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NICE BOOK: On NICE NOSE by Buck Downs & The Poetry of Ephemera

The short poems that make up Buck Downs’s new collection NICE NOSE inhabit the quotidian world, the day-to-day realities right underneath our proverbial nose. Yet their flames escape being smothered by the bric-a-brac that surrounds that common hearth.

Brittany Adames

Brittany Adames is a Dominican-American writer. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and featured in Palette Poetry, Up the Staircase Quarterly, and elsewhere. She has an MFA in poetry from Brooklyn College.

David Blair

David Blair lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, and teaches in the MFA Writing Program at the University of New Hampshire. He's the author of five books of books of poetry, including last year's True Figures: Selected Shorter Poems and Prose Poems, and his forthcoming collaboration with arist Donald Langosy, Country Music Frankenstein, will be appearing in 2024, both of them from MadHat Press.

Steve Orth

Steve Orth is a poet based out of Oakland, CA. His books include Lust For Life, The Life & Times of Steve Orth, and most recently Inflatable Ball. His work has appeared in Hot Pink Magazine, Afternoon Visitor, Open Space: The Blog of the SFMOMA, and Trilobite.

Shin Yu Pai

Shin Yu Pai is the author of 12 books of poetry, including most recently No Neutral. In 2020, Entre Rios Books published Ensō, a 20-year survey of her work across poetry, photography, performance, installation, and public art. She is currently Civic Poet for The City of Seattle.

Sylvie Baumgartel

Sylvie Baumgartel is the author of two books of poetry: Song of Songs (FSG, 2019) and Pink (FSG, 2021). Her poems and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Financial Times, The Nation, The New York Review of Books, Subtropics, Raritan, Harvard Review, Ploughshares, The Virginia Quarterly Review, the PEN Poetry Series, Zyzzyva and elsewhere. Her essay, “Fat Man & Little Boy” was chosen by Vivian Gornick as one of the Best American Essays 2023. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Anneysa Gaille

Anneysa Gaille is an autistic writer who grew up in Texas but now lives and teaches in Brooklyn. In 2018 her chapbook, No Such Thing As, was published by the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at the University of Chicago. Her first book, Once Upon a Cicada Moon, is forthcoming from Tender Buttons Press.


The Brooklyn Rail

NOV 2023

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