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The Wide Road
Carla Harryman & Lyn Hejinian

2011 • $16.00 • 148 pages • ISBN: 978-0-9823387-4-2
Original cover
art by Nancy Blum
Pre-release: December 1, 2010
Official release: March 15, 2011

What would have happened had Thelma and Louise not driven off the cliff but stayed on the road? In Carla Harryman and Lyn Hejinian's picaresque novella, friendship lives on to follow eros through a polymorphic landscape where their fearless, inquisitive "we" encounters "hunger in two places at once."

The Wide Road was collaboratively composed by Carla Harryman and Lyn Hejinian between 1991 and 2010. The cover art was drawn for this manuscript by the artist Nancy Blum, and this first edition is printed with two different cover designs.

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Dear Lia,

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Always & Like This

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from Working Papers

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Ultravioleta Documents

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The Draped Universe

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My Girlish Feast

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from A Banner Year

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Desires of Letters

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Art and Language Writes an Epitaph

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Vertigo Seeks Affinities

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The Undress

88. Melissa Buzzeo

Near: a luminescence

87. Laura Elrick
Permeable Structures:
A Performance Essay in Stereo

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from Penury

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from Nothing to Say

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10 Perfumes

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Public & Private Love

82. Rachel Zolf
from Human Resources

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You But for the Body Fell Against

80. Stacy Szymaszek
hyper glossia
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Belleza y Felicidad

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Heads Up Fever Pile

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NYC Stories / Lessons of the Microscopist

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First Spontaneous Horizontal Restaurant

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Befallen I

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Doubles: An Excerpt

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Theory of Colors

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Play Air

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118 Westerly Terrace

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Manuel is destroying my bathroom…

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A Month of Love

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Art and Fugue

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SOng of My OWnself

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Belladonna* Moraine

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Neotropics: A Romancein Field Notes

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A Revisioning of the Preamble

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‘Can’t is ‘Night’

49. Veronica Corpuz

48. Michelle Naka Pierce
48 Minutes Left

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A Noisy Nightingale Understands
a Tiger’s Camouflage Totally

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The Money Machine: Selected Poems

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Boston Piano

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from Was.Or Am.

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Something Bright, Then Holes

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Cape Cod Diary

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We, the Poets

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Dreaming the Tree

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A Swarm of Bees in High Court

O.O.P. — 33. Zhang Er
Cross River. Pick Lotus

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The Occasion

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Mother, I (fragment of a film script)

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Trace Histories

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from The Wolf Girls of Midnapure

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a diary of lies

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DIMBLUE and Why Yell

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Put A Feather In It

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Artificial Memory vol 1 & vol 2

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Everything Automatic

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Translation Series

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Eating Belief

Marcella Durand

kari edwards: NO GENDER
Reflections on the Life & Work of kari edwards
Edited by Julian T. Brolaski, erica kaufman, and E. Tracy Grinnell

Original exterior cover art, "accumulation of absences," created for kari by Tanya Hollis
Original interior cover collage by HR Hegnauer
$18 • October 2009 • 204 pp. • 7" x 9" • ISBN: 978-0-9819310-1-2
Published in collaboration with Litmus Press • A Venn Diagram Production

kari’s authorial “signature” undoes the authorial body in favor of a visible obfuscation—strikethru: kari never just signed, but rather crossed out hir name and wrote “NO GENDER.” The erasure—well no, the palimpsestic remaking of the name into a symbol for the dismantling of enforced gender codes is a profound and provocative gesture—the name is still visible behind the NO GENDER, as if behind bars... kari’s genius moved others to their own words, art, action—following a mandate of reclaiming the very words we speak and write—writing our selves, our other(ed) bodies, into a foundational postgender post-genre state. This book is the start of what hopefully will be a much longer conversation.
—from the introduction by Julian T. Brolaski & erica kaufman

With contributions from Cara Benson, Frances Blau, Mark Brasuell, Julian T. Brolaski, Reed Bye, Marcus Civin, CAConrad, Donna de la Perrière, E. Tracy Grinnell, Rob Halpern, Jen Hofer, Brenda Iijima, Lisa Jarnot, erica kaufman, Kevin Killian, Wendy Kramer, Joseph Lease, Rachel Levitsky, Joan MacDonald, Bill Marsh, Chris Martin, Yedda Morrison, Eileen Myles, Akilah Oliver, Tim Peterson, Ellen Redbird, Leslie Scalapino, Michael Smoler, Sherman Souther, Eleni Stecopoulos, and Anne Waldman

kari edwards: NO GENDER is a Venn Diagram Production, which is the collaborative intersection between Belladonna Books and Litmus Press. This imprint actualizes our mutual commitment to publishing innovative, cross-genre, multicultural, feminist, and queer work by writers and artists working beyond and between borders.

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bharat jiva

Bharat jiva
kari edwards

Featuring original cover art by Frances Blau
$15 • September 2009 • 132 pp. • 7" x 9" • ISBN: 978-0-9819310-0-5
Published in collaboration with Litmus Press • A Venn Diagram Production

This writing is the New Brave. Few writers have so given in to the entropic forces that disentangle our bodies in the end, while at the same time furiously pooling social content into observable patterns. And there are thousands! Millions! Billions! In biological systems, DNA nucleotides are linked by enzymes in order to make long, chainlike polynucleotides of defined sequence. In writing, the sub-social is linked by signs that make ringlets of undefined sequence. Only we can make think to make thought from it. It cannot be conceived of in advance. It cannot be found on the web. No se vende ni se compra. edwards’s radical neo-communitarian impulse is something that’s blood-borne, but not bloody, something that’s keen & observant, but not oculocentric. Like Antonin Artaud, edwards sought to make Writing = Life.
—Rodrigo Toscano

Radical rishi poet-seer-sage kari edwards’s stunningly powerful and erudite essay-rant-manifesto-‘swarm of / messages’ calls a nation of docile bodies to account: ‘no more… protecting the audience from/exploding stigmatas, tracer bullets and the / shit of the dead.’ Deploying lyric thrust ‘to detonate the heart,’ blown bodies, categories and lines enact new ‘delicious fractal’ social contracts for reducing suffering in the body public/private and generating ‘growth in the sky of mind.’ Read this book and you’ll never go back.
—Rachel Zolf

Catherine Daly reviews Bharat jiva for New Pages.
May 1, 2010

Bharat jiva is a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award.
March 16, 2010

Read CAConrad's review on PhillySound: Mortified before kari's Bharat jiva.
November 27, 2009

Bharat jiva is named a Small Press Distribution Poetry Best-Seller
September / October 2009

Bharat jiva is a Venn Diagram Production, which is the collaborative intersection between Belladonna Books and Litmus Press. This imprint actualizes our mutual commitment to publishing innovative, cross-genre, multicultural, feminist, and queer work by writers and artists working beyond and between borders.

Purchase Bharat jiva for $15.

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The Elders Series is a celebration of Belladonna’s 10th year in which each perfect-bound book
is an anthology and conversation between the guest curator and the elder(s) she hosts.

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Marcella Durand
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A wonderful book of presence where sentences point to new directions of meaning among planets, colors, mechanics, botanic and language itself. A new configuration of feelings and knowledge exposed in the most renewed poetical process of sensing life as it flows. A brilliant book about a new location for our notion of space and time.
—Nicole Brossard

Bergvall Alyson SingesAlyson Singes
Caroline Bergvall

Caroline Bergvall has emerged over the past decade as one of the most brilliantly inventive poets of our time, with an approach to acoustic performance that is nothing short of sensational. Alyson Singes overlays Chaucerian sound patterning onto contemporary sites; a dazzling, politically charged realization of diachronic vernacular, the old emerging from the new like mist from a deep fissure.
—Charles Bernstein

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Lila Zemborainmauve sea-orchids
Lila Zemborain
Translated by Rosa Alcalá & Mónica de la Torre


Listen: Lila Zemborain reads from mauve sea-orchids and is interviewed by Leonard Schwartz on his radio show, Cross Cultural Poetics.

Lila Zemborain brings into relationship the viscera of the body and the spill of the universe in tense compositions that blur distinctions between lyric and prose poetry, between science and eros. She banks imagination and memory against the seep of loss, the dull insistence of oblivion.
—Forest Gander

Attuned to "the rhythm of loveglands" Lila Zemborain's poems transmute verbal connections into a scent that "surpasses the sense of smell." A tactile sensation is released when the energy of the poem touches the reader "as if thousands of eyes were blinking in pleasure."
—Cecilia Vicuña

Lila Zemborain's mauve sea-orchids exhale infra-human sounds. Open them and, one revolution of cellular kisses later, find thousands of perception organs on your tongue. We are more than we think to say, primordial as the remaining seas, and these magnificent creatures are here to prove it. Alcalá and de la Torre's deft and calm translations offer a superb guide into the hanging gardens of a new, and very
old, poetic landscape.
—Jonathan Skinner

mauve sea-orchids is one of the most gorgeous, stunning and impressive feats of a poetry collection I've read in a long while.
—Eileen Tabios for galatea resurrects #9

Written entirely in the present tense, mauve sea-orchids narrates constant activity of minutia; reading this book feels like watching a nature documentary that takes place inside an organic body and slowed down just a second or two so that the movements of its simulated natural world become trance-like.
—Bonnie Jean Michalski for The University of Arizona Poetry Center

In Lila Zemborain’s mauve sea-orchids we are presented with a field of blurred bodies, pearlescent with longing and without barrier. There is no immutable inside or outside here except in the most exorbitant sense—everything is inside, and everything is outside. Or, more precisely perhaps, these bodies are not quite borderless but sensually dissected into permeable components that, propelled by love or desire, gingerly grope for each other in their ocean of blindness and vertigo.
—Marie Larson for Jacket Magazine #37

You can open [mauve sea-orchids] at random and every single page contains sinuous, luminous passages, which also often contain deeper meanings. . . Moi poetics: no need to deny the serpents the luminous flowers, for those blooms' fragrances are ferocious...!
—Eileen Tabios for The Blind Chatelaine's Keys

Carla Harryman
Open Box (Improvisations)
Carla Harryman
Featuring original art by Elizabeth Jameson


GRNN alert just in—Joseph Cornell is doing the can-can over the delicious debris organization in Harryman's OPEN BOX. This dance of demi-characters—half half, semiquaver, three hooks quarter—places (a State) under an obligation not to maintain armed forces. Next up: removing oneself to another place; migration.
—Tina Darragh

Four From JapanFour From Japan
Kiriu Minashita, Kyong-Mi Park, Ryoko Sekiguchi, and Takao Arai


Introduction and translations by Sawako Nakayasu
Additional translations by Cole Swensen, Ryoko Sekiguchi, Chet Weiner, Yu Nakai,
and Malinda Markham

Published in collaboration with Litmus Press.

Erica Hunt
Time Slips Right Before Your Eyes
Erica Hunt


In this book, which begins with a love poem and is encased in sepia images of her blind ancestor standing next to an empty chair, Erica Hunt continues her rigorous and beautiful practice—unflinching, lyrical, politically astute, bodily-located, unpredictable language.

Akilah Oliver
The Putterer's Notebook
Akilah Oliver


Part of an ongoing series of historico-political notetaking, this radical and incomparable poet continues to question subjectivity, identity, race, gender, geography, travel and the rest of the wrought contemporary landscape.

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