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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Days of Shame & Failure by Jennifer L. Knox in the New York Times Book Review!

The December 27 issue of the New York Times Book Review was their first-ever poetry issue. We are super proud that Jennifer's book was reviewed by Kathleen Rooney, and couldn't agree more with the enthusiastic praise:

Jennifer L. Knox’s poems hit, with deceptive ease, all the poetic marks a reader could want: intellectual curiosity, emotional impact, beautiful language, surprising revelation and arresting imagery. They’re also genre-bending, dizzying in their versatility. [...] Dynamic and shape-shifting as Days of Shame & Failure is, Knox holds it all together with her acerbic, down-to-earth voice and dark, perverse and appealing comic-apocalyptic worldview.

We're thrilled to be busily filling orders for new readers!

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

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"The bizarre continues to reign supreme in this fabulous fourth collection from Knox. [...] Knox boldly confronts her own insignificance, the subtle disintegration of the physical body, and a sense of uncanny mistrust about self-identity—the 'mirror as mirage.' The result is a book that's endlessly entertaining and emotionally stimulating." Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Jennifer L. Knox’s fourth book of poems, Days of Shame & Failure, made me stand up, spit my tea, and then die of jealousy like a teenager fuming around her bedroom, ripping up Tigerbeat pin-ups of Jennifer L. Knox." —Laura Minor, The Southeast Review

"Knox, with her characteristic use of dark humor, holds a mirror up to us as readers. Some of these poems are gut-bustingly funny, some are sniffle-worthy, but most are even better: a combination of both." —Nathan Logan, Weird Sister by Nathan Logan

If you're new to Knox's work, you'll be glad to know Bloof also publishes her three previous books—A Gringo Like Me, Drunk by Noon, and The Mystery of the Hidden Driveway. And all are available in our store! (Choose a bundle deal for a box of Knox.)

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Closed through December 28

Bloof Books & Quotidian Bee are taking next week off. 

We may post to social media during the break, if anything particularly urgent or exciting arises. But it will be pretty quiet around here. 

Regular posting (and order filling) will resume Tuesday, 12/29. The Quotidian Bee will resume posting January 4.

If you missed our December newsletter (sign up, upper right corner of this blog!), you can read it here. It features our two newest releases, some news from our authors, and a few "recent and recommended" titles by some of our small press friends. 

Monday, November 30, 2015

PREORDER: I Hate Telling You How I Really Feel by Nikki Wallschlaeger

I Hate Telling You How I Really Feel online

  PREORDER: December 2015  

Full-color interior on 80# text with gloss
Cardstock cover in Antique Gray Linen
Hand sewn
5.5 x 6 inches
28 pages + 4 text panels printed inside fold-out cover

Bloof Books Chapbook Series
Vol. 3: Issue 4 (2015)
ISSN: 2373-163x

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I Hate Telling You How I Really Feel is the first graphic chapbook from Bloof Books, and the fourth in the 2015 series, containing 25 full-color photographs, plus 2 supplementary text pieces by poet-artist Nikki Wallschlaeger.

Trifold design includes introductory text on front flap and inside cover. Another text piece is printed at the inside back cover. The full-color 28-page photo booklet is hand-sewn into the cover. Expands to 16.5 inches wide when fully opened.

A selfie-by-proxy sequence of sorts, each portrait of the Julia doll (Mattel, 1969–1970, after the television series starring Diahann Carrol) combines the ultra-condensed gravitational effect of Wallschlaeger's poetry, the hyper-consumability of the internet meme, and a Warholian pop-art palette of color, repetition, and cultural reference.


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.

About the author

Nikki Wallschlaeger is the author of Houses (Horse Less, 2015), and the chapbook 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 Rail, Fanzine, Elective Affinities, the Account, the Inquisitive Eater, and elsewhere.

Preorder note: This book is still in production. Orders will begin shipping in a couple of weeks. We will keep you posted via email.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Preorder: SWAN FEAST (2nd edition) by Natalie Eilbert


Natalie Eilbert

ISBN: 9780982658796
6 x 9 | 102 pages | $16
2nd Edition (redesigned & updated)

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A second edition of Swan Feast by Natalie Eilbert is forthcoming from Bloof Books in December 2015.

"Natalie Eilbert's powerful first book is a twenty-first century hymn to the Venus of Wilendorf, a 30,000-year-old figurine whose ample body is a protest against all that seeks to diminish us. Like Plath of "Lady Lazarus," Eilbert speaks with unbridled but precise rage; in lines of propulsive music she takes female self-loathing head on and reveals it for what it is, pervasive, invasive, and invented, like a city that threatens to divest us of our human/animal body. Deeply resistant, these poems get the body back, feeding it, adoring it, finally marrying it, with flamboyance, flare and love. This is the voice of contemporary feminism, brazen, smart, unafraid, and desirous of nothing less than life." —JULIE CARR

"Natalie Eilbert uses an immense attention-in sentences filigreed and permissive-to show how the sexuality of the real and imagined Venus de Willendorf lives in our pulses, is our pulse, our Texas, our asses on the hood of a car in a trailer park. Every scrap that's flashed into this poet's mind transmutes into an icon for the flesh and the chaotic negotiation of one's desires. Few people can represent such vital, teeming complexity with such bridled rage. Plath stands in the recent past of this voice; Venus de Willendorf becomes a force within it you cannot imagine. Eilbert, standing so near to us, flinches at nothing." —CYNTHIA ARRIEU-KING

"'There is no document of civilization that isn't also its ruins.' Swan Feast is the banquet of a fallen goddess, told through the trance of an autobiographical duckling girl. The transforming voice is visionary. She connects the discovery of the Venus of Willendorf to the discovery of oil in the Middle East, implicating imperial industrialism to the passing away of Venus into faded memory and historical anorexia. Empire is the tomb of the goddess. To excavate is a 'hilarious privilege,' and its anachronism borrows illumination from darkness. The duckling is resurrecting ancient powers whose excavation ride on rage, grief, a woman's paradoxically empowered desperation which finds solidity in disappearance. In the wake of suffering, we may remember ourselves. Out of ruin, an alien star rises." —FENG SUN CHEN

"Time, and the world, want the body, and are coming for it. Natalie Eilbert tears the body down, and makes time and the world go looking for something else to want. Politically charged, performing a gnosticism of our human physiology, and impressionistic like a train, Swan Feast is both a book of poems and a pre-emptive strike." —JOSH BELL

Natalie Eilbert is the author of two chapbooks, Conversation with the Stone Wife (Bloof Books, 2014) and And I Shall Again Be Virtuous (Big Lucks Books, 2014). Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Tin House, the Kenyon Review, Poem-a-Day by the Academy of American Poets, Guernica, and many other journals. She is the founding editor of the Atlas Review. Swan Feast is her first poetry collection.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

The Quotidian Bee

In mid-November, Bloof Books officially launched our new weekdaily poetry zine, the Quotidian Bee, featuring selections from small press books, chapbooks & magazines that have not yet appeared online. Submissions will open in January. One poem at a time, with links to the publishers for more information & ordering. Please come & browse.


MON 11/30
"King" by Sandra Beasley

FRI 11/27
 "Black Friday" by Sandra Simonds

THU 11/26
 --no poem today--

WED 11/25/15
"Dear November," by Joanna Fuhrman

TUE 11/24/15
"from The Cities" by Megan Kaminsky

MON 11/23/15
"To Write a Poem" by Barbara Jane Reyes

FRI 11/20/15    
"Untitled" by Marisa Crawford

THU 11/19/15      
"Layla" by Lauren Clark

WED 11/18/15      
"That Outfit Is Smart Because It References Pamela Des Barres" by Gina Abelkop

TUE 11/17/15  
"Dear Other:" by Megan Burns

MON 11/16/15
"Self-Portrait as Shop Window" by Patricia Spears Jones

The Quotidian Bee

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Friday, October 23, 2015

Sandra Simonds: Mini tour in NY State

Thursday, October 29: BUFFALO, NY

Sandra Simonds 

Visiting Poets Series
St. Bonaventure University
The Loft at Quick Center for the Arts
Cornelius Welch Drive
St. Bonaventure, NY 
5:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 31: NEW YORK, NY

Sandra Simonds with Mel Nichols

Segue Series
Zinc Bar
82 W. 3rd Street
New York, NY
4:30 p.m.

(Hint: See lots more readings by Bloof poets on our Events calendar!)

Thursday, October 22, 2015

WINDOWBOXING by Kirsten Kaschock, now in free ebook formats

Interactive PDF for online reading  (above or here)
Color cover image, black-and-white interior

PDF for printing (2.1 MB, illustrations)
Color cover image, black-and-white interior

WINDOWBOXING: A Dance with Saints in Three Acts

Kirsten Kaschock

Gray textured 80 lb cover 
Three die cut windows with cream vellum insets
Cream 70 lb text interior
Hand-sewn binding in natural twine
7 x 7 inches • 44 pages
Includes 6 black-and-white drawings by Koen Kaschock-Marenda

"You would have my explosions be localized and armed against themselves.
You would prefer I not discuss 'men' or 'women.' The genres.
It would be better to prevent the spread of the insurgency."

A sequence of twenty-four interlinked pieces, WINDOWBOXING: A Dance with Saints in Three Acts by Kirsten Kaschock moves with both muscle and grace through its three acts of steadfast looking—at dance, grief, abuse, the streets of Philadelphia, and especially "the elaboration of woman."

Excerpts from this work appeared in Antioch Review, BOMBMagazine, Chicago Review, Everyday Genius, Many Mountains Moving, and Otoliths.

Kirsten Kaschock is the author of three books of poetry: The Dottery (Pitt Poetry, Donald Hall Prize, 2014), Unfathoms (Slope Editions) and A Beautiful Name for a Girl (Ahsahta Press). Her debut novel, Sleight, a work of speculative fiction, was published by Coffee House Press. She has earned a PhD in English from the University of Georgia and a PhD in dance from Temple University. Kirsten resides in Philadelphia with Dan Marenda and their three children. More at
WINDOWBOXING: A Dance with Saints in Three Acts is the fifth chapbook in the 2012–2013 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. Each chapbook is also included in full in our annual compilation volume, Bound.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Danielle Pafunda mini tour begins October 23: Durham NC, Casper WY, Boulder CO

Friday, October 23: DURHAM, NC

Danielle Pafunda

Work V. 5
Duke University
East Duke Building, Parlors
1304 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27708
8:00 p.m.
The Work Series is designed to give a writer/filmmaker/painter a chance to read from/show a longer suite/work in progress. Hosted by David Need, Depts. of Religion & Women's Studies.
Monday, October 26: CASPER, WY

Danielle Pafunda with Mathias Svalina
University of Wyoming
Details TK

Tuesday, October 27: BOULDER, CO

Danielle Pafunda with Harmony Holiday & Carolina Ebeid

Naropa University
Performing Arts Center
2130 Arapahoe Avenue
7:30 p.m.

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.

Danielle's latest book, The Dead Girls Speak in Unison is available from SPD, and Bloof will be offering it in new edition later this year.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Reprints in Progress: Bound, Drunk by Noon & The Mystery of the Hidden Driveway

We're working on it.

Bound: The First Array + Drunk by Noon  and The Mystery of the Hidden Driveway by Jennifer L. Knox are temporarily out of stock, but reprints are being ordered.

We'll leave them active in the store, but know that if you order this week or next there will be a slight delay. We'll keep you posted via email. (Thank you for loving our books!)