Greg Joly and Bob Arnold holding forth in a public reading forum of their own devise to raise awareness and possible funding to send down post-Katrina Hurricane to New Orleans.
: cover photograph is from a serene location I always liked from my boyhood home of the Berkshire hills, and the woman on the cover is the subject of all the book — 40 years of love poems. It is the second book in the trilogy "Woodlanders" and collects together innumerable smaller books, very limited, that have been issued from Longhouse and other small presses over many years.
2012. Ross Hair / drawings by Laurie Clark. An Anthology Gathered for Shirley Collins. Three color unfolding concertina format with photographs and one long poem. New and limited
: Ross Hair and I share an affinity for the music and time of Shirley Collins and his immaculate poem flower portraits, as homage, do garden this foldout booklet with an elegance. Laurie Clark pays another visit to Longhouse with her exquisite art work. Our thanks to Jeffery Beam for sending Ross our way.
2012. Louise Landes Levi. Early Poems. Three color unfolding concertina format with photograph and poem. New and limited.
: 'early', as in many decades ago when the poet, translator, musician and traveler Louise Landes Levi was heading out on her search for the being of poetry, love, and fellowship. Many of the poems are earthed in India where her earliest travels took her. Selected by Bob Arnold from a vast array of the poet's earliest notebooks.
2012. Gerard Malanga. Janine Pommy Vega, 1942-2010. Postcard . Noted poet, photographer, archivist shares a companionable eye to an old friend, the poet Janine Pommy Vega. Three color approximately 4-1/4 by 6 card. Ideal for framing. New and limited.
: a poem written by Gerard for our mutual close friend Janine Pommy Vega that I had heard about and went asking GM if we could reprint the poem in our series of postcards from the press called "Fabulous Futures". Typically, Gerard was more than obliging. Postcard came forth.
2012. Ed Markowski. Storefront Church. Three color unfolding concertina format with photographs and one long poem. New and limited.
: from Detroit's native son Ed Markowski come poems from a rock 'n' roll center of poetry, family, auto workers, street hustlers, muggers, angels, and the very smallest things. Selected by Bob Arnold from 100s of poems, mainly short (Ed also writes prose poems, baseball haiku, long poem, elegies) and collaged with personal photographs from the poet's cache of neverending wonder.
: this all came about when John sent me his latest beauty Nehemiah Grew, a book off the land and midair where he lives and moves through in many places Illinois. I had picked up our week of mail in town and had some time to kill parked with the truck in the shade and began reading John's new book and was so taken by a section titled 10(13), and couldn't think of the sequence of poems being anything but a tiny booklet from Longhouse, so I immediately began to design in my head what we might be able to print up for John as a surprise booklet to send to him of this sequence. To simply move it further. We did this and await to hear what he thinks of this little stroke of independent-how-dare-you!
: a rare item indeed — an unpublished short essay from the legendary Vermont homesteader, after leaving the Green Mountains with her husband Scott Nearing for the rocky coastline of Maine and re-establishing a home place. . .two cats, independent, much like these two good earth builders, showed them the way in.
: you're on the Arran Island of Scotland or you may also be in Japan but you are most definitely with the poet Malcolm Ritchie wherever he may be, humbled, gracious, receiving, sharing, and very learned. The first of what we hope to be more small booklets to come.
: some years ago now I gave a reading at Eero's then courageous vegetable farm, spread as it was along the banks of the Merrimack River, same river Thoreau and his brother John once navigated with small boat and big minds. It was an autumn of flooding and the farm was sloppy with mudholes and plants itching to harvest. Another poet and I read in a greenhouse for a few stalwart souls that showed up, a few of those workers from the farm. Small Cambodian women as I recall. Eero did this every year for other poets and musicians and it seemed to help his good farm grow, plus make his own poems and photographs, of which I wanted to gather for a foldout booklet.
2012. Steve Sanfield. From the Front. Three color fold-out
: . . .then after Susan went to bed I typed up this small booklet of poems dedicated to a Marine from the Gulf War and we'd print this booklet up after breakfast the next morning. Strangely, it's the first booklet we have published by Steve after decades of loving his work and always being quite content in the many small books he has gifted us over the years. He seemed to have it all covered. Happy we snagged a postcard and a tiny book to send his way.
2012. Andrew Schelling. MOUNT BLANCA with UTE CREEK at DAWN. Three color unfolding concertina format with photographs and one long poem. New and limited.
: the most recent offering from the press by Andrew Schelling, and there have been many booklets over the years, drawing from the poet's personal notebook of poems, travel diaries, and translations. This booklet is a travelogue poem in the heart of the Rockies (where the poet has resided until recently) moving down ridge into New Mexican territory and the change and sweep of language, history and vista.
: just to show how insidiously sweet some poets can come about — I had known of Heathcote's writings for years — something about a bad boy anarchist from the UK, which I also received as a likewise classical mind savior. Gerard Bellaart had been for some time sending me Heathcote's poems in one more and another handsome publication from his Cold Turkey Press, he then bought and asked me to send my book Yokel to HW as a gift, who in turn bought a copy and sent it to Malcolm Ritchie, a lovely skipping stones moment in time. Less about me, I hope, and more about the sharing and soldiering on of fellow poets. This unity amongst all of us in a bubble of time generated my enthusiasm to fetch at least three booklets from two poets and still wanting to nab some of the art pieces of Gerard's, which will come. For now, jackdaw, in all his splendour.
2012. Heathcote Williams. Mr. Eternity. Three color unfolding concertina format with photographs and poems. New and limited.
: after Heathcote's "Jackdaw" cry, came the kneeling writ on sidewalks and walls "Mr. Eternity", a true to life poet of the streets who left his mark in chalk wherever he passed through. A Heathcote Williams portrait as long poem and photographs. One more indelible moment in time.
2012. Yoshiro, Ishihara/ Hiroaki Sato, translator. Haiku. Three color unfolding concertina format with photographs and one long poem. New and limited.
: wretched, troubling, searching, surviving haiku by one of the forgotten or never known (here in the U.S.) at all WWII generation poets of Japan, translated by one of our very favorite thinkers and heaven/earth philosophers Hiroaki Sato. His Miyazawa Kenji translations have meant the world to me since first discovered five decades ago and found, with many other Japanese gems, in a myriad of small press journals and publications. Ishihara is one more. We first took on the haiku, and as of this writing we're devising how to tackle the more demanding tanka unit. It'll come.
: like the haiku foldout booklet of Ishihara, we are offering the poems in as fullest content as possible: meaning Hiro's English versions, with the original Japanese, and characters. It's just the width of the tanka and the lesser width format of our booklets that is holding us up on this one. We go out and work a little more in the garden or in the woods, and while in those sometime narrow passages, come back inside and creep a little closer at making a design for this booklet. It's planned for August. The Leo month.