The Dying Bloom

My small novel, The Dying Bloom, is now published, the latest addition to the Pangur Ban Party roster, along with heavyweights like Crispin Best (Go Ninja Go Ninja Go), Chris East (All in Together Now), David Peak (The Dead Space of April), Sam Pink (Bernhard Goetz), J.A. Tyler (When We Take Off Our Heads), Ryan Manning (Softcore Lolitas), Ben Brooks (This Body is My Body [And I Want to Use It]), and many others. I’m big digging the design, and I thank DJ for doing such a great job.

I think from now on, DJ should be a scale one uses to measure greatness. Like, Preservatives by Audri Sousa and A Field of Colors by Charles Lennox and The Zoo, A Going by J.A. Tyler are all 5 DJs, the highest number of DJs possible (DJ, himself, though, being the one and only DJ, is already 5). Also, DJ sent me the Pangur Ban Party print chapbook, and I just finished reading it. The whole thing is dope. My favorite piece in there I think is DJ’s poem “I See Myself”:
"they say that
you see yourself
in other people.

this is
especially true
at your own intervention
or at someone else’s funeral."
That and Adam Showalter's "The Amish Are Safe" is great, as is Crispin Best’s “Portrait of Captain America as a Young Man.” To wit:

“Captain Planet smells terrible. There is lots of washing up to do. Captain Planet has an idea. He puts the dirty dishes on the floor in the shower. Captain Planet feels very proud of his idea as he has a shower.”

Reminds me of a line by Chilean anti-poet Nicanor Parra: “The true problem of philosophy is who does the dishes.”

Give The Dying Bloom a read, and also check out my other small novel, Ox Crossing Drawbridge. Thank you for your time.

12 comments:

j. a. tyler said...

really looking forward to reading this. congrats.

Jessica Maybury said...

congratulations! Looking forward to it.

Ethel Rohan said...

Congratulations, Eric, enjoy.

DJ Berndt said...

Aw shucks. You are too kind, Eric. I'm glad you like the design.

audri said...

congrats on joining the party of pangur ban. everything looks brilliant and i am excited to embark on this.

also a fan of DJ's poems in the printness. can we nominate him a presidential candidate for said party in 2016? and a cat as his running mate?

Charles Lennox said...

i'm off to go read.

audri said...

delicious as an ice-nine lollipop. i love the images here, from people flakes to 'raggedy christs' to bomb blooms to the thought processes of the last cannibal. i love the tongue-in-cheekiness of it all. and i feel i must be missing out not having an uncle herpe.

Eric Beeny said...

J.A. -- Thank you, sir. The Zoo is turning out to bbe one of the best trips I've ever been on...

Jessica -- Thank you, I hope you like it...

Ethel -- Thank you, I'll try...

DJ -- Word-life, god. Thanks again...

Charles -- Thank you, I hope you like it...

Audri -- We should nominate DJ as a presidential candidate. I would love an ice-9 lollipop (we miss you, Kurt...). I'm big happy you liked it. Trust me, you're not missing out on having an Uncle Herpe...

Thanks everyone. You all big make me smile.

ben spivey said...

Good work Eric, I liked reading both of your small novels.

Eric Beeny said...

Thanks a lot, Ben. I'm happy you enjoyed them.

Greg Santos said...

Great job, Eric! I really enjoyed reading The Dying Bloom. I grew antlers once like Joel and Luke. It was awesome. I also liked Milk Like a Melted Ghost. It gave me shivers. G

Eric Beeny said...

Thanks, Greg. I'm happy you liked it. Antlers feel weird, don't they? Just big tree branches growing out of your head. It hurts...