April may be the cruelest month but February is fabulous for Olivia Cronk fans!

Skin Horse, a collection of poems by Olivia Cronk, was just released by Action Books this week. For anyone interested in cutting-edge contemporary poetry, this book is a must read! Olivia Cronk lives and writes in Chicago, Illinois. She earned her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has appeared in can we have our ball back?, Denver Quarterly, and Shampoo. She also writes reviews for bookslut.com. Excerpts from the book can be found here.

Here’s what others are saying about it:

“Poetry. Like a secret date with Lizzie Borden, these moody lyrics thrill as they incriminate. SKIN HORSE shows that history is a crime scene, and that crime is theatrical, rife with costumes, masks, hats, props, weapons, scripts, dialogue, wooden scenery and dreamlike reenactments. These poems are anachronistic yet uncannily alive, furtive yet frank like an incriminating note forgotten in an apron pocket. Cronk locks words together like a lace collar which flutters attractively even as it tightens at the reader’s throat. She writes, “with velvet trim / in the whistle of seeing.” She writes, “Is it too untoward to say Please Go Back to Normal Life?” She writes, “Gotta nest of woe a nest of wail / and pardon my tied-on prom.” –from the Publisher.

Praise for Skin Horse:

If the wind cries Mary sounds to you more like The ring pulsed maria then you have your ears tuned to Cronk’s indiosyncratic sonics. You can’t be overtly prepared for Cronk’s directions, all you can do is gladly, if a little hesitantly, follow the paths her word combinations offer: Back to the city in chains…………trees typewritering………..I am indeed a nurse. SKIN HORSE will stimulate some neurons to try some new actions, to scare up some gathering, to be thrilled to be amongst her magnifications. -Dara Wier

An interview with the author and a review of the book are available here.

Copies of the book can be found here:


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