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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

Knotted. 
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
$8.00

Bloof Books Chapbook Series
Vol. 3: Issue 3 (2015)
ISSN: 2373-163x
LIMITED TO 100 COPIES

"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?

Excerpt:

Inquiry

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.



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