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Many good reviews! of “Wannabe Hoochie Mama Gallery of Realities’ Red Dress Code”

Beginning with the video poem that is the source of the title of this, my 11th book, a video that is on youtube by the way:

 

 

 

 

Offering a peak at reviews of which  have positive  consideration of “Wannabe Hoochie Mama Gallery of Realities’ Red Dress Code

 

first of all to hear me read three of the new poems, take a look, a listent o these:

Melissa Faliveno has uploaded my readings of poems  from “Wannabe “ here:

https://www.pw.org/content/wannabe_hoochie_mama_gallery_of_realities_red_dress_code

  1. Blue Coming (in response to Bob Holman’s “What You Can’t Understand Is Poetry Is Connected to the Body Again”
  2. The Glory Prelude
  3. Me and Bubble Went to Memphis

and a simply stellar review here:

 

https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/book/wannabe-hoochie-mama-gallery-realities-red-dress-code-new-selected-poems

 

I will be reading at Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor, on 18 November, details here:

http://www.literatibookstore.com/event/poetry-literati-thylias-moss

 

And a really big reading at Columbia University on 30 November 2016, details here:

http://arts.columbia.edu/events/fall-2016/moss

 

as it says on the Columbia website:

 

Thylias Moss
Poetry Reading: Thylias Moss
Series organized by Timothy Donnelly, Writing
Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 7 pm
Dodge Hall, Room 501
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Thylias Moss’s most recent collection, Wannabe Hoochie Mama Gallery of Realities’ Red Dress Code: New and Selected Poems, will be published this fall by Persea. Her eight previous books of poetry include Last Chance for the Tarzan Holler, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, and Slave Moth, named Best Poetry Book of 2004 by Black Issues Book Review. Moss is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” grant and a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, among other honors. She is is Professor Emerita in the departments of English and Art & Design at the University of Michigan and lives in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
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Coming up in 2017, details to be arranged, I will also be reading at Poet’s House in Manhattan; when I know the specifics, I will post them of course.  Looking forward to all of them

 

and let us n0t forget this marvelous review:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Author Photo chosen!

Happy to report that the author photo for my forthcoming volume of poetry, book #11 “Wannabe Hoochie Mama Gallery of Realities’ Red Dress Code“, Persea, September 2016, has been chosen:  Photo by Ansted Moss, a graphic artist Red Dress Code-02

wannabe_front

Artwork on the cover is used by permision and is “Untitled” from the New Orleans series, 1941, Gouache, by Gwendolyn Knight and may be seen at this website: http://www.phillipscollection.org/research/american_art/artwork/Knight-Untitled_NewOrleans.htm

 

PDF received! –of “Wannabe”

Happy to report that there is progress toward my 11th book! — “Wannabe Hoochie Mama Gallery of Realities’ Red Dress Code”!   –to be published in September 2016… Not yet on the Persea site, but it will bewannabe_front

 

I have received a PDF of the book, my eleventh,  from Persea! and a fine photographer I know very well has taken some high resolution  photos of me, one of which will be the author photo for this new book!

 

I will attach a low-resolution photo since that is all I have at this time, but I am  of course, wearing a “Red Dress”, the same dress I wear in the high resolution versions (it’s been so warm in Michigan this winter, that it was easy to go outside for the high-res photo shoot):

 

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Of course, I cannot share the PDF, but seeing it is so wonderful, as this means that the book is progressing –can’t wait until I can actually hold a copy in my hands, crack its spine, smell it, use all of  my senses in exploring the book –perhaps I will even lick it –can’t say for sure.  Taste it, listen as I fan the pages, capture a few selfies of my indulgence…. I will immerse myself in “Wannabe” –I will be thinking about just what it is that I wannabe… Perhaps I’ll reveal some of what I wannabe at readings to promote this book…  

 

I haven’t had a new book since “Tokyo Butter” in 2006, also from Persea Books, with a 40X USB microscope scan of a flower form my cousin’s funeral on the cover.  Her death was so shocking to me, so devastating — she was more like a sister to me than anyone…and so I began a search for her, some forms of her still had to be in the world, I reasoned in my grief, and the poems in the book are an outcome of my search for my cousin, called “Dierdre” in the book, but that of course, is not her actual name…  a collection of Limited Fork Theory poems.

 

Tokyo Butter cover

 

 

I will continue to enjoy the PDF of “Wannabe Hoochie Mama Galley’s of Realities Red Dress Code” (I have a you tube video poam of the same name, and I will post thet video here:

 

 

 

 

–I don’t feel quite as dramatic a connection with the PDF as I will with the actual book, but I am so enjoying it!  My new book does not yet appear on Persea’s website, but I’m sure it will, as we get closer to publication time.  The link I’ve made to Tokyo Butter  is to its Amazon location.

 

 

 

Coming next month, however, is a visit to the Pulitzer Fine Arts Gallery in St. Louis, MO where I have a video poam (“poam” is a “limited fork theory” term : Product of Act[s] of Making” in the Ellipsis show (15 April – 2 July 2016): “The Glory Prelude to a Widow Shrine System”will also be one of the new poems in “Wannabe” –and it was also published in “The Offing” (link takes you to my print poem: “The Glory Prelude“)

 

and here are some video stills from the video poam: The Glory Prelude to a Widow Shrine System“.. I will be at the Pulitzer for the opening of the show by the way… Perhaps I’ll see you there.

 

Ellipsis brocheye announcing Ellipsis Show, featuring work by Thylias MossTHE GLORY PRELUDE (to a widow shrine system)enlarged-Hi_RES_03

Tressy Doll and Baby Flo

Piano Hair, video stilll from "The Glory Prelude"

“Toy Piano” on which “Piano Hair, the music of the Glory Prelude soundtrack, was both composed and performed by Ansted Moss (this link takes you to some of the short videos he’s made and posted on Vimeo).  I provide all vocals of the sound track which includes some performing of a version of the print poam

THE GLORY PRELUDE (to a widow shrine system)enlarged-Hi_RES_05-2THE GLORY PRELUDE (to a widow shrine system)enlarged-Hi_RES_17-1THE GLORY PRELUDE (to a widow shrine system)enlarged-Hi_RES_06-1THE GLORY PRELUDE (to a widow shrine system)enlarged-Hi_RES_07-2

That’s about it for this update right now!

PREPARATIONS FOR “RED DRESS CODE”

Have taken only a few photos, after having my hair done at Penthouse Hair Design, in Ypsilanti, Michigan yesterday –great work done there; my stylist is Pat Freeman,

who documented that my hair, my natural hair really is waist-lengh now!  Even Pat thought the hair growth is phenomenal!

I told her I’d like for my hair to be long enough for  me to sit on, ad she sees no reason why that can’t happen…

and Premail Freeman,, her husband agreed.   Only shampoo, conditioner, and a flat iron used on my hair…

It really is a kind of crowning glory for this woman soon to turn 62! –remember that as you see the pics.

 

One of these, or a pic like them, this dress however, designed by Edmund Newton of Project Runway

 

This dress was sold on Just Fab.

Coming up on 15 April, will be the opening of the show Ellipsis at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, 3716 Washington Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63108.  

 

My video poam, “The Glory Prelude to a Widow Shrine System” will be one of the features. Here’s a sample from the brochure! –hope to see you there!Ellipsis brocheye announcing Ellipsis Show, featuring work by Thylias Moss

Can’t wait until my new book, “Wannabe Hoochie Mama Gallery of Realities’ Red Dress Code”, a volume of New and Selected Poetry comes out, In September 2016 from Persea Books!wannabe_front copy

Very exciting!  –I can’t wait to see it… Have already received some sample pages….

 

Things are in motion…. Things are happening!  At last!!! At last!!!