Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Friday, July 24, 2009

Let's Collaborate by Jack Christian

Let's Collaborate by Jack Christian

36 pages

Twenty poems by Jack Christian that feature among them an all dog chapel of lost dog souls, hillside belief, humaffalos, cryptozoology, and sciences of imaginary solutions. Christian's poetry and criticism has appeared in Jubilat, Black Warrior Review, Mississippi Review, DIAGRAM and more.

RURAL MANAGEMENT from Let's Collaborate (originally appeared in notnostrums*3)

I managed a grocery 40 minutes west of town.
It was a warehouse. It was a place you could direct
a letter toward. I had an office where I read,
and my office was also full of food. On the outside,
the bottom half of the building was painted.
The top half was a natural white. It resembled
a two-dimensional swimming pool. When our shifts ended,
the staff and I would look back at it and consider it
a thing that could be broken effectively, or folded right.
Then, the union came in and insisted: vests or aprons
over blue jeans. “Or” was policy. They wrote it in the aisles
in a script that approximated my handwriting.
It was summer, and both parties moved in a direction
of interconnectedness. The soup display was allowed to occur
in the dairy section. A narrative ambiguity arose,
and through debate, I was permitted to drop another “I” inside.
I did so, and named her my cousin, Allison.
With the market running so well, we coached each other
in child-rearing because we were self-assured experts
on many things. She would say, “the cheese aisle,”
and I would find a manner in which “the cheese aisle”
could repeat. She was sunburned. She sat long sessions
on the curb waiting for her ride. Together, we pushed
a shopping cart into the cattails at the edge of the lot.
We pushed it on the half-path and on the footbridge
across the Mill River. Ice clung in the eddies
and the current curved the ice. It was a bright summer,
and we were working through it.



BRAVE MEN PRESS is excited to announce the release of our first book, NO THEATER by
Chris Tonelli.

Considering the responsibilities of the social world with a disconnected eye, NO THEATER is a collection of meticulously crafted poems that perform outside of time, but remain intuitively familiar and profound. Chris Tonelli reveals the artificialities of the everyday self with a language stalked by loss yet driven by possibility. Here, these poems come prepared in an armature of many masks and invested with an insight sure to move around the mental furniture of any reader.

Chris Tonelli co-curates The So and So Series and is the author of four chapbooks, most recently For People Who Like Gravity and Other People (Rope-A-Dope Press, forthcoming). He teaches at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, where he lives with his wife Allison.

Read a sample poem here.

Cover is letterpressed with black ink on black paper.
Printed in a limited edition of 123.
25 pages.


If you have a blog, please share this information with others. We want to make lots of books.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

New CoinSides from Brave Men Press

In affiliation with the Deep Moat Reading Series, we present the 4th incarnation of the Coinsides. The next reading takes place this Saturday, July 18th at the Pierre Menard Gallery in Harvard Square. This reading is also the official release of Brave Men Press's debut chapbook: No Theater by Chris Tonelli.

The CoinSides available are:

(NAPOLEON) by Chris Tonelli:

PINK JELLYBEANS by Jon Woodward:

and XXIX by Sampson Starkweather:

and as always, the set of three is available for a slight discount:

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Tuesday, July 7, 2009



I'd like to tell you that Matchbook: Volume Two is available from Small Fires Press.

I hope you're as excited about it as I am.

It features the work of Emily Kendal Frey, Zachary Schomburg, Garth Graeper, Susan Briante, Matt Hart, Fred Schmalz, Brenda Iijima, Kyle Schlesinger, David B. Goldstein, Cherie Weaver, Matvei Yankelevich, Hoa Nguyen, Philip Dacey, Megan Gannon, Miles Waggener, anna olivier, Ana Bozicevic, Paul Killebrew, Nate Pritts, BJ Love, Dale Smith, Farid Matuk, Mathias Svalina, and a scratch and sniff gallery of sensory abstractions in glorious letterpressed color.

Each issue is held within a different vintage matchbook cover with the same 58 pages of text within each.

For a limited time you can buy three copies of the issue for only $13.00 if you want to share with friends, or just because.

Or, you can buy one issue for six dollars, which is well worth it, let me tell you.

Buy them online, visit here, or send me some moneys.

Friedrich Kerksieck

1447 Poplar Ave. Apt. 1

Memphis, TN 38104

Thursday, July 2, 2009

The Saint's Notebook by Kate Schapira is out with Flying Guillotine

artist of coathanger girls and mitten girls

girls of the month forked men snakemen

beginning to people beginning to color

Kate Schapira lives in Providence, Rhode Island where she teaches writing to college and elementary school students and makes chapbooks. She's the author of several chapbooks, including The Love of Freak Millways and Tango Wax (Cy Gist Press), Case Fbdy. (Rope-A-Dope Press) and Heroes & Monsters (forthcoming from Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs).

The Saint's Notebook is a hand stitched book of poems, covered in burlap, and printed in an edition of 74. Every cover is unique, every poem is a bursting canyon.

$7 includes shipping.

If you'd like a copy, please visit Flying Guillotine.

Thank you! You will love these poems.