April 2017, 34 pages

$8 + $2 S&H

“Fierce like the history of poetry itself, Alina Pleskova gives us poetry that explores how relations, love, and even failed love are where the real answers await. I would read anything she writes, a poet who gives the world back to us with her brilliant, assertive poems. Say Thank You Alina and BUY THIS BOOK!” – CAConrad

“In Alina Pleskova’s What Urge Will Save Us fever, competing economies of intimacies, work, and cultural expectation circulate together around a speaker who resists definition(s). Off-handed insight and candor brew an extremely subtle defiance here, allowing Pleskova to ask in subways, on sidewalks, of partners and friends all the gorgeous questions about how to resist and persist.” – Cynthia Arrieu-King

“I thought it’d be more years of / men repeating my jokes louder / instead I swallowed / something electric” and I’m not exaggerating when I say Alina’s is the only poetry I read these days. What Urge Will Save Us is a potent little book, all summer thighs sticking to the bus seat and late-night existential crises tempered with tarot; the kind of thing you write “!!!” in the margins of and make your friends borrow like they could ever care the way you do. Forget mamochka with her zakuski and come drink up the sun tonight, it’s all-in out here, it is, excuse me, really fucking great. You’ll remember this one.“ – Sonya Vatomsky

"When your post-millennial love/life is feeling all Buffy S6 going through the motions minus that up-tempo musical number destined to be a breakaway pop hit— what’s a girl to do? If you’re Alina Pleskova, you re/write it, your own Ballad of Sexual Ennui, chronicling the struggle for intimacy & understanding among lovers & friends in a world gone weird. In her new chapbook, Pleskova writes with a weary wisdom, naked & true, sentimental minus the mawkish. Here is a suite of anthems for a sexual revolutionary charting her course out of the whimper & back to the bang. Her urge will save you if you let it.” – Jenn McCreary

You, A Music Major, Need These Composers They Never Told You About In Music History In Your Life, part I

Nadia Boulanger (France, 1887-1979) - Pupil of Fauré, friend of Ravel, teacher of Copland, Piazzolla and Glass plus a lot more. Composed beautiful, impressionistic works. Listen to: Fantasia for piano and orchestra, /// 3 pieces for piano and cello

Lydia Auster (Estonia, 1912-1993) - Studied in Moscow, worked as a pianist in Central Asia. Modern and flowing works for piano, orchestra, voice and many other instruments. Listen to: Piano concerto

Germaine Tailleferre (France, 1893-1983) - Member of Les Six (the French neoclassical group), composed several operas, concertos and other orchestral works. Listen to: Concertino for harp and piano (the heavenly combination of harp and piano is something that you don’t know you need until you listen to this), /// Ballade for piano and orchestra

Claude Arrieu (France, 1903-1990) - Composed many different kinds of works, for example concertos for piano, two pianos, trumpet and flute but also music for movies and theatre. The flute sonatina seems relatively popular. Listen to: Concerto for 2 pianos

(ps. If you listen to these pieces, reblog and share your thoughts if you have the time!)

Banango Street Issue 9: Women’s Issue
Coming Monday, October 27th 

Guest Editors: Emily Kendal Frey & Julia Cohen

Contributors: Eleni Sikelianos, Cynthia Arrieu-King & Hillary Gravendyk, Kathy Goodkin, Lindsey Webb, Hajara Quinn, Bhanu Kapil, Khadijah Queen, Heather Napualani Hodges, Kate Greenstreet, Soham Patel, Yona Wallach trans. by Linda Zisquit, Alex Niemi, Hannah Brooks-Motl, Dana Levin, Sara Sutter, Katie Mertz, Bronwyn Valentine, Ana Božičević

Artist: Angie Wang