Sky of Ink Press’ second chapbook production is Hot Summer Night by Jocelyne Dubois.
Jocelyne Dubois’ poetry is characterized by limpid and at times searing clarity. This collection represents a particularly courageous narration: Jocelyne suffers from bipolar disorder, and in these poems she takes us on a harrowing journey through breakdown, hospitalization and recovery.
Here, as an example of her writing, is the title poem:
HOT SUMMER NIGHT
A jazz beat plays through a speaker
in the background. I hear the music
from my balcony while I watch fireworks
blazing in the sky. The moon is full,
a few grey clouds around the moon, dancing.
I see your hair and eyes on a cloud,
through my kitchen window, between my bed
sheets. Your scent, skin colour, your
unshaven, shaven beard – chemistry spells
perfect. My body perspires. I desire.
I remember when we remained motionless,
our faces scarcely touching, without
a word, for a long time and then you touched
my pores, my heart. When I touched
you, you stayed on the palm of my hands.
I looked at my hands and thought that you
I cannot wash off what is perfect, what
shines like crystal, something more than
wind, stronger than rain, more solid than
Jocelyne Dubois’ poetry has appeared in Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme (York University). Her fiction has been published in The Dalhousie Review, Exile, Transition, and Carte Blanche. Jocelyne has recently discovered a passion for painting. She lives in Montreal, and is currently working on a novel.
SKY OF INK PRESS was founded with the express purpose of featuring talented and unpublished poets in finely crafted chapbooks. The poetry editors are Raphael Bendahan and Brian Campbell. E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hot Summer Night is available for $12 Canadian or American including postage: write email@example.com
Publishing details: Hot Summer Night is printed in an edition of 100 copies on high-quality natural paper with a cardstock orange cover. The chapbook is 35 pages long and contains 28 poems. Cover illustration by the author. Book dimensions: 8 1/2" by 7” (legal-sized folded in half).