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Whether its experimental prose, niche poetry, works in translation, voices from historically marginalized communities, or just something thats hard to describe, indie presses enrich the literary world with their work. Here are some titles from independent presses, coming out in the first half of 2019, that are worth your reading attention.
At a moment where the freedom of movement is no longer a human right, time itself expands, unless it dissolves, becomes measureless; waiting becomes a way of life.
Some years back a friend told me I had to see Sean Penns film Into the Wild (2007) based on Jon Krakauers biography of Christopher McCandless, a privileged young white man who gave up his worldly goods to journey into the Alaskan wilderness.
Its an investigation into deep grief and what shapes us, but also its a study in observational precision and the moments that add up to a life well-lived.
Every morning theres a long line of women on the bridge coming over to work, and then at night they go back across to their families in Matamoros. Right or wrong, legal or illegal, seen or ignored, thats how things work here.
Distance, writes Marwa Helal, is the story ive always wanted to tell. / so, ill tell it now (lets get this out of the way).
Before I consider a personal book, perhaps I should offer a personal story. My first substantive encounter with David Shields, following some long-distance business, was an interview for his 2017 selection of essays, Other People.
Autofiction is growing like a tumor in the body of prose writing; it swells even as the literary forms out of which it spawned slowly shrivel and die
By employing a classical theatrical technique of dramatis personae, rather than realistic novel characters, perhaps Ives is able to move between so many registers that enable her unusual mash-up to excel as at once philosophical and planted in the mud.
This is a slutty book, not just in content but in form. The long, sprawling essay bends prose and language to seek both intimacy and the alive body. I dont want to give any more of my touch to language. I just want language to generate more touch.