The second Whale Sound audio chapbook is live – Studies in Monogamy by Nicelle Davis. Nicelle is a terrific poet and I know you will enjoy her heady, visceral language and relentless imaginative exploration of the risks and pain inherent in relationships. Nicelle is also a thinker. I hope you will appreciate the linked & spooling ideas and textured thought in her treatment of the subject of monogamy, which includes an arresting study of an ugly-beautiful pubescent middle school scab eater; the vulnerability of bereavement after a long marriage; the mysteries of conjoined twinhood and deep primal bonds between people; the decisive role of hormones and chemical signals in our attachments; and the terrible ways in which we, as ordinary people and as celebrities, both maim and survive each other.
How do you like your poetry served?
There’s something for all types of poetry-consumers here. Some people like to tackle a chapbook slowly and methodically, beginning at the first entry and ending at the last. The main page is for you – it allows you to click your way through the poems, viewing text and hearing audio, one by one.
Some people want the whole text at their disposal all at once, to be able to skim forward, backwards, stop here and avoid there, with audio options when they choose. The ‘all text and audio on one long page‘ option is for you.
Some people just want the text – forget the audio! And they want text that is printable, physical, holdable. If that’s you, the PDF version of Studies in Monogamy is for you.
Some people don’t want any text, they just want a chapbook they can hear, and they want to listen to it on their iPod. The MP3 download is for you.
And some people want some or all of the above at different times – the text, the audio, the text and the audio, either, both, any. Just click on your choice, people – any time.