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Happy New Year!

Lots of news to share! First, our Kickstarter campaign for How to Live on Other Planets: A Handbook for Aspiring Aliens has 10 days left to go—get your pre-ordered copy now!

Secondly, the deadline for submissions to The Museum of All Things Awesome And That Go Boom is coming up on Sunday.

Finally, there’s tons of new reading out from, and news for, Upper Rubber Boot authors since our last round-up over the summer!

Corey Mesler, author of The Sky Needs More Work, was discussed recently in The Commercial Appeal Memphis‘s article “2014 in Review: Remembering the year’s best Memphis poetry“:

As both a producer and a retailer of poetry, Mesler is not only grateful to patron saint of poetry Keillor, but also is well positioned to affirm the accuracy of a quote he recalls by novelist John Fowles: “Poetry, alas, is something you can’t sell.”

But Mesler is dauntless: “If you want to talk magic, I’d like more people to leave their homes occasionally to visit the bookstore to hear a poet read. How nice it is to hear a poet read his or her own words! How nice to know that you can take those words home with you in little packets called books!”

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Lyn Lifshin, author of Marilyn Monroe: Poems, has a new book out with Glass Lyre Press entitled Femme Eterna.

Soles author Mari Ness has a poem in Goblin Fruit.

Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days contributors:

How to Live on Other Planets: A Handbook for Aspiring Aliens contributors:

Hope you all have a happy New Year!

1 January 2015

Apocalypse Now

How will the end come? What will we do when all the lights go out?

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Winner of the Nashville Scene‘s Best Literary Anthology 2013.

Every society and every generation has its version of the apocalypse: swine flu, genetic mutation, global warming, nuclear fallout, the second coming, peak oil, mass extinction, giant irradiated ants, zombies… Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days is the first anthology of its kind to bring together the poetry and prose of some of America’s finest (though not always most well-known) literary voices with an eye for the literary and the popular, for story and lyric, for the past and the future, for the psychological and the physical, for the real and the fantastic.

Missy, the single mother of Margaret Atwood‘s “The Silver Astroturfer,” spends her days in her basement of computers churning out copy under various aliases (“ExCodFisherman” or “LeglessVeteran” or “LadyDuckHunter”) in order to manipulate the daily news. Davis McCombs poems tell the story of a dying tobacco industry in the South and of the killing of the last gray wolf in Edmonson County, Kentucky.

Rodney Jones‘s “Apocalyptic Narrative” opens in a post-apocalyptic United States in which our hero survives via c-rations and government cheese in an abandoned cave. Joyce Carol Oates‘s “Thanksgiving” depicts a father and daughter who venture out to buy food for their Thanksgiving dinner because the mother is ill. This seemingly ordinary trip, however, becomes decidedly unordinary when our assumptions about their world quickly crumble.

Judy Jordan‘s poems examine humankind’s slow destruction of the earth while Paolo Bacigalupi‘s story, “The People of Sand and Slag,” looks at how we would live post-global warming via three explorers who utilize the environment itself to remake their decaying bodies.

Chet Weise‘s poems tell of the sorely under-reported floods that overwhelmed Nashville, Tennessee in May 2010 in which the Cumberland River rose twelve feet above flood stage and twenty-one people were killed. Pinckney Benedict‘s “The Beginnings of Sorrow” is a deeply disturbing take on metamorphoses as well as apocalypses both large and small, centering on a rural couple with a dog possessed by his master’s deceased and lust-sick father.

Authors include Margaret Atwood, Paolo Bacigalupi, Brian Barker, Jenna Bazzell, Nicky Beer, Pinckney Benedict, Kristin Bock, Tina Connolly, David J. Daniels, Darcie Dennigan, Brian Evenson, Seth Fried, TR Hummer, Rodney Jones, Judy Jordan, Kelly Link, Alexander Lumans, Charles Martin, Davis McCombs, Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum, Marc McKee, Tessa Mellas, Wayne Miller, Simone Muench, Keith Montesano, Joyce Carol Oates, Ed Pavlić, Catherine Pierce, Kevin Prufer, Joshua Robbins, David Roderick, Jeffrey Schultz, Maggie Smith, Chet Weise, Josh Woods, and E. Lily Yu. Cover art by Jason Clark.

Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days is edited by Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum, and fiction was selected by Alexander Lumans.

Alexander Lumans graduated from the MFA Fiction Program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. His fiction has been published in or is forthcoming from Story Quarterly, Black Warrior Review, Cincinnati Review, Blackbird, Surreal South 2011, and The Book of Villains. He was a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the 2010 Sewanee Writers’ Conference and he won the 2011 Barry Hannah Fiction Prize from the Yalobusha Review. Recently, he was awarded a MacDowell Colony Fellowship for Fall 2011.

Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum‘s poems, essays, reviews, podcasts, and interviews recently appear or are forthcoming in The Writers Chronicle, The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume VI: Tennessee, The Spoon River Poetry Review, Poet Lore, The Missouri Review, storySouth, InsideHigherEd.com, Eclipse, Copper Nickel, New Letters, Glimmer Train, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Potomac Review, and The Southern Indiana Review, among others. He writes a web-column, poetry=am^k, as a Contributing Editor for The Southern Indiana Review, and he is Founder and Editor of PoemoftheWeek.org, Managing Editor of AdHominem.weebly.com and Acquisitions Editor of Upper Rubber Boot Books. Andrew holds a Masters of Fine Arts Degree from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale and is an Adjunct Professor of Creative Writing and English at the University of Colorado – Denver, Metro State College of Denver, Community College of Denver, and CCCOnline. He currently lives in Denver, Colorado.

What people are saying about Apocalypse Now:

The first short story The Adjudicator, by Brian Evenson is stark and bleak in a post-apocalyptic, terrifyingly realistic world with just enough strangeness to keep you wondering. I can’t wait to read more of this book.

—Diane Severson, “Various and Sundry Science Fiction Poetry,” Amazing Stories, 22 February 2013.

In the midst of this hyperbolic fun, Apocalypse Now is a startlingly serious contribution. Six sections encompass 98 stories and poems, which are fairly evenly across the breadth of the book in tone and topic.
Lured in by the promise of big names like Joyce Carol Oates, Margaret Atwood and Paolo Bacigalupi, I fell in love with the sheer variety in this book. Covering more than traditional apocalypse scenarios, it’s a collection of absolute endings.

A story about anarchistic bees sits alongside a poem which describes a woman committing quiet suicide. David J. Daniels nervously relates the ripple-effect of his own mugging in This is the Pink before his spotlight is stolen by a group of cheese miners who are stranded on the moon.

Kelly Link’s surreal, neo-traditional folktale about feuding witches follows a description of God as a lion on the hunt.

I wasn’t sure what to expect of the poetry, but the standard was generally high. Different writers aimed for different things – it was surprising how many plumbed for humour, in the face of all that could be.

—Sarah Dunn, “Apocalypse Now: Revisiting the Daydream,” Nelson Mail, 8 February 2013.

Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days is a treasure-chest of cataclysms. Lumans and McFadyen-Ketchum have ranged far across the landscape of contemporary English-language literature searching for glimpses of upheaval and ruin, and in doing so they have produced something unique: a survey of the present-day apocalyptic imagination in both poetry and fiction. If, like me, you’ve read much of the one and little of the other, you’re bound to make some compelling new discoveries here, and if you’ve read little of either, you’re in for one beautiful harrowing surprise after another.

— Kevin Brockmeier, author of The Illumination, The Brief History of the Dead and The View from the Seventh Layer

Warning: reading Apocalypse Now may result in side effects like chewed fingernails, heart palpitations, and paranoia so severe that you stockpile dried goods, fill the bathtub with water, hammer plywood over the windows, and oil your rifle.

— Benjamin Percy, author of Red Moon, The Wilding, Refresh, Refresh and The Language of Elk

Never before has humanity’s twilight shined so brightly. The poems and stories within Apocalypse Now glitter with a clarity and luster typically reserved for only the purest of gems or the most cutting of insights. The voices here have each taken their own, singular approach to a theme that is as ancient as humanity itself and, in doing so, created a unified theory of the apocalypse: a coming together of our fears, our hopes, our willingness to discover ourselves at the moment we have lost it all, the moment when we stand on the cusp of annihilation and, somehow, cannot look away… but can only sing. And this collection sings like no other.

— Jason Mott, author of The Returned

Table of Contents

(with links to works from the book available online)

Brian Evenson
The Adjudicator
Rodney Jones
Apocalyptic Narrative
Chet Weise
An American Prayer for the Second Coming
Jericho Trumpets
Joyce Carol Oates
Thanksgiving
Judy Jordan
At Winter’s Edge
Moon of Hunger, Moon of Coyote Howl
A Short Drop to Nothing
Ed Pavlic
From: Arachnida Speak
Margaret Atwood
The Silver Astroturfer
Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum
when the dark heads of sleep
Marysarias
David Roderick
Target
Kelly Link
Catskin
Marc McKee
& I Don’t Sleep, I Don’t Sleep, I Don’t Sleep Till It’s Light
We Are All Going to Die, and I Love You
I Love You and We Are All Going to Die
Electric Company
Darcie Dennigan
Corinna A-Maying the Apocalypse
David J. Daniels
This Is the Pink
Alexander Lumans
All the Things the Moon is Not
Brian Barker
Visions for the Last Night on Earth
Gorbachev’s Ubi Sunt from the Future that Soon Will Pass
The Last Songbird
Lullaby for the Last Night on Earth
Maggie Smith
Eliza
Night of the Comet (1984)
On the Beach (1959)
The Quiet Earth (1985)
When Worlds Collide (1951)
Paolo Bacigalupi
The People of Sand and Slag
Simone Muench
Wolf Centos
Who will take the madness from the trees?
I watch my life running away
I have lost my being in so many beings:
The wolf licks her cheeks with
First frost blackens with a cloven hoof;
How long have I left you?—played the wolf
Joshua Robbins
Field Guide to the Second Coming
Tessa Mellas
Blue Sky White
Jenna Bazzell
Into the Damp Woods
Wet Field
Charles Martin
Taken Up
Kristin Bock
Oracle
Icescape
Dear Life Form
Early Gospel
Copilot
Seth Fried
The Siege
Keith Montesano
Love Song for the End of the World
Duet Near the End
Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” Finally Collapses the Radio Waves
Wayne Miller
The Feast
A History of Art
A History of War
VII.
The Dead Moor Speaks
Josh Woods
The Lawgiver
Nicky Beer
Rimbaud’s Kraken
TR Hummer
Post-American
Ooo Baby Baby
The Death of Neruda
Corrosive Lyric
Westbound: Little Cat Feet
Eastbound: The Book of Enoch
Terrorism
Adornment on an Ancient Tomb in Tibet
Fragment of a Perpetually Unfinished Field Guide
Rx
E. Lily Yu
The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees
Jeffrey Schultz
Weekday Apocalyptic
J. Finds in His Pocket Neither Change nor Small Bills
Tina Connolly
Recalculating
Kevin Prufer
Apocalypse
The Enormous Parachute
Army Tales
Who are our Barbarians?
suburbia
a poem of the museum
What We Did With the Empire
Catherine Pierce
Dear Atom Bomb,
Emergence
How it Ends: Three Cities
Fire Blight
Several Days Before the End of the World
Pinckney Benedict
The Beginnings Of Sorrow
Davis McCombs
Gnomon
The Sharecroppers Nightshade
Nineveh
First Hard Freeze Wraith
biomass: a genealogy lone
wet [weather] spring[s]
riddle:

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