Thursday, June 28, 2007

new from dancing girl press

at the hotel andromeda
text by Kristy Bowen
image by Lauren Levato
dancing girl press, 2007
$15 (includes S&H)

A stay at the hotel andromeda might include insect parts, palmistry, birds, ballerinas and Coney Island rides. Might include botanical prints, odd trinkets, library cards, matchbooks, maps and postcards. Poems that evoke girls in boxes, girls turning into sparrows. Lost passports, shipwrecks, paper boats and surgical pins. Is tucked with train tickets, tokens, all matter of interesting ephemera. Inspired by the work of Joseph Cornell, and in the spirit of Cornell's shadow boxes and collages, (most noteably his "Portrait of Ondine" what he himself termed an "exploration" of papers, cards and photos) this collection of material will delight both Cornell fans and novices alike.

Each room of the project is one-of-kind and absolutely beautiful, both materially and aesthetically. Each "exploration" is numbered and varies in content for a unique reading/visual/tactile experience. Think of it as a room to be explored, drawer by drawer, cabinet by cabinet. Think of it as love letter to Cornell himself, a gift, a collection of oddities to be experienced and adored.

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Sunday, June 17, 2007

Now Available - the tiny #3

Featuring work by Andrea Baker, Ellen Baxt, Edmund Berrigan, Mark Bibbins, Daniel Borzutzky, Kristy Bowen, Joseph Bradshaw, John Coletti, Rachel Conrad, Crystal Curry, Michelle Detorie, Julia Drescher, Will Edmiston, Bonnie Emerick, Betsy Fagin, Paul Fattaruso, Peter Gizzi, Scott Glassman, Sarah Goldstein, Garth Graeper & Jason Sheridan, Eryn Green, Kristen Hanlon, Mike Hauser, Anthony Hawley, Anne Heide, Brenda Iijima, Greg Koehler, Rodney Koeneke, Michael Koshkin, Tim Lantz & Mark Yakich, Lauren Levin, Jill Magi, C.J. Martin, Joseph Massey, Kristi Maxwell, Ange Mlinko, Michael Montlack, Marci Nelligan, Nick Piombino, Billy Ramsell, F. Daniel Rzicznek, Brandon Shimoda, Logan Ryan Smith, Maggie Smith, Chad Sweeney, Derek White, Dustin Williamson, and Devon Wootten.

$12.00, shipping included

edited by Gina Myers & Gabriella Torres
Brooklyn, NY

Friday, June 15, 2007

new from dancing girl press

by Erin M Bertram
dancing girl press, 2007
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no isla encanta
by Khadijah Queen
dancing girl press, 2007
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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

BLACK STONE by Dale Smith

6x8, 80 pages, perfect bound
isbn 0-9794745-0-7

Black Stone is a work of such beauty, it makes me tremble. Dale Smith, a poet and citizen of earth, creates a whole cloth composed of the personal and the political. Set in Austin, Texas, during Bush's endless siege on human rights and democracy, this master work documents the birth and first few weeks of his newborn babe's life against the backdrop of anxiety and war.
Brenda Coultas
This is a book written from a man living on the other side of Texas -- the state of heightened awareness, exposed roots, and unearthed secret stones. It is a chilling narrative that confronts the terrifying mysteries of childbirth and the shroud of daily life that holds and sustains this most intimate act. Like the constantly shifting belly of his wife, this is a book that moves between essay and poetry, consciousness and dream, and the deeper threads that connect daily life to the marvelous. But there is also the presence of horror -- the political situation of these dark ages, with all its wars, alarms, and demands for action. I'm hesitating to write about the emotional intensity and sensitivity of this book -- is it amazing that this book was written by a man, a father who, through this writing, attempts to experience and protect the inner life of his wife by bringing forth his own dark child? This is a book of daring consciousness battling with the dark ages -- it struggles against its own clarity because language is a rooted thing, and our minds must be dirty to be in it, to tend those twisty, crusted branches. And yet, this struggle documents Smith's stand --a brave and intimate book by one of our finest poets.
Kristin Prevallet
Refusing to make it lovely, Dale Smith logs a descriptive notation of presence to the world as stomp, shift, and quick adjustment to the “rush of every day things.” (When the child suggests, Let’s follow that buzzard, so you do, “sort of.”) On every page, the world opens to the body and the body to the world. Smith simultaneously narrates his wife’s pregnancy and the thickness of
event (as ideality, language, culture, personal memory, familial intimacy); the birth of their second son and the emergence of that shared context of inseparable meanings and relationships by which we orient ourselves toward place and others. He never looks away. Reading him, neither do I.
Forrest Gander


Effing Press

Austin, TX