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ISBN 978-0 -9974578-0-3

Street Date: 07/29/2017


Genre: Poetry Chapbook / SOLD OUT


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What is VANTABLACK? It is Ciona Rouse’s first collection of poems and Third Man Books debut title in the publisher’s new chapbook — think 10" EP as a music analogy — “C" series.  It is Rouse’s quiet music played within the language of her poems waiting to scream. It is the music of place, race, sexuality, home, growing up, being grown. It is everything in the life of a word.


Ciona Rouse is a staple in Nashville's literary scene (you may remember her from our joint event at OZ Arts for International Women's Day) and we could not be more proud to have her as our pioneer chapbook author. Rouse's debut poetry collection features 17 poems that are thought-provoking—they shake and wake readers and aren't afraid to dive into the deep and dark that is encompassed by the word Vantablack. These limited edition (only 350 made) chapbooks will include a special audio flexi disc postcard of Rouse reading her powerful poem, "On the Sidewalk of Troy, TN, 1904."





About the Author(s):

  • Ciona Rouse is a poet, living in Nashville, Tenn, where she curates many poetry experiences and reading series in the city and teaches poetry workshops. Her poetry was recently acknowledged as "Best Dressed" by Sundress Publications and is featured or forthcoming on WPLN Nashville Public Radio, Nashville Public Television, Matter and Talking River. Rouse recently won the Literary Death Match at the Southern Festival of Books. Her poetry chapbook VANTABLACK was released in August 2017 by Third Man Books.