We are delighted to able to announce the next title from MG Press (due out November 2014): Autoplay, our first poetry collection by the talented Julie Babcock.
From the back cover:
In Julie Babcock’s first poetry collection, the state of Ohio appears as an astronaut, a cowgirl, and a waitress at Big Boy. Cultural and personal histories collide on worn-out stages, back roads, and gravel pits in order to explore the paradoxes of home– how it holds shovelfuls of experiences we want to simultaneously bury, unearth, and transform.
Autoplay has already received some wonderful advance praise from folks we admire greatly:
“These poems…pulse staccato with keen, austere observation. They blurt out, find reason and dream.” —Marianne Boruch, author of Cadaver Speak
“Wild and smart, utterly unique.” —Keith Taylor, author of If the World Becomes so Bright
“Babcock shows a range rarely seen in one American collection of poetry.” —Sean Thomas Dougherty, author of All I Ask for is Longing: New and Selected Poems
“Julie Babcock manages to elevate everyday experiences and to make them into art, not just for those who are already in love with the Midwestern landscape, but for anyone who wishes to ponder the importance of lived moments.” —Mary Biddinger, author of A Sunny Place with Adequate Water
“Julie Babcock’s first poetry collection is a wonder…The beautiful terror shifting subtly through Autoplay will not let you go.” —Alex Lemon, author of he Wish Book and Happy: A Memoir
“These poems—full of heartache, wonder and awe—dream spectacularly.” —Matthew Olzmann, author of Mezzanines
“Autoplay is a dizzying compendium, a secret textbook that doesn’t leave much out, all of it converging to form a clear whole picture.” —Nate Pritts, author of Right Now More Than Ever
In addition, you can pre-order a copy of the collection for only $1, and save 20% off the cover price when it launches next March.
We are thrilled to be able to share Julie’s work, and to have Autoplay—a truly unique and evocative work—as our first poetry collection under the MG Press banner. Read more about Autoplay