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DIY Poetry Publishing Cooperative

September 18, 2006

Half Empty/Half Full & Private Press release A Slice of Cherry Pie


Click for the documentary slideshow: The Making of A Slice of Cherry Pie.
(You can also see Ivy making the UK version here.)

A Slice of Cherry Pie
A poetry chapbook anthology inspired by
David Lynch's Twin Peaks series
Edited by Ivy Alvarez

5.5 x 8.5, 24 pp.
Strathmore Laid or Wove 24lb in Natural White interior
(Acid-free, 25% cotton & 30% pcw recycled, produced with windpower)
Pegasus 80lb Cover in Museum White cover
(Acid-free, chlorine-free, archival, 30% pcw recycled)

First edition: 100 copies
(HEHF 12)

Featuring poems by Emilie Zoey Baker, Jilly Dybka, Collin Kelley, Elena Knox, Jared Leising, Daniel Lloyd, Siobhan Logan, Eileen Tabios, Maureen Thorson, Andrew J Wilson & Maike Zock.

$6.00 includes US shipping

Go here to order in the US ('bout 45 or so left of the first printing, thanks to preorders).
Or here to order the UK version.

Ivy also hosted an online launch party on Friday, and you can still catch some of the festivities here.

& Ivy's also accepting submissions for Deranged, the next chap in the series. So send her your poems inspired by Lynch's Lost Highway and/or Mulholland Drive before December 31, 2006.

Tags: Half Empty/Half Full, Private Press

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September 17, 2006

On Post~Twyla (among other things), at Exchange Values

Jack Kimball and Tom Beckett talk here, in a(nother great) new interview. An excerpt:
I've been reading your new book, Post~Twyla, and have been struck by some of its diaristic aspects, struck by the variety of approaches you bring to a long series of short but very intense lyric discharges (for lack of better critical terminology on my part). Could you speak to the methodology of this book and what is at stake in it for you?

Lyric discharges -- that's just great expression! It seemed important to have each brief piece add up on its own as tuneful mayhem. And I wanted the pieces to add up together as baggier mania. So that's at stake.

I started Post~Twyla earlier this year. I wanted to spoof a diary via devious inspiration, compressing reactions to every page of John Ashbery's Flow Chart within three-line verses. The aim was mock critique, fake haiku dredged from lyrical prolixity. Problem was it didn't work. I stopped after the fifth page, because I wasn't "reacting" so much as "countering" with extraneous materials, earlier drafts, TV lingo, on-the-spot writing, and other texts, including passages from my blog (which I treat as notes-in-progress). I wound up sourcing dozens of texts, including Flow Chart, but certainly not page-by-page as I intended. I continued a nonsystematic, countering method, arguing with metaphors, vocabulary, that sort of countering. (I do this with everything, including my own notes!) In 346 pages, if you're keeping score, I slipped in one or two specialized lexical items from Ashbery, "chrysoprase" and maybe another.

I thought I'd take P~T to a hundred entries, but the assembly processes spread like narcolepsy and I couldn't stop until I hit 250, a cut-off I imposed before it got tedious. [...]

Post~Twyla is available from Blue Lion Books here. (Blue Lion uses Cafe Press to produce their POD books. Their storefront is here.)

Tags: Exchange Values, Blue Lion Books, Faux Press, POD, Cafe Press