Sunday, April 19, 2015

New Chapbook: Sarah Campbell, *What You Thought Was a Book*

Creature Press is thrilled to publish a new chapbook from small-poem master Sarah Campbell, whose other books include Everything We Could Ask For  (Little Red Leaves) and We Used to Be Generals (Further Other Book Works). What You Thought Was a Book consists of 13 brilliantly spare, bent poems strewn across both sides of a 24 lb. sheet of 100% cotton paper. Each sheet has been slowly and carefully crumpled, then placed into a chipboard box.

As you open / un-crumple the book—glimpsing text, turning the object, straightening paper—you will find another and another poem. Open and close the book again and again, rearranging its shape to feature a different poem each time. Place the book on a desk or shelf so that some given text stares out. Next day, re-open and re-crumple the paper so a different poem is presented. And so on. 

Don't leave the book boxed or shelved, though. Carry it around with you; read and re-read; feel the paper soften; let wear and tear mark these elusive yet companionable, probing poems as lived-with, well-known, which they certainly deserve to be.

Edition of 75. Purchase below.


Whether Under Sunlight or During the Night

Throw out all the lists
It could be you

To the Suburb of Sleep

They get nowhere
Wringing the sheets
Turning blue and folding

$4 each (shipping included)

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Cassandra Gillig Chalk Broadsides

Each of these heavyweight, 11x17, linen-textured blue sheets of paper contains one of three handwritten-in-chalk excerpts from Cassandra Gillig's poem "The Felt the Body Understood."

(Listen to the full poem over here.)

Only $5 each! (includes shipping). Will ship in a mail tube.

Broadside #1 (at left above):

Broadside #2 (at center above):

Broadside #3 (at right above):

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Creature Press at ETERNiDAY: Books, Broadsides, a Reading, a Panel

In case you're able to make it to the Queens Museum in Flushing this Saturday, Creature Press will be part of the ETERNiDAY event in three ways: 1) books and new broadsides for sale as part of the book fair, 2)  a reading that includes Cassandra Gillig, whose work appears on the new CP broadsides, and 3) a panel discussion on "alternative forms" of publication for poets, writers, and artists. 
Book Fair
12:00 - 6:00 pm

Reading: Small Press Spotlight
1:15 - 2:00 pm
Nightboat Books (John Keene, Gracie Leavitt), Creature Press (Cassandra Gillig), Futurepoem (Mina Pam Dick)

Alternative Publishing and Literary Curating 
3:30 - 4:30 pm
John Harkey (Creature Press), Stephen Motika (Nightboat Books), Sol Aramendi (Project Luz), Christopher Stackhouse (This Red Door Series). This panel will explore independent publishing and literary events. Presenting a variety of perspectives, the panel hopes to inspire poets, writers and artists to search for alternative forms of distribution for their work.

For more info, exact locations, and all other details on the loaded, eclectic, dynamic line-up of people and events, jump over to the day's full schedule:

Preview of Cassandra Gillig Broadsides

(chalk on heavy, linen-textured, midnight-blue paper, 11x17)

These will be for sale on Saturday as part of the "ETERNiDAY" festival of the language arts at the Queens Museum in NYC: Come by if you can!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

March 5: ETERNiDAY, The Queens Poet Lore Festival!

I can't believe that I get to be a part of this insane event (browse the schedule/roster via the link below!). Please come visit if you can. Look for Creature Press as part of the book fair, and look for a couple CP poets to read, too.

Queens Museum (in Flushing)
Sat, 3/15
12 - 8 pm

I'll have some Box-books, some copies of Absolute Hist, some ephemera, and some brand new broadsides! Official announcement on those very soon, but here's a peek at one of the sheets in its lovely-raw state: