2010. Bob Arnold. Bakery. In three-color fold out performance. Pamphlet.
: I'm working on
real-time with writing this bibliography. I started at 8 this morning
after an hour of scything and thinking. Now noon and I'm into the year
2010, after a stop for breakfast, some correspondence, and packing books
for customers. An hour before going out into the blazing sun to do more
landscape work. It's torturous weather but we'll be ripe and roiling
for a swim in the woods river. In the meantime, this isn't a bad
collection (Bakery), but not my best it turns out. Only the
prose poem about a bakery being taken-over by some dreamers still works
for me here. Plus one or two of the short poems.
2010. Bob Arnold. Gentleman. In glossy photographic wraps, hand sewn in four colors.
:Gentleman is a precursor limited edition to poems that will go into making some of my trilogy of books Woodlanders (Yokel; I'm In Love With You Who Is In Love With Me; The Woodcutter Talks).
The cover photograph is by Susan, top of Cannon Mountain in the White
Mountains and I'm holding an October snowball in my hands only for her.
Or was it Carson? Two loves.
2010. Bob Arnold. In A Cabin, In A Wood.
Well over a dozen new poems from the Vermont countryside of daily
chores and everlasting love. In three-color fold out performance.
: more new poems in trial run that
will either go into larger collections, or not at all. Share with
friends, and some friends come through and tell you things.
2010. Bob Arnold.More Questions.
A book for children or the child in the adult, asking the simplest
questions often best left unanswered. In three-color showcase, handmade
: a small handmade book of one poem said in segments, one small passage per page, getting to the place of no-answer.
2010. Bob Arnold.Save Yourself. In three-color showcase, handmade edition. Wraps.
: another group of new poems, mostly
short, and I believe devoted somewhat to the memory of Joan Crawford in
the film "Johnny Guitar", where she says these immortal words. Front
cover individually hand stamped.
2010. Bob Arnold.Villa of Souls.
A foldout portfolio of Bob Arnold's stonework and photographs from a
back woodlot in Vermont. A continuation of his earlier book on
stone-building On Stone. This portrait holds both photographs and poems
by the poet. In three-color fold out performance.
: showcase of my stone cairns, and
photographs, up in the Vermont woodlot here, attached with a few of my
stone oriented poems. The photographs are all in color. The cairns
remain in their villa, slowly going back to brush and shadows.
2010. Bob Arnold. A Possible Eden. Bob Arnold’s new book of modern fables. With two paintings by the author. Three color text. Hand-sewn wraps. 40 pages
: there will be two volumes of A Possible Eden,
and not at all planned. The first volume had a bear detail from one of
my paintings that I just kept for the second volume, same size books and
all. My back self-portrait with Susan is also kept on both books. The
only distinction between the two books is a hand drawn number "2" on the
back of the second volume. Prose poems.
2010. Bob Arnold.Farm Visit. In three-color showcase, handmade edition.
: I once worked weekly at a family
farm for twenty years. Not an animal farm: more land, gardens,
landscaped pastures and fields, ponds to trim, firewood to cut, split
and haul inside all through the winter. It kept me in some money. There
were families, couples, who once upon a time also kept a handyman around
their property if they could afford one. Susan sometimes came with me
and we put up the family Christmas tree for them, decorated it and took
it down. Somewhere along the line I wrote a poem, like this one (or
another book: Farm Hand) about being there. Decorated by me and designed, handmade in less than 30 copies.
2010. Jeffery Beam.Me Moving. A three color fold-out booklet of poems with wrap around band.
: Jeffery is always nearby. His
poetry, life, charm, book love and all is one we share. Now and again
he'll get it in his head to send me a group of poems and every time (so
far) they hit the mark and we handmake a booklet for him. He returns by
sending hungry readers and collectors wanting his publications. It's
win-win with Bob, Susan and Jeffery.
2010. John Bennett. DancingDancing On The Wind. In three-color fold out performance. Pamphlet
: when I was young and starting out
editing and printing mimeograph publications John Bennett was one of my
heroes. He worked, seemingly on thin air, out in Washington state,
churning issue after issue out of Vagabond. They were homemade
supreme; something dangerous and exhilarating about every issue. Poets
in the issues were either top grain rebels or just part of the crew, but
everything in the issues throbbed and gristled. Great stuff for a
twenty year old to dream over. Disregard, some, after awhile; and keep
to the editor John Bennett who always wrote the tough~love poem or
story. It was easy as pie after all those years to ask John to send me a
bunch of poems and let me make a booklet for him. Finally.
2010. John Bradley What Is Borne: In three-color fold out performance. Pamphlet
: John Bradley has one of the most
caring voices in modern poetry. It's no surprise to me his son became a
man of the cloth. We have now published three or it may be four booklets
by John, ranging from Hiroshima and modern era polemics, to a sheaf of
poems on Henry Ford and his time, and a travelogue by John while in
Turkey. He just wrote a letter to me this morning describing how he was
fleshing out a new piece on Billy the Kid, and would send it if he
thought it was up to snuff. I asked him to send it to me, please, snuff
2010. Rolf Dieter Brinkmann / translated by Mark Terrill.Under Glass. A tall three-color foldout folio . New and limited edition
: Mark marches on with Longhouse and
another booklet of his translations (the third) — this one from the
wild card of Europe Rolf Dieter Brinkmann, which would later go into a
full collection of poems by Brinkmann all translated by Mark. His
personal bibliography is revealing an outstanding and rich text of his
own poems, prose poems, literary essays, book reviews and the
translations of modern German poets. Tap the source.
2010. Pam Brown, Sentimental. In three-color fold out performance. Pamphlet
: Australian Pam Brown came to us
through her love, amongst many things, of old home architecture and of
course poetry, which she is good at. I have a sneaky feeling it was Pam
who brought my work and Longhouse to the attention of John Tranter, who
then carried it a bit further in the original treasury called Jacket. Pam's poems speak in unsentimental grandeur and grace one poem entwined here to the other.
2010. Alvaro Cardona-Hine. Little Songs to Sing While Singing. A three color fold-out booklet of poems with wrap around band. With art work by the poet and artist Alvaro Cardona-Hine
: Alvaro lives with his wife
Barbara, both painters, high on a crest in New Mexico. Neither are of
the wealthy New Mexico art life, unless you consider wealthy as living
long and beautifully. I long ago discovered Alvaro's poetry via
Scribners and Alan Swallow. In my hands I knew I had something. The
books even seemed to want to disappear with their humility and
tenderness. When Alvaro and I met by mail, books were exchanged like we
all often do, and then a painting was sent inscribed to us both. I hung
that up right above where I handmake all these booklets. "it is time /
to exist" indeed.
2010. Tom Clark.Jim Carroll.
"A poet departs, too soon, and there is a void that will not be
filled. From somewhere deep and old the tears well up in the dark
night.When I met Jim in 1967 he was seventeen. He had been leading a
triple life: high school All-American basketball star, heroin addict/
street hustler, poet." -- Tom Clark, The above is from Tom Clark's wee
memoir of Jim Carroll newly published from Longhouse for the Spring
Equinox 2010. With photographs by Bill Berkson, Mary K. Greer, and
Beatrice Murch. In glossy photographic wraps, hand sewn in four colors.
Ready to be slipped into your back pocket, or anyone's. Tom Clark was
born in Chicago 1941. Man of letters in poetry, prose, biography and the
fine art of proper blogging . A graduate of the University of Michigan,
he then attended Cambridge University and University of Essex before
returning to the United States in 1967. A long time resident of the
American west, he makes his home with Angelica in Berkeley, California.
This is Tom's second Longhouse publication along with "Single" -
: there is too much disturbanceto
this passionate testimonial in its publishing history that I'll just let
it rest that someone, someday, will find the correspondence, and the
emails, and what even appeared, unfortunately, concerning the book, on
some blogs and make something of it all. The book remains in print
because like all good things — like baseball and blues music — it's good
to have around. That joyous front cover photograph of woolen cap JC is
by Mary K. Greer. And like Mary, Bill Berkson was kind enough to provide
a younger Jim Carroll photograph on location (New York) for the back
2010. Cid Corman. A Language Without Words.
First published by Byways 6, 1972 : Gerry Loose, Essex, UK. Our ever
thanks for Gerry to reprint & bring this one back into the fold. A
three color fold-out booklet of poems with wrap around band.
: Gerry Loose in the UK in 1972
first published these poems in a small booklet he regretted was long out
of print and one day told me so. So I asked him if he would send me the
poems and see if we could republish the poems and bring everything back
to life. Not too difficult with Cid, simply keep watering. The plant
roots are both shallow and deep. Gerry was more than happy to see his
original "Byways" publication re-appear.
2010. Ray Di Palma.House of Keys. In three-color fold out performance. Pamphlet.
:Ray sent this manuscript,
unsolicited, one summer day and being like a scorcher today, we set
right forth and printed it all before nightfall. Hidden in the shade of
fine poetry and art work by Ray. We stay in contact at all times via a
mutual love for old films, great books and some other friends Ray has
brought to us with his guiding hands at knowing often what works where
the best. That's a handler, some call it a teacher.
2010. George Evans. The Precise Moment At Which, For Victor Jara . 4-1/4 x 5-1/2. Three color small broadside / card. Ideal for framing.
: a rare item, not even shown! from
the sturdy historical hands of George Evans. We both have a passion for
the late and great Chilean singer Victor Jara, murdered in the Pinochet
Junta era, so this poem was like between two homes. I can't more highly
recommend George's books of poems. All of them floating out there in the
sphere of just too good to be lost.
2010. Donna Fleischer. Twinkle, Twinkle . A three color fold-out booklet of poems with wrap around band.
: Donna's first, and it won't be
here last, show at Longhouse. Nicely crafted and spoken to the page
poems of wonder, right there in the title. We found for the original
wrap a see-thru yellow paper stock, that was later replaced with an
entirely different red. If you don't fall in love with that first poem
on the title page, I'm a monkey's uncle.
2010. Walter Franceschi . A Good Idea. A three color fold-out booklet of poems with wrap around band.
: Walter's second Longhouse booklet.
You see I read that "Koan" on the title page (where I put it for good
reason) and was hooked. The rest of the poems just kept coming and
coming and I flicked them left and right down the foldout page. In
Italy, Walter commutes by train. On the train, unknown to most on the
passengers, poems are getting seen and composed.
2010. Gloria Frym.from Mind Over Water. A tall three-color foldout folio
: we met Gloria Frym, briefly, at
the first Lorine Niedecker Festival in Milwaukee. That was in 2003. The
poems here arrived after we touched base during the Origin, sixth series I was collecting and editing, and a booklet quickly formed "with poetry / which fits in the palm".
2010. Merrill Gilfillan. Treehouse Haibun. In three-color fold out performance. Pamphlet.
: I've been reading Merrill
Gilfillan for a long time, as many have, we're lucky. The books quietly
appear and quietly rest on our shelves and the poems or prose is never
forgotten. It was Ray Di Palma, an old friend of Merrill's who gave me
his address to finally contact him for a pair of booklets we'd bring out
over the next year. One friend following another friend down the path.
2010. Michael Hettich. More Than Gratitude . In three-color fold out performance. Pamphlet.
:there are two photographs for this
booklet. Colleen, Michael's wife, liked one better than the other, so we
obliged and used both. The poems remained unchanged and content right
where they set, much the way Michael is, making less demands on anyone
and more into his poems which have a capacity to take off into
2010. Brooks Johnson.the people of the state of illinois vs brooks johnson . In three-color fold out performance. Pamphlet.
: Brooks, yes, is the son of Kent
Johnson, and a poetry rough rider anarchist of a sort. He, with a small
gang of fellow travelers, once took on the Poetry Foundation in Chicago,
which made for interesting good and bad press for everyone. A lover of
Cesar Vallejo, Brooks lives up to some of what the master may have asked
2010. George Kalamaras. Mingus Mingus Mingus. In three-color fold out performance. Pamphlet.
: of the many of George Kalamras's
loves, music is up there, along with western USA lore, India,
surrealism, the work of Robert Kelly, and beagles. The poems collected
in this booklet are all jazz players in poem portraits by George
thriving to the strum of the beat.
2010. John Latta.A Year (Days Off). In three-color fold out performance. Pamphlet.
: for at least a year I was turning
daily to John Latta's poems on his blog and collecting myself inside the
rhythm and intelligence of his world. This is a clutch of such poems,
dedicated to Kent Johnson and all things wildly caught between book
covers. The list of authors and thinkers he catches in his galaxy net is
2010. Dudley Laufman. Scything . A tall three-color foldout folio . New and limited edition
: Dudley is now 81 years old this
year and remains constant at the two or three worlds he has long
inhabited: fiddling, poetry, and rural ways. He was at Newport when
Dylan was making some early trouble there (Dudley was fiddling with a
band) and for decades later has fiddled and called contra dances, read
his poem publicly with many poets, and kept a small sustained homestead
in the Craftsbury region of New Hampshire. It was a pleasure to finally
get some of Dudley's rural stories, characters, narratives, poetry into a
booklet to share. "Jacqueline" is his wife, fiddling partner, and
2010. John Levy.Research Regarding Poetry and Driving.
A half dozen new prose poems, some first published in U.K., (Stride)
and here at Longhouse on the Longhouse Birdhouse. In three-color fold
: John is showing up this time with a
booklet of prose poems. The third in a series of Longhouse booklets
that range from a short story, to a collection of poems, and now the
prose poems, often quite humorous.
2010. Ed Markowski. A Chinese Box. A tall three-color foldout folio.
: I love this story. I did when I
first read it as something shared between Ed and I, then I thought how
good this would be to share with others, and wouldn't it be something if
we could get it all to behave and fit into one of our booklets. It did
so. Starting from working in an auto plant in Michigan and then out and
free with a girl at the time, the open road, and even a stop over at the
Naropa Institute, and soon enough jail.
2010. Joseph Massey. Mock Orange . A three color fold-out booklet of poems with wrap around band.
: by now we have published three or
four of Joe Massey's small foldout booklets. Each one comes along with a
small but mighty contingent of faithful readers asking for a copy, Joe
hid out somewhere in northern California making-do, with occasional
pleas from him to send a booklet here and yonder. We got a thing going.
2010. Marcia Roberts. Collagraphs. A tall three-color foldout folio
: Marcia Roberts has had three books of poems published by Skanky Possum or Effing Press, both out of hot-stuff Texas. Have a look at these fine presses. We were able to further the Marcia run in Origin, 6th series and later came a generous book of poems What She Knew from BlazeVox. Marcia lives with her family in San Antonio where one senses the Texas space here in Collagraphs.
2010. Norman Schaeffer.Little Sierra Nevada Poems
. A three color fold-out booklet of poems with wrap around band. With
photograph by Kevin Garner, looking from Lone Pine to Mt. Whitney.
: this is the first of two booklets
we especially enjoyed making with Norman from first his years of hiking
the high crest of the Sierra Nevada, to later love poems at home in the
Pacific Northwest. It wasn't easy paring the Sierra poems down to an
essential backpack duty, but here it is. They each resonate with a scope
of mountains and rivers and rising heights. The love poems are coming
up. . .
2010. Andrew Schelling.Arapaho Songbook II. A three color fold-out booklet of poems with wrap around band.
: Andrew's part-two to the world of Arapaho, equally as balanced and arrow-flight as the first booklet.
2010. David Shapiro. "To THE EARTH or A LAST POEM" . Love Thy Poet Spring Equinox 2010. Three color 4-1/4 x 6 postcard suitable for framing or slipping into the mail.
: it turns out this passage comes
out of a poem already published by the poet but how we've presented it
here on a postcard (not yet recognizing it came out of an earlier poem)
it lives a whole other existence. Since it was sent to us by David this
way, we go this way.
2010. Daniel Smith.Fatherland . New poems from this midwest farmer & poet detailing generations
of hardwork and earned abilities, plus pulling up stakes from one long
term family farm in Illinois for Wisconsin. In three-color fold out
: well heeled poems out of a midwest
farm family. Dan works the soil and his poems with the same ingredient
of care and understanding. The father of poet Austin Smith, the family
has within the last few years re-located farm and life to Wisconsin
where Dan holds a steady hand between the farm work and the poems that
2010. Simon Vinkenoog / Translations by Gerard
Bellaart, Frederique Berringer, Louise Landes Levi & Hans Plomp and
afterword by Louise Landes Levi. SIMON VINKENOOG poems: 1950-2006 A three color fold-out booklet of poems with wrap around band.
: with an afterword by Louise Landes
Levi who also sent some of the poems our way, along with artist and
Cold Turkey Press extraordinaire Gerard Bellaart, an eventual small
selected poems was made for the legendary bohemian from Amsterdam who
passed away a year earlier. All tribute.
2010. Vassilis Zambaras.IN CREDIBLE EVIDENCE . A three color fold-out booklet of poems with wrap around band.
: long ago, when he was
living in the Northwest, we published Vassilis in our early pages of
Longhouse and other publications — so it was more than good to have him
back to bring forth a short booklet of many poems which we sent to him
in his homeland of Greece.
A FELT SUCCESS Learn how to put things will you? the pencil won't stop probing miracles occur down the tube ink in your shoes through a flatter hat you couldn't run a whole airplane lost in the Atlantic Never to be done again the Pacific gleaming put on orange pants for trawler duty there's something in the learning glass apparently peppermint will improve you Palmer Method she's alive but she's a mess torque you see that's an idea an alum shield the duration THUD somebody's here the pain will kill her the blood will hurt a lot very much can't stand it the survivors stood on a shutter while the sun made with the steady blinks and moved multitudes READ ONCE Put on this wig and fiddle with those bottles weak hands in a vast landscape resultant the effect of certain chests see if you can set this safe a potpourri of betters there are certain Houdinis obstacles here the pen flows where the brain cramps the city blows only the museum remains a laying-on of wee surprises use no orioles there are other-colored collars statistical fillings moldings of the Gold Octet those boys occupational blizzards at cop-out speed were you a Nazarene? a localizer bittersweet fat port the fog is a washout come home no matter the obstacle falls come DOWN AT GRANNY'S CAVE Anyone interested in art is welcome to shoot up the place auto mechanics washing down church sides an iron clock interrupts the grammar lesson thumbtacks in the coffee you better listen a split second blink could do it kill some too few downturns in your m's pouting over a box loading operation some temper with your tunes? reflections in the snow? nobody'll ever you mean it? lot of stone too much telephone yellowjackets as a coat nightmare as a lock then only a peck of lemons nobody cares where you are the eve of optics Orlando Cepeda knows The Shadow stirs losses all around the creek turns into a reservoir and explodes THINK THIS You don't understand from now on we'll have grey fun lodged in the skull it seemed a mind or violin frog? real striper teacher a car cheat the clearance to admire sheer doors the rest suspended by naked strands couldn't make up their minds was it a home or a gallery they lived in? a most tiring mist had come over them so they attended bedturned off all that stuff had been speaking the wrong language all their lives please sharpen those the basement is full of Serbs I'm positive as wrong as I've been the field is full of notes not dates
Another style of publishing we like — the taller
booklet, or what Bill Porter termed "a bus ticket" (he should know, he
rides them), because of their design and shape.
2009. Bob Arnold, Cup. Many new
poems from a winter ice-age. Handmade and handbound in johnny jump-ups
stiff wraps. This many-colored sequence is limited to 50 signed copies.
: I wrote the brief commentary for the year 2008 then
went outdoors, early morning, and cut brush for an hour. One of the best
chores to do and feel something is done before the heat rises to
another 90-95 degree day. This little booklet came from the opposite
pole: winter down here in the river valley, an ice storm and no power or
phone for almost a week and the poems that came to visit me.
2009. Bob Arnold, Glade, from a woodcutter's notebook.This sheaf of poems of work and love. Many colored fold-out booklet wrapped in leaf sleeve with wrap around band.
: Glade is in the woodlot with the girl you
love, working together, making firewood which is making poems. The paper
stock for the booklet is actual leaf pressed into Bodhi.
2009. Bob Arnold,Music. Love
Thy Poet More and More and More and More! 2009 Three color 4-1/4 x 6
postcard suitable for framing or slipping into the mail.
:a postcard poem made from the longest poem from Cup because it seemed right to do.
2009. Bob Arnold, My Sweetest Friend. 38 poems as one-long-poem tribute, concerning the sudden loss of an older sister who was once a close childhood friend.
: I like this book of poems to speak for
itself more than I can here — I come from a family of four: three
brothers, of which I am the oldest, and an older sister, who we all
looked up to. Our sister took her life in Florida in 2009, or she had an
accident, or she was murdered. One never knows anymore. A note was left
and it seemed to be in her handwriting. I know the handwriting because
my sister wrote me all through my high-school years and very early
twenties when I would send her homemade books of poems and she always
answered. Including a few weeks before she was found dead, alone, on the
floor of her Florida condo. Fellow poets, you remember the very first
person who took to you and your poems and guided you awhile through the
storm, right? The poems came to me quickly, sometimes 6, 7, 8 at once. I
had to run ahead of the book.
2009. Bob Arnold, On Which~Way Trail.
Love poems from the woods and the trail. 24 poems wrapped in a variation
of handmade covers and endpapers. All with a bent toward different
centuries. Very limited and handmade.
: this little book of small poems was made with what cover
stock we had on hand, often a pleasure because right about now I was
after some variety and change-up. I like trails into the woods — man
made and animal made, both go.
2009. Bob Arnold, What Is October. One poem - 4 1/4 x 6 three-color card. Ideal for posting or framing
: a small poem for the month of October. Lightweight. You don't even know it's with you.
2009. Abdulqâder Bidel,/ Adaptations by Robin Magowan. BIDEL'S RUBÁIÁ. 14
poems adapted by Robin Magowan from the world and mind of Abdulqâder
Bidel (1644-1721) in colored wraps, Tibetan and silkscreen variations.
: I believe my old friend David Giannini encouraged Robin
to send us this translation during a lunch they had together where
things get talked about, even hatched. Robin liked the idea, as did I,
and mostso the poet translated and the era. We had some paper stock I've
never seen again, plus a red variety, we settled around the poems.
2009. Guy Birchard, Cigarette Cards. Eighteen new poems by Guy in this accordion fold-out, three color chaplet with wrap around band.
: Guy writes us from Canada and he might write you
from there as well, and his very fine poems come from there or even some
British variance or somewhere else only Guy knows of. Immensely
entertaining and cleanly built comes every Guy poem.
2009. Hanne Bramness, Winter Flowers. A
companion volume to Flower Pieces by Hanne Bramness published by
Longhouse. These near dozen new poems from Norway, translated by the
author and Frances Presley. Fold-out format in rose wraps, many colored
: more 'flowers' from Hanne in Norway. It's irrisistible when she sends them. We find a vase.
2009. Rafael Cadenas, / Rowena Hill, translator from Lover.
14 poems by the Venezzuelan poet Rafael Cadenas and translated by the
British native Rowena Hill. Foldout three color sheets in red sky in the
morning papers with signed and unsigned wrap around bands.
: as often is the case, we publish more translations in a
sudden spurt of either receiving or seeking them out. This booklet was
formed when Louise Landes Levi shared with us the very good work of
translator Rowena Hill. Reading, designing and printing and handmaking
the booklet was the easy part — coordinating between here and Venezuala
proved to be tricky and loaded with twists and turns. Rowena was even
kind enough to get a few copies signed for us by Rafael Cadenas, a
2009. Paul Celan / translated by Cal Kinnear, "Voices". Love Thy Poet More & More & More & More & More! series. Three color 4-1/4 x 6 postcard. Limited
:first came the postcard of Celan translated by Cal Kinnear, then. . .
2009. Paul Celan / translated by Cal Kinnear,A Handful of Sleep Seed. Fine and bright fold-out booklet. New and limited.
:. . .came a fuller booklet. Too many fine poems to be
left untouched, so we made a booklet and got these out to the translator
in Seattle. I believe it was Andrew Schelling who recommended Cal try
us out, with our thanks, again, to Andrew.
2009. Jason Clark, Abandoned Kingdoms 1-6.
Jason's artist notebook of abandoned tree houses from the northern
woods --Mix portraits on fold-out leaf with the artist's text, and one
poem by Bob Arnold. Limited edition.
: Jason wrote us from northern Vermont that he had a
sketchbook of treehouses and would we be interested? Immediately. Down
the pike came the drawings, from the field, lovely brush drawings that
seem made by blowing grass, ink tipped. Haven't heard from Jason in
awhile — he must be out there tramping, stopping, drawing, moving on.
2009. Tom Clark, Single. A tall
three-color foldout folio of new poems by Tom, many drawn by the poet
from his blog "Beyond the Pale". A union truly between the screen
appearance and paper edition. There are both signed and unsigned
: I can't remember how Tom Clark got with us but I've been
reading his work since the 1960s and always admired and much respected
his hand at the Paris Review (poetry editor) and his realer than real
commentary on the cultural scene. He continues it today with his blog.
Part of his secret to success and longevity of spirit has been one
2009. Andy Clausen, The Old Wobbly's Prayer. A
worker's song for these troubled CEO-thieving economic times - Andy
Clausen speaks to the spirit of good will. Part of the Longhouse Love
Thy Poet More & More...! series. Three color. 4-1/4 x 6.
: a fine sturdy poem to an old tradition. Andy Clausen
was once companion to our family's close friend Janine Pommy Vega, and
without a doubt Janine shared the poem with us and we said, "we'd love
to print it". So we did. That day.
2009. Ira Cohen, God's Mirror / White Poem. Two poem fold out booklet "I woke this morning from a dream..." in wild paisley wrap, one of a kind.
: Louise Landes Levi would often visit in New York City
Ira Cohen, photographer, poet, wise man, traveler, and while visiting
Ira would share things with LLL and she would write them down for him.
This was two of the poems Louise wrote down and said she would share
them with Bob & Susan, and Ira nodded an okay. The cover paper stock
when I opened the drawer in a store and came upon the stuff, on my
2009. Rene Daumal, / translated by Louise Landes Levi. Memorables.
Three color foldout booklet of one long poem Memorables translated by
Louise Landes Levi tucked into sky blue papers with signed and unsigned
wrap around band.
: while Louise was working at Ira Cohen and sending us
things, she was likewise going through her traveling bags and finding
more of her translations of Rene Daumal, and those came with the same
package of goodies. Her RASA collection from New Directions should not be missed.
2009. Jonathan Greene, Feed The Lotus. A
dozen new poems by Jonathan in this accordion fold-out, three color
chaplet with wrap around band. Signed and unsigned editions. This is the
:Jonathan and I have been corresponding for many
decades. We have mutual desires in country things like Harlan Hubbard,
and book love for Thomas Merton, ways & means of Wendell Berry or
Dorothy Day, country folk, Cid Corman, the Far East (what better way to
put it?) and book culture. He selected and published my book Once In Vermont
from his Gnomon Press with I believe some healthy instigation from his
wife Dobree Adams, and hand in glove I've been reading and publishing
his work all along. This booklet is one of many you'll find from
2009. Gary Hotham, Sand Over Sand . Whether
Maryland, Germany, Norway, small poems go with Gary -- this single leaf
foldout of a dozen new poems. Limited edition.
: hands down, always, Gary Hotham is one of my
favored poets of the short poem. He's as regular and resourceful as that
cup of sugar you ask from a neighbor. I could probably publish a
booklet per year by Gary if I really allowed my passions to be set free.
But then Gary's poems, just one! last years. Here's a bunch to have.
2009. Louise Landes Levi, word on the street.
Itinerant poet Louise Landes Levi cries out from the street a poem of
THOU SHALL NOT KILL to Israel and Hamas in this one long poem fold-out
tipped into violet with wrap around band. New and limited.
: you can see we were on a roll with Louise in
2009. Last night (July 2012) I wrote her a stern letter because
sometimes Louise deserves a stern letter. If you're patient, you'll
find a benevolence in the person; the same that works throughout almost
all of her writing. Her wisdom spans through Jewish and east Indian
travels, studies and purpose. She is also a skilled musician, often seen
playing on the streets worldwide. She continues to walk and pick up
rides on the great green earth that is before her. This was the first
piece I selected because it was that good and in my hands that day, to
set forth on the premiere of my "A Longhouse Birdhouse" (blog). It was
immediately offensive to an old friend, and one I often published, that
he asked his name to be removed from anything we ever did again. He got
2009. John Levy, Jimmy's Girlfriends and His Late Mother. In the world of law and order comes this John Levy short story presented as tandem booklet in wrap around band. Very limited.
: okay, so we got carried away for a little spell here
with John Levy. It can happen with John and me, over many years, but
then he doesn't keep in contact much with us anymore. I believe he
follows me safely at a distance from the Birdhouse blog. Yes, he told me
that. Once upon a time we did lots together, all 3 of us (Susan too).
Visit in Vermont, visit in Seattle; out there we slept on John's 'Murphy
bed'. The only time I slept on a bed pulled out of the wall. We all
traveled up into Vancouver together, and likewise had a long and sure
relationship with Cid Corman. It was Cid who put John and me together.
So here we are re-kindling the friendship one more time, and John has
such humorous and wry writings that I couldn't help myself and started
to design and print and design and print some more until we made a few
things. These are the stories. It came in a bunch, so we wrapped them up
in a band.
2009. John Levy, The Nightest. The
largest Longhouse foldout possible, many sheets of twenty poems selected
by Bob Arnold and designed in three color tucked into two varied
papers, heavy grassland and brown batik.
. . .and these are the poems. I believe John said his
daughter inspired many of these, and may have even given him some of the
titles for the poems. You see the earthen particles on the cover for
this booklet? it's all real stuff, and an incredibly heavy paper stock.
We bought it all wanting it for John's booklet and we worked at getting
it folded right. It was like a little bit of barbed wire in your hand
when you held the booklet, or nettles. Nothing like the poems.
2009. Stephen Lewandowski, Meeting the Bear. A Longhouse flip-up booklet. One poem. May be framed or carried in shirt pocket
: Steve was an early Longhouse contributor and came here
visiting when things were more wild and wooly, we just talked outdoors
in the rain then figured to move inside. He's always brought a texture
of the western New York landscape to us in his poems.
2009. Gerry Loose, "Homage To The Atlantic Ocean From
Berneray Western Isles". Three color postcard. 4-1/4 x 6. . Ideal for
: Gerry lives on a houseboat and has often moved on that
houseboat or some boat in his adventures off the British Isles. We
share rural life stories as easily as two clothespins on the line. All
day in the sun. And when he sends me poems, I always want to print them
for sure. This postcard is one and there will be another one in this
bibliography down the road, and I know another one for a future post
2012. But first we did a booklet of poems which I'll take up next.
2009. Gerry Loose, Starworks. Gerry on
his houseboat, wood's trail, or town walk blown this way from Scotland
--Ndouble leaf catch of many many poems. Limited edition
: a delightful and thoroughly imaginative piece brought
forth from Gerry moving on mother earth, his home. We got just the paper
stock for this one, which provides a sort of starstruck sheen to it.
The poems do the rest. Gerry's writing is as one with his life pursuits,
there isn't a seam to be found. That's a boat builder for you.
2009. Thomas Meyer.Vespers and Clair de Lune. A
tall three-color foldout folio of new poems by Thomas Meyer, two long
poems entwined. There are both signed and unsigned editions.
: I've been forever curious and attracted to the fine
work and fellowship of Thomas Meyer, long companion to Jonathan
Williams, the rural squire of North Carolina and off the beaten paths
U.K., of where Tom was drawn. These two long poems, we think, fit
ideally into this taller booklet format and can be tucked into a letter
to anyone as riches spilling forth.
2009. Siimon Petkovich, Forests of Clarity. Siimon
is not a typo but a real one, heritage part Croatian/part Australian
and brought forth here in a 19 poem booklet to announce the Longhouse
new year of 2009
: Siimon with the two "i's" turned up one day in the
mail from somewhere out there in hinterlands (Europe) and I liked the
rebel cry and inventions of most of his poems. So I selected a group on
the spot and printed them immediately like toast and butter. We sent a
bunch to him, but who knows what happened, or where he was or eventually
ended up. Part of publishing are the stories that come with the
writing. A few years later, of course out of the blue, Siimon touched
base again, and I'm expecting it to happen again. In the meantime, the
poems are good'uns.
2009. Bill Porter, The Great Kashgar Bus Convoy.
Prose. This account has been edited from a series of 280 two-minute
programs on the Silk Road Bill Porter wrote and produced for an
English-language radio station in Hong Kong in 1992. We are happy to
share this publication with Kyoto Journal. As a translator of ancient
Chinese text, Bill Porter is also known as Red Pine. Tall double three
color booklets in wrap around band.
: I've told the story before how Bill Porter and I met—
in a bakery in Vermont, and we were scheduled to meet and had no idea
really what one another looked like, but when it happened we knew
instinctively who-was-who. With a friendship grin. Bill had traveled
down by bus from Montreal (we were supposed to work up there together,
but some family emergency took me out of it) and then hitchhiked the
last few miles to find the bakery. While visiting in the bakery (Susan
later arrived) we hatched the idea for this booklet of Bill's travels on
the Silk Road. It was Bill who gave the shape and form of these
booklets we were now printing that he liked to call "bus tickets",
because that's what they looked like to this veteran of the world open
road. From our meeting he was heading out to Arizona and baseball's
spring training. As I'm writing this, he's back at his many storied
travels in China.
2009. Philip Rowland,someone one once ran away with. Fold-out booklet of poems in blue wrapper with wrap around band.
: Philip is the master hand at the publication Noon
from Tokyo and an equal master with the very short poem. It was one
whole pleasure making this booklet. For the hey of it, we also included a
long poem by Philip that beautifully balances all sizes of poems
2009. Ryokan / translated by Dennis Maloney,I Pass Through This World Four Seasons of Poetry.
47 poems to be exact - all translated by Dennis Maloney. Longhouse,
2009. Many colored fold-put booklet in golden sleeve. Limited
: I always liked the way this booklet turned out, and
it's packed with poetry but doesn't seem at all crowded, and maybe it
all has to do with the color balance that work for the cover? You try
your hand at something and wait for the results. Dennis and I have yet
to meet after five decades long corresponding with one another and
sharing vast amounts of publications. At one time he was interested in
publishing a book of mine that was tied up with a letterpress publisher
who was taking his awful sweet time at it, and never did publish it, and
I lost Dennis by then and a few others took a crack at the book until
finally it came forth from a publisher in my home ground of the
Berkshire hills. You can go home again. I learned this from Ryokan.
2009. Andrew Schelling, from the Arapaho Songbook.
A dozen new poems by Andrew, drawn from a longer work-in-progress, in
this accordion fold-out, three color chaplet with wrap around band.
: one of two booklets from this long work we would
showcase from Andrew Schelling's Indian studies of the western plains,
nearing the mountains. We found some paper stock that resembled almost a
rawhide, a tanning, a skin hide well preserved. The poems do the rest.
2009. Andrew Schelling, translator, Dadu (1544-1604).
Born in Ahmedabad. Called Dadu Dhayal (the Compassionate), He was a
cotton-carder, an occupation in which low-caste Hindus lived at close
quarters with Muslims. His Sakhis owe much to Kabir and other North
Indian poets. In sparkle gold wraps, many color fold-out with wrap
: Dadu, translated by Andrew Schelling, was all part of a
four part booklet series we were designing up of Andrew's work (none of
it planned) combining his trait and eye for East Indian studies, and
his then homebase on the western USA landscape. The centuries of
writings it entails is mind bofggling. It's a typo, yes, but I like the
way it looks, sounds and feels because it captivates the pleasures of
2009. Austin Smith,. Instructions For How To Put An Old Horse Down. A tall three-color folio of new poems by Austin Smith, many long poems entwined. There are both signed and unsigned editions
: Ah, Austin. Someone tells me he's about to become
'famous' with a poem in the New Yorker and a full book of poems from
Princeton, while studying in the esteem Standford University writing
program. Well and good, he deserves everything he can get and has
earned. But we published him first, and it was probably Kent Johnson who
first shared with me Austin's work, and also Austin's dad, a farmer and
poet Daniel Smith. Trust me, the apple hasn't fallen far from the tree.
This 'bus-ticket' booklet of poems are some of Austin's strongest rural
networked poems, and it goes nicely with his much smaller booklet of
shorter poems from Longhouse. There's nothing quite like reading a young
poet who has listened and watched so well through his childhood, and
those walks from the barn.
2009. Nicomedes Suarez-Arauz, Bodies of Water. Love poems and poems of rivers 15 new poems by this poet from the Amazon. One of our largest fold out booklets
: a brilliant poet from South America who for many years
taught at Smith College and lost none of the sacred waters and jungles
and drama from his native habitat. These are love poems and landscape
poems aligned. Rivaling only Hoa Nguyen's booklet we published for heft
and size. Another one of those manuscripts where you had to take in
2009. Pell Tanner, The Poems I Really Love.
Introduction by Chinese scholar and poet JP Seaton. 21 poems with a deep
chinese influence. Many colored fold-out booklet in Asian screen print
: crushingly honest love poems made by a textile
manufacturer who travels far and wide into China with his own personal
odyssey and life work. Not the first time Sandy Seaton brought a group
of poems to me and said, "I think these are very good." Sandy's quite
right. He was happy to write an introduction for the booklet.
A poem (or more) will be offered by the hour or with the day and at the very least once a week. So stay on your webbed toes. The aim is to share good hearty-to-eat poetry. This is a birdhouse size file from the larger Longhouse which has been publishing from backwoods Vermont since 1971 books, hundreds of foldout booklets, postcards, sheafs, CD, landscape art, street readings, web publication, and notes left for the milkman. Established by Bob & Susan Arnold for your pleasure. The poems, essays, films & photographs on this site are copyrighted and may not be reproduced without the author's go-ahead.
Available from Longhouse. Please link on the image for ordering information. Drawing from years of poetry and also new poems, The Woodcutter Talks is Bob Arnold at his finest branching love poems with back country work poems and settlement with community, family and individual portraits. The extensive collection also showcases vintage photographs from woodcutters and woodchoppers and big-saw-pullers of old. Sweat runs down the cheeks of the mere literary and they adore one another.
Stone Hut by Bob Arnold
"Once again, my friends, this is your best book! Exquisite in design, fat enough to be a feast, pretty enough to just wade around in, but deep enough to dive into and stay with, all I can say is WOW, you guys really did it – it’s the first of its kind, a scrapbook novel that is also a how-to and a mystery -- how did he do it, and how does he make rocks balance like Thor? — Gerald Hausman" ~
Museum, An Unlikely Meditation, written by the poet Bob Arnold, is as much an unlikely novel. Visit this page for details.
Cid Corman's Of, Volumes 4 & 5 from Longhouse.
ANNOUNCING. The final volumes to Corman's opus in one book ~ of, volumes 4 & by Cid Corman. 1500 poems, 850 pages edited by Bob Arnold, now available in a limited edition from Longhouse, 2015. Please link on the cover image for details & Paypal payment information ~
'Fully a book ~
An interview with Bob Arnold on Cid Corman’s ‘of’
Janina by Janine Pommy Vega
New and available now from Longhouse ~ Janine Pommy Vega Janina Visions, Tales & Lovesongs 288 pages perfect bound packed with poems and photographs. Janine's full course album of photographs, travel journals, poems, facsimile notebooks of poems, childhood photographs, and family, Beat family, plus her unfinished memoir of Jerusalem.
Walking Woman with the Tambourine is the final book of poems by Janine Pommy Vega.
"Walking Woman with the Tambourine is the final book of poems by Janine Pommy Vega. The author completed the manuscript and left it as she wished with her executor Bob Arnold … New and available now from Longhouse ~ Poetry. 144 pages. Perfect bound softcover. Please link on the image for ordering information
New! James Koller : Selected Poems 2003-2004-2005
James Koller — Selected Poems 2003-2004-2005 Longhouse 2016, 72 pages, perfect bound. Please link on the cover image for details & Paypal payment information PLUS more from Longhouse
OPENINGS by JAMES KOLLER
Selected poems 1959 ~ 1985 edited by Bob Arnold. New and available now from Longhouse ~ 72 pages . Perfect bound softcover. Please link on the cover image for details & Paypal payment information PLUS more from Longhouse
Lorine Niedecker's A Cooking Book
A Cooking Book Lorine Niedecker Longhouse 2015 72 pages, perfect bound. Please link on the image to purchase this new title from Longhouse.
Kent Johnson's "I Once Met"
Visit the Birdhouse for Kent's book information :
Kim Dorman — "Owner"
"Owner" by Kim Dorman. Including photographs by Kim Dorman. Selected and edited by Bob Arnold. New and available now from Longhouse 2016 ~ 80 pages. Perfect bound softcover
"Heretic" by John Phillips from Longhouse
New from Longhouse ~ John Phillips "Heretic". Poems with collages by the author. Click on the image for more ~
J.D. WHITNEY'S SELECTED POEMS ~ NEW FROM LONGHOUSE!
J.D. Whitney ~Sweeping the Broom Shorter Selected Poems 1964-2014 from ~ Longhouse 2014. 192 pages. Please link on the cover image for details & Paypal payment information PLUS more from Longhouse
Or, try this cover of JD Whitney's Selected Poems
J.D. Whitney ~Sweeping the Broom Shorter Selected Poems 1964-2014 from ~ Longhouse 2014. 192 pages. Please link on the cover image for details & Paypal payment information PLUS more from Longhouse
New! from Longhouse ~ Island Dreams by Gerald Hausman Please link for details & Paypal payment
ISLAND DREAMS by GERALD HAUSMAN Selected Poems 1968 ~ 2015 chosen & edited by Bob Arnold New and available now from Longhouse ~ 160 pages Perfect bound softcover. Please link on the cover image for details & Paypal payment information PLUS more from Longhouse
John Bradley's "And Thereby Everything"
L O N G H O U S E is very proud to announce a new book by John Bradley in their on going series of S C O U T book publications — other titles from the series have been by Kent Johnson, Janine Pommy Vega, James Koller, Bob Arnold and Lorine Niedecker with more in the works. An opening salvo at the front of the book by Patrick Lawler should provide ample cover for what the reader should come to expect. And Thereby Everything John Bradley Longhouse 2015 First edition only issued in softcover 208 pages, perfect bound illustrated throughout by Bob Arnold with 150 photographs
Dudley Laufman : Bull & More Bull
Visit this page for information on this new Longhouse by Dudley Kaufman (2016)
Dudley Laufman's Islandian Poems
The Islandian Poems & Fables Dudley Laufman Longhouse 2015. 72 pages, perfect bound. Please link on the image to purchase this new title from Longhouse.
MIRZA ABD AL-QADER BIDEL / ROBIN MAGOWAN ~
New from Longhouse. Please click on the image
New from Longouse ~ Robin Magowan
New from Longhouse. Robin Magowan. The Garden of Amazement, Scattered Gems After Sâeb. large softcover glossy bound with an introduction by the translator, 112 pages
Duo by Bob Arnold — New from Longhouse Please link to A Longhouse Birdhouse for more information
DUO Bird Poems by BOB ARNOLD. New and available now from Longhouse ~ 92 pages. Perfect bound softcover. Please link on the cover image for details & Paypal payment information PLUS more from Longhouse
Start With The Tree by Bob Arnold
New in 2015. Building a marriage, building a family, building a small barn out in the woodlands together as a family, as a marriage, and seeing the roof go on. Over 150 color photographs
Beautiful Days by Bob Arnold
Beautiful Days ~ new poems of living and working in the Vermont woodlands and to Hurricane Irene
Yokel by Bob Arnold
[from "Yokel, A Long Green Mountain Poem" by Bob Arnold] ~ that and more at Bob Arnold webpage of books & poems: Please link on this image for more
Go West by Bob Arnold
Filled with poems and travel photography — shares one cross-country trip the couple took in the mid-1980s to California from Vermont.
"I'm In Love With You Who Is In Love With Me" by Bob Arnold
from Bob Arnold's new book "I'm In Love With You Who Is In Love With Me" ~~~~~~~40 years of love poems
"Rain Bear" by Bob Arnold
Bob Arnold's first children's book "Rain Bear" New and available now from Longhouse ~ 50 pages. Perfect bound softcover with photographs ~ & drawings by Jason Clark