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.
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.
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.
: more 'flowers' from Hanne in Norway. It's irrisistible when she sends them. We find a vase.
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
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 editions.
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 knees, beckoned.
: 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 unsigned
: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 Longhouse.
: 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 his wish.
: 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.
: 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.
: 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.
: 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.
: 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 together.
: 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 around band.
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
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 practically all.
: 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.