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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

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New releases from Bloof...and one of our favorite fellow small presses.

When June comes dancing o'er the death of May*

Our 6-in-1 compilation is ready for summer reading

Bloof is thrilled to announce the publication of the first volume of our new paperback chapbook compilation: BOUND: The First Array. The anthology collects the six out-of-print chapbooks from our 2013 handmade series, including: 
  • Poems Are the Only Real Bodies by Jennifer Tamayo
  • scenes from the lives of my parents by Pattie McCarthy
  • Windowboxing by Kirsten Kaschock
  • Packing by Hailey Higdon
  • This Is What It Is Like to Be Loved by Me by Jared White
  • Nonstop Pop by Becca Klaver
With BOUND, we're responding to readers' requests for the chapbooks in paperback format and extended availability, beyond their limited handmade runs. They're ideal for course adoptions and circulating libraries too. We've been true to the handmade chapbooks' original designs inside, maintaining their unique formatting and presenting full-color photographs of their original covers. Future volumes are planned—one for each year of the Bloof Books Chapbooks Series. Volume 2 is coming soon!

BOUND: The First Array
8 x 8 perfect bound paperback
Full-color & bw illustrations
$20 + $2.50 shipping
ISBN: 978-0-9826587-8-9

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*Claude McKay, "A Memory of June"
The Woman, the Mirror, the Eye by Maureen Thorson
"Writing is a vain, heartbreaking, and lonely act, like waving at oneself in a mirror."

NEW CHAPBOOK! The first chapbook in our 2015 handmade series debuted at bookfairs in April and is also currently being enjoyed by subscribers. The Woman, the Mirror, the Eye presents an interconnected prose poem series written in the wake of Thorson's diagnosis with a rare eye disorder that threatened to destroy her vision. As she mourns the darkness of her possible future, she nevertheless brings much beauty (and wry humor) to light, rifling sources ranging through Greek philosophy, Chinese folklore, contemporary psychology, and more. If you don't have a copy yet, it's not too late. Grab one of the remaining 100 for $8. (More info.)
HYMN: An Ovulution by Mel Coyle & Jenn Marie Nunes
It's throwback Thursday and Hera posts her uterus" 

NEW CHAPBOOK! The second chapbook in our 2015 handmade series also debuted at bookfairs in April and has gone out to annual subscribers. HYMN: An Ovulation is a glorious mashup: two voices become one in a work that's part hymnal, part manifesto, and totally compelling. Exuberantly erotic, righteously angry, and hilarious by turns, the verses alternate with an obsessive refrain to create an irresistible call and response. Mel, Jenn Marie & their guiding goddess Hera call you out and call you to action in this pink-and-gold uterine wonder. If you missed your chance in April, it's not too late to start humming. Grab one of the remaining 100 for $8. (More info.)
Six new titles from our friends at COCONUT BOOKS

NEW COCONUTS! We're almost as excited about these as we are our own books (as usual). The spring assortment from Coconut Books is astoundingly good—we just got our copies and have been digging in eagerly.

• Veronica Bench by Leopoldine Core
• Caroline Who Will You Pray to Now That You Are Deadby Caroline Crew (chapbook)
• Swan Feast by Natalie Eilbert
• The Rest Is Censored by K. Lorraine Graham
• Motherlover by Ginger Ko
• Self-Portrait in Plants by James Sanders

Read more about them at the Coconut site, which (of course!) is open and ready to fill your giddy orders.

Also watch our Twitter feed the rest of this week, where we'll be sharing our favorite lines from each, reviews, blurbs, & more. 

Next month we'll have news of our next Bloof chapbooks, preorder discounts for our two fall Bloof Books, and news about Coconut's fall books as well—another killer lineup. See you in July. <3 span="">
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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Summer newsletter coming soon

We've been so busy we skipped sending out newsletters in April & May. Look for one next week, which will highlight our first two releases of 2015, talk about the forthcoming books currently in progress, & more!

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Monday, May 4, 2015

The Woman, the Mirror, the Eye by Maureen Thorson


The Woman, the Mirror, the Eye
Maureen Thorson

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Hand sewn in natural twine
Antique Gray Linen covers with full-color ink jet print
Natural 70 lb. text interior
5 x 5 inches
32 pages

Bloof Books Chapbook Series
Vol. 3: Issue 1 (2015)
ISSN: 2373-163x

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“All men whilst they are awake are in one common world; but each of them, when he is asleep, is in a world of his own,” wrote Plutarch. And so, to quote the Scottish physician Robert MacNish, “there is a strong analogy between dreaming and insanity.”
After a sudden onset of fuzzy, doubled vision, I was told that I was losing my sight. It could take years for the process to complete itself. Or perhaps it would not. Already, though, the doctor informed me, large blind spots had taken root in my right eye.
In Through the Looking Glass, Tweedledum and Tweedledee inform Alice that they are all part of a dream that the sleeping Red King is having, and that when he wakes, they’ll “go out–bang!–just like a candle!”
Shortly after my diagnosis, I read an article about mirrors in folklore. It described a Chinese legend that says our reflections are separate beings, condemned for past transgressions to sleepwalk through life, dumbly mimicking our actions.
Several years before the blind spots, I experienced bright blue flashes occluding my vision. I was referred to a neurologist. But when I went to see him, the neurologist was angry. He thought I was wasting his time. In his opinion, I was “seeing things.”
Yes, of course. That was why I was there. But he meant that I was crazy. That I was failing to live in our common reality.
Whose reality?
In her essay “Finding Poetry in Illness,” Jennifer Nix writes: “Those who haven’t suffered serious illness rarely understand how isolating it can be.”


Maureen Thorson is the author of My Resignation, published by Shearsman Books in April 2014, Applies to Oranges, published in 2011 by Ugly Duckling Presse, and a number of chapbooks, including Mayport, which won the Poetry Society of America's National Chapbook Fellowship for 2006. Maureen is also the founder of NaPoWriMo, an annual project in which poets attempt to write a poem a day for the month of April. She lives in Washington, DC.

The Woman, the Mirror, the Eye is the first title in the 2015 Bloof Books Chapbook Series. Each chapbook in the series is released in a limited edition of one hundred numbered copies, followed by a digital release, and a year-end combination volume called Bound. The cover art is from Visualizations of Diseases of the Human Eye (1854-1860) by Christian Georg Theodor Ruete. The artist is unknown. At the center of each eye is affixed a hand-punched circular mirror to capture the reader's reflection.

Hymn: An Ovulution


HYMN: An Ovulution
Mel Coyle & Jenn Marie Nunes

PREORDER: Books are handmade. Usually ships within 3 days, but occasionally may take up to 5.

Hand sewn
Curious Metallic Gold Leaf cover with pink ink
Passion Fruit pink translucent flyleaves
Cream card stock frontispiece
Natural 70 lb. text b/w interior
4.25 x 7

Bloof Books Chapbook Series
Vol. 3: Issue 2 (2015)
ISSN: 2373-163x

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HUM < W > ME

her main reaction is blank bovine stare.
Hera knows where the $$ comes from. to give
her some idea of the landscape it’s porcine
February and the biscuits ain’t risin’

HUM < W > ME

down bondage and braille

HUM < W > ME

down pink plastic selfies and sluts.
the fogwitch goes in and out. in and out.
Hera’s left defrosting the ladder

HUM < W > ME

there’s another string of fur at her throat

HUM < W > ME

the fogwitch knows where the Dr. keeps
his other. under the matte black slacks
and filled to the brim with coca-cola

HUM < W > ME

Hera wonders did she eat the animal beneath
the fur. her lips and fingers are blue. she leaves
prints on the satin documentation. she leaves
prints where no one will find ’em

HUM < W > ME


HUM < W > ME


HUM < W > ME

and quit smoking. freedom is yours

HUM < W > ME

the Dr. ain’t in but he sure ain’t out.
the waves are on repeat today

HUM < W > ME

Hera won’t come down

HUM < W > ME

wild anti-pilgrims snapchat the streets

HUM < W > ME

it’s media day at the ashram

HUM < W > ME

the future is coming into focus. the sentiment
is not new and neither are the Hitler references.
the headline reads: Hera Sheds Curfew
(comma) Realizes Capital Gains

HUM < W > ME

in like a lion

HUM < W > ME

out like a lesbian

Mel Coyle & Jenn Marie Nunes

Mel Coyle is from Chicago and other places where the corn grows. Currently, she lives in New Orleans where she coedits TENDE RLOIN, an online poetry gallery and hosts ColdCuts, the reading series. You can find some of her work online.

Jenn Marie Nunes is the author of four chapbooks, including Object Reference Not Set to an Instance of Object from dancing girl press. Her work appears most recently in Similar:Peaks::, Tupelo Quarterly, Smoking Glue Gun, and Southeast Fiction, and she is coeditor of TENDE RLOIN, an online gallery for poetry. Her first full-length collection, selected by Switchback Books as the winner of their first-ever Queer Voices Award, is forthcoming.

HYMN: An Ovulution is the second chapbook in the 2015 series from Bloof Books. Each chapbook in the series is released in a limited edition of one hundred numbered copies, followed by a digital release, and a year-end combination volume called Bound. The design concept was based on an idea by the authors, a pink-and-gold mashup of a prayer book or hymnal plus pocket-sized manifesto pamphlets. Hera and a thoroughly modern uterus assist.

#NaPoWriMo wrap up

Thanks to everyone who read along, liked & tweeted our drafts last month. We've reverted all those posts to "draft" status so they disappear here. The poems may very well appear in more final forms elsewhere, later, at each poet's discretion.

Monday, April 27, 2015

26 [published w/ title in Philadelphia Review of Books: Relative Degree of Unrest]

She has none of my clenches

I need another page to work from

but since he mentioned the invading brain

algae             Baltimore writhes in the distance

& I haven't worked             up to the nerves

in my eyes           I wonder at my morbid

possession            my position that resides

in the listening                 She has none

of my flinches                  my flung-off fluid

my extrusions of care         the wreck of words

I gather & preserve        four pieces of jewelry

two lengths of chain         a rain of coins

If the existence of            hoards can also be considered

an indication of           the relative degree of unrest

in ancient societies            how ancient

are we                                            am I

* Plath's journal, dictionary app, Wikipedia

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Bloof at #AWP15

Poster by Erik Brandt,

Wednesday, April 8

7:00–10:00 p.m. 
The New Century Theatre
615 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 145
FREE + cash bar 

Performers: Natalie Shapero, Hadara Bar-Nadav, Catherine Pierce, Jay Nebel, Timothy Liu, Sharon Mesmer, Elisabeth Workman, Maureen Thorson, Danielle Pafunda, Krystal Languell, Megan Kaminski, Tyler Gobble, Stella Corso, Alexis Orgera. 

Bloof + Coconut
Thursday, April 9

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Noon–1:15 p.m. • Danielle Pafunda at Panel R172: Money! Sex! Politics! Gender Bias in Academia
1:30–2:45 p.m. • Ben Fama at Panel R212: The Hybrid Book (Poetry/Art)
4:30–5:45 p.m. • Daniel Borzutzky at Panel R268: A Fable for Horror (Poetry of Historical Horror from Chile, South Korea & Uruguay)
6:00–8:00 p.m. • Jenn Marie Nunes & Natalie Eilbert reading at Weird Atlas / Gazing Switchback
6:00–10:00 p.m. • Sharon MesmerDaniel Borzuzky reading at TV Party! at MTN Studios
7:30 • Jennifer Tamayo & Ben Fama reading at the Original Selfie Stick

Friday, April 10

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m.–noon • Danielle Pafunda book signing 
1:30–2:45 p.m. • Shanna Compton at Panel F203: DIY Small Press Publishing

1:30–2:45 p.m. • Kirsten Kaschock at Panel F202: AWP Award Series Reading
3:00–4:00 p.m. • Jennifer L. Knox book signing 
8:00 p.m. • Jennifer Tamayo & Danielle Pafunda read at the Nicollet

Saturday, April 11

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
10:00–11:00 a.m. • Elisabeth Workman book signing
11:00 a.m.–noon • Ginger Ko book signing
noon–1:15 p.m. • Daniel Borzutzky at Panel S171: Action Books' First Decade 
1:00–2:00 p.m. • Natalie Eilbert book signing
4:30–5:45 p.m. • Ginger Ko at Panel S280: Microagressions in the Workshop

Coconut + Bloof: Wrap Party at Mason's
Mason's Restaurant Barre
2nd Floor: Tek Theater 
528 Hennepin Ave South 

7:00–10:00 p.m. 

Performers: Daniel Borzutzky, Jenny Boully, Jackie Clark, Shanna Compton, Bruce Covey, Caroline Crew, Natalie Eilbert, Ben Fama, K. Lorraine Graham, Arielle Greenberg, Kirsten Kaschock, Natasha Kessler, Jennifer L. Knox, Ginger Ko, Jenn Marie Nunes & Mel Coyle, Alexis Pope, Leah Sewell, Eszter Takacs, Emily Toder 

7:00 p.m. • Jennifer Tamayo reading at Embawdied Lit

8:00–10:00 p.m. • Natalie Eilbert reading at Get Over It
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Accessibility info for 4/8 event: Wheelchair accessible on the main level; for reserved front-row accommodations for hearing- or vision-impaired audience, please email us: info AT Because this is a one-time, unscripted performance Open Captions will not be available, but if you contact us by 4/1 we can prepare follow-along packets of the performers' material.

Accessibility info for 4/11 event: TBD. We will update this space as soon as we have details.

Accessibility info for bookfair & conference events: AWP website

Monday, March 30, 2015

April is coming. We're going to write 400 poems.

Daniel Borzutzky
Shanna Compton
Peter Davis
Natalie Eilbert
Becca Klaver
Jennifer L. Knox
Alyssa Lynee
Pattie McCarthy
Sharon Mesmer
Jenn Marie Nunes
Danielle Pafunda
Catie Rosemurgy
Sandra Simonds
Maureen Thorson
Nikki Wallschlaeger

Most of us will be posting here. Some of us will be posting elsewhere and we'll point. Some drafts may disappear. Some may persist. Watch this space. (Or follow us on Twitter: @BloofBooks.)

For more about NaPoWriMo, visit

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

BOUND: The First Array (cover design)

BOUND: The First Array debuts at #AWP15 in Minneapolis. (We might have a few early ones by CUNY #Chapfest on April 2, TBD.) Copies will be available on our site in mid-April and elsewhere in May.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Bound: Volume One, indexing in progress

INDEX of Authors, Titles & First Lines

Individual pieces within this volume are listed alphabetically by title, or by first line if the piece does not bear a title. First lines or titles that appear more than once are followed by a second distinguishing line as a subentry: This is what it is like to be loved by me / again. Titles are alphabetized by first word, excluding articles: Stone That Produces Milk, The.

Any Day Bill
Apple Bottoms Etc. When You Are Ready the Conversation Is Waiting
A the Beaut
Boho Wrapper
B®and Loyalty
Dear Harriet,
Dear Harriet Tubman, 
How is it to be buried under the singular displeasure of the sentence?
I want to use your body for my own pleasures.
Dear Moses,
Dear Mrs. Tubman,
Definition of Destruction

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Design: Sympathetic Nervous System by Jackie Clark

front of slipcase
back of slip case

full slip case + texture/ink swatches

(production mock-up; colors are not accurate)

title page

sample poem (untrimmed sheet)

PREORDER: March 2015

Antique Gray linen-texture 100 lb cover slipcase
70 lb text smooth natural interior
Machine stitched in white thread
10 x 6 inches | 28 pages

Bloof Books Chapbook Series
Vol. 2: Issue 6
ISSN: 2373-163x

Excerpts at inter|rupture

Jackie Clark is a poet living in Jersey City. She is the series editor of Poets off Poetry and Song of the Week for Coldfront Magazine and is the recipient of a 2012 New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship in Poetry. She is the author of three chapbooks: Red Fortress (H_NGM_N), Office Work (Greying Ghost Press), and I Live Here Now (Lame House Press). Her first book of poems, Aphoria, is out now with Brooklyn Arts Press. For more, visit her site at

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Saturday, February 28, 2015


Currently in production: BOUND—the new annual compilations for the Bloof Books chapbook series.

Each chapbook is presented pretty much as it originally appeared, with color photos of the original covers. Some of the chapbooks also include other illustrations.

For reasons both practical and aesthetic, the chapbooks will not be arranged in chronological order, within the volumes. We've decided that's better, for this particular reading experience. The chronology will be included in the backmatter, which will also provide descriptions of the original handmade editions, and an index of titles.

BOUND seeks to make the chapbook series more accessible for teaching and distribution, and to provide an alternative format for readers who prefer collecting paperbacks.

Coming soon.