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DIY Poetry Publishing Cooperative

April 28, 2007

Preorder the Outside Voices anthology or Brenda Ijima's Eco Quarry Bellweather

Jessica Smith's Outside Voices press is now offering preoder PayPal buttons for both the anthology of youngish poets (title TBD) and Brenda Iijima's forthcoming Eco Quarry Bellweather.

The anthology will be available in January 2008, and will showcase the work of more than 250 poets under 40, working in experimental or avant-garde veins, including sound and visual poetries.

Both the antholgy & Eco Quarry Bellweather are available at special discounts, with free shipping, during this limited-time offer.

See the Outside Voices website for details.


Josh Corey on small press (and very small press) poetry . . .

For as long as I can remember I've been a haunter of bookstores and libraries. But I didn't begin to accumulate books in a serious way until I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1999 to begin a Stegner Fellowship in Poetry at Stanford. It was there that I developed my interest in alternative American poetry, and started buying as much of it as I could afford. What do I mean by "alternative"? Contemporary poetry isn’t on many people's radar these days; even highly literate denizens of English departments don't always know much about what's going on in poetry. The poets who do break through to something like mainstream attention—John Ashbery, Mary Oliver, Louise Glück, and Billy Collins come to mind—actually represent fairly narrow swatches of what's been possible in American poetry for the past fifty years. These are the poets published by the big publishing houses, whose books actually stand a chance of being reviewed in the New York Times Book Review. But it's actually the small and really small presses in this country which have done the most to keep something like a living tradition of poetry alive. I should say rather "traditions," because the glory of American poetry is its multiplicity, the range of its techniques and styles and preoccupations. I have tried, in building up my collection, to accumulate as broad a swathe of these alternatives as one poor graduate student can.

Do read the rest.


New from Cultural Society: That Abrupt Here by Joel Bettridge

In THAT ABRUPT HERE Joel Bettridge proposes an entirely tender yet radical new imagination of the elegy: i.e. a blessing underway; a ceremony in wandering search of its proper and beloved lost occasion. In the deep-root meaning of the word, these poems are momentous. — Donald Revell

THAT ABRUPT HERE is as desperate and as alive as a first-time skydiver. I love it for its manic hospitality, its teary smirk, its warm and unforgettable hum. This book thinks my heart in. — Graham Foust

Joel Bettridge's meticulous enumeration of the present is an implicit argument for poetry as seeing. His phrases are not so much written as carved into precise optical instruments that draw light from the fine detail of the daily, which for him extends seamlessly from the most intimate moments to the most global events. He makes this great range immediate, and he makes it matter. — Cole Swensen

59 pp | Paperback | $12.00 | ISBN 0-9773401-1-2

Click to order.


Coconut 8

Coconut 8 has just dropped & features new poems by Amy Gerstler, Melissa Koosmann, Rodrigo Toscano, Sara Veglahn, Max Winter, Julia Cohen, Donald Illich, Jill Alexander Essbaum, Denise Duhamel, Kate Schapira, Ray Succre, Anne Heide, Kaya Oakes, Sandy Florian, Sandra Beasley, Nick Carbo, Becca Klaver, PF Potvin, Dawn Pendergast, Ken Rumble, Eddie Watkins, & Amy King (who contributes this flarfy word salad below).

Giant Cheeto Goes Live
       —after Gary Sullivan

My cheeto hurts. Someone cock-blocked

the tiny buzzard with his own

appropriated-cheeto-invert, baked in an oven

only half my size. I'd lub more sauce with that.

He has casualized his instrument, "The Scarf."

He scarfs and scarfs and builds an intestinal

achievement, while the rest of us pee sleep

through the lips of our teeth.

Cheer up, for I am way scared. I am way sacred, I am

way away, crawling that line ever after to sky,

the sun that glows, and a Son calling home.

What if this yellow pain slowly gives way?

What if the burning?

What if the oven eliminates a bird of female non-product?

What if the most boring pulse keeps steady?

What if product placement?

What if changing labia is not a grandma after all?

What if my cheeto burns brighter?

Who will you tell to escape it?

The chalk outline outmodes us all.

        —Amy King

Crack it open.


New to the resource links: The Rope-a-Dope Collaborative

The Rope-a-Dope Collaborative is a printing co-op located in The Distillery in South Boston, MA. We are painters, writers, printmakers, book artists and graphic designers with one thing in common: a Vandercook SP20.

Check out their new site for examples of prints and bookarts projects.

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April 27, 2007

Combatives #5 from h_ngm_n

An e-missive from the industrious Mr. Pritts:
National H_NGM_N Month continues with the release of COMBATIVES #5, our single-author 'zine, this time featuring the work of Andrew Mister:


Old Style

Miso soup & Guinness Landlord
still hasn’t turned on the heat
Leave the notebook to itself
Traffic’s dull refrain, something
the music can’t drown out
The traffic most music has become
no face, no name, no number
At least we’re trying. Thru the buildings
December’s scorched tinsel, a light
I see at the same time every day:
5:45 p.m. Watch the news.
Wait for Gina. Go back to work.


Click over to the H_NGM_N mothership for info on this newest issue of COMBATIVES. There are still a few copies of #4 : ELISA GABBERT : left.

Also, don't forget to take advantage of some of this month's special VALU_ DEALS.

Be on the look out for the 6th & final issue of COMBATIVES Vol. 1 : Noah Falck : as well as a new chapbook by Julia Cohen. All this & H_NGM_N #7 is not far behind.

There's no cover art on the site, so I can't show you what it looks like, but Combatives are side-stapled old-school style like all the best things in life, really. Click here for all the combatives you can stand.

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New from Pavement Saw: Telegraph by Kaya Oakes

The word from Kaya Oakes is that her first perfect-bound book is now available from Pavement Saw Press. (Check that cover painting by Yoon Lee--WOW!)

You can get it before it's even had a chance to appear in stores, direct from the press, or from SPD.

Or pick it up in person at one of Kaya's upcoming readings:

      Tuesday, May 15 at 7:30
      Pegasus Books on Shattuck in Berkeley
      (this is the semi-official "launch party")

      Saturday, May 19 at 3:00
      Reading at the Ear Inn, New York, NY

      Saturday, May 25
      Reading at Stain Bar, Brooklyn, New York


Three cheers for Press Press Press!

Mathias Svalinas of Octopus/Octopus Books recently founded a group blog store on behalf of several micropresses and journals. Members post their new releases as they are ready, complete with PayPal links. That's it.
This is a blog-shop for small poetry presses & journals. If you like small poetry presses & journals then you should stop in & see what's new. Everything is new. All of the time.

A terrific idea--no frills, plenty of thrills. It's here.