As a very new chapbook press, we couldn’t be more ecstatic to convey the multitude of ways in which our first chapbook, Mike Lala’s In the Gun Cabinet, operates. It is a book arranged by lyric urgings, lush images of static and lips, and even a one-act play. To communicate all the mediums of the book in time for its release, we decided to show you In the Gun Cabinet three ways: a sampling of the first section of In the Gun Cabinet, an interview with Mike Lala about the chapbook process, and a stunning book trailer created and edited by chapbook cover designer Emily Raw. If that doesn’t whet your appetite, you might not have insides, and that might make you a robot. As a robot with the sophistication to process and read language, we should all be very concerned about the future of humanity. Just kidding, we should all be very concerned about the future of humanity anyway. Here’s Mike Lala with more on that . . . :
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Introducing TAR Podcast!

March 7, 2016

We are excited to announce TAR’s first-ever podcast, edited by madam podcast-a-lot Amy Brinker (we really need to figure out a clever title name—tweet @theatlasreview with your bright ideas [but also know that Amy is precious to me and the publisher will break your nose if it isn’t 100 percent complimentary]). We will be interviewing TAR contributors near and far who have recently come out with books. This will also be a time for Amy and Natalie to drink wine and talk into a mic and generally do whatever we (I mean they) want with whomever. Anyway.
For our first episode on TAR’s podcast, Amy and TAR publisher Natalie Eilbert sit down and chat with issue 2 contributor Jay Deshpande, whose first book Love the Stranger is out now from YesYes Books. Buy your copy here!
I updated one of the tags of this post to include “great poet wedged between two goobers on a couch” and, well, here is a literal depiction of that tag (with special guest Meeko from Pocahontas):
Great Poet Wedged Between Two Goobers on a Couch.
On this podcast, we talk about Chet Baker, Denis Johnson, Kim Kardashian, quiet poems, academia, and Vin Diesel. We can’t think of a better list of characters and themes to sum up this episode. Also, Jay’s pretty brilliant. Have a listen!
Jay Deshpande is the author of Love the Stranger (YesYes Books), named one of the top debuts of 2015 by Poets & Writers. A Kundiman fellow, he has held residencies at the Saltonstall Arts Colony and the Vermont Studio Center, was a fellowship finalist for the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and was selected by Billy Collins for the 2015 Scotti Merrill Memorial Award at the Key West Literary Seminar. His poems have appeared in Narrative, Boston Review, Sixth Finch, Atlas Review, Handsome, Spork, Prelude, and elsewhere. He holds degrees from Harvard and Columbia. Born in Austin, Texas, he now lives in Brooklyn.

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A Tribute to PJ Horoszko

March 4, 2016

In honor and in tribute to his brief but spectacular time with us, we have designed broadsides based on PJ Horoszko’s two poems published in issue 4 of The Atlas Review. For friends, loved ones, or anybody in admiration of his work, we will print and ship both “Neighborhoods” and “Poplars” free of charge.

The linework in PJ’s poems is always so clean and geometrical, but within that crispness belies a subject matter that dismantles as it dazzles over time. We wanted to communicate his methods by utilizing an inspired minimalism for the broadside.
We are thankful for his gift and we want as many to have that gift as possible. While we are sorry to say this is a limited offer, we want to be sure we do right to the legacy of his art. Rest in peace, PJ.
To order one or both broadsides, simply email theatlasreview [at] gmail [dot] com with your name and shipping address. We will need time to order your print and ship it, so we ask for your patience.
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Heartbreaking News

March 3, 2016

We are extremely saddened to learn that issue 4 poetry contributor P.J. Horoszko passed away suddenly last night, March 2nd. He was a fantastic writer and editor, and our correspondence throughout the years was nothing short of sincere and earnest. I worked with P.J. for many years when I was employed by Macmillan Publishing, and I admired the graceful way he could switch hats between Picador editor and poet. He was a magnificent human being as well as burgeoning and ambitious writer, and this news is such a blow to our community.
In honor of his life and in honor of his lyric probings and curiosities, here are the two poems of his we published in issue 4. Each poem has a very clear and definite relationship to metaphor, without needing to launch into pyrotechnics. The poems are wonderfully wrought, and wonderfully complicated as they navigated this duplex of worlds within one town, within one tree. Their singularity sharpened clarity, and their neat frameworks gave nothing away to P.J.’s dark and twisting effort. Neither resolution is grand, because what precedes the resolution is so much more pronounced: “…words // From deckhands and secret service men / who had learned what they learned from / lives circumscribed like all necessarily are / by the finite number of streets… .” Just exquisite. “Poplars” is rife with epiphany and provenance, and what once might have read as whim beats with a more ominous urgency. The fabulist has met its captain, its shipwreck, its poplars. “The sun is a nuisance, / It kills the leaves. / I don’t think that my heart is healthy. // I wait for it to happen. / This wind carries that life. / The eye is a student of nothing at all.” Thank you, P.J., for this and so much more.
Natalie Eilbert, Publisher


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