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What is VANTABLACK?

Ciona Rouse’s first collection of poems — and Third Man Books’ debut title in the publisher’s new chapbook series (think 10” EP as a music analogy). The chapbook is Rouse’s quiet music played within the language of her poems, waiting to scream; the music of place, race, sexuality, home, growing up, being grown; 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: shaking and waking readers, unafraid to dive into the deep and dark encompassed by the word “Vantablack.” These limited edition (only 350 made) chapbooks include a special audio flexi-disc postcard of Rouse reading her powerful poem, “On the Sidewalk of Troy, TN, 1904.”

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