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New for 2000: Parallel Press releases ‘Luck’

January 13, 2000 By Donald Johnson

“Luck” by Marilyn Annucci is the first chapbook published in 2000 from the Parallel Press, an imprint of the UW–Madison General Library System.

Chapbooks are small-format literary works, usually of poetry or essays. The author lives in Madison and teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in the Department of Languages and Literatures.

Annucci has worked as a writer and editor, and has taught at the Western Pennsylvania Young Writers Institute and the University of Pittsburgh, where she received a master’s of fine arts in poetry. Her poems have appeared in various publications, including Southern Poetry Review, The Journal, and Poet Lore.

Annucci will give a reading from “Luck” Friday, Feb. 18, at 6:30 p.m. at A Room of One’s Own Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 307 W. Johnson St., Madison.

Annucci’s poetry is both wryly playful and dead serious. In these poems everything from the kitchen drawer to a spool of dental floss becomes a take-off place for her imagination. In “Desire Under the Cheese Grater” she writes:

“I want to be reckless as measuring spoons/to fling my big, smaller, small heads back,/dream of ginger, of cinnamon,/sprawl akimbo on the flowered tack paper.”

These poems show Annucci’s search for moments and objects of meaning; in them she reveals overlooked beauty, everyday cruelties, and small acts of heroism.

Other chapbooks from the Parallel Press include: “The Perfect Day” by Andrea Potos; “Hosannas” by Katharine Whitcomb; “Apparition” by Max Garland; “Sure Knowledge” by Elizabeth Oness.

Each book is $10. A one-year subscription to six books is $50. For more information about the Parallel Press, call (608) 263-4929, or visit: