Books Launching in December 2022

Support independent literary publishers by picking a read from the list below, which features new books forthcoming in December 2022 from CLMP members.


Light on Water: New and Selected Poems 1972-2022 by William Benton

Marsh Hawk Press | December 1, 2022

According to August Kleinzahler, “There is a sense of ‘motion’ in the transitions from phrase to phrase, line to line, a shifting of planes, between image or observation and the abstract, which seems to me unique to the practice of this artist.”




Late-Stage Everything by Aaron Anstett

Sagging Meniscus Press | December 1, 2022

Anstett’s poetry collection has “a fragility that may also be, strangely, a kind of ‘late-stage’ freedom: a radically fractured incompleteness, tremblingly grasping towards what can no longer be held.”




This Is the Afterlife by Jeff Chon

Sagging Meniscus Press | December 1, 2022

The short stories in this collection “deal with how we navigate the fallout of what came before—and the ways we’re then destined to navigate the fallout of those subsequent actions.”




Giornata by Irina Mashinski

Translated from the Russian by Maria Bloshteyn and Boris Dralyuk

Červená Barva Press | December 1, 2022

According to Anne Marie Macari, “Mashinski’s poems in Giornata inhabit the landscape of elegy and exile, as well as the actual landscape of rural America.”




Mine: An Anthology of Body Autonomy Horror

Creature Publishing | December 1, 2022

In this anthology edited by Nico Bell and Roxie Voorhees, “16 original horror stories explore the ownership and control—or lack thereof—that we have over our bodies.”




The Mystery of Iniquity by Daniel Taylor

Slant Books | December 5, 2022

In this final title in the Jon Mote Mysteries, “our accidental sleuth and his sister Judy find themselves entangled in an international web of evil done and evil revenged.”




Hemlock Hollow by Culley Holderfield

Regal House Publishing | December 6, 2022

This novel, following a college professor who discovers a century-old journal, “is about how we forever haunt the places we love and how they haunt us in return.”




For the Shrew by Anna Glazova

Translated from the Russian by Alex Niemi

Zephyr Press | December 6, 2022

In these poems, Glazova “invites us to watch the world unfold—a snow-covered bud, a bee, a swamp, the fur of an animal, an ice hole—as well as the human life cycle as it turns and returns.”




Out of Aztlan by V. Castro

Creature Publishing | December 6, 2022

In Castro’s stories, “the descendants of Aztlan—the mythical homeland of the Aztec people—work to overthrow their oppressors and usher in the dawn of a new world.”




And Blue Will Rise Over Yellow: An International Poetry Anthology for Ukraine

Kallisto Gaia Press | December 6, 2022

According to Ilya Kaminsky, this anthology—edited by John Bradley—”shows us that human spirit survives, in the midst of bombardments, facing death, there is a voice that cannot be taken away, a voice that joins the chorus of other voices, across the globe.”




Oranges for Magellan by Richard Martin

Regal House Publishing | December 13, 2022

According to Jim Nichols, this novel “is a madly lyrical romp of a tale, told with great authority and populated with characters you won’t easily forget.”




Gorgoneion by Casey Rocheteau

Noemi Press | December 15, 2022

Tommye Blount writes, “Gorgoneion is a thousand-headed beauty lithely slithering from the past, present, and future as it examines the nature and pervasiveness of empire.”




Crisis Inquiry by Tony Iantosca

Ugly Duckling Presse | December 15, 2022

Crisis Inquiry is “a collection of poems in three parts that unsettles the lyric poem from within its constraints in ways that are both sardonic and searching.”




adjacent islands by Nicole Cecilia Delgado

Translated from the Spanish by Urayoán Noel

Ugly Duckling Presse | December 15, 2022

adjacent islands/islas adyacentes is a bilingual edition of Delgado’s artist books amoná (2013) and subtropical dry (2016), “both based on camping trips to islands in the Puerto Rican archipelago.”




Song of the Absent Brook by Sabrina Ramos Rubén

Translated from the Spanish by S. Yates Gibson

Ugly Duckling Presse | December 15, 2022

Ramos Rubén’s first English publication “explores wild landscapes and architectural ruins, personal anguish and individual wonder.”




lunduzinho by Tatiana Nascimento

Translated from the Portuguese by Natália Affonso

Ugly Duckling Presse | December 15, 2022

According to Akilah White, “lunduzinho is tatiana nascimento’s living testament, demiurgic engine, and praise poem to the boundless possibilities inherent in a queer Afro-Brazilian poetical philosophy.”




OUTSIDE TEXTS by Eleonora Requena

Translated from the Spanish by Guillermo Parra

Ugly Duckling Presse | December 15, 2022

Textos por fuera / Outside Texts is “a collection of poems that question themselves, the Spanish language, the poetic self, and the author’s personal geographies within and beyond Venezuela and Argentina.”




Exilium by María Negroni

Translated from the Spanish by Michelle Gil-Montero

Ugly Duckling Presse | December 15, 2022

According to Jeannine Marie Pitas, “Rather than focusing on her personal biography or engaging directly with politics and history, Negroni evokes exile from an ontological perspective.”




It Got So Dark by Benjamin Krusling

Ugly Duckling Presse | December 15, 2022

According to Simone White, Krusling’s writing “is sensitive, skittish, seems to have no proper skin; its unmediated effects are both intoxicating and mystifying.”




The Human Engine at Dawn by Jim Daniels

Wolfson Press | December 15, 2022

William Trowbridge writes, “The ghost behind these haunted and haunting poems is the bittersweet and stunningly detailed memory of his formative years in blue-collar Detroit, echoed sometimes in his present home of Pittsburgh.”




How To Start a Coven by Deirdre Danklin

Variant Literature | December 17, 2022

According to Honni van Riskswikj, this flash fiction chapbook is “a contemporary and striking bildungsroman for our times.”