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Banned for Life
Arlene Ang

Misty Publications, 2014
ISBN 978-1-4951-2063-3

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“Arlene Ang’s poems are devoted wraiths tracking queries of what does and doesn’t belong, what it means to belong to a place, what is here, what left and what, if anything, will return. These wraiths compel us to examine what appears in our midst, how we acknowledge these appearances and what we accept and disregard. An exquisitely unhinged collection.”
           — Reb Livingston, author of Bombyonder

Arlene Ang is the author of The Desecration of Doves (2005), Secret Love Poems (Rubicon Press, 2007), Bundles of Letters Including A, V and Epsilon (Texture Press, 2008), a collaborative book with Valerie Fox, and Seeing Birds in Church Is a Kind of Adieu (Cinnamon Press, 2010). Her poems have appeared in Ambit, Caketrain, Diagram, Poetry Ireland, Poet Lore, Rattle, Salt Hill as well as the Best of the Web anthologies 2008 and 2009 (Dzanc Books). She lives in a small town just outside Venice, Italy. Her website is at

Some Kind of Shelter
Sara Tracey

Misty Publications, 2013
ISBN 978-1-4675-7824-0

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Sara Tracey illuminates the lives of the working class and the broken hearted with language “clipped from hymnals.” The people in her poems know the “small magic” of cheap beer, pickup trucks, and dollar stores. They yearn to flee and to return to landscapes where the “dirt is made from bones.” These portraits, of course, are also searing self-portraits. Tracey’s empathic gaze earns my trust as a reader. Her soulful command of the line and of the image earns my respect as a poet.
           —Eduardo C. Corral, author of Slow Lightning (Yale Series of Younger Poets, 2011)

Some Kind of Shelter is Sara Tracey’s first full length collection of poetry. She is also the author of the chapbook Flood Year (dancing girl press, 2009). Her work has recently appeared in Vinyl Poetry, The Collagist, Harpur Palate, Passages North, and elsewhere. She has studied at the University of Akron, the North East Ohio Master of Fine Arts (NEOMFA), and at the University of Illinois at Chicago Program for Writers. Originally from Ohio, she has lived in Chicago since 2008.

Brenda Mann Hammack

Misty Publications, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4675-7823-3

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The Humbug—what is it? A delightful creature? A misshapen mash-up leading to odd adventure? A Dickensian mis-imagining? Brenda Hammack has created in Humbug a macabre, oddly charming and disturbingly odd story. Something between a novella in verse and a poem with prose interludes.

The humbug and his human companion Victorine escape from a house of small horrors created by a mage of sorts and his female counterpart, a medium with migraine and multiple bottled still-born babes. The medium is also Victorine’s mother, at least in name. As a hob and gargoyles come to life and inhabit a neo-Victorian world that appears to be part Dickens, part Lewis Carroll, with generous dashes of Beardsley and Belloc, the verse weaves and dodges from brilliant rhymes toward couplets, free verse, and then prose, creating a metrical masterwork that will engage the skeptical even in the face of Ouija boards, mesmerism, and mediums. A must-read for neo-Victorians, steampunk lovers, and connoisseurs of the occult who have a sense of humor.
           —Mary Ellis Gibson

Brenda Mann Hammack is an Associate Professor of English at Fayetteville State University where she teaches seminars in creative writing, children’s literature, and nineteenth-century British literature. She serves as Managing Editor for Glint Literary Journal and teaches an online workshop on “The True Fairy Tale Poem” for the Rooster Moans Poetry Cooperative. Her scholarly work focuses on the socio-medical theories that influenced Florence Marryat’s 1897 novel The Blood of the Vampire as well as the occult fictions of Algernon Blackwood, Arthur Machen, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, and Robert Louis Stevenson. Three of her poems have received Pushcart nominations.

Steve Davenport

Misty Publications, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4675-3254-9

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Overpass revisits Uncontainable Noise’s investment in explosive form (yodel sonnets, 100-line sonnets) via carefully packed, roughneck reductions (curtal or curtailed sonnets). The terrain is the Illinois floodplain (AKA American Bottom) across the river from St. Louis. The figure who hovers above it all is Overpass Girl, a breast cancer victim whose overpass allows drivers to pass over the damaged or diseased land that extends east (depressed industrial area that runs from Alton down past East St. Louis) of what St. Louisan Jonathan Franzen refers to in The Corrections as St. Jude, Land of Hopeless Cases.

Steve Davenport is the author of Uncontainable Noise, which won the 2006 Transcontinental Poetry Prize, and two chapbooks, Murder on Gasoline Lake (listed as Notable in Best American Essays 2007) and Nine Poems and Three Fictions (winner of The Literary Review’s Charles Angoff Award for best contribution).
Susan Yount
Editor & Publisher, Misty Publications