Announcing Cean Gamalinda’s “conversation at a party”


Poet Cean Gamalinda at his home in Chicago

We are very excited to announce our next chapbook: conversation at a party, by Cean Gamalinda. It will be available in the Fall of 2015; we’ll post a link for a pre-order shortly. conversation at a party is a single continuous poem, stretching 40 manuscript pages–and we’ll publish it as such. Following Cean’s design for the manuscript, conversation at a party will be printed as a scroll. Find his bio and an excerpt from the poem below the jump.

Cean Gamalinda, commonly known by his last name, Morrissey, or by his nickname, Moz, is a British singer and lyricist. He rose to prominence in the 1980s as the lyricist and vocalist of the rock band The Smiths. The band was highly successful in the United Kingdom but broke up in 1987, and Morrissey began a solo career, making the top ten of the UK Singles Chart on ten occasions. His first solo album, 1988’s Viva Hate, entered the UK Albums Chart at number one.

from conversation at a party:

The forward violet thus did I chide:
Sweet thief, whence didst thou steal thy sweet that smells,
If not from my love’s breath? The purple pride
Which on thy soft cheek for complexion dwells
In my love’s veins thou hast too grossly dyed.
The lily I condemned for thy hand,
And buds of marjoram had stol’n thy hair:
The roses fearfully on thorns did stand,
One blushing shame, another white despair;
A third, nor red nor white, had stol’n of both
And to his robbery had annex’d thy breath;
But, for his theft, in pride of all his growth
A vengeful canker eat him up to death.
More flowers I noted, yet I none could see
But sweet or colour it had stol’n from thee.

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