Honey and Bandages

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by Katie Longofono & Mary Stone

  • ISBN 978-1-61019-217-0
  • $8.00 US paperback
  • $0.99 US ebook coming spring 2016

In these collaborative poems, Katie Longofono and Mary Stone take us on a journey across Kansas and Missouri in which every moment is lived to the full. Ecstasy, pain, loss, reclamation – each poem in this collection contains “silhouettes of flight and arrival” while surging ever-forward like the poets’ beloved Missouri River.

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KATIE LONGOFONO received her MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, where she directed the 2014 SLC Poetry Festival. She received a BA in creative writing from the University of Kansas. She is the poetry editor for Stone Highway Review and the co-founder of Dead Rabbits Reading Series, a monthly reading that takes place on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Her first chapbook, The Angel of Sex, was
published by Dancing Girl Press in 2013. Her poems have also appeared in or are forthcoming from Juked, South Dakota Review, Slipstream Press, Lyre Lyre, Rust + Moth, Luna Luna Magazine, Midwestern Gothic, Wicked Alice, and Stirring: a Literary Collection. She may or may not be on Twitter. She lives in Harlem. To learn more, please visit her at: DeadRabbitsReading.wordpress.com

MARY STONE is the author of the poetry collections Mythology of Touch and One Last Cigarette, and the chapbooks The Dopamine Letters, Blink Finch, and Aching Buttons. Her poetry and prose has appeared in Mid-American Review, Gargoyle, Arts & Letters, South Dakota Review, and other fine journals. She serves as co-editor of Stone Highway Review and as a poetry editor for Sundress Publications. She currently lives in St. Joseph, Missouri, where she teaches English at Missouri Western State University and coordinates the First Thursdays Open Mic Reading Series. To learn more, please visit her at: MaryStoneDockery.wordpress.com


“The reclamation of the body, of the stunned and wounded and earthly — The poems of Honey and Bandages bespeak a fierce return to this material. Between metaphor and meditation, there is no safe distance in these poems. The lyric verve and visceral possession reminds us of our inexorable bind to the planet and the walking fractures that are its inhabitants. Read on. Dear Readers. No slant. No angle. Just the raw and naked light of these poems.”
James Hoch, author of A Parade of Hands (Silverfish Review Press) and Miscreants (W. W. Norton)

“For almost as long as the automobile has existed, writing and art have envisioned an eroticism to driving inextricable from its proximity to wreckage and even death. Locating their respective poems in intimate and domestic spaces mostly placed along the interstate running through Kansas and Missouri, Katie Longofono and Mary Stone vividly capture this sense of bodies intermingling and coming apart. Fantasy, imagination, and memory evocatively mix in these poems in which no one is ever alone because we’re all a little haunted.”
Alan Gilbert, author of Late in the Antenna Fields (Futurepoem) and Another Future: Poetry and Art in a Postmodern Twilight (Wesleyan University Press)

“This is a deeply felt, sometimes scary, and always craft-wise collection of poems. The title poem, ‘Overlooking The Platte River,’ as well as ‘Flightologies,’ ‘XRAYS,’ ‘Darkroom’ — too many poems to name, individually — shake one’s heart and mind awake. I salute Katie Longofono and her collaborator, Mary Stone for giving us this tough, beautiful book — it is sweet, rude, and there are angels everywhere.”
Kate Knapp Johnson, author of When Orchids Were Flowers (Dragon Gate), This Perfect Life (Miami University Press), and Wind Somewhere, and Shade (Miami University Press).

“From out of a wheat field echoing with tornadoes and lovers’ whispers come Katie Longofono and Mary Stone, striking voices singing a straight Kansas anthem under this big sky. Honey and Bandages is both a feather against you / finch-like and a river that masterfully zips open and swallows its readers whole.”
Sandra Marchetti, author of Confluence (Sundress Publications) and The Canopy (MWC Press)

“In Honey and Bandages, Katie Longofono and Mary Stone create a dark world, cast in silver, steel, chrome and black, whose elements and occupants are not what they ought to be. Air imitates stone. Water moves as if haunted. X-ray films take flight in a tornado’s strong winds. Pincer-bound lobsters fritter at the mouth of the ocean but will never swim free. What emerges from this darkness and shadow like a whisper / of wind in the leaves? What glint? What flash of rust and bronze? What yellowing gauze? Take note of the clues that rise from mud and gravel alike before they shift beneath the surface, as forgotten as remains. Fold this content. Sift it until you become heavy with the weight of it all (the wait of it all), until you are a stone in the landscape, a witness.”
Dana Guthrie Martin, author of The Spare Room (Blood Pudding Press) and In the Space Where I Was (Hyacinth Girl Press)

“In Honey and Bandages, Stone and Longofono spill ghosts from one room to another, adorning their poems with the elements: water, the liquid drip of lust and memory; earth, the grimy realities of frailty and the body; and sky, a feathered landscape of longing and loss. Each poem weaves a story with crooked stitches and pricked fingers, inviting the reader to unravel and discover the layers within.”
Donna Vorreyer, author of A House of Many Windows (Sundress Publications)


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