8:00 PM Offsite: Natalie Eilbert reading at Vermillion Art Gallery & Bar (details here)
*Note early bookfair closings Friday and Saturday. Our offsite events those nights start at 6:00PM. Books will also be available at these public events.
In addition, check out bookfair tables and offsite events hosted by Bloof authors Natalie Eilbert (The Atlas Review table #BB16 and this event), Ben Fama (Wonder table #K15, and this event), and Amanda Montei (Bon Aire table #TBD).
Orders are being filled in the order they were received.
(If you placed an order, you're good.)
Odalisque by Ben Fama
February 2014 Limited-edition handmade chapbook 7 x 8.5 inches 16 pages Full-color inkjet cover on glossy stock Translucent flyleaves in pastel yellow Machine-stitched single-sheet binding
"Forever is the saddest word The poem’s not worth it I’d like to read to you What Andy Warhol said About the traps of the rich But my tastes are changing This is a love note To a Fire Island lifeguard Tuscano shearling And mauve champagne I should never talk Even after two sips Though that’s when I can I hate the George V hotel But I would take you there Then walk to the open market Some thoughts are not that great The Internet is my home Where it’s easy to be beautiful And seen and new In the glow In the spell"
Odalisque is the first chapbook in the 2014 series from Bloof Books. Each chapbook in the series will be released in a limited edition of one hundred numbered copies, followed by a digital release.
"Ocean Drive," the flamingo pattern on the cover, was created by London-based textile designer Francesca Lahiri-Langley. The glossy large format and multi-column layout were inspired by magazine design.
NATURAL HISTORY RAPE MUSEUM Danielle Pafunda 6 x 9, 80 pages Trade paper original ISBN: 978-0-9826587-5-8 $15
“It feels good,” says Danielle Pafunda, “to conduct the world’s violence on the page. It’s my response to violence without doing or incurring much violence. It’s how I navigate through it.”
The fifth poetry collection by Danielle Pafunda, Natural History Rape Musuem centers around an unnamed speaker and her intimate/adversary, the fuckwad, in pieces interrupted (or violated) by their boxed-in titles. Further interrupting this narrative are a prose sequence and a menagerie of objects/animals/elements borne as totems by the speaker—a lump of coal, a stingray, a cord of wood, a wolf spider, an earthworm, the fly. The volume culminates in four linked essays on the subject of pain: The Bid for Pain, The Manner in Which Pain Becomes Me, Pain Beak-Pecks a Figurine, and Extraterrestrial Painsake.
Exploring the more grotesque corners of the Gurlesque aesthetic, in Natural History Rape Museum Pafunda ventriloquizes through the unstable identities of her characters to create creepy tableaux that resemble—despite their vivid, violent excesses—the world we know.
Danielle Pafunda is the author of Natural History Rape Museum (Bloof Books, 2013), Manhater (Dusie Press, 2012), Iatrogenic: Their Testimonies (Noemi Press, 2010), My Zorba (Bloof Books 2008), and Pretty Young Thing (Soft Skull Press, 2005). Her poems have appeared in three editions of The Best American Poetry. Her work has been anthologized in Beauty Is a Verb: The Poetry of Disability (Cinco Puntos Press, 2011), Gurlesque: The New Grrly, Grotesque, Burlesque Poetics (Saturnalia Books, 2010), and Not for Mothers Only: Contemporary Poems on Child-Getting & Child Rearing (Fence Books, 2007). She is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wyoming.