Thursday, July 17, 2008

Undersleep by Julie Doxsee

Octopus Books announces our first full-length poetry book:

Undersleep by Julie Doxsee
Octopus Books 2008
Buy it here:

In her debut collection, Julie Doxsee's finely wrought lyric poems create a world operating according to the rules of dream-logic. Both exquisite and unsettling, her poems twist the reader with every line break and surprise of language.

Born in London, Ontario, Julie Doxsee is a professor of writing and literature at Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey. She is the author of the chapbooks The Knife-Grasses (Octopus Books), and Fog Quartets (horse less press). Forthcoming publications include the book Objects for a Fog Death (Black Ocean) and two chapbooks: You Will Build a City Out of Rags (Whole Coconut) and New Body a Seafloor Body (Seeing Eye Books).

Praise for Undersleep:

Spare, bright, and sharp these poems spark, tossing up unexpected words, making strange connections, inventing vocabulary, and in general, cracking open the natural world and letting us watch it tick. Intimate and worldly at the same time, Julie Doxsee is a surprising and deeply gifted poet, and this, her first book, glows in the dark.
—Cole Swensen

These are the secret nighttime children's tales that parents aren't allowed to read, the winking sparks sent up from the bonfire. They flicker into a vast vaulted space where all is black around. Here, the body of language is stripped of its flesh. And the poem-bones begin to dance—the joints of human language and its articulations. It's a little bit scary.
—Eleni Sikelianos

The debut full-length poetry collection by author Julie Doxsee, Undersleep features a fluidly brief economy of words that nonetheless evoke ripples from the reader's unconsciousness. Touched with the emotional longing, Undersleep shines with the brilliant promise of a half-formed dream. "Peripheral": Paradise is not a thing to keep. / Shadows are little nighttimes / for pronouncing / night's hymn. // Night's hymn / cannot contain / doses of / Paradise. Sleep / is a movement through not. // Undersleep thickens want as it prods. / Make the proper substitutions above.
—Midwest Book Review


Forthcoming from Octopus Books this fall:

Eric Baus' full-length book Tuned Droves
Matthew Rohrer's chapbook They All Seemed Asleep


Julie Doxsee will be in America during the first weeks of August, giving readings

Minneapolis & Chicago readings: Details TBD

Saturday, August 9th
Brooklyn, NY: The Melville House
Reading with Matvei Yankelevich
& X-ing Press poets Justin Talyor & Jeremy Schmall

Sunday August 10th
Richmond, VA: Chop Suey Books
Reading with Sommer Browning, Julia Cohen & Mathias Svalina

Monday August 11th
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Reading with Mathias Svalina

Wednesday, August 13th
Washington, DC: The Washington Literary Salon
Reading with Mathias Svalina

Thursday, August 14th
Providence, Rhode Island
Reading with Mathias Svalina

Friday, August 15th
Amherst, MA
Reading with Betsy Wheeler & Mathias Svalina

Saturday, August 16th
Boston area: Brookline Booksmith
reading with Janaka Stucky, Julia Cohen & Mathias Svalina


Octopus Magazine will be accepting submissions during the month of August. Email a friendly amount of poems and a brief cover letter to

We are still reading reviews and recovery projects for the upcoming issue of Octopus.

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