Took a much needed breather from press work and book slinging these past few weeks / months and have been laying low, living large, hanging with friends, not quitting smoking, lovin, steaming mussels, printing, reading, poetrying, neglecting, ignoring, supporting, hiding, loafing, bathing, braying, driving all over this city and fighting the police.
Ramping up with the good work now and proclamate labor and salvation in the form of collectible, sexable literary pap from the effing press to your mailboxes and hands. Your pretty pretty hands.
The summer was slow and dusty. Book orders and printing jobs were little and the money was none. It's still dusty in central T but the orders and printing work are starting to flow in again (and out) so there is fuel for the engine of bookmaking. Praise Ganesh. Fearhimlovehim.
The effing website will be updated shortly as well.
In the works (to repeat myself from months ago):
An Amiri Baraka essay in booklet form called "Ed Dorn & The Western World" (co-published with Skanky Possum Press).
A two poem flip book by Marcia Roberts.
a new collection from Hoa Nguyen called Kiss a Bomb Tattoo.
a wry beaut from Dale Smith called Cosmograph.
and finally, the David Meltzer collection Angelize that has been difficult (for no good reason) to produce.
Currently working on some fine printing for the upcoming Frank Stanford Literary Festival in Fayetteville, AR -- a broadside of a Frank poem as well as the program cover, both designed by Katy Henriksen of Cannibal. Just about ready to order the plates and papers.
I'll be at the festival as well and am looking forward to the poems/poets and the Ozarks in autumnal chaos.
Finishing up a piece of mine own lingua to be published as booklet in this year's Dusie Kollective chapbook swap. Punching the keys. Staring into space. Poet labor.
My bud Richard Owens (of Damn the Caesars and Punch Press) has a new book out from BlazeVox in Buffalo, NY called Delaware Memoranda. It was my privilege to design the covers for this fantastic book of poems. Check it oot.
Also, the craftmaster Friedrich Kerksieck of Small Fires Press has put out a second edition of my poem Some Bridges Migrate with artwork by Austin artist Cherie Weaver. Bound and letterpress printed as nicely as the first edition, but for this run Friedrich The Wizard has made the cover paper with his own two hands. And it's great, this Friedrich-made paper. Supporthimpraisehim.
There is more news and talking from our heads. There will be more.
The dow is down but not you.