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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Forthcoming in 2016: Empire Wasted by Becca Klaver

We couldn't be more excited to announce that Becca Klaver's second poetry collection, Empire Wasted, is forthcoming from Bloof Books! Look for it in fall 2016.

In the meantime, you can read a few of the poems from the book in BOUND: The First Array, our chapbook annual, or in the e-version of Becca's sold-out chapbook, Nonstop Pop!

Empire Wasted joins already-scheduled new books and chapbooks by Jennifer L. Knox, Sharon Mesmer, Khadijah Queen, Ginger Ko, Alyssa Lynee, Nikki Wallschlaeger, and Catie Rosemurgy in our positively thrilling (and still in-progress) 2015–2016 season catalog. We're bouncing like SuperBalls just imagining that future.

BeccaKlaver _BlackSwanBecca Klaver is a PhD candidate in English at Rutgers University and the author of the poetry collection LA Liminal (Kore Press, 2010) and several chapbooks. Becca was a founding editor of the feminist poetry press Switchback Books and is currently coediting the second edition of Gurlesque: the new grrly, grotesque, burlesque poetics. She is a Cancer, a co-host of The Real Housewives of Bohemia podcast, and a regular contributor to Weird Sister. Born and raised in Milwaukee, WI, she currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

New! Broadsides & Ephemera

We're clearing space in Bloof headquarters to make space for new books & bookish objects coming up soon. So we're going to be adding an assortment of printed things that usually only make appearances at the bookfairs we attend. There's all kinds of stuff in these boxes.

The first two things we've put up are broadsides. These look amazing on any wall, and make incredibly posh selfie backdrops.

Sandra Simonds, Red Wand

Red Wand via Square

Shanna Compton, The Woman from the Public

Woman from the Public via Square

Monday, August 3, 2015

Not open for submissions. Sign up for updates.

Dear Poets,

We are not currently open for submissions. Duotrope briefly listed us as being open in August, while we were out of town last week. That listing has been corrected and we are replying to several messages now. 

We were open in August last year, but the open reading period is not always the same month, as we have not yet scheduled it for the next chapbook series.

Thanks for your interest though! If you'd like to be notified of when we are open for chapbooks (and other news), you can sign up for our email list here. Subscribers to that newsletter get advance notice of submission periods, but we will also announce via our public Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Bloof Books

Thursday, July 23, 2015

PREORDER: Days of Shame & Failure by Jennifer L. Knox

We couldn't be more excited to bring you Jennifer L. Knox's fourth book. Preorder at a discount now and you'll get one of the first copies in existence. Preorders start shipping in October, with official pub date December 1.

DAYS OF SHAME & FAILURE by Jennifer L. Knox from Bloof Books

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DAYS OF SHAME & FAILURE by Jennifer L. Knox

$12 includes free shipping (US/Canada only) 


(but preorders start shipping in October)
6 x 9 | 92 pages
Trade Paper Original
ISBN 978-0-9965868-0-1

Cover painting by Charles Browning

If you thought her first three books were batshit, just wait till you read this one. JENNIFER L. KNOX is, honestly, one of our Reasons for Being, and DAYS OF SHAME & FAILURE is her best collection yet.

"Knox’s aesthetic falls somewhere between Carson McCullers’s The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter and John Waters’s film Pink Flamingos. Each voice carries its own tragedy, perversion, American darkness. And there is the surprising tidiness of her writing, despite its pace and the amount of stuff she packs in. She writes the way Dean Moriarty parks cars." —Poetry Review (UK)

Sample titles: 

• The New Let's Make a Deal
• Animals without Brains
• Radical Honesty Night
• Waiting on the Ambulance
• The Decorative Airport Fern Is Not What It Pretends to Be

Read some excerpts at the Ampersand Review:

Cover painting (to be revealed soon) by Charles Browning. 

JENNIFER L. KNOX's new book of poems, Days of Shame & Failure, will be published by Bloof Books in Fall 2015. Her poems have appeared four times in the Best American Poetry series as well as the anthologies Great American Prose Poems, From Poe to Present and Best American Erotic Poems. She teaches at Iowa State University. Her previous books are also available from Bloof: A Gringo Like Me, Drunk by Noon, and The Mystery of the Hidden Driveway


"It’s hard to resist using a game show announcer’s voice when discussing Jennifer Knox’s latest collection, Days of Shame and Failure. Knox knows how to draw human complexity out of absurdity and kitsch (and vice versa) without positioning herself above it. She is one of us, sharing our fear and wonder, and we feel this sense of community as if there were five million other viewers—a spin on Whitman’s 'multitudes'—watching along with us to see how she makes it out of each lyrically harrowing poem. Is that camp? Is it satire? Who cares! 'Whatever it is,' as one poem reports, it gives me 'a real, really felt feeling,' and that’s what I’m a sucker for every time."

—Gregory Pardlo, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for DIGEST

"I can't with Ms. Knox. I simply cannot. I can't fight the way she twists a world I thought I knew into rambunctious and revelatory word disco. I cannot resist the dizzying amount of real that comes blazing in every time one of these sizzling stanzas rips off my blinders. I cannot imagine what the inside of her head must be like, all tango and blaring and pinball, locked in its relentless churn. I can't believe that mere covers were able to contain this tender, this snorting laughter, these rampant truths. I cannot with Ms. Jennifer. But I did. I will. And you should."

—Patricia Smith, author & National Poetry Slam Champion

"When I'm asked why people should love poetry, I often point to the darkly funny, brutal poetry of Jennifer L. Knox and say, 'There is your reason, asshole. Right there. I dare you to read those poems and not be brought to your knees.' Days of Shame and Failure is her best work yet: potent with heart-sickening truth, humor and observation that will take us all from being on our knees, to face planting on the ground, kissing this good Earth with gratitude that such a poet exists in our time."

—Amber Rose Tamblyn, author of DARK SPARKLER

"Jennifer L. Knox is one of our funniest writers, but what places her work in a realm of its own is the empathy that surrounds, contradicts, and occasionally undermines the joke, sending us far beyond the punch line. Written from the far edge of vast experience, these poems lyricize the post-beatdown quality of middle age. The marvelously capacious Days of Shame and Failure is the work of a genius at her peak, the best book yet from one of our most brilliant and sui generis American writers."

—Sarah Manguso, author of ONGOINGNESS

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Bloof poets at NYC Poetry Festival, Saturday & Sunday

This weekend, catch a couple of Bloof Books poets at the The New York City Poetry Festival on Governors Island.
• Coldfront event, Saturday 4PM, Algonquin Stage
• Luna Luna Magazine event on Sunday 1:30PM, White Horse Stage
• the sensation feelings journal event on Sunday at 2:00, White Horse Stage
• Brooklyn Poets event on Sunday, 3PM, White Horse Stage

Full schedule & line-ups at

Get a copy of Jackie's Sympathetic Nervous System here.

Read a copy of Natalie's Conversation with the Stone Wife here.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Office closed July 24–August 2

Bloof Books will be closed July 24–August 2.

Orders may still be placed during our time off, but they will not be shipped until August 3.
(We still have time to get some out this week though, if you place them by Wednesday, July 22.)
Thank you!

Friday, July 3, 2015

On the "irreverently imaginative poems" of Jennifer L. Knox

The Poetry Review (UK) has just released their Summer 2015 issue, which includes an omnibus review of all three of Jennifer L. Knox's books. Jack Underwood says, 

The unsettling humour of Knox’s poems is a by-product of what Gabriel Gudding describes as her “satiric empathy. The laughter her poems provokes is a kind of nervous laughter, at the “cultural horror she depicts with complicity as if she too were not entirely innocent of it” (to cite Bill Knott). Class and gender politics gnaw away in Knox’s poems: tangible, but kept complex, dissolved in the kitsch and weirdness[.] 

And of course you can get all three Knoxes in our store. (Select a Bundle Deal and they're 3 for $39, or $12 off.)

Don't forget, Jen's fourth book is coming from Bloof real soon! Days of Shame & Failure is in progress now for fall 2015. 

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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