Katie Jean Shinkle, whose fiction will be featured in our upcoming summer issue, has a poem in the new Sixth Finch! Got a minute? Read it, won’t ya?
We’re going live on the Tree Light Books site/tumblr/thing. It’s still a work-in-progress and there’s plenty more we want and need to add to make the site as comprehensive as we desire…but we were pretty tired of keeping some of this stuff a secret.
So nose around! Tumbl it, Tweet it, Whatever-You-Do it, but most of all, enjoy it.
The Point, Or What I Cannot Recall by Tyler Flynn Dorholt
There will be a special section in Purgatory for those that have read this chapbook. Whoever is in charge will summon you and test your blood and examine your head. They will find Dorholt’s words etched into your insides and from there you will be good to go. The Point, Or What I Cannot Recall is a singular work of deep breaths, primal screams and ‘rent controlled loins’. For every mystery uncovered there is an equally mysterious reply sent from the outskirts of the page via word of mouth. He doesn’t show his heart but his veins and nervous system as well. This is your meal ticket to tomorrow. We welcome this into your home.
Read an excerpt c/o of Ghost Ocean
6 x 8.5 chapbook. Letterpressed, block printed, and hand-stamped covers. Recycled handmade endpaper. Printed on high quality #24 copy paper in a limited edition of 90 hand numbered copies.
ORDER HERE: http://www.greyingghost.com/dorholt.html
CONTRIBUTOR NEWS: Tyler Flynn Dorholt’s latest chapbook THE POINT OR WHAT I CANNOT RECALL is now available from Greying Ghost! As GG mentions above, you can read an excerpt from the chap over at Ghost Ocean. Right here actually.
If you like the excerpt we published in issue 6, consider supporting a mighty fine press by buying the chap from Greying Ghost!
We’re finishing up the design for Susan Slaviero’s contest-winning chapbook SELECTIONS FROM THE MURDER BOOK, which is set for a July-August release from our imprint chapbook press Tree Light Books.
With each purchase, we’ve decided to throw in a FREE handmade, typed bookmark featuring memorable lines from Susan’s book. Above is a photo of some of the bookmarks before they’re cut/torn into their individual form.
We’ll be featuring more sneak-peeks as the printing and assembling process begins. We’re so excited to get these goodies in your hands!
Monday through Friday next week, I will read you a story if you contact me through Gmail or Skype. The story will be from my first book, The Map of the System of Human Knowledge, which came out this week from Tiny Hardcore Press. I will be at my computer working from 10 am to 6 pm,…
Ghost Ocean contributor and all-around nice guy James Tadd Adcox wants to read you a story. A story he wrote. A story he wrote that now lives somewhere inside his very own book published by Tiny Hardcore Press.
All you have to do is contact him through Gmail or Skype. Click on the URL to his full blog post to get his info and hear him read a story. He has a nice voice. We promise. We’ve heard it a time or time.
Bye Land by Tony Mancus
Bye Land is good. Very good. So good it’d drive the pious to almost use the lord’s name in vain. Tony Mancus writes with the tension of an escape artist who dreams of staying escaped. He is the type of writer your parents warned you about: honest, ballsy, and god damned good. It is as though each sentence is flicked into your face like a freshly snuffed matchstick. Eventually a little fire flares up and the doors to Bye Land unlock and the curtains on the windows to Bye Land spread and the light from Bye Land going out overwhelms the light seeping in.
7 x 8.5 chapbook. Letterpress and hand-stamped covers. Endpaper photocopied from found images. Printed on high quality #24 copy paper in a limited edition of 90 hand numbered copies.
ORDER HERE: http://www.greyingghost.com/mancus.html
Bye Land! Bye Sea! By God Buy This Chapbook!
We’re publishing Bye Land’s counterpart Bye Sea through our imprint press Tree Light Books. We’re pumped to read this gorgeous chap (from my all time fav chapbook press, which gives me goosebumps) and put its sister/brother/cousin chap out in the world SOON.
Greying Ghost constantly and consistently sells out of their chapbooks, so please get your hands on this ASAP so when we drop Bye Sea you’ll have the complete story.
Julie Marie Wade closes the Ghost Ocean Magazine 30/30 National Poetry Month issue with “Letter to Judy Garland as Francis Gumm.”
It’s been a great National Poetry Month, everyone. Thanks for listening.
Contributor Questionnaire: Julie Marie Wade
Can you remember the first poem you ever wrote? Read?
I was around eight years old, and a friend of the family had died. I didn’t know this person, but I wanted to make a card to convey my sympathy during a time of sadness. It made intuitive sense to me that a poem was the best way to acknowledge grief. So I wrote a rhymed poem and printed it very carefully inside a homemade card and gave it to my parents to take to the funeral. I don’t think I wrote another poem until high school, but the elegiac impulse is with me, even now. As for the first poem I read, I’m sure it was something by Shel Silverstein. The first poem that I remember having a dramatic impact on my life, however, was Denise Levertov’s “In Mind,” which my senior English teacher, Ms. Kaz, brought for us to read and discuss on the first day of AP American Lit. I remember I volunteered to read the poem, and then I answered all the questions she asked about it, and later I transcribed the poem in my calligraphy class and hung it on my bedroom wall. For all I know, it’s still there. In fact, I really hope it is.
What misconception about poetry bothers you most?
That poetry is intractable, impossible to understand, and not worth trying to understand. I teach a lot of poetry, even in classes that don’t have poetry in the course description, and I’m always saddened by how fearful some students are about the prospect of reading poems. I take it as my special mission to show them the possibilities of the poem, the incredible versatility of the genre. Books like Cornelius Eady’s Brutal Imagination, Denise Duhamel’s Kinky, Stacey Waite’s love poem to androgyny, A. Van Jordan’s M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A, James Allen Hall’s Now You’re the Enemy, Sandra Cisneros’ Loose Woman, Tony Hoagland’s What Narcissism Means to Me, and Marie Howe’s What the Living Do have all, in my experience, held open the doors to poetry for reticent students to step inside and join the celebration.
Favorite word? Least favorite?
I love so many words it’s hard to pare down, but there is a subset of words I especially enjoy. I call them “Wonky Words,” as wonky is one such word. For me, the best of the wonky words would have to be “kerfuffle.” I also like “waffle,” used as a verb. I hate the word “seminal” and am loathe to use it in a sentence (even this one!).
Considering the poems you write, what about yourself would surprise readers most?
My poems tend toward the melancholic, or at least the ruminative, a good portion of the time, but in real life, I am an exceptionally cheerful person. My partner has been known to call me “Cherry Merry Muffin,” and I deserve it.
Favorite writing environment (place, lighting, music, etc.)?
I will write anywhere I can, but I like best writing at home in the early morning quiet while it’s still dark outside. I make a pot of coffee, feed the cats, and park myself at my table near the window. I don’t listen to music while I write, but I do like to have a soft candle lit or a bunch of Christmas tree lights gathered together in a bright-white bouquet.
If every poet in history were forced into a cage-style death match, who would walk out alive?
Wow. That’s a tough one, and I don’t have a good answer. But if I were playing the ultimate poetic edition of Red Rover, I’d want the universe to send right over Quan Barry, Sandra Cisneros, Lucille Clifton, Mark Doty, Denise Duhamel, Cornelius Eady, T.S. Eliot, Jorie Graham, Marie Howe, Sharon Olds, Claudia Rankine, and Adrienne Rich—in alphabetical order, of course!
Julie Marie Wade reads “Letter to Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale,” the first of two letters to Judy Garland.
Joshua Young reads the fifth and final letter in this set of “dear survivors" letters from This is the Way to Rule.