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Monday, May 4, 2015

SOLD OUT The Woman, the Mirror, the Eye by Maureen Thorson

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The Woman, the Mirror, the Eye
Maureen Thorson

SOLD OUT: Books are handmade. Usually ships within 3 days, but occasionally may take up to 5.
The free electronic edition of this chapbook is coming soon.

Hand sewn in natural twine
Antique Gray Linen covers with full-color ink jet print
Natural 70 lb. text interior
5 x 5 inches
32 pages
$8.00

Bloof Books Chapbook Series
Vol. 3: Issue 1 (2015)
ISSN: 2373-163x
LIMITED TO 100 COPIES

EXCERPT:

“All men whilst they are awake are in one common world; but each of them, when he is asleep, is in a world of his own,” wrote Plutarch. And so, to quote the Scottish physician Robert MacNish, “there is a strong analogy between dreaming and insanity.”
After a sudden onset of fuzzy, doubled vision, I was told that I was losing my sight. It could take years for the process to complete itself. Or perhaps it would not. Already, though, the doctor informed me, large blind spots had taken root in my right eye.
In Through the Looking Glass, Tweedledum and Tweedledee inform Alice that they are all part of a dream that the sleeping Red King is having, and that when he wakes, they’ll “go out–bang!–just like a candle!”
Shortly after my diagnosis, I read an article about mirrors in folklore. It described a Chinese legend that says our reflections are separate beings, condemned for past transgressions to sleepwalk through life, dumbly mimicking our actions.
Several years before the blind spots, I experienced bright blue flashes occluding my vision. I was referred to a neurologist. But when I went to see him, the neurologist was angry. He thought I was wasting his time. In his opinion, I was “seeing things.”
Yes, of course. That was why I was there. But he meant that I was crazy. That I was failing to live in our common reality.
Whose reality?
In her essay “Finding Poetry in Illness,” Jennifer Nix writes: “Those who haven’t suffered serious illness rarely understand how isolating it can be.”


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Maureen Thorson is the author of My Resignation, published by Shearsman Books in April 2014, Applies to Oranges, published in 2011 by Ugly Duckling Presse, and a number of chapbooks, including Mayport, which won the Poetry Society of America's National Chapbook Fellowship for 2006. Maureen is also the founder of NaPoWriMo, an annual project in which poets attempt to write a poem a day for the month of April. She lives in Washington, DC.

The Woman, the Mirror, the Eye is the first title in the 2015 Bloof Books Chapbook Series. 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. The cover art is from Visualizations of Diseases of the Human Eye (1854-1860) by Christian Georg Theodor Ruete. The artist is unknown. At the center of each eye is affixed a hand-punched circular mirror to capture the reader's reflection.

Hymn: An Ovulution

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HYMN: An Ovulution
Mel Coyle & Jenn Marie Nunes

PREORDER: Books are handmade. Usually ships within 3 days, but occasionally may take up to 5.

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
$8.00

Bloof Books Chapbook Series
Vol. 3: Issue 2 (2015)
ISSN: 2373-163x
LIMITED TO 100 COPIES

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EXCERPT:

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

corporate

HUM < W > ME

Syria

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
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Mel Coyle is from Chicago and other places where the corn grows. Currently, she lives in New Orleans where she coedits TENDE RLOIN, an online poetry gallery and hosts ColdCuts, the reading series. 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 forthcoming.

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 a year-end combination volume called Bound. The design concept was based on an idea by the authors, a pink-and-gold mashup of a prayer book or hymnal plus pocket-sized manifesto pamphlets. Hera and a thoroughly modern uterus assist.

#NaPoWriMo wrap up


Thanks to everyone who read along, liked & tweeted our drafts last month. We've reverted all those posts to "draft" status so they disappear here. The poems may very well appear in more final forms elsewhere, later, at each poet's discretion.