|About the Book|
Coming out October 2011, a collection of fresh, gritty, urban prose poetry by a young Chicago writer were excited about, Ms. Franki Elliot. Franki is a twenty-something living in Chicago. This is her first book. Pre-order your copy atMoreComing out October 2011, a collection of fresh, gritty, urban prose poetry by a young Chicago writer were excited about, Ms. Franki Elliot. Franki is a twenty-something living in Chicago. This is her first book. Pre-order your copy at curbsidesplendor.com.What’s it about? It’s about you. Something you said to me five years ago, five days ago, five minutes ago. It’s about sex, honesty, sadness, falling in and out of love, firsts and lasts, awkward moments. It’s my secrets and yours.Blurbs / Praise:The 44 pieces in Franki Elliot’s Piano Rats are like the best kind of chance meetings—weird and unsettling, specific and transformative. They are Frank O’Hara meets Ellen Kennedy, “first kiss” meets “fuck off,” “hell” meets “rainstorm,” poetry meets prose, narrative meets lyric, trailer park meets city street. But they are also entirely themselves, places where you “remember who you wanted to be.””~Kathleen Rooney, author of Oneiromance (an epithalamion), managing editor of Rose Metal Press.Piano Rats is a homage to being stuck between where youve been and where you still might go. Its just that you havent quite figured out how to escape where youve been and frankly you have know no idea what comes next. And it is this tension of stuckness in all its messy, druggy, sometimes hopeful, youthful confusion that lives here in these poems and explodes across these pages, all oozy and terribly electric.~Ben Tanzer, author of of Most Likely You Go Your Way and I’ll Go Mine, 99 Problems, My Fathers House, and You Can Make Him Like You, among others.I want to find Franki Elliot, really find her, and hug her hard and whisper that it is going be okay. I want to push her away because I know she wont believe me, and why should she? I want to hug her because she is wildly honest as she depicts the awkward reality of a twenty-something in Chicago. In Piano Rats you will find a young women drowning in sadness, and not worried about how she can hide it. Franki Elliot exposes what most bury beneath layers of shallow conversations, bottles of alcohol, and innuendo. She will subtly make you love her and hate her in the matter of a few well placed lines.~Jason Behrands, managing editor of Orange Alert Press.From page one, Frankis honesty and ability to drop an F-Bomb won my heart. Here is a woman who is no stranger to love. She’s suffered its beauty, its jealousy, and its brutal end. Her poetry is like a mirror hanging on my wall, reflecting my own emotions and thoughts back at me. She makes me want to scream Fuck You to every guy I dated who didnt get me. She makes me want to get behind the pretty words people throw around, quit beating around the bush, and see things for what they really are. She creates a language of her own, breathing out lines like: Love sometimes is just another word for jealousy, and We cant save ourselves from anything thats supposed to happen~Lori Hettler of The Next Best Book Club (TNBBC) Blog.Contemporary poetry with urban flair, driven by madness, insecurity, and raw emotion.~Lavinia Ludlow, author of Alt.Punk.