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Blue Jay Slayer
by Matt Hart & Ken Henson

Blue Jay Slayer by Matt Hart and Ken Henson BLUE JAY SLAYER whispers and shouts at us but never tells us what to think. It is dark at times, yes, but not what you'd expect: playful sometimes, angry sometimes, reticent when necessary. It's brimming with curses and gifts. When Matt Hart declares "The grass doesn't grow where I take you" you know—just know—that he isn't lying. He tells us Ken Henson is not who he appears to be, “which is correct". Henson certainly gives us glimpses of who he may be with his illustrations of the flaming reality of the dark side but without the hellish clichés. Well, maybe there are a few, but those, of course, are intentional. Hart digs up the dead with his words and points to what we think is real, while making us question what we initially thought. BJS will take you like you could get permanently lost in that world and never come back, but you do. You come back feeling exuberant; you come back feeling absolved.

"Poems that will tickle and irritate your brain served alongside artwork that will soothe and delight it." -- Alice Bag, singer, musician, educator, feminist and author of the memoir, Violence Girl: East L. A. Rage to Hollywood Stage, A Chicana Punk Story

"BLUE JAY SLAYER was a pleasure for me to read and visually take in. The drawings are bold, brazen, hauntingly beautiful and tragic at times. I found the poetry to be thought provoking and heavy with textured wordplay...traveling far, painting a picture all on their own." -- Dave Lombardo, drum god and co-founding member of Slayer

"Human nature and desire in its truest, purest form. These poems and illustrations invite us to 'take the light / from delight and make it obvious' which I'm all to happy to do when the work is this damn good" -- Gary Jackson, poet and author of Missing You, Metropolis

Poems and Art by Matt Hart & Ken Henson
$16.66 $15.99 + S&H | 7 x 10 | 82 pages | paperback

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Photo: copyright Lawrence Schwartzwald/Splashnews/Corbis (NO reproduction without express permission)MATT HART is the author of several books of poems, including Sermons and Lectures Both Blank and Relentless (Typecast Publishing, 2012), Debacle Debacle (H_NGM_N Books, 2013) and Radiant Action (forthcoming, H_NGM_N Books). Additionally, his poems, reviews, and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous print and online journals, including The Academy of American Poets online, Big Bell, Cincinnati Review, Coldfront, Columbia Poetry Review, H_NGM_N, Harvard Review, Jam Tarts Magazine, jubilat, Kenyon Review online, Lungfull!, and POETRY Magazine, among others. His awards include a Pushcart Prize, a 2013 individual artist grant from The Shifting Foundation, and fellowships from both the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers. A co-founder and the editor-in-chief of Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking & Light Industrial Safety, he lives in Cincinnati where he teaches at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and plays in the band TRAVEL.

Matt photo: copyright Lawrence Schwartzwald/Splashnews/Corbis (NO reproduction without express permission).

Ken HensonA Curtis G. Lloyd Fellow at the Lloyd Library and Museum, KEN HENSON is the author and illustrator of Alchemy and Astral Projection: Ecstatic Trance in the Hermetic Tradition (LLM, 2014), and the illustrated novella/grimoire HIGH GRAVITY: Werewolves, Ghosts, and Magick Most Black (Oneiric Imprint, 2015). Ken’s writings and art have also been published in Abraxas Journal, Clavis Journal, Fiddler's Green, and The Gnostic Journal, and he has presented at SCIENTIAE, Babalon Rising, the Esoteric Book Conference, and the Occult Humanities Conference. He is an Associate Professor and the Head of Illustration at the Art Academy of Cincinnati in Ohio where he teaches studio courses and Art and the Occult.


COMING SOON!

Stories for Shorty: A Collection of Recollections from the Jockey Club 1982-1988

Stories for Shorty: A Collection of Recollections from the Jockey Club 1982-1988Back by popular demand, the book about The Jockey Club that everyone had stolen from them: Stories for Shorty.

Located just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati during the height of 80s punk was the home of the legendary Jockey Club. Nearly every touring punk band made their requisite stop in Newport, Kentucky at the now infamous club owned by Hallman “Shorty” Mincey and his brother, Haynes “Tiny” Mincey.

Twenty years after its demolition, the cast of characters affectionately known as "the freak show" share their stories about the bands, the people, and Shorty as they remembered them. Everyone from Joey Shithead of D.O.A. to Eerie Von to the Human Zoo himself, Bevo, contributed in not just conveying the importance of The Jockey Club to the Cincinnati area music scene, but just how much it really meant to the people that were there.

Edited by Betsy Young & Chuck Byrd
5.5 x 8.5 | 255 pages | paperback

 
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