New Books from Srikanth Reddy and Lisa Fishman

Posted on July 29, 2020 by Catherine Bresner

With the publication day only a few days away for Underworld Lit by Srikanth Reddy and Mad World, Mad Kings, Mad Composition by Lisa Fishman, we would like to let you know about a sale Wave Books is having. 

From now through August 4, these softcover titles will be 30% off and the hardcovers will be 20% off. As always, the shipping is free through regular mail in the US.** Also, if both of these books intrigue you, consider purchasing them together for 40% off their retail price, right around $24, as a Summer 2020 Bundle

Underworld Lit by Srikanth Reddy

Simultaneously funny and frightful, Srikanth Reddy's Underworld Lit is a multiverse quest through various cultures' realms of the dead. Couched in a literature professor's daily mishaps with family life and his sudden reckoning with mortality, this adventurous serial prose poem moves from the college classroom to the oncologist's office to the mythic underworlds of Mayan civilization, the ancient Egyptian place of judgment and rebirth, the infernal court of Qing dynasty China, and beyond—testing readers along with the way with diabolically demanding quizzes. It unsettles our sense of home as it ferries us back and forth across cultures, languages, epochs, and the shifting border between the living and the dead.


Mad World, Mad Kings, Mad Composition by Lisa Fishman

Spanning 16 years of notebooks, teaching notes, and improvisations, Lisa Fishman's Mad World, Mad Kings, Mad Composition upends time itself in lyric, prose, and visual forms. Sharing Paul Klee's intuition that "the eye travels along the path cut out for it in the work," this deeply multifaceted book moves between observational directness and maddened speech, places and persons, humor and alarm. Tempted by Laura Riding's renunciation of poetry yet rich with life-forms of all kinds (vegetable, animal, processual), it is a work of immediate presence and continuous change, enacting an ever-renewing ecology of connection in peril.

Thank you, and have a lovely summer!

Wave Books staff

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April 30, 2020 Reading: Rohrer, Fishman, Nealon

Posted on April 27, 2020 by Catherine Bresner

Save the date!

In celebration of their new and forthcoming books, Matthew Rohrer (The Sky Contains the Plans), Lisa Fishman (Mad World, Mad Kings, Mad Composition), and Chris Nealon (The Shore) will read from their collections.

To attend, be sure to preregister on Zoom here:



Posted on March 03, 2020 by Catherine Bresner

Circumstances being what they are, Wave has decided that we will not be able to attend AWP in San Antonio this year. While we will miss your friendly faces, we look forward to seeing you in Kansas City for AWP 2021.

Also, we are happy to participate in #AWPVirtualBookfair, a virtual bookfair designed by poets G. Calvocoressi, Dana Levin, and Greg Pardlo. Here, we will be offering 40% off all of our titles, including our newest spring titles. To receive this discount, please use #AWP20 during checkout.

For those of you who plan on attending AWP in San Antonio, we wish you safe travels and a happy (and healthy!) conference.


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Wave Books at AWP in San Antonio

Posted on February 19, 2020 by Catherine Bresner

In just two short weeks, we will be heading off to San Antonio for AWP, and we are delighted that we'll have Wave's Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 titles in tow! We will be at the AWP bookfair for its duration, so please do stop by and say hello (T1315 and T1316). 

Spring 2020

Also, we hope you can join us for a very special offsite reading at the contemporary art space, Sala Diaz, for what is sure to be a memorable night! Here are some details about the event:

8 PM




...........................................Edwin Torres
...........................................Lisa Fishman
.………………………........Richard Meier
...................................Timothy Donnelly
Chris Nealon..........................................
Sawako Nakayasu...……………………. 
Jack Jung...............................................
David Larsen.……………………………..
Rachel Zucker………………………........

Facebook event here.

Posted in AWP, Sala Diaz, San Antonio, Wave Books

Fall titles ON SALE + New Fall Bundle

Posted on September 09, 2019 by Ryo Yamaguchi


We couldn't be more excited about the array above, comprised of brand new books by MARY RUEFLE, TIMOTHY DONNELLY, PRAGEETA SHARMA, RACHEL ZUCKER, and DOROTHEA LASKY, and a brand new edition of MAGGIE NELSON's definitive work, Bluets

These—our fall titles—are making their way around the world, but you can get them here right now and ON SALE: 33% off paperbacks, 20% off hardcovers. We'll run the sale until October 1

If many of these pique your interest, you should get the whole set as a fall bundle, which affords an even greater discount at 40% off the list price, or right around $75 for all the books. Check out the bundle here:

You can also get our best-editions subscription for 2019, which includes these titles as well as Michael Earl Craig's Woods and Clouds Interchangeable, Magdalena Zurawski's The Tiniest Muzzle Sings Songs of Freedom, Caroline Knox's Hear Trains, Aaron Kunin's Love Three, and Rosmarie and Keith Waldrop's Keeping / the window open. Check out the subscription here:

And a little bit more about each of the new fall books: 

The Problem of the Many, by Timothy Donnelly

"Impressive in its precise articulation and range of insights. . . . From gut flora to galaxies, these poems offer glimpses 'that waver like air above lit candles,' restoring meaning to the world in the process."—Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

If The Cloud Corporation is, as John Ashbery called it, “the poetry of the future, here, today,” then Timothy Donnelly’s third collection, The Problem of the Many, is the poetry of the future yet further pressed to the end of history. In astonishingly textured poems powerful and adroit in their negotiation of a seeming totality of human experience, Donnelly confronts—from a contemporary vantage point—the clutter (and devastation) that civilization has left us with, enlisting agents as far flung as Prometheus, Flamin' Hot Cheetos, Jonah, NyQuil, and, especially, Alexander the Great. 

SoundMachine, by Rachel Zucker

"SoundMachine’s immediacy and urgency make reading it an imperative"—Ploughshares

Rachel Zucker sweeps all the corners in this maximalist project of poems and prose, navigating love, loss, and personal and political despair. Through heartbreaking, often comic, genre-non-conforming pieces spanning the past 10 years, she trains her relentless attention on marriage, motherhood, grief, the need to speak, depression, sex, and many other topics. Part poetry, part memoir, part lyric essay—and not limited by any of these categories—SoundMachine is a book written out of the persistent feeling that the human voice is both a meaningless sound and the only way we know we exist.

Dunce, by Mary Ruefle

"These poems grace the readers with wonder, wisdom, and whim . . . securing Ruefle’s reputation among poets as the patron saint of childhood and the everyday."—Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

In Dunce Mary Ruefle returns to the poetic practice that has always been at her core. With her startlingly fresh sensibility, she enraptures us in poem after poem by the intensity of her attention, with the imaginative flourishes of her being-in-the-world, always deep with mysteries, unexpected appearances, and abiding yearning.

Grief Sequence, by Prageeta Sharma

"There is so much generosity and bravery within each utterance, offering an intimate view of the life adrift."—Arkansas International

With staggering emotional honesty, Prageeta Sharma confronts the sudden loss of her spouse to cancer. Offering a series of poems rooted in the profoundly narrative yet disorienting experience of losing a loved one, she summons all of her resources in order to attempt any semblance, poetic or otherwise, of clear sense in trauma.

Animal, by Dorothea Lasky

A poem can burst out and then go away. It has its own force. And so be it.

Constellating four central topics—ghosts, colors, animals, and bees—in highly attuned prose, Dorothea Lasky explores the powers and complexities of the lyric, “metaphysical I,” which she exposes as one of the central expressions of human wildness. In deceptively simple language carrying profound insights—with a sense that is at once bold and subtle—Lasky serves as an encouraging guide through the startling, sometimes dangerous, always exhilarating landscapes of feral poetic imagination. Published in the Bagley Wright Lecture Series.

Bluets, by Maggie Nelson

"Balancing pathos with philosophy, she created a new kind of classicism, queer in content but elegant, almost cool in shape."—Hilton Als, The New Yorker

Since 2009, when it first published, to today, Bluets has drawn scores of readers with its surprising insights into the emotional depths that make us most human—via 240 short pieces, at once lyrical and philosophical, on the color blue. This beautiful hardcover edition celebrates Maggie Nelson’s uncompromising vision, inviting longtime fans and newcomers alike to experience and share in an indispensable work that continues to disrupt the literary landscape.

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