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Sunday, December 23, 2012

See you in 2013.

The Bloof mailroom is closed for the holidays until January 2.

The store will continue to accept orders, but they will not ship until Jan 3.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Documentary: Assembling Packing



The handmade Bloof Bee stamp, to mark the colophon page.



Some of the repurposed covers have marking or printing inside.



Numbers 1-5 of the hundred.
Number 3 is made from a recycled Priority Mail envelope.
Number 4 is made from a repurposed shirt box. Others are
made from various boxes and package inserts, as well as from
kraft cardstock left over from a chapbook project for Dusie.


Allowing the stamps and numbering on the colophon page to dry.



The range of color in the repurposed covers is just beautiful!



Themed packing materials for Packing—also recycled.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Packing by Hailey Higdon now available!


Packing
Hailey Higdon
December 2012
Chapbook, Limited edition
5.5 x 8.5, 24 pages
Kraft cardstock 65 lb. cover
Cream laid interior
Saddle stapled 





Get it here, or in one of the bundles & subscriptions!


PACKING is the first 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.

These poems are not only about packing up and leaving behind a city and making a move—from Philadelphia to Nashville–they also explore linear and serial narratives and the ways each can represent events and the compounded passage of time.
you love the stone

it stays, only moves or changes in relation to you

when really what I've been polishing is the face on the back of my head

the mirror components

my elbow that bends the other way, my foot that leads from the other side of me

still, I'm moving to Nashville so I wrote this song about forgiveness

—from "The Stone That Produces Milk"
The design concept of Packing incorporated the use of recycled/upcycled materials (just like collecting used boxes to pack for a move), so all the paper and most of the cover stock comes from previous projects, and the packing materials are themed too. Another aspect of the concept was to keep the book affordable and unfussy: a minimalist cover illustration, no-frills formatting. Just Hailey's great poems classically saddle stapled, five bucks.


Hailey Higdon is the author of the chapbookHow to Grow Almost Everything, (Agnes Fox, 2011) and the book-blog The Palinode Project. She runs What To Us (press). She is affiliated with many states and has many homes. She is a lifelong student of sound and language.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Bloof Bundles & Subscription Deals!




You asked for it, and now here they are. Just about everything in our catalog is covered.

Go here to shop (or via the link in the main store if you need to browse first).

For the subscriptions, the books ship as they become available. (Packing & Brink are available now, and ship immediately. The others will follow throughout 2013.)

UPDATE: Getting a few questions, so sharing the answers here…

Q: Are review copies of the chapbooks available?


A: Yes, but as PDF only, and only for Packing so far. These are very limited handmade editions, so we do not have many to send out the way we normally would for a paperback. If you review a chapbook based on the PDF, we will very happily send you a printed copy. Probably we will even make it a special deluxe edition. Reviewers/interviews who are interested, just get in touch via email or FB message. (THANKS)

Q: I want to order THE WHOLE SHEBANG Subscription but I already preordered or purchased BRINK. Can I replace it with another paperback from your catalog?

A: Sure, why not. Just let us know which book you'd like instead. And thank you!

2012 New Release Bundle
Packing by Hailey Higdon (chapbook) 
Brink by Shanna Compton (book)  

Our two newest releases, together.  
$20 + shipping $14.00 + free shipping



Chapbook Subscription

Packing by Hailey Higdon (Dec 2012) 
This Is What It Is Like to Be Loved by Me by Jared White (Feb 2013 
Nonstop Pop by Becca Klaver (March 2013) 
Poems Are the Only Real Bodies by Jennifer Tamayo (April 2013) 
Windowboxing by Kirsten Kaschock (date TBD, 2013) 
scenes from the lives of my parents by Pattie McCarthy (date TBD, 2013) 

All 6 chapbooks from our 2012 Open Reading Period. $45 + shipping $35 + free shipping



The Whole Shebang 2012-2013 Subscription

All four books released in 2012-2013… 
Brink by Shanna Compton (vol 1 of 2, Dec 2012) 
TINA by Peter Davis (Mar 2013) 
Natural History Rape Museum by Danielle Pafunda (Fall 2013) 
The Seam by Shanna Compton (vol 2 of 2, Nov 2013)  
+ all six chapbooks released in 2012-2013… 

Packing by Hailey Higdon (Dec 2012) 
This Is What It Is Like to Be Loved by Me by Jared White (Feb 2013 
Nonstop Pop by Becca Klaver (March 2013) 
Poems Are the Only Real Bodies by Jennifer Tamayo (April 2013) 
Windowboxing by Kirsten Kaschock (date TBD, 2013)  
scenes from the lives of my parents by Pattie McCarthy (date TBD, 2013) 
All the poetry! $105 + shipping $75 + free shipping


Bloof Bundles 

Quantity discounts on orders of multiple books. Applies to currently available books only (not chapbooks, not future releases). Shipping for bundles is at standard rates. 

Specify which books in Special Instructions during Checkout.  

Available titles are: 
Brink by Shanna Compton
The Mystery of the Hidden Driveway by Jennifer L. Knox
Poetry! Poetry! Poetry! by Peter Davis
Warsaw Bikini by Sandra Simonds
My Zorba by Danielle Pafunda
For Girls (& Others) by Shanna Compton
Drunk by Noon by Jennifer L. Knox
A Gringo Like Me by Jennifer L. Knox
 

2 books $30 + shipping $25 + shipping 
3 books $45 + shipping $33 + shipping 
4 books $60 + shipping $40 + shipping

Friday, December 14, 2012

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Year-end news re: all things Bloof!

"Red Wand" by Sandra Simonds was chosen by Poem-A-Day readers as one of their favorites of 2012! Check out the full list from the Academy of American Poets, below. "Red Wand" will be included in Sandra's forthcoming Bloof book House of Ions: Sonnets (2014).




And here's the PoemFlow version again too:




Shanna Compton's Brink celebrates its official birthday next week, 12/17. It's already in circulation via direct orders and we're getting great feedback so far.  CAConrad selected Brink for his BEST OF SMALL PRESS 2012 list at Karen the Small Press Librarian. And Justin Marks includes it on his 2012 Holiday Recommendations list at Birds, LLC. (Sandra's Mother Was a Tragic Girl (Cleveland) is on there too. Check out the Birds sale while you're there. Everything's $10 through Jan. 2.)






And Andy Fitch interviews Shanna in the December issue of the Conversant, about both Brink and The Seam (vol. 2 of the set, to follow next year).

Let's see…what else?

Oh, we're going to press with Peter Davis's forthcoming Bloof book TINA next month, so it can make its debut at AWP and be ready for its official April release. We're working on the cover sketches right now, so we'll have that to show soon. In the meantime, admire Pete's prodigious winter beard, which he's calling "the General." A friend of his created this celebratory graphic to help gauge its impressiveness. (Yes, there are a couple of facial-hair themed poems in TINA—how did you guess?)




We're also getting ready to release the first chapbook from our new series, chosen during our Open Reading Period earlier this fall—Hailey Higdon's Packing will be available any day now. There will be only 100 printed copies of this limited edition, so if you want one, be prepared to act fast. The design concept of Packing incorporated the use of recycled/upcycled materials (just like gathering boxes to pack for a move), so all the paper and most of the cover stock comes from previous projects, and the packing materials are themed too. Another aspect of the concept was to keep the book affordable and unfussy: a minimalist cover illustration, no frills formatting. Just great poems classically saddle stapled, five bucks. We couldn't resist showing off our new hand-carved logo stamp on the colophon page though.



Next up, we've got Jared White's This Is What It Is Like to Be Loved by Me scheduled for February. We've started talking about the design concept on that one. It's going to be Japanese-influenced, since the poems are loosely based on the haibun form. Sorry, no pics yet.

Becca Klaver's Nonstop Pop & Jennifer Tamayo's Poems Are the Only Real Bodies are scheduled for March/April. These (and Jared's) are also 100-copy limited-edition chapbooks. But we'll put aside a dozen or so of each for exclusive sale at AWP (table J6 with Coconut). Becca & Jennifer just got back from Georgia, reading for What's New in Poetry at Emory in Atlanta and Avid Bookshop in Athens, with Marisa Crawford, Lily Laedewig, and Hanna Andrews.


Bonus Becca: Listen to her audio poem for Day 10 of the Delirious Hem audio advent feature, curated by Susana Gardner.

Kirsten Kaschock's Windowboxing is also on the chapbook list for 2013. In the meantime, here's a new review of her novel Sleight (Coffee House Press), at Word Love. An excerpt:

I just finished the beautiful and affecting Sleight by Kirsten Kaschock, and I can honestly say I've never read anything like it. It was a novel written in poetry, in dense, brief little chapters -- each one a rounded, shiny truffle with a spider lurking inside.

And one more lil spider-filled truffle, another poem from the Delirious Hem audio advent, by Elisabeth Workman(The feature continues through the 24th, so check it daily for more!)





Friday, December 7, 2012

Sign up at Goodreads for a chance to win Brink


Goodreads Book Giveaway

Brink by Shanna Compton

Brink

by Shanna Compton

Giveaway ends December 16, 2012.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

Monday, December 3, 2012

William Shatner's thoughts on BRINK

Now up at the Conversant

Here's an interview with Shanna Compton by Andy Fitch, in the December issue of the Conversant. (It will also appear in Andy's collection of interviews forthcoming from Ugly Duckling Presse in 2013.)







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 ...please do it using one of our alt listings that look like the screenshot below.

We get a bigger cut this way (so we can print more books) and also the books that come from here are guaranteed to be correctly printed and bound.

We've had a couple of reports of Amazon-ordered books having no spine text, fuzzy interior texts, and or random sections of other books stuck inside the bindings. They print and bind their copies themselves, so we have no control over them, alas.

It's always best (most advantageous for the creators, including the authors) to shop via small press websites, independent bookstore partners, or from distributors like SPD (which we don't use but lots of our friends do).

But if you must use Amazon, please do it this way.


If you previously ordered a screwy copy of any of our books from Amazon, let us know, even if you returned it (and we hope you did).

The books sent directly from us are from a totally different printer and look fantastic, promise.