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Announcing Jose Perez Beduya’s Throng from Lake Forest College Press / &NOW Books

In my capacity as Associate Director of Lake Forest College Press / &NOW Books, I am pleased to announce the publication of the publication of the newest book in the Madeline P. Plonsker Emerging Writers Residency and Book Prize series, Jose Perez Beduya’s poetry collection, Throng

Throng is the quietly audacious debut of Jose Perez Beduya, born and educated in the Philippines and now a resident of Ithaca, New York, where he earned an MFA in creative writing from Cornell University. Poet Jennifer Moxley, who selected Beduya as the winner of the 2010-2011 Plonsker Prize, writes of this book that “a shimmering subjectivity—sometimes singular, more often plural—emits an intermittent signal, coming in and out of view like some mysterious lost ‘other’ flashing a pocket mirror against the sun in hope of rescue.”

Beduya’s work takes us “inside the bright wheel” where selfhood and community whirl along the event horizon of an elusive center—the fused question of the Singular and the Common. His poems are tensely graceful explorations of the tension between the erotics of connection and the terrifying ease with which such connections can be transformed into compression and oppression. It is a book of unsettling relevance to our global moment, in which the mass movements of postcolonial peoples teeter between violent despair and the most fragile of democratic hopes.

A sample poem from Throng:


The house repeats itself
In the hammer blows
At the wound-site
Where the sky
Is still bruised above the radio tower
Long ago destroyed by narcoleptics
And when the curtain parts its lips
It is only the empty morning stuttering
Tapping on the pane
With a branch
Having forgotten its keys
We think how stupid of it
But our skulls are on the outside
When we run and finally disappear
Our families keep recording

We have a limited number of copies available to share with interested members of the campus community. Please let me know if you are interested.

Throng is distributed by Northwestern University Press and can be purchased at Amazon.com.


Jose Perez Beduya

&NOW Books (Fall 2012)

ISBN-13: 978-0982315675

6 x 9, 114 pp.

Trade Paper