• Jack Mueller
  • Kyle Harvey
  • Danny Rosen
  • Frank Coons




Lithic Press is excited to announce that Scherezade Siobhan's The Bluest Kali will be published this Fall!

Scherezade Siobhan is an Indo-Rroma social scientist, community catalyst and a prize-winning writer/poet. Her writing
has been translated into multiple languages as well as featured in various digital and physical spaces and can be found
in literary magazines such as DIAGRAM, Berfrois, Wasafiri, Winter Tangerine, Queenmobs, The Nervous Breakdown,
Mandala Journal, Word Riot, The Rattle, Feminisiting, Cordite Review
among others including anthologies, international
galleries, rehab centers and in the bios of okcupid users. Her digital collection of poems Bone Tongue was published by
Thought Catalog Books and her full length poetry book Father, Husband was released by Salopress UK in 2016. Her
next poetry pamphlet to dhikr, i will be published by Pyramid Editions in 2017. She created and now curates a global
dialogue on gendered violence & street harassment called The Mira Project and can also be found squeeing about
militant bunniesat www.zaharaesque.com or @zaharaesque on twitter/instagram.

Of The Bluest Kali, Khaled Mattawa writes, "I admire Scherezade Siobhan's intensity in this marvelous book of poems.
Her love of language, acute attention to the world and her feminist intuition propel these poems toward ecstasy. And like
a forest fire that burns away dead wood and generous showers that waken dormant seeds these poems are indeed
worthy of Kali, gorgeous and deeply blue."


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Amor Fati

by Jack Mueller

These poems embody Jack Mueller’s lifelong obsession with language. Personal, universal, heartbreaking, and with a coyote running throughout, from childhood and family life, to philosophical musings into deep time, big space, old history, and the origin of words. This book is Jack---continuing the argument and conversation he has carried on with everything and everyone, forever. This book contains new work as well as poems culled from the past thirty years.

"Amor Fati, a thick volume of new and selected poems from Beat affiliate and once San Francisco fixture Jack Mueller, truly lives up to its name (Lithic Press; 177 pages). "Love of fate," as the title translates, appears in these pages in many forms: as contemplative acceptance, surly fatalism, awed joy. One moment pondering the nature of death, the next exuberantly describing a bird, Mueller vacillates between optimism and resignation as he moves between the registers of philosophical abstraction and concrete observation. Distinctly the wok of an older writer, Amor Fati tackles almost exclusively cosmic questions- about mortality, love, and our relationship to language." 
- Maggie Millner, ZYZZYVA


Excerpt from Amor Fati:

What I can’t change-changes me.
A solar flare opens a small room inside me
And burns it up.

Though without ambition, and with
Best intentions, a full moon
Knocks me off track…

A war distempers me
An overheard remark
Makes it impossible to sleep.

The slow combat of classes in peacetime
Edges me out of the restaurant,
An insect invades my diet.

A poem I didn’t ask for
Writes a year off my life,
A virus stops a hot work cold.

Banks charge me for making money
Off my money. A volcano trashes
My favorite sleeping lake.

A woman I have never seen
Seduces me. What I can’t change
Montages me

Thickens my ear, contradicts my eye
Forces me to make
This reply-small fight

Against a brute, unanswerable tide.
Men are not free-my neighbor is poor
And impoverishes me.

Earth, I volunteer my fate to your position.
I am subject to the dictatorship
Of your yellow dwarf,

A slave making a battle song
To forces greater than myself,
For what I cannot change.


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