Founded in 1997 by Susan Kan, Perugia Press has been publishing the best new women poets for two decades. Commemorating its 20th anniversary and the move forward into its third decade, this chapbook features a poem from each Perugia Press book, chosen by the poets and curated by Kan and incoming director Rebecca Hart Olander. Brilliance, Spilling celebrates the depth and breadth of Perugia Press’s offerings and is brimming with intelligence, humor, and pathos.
Cover art is “June nights, I slip in and out of the moon,” acrylic, 19” x19″, by Scout Cuomo. Used with permission of the artist.
In this moving, celebratory selection of poems from its 20 prize-winning books chosen annually, Perugia Press earns its motto: “Excellence comes this way: one book at a time.” From the rising waters of New Orleans to the mineshafts of Appalachia, through memories of rural America or a lost ancestral China, these poems are wonderfully various in subject and locale, idiosyncratic in voice and style. What they share is passion matched by craft, the authority of the genuine, vivid figures of thought and desire, and a home at a press dedicated to discovering the best new poetry by women.
44 pages, $12.00