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What is VANTABLACK? It is Ciona Rouse’s first chapbook of poems and Third Man Books debut title in the publisher’s new chapbook “C" series. It is Rouse’s quiet music played within the language of her poems waiting to scream. It is the music of place, race, sexuality, home, growing up, being grown. It is everything in the life of a word.

Ciona Rouse is a staple in Nashville's literary scene (you may remember her from our joint event at OZ Arts for International Women's Day) and we could not be more proud to have her as our pioneer chapbook author. Rouse's debut poetry collection features 17 poems that are thought-provoking—they shake and wake readers—and aren't afraid to dive into the deep and dark that is encompassed by the word Vantablack. These limited edition (only 350 made) chapbooks will include a special audio flexi disc postcard of Rouse reading her powerful poem, "On the Sidewalk of Troy, TN, 1904."

Ciona Rouse is a poet, living in Nashville, Tennessee. Her poetry has been featured in Matter: A Journal of Political Poetry and Commentary, WPLN Nashville Public Radio, Nashville Public Television, Native Magazine and She believes in poetry being very public, and curates many poetry events in Nashville.

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