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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.

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Book Review of LOVE & METAXA

I want to thank Gabino Iglesias, author of Coyote Songs, for writing a book review for Love & Metaxa. This following review attached here for Pank Magazine, “a magazine that fosters access to emerging and experimental poetry and prose, publishing the brightest and most promising writers for the most adventurous readers”, blew me away. When you read what other writers, whom you admire, write about your book, and they are all positive, you come to slowly realize that maybe what you wrote is not half-bad, maybe it’s better than your self-esteem lets you believe it is, maybe people will like it and maybe, just maybe, you will touch others with your words.

I asked Gabino Iglesias to write a blurb for my book, Love & Metaxa, and boy did he ever write a blurb that knocked my socks off, and he included in this fabulous book review.

Please click on the link below to read it.

Thank you for reading.

Love & Metaxa is a collection of feelings violently thrown against the page. Strigas’ work is intense and honest. This collection is a mirror that reminds us of ourselves: a little dirty, a bit sad, stained with coffee, questioning everything, remembering the things that turned into scars, craving booze, ignoring the way the heart aches. These poems are the equivalent of making out with a stranger in a parking lot as wild horses stampede down the street and you feel the weight of the ghosts of old lovers hanging from your lips. Ah, but there is fun and lust, locked rooms and books, the beach and the fact that death is not here yet. Forget reading these poems; feel them. They will probably kiss you in return.”

—Gabino Iglesias, author of Coyote Songs

Gabino Iglesias is a writer, editor, literary critic, and professor living in Austin, TX. He is the author of Zero Saints and Coyote Songs. You can find him on Twitter at @Gabino_Iglesias. https://twitter.com/Gabino_Iglesias?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

Blurb for Love & Metaxa
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Press Release for my upcoming poetry book LOVE & METAXA by Christina Strigas

Christina Strigas Release Date : May 1st, 2021

Email: chrissystriga@gmail.com

http://www.christinastrigas.com

Montreal, Quebec, Canada 

Book Release Day

 for 

Love & Metaxa

Poems by 

Christina Strigas

Quote:

Short Author Bio

Christina Strigas is trilingual, raised by Greek immigrants, and has written three poetry books. Her latest, Love & Vodka, has been featured by CBC Books in, “Your Ultimate Canadian Poetry List: 68 Poetry Collections Recommended by you.”

She has also written two novels for MuseItUp Publishing. One is a paranormal romance, Crush, and the other is a romantic/erotic novel, The Wanting, written in first-person narrative by the two main characters.  Both have had excellent reviews.

In her spare time, Christina enjoys foreign cinema, reading the classics, and cooking traditional Greek recipes that have been handed down from her grandmother.

She is also co-founder of @ArielPoets on Twitter.

Book Summary:

Christina Strigas takes you on a ride through the Greek celebrations and devastations of life, love, loss, song, and death. Using the underlying theme of Metaxa, the popular Greek amber spirit, Strigas explores through memory, events, and narratives, poems that dissect human nature. These are dark poems, written with a combination of stream of consciousness, evoking the confessional poets of our time. With nuances, imagery and crystal prose, these narrative poems ensure the absolute doubt yet the certainty of the power of love and death combined. How can love survive death?

Crossing boundaries and languages, and living in a culturally vibrant city,  such as Montreal, Strigas utilizes the images of her city, and culture to describe her personal relationships with people, strangers, and loved ones. Fresh poems, raw and honest poems, that also focus on the stardom and fall of technology and the modern poet; these poems also touch upon the reality of our modern world and the exuberant power of technology and its toxicity. 

Taking us through childhood moments and adult trauma, Love & Metaxa is a poetry book that was written with wise and engaging wisdom. The reader can easily be drawn into Strigas’ universe and feel the world she lives in, as well as understand how it feels to be an immigrant’s daughter. She takes us on a trip into her microcosm of fiction and reality. 

Love & Metaxa is a poetry collection that features a unique voice who has uncommon stories to tell 

Contact Details: chrissystriga@gmail.com

The book will be available on all on-line bookstores. Here are a few links to click on: eBook or Paperback version.

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Love-Metaxa-Christina-Strigas/dp/1733103783

Barnes and Nobles: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/love-and-metaxa-christina-strigas/1138368964

Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/love-and-metaxa/9781733103794-item.html

Author Photo:

Christina Strigas

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My writing process

Rachel Thompson featured an article I wrote, please read the link: https://rachelintheoc.com/2021/03/this-is-the-reason-being-specific-encourages-emotion-with-guest-christinastriga/

Leave a comment tell me what you think…..

Thanks for reading.

A little update on my book Love & Metaxa. I am self-publishing it on May 1st.

Thank you for reading!

Have a great week.