Todd Melicker's rendezvous

rendezvous.melicker.SPDNOW AVAILABLE!!Purchase from our website or SPD.

In Todd Melicker's remarkable debut collection, rendezvous, the reader finds lines that join, converse, and split apart so completely that at times they literally flip, becoming distorted reflections of their own initial utterance. These are poems troubled by adoration and desire, evolution, and the spiraling of the mind immersed in measurement and inquiry. In quick succession we move from the differences between "more sun" and "same sun" to the abundance of the "floodworld/worried" and the strict limitations of "these daily tasks." Melicker writes—of love, of meeting, of the sun's slow revolution, and of return—in ways that keep these poems circling through the reader's mind. "i'm coming aware of the whole, what" he discloses, and "that all parts/ belong."

"Todd Melicker's rendezvous shapes itself as a series of creation stories. In the process of forming and naming, he enacts intimacies that are at the heart of creation, for Melicker comprehends a tenderness not immediate to the rest of us, derived, as we are 'from the/given up/divine etcetera.' His deeper perception causes imagination and formal assurance (which suffuse this book) to fall away like 'seedship or boathusk' before 'the living arrival' of recognition. So we meet and so we are dispelled 'where the first half we believe/ & the second half believes us.'" —Elizabeth Robinson

"A rendezvous is typically between two people, in one case, say, between poet and listener, the poem and the one who has come so gratefully to read Todd Melicker's long awaited first book. A rendezvous is charged, full of potentiality and longing ... Like Creeley, Melicker is a poet of rooms, of domesticity and day. In Melicker's rooms there is great disharmony, so harmoniously clustered. When we wake in these rooms, we can ask, just what is day? What is the lyric? In the rendezvous Melicker has so importunely invited us to, fantastic moments arise sudden as love and its psychic upheavals—'the astronaut steps from his cul-de-sac of fluid oxygen.' Something new seems to be going on with the abstract lyric here, in the exacting music of Melicker's work, where 'the room is broken/and we live in it.' How bracing to have such a trusting guide as Melicker, since 'to swallow/light there is/no needle like me.'" —Gillian Conoley

"Todd Melicker's rendezvous is a charged and beautifully uneasy meeting—something primal off a new ark, of Eve and what's his name, of Adam and what's her name. Our attention is directed to the forces and pivots at play, as if the world were being made (currently) angle by angle, word by word. Haunted by science and math, there is some kind of evolutionary imperative at work, as if humans too (those 'reanimals') were also in the process of being made. Ever attended by the birds in their watchfulness—voyagers between realms—Melicker's elegantly controlled lyricism carries the ache and arc of sentience, of verses becoming voices in the shimmer." —Aaron Shurin

***

Todd Melicker daily wanders the streets of Petaluma, CA, gathering data as a GPS technician. He is the author of the chapbooks day collects (Woodland Editions), the immaculate autopsy (Achiote Press), and king & queen (LRL Textile Editions). rendezvous (Rescue Press, 2013) is his first full-length collection. Recently, he was managing editor of VOLT and his work has appeared in Ambush Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, and New American Writing.

2013 Hanukkah Sale

Dear Friends, Hanukkah arrived early (with the turkey) this year and as 2013 comes to a close we’d like to thank you for the support and enthusiasm you’ve shown for Rescue Press’ books and authors. We're looking forward to this spring’s catalog, which will feature two books: Anne GermanacosTRIBUTE (the first selection in our Open Prose Series) and Hannah Brooks-Motl’s THE NEW YEARS (a Black Box Editor’s Pick).

As a way of showing our appreciation, Rescue Press is offering a special Hanukkah Holiday Sale: receive any 8 Rescue Press books—in celebration of the holiday with 8 days—for only $88.

Click on the link above to purchase ANY EIGHT of our currently published books for $88 between now and the final night of Hanukkah, December 5th! These books—including our three newest: Jonathan Blum's LAST WORD, Todd Melicker's RENDEZVOUS, and THE NEW CENSUS: AN ANTHOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN POETRY (edited by Kevin Gonzalez and Lauren Shapiro)—make great gifts and travel companions! List the books you'd like in the comments section or via email.

With love and happiness from the Midwest—

Caryl & Danny

Rescue Press Fall Catalog:

Dear Friends, We're pleased to announce the Rescue Press fall catalog which includes Jonathan Blum's dark and hilarious novella, Last Word, as well as The New Census: An Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry, edited by Kevin González and Lauren Shapiro, both of which are available to purchase today at our website or from SPD. Also, on November 15th we will release Todd Melicker's first collection of poetry, rendezvous, which was selected by Zach Savich as the winner of our second Black Box Poetry Prize.

Happy autumn! Rescue Press

***

Last Word (SPDCover)Last Word Jonathan Blum

Last Word, a novella, tells the story of Kip Langer, a successful orthognathic surgeon, who is trying to raise three children, including Eric, a bright but socially awkward thirteen-year-old from his first marriage. As Eric gets into more and more trouble at his Conservative Jewish Day School, Kip tries to understand Eric and guide him toward making better choices. The story, set in a Southern suburban community, examines patterns of love, anger, intimacy, inheritance, and disconnection within one modern blended family.

Jonathan Blum grew up in Miami and graduated from UCLA and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His short stories have appeared in Green Mountains Review, Gulf Coast, New York Stories, Northwest Review, Other Voices, Playboy, Zaum, and elsewhere. He has taught fiction writing at The University of Iowa and at Drew University, and is the recipient of a Michener-Copernicus Society of America Award and a grant from the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation. He lives in Los Angeles.

***

The New Census (SPD)The New Census: An Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry Edited by Kevin González and Lauren Shapiro

Edited by Kevin A. González and Lauren Shapiro, with a foreword by Dara Wier, The New Census captures the kaleidoscopic range of contemporary poetry, spanning a complex array of aesthetic, formal, and social concerns. It includes over one hundred poems from forty poets: Carrie Olivia Adams, Eric Baus, John Beer, Nicky Beer, Ciaran Berry, Jericho Brown, Suzanne Buffam, Heather Christle, Eduardo C. Corral, Kyle Dargan, Darcie Dennigan, Sandra Doller, Timothy Donnelly, Joshua Edwards, Emily Kendal Frey, Dobby Gibson, Yona Harvey, Steve Healey, Tyehimba Jess, Keetje Kuipers, Nick Lantz, Dorothea Lasky, Dora Malech, Sarah Manguso, Randall Mann, Sabrina Orah Mark, Chris Martin, J. Michael Martinez, Adrian Matejka, John Murillo, Sawako Nakayasu, Kathleen Ossip, Kiki Petrosino, Zach Savich, Robyn Schiff, James Shea, Nick Twemlow, Sarah Vap, Jerry Williams, and Jon Woodward. Alongside the work of these forty bright stars, The New Census features twenty census polls of its poets as well as dynamic illustrations by artist Lauren Haldeman.

 

2013 Black Box Poetry Prize

The Black Box Poetry Prize
June, 2013
Judge: Heather Christle

Rescue Press presents The Black Box Poetry Prize, a contest for full-length collections of poetry, open to poets at any stage in their writing careers. This year’s submissions will be accepted during the month of June 2013.

To enter:

1. Attach your manuscript and cover letter to an email (.pdf or .doc only) addressed to: rescuepressprize@gmail.com. The cover letter should briefly introduce yourself and include any biographical details, acknowledgements, contact information, or notes you may wish to send. Your name should not appear in the manuscript beyond the title page, and simultaneous submissions are allowed but please notify the editors if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere. Students or close friends of the judge are ineligible.

2. Participants have the option to submit a reading fee via this Paypal link. Rescue Press is supporting an offer-what-you-will payment method. In other words, you are not required to pay a fee in order to enter the contest but donations of any amount are appreciated and go toward publishing the winning manuscript and potentially an editor’s choice. Let us know if you have questions.

3. Rescue Press editors will send a select number of anonymous manuscripts to our judge, Heather Christle, who will choose the 2013 Black Box Poetry Prize winner. Results will be announced in Fall 2013 on our website and via email, and the winning manuscript(s) will be published in Fall 2014.

Judge: Heather Christle is the author of What Is Amazing (Wesleyan University Press, 2012), The Difficult Farm (Octopus Books, 2009), and The Trees The Trees (Octopus Books, 2011), which won the 2012 Believer Poetry Award. Her poems have appeared in publications including Boston Review, Gulf CoastThe New Yorker, and The Best American Poetry. She has taught poetry at Sarah Lawrence College, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Emory University, where she was the 2009-2011 Poetry Writing Fellow. She is the Web Editor for jubilat and frequently a writer in residence at the Juniper Summer Writing Institute. A native of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, she lives in Yellow Springs, OH.

Previous Winners:

2011
Judge’s Choice: Blueberry Morningsnow’s WHALE IN THE WOODS, selected by Sabrina Orah Mark

Editor’s Choice: Philip Sorenson’s OF EMBODIES

2012
Judge’s Choice: Todd Melicker’s RENDEZVOUS, selected by Zach Savich

Editor’s Choice: Hannah Brooks-Motl’s THE NEW YEARS

February News from Rescue

Have you been wondering what the Rescue crew is up to? Here are a few updates and a bunch of new work from Rescue Press authors and editors: Marc Rahe has new poems up at Petri Press.

Madeline McDonnell’s new book, PENNY, N., will be published by Rescue this spring. You can find the first copies at this year’s AWP, where Madeline will be reading here with fellow Rescue authors Zach Savich and Mary Hickman. She’ll also be reading at Prairie Lights in Iowa City on April 16th.

Shane McCrae’s second book, BLOOD, will be released this month by Noemi Press. He will be reading at Prairie Lights on April 10th with Carmen Gimenez Smith. Check out these lovely interviews with Shane at VOLTA and PEN/America.

Zach Savich is currently judging Rescue Press’ first annual Open Prose Series with Hilary Plum. He reviews C.P. Cavafy’s “Half an Hour” here.

Andrea Rexilius is interviewed as part of “The Next Big Thing” series and at 12 or 20 Questions.

Danielle Rosen (aka Patricia Rose) continues with new research and experiments at the Institute for Species Systemization. An interview about her scientific and linguistic interests can be found in jubilat 22.

Vinnie Wilhelm’s collection of stories, IN THE ABSENCE OF PREDATORS, was reviewed at Front Porch journal.

Melissa Dickey has new poems up at Propeller magazine.

Phil Sorenson will read on April 5th at the SPECTRA reading series in the Quad Cities.

Blueberry Morningsnow reads a divination poem (as part of a collaboration with the visual artist Aleta Lanier) at jubilat 22.

Managing Editor Danny Khalastchi talks about the forthcoming R+P poetry anthology, THE NEW CENSUS, in his “Next Big Thing” interview.

THE NEW CENSUS editor Lauren Shapiro’s first book of poetry, EASY MATH, has just been released by Sarabande Books (read a poem from it at Verse Daily).

Open Prose Series editor Hilary Plum’s first novel, THEY DRAGGED THEM THROUGH THE STREETS, will be out this month from FC2; read an excerpt at berfrois.

Also, come find us at AWP at the Rescue table and this reading!!! And look for upcoming collections by Mary Hickman, Jonathan Blum, Todd Melicker, and Hannah Brooks-Motl!