Textile Series Chapbooks
The Textile Series features handmade fabric-bound chapbooks for experimental readers and writers.
Enjoy lovely chapbooks by Michael Sikkema, Misty Harper, Emily Carr, Charles Alexander, Beverly Dahlen, Paul Klinger, Kevin Holden, Julia Bloch and David Leftwich!
"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
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)".
i had hoped to make an alphabet of teeth, all the forms resting in
boxes suggested it, as the roots of the teeth bend in ways that suggest
meanings can be distinguished. The linguistic capabilities of a
carnassial or incisor, whereas a molar seems bound / boulder / solid /
vowel / in the middle of. The curl of beaver’s incisor almost a “C” the
teeth of homodonts become my vowels, my most common usages...
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.
The sense of flow in some ways dominates a work that changes many times, from the straightforward to the farcical to the mythopoetic. These two sections of a longer book present a somewhat meditative work, and one in which the title suddenly becomes a character walking through the landscape of the poem or of a world.
Stay this Moment: The Autopsy Lyrics, Acts 3 & 4, an excerpt from Emily Carr’s longer novella-in-verse, constructs a sexually charged patchwork of characters and themes, all predicated on a skepticism toward both the world that contains them and that which they contain.
Rose Incus is a quirky and delicate collection of poems by Altanta poet, Misty Harper. Many of these poems' titles feature the mysterious names and dates of strangers: Past Hooker (1921-2009, California), Voice Gurr (1906-1971, Michigan), Mitter Spellers (1911-1976, Florida) and more. With only these names, dates and places; Harper pieces together little wisps of persons in an experimental (and oddly intimate) language of portraiture.