Niina Pollari’s much-anticipated, first full-length collection of poems from Birds, LLC, Dead Horse, is now available for purchase.

Publisher’s Weekly describes Dead Horse as, “startling in its starkness and crisp, distinct voice; growing more evocative as it progresses… [It] blazes and stings with the intensity and ferociousness of a fresh wound.”

Bookish believes Dead Horse is one of the 10 small press poetry books you have to read in 2014.

But don't take their word for it. Order the book now and see for yourself.


The editors

Ana Božičević is touring Europe with Sophia Le Fraga (as not_I) to read for herLambda Award-winning book RISE IN THE FALL.

Ana starts of the tour by returning to her home country Croatia to read there for the first time.

Check out this video trailer for not_I’s tour, which is probably what it feels like to be there: floating, singing.

Here are the cities and dates of the reading tour:

7/15 Rijeka

7/17 Zadar

7/21 Liznjan
7/23 Bratislava

7/27 Berlin 

We would also like to officially congratulate Ana Božičević on her Lambda Literary Award for Best Lesbian Poetry for RISE IN THE FALL



Birds, LLC is excited to announce our next title: From the Author’s Private Collection by Eric Amling.

From the Author’s Private Collection is an experience — your reality was missing a dimension or two. With senses heightened you enter the Real — realm of dream and reckoning — where time experiences you. You’ve walked into the poem, you can touch the purring furniture, the lion’s head for example, and what’s with that giant pink diamond singing like a lounge singer in the corner. This is hardly a poem at all but a consciousness. You float inside it like an amoeba’s desire. It whispers its secret, confessing “Everyone lives to love but continually dreams to kill” and finally “Space / This space / A collection of space / That I curate / Where I forgive myself.”


July 10th, 2014

Librería Libros AC Barra & Bistro
1510 Ave. Ponce de León, 00909
San Juan, Puerto Rico

July 31st, 2014

with Amy Lawless, Angela Veronica Wong & Noah Eli Gordon
Emory Bookstore @ 8pm
1390 Oxford Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30322

August 2nd, 2014

with Noah Eli Gordon
Nashville, TN

August 3rd, 2014

with Noah Eli GordonThe Birdhouse @ 3pm
Knoxville, TN

September 11th, 2014

with Noah Eli Gordon @ 7pmFlying Object
42 West Street
Hadley, MA 01035

September 12th, 2014

with Noah Eli Gordon & Kendra DeColo
Brookline Booksmith @ 7pm
Boston, MA

September 13th, 2014

with Noah Eli Gordon
New York City



We are excited to announce our next title: TENDER DATA by Monica McClure.

In TENDER DATA Monica McClure breaks down and breaks into various identities, each of them hashtagged in the discourses of their time and place, whether macha or chiflada, couture or fast fashion, acephale or technocrat: "I want to be so skinny people ask if I'm dying." Down the blood-red lanes of gender-making, class warfare, and vexed relationships goes the unstable subject, hailed yet hailing back. Nobody comes out looking good. The slippery self, surveilled yet ready with her mask, performs a peep show--booth opens wide, yet somehow the dancer isn't there. She’s in character. She’s “cut off the head to let the humors hose through.”



We’re very excited to announce our next title: DEAD HORSE by Niina Pollari.

Populated by the quotidian events and things that punctuate our days (air travel, medical exams, bathrooms, phones, etc.), the poems in Niina Pollari's DEAD HORSE are anything but common. Hyperaware, the speaker in these poems “watch[es] you watch me.” She is mercurial, monstrous—“a vampire in a grayly coughing dawn,” a lover who wants to put her “thigh meat next to yours,” to sit with swan’s blood inside her mouth and smile—but also tender in her grotesqueness: “I’m nothing / But a massive garbage mountain / Wiggling abundantly / And all I want to know is / Do you love me? / Now that I can dance." And then there it is, that word—love. That is the force that ultimately animates these poems, their vulnerability & bravery: “If you say you love me / I will open my mouth and you can live in it.”


Come visit Birds, LLC at Table R21 and pick up Sommer Browning's new book BACKUP SINGERS hot off the press and all our other titles on SALE.

Thursday Feb 27th Birds, LLC with Barrelhouse Books, Coconut Books, Factory Hollow Press, Fence Books, LSU Press, Magic Helicopter, Monk Books & Wave Books present:

THE READING: A night of Poetry, Dancing, and Beer with

DARA WIER (Wave Books)
JUSTIN MARKS (Barrelhouse Books)
LAUREN IRELAND (Coconut Books/Magic Helicopter)
LUKE BLOOMFIELD (Factory Hollow)
Followed by Dj Justin Case to spin &
DANCEPARTY from 10pm to 1am.
8 to 10pm Reading
10pm to 1am Dj and Danceparty
@ LoFi Performance Gallery (walking distance from the AWP Conference) 429 Eastlake Ave, Seattle, WA 98109


Dan Boehl

Elisa Gabbert – The Self Unstable.

I am picking Elisa's new book, because "Duh."

Ana Božičević

Cool Memories – Ben Fama.

Sommer Browning

I Want My Hat Back - Jon Klassen

I used to like this book until I read it to my little kid 3,657 times:

My Life in the Bush of Ghosts - Amos Tutuola

The Nineties - Lucy Ives

Two books that are the opposite of each other in nearly every way. Tutola's book is a magic book about horror, adventure, pain, and longing. It follows a boy who is lost in the land of ghosts and trying to get back to his mother. It is full of repetition so I felt myself reading it like a song. This helped me cope with the scariness and sadness I felt. I was lost in that book, too. In Ives' book I was never lost. She describes the world of a girl in the 1990's of a certain class and means almost scientifically, with lists and proper nouns. It was anchored in familiar places, names, and things and that cultivated in me a kind of sarcasm about myself.

The Diary of a Teenage Girl: An Account in Words and Pictures - Phoebe Gloeckner

By Some Miracle a Year Lousy with Meteors - Ariana-Sophia Kartsonis & Cynthia Arrieu-King

Jon-Michael Frank

Mythologies – Roland Barthes

2666 – Roberto Bolano. A book to sell your soul to.

Book of Frank – C.A. Conrad. Time as your dead mother and poems on the impossible love of masturbation.

Agapē Agape - William Gaddis

Lost And – Jeff Griffin. White trash beauty and what it means to love.

The Narrow Circle – Nathan Hoks. A book that shattered concepts in my brain and left little grasshoppers in there giving the night an interior voice.

Sign You Were Mistaken – Seth Landman

My Dead – Amy Lawless

Murmur In The Inventory – Erica Lewis

Snowflake/Different Streets – Eileen Myles

Buenos Aires – Chad Reynolds. Where Chad Reynolds disrobes and tortures a man with life.

The First Four Books of Sampson Starkweather - Sampson Starkweather

Rings of Saturn – W.G. Sebald. Memory is a whore.

Debts & Lessons – Lynn Xu. A read this book in a white room. It put colors in my head.

Elisa Gabbert

Bough Down – Karen Green

Taipei – Tao Lin

The Unknowns – Gabriel Roth

Nervous Device – Catherine Wagner

Dan Magers

Rise in the Fall – Ana Božičević

Believers – Andrew Durbin

Cool Memories – Ben Fama

Mood Swing – Monica McClure

Liner Notes – Andy Mister

Justin Marks

Black Aperture - Matt Rasmussen

Buenos Aires - Chad Reynolds

Increment - Chris Tonelli

Emily Pettit

Rise in the Fall – Ana Božičević

Collateral Light - Julia Cohen

Cool Memories – Ben Fama

Moods - Rachel B. Glaser

My Enemies – Jane Gregory

Nineties – Lucy Ives

Sign You Were Mistaken - Seth Landman

My Dead – Amy Lawless

Theatre Of The Cow – Lizzie Lee Lenson

My Life’s Work – Guy Pettit

The First Four Books of Sampson Starkweather - Sampson Starkweather

Because You Love You Come Apart – Bianca Stone

Last Difficult Gardens – Paige Taggart

Sorry Was In The Woods - Michelle Taransky

You Good Thing - Dara Wier

Joseph Silvers

Bill Evans: How My Heart Sings – Peter Pettinger

Robinson Alone - Kathleen Rooney

Sampson Starkweather

From the Artist’s Private Collection - Eric Amling

Believers - Andrew Durbin

Orange Roses - Lucy Ives

My Dead – Amy Lawless

My Life’s Work - Guy Pettit

Last Difficult Gardens - Paige Taggart

Bianca Stone

The Late Parade - Adam Fitzgerald

It Becomes You – Dobby Gibson

Soul In Space - Noelle Kocot

Mood Swing - Monica McClure

Because You Can Have This Idea About Being Afraid of Something – Emily Pettit

Chris Tonelli

The Self Unstable – Elisa Gabbert

Mood Swing – Monica McClure

Aorta – Christopher Salerno

A Home Big Enough For Remembering – Kiely Sweatt

Friends,We’re very excited to announce our next title: Backup Singers by Sommer Browning.

Browning follows up her sold out debut, Either Way I'm Celebrating, with an even rawer and starker, and again darkly humorous navigation of friendship, marriage, and motherhood. The result is a more overtly political assessment of the absurd deficit between what we're confronted with and what we're equipped with to deal with those confrontations: "It's a girl, / and the wires she needs // open her hands / before they're fists."

Browning combats this deficit with relentless anaphora and repetition, reducing seemingly impossible relationships to their most basic element--a love that begets an unconditional loyalty: "I’m here! I didn’t run!"

Look for Backup Singers to be available exclusively at the Birds, LLC table at AWP!


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