Friday, May 03, 2013
Welcome to May. Welcome to Our Next Book!
When I first read Edward Doyle-Gillespie’s manuscript for Masala Tea and Oranges, I was struck by its strange seductive nature. I’m not completely sure whether it’s because of, or in spite of, its war-torn Middle Eastern locales and imagery. There’s desert and conflict and what happens in the spaces in between. So many things. And the recurring appearance of the samurai sword, which was chosen for the cover (with nothing else).
It’s about so much more than its surroundings . . . like, what do we find when we’re forced look and live beyond ourselves?
From “Oasis Bridesmaids”:
And this, I decided, was how your people
made a home in that place.
In that barren, broken moonscape,
on the banks of a sea of salt,
punished by your hubris by an Old Testament sun,
the women danced, bare feet in the dust,
black hair pouring out in wild streams,
and the water simply rose to meet you.
Pick up a copy today. You won’t be disappointed.
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Friday, April 26, 2013
National Poetry Month Comedown
In true Grey Book Press fashion, we’re acknowledging National Poetry Month as it’s winding down. Personally, for me, I ran out of steam on NaPoWriMo several days ago as I turned toward pieces that wouldn’t allow resolution in a single day. However, some of our friends are keeping up, as Bloof has been following. Yesterday was an instant classic collaboration from GBP veterans Elisabeth Workman and Michael Sikkema.
We’ve been quiet since kicking of our 2013 season last month, but there’s a lot going on behind the scenes. In fact, we have multiple books coming out in the next month. First up is Masala Tea and Oranges by Edward Doyle-Gillespie; look for it in the store (Titles page) next week . . . we’ll be announcing here. In a couple/few weeks, it’s the latest from Lucy Biederman. And soon after that, it’s going to be Kate Schapira. See? Lots going on . . . just ironically not appearing during National Poetry Month.
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I know it’s the second book of 2013, but it’s the first book from the open reading we did last fall. And coming after Juliet Cook’s most recent effort, it’s a morbidity… cont.
Happy, AWP, everyone!
For the umpteenth year in a row, GBP will not be there . . . but our books will! Well, copies of at least one book anyway, as Nick Admussen’s amazing chapbook, The Experiment in Morbidity, is about to hit the street, and Nick… cont.
Elisabeth Workman tagged me in the Next Big Thing . . . thing, and I feel like we’re really stretching the boundaries to include me in that category, which was set up to promote authors who have work coming out in the next year or so. To give myself some cover, I’ve extended… cont.
It’s here! Be afraid!
We’re very excited to present the latest chapbook from Juliet Cook, entitled Poisonous Beautyskull Lollipop. This collection explores themes… cont.