NeO Pepper Press proudly presents:
Arpine Konyalian Grenier's Part, Part Euphrates
With an eternal lack of selfhood and longing for ancestry I am creeping along the sidelines of rhetoric and process hoping for an outcome that transcends my ability to determine the good in it.
What better way to conclude a successful year than with Arpine Konyalian Grenier’s Part, Part Euphrates.
Yet if forced to specify what kind of a punctuation mark Part, Part Euphrates represents, we would face a hard choice: is it a question mark, period, or an ellipsis?
Maybe it’s all three, and more, yes, that’s it—Part, Part Euphrates is a paper-and-ink poetical hyperlink conflating space with thought and time with word in a unique expression mirroring the many-sidedness of the world.
Arpine’s verse blossoms in unexpected ways, scaling like ivy the crumbing walls of the idea that universal understanding rest on the dominance of a single language—offering in return an endless game of meaning and interpretative opportunity.
What others have said:
“… heavily impressionistic and often surrealistic, reckless talent... a unique voice,”
John A. Greppin, Ph. D., Professor of Linguistics, Cleveland State U.
“Konyalian Grenier gives provocative expression to personal experience in a voice unique and forceful,”
Frederick M. Swensen, Ph. D., Professor Emeritus, California State U, Long Beach.
“… varied registers sources and textures of language… provocative and
Heather Fuller, Washington Review.
“… long list of strengths: the quiet (Dickinsonian) gift of knowing all about nature, the explosive gift of shooting words at the page in glee, the gift for metaphor and a complimentary one that knows how to organize sprawling material, riding the herd as we used to say out west. always coming up with what Eliot might have called one's objective correlative... she takes us out of our provincial concentration on American life to encompass broader social and geopolitical issues, tying them cleverly to the personal - relationships histories feeling,”
Kevin Killian, Krupskaya.
Arpine Konyalian Grenier holds graduate degrees from the American University of Beirut and the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College, New York. Her work has appeared in How2, Columbia Poetry Review, Sulfur, The Iowa Review, Phoebe, Fence, Verse, Big Bridge and elsewhere, including several anthologies. She has repeatedly been chosen finalist for the National Poetry Series and the Greg Grummer Award, and has authored two volumes of poetry.
For orders and additional information visit us at: NeO Pepper Press, December 2007