Wednesday, February 12, 2014
A Terrorism for GOOD
This chapbook came about unexpectedly. Late last year, Elisabeth Workman and Michael Sikkema (both GBP-published poets) contacted me about a collaboration (or two) they’d been working on. I quickly accepted TERRORISM IS WHAT WHALE. It’s a brilliant collection of post-Flarf gems, a dialogue between what might pass for “traditional” poems and “surveillance portraits.“ It’s all lively and subversive and fun for the whole family! Also, it’s longer than any previous GBP chapbook (and not just by a couple/few pages). Check it out:
from “C(O)UNTLESS WO(U)NDERS”
“My heart is in the g-pot, the gore spore
here’s a prickly pear lip, a biscuit stitch
a stick it here’s
a limpet kiss it all that’s left is oceanic”
I’m really happy Mike and Elisabeth chose to send this to us to look at. Those two are going places. In fact, Elisabeth has a full-length book coming from Bloof very shortly . . . the somewhat familiarly titled ULTRAMEGAPRAIRIELAND. And I believe Mr. Sikkema has something longer in the works, as well.
Oh, quick note on TERRORISM . . . and in general: This will be the first chapbook at the new $6 price. Not just because it’s longer or more complex production-wise, but material and postage costs continue to rise and we have to keep up.
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Tuesday, February 04, 2014
February 2014 Update
We’d announced our first chapbook would hit in January, and . . . we were close. Once we got approvals from the poetry team involved, we went into a our production, which hit a slight snag. It’s a multi-step process this time, and a little more complex, but we’ll have things wrapped up and ready to announce by the weekend. Keep an eye out for that.
We’re also getting things ready for the next issue of Momoware. We still have space for a few more poems, so send something if you haven’t already.
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We received dozens of submissions for this year’s (actually last year’s) open reading period. For recent selections, we’d chosen five or six chapooks. This year we opted to cut back a little . . . for practical reasons (keep reading). After the… cont.
Hope everyone’s off to a great start for 2014. We’re getting back into the swing of things here at GBP. After essentially being “off” for a few months, besides reading a pile of manuscripts, we’re preparing for an intense start to the 2014… cont.
Hope everyone’s having a festive holiday season. I’d anticipated making decisions about chapbook manuscripts by Christmas, but it’s going to take a little longer. We have to get through the pile and then re-read the “finalists.“ After… cont.
Wow. So I extended the deadline a week after, literally, receiving only a handful of submissions. I actually found my email list, so I sent out a blast about the extended open reading period (and open issue of Momoware). And those email recipients passed… cont.