We are absolutely thrilled to announce we will be publishing Ariana D. Den Bleyker's chapbook "Even the Statue Weeps" in August/September 2016. The book will be designed by our YP Designer Ted Chevalier.
Here is a poem from her forthcoming book:
Human Body as Blunt Instrument
It is possible this will end badly. That I could
drag you down to the seabed between rock
& whalestone & teach you your consequences,
your damage, your dead. That I could split iron
like crocus, swallow words like nails, build walls
of mud & mortar to withstand your pounding.
That I might count the seconds of night, count
flash to thunder, might give up ground for low sky,
thick air, might extend a willing neck or tongue.
That I believe words applied correctly can move
walls & reset clocks. That I’ve sealed my own
with wax, dug & pulled rocks like teeth from
the earth until my fingers bled, sowed them
in pots & waited & watched until they sprouted,
until a glare cast itself in the stale sky. I believe
anything I wish for can come true if I stand
in a corner & not think of you. I don’t think
of you; I can’t think of a wish.
Ariana D. Den Bleyker is a Pittsburgh native currently residing in the Hudson Valley, a wife, mother of two, a writer and an editor. When she’s not editing or writing, she’s spending time with her family and every once in a while sleeps. Author of several poetry chapbooks and collections, Ariana is also the Founder and Publisher of ELJ Publications, LLC, a small press specializing in the author and home to Amethyst Arsenic, Emerge Literary Journal and scissors & spackle. She can be found at www.arianaddenbleyker.com
Ted Chevalier lives in Brooklyn, New York. He currently works as a Senior Multimedia Designer at Sales Graphics, where he manages projects for companies such as A&E Networks, Western Union and Disney. He received his BFA in graphic design at School of Visual Arts, with a minor in motion graphics. Ted is also the Web Editor and Digital Designer for Yes, Poetry. He often freelances design and illustration projects, having worked for musicians such as The Slackers and 100dBs. More can be found at his website.