"Poetry is a kind of witchcraft. We have the power to manifest, to call forth, to make what didn’t happen, happen. I think of the griots who delivered stories from town to town, the soothsayers and playwrights and brujas, all the ceremonies and dedications and incantations and proclamations, everything that starts with the word. And how the word gains its power by being spoken and handed to the next person and how what we write will last longer than our skins, our poems are the truest husks of our former selves."
Publishers and presses have a common aesthetic when it comes to social media. Maybe it represents some latent desire for ink on paper, but the black and white logo is a common theme. Above, the twitter icons of nine presses: Tin House, Telephone Books, Red Hen Press, Electric Literature, Calamari Press, Crown Publishing, Akashic Books, Black Balloon Publishing, and Other Press.
But there are more than just those above. The following publishers rely on black and white color schemes for their twitter logos:
“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.”
Heart of Darkness, Page 54
The natural world offers countless ways to make us suffer. Hostility, violence and cruelty exist even on a cellular level. From malaria to Ebola, from the botfly to the Tsetse fly, from the Gaboon viper to the lions and hyenas, the totality of this oozing, creeping, writhing, galloping, stinging, biting and devouring mass of biology is overwhelming. Death stalks the land and even the best prepared can fall victim to terror and violence in thousands of ways.
HEART OF DARKNESS, page 054: “Still, I had also judged the jungle of both banks quite impenetrable — and yet eyes were in it, eyes that had seen us.”
On Saturday we were joined by some of our favorite authors for Indies First! Featured here, from top to bottom:
Liz Crain and John Gorham
Whitney Otto, William Todd Schultz, and Richard Melo
We were also thrilled to welcome to our stores Stevan Allred, Ian Doescher, Amanda Coplin, and Chris Santella. Thanks to all the authors who came out and to the customers who helped make it a great event!
"Eating fish is something I generally do alone… I am alone with sardines on white bread with mayonnaise and lettuce, I am alone with smoked salmon on buttered rye bread, or tuna fish and anchovies in a salad nicoise, or a canned salmon salad sandwich, or sometimes salmon cakes sauteed in butter."
-Lydia Davis “Eating Fish Alone” from Food and Booze
All complaints concern sky viewing. For example, wedged between my office door and floor last week I found a parchment written by Caldor Clemens with Tree branches are air-veins to be beheaded, down with them. I placed the parchment with the others. I too am a great admirer of colors above. Selah and I want our babies to accept rain on their skin without a tree stealing the pleasure first. The complaint forms are everywhere. I am surrounded by anger.
"A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.”
― Nelson Mandela"
Nelson Mandela died today at the age of 95.
"[So if, my dear, there sometimes seem to be
Old bridges breaking between you and me
Never fear.] We may let the scaffolds fall
Confident that we have built our wall."
Seamus Heaney, “Scaffolding” (via autobibliography)
A Toast to Mary Szybist
Congratulations to Mary Szybist on her National Book Award for Incarnadine: Poems. An incredible poet, caring teacher, and one of the best coffee dates you could ever have, Mary’s speech during last night’s ceremony epitomizes the grace that can be found in all of her work.
“There’s plenty that poetry cannot do, but the miracle of course, is how much it can do, is how much it does do.”
Wisdom Coupon: Nicholson Baker
“Minor, major—those words have never done much for me. I don’t understand them. The question any novel is really trying to answer is, Is life worth living? That’s a major question, a huge question, but the best way to answer it might not be to crank the novelistic universe into a crude, lurching motion by employing a big inciting incident. Sometimes life provides only the tiniest of inciting incidents—that your left shoelace snaps within a day of your right one. That’s enough for me. When something is beautiful, it can’t be minor. Also I think it’s neat when a novel offers you miscellaneous helpful tips or tricks or facts. When it’s a friendly companion, when it does you good on various levels. A lot of novels bully us into assenting to their importance. I’m tired of that.” — Nicholson Baker, The Art of Fiction No. 212