17 November 2015

Unwanted Invention / Vargtimmen

Furniture Press Books recently released my second and third books of pomes, titled Unwanted Invention / Vargtimmen, as a single, tête-bêche artifact. You will soon be able to purchase the collections at SPD Books and Amazon; until then, you can buy the books at Furniture Press' website. You can also rate or review Unwanted Invention / Vargtimmen at GoodReads.

To read an interview in which I speak with Heather Cox about the books, check out issue 17 of Ghost Ocean.

Another interview re: Unwanted Invention / Vargtimmen appears in the August 2016 issue of The Conversant. It's conducted by the poet Trey Moody.

Read a review of the first half of this double collection at Entropy Magazine.

A review of the chapbook Imaginary Portraits, which is a subsection of Unwanted Invention, appeared on HTML Giant.

A discussion of Unwanted Invention / Vargtimmen in the context of Nu-Audacity at The Millions.

Below is the press release for the collections:
Four years after the release of his debut collection, Joshua Ware delivers his second and third books of poetry in a single, tête-bêche artifact. In Unwanted Invention and Vargtimmen, respectively, Ware charts the luckless lovers' course: from ecstatic origins to inevitable disillusionment. 
Unwanted Invention, the first volume of these companion collections, explores Wallace Stevens' dictum that in poetry "imagination must not detach itself from reality." To this extent, the "you" and "I" of these poems reside in a space both familiar and strange as they travel through cities, cornfields, motel rooms, and mountains. In doing so, they create an ethereal realm in which love poems flourish and, ultimately, dissipate into the "irregular forms" of darkness. 
Legend has it that Vargtimmen, Swedish for the Hour of the Wolf, is the time before dawn in which people sleep the deepest, nightmares are the most vivid, and ghosts are most powerful. Like its namesake, Vargtimmen inhabits this realm, meditating on how loss of love breeds isolation, hysteria, and the "empty stagger of obsession." Imbued with moonlight, these poems invoke lunar motifs in an effort to both document and prevent the speaker's unraveling.
Below are some past and forthcoming readings in promotion of the collections:

16 October 2015 // SP CE Community Center // Lincoln, NE // with Sueyeun Juliette Lee
17 October 2015 // Petshop Gallery // Omaha, NE // with Sueyeun Juliette Lee
23 October 2015 // Mr. Peanut Butter's House // Chicago, IL // with Toby Altman & Laura Goldstein

14 November 2015 // Berl's Book Store // Brooklyn, NY // with Sueyeun Juliette Lee & Brenda Iijima

09 December 2015 // EveryEye Reading Series // Fort Collins, CO // with Tim Earley
10 December 2015 // Bad Blood Readings Series // Portland, OR // with Sueyeun Juliette Lee
12 December 2015 // Margin Shift Reading Series // Seattle, WA // with Sueyeun Juliette Lee
20 December 2015 // Sad Spell Reading Series // Denver, CO // with Katie Jean Shinkle

26 February 2016 // Failure to Identify // Houston, TX // with SJL & Tyler Gobble
27 February 2016 // Everything Is Bigger Series // Austin, TX // with SJL & Abraham Smith

19 March 2016 // The John Oates House Reading Series // San Francisco, CA // with SJL & Nico Peck

09 April 2016 // Lighthouse Writer's Workshop // Denver, CO // with Elisa Gabbert & Oren Silverman
22 April 2016 // CounterPath // Denver, CO // Visible Binary Launch Party
30 April 2016 // A Common Sense Reading Series // Kansas City, MO // with SJL & Serena Chopra

01 May 2016 // Taproom Reading Series // Lawrence, KS // with SJL & Serena Chopra

17 July 2016 // The Borough // Salt Lake City, UT //  with Sara Eliza Johnson & SJL

More 2016 dates will be announced in the near future.

Below are some readings from earlier in the year in preparation for the books' roll out. All these readings included Jeff Alessandrelli and Trey Moody:

12 June 2015 // Meg Ronan's House // Arlington, VA // with Rod Smith & Sueyeun Juliette Lee
13 June 2015 // LitMore Fundraiser // Baltimore, MD // with Kevin Varrone & Nicole Steinberg
15 June 2015 // Molasses Books // Brooklyn, NY // with Amy Lawless & Jackie Clarke