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Thursday, March 22, 2018

April at the Bloof Blog, aka NaPoWriMo 2018

We're going to write poems every day in April, participating in NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo, a public poetry celebration initiated by Maureen Thorson. Read about the history of this unofficial, unaffiliated, noncommerical event here. NaPoWriMo coincides but is unaffiliated with that other April poetry thing—National Poetry Month sponsored by our friends at the Academy of American Poets/

The poets who will be posting at this blog, so far are: 

Maureen Thorson (at her own blog here)

You can use those links to follow individual poets, or just see what floats by here. 

Some of us will be posting full drafts, some of us snippets or revisions of work already in progress. Some of us will disappear the drafts after a day or so—so stop by daily to catch them all—and some of us might now. There are really no rules. Except to write. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

BAND NAMES & OTHER POEMS update (& other updates)

Dear readers of Bloof,


Remember blogs? We're delighted to discover we still have one. We're gonna be redesigning the site soon to streamline and update lots of its features, including this old thang. The URL might change a bit, but we'll let you know. Because we have stuff to tell you that we want you to actually see.*

First, if you preordered a copy of Peter Davis's BAND NAMES & OTHER POEMS it is now in the mail. You will have it in a few days (if you don't have it already). It'll start showing up in stores/online stores sometime next month.

If you need a review copy, please get in touch. We're preparing the publicity mailing now. (info at bloof books dot com)

We're still working on the proofs for THE CITY REAL & IMAGINED by CAConrad & Frank Sherlock. As we get closer to finalizing that we will keep you posted. That preorder special is still available in the store.

This post is also to warm up the blog for April daily poems. That's right—we're going to participate in NaPoWriMo again this year. Learn about the event (or sign up your own site) here.

We're going to be shifting most of our announcements to this venue (and our monthly or less than) email newsletter, because *Facebook is sucking for Pages these days. And because we're unhappy bee-ing there in general. For now these blog posts will still show up on our FB page as links, but we're hoping you'll follow us here too, and/or Twitter and Intagram (both @bloofbooks) where we plan to stay for now.

(Yes, we know Instagram is FB, but it's sufficiently different that we still find it useful…and enjoyable.)

May the bees be with you,

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The City Real & Imagined by CAConrad & Frank Sherlock

Cover photo by Zoe Strauss

The City Real & Imagined

CAConrad & Frank Sherlock

6 x 9 inches / 116 pages
Publication date: April 1
ISBN: 978-0-9965868-9-4


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Bloof Books is thrilled to be reissuing this book-length sequence by CAConrad and Frank Sherlock. Written collaboratively after daily walks through the streets of Philadelphia, the sequence is a natural extension of their friendship and lives as poets in a shared place. 

"This city was/is ours," says Sherlock, "as it is for everyone who lives here, loves here and hates here, for better or worse." "We met at LOVE Park each time, a dozen times total," explains Conrad. "We alternated who would lead the walk through the city, so the experiences were shared. This is a collaboration of shared absorption of Philadelphia, and not at all written in that pass-the-paper back and forth kind of way. This is collaboration on a scale of sensory trust, trust in each other's abilities, trust in what each other will provide for the day, and for the poem."

Out of print for several years, this updated edition has been completely redesigned and expanded, with a cover photo by Zoe Strauss and an afterword by Thom Donovan.


"Too often we forget about the 'human' in human geography. This book reminds us that every city is a peopled space. As Carl Sauer writes in his 'Foreword to Historical Geography,' 'We know that habitat must be referred to habit, that habit is the activated learning common to a group, and that it may be endlessly subject to change.' What Conrad and Sherlock really enliven in their book is this sense of 'activated' or 'active learning' that is (and should) be 'endlessly subject to change.' Cities change. Places change. 'Oh bondage up / yours. We echo this in different languages.'"
 —erica kaufman, Jacket2

"In The City Real & Imagined a polyphony of voices speak through Conrad’s and Sherlock's exchanges. Or, to be more specific, Conrad and Sherlock speak with these voices; such voices are not just ethnographic curiosities but come from people the poets see around, talk with, and with whom they share a conversation. Through this conversation with Philadelphia’s neglected, Conrad and Sherlock argue for an open public discourse against American hermeticism." 
—Thom Donovan, Poetry Foundation

"Their works, their lines are made as if
written and photographed
by the street itself
as if the street had eyes (which would be Zoe's lens)
and tongues to speak in honest spurts,
which would be Conrad's contrarian joy bursts
and which would be Frank's calibrated quirks,
the lurks and twists of his combinations:
the pretzel vendor, the 10 dollar T-shirts,
the project roof,
the guy who pushes
that metal-filled shopping cart—
their writing, their art
intertwining, to manifest the frankest proof
of the real, to state and articulate un-conned truth." 
—Rachel Blau DuPlessis (read the rest)

About the authors

CAConrad is the author of 9 books of poetry and essays, the latest is titled While Standing in Line for Death (Wave Books, 2017). A recipient of a Pew Fellowship in the Arts for Literature, they also received the Believer Magazine Book Award and the Gil Ott Book Award. CA is currently working on a (Soma)tic poetry ritual titled, "Resurrect Extinct Vibration," which investigates effects the vibrational absence of recently extinct species has on the body of the poet and the poems. They teach regularly at the Sandberg Art Institute in Amsterdam, and their books, essays, films, interviews, rituals and other publications can be found online at

Frank Sherlock is the author of Space Between These Lines Not Dedicated, Over Here, The City Real & Imagined (w/ CAConrad), and a collaboration with Brett Evans entitled Ready-to-Eat Individual. Poems beyond the page have found their forms in installations, performances, and exhibitions, including Organize Your Own: The Politics & Poetics of Self-Determination. He is a 2013 Pew Fellow and 2014–15 Poet Laureate of Philadelphia.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Band Names & Other Poems by Peter Davis


Peter Davis

6 x 9 inches
236 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9965868-70
$16  $12 PREORDER SPECIAL through Feb 15
Publication date: April 2018

The fourth book of poems by Peter Davis, Band Names & Other Poems
Preorders ship in February, exclusively from Bloof Books. Retailers will begin stocking the book in mid-March.

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In Poetry! Poetry! Poetry!, Peter Davis asked himself, "What would happen if poets told the whole truth about themselves and their artistic ambitions? What if every poem were stripped down to radical honesty?” In TINA he asked, "What would happen if every poem were addressed to the same person, someone not exactly a beloved?" 

This time around, Davis started not with a question but a dare as his constraint: create an endless list of band names, each plausible, spanning a variety of musical styles and eras, without exhausting the concept.

BAND NAMES & OTHER POEMS is the result of that experiment, the Oulipo-inflected descendent of Raymond Queneau’s 100,000,000,000,000 Poems, sort of, but funnier and about bands. Turns out, naming bands is a peculiar linguistic activity—they’ve got their own grammar, and a flexible form that’s as ready to satirize current events as to indulge in a really bad pun. Readers will soon find themselves visualizing and even hearing the bands: understanding how Shock Fawn differs from The Stitch Release, why Stations of the Crossbow could never share a bill with Trauma Rasta or Gretchen Retch, while Midnight in Fairy Tales opening for Paper Kate makes total sense. When Trump Wall and the Mexico Pays does a contemporary-country cover of “Foreign Scandal” by 80s punk legends Reagan’s Assassination the crowd goes unwittingly wild.

Two books in one! OTHER POEMS consists of 40 standalone pieces like “Ocean Radiator,” “The Use of Youth,” “The Future as We Planned It,” and “Succeeding in America.”  

PETER DAVIS's previous books of poetry are Hitler’s Mustache, Poetry! Poetry! Poetry!, and TINA. He writes, draws, and makes music in Muncie, Indiana, where he lives with his wife and kids and teaches at Ball State University. For more information visit

Poems from this new book have appeared in Ampersand; the Awl; the Believer; Big Bell; Columbia Poetry Review; Forklift, Ohio; Masque and Spectacle; interrupture; Juked; Omniverse; Open Letters Monthly; Poet Lore; Powder Keg; Rhino; and Sixth Finch.

Cover design for BAND NAMES & OTHER POEMS

EXCERPT (originally published in Omniverse):

Succeeding in America

It is not as if I can capture the high road simply
by mowing everyone down at the ankles. In fact,
as I try to navigate the crust, I find my desire
to spring forward is held in check my desire
to fall back. It’s like, for each and every Newton
there is an opposite Newton, say, a fig, a Wayne
who is chubby as a tween but a real fucker
on the banjo. Also, as far as showmanship goes,
it’s hard to beat a drum harder than all the
daydreaming eyes at the soda fountain or all
the twinkling cheeks at the record store. For
every black button on a lapel, there is a tiny wish
in my heart. At every hopeful talent show
the number of dance steps is the same number
of steps to my bed. In my bed, where my dreams
are cartoon surfers, I can feel the musing of
the future. I feel the skin that isn’t yours spread
across an ocean that isn’t ours. It’s like the foam
in my throat is a bubbled snake, like the vest
in my chest is a fur grenade.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

SOLD OUT: Exercises in Painting by Khadijah Queen

Now available as a free ebook!

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Exercises in Painting
Khadijah Queen

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Hand-sewn in natural twine
Natural White Felt Textured 80# Cover, full-color inkjet
Natural Smooth 70# Text Interior, b&w laser jet
5.5 x 8.5
24 pages

Bloof Books Chapbooks Series
Volume 3: Issue 5 (2016)
ISSN 2373-163X
ISSN 2373-1648 Online (2018)

>> Limited to 100 copies <<

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__________________ after dreaming that hungry women may resort to violence 
An all-woman riot in the wilderness &
chained vultures & wolves smell the brawl
from their caves & forests policing, by force
of habit wanting everything for themselves
but the women channel a raging
feast, raining from the sky &
pushing up from the ground, so the animals
only end up eyeballing
bits of sky between the dull cloud of rank
wings & bared teeth

"__________ my loved blacknesses & some blacknesses I knew" at Poetry

Three more from the chapbook at Dreginald


Khadijah Queen is the author of four books, most recently Fearful Beloved (2015), and four chapbooks. In 2015, The Relationship theater company staged her verse play, Non-Sequitur, in NYC as part of the Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Performance Writers, with publication by Litmus Press. Individual poems appear in Brooklyn Magazine, Tin House, Fence, jubilat, Best American Nonrequired Reading, Powder: Writing by Women in the Ranks from Vietnam to Iraq, and widely in other journals and anthologies. Her fifth book, I’m So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On, will be published by YesYes Books in spring 2017. She is core faculty for the low residency Mile-High MFA program at Regis University.

Cover painting: Untitled (2010), Khadijah Queen

Exercises in Painting is the fifth chapbook in the 2015–2016 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 eventually in a combination volume called Bound.