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Blurb for LOVE & METAXA

Marc Antony Owen and I follow each other on Twitter. He won my last poetry book, Love & Vodka in a giveaway. He asked me to be featured on his innovative creative collaborative poetry site in November 2020. If you want to know more about his site please visit and read and listen to all the talented poets: https://www.iambapoet.com/about-iamb where he features many voices of poetry, published and unpublished, famous and not so famous. What is unique about iamb is that alongside your poems are your readings of the poems which he publishes on SoundCloud. He featured three of my poems to listen to and read. Here is the link: https://www.iambapoet.com/christina-strigas

“Measured Teaspoons” is from my upcoming collection, Love & Metaxa.

Mark Antony Owen gives so much of his time and energy to the poetry community. I am so grateful to have been a part of one his “waves.”

Syllabic poet Mark Antony Owen writes exclusively in nine original forms – sometimes, with variations. His work centres on that world where the rural bleeds into the suburban: a world he calls ‘subrural’. Mark is the author of digital-only poetry project Subruria, as well as the founder, editor, designer, sound engineer and publisher of iamb.

This is the wonderful blurb he wrote for Love & Metaxa:

“The only words that should be used to describe Christina Strigas’s poetry – in this volume or any of her others – are Christina’s words themselves. Some readers will find the emotional (and sexual) honesty in Love & Metaxa simply too overwhelming, too raw. But surely, even they will recognise and respect the palpable longing, tender confession and unflinching confrontation of truths exposed by these poems. You want poetry to soothe and comfort? Read another poet.”

—Mark Antony Owen, author of Subruria

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Advance Praise for LOVE & METAXA

I started following Leah Callen on Twitter recently, and I adore her. You can follow her here: https://twitter.com/LeahJCallen?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

She is working on her poetry manuscript and I am looking forward to reading her work.

Leah Callen is a poet and dramatist with her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Victoria, British Columbia where she studied poetry, playwriting, and screenwriting. Her one-act play The Daughter of Turpentine came to the Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival in 2015, and she was a part-time theatre critic on the island. Her poetry has appeared in The Malahat Review, Vallum Magazine, Kissing Dynamite, Contemporary Verse 2, Scrivener Creative Review, and Barren Magazine where she was a poetry contributing editor. Her words can also be found in a Twin Peaks anthology: These Poems Are Not What They Seem. Leah was longlisted for the 2018 Vallum Award for Poetry and the 2020 CBC Poetry Prize. She has always loved the sea, but after falling hard for the prairies at a Sage Hill Writing retreat, Leah now calls Regina home. And she belongs to the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild.

This is the blurb she wrote for Love & Metaxa:

 “In Love & Metaxa, Strigas confesses the intimate minutes of a flammable girl growing up in a Greek family, and her life beyond in Montreal. It’s a nostalgic, heady blend of logic and magic, love and eros, the living and the dead, all poured out for us in emotive “gold shots.” It’s the story of painful almosts where you’re both fine and not fine at all. Sensual memories flicker for the reader like film vignettes glowing in the amber wash of Metaxa. Honeysuckle and kitchen spices bouquet these poems, but also the slow burn of something darker. Carnal secrets pound into cutting boards and hotel beds. Above all, the poet sings about the binding and unbinding of relationships – the ones that are quick and the ones that haunt us. Love & Metaxa shares a poignant desire to “get to the bottom of love.”

—Leah Callen, poet

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“Magic” by Christina Strigas: A Poetry Reading

I am so thrilled to share with you one of my poems, “Magic” from Love & Metaxa. There are 104 poems in this poetry book.

Please click on link to watch on YouTube, and if you want to subscribe to my channel, please do so! I will try to post more poetry readings and other fun elements about writing.

Thank you so much for watching.

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Blurb for LOVE & METAXA

Hannah VanderHart wrote me this wonderful blurb for Love & Metaxa. Hannah VanderHart lives in Durham, North Carolina. She holds an MFA in poetry from George Mason University and an MA in English from Georgetown, where she worked with Carolyn Forché at the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice. In 2019, she received her PhD in English from Duke University and defended the dissertation Gender and Collaboration in Seventeenth-Century English Poetry. Her poetry, reviews, and essays have appeared in Poetry DailyThe Boston GlobeKenyon ReviewAmerican Poetry Review.

She is the author of the poetry chapbook Hands like Birds (Ethel Zine Press, 2019) and the poetry collection What Pecan Light (forthcoming from Bull City Press, Spring 2021). Her works-in-progress include the poetry collection Larks and the essay collection Confederate Monument Removal. Hannah is the reviews editor at EcoTheo Review and edits Moist Poetry Journal.

What Pecan Light is now available for preorder from Bull City Press

Hannah VanderHartBlog at WordPress.com.

“Christina Strigas’s Love & Metaxa is a book for dark nights and lit city streets. Evoking the frankness of Ariana Reines—a true muse of post-Bukowski women poets—Strigas writes compelling of poets in the age of internet “high on imagery… looking out the windows anxious / about this and that.” A collection that wanders as much as it desires and pursues, Love & Metaxa is heart-catchingly bare with itself and its reader, often stripping a poem down to its most vulnerable lines as one strips a bed: “I threw Shakespeare at you…but all you cared about was the white shape of my ass in the air.”

—Hannah VanderHart, author of What Pecan Light

I have met so many kind writers through Twitter. Which writers have you met online who you have bonded with?

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“Decades of Art”

“Decades of Art” was published in Neon Mariposa Magazine by Christina Strigas

DECADES OF ART

I can lie like a jazz singer
on a sultry bed
in a torrid nightclub.
It’s the 20s sliding inside humid
Chicago bars


I am a little girl, wonderfully sacred
and scared of consequences.


Nothing can be wrapped up as perfectly
as pink bodies, naked in the daylight
wet and sweltering on wrinkled sheets,
whispering red sweet secrets, like candy
on sky blue Sunday mornings.


I lie on the grass after a music festival
free from law, handcuffs
rules. It’s the 70s
and we made it
out alive. We saw Jim, Jimmy,
Janet at the hotel. Patti was doing
a poetry reading in NYC.
We were the best observers and
the weakest artists,


This poem was first published in Neon Mariposa Magazine, in Jauary, 2019. The version I posted today is the edited one. I worked for years on these poems with my editor, Alexandra Meehan, to get them just perfect. Editing a poem is not easy. This is the first time in my life I had my poems edited and I learned so much about myself as a writer. I hope you enjoy this poem, there are another hundred or so in my book, Love & Metaxa.

Marisa Silva-Dunbar is the editor of Neon Mariposa Magazine. Marisa Silva-Dunbar is a Pushcart nominated poet; Marisa is the founder and EIC of Neon Mariposa Magazine. She wrote this wonderful blurb for Love & Metaxa:

“Christina Strigas’s Love & Metaxa is a collection you will want to read and savor multiple times. Her poems are hauntingly beautiful, with elements of nostalgia, and erotica. In her poem White Cell Counts she seduces the reader by appealing to our senses, with stanzas like “From your smile, /Our skin turns wet now/Honeysuckle entangles our bodies.”  Her imagery is powerful, and there are times throughout the collection one can’t help but feel they are on the precipice of danger. Love & Metaxa is thoroughly enchanting.”

                    —Marisa Silva-Dunbar, author of Becky

Here is a link to two poems from my book:

https://www.neonmariposamagazine.com/post/two-poems-by-christina-strigas#poetry #issue1 #ChristinaStrigas

“Decades of Art” was featured by Neon Mariposa
Magazine, January, 2019.

On my blog is the edited version, the one in the book.

I hope you enjoy it.


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Poetry Book Trailer for LOVE & METAXA

Hello my beautiful people of WordPress,

I made this poetry book trailer for my upcoming book, Love & Metaxa. I used Canva and I am so excited to share it with you. I have included some advanced praise from blurbs. 

I was lucky enough to get so many blurbs from incredible poets and writers.

Here is an excerpt from Joshua Chris Bouchard, Toronto poet. 

“Christina Strigas is fearless. Love & Metaxa gracefully weaves love, trauma, romance, and brutality in an unapologetic poetic force. This book, both tender and fierce, lays everything bare, sacrifices nothing, and demands everything from language through intimate portraits of human chaos. Strigas asks of these experiences not only the why, but the how: intricate maps of longing, death, sex, and the place of the body. Each poem shucks meaning from the root of the world and considers it holy, a gift for the soul. You will want more when the last page turns.”

—Joshua Chris Bouchard, author of Let This Be the End of Me

 

Here is an excerpt from Amber Ridenour Walker, a poet I recently met and loved her upcoming collection, The Surfacing

 

“Tough-talking, tender, and devastating in its unwavering no-bullshit self-examinations, Love and Metaxa is a French kiss in a car crash, a lace-bra wearing rebel with a cause, a fearless street-smart older sister of a book. To be read and read again when you need comfort, a wake-up slap, or both.”

—Amber Ridenour Walker, poet

Subscribe to my channel if you want. I will start to post some of my readings. Why not? Still stuck at home after work on  lockdown and nothing to do.

Here in Quebec, we have a curfew, restaurants are still not open, but I got my first vaccine shot. 

I hope everyone is being safe and smart. 

Being creative is my favorite outlet.

Thanks for reading!

Much love,

Christina x

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Lines on the Carpet

New poem on the fly

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Praise for LOVE & METAXA

I got to know Adrian Ernesto Cepeda on Twitter a few years ago. We started following each other and read each other’s books. He enjoyed Love & Vodka, and I have read and enjoyed all three of his poetry books, from Becoming Attractions, to Between the Spine, and his latest collection inspired by Sylvia Plath, La Belle Jar. I was one of the first poets to read La Belle Jar, in its first stages. He was also the first poet to write a blurb for me, when Love & Metaxa, was in its second or third draft. At the time, Adrian wrote me this fantastic blurb. He is an LA Poet who has a BA from the University of Texas at San Antonio and he is also a graduate of the MFA program at Antioch University in Los Angeles where he lives with his lovely wife and their adorably spoiled cat Woody Gold.

“It’s official, I am a devoted aficionado of Christina Strigas’s stunning poetry. Having already savored the beautiful addictive collection Love & Vodka, I can attest Love & Metaxa goes deeper and resonates the kind of lyrical urges only Strigas can craft on the page. Her verses are more than just erotic poetry, Strigas poems evoke the love, longing, marriage, fantasy, desire, and eloquence of everyday passion that lives between her stanzas and reflect our own carnal cravings of the page. One does not sip Christina’s words, no, I urge you to devour Love & Metaxa. Strigas’s poetry goes through the heart, past the mind by reigniting the body of everyone you loved or ever privately longed to behold.”

–     Adrian Ernesto Cepeda, Poet,  Between the Spine (Picture Show Press 2019)

The Poem Whisperer is Adrian Ernesto Cepeda’s new mentoring program for poets. https://www.adrianernestocepeda.com/the-poem-whisperer.html

Offering mentoring, book coaching, advice to poets on revising and instant feedback on individual poems that are eager to be submitted for publication.

Adrian Ernesto Cepedo’s Twitter & his website:

https://twitter.com/poetnotrockstar?lang=enhttps://www.adrianernestocepeda.com/

And his latest book, La Belle Jar, available at Clash Books:https://www.clashbooks.com/new-products-2/adrian-ernesto-cepeda-la-belle-ajar-preorder?fbclid=IwAR0NZ5reCg6SwvgFoMNxIDjFGSmGLcLv50eoSGaUtyV1Mvrw0d7KduEwrGc

Click on the link to purchase Love & Metaxa

https://www.amazon.com/Love-Metaxa-Christina-Strigas/dp/1733103783/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=love+and+metaxA&qid=1619210592&sr=8-1

Love & Metaxa is available on all online bookstores.

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Praise for LOVE & METAXA

I asked Ginny Hogan to write a blurb for my book, and she was thrilled to do so. I follow her on Twitter and I absolutely love her witty and sarcastic tweets on relationships and women in the workforce. She is an LA-based writer and stand up comic. She is hilarious to follow, and a bundle of energy. She’s a contributor for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, The Observer, McSweeney’s, and Vulture. Forbes recently profiled her as a rising satire star, and she was on Paste’s list of top humorists of 2019.

This is the blurb she wrote for Love & Metaxa.

“Strigas’s poems are absolutely magnetic. I devoured Love & Metaxa, and her words kept coming back to me for days after. The pieces are a hypnotizing mixture of sexy, whimsical, witty, real, and haunting. Savor each one of her poems – they tell an intoxicating story.”

-Ginny Hogan, Author, Toxic Femininity in the Workplace (Harper Collins 2019)

Blurb for LOVE & METAXA

Follow Ginny Hogan on Twitter, her handle is @ginnyhogan_

https://twitter.com/ginnyhogan_?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

her website is : https://www.ginnyhogancomedy.com/

Available on all on-line bookstores.

praise for LOVE & METAXA

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Praise for LOVE & METAXA

When I asked Kelli Russel Agodon to write a blurb for my upcoming book, Love & Metaxa, she accepted with pleasure. I am a fan of Agodon’s poetry ever since I discovered her on Twitter.

Praise for Love & Metaxa

 “What does logic have to do with phantoms? Christina Strigas’s Love & Metaxa is a magical dive into questioning where we wonder if Perhaps you are a photographer/ Documenting souls in a world where Death sends letters with your name. Daughter of an immigrant, storyteller, authentically herself, and always open, Strigas writes, Time has always been a liar; these poems demonstrate that by effortlessly moving between past and present. Dark and sensual, unafraid, these poems command, Stop looking for ghosts/under your messy bed. Love & Metaxa is built around the complexities of humans and makes no apology for our messiness, in fact, these poems embrace it, shine a light into history, turn headlights into hindsight.”

—Kelli Russell Agodon, author of Dialogues with Rising Tides

Kelli Russel Agodon is an American poet, who will soon be published later this month by Canyon Copper Press. Her upcoming book is Dialogues with Rising Tides. She is the co-founder of Two Sylvias Press. She is the Co-Director of the Poets on the Coast: A Weekend Writing Retreat. Her most recent book, Hourglass Museum (White Pine Press, 2014), was a Finalist for the Washington State Book Awards. Her website is: https://www.agodon.com/ Follow her on Twitter: @KelliAgadon https://twitter.com/KelliAgodon?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

Follow her on Facebook :https://www.facebook.com/agodon/photos/

Love & Metaxa coming out May 1st, 2021 available on all on-line bookstores.https://www.amazon.com/Love-Metaxa-Christina-Strigas/dp/1733103783/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=love+and+metaxa&qid=1618856539&sr=8-1

Thank you for reading.