Today, April 22nd 2012, Crisis Chronicles Press publishes one of our finest chapbooks yet, desire lines by Chansonette Buck.  It also happens to be Channie’s birthday, giving us twice the reason to celebrate.  Join us in wishing the author more happiness than any book can hold.

desire lines features 17 poems on high quality ivory paper with a cover consisting of ashen orange and white cardstock and bearing an image captured by Steven B. Smith in Oaxaca, Mexico.  Dimensions: 8.5 x 7 inches.  It is available for $5 from Crisis Chronicles Press, 420 Cleveland Street, Elyria, Ohio 44035.

Chansonette Buck spent her childhood “on the road” as stepdaughter of a Black Mountain poet, living all over the American West, in England, and in Spain. She holds the PhD in English from the University of California, Berkeley, where she concentrated on 20th-century poetry and poetics and wrote a dissertation on childhood trauma as the source of William Carlos Williams’s poetic obsessions. She has a BFA in painting from Massachusetts College of Art, and has won awards for her visual art, her poetry, and her teaching. Chapters of her memoir Unnecessary Turns: Growing Up Beat have appeared in Why We Ride: Women Writers on the Horses in Their Lives (Seal Press, May 2010) and Polarity eMagazine (Fall 2010). Her poems have appeared online and in print, including a feature in the journal tinfoildresses 2012. Her first chapbook, blood oranges (NightBallet Press, 2011), was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She lives in Berkeley with her family, her boa constrictor, and way too many cats and dogs.

Chansonette in Lorain, Ohio, 2011 — photo by Dianne Borsenik