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Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Living in Oblivion

What It Is

The title of this post is taken from the latest chapbook from Howie Good (What It Is and How to Use It) . . . one of many great titles in its pages.  (Others include “A Hazy Shade of Postcolonial Melancholia,” “There’s Gonna be Dust,” and “The Rain Side of the Rain-Snow Line.”)  Howie’s poems are at once fun to read and depressing, almost a dark magical realism where an image of dead cow becomes a bear becomes a half-naked man shooting up a Waffle House.  (Yes, real life creeps in, as well.)  It’s like a series of vignettes that you can visit, get lost in for a while, and eventually leave; for many of characters therein . . . much less chance of escape.  The cover photo above is one of two totally different designs available.  The photos for both covers were taken by Belgian photographer Tom Christiaens, and they really capture essence of these pieces.

From “Pronounced Tendancies”:

“As someone who grew up around here, I have a magnifying glass for examining things that people bring in or that I find on the street. One day it might be the bloated carcass of a dog; another, a teddy bear like the one my sister had when she was little. Today an older couple came in with the alphabet prowling around them. The noise in the room was overwhelming, but I thought I heard him say modern homes burn 8x faster. Then I glanced out the window, and there were so many fires I couldn’t even see the sky.”


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Saturday, April 27, 2019

April 2019 Update

Funny story:  Right before the start of the 2018 open reading period (last November), I accepted a chapbook manuscript for publication from Nava Fader, figuring I’d be working it into the schedule when the open-reading chapbooks were selected.  Well, that didn’t happen as planned, but we have now added it to the schedule on August 1,  Before that, around June 22 or 23 (when is the Summer Solstice this year?), we’ll have a chapbook from Brendan Walsh.  And before that, NEXT WEEK, is our next chapbook, from Howie Good. We also have another chapbook from Jessie Janeshek coming this Fall.  Things are happening!

See you in a few days!

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Space on Earth

We’re finally here . . . the beginning of the 2019 chapbook season.  Even though there wasn’t a “winner” from the open reading period late in 2018, I did have a strong feeling about the first chapbook we’re publishing this year . . . Space on Earth by Emily Hockaday.

I like a chapbook that has layers and a range of feelings.  A title with a dual meaning helps, too.  I don’t need a story or narrative, but a development of feeling is good.  Here, “space” plays a big part . . . in terms of outer space, as well as the distance between things and people.  There are boundaries.  There are also Vikings (like the warrior queen on the front cover [above]) and frogs (back cover) and explorations of existential dread.  Oh, and science.  It’s really great and infinitely readable and enjoyable. 

From “Stories Our Bodies Tell”:

“I said the moon is an open eye
but I was wrong. Tonight it is just
a crater-pocked satellite, lit along
the edge not obscured by
our shadow. “


The chapbook is available now on the Titles page.  Any copies purchased between now and this weekend will be shipped early next week.  Plan accordingly.

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The first chapbook of 2019—Emily Hockaday’s Space of Earth—is going to be available for purchase next week.  On the Internet only, as we won’t be making the trip to Portland for AWP.  Last year in Tampa may have been an AWP one-off, being relatively close to our home base in North Florida.  Maybe if AWP makes it to Atlanta again.  In the meantime, we’re looking at some smaller regional events . . . that don’t take place in the Spring, which is a really busy time in in my non-press life.

The next chapbooks will be from Howie Good (May 1) and Brendan Walsh (June 22).  And we’ll have our third (?!) chapbook from Jessie Janeshek later this year. 

See you next week!

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We’re a little later than usual in getting out the final selections from our annual open reading period.  We knew at the time we came up with our finalists that it’d be into the early part of the New Year that we’d be making our final selections.  The selected authors were contacted last week, and we’re ready to announce them now.  Although we don’t really have a schedule, per se, the first chapbook will be from Emily Hockaday; it will appear around the Vernal Equinox.  Following that, we have three others selected from the 2018/2019 pool of manuscripts . . . Brendan Walsh, Howie Good, and Jessie Janeshek.

We’ll try and come up with a firm schedule that will carry us into the Summer.  Generally, we’ll be looking a spacing the first three chapbooks out every six to eight weeks.  Jessie’s will likely be later in the year in coordination with other publications.  Next month, we should have a more solid schedule. 

Thanks to everyone who submitted and/or continues to support our poets and their work.

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We’re mostly through the manuscripts for first-reads and we anticipate notifying finalists this week.  Very few of those not chosen as finalists will be notified, so please check back here in a week or so if you haven’t heard anything. 

Going through the finalists’ manuscripts will likely carry into the New Year (but not too far).  I’m a little afraid we’ll be accepting more manuscripts than planned, ultimately, because we received a lot of quality work.

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