Saturday, June 30, 2018

Catching the Light by Ann Slayton (1998)

Cathing the Light
Ann Slayton
Dryad Press

Long before I landed in the Washington DC area, this Press was doing yeoman's work in the Nation's Capital. This chapbook is an example of that effort. The poems float through our history, starting with a nod to Anne Bradstreet, this first poetess of what would become this country. A tight collection. Worth the find, and read.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Tales of the Sisters by Kim Garcia (2015)

Tales of the Sisters
Kim Garcia
Sow's Ear
Mount Jackson, VA

This was the 2015 winner of their chapbook contest. 26 pages, oddly sized. The poetry is good. Overall, it's a worthy book. My acknowledgment of the book is more sparse than the book itself. Sorry, perhaps I didn't have enough coffee this morning.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

A Bill & Bob Sampler by Paul Stebleton (Squirrel Cane Press)

A Bill & Bob Sampler
Paul Stebleton
Squirrel Cane Press
Traverse City, MI

A few years ago I found online a copy of a book by some poet I never heard of, Paul Stebleton, and enjoyed the book enough to research the dude and discovered that he ran a bookstore in Traverse City, Michigan. I sent him some stuff and he sent me some stuff which included this "sampler" from his soon-to-be-published novel Bill's Thumbnail Sex Manual. I liked the cover imagery and text a good deal but only write about this now since it lay at the bottom of a heap of things in my office. Clutter mess heck and darn.

The previous book of his that I found was Bus Station Meditations which came out in 1992.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The Legend of the Bluebonnet by Mary Daggett Lake (1926)

The Legend of the Bluebonnet
Mary Daggett Lake

Found this amazingly beautiful booklet in a 1875 Art Journal tome which was itself donated to the local library. In the thick book was also a hand-painted tintype. Astounding items from long ago. Like this attractive booklet produced in Texas in 1926. Hand tied blue string with color photos of a field of bluebonnet flowers throughout. A definite keeper.