Parades by Sara Deniz Akant

I received Sara Deniz Akant’s Parades (2014) at the perfect time—just days before Halloween. I’m not sure if this was the solid marketing of Omnidawn Publishing, or mere coincidence, but this chapbook will haunt you, not only with images of ghosts speckled from the first page throughout the book but also with remnants of dead white men whose metered verse feels fragmented, torn, and echoing.

Not that this is actually their metered verse, as one might get with an actual erasure collection, but one can pick up on traces of Poe here—the “scratching wall” in the poem “Mark,” and the line “no it’s not so very raven, such thin walled bones” (“Finga”), or even Twain when describing “Sawyer gadgets” in “Machines on the Move.”

Winner of the Omnidawn Poetry Chapbook Competition, one of the many feelings left upon the reader will be that of frustration. What’s experimental about it? The bizarre forms, the abandoned syntax, some foreign languages here and there, a more challenging demand for comprehension, and an extra use of keyboard symbols. What wasn’t? The rhythm, the rhyme, the strange lurking of late Romanticism and the occasional return to formalism and syntax. As is the case with most experimental poetry, we won’t “get” all of it. Oftentimes, I felt like I was reading an erasure poem—except that it often bounced with metered rhythm and rhyme. Poems like “The Baboon,” while skating across the page looking fragmented with all its chunks of white space, at the same time, sounded quite villanelly.

Admittedly, some of the typographical choices that have become set within the poetry felt to me a little gimmicky—meant more for ornamental decoration than to enhance some of the poems. This was the case with poems like “Uptron,” “Itgara 2.0,” and “April Ltd.” In one case, the poem “^ Wilbaso ^” felt successful with all of its bizarre carrots, inching the eyes upward in verse “half-trolling^the eies,” and certainly much of the forms used by Deniz Akant felt new, straying from your typical Academy tercet/couplet into centered, justified wide margined prose pieces, followed by less marginalized prose poems broken with repetitive hyphens (which just look like really long lines). Essentially, Sara Deniz Akant is reworking what we know of the prose poem in many of these pieces, but much more fragmented, and a lot more caesuraed. Comprehensively, the collection moves from what feels like an establishment of setting, piecing itself together through a collection of character-driven poems marking the dead from abandoned spaces, and turning on itself in dystopian machinery. At least for me.

–John Bonanni

Recent Press for the CCPR

Recent Press for the CCPR

Aside from this year’s interview with Mindy Todd, the Cape Cod Poetry Review has been shown much recent press, attesting to its own unforeseen growth.

The photo above documents a recent article in which the CCPR‘s up and coming presence on Cape Cod features in the pages of the Barnstable Patriot.

Other press highlights include this well-written article by Kim Baker on Cape Women Online:

and a recent review from the Review Review:

and yet another Barnstable Patriot mentioning in this article:

It’s been a good year for CCPR exposure. Onward to Issue Two!

Open Mic on June 9 at the Brewster Ladies Library!

The Cape Cod Poetry Review will kick off the summer with an open mic at the Brewster Ladies Library on June 9, at 7 pm. All are welcome. 

Spread the word. We had a great reading here last summer, and we can’t wait to be back.


Open Submission Period

The Cape Cod Poetry Review is seeking submissions of poetry, translations, and shorter works of prose for its next issue. Please refer to the Submission Guidelines at the top of this page and send along your best work to Deadline is April 15, 2013.

Cape Cod Poetry Review on NPR

Cape Cod Poetry Review on NPR

Please take a minute to listen to our discussion on WCAI’s The Point with Mindy Todd.

CCPRWinter2012(3)Please welcome our inaugural issue!

Winter 2012

With new poetry from Lauren Wolk, Dan Lau, J. Barrett Wolf, Bill Black, Betty Jameson, Maxine Susman, Joseph Gouveia, J. Stiles Askew, Gregory Hischak, Joshua Heerter, Kathleen Healy, Donna O’Connell, Judith Partelow, Mary Ellen Redmond, Lee Roscoe, Jayne B. Stearns, Barry Hellman, John Landry, Alice Kociemba, Susan Berlin, Robin Clarke, Sheila Whitehouse, B.T. Lamm, Patric Pepper, Christina G. Laurie, Kim Baker, Robbie Sugg, Victoria Bosch Murray, Peter Saunders, Chase Berggrun, Chad Parenteau, Len Germinara, and cover art from David M. Cravenho.

Editors: John Bonanni and Gemma Leghorn

Contributing Editor: Gregory Hischak

Please email for your copy or find it at the following Cape Cod locations:

Fine Arts Work Center. 24 Pearl Street.  Provincetown, MA 02657.

Cultural Center of Cape Cod. 307 Old Main Street.  South Yarmouth, MA 02664.

Guyer Barn. 250 South Street. Hyannis, MA 02601.

Titcombs Bookshop. 432 Massachusetts 6A.  East Sandwich, MA 02537.

Books by the Sea. 846 Main St # B.  Osterville, MA 02655.

Eight Cousins Bookstore. 189 Main Street. Falmouth, MA 02540.

Market Street Bookshop. 31 Market Street. Mashpee, MA 02649.

Booksmith Musicsmith. 9 West Road. Orleans, MA 02653.

Marion Bookstall. 151 Front Street. Marion, MA 02738.


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