Tag Archives: Chapbooks

Best Thing I’ve Read Today: As We All Change / Love Symbol Press

24 Sep

Love Symbol Press, which started as the books arm of the resolutely web one-point-oh online journal Red Lightbulbs, announced a few days ago that they’ll be putting the press on indefinite hiatus:

We have no current plans to continue with it from here on out, though there is a possibility that sometime in the future, (possibly years from now) we will decide to reopen it. Our reasons for this are simple: we felt like we didn’t have the time or energy to do these works justice, and the work began to feel more like guilt about how little we were doing. We want to just be writers for awhile and focus on our own projects and our own lives.

(For those of us living in Chicago, this was a double blow, since LSP runs Poetry Made of Diamonds, one of the most reliably awesome reading series in town, now, like the press, on hiatus.)

In addition to the three fantastic print books they put out, LSP offered some of the most beautifully-designed echaps around. They’re all free, and available for download, and I can’t recommend enough that you take advantage of this.

In honor/memoriam, I’ve been reading As We All Change, by Wyatt Sparks and Kate Erikson. As We Change is a collaborative text, a long poem in five parts composed of words and photographs. The text is interested in the vast and the emptied, the myth and the death of myth:

and I wasn’t there
and you weren’t there
and everyone we talk about
wasn’t their either

“CHAOS,” we are told, “begins to assume a form / and it looks like a couple.” The couple that is to propagate this newly emptied earth, as in any good myth, is incestuous and full of violence: “If we were the last two humans / I would break my teeth / so that you’d have something pretty to wear.” From this coupling, monsters and gods: Medusa, Morpheus, Arachne, Apollo. The poem itself becomes a journey, through middle-America, through swamplands and along highways, finally to the underworld:

now they realize
they’re dead
and twist into sick
fantasies of themselves
for each other.

The electronic medium works to the book’s advantage, I think: Rather than seeing a spread of pages, so that a given photograph appears next to a given page of text, the photographs and the pages of text spring forward singly, each claiming its own precise moment. Reading As We All Change is a succession of minor shocks: a sudden empty sky, a sudden almost-empty page.

Note Pinned To The Back Of A Dress by Aubrey Lenahan (H_NGM_N Books)

21 Apr

After BOOM BOOM chaps recently by Vouched contributor Layne Ransom and often-vouched rad poet Nick Sturm, H_NGM_N Books keeps their dynamite PDF chapbook series rolling with this new collection by Aubrey Lenahan.

Just read the first poem, and you’ll get pinned into this PDF for a startlingly good journey over the next 15 poems, poems of quiet poise and sudden, unfettered story-telling.


Other than the noise, it was quiet. The war was elsewhere. Exposed roots tripped no one up that anyone knew. The factory gave off its warm light. Pulses did not quicken, and this was well regarded. It was winter, and everyone was wrapped up like an ornament. There were films about those who lived far away and used pieces of wood and string for this and that. If they were warring, you wouldn’t know it, not from this account. I was an adventurer, and all winter went looking for a letter from someone from elsewhere. Then I read that Turner painted seascapes thick with slave blood. Warships broken up for lumber at sunset. But that was before the Industrial Age, when his subject became the machine. Then everyone became very tired…

Read the rest of this stellar opening poem and the entire chapbook here.

last day to enter our xTx & Frank Hinton chapbook contest is this Saturday the 21st!

19 Jan

Hey! Just wanted to remind you all that the last day to submit to our xTx and Frank Hinton chapbook contest is this Saturday, January 21st! Thank you to everyone who has sent us their SSR thus far. Let’s keep ’em coming!

You can find the details of the contest at this page.

Single-Sentence Review: FEELINGS, Assoc. by Matt Hart and Nate Pritts

27 Nov

This pocket-sized, staple-bound chapbook of conversation poems, with a tour schedule on the back, feels like exactly what poetry needs: collaboration, activeness, and a whole lot of FEELINGS.

Order it here

Single-Sentence Review: We Were Eternal And Gigantic by Evelyn Hampton

18 Nov

In the beginning, there was a disconnect for me, like I couldn’t grab onto much, but then these pieces, especially the prose, tangled imagination and emotion down deep and coughed it at me and it was nice, oh yes I ended up super pleased.

Buy it at Magic Helicopter Press.

A Reading In Muncie

16 Nov

Over the summer, I worked with poet and friend Jeremy Bauer to put out a chapbook of his poems, The Jackalope Wars, and this Wednesday, at 7 pm in Muncie at Village Green Records, I’ll be reading alongside Jeremy and Lindsey P LaVal to celebrate this release. If anyone is in the area, it would be awesome if you could come to this. It’s gonna be rad.