Grace Notes

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A stunning collaboration from Meg Tuite (prose), David Tomaloff (poetry), and Keith Higginbotham (collages), who’ve blended their work together in a powerful display that is all of these things:  crushing, mind altering, odd in the ways that shine. The pieces in GRACE NOTES search the hearts and consciousness/subconsciousness for any trace of what is unexplored in the human web, to lay it out without apology. Three brilliant artists, caught in a whirlwind.

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“Every night I lean against the weeping willow that touches the edge of the motor court.” Grace Notes is a sharply-constructed book of matched edges of poems, prose poems, and collage. It is an elegant willow of a book that will reach into the depths of your motor court. Grace Notes is divine, but not like that. Meet the Literary Trinity: Poetry, Prose Poetry, and Collage. I worship this book.

Bill Yarrow, author of Blasphemer (Lit Fest, 2015)

“Tomaloff and Tuite work in a wonderful discordant harmony that matches Higginbotham’s artwork to perfection. Alone each contribution is full of wonder, but together they create a sense of awe.”

Ryan W. Bradley, author of Winterswim (CCM, 2015)

Pay your dollars gladly for Grace Notes, a main attraction masquerading as a multimedia sideshow. The counterpoint between poets Meg Tuite and David Tomaloff is exquisitely capped by images by Keith Higginbotham, and it all lingers. Language and image here are familiar yet new, welcome to the oneiric brain. Read and look out, literally.

Larissa Shmailo, author of Patient Women (Blaze Vox, 2015).

“In Grace Notes, an uncanny presence meets a past that haunts and enraptures. Written from a voice that hungers and celebrates that hunger, “skies are roiling pink,” “corn and leaking gas tanks” riddle the air, and memories elude as though they are “sparks arcing off the pines.” Even the walls “won’t/ miss us when we’re gone,” the speaker warns us in “Snow Theory Song,” a bittersweet revelation that guides us through the pages of this enchanting collection. But no matter: this collection affirms that we are changed by our yearning, we are scarred, and we are beautiful as we are.”

Sara Henning, author of Garden Effigies (Dancing Girl Press)


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  • Full color glossy Paperback: 62 pages
  • Publisher: Unknown Press; 1st edition (October 31, 2015)
  • ISBN-10: 0996352678
  • ISBN-13: 978-0996352673

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david TDavid Tomaloff is an abolitionist vegan, pixel-herder, sound pusher, and maker of word-things whose works have been featured in network television shows, documentaries, independent films, and in fine literary outlets such as TheNewer York, Connotation Press, Sundog Lit, Lost in Thought, and A-Minor. He is co-author of the collaborative poetry collection YOU ARE JAGUAR (Artistically Declined Press). His latest chapbook, SLEEP, is available from Plain Wrap Press. Send him threats:

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Meg Tuite is the author of two short story collections, Bound By Blue (2013) Sententia Books, Domestic Apparition (2011) San Francisco Bay Press, and three chapbooks.She won the Twin Antlers Collaborative Poetry award from Artistically Declined Press for her poetry collection, Bare Bulbs Swinging (2014) written with Heather Fowler and Michelle Reale. She teaches at Santa Fe Community College, is fiction editor for Santa Fe Literary Review, and runs a column at Connotation Press and JMWW. Her site is


photo-higginbothamKeith Higginbotham is the author of Calibration (Argotist), Prosaic Suburban Commercial (Eratio Editions), Theme From Next Date (Ten Pages Press), and Carrying The Air on a Stick (The Runaway Spoon Press). He teaches composition and
literature, creative writing, and fiction at Midlands Technical College in Columbia, SC. You can see more of his visual work at