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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)

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

Last week, Bloof Books officially launched our new weekdaily poetry zine, the Quotidian Bee, featuring selections from small press books, chapbooks & magazines. Submissions will open in January. One poem at a time, with links to the publishers for more information & ordering. Please come & browse.


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!)

Friday, October 16, 2015

Knotted. by Alyssa Lynee

New! The third issue of the Bloof Books 2015 chapbook series is here. We are so excited to bring you Alyssa Lynee's debut, Knotted.

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PREORDER: October 2015

Alyssa Lynee

Hand sewn in natural twine
Antique Gray Linen covers with full-color ink jet print
White or natural 60 lb. text interior
7 x 8 inches
36 pages

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

"There is no known treatment." Part fantasy and part autobiography, the tender, tentative, and brutally perceptive poems in Knotted. explore what common humanity might be shared between a young woman poet and an infamous killer, whose lives and circumstances overlap in some ways, diverge in others. What does it mean to suspect oneself of the worst, to compare oneself to an extreme example of depravity, to be simultaneously compassionate and complicit?



I found out twenty-five people are writing about him
after I sent a poem to try and be published.
I got rejected but how weird that so many
submissions were about Gacy right?
All these words can be arranged
better I get that. But this apartment
is so quiet and no one has called me
today and yesterday I watched a
documentary about a woman the world
forgot. Her bones found four years later,
sunk into a rotting couch,
tv still on and bowls in the sink.

I wonder about their names
their intentions:

Did Sufjan Stevens have any bearing in your decision of subject?

If so, what line in particular stood out to you?

What interests you the most about John Wayne Gacy, Jr.?

What is poem attempting to say?

Do you feel he is speaking to you at all?

                                                            [would you do that?]

Read more at PANK.

Cover illustrations: Engraving of three monsters from De monstrorum causis, natura et differentiis by Fortunio Liceti, first published in Padua, Italy in 1616. Artist unknown. Public domain.

Knotted. is the third 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.

Alyssa Lynee teaches and lives in Chicago. Her work can be found in PANK magazine and forthcoming in Bloom.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Quotidian Bee: our new poem-a-day publication at Medium

The Quotidian Bee

Sandra Simonds has a new author website (and a new book!)

Please visit Sandra at her new online home, and update your old bookmarks and links:

While checking out her new site, be sure to read up on Sandra's new book, Steal It Back, coming soon from our friends Saturnalia. (It's actually already available via SPD, but officially in stores in December.)

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Natalie Eilbert is in the New Yorker & reviewed at the Rumpus!

Yes! Natalie Eilbert has a poem, "The Limits of What We Can Do," in this week's New Yorker

Read it here, and pick up a copy at a newsstand near you.

Also, SWAN FEAST has been reviewed glowingly by Julie Marie Wade at The Rumpus
"If Beauty is dead—beauty in the form of pretty, in the form of dresses that remind us of girls with curls and angels with halos, who of course evoke goodness and sweetness and also a feminized kind of learned helplessness—what then will rise to succeed the angels, to replace the dresses?"

Don't have a copy yet? 

Our friends at SPD have them in stock here (so please get one there—because we are dying to print new ones as soon as those are sold out).