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Get Thee Behind Me, Bumper Sticker!

Get Thee Behind Me, Bumper Sticker!

Just a quick update here: all our original COLLAGES are on sale until the end of the month. Look for the discount code in the banners on this site.

And if that ain’t enough, we’ll soon have the first official KEEP BOOKS DANGEROUS bumper stickers in the house. Pre-order in the webstore today. Both the collages and the new bumper stickers are half off right now…so, I mean, why not, right?

Virtual Ownership?!

I saw a few calls recently for a return to physical ownership of products instead of the virtual ownership of media that we all believe we “own" with a purchase. It’s probably just a matter of time before some corporate overlord decides to block us all from accessing whatever stuff we thought we’d bought. After all, isn’t that the unwritten promise of late-stage Capitalism?

It’s hard to overstate the convenience of streaming, of digital downloads of movies, books, and music. We can carry entire libraries in our pockets. I get that…and I’m not opposed to it.

And yet, fail to update a dying machine or lose your back-up drive — and even without the shareholders voting ‘to hell with the customer base’ — what did our money get us?

What is actually ever ours?

These are just a few of the gorgeous, handmade books I’ve been lucky enough to have out. They often come with extras and freebies — from temporary tattoos and stickers to broadsides to original collage covers and laser-etched flasks. They are all things that, should you own one, won’t just up and disappear in the night.

I talk about it only because I have such admiration for the artists behind such creations — folks kind enough to share their tremendous talents with my humble projects. To me, this remains the most amazing thing about the small press — that together we can do things like this.

Yes, there aren’t massive print runs or enough sales to ever rub two nickels together.

No, this stuff is never covered by the powerful promotional engines behind big publishers, or mention much across bookish social media. That’s too bad…because there are those few people and places out there who still do care about such things.

Anyhow, this was just a way to say — if you are one of the people that support such things — thank you. Keep supporting these publishers and people who try harder to go the extra mile.

I promise I’ll keep trying to make the coolest stuff I can.

Until then, I guess all this will remain our little secret…

3 Poets Volume 2

It’s go time!

3 Poets Volume 2 is now available — 50 copies

If you don’t yet know the work of either Jose Pepe Arroyo or Mike Mahoney, my two compatriots in the American trio on display here, I suspect you will someday soon. Both have been writing with the passion and insight necessary to carry them over the years, and, to my mind anyways, both are criminally under-published. That puts the folks at East London Press on the cutting edge, and makes this an especially exciting book to be a part of.

The book is described as: "A super slim volume of poetry, letter pressed, hand-sewn, hand bound and pocket sized. Featuring the work of Mike Mahoney, Hosho McCreesh & Jose Arroyo. The books are of such dimensions as to be easily fitted into the back pocket of your jeans. Sexy is what they are and exclusive is what they will always remain.”

Publication date - 30th August 2019. Pre-orders now welcome. £4.99 per book plus P&P

East London Press, and all the gorgeous things they’re getting up to, is yet another outfit in the small but loyal crew of small presses out there working hard to Keep Books Dangerous, all of whom are worthy of whatever support feels right for you. Their books typically sell out, so if you know you want a copy — sooner is better than later. The book’s got a blend of old and new work from me, none of it published anywhere (if I’ve kept my bookkeeping straight), plus a chance to get to know Arroyo and Mahoney.

That’s a whole lotta love for your back pocket!

Something Like Forgiveness

Congratulations to Rebecca Schumejda, whose terrific new book is available from Stubborn Mule Press. Rebecca asked me to do some collage for the book, and little did I know the text and the images would pull together so well. It’s really a triumph for her, as she bravely pushes herself into some difficult new poetic territory, writing raw and close to the bone about a recent family tragedy. I consider it an honor to have just a small part in this ferocious and honest book, and encourage anyone reading this to go give it a look. The folks at Stubborn Mule went big, doing beautiful full-color art within the pages of this book-length rumination on potentially forgiving the unforgivable.

Deep Surface Fissures...

Deep Surface Fissures...

McCreesh's 3rd collection of poems printed in 2002, and originally limited to 50 copies, Deep Surface Fissures Revealing a Furious Molten Core... is back in print after over a decade in limbo…and I finally have a few copies for the store.

Ternary Editions,  an imprint seeking to unearth and reprint an entire catalog of great small press books otherwise lost to the ages, is proud to re-release the book that, like many small press gems with limited (and collectible!) print-runs -- are otherwise impossible to get a hold of. Poetry by Hosho McCreesh from Ternary Editions (2018), 76 pages