The Floodgate Poetry Series, Volume
The Floodgate Poetry Series is edited by Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum and has three previous volumes. Volume 4 collects three chapbooks in a single volume: Regina
DiPerna’s A Map of Veins, Ryan Teitman’s Jesuits, and Paisley Rekdal‘s Philomela.
Regina DiPerna’s first collection of poems, A Map of Veins, tells the story of the death of a lover and
her healing process. In these elegies, DiPerna faces the guilt of finding new love, death taunts her years after the fact
with postcards and gifts, and memory haunts her dreams.
Ryan Teitman’s second collection, explores childhood, fatherhood, and the holy spirit in rich lyrical verse and prose.
In often surreal poetry and prose, Teitman’s mother appears as a curtain in the window, he wears a shadow for a suit,
and plays on the train tracks with a child version of his father.
Paisley Rekdal’s fourth collection
of poetry, Philomela, unabashedly parallels the myth of Philomela with her own experience with violent sexual
assault in a combination of verse and lyric essay. In these brave, somewhat experimental verses, Rekdal challenges the definitions
of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and rape as she parses out her own experiences with them.
-Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum, founder
and series editor
Elegy For What Adapts
-from Map of Veins by Regina Diperna
No one knows why the first human stopped
breathing, or where his body lay as it changed
to earth to emptiness. What position
the last one his limbs held before they became
something else—moss, nest, shadow,
an animal’s expelled breath? I keep a photograph
of a dead lover beneath my bed. It is blanched
from too much looking, too much trying to
thing. It is next to a black and white striped
scarf he gave me, and some things I’d written
when he was living. Artifacts. What becomes
of our maps, our little remembrances?
of home. Now, his color drained,
bones dissolved like feathers,
an extinct bird snared in a net
of soil. What part of death is he now?
What animal, what markings,
what armful of atoms will he become?
-from Ryen Teitman's Jesuits
Some mornings, the clouds
settle rooftop low,
us in place
like a specimen slide.
I spend my
wondering how a hammer
weighs the hand
that holds it,
or how the starlings apron
once that she could tell
by the scars
who bandages their fingers
and who kisses closed
the wounds. I don't
my father woke
each morning and worked
until long past sunset.
Sleep was a
to retire to, an Ecuador.
I live where
the light is
thin, and clothes us
In the hills above town,
a black snake scrawls
across the path
like a signature.
I still have countries
left to discover, and ballets
for my hands to learn.
-from Philomela by Paisley Rekdal
with memory, do we burn
or do we embellish it, do we
like the elk
projected onto the archery
studio screen, summer’s
gelatin halo shivering
between its antlers, replayed
whether or not
to practice on or witness it: is this
mind we step into
and the clearing opens: again,
of moss, puffs of steam
rising off the slick,
black muzzle? Does the image,
over time, brighten
so feverishly inside us,
the eye, the mind, the body: is it we
into late morning light?
What does it mean
to forget so much,
greedily, if not
that we are nourished most
on loss? The video
spools, the elk steps into
then out of its field,
who cares, it was dead
the second the camera
found it anyway, captured
and projected endlessly
that we might practice making it
Is this the image to convince you
of the blinding
Is this another entry
our newest opening?
The animal turns, the screen
inside its body shakes:
never find their mark.
-from The Floodgate Poetry Series, Volume
Upper Rubber Boot Books (2017)
Regina DiPerna holds an MFA from the University of North Carolina
Wilmington. Her poetry has been published in Boston
Review, Missouri Review, Cincinnati Review, Passages North, Gulf Coast, Meridian, Redivider, Tinderbox and others. In 2014, she received a three-month fellowship from the
Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Residency in New Mexico. She currently lives and works in New York City, where she is hard at
work on a second poetry collection.
Ryan Teitman is the author of the poetry collection Litany for the City(BOA Editions,
2012), and his awards include a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the
Arts Fellowship. He lives in Philadelphia.
Paisley Rekdal is the author of a book of essays, The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee; a hybrid-genre photo-text entitled Intimate; and five books of poetry. Her newest collection is Imaginary Vessels, and her latest nonfiction work is The Broken Country, which won the 2016 AWP Nonfiction Prize. Her work has received the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Fellowship,
a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, Pushcart Prizes, and various state arts council awards. She teaches at the University
of Utah and is Utah’s Poet Laureate.