Floating Bridge Press’s mission is to recognize and promote the work of Washington State’s poets via an annual poetry chapbook competition; publication of full-length books and an annual journal, Floating Bridge Review; and poetry readings we have the pleasure of sponsoring and hosting.
An Evening of Poetry, Monday, July 7, at Fremont Library
Local poets Risa Denenberg, Sue Sutherland-Hanson, and Katy E. Ellis will read from their work and discuss poetry with the audience.
Time: 6:30-7:45 p.m.
Fremont branch, Seattle Public Library
731 N. 35th St.
Seattle, WA 98103
John Whalen featured in Inlander article
Spokane poet John Whalen, winner of our 2014 Chapbook Competition for his manuscript Above the Pear Trees, talks to Inlander about his book’s upcoming publication and nod to late Spokane poet Tom Davis. FBP editor Kathleen Flenniken is also interviewed. Read the article here.
2014 chapbook competition winner
We’re pleased to announce that John Whalen’s Above the Pear Trees is the winner of the 2014 Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Competition. John is from Spokane and has had several of his poems in Floating Bridge Review and Pontoon over the years. John’s book will be published in September/October this year. All the poets who submitted to this year’s competition will receive a copy.
This year’s finalists are Elk River Elegy by Michael Schmeltzer; The Earth, That Other Sky by Maya Jewell Zeller; Amanda Bubble Is Nearly on Fire by Jennifer Bullis; and O by Dennis Caswell.
Floating Bridge Review No. 7
Floating Bridge Review No. 7, featuring poems selected from our 2014 chapbook competition and the special section “Help Wanted,” selected by guest editor Elizabeth Austen, will be published in October.
Ghost House, by Hannah Faith Notess
Winner of the 2013 Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award. Hannah’s poems have appeared in Rattle, Slate, Los Angeles Review, Crab Orchard Review, and Poet Lore, among other journals.
In Ghost House, seekers of all stripes—philosophers, pilgrims, video game characters—“travel through rooms and corridors, / through palaces of memory, / through stadia and fora” in search of answers to big questions: What are we meant to hear? What are we meant to see? Readers join in this search, immersed in poems exquisitely crafted, infused with whimsy, unafraid of enigma.
As the book’s title suggests, ghosts abound, their presence spiriting us into absence: “I write this for you who will never read it.” Loss and longing are palpable, too, in such artifacts as old books, small-town streets fallen into disrepair, microfiche machines, or a broken Sega Genesis console (“Our hands remember the feint and jab / but nothing works the way it used to.”). Absence and brokenness are not the same as hopelessness, however, as Notess asserts in her poem “The Curse”: “Sometimes the crown of the horned baby’s head / just slides into the world. Sometimes / the blighted tree bears fruit.” Indeed, as Yoshi says in Notess’s pastoral titled for the green dinosaur of Mario games fame: “And though I cannot consume / your ghosts or enter the ruined / palaces of your memory / beloved I will wait for you / always in the roadless shade / as proof of my devotion.” Read the review of Ghost House in The Stranger.
“I never imagined that such exquisite work could be crafted at the intersection of video games, folklore, and theology. In such poems as ‘To the Ghost Who Put His Arm around Me at the Camp Meeting’ and ‘St. Augustine Enters the World’s Largest Pac-Man Maze,’ Hannah Faith Notess melds her subjects with elegiac beauty and uncannily cool precision. ‘What is the soul,’ she asks, ‘but a point of light / propelled by desire?’ Well before you have reached the end of Ghost House, that point of light will desire its way within you once again. Hats off to a fine debut collection.”–Paul Willis, author of Say This Prayer into the Past (Cascade Books, 2013) and professor of English at Westmont College.
Floating Bridge Review No. 6
The 2013 issue of Floating Bridge Review includes poems by Lana Hechtman Ayers, Michael Bonacci, John Glowney, Kimalisa Kaczinsky, Megan McClure, Steven Quig, Michael Spence, John Whalen, and Maya Jewell Zeller, along with “Pontoon,” selections from the Floating Bridge Press 2013 chapbook competition. Click here to order your copy.
About Face, by Ann Gerike
We’re delighted and proud to publish Ann Gerike’s full-length manuscript, About Face: World War I Facial Injury and Reconstruction.
In compassionate and powerful poetry and prose, About Face describes some of the thousands of forgotten facial reconstructions, many of them remarkably successful, performed at the Queen’s Hospital in England between 1917 and 1925, and the stalemated four-year trench warfare on the Western Front which produced most of the facial damage. Photographs.
Dennis Caswell, Jodie Marion, and Floating Bridge Review #5
Be sure to check out other recent titles, including Phlogiston, by Dennis Caswell (featured, with Sharon Cumberland, in Floating Bridge Review #3). “The poems of Phlogiston are brimful with humor, intelligence, love of language … and sexiness. Joyful hilarity is balanced by a deeply personal and thoughtful poignancy.”–Peter Pereira. Read more about Dennis. And click here to order your copy.
Floating Bridge Review #5. Poems appear in “Do Tell” were selected by guest editors Jourdan Keith and Peter Pereira. As the editors write in the introduction, “‘Do Tell’ is a collection of what we do not say unless asked, unless we feel we are safe. It still requires bravery to claim the life you live, endure, and celebrate.” Also included is “Pontoon,” selections from the submissions to the 2012 Floating Bridge Press chapbook competition. Click here to order.
The Cupboard Artist
“In Molly Tenenbaum’s The Cupboard Artist we get mauve and jet and puce and garnet, bronze gold thread, and flame. We get caterpillar yarn, chocolate suede, clotted malt, and firefall velvet dresses and blue aromas of pine. We get braids of burlap and rose brown grass and wedges and spindles and trusses and tweezers and peppercorn cheese. In short, we get every color, texture, taste and almost-fingertip-touched longing, in this keenly noticed collision of the inner and outer life, this erotic, musical, painterly, reflective and seriously joyous book. I love every page of it.” —Christopher Howell
“These densely imagistic poems are no stream of consciousness, but instead a stream of conflicting desires. Molly Tenenbaum presents us with food and flesh and the hunger that comes from wanting them even as you hold them in your hands—in such a richly populated world of things, she gives us true longing. While the possibilities are endless—say this, say that, ‘Say he never came back. Would you still / love to be alone?’—the woman, that held-at-a-distance ‘her,’ that these poems turn their gaze on can’t decide how to embrace the incompletion of desire. And so we join her in the pleasures of hunger, like the bees, ‘confused, so much air / between them and the flowers.’” —Keetje Kuipers