Can’t recommend Simon Jacobs’ chapbook SATURN enough. Check it out from Spork Press (whose letterpressed raw board covers are little pieces of art on their own).
In the gale outside, he sees apparitions of the past, faces he’s synthesized over the years: the flaming red Ziggy Stardust mullet, the fascist-chic of the Thin White Duke, images from other eras he spent functioning in myth; now, he finds himself slipping inexorably, apocalyptically back into it, for the first time in a decade.
He has just finished recording.
MAJOR UPDATES & ANNOUNCEMENTS:
- Plays Inverse Press is proud to announce that our next book, Bloodletting in Minor Scales [A Canvas in Arms.] by Justin Limoli, will officially be released December 9, 2014. Advance Reading copies are heading out now, with additional updates and pre-order information to come. We love love love this work and can hardly wait to unleash it on the world. Sites / publications / individuals interested in an early copy for review, hit us up at editor at playsinverse dot com.
- We’re also proud to announce that we’ll be publishing C. Dylan Bassett’s collection of scene poems, THE INVENTION OF MONSTERS / PLAYS FOR THE THEATRE, on April 8, 2015. Several of these scenes appeared in other forms in the limited edition chapbooks Some Futuristic Afternoons (Strange Cage) and The Invention of Monsters, co-written with Summer Ellison (IO: A Journal of New American Poetry), and we’re beyond excited to continue the life of this work. Keep an eye out for us at table 1630 at AWP with our good friends The Lettered Streets Press & Ghost Ocean Magazine where we’ll have the first copies on sale.
- Lastly, THE HOLY GHOST PEOPLE by Joshua Young is going into a second printing! Thank you so much to everyone who has bought a copy so far and for all the wonderful feedback. If you haven’t gotten yours yet, you can still help us sell the last handful of copies from the first printing at http://ow.ly/AZynK, or help us out with a review at http://ow.ly/AZzI3!
Thanks for your support, and we hope you’re as excited for the upcoming months as we are! Stay tuned for future details, and you can find more information on Plays Inverse including our mission statement and submission info at www.playsinverse.com.
Big news over at Plays Inverse. Thanks so much for the support everyone. 2015 is already shaping up to be pretty rad.
lookatallthisstuff said: Hey John, will there be an audiobook for Wolf in White Van? More importantly, will you be reading it?
I put off answering this question until we were done tracking. I just finished doing the reading for the audiobook just now. Literally just now. I am typing from the couch behind the mixing board. Scott Solter recorded it and now we’re going to put some spectral ghostly instrumental music together to lightly thread through the reading here and there.
It’s really interesting reading the whole book through, I haven’t listened back to it yet but I feel like it heads out into some pretty remote interior places, and I’m excited to record the music and see how it fits together!
Welp, this is amazing. New music + John Darnielle narrated audiobook. Swoon.
Ltd ed print, http://angeladeane.com/artwork/3571028_Family_Reunion.html
Chapbook Prize update -
On July 31 we received the last of the Toll Prize chapbook entries. There are some beauties in there! Now the committee has divvied up all the submissions and is reading them blindly. This Sunday, we are going to meet and discuss our selections, then choose a winner, the book that we feel best honors the memory of our great friend, our brilliant poet.
We’re also raising money to keep the series tenable, so now we’re offering ast year’s winning chapbook, What Hank Said on the Bus by Kyle Flak, available for just $5. I love Kyle’s book! It’s fun, funny, and supple.
Here’s the book’s first poem. Fans of Spencer Madsen take note:
MABEL MY DEAR
you held my hand all through the new kung fu movie
we were at the mall
and then we were buying popsicles
later we were naked
much later than that you were showing me the pinball machine you keep
in your garage
i felt like we were too old for everything
you kept pulling champagne out of surprising places
i said, “okay. i get it. you’re a fun person.”
but then stuff kept happening
stuff is still happening
Keep the prize alive and read the whole chapbook in your hands. Order a copy here.