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The poems in Invisible Cities mix iconography of local commerce and artifacts with the sordid universality of online interactions to create an assumed familiarity and community with the reader. Hand-sewn Japanese stab binding with pink, green, or blue twine (chosen at random). Printed on appropriated corporate letterhead with a metallic-pearled white cover. Limited edition of 50 copies. … Continue reading Invisible Cities by Paul Vogel, 2015
Mike Hauser’s poems are simultaneously droll and emotional. Red & White Balloons documents the poet as they remain through the crushing necessities of living and work. Hand-sewn pamphlet stitch binding with red cotton thread. Printed on 24lb white paper with screen-printed and embossed cover. Limited edition of 50 copies. 32 pages. Mike Hauser lives in Milwaukee, organizing … Continue reading Red & White Balloons by Mike Hauser, 2015
The poems in this book are swampy mystery. The book uses the supernatural as a means of exploring the local—the lyrical poems combine with supernatural subject to create a sort of new mythology of place. We’re in a swamp and ghosts come out of the loamy water and aren’t our enemies or our friends. They … Continue reading Rhabdomantics by Beth Towle, 2016
SPHERES is essays on music produced as a zine, complete with stolen paper and borrowed copier. The covers are calligraphed gold text over Kinkos. Self-portrait takes inspiration from Ashbery, and also Clark Coolidge’s The Crystal Text and Craig Dworkin’s reboot of The Crystal Text, the poems show a writer placing themselves inside the larger implications … Continue reading Spheres + Self-portrait in a Convex Mirror Projected on My Wall by Jonny Lohr, 2016
don’t read this… is sustained meditation within fluorescent-glowing bleakness. Notes jotted down between eavesdropping on one sided phone calls and whispering back their traumas. Alice Ladrick’s poems notate a long and grey winter spent working as a transcriptionist, a winter of accidental deaths, ignored bomb threats, and further corporate dehumanization. The winter is met with wit, … Continue reading don’t read this if you already want to die by Alice Ladrick, 2016
PINKpoems creates a subject that is simultaneously objectified and personified. A meditation on a burning Barbie figure; the body is dolled and further reduced to pieces and chemical reactions. The doll is recreated to humanity as the distorted body image the Barbie inspires. This cycle repeats, building to a final ecstatic refrain. Hand-sewn, using hand-dyed thread … Continue reading PINKpoems by Jayme Russell, 2017
Selected Poems of Xu Lizhi (1990-2014) Xu Lizhi (translated by Friends of Nao), 2018 Xu Lizhi’s poems emerged amid the media coverage of workers at Chinese tech factories jumping to their deaths—a rash of tragedies whose cause was crystallized in the behemoth company Foxconn’s crass solution of erecting nets. Xu’s poetry gives a voice to … Continue reading Retail Labor Series