Dept. of Posthumous Letters

Dept. of Posthumous Letters

ribbon-wrapped, double chapbook / $20

Poetry by Dot Devota & Caitie Moore

artwork by Brandon Shimoda


In Dept of Posthumous Letters, Dot Devota and Caitie Moore conduct an epistolary exchange that subverts the logic of the dialogic. “In a letter you cannot listen. You must always be speaking,” writes Devota, as her letters to Moore narrate anecdotes that read like overheard myths—webs of observation, reversal and misunderstanding that signal the presence of an attentive listener. Line drawings by Brandon Shimoda intensify the enchantment that unfolds out of Moore and Devota’s voices. “Have you ever played this game: Horse/Muffin/Bird?” Moore asks Devota. Intelligently-framed questions ranging from philosophical to purely affectionate interlace these poems like veins of honey. “It’s a proportion thing, an order thing. I am, certainly, no part Muffin.”

The poet Dot Devota is the author of And The Girls Worried Terribly (Noemi Press) and The Division of Labor (Rescue Press). Her chapbooks include The Eternal Wall (BookThug) and MW: A Field Guide To The Midwest (Editions19\). She lives in the desert.

Caitie Moore’s writing can be found online at HarrietBOMBQueen Mobs, in her chapbook Wife (Argos Books, 2014), The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race and the Life of the Mind (Fence Books, 2015) and various scattered publications.

(Book design by Isabelle Sawtelle / BankerWessel)

Forensics of the Chamber


Forensics of the Chamber

by j/j hastain

Perfect-bound Hybrid / $15


I refuse to be full of empty.

There are too many visceral ecologies

that could be rung if they

could only be found.

–j/j hastain

A profoundly generative body of work, this collection of interspersed poems and collages make lush and mysterious visual/verbal gems that reveal the presence of a vital imagination at play. This is truly an inter-species book, part image, part story, part human and part wilderness.

j/j hastain is a queer, mystic, seer, singer, photographer, lover, priest/ess, gender shaman and writer.  As artist and activist of the audible, j/j is the author of several cross-genre books and enjoys ceremonial performances in an ongoing project regarding gender, shamanism, eros and embodiments. See xir most recent book, myrrh to re all myth, here.

Dusking

Dusking

by Brandon Kreitler with images by Lindsay Packer
Hand-Sewn Folio with letterpressed cover / $12


This long poem by Brandon Kreitler discovers a tension between not-quite-opposites: interior and exterior, presence and absence, wanting and having. Artist Lindsay Packer’s complex light-and-shadow collages, interwoven with the poem, give this book the quality of an extraordinary world between worlds.

Brandon Kreitler comes from Arizona. He is a recipient of the “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Award. He lives in New York City, where he writes and teaches English.

Lindsay Packer’s work ranges from writing to collage and kinetic installations. She was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to India, where she studied and documented ephemeral imagery. Light, shadow and wonder have been part of her work ever since she made the move from Bangalore to Brooklyn, where she currently tends to her window boxes and her large collection of science textbooks from the 1950s. www.lindsaypacker.com

Matter: A Picturebook


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Matter: A Picturebook

by Dorothea Lasky and Matthew Fischer
Hand-Sewn Folio with silkscreened cover / $15


Matter: A Picturebook, the second installment of the Side by Side series, takes up language as physical material actively engaged with color, shape and space. This folio of new poems by Dorothea Lasky came about as a kind of reverse ekphrasis. Matthew Fischer, whose gestural abstract paintings serve as “records of personal and social expressivity,” made a painting in response to each poem. The result is a book of five territories to wander into, five intersections of light and sound, five ways of picturing the “matter” of poetry.

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This Landscape

This Landscape

by Paige Ackerson-Kiely & Adie Russell
hand-sewn folio with color artwork/$10


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