An Affective Singularity (Nate Pritts)

14 Jan


Today’s guest post, an affective singularity, comes from Nate Pritts, who shared why he writes poetry back in July.

An Affective Singularity

We live in a time of conspicuous destruction. Material creation, the biological sphere, spiritual reality – each of these realms are being dragged apart resulting in a fractured world marked by implacable fragmentation, forced estrangement, a fundamental decoherence.


The first poem, “A Responding Noise,” in Nate Pritts’ eighth collection, Decoherence (42 Miles Press), launches itself in response to an utterance unheard—as of yet—by the reader, yet crucial in presenting clues about the book’s trajectory and poetic commitments. The poem’s perspective largely belongs to a speaker invested in both navigating and describing a world seen as “…so tender” but also “…still so dark.” The disarming directness here of this speaker’s discourse, of the speaker’s stated desire to be open and honest with the reader, gains traction from the word “still.” Does “still” here refer to the ongoing condition of darkness? We can also open the possibility of “still” as the cessation of movement, the fear of what happens when we stop moving, as in Robert Creeley’s “I Know A Man”? Although many of the poems in Decoherence contain and describe individual people in motion (or considering various motions), the ways in which Pritts uses blank space also creates moments of stillness, pauses between clauses and images, allowing readers to experience the speaker’s uncertainties and second-guesses, pressurized by the idea of an elusive coherence.

Finish reading the review here.




14 Jan

42 Miles Press Poetry Award

Judge: David Dodd Lee, Series Editor

The 42 Miles Press Poetry Award was created in an effort to bring fresh and original voices to the poetry reading public. The prize is offered annually to any poet writing in English, including poets who have never published a full-length book as well as poets who have published several. New and Selected collections of poems are also welcome.

Manuscripts submitted for the 42 Miles Press Poetry Award should exhibit an awareness of the contemporary “voice” in American poetry, an awareness of our moment in time as poets. We are excited to receive poetry that is experimental as well as work of a more formalist bent, as long as it reflects a complexity and sophistication of thought and language.

Urgency, yes; melodrama, not so much.

The winning poet will receive $1,000, publication of his or her book, and 50 author copies. The winner will also be invited to give a reading at Indiana University South Bend as part of the release of the book. The final selection will be made by the Series Editor. Current or former students or employees of Indiana University South Bend, as well as friends of the Series Editor, are not eligible for the prize.

Winners will be announced via our website in the summer of 2018. We will also announce the winner in major magazines such as Poets & Writers. The winning book will be published in September 2019 and be available to purchase on SPD and Amazon.

Manuscripts will be accepted from December 1st, 2017 to March 1st, 2018. Manuscripts received prior to December 1, or postmarked after March 1, will be recycled and the entry fee returned.

For guidelines and more information.

‘Decoherence’ was Reviewed by PW

17 Sep

Nate Pritt’s Decoherence was reviewed by Poets & Writer’s this week.

Excerpt from the review:
“In his cerebral eighth collection, Pritts (Post Human) cycles through the many metaphorical connotations of light, investigating each at close range, and laments the ephemerality of experience…”

To read the rest of the review click here.

17 Sep

Click here for more information.


Decoherence // Poems by Nate Pritts Available for Pre-Order

9 Aug


from the forthcoming Decoherence by Nate Pritts.

For more information or to pre-order click here.



What’s new around the office?

29 Jul

What’s new around the office this fine Saturday morning? A bottle of Dasani, a bag of Harvest Cheddar SunChips (both from the 1st-floor vending machine)… oh, and what’s this? Nate Pritt’s Decoherence has arrived. Let the pre-order madness begin.



Announcing the Winner and Finalists and Semi-Finalists of the 2017 42 Miles Press Poetry Award

7 Jul

As usual, there were many powerful manuscripts to choose from this year, but we are delighted to announce that Mary Ann Samyn has won the 2017 42 Miles Press Poetry Award for her manuscript, Air, Light, Dust, Shadow, Distance. The award includes a $1,000 prize in addition to the publication of her book by 42 Miles Press in September 2018. Mary Ann will give a reading at Indiana University South Bend upon publication (most likely in October, 2017). Congratulations, Mary Ann!

Some info about Mary Ann Samyn:

Mary Ann Samyn is the author of five full-length collections of poetry—My Life in Heaven, winner of the 2012 FIELD Poetry Prize (Oberlin College Press, 2013), Beauty Breaks In (New Issues, 2009), Purr (New Issues, 2005), Inside the Yellow Dress (New Issues, 2001), and Captivity Narrative (Ohio State UP, 1999)—and two chapbooks—The Boom of a Small Cannon (Dancing Girl Press, 2010) and Rooms by the Sea (Kent State UP, 1994). Her poems have appeared in Field, Colorado Review, Kenyon Review, The Ohio Review, The Journal, Third Coast, Verse, Mid-American Review, Pleiades, and elsewhere. She received her MA from Ohio University and her MFA from The University of Virginia where she was a Hoyns Fellow. Among her awards are a creative artist grant from ArtServe Michigan, the Emily Dickinson Prize from the Poetry Society of America, the James Wright Poetry Award from Mid-American Review, and a Pushcart Prize. She teaches at West Virginia University. She is Professor of English at West Virginia University where she also directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing.

Two sample poems from the winning manuscript:


Walking in the dawn fog, considering grief.
Especially the grief of what others desire on our behalf.
The long distance of that. The delicate burden.
When did I give up the idea I began with?
I recall learning endurance: my face in that mirror.
Saints are famous for what they have renounced.
That’s not what I mean or need.
The rose bushes I planted: will they be the thing?
Sometimes loneliness overcomes me.
Childhood too: what was that all about?
The interior life is life. The roses live there.
I notice as many times a day as it takes.


—are two separate things, like light and warmth.
March now. New snow. And, back at home,
familiar intimacies make themselves felt.
The lyric, the wisdom goes, is loss and longing;
some of us have called the latter hope.
A poem brought me to tears. Then, your note.
It’s possible I had asked for too much.
For a few days I had a view. Other lives.
An island at some distance.
I looked and looked. I cared and didn’t.
I held the edge of the curtain—blue maybe—in my hand.

And here is the list of finalists (with top ten runners-up indicated by an *):

I am Trying to Remember – Charissa Menefee
Rules for Rearrangement – Julie Babcock
*I Love You But I Don’t Speak Your Language – Jason Bredle
*The Chalk Line – Susan Sonde
*Glass is Glass Water is Water – Rae Gouirand
*Elsewhere, that Small – Monica Berlin
Little Room, Small Ground – Monica Berlin
Future Erstwhile Century – Bill Rasmovicz
A Girl Could Disappear Like This – Deborah Schwartz
A Theory for What Just Happened – Laurie Blauner
brightness this – Franciszka Voeltz
Posthumous Noon – Aaron Baker – 231
*You are Still Alive – William Stobb
In Migration – Kimberly Kruge
*American Oak — Jake Young
*The Failure of My Music—Robert Evory
Repeater – Michael Peterson
With Love, Etcetera – Michael Robins
Almost a Member of the Family – Margo Mensing
Polyvalence – Jayson Iwen
Superstition Freeway – Miles Waggener
Under A Hill – Mary B. Leader
Days Since a Lost Time Accident – Steve Bellin-Oka
Temple of Bureaucratic Kindness – Brad Johnson
Covenant – Maureen Mulhern
*House is an Enigma – Emma Bolden
*Country House – Sarah Barber
*Go Because I Love You – Jared Harel
The Three-Legged World – Peter Grandbois