de Jesús’s debut collection of poems comes from a space of longing, rebellion, grief, love, poetics and politics. Bold, unafraid and uncompromising, peminology carves out a space for de Jesús’ vision and her generation of Filipinas in immigrant America. She speaks in multiple voices and registers, as a daughter, to a daughter, as a mother, to a mother, as a storyteller, drudging up a past and confronting fiercely the present. peminology is poetic auto ethnography. It must be read. It must be heard. It must be listened to. This is Asian-America. This is post-Trump’s America. This is the America we live in.”
—Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt, author of The Postcolonial Citizen: The Intellectual Migrant

peminology is bold, raw, and honest. Weaving between past and present, de Jesús creates a narrative of traumas that connect girlhood to womanhood. Charting the intersections of racial and feminist awakenings, these poems offer avenues for shame and rage to become strength and resistance. “The Tractor,” “Patriarchy,” and “Imagine That” are but a few examples of the timely critiques—anthems, even—that de Jesús situates amidst her chronology of oppression and opposition. Her experimentation with form, including the hay(na)ku, the hay(na)ku sentence, and the pantoum, interrupts Western poetic conventions as much as the language and imagery itself. The stand out poem—“Bellies”— followed by “Pantoum for Eloisa,” explores the heartbreaking complexities of brown women negotiating motherhood and white imperialism. This collection will leave you simultaneously heartbroken and empowered, ready to rise out of your seat to demand recognition, and sit down with your child to nurture self-love. A must-read for 2018.” —Linda Pierce Allen, co-editor of Global Crossroads: A World Literature Reader and Questions of Identity: Complicating Race in American Literary History

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Dr. Melinda Luisa de Jesús is Chair and Associate Professor of Diversity Studies at California College of the Arts. She writes and teaches about Asian American cultural production, girl culture, monsters, and race/ethnicity in the United States.


My Beauty

MY BEAUTY IS AN OCCUPIABLE SPACE: 37 Prosed Sonnets
by Anne Gorrick & John Bloomberg-Rissman

Published by Paloma Press
Release Date: February 19, 2018
Pages: 44
Price: $16 (before discount)
Distributor: Paloma Press

Paloma Press is delighted to announce the release of MY BEAUTY IS AN OCCUPIABLE SPACE: 37 Prosed Sonnets by Anne Gorrick and John Bloomberg-Rissman.

Anne is a poet and visual artist. She is the author of six books of poetry including An Absence So Great and Spontaneous it is Evidence of Light (The Operating System, 2018) and The Olfactions: Poems on Perfume (BlazeVOX Books, 2017). She is President of the Board of Trustees at Century House Historical Society, home of the Widow Jane Mine, an all-volunteer organization (www.centuryhouse.org) and site of the annual Subterranean Poetry Festival. Anne lives in West Park, New York.

John calls himself a mashup ethnologist. He has spent the last dozen years or so working on a long project called Zeitgeist Spam. Parts published so far: No Sounds of My Own Making (Leafe Press, 2007), Flux, Clot & Froth (Meritage Press, 2010), the text (as remixed by Lynn Behrendt) in A Picture of Everyone I Love Passes Through Me (Lunar Chandelier Press, 2016), and In the House of the Hangman (Lauching/Ouch/Cube/Publications, 2017). You can find him online at Zeitgeist Spam (www.johnbr.com). John lives in San Diego, kitty-corner across the US from Anne.

Excerpt:
Sonnet 1 – My beauty sounds like itself
My beauty is not a story. My beauty is not free speech. “Twenty-three, with black, straight, shoulder-length hair / and tight T-shirt and jeans, my beauty looked like it could be a Ramone, The bartender / thought so; before the show, he kept / serving it free drinks.” My beauty is a Last Chance Beauty Queen. She’s restless for an Ikea rodeo, wears sushi bar sandals, stale green light, Styrofoam skin care products, government faucets, formaldehyde iPhones, my beauty is reading this to find out how you can get free stuff, Evanescence edits my beauty. You lied about the number of atoms in other elements. Go photograph a deck of cards and separate them from your other nouns. I’m injecting my eight-year-old son with Botox. ‘Tis ma belle (mah bel), my beauty, an indexical. The night I met Einstein. Ah, Whitney, après la deluge! My beauty sounds like itself. Is my beauty base or superstructure?

Advance words:
“These ‘sonnets’ fizz and sparkle, full of ideas and insights from writers who clearly inspired each other. There is a baroque richness to this text which ranges from ideas about “beauty” to social injustice, gender politics and much else besides. An ongoing delight for the reader, this text is an improvisation, the poets riffing off each other to capture the mind-boggling fractures of twenty-first century communication and turn them into art.”
—Alan Baker, author of Hotel February

“I’ve been trying, for two weeks, to write a few blurb-lines about this book, but every time I dip into it I end up making some new poems instead. This is a very alive poem space to exist in, think through, make out of. This morning my beauty is a study of the microbiome with some thoughts about wild yeast production. I’m looking forward to what it knows tomorrow.”
—Jen Tynes, author of Hunter Monies

Humors

HUMORS by Joel Chace

Copyright © Joel Chace
Release Date: January 2018
Paperback, 58 pages
Price: $16 (before discount)
Distributor: Paloma Press

Paloma Press is pleased to announce the release of Joel Chace’s HUMORS.

“…Humors speaks of the world in front of our eyes and the world hidden within that landscape/mindscape, coloring in the shadows with history, theology, ideology, and human relations, which achieve a realism beyond doubt or faith. This is the complex muddle of life with all its curves and wobbles, ascents and descents. It is a canny and lovely journey filled with “language that births soul/…and/voice /breathing fire in/the crowded theater.”
Maxine Chernoff, author of Without and New Faces of 1952

For review copies or for more information, please email editor@palomapress.net.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
JOEL CHACE has published work in print and electronic magazines such as The Tip of the Knife, Counterexample Poetics, OR, Country Music, Infinity’s Kitchen, and Jacket. Most recent collections include Sharpsburg (Cy Gist Press), Blake’s Tree (Blue & Yellow Dog Press), Whole Cloth (Avantacular Press), Red Power (Quarter After Press), Kansoz (Knives, Forks and Spoons Press), Web Too (Tonerworks), War, and After (BlazeVOX [books]), and Scorpions (Unlikely Books).

Anne with an E & Me

ANNE WITH AN E AND ME
Wesley St. Jo

Copyright © Cecilia Ibardaloza

Release date: January 2018
Paperback, 32 pages
Out of stock

ANNE WITH AN E & ME is a nod to what is true and pure and tween, “I wish to begin / the year / with clarity—/ my favorite word / next to / epiphany…”  It’s about friendships, hopes, goals, boys, hair, big words and birthday stars. It is a tribute to Anne Shirley because if Anne were real and alive today, she’d be a kindred spirit.

Paloma Press is delighted to announce the release of ANNE WITH AN E & ME, an illustrated poetry book by Wesley St. Jo.

St. Jo is also the illustrator and co-author of BLUE, a whimsical poetry collection launched at the Library of Congress in September, and presented at the 4th Filipino American International Book Festival and at LITQUAKE’s Lit Crawl in San Francisco in October.

Advance words:
“When I was growing up, Anne of Green Gables was my heroine and role model. Years later, Wesley St. Jo’s collection of poetry describes the joyful “spirit” of Anne of the 21st century. She gives us an ear to the cadence of what is important to her Anne. Her poems capture the optimism, wit, passion, and intelligence that I loved so much about the Anne who I read when I was a young girl.” —Mary Kasimor, author of silk string arias & The Landfill Dancers

Review by Eileen Tabios
“I recommend ANNE WITH AN E & ME for making the reader smile… and smile about the book long after it’s been read. In the world of these poems, optimism never flags and that is quite a tonic for these days.”

Distributor: Paloma Press

After Irma After Harvey

Paloma Press is pleased to announce the release of “After Irma After Harvey,” a fundraising book project in support of hurricane-displaced animals. With many thanks to Ivy Alvarez, Mary Kasimor, Agnes Marton, Lisa Suguitan Melnick and Eileen Tabios for their immediate response and generosity. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Animal Defense League of Texas and the Jacksonville Humane Society.

We are ever committed to the rescue and care of displaced and shelter animals—before Harvey and long after Irma—“until they all find a home.”

Out of stock.

UPDATE: A big, furry thank you!

Marawi by Albert Alejo & Eileen Tabios

Marawi
Poems by Albert E. Alejo & Eileen R. Tabios
(text in English and Filipino)
Out of stock

This project was conceived in support of relief efforts in Marawi, Southern Philippines. As of June 9, 2017, a total of 252,638 people have been displaced by the armed conflict in the region (Philippine Department of Social Welfare and Development Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center).

UPDATE ON PALOMA PRESS’ MARAWI FUNDRAISING PROJECT:

On Aug 5, 2017, at 3:11 PM, Gantala Press wrote:

Thank you very much for this! This is one of the biggest pledges we’ve received 🙂 We are so excited to hold Laoanen on the 12th. Yesterday we interviewed one of the speakers, Ms Samira Gutoc, the former assemblywoman who has now been very active in campaigning for the end of Martial Law in Mindanao. She shared really harrowing stories about young women and babies dying and the rise of psychological issues among the evacuees. Also stories of online harassment of her by trolls and followers of the president.

If you need an official receipt Ma’am, kindly advise so I can ask one of our partner organizations/recipients to issue one to Paloma Press.

From: Gantala Press
Date: August 14, 2017 at 12:44:48 AM PDT
Subject: Laoanen: Women Stand for Marawi

Dear Friends,
We are very happy to share that the Laoanen: Women Stand with/for Marawi Information & Fundraising Drive held on August 12 at Fully Booked – Bonifacio Global City was a huge success!

Ninety (90) students, teachers, artists, community workers, and concerned citizens showed up for the film screening and women’s forum, filling the venue to capacity.

We received donations worth Php 76,500.00 from ticket sales and pledges from various individuals and groups here and abroad. The fund will be distributed to the following partner organizations: Modern Nanays of Mindanao, The Moropreneur, Inc., Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (Northern Mindanao Region), and Ranao Rescue Team. The money raised will be used to help:

run a 120-day feeding program for evacuee mothers and/or breastfeeding women;

support the provision of healthy kitchens and safe spaces for women and children evacuees from Marawi;

host volunteers for the distribution of relief goods and other services to evacuation centers in Iligan;

and advocate for the creation of humane and culture- and gender-sensitive evacuation centers for the Maranao people and campaign for the end of Martial Law in Mindanao.

Thank you again for being part of Laoanen and standing with/for women and Marawi! Standing with one, we stand for the other.

Yours in peace,

Babai Women’s Network:
Gantala Press, Inc.
Jovenes Foundation, Inc.
Gabriela Network of Professionals (G-Net)
Filipina Pen & Ink
Feminista PH
Me & My Veg Mouth
Saltwater Cinema
and concerned individuals