NEW July Thirteen Myna Birds Flock!

A new oozing update to the Thirteen Myna Birds flock, offering an odd entourage of uncanny new poetry morsels by Jennifer MacBain-Stephens, Daniel M. Shapiro, Donavon Davidson, Jeffrey Zable, and John Grey - preceded by a teaser piece from the new Blood Pudding Press poetry chapbook, "They Talk About Death" by Alessandra Bava. Step inside if you dare - http://13myna.blogspot.com/.

"I dip my fingers in your scars - pilfering flesh like it was the future - kinetic spasms of gloss, hair, bone, and tendon - when light strikes light head on, a life must end - a cut, dirty swan - falling into a dark hole - dead fruit falling from trees - seep up through rotting flower stalks - little lambs eat their hearts out - it immediately disintegrated in my hands - fingertips to blades - hyenas in celluloid nightgowns"


The First Review of the New Blood Pudding Press chapbook - "They Talk About Death" by Alessandra Bava

"Bava engages the past -- Rimbaud, Sexton, Miller, Plath -- but also dances with a very lively muse, Patti Smith. Although tinged with the blackness of "the apocalypse of words" the buoyancy of hope is what raises the reader well above despair. Salomé may turn John's severed head into lamp, but only for her own creative spark."

An excerpt from the very first review of the new Blood Pudding Pres
s chapbook, "They Talk About Death" by Alessandra Bava.

Thank you very much to K.A. Laity for reading the chapbook and writing this wonderful little review!

You may read it all hear on Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/992814993?book_show_action=true&page=1

You may find out more and get your own copy of the chapbook in the Blood Pudding Press shop here - https://www.etsy.com/shop/BloodPuddingPress


More July Poetry News!

Partake of this new interview, about collaborative poetry and more, by Juliet Cook and Robert Cole, conducted by Pretty Owl Poetry here: - http://prettyowlpoetry.com/interviews/juliet-cook-robert-cole/


Then you can read one of Robert and Juliet’s collaborative poems (“Superorbital Dive”) AND a collaborative poem by Juliet and j/j hastain (“Scares and Scores”) at the NEW Dressing Room Poetry (Issue Eight) here - http://www.dressingroompoetryjournal.com/issue-eight.html


And in case you missed it a few days ago, find out about the newly available Blood Pudding Press poetry chapbook, “They Talk About Death” by Alessandra Bava, in the blog post below this one and/or at the Blood Pudding Press shop here - https://www.etsy.com/listing/195585261/new-they-talk-about-death-by-alessandra?


They Talk About Death by Alessandra Bava - NEW Blood Pudding Press Poetry chapbook!

They Talk About Death by Alessandra Bava is the third contest winning Blood Pudding Press poetry chapbook of 2014

This is Bava's first chapbook published within the United States.

They Talk About Death is available here - http://www.etsy.com/listing/195585261/new-they-talk-about-death-by-alessandra?

Cover Art - Yellow Carousel Horse by Erin Wells.

Available with Vanilla Skull Cover, Medium Blue Cover, or Off White Cover.

Hand bound with artsy yarn, either Sea Orange or Medium Blue - OR with Dusty Rose ribbon.

The innards include thirteen poems, inspired by/based upon other writers/artists who died young, including Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Garcia Lorca, Rimbaud, and Baudelaire.

Below is part of the chapbook's title poem, followed by more biographical information about the poet.

Buy the book to read more.


"Sylvia talks of her
first attempt. Anne
listens attentively.
Her lucid,

blue stare
beautifies the dark
suicidal words:
the sweet,

terrible act dissected
with loving details
as on a morgue


Alessandra Bava lives and works in the Eternal city. She holds an MA in American Literature and manages her own translation agency. She is the author of two bilingual chapbooks, NOCTURNE (Edizioni Pulcinoelefante, 2013) and GUERRILLA BLUES (Edizioni Ensemble, 2012).

THEY TALK ABOUT DEATH is her third chapbook but her first US published chapbook. Her fourth chapbook is forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press. She is the editor of ROME'S REVOLUTIONARY POETS BRIGADE ANTHOLOGY Vol. 1 (Edizioni Ensemble, 2012) and ARTICOLO 1 (Albeggi Edizioni, 2014). Her poems have appeared in several journals such as Plath Profiles, THRUSH Poetry Journal, Empty Mirror and Left Curve. In 2010 she had a cathartic encounter with SF Poet Laureate Jack Hirschman and she is currently writing his biography.


Here is a link to the first 2014 Blood Pudding Press contest wining chapbook - House on Fire by Susan Yount - https://www.etsy.com/listing/177826146/new-house-on-fire-by-susan-yount-2014?

Here is a link to the second Blood Pudding Press contest winning chapbook - Stick Up by Paul David Adkins - https://www.etsy.com/listing/188110107/new-stick-up-by-paul-david-adkins-2014?


First Publication of July

"the words were mutating
crows, cawing through
every socket,
every crawlspace"

From 'Goop', a collaborative poem by j/j hastain and Juliet Cook, now up at Crisis Chronicles.

Read more here - http://cclitmag.wordpress.com/2014/07/02/goop-by-jj-hastain-and-juliet-cook/


Late June delightful poetry news

Blood Pudding Press editor and poet Juliet Cook is utterly delighted that her poetry has been published in two different awesome places in two days – Diode 7.2 went live this past Sunday and includes one individual poem. ILK Journal oozed out its fourteenth innards Monday and includes two collaborative poems by Juliet Cook and j/j hastain.

She is also currently in the process of working on a new collaborative poetry interview, assembling a new collaborative poetry chapbook to submit, and working on the next Blood Pudding Press chapbook!

She's a bit behind with reading Thirteen Myna Birds submissions, reading things other than lit mags and submissions, and emailing her friends (and writing new poems, and revising old poems, and submitting).

However, having poems in Diode and ILK outweighs the behind-ness.

And stay tuned for news about the new Blood Pudding Press poetry chapbook coming soon – They Talk About Death by Alessandra Bava.


New ILK! (Including two collaborative poems by Juliet Cook and j/j hastain)

"Reconstructed glitter cavern
with explosive devices inside

A cave in a mouth

Some thought they were extinct,
but some new the strange truth –
part of that
was going
to come back to life

as a twin"

A few lines from "Access Achieved Then Denied", one of the two collaborative poems by  Juliet Cook and j/j hastain that are now up at the new Issue 14 of ILK (we are your kind).

Read more here - http://ilkjournal.com/journal/issue-fourteen/juliet-cook-j-j-hastain/


New diode! ("Love Can Be a Chokecherry")

"She knows another nightmare is coming
when the bird sounds turn into dark moans.
Mounds of wings torn, ripped, pitched
until she wonders when did wings even exist?
None of this is real, so why give birth to more?
Somebody will sea the shells, but not the birds
tiny fetuses stuck on concrete, dripping beaks,
ants crawling in and out of the cracked necks."

from Juliet Cook's, "Love Can Be a Chokecherry", now up at diode


NEW Review of House on Fire by Susan Yount (Blood Pudding Press, 2014) at Cleaver Magazine

A NEW review of House on Fire by Susan Yount (Blood Pudding Press, 2014) is now up at Cleaver Magazine! 

Thank you to Carlo Matos for writing this excellent review. 

Here are some parts of it:

In “House on Fire,” which is set apart from the other poems by its reddish, flame-colored print, the speaker says, “The house is kindling . . . The house is a pyre . . . The family aflame . . . Her father, a devil . . . Your house ablaze, get out.” These simple declarative statements capture much of the desperation of a family being held hostage by a father who has become a force of destruction.


In the prose poem, “Notes on Despair” we begin to deal with the aftermath of these traumatic experiences, with guilt and/or blame. The speaker says, “She never worked as hard as her sister. Maybe that’s why it / happened . . . His teeth. His hands. His fist. His dick. She is feeding them. She is ten. She cannot tell.” The “she,” as I mentioned earlier, is the narrator herself, who is trying to rationalize why her father targeted her. She fears it might be punishment for her lack of industry as compared to her sister. But in “Almost Dark” there are no rationalizations, only anger: “and I squat thinking of ways / to kill him.” But by the time we get to the final poem, her feelings have become a bit more complex—blame and guilt seem to be beside the point: “I’m not sure what is more pathetic you trying to decide if the poem is blaming you / or her and you and I and you or I again can’t remember things or don’t care” (“Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking”). And the syntax is such that it is quite difficult to pin down just who “you” is. Clearly, “you” can be the father, but “you” could also be the speaker—a self-incrimination designed to force her to move beyond the past, to “Stop writing / about your father” (“The Oracle”).

Read the whole review here - http://www.cleavermagazine.com/house-on-fire-by-susan-yount-reviewed-by-carlo-matos/

And get your own copy of House on Fire here -https://www.etsy.com/listing/177826146/new-house-on-fire-by-susan-yount-2014?ref=shop_home_feat_4


Six Collaborative Poems by j/j/hastain and Juliet Cook at ALTPOETICS

Like a bee moth with bloody honeycomb lips.
Whose mouth will you sting next?
Whose mouth will become your own
next sticky chrysalis space?

from Inside Out, one of six collaborative poems by j/j hastain and Juliet Cook, now up at ALTPOETICS

here - http://altpoetics.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/six-poems-by-juliet-cook-and-jj-hastain/