Thursday, December 30, 2010

Genya Turovskaya’s second chapbook with Octopus Books, New Year’s Day, is now available for purchase just in time for the first day of your new year. $8.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Where We Think It Should Go by Claire Becker, and People Are Tiny in Paintings of China by Cynthia Arrieu-King are now available for purchase at

Monday, November 15, 2010

Pretty, Rooster by Clay Matthews is now available from Cooper Dillon Books

Pretty, Rooster by Clay Matthews
ISBN: 978-0-9841928-4-7
Paperback, 75 pages
$14.00 + s/h *Spankin' New Release*

"The sonnet was invented as a vehicle for self-examination, and Matthews takes that literally, driving each one like it had a manual transmission," says Jason Schneiderman. This "simultaneously comforting and unsettling" collection features comics from Shannon Wheeler and Micah Farritor, and other extras you'll love.
Add it to your list on GoodReads!

More details are at

Friday, November 5, 2010

Dear friends:

We are pleased to announce two new Letter Machine Editions titles:

Farid Matuk's This Isa Nice Neighborhood


Juliana Leslie's More Radiant Signal

You can purchase both for $20 (including shipping!) here:

They are also available individually here for $14 each:

On Matuk:

Can identity be pliant and penetrable? Can the speech act be one of attention over intention, can play and fluidity open onto an ethic? This Isa Nice Neighborhood, Farid Matuk’s first full-length collection, says yes. Yes to the rejection of any opposition between politics and aesthetics, between rhetoric and poetics. Yes to vulnerability. Yes to a poetry willing to enact the errors, uncertainties, and tangled complexities of our political, sexual, and social lives. Testing both narrative and lyric, Matuk finds desire at the root of each, a root from which, these poems suggest, compassion and permission grow intertwined.

Farid Matuk was born in Peru to a Syrian mother and Peruvian father; he has lived in the U.S. since the age of six. Matuk is the auther of Is it the King? (Effing). His poems have appeared in 6 X 6, Barrelhouse, The Boston Review, Big Bridge, and Cannibal, among others. His essays and reviews have appeared in Sentence, Cross-Cultural Poetics, and The Poerty Project Newsletter. Matuk has published translations from Spanish in Kadar Koli, Bombay Gin, Translation Review, and Harvard Review. The recipient of Ford and Fullbright Fellowships, Matuk holds an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at UT Austin. He lives in Dallas with the poet Susan Briante.

On Leslie:

A chair by Charles and Ray Eames. A painting by Paul Klee. A sentence by Virginia Woolf. Juliana Leslie’s debut collection More Radiant Signal broadcasts its elegant, probing lyricism here, among the panoply of those who worked to house extended thought in moments of compressed articulation. With haunting, painterly logic, Leslie’s poems offer a world where the equivocal beauty of algebra and the aerodynamics of paper planes meet “a windowpane in love/ with a bright whirligig” to show that “[t]he boundary of the sky is a touchstone for enunciation.” Is there such a thing as an impossible object? And if not, how is that after reading More Radiant Signal it sits there perfectly in the center of the room.

Juliana Leslie was born in Cooperstown, New York and currently lives in Santa Cruz, California. She holds degrees from the University of California, Santa Cruz; Mills College; and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. This is her first book.

New chapbooks from Fred Moten and Peter Gizzi are forthcoming in the spring, along with Edmund Berrigan's memoir Can It! due out next fall 2011.

Our books are also available at SPD, and we'll see you in the Table X fray at AWP in DC this year.

Many thanks,

Monday, November 1, 2010

FROM CALIFORNIA, ON by Jennifer Denrow

Jennifer Denrow

Shaped in inventive diction that reflects her disjunction, Jennifer Denrow knows what we encounter won't ever answer back. In this singular narrative of a trip through known bucolics, she charts the inadequacies of experience in a voice that stranges; aware of itself and its beautiful incapability. She tells us “everyone who sees us insists that we are here” but only through its lasting impression does From California, On think itself possible.

Cover letterpressed with black ink on blue paper.
Printed in a limited edition of 85.
22 pages.

read sample poems


Buy it along with the Limited Edition Coinside


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Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Mystery of the Hidden Driveway by Jennifer L. Knox

Order here.

Happy Halloween! BLOOF BOOKS has a limited number of early copies in right now, and first-come orders will go out right away. After those run out, purchases will be preorders and will go out as soon as the shipment comes in (approx 2 weeks).

The official pub date is not till December, so the books will not be available anywhere else (Amazon, etc.) for another 6 weeks, give or take.

Why are you just sitting there?
You know you want one.
You can't wait!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Feeling Using Wolves by Emily Kendal Frey & Zachary Schomburg

Feelings Using Wolves is an exquisite collection of collaborative poems by Emily Kendal Frey & Zachary Schomburg. Designed, illustrated, printed, & hand-bound by Small Fires Press.

The paperback is finally completed! An edition of 74 numbered copies.


The book is fully letterpressed & currently available in a case bound limited edition of 26 lettered and signed copies.


Emily Kendal Frey lives in Portland, Oregon. She is the author of Airport (Blue Hour Press, 2009), Frances (Poor Claudia, 2010) & The New Planet (Mindmade Books, 2010). Zachary Schomburg is the author of The Man Suit (Black Ocean, 2007), Scary, No Scary (Black Ocean, 2009), & a dvd of poem-films, Little Blind Thing (Poor Claudia, 2010). He co-edits Octopus Magazine & Octopus Books. He lives in Portland, Oregon. Other collaborative works by the authors include Team Sad (Cinematheque, 2010) & OK, Goodnight (Future Tense Books, 2010).

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Better Homes Through Poems

Better Homes Through Poems features the latest poetry releases by independent presses using Lulu.

Over 100 titles from Bloof Books, Blue and Yellow Dog Press, Coconut Books, Dusie Press Books, Horse Less Press, Meritage Press, No Tell Books, Otoliths Books, Scrambler Books and more to come.

Use COUPON CODE: HARVEST (thru Oct. 31) to save 10%.

Monday, October 11, 2010

dgp fall sale!

The days are getting shorter, the weather cooler, and it's very tempting to spend the day curled up under a blanket with your favorite dancing girl press titles. So that means it's about time for a sale. From now through Halloween, get any 5 dancing girl press books for a mere $20...

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Glass Is Really a Liquid by Bruce Covey

Glass Is Really a Liquid by Bruce Covey
Now Available at Lulu

(use coupon code: HARVEST to save 10% during October)
Coming to retail outlets soon

No Tell Books
ISBN: 978-0-9826000-1-6
142 pages

Material (as in’ concrete’: glassine — O liquid!) but abstract, say Miro in dialogue with Picasso. That is they’re pretty painterly, the poems, with images that flow past one changing into words . . . pixels . . . serifs. Domestic, lyric, amorous — well why not? “Cracked, however, like the liberty bell.” One can actually read them and be there, just reading, seeing (like you’re really there, really really there. You get to stay yourself.) Steinlike (as in glasses), stained. Stunning. His best book yet.
—Alice Notley

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Fata Morgana, from Blue Hour Press

Remembrance is not an unfamiliar landscape, yet, in Fata Morgana, Jeremy Pataky manages to erect monuments there that feel ephemeral and necessary. His circling, like that of a lost traveler who knows he is returning against his desire to, is skillfully replicated with an attention to language, image, and the intangible. Pataky works folds of memory—those difficult, those defiant, those not even owned—into “the world’s most careful paper crane,” object-making as coping with terminality and with lack. That this act is done with such honest grace and pathos makes Fata Morgana a true accomplishment.

Read Fata Morgana here.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

TINY TSUNAMI by Matt Sadler out with Flying Guillotine!

Second Attempt at a Poem with Gretchen Inside

She’s the agent here, a
grown woman clacking little heels
on the creaky floorboards
before she’s a week old,
showing the place to odd clients,
one an obelisk, all eye but the
tiny caster on the bottom
to roll without turning, another
a Slim Jim, wrapper half open,
one bite off the top
forming his spiky hair.
No one’s buying today, too hard
to sell nothing to nothing. But
she’s beautiful, sitting there
at the empty table
a window dividing
the round sun
into squares.

Matt Sadler currently teaches English and Writing at Detroit Country Day School in Michigan and lives a happy life with his wife and two daughters.

is a hand bound book of poems with baby blanket covers. It is printed in an edition of 74.

$8.00 includes shipping.

Click here to order.

MORE FRISK THAN RISK by Mark Horosky from Flying Guillotine!

There is only a curb between us and the street

where our minds traipse inside quotation marks. We

recognize our sources of information: fat,

architecture, seeming, church bells, and sweat.

The half-braided-head of woman hangs out of a curse,

a window and into a

We don't deal with language. Maybe the only thing left is attitude.

A flashing like a match stick in closed hands.

A bathtub chained to a street sign.

--from the Book of Risk

Mark Horosky is the author of Let It Be Nearby (Cue Editions, 2009), a collection of prose poems, and Fabulous Beasts (The Equalizer). Mark is a special education teacher in Brooklyn, New York.

MORE FRISK THAN RISK is a hand bound book of poems with original covers designed by Amie Robinson, Alison Walsh, Tony Mancus & others to be announced. It is printed in an edition of 74.

$8.00 includes shipping.

Click here to order.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Crass Songs of Sand & Brine by Micah Robbins

I'm pleased to announce this new chapbook by Micah Robbins, publisher of Interbirth Books. Thanks to Micah, as well as to Richard Owens and Clifford Riley for helping design the cover.

Visit habenicht press for more details.

We are the kids in black -- night-worn
hangers-on tired and out of smokes
piss wasted -- dead in the eye

watching shubie legs pump rusted pedals
rattle hoary boards as they pass
the pavilion -- ours taken in the night

12pp. Letter-press cover designed by Richard Owens and Clifton Riley. Hand-sewn. Habenicht Press, 2010. $7 plus shipping.

Monday, September 13, 2010

HAUNTS is now available from Cooper Dillon!

Hot off the press at Cooper Dillon Books, check out what's new!

Haunts by Laura Cherry.
ISBN: 978-0-9841928-3-0
Paperback, 73 pages
$14.00 + s/h

"At once caffeinated and considered, razor-sharp smart and unsentimentally sweet," says Stefi Weisburd, this is Laura Cherry's debut full-length collection, and Jennifer Knox says it makes her happy to be a poet.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Credo by J. Michael Wahlgren

Greying Ghost is proud to announce our newest release!

by J. Michael Wahlgren

"Wahlgren's Credo is a sea of language awash with a ubiquitous couple, Peter and Mckenna. In its lines, both the spoken and poetic word blend together to create a magnificent, tactile argot. Homonyms are juxtaposed without the irony of puns, as in "...plenty of reel in the real world." With a diamond-cutter's precision, Wahlgren facets these poems around myth and natural circumstances. Ultimately, in this collection of 24 poems, the reader is invited to experience Credo's lyrical terminology and take that first "Step into a New Surface." - Andrew Demcak

"More than the poems of hope or belief, what I love in Credo are the poems of resignation, in which, very gently and romantically, the poet shows how words are the only possibilities left to us." - Darcie Dennigan

5.5" x 8" Chapbook with hand-stamped, punch-out collage covers
and inlay paper. Printed in an edition of 75. Click here for images of the cover.
$6.00 free shipping in USA/Canada. Everyone else, add shipping.


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

kadar koli 5

Featuring visual art, translation, and poetry by: Barbara Maloutas, Brenda Ijima, Jane Joritz-Nakagawa, Roger Snell, Nathaniel Mackey, Clifton Riley, Susan Briante, Teresa K. Miller, Kim Gek Lin Short, Warren Craghead, Ammiel Alcalay, Eileen Myles, Richard Owens, Carrie Kaser, Jessica Smith, Aaron Lowinger, Sarah Peters, Lisa A. Forrest, Michael Kelleher, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Sean Reynolds. Edited by Micah Robbins and David Hadbawnik. Designed by Clifton Riley.

$10 plus shipping

Monday, July 26, 2010

new from dancing girl press

Between the Devil and the Deep
Lindsay Bland
dancing girl press, 2010

Lindsay Bland holds an MFA from the University of Montana and currently lives and writes in Milwaukee.

The Madre Bones
Amy Fetzer Larakers
dancing girl press, 2010

Amy Fetzer Larakers has had poems published in Near South and blossombones, and her poem “It begins in anise/and ends in Asheville” was published in the 2008 Best of the Net Anthology. She has an MA in English from the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a concentration in Latin American and Latino Studies. She currently lives in Wheaton, Illinois.

Squint into the Sun

Jessica Bozek
dancing girl press, 2010

Jessica Bozek is the author of The Bodyfeel Lexicon (Switchback Books) and several chapbooks, including Other People's Emergencies (Hive Press/Dusie Kollektiv). Recent poems appear in Action, Yes, Artifice, Guernica, and Womb. Jessica runs Small Animal Project (, a reading series based in Cambridge, MA.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

New Cupboard Release: Amanda Goldblatt's CATALPA

"No one is asking anyone to change.”

This Is Not True

by Amanda Goldblatt
Now Available

1 tape-bound volume
Book Design by William Todd Seabrook
Cover Image by Amanda Goldblatt

$15/year subscription, $5/individual

The Cupboard is pleased to announce the release of Catalpa: This Is Not True by Amanda Goldblatt—an essay, redacted.

We can not know what presence is until we know how to punctuate it. We cannot know how to punctuate it until we admit the truth. We cannot admit the truth until we know what words we need to hide. Catalpa is an essay on scrims and landscapes. It's a poem, a redaction, a confession, at least once a recipe. Here one wants to know: what if animals die and it might not mean anything? Here one is given: an essay that builds sandcastles on the floor. It’s the best kind of nonfiction: the kind that isn’t true.

Read excerpts here.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Wondrous Things I Have Seen

by Brandon Brown

(Mitzvah Chaps 2010)


From the "introduction" of Wondrous Things I Have Seen by Brandon Brown:

The formal structure of Wondrous Things I Have Seen is derived from the ancient and medieval Arabic form called saj’. The saj’ is decorative prose which rhymes, and which often makes use of rhythms more common in verse. The prophet Muhammad said, "Avoid ye the rhyming prose of the soothsayers or diviners."

From Wondrous Things I Have Seen by Brandon Brown:

My sex left me at the confluence of two rivers, assuming the rising flood would do its job of killing. The flood bubbled around my lungs and made all my blood soggy but I was lucky—a wolf came over and put teats in my mouth and I sucked. Scary wolf, so brazen and shameless to force open my mouth and make bite on teats my teeth. Bashless wolf, do you not know that hunters lurk near these rivers, who hanker for jackets of wolfskin? The spot where the floodwaters ebbed was part of two ranches owned by Ronald Reagan, collectively known as Ronald Reagan Ranch. A ranch hand found me coddled by wolves, let wolves live, clasped by the rear he reared me on the ranch, extending the borders of his working day so it knew no bounds. Fortunate rancher, he did not know I would be the king of anatomically-camel ranch hands, endorsed by Vulcan to stamp forehead by lightning at my discretion. My crown tasted like a coin or teat. So first thing I did was hunt, trap, beat, exterminate wolves.


  • 19 writings on 25 sheets of 100% post-consumer, acid-free paper

  • beautiful cover drawings, front and back, by Kari Freitag

  • hand assembled in Lawrence, Kansas

$11, postage paid (to United States and the Canadas)

The Offending Adam's CHAPVELOPE ONE

CHAPVELOPE ONE::Dan Beachy-Quick & Srikanth Reddy & Melissa Kwasny & Jennifer Sweeney & Shawn Stucky

The Offending Adam is proud to announce our first print publication, CHAPVELOPE ONE. What is a chapvelope? Well, the corresponding picture might give some idea--it is an envelope packed with poetry. This first edition of the chapvelope features a chapbook,
Canto, from Dan Beachy-Quick and Srikanth Reddy, a letterpress broadside from Melissa Kwasny, and an art/poem postcard broadside with art by Shawn Stucky and a poem by Jennifer Sweeney.

You can read the first three cantos by Beachy-Quick and Reddy here. You can read two other poems from Kwasny's series here. You can read some poems by Sweeney here. You can see more pictures of the chapvelope here. You can see more work by Stucky here.

One poetry-packed envelope
ft. 5.5" x 8" chapbook
5.5" x 8" letterpress broadside
4" x 6" postcard broadside

$10 + $2 S&H

Read more about the chapvelope project here.

We also invite you to head on over to our journal to see what we are doing in our corner of the web. We present a new featured poet each week introduced by one of our editors. This week, for Issue 022, we present selections from Metropole by Geoffrey G. O'Brien with an introduction by Ryan Winet.

Monday, June 28, 2010


Nine Live Two-Headed Animals
by Eric Amling

Greying Ghost Press

"Nine Live Two-Headed Animals is a didactic barroom brawl. You could describe this as something akin to surrealist literature but chances are they poems have lived before. Amling is a master at plucking bits and pieces of the outside world and allocating them into the various scenes of his own. At turns poignant and fervent, these animals provide a glimpse into a world that has been translated just enough to allow the reader to walk along its backroads during dusk at the edge of town. I've been a huge fan of Amling's work and can't wait to see the next set of tricks he's got lurking up his sleeves."

5.5" x 8.5" Chapbook.
Printed text and hand-stamped images,gray covers with black ink.
Printed on high quality linen paper.
Night blue end paper. Printed in an edition of 100.

$6.50 free shipping in USA/Canada.
everyone else, click here shipping cost.


    fr. Total Surfdom

    We heard Golden yiddish Favorites V. 1
    echo from the mint stalls of the public bathhouse,

    in tepid dioxides, the temperature
    of a jewel thief, as sedans come in

    and fill the ribcage of parking lot
    for a tavern with argyle glass.

    erstwhile the specs on dream principle
    reveal the escape hatch in a barreling wave

    the surfer finds true to its word.

    there was a hint of gravity
    in every crevice of the planet

    holding your topical creams, your beach brew,
    your nerf ball down, deep and terribly close

    to its own well being.

    it was this abrasive hold that gave us
    the mines in the Klondike region,

    the hidden blues inside unisex tennis

    and a blind spot from staring into the afterburners
    of a space shuttle, funding our continuous attempt to escape.

visit our site for other recent books by Mathias Svalina/Julia Cohen, J.A. Tyler, B.J. Love, and more!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

New Greying Ghost! Our Us & We by J.A. Tyler

Our Us & We by J.A. Tyler

Greying Ghost Press
Chapbook #28

"There is a formula. The addition of a boy, writ, and held rapt for undivided hours by the winds howling in from the Mtns west of Fort Collins, Colorado. Our Us & We is a tromp through town in a subtracted hearse. Every page packed with enough wonton word-play to make even the headiest of word-slingers blush. No, better yet: there's a job to do. They pay you slightly more than minimum wage to drive the hearse but there's never been any deceased folk to transport until now. And you hit every red light on the way to the burying grounds. You sort of like your job. The sun is just about to set and the town is nearly empty except you, and your copy of Our Us & We."

5.5" x 8.5" Chapbook. hand-stamped text and images,burgundy covers with title wrap. Printed on high quality cotton paper. Ephemera end paper. Printed in an edition of 100.

$6.50 free shipping in USA/Canada.
everyone else, click here shipping cost.


Monday, May 31, 2010


Mary Hickman, ecce animot
36 pages; hand-stitched binding; printed in a numbered edition of 120 in Chicago and Houston in September 2009 / March 2010.
5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches; $6 (shipping included)

Opening with Derrida's neologistic and punning declaration, Behold animalogos, Mary Hickman puts the problematics of distinction at the center of this work. Her deft play among the particularities of species, even as far as (con)fusing the lines between the plant and animal worlds, has us constantly questioning the nature of being, its permanence and mutability. But more important, her work also makes us reconsider our affinities and loyalties, examine what it means to recognize (to "re-cognize") the others around us, and face the ramifications of acknowledging their otherness while maintaining a concomitant vigilance over the distances that recognition can create. Hickman has succeeded in presenting ethically crucial material in startlingly vibrant, enlivening language. — Cole Swensen

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Saltgrass Issue 5 releases!

Hi Friends,

I'm pleased to announce that the new issue of Saltgrass is available, starring these lovely contributors:

Lisa Jarnot, Paige Ackerson-Kiely, Natalie Lyalin, Sandra Simonds, Laura Eve Engel, Tristan Tzara (translated by Heather Green), Gabe Durham, Maged Zaher, Jennifer Denrow, Catherine Meng, J. Boyer and Mark Yakich.


So you can order a print copy on our website:
Only $5!

Please help us support our contributors and spread the word. Thanks,
Julia Cohen

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Two new chapbooks now officially available from Octopus Books

HOW by Emily Pettit
Edition of 200
$8 (includes shipping)

HORNET HOMILY by Patrick Culliton
Edition of 200
$8 (includes shipping)

Buy them through paypal here

Saturday, May 15, 2010


Sam King
John Niekrasz
Angel Escobar
Kristin Dykstra
Mohammed Khair-Eddine
Pierre Joris
Alice Notley
Dot Devota
Phil Cordelli
Norma Cole
Quinn Latimer
Matthew Klane
Hoa Nguyen
Lucas Farrell
Kazuko Shiraishi
Tomoyuki Endo
Forrest Gander
Sarah Lariviere
Michel Deguy
Wilson Baldridge
Anthony Hawley
Lisa Lightsey
Lewis Warsh
Ron Horning
Caitie Moore
Thom Donovan
Trey Sager
Brenda Iijima
Youna Kwak
Amelia Rosselli
Vanja Skoric Dewan
Deborah Woodard
Karena Youtz
Etel Adnan

100 copies, side-stapled w/ two-layer transparency/vellum cover
Edited by Mitch Taylor, mitchmailer AT yahoo DOT com
Designed by Cannibal Books, flesheatingpoems AT
See also Muthafucka One: