: a small handmade book of one poem said in segments, one small passage per page, getting to the place of no-answer.
: 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.
: 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.
: 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 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 or not.
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.
: 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.
: 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.
: there is too much disturbance to 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 cover.
: 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.
: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.
: 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.
: 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.
: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 imaginative storytelling.
2010. Brooks Johnson. the people of the state of illinois vs brooks johnson . In three-color fold out performance. Pamphlet.
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 becoming.
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 anchor.
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 out performance.
: 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.
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
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 performance.
: 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 call.
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.