Textile Series Chapbooks
The Textile Series features handmade fabric-bound chapbooks for experimental readers and writers.
In this lively collaboration between Emily Abendroth & Jenna Peters-Golden, each "card" is a poem & image side by side. One generates the other in an exuberant and almost unwieldy ricochet, echoing the exchange that language always is: a hot potato, a bargain, a gift.
Riot Cops en route to Troy is an excerpt from a larger manuscript, Merry Hell. The story of Helen of Troy is viewed as a misogynist spell, where Helen is the scapegoat for the Trojan War...and in Merry Hell, Helen begins to tell her story, one of rejecting and leaving empire by force of her own will. The women of the Paris Commune (the so-called Petroleuse, or incendiaries) and the events of Occupy and the Oakland Commune weave in with Helen's story, defying any linear concept of time - as Ezra Pound said, "All eras are contemporaneous in the mind."
"In Sophie Seita’s Meat, the witty rigors of the dainty butcher and are butchered (the product of femininity both cleaver and carcass seemingly destined to be sectioned into retail-ready portions). In the racialized and gendered economy of our atmospherically fractured colonial violence, you get you a piece of meat so sweet. Or not. Seita folds us in through the discourses we’ve been eaten by." - Laura Elrick
Enjoy lovely chapbooks by Michael Sikkema, Misty Harper, Emily Carr, Charles Alexander, Beverly Dahlen, Paul Klinger, Kevin Holden, Julia Bloch and David Leftwich!
Written during the new weeks of parenthood, The City is an energetic and relevant sweep of Houston--a city of difficult economies and sticky relationships.
What is the individual’s relationship to corporate notions of personhood in the twenty-first century? These pieces use the prose poem form to engage with this theme through the politics of fertility, playing connection and disconnection against each other via the line to chart the edges of personhood.
In this chapbook, Holden explores sublimation as snow turning into air and the psychoanalytical concept particularly at it relates to queerness strategies, ie "channeling their repression into the glinting (snow)".
In this chapbook poet and artist Paul Klinger explores the intimacy and expiration of teeth. Cataloged beside these strange and exuberant lietmotif poems are the blunt fonts of found teeth -- those of horses, grandfathers and daughters.
These two poems by Beverly Dahlen drift between the gravities of personal and political matter, teasing out the imperative we have to our environment and our neighbors.