Saturday, February 04, 2023

color in the cheeks by bitsy sanders (2013)

 color in the cheeks

bitsy sanders

self published

(c) 2013

Full disclosure : I briefly attended York College of Pennsylvania where Ms. Sanders graduated from. That said, I did know the difference between a "chapbook" of less than 40 pages and a book of 68 pages, which is what this book has. It has a spine with no writing on it - but why? If a book is thick enough to have a spine, then have the title and author's name on the spine for goodness sake. How is a person supposed to KNOW what that bit of color on the spine IS

This is not a chapbook. This is also not a completed thought. This is a shotgun wedding without a preacher. This is a signed copy of a book that the signee parted with - this is an example of "just because you can, doesn't mean you should". 

a tree was wasted to make this - hopefully another was planted to replace it. 

Sunday, January 22, 2023

on friendship and dreaming by Mary Anne Radmacher-Hershey (1994)

 on friendship and dreaming 

Mary Anne Radmacher-Hershey

Hershey Studios

Cannon Beach, OR


2nd edition.

Handmade book, part of a series produced by this lady. Each book fancy cursive handwriting. I am acknowledging it but it does not resonate with my creative palette. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Where Are We Now? by Peter Waterhouse (1999)

 Where Are We Now?

Peter Waterhouse

Duration Press

(c) 1999

translated by Rosemarie Waldrop

Part of the Duration translation series, this is #10 of that series. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Portrait of the Alcoholic with Shattered Pelvis by Kaveh Akbar (2006)

 Portrait of the Alcoholic with Shattered Pelvis

Kaveh Akbar

Monster House Press 

(Phamplet Series) 003

Bloomington, IN

(c) 2016

This single poem booklet appeared the year before Akbar's book Portrait of the Alcoholic (2017). Appears signed on front cover. Staple bought, interesting find. 

Jokey Poems Up to Ten by Carmen Jimenez Smith

 Jokey Poems Up to Ten

Carmen Gimenez Smith


( ?)

I am acknowledging the existence of this booklet. That is the extent of my comments. What Dusie does sometimes is beyond my comprehension

Monday, January 09, 2023

3 chapbooks by Nancy kuhl


In the Arbor 

Kent State University Press

Kent, OH


26 pages, staple-bound chapbook. 

Little Winter Theatre

Ugly Duckling Presse

Brooklyn, NY

(c) 2011 

Non-standard sized hand sewn chapbook. One of 500 printed. 

The Nocturnal Factory

Ugly Duckling Presse

Brooklyn, NY


27 pages. Velum flyleaf page. 

all three present different aspects of the author's work and all three are rare as her other books are all perfect bound books. 

Not technically a chapbook - Romanian book of Diane Wakoski's work

 Norii magelanici

Diane Wakoski 

Editura Univers

Socialist Republic of Romania 


While this is NOT technically a chapbook due to its page count, I am mentioning it here because it's a rare (for being in the USA) and handsome oddly sized book - not published in English. There is no writing on the spine so I will be storing it with chapbooks so it doesn't get lost. 

Embroideries by Denise Levertov (1969)


Denise Levertov

Black Sparrow Press

(c) 1969

Back in the beginning of Black Sparrow, books were hand-sewn chapbooks. This one is signed. Beautiful artifact of a time gone by. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Terrorism is What Whale by Michael Sikkema & Elizabeth Workman (2014)

 Terrorism is What Whale

Michael Sikkema & Elizabeth Workman

Grey Book Press


A chapbook like this is a broader story than what is contained in the 39 pages of staple-bound beauty that as an object it is. It's a story of the publisher who runs the press and the two poets who collaborated on the melding of the work. It's about the cover designer, Erik Brandt, as well as Scott Sweeney, the publisher. It's an entire package. And at the very least an acknowledgment of their collective accomplishment. Which I just did. 

Monday, November 21, 2022

The Sky The

 The Sky The

Michael Sikkema

serif of nottingham editions

Hamilton, Ontario CANADA


It's interesting to "look back" at someone's work whom you are just now getting to know and they have moved to having novels being published. Interesting little press. Interesting little collection and I especially like the poem "how to explain your politics at a party" since it still feels unfortunately relevant today.