Antonio J. Hopson has published a new poetry collection, Seven, with Anaphora Literary Press. Here is some information about the title: $15, 6X9”, 60pp, Print ISBN: 978-1-68114-095-7, EBook ISBN: 978-1-68114-096-4, LCCN: 2015941134, May 2015.

Book’s Anaphora Page: http://anaphoraliterary.com/catalogue/poetry/antonio-j-hopson/

Amazon Page: http://www.amazon.com/Seven-Antonio-J-Hopson/dp/1681140950/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

Antonio J. Hopson writes poetry, speculative fiction, flash fiction, and essays. His work has appeared in The Harrow, SNReview, Ascent Aspirations, Lost Magazine, The Piker Press, Akashic Books’ Mondays Are Murder series, and NPR commentator Andrei Codrescu’s Exquisite Corpse. He received Farmhouse Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Award and was invited to perform at Seattle’s Richard Hugo House as a featured writer. He was selected to participate in Evergreen College’s Literary Conference on “Activism and the Avant-Garde” and is a national EPPIE Award finalist. Website: AntonioHopson.com

 

Seven: It is said that throughout human history, there are only seven stories to tell: overcoming the monster, rags to riches, the quest, voyage and return, comedy, tragedy, and rebirth… A.J. Hopson is a lover. A gentleman. A pirate. A father of two boys and the ex-husband to a suicidal addict who survived breast cancer. Life is a journey, and part of the time he is on fire, or laughing, making love, drinking, or watching crows plot his destruction.  Here’s all seven of his stories embedded into a single book of poetry.

 

Reviews: #1 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases: Love Poems 

 

“Antonio Hopson spins gentle legends and quiet love stories. From biker goddesses to mythical tricksters, from feuding winds to debauched taverns, the subjects of ‘The Vernal Equinox of Death and Kisses and Other Short Stories’ reveal the author’s romantic enchantment with the world around him, even when it’s at its grittiest.” —Dru Pagliassotti, Editor in Chief, The Harrow

 

“Antonio Hopson writes with a subtle power and a minimalist’s sense of economical prose. His affecting style comes on slowly and dances beneath the surface, evoking abstract emotions that stretch beyond the short boundaries of his flash-fiction. Layered and dense, his writing belongs to the prose genre but employs the artistic precision of poetry.” —Mike Dell’Aquila, Editor, Farmhouse

 

“Antonio Hopson writes with the sense and instincts of a Jack Keruoac, combined with the cultural eye for detail of a Chuck Klosterman. All five senses thrive when reading his prose, which moves through you like the Snoqualmie River itself.” —Jon Horowitz, The Wonder Boy Review 

 

Anaphora Literary Press has published over 120 creative and non-fiction books. Among these is the Pennsylvania Literary Journal, a tri-annual journal, available through EBSCO and ProQuest, which has published interviews with best-selling authors, such as Geraldine Brooks, Larry Niven, Cinda Williams Chima and Carrie Ryan, as well as the winners of the Sundance Film Festival. Anaphora authors have done readings at major venues. Several titles have been assigned in college classes, and reviewed in major publications. Anaphora is a member of IBPA and CLMP.

 

Here is the link to the 2015 Anaphora Catalog, https://app.box.com/s/p5pcrs7228ey3cyyx77k, with descriptions of Anaphora’s titles. This information is also available in the html catalog on the Anaphora website at http://anaphoraliterary.com.

 

Please email director@anaphoraliterary.com, or call the publisher at 470-289-6395 with orders, questions, and comments. Thank you for considering this inquiry from Anaphora.

 

Men Like Me

(To be read loudly! With bravado! With punch! (I recommend eating a spoonful of hot Chinese mustard first.)

 

I would fight through

the hounds of hell,

less of fear,

and wounds of flesh

to be blessed by the simplicity of your smile.

So many warriors

of love

and less

have died

and will die

not knowing the touch of this simple thing.

They say it is symmetry,

and I laugh out loud at them,

the fools who do not know the wicked and wacky and wonderful things a woman can hide behind such a fulgent gate. They do not know that

there is love there too.

To be captured by these men!

Men like me.

Men like me.  Who storm the gate, mad with love. Mad with it.

Cannon fodder and shrapnel

in their faces

piercing their heart-shrouded

neuro-transmissions of lust and frosting and love and wonder and pain and suffering

and pleasure

and the cry of ghosts

and the smell of grass

and salted sea water kisses that taste of tears falling from the moon in a dream that can never be dreamt without the light.

The spark.

That smile.

The one that started the whole damn thing in the first place.

I am not ashamed to be in this league of gentlemen and pirates, of dorks and jackasses.

We know

that you know just as well

that we are fools for the pleasure of your smile.


Signal Mountain

 

The great escape

in broad daylight

into thine own self

infinitely tangled . . .

straight into the face of god.

 

Alone

to see

to judge

the disasters

of life.

 

A conversation

with feral poets

who see as far as the night

 

and further still

 

where their ideas are

shouted

 

into the cannon

into destiny

into fire

into wounds

that heal into scars

and are opened again.

 

Thus is the beginning

found on a mountain

with light

streaming from some

unseen place.

 

And there you are

A signal,

A revelation.

 


 

 

Anna Faktorovich, Ph.D., Director

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