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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

New poem & an interview by Kirsten Kaschock

Excerpted from Kirsten's new book The Dottery, available from the University of Pittsburgh Press: 


the Exorcist's dotter 

took in all the Exorcist brought home:
smoke in brown bottles, fetal wisps
coiled around rosary beads, vapors
trailed from loafer heels. She scraped
it all into an antique copper tub for
bathing but saved that bath. […read the rest]



And here is a new interview at Speaking of Marvels, wherein Kirsten talks about writing and creating her Bloof chapbook Windowboxing


If your chapbook wasn’t a chapbook — if it was in some other form — what would it be? 
An interpretive dance—a duet with a chair. 
Which poem in your chapbook has the most meaningful backstory to you? What’s the backstory? 
The poems have snatches of many people’s backstories… Jaycee Dugard’s imprisonment, an Amish family fire… my own children make an appearance. I can get sad. There is a scene in the chapbook where I walk with them to try to feel better and it works at the same time it doesn’t work. Capturing that moment was a big step for me.
Read the rest.

Only a few copies of Windowboxing left!

Four new poems from Jennifer L. Knox's forthcoming book

The New Twilight Zone: “Empty City”

The cloud cover enveloping our hull
splits, shifts to our back like a parachute,
and we descend to the city below. Its three
mighty rivers: now kinked, dribbling hoses.
The scent of seething biomass—brown mounds
going green again with psyched, thriving mold—
reaches us far up as we are—and look: plumes
of smoke snaking into the air there. Flames
and dry backyard blowup pools below coming
into focus, but too much sun to see the windows
in the buildings all have x’s in their eyes.
Between white lines dash-dash-dashing the roads:
not a car. The voice on the tower mic:
silent as a bee hive.
More at Luna Luna Magazine
Schenectady Is Most DefinitelyThe End of NYCHive Minds
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Jennifer L. Knox's new book of poems, Days of Shame and Failure, will be published by Bloof Books in 2015. Her other books, The Mystery of the Hidden DrivewayDrunk by Noon, and A Gringo Like Me are also available from Bloof. Her poems have appeared four times in the Best American Poetry series (1997, 2003, 2006, and 2011), as well as in the anthologies Great American Prose PoemsFrom Poe to the Present and Best American Erotic Poems.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Daniel Borzutzky on WTTW PBS Chicago Tonight + readings this week.



"Every book has sentences in it the writer hates, that the writer cannot get rid of, that the writter cannot live without. Any writer who cuts out every sentence that he hates is a writer not worth reading." 
Daniel Borzutzky's chapbook BEDTIME STORIES FOR THE END OF THE WORLD! is currently in production at Bloof Books and is available for preorder here.
You can catch him performing in Chicago this week and also watch these videos of him reading excerpts from his (astounding) work, courtesy of Chicago Tonight WTTW PBS! (Includes video embedded above plus others.)

Reading details: 


Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 to 9:00 pm
La Bruquena Restaurant
2726 West Division St., upstairs
Chicago, IL 60622
The Guild Literary Complex and the Poetry and Poetics Colloquium are co-sponsoring a reading with poets Daniel Borzutzky and Justin Petropoulos. The event will begin with an open mic and include readings and discussion led by the duo. The program is free and open to the public.
Thursday, Nov. 20 at 12:30 pm
Hagstrum Room
University Hall 201
1897 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208

The Poetry and Poetics Colloquium will host a reading and workshop with Daniel Borzutzky and Justin Petropoulos. Contact Todd Nordgren (ToddNordgren2018@u.northwestern.edu) for copies of the readings for this workshop.


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Open Reading Period update



Friday, October 31, 2014

BOUND: The chapbook issues in a year-end combo volume



BOUND: Volume 1, Issues 1–6
(2013 series)


BOUND: Volume 2, Issues 1–6
(2014 series)


Available in December


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Open Reading Period Update: SOON


We're in the home stretch of reading through the chapbook submissions and discussing the finalists.

We hope to be able to narrow it down and announce our choices for the 2015 series very soon.

Thank you for your patience (and for sending so much amazing work).

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Elisabeth Workman at the Twin Cities Book Festival this Saturday


If you're going to the Twin Cities Book Festival on Saturday in Minneapolis, be sure to stop by the Rain Taxi booth to meet Elisabeth Workman. She'll be signing copies of Ultramegaprairieland, which is discounted to $10 for the festival—and during her Author Hub event she will madlib/remix you a poem on the spot.

Event details: Saturday, October 11, 12:30–1:15 PM
Minnesota State Fairgrounds
FREE admission & free parking

Elisabeth Workman: The Lonely Remix 
Are poems lonely? Are they mere abandoned works of art just waiting for someone to remix and revive them? How is a poem a want ad? How can a poem be awesomely bad? Join Elisabeth Workman for a want-ad-lib (awesome bad lib) encounter in which you will walk away with your own personal remix of a poem from her new book Ultramegaprairieland. Meet her at the Rain Taxi booth! 

http://www.raintaxi.com/twin-cities-book-festival/authors/author-hub/#workman

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Bedtime Stories for the End of the World! by Daniel Borzutzky



Bedtime Stories for the End of the World!
Daniel Borzutzky
PREORDER: November 2014
Handmade
$8.00

Design TBD. Image is a special-edition broadside.

Bloof Books Chapbook Series
Vol. 2: Issue 5
ISSN: 2373-163x
LIMITED TO 100 COPIES



To purchase by check or money order, or to calculate shipping outside the US & Canada, please email us.

Excerpt: 


from In the Blazing Cities of Your Rotten Carcass Mouth 

The children were eating the bushes outside of their former houses that had been crushed by The Bank of America. 
There was a boy in a bush singing an improvised song about a bulldozer that obliterates the bureaucratic centers of the earth. 
Do you remember cheese, he sang to his friend. 
Te acuerdas de la piña? 
Do you remember ferries, he sang to his friend. 
Te acuerdas de los patos? 
Do you remember school bells and cowards and the boys who would come to our yard to eat the scraps of food we threw to them before the city started to blaze? 
Bienvendios a CVS. Si cuenta con tu Extra Care Card please escanea it now. 
There really wasn't money anymore or at least there wasn't money for us. 
The man with the camera kissed me and took photographs of the blood that dripped from my fingers. 
Everyone knew he was CIA. 
He knew for example that the blood that dripped from my face tasted like the blood of the workers assassinated by the Fatherland. 
Then I found a dying shack and I met a man with a chain and he was snoring and talking in his sleep and he smelled like pee and complained he had lost his pension when they privatized the city in the dying days of the rotten carcass economy. 
Looking after the world is a shitty job if you're really not a people person.
Read more of this poem at Pen American.

Photo credit: Sean Patrick Cain
Daniel Borzutzky's books include In the Murmurs of the Rotten Carcass Economy (Nightboat, 2015); The Book of Interfering Bodies (Nightboat, 2011); The Ecstasy of Capitulation (BlazeVox, 2007); and Arbitrary Tales (Ravenna Press, 2005). His poetry translations include include Raúl Zurita's Song for his Disappeared Love (Action Books, 2010); and Jaime Luis Huenún's Port Trakl (Action Books, 2008), among others. His chapbooks include Memos for the Rotten Carcass Economy (Insert Press, 2013); One Size Fits All (Scantily Clad, 2009); and Failure in the Imagination (Bronze Skull, 2007). His writing has been anthologized in Telephone Books Anthology of English-to- English Translations of Shakespeare Sonnets; La Alteración del Silencio: Poesía Norteamericana Reciente; Malditos Latinos Malditos Sudacas: Poesia Iberoamericana Made in USA; Seriously Funny: Poems About Love, God, War, Art, Sex, Madness, and Everything Else; A Best of Fence: The First Nine Years; and The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century. His work has been translated into Spanish, French, Bulgarian, and Turkish. He lives in Chicago.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Bloof News: September 2014


















Come see us at Philalalia! 

This Thursday, Friday & Saturday in Philadelphia 

Bloof Books will be at the bookfair all three days. Plus, 
we're giving a chapbook-making workshop Friday at 
noon, and hosting a reading with Coconut Poetry 
Friday night. (More on that below.) 

Philadelphia's first annual small press poetry & 
art fair is drawing small presses from all over, including 
Black Radish, Dusie, Fact-Simile, Furniture Press, 
Futurepoem, Gigantic Sequins, Ixnay Press, Least Weasel, 
Lungfull! Magazine, Propolis, Saturnalia & more!

Browse the list of vendors & see the full schedule 
of workshops and offsite readings here: Philalalia.com

Friday, September 26
8:00 p.m. at Snockey's
Philadelphia, PA

Bloof & Coconut host the official Friday night event
of Philalalia, with performances by:

Stephanie Berger
Natalie Eilbert
K. Lorraine Graham
Kirsten Kaschock
Gina Myers
Catie Rosemurgy
Kim Gek Lin Short
Shanna Compton
Bruce Covey

More info.

Saturday, September 27
4:00 p.m. at Powderhorn Park
Minneapolis, MN

Launch party for Elisabeth Workman'sUltramegaprairielandOur Flow Is Hard presents Elisabeth Workman and her band of beastly, cosmic, pinwheeling sprites of the big Midwestern prairie. With Feng Sun Chen, Sarah Fox, Paula Cisewski, George Farrah, Emily Fedoruk, MC Hyland, and musical guests the Southside Aces.

More info.

Coming in November!
Preorder for $12

"Driven by a seeming impulsiveness and a bravura, as well as a kind of scientific lyricism, that put you in touch with the cosmic abyss." —David Trinidad

On the 50th anniversary of Ted Berrigan’s and the 25th anniversary of Bernadette Mayer’s, Bloof Books is thrilled to publish The Sonnets by Sandra Simonds.

Excerpt & info.



Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Conversation with the Stone Wife by Natalie Eilbert now available in free e-book formats





Read it as a flip book above, or download the PDF.

From a new review by Lynn Melnick at Luna Luna Magazine


Conversation with the Stone Wife, a chapbook of poems by Natalie Eilbert, delivers to us a Venus who is as complex and contradictory as any flesh-and-blood human. Here Venus gets to talk back, and what she has to say is both long-awaited and timeless. “…what I own is the damage,” the speaker chillingly states “of your theorized life.” 

This complex illustration of female-hood is one of the reasons this chapbook is so thrilling; it offers no easy explanations, or explorations. Eilbert is a remarkably deft poet. Her skill with form, along with the music of her words, lends a beauty to the book that scrapes against the sometimes difficult or raw language."

[Read the rest]



PRAISE FOR CONVERSATION WITH THE STONE WIFE

Among the post-apocalyptic rubble, you can still hear the quivering orgasm of human inquisition in Natalie Eilbert’s first book, Conversations With the Stone Wife, to be released by Bloof Books this year. Eilbert unburies the Venus of Willendorf, a figure whom civilization’s increasingly greedy demands have been pinned on- in one form or another-for centuries, and dares to ask her about wifery, motherhood, muse-life, and fertility. Quite understandably, the Venus has other things on her mind, which Eilbert voices horrifically, sensually, and with a historian’s antecedent yet prophetic look over the shoulder. The world this chapbook creates is one posterior enough to systemic collapse to admit that it’s ruined itself. Still, somehow, the people expect an oracle with a velvet voice. Instead, they get the vengefully coarse whisper of the primeval returned to say, “I told you so.” Still, the stone wife is not all doom and gloom. She’s going to have her way with you through Eilbert’s lush verbs and forceful repetition, and you’re going to love it.
—Monica McClure, Electric Literature

[Natalie Eilbert] hints at her way of reckoning, carrying the machine, hoisting the flag, creating this new etymology (and further, the new country), with pained story and images of the so cruel is so beautiful variety. [She] rocks the poetic boat right with her snapping of plastic forks, daring you to dig into this muck with her, so dangerously enchanting.
Vouched Books

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Rumpus reviews Ultramegaprairieland by Elisabeth Workman…

…and it's another great one!

 
If it wouldn’t increase the costs of the print runs exorbitantly, it would feel totally appropriate for, say, page 50—”Ptolemic Poodles”—to have a pop-up of harajuku-appropriating-era Gwen Stefani belting: “This shit is bananas! B-A-N-A-N-A-S!” Except that the overall conclusion of the book seems to be altogether the opposite. Workman so thoroughly encloses us in a technology-soaked culture that is yet somehow threaded through amber waves of Americana that you start to feel like it’s not really bananas at all. This shit is just the state of affairs.
Read the rest.