9781888160235, 82p, June, 2017

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All around us life is fermenting—wild and bubbling through air-locks & emotions

Fermentations is a bold and rising celebration of yeast, place, elements, and transformations. A journey through all your senses—hear a lady with a bronzed face and tangled grape vine hair tell rich and ancient stories. Smell the sweetness as a Moroccan baker sprinkles the streets of Paris with pasion after the November 2015 attack. Live the horrors of fracking, dodge bullets from gangsters, drink wine with colorful Sicilian immigrants. These poems intermingle fantasy, nightmares, good times, and the realities of our days.

“Sal Marici’s Fermentations rings with the spirit of the great poet, Stanley Kunitz. He fills everyday details with terrific music and insight. These are bright, dymanic poems.”–Terrance Hayes, author, How To Be Drawn

“Observation through a poetic lens is the essence of Fermentations. It intoxicates the ordinary and we escape into Sal Marici’s mindset of what is and what is not.” — Marc Kelly Smith, founder of the International Poetry Slam movement.

“The poetry collected in Salvatore Marici’s Fermentations, holds tight to a narrative which like a voluptuous garden, requires constant attention to detail and language. Each poem that Marici plants, grows, and harvests in Fermentations is anchored in rich syntactical soil and sunlight. Fermentations, is full of lyrical meditations on migration, pop-culture, religious wonderings, hunger and war of the body, soul and land. The reader is left well fed and satisfied. Poem after poem, Marici serves up language full of energy and delivers a poetics that is as aesthetically pleasing as a fine meal from a five-star restaurant. Get ready dear reader, the table has been set—enjoy the meal.”–Xavier Cavazos, Poetry Society of America National Chapbook Fellow

“The ‘Fermintations’ of Salvatore Marici’s poems are the nearly impossible and necessary release of heat, some generosity of insight and meaning amid the confounding circumstances of our lives today. The erotic, the fantastic, the mundane, and the banal all live in these poems. Marici’s applies ordinary daily language to the extraordinary, where with a little time, a little good soil, the reader can enjoy the ripened fruit of his remarkable vision. These are poems worth coming back to, again and again.”–James Brock, author nearly Florida

Fermentations, by Salvatore Marici, celebrates earthiness in all its forms, mostly the gustatory. These unpretentious, potent poems remind us to resist the plastic temptations of the consumer economy that has all but overwhelmed us. This collection, enjoyable to read and ripe with meaning, amounts to an argument for the slow path forward.”–Kelly Daniels, author, Cloudbreak, California

Salvatore Marici is the author of the chapbook Mortals, Nature, and their Spirits and a poetry collection entitled Swish Swirl & Sniff. He was the Midwest Writing Center’s 2010 Poet-in-Resident. His poetry has appeared in Toasted Cheese, Descant (Canadian publication), Spillway, Prairie Gold: An Anthology of the American Heartland, Earth’s Daughter and many others journals, magazines, and anthologies. In addition, both the Lee County Alliance for the Arts and the Midwest Writing Center have published broadsides of his poems. He has won several poetry contests, judged poetry contests, and taught poetry workshops. Marici served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala and is a civil servant retiree as an agronomist.