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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The City Real & Imagined by CAConrad & Frank Sherlock

Cover photo by Zoe Strauss

The City Real & Imagined

CAConrad & Frank Sherlock

6 x 9 inches / 116 pages
Publication date: April 1
ISBN: 978-0-9965868-9-4


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Bloof Books is thrilled to be reissuing this book-length sequence by CAConrad and Frank Sherlock. Written collaboratively after daily walks through the streets of Philadelphia, the sequence is a natural extension of their friendship and lives as poets in a shared place. 

"This city was/is ours," says Sherlock, "as it is for everyone who lives here, loves here and hates here, for better or worse." "We met at LOVE Park each time, a dozen times total," explains Conrad. "We alternated who would lead the walk through the city, so the experiences were shared. This is a collaboration of shared absorption of Philadelphia, and not at all written in that pass-the-paper back and forth kind of way. This is collaboration on a scale of sensory trust, trust in each other's abilities, trust in what each other will provide for the day, and for the poem."

Out of print for several years, this updated edition has been completely redesigned and expanded, with a cover photo by Zoe Strauss and an afterword by Thom Donovan.


"Too often we forget about the 'human' in human geography. This book reminds us that every city is a peopled space. As Carl Sauer writes in his 'Foreword to Historical Geography,' 'We know that habitat must be referred to habit, that habit is the activated learning common to a group, and that it may be endlessly subject to change.' What Conrad and Sherlock really enliven in their book is this sense of 'activated' or 'active learning' that is (and should) be 'endlessly subject to change.' Cities change. Places change. 'Oh bondage up / yours. We echo this in different languages.'"
 —erica kaufman, Jacket2

"In The City Real & Imagined a polyphony of voices speak through Conrad’s and Sherlock's exchanges. Or, to be more specific, Conrad and Sherlock speak with these voices; such voices are not just ethnographic curiosities but come from people the poets see around, talk with, and with whom they share a conversation. Through this conversation with Philadelphia’s neglected, Conrad and Sherlock argue for an open public discourse against American hermeticism." 
—Thom Donovan, Poetry Foundation

"Their works, their lines are made as if
written and photographed
by the street itself
as if the street had eyes (which would be Zoe's lens)
and tongues to speak in honest spurts,
which would be Conrad's contrarian joy bursts
and which would be Frank's calibrated quirks,
the lurks and twists of his combinations:
the pretzel vendor, the 10 dollar T-shirts,
the project roof,
the guy who pushes
that metal-filled shopping cart—
their writing, their art
intertwining, to manifest the frankest proof
of the real, to state and articulate un-conned truth." 
—Rachel Blau DuPlessis (read the rest)

About the authors

CAConrad is the author of 9 books of poetry and essays, the latest is titled While Standing in Line for Death (Wave Books, 2017). A recipient of a Pew Fellowship in the Arts for Literature, they also received the Believer Magazine Book Award and the Gil Ott Book Award. CA is currently working on a (Soma)tic poetry ritual titled, "Resurrect Extinct Vibration," which investigates effects the vibrational absence of recently extinct species has on the body of the poet and the poems. They teach regularly at the Sandberg Art Institute in Amsterdam, and their books, essays, films, interviews, rituals and other publications can be found online at

Frank Sherlock is the author of Space Between These Lines Not Dedicated, Over Here, The City Real & Imagined (w/ CAConrad), and a collaboration with Brett Evans entitled Ready-to-Eat Individual. Poems beyond the page have found their forms in installations, performances, and exhibitions, including Organize Your Own: The Politics & Poetics of Self-Determination. He is a 2013 Pew Fellow and 2014–15 Poet Laureate of Philadelphia.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Band Names & Other Poems by Peter Davis


Peter Davis

6 x 9 inches
236 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9965868-70
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Publication date: April 2018

The fourth book of poems by Peter Davis, Band Names & Other Poems
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In Poetry! Poetry! Poetry!, Peter Davis asked himself, "What would happen if poets told the whole truth about themselves and their artistic ambitions? What if every poem were stripped down to radical honesty?” In TINA he asked, "What would happen if every poem were addressed to the same person, someone not exactly a beloved?" 

This time around, Davis started not with a question but a dare as his constraint: create an endless list of band names, each plausible, spanning a variety of musical styles and eras, without exhausting the concept.

BAND NAMES & OTHER POEMS is the result of that experiment, the Oulipo-inflected descendent of Raymond Queneau’s 100,000,000,000,000 Poems, sort of, but funnier and about bands. Turns out, naming bands is a peculiar linguistic activity—they’ve got their own grammar, and a flexible form that’s as ready to satirize current events as to indulge in a really bad pun. Readers will soon find themselves visualizing and even hearing the bands: understanding how Shock Fawn differs from The Stitch Release, why Stations of the Crossbow could never share a bill with Trauma Rasta or Gretchen Retch, while Midnight in Fairy Tales opening for Paper Kate makes total sense. When Trump Wall and the Mexico Pays does a contemporary-country cover of “Foreign Scandal” by 80s punk legends Reagan’s Assassination the crowd goes unwittingly wild.

Two books in one! OTHER POEMS consists of 40 standalone pieces like “Ocean Radiator,” “The Use of Youth,” “The Future as We Planned It,” and “Succeeding in America.”  

PETER DAVIS's previous books of poetry are Hitler’s Mustache, Poetry! Poetry! Poetry!, and TINA. He writes, draws, and makes music in Muncie, Indiana, where he lives with his wife and kids and teaches at Ball State University. For more information visit

Poems from this new book have appeared in Ampersand; the Awl; the Believer; Big Bell; Columbia Poetry Review; Forklift, Ohio; Masque and Spectacle; interrupture; Juked; Omniverse; Open Letters Monthly; Poet Lore; Powder Keg; Rhino; and Sixth Finch.

Cover design for BAND NAMES & OTHER POEMS

EXCERPT (originally published in Omniverse):

Succeeding in America

It is not as if I can capture the high road simply
by mowing everyone down at the ankles. In fact,
as I try to navigate the crust, I find my desire
to spring forward is held in check my desire
to fall back. It’s like, for each and every Newton
there is an opposite Newton, say, a fig, a Wayne
who is chubby as a tween but a real fucker
on the banjo. Also, as far as showmanship goes,
it’s hard to beat a drum harder than all the
daydreaming eyes at the soda fountain or all
the twinkling cheeks at the record store. For
every black button on a lapel, there is a tiny wish
in my heart. At every hopeful talent show
the number of dance steps is the same number
of steps to my bed. In my bed, where my dreams
are cartoon surfers, I can feel the musing of
the future. I feel the skin that isn’t yours spread
across an ocean that isn’t ours. It’s like the foam
in my throat is a bubbled snake, like the vest
in my chest is a fur grenade.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

SOLD OUT: Exercises in Painting by Khadijah Queen

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Exercises in Painting
Khadijah Queen

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Hand-sewn in natural twine
Natural White Felt Textured 80# Cover, full-color inkjet
Natural Smooth 70# Text Interior, b&w laser jet
5.5 x 8.5
24 pages

Bloof Books Chapbooks Series
Volume 3: Issue 5 (2016)
ISSN 2373-163X
ISSN 2373-1648 Online (2018)

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__________________ after dreaming that hungry women may resort to violence 
An all-woman riot in the wilderness &
chained vultures & wolves smell the brawl
from their caves & forests policing, by force
of habit wanting everything for themselves
but the women channel a raging
feast, raining from the sky &
pushing up from the ground, so the animals
only end up eyeballing
bits of sky between the dull cloud of rank
wings & bared teeth

"__________ my loved blacknesses & some blacknesses I knew" at Poetry

Three more from the chapbook at Dreginald


Khadijah Queen is the author of four books, most recently Fearful Beloved (2015), and four chapbooks. In 2015, The Relationship theater company staged her verse play, Non-Sequitur, in NYC as part of the Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Performance Writers, with publication by Litmus Press. Individual poems appear in Brooklyn Magazine, Tin House, Fence, jubilat, Best American Nonrequired Reading, Powder: Writing by Women in the Ranks from Vietnam to Iraq, and widely in other journals and anthologies. Her fifth book, I’m So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On, will be published by YesYes Books in spring 2017. She is core faculty for the low residency Mile-High MFA program at Regis University.

Cover painting: Untitled (2010), Khadijah Queen

Exercises in Painting is the fifth chapbook in the 2015–2016 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 eventually in a combination volume called Bound.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Ghosts, Models, Visions by Ginger Ko


4.25 x 5.5
36 pages
laser-printed on cream stock
unique monoprint covers in soy ink with metallic stamped illustration & colored pencil
hand sewn in natural twine
LIMITED EDITION, numbered 1-150

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A long-awaited new chapbook in our handmade series! New poems by Ginger Ko from a series in progress called Biography of My Automaton. 

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I can’t make
anything from me,
anything not
already dead. I look
to my family
but none of them
are like me. They
have led up to me.
What do we do
when they no longer
need the mannequin
casings for their
clever matrices?
I asked a keeper
and they became
so angry that they
led me to the edge
of the dolphin tank,
pointed at the warders
who must masturbate
the males, massaging
pink extensions
as the dolphins float
belly up against
the poolside. When
your own body
is meaningless, when
you sit at home
on soft furniture
because your
automaton sits
at work every hour
of the day, suddenly
you begin to love
all the bodies.


GINGER KO is the author of Motherlover (Bloof, 2016), Inherit (Sidebrow, 2017), and Comorbid (Lark, 2016). Ginger is a Ph.D. student at the University of Georgia’s creative writing program, where she teaches writing and Women’s Studies. She is a contributing editor for The Wanderer and an editor at smoking glue gun. You can find her online at

Thursday, May 11, 2017

NEW! Crawlspace by Nikki Wallschlaeger

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CRAWLSPACE by Nikki Wallschlaeger
Publication date: May 2017
ISBN: 978-0-9965868-5-6
6 x 9 / 80 pages
Trade paper original

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Bloof is thrilled to announce the first book in our 2017 lineup: CRAWLSPACE by Nikki Wallschlaeger. We have already had the pleasure of working with Nikki on her graphic chapbook, I Hate Telling You How I Really Feel, and we can't wait to bring this new book.

The second book by the author of Houses, CRAWLSPACE collects thirty-six pieces built on the foundation of the sonnet, ranging in length from fourteen lines to longer works stacking multiple sonnets into linked sequences. CRAWLSPACE deepens and extends the house metaphor from Wallschlaeger's first book, while opening up more initmate and sometimes darker intellectual territory. Where Houses explored the mental/emotional/physical sheltered spaces in which we live out and construct our lives, Crawlspace explores the the more constricted spaces, the tighter concealed passages running above and below. These sonnets aim to be "very very fraught with you." 

Publication is scheduled for May 2017. To reserve a review copy or invite Nikki to do a reading, contact Shanna Compton: info at bloof books dot com.

"Form is everywhere & it’s useless to deny it, so I like to play with the illusion of having control. This is from a series of sonnets that I’ve placed into small buildings, but since the bank owns the buildings that I move in, I am only paying mortgage. We have an understanding. The sonnet has agreed to the task of my subversions, that the security guard is on a permanent lunch break so we can get inside. A window that is open on the top floor? A claw in the painting? These are my micro-victories against hegemony."

Nikki Wallschlaeger is the author of Houses (Horse Less, 2015), and the chapbooks I Hate Telling You How I Really Feel (Bloof, 2016) and I Would Be the Happiest Bird (Horse Less, 2014). She is currently at work on a book of sonnets called Crawlspace, some of which can be found in the Brooklyn RailFanzineElective Affinities, the Account, the Inquisitive Eater, and elsewhere.

Excerpts & Media

Poems from Crawlspace have appeared in the Brooklyn Rail, P-Queue, TheThe Poetry Blog, the Account, Fanzine, Elective Affinities, Dusie, the Philadelphia Review, Quaint Magazine, the Enemy, the Inquisitive Eater, the Poetry Project Newsletter & elsewhere.

Sonnet (36)

Face me in your sonnets so I can permanently grieve
is really what the roses say to the antebellum purling 
dogtags of myself. It’s one of our common flowers
along with the gardenia, violet, & heady geranium
leaning into a postcard advertising vintage weedkiller.
It makes it difficult to approach the crowd with love,
I turn an unnatural whip of red like a baboon’s crypt.
Whether or not they like it depends on their versions
of paternalistic stylecraft, the jetskis they rode in on
red and black girls grown for their gutted waterpetals.
Afterwards I hear their toasts while I pour champagne
to health and happiness. I trip on a slab of calf muscle,
the grooms giving the essential lists of panting warning
It is the big gulp of seaworld sacraments I have sampled

when they asked me to be a bridesmaid in topos red tulle,
the families who have grown me out of hysterical divide.
I have been their servant. I’ve listened to their decimations
of languor, that slow cookin is always the best way to unite.
I’ve been pregnant before and I will be wrecked pregnant 
again: heavier with the tree slits of Mary Turner’s baby
who sings of rapturous hexes oiled by the truly innocent.
These Dostoyevskian friends, what can you say to them
who choose the inconsequential as their primary crime.
Like the good shigella drugged citizens that they are,
they handwax the long calvacade of cars with Jackie O
fibroids, the journeymen specializing in overseeing
plant lacuna switches & steel workboots that massacre
babies not ready to be born w/ tinted glass is my belly

all the babies covered in secret eyes blinking for our nights
running with their infant infareds, flashing through the paths.
We are in hiding. We make pot roast sandwiches for senators
as I trace my eyes down to the documents being fabricated
over their lunch hours I know I will have to wipe down this
table when they finish. A newspaper asks,” How many words
can you make out of the word arrogate?” next to a crossword
puzzle about cinema noir. How much of it can be destroyed
if it’s designed to kill you cuz Baldwin says here it comes again
when you’ve already been walking for miles, talkin back to cops
and your voice gets auto-tuned swelled with dripping generations
of statesmen. By the glow of mycelium lakes who are connecting
the old growth trees for shelter: We, as marked women transform
ourselves. We are the wood violets and roses stretching in the rain. 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

April is coming…

 …and this space will once again host daily drafts and work-in-progress by Bloof poets + a few friends!

We will be sharing links via FB and Twitter as things appear, but check here daily because the drafts tend to disappear as new ones are posted.

If you want to play along, see Maureen Thorson's for more info and to add your site. (She offers daily prompts if you find those useful, too.)

   Our participating poets (alpha by last name)   

(click name for tagged drafts)

Shanna Compton
author of Brink (Bloof 2013), For Girls & Others (Bloof 2008), Down Spooky (Winnow 2005, Bloof 2017), and The Hazard Cycle (Bloof, forthcoming) 

Peter Davis
author of Band Names (Bloof, forthcoming), TINA (Bloof 2013), and Poetry! Poetry! Poetry! (Bloof, 2010)

Natalie Eilbert
author of Swan Feast (Bloof 2015), Conversations with the Stone Wife (Bloof 2014), and Indictus (Noemi, forthcoming)

Farrah Field
guest poet, author of Rising and Wolf & Pilot (Four Way Books)

K. Lorraine Graham
author of The Rest Is Censored (Bloof 2017) and Terminal Humming (Edge, 2009)

Hailey Higdon
author of Packing (Bloof 2013)
Packing also appears in BOUND (Bloof 2015)

Kirsten Kaschock
author of Windowboxing: A Dance with Saints in Three Acts (Bloof, 2013), Confessional Sci-Fi: A Primer (Subito, 2017), The Dottery (Pitt, 2014), Sleight (Coffee House, 2011), A Beautiful Name for a Girl (Ahsahta, 2011), Unfathoms (Slope, 2004). Windowboxing also appears in BOUND (Bloof 2015)

author of Empire Wasted (Bloof, 2016), Nonstop Pop (Bloof 2013), and LA Liminal (Kore Press 2010)
Nonstop Pop also appears in BOUND (Bloof 2015)

Jennifer L. Knox
author of A Gringo Like Me (Bloof 2007), Drunk by Noon (Bloof 2007), The Mysteries of the Hidden Driveway (Bloof 2010), and Days of Shame & Failure (Bloof 2015)

guest poet, author of Saint Nobody (Red Hen, 2009) and Fine Motor (Sow’s Ear Poetry Review Press, 2008).

guest poet, author of the forthcoming MOREMOREMORE cowritten with Danielle Pafunda.

coauthor of Hymn: An Ovulution (Bloof 2015), And/Or (Switchback, 2015), and Juned (YesYes, 2017)

Danielle Pafunda
author of The Dead Girls Speak in Unison (Bloof, 2017), Natural History Rape Museum (Bloof, 2013), Manhater (Dusie, 2012), Iatrogenic: Their Testimonies (Noemi, 2010), My Zorba (Bloof, 2008), Pretty Young Thing (Soft Skull, 2005)

Catie Rosemurgy
author of First the Burning & Then the Witches (Bloof, forthcoming in 2017), Stranger Manual (Graywolf, 2009), My Favorite Apolcalypse (Graywolf, 2001)

Maureen Thorson (at her own site)
author of The Woman, the Mirror, the Eye (Bloof 2015), My Resignation (Shearsman, 2014), Applies to Oranges (Ugly Duckling, 2011)

Jared White
author of This Is What It Feels Like to Be Loved by Me (Bloof 2013), My Former Politics (H_NGM_N 2013) and YELLOWCAKE (Cannibal 2009). This Is What It Feels Like to Be Loved by Me also appears in BOUND (Bloof 2015)

 & probably a few more!

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HYMN: An Ovulution
Mel Coyle & Jenn Marie Nunes

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

SOLD OUT, now a free ebook PDF (3/30/2017)

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 eventually a combination volume called Bound.

ISSN 2373- 1648 Online
This is the electronic edition
March 2017

"Across from the title page of Mel Coyle and Jenn Marie Nunes’s HYMN: An Ovulution is a line drawing of Hera, her face set in an Elvis-like sneer. This visual reference to Elvis makes sense: Coyle and Nunes’ paean to Hera—queen bitch of the Olympic gods, cow-eyed and regal, dispensing vengeance from her peacock-drawn chariot—structures itself around both the call-and-response structures Elvis took from R&B and the blues, and the strophe/antistrophe patterns of ancient Greek theater. If this sounds erudite, it is: the poem circles around real and false etymologies. [...] It's a performance of matriarchy to make crowds go wild." —MC Hyland, Rain Taxi


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 Ohio where she coedits TENDE RLOIN, an online poetry gallery. 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 And/Or, and Juned is now available from YesYes Books.