As those on my notify list already know, And Turns Still the Sun at Dusk Blood-Red poems from Sunlight at Midnight, Darkness at Noon by Christopher Cunningham and Hosho McCreesh, is available for order, and ships early March from Bottle of Smoke Press.
It's a companion piece to the two nobody-poets' groundbreaking book of letters, Sunlight at Midnight, Darkness at Noon.
From the FOREWORD:
In May, 2009, Orange Alert Press released Sunlight at Midnight, Darkness at Noon: The Cunningham/McCreesh Letters Vol.1. As part of that release, 26 stunning lettered hardbacks were made by the incomparable Bill Roberts of Bottle of Smoke Press. It's something most book collectors in general have seen—a limited edition hardback, often more expensive—to accompany the trade paperback. But we wanted to make something extra special for all those early supporters. Then it dawned on us: what's better than owning a broadside, or some other uber-exclusive production? A manuscript…an actual typewritten original.
Now this was an idea!
So we got to typing: a double-sided manuscript broadside, featuring an original, unpublished poem from each author. But not just any ol’ new poem—no sir!—one written specifically for the project…with a title pulled straight from the original letters themselves. Yes, a new poem, by each author, off of their respective typers, signed and everything.
Collected here for the first time ever, are the final spoils: those 52 poems from the lettered copy hardbacks—bringing the entire opus full circle. Rarely in life does something as truly terrific as SUNLIGHT and now BLOOD-RED ever happen. From the original wild-typed letters traded between two strangers in 2002, to 13 years later, seeing how a few of those banged out lines dashed off in the sinking midnights have morphed into this. It celebrates everything that is wondrous about the small press—personal, approachable writing by unknown writers, most working day jobs and hoping to make the occasional buck while chasing their humble dreams. The fact that Bottle of Smoke manages to then wrap it all up in gorgeous, collectible artisan productions is further evidence of the vast, undiscovered culture of makers, doers, and creators—the life-blood of the small, artisan, independent press—putting out work that is far more adventurous than any large press (with their bean-counters making decisions based not on art but on the bottom line) can gamble on. We offer this up with our deepest and most sincere gratitude—to all who've supported us, and all who've made us look so damned good.
Anyone interested can order now from:
P.O. Box 66
Wallkill, NY 12589
If you have a Goodreads account, log in and sign-up for the And Turns Still the Sun at Dusk Blood-Red... giveaway (available in the US, the UK, Canada & Australia). It comes to you courtesy of Bottle of Smoke Press and the co-authors (read as: Chris and I). We're offering up 2 copies, and hope they both go to someone like you who'll love 'em! The giveaway ends February 28th, 2016.
Well, after engaging in some fairly complex calculations based on the survey many of you were nice enough to suffer through, I've determined that the perfect frequency with which to send off a little hi-ho-what'd'ya-know is precisely every 3.7 weeks. So let's call that my tentative schedule then.
So what's new? It looks like the long-awaited Cunningham/McCreesh book from Bottle of Smoke Press, AND TURNS STILL THE SUN AT DUSK BLOOD-RED... is back on like Donkey Kong. It'll be January, 2016, if the lord's willin' and the Creek don't rise... We have been forced to abandon the art aspect of the book, which, honestly, has been hugely problematic. So expect a book of poems -- 52 screamers, if you ask me.
For those who bought one of the 26 hardback copies of SUNLIGHT AT MIDNIGHT, DARKNESS AT NOON (the book of letters) way back when, you've read 2 of the poems...on your double-sided manuscript broadside, a really cool extra we did for you kick-ass collector types. BLOOD-RED is very much a companion book to SUNLIGHT, and those of you paying close attention can find the titles for all 52 poems highlighted in the body of the letters themselves. This one's been a long time coming, and we're dreaming up something tasty for the letterpress covers. As always, we'll look to make the book available in both collector and reader editions, and may even dabble in the black arts of eBook-dom. Stay tuned.
Speaking of: Happy Halloween, ghouls and gals. On a holiday devoted to begging for free stuff, I feel obligated to offer up a free ebook. Decide which of THESE you'd like, and drop me an EMAIL HERE -- I'll get you a free download code.
Okay. Get off them-thar electro-devices and go tell your people you love 'em.