New Free Verse Editions

January 6, 2010

Announcing the 2009 Free Verse Editions and the winner of the New Measure Poetry Prize
Published Fall, 2010
Parlor Press’s poetry series, Free Verse Editions, is also pleased to announce the second annual New Measure Poetry Prize competition, carrying a cash award of $1,000 and publication of an original, unpublished manuscript of poems. In 2009, the judge was Cole Swensen. Manuscripts not selected for the New Measure Poetry Prize may still be eligible for publication by Free Verse Editions. Submissions for the prize must be postmarked in April or May of 2010. The nonrefundable entry fee is $25.00. Please see for full submission requirements.

Emily Carr, 13 Ways of Happily

Winner of the New Measure Poetry Prize 2009

“If ostranenie—‘to make strange’—is the mandate of contemporary poetry, Emily Carr has achieved this both brilliantly and beautifully. Kaleidoscopic in its glimmering slivers, the life she brings us is built of charged familiars slightly and completely changed: the sun turns on its stem; the stallion rolls in a pasture of blue ether. Although she references poetic antecedents from Wallace Stevens and William Carlos Williams to Joan Retallack and Mary Ruefle, it’s not their voices, but their facility for invention, itself here reinvented, that keeps waking us up into a world sometimes alarming, often unsettling, and always careening until we, too, arrive ‘delirious & shredded, sailing sideways through the greenly ravished vowels.’” —Cole Swensen


Jon Thompson, Free Verse Editions Series Editor David Blakesley, Publisher, Parlor Press; 765.409.2649 Existing titles in the Free Verse Editions series may be ordered securely on our website or at bookstores anywhere. Visit

Lisa Fishman, Current

Free Verse Editions 2009-2010

Current is the fourth book by Lisa Fishman, whom Michael Palmer has called one of the “most promising practitioners” of American exploratory lyric. By means of attention to the moment (there is dailiness here) and a deep listening to the cross-currents of making over time (there is music that hears), Current enacts a poetics of the uncanny, with no project in mind. The book begins with a scribal act, a transcription of Barrett Browning’s notes in the margins of her Greek and Hebrew Bibles, compelled by such comments as “The Holy Spirit does not deal in synonimes” to copy them out and see what happens over a decade of attending. This meditation opens onto other linings enfolded in Current, such as the countering proposition (which names the final section), “All beauty couldn’t fit outside a book.” In this collection, Fishman ventures further into forms of thinking in touch with the possibilities and limitations of vision and art. Sounding them out, her voice is itself.

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