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Lori Goldston Premieres New Work

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It was a great honor last night to hear Lori Goldston‘s response to “Marys Dust”, a new collection of poems by Melinda Mueller. “Cello Songs for Marys’ Dust” is a set of five songs for solo cello, using a variety of techniques to coax a wide range of voices and tones out of the instrument.

These songs, recorded live, will be released as a digital download along with Melinda reading poems from the book.

Cello Songs for Mary’s Dust
Lori Goldston, 2017

1. The Dust of a Thousand Bells
2. Marian the Copt
3. Love’s Bitter Strings
4. Her Daughter
5. Offertorium (Matthew)

This performance was recorded at the Chapel Performance Space, Seattle, Washington on February 23, 2017.

Fall Book Preview: Mary’s Dust

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Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing details of our upcoming fall books.

Our first book we would like to share with you is a new full-length collection by Melinda Mueller, Mary’s Dust. This book contains thirty-two poems on different Marys through history. Using a wide variety of inventive and traditional forms, it is a meditation on exposure and concealment, pleasure and pain, and of course, language, as women create their own identities on their own terms. It’s a great honor to bring out a second book by one of Seattle’s most intriguing writers.

We’ll be presenting this book with an audio download that includes music specifically commissioned for the book by Seattle genius (yeah, that is what the Stranger says and we agree), Lori Goldston. This new composition will premiere on February 23 at the Chapel Performance Space and is being recorded live, so you too could join us that evening and be part of Mary’s Dust.

Here’s one of the shorter poems in the book:

RADIUM
Marya Salomee Sklowdowka: b. 7 Nov 1867 – d. 4 July 1934

As, in her native Poland, the ember-colored
fox ignites the stubble field it streaks across,
ignites even the noonday dusk of the forest floor.

As, toddling into her parents’ long-ago garden
after dark, and crouching beside a lantern there,
she cried out: Look. The ants. They have shadows.

As religionists rummaged in the body for its soul,
that ant-shadow, which might “be shown on an X-ray
plate as a lighter spot on the darker shadow of the bone.”

So she fractionates the soul of pitchblende,
and having pent it in a glass vial, gazes into
its blue dazzle. And it gazes into her, being

the abyss Nietzsche warned of. And ransacks her.
And ignites her bones to ash. Heaven doth with us as we
with torches do. Nor will she lift from it her hands.

Scores in Poetry Books

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Our thought is that perhaps this doesn’t happen enough. We will be printing a score by Syrinx Effect in our next book, The After. This piece, “Song for Dead Sparrows” was commissioned for the book. It is, in turns, discordant, angry, somber, and mysterious: it’s modern jazz! We love and it and think you will too.

During our reading events this fall, we will be giving out full size replicas of the original hand-drawn score by saxophonist, Kate Olson. So you will want to check out our Facebook page, entreriosbooks, for all the current readings.

And as a note, the thing I am absolutely finding most challenging in publishing is the long printing and marketing deadlines and planning required to pull it off. Mostly a vast struggle! But behold, this piece is back from the printer three months before we need it! Success! Now to get that book out the door.

Kate Olson Syrinx Effect Jazz The After

In the Studio for “The After”

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Naomi Moon Siegel recording "The After" at Skoor Sound.

Naomi Moon Siegel recording “The After” at Skoor Sound.

Our next book was read in the studio yesterday, with the amazing Naomi Moon Siegel behind the controls and dials! We’re so excited to ship “The After” with a CD containing a song commissioned by the Syrinx Effect, a reading of the book-lenght poem by Melinda Mueller, and one additional surprise file that’s guaranteed to smash your heart to bits.

We’re finalizing production and will begin shipping “The After” at the end of September. It will make a special gift for anyone in your life with an interest in poetry and how we’re telling the story of the current mass extinction we’re responsible for.