Zodiac B: A Chapbook in Cards

By Travis Smith

In 1922, a council of astronomers ratified the eighty-eight constellations we know today, leaving many others to fall into obscurity. Now, with prose poems dedicated to Argo the Ship, Felis the Cat, Solarium the Sundial, and a dozen more of those lost figures, Travis Smith presents a zodiac of the obsolete, the forgotten, and the lost.

Zodiac B is marvelous…. I love that the form of this work is not bound, that the cards can be taken individually and with each other, that the name of one being may recur on the card of another. This work inspires one to see more above and below; it is wonderful and fun.”
—Ish Klein, author of Consolation and Mirth and Moving Day

“Travis Smith’s talent as a writer lies not only in the arresting and beautiful lines of each poem, but in the complex wholeness created from the interlocking pieces. [Zodiac B] will charm and fascinate any reader, regardless of their interest in astronomy or literature.”
—Johanna Albrecht, Flyleaf Books

Cards printed in the US by the United States Playing Card Company. Cover illustration by Chelsea Granger.

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