Sunday, August 30, 2015

Peaches: The Yes-Girl by Shelly Taylor (2008)

Peaches: The Yes-Girl
Shelly Taylor
Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs
Brooklyn, NY

I meant to write about this chapbook several months ago but it got lost in my many stacks of things, unfortunately. What prompted my interest in writing about this chapbook is that I went to Ms. Taylor's website and she lists this chapbook as "out-of-print". Well, I have a copy of that was just, it is right....somewhere, and that somewhere kept not appearing anywhere. Bother!

The chapbook was published by the incredible Brenda Iijima at her Portable Press. The work is likely good, a mix of poems and prose poems. Great starting point, as with every poet; first books are in some ways the most unique. It's the starting point. Needle on the record, first sound - first rush. Amen.

Friday, August 07, 2015

All Fall Down by Bernadette Mayer (2015)

All Fall Down
Bernadette Mayer
Benevolent Bird Press
Delmar, NY

Benevolent Bird Press is the publishing arm of Rootdrinker Institute located in Delmar, New York. They have been a very busy and productive press since emerging. This is #127 of 200 printed. Bernadette Mayer is a highly influential poet and the publication of this chapbook is quite the coup for the Press. Kudos all around.

Lightfall by J. Phoenice (1957)

J. Phoenice
The Guild Press
Crayke, York, Great Britain

First off: J. Phoenice is a woman. Second off: I have never heard of the Guild Press nor the Guild Poets before this writing. Thirdly, it's a handsome chapbook. Hand-sewn. 15 pages, with multiple poems per page. Thus: teeny tiny poems. They are well crafted.