Yellow Back Radio Break-Down
A duet of Jemeel Moondoc - alto sax, and Michael Hafftka - guitar, recorded in Brooklyn in 2012, released Feb 2013
Mythological Chaos
A musical conversation and adventure by Michael Hafftka and Valerie Kuehne who first collaborated in the Jandek's historic NY concert at Vaudville Park, Brooklyn, in 2012. Mythological Chaos is the continuation of the powerful musical interchange between Hafftka and Kuehne. It was recorded over several months in 2012.
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Dyad
Vol 1 and Vol 2
is a fretless guitar duet by Michael Hafftka and Victor Grinenco recorded in Brooklyn in 2012.
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A Sheltering Endless Motion
by Feeding Goats: Michael Hafftka, Yonat Hafftka and Victor Grinenco
Music
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Improvisations, electro-acoustic, experimental
1.
Little One: Mihcael Hafftka - guitar; Victor Grinenco - steel pans; Yonat Hafftka - theremin
2. A Sheltering Endliss Motion: Michael Hafftka - guitar, synth; Victor Grinenco - steel pans; Yonat Hafftka - theremin
3. Reade’s Box: Michael Hafftka - guitar, synth ; Victor Grinenco - marimba; Yonat Hafftka - theremin, steel pans
4. Food for Travelers: Michael Hafftka - guitar, synth; Victor Grinenco - steel pans; Yonat Hafftka - marimba, theremin
5. Ignorant Wisdom: Michael Hafftka - marimba; Victor Grinenco - Hardingfele; Yonat Hafftka - theremin
Three Years from Upstate
By Jonathan Regier
Poetry
74 pp, paperback
ISBN: 978-0-9810091-0-0
Press Release
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Three Years from Upstate is an exhilarating epic of story-poems. Compelling tales richly infested with free-falling images, Regier's book enacts a world of beggar-kings and philosophical ideas dropped as quickly as words from mouths. Three Years doesn't fit pre-existing conversations, but wants to provoke a new discussion, with a gambit of poetry startled by storytelling.
—Thalia Field
Thalia Field teaches at Brown University and has two books published with New Directions: Point and Line (2000) and Incarnate: Story Material (2004).
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Circular Stairs, Distress in the Mirrors
Poems by Peter Klappert
Drawings by Michael Hafftka
Poetry/Art
102 pp, paperback
ISBN: 978-0-9810091-1-7
Press Release
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Peter Klappert’s 1975 collection of poems Circular Stairs, Distress in the Mirrors, is available again for the first time in two decades. In this collection, the artist Michael Hafftka created a new drawing for each of the poems. In twenty tightly wound, intensely inward poems, Circular Stairs explores relationships of self and Shadow, ego and inner antagonist, creator and created. Compared with much of Klappert’s other work, the poems here are spare, elegiac, and by turns, lyric, narrative and dramatic.
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West Virginia
Novel by Che Elias
D
rawings by Michael Hafftka
Fictions
134 pp, paperback
ISBN: 978-0-9782962-9-2
Press Release
Reviewer's Choice at
Midwest Book Review, July 2008
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In West Virginia, the protagonist relives a traumatic experience in the quest for rehabilitation and purging through a dialogue in which even the room is a participant. West Virginia, like The Terror of Loch Ness, describes an inner mental space bound by terrifying constrictions and expanded by vistas of the imagination.
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Limit Point
By Michael Brodsky
Fiction
270 pp, paperback
ISBN: 978-0-978-2961-6-2
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Publisher Weekly reviews Limit Point, 9/24/07:
A veteran avant-garde novelist, playwright and translator of Beckett's Eleutheria, Brodsky (Detour) resurfaces with this beguiling collection of two novellas, one short story and three short-shorts. The title novella, which opens the collection, is written in that trickiest of forms, the second person (“you feel excluded, snubbed, far more than you've ever been, ever allowed yourself to be”), and follows the Beckettian peregrinations of Goodis (“you, Goodis!”) as he steals an overcoat, sits in a noirish diner and falls in with a low-end criminal gang, all the while commenting feverishly on what he sees: “Among the trashcans that divvy up the eft-head glimmer of an expiring streetlamp, you choose the biggest one to hide behind.” The second novella, “Midtown Pythagoras,” closes the book and is a similarly noirish, and very funny, play on detective fiction; a writer hires a private dick to strong-arm a reviewer into changing her views of the writer's work: “if I could make her vision of him coincide with his own then at last all would be well with his posterities.” All the work here is drenched in a weary angst, but Brodsky's joyful relief in writing—despite uncertain posterities—comes through on every page.
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Sum
Yonat Hafftka
Poetry

66pp, paperback
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Review at
Jewish Book World, summer 2008, by Eleanor Ehrenkranz:
Some of the poems in this collection bring surrealistic paintings to mind deliberately, I imagine, as the grotesque imaginings seem to represent the current adult world today, as in the poem Out of Burnt Skins, where Hafftka writes:
“I rise out of burnt skins
Not a boy, not a girl,
Into a confused world of
Aching men and wasted women.”
And these images are contrasted with Hafftka’s other poems which express the yearning for the beauty and simplicity of remembered childhood:
“Let me go
To the womb’s cave
Deeper and closer,
Down the steps, the walls
Covered with gardens I wish
I owned.”
The overlay of melancholy extends to her philosophical poems as well, which concern the reflections of those in their forties who are beginning to assess their lives:
“Mannerism has as strong a hold at forty
As need had in the days of dependency.”
The rueful attitude is also apparent in the wise observation that “Advice accentuates lack of sympathy.” Her perception combined with a sensitive longing for the ideal gives her poetry substance.

Eleanor Ehrenkranz is a professor at Pace University, teaching writing courses. She got her PH.D at NYU. She has published articles in The New York Times, World Jewish Digest and The Greenwich Times, among other places.
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Aleph-Bet, An Alphabet For The Perplexed
Text by Joshua Cohen
Art by Michael Hafftka

Judaism/Art/Literature
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Writer Joshua Cohen and artist Michael Hafftka interpret the twenty-two letters of the “Aleph Bet,” the Hebrew alphabet. Through their images and texts, Cohen and Hafftka engage these letters, in form and in function, in manners both mundane and mystical. The images, and the three texts (two stories entitled Naming and Shabbos Dinner, with Letterforms, and the essayistic A Metaphysical Disquisition Upon the Nature of the Hebrew Sophiyot), together formulate a challenge to the Second Commandment, which forbids representation, in a style at once traditional and modern, expressively mindful of what it means to lack faith and yet, in the turn of a phrase, at the stroke of a paintbrush, refusing the consolation of cult.
Review at the Forward, August 15, 2007
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Conscious/Unconscious
Michael Hafftka

Fiction/Literature
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reviewed at Dalkey Archive Press, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Vol. XXVII, #3

Hafftka began writing Conscious/Unconscious in 1973 and completed it in 2006. Conscious/Unconscious is a book of short stories narrated in the first person, weaving an inner life made real by paradoxes and conflicting drives. The 27 drawings created for this book are not illustrations of the stories, but rather add another dimension to the written words. Hafftka is a visual artist represented in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum, The MoMA, The Carnegie Museum of Art, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, et al....
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The Terror of Loch Ness
Che Elias

Drawings by Michael Hafftka
Fiction/Art
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“The Terror of Loch Ness” is a spiritual resolution born from an extreme experience of rape, psychic devastation and violence. Che Elias's sentences can often be interpreted in several ways, while the gut-wrenching story and the essence remain specific. Given the intensely emotional and cathartic nature of The Terror it is altogether appropriate, if not artistically necessary, for Elias and Hafftka to express such extremes honestly by wielding a pen, or a brush, with total abandon.

Reviewed at MUNGBEING.COM
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Epitaph
Poems by John Menesini

From the author of the well-received The Last Great Meat Million comes EPITAPH, the second collection of poetry by the Pennsylvania-born writer John Thomas Menesini. Full of visceral imagery, Menesini concocts a strong cocktail more Molotov than Martini.
"John Thomas Menesini is a lyricist turned satirist, a descriptive poet turned Beat, and a protest writer with a strong intimate tone. He is outraged by contemporary mores and makes no bones about it (and maybe takes no prisoners). He uses the body and body parts as a medium for outrage. He has a good wildness."
—James Liddy
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Death Poems
Che Elias

Fiction/Poetry
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A new collection of poetry and fiction some of Elias' texts from his middle period which were unpublished up til this point. Death Poems is funny, fierce and maddening. Some of his best writing.
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Arab on Radar
Poems by Angele Ellis
Amason

Angele Ellis’s poems have appeared in Mizna, Grasslimb, and Pittsburgh City Paper, and are forthcoming in Voices from the Attic, Volume XIV (The Carlow University Press).  Arab on Radar (Six Gallery Press, 2007) is her first book of poetry.  She was a prizewinner in the 2007 RAWI Competition for Creative Prose for “Desert Storms,” an excerpt of a novel in progress. Arab on Radar was written in response to a post-9/11 world. This first book of poetry reclaims the author’s Arab-American identity, and reaffirms the power of imagination in the wake of political and personal crisis.
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Paradise, or the part that dies
Dana Killmeyer

Fiction
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Dana Killmeyer's First Book. is one of the finest in years... a funnny, brilliant and enthralling take on life and personal growth, Paradise, Or The Part That Dies is written in an affirming prose style which shifts from straight and clear to darkly mystical.. One of the best discoveries of the year.
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Jazz 2: Parents
Jiri Klobouk

Fiction
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Six Gallery Press is proud to present the Re-Release of Jiri Klobouk's groundbreaking text from the 1960s a truly unique approach to writing at that time, or any other. A truly amazing book "Jazz 2: Parents" is a long awaited return to print for Klobouk!
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King Everything
Kristofer Collins

Fiction/ Poetry
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King Everything collects Kristofer Collins best poems, the ones he chose to have preservered from several of his earlier collections and manuscripts. It is lucid, funny, beautiful and tightly written.
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Meddles Into Preclusion (Collected Poems)
Che Elias
Poetry
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140pp, trade paper

Meddles Into preclusion Collects Che Elias Best Poems The ones that he wishes to have preserved. Ranging From his Early Stream Of Consciousness Verse To his later More Complex Prose Pieces. The Collection completes the daunting task of gathering them all here for the first time These pieces in particular had Never Before Been Presented As A Whole Piece, the author hopes that they are represented as a consistent Entity.
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Mercury, the Dime
Michael S. Begnal

Poetry
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Written in 1992-93, this long poem represents an important step in the poet's evolution. Is it a lyrical post-Beat vision of America, or the deployment of self-distancing tactics and imagery in the growing knowledge of the illusion of such a notion? Both. This well-produced volume features an original cover design by graphic artist Kim Decker.
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Naked Prayers
John Reoli

Poetry
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Naked Prayers collects John Reoli's best poems over the last few years, A decidedly unqiue collection.
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Regionrat
Richard Laskowski
Fiction
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448pp, trade paper

Excerpted from Tim Miller's review: "Regionrat is essentially a tale of friendships, relationships, parties, drugs, and death, that takes place in the first three or four months of 1995. Such material could have easily been mangled by a lesser author--it could have descended into a dry memoir, a vapid and uninteresting story of self-indulgence, or it could have simply been boring. After all, how many novels about high school does there need to be? Thankfully Laskowski sidesteps all of these pitfalls."
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The Abacus
Che Elias

Fiction
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Che Elias's 4th novel and finest work to date, tells the tale of his own upbringing and downfall in contemporary West Virginia, Written in a straight forward though far from mainstream style which is a great departure from his early work yet still cutting edge, a moving portrayal of retribution in the tradition of Breece D'j Pancake and William Faulkner.
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The Book of Assassinations
Robert Gibbons

Poetry.
Amazon
132pp, trade paper

From Alice Clemente, reviewer: "The poems of Robert Gibbons, like many by his mentor, Baudelaire, are gem-like petits poemes en prose. Some of them oneiric, others more direct reflections of daily experience, they speak sensitively, often eloquently, to life's many epiphanies. Streets for Two Dancers and The Book of Assassinations testify to a life close to books, art, nature and, above all, the depths of the human spirit."
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The Condemned
Noah Cicero

Fiction
Amazon

Noah Cicero's The Condemned is surely one of the most important books of the year. The Second to Be Published by the acclaimed author ... A series of unforgettable images of the Lives, Loves and Hates of many inhabitants of Youngstown Ohio... Beautiful, Maddening... Obscenely Funny!
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The Lakes of Coma
Michael S. Begnal
Poetry
Amazon
68pp, trade paper: $8.99 USD

The poems in The Lakes of Coma range across America and beyond, taking in a wide array of subject matter-from small town unrest to the realities of life in the city, human relationships, race, sex, and becomes an examination of modern-day society to the very limits of language itself. The writing is original, laden with vivid imagery and passages that form a unique mode of expression. Along with shorter pieces such as "Steady Bombing" and "Sensualist Notes," The Lakes of Coma also includes the long major poem "Mercury, The Dime" (coming in 2005 in its full, unexpurgated form). This collection, Begnal's first, represents a poetic vision more than ten years in the making.
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The Last Great Glass Meat Million
John Thomas Menesini
Poetry
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112pp, trade paper

The Last Great Glass Meat Million is a collection 7 years in the making. The book can be described as an autobiographical pome novella, wherein the documentary-style material was written at different times under different circumstances, it reads as a whole, following a powerful thread from beginning to end. The strength is in the detailed observation of the dead and dying american smalltown.
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The Pagan Ellipsis
Che Elias

Fiction
Amazon
328pp, trade paper
Includes introductions by Kane X. Faucher and John Thomas Menesini

Elias' fourth book extends his current whimsical linguistic rampages through a collagist mysticism that challenges the very conventions of narrative. Themes of sexuality intersperse with diaphanous naturalist themes to produce what is perhaps Elias' most "musical" examples of his prose.
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The Rite of Passage
Joseph McCullough

Poetry
Amazon
96pp, trade paper

Perhaps the best way to characterize McCullough's work is to let the work itself speak: "Perfect as itself and its imperfections, as within ourselves a mind learning of the earth and its position in a universe simultaneously becoming a self of one and global society, by rising to a level of self intraspection where ideas flow."
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Jacob's Ladder 2
ed. Tim Miller
Amazon
Fiction/Poetry/Interviews
280pp, trade paper

The Dosoevsky tribute, uniting all of us to the underground where it is more rational to be splenetic.

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Wheeling
Che Elias

Fiction
Amazon

Early stories written by Che Elias in between his novels "Juliet..., Remember" and "The Pagan Ellipsis"--These early pieces present a uniquely off kilter view of the world --Which later carried through in works Such as "The Abacus" And "Death Poems".
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