They Talk About Death by Alessandra Bava - 2014 Blood Pudding Press Contest Winning POETRY CHAPBOOK - poetry, Plath, Sexton, death

They Talk About Death by Alessandra Bava - 2014 Blood Pudding Press Contest Winning POETRY CHAPBOOK - poetry, Plath, Sexton, death



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  • Materials: poetry, art, death, expression, suicide, dead poets, Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Rimbaud, Salome, Madame Bowery, Alessandra Bava, taxidermy

They Talk About Death by Alessandra Bava is the third contest winning Blood Pudding Press poetry chapbook of 2014

Cover Art - Yellow Carousel Horse by Erin Wells.

Available with Vanilla Skull Cover, Medium Blue Cover, or Off White Cover.

Hand bound with artsy yarn, either Sea Orange or Medium Blue - OR with Dusty Rose ribbon.

The innards include thirteen poems, inspired by/based upon other writers/artists who died young, including Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Garcia Lorca, Rimbaud, and Baudelaire.

This is Bava's first chapbook published within the United States.

Below is part of the chapbook's title poem, followed by more biographical information about the poet.

Buy the book to read more.


"Sylvia talks of her
first attempt. Anne
listens attentively.
Her lucid,

blue stare
beautifies the dark
suicidal words:
the sweet,

terrible act dissected
with loving details
as on a morgue


Alessandra Bava lives and works in the Eternal city. She holds an MA in American Literature and manages her own translation agency. She is the author of two bilingual chapbooks, NOCTURNE (Edizioni Pulcinoelefante, 2013) and GUERRILLA BLUES (Edizioni Ensemble, 2012).

THEY TALK ABOUT DEATH is her third chapbook but her first US published chapbook. Her fourth chapbook is forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press. She is the editor of ROME'S REVOLUTIONARY POETS BRIGADE ANTHOLOGY Vol. 1 (Edizioni Ensemble, 2012) and ARTICOLO 1 (Albeggi Edizioni, 2014). Her poems have appeared in several journals such as Plath Profiles, THRUSH Poetry Journal, Empty Mirror and Left Curve. In 2010 she had a cathartic encounter with SF Poet Laureate Jack Hirschman and she is currently writing his biography.


Here is a link to the first 2014 Blood Pudding Press contest wining chapbook - House on Fire by Susan Yount -

Here is a link to the second Blood Pudding Press contest winning chapbook - Stick Up by Paul David Adkins -

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Reviewed by Anonymous Aug 27, 2010

5 out of 5 stars

The chapbooks are amazing! Both the poetry in them and the books themselves. Also loved the way the whole package came with extra poems and ribbons and emphera. I love it all :)

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Reviewed by Anonymous Apr 28, 2013

5 out of 5 stars

Thank you, my Juliet! I haven't read this one yet, being consumed by my Shakespeare script. I feel certain that I will love it like I do all your offerings. Slurp!

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