Saturday, February 21, 2009
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February 16, 2009
Andrew Demcak, whose work appeared in our Fall 2007 issue, seems to be all over the place these days–and that’s a very good thing. He’s promoting his book, Zero Summer, which was just picked up in paperback by Amazon.com. He was featured on the Joe Milford Poetry Show; you can listen to him reading his recent work in their archives. And his chapbook 672 Hours was noted as a favorite by Emma Trelles atThe Best American Poetry. Congratulations on your many successes, Andrew! We can’t wait to see what’s next.
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Friday, February 13, 2009
fROM tHE BEST AMERICAN POETRY BLOG:
FEBRUARY 13, 2009
Big Love, Little Books [by Emma Trelles]
I've been pretty smitten with chapbooks as of late. They are, for the most part, so lovely to look at, so meaty to hold. I especially admire all the effort put into the original artwork, the linen covers, the pages layed out at night on living room computers. Fonts with names like spells or the creatures who cast them: Garamond, Trebuchet, Zapf Humanist, and Medusa. I love how chapbooks are stapled/glued/stitched together, or how POD services have gifted the littlest of presses with the power to put more chaps out into the world. Good, I say. We need them.
In his blog at Pecan Grove Press, Palmer Hall describes the best of chapbooks as "excellent short stories or like a one-person art exhibit at which each painting informs the next and the one before." I also like to think of them as a rocking E.P., something yourfavorite band might put out between full length records just so you can hear what they're up to.
In his survey on chapbook history, Noah Eli Gordon says the term chapbook most likely came from the rogue peddlers that sold them (and sundry bits) while travelling through towns in the 16th through 19th centuries. Chapmen could frequently be found "bedding in barns, fleeing from dogs, and fending off thefts from other road scoundrels. Yet the visit of a chapman to a rural village, though tinged with suspicion, was a welcome occasion, as he provided many with their sole link to the rest of world, both in his wares and his gossip, a kind of Johnny Appleseed of early literary education."
Here's a list of chapbooks well worth the read. If anyone has their own picks they'd like to share, please post them.
I Give You this Ghost, by Jesse Millner. Pudding House Publications
Bud Break at Mango House, by Jen Karetnick.Portlandia Group