Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Preview of some poetry books I will be handing out at tomorrow's gift exchange/reading

as Basho would say:

ho ho ho ho ho
ho ho ho ho ho ho ho
ho ho ho ho ho

I'm making my lists and checking them twice for tomorrow night's White Elephant Contemporary Poetry Gift Exchange reading at Glendale Community College.

I ordered several books to giveaway throughout the night (by way of Johnnie Clemens May's generosity) and I was going to preview some of them here, but I will wait until after the event, for those who like surprises.

In the meantime, I must thank a few other people for contributing their work.

Cathy Capozzoli was a featured poet for one of our earliest events. She now lives in New Mexico, but she sent me some copies of her new chapbook Solstice Windows from Blue Light Press. It's a collection of Ghazals and here is my favorite:

     Too Close For Comfort

     The cat curves her back in four directions
     before dawn. Geckos leave the outdoors.

     Venus follows the moon. I take breakfast
     from sweets. My throat is full of dreams.

     This morning's fleas will die before dusk.
     Turn off the fan; the day has November on its breath.

She also included copies of her husband Sherman Souther's chapbook Surgical Bru-Ez from Tinfish Press. I am glad they are still able to participate across state-lines.

Another big thanks to New York Quarterly Editor Raymond Hammond. I ordered a wonderful book that he published in his NYQ Books series (I will post about that one, in a few days) and he donated three other NYQ titles to giveaway, along with it. So I will also be handing out copies of Grace Zabriskie's Poems, Monique Ferrell's Unsteady, and Amanda J. Bradley's Hints and Allegations.
It's important to show people that there are still presses out there in this Kindled world that are publishing actual poetry books with interesting cover art that can be held in your hands, while thumbing through the pages and smelling the ink of each word.

I look forward to seeing what everyone else brings tomorrow.
I will make sure to post a follow-up report and elaborate on which books I chose to disseminate.


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