While living in Bolinas, poet and critic Bill Berkson produced Terrace Fence, a minimal, conceptual, yet intimate book of black and white photographs in an edition of ten or fewer. This seminal piece of conceptual photography doubling as a small-town protest gesture was reproduced in the summer of 2012 in an edition of 100. The text was printed letterpress and the photographs were reproduced from the original paste up and tipped in by hand. Each copy has been signed by the author. (2012)Read More
Spirit Photography: A Fireside Book of Gurus (1973) by Michael Myers and Holbrook Teter is arguably the greatest book produced by Zephyrus Image. Spirit Photography is essential reading for anyone interested in photography, conceptual art, artists’ books, and the unique cultural climate of the Bay Area in the ’70s. This facsimile was printed letterpress and is faithful to the original in every way, right down to the errata slip. (2012)Read More
Mimeo Mimeo #7: The Lewis Warsh Issue is the first magazine ever devoted in its entirety to poet, novelist, publisher, teacher, and collage artist Lewis Warsh. Warsh was born in 1944 in the Bronx, co-founded Angel Hair Magazine and Books with Anne Waldman in 1966, and went on to co-found United Artists Magazine and Books with Bernadette Mayer in 1977. He is the author of over thirty books of poetry, fiction and autobiography, the Director of the MFA program in Creative Writing at Long Island University in Brooklyn, and as you’ll soon discover, so much more. Includes an introduction by Daniel Kane, an interview conducted by Steve Clay, 10 new stories, 5 new poems, dozens of photographs and collages, and an anecdotal bibliography. (2012)Read More
Complete Fragments is Larry Fagin’s first trade edition book of poems since I’ll Be Seeing You (1978).
Limited edition hardcover signed by the author and Glen Baxter. 112 pages.
Cover art by Glen Baxter.
ISBN: 978-0986004001Read More
Mimeo Mimeo #6: The Poetry Issue is devoted to new work by eight poets who have consistently composed quality writing that has influenced and inspired generations since the golden era of the mimeo revolution. Contributors include Bill Berkson, John Godfrey, Ted Greenwald, Joanne Kyger, Kit Robinson, Rosmarie Waldrop, Lewis Warsh, and Geoffrey Young. Cover art by George Schneeman. The few copies that remain can be purchased via SPD. (2012)Read More
“‘[T]hrough the tunnel pushing water’: the first appearance of this image in Charles Alexander’s serial poem arises as if in a dream, and that sense of dream persists throughout this long and complex work (‘the dream pushes up from under the water’). Yet, ‘pushing water’ also becomes a metaphor of body, of breath, of heartbeat, blood and brain, of consciousness itself, time and history, rendered in diverse poetic forms. Alexander embraces language and the bodies of work that comprise the touchstones of English poetry from the ‘word hoard’ of the Anglo-Saxons through Shakespeare and Greville, Dickinson, and Williams, Olson and Creeley. Without having done an actual word count, ‘love’ and ‘syllable’ (the beat or rhythm of the word) seem to me to be the most frequently used in this poem of love, language, and love of language.”
— Beverly Dahlen
Mimeo Mimeo #5 includes a lost and found essay by Paul Blackburn on the mimeo revolution, Steve Clay on Robert Creeley’s copy of Presences, Michael Klausman on the art of poetry LPs, interviews with Lyn Hejinian and Larry Fagin, Stephanie Anderson on Alice Notley’s CHICAGO, Abel Debritto on Charles Bukowski’s rise to fame, and more. Cover art by Buzz Spector. (2011)Read More
Conducted over the course of four decades, Hanging Quotes is a landmark oral history project comprised of nineteen interviews with pioneer book artists, typographers, and poets. Alastair Johnston’s thoughtful questions evoke fascinating new stories and information from luminaries as diverse as Nicolas Barker and Robert Creeley. He discusses the transition from cast metal to digital type with the prime movers in the field: Matthew Carter, Sumner Stone, and Fred Smeijers; and he takes stock of the field of artists’ books in wide-ranging conversations with Sandra Kirshenbaum and Joan and Nathan Lyons, while his groundbreaking interviews with Dave Haselwood, Holbrook Teter, Bob Hawley, Walter Hamady, and Graham Mackintosh shed new light on the history of the book in the 20th century.
Paperback. 274 pages.
ISBN: 978-0982792667Read More
In the spring of 1962, poet Charles Olson descended upon an experimental college in rural Vermont to read from The Maximus Poems and The Distances, and to lecture on Herman Melville. His captivating performance sparked lively debates with the audience on the nature of myth, history, etymology, narrative, knowledge, and sexuality. Charles Olson at Goddard College is an enthralling and indispensable annotated transcript that celebrates the intersection of Olson’s poetics and a hopeful moment in American education. Edited with an introduction by Kyle Schlesinger. Foreword by Basil King.
Paperback. 112 pages. Includes illustrations.
ISBN: 978-0982792650Read More
On average, 120,000 vehicles drive over the Brooklyn Bridge every day. What if each displayed a poem that could be read by the 4,000 pedestrians and 2,600 bicyclists that cross the bridge as well? Bumpers suggests that an alternative medium has the power to bring poetry to the streets. Bumpers is a collection of twelve genuine crack-‘n-peel bumper stickers designed and printed letterpress by Kyle Schlesinger with the assistance of Hannah King in two or three colors each. Contributors commissioned to compose poems specifically for this project are David Abel, Bill Berkson, Johanna Drucker, Craig Dworkin, Michael Gizzi, Michael Gottlieb, Ted Greenwald, Dorothea Lasky, Hoa Nguyen, Tom Raworth, Kit Robinson, and Carolee Schneemann.
ISBN: 9780982792698Read More