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

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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.

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    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.

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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.

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