Janaka Stucky‘s haunting, intense readings are some of the most gripping examples of the form you’re likely to witness. His latest book, Ascend Ascend, is a powerful meditation on death, decay, and rebirth — the result of a composition process that involved trance states. In advance of his New York event with Atlas Obscura on May 11, we chatted with him about the new collection, the ritualistic elements of poetry, and his unique approach to readings.
In our morning reading: an interview with Teju Cole, Janaka Stucky on one of his poems, the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award longlist, and more.
The Truth is We Are Perfect, the first collection of poetry from Janaka Stucky, is also the first single-author work from Third Man Books. And we’re pleased to debut the trailer for it today, which features a surreal tableau, flames, and Stucky’s booming voice above it all.
April brings with a host of noteworthy books in a variety of styles. There’s nonfiction from some of the best prose stylists out there, a memoir from a composer who helped refine a now-ubiquitous style, philosophical novels, collections of jarring fiction–there’s plenty for avid readers to delight in this month. What follows are some of our most-anticipated books for this month.
In our morning reading: celebrating Samuel R. Delany’s birthday, thoughts on Paul Beatty’s new novel, Maura Johnston on Tidal, a trailer for a Jonathan Franzen-produced film, and more.